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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."
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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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  • 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.
  • Abusive Parents: Alexander Nikos tries to slap his eldest daughter for disagreeing with him. This on top of his demands that Pyrrha win every tournament she enters or she's worthless.
  • 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.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Roman laughs when Jaune says no god should be cruel enough to allow more than one Neo to exist.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Jaune notes that Yang is much stronger than she was at this point in the last timeline, as are his other students. While he finds it difficult to be sure, he thinks she's just under her starting-Beacon power levels and skill, and she's only fifteen (as opposed to the 17 that she was when she started Beacon).
    • Every one of Jaune's students at the ASH gym have passed the qualification tests for Beacon, to the point that even Glynda is excited about the upcoming students.
    • Weiss and Whitley fall under this. While Weiss in canon didn't get to perfect the Schnee Semblance until after Beacon fell, and Whitley was... himself, Winter staying with the SDC allowed her more time at home to teach her siblings. As such, they enter the ASH Gym with control over their semblances greater than what they'd have at the time canon started, which they prove by doing lots of summoning (a skill Weiss first accomplished in canon at the end of season 3, two years and change in the future).
    • Chapter 45 reveals that the Jaune Arc of this timeline is being trained by Raven Branwen, one of the strongest people in the setting.
  • Adaptational Wimp: On the flipside, Ruby was badly traumatized by the attack on the Vytal Festival in Atlas, and without the motivation of her mother's death, as of chapter 43, has given up her Huntress aspirations completely.
  • 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. The author's notes, however, point out that similar to the Roman example below, this is just a case of being more heroic, not completely heroic, as Raven still killed the Spring Maiden without trying to convince her, which is murder.
    • 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 via Tyrian and Hazel) before he crossed the Moral Event Horizon himself allowed Blake to become a much more effective moral and emotional support for him.
    • Roman... to an extent. He's more heroic in that he has standards, but he's still a very bad man. Jaune isn't sure if it's because it's earlier in his career or Cinder was forcing his hand to make him do the things he did later on. He shows disgust at the thought of children being killed in mass numbers when Jaune makes up a story about the Aura-Transfer machine being used to create super soldiers potentially being stolen by the White Fang, and Roman comes to the conclusion that the students of Beacon would be the first victims.
    • Emerald, compared to her canon self, was raised by Jaune and isn't going to fall under the sway of Cinder Fall. That said, while she does want to fight against the forces of evil, she isn't purely heroic, and tends to define things in terms of "What's good for Jaune," rather than in her own self-interest. She is getting better though.
    • Discussed by Jaune in relation to Lionheart, but he says that the fact that Salem was able to force him to behave the way she wanted him to, followed by all his actions in the old timeline, means that even if he was a good man when he meets him before the Mistral Tournament, Jaune will never trust him with anything.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Vernal. In all her canon appearances she speaks in a well-mannered way, doesn't go out of her way to insult anyone and is genuinely loyal to Raven and the Branwen tribe as a whole. Here, she swears at every conceivable opportunity and goes out of her way to antagonize everyone around her. She is still loyal to the tribe and to Raven (even thinking worse of Yang for being so weak while wearing "her" face, or disliking Qrow because he left the tribe), but she did voluntarily leave to go train with Jaune (though she still thinks herself one of them).
  • 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. Fascinatingly, this trope even extends to the same work- the world that Jaune came from had a Jacques that was even worse than his canon counterpart. 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.
    • To a small degree, Summer. In Coeur's other fics, particularly Forged Destiny, it's implied that Summer was a great huntress and was a genuinely good person, but she wasn't a great mother, always trying to go out on the next mission and saving as many people as possible at the expense of her family. After her near-death experience and rescue by Jaune, she decides to go on less missions and spend more time with said family, becoming a better mother.
    • Qrow. As a result of Summer not dying, the man drinks less, never drinks on missions, and is altogether less surly and cynical than his canon counterpart.
  • Adaptational Villainy
    • Ozpin is portrayed far more negatively than in canon. In the show he prioritizes the safety of people above everything else, and always gives his allies the choice to follow him or not. The worst he's done there is keep important secrets from his allies out of paranoia. In this story, he is happy to sacrifice all his followers, as well as most of humanity, if that means getting rid of Salem; he's also a bonafide Control Freak on top of that. Partially a case of Canon Marches On, as such an interpretation of Ozpin's character was more plausible before Volume 6 revealed his backstory.
    • As a contrast to the Adaptational Heroism displayed by Adam Taurus, Blake Belladonna is going down a darker path. As a result of her father's execution, she is falling into the same murderous extremist mindset that Adam displays in canon.
    • In canon, Sienna Khan only advocates for violence when it is deemed necessary and is furious with Adam for his actions in Vale. Here, she seems perfectly happy to launch a terrorist attack on the Vytal Festival and chastises Adam for trying not to kill too many people during his raids. At least part of this can be explained by her being the Puppet King for Hazel and Tyrian, with them encouraging the worst impulses of the group and leader.
  • 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.
    • Qrow and Jaune have this concerning Ozpin and his plans- it's becoming more and more clear that he wants Ruby and Yang in Beacon so that they can become the core of the next iteration of team STRQ, despite that Ruby doesn't want to become a Huntress anymore out of trauma and that Team STRQ have experienced no end of hardship working for Ozpin (ranging from seeing the effects of the tournament on Ruby to Summer nearly getting killed to Raven just straight-up abandoning all of them with Ozpin as the largest contributing factor).
    • Young Jaune disappears from his home one night with no one in town having seen him leave.
  • 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.
  • The Alcoholic:
    • Averted (or at least downplayed) in the case of Qrow. While he still drinks too much, he's much more restrained than his canon self thanks to never experiencing the grief of Summer's death, and he never drinks on a mission. Jaune even notices that his trademark flask is securely strapped down and not easily available for consumption when they first meet.
    • Played straight (though not seen onscreen) with Weiss, Winter, and Whitley's mother, Willow.
  • 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...
    • Emerald was the top student at the ASH Gym, and was quite smug and proud of it... until Vernal came along and almost effortlessly curb stomped everyone else but the teachers.
    • Hazel is immensely powerful and skilled, but even he's forced away when Spring Maiden Raven Branwen shows up to save Jaune.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • While still a member of the White Fang, Adam Taurus refuses to harm children or other non-combatants, including prisoners, and going by his comments to Sienna, insists on honoring any deals he makes.
    • Roman is still a criminal and proud of it, but he also doesn't hurt kids and is willing to help make sure that the White Fang (and their backers) don't get a hold on Vale. He still insists on pay and the opportunity to pull off Heists.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Ren denies that fairies or magic exist and chalks up Raven's numerous abilities and impossible knowledge to an extremely convoluted Semblance, but admits he's in denial and desperately grasping at straws.
  • 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.
    • Qrow seems to take a similar view, viewing Atlas as entirely over-militarized.
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    • After Summer learns that Jaune is both (sorta) friends with Raven and knows how to kill Salem, he asks that she keep it secret. When Summer asks what he'll do if she tells Ozpin, she's shocked that Jaune immediately says he'll leave Vale rather than let Ozpin have any hold over him.
    • Likewise, when Jaune explains that Ozpin is trying to turn their children into the next Team STRQ and Summer asks if it's really a bad thing, Jaune brings up that Raven abandoned them, Summer is only alive because of pure chance, and Qrow's been forced to choose between his friends and his team.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: When she sees Raven for the first time in fourteen years, Summer slaps the woman so hard she breaks her hand.
  • 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.
    • Vernal is this trope played straight, hands down. She knows she's the best fighter of the students at the ASH Gym by a wide margin, and is not afraid to rub everyone else's face in it. The only reason that her classmates don't try to wipe the smirk off her face is because she really is that good. Emerald speculates that she's about as good as a first year Beacon student.
  • The Artful Dodger:
  • Atomic F-Bomb: One of the Malachite Twins lets one off when she finds out that she's first up in the mini-tournament against Vernal.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: According to Raven, this strategy is what gets Huntsmen killed, focusing too much on offense and letting their Aura handle their defense.
  • Awesome by Analysis: On top of fighting dirty, the ASH school also trains its students to analyze their opponents and figure out how they fight before running in blindly. When Whitley and Weiss take on Jaune, Yang and Emerald are already figuring out aspects of their weapons and combat styles by studying their weapons.
  • Bad Future: Jaune gets sent back from one. While they did defeat Salem in that timeline, the cost was extremely high. The rest of the kingdoms have fallen, save Atlas, which is under the dictatorial control of Jacques Schnee. Literally every single major or minor character in the show, save Jacques, Salem, and Jaune, are dead, including Jaune's family (and given that Salem is pinned to her throne by Crescent Rose through the heart, Salem doesn't have much longer).
  • 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, including Sky Lark (of future Team CRDL), Yang, and Coco Adel.
    • Seeing as how they're teachers at Signal (and took over at the ASH Gym when Jaune was out with Emerald), Taiyang and Qrow count as this too.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Yang gives Weiss some advice then warns her nothing is free, Weiss expects the other girl to want money or power. Yang just wants information about Weiss's brother.
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Jaune Arc (the one from the new timeline, not Jaune Ashari) says that he'd do anything to get strong enough to be a Hunter. He does this in front of Raven "Strength is literally the most important thing in the world" Branwen. As of chapter 45, she's training him.
    • Before either of them succumbs to extremism, Adam promises Blake that he will re-make the White Fang into "something different" and that every person in Remnant will know their name. Few years later the White Fang is a terrorist organisation feared throughout the world in which Adam and Blake are both leaders carrying out attacks in its name. Adam really doesn't like this outcome.
  • 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, as does Summer.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: All of Team November to varying degrees when they're put in charge of organizing security for the Vytal Festival. Jaune actually turns this in his favor by dropping his retirement from the group on them at literally the last minute when they're swamped with work, meaning that they won't have time to organize something crazy for his going-away party.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't insult Pyrrha in front of Jaune.
    • Don't insult Jaune in front of Emerald- she thinks it very difficult to keep herself from throwing a chair at Weiss when she says that Winter is better than Jaune is.
    • Emerald attending Beacon is one for Jaune. When Ozpin brings up the possibility, it's one of the few times Jaune breaks his The Stoic facade in front of the man, leaving Ozpin on the back foot and hastily changing the conversation. When Emerald brings up the possibility, he gets as close to yelling at her as he ever has (without actually yelling). He's okay with the other members of the cast attending Beacon, such as Yang, Ruby, Pyrrha, Ren, and Nora. He even encourages them to do so, but Emerald he puts his foot down on hard. It's explained that he knows that no matter what happens, Beacon will be in the crosshairs and will be attacked, but that doesn't explain why he's trying to get his other school friends to attend.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After being ambushed by Hazel and Blake, Jaune is about to be taken... and then the wind picks up, revealing Raven Branwen, who utterly demolishes the White Fang forces.
  • Big "NO!": When Coco suggest Jaune needs to get laid, Emerald asks if she should do it, prompting Coco, Weiss, and Yang (who's in the showers) to shout "NO!" at the top of their lungs.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Jaune sees the conflict between Ozpin and Salem this way, with Salem being unambiguously evil and Ozpin being a Well-Intentioned Extremist who will sacrifice anything in the name of victory. Ironically, Jaune has become a shade of grey himself due to his schemes and manipulations.
  • Blatant Lies: Jaune finds out that Raven is training someone new now that Vernal is training at his gym. She tells him that the man's name is "Boris Borisson, son of Boris." Jaune even lampshades that he must have come from a "long line of Boris's." In reality, the lie was to distract Jaune Ashari from the fact that Raven is now training the Jaune Arc of this timeline.
  • Blind Obedience: 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.
  • Blinded by the Light: Jaune likes using flashbangs both for actual combat and spars. A later chapter implies everyone on Team November does, with Foxtrot even calling it the "Team November Surprise" when she uses it to train up Pyrrha. They're eventually seen as a hallmark of the ASH Gym.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Emerald's moral compass can best be summed up as "What is good for Jaune," and "What is bad for Jaune."
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Summer asks what Jaune is planning on telling Winter in chapter 45 about his response to her kissing him and him not being willing to reciprocate. He tells Summer he was planning to lie to Winter. Summer immediately calls him out on it, since that's a rude and cruel thing to do. Jaune fires back that if he told her the truth, Winter would most likely throw herself into danger to fight the ones separating them and likely get herself killed, or ignore his excuse and pursue him anyway, which would put her at risk from Salem's forces. He even rationalizes that being lied to is preferable to death or capture by Salem, even if it is distasteful. Summer has no real response to that.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Emerald likes to put people into neat little boxes and categorize them. The only two that she can't are Jaune, due to his being... well, himself, and Raven, who she describes as being so scary she doesn't dare put her in a category of any kind.
    • She does it again when discussing "The Pecking Order," with Weiss and Whitley, placing Vernal below the Grimm. (Winter starts above the Grimm, but when they remind her that she kissed Jaune she goes below the Grimm, though above Vernal).
  • Broken Pedestal: While not fully broken, there are signs that there are cracks forming in Team STRQ's opinion of Ozpin. While Raven made her opinion of the man clear a while ago, the rest of the team still looked up to Ozpin, until Summer sat in on a meeting between Ozpin and Jaune, and saw Ozpin practically interrogating the man over a slipup. The remaining group's confidence was further shaken when Ozpin began hinting that Ruby and Yang would become the core of a replacement group for their own, specifically, when Ozpin tries to recruit Yang to Beacon two years early over Summer and Taiyang's objections, or his continuing attempts to recruit Ruby, who doesn't want to be a Huntress at all. This despite that all remaining members of STRQ have made it clear on multiple occasions to Ozpin that they don't want to involve Ruby and Yang in the fight against Salem, and that Ruby doesn't want to be a huntress.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Alexander Nikos tries to slap his eldest daughter when she disagrees with him. While he might have been a tournament fighter, she was a specialist in the Atlas military and catches his wrist easily.
    • His treatment of Jaune may also count as he is unaware of his true combat prowess or his many high-placed and dangerous connections.
  • 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, Jaune has a really strange standard of beauty, or that particular wound was butterflied away thanks to the speeding up of the White Fang's turn to extremism (as happens later on, as Weiss is notably without her trademark eye scar).
    • While it's not a contradiction per se, Jaune seeing Ozpin as a master manipulator and blaming himself for not having spoken up against him makes far less sense after the So That's How It Is episode in which Ozpin openly admits to having no grand plan and leaves the heroes to fend for themselves, doing the precise opposite of what Jaune accuses him of doing in this story.
  • Celibate Hero: Even after learning Winter has feelings for him, Jaune has no interest in pursuing her as it'd make her a target for Salem.
  • 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.
  • Chaste Hero: Emerald has elements of this. To be fair, she is not well mentally. She's gotten much better, but it hasn't been that long since she was adopted and has no idea why Whitley is acting the way he does or why Yang is teasing her about it. The fact that Jaune never gave her The Talk doesn't help matters.
  • The Chessmaster: Ozpin, as per usual, with some control freak tendencies added in as well. He's a well meaning one, taking steps to try to prevent the extinction of all the people of Remnant by the Grimm, and his moves tend to be cunning. That said, his control freak tendencies mean that he often tries to get people directly under his control, and his methods work better with people who like him. Those who are on to his methods- namely, Jaune and Raven- try and stay out from under his control, even if they do agree with certain motives (not letting Salem have the Maidens or the Relics, for example). Jaune, partially because he remembers that the previous timeline's Ozpin graduated into Well Intended Extremist territory and that he sacrificed pretty much everyone, has good reasons to not want to submit to Ozpin's control.
    • Qrow and Jaune both know that the real reason that Ozpin wants Ruby and Yang in Beacon is not to teach the girls and leave them alone, but to prepare them for being the next generation of Team STRQ, so as to have another group ready to fight against Salem in a decade or two. None of STQ or Jaune want this, particularly since Ruby no longer wants to be a huntress.
  • 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. A good part of this is because she still believes the worst in people, and that Jaune will eventually stop having a use for her and abandon her.
    • Raven hints that Vernal has become this for him as well, on the basis that she sees him as someone very strong that she can learn from and that he beat her several times while with the Branwen Tribe. She wants to learn from him, hoping to become strong enough to fight Raven someday, and spends literally years trying to get to him. Sparks fly when she and Emerald meet in chapter 27.
      • Oddly enough, in the end Emerald meeting Vernal makes Emerald less of this trope, since it leads to Jaune telling Emerald that he loves her and considers her his daughter. This makes her more secure in her position with him, and is able to accept that other people want time with Jaune- they just won't have what they have.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: Jaune, who is Junior's partner, worked to make sure that the Ball wouldn't be attacked by his own gang, as it would be a prime target for criminals (full of unarmed rich people). Unfortunately, Roman Torchwick thought that it would be a great opportunity to get his name out there and wasn't aware that he wasn't supposed to attack the event.
    • Roman and Jaune get hit with another one in the aftermath of that event. Jaune wants to get Roman on board with his "Save the World" plan, and so has Junior tip off Roman that Henry Waters-Brown has a bunch of great, expensive stuff to steal (that being another of Jaune's aliases). Jaune wants to meet Roman there in order to talk things out peacefully. Unfortunately, Raven decides to visit him that night just before Roman and his goons arrive and a fight breaks out between the parties.
  • 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. While Glynda doesn't necessarily approve of the brutality that the students show, she is very pleased at their skill in creative thinking and ability to win fights.
    • When allowed a few minutes to prepare before their spar against Jaune, Weiss and Whitley spend the time summoning as many white Nevermores as possible then work together to take him down, using the Nevermores to hinder and blind him. Unfortunately for them, Jaune fights even dirtier, using a flashbang and a Human Shield.
    • Implied heavily by Helena as to be the way Team November used to operate, as she shows Pyrrha the "Team November Surprise," by dropping a flashbang at Pyrrha's feet.
  • 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 half 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.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • When he first gets sent back in time, Jaune finds himself in the Grimmlands, but fortunately, he's within walking distance of a (slightly beat up) fishing boat with a full tank of gas, allowing him to get to Vacuo.
    • When he's recovered by the Del'Ashari Tribe, they just happen to have taken in Summer Rose, in time for Jaune to save her life. Jaune later lampshades this when he learns who exactly he just healed.
    • Jaune is on the road when he finds Ren and Nora's village as it's being destroyed by the Nucklelavee, and after he passes out from killing it, is rescued by Raven Branwen.
      • Ren and Nora, after being driven from their home, just happened to be taken by Watts, with no indication of why they were picked.
    • Jaune gets pickpocketed (or at least attempted pickpocketed) by two child versions of people he knows (Sun Wukong and Emerald).
    • When on the road with Emerald after recovering a book from a ruin, Jaune runs into Amber, the Fall Maiden.
    • Upon first arriving in Mistral to look for some people on Jaune's orders, Roman and Neo first stop to eat and a magazine Neo starts reading has information on one of their targets. Equally conveniently, the article she points to is part of an interview with Pyrrha.
  • 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 it's 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.
  • Cowardly Lion: Younger Jaune and, after a bizarre heart to heart with her, Raven. Young Jaune says he's a coward but he has to fight anyay because he's terrified of losing everyone. Raven decides she's a coward too, but rather than be too cowardly to fight Salem like in the original timeline, she's too cowardly to throw everything away in order to survive like her other self had.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Emerald's first meeting with Sun comes when she accidentally walks right into him.
  • 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.
  • Daddy's Girl: Emerald. Big time. It's actually deconstructed a little, as she's built up so much of her life around Jaune and his wants, needs, and desires that it's absolutely unhealthy. She is getting better, slowly, but she still cares more about her father than literally anyone else on the planet. Yang accuses her of being this, and Emerald agrees with her instantly.
  • 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.
  • Death by Adaptation: Ghira Belladonna, Blake's father, gets executed by Atlas as a result of the Atlesian Vytal Festival White Fang Attack.
  • 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.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Both Emerald and Vernal pretty much live for validation from Jaune. While Emerald's grown out of it after accepting that he considers her his daughter, Vernal's only gotten more desperate over time.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: It's mentioned that early on in their Team, Qrow had a huge crush on Summer, who is now married to Taiyang. They're good friends now, but he hints occasionally that he still feels something for her (though it's rare in this timeline- and it's somewhat telling that in the original timeline, he only became a full alcoholic once Summer died).
  • Discriminate and Switch: Whitley claims he has no reason to be jealous of "a person like Sun", but when Sun asks if it's because he's a faunus, Whitley remarks he hadn't even realized Sun was one; he was talking about Sun walking around half-dressed.
  • 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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Poor, poor Sky Lark. He has a lot of trouble combining hand-to-hand combat practice with Yang and his own hormones from being a teenager.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Years without proper footwear has left Emerald with a distaste for anything on her feet.
  • Doesn't Know Their Own Birthday: Having spent the first half of her life on the streets, Emerald doesn't know when her birthday is, so she and Jaune celebrate the day they met as her birthday.
  • Downer Beginning: The story begins in the aftermath of the final battle against Salem in the future, with Jaune as the Sole Survivor. He can't even go back to his family, as they're all dead, hunted by Salem and her minions, and Jacques Schnee took over Atlas, so any attempt to go back would get him branded a traitor and arrested or worse. 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. It is literally one of the first things he does in this new timeline, and as he points out, he did it even before he decided to not interfere in said timeline.
      • It gets worse, since he sold off his scroll for some cash, not knowing that it was from a decade in the future. Eventually, he finds out that the guy he sold it to reverse-engineered the technology and is now the CEO of one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the world. And again, he did this before he made the "I will not interfere" promise.
    • 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.
    • When Adam claims that he wishes that he could go back and undo the bad things that have led to the White Fang becoming what it is, Kali gently reprimands him that you can't go back in time to change the past. That is literally the premise of this story.
    • Jaune says he doesn't want to draw the attention of Salem down on Winter in chapter 45. An earlier chapter had a scene where the White Fang (who are controlled by Salem) announces that they're going to capture Winter.
    • Adam refuses to even consider abandoning Blake, despite her extremist ways, as he believes that she would never leave him had he gone down a similar path. In the original timeline Blake not only left Adam after he crossed a line, but she also brought about his downfall and eventually killed him in a fight.
  • The Dreaded: Jaune.
    • The gangs of Vale fear him because he's a Huntsman actively interfering in their business and has shown the skill and ability to wipe out entire gangs before.
    • To a small degree, Emerald feared him because of his Dissonant Serenity while killing multiple people who were going to kill her.
    • To a larger degree, Ruby fears Jaune because he cut a White Fang member in half in front of her while saving her life. Any time she's near him, she insists on standing behind someone (often Summer).
    • The White Fang refer to him as The Specialist because he fought both Tyrian and Hazel at the same time and lived.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When Jaune gets in "one of his moods", he forgets he's dealing with teenagers who aren't even Huntsmen in training yet and puts them through exercises that leave even Vernal exhausted and everyone else too tired to move.
  • 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. Eventually, he and Emerald settle down in Vale, but insist on going on trips for one reason or another.
  • Dye or Die: Downplayed from the "Die" part, but Specialist Foxtrot dyes her hair platinum-blonde to hide its true color, red, which would have been a giveaway that she's actually Helena Nikos, Pyrrha's older sister and part of the tournament-and-victory-obsessed Nikos family she's trying to get away from.
  • 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, and Qrow later states that Ruby no longer wishes to be a Huntress.
    • 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. Further, both she and Whitely have received training from Winter, meaning that once they do come to Vale, they're stronger than they would have been at this point in the original timeline.
    • 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 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. Chapter 46 revealed that they may be in a lot of trouble, though, as after they escaped they were apparently taken in by Watts, one of Salem's minions.
    • 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Jaune meets a lot of people that he would have met much later in the timeline early, but special mention goes to his first class at the ASH Gym, which has Coco Adel (minigun-wielding leader of team CFVY) and Sky Lark (of Team CRDL, one of the ones who bullied Jaune in the original timeline).
  • 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.
    • When Oobleck stops by later and sees the destruction, Jaune throws away the previous excuse and just says he was working with some Dust and had an accident. It's more transparent but less embarrassing.
  • 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.
      • Taken even further when Qrow meets Young Jaune and assumes he's Older Jaune's and Raven's son.
    • Young Jaune believes Raven is not only his Fairy God Mother but from the Winter Court of Fae. While wrong, his logic is rather sound: Raven has far too many abilities to explain away as a Semblance, she never appears when others are around, she never explicitly denies the existence of magic, and they spar with wooden swords (Iron burns Fae).
    • In-Universe, because of the Strawman News Media of Mistral, Headmaster Lionheart thinks that Pyrrha has never been defeated, and thus apologizes to Jaune when Jaune tells him that Emerald fought Pyrrha. Jaune and Pyrrha have to speak up at this point and tell him that no, Emerald won that fight.
    • Jaune tells Emerald that he had a family but can't return to them any more, making her think Jaune was disinherited.
    • Because Raven risked her life to save two kids she couldn't have known, Qrow assumes that Nora is the Spring Maiden.
  • 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.
    • Hazel dislikes using Blake against Adam as the situation reminds him of his sister. Similarly, he thinks Adam would make for a better, less extreme leader of the White Fang but he supports Sienna because it serves Salem's goals better.
  • Everybody Lives: One of the hallmarks of Adam's actions in the White Fang is that when he does his raids, his are the ones where the prisoners are left unharmed. Winter and Jacques are surprised to hear this, as they had previously assumed it was the exact opposite (the result of everyone else who had led a raid).
  • 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. Oh, and In the original timeline, both ended up dead because of him- Helena joined the Specialists to escape him and was killed by Tyrian on a mission to one of Merlot's labs (Jaune saved her and the rest of the Specialist team as part of his first mission), while his training of Pyrrha led to her being so good, yet so submissive to authority, that it led to her death at the hands of Cinder.
    • 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.
    • Neo to Emerald. Both are younger women/girls who view the world in an odd way, have unusual hair and eye colors, illusion-based Semblances, loose morals, and their methods of interacting with others are limited. In addition, both are extremely attached to an Empowered Badass Normal figure with loose morals and big goals and plans. The biggest difference between the two is that while Neo's first priority is her own interests with Roman second, Emerald puts Jaune firmly in first place and at least has some people she likes as more than just "Targets."
    • Hazel to Jaune. While both have grudges against Ozpin, with Hazel losing his sister while she was under Ozpin's command and Jaune losing everyone thanks in part to Ozpin's fight against Salem, they channeled it into radically different ways. Hazel turned to Salem to get revenge, while Jaune decided to buff the anti-Salem faction while still holding himself apart from Ozpin.
  • Evil Is Petty: Jaune asks Raven to help him with a favor. She waffles... until Jaune mentions that he wants to do it specifically to screw with Ozpin, at which point she's all in.
     F - M 
  • Fakin' MacGuffin: Jaune, in an attempt to explain what the White Fang would want with Beacon (but unwilling to mention things like Maidens, Salem, and the Relics), borrows one from canon in the form of the Aura Transfer Machine. It's described as a way to siphon people's aura and semblances into one another. The criminals come to the conclusion that it would be used by the Fang to make unbeatable super soldiers.
  • 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 and family 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.
    • Raven teaches younger Jaune to fight without first unlocking his Aura so that once his Aura is unlocked, it will be just another tool in his arsenal rather than a crutch.
    • Pyrrha fights without using her Semblance because she enjoys the challenge of a good fight and doesn't like that her Semblance would cause her to win every fight with ease.
  • 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.
  • First Period Panic: According to Jaune, when Emerald first entered a period, she calmly explained that she was dying. Jaune himself wasn't immediately sure what was happening and spent several minutes panicking and checking his daughter for wounds.
  • Foil: Sun and Emerald. 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.
    • One such example is him selling a scroll to a technologically adept merchant, happening literally the first day he finds civilization after coming back in time. His scroll is from twelve years in the future, and he finds later that the man used the tech to start his own communications company, Jaune's on the board of directors, and he's a millionaire.
    • Without Summer Rose's death, Ruby doesn't have the motivation to live up to her example that she did in canon. As such, she doesn't see being a Huntress as something to eagerly grab onto, but just something that the family does. Thanks to the lessened motivation and the trauma she receives at the Vytal Festival, by chapter 43 she no longer wishes to become a huntress.
      • Raven lampshades this trope as a reason as to why he should stop treating everyone like their canon counterparts.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Jaune mentally notes, when facing Cyborg Grimm (a result of Mountain Glenn experiments), that they had never had to face these in the future, meaning that ultimately nothing would come of them.
  • Friends with Benefits: What the Branwen Tribe and Qrow think Raven and Jaune are, but ultimately averted- the most Raven does is crash on Jaune's couch or guest bedroom and steal his beer. Raven lets the lie continue because she thinks it's a good cover that doesn't get people asking too many questions. Also, she finds it funny.
  • 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.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Once she learns of the Bad Future Jaune came from, Raven is disgusted with her future self who didn't even bother showing up to the Finale Battle which her daughter and brother died in.
  • Getting High on Their Own Supply: Some of the West City Boyz, a gang of low level drug dealers, are obvious drug addicts, likely roped into the gang by their addiction.
  • Gilded Cage: Amber (the Fall Maiden) quickly tries to change the subject when Jaune asks if she's ever traveled outside of Vale, leading Jaune to speculate that she's free to go all around Vale all she wants, but Ozpin is probably watching all the entrances and exits to the nation in case she tries to go abroad. With Qrow as one of the few contacts in her scroll, he furthers the thought by thinking that Qrow was probably sent out to turn her back and keep her in Vale a few times.
  • Gilligan Cut: Ozpin comments to Qrow that the gangs of Vale have their ways and means of handling disputes, and that there's no way this current conflict will escalate. Cut to Jaune telling Junior that they need to escalate the gang war.
  • 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.
    • Raven, although as pointed out in Coeur's other story White Sheep, that's not too surprising. When asked what her new apprentice's name is, she gives the name "Boris Borisson, Son of Boris." Subverted in that she deliberately chose a silly name to get Jaune Ashari to not dig deeper on the true identity of her student, the local version of Jaune Arc.
  • 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.
  • A God Am I: According to Salem in the first chapter/prologue, the Gods of Light and Darkness had left Remnant long before Ozpin was born and she is the god who cursed him with immortality.
  • 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.
    • When Jaune first met Vernal, she looked down on him so he beat her in a fight. This prevented her from treating him like dirt and stopped her from annoying him that way. The problem is that now, she thinks he's incredibly strong and demands he be her mentor, even crossing entire continents to get his training.
  • 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.
  • Grade Skipper: In chapter 46, Ozpin makes this offer to Yang (who is at the time 15 years old), similar to the offer he made to Ruby in the previous timeline at that age, under the reasoning that Yang is genuinely as good as a first year at Beacon. This offer is soundly rejected by both Taiyang and Summer, who manage to convince Yang to avoid it because she has friends she wants to go to Beacon with, and if she left now, they wouldn't be classmates.
  • 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.
    • Chapter 45 reveals that Vernal has this bad for Jaune and really doesn't like Emerald, as she feels that when Jaune left the tribe, he should have taken her and made Vernal his adopted daughter instead of Emerald, as he was the first person to take her seriously and act as a mentor to her.
  • Groin Attack: Part and parcel of the tactics taught at ASH Gym. Qrow gets upset that Yang tries this on him three separate times in one fight.
  • 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.
  • Happily Adopted: Jaune treats Emerald as his daughter and does his best to be a good father. It takes quite a bit of struggle, but he eventually gets Emerald to see him as her parent and be happy living with him.
    • Averted with Vernal, who wanted to be this with Jaune but feels that Emerald took her spot.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Horrifically, that is how Emerald sees her relationship with Jaune for the first few years. She thinks of herself as Jaune's property and a weapon, but is fine with that as long as her "owner" keeps feeding her and she fears being disposed of. It takes Jaune directly telling her that he thinks of her as his daughter for Emerald to stop perceiving things this way. Even then it still takes a little while for her to start returning his feelings and openly calling him "Dad," as initially, the most she could process of it was "I'm important to him, so no one can split us up." What drives the nail home was him telling her that he couldn't take her to Menagerie.
  • Harmless Villain: When meeting a group of the West City Boyz gang, Jaune notes that all of them have strapped their weapons to the wrong side (unless all of them are left handed) with one even having his strapped to his boot. Even worse, some came to the meeting high, making them even more useless in a fight.
  • 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. By chapter 43, Emerald and Yang count each other as friends.
    • 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 outright hostile from the second they meet and considers Emerald her "replacement," which sets off fears in Emerald that Jaune will get rid of her if she's not strong enough.
    • Vernal, on the other hand, actually does view Emerald as a "replacement," and sees her as getting the life she could have had if Jaune had taken her instead of Emerald.
  • 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 canon portrayal.
  • The Heart: In addition to being Team Mom, Summer plays this for her team and extended family, much like how her daughter was in the original timeline.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Jaune points out that he's lost people before, even those he grew to love, but he's had time to deal with the loss and hasn't fallen into a "Woe is me, no one can love me or they'll die" mindset. It does cause him some problems between him and Emerald when he sees Pyrrha in a tournament that Emerald was competing in, though.
    • Averted for the Xiao-Long/Rose family- without Summer's death, Yang never has to step up as Mom of the house, Taiyang doesn't crumble to the point he needs a therapy dog, and Qrow doesn't become the sullen alcoholic that his main counterpart is known for.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jaune mentions offhand that in the Bad Future, Whitley turned on his father once he went too far, and was killed shortly after.
  • 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, though this was self-invoked by Jaune so that Ironwood wouldn't take the blame and be able to become the General that Atlas needs.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: One of Jaune's issues, and why he doesn't realize all the waves he's making until after they've been shoved in his face, is that he has self-esteem issues that go back to well before the Downer Beginning. Mentally, he still sees his skill level as being of that at his seventeen-year-old self, before he Took a Level in Badass, so he thinks he's unimpressive. This wasn't helped by constantly being surrounded by people who outclassed him in literally every way possible, or by his personal trainer being Pyrrha Nikos. This is compounded by the lingering guilt at not being able to save Pyrrha or any of his other friends.
  • 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- specifically, Helena Nikos, Pyrrha's older sister.
    • The Vytal Festival is once again attacked by the White Fang, causing Jaune to have a traumatic flashback to his own experience. This time, however, it's not the Vale Vytal Festival that's attacked, it's Atlas, and while Salem is providing aid, it's in the form of Hazel and Tyrian, rather than Grimm and Cinder.
  • 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.
    • Winter. While she's still more action-oriented than a standard executive, she's running the SDC's security handily and is able to drop the attacks on their property by sixty percent.
  • Hope Spot: Summer gets one after the Fang attack on the tournament. She'll finally get to introduce the man who saved her life all those years ago (Jaune) to her family properly, and perhaps even pseudo-adopt him into hers. It seems to be going well, with even the suspicious Qrow seeming to warm up to him a little... then Ruby screams and dives away from Jaune in horror, because the last time she saw him he was literally slicing a Faunus to pieces and covering her in its blood. Jaune leaves quickly after that, and isn't seen by the family again until after he sets up the ASH Gym in Vale.
  • 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.
      • Chapter 45 clarifies that she might think Jaune attractive, but Vernal actually respects him on a much deeper level and views him as a pseudo-father figure and worthy mentor. Taiyang on the other hand, gets the reaction of complete understanding of why Raven went after him.
    • Yang admits to herself in chapter 44, if Jaune was younger but still as mature as he is now, she'd probably go for him.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Alexander Nikos demands that Jaune and Emerald step down from the winner's circle because Emerald cheated by using her Semblance... when everyone saw that the chains that wrapped up Pyrrha's weapon came to life earlier in the fight.
      • Years later, he still claims that Emerald cheated, before demanding that Pyrrha use her own semblance in tournaments.
    • For all his talk about doing things differently than Ozpin, Jaune has shown that he is just as capable of the callous manipulation and deceit that he condemns Ozpin for and doesn't even realize it. Both frequently lie to their allies to protect their own secrets and both run educational institutions for children for the purpose of teaching them how to fight. Jaune tries to justify himself to Summer by claiming that he only wants the children to be capable of defending themselves if they're in danger, while Ozpin seeks to mold them into soldiers in his secret war; he caps this off by stating his desire to kill Salem himself instead of leaving someone else to do it. Once Raven learns the truth about Jaune, she wastes no time in calling him out for keeping secrets.
      • This even extends to how he treats some of the people under him. While he loathes Ozpin for making them pawns and placing their lives in danger for his Forever War, which got most of them killed in his timeline, here in the Mistral Regional Tournament he is all too willing to risk Vernal getting killed by Cinder in order to discover whether or not she was still working for Salem in this timeline, treating her as a pawn as well.
  • 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.
  • I Hate Past Me: Downplayed with Jaune. Whenever he thinks about his attempts to woo Weiss, he's amazed by how bad he was, at one point saying Weiss had the patience of a saint. Upon actually meeting his past self, Jaune's further embarrassed by his younger self's introduction, thinking that it was even worse than he remembered.
  • I Have Many Names: Jaune. So far: Jaune Arc, The Healer, Raven's Champion, Jaune Ashari, The Smiling Man, Henry Waters-Brown, and Goldilocks. The White Fang call him The Specialist.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved/Because You Were Nice to Me: Chapter 45 reveals this as a big motivation of Vernal's, and why she's so fixated on Jaune- the Branwen Tribe isn't too big on touchy-feely things, so Jaune teaching her when he stayed with the tribe was a huge deal to her because he could actually teach instead of what the Tribe did- insult her, tell her to get back up, and ready for the next bout. He actually cared about her in that brief time he was there, and as someone who had never been cared about by anyone before, ever, Vernal latched onto that. It's also why she's so harsh to Emerald at the start- her comment of how Emerald was a "replacement," for her wasn't just an insult, it was her honest feeling, that Jaune had abandoned her and found a new child to take in, that Emerald is taking the place that she should have had.
  • 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. She later points out that she considers most of her forces expendable if it means she can get her hands on him, because only she can put the brand Jaune has on a person, but she didn't.
    • Used a few times by Atlas and some of the gangs of Vale to people who attack them, if only to find out why.
    • This saves Jaune and Emerald when they're recovering a book from a ruin, as Tyrian realizes that the only way he'd be able to take Jaune in alive is to fight at a level where either Jaune or he would die. The later is unacceptable to him for obvious reasons, and the former isn't acceptable because of the trope. Therefore, Tyrian amicably calls the whole thing off and leaves.
  • 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. Pretty much all of Jaune's friends and colleagues call him out on this once he tells them what happened.
  • 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.
    • Emerald still gets her chain-blade-guns from canon, if a little rougher in design thanks to Jaune not remembering exactly how they worked.
    • Raven still becomes the Spring Maiden.
    • Cinder Fall still joins with Salem.
    • Weiss still gets sick of Jaune early on, although this time it's not for his romantic gestures, but because Winter won't stop talking about him.
    • One thing Jaune fears about changing too much, or going after known future allies or targets of Salem and her forces, is that ultimately this trope might come into play. For example, say that he hunts down and kills Cinder five years before Beacon. There's no reason that Salem couldn't just train up another girl that Jaune will know nothing about to take on Cinder's role, and this time he'll have no knowledge of her strengths, weaknesses, goals, and plans.
    • The Malachite twins still work with Junior.
    • Likewise, Neo and Roman are still a pair.
    • Even with him getting motivation from Jaune earlier in the timeline, Sun Wukong still won't wear a shirt.
    • While for completely different reasons, Adam is still fiercely determined towards Blake - only he intends to save her from her path of darkness, and not control her as his toy, like in the original timeline.
    • Raven still diverts attention from her by presenting a decoy Spring Maiden. The divergence lays in the fact that Qrow mistakenly assumed Nora was the Maiden, and Raven rolled with it instead of deliberately grooming a girl for the role.
  • In the Back:
    • How Jaune gets treated by Blake Belladonna after showing her a bit too much trust.
    • How Junior takes out his own father.
  • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: Young Jaune is convinced that Raven Branwen is one of the Fae (of the Winter Court to be precise, and the research and observations he's made would back that up to the untrained observer). No matter how many times she tells him no, he's an idiot for thinking that, he still calls her a Fae.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Young Jaune just finishes declaring that his "fairy godmother" is the strongest in the world and no one can beat her when Raven tumbles through a portal badly injured and unconscious.
  • Insult Backfire: Emerald doesn't understand why being a "daddy's girl" could be considered an insult.
  • Internal Reveal: In Chapter 50, Jinn tells Raven that Jaune is from a Bad Future. This includes the fate of her daughter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Jaune doesn't want to pursue a relationship with Winter for fear it'd make her a target for Salem (any more than she already is, she is a Schnee and Salem controls the White Fang).
    • The standard response is even anticipated by Jaune and deconstructed, as the usual things to say would be "I can take care of myself," (which is true, but she's used to fighting things like the White Fang, when Salem's forces are so much worse) or "She's already in danger, why worry" (Winter's isolation in Atlas plus the aforementioned "So much worse" mean that she's far easier to take out than his other loved ones, who all live in Vale).
  • 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.
      • Salem becomes interested in Jaune because he bears her symbol- which shouldn't happen, as she is the only one who can do that and she wasn't the one who put it on him.
    • 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.
    • In terms of romance, Whitely clearly feels this way about Sun, since Sun seems to be making more romantic headway with Emerald than he does. Sun returns these feelings of Whitely's. Emerald doesn't care.
  • 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. After the Menagerie debacle, the two seem to have softened their views somewhat of each other. While they're not going to be close friends anytime soon, Adam is seen as the "nice" member of the Fang who leaves SDC targets alive, and Adam recognizes that not all Schnees are as bad as Jacques.
    • 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, just his own insanity and bloodlust (the others at least have reasons- bad ones, in some cases, but excuses for their behavior). 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jaune says to Roman that Nora and Ren won't be terrible people with dark secrets, as they're just kids. Roman fires back that Neo is also a kid.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: The reason why Jaune accepts Cinder's offer to join the ASH Gym after the tournament.
  • 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.
  • Kid Has a Point: Younger Jaune manages to give insightful advice on fear and being a coward, citing the strength people gain from fear, especially fear of losing those close to them. This actually gets through to Raven on some level as she looks like she will be taking a more active role in the war against Salem.
  • 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. Or at least, this is the reason he gives Jaune. In reality, it was a way to test Jaune's skill and to determine how much he knows about Salem's operations- and given that Jaune didn't bat an eye at Tyrian's miraculously regrown tail, he revealed more than he intended to.
    • Several of the girls at the ASH gym give up rather than seriously try for one of the spots to compete in an upcoming tournament because they'd have to beat Vernal or Yang for it, the former of whom has never been beaten by anyone except the teachers.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Yang hangs one when she learns that Sun was caught pickpocketing by a strange man who was heading to Vale, who gave him words of inspiration, money, and food. Yang leans over to Emerald and bets her that the man was Jaune. Emerald tells her that that'd be silly, and that not everything weird has to do with her dad. Not only was it Jaune, it was also a significant event in Jaune's life as it let him pinpoint how far back he went.
  • Late to the Realization: Jaune learns that Winter has the hots for him months after everyone else has figured it out. Chapter 45, however, hints that he may have been deliberately ignoring it because he doesn't want the relationship due to all the other responsibilities in his life.
  • Like Father Like Daughter: Neither Jaune nor Emerald figures out that someone has romantic feelings for them, despite the people in question being rather obvious about it. Emerald, at least, has a level of social skills that a ten year old would laugh at, while Jaune has no excuse.
  • 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 Weakness:
    • 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. Jaune keeps one around for just such an occasion.
    • Flashbangs also work just fine on humans as well- even if someone doesn't have enhanced vision or hearing, it's still a massive flash of light and painful wave of sound designed to incapacitate in a way that you can't really train for, as Qrow, Glynda, Weiss, Pyrrha, and Whitely find out.
      • Flashbangs have their drawbacks as well- Jaune bemoans that outside of a heavily militarized society like Atlas, it's harder to get his hands on some, and that it'll be even harder (if not impossible) to get his hands on some if Atlas goes to war.
    • Mecha-shift weaponry is extremely versatile but is also crippled if someone manages to jam it. Emerald gets the upper hand on Pyrrha by entangling the chain of one of her weapons on the redhead's weapon, leaving it unable to transform.
  • Long Game: One of Jaune's criticisms towards Ozpin is that he's already written off the current generation and is trying to recruit their children for the fight against Salem.
  • Love Triangle: There appears to be one developing between Whitley, Emerald, and Sun, with the boys competing for the hand of Emerald... and Emerald not caring at all.
  • 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- and sometimes (such as Emerald's case) it's both at once.
  • Mama Bear: Summer takes a hard stance against Ozpin when he tries to recruit Yang for Beacon two years early. While Taiyang calmly convinces Yang to wait until she's seventeen, Summer tells Ozpin in a quietly furious tone that she won't allow it.
  • 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.
    • Tyrian and Hazel are this for the White Fang. While Sienna Khan is in charge, it's clear to those who know her and the group that she never takes action without consulting them. This also means that Salem is the real power behind the White Fang.
    • Ozpin is this for his agents.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Jacques is gunning for one between Jaune and Winter.
  • Master of Illusion: Per canon, Neo and Emerald. Neo's illusions, though, are more akin to a hologram from a science-fiction show, in that they exist and everyone can see them. Emerald's illusions are more akin to creating hallucinations- only her target can see them. Best shown when the two have a staring contest- it looks like Neo isn't blinking at all, while Emerald is blinking freely, but Neo doesn't know that because she's caught in Emerald's illusion.
  • May–December Romance: To a minor extent, but Jaune mentions that the age gap between Winter and himself is one thing he'd have to work through if he was interested in seeing Winter as more than a friend or student.
  • Metaphorically True: By re-interpreting cowardice as a fear of losing their loved ones, or throw everything she cared about away for mere survival, Jaune convinces Raven to spur herself to action and take a more active stance in opposing Salem and her forces.
  • 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.
    • When Jaune first takes Emerald in, she thinks that he's there for reasons related to this trope, as she's seen "nice" people take in orphan kids off the street... to heartbreaking results. Before she realizes that Jaune wants to keep her around for being herself and not for sexual purposes, she thinks to herself that "I'll just take the free stuff he's giving me and die happy when it's my time."
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: A minor example, but when Team STQ are teasing Jaune about Winter kissing him, Jaune tells them that he's pretending really hard that it wasn't a kiss of romance, but to thank him for teaching her siblings, because he can't return her feelings. The mood quickly turns somber.
  • 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).
    • Justified in that he is a Shell-Shocked Veteran who has been Conditioned to Accept Horror. Might be leading to him becoming The Dreaded of the Vale criminal underworld. Also most mooks are just normal humans with a little martial arts training or a weapon. Even if they have their Aura unlocked, those that can fight against trained Hunters (or those with equivalent experience) are very rare. Most of them fall into a level of the thugs that Ruby beat up in the first episode of canon. Someone like Jaune against them- or god forbid, Raven- is a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • 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. In chapter 47, Emerald outright states her moral compass amounts to "Would this action upset Jaune?", such as not betting using Whitley's money because Jaune wouldn't like it.
  • 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. The problem is that eventually, he has to turn into her Morality Pet, as she keeps sliding into the same extremism that he did in canon.
  • More Dakka:
    • Qrow wasn't happy to learn that Coco (who trains at the ASH gym) has, as per canon, her primary weapon be a minigun. He was especially unhappy to learn what being shot with four thousand rubber bullets a minute feels like. He was extra especially unhappy to learn that when Summer tried to count the bruises, she gave up and said "One," as in his entire front side was one massive bruise. And he just got plain mad when he learned that Jaune didn't normally allow her to use it in combat anyway, and that Jaune forgot to tell Taiyang and Qrow they shouldn't allow her to do that.
    • King says that one of the ways a non-hunter can fight someone with Aura is by shooting them enough until their shields break.
  • 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.
    • After learning that Ren and Nora were taken in by Arthur Watts, Jaune realizes he can't rescue them because they'd be used as hostages against him. But if he doesn't, they'll be indoctrinated by Salem.
  • 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.
    • Both Sun and Emerald try to pickpocket Jaune on separate occasions. Luckily for each, Jaune isn't interested in harming them, though he did have to heal Emerald's wrist after he reflexively broke it.
    • 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.
  • Multilayer Façade: Jaune creates multiple identities for himself and rarely reveals all of them to everyone. Most people, including his friends, know him as Jaune Ashari. His criminal partners are aware of him being Henry Waters-Brown as well as Goldilocks. Winter seems to be aware of the former, but not the latter identity. Emerald, having been with Jaune for a long time, knows all his names and personas, but doesn't understand the significance between the original "Jaune Arc" name. So far, Raven knows the most about Jaune, having even managed to learn about his past as Jaune Arc, though she cannot quite connect all the dots.
  • 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.
    • Played for laughs with Raven, who teleports to Jaune's house on a semi-regular basis to raid his fridge, commandeer his bed or couch, get a shower and breakfast, and leave in the morning. It annoys Jaune and Emerald to differing degrees. She openly states that she wishes it was possible for her to form a "bond" (which is necessary for her to make portals) with inanimate objects, because she would definitely make one to the bed in Jaune's guest room.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • During a meeting between Jaune and Roman, Emerald and Neo have a staring contest, using their Semblances to hide that they're blinking.
    • Qrow uses his incredible ability to turn into a bird and fly to avoid taking the elevator. Ozpin is annoyed at this.
    • Raven uses her portals to sneak into Jaune's house and steal his beer.
    • Sun and Whitley use their Semblances in an effort to win an air hockey game against each other.
  • 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.
  • Mysterious Backer: Jaune is shaping up to become one for multiple parties, ranging from Junior's gang to Oobleck's archaeology work.
  • Mythology Gag: Helena tells her sister that she should find a man who is like Jaune Ashari, but not as oblivious, and take him for her own. Pyrrha's subplot of the first two seasons of RWBY was that she had fallen for Jaune (who in the future becomes Jaune Ashari).
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  • Nay-Theist: After his past life Jaune is aware of the existence of gods, but he doesn't worship or even respect them, seeing them as Jerkass Gods whom humanity owes nothing to.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Jaune's interference in a White Fang rally led to Tyrian and Hazel infiltrating the organization, turning it violent three years early, which in turn led to the death of Ghira Belladona (Blake's father), the Fang gaining a near-impenetrable stranglehold over Menagerie, and Blake turning into the same sort of extremist that Adam was in canon.
    • In a way of "Two rights can have a wrong impact," Jaune saves Summer Rose from her canonical death, and then later saves Ruby from someone trying to kill her at the Vytal Festival. The problem is that the way he saved Ruby was by carving someone to pieces right in front of her and splattering her with blood, traumatizing her. In canon, Ruby's motivation to become a huntress was to honor the memory of Summer, and without that, becoming a huntress was just something her family did. With a lack of motivation and a great deal of trauma associated with combat, Ruby no longer wants to be a huntress.
    • Raven's rescue of Jaune from a White Fang ambush not only revealed her to be the Spring Maiden to Hazel (and thus, Salem's forces) but it also highlighted that Raven had continuous contact with Jaune for years. This causes Summer to have a minor breakdown when she reflects that Raven saved Jaune, but didn't try to save her when she was injured. It also causes suspicion between Ozpin and Qrow, and Jaune, as he never told any of them this or tried to get her to come back.
    • Jaune's rescue of Nora and Ren, and sending them off into the wilderness alone (albeit prepared) unfortunately had major consequences when it's revealed to Roman and Neo from an old lady in Anima that Watts kidnapped them because they were trying to find Jaune again.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: During the Mistral Tournament, Pyrrha reflects that fighting had become boring since she recognizes every fighting style she sees and knows how to counter them. Seeing Emerald's terrain control and Yang utilizing her own momentum reignites her passion and makes her want to go down in the arena and fight both of them in a threeway battle.
  • 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, fear, or annoyance. Jaune is the sole exception. Despite Whitley making it blatantly obvious, she has no idea he has romantic feelings for her.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Ozpin, the last time Qrow came to him with "good news", it led to a wild goose chase that even Summer and Taiyang refuse to speak of.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Jaune himself. He openly states that he's really nothing special on multiple occasions, comparing himself to truly exceptional hunters and huntresses like Qrow or Ruby. The thing is that he spent three years of his life fighting a war across most of Remnant, and while he might not have the style of one of the tournament winners (such as Pyrrha in his old life), he has far more practical, real-world experience and a tendency to fight dirty backing up that he's now in a world where most of the people he knew are ten years younger and less experienced. For example, the highly skilled specialist, Winter Schnee? Whom Weiss looked up to as both a sister and a mentor? When she first meets Jaune, she's twelve.
  • 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.
    • Vernal views the Mistral tournament as more than just a chance to fight strong people, it's also a way to get closer to Jaune. Jaune also has other reasons for going to Mistral- specifically, to look for Ren, Nora, and Pyrrha and offer them spots in his school.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: After being chewed out by Raven in chapter 61, Jaune has a moment when he realizes the similarity between himself and Ozpin, causing him to finally understand the man's reason for keeping secrets wasn't paranoia or distrust but an overinflated sense of responsibility.
  • 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.
    • Emerald is outright comically oblivious to Whitley's interest in her. Not even receiving a love poem from him makes her suspect anything. This now also extends to Sun.
  • 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]
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Jaune gets a nice one when Summer learns that Emerald is fifteen and hasn't gotten the "Birds and the Bees" talk yet. He blames Yang.
    • A member of Raven's tribe goes from threatening Young Jaune to almost begging him to not tell anyone that he almost stabbed him when he learns the boy's Raven's apprentice.
  • One Steve Limit: In an odd sense, this is mostly averted among the cast, due to Jaune being the Sole Survivor of his timeline- there's no one left to share the names of his friends, and the way Remnant's society considers freedom and individuality, there's not much overlap. There is one case, though- Jaune Ashari shares the name and DNA of his counterpart, Jaune Arc, who still lives in Ansel with his parents and as of chapter 45, is being trained by a curious Raven Branwen.
  • Only Friend: Raven notes that Jaune is the only person she can let her guard down around. Similarly, Jaune, in his own internal monologue, sees her as one of the few people he can share his true goals with or have a conversation with that doesn't bring up horrible memories, isn't a terrible conversationalist, or is a spy for Ozpin.
  • Only Sane Man: Adam Taurus seems to be the only member of the White Fang to remember they're fighting for equality, not to capture/kill Jaune Ashari for Hazel and Tyrian.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: To Taiyang and Qrow's dismay, this is the basis for Jaune's combat prep school.
    Taiyang: They're not thinking outside the box, Summer. There is no box! They have booby-trapped the box. The box is a Grimm in disguise, I swear.
    Summer: You're such a drama queen.
    Taiyang: I'm really not!
    • Perhaps best demonstrated when Qrow and Taiyang ask how the students could have defeated him, and one answer is "tactical airstrike." Other answers include poison gas (because everyone needs to breathe) and a taser (since electricity goes through Aura). The answer they were looking for was "Teamwork."
  • Overprotective Dad: Taiyang and Qrow, while hanging out with Jaune, mention that their weapons are ready for the day some poor fool decides to ask out Ruby or Yang. Jaune thinks to himself that he'd be fine with a boy asking Emerald out, unless it happened to be Mercury, in which case all bets were off.
  • The Paranoiac: Ozpin comes across as a rare justified example of such, particularly in his paranoia, control freak tendencies, belief that he knows better than anyone else, and belief in conspiracy theories. It's justified because as an immortal being, he genuinely does know better than most people most of the time, there really are people out to get him, and he's actually at the center of several major conspiracies. That being said, he is paranoid of Jaune and desires to get him fully under his control- though there are elements that justify this, such as Jaune interfering in several operations and him being in opposition to Salem.
  • Parental Favoritism: Helena makes it quite clear to her sister Pyrrha Nikos that their father, Alexander, has never considered Helena his daughter, but he does consider Pyrrha his. She then hammers it home that the only person whose fault it is is Alexander himself, and that Pyrrha is not to feel bad about that.
  • 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.
    • Taiyang and Summer, while being the best parents in the entire setting (as low a bar as that is, given the abundance of orphans (Sun, Nora, Ren, Emerald) or abusive parents (Jacques before he lightened up, Junior, Pyrrha and Helena's father, canon Mercury's father, Raven in the abandonment sense, Willow Schnee in the alcoholic sense)), still struggle to deal with their growing daughters. They struggle frequently with how to handle Yang's adolescence, and a recurring subplot is their trying to deal with Ruby's trauma after the Vytal Tournament.
    • Taiyang and Summer know how important their work against Salem is, and how it's important that they need to fight her... but at the same time they want Ruby and Yang to have absolutely no part in that struggle because of how dangerous it is, even compared to normal Hunter work. When Ozpin tries to tempt Yang into joining Beacon two years early, Summer cites her own near-death experience as a reason to not be so hasty to sign up.
  • 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.
    • Qrow and Jaune can see the writing on the wall that the real reason Ozpin wants Ruby and Yang to become huntresses (aside from the Silver Eyes thing in the case of Ruby) is so that in a few years, there'll be a new version of Team STRQ to take up the fight against Salem, despite what the current Team STRQ wants.
  • 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. Young Jaune is still around, and is under the implication that Raven is his fairy godmother. And then she starts training Young Jaune.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Averted. Sky Lark accidentally touches Yang's chest in the ASH Gym's mini tournament, but she doesn't go into any sort of revenge mode or seeks vengeance. That said, this is because they're in the middle of a match, and she takes advantage of his apologizing to hammer him into the ground.
  • Poor Communication Kills: While it doesn't exactly cause any deaths, many of the Emerald's mental issues could have been resolved far earlier had Jaune told her that he considered her his daughter, or even just that he wasn't going to sexually assault her.
  • 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.
    • Most of the gangs and crime families in Vale won't touch the stuff the West City Boyz sell because it tends to kill its users. Jaune notes that smart criminals want repeat customers and relatively safe business and dead bodies are the opposite of both.
      • There's also a reason most of the crime families aren't in a constant state of war with one another- initiating a major gang war in the city would increase negativity, which would draw the attention of Hunters and Grimm. Keeping things "civil" is best for everyone.
    • When Roman robs the ball being held for the Schnees and Jaune, he specifically orders his goons to leave the kids alone. Not just because he doesn't like hurting kids, but because kids aren't likely to have a whole lot of valuables, unlike their parents would.
    • While some of the SDC operations run on what's functionally slave labor, Jacques Schnee is against such conditions as no one would accept his company using actual slavery.
  • 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.
    • Played straight with Jaune, who takes Emerald in off the streets and raises her as his daughter.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Jaune gets Oobleck to translate some of the ruins he found... it doesn't go well. After a long time, much money spent, and tons of effort thrown into them, the best they can do is a few pages of partially translated notes. Work like that takes time, particularly the translation of dialects that haven't been spoken of in thousands of years.
    • Summer immediately tells Ozpin about the man that saved her life, and as much as she could tell about him, and tries to check up once a month to see if Ozpin has found her savior. The problem is, the best description she could give is "Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes, with a healing semblance." Semblances are not an exterior feature, and require active use to be seen (if they can be seen, which isn't always a guarantee), and even if they were, "Blonde and Blue Eyed," is such a wide net, even Taiyang (her husband) falls into it.
    • Even if Jaune is shown affection by someone, he's not obligated to return those feelings. Summer, Qrow, and Taiyang start teasing him about Winter kissing him, but they stop short when he tells them he doesn't feel the same way but doesn't know how to tell her that without crushing her (or getting her on a campaign to slay Salem and her goons to make sure Jaune is available). He even points out that even if he was interested, there's lots of competing things on his attention, such as his illicit activities, running the gym, prepping to fight Salem, and working his plans around Ozpin's, not to mention that he's number one on Salem's list. He does admit that he wouldn't mind going on a date or two with Winter to see if things could work out if he didn't have all those things going on in his life.
    • Abuse and a total lack of anything resembling love and affection from growing up is not something fixed easily. It takes Jaune close to eight years to get through to Emerald that he's not keeping her for a purpose, that he's not going to sexually assault her, and that he cares for her as a human being. And even then, Emerald struggles in social situations that a ten year old would navigate with ease, has trust issues miles high, and doesn't like anyone who tries to get close to Jaune for fear they might take away the only person she really believes in in the world.
    • Ironwood and the other teachers at Atlas are educators and instructors of children, meaning that they recognize clear signs of abuse. It takes less than a day for them to confront Jaune about Emerald's Troubling Unchildlike Behavior, and those assigned to teach Emerald pepper in their conversations with her with questions about how Jaune has been raising her. He isn't abusing her, of course, it's a result of Emerald growing up on the streets, but they don't know that and they have to be sure.
    • Apparently Jaune leaving Nora and Ren to fend for themselves in the wilderness instead of taking them with him, no matter how prepared they were, would backfire on him. Roman learned this the hard way when he was hired years later to search for them - Watts had found the pair because Salem had her forces keeping an ear to the ground about anyone who knew Jaune.
    • When a freak storm delays their flight, Qrow is incredulous that they have to wait two hours, but Taiyang points out that the airport has to chart a new route, add extra fuel, and contact the receiving airport to make sure there's room at the new time.
    • Young Jaune attempting to attack a Maiden by screaming at the top of his lungs as he runs across fifty meters of open ground gives the woman an eternity to casually dodge his attack and pin him to the ground. However, said Maiden then ignoring Jaune when he's both conscious and uninjured gives him an opportunity to stab her in the thigh.
    • Not long after Young Jaune went off with Raven to rescue Ren and Nora, his family realized he was gone and filed a missing persons report along with checking everywhere they can think of to find him.
    • The horrible work conditions SDC employees face at many of their mines aren't because of Jacques Schnee but more local managers trying to look good by increasing profits whle cutting costs. Running a Fiction 500 doesn't allow someone the time to oversee every minute detail of their company.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: In varying capacities, Jaune has enlisted the aid of Junior and the Malachite twins, Roman and Neo, Raven and Vernal, and Emerald.
  • Reflexive Response: When Jaune recognizes Emerald after she tries to pickpocket him, his hand clenches into a fist. Since he's still holding her wrist, he accidentally breaks it.
  • 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.
  • Rescue Introduction: Summer first meets Jaune when he heals her from a mortal wound. She then spends the next few years searching for him again to express her thanks, and eventually "adopts" him and Emerald into her extended family.
    • Raven's tribe meets Jaune after he kills the Nucklelavee and he passes out, nursing him back to health because of his strength.
  • Resignations Not Accepted:
    • Averted. 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 (as Jaune, from Vale, and Specialist Foxtrot, from Mistral, are proof), and are free to leave as desired. Although Jaune stays in for eight months longer than he'd planned on due to a request from Captain Ironwood, it's because 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. Ozpin is notably not amused that this trope is averted, as he wanted to talk to Jaune thanks to Jaune's semblance (and other details about him), but Ironwood had accepted Jaune's resignation hours beforehand and the man was long-gone by that point.
    • Played with with Raven. While she's made her intentions clear (including saying that she hates Ozpin to his face and doesn't want to ever work with him again), Ozpin won't leave her alone, constantly trying to get her to return to his service thanks to her mind-bogglingly useful portal semblance, her knowledge of Salem and her forces, and her sheer skill.
  • 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.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Jacques confesses to Winter that Jaune must be some sort of master planner, since after Ironwood was cleared, lawyers appearing on Jaune's behalf started suing all the newspapers that slandered Jaune's name. Jacques thinks this is part of Jaune's plan, to sacrifice himself for Ironwood, then have his friends (Rashem's company) come out and clear Jaune's name. While that is what happened, and Jaune is quite good at making plans, he didn't predict the later part of that- he only found out that Rashem founded a company (and that not only were Rashem's lawyers defending him, but Rashem made Jaune a member of the board of directors and that Jaune himself is a millionaire) after all of the legal action had taken place.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: According to Raven, this is the problem with most Huntsmen- they immediately start using their Auras and Semblances as crutches and don't treat them as they should be- as tools, rather than the be-all and end-all of how you fight. It's why she's training Young Jaune the way she is and hasn't unlocked his aura yet.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Alexander Nikos isn't worried about his abusive behaviour coming to light due to his connections in the media outlets.
  • Scrub: In-Universe. Alexander Nikos and the team he hired to analyze Pyrrha's opponents declare anything but straight head to head combat to be cowardly at best and outright cheating at worst, including traps, smokescreens, hit and run tactics, and using a Semblance (except for Pyrrha). Multiple charaters, including Pyrrha herself, utterly despise him for this attitude.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: This is basically the Nikos family's credo except for Pyrrha and Helena.
    • The Schnees also have something like this, though this lessens as Jacques starts to loosen up and become a better father for his kids.
  • 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.
  • Secret Test of Character: Jaune decides to test if Cinder is working for Salem yet by having Emerald make Cinder think Vernal's eyes glowed during their match. If Cinder brings it up, she's innocent because she doesn't know what it means. If Cinder keeps quiet or attacks Vernal, it means she thinks Vernal is a Maiden and thus Cinder is working for Salem.
  • 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.
  • Serious Business: Whitley's and Sun's air hockey game was already unusually serious, but once Yang promises a kiss from Emerald to the winner, the two start treating it like a fight to the death.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: When Weiss and Whitley stay with Jaune and Emerald for a time, Emerald tells them the pecking order.
    Emerald: There's the dirt, Vernal, the Grimm, you, Winter, random people on the street, Yang and Ruby, me, Auntie Summer and then Dad.
  • 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 and says that "Taiyang was bigger."
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Jaune speculates that this is what a fight between Emerald and Neo would turn out to be- whoever attacked first would ensnare their target in an illusion, and then the fight would be over.
  • 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. This is then dropped once Vernal enters the frame. She feels largely the same about Winter, though is warming up to her slowly (though not helped that Winter kissed her father- she drops her opinion of Winter down to below that of the Grimm).
  • 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.
    • Averted 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.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Jaune is willing to make deals with criminals if it suits his goals and even employs Roman Torchwick himself under his command. When he has to deal with a gang of human traffickers, however, he mercilessly wipes them all out in a single strike and doesn't feel all that guilty about that.
  • 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 Pyrrha very clearly used her own to get out of a trap Emerald set before that. When Jaune refuses, the man threatens to bring him to court over it.
    • Qrow acts this way when Jaune beats him the first time, claiming that he cheated for throwing dirt in his eyes. He eventually gets over this and not only becomes good friends with Jaune, but starts adopting some of the underhanded methods of fighting Jaune espouses (which Jaune had learned from his Qrow). There was a good reason for him to be sore about it, though- Jaune being selected as Raven's champion and beating Qrow basically meant that Qrow couldn't try to get his sister back to team STRQ again, and proved to him that his sister had moved on from her former life in Vale completely.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • An interesting case, as it involves an original character. Helena Nikos was Pyrrha's older sister, but she died when Pyrrha was a child and thus never came up in canon. It's strongly implied that in canon, she (in her Foxtrot persona with the rest of the Specialist team) came upon Tyrian and were all killed. In this story, though, Jaune was with the team and as a result, Tyrian was driven back and the team survived. Helena proceeds to play a major role in Pyrrha's development.
    • One of the first things Jaune does is heal Summer's mortal wound, meaning she survives. In canon, the most we got to see of her was the occasional flashback or her gravestone.
    • A fair portion of Ren and Nora's hometown survives thanks to Jaune, whereas in canon they were the only two to make it out.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Even though "Specialist" is a well-known rank for Atlesian Special Forces, among the White Fang Jaune is known as "The Specialist," because he fought both Hazel and Tyrian at the same time, driving them off (with Summer's help, but that tends to get downplayed).
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Blake has started down a much darker path than her canon self when her father is murdered in custody by Atlas.
  • Stations of the Canon: Averted. Jaune was sent back ten years before the series starts, and all the story thus far has taken place in the timespan between his arrival and when the first episode takes place. It's also unlikely that things will happen the same way, given the massive changes that Jaune has wrought, starting with Summer Rose still being alive. In fact, as of chapter 45, it's still two whole years until the events of canon would have even happened.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: The least charitable interpretation of Emerald's growing attachment to Jaune.
  • 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.
  • Strawman News Media: Alexander Nikos outright says that he has friends in the media, which means that if Helena tries to spread bad things about him, he'll have them quashed quickly. This is made more apparent in chapter 48, when Leonardo Lionheart is completely unaware that Pyrrha has ever lost a match, despite her having lost the tournament in Vale to Emerald. Jaune speculates that it's because they've heavily glossed over her losses in her home country.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jaune looks almost identical to his father Nicholas, enough for Ozpin to mistake the two when Nicholas comes looking for Young Jaune.
  • Stunned Silence: Ozpin is immortal, and has scene countless things in his long life. He's still rendered momentarily speechless at one of Raven's portals opening in his office and dropping off a blood-soaked Jaune and the Menagerie Negotiation Team, accompanied by Raven herself.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Raven is grievously injured for rescuing Ren and Nora, Qrow assumes she was looking for her interests, which lead him to believe Nora is the Spring Maiden. As Raven strongly values her independence, she goes along - and it doesn't hurt that she canonically used a decoy.
  • Sweet Tooth: Emerald adores anything sweet and sugary due to never having had a chance to taste any as a street urchin.
    • Ruby has her canon love of cookies. Summer apparently can't cook anything except cookies.
  • Take a Third Option: There are two main factions in a secret war to control Remnant- Salem's faction, and Ozpin's. Jaune hates Salem because she's Queen of the Grimm, but he also doesn't like Ozpin, so he's determined to save the world his own way.
  • 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.
  • The Talk: In Chapter 49, fifteen year old Emerald finally gets the talk and it's equal parts hilarious and horrifying as she already knows about sex, but only in terms of prostitution and rape, and doesn't remotely understand romance or relationships.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Summer manages to get Emerald to warm up to her via ice cream.
  • 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.
    • Raven begins teaching young Jaune in much the same way: fighting him until he learns what to do.
    • Even without Jaune's warning, Emerald would still be suspicious of Cinder because her time on the streets taught her to be wary of anyone who smiles like they do.
  • 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. It doesn't help that Jacques is angling for an arranged marriage between Jaune and Winter, to the latter's embarrassment.
    • This is averted by Jaune in chapter 45, after Winter kisses him- he openly states that because of his responsibilities and his enemies, he's not willing to get into a relationship.
  • Team Mom: Summer is this for her family, even the adopted ones like Jaune and Emerald. Emerald even refers to her as "Auntie Summer."
  • 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, but may have included Taiyang at one point. She's like what Yang would be like if older, less kid-friendly and without her father's love for puns.
  • That Man Is Dead: After learning about the previous timeline, Raven says this on behalf of everyone from the original timeline, telling Jaune to stop treating everyone he meets like their old selves.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Qrow and Taiyang, subbing in for Jaune at his school, ask the students what would have allowed the students to win against the two of them. The answer they were going for was "Teamwork." What they got was "Poison gas," "Taser," and Qrow has to cut off the person who was about to suggest a tactical airstrike.
  • 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.
  • Time Skip: The story, in between major events, tends to jump forward weeks, months, or years. Most of Jaune's three-year Atlas Specialist career is done offscreen, and that's just one example. This is also done to compress periods of time where not much of interest happens- it would be rather dull to hear how Jaune taught at the Gym and had the students do the same exercises again and again and again.
  • 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- something that Winter notes when she makes her Menagerie report to her father.
  • Trapped in Villainy:
    • The only reason Adam sticks with the White Fang is because Blake is being effectively held as a hostage against him. Still, he tries his best to hold back if possible.
    • One of the reasons Kali hasn't kicked the White Fang out is because if she did, Blake would leave with them (or Blake would be killed).
  • 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.
    • It's so bad that Ironwood and Greening, having only known Jaune and Emerald for a few minutes, begin asking pointed questions about her, trying to determine if she was abused or not. Jaune admits that he picked her up in Vale, and was planning to keep her around.
    • At one point, she was so terrified that Jaune would leave her that she insisted he stay with her until she fell asleep... when she was fourteen years old.
  • Tsundere: Vernal is a non-romantic example towards Jaune. Because he actually trained her rather than simply beating her until she got better, Vernal latched on to him and is distraught when he simply leaves the Branwen tribe. Despite all the trouble she gives Jaune (enough that he knows she's talking about him when she yells "Fuck face"), chapter 45 shows Vernal is incredibly jealous of Emerald and wishes she was Jaune's adoptive daughter instead.
  • 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 (though he admits that he doesn't have an excuse for his first love other than just not seeing it before she died). 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.
  • Unishment: Emerald, on her first day, beat up someone who tried to bully her, so they put her in isolation to think about what she'd done. By the third straight day of her doing this, the teachers figured out that she actually preferred isolation to being around the other students, not helped when Emerald decided to get a leg up on it by just randomly attacking people.
  • Unknown Rival: Alexander Nikos seems to see Jaune as pretty much his archenemy ever since his daughter lost to Emerald in a tournament 3 years ago while Jaune doesn't consider the man as even a threat and as much as just something in his way to getting to Pyrrha.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Downplayed. Many Huntsmen don't bother to learn how to fight defensively and simply let their Aura soak up attacks rather than try to dodge or block. It's why Raven is training Young Jaune the way she is- to avoid that particular flaw.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Blake is one for the White Fang. She honestly believes in the White Fang's message, but Sienna, Tyrian, and Hazel are really only keeping her on and in the loop because it allows them access to Kali Belladona and for someone to keep an eye on Adam. They send her to lure Jaune into a trap which would have two likely outcomes: either Jaune is captured, and she's brought deeper into the Fang by seeing herself useful to a high ranking member (Hazel) or Jaune escapes, probably after killing all the Mooks, which would include her. This could be spun to turn Kali completely against Atlas and drive Menagerie to war. And even though she's heavily wounded and gets away, she's still useful as leverage- Sienna and Hazel all but openly state that if Adam doesn't play ball with them, they'll kill Blake (with Kali implying that she's in a similar position of she doesn't play ball).
  • 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.
    • Vernal wants to win the Mistral tournament thanks to Jaune's belief in her... and to try to get Jaune to accept her in his life.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yang and Emerald. Yang enjoys needling Emerald who replies in kind, but both are still each other's best friends (though in Emerald's case, this isn't saying much). It helps that both hate Vernal more than each other.
  • Weapon for Intimidation: Several members of the West City Boyz proudly display vicious looking knives, but also display their lack of skill by strapping them on the wrong side of their body and in one case, strapping it to their boot.
  • "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- Jaune fell asleep slumped on her desk while she collapsed in her cot.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 46 reveals what's happened to Ren and Nora. They've been taken in by Arthur Watts.
  • Wham Line: A jaw dropping one in Chapter 33:
    And since when did [Raven] have two routes to Jaune?
    • Early on, when the woman that Jaune healed is asked her name, she replies "Summer Rose."
    • For Jaune, when he asks the seven-year-old pickpocket his name, "Sun Wukong," was not what he was expecting.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: As a child, Emerald's only concept of affection was of rape or prostitution. When Summer and Jaune try to explain romantic relationships to her, she immediately becomes nervous and defensive around Sun and Whitly, equating their crush on her to a desire to possess and control her.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Jaune encounters Emerald when he visits Vale the first time. He very briefly considers killing her to get her out of the way and to deny Cinder Fall an asset, but he comes to the conclusion that he can't kill someone who hasn't done anything wrong in this life, spares her, and takes her in.
  • 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.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Adam and Winter each remark that there's no way Sienna would announce that the White Fang has captured Winter before she actually arrives. In the previous chapter, Sienna did just that.
  • 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.
    • Played straight when Jaune and Junior meet the leaders of the Union 46 gang.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child:
    • Upon meeting Emerald for the first time, Jaune briefly considers killing her in order to prevent her future crimes. He quickly realizes how messed up that would be and decides to adopt Emerald instead.
    • One of the rules Roman tries to live by is this. He can attack adults all he wants, but draws the line at hurting kids. He's disgusted when he hears Jaune's description of what the White Fang plan to do to the students of Beacon (Drain their energy using the Aura-Siphoning Machine and create super soldiers- not the real reason, but one Jaune thought up to explain the White Fang's interest in Beacon).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • When captured by the White Fang, Winter provokes one of her captors into hitting her, thinking to herself that obvious signs of abuse during a ransom demand or propaganda piece would harm their cause.
    • Played with. Adam allows another White Fang member to injure him so he can claim they tried to kill him and he heroicall fought them off. While true, he needs the injuries so Sienna can't paint him as a traitor.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Some gangs, such as the West City Boyz, use this in an attempt to seem cool, but every other gang just thinks it makes them look like idiot children.
  • Yandere: Emerald is a non-romantic example. She outright swore to kill anyone who tries to take her adoptive father away from her.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Jaune frequently tells his students that they are much stronger than he was at their age. They frequently disbelieve him.
    • Jaune lays out to Vernal that at the age she is at and with the training she has, Vernal is much stronger than Raven was at her age, because Raven and Qrow were sent off to Beacon to learn how to fight Huntsmen, and Vernal is at least as good as a first year Huntsman already.
  • 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.
    • Averted with Jacques. He congratulates Winter on what little success she had in the Menagerie Negotiations, openly stating that he won't punish her for trying to do something clearly impossible.
  • 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.
    • Jaune is noted by Ozpin to look like he's at least 35 despite being in his late twenties due to stress.
  • 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.
    • According to this trope, Raven claims she owns Jaune's couch. She's apparently serious about it. She might have a lesser claim on one of Jaune's guest bedrooms but she's less insistent on that one.
    • Weiss claims she owes Raven a debt for evacuating her sister from Menagerie, and despite Jaune's mental protests, she accepts.
  • 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.
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