The Ruby and Nora series is a series of RWBY Fan Fics.note The stories take place in an Alternate Continuity that diverges after Volume 1.
The story was originally started by BurningCinders, but the account and series were deleted. After months of the series being presumed dead, the story was reuploaded and completed by BC2.
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Stories in the series
- Adapted Out: Several things from the show don't make an appearance here:
- Team SSSN is nowhere to be seen. They aren't even hinted at in this series.
- Hazel Rainart and Dr. Arthur Watts aren't seen as part of Salem's inner circle.
- Due to the fact that Ozpin doesn't reincarnate, Oscar Pine does not take up any role in this story.
- Adaptational Nice Guy:
- Weiss is noticeably a Nice Girl, despite moments of annoyance and exasperation.
- Blake hasn't shown any signs of hostility or faults of her canon-counterpart.
- Winter doesn't have her typically frigid demeanor in this series. (See the Winter Has Come folder for details.)
- Adaptational Sexuality: Pyrrha and all of Team RWBY are gay. Ren and Jaune are revealed to have begun a relationship. Qrow is also revealed to be bisexual while showing no attraction to men in canon.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: After the Cerebus Syndrome kicks in, things become a lot more devastating than they are in canon.
- Ambiguously Bi:
- Ren and Nora still have a crush on each other, doesn't stop them from kissing Jaune and Ruby during a game of spin the bottle. Ren lost the ambiguity and is now dating Jaune. Nora has also since lost the ambiguity.
- Weiss mentions that her mother cares more about Atlas hookers than her own children. However, the fact that she had children makes it unclear if she is an outright lesbian who only had kids to continue the Schnee bloodline or if she is at least slightly bisexual.
- Anyone Can Die: So far, there are several cases of Death by Adaptation,
- Applied Phlebotinum: A mysterious substance used to disrupt a person's Semblance is introduced in this setting. It is used in Admah Keter's cell and in handcuffs that were used on him and on Glynda and Oobleck.
- Artifact Title: Seemingly. The series is named after Ruby's crush on Nora that originated from the now non-canon story, Nora's Life. But currently, the series focuses on other characters in the story and Ruby's affections have moved to Penny. Now, it just serves as a name for the continuity. However, this seems to be changing now that Ruby and Nora are traveling on their own after the rest of Team JNPR dies.
- Ax-Crazy: Keter, Abigail, Lyra, Adam, Scorch, Mercury, the Aswang, and Raven are all violent maniacs. However, Neo overshadows all of them as the apex example.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Pyrrha almost killed Keter, and viciously beat her own mother to death. Both of them really had it coming.
- Big Bad: Cinder is going to be this for the first part of series, starting with Winter Has Come. And Cinder is actually Salem in disguise. The Arc Villains of the four preceding stories serve as this within their story. After Beacon's Fall, Salem takes up the role.
- Cast Full of Gay: There is a staggering amount of characters that have been made officially LGBT and one who is returning.
- Darker and Edgier: Serial Killers and mass homicide are two things that are casually introduced in this universe. There is a lot more violence compared to canon. The writer admits that it will be more destructive.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Lyra is virulently anti-Faunus. She brutally tortures and kills a Faunus woman because she just assumed she worked with the White Fang. When she genuinely does find a White Fang informant, she completely eradicates any justification she could've had when she tortures him to death after he's already given her all the information he knew.
- Father Scorch holds the inverse view and converted the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy group. Adam is one fervent follower of his.
- Genre Roulette: The stories seem to have a lot of Genre Shifts.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Salem is still the largest threat that the heroes will face and she finally appears in Vytal Tournament. However, the immediate Big Bad will be Cinder. Except not really since they're the same character.
- Hotter and Sexier: Even before the move to the Explicit rating, there is more talk of sex in the series than in canon.
- Knight of Cerebus: While many villains can be said to make the tone shift whenever they appear in their stories, the biggest example by far is the Big Bad, Salem. Her actions cause a permanent tone shift in the series from which it will be difficult to recover.
- Lobotomy: A very real threat to brainwash powerful warriors to enslave them, especially in the latter half of the series.
- Mythology Gag: Several incidents from canon (including Pyrrha's death and Yang's dismemberment)note and some from RWBY Chibi (the spin-the-bottle game where Ren kisses Jaune) are referenced in this series.
- Nice Guy: All of RWBY and JNPR. Including Weiss and Blake.
- Serial Killer: Ahmad Keter is a hedonistic type and Abigail Lemon is an "Angel of Death".
- The Sociopath: There are so many in this series that it has its own page to list them all in detail.
- Take That!: A comment from the writer has noted that they're not the biggest fan of Atlas. Thus, they have a rather unflattering portrayal. Even Oobleck was planning on telling Ironwood to go fuck himself on the air before Port stopped him.
Tropes from each story:
Summary: It is Ruby's birthday, and she wants to spend all Halloween trick-or-treating with her friends. Unfortunately, they bump into a rather unsavory person.
- Big Bad: Admah Keter.
- Big Bad Wannabe: However, despite the fact that he is a legitimate threat, he is still no match for experienced fighters such as Pyrrha and Yang in a straight-up fight.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Keter has a lot of this during the climax. Not only does he take the time to brag to Ozpin and Ironwood, but he takes Ruby hostage and goads Yang and Pyrrha to come so they can see him mutilate her, giving them time to catch up while Ruby distracts him.
- Bullying a Dragon: Ruby lets Keter know that taking her hostage and stabbing Weiss was a big mistake. He finds out why when Yang and Pyrrha show up and beat him senseless.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Downplayed. Blake's costume is a Catgirl outfit, so she has the freedom to use her actual Faunus ears.
- Halloween Episode: The whole story revolves around the main characters celebrating Halloween which is Ruby's birthday. Keter's spree also takes its stride during Halloween night.
- Hope Spot: Keter thinks he's going back to his cell, but then Ironwood and Ozpin inform him that He Knows Too Much about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors. He tries to teleport out... only to realize that his Aura is depleted. Cue Boom, Headshot!
- Idiot Ball:
- Ironwood's Idiot Ball is the reason that the plot happened in the first place. He thinks that putting all of Vale's most dangerous criminals in an airship over the city is a good idea. Who would've guessed that something would go wrong?
- Who trusts a deranged serial killer with personal information? Lock's incompetence is what leads to Keter escaping and getting himself and his family killed.
- Keter lampshades Ozpin's Idiot Ball of putting information about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors on the school's computer database.
- Incompatible Orientation: Ruby is in love with Nora, but Nora is in a relationship with Ren and shows no definitive attraction to girls.
- Laughably Evil: While he is still a Knight of Cerebus, Keter's hammy and jovial attitude along with his snarky comments makes him objectively funny sometimes.
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: Nora's costume.
- Shout-Out: Jaune went out Trick-or-Treating and all he got was a bag full of rocks.
Weiss and Pyrrha (SPOILERS UNMARKED)
Weiss and Pyrrha
Summary: Weiss is recovering from her injury, and Pyrrha is there for her.
- Badass Boast: Pyrrha gives one as she starts deflecting Abby's bullets.
- Big Bad: Nurse Abigail Lemon.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Abby is not the nice person she seems to be.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Abby is this to Keter. Keter is a blatantly crazy serial killer who does not deny he's a monster. Abby hides her true nature and believes she's a goddess because of what she does.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: As Weiss and Pyrrha are trying to piece together Abigail's motivations to a doctor, he seems to figure out that the people on life-support weren't her only victims when he remembers that people tended to die on her watch.
- Genre Shift: The moment Abby reveals her true nature feels like something out of a horror movie. The third chapter is part crime-thriller.
- Mood Whiplash: It seems like a nice fluffy story in the beginning. Then Abby reveals her true nature and things immediately get darker.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Abigail has no combat ability whatsoever. She only kills people using the hospital drugs and her Semblance. Even during the final confrontation, she only shoots Pyrrha from the shadows rather than engage her in a fight. When Pyrrha's magnetism Semblance starts deflecting bullets, Abby panics the fight is over in no time.
- Walking Spoiler: Even saying that Abby is important would spoil the twist of the story. That's why all spoilers are unmarked in this folder.
- Wham Line:
- You're Insane!: Pyrrha calls Abigail a lunatic when she unleashes her EMP Semblance in the middle of the hospital.
Summary: Pyrrha tells Weiss about her haunting past.
Summary: A field trip to Mt. Glenn, what could go wrong?
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Ilia and Trifa first appeared in Volumes Four and Five respective. Here, they appear long before the Fall of Beacon.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Oobleck is even more eccentric than he is in canon, which is almost impressive. He's also incredibly crass and an admitted cocaine addict. (Seriously.) The more impressive feat is that he still has a job.
- Adapted Out: Roman's role in the Mount Glenn train plot has been removed in place of Scorch. Scorch also takes Sienna Khan's role in radicalizing the White Fang.
- Big Bad: Father Tiresias Scorch.
- Bittersweet Ending: They are able to stop Scorch's attack on Vale, but there are several students that already died on the field trip. Not only that but when Ilia tries to answer for her crimes, she is killed by Scorch and Ren is taken soon after. Sure, Ozpin gives him what he deserves, but the loss is incredibly saddening.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The several instances of Death by Adaptation make this story more serious in comparison, and it's not something that they'll recover from as the series goes on.
- Composite Character: Scorch is an Original Character, but he takes on many roles he takes up are taken from other characters. He takes Roman's role in the train bombing and Sienna's role in radicalizing the White Fang. He also takes credit for the Mount Glenn tragedy in place of Dr. Merlot.
- Death by Adaptation: Trifa, Adam, his lieutenant, Ilia, and Ren are all killed off in this story.
- Hotter and Sexier: This story bumps the series' rating to Explicit with a very detailed sex scene between Blake and Yang. This trend continues in Winter Has Come.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the previous Arc Villains made the tone shift within the story, Father Scorch killing Ren and Ilia has permanent effects on the story. He's the first Knight whose actions have directly affected the series as a whole.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Yang convinces Blake to sneak off with her to have sex during the field trip. Something that the chapter summary lampshades as a bad idea.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Scorch transforms the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy organization and a group of Heteronormative Crusaders. Adam buys into this because he found out Blake was gay and he couldn't have her, which implies some misogyny on his part.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Adam looks even more like a petulant child than he does in canon, with his lieutenant calling him immature while he responds "Your face is immature." without a hint of irony. He's still an Ax-Crazy Faunus willing to kill all humans and homosexuals.
- Redemption Equals Death: Ilia is killed by Scorch just as soon as she turns herself in to pay for her crimes.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Adam's death is the first real sign that Anyone Can Die regardless of current canon.
- Sacrificial Lion: And Ren's death truly cinches that fact.
- Wham Episode: The numerous cases of Death by Adaptation, especially Ren, shows that canon is officially out the window and that Anyone Can Die.
Winter Has Come
Winter Has Come
Summary: Winter arrives in Vale to help with an issue.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Qrow is still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but there seems to be more emphasis on the "Jerk" part. He is openly sleazy and abrasive while being even more of a belligerent drunk than his canon self.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: On the flipside, Winter and Whitley are much nicer to Weiss. Winter greets her with open arms without her frigid and strict demeanor, and Whitley is actually noted to be supportive of Weiss. Yes! Whitley Schnee! It's a bit difficult to believe!
- Adaptational Sexuality: Qrow has no indication that he was attracted to men in canon.
- Bad Boss: Skull often kills his workers to ensure that he gets a bigger cut from Cinder.
- Big Bad: Cinder finally takes up the role here, even if she carries out orders through Skull
- Brick Joke: Ginger the prostitute (mentioned in the previous story) makes a cameo.
- Canon Character All Along: Skull is really Mercury. The writer even brings up the Arkham Knight after this is revealed.
- Cool Big Sis: Winter shows how adept she is at this trope. She is genuinely nice to Weiss rather than cold and authoritarian.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Winter has come to Beacon. That's not the only thing that happens, but it's still a significant event that occurs.
- The Heavy: Skull works for Cinder and is the one directly causing the terrorist attacks that Ozpin and his associates are concerned about.
- Obviously Evil: In case you're wondering, the guy calling himself "Skull" that has a deep voice and wears all black with a skull mask might not be a good guy.
- Something Completely Different: This story focuses more on the adults.
- Working with the Ex: Daisy and Winter have to work together. Considering they're divorced because the former was cheating on the latter with Qrow, it's about as awkward as you would expect.
Summary: Let the games begin!
- Adapted Out: Instead of having the whole team, they use three-person teams to start in the tournament for practicality's sake out of respect for JNPR's loss of Ren.
- Butt-Monkey: Team ARN's defeat was hilariously bad.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- RWY vs. ARN was barely a fight. You'd almost feel pity for them.
- Cinder gives a brutal one to Jaune and she would have won if Pyrrha and Nora didn't intervene.
- Despair Event Horizon: The remainder of Team JNPR is still depressed about Ren's death. Blake isn't fairing much better after Ilia's death.
- Decomposite Character: Yang isn't being framed since that plot point is given to Pyrrha. Also, in turn, Mercury isn't the one who was injured for the gambit.
- Friendly Enemy: Nora and Lily spend time flirting before their fight.
- The Ghost:
- It is assumed that Bolin Hori still exists in this universe and wasn't outright Adapted Out, but he doesn't show up in the story along with his team.
- Finally subverted for Salem. After six stories, she sends a video message to them.
- Also subverted with Neo, who also makes her appearance in this story.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: After being framed for injuring a student after a match, Pyrrha went from Beacon's hero to violent psycho in the public eye.
- Reese constantly flirts with Weiss to mess with her despite the fact that Weiss already stated that she had a girlfriend.
- Mercury taunts Team JNPR after Ren died just to rub salt into the wound.
- I Shall Taunt You:
- Salem has a message sent to Ozpin basically doing this to him.
- Mercury can't help but be a jerk to JNPR.
- The Reveal: Penny isn't a robot in this continuity; she's human.
- Shout-Out: Nadir's hair isn't pink. It's lightish-red.
- Tragic Keepsake: A locket that Ilia owned belonged to one of her mothers and it was given to her before Scorch killed them. It now serves as this to Blake after Ilia was killed by Scorch.
- Wham Episode: A lot of major plot points start occurring in this episode, including the Fall of Beacon.
Summary: As Cinder watches the carnage unfold, she remembers the events that lead to this wondrous victory.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- Neo was terrible in canon, but she wasn't a rapist.
- Cinder kept Emerald around in canon after her plans were getting too intense, but here, she killed her because she couldn't have someone turning on her because of a burdened conscience.
- Bait the Dog: Just after Emerald admits that she still loves Cinder even though she's horrified by what she's done, Cinder kisses her only to end up killing her.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Cinder had the Seer Grimm brainwash Neo into working for her.
- The Cameo: Roman finally shows up in this story, and it shows why he wasn't involved in any of the major plots in this continuity.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Roman encourages Neo's sadistic behavior.
- Death by Adaptation: Cinder kills Roman when trying to get Neo. Later, she kills Emerald for not being ruthless enough.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted. Neo raping Emerald is treated as a horrible thing.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Roman's workers have a problem with leaving Emerald alone with Neo.
- Posthumous Character: The reason Roman hasn't shown up in the major plots.
- Psycho Lesbian: Neo is revealed to have raped women, including Emerald.
- Rape as Backstory: Emerald was raped by Neo, and Cinder saving her from that is why she's devoted to her.
- Related in the Adaptation: Roman was Neo's father.
- Self-Made Orphan: Mercury did this for no reason other than he could.
- The Speechless: It turns out Neo could speak, but she was brainwashed by Cinder.
- Villain Episode: All the focus is on the villains.
Beacon's Fall (SPOILERS UNMARKED)
Summary: As the Grimm ravage the city, the students attempted to fight back.
- Actually, I Am Him: This story reveals that Cinder is Salem in disguise.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Everything about the Fall of Beacon is made even more devastating.
- All for Nothing:
- Ozpin's efforts to get the Fall Maiden's powers to Pyrrha all fail when Amber is shot. Salem even lampshades this.
- All Pyrrha's attempts to keep Weiss out of this to keep her safe ultimately fail when she is killed right in front of her.
- Cruel Mercy: Salem taunted Pyrrha by saying she was going to do this to her. She would let her live with the knowledge that all of her efforts failed.
- Death by Adaptation:
- Jaune, Glynda, and Weiss were killed in this story. All of them survived the events of the Fall of Beacon on the show.
- This story reveals that Taiyang was killed instead of Summer.
- Downer Ending: Weiss and Pyrrha (for all their efforts to keep each other alive) get killed by Salem.
- Evil Is Petty: Salem was going to let Pyrrha live before she cut her face.
- Foreshadowing: Pyrrha's line from Weiss and Pyrrha saying she'd die without Weiss seems awfully prophetic now.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Daisy saves Winter while Winter was trying to do this.
- The Reveal: Cinder was actually Salem in disguise the whole time.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Weiss and Pyrrha make a mutual one. Weiss tries to stop Pyrrha from doing this and Pyrrha stops Weiss to keep her safe.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The epilogue reveals that Summer is still alive.
- Together in Death: The only solace that Weiss and Pyrrha can have after everything that happened is this.
- Tragic Keepsake: Pyrrha's tiara and Myrtenaster become this for the remaining survivors of Teams RWBY and JNPR.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Cinder is really Salem.
SPOILERS will be unmarked from this point on.
Summary: After the Fall of Beacon, everyone tries to get their bearings so they can move on.
- The Adventure Continues: The ending of the story is Ruby and Nora making their way to Mistral to find the being responsible for the Fall of Beacon.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: Months after the Fall of Beacon, Salem has been badly damaged by Ruby's silver eyes and she can barely stay alive at the moment.
- Death by Adaptation: Lisa Lavender was alive after the Fall of Beacon. This story shows she was killed by some Grimm shortly after Salem was frozen.
- Despair Event Horizon: When Nora finds out that she is the Sole Survivor of Team JNPR, she breaks down into sadness, refusing to believe that her friends are dead. This is a major motivation behind trying to get to Atlas and get justice for them.
"I have nothing, Ruby! After Ren...I didn't think I could live, but Jaune and Pyrrha were there for me, they kept me grounded, sane...when Beacon fell and them gone..."
- Drowning My Sorrows: Nora implies that Qrow has gotten back to this.
- Establishing Character Moment: Jacques establishes himself as an emotionally abusive parent when he says that Winter's defiant attitude should have died with Weiss. He then goes to claim that it was the natural result of defying him.
- Glamour Failure: Due to her injuries, Salem has to stay in Cinder's form for the time being. However, it isn't perfectly recreated.
- How We Got Here: Parts of the story are flashbacks to what happened shortly after Ruby unleashed her silver eye powers.
- Oh, Crap!:
- When Mercury realizes that he's surrounded by Grimm and he's not protected by Salem, he panics since he has to fight off a bunch of Grimm.
- Winter knows that the silver-eyed powers are usually triggered by great loss. When Yang mentions that Weiss went up there after Pyrrha, she immediately panics.
- Tempting Fate: Yang says that Ruby will be able to save Weiss and Pyrrha and Nora says she doesn't know what she'd do if she lost Pyrrha as well. With the How We Got Here method of how the story is presented, this is a Foregone Conclusion.
- Title Drop: After eight stories of the series name progressively becoming an Artifact Title, Nora drops the title of the series when she and Ruby embark on their quest to Mistral.
Ruby: Just the two of us, huh?
Nora: Just Ruby and Nora.
- Troubled Fetal Position: After seeing that Weiss was killed, she takes Myrtenaster from Qrow and goes to the ground to curl up in this position.
Summary: Ruby and Nora stop to help a village that has been suffering a series of single Grimm attacks.
- 0% Approval Rating: The people of Muzukasi are tired of the constant Grimm attacks plaguing their village, so Harold White has the villagers rally against the current chief, Penwood. Once Harold is revealed to be the cause of the attacks, this trope moves from Penwood to him since no one objects to letting him burn alive.
- Asshole Victim: No one objects to Harold being burned alive.
- Big Bad: Harold White.
- Interim Villain: Harold is the only villain post-Scorch to have nothing to do with Salem.
- Mysterious Watcher: The Aswang has been tracking Ruby and Nora on their way to Mistral.
- Precision F-Strike: At the height of her anger towards Nora for bruising her, Ruby drops her first f-bomb in the whole series.
"You're not the one who spent months in a coma only to wake up to find out her fucking
partner and best friend had died, because even though you had a speed semblance...you weren't fast enough
- Reality Ensues: Nora hasn't slept in months and Ruby started traveling with her without a full night's sleep. They're barely awake by the time they make it to Muzukasi.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Penwood notices something fishy about the Grimm when it doesn't disintegrate. Then Nora realizes her hands are covered in oil. At that point, Penwood realizes that it was Harold who constructed a mechanical Grimm to terrorize the village. All for the perfectly justifiable reason that he wanted to be the leader of the village.
- Tranquil Fury: As soon as Summer finds out that Qrow has been hiding things about Salem, she has a cold anger when confronting him as opposed to Yang's very active anger.
- Unstoppable Rage: Nora's anger is so blinding that when Ruby tries to stop her from pummeling an already defeated Grimm, she ends up throwing her into a wall, bruising her. It's this action that snaps her out of it.
- Walking Spoiler: Harold is the one behind the Grimm attacks plaguing Muzukasi.
- You Are Not Alone: Ruby takes the time to remind Nora of this when she lets her rage blind her. She reminds Nora that JNPR were her friends and family, too, and losing them is no excuse for her to be venting her rage elsewhere.
Summary: Aswang finally catches up with his target...
- Alas, Poor Villain: As sadistic and cruel as the Aswang was, even Mercury finds his death horrifying.
- Big Bad: The Aswang.
- Bloodless Carnage: Everywhere Summer's group goes after the Aswang shows that there is no blood from all the deaths.
- Expy: The Aswang seems to share many traits with Tyrian.
- Happy Ending Override: After the resolution of killing Harold in Attacks, the Aswang ended up killing everyone in Muzukasi except Penwood.
- Love Epiphany: Inverted. During her time explaining her Jerkass Realization about how she acted when Ren started dating Jaune, she realized that the only reason she thought she had a crush on him was that they were friends for so long and she cared about him in that way.
- My Greatest Failure: Ruby elaborates on how she felt about not being able to save Weiss and Pyrrha despite the fact that she had a speed Semblance.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The Aswang's death is not described in detail. All we know is that there was a sickening pop, it covered Salem in the creature's blood, and Mercury is terrified of it.
- Sadist: It seems the Aswang likes to inflict physical and mental pain. He leaves carnage wherever he goes on his trek to Ruby. He takes great pleasure in fighting Nora and the prospect of fighting Ruby. And he decides to mess with Nora by using Ren's voice.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Downplayed. The Aswang tracks Ruby down all the way from the Rose/Xiao Long household to capture her with only the knowledge that she's heading to Mistral. He asks questions along the way to people unfortunate enough to encounter him, but he's still hot on their trail.
- Tragic Keepsake: Ruby kept one of Penny's swords. It's what she uses to fight the Aswang, forcing it into defeat.
- Voice Changeling: When the Aswang attacks Nora, he imitates Ren's voice to psych her out.
Summary: If Winter couldn't do military work, then police work is the next best thing.
- Adaptational Villainy: In addition to being an Abusive Parent and Corrupt Corporate Executive, Jacques is also working for Salem. He also poisoned Nicholas Schnee after getting him to sign over the company. When Winter sees this, he threatens to do the same to the infant Weiss if Winter spoke up about it.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Jacques and the Wendigo are working separately from one another, but both serve as the Big Bad.
- Broken Pedestal: Nebula was gushing over the prospect of working with Winter, but after she finds out that she manipulated her into doing something that could have cost her a job, she's not very fond of Winder anymore.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: To avoid her grief, Winter tries to find ways to get back to work after Ironwood gave her mandatory leave. As mentioned in Recovery, this is a pattern for her since she did the same thing after divorcing Daisy.
- Control Freak: Jacques shows his tendencies of this with how easily he'll get angry about Winter defying him and how he acts around the rest of his family and Klein. Salem offers him command of Atlas to further her plans.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Nova Ivy's family was tortured to death. The state that their bodies were found in and Nova's traumatized reaction implies that it was real bad.
- The Hedonist: Willow is an Alcoholic Parent who often spends time with hookers.
- It Can Think: The Wendigo is one of three Grimm that Salem has granted with sentience.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite his abrasive attitude and shady business practices, Ironwood thinks it's a good idea to give Jacques control of Atlas. Winter thinks it's a terrible idea, but Ironwood seems convinced he'll do what he can for the good of Atlas. Winter was right as it is all a ploy to play right into Salem's hands and feed his own ego.
- Private Detective: Winter becomes one in all but name to give herself something to do to keep her mind off her grief.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: After Winter saves her life, Nebula gains respect for her again.
- Stepford Snarker: Winter seems to deal with Jacques abuse by snarking about him to his face.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It turns out that Oobleck has a brother, Dr. Jameson Jekyde Oobleck. And he's just as... eccentric as Bartholomew.
- Tragic Keepsake: By the end of the story, Winter is using Weiss' rapier in honor of her memory, laying down her own sword.
Summary: The Bandit Queen makes her move against Ruby and Nora.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: The Branwen tribe is the reason that Ren and Nora are homeless. Shay killed Nora's mother and Raven wanted to follow Nora for escaping her clutches. This led her to Kuroyuri where Raven attacked the village instead of random Grimm.
- Big Bad: Raven Branwen.
- Bittersweet Ending: As opposed to the rather grim and emotional ending that was left when the series was discontinued, this one ends on a ray of hope. Crescent Rose is destroyed and Nora has a broken leg, but they are finally going to make it to Mistral.
- Domestic Abuse: Raven is seen abusing Vernal. She hits her in the face and then blames her for making her do it. Since she successfully manages to get Vernal to agree with this, it probably isn't the first incident.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Since Raion sells out Nora just to stay alive after denying her service for being "a dirty street rat" even though she could pay, no one is really gonna say that Raven betraying him as much of an issue.
- Lack of Empathy: Raven is ruthlessly cold-hearted and will not bat an eyelash to destroy a train and kill everyone on it to abduct her stepdaughter to deliver her to Salem.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Raven makes the mistake of letting a young Nora get her hands on Lightning Dust, making her unstoppable enough to escape the village with Ren. When one of Raven's men is about to make the same mistake with a stun baton, she panics.
- Oh, Crap!: Just about everyone has this when it's revealed that Nora is powered up by electricity.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Branwen tribe sells off anyone healthy enough to survive the raids as slaves for the highest bidder. Raven implies that some of them are actually sold off as Sex Slaves
- Wrecked Weapon: Crescent Rose suffers a case of Death by Adaptation. Ruby says it was destroyed in the crash.
- You Killed My Father: Raven's tribe is the reason that Nora's mother is dead and she's on her own.
Summary: Salem arrives in Mistral to prepare for the fall of Haven and the city's destruction.
- Adaptational Heroism: Leo was motivated by cowardly self-preservation in canon. Here, Salam is holding his family captive.
- Butt-Monkey: Vernal. It's not funny in the slightest.
- Cruel Mercy: After Vernal threatens her, Little Miss Malachite let's her live, but sends her back to Raven with only a wad of lien when she was supposed to be making sure Malachite gave the tribe their cut.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Vernal is familiar with Raven's ruthlessness, but she is discomforted by the pure sadism that Mercury, Little Miss, and Salem show.
- Faux Affably Evil:
- Little Miss Malachite seems like a pleasant woman at first...then she reveals herself to rabid Sadist who falls asleep to the sound of death.
- Salem continues to show how adapt she is at this trope. She seems to be genuinely friendly with Malachite...until the end, where she reminds her that she's not safe from her wrath, and will die if she fails to kill Ruby.
- Jerkass: Salem, Mercury, and Little Miss Malachite are all sadistic jackasses.
- Kick the Dog:
- Little Miss Malachite's Cruel Mercy (see above).
- Mercury and Salem mocking Leo about his family being held by them.
- Manly Tears: Leo cries at the end of this story.
- Psycho Lesbian: Little Miss Malachite is the depraved owner of a lesbian brothel, though she's a "psycho who just so happens to be a lesbian" type.
- Sadist: Salem, Mercury and Little Miss Malachite all seem to agree that hurting people is fun. Vernal is incredibly disturbed while watching them talk about this.
- Villain Episode: The heroes are nowhere to be seen in this one. This is all about the antagonists.
Summary: Yang learns her rather complicated family history.
- Affably Evil:
- The leader of a Bandit Clan, Corbin Branwen was still ultimately a family man.
- Cedar is a snarky Jerkass but he still tried to help Ava deliver Qrow and Raven, and while he did beat Vernal when Raven ordered him to, he makes it very clear he hates how she treats her before regretfully doing so to ensure the clan gets paid.
- Ax-Crazy: Raven isn't sadistic, but that doesn't make her any less insane.
Summary: Little Miss takes her shot at taking down Ruby.
- Abusive Parents: Salem was already terrible to The Aswang, but here she tried to murder The Spider just because he didn't want to kill humans. Later on, she lobotomizes him and leaves him to be Little Miss' attack dog.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Anyone working under Little Miss Malachite is just as deranged and psychotic as she is. They slaughter a hotel For the Evulz, and watch with glee as Ruby and Nora are tossed into a ring with the spider.
- Amazon Brigade: Little Miss, no doubt due to her tastes, has only women working for her.
- Anti-Villain: The Spider. He kills for Little Miss, but only because of crippling loneliness and her threatening to have him killed if he doesn't.
- Asshole Victim: ALL of Malachite's employees are either torn apart by Grimm or arrested, no doubt going to jail for a long time for assisting in the hotel slaughter and all of the kills committed by the Grimm in the arena.
- Bad Boss: Little Miss Malachite releases all of the Grimm she has in captivity on Ruby and Nora...only for most of them to turn on her forces because the two were calm and the latter were panicking. Not only does Malachite show no remorse for this, she actually throws one of her Co-Dragons to the Grimm as a punishment for something she has just as much blame in before using Kaida (the second half of her Co-Dragons) as a Human Shield to block one Nora's attack.
- Big Bad: Little Miss Malachite.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Little Miss Malachite was such an innocent little girl...before she ordered The Spider to slaughter her village so she could become The Unfettered.
- For the Evulz: Little Miss Malachite could've just broken into Ruby and Nora's room, tranqed them, then killed them. Instead, she slaughtered the hotel the two were staying at, and has them tossed into a ring with the now mindless Spider to fight for her entertainment.
- Gladiator Games: The titular Ring is an arena Little Miss Malachite had built into an "abandoned" warehouse just outside of Mistral. There, she has people killed by the Grimm (specifically, The Spider) and then has their remains tossed into a dumpster in the back of the building. Consider what kind of person she is, and there is not explanation giving in they story for why she does this, it's most likely she does this For the Evulz.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The Spider, a giant, monstrous spider Grimm who can suck humans dry was a complete Nice Guy who was desperate for a friend before a young Little Miss came across him.
- Irony: It's very heavily implied that Nora is falling in love with Ruby, but she feels guilty because Ruby is still torn up about losing Penny so she doesn't act on it I.E. an exact reversal of their stances on one another at the beginning of the series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
- Mercury is horrified after he kills Lionheart's wife and son...because of what Salem will do to him.
- Salem is enraged at Mercury for killing them because if Lionheart realizes they're dead, then he'll turn on them and they'll lose their biggest asset.
- Lobotomy: The Spider's unfortunate fate.
- Nice Guy: Shockingly enough, The Spider.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Both Salem and Mercury are horrified when the latter kills Lionheart's wife and son not out of standards, but because if Lionheart realizes they're dead, he'll most definitely turn on them.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Little Miss Malachite and her forces slaughter their way through the hotel Ruby and Nora stay at just to get to them.
- Sadistic Choice: After stabbing Nora with a venom tipped blade, Malachite tosses the antidote into the woods before running off, leaving Ruby to choose whether to chase her or get the vial to save Nora. Ruby chooses Nora.
- Self-Made Orphan: Little Miss Malachite had The Spider slaughter her whole village, including her mother.
- Serial Killer: Little Miss would lure her rivals to her brothel and feed them to The Spider.
- The Unfettered: The reason a young Little Miss Malachite had the spider slaughter her entire village, to "free" her from her fear, love, and empathy.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Little Miss Malachite's Mother seemed to be a good parent, giving her daughter advice on how to get over her fears. None of this stopped Little Miss from having her killed.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- Little Miss Malachite completely loses it when Ruby and Nora managed to kill The Spider.
- Salem pretty much has a massive temper tantrum after learning that Little Miss Malachite failed to kill Ruby.
- Would Hurt a Child: Mercury murdered Lionheart's son after accidentally killing his mother caused the boy to start crying.
Summary: Salem makes her move against Ruby and Haven.
- Action Pet: Zwei beats the living daylights out of Mercury.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Summer is now a Silver Eyed Warrior and the Spring Maiden.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Vernal's body is tossed aside and forgotten by Raven. This is after she just gave her life for her
- Asshole Victim: Both Raven and Mercury are killed in cold blood. Absolutely nobody was complaining.
- Badass Adorable: Zwei manages to beat Mercury.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Summer, finally having enough of her BS, executes an injured and defenseless Raven.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Salem and Raven get played by Oobleck and Jekyde.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Cedar and Mercury are killed.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Zwei dishes this out to Mercury.
- Fastball Special: Yang throws Zwei so hard he breaks the sound barrier.
- Hypocrite: Mercury jokes to himself that watching is own side lose is fun while watching his bandit alleys get cut down by the heroes. Then Yang and Zwei start kicking his butt, and suddenly losing isn't so fun to him anymore.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After everything the two had gotten away with, Mercury and Raven finally meet their ends at the hands of Ironwood and Summer respectfully.
- Karmic Death:
- Mercury, who used guns in a majority of his kills, is executed by a shot to the head by Ironwood.
- Raven is murdered by Summer, who next to Vernal, was Raven's most frequent victim.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Salem not only truly loses for the time, but she does so hard.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Vernal dies saving Raven, a woman who is nothing but a violent monster. Even then, Vernal barley saved Raven's life, and the latter was killed by Summer anyway.
- Too Dumb to Live: Salem dives after the relic of Knowledge when it falls off a cliff...and ends up hitting a rock on the way down. Due to her invincibility, and the fact only Silver eyes can do any damage to her, she's merely knocked unconscious. Though considering Summer found the relic with little issue, she really didn't need to dive after it like that.
- Undignified Death:
- Mercury is beaten down by Yang and Zwei, before having his legs shattered by Nora and getting shot in the head by Ironwood while begging for his life.
- Raven is injured by a bomb set up by Jekyde and Oobleck, then executed by Summer. Like Mercury, she was pleading for her life.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Raven tosses Vernal's body off of her and decries her as useless for failing to keep her from getting injured. She's murdered by Summer not long after.
The Road to Atlas
The Road to Atlas
Summary: While on their way to Atlas, Ruby, Nora, and the others make a stop and open the Relic of Knowledge for answers.
- Adaptational Heroism:
- Sienna Kahn was the current chief of Menagerie, not the reason the White Fang turned into terrorist.
- Ozpin actually told Qrow about Jinn.
- Adaptational Villainy: Both brother Gods are absolute monsters.
- All for Nothing: Blake's Parents died trying to assure Menagerie was a safe place to live for the faunus. While Sienna finished their work, it was all rendered moot when Jacques lead an attack that took most of the population and left the rest dead.
- Asshole Victim: Both brother Gods we're violent scumbags, and they both suffer And I Must Scream.
- The Atoner: Qrow, continuing on his progress from the last story, gives Blake the relic of Knowledge so she can ask Jinn and the latter tell everyone what's going on and why.
- Void, the God of Darkness and Destruction, was originally just extremely angry at the fact he couldn't create as well as the other Gods. After joining his brother, he completely loses it, and it becomes clear he's now nothing more than a petty Sadist.
- Light, while no less monstrous, was much more calm and collected than his brother. When banished to Remnant, he goes mad, and slaughters the enter human race along side Void.
- Salem pushed her sister to death over a rumor, decapitated her own father after being released from her tower by Void, and created the Grimm so she could watch humanity be "torn to shreds".
- Enfant Terrible: Salem pushed her sister out of their treehouse at the rumor she would grow up to be queen.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Ciel accidentally admits to doing this to picture of Winter.
- Deadpan Snarker: The Pilot gets some good quips in.
- Did I Say That Out Loud: Ciel accidentally admits to possibly masturbating to pictures of Winter.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Like Ilia before her, Sienna dies while Blake holds her.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Every single woman who sees Jinn (with the exception of Summer).
- The Ditz: Jekyde honestly believed Qrow was talking about summoning vodka when he says he "summoned Jinn". Sure, he doesn't know about Jinn, but still. When Oobleck needs to correct you, you know you have some issues.
- Dope Slap: Oobleck does this to Jekyde at Qrow's request.
- Evil Is Petty: Both Void and Light slaughter the entire human race on Remnant as a last middle finger to Spectrum.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Jinn rises out of the relic in fog...and slams her head on the ceiling of the airship due to how cramped it is. Cue a swear and then causally chatting with our heroes afterwards.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse:
- Void was jealous of his other Gods for being able to create whole Universes while he couldn't. This does not in anyway justify him joining his brother in the slaughter of entire universes, and Void personally killing several of his fellow Gods.
- Salem, like in canon, was locked in a tower for most of her childhood and life. This only really explains her immaturity, as the murder of her sister proved she was always a sadistic monster.
- Heroic BSoD: Blake loses it when she sees what happened to Menagerie. After they finally leave, she sits in the corner of the airship, lashing out at anyone who tries to comfort her (even Yang).
- Hidden Depths: While played for comedy, Oobleck finally admits he misses Glynda by pouring a can of beer out for her.
- It's All About Me: Light has killed so many people Jinn, a being of Knowledge can't answer how many he killed. Why? So he could power himself up and become strong enough to take out the Top God, Spectrum.
- Manchild: Jekyde childishly laughs when he sees Jinn's boobs jiggle. It's what causes Qrow to order the above mentioned Dope Slap.
- Mood Whiplash: A lot in chapter 2. It starts off dramatic, being fresh off the last chapter, then Jinn shows up and things get lighthearted for a bit, but at the end, things go back to serious when Blake tearfully asks Jinn why all of the stuff they went through is happening.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Ironwood finally realizes how poor his judge of character is when he's told Jacques lead a full scale invasion of Menagerie, leading to a majority of its population being abducted and the rest being slaughtered.
- Named by the Adaptation: Both the Brother Gods are named Light and Void respectively.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Light condemned entire universes to freeze to death after taking their suns to power himself up.
- Only Sane Man: Summer seems to be the only person in the entire group who manages to keep her focus on the task at hand.
- Really Gets Around: Jinn has apparently had sex with Winter and Glynda, and seems pretty keen on the idea of bedding every female in the heroes' group.
- Serial Killer: Jinn compares the brother Gods to the human equivalent of serial killers.
- Taking You with Me: The Brother Gods slaughter the entire human race on Remnant, knowing full well Spectrum will show up and punish them for it. Unfortunately for them, Spectrum had much worse idea than killing them.
- Top God: Spectrum. He made Remnant, and is apparently powerful enough to strip other Gods of most of their powers (maybe even all of them) and banish them to other worlds.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Not even the Atlas part of the group hesitates to call out Ironwood for trusting Jacques and getting Menagerie attacked. Winter outright says Ironwood and the Atlas council are accessories to genocide.
- Undying Loyalty: Even after Blake lashed out at her, Yang makes it clear to Jinn she'll never bed anyone while she's in a relationship with Blake.
Summary: The group lands in Atlas, and they see the Hell Jacques has created.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- Jacques, given that he's turned Atlas into a totalitarian dictatorship.
- Cardin is portrayed as a Sociopathic Soldier.
- And I Must Scream:
- Turns out Ruby and Nora did a piss poor job lobotomizing Little Miss Malachite. Cardin reveals that while the faunus who are lobotomized suffer a Death of Personality, Little Miss is trapped in her now vegetive body.
- Jacques is drugged with a paralyzing agent by Willow, and is left complete aware as he is mercilessly torn to pieces by everyone he's ever hurt.
- Arc Villain: Little Miss Malachite returns to antagonize Ruby and Nora for a single chapter before they strap her to the same chair she was going to lobotomize Ruby with, and lobotomize her instead.
- Asshole Victim:
- Little Miss Malachite is left in an And I Must Scream state, but considering what she did to The Spider and the faunus, it's hard to say it wasn't well deserved.
- Cardin is executed by Flynt after Neon is killed by him.
- Willow drugges Jacques and leaves him to be killed by Coco, Oobleck, and everyone else who wants him dead.
- Salem is killed in cold blood by Winter. After everything she's done, she's more than earned it.
- Bad Boss:
- Cardin is verbally abusive to the troops under his command.
- Jacques threatens to have Cardin lobotomized if he fails to capture Ruby and Nora before they can do significant damage to his empire.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Jacques kills Ciel, Jekyde, and the pilot with acid.
- Darker and Edgier: Even in a series that's darker than its source material, this story's first chapter manages to stand out.
- Defiant to the End: Jekyde shows no fear in death, threatening to take as many soldiers as he can with him, and staring Jacques down when the latter reveals he's not going to have soldiers kill them.
- Demoted to Extra: Little Miss Malachite is the antagonist of a single chapter, and gets taken out by the end of it.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Jacques is defeated and Atlas has been taken back from his tyranny. But they still have Salem and Void to worry about.
- Domestic Abuse: Jacques has confirmed himself to be this Up to Eleven.
- The Empire: Atlas has now become this. Jacques outright calls it his empire, and a resistance has been put together to topple it.
- Face Death with Dignity:
- Jekyde spends his last moments comforting Ciel and glaring daggers at Jacques.
- Tragically subverted with Ciel, it's clear dying absolutely terrifies her, and she spends her last moments crying in Jekyde's arms.
- Nora shows no fear during her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Jacques has been lobotomizing faunus to be used as slave labor.
- Little Miss Malachite falls into the this, as well. Not only does she happily partake in their genocide, she calls them "worthless animals" and says that Jacques was turning them into "obedient little monkeys".
- Good Is Not Soft: Ruby and Nora lobotomize Little Miss Malachite as revenge for her hand in the Fall of Beacon. It gets even more this trope when it's revealed she's still fully conscious.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The Scene cuts out before we see Jekyde, Ciel, and the pilot being killed by the acid.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Neon dies taking a shot meant for Flynt.
- Nora willingly lets herself be devoured by Void so Ruby's Silver Eyes power would activate and kill him, saving Remnant.
- Hero Killer:
- Jekyde, Ciel, and the Pilot are killed in the first chapter by Jacques.
- Cardin kills Neon (though he was aiming for Flynt).
- Jerkass: Cardin makes his appearance, and he's just as much a jackass here as in canon (maybe even more so).
- Lack of Empathy: Neither Jacques nor Cardin care that Little Miss Malachite is suffering And I Must Scream.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Little Miss Malachite had the spider lobotomized, and she gets lobotomized in turn in this story.
- Cardin is killed by Flynt seconds after killing Neon.
- Jacques is drugged by Willow, a woman he's tortured for years, and is then torn to pieces by everyone who wants him dead.
- Lobotomy: Jacques uses them to enslave the Faunus population and as a punishment for failure.
- Little Miss Malachite wants to lobotomize Ruby and Nora to make them her slaves.
- Karma Houdini Warranty:
- After escaping in The Ring, Little Miss Malachite returns and tries to lobotomize Ruby and Nora so the two brainwashed girls can help her rebuild her lost business. Unfortunately for her, they turn the tables and lobotomize her instead.
- After all that he did, being unstopped because of his power, Jacques is drugged and brutally murdered, left powerless to stop his fate.
- Kick the Dog: Cardin mocks Jaune's death.
- Knight Templar: Jacques seems to genuinely convinced that everything he did was completely justified, and has the gall to accuse everyone of being Ungrateful Bastards to him.
- Never My Fault:
- Little Miss Malachite refuses to acknowledge that her business falling apart was her own fault. Instead, she blames it on Ruby and Nora, whose only crime was acting in self-defense.
- When locked in his office with the people clawing at his door to have a piece of him, Jacques adamantly denies the idea that he ever did anything wrong, calling everyone ungrateful for all the "good" he did.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Good job leaving Jacques in charge, Ironwood!
- Oh, Crap!: Jacques, when he is told Ironwood had just arrived and wasn't dead.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Turns out Willow wasn't a hedonist is Winter's flash back, Jacques had been drugging her and having women rape her to give off the illusion of this. After Jacques killed Nicholas, he stopped, and Willow became one on her own.
- Revenge: Little Miss Malachite wants this on Ruby and Nora for "destroying her business".
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Ciel and Jekyde are killed in the first chapter.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Cardin seems to believe this, and he's not entirely wrong.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: When Jacques' tyranny has been brought to an end and the man himself has paid for his actions, it looks as though things are good once more. Then Salem is revealed to be alive and things become much worse.
Ruby and Nora
Ruby and Nora
Summary: Ruby writes a letter to Nora.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Nebula's sexuality was never made clear in canon. Here, she and Winter got married.
- Bittersweet Ending: Mainly on the sweet side. While JNPR, Weiss, and Penny have all passed, Ruby makes it clear that she's moved on, but will never forget any of them.
- Death by Adaptation: Zwei is the last character this series claims. While sad, at least it was a peaceful death by old age.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After all of the suffering, death, and torture brought on by Salem, the Grimm, and her companions, everyone killed by them have been avenged, and the world will no longer have to worry about the Grimm.
- Grand Finale: The last story in Ruby and Nora that wraps up all the series.
- Has Two Mommies: Blake and Yang got married and adopted a lot of kitten faunus.
- Took a Level in Badass: Winter has been promoted to Atlas General and is now in charge of Atlas.