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Weiss: (referring to Yang turning her underwear pink) YANG! WHAT THE BOOP DID YOU DO TO MY—
Yang: I just....made them look better!
Weiss: Y-you...I hate you so much.
A short summary summing up Yang and Weiss' relationship throughout the fic.

The fic that began The Reactsverse in its entirety.

Weiss Reacts is a Slice of Life fanfic by ElfCollaborator about Weiss— and later on, many characters from RWBY— reacting to fanfics, games, and tropes. Over time, it evolves into a general Slice of Life fanfic featuring an entire alternate universe— entitled The Reactsverse— which features elements from various anime, games and several books, has sprouted several other brother fics by the same author as well as inspiring several other fics, and has featured many other well-known fanfics. Oh, and Hilarity Ensues.

The first volume of the fic has concluded. A second volume of the fic has finished already and can be found here, with a third volume having just begun. Recently, however, the author has confirmed the story is now a Dead Fic after several years of inactivity, leaving an outline for how the story was intended to go.

The main fic itself has several arcs linked to each other, although for the most part the story is episodic with self-contained stories.

Volume 1 Arcs:

Volume 2 Arcs:

As the Reactsverse is very developed and comprises over a hundred chapters, there will be unmarked spoilers ahead. Read the fanfics first before reading the page. The fics are intended to be Lighter and Softer to most fics in the archive so it's advisable to read them after some of the darker fics in the archive.

This fanfic displays examples of:

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    All Three Volumes 
  • Alternate Universe: With Blake being obsessed with manliness, Adam not being a badass at all, Yang full of antics, Roman, Cinder, Cardin, and Weiss's father being nice, it's rather obvious it's an AU.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Life Dust- the stuff brings to life three characters and is implied to have been used to bring other things to life already.
  • Small Reference Pools: Averted. Very much so. The author has referred to just about everything he can, from Fruits Basket, to League of Legends, to Black Sabbath and Blind Guardian. It'd be easier to list the things he HASN'T made an allusion to somewhere.
    • Most of his OCs have a historical base (Alexander, Yukari) or a mythological base (Beth, Siegfried, Fionn, Lukas, Ori, Yona- loosely, Ysengrim). He also puts research in to make sure he gets references right (Twin Heavens, Nari and Vali, Balmung). In fact, it's safe to say that the only OCs that AREN'T based off of mythological or historical figures are expies of video game or anime characters (Andreas, Yona, Anton, Lucina and Euphemia).
    • Also averted for the writer of Diary of Glynda Goodwitch.
  • Troperiffic: The author is a troper himself, and it doesn't just have tropes, it discusses, averts, subverts and exaggerates as many as it can for the Rule of Funny.
  • World of Badass: Everyone in the Reactsverse has some measure of badassery. Blake, Cardin, Cinder and Ren get the most, but everyone else has moments too.
    • For the one chapter they show up, Yu and Saber get ridiculously badass moments.
    • Even the parents and teachers are badass. Especially Cinder, but Glynda has some of this too when she isn't a Butt-Monkey.
    • Even the Nice Girl Took a Level in Badass and delivers a slap when necessary.
    • Diary of Glynda Goodwitch shows that the parents were no slouches at badassery. Perhaps badass runs In the Blood.
    • The Arc Family, all Hunters and Huntresses, are a Badass Family.
  • World of Snark: Not to say that the Reactsverse is lacking in deadpan snarkers, either. Weiss is the main source, although practically everyone- even Nora and Yang- will snark. Norn, Vivi and Sir Lyserg are good at this.

    Volume One Tropes 
  • A Day in the Limelight: Volume 1 has several chapters done from the perspectives of team JNPR and Velvet, but A Blackbird In Flight serves as this to Cardin and Melanie and most of the Reactsverse Oneshots are meant to act as this.
  • Ascended Extra: Teams CRDL and CFVY are given far more characterisation, as are the Malachites.
    • Weiss' dad is given an O.C. Stand-in. Most of the parents of the various students of Beacon are given characterisations, especially Summer.
    • The RWBYSaurus is an actual character here. Also, Neo is a Yandere here.
  • Bash Brothers: The Four Horsemen, a group of Hunters who happen to be immensely badass. The members are Andreas, Alexander, Jeremiah and Siegfried, all expies of various manly characters.
    • Yang and Blake are a female version of this.
  • Beach Episode: The aptly-titled 'Weiss Reacts to Beach Episodes' and where the page quote comes from.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Blake, Andreas, Alexander, Cardin, Yang and Nora.
    • Cute Bruiser: Yang and Nora also qualify as this, as does Melodia.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Cardin likes pulling these. His first proper appearance is even this.
  • Brick Joke: Yang throws a toy shark at Weiss to distract her during the Tournament Arc chapter. Later, Weiss uses the same trick with a penguin hewed from ice to defeat Glynda in the Antic War arc.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Pyrrha accuses Aspasia of wanting this with Jaune. The latter is understandably irritated.
  • Butt-Monkey: Weiss and Jaune get the brunt of the slapstick, although Weiss gets more.
  • Canon Immigrant: The entire cast of 'Diary of Glynda Goodwitch' are cast members of Weiss Reacts.
    • Also, Saturn from The Shadow of Fire makes a cameo.
  • Casting Gag: Roman and Glynda remark on how much Yuko, Chieri and Ayase sound alike. The joke? All of them are voiced by the same person in their original series.
  • Character Development: Weiss gets this throughout the story and is implied to have gone through a lot more in the backstory, but Cardin receives a lot in A Blackbird in Flight as well.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: 'The Shadow of Fire' and 'Yet Another Weiss Christmas Story' get noticeably darker the second time Weiss reacts to them. As for the fic itself, averted, despite some dark and serious moments such as the reveal that Ruby's mother is still dead in this universe, Cardin still bullied Jaune- if unwillingly- and any time the Faunus Rights Movement is mentioned.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Life Dust from 'Weiss Reacts to A Will of Steel'. Two characters only exist because of it.
    • Chekhov's Gag: The Life Dust, again. Also, the god summoning rituals are used several times.
    • Plushies. These lead to the existence of Vivi.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: Norn was important to Elsa's introduction, and Elsa herself was one before she was revealed.
    • Minato is this now that his little sister Minako is attending Beacon.
    • Andreas, Jaune's father acts at this. He comes back after his introduction to be revealed as a reincarnated Kamina.
  • Christmas Episode: Not Weiss Reacts itself, but 'Yet Another Weiss Christmas Story' and 'For Every Occasion' are fics around this premise.
  • Demoted to Extra: Sun and Neptune barely appear as opposed to the Malachites and Cardin, and as of recent chapters, team CFVY. Also, Roman.
    • Pyrrha used to be this, before she took a more active role in the Reactsverse.
  • The Pornomancer: Jaune's Semblance IS this. Played for Laughs in 'Jaune Reacts to Harem!Jaune Fics'.
    • It's heavily implied in Volume 2, however, that Jaune's Semblance isn't JUST this.
  • The Power of Love: The Nirvash is implied to operate on this as designed by Blake.
  • Rage Quit: Weiss does this to React Watch Believe Yikes after only two chapters. Played for Laughs, as the author has expressed his approval of the fic.
    • Weiss The Gamer also triggered this reaction, but the author has already confirmed a second part to it.
    • Weiss has a tendency to do this to every video game she plays. Civilization, however, averts this.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Most of the dialogue is this, as well as the commentary on fics.
  • Recap Episode: Employs this to allow people,to catch up, due to the insanity often happening within the fic.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Velvet's Obsession, Stalker Unit and The Diary of Glynda Goodwitch are all fanfics created about the Reactsverse. The latter is considered canon.
    • Weiss Reacts itself is a Recursive Fanfiction of an earlier fanfic, Dear Fanfiction- specifically, of Weiss' characterisation in it.
  • Red Herring: A lot of them, especially in the earlier chapters where the characters wrote the fanfics In-Universe and Weiss scurried around to find them, often while spouting Suspiciously Specific Denial about the fic itself.
    • The twist of the first chapter reveals Ren to have written the titular White Rose Lemon.
    • Tohru is set up to be the transfer student of 'Weiss Reacts to Transfer Students' until the very end.
    • Blake is revealed to have commissioned a WeissxJaune fic For the Lulz and to see Weiss' reaction.
  • Reincarnation: The whole of the Dai-Gurren Brigade, or at least Kamina, Simon, Yoko and Nia are reincarnated as Andreas and Azur Arc, Yona Tell and Cota, Azur's wife. It's explicit for Kamina, who literally gives his reason as he was bored of being dead, and it's implied for the others.
  • Self-Deprecation: The author has made a Running Gag out of this. So far, he has had Weiss dislike most of his fics, Yukari call him out on having a Yukari fetish, most of the cast indirectly refer to him as a pervert and most of his author's notes have him downplaying his own fic and talking up others. Played for Laughs.
  • Serious Business: Antics and shipping. Seriously, don't get in the way of them. Yang doesn't like that.
    • Games. Lucina brings out a death quote when she fails to defend Jaune's Japan and Ren and Yang treat the game like an actual war. Only Ruby and Latte seem to understand that it was a game and play accordingly.
    • The last four chapters of Volume 1 are devoted to a war- fought over Yang and Ren being The Knights Who Say "Squee!" and having that affect their pranking, much to Weiss' consternation.
  • Ship Tease: Basically, everyone with everyone, although Jaune, Yang, Weiss and Ruby get the most, particularly Yangx Blake, with Weissx Ruby becoming Reactsverse canon.
  • Shown Their Work: About most legends and things mentioned:
    • Maeve uses dark magic and is named for another Dark Magical Girl- her inspiration Scathach's name means 'shadowy', while Aspasia's lion hoodie is based off the pelt of the Nemean Lion. A lot of this can be found over in the Shout-Out page.
    • From the looks of things, the Civilization V chapter is played on the Gods and Kings expansion, with Korea and Babylon unlocked as DLC.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Cardin has this for Melanie. It works so well that not even Pheromone Dust can make him change his mind.
    • Velvet has this for Weiss.
TT* Surrounded by Idiots: Weiss and Beth Lupin. Also, Glynda in her own fic.
  • Troll: Yang, Ren, and Lukas of Team MLDY. Nora also has some shades of this, as does Blake. Even Ozpin gets into the action by forcing Glynda, dressed as Rin Tohsaka to refer to him as the God-Emperor of Swag.
    • Cinder was also implied to be this back when she was young, and retains some traits of it.
  • Tsundere: Weiss, so much. Glynda, Melodia and Cinder are this, and Fionn is a male version, although Fionn, Cinder and Melodia are mainly Type B, whereas Glynda and Weiss are Type A.
  • Unexpected Character: Kagami and Konata show up out of nowhere in chapter 11. Yukari averts this due to having so much Foreshadowing it hurts.
    • A Space Marine in the first Crossover chapter.
    • A DOUBLE whammy with the Transfer Student chapter. Nobody expected Tohru Honda- most of the author's crossover characters were from visual novels like Fate/stay night or video games like Persona, and thus she was completely out of left field, being a Shoujo heroine from a relatively old manga-and definitely nobody expected Minako- he had stuck up to using the canon up to this point.
    • Just WHO expected the RWBYSaurus?
    • Neo, Emerald and Mercury, although the latter two had an Early-Bird Cameo during the Music Festival arc.
    • Euphemia was so heavily foreshadowed that nobody expected her not to be Jaune's sister, but Lucina had absolutely NO foreshadowing at all.
    • Tukson also came out of absolutely nowhere.
  • Unwanted Harem: Jaune gains one by accident due to his Semblance, much to his distress. He also reads several fanfics based off of this premise.
  • The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Chapter 74: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann vs Nirvash. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann wins by way of Blake channeling immense amounts of Spiral Power and Weiss and Ruby being horrible pilots.
  • Yandere: Velvet and Pyrrha, as well as Coco's Mocha personality. Also, it's implied that the entire Scarlatina family is like this.
    • Jaune lampshades the tendency for yanderes to be popular during the Beacon Dance arc.
    "Why do all yanderes have to be so adorable?!"

    Volume Two Tropes 
  • Actor Allusion: Minako dresses up as Nodoka for the Winter Animecon. Earlier than that, Yang was implied to ship her and Tohru. Now read the entry for Actor Allusion above.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Sun Wukong gets his in 'Sun Reacts to Sun Ragekong'. The volume is also this for Nora, who barely got any focus in favour of Pyrrha and Jaune in the last one.
    • Later, Elsa gets hers in the CFVY recaps.
    • Norn gets hers during the Cockerel Festival, as does Ren.
  • Blade Lock: Lucina and Weiss make their first meeting doing this across the threshold of their two worlds during the crossover.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Most of Weiss' Christmas gifts are relatively mundane. Yang gets her a Ruby body pillow, much to her irritation.
  • Brick Joke: The Fanfiction Tome from Lucina Reacts appears in The Stinger for the Fire Emblem chapter.
    • Unlimited Yandere Works shows up in the Cockerel Festival after Velvet last attempted to use it during the Beacon Dance. Like its namesake, it is absolutely littered with knives, axes and chainsaws; the weapons of a typical Yandere.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kyubey ends up as one in the Reactsverse; apparently Nora tried to eat him once, and Kyoko is tracking him down to kill him.
    • Tohru gets this in full force once more; her first major role is to be shoved into a Stripperiffic costume by Cinder. Twice.
    • Not that Roman gets away either. The difference is Tohru is too nice to return the favor, while Roman is far more snarky about it.
  • Cat Scare: Lan, the girl Nora attempts to attempts to kidnap earlier in the chapter pulls this on Weiss by accident during the Halloween chapter.
  • The Cameo: Lan, Nagisa and Tomoya appear in the Halloween chapter.
  • Crossover: The Best Reactsverse Crossover special, with Elf's other fanfic, Lucina Reacts.
  • Cool Ship: The Iron Savior, revealed during the Harvest Festival Arc.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tukson in the Lazengann against the Gurren Lagann, Shinkiro, Nirvash and all three Vox Units. He barely lasts minutes, too.
    • Team RWBY versus Hokuago Tea-Time in a music contest. The former stood no chance.
    • The Tankery club versus Gurren Lagann. The Gurren Lagann had no chance and only survived due to Giga Drill Maximum.
    • Ren versus Nora during the Cockerel Festival.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the first volume, mostly centered around the Cockerel Festival's reveals. It's still lighter than canon, however.
  • Deal with the Devil: Miss Faust attempts to make one during the crossover special, kicking off the opening of the portal from her side.
  • Flanderization: Yang Xiao Long's antics as of late have become less substantial, are less for Shipping and more for cheap humor, and has become a borderline Karma Houdini in Weiss's (and many viewers' and the author's) eyes. Even the (rest of the) Antic Order thinks she has gone too far and have engaged in an Enemy Mine with Weiss to put her in her place.
  • Gilligan Cut: During the Music Standoffs rematch, Ruby states the chances of Hokuago Tea-Time being in Vale at the time is about as likely as Squid Girl being anywhere near them. Of course, she's meters away from them being dragged out of the restaurant the K-On! protagonists are currently dining at.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Miriel and Miss Faust's attempts to make portals succeeded. They ended up linking straight to each other, kicking off the events of the crossover.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Nora has tried this, apparently, on Yang's mother, tries this on Lan and on Nagisa. Jaune and Ren have to stop her before she succeeds.
  • Ki Manipulation: Ren is revealed to have these as his Semblance.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Siegmund Schnee.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Demeter, Ruby's grandmother, is only introduced in the final chapter of the volume.
  • Noodle Incident: Kyubey nearly being eaten by Nora and then visiting Inaba are both mentioned, but not elaborated on.
    • Similarly, what happened to explain Mami's survival in the Reactsverse is left unknown.
  • Not So Above It All: Weiss is even more like this than she was in the last volume- the Halloween chapter is the best proof for this.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Winter versus Penny. The majority of the fights not shown in chapters during the Cockerel Festival are this as well.
  • Paper Tiger: Cerberus, the tamed Grimm. He's scared of loud noises and sharp smells, despite being a malevolent manifestation of darkness that feeds on the negative emotions of humans.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Sun reaches this in 'Sun Reacts to Sun Ragekong' when he has enough of Blake's manliness speeches.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: What Ren and Cynthia are planning to turn their Antic Order and Justice Cabal into by uniting them with each other.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Discussed when the aforementioned Lan appears. Jaune lampshades the fact that despite seeming like a Rei cosplayer, she most likely isn't and that is most likely her natural self. He would be correct.
    • Elsa's status as this is played up, too.
  • The Reveal: Siegmund is infiltrating the Cockerel Festival to get at Weiss, using Adam as his pawn. He also has unknown history with Penny's creator.
  • The Stinger:
    • The Fanfiction Tome reappearing in the RWBY world after Miriel sends it back to Blake.
    • Miho Nishizumi calling the Beacon Tankery Club to arrange a meeting.
    • Every chapter of the Cockerel Festival has featured Adam speaking with Siegmund, Weiss's grandfather.
    • The end of the volume has one. Suffice to say, whatever is in Professor Faust's basement is bad enough to the extent that the Antic Order is trying their best to keep it sealed down there.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Gretchen Faust speaks for the first time in Volume Two. Zig-Zagged: Faust could always talk, but she was never seen talking in person, only either recorded in Glynda's diary or off-scene.
  • Tank Goodness: The Panzer IV, Tiger I and Edelweiss owned by the Tankery Club.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Ricken and Glynda both realise this from their sides of the portal as Miriel and Miss Faust attempt to open one.
    • When both sides realise, in order, that the Antic Order operates in both their worlds and that Miriel and Miss Faust are collaborating.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Troll Fic Nora kills a bunch of everybody is considered this by Jaune and Ren, who fear that Nora will go insane upon reading it and swear to keep her from doing so. She forces them to read it with her and ends up enjoying it before forcing Pyrrha to read it and sending it to Weiss...

     Volume Three Tropes 
  • Alone Among the Couples: Winter is seen like this during her segment in the Valentine's Day chapter, after wishing Jaune a happy Lover's Day. However, Rook comes in to rectify this swiftly.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Subverted. A last-minute declaration does not immediately make the person confessed to fall in love with the confessor. As poor Yang finds out.
  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted. Pyrrha takes a shot to the chest during the Mandatory Training Arc and the story takes pains to clarify that had Pyrrha not been wearing better armor than her usual outfit, the shot would've killed her. She survives with several broken ribs instead.
  • Black Comedy: A meta example; the constant presence of puns based on Penny's canonical dismemberment and possible death throughout the first part of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann chapter. Even the reviewers get in on the pun-making.
    • He doesn't stop there, either. Needless to say, neither Yang's loss of an arm nor Pyrrha's death were serious enough for him stop making fun of them.
  • Call-Back: Jaune still has a debt from Professor Faust in the form of a shoggoth that he can draw out when necessary. He uses it on Yang to distract her while he and Pyrrha escape the Cosplay Café.
    • Pyrrha still remembers her turn as a Yandere and her being dosed with aphrodisiac during the Xiao Long Incident.
    • The Cordelia Protocol is apparently official Antic Order protocol. Yang attempts to execute it on Pyrrha and Jaune in an attempt to get them to kiss, but it backfires when Pyrrha faints as a result.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Yang and Jaune to Blake and Pyrrha respectively. The latter pair manage to spit it out at the end of the Yuletide Dance arc, while the former ends up being rejected by Blake.
    • Zig-zagged with the prophecy about Pyrrha dying in battle. Jaune equivocates about telling her, before telling her during the Mandatory Training Arc.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The volume thus far has gone from its usual cheery humour to much darker themes and back, such as going from Jaune's Accidental Pervert antics with Pyrrha and a fight with a Humongous Mecha during their play to Jaune losing his composure due to his fear of losing Pyrrha and Yang's Anguished Declaration of Love being rejected by Blake. The next chapter? A reaction to One-Punch Man.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Yang acts... weirdly when she finds out the author of Aliens Among Us pairs Weiss and Blake together.
  • Costume Porn: Ratcheted up in this volume. Pyrrha gets the most, but Winter, Yang and Blake get their own moments, too.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than even the second volume. There's still quite a lot of comedy, but there seems to be darker and sadder moments than the last volume. The Yuletide Dance and the subsequent chapters in particular are less filled with comedy than most of the rest.
    • And the Antic Order seems to be getting more serious, too. The letters in the Anniversary chapter hint that the Order has been keeping a close eye on the protagonists, with Pyrrha in particular having a close watch in order to prevent the Darker and Edgier events of canon from happening. Demeter is also hinted to be Ambiguously Evil AND a member of the Order.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: No matter how badass one is, illness is still a huge hindering factor in battle. Pyrrha finds this out to her chagrin when the poachers take advantage of her illness to get the advantage against her.
  • Enemy Mine: The Antic Order and Weiss do this against Dove and his newspaper, then team up to counter Winter's fanclub and Dove's thugs when they attempt to fight back against the last team-up.
  • Heroic BSoD: Everyone enters one when they see the end of Volume 3 of canon. Especially Pyrrha, who ends up having nightmares over it, and Jaune who ends up being unable to erase the image of canon!Pyrrha's death from his eyes.
  • Irony: Yang is warned both to go watch the canon episode PvP and to never show Penny said episode, which is likely for obvious reasons. Yang assumes this must be because they have shipped Penny off in canon. Also, the constant dismemberment puns mentioned in Black Comedy.
  • Love Epiphany: Jaune finally realises his true affections are for Pyrrha during the Yuletide Dance.
  • The Mole: The substitute teacher Quirinus Albus is one for the Antic Order.
    • As is the teacher the Order plans to send, a woman called Cassandra mentioned during the Anniversary letters.
  • Mood Whiplash: The beginning of Volume 3 Reaction Part 2 starts with a discussion about the cuteness of certain team members' backsides and ends with everyone frozen in horror after seeing the ending of Volume 3 in canon. THEN the mood is switched back when Ozpin reveals that he and everyone else knew the events of canon seventeen years ago and specifically moved to avert them.
    • The School Play Arc has one, too. The majority of it is pretty much typical comedy for the Reactsverse. The ending closes on Yang sobbing after Blake rejects her Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Moment Killer: Jaune and Pyrrha are about to kiss during the Training Arc. Earlier during the chapter, Rook and Winter worked on a pitfall trap to catch Grimm and follow their tracks. Take a guess what Jaune has the misfortune of stepping onto.
  • Noodle Incident: What happened during the Valentine's Day chapter that resulted in Ren being shirtless and Nora wearing a Pancake Land shirt and involved them flying on the back of the rocket lockers. Nora even lampshades it, saying it was The Greatest Story Never Told.
  • Oblivious to Love: Jaune. Subverted. He actually DID know Pyrrha and Winter were in love with him. See his character page for more details.
    • Winter isn't as oblivious as she first appears, either. Much to her chagrin.
  • Out-Gambitted: Weiss does this to Ren and Yang when they attempt to stop her from exposing the Antic Order with her newspaper by threatening to explode all of their antic equipment unless they let her go. Ren concedes defeat and declares Weiss a Worthy Opponent as a result.
  • Savvy Girl, Energetic Girl: Penny and Norn form this duo, with Penny being energetic and curious and Norn being quiet and savvier.
  • Ship Tease: Winter and Rook get quite a bit, along with Yang and Blake.
  • The Stinger: Like all volumes, this has its fair share already.
    • The first stinger reveals that Ozpin is working with the Antic Order to protect whatever is in Faust's basement. It also reveals that Demeter- or whoever attempted to break into Professor Faust's basement- will stop at nothing to have whatever is in there.
    • The second stinger: Far less serious than the last stinger. It's simply Velvet showing up at the end of the Valentine's Day special to complain about Pyrrha stealing all of her screentime.
    • The next stinger after the Volume 3 reaction reveals that not only did Ozpin, Cinder and Torchwick know the events of canon would take place, but participated in something called the Awakening Initiative to prevent the events from ever happening. Also, Cassandra, the teacher introduced by Reflet, is finally seen.
    • The second part of the One-Punch Man reaction has one, too. Judging from what Professor Faust states, Pyrrha is revealed to be apparently destined to die in battle.
  • That's an Order!: Demeter attempts to use this to order Professor Albus out of Faust's office to investigate her room. Faust herself then overrides her, fortunately.
  • Time Skip: The volume starts one month after Volume Two.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Weiss points out Keita as this, asking how he's survived so long with dumb AI and in debt to the in-game mob.
  • Trauma Button: Jaune is still traumatised by witnessing Pyrrha's canonical death. As such, he is understandably incredibly leery about seeing Pyrrha be sent off on a dangerous mission without him or their team.
  • Wham Episode: The fourth and final part to the Yuletide Dance arc. Jaune and Pyrrha resolve their Unresolved Sexual Tension with a Love Confession and a promise to wait for the former.....and then Winter overhears the whole thing. Her reaction is absolutely devastating.
    • The ending of the One-Punch Man special turns the whole thing into this. If Professor Faust's prophecy is right, Pyrrha is supposed to die in a similar fashion to her canonical counterpart before she leaves Beacon. Much to Jaune's horror.
  • Wham Line: Quite a few.
    Ozpin: 'Our actions were successful, then. The Awakening Initiative is no longer in force, effective immediately. We have successfully averted a potential series of events outlined in the incident seventeen years ago.'