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Webcomic / RWBY Puppet AU

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When one friend falls, the rest rise to save her.

Cinder Fall has kidnapped Ruby Rose and turned the silver eyed girl into her slave. It is up to the rest of Team RWBY and their friends to save her.

Puppet AU is currently ongoing with ten chapters are three side chapters.

Puppet AU provides examples of:

  • A Friend in Need: Everyone of Ruby's friends want to save her from Cinder's control. An illusion of Weiss tells Ruby in her head this fact which gives Ruby the resolve to fight again to help her friends.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Adam cuts both of Mercury's legs off.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Blake delivers one to Yang in Chapter 8.5 when Yang suggests that Blake doesn't care about Ruby.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Several villainous characters from canon are slightly less villainous here due to their self interest no long aligning with Cinder's.
    • Torchwick decides to help Team RWBY save Ruby due to Cinder ordering his death.
    • Adam decides to fight against Cinder after she proves to be more of a threat to him and the White Fang.
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  • A Father to His Men: Adam. He specifically mentions that he's fighting Cinder to protect his men.
  • Art Evolution: The artwork changes a lot over the course of the story.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Ruby tries to kill Mercury which goes against their nature as a Technical Pacifist.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Unsurprisingly Yang's most notable trait. Even when she should be resting in the hospital, she refuses to stay sidelined while Cinder is controlling Ruby.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Ruby was given this treatment by Cinder.
  • But Now I Must Go: After fufilling their role in the story Roman and Neo are seen leaving for Vacuo.
  • Defiant to the End: Mercury knows that he's screwed when Adam shows up but chooses to fight anyways.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After being beaten by Adam and Blake, Mercury sees continuing to live as pointless. This ends up attracting a horde of Grimm. Or not. Word of God claims that Mercury isn't attracting the Grimm.
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  • Ear Ache: Mercury shoots off part of Blake's faunus ear.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Adam is disturbed by the dead look in slave Ruby's eyes. He can tell that Cinder is controlling her, and his lieutenant believes that Adam actually feels sorry for her.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Ruby proves that she is willing to kill Mercury, Cinder takes some pride in this before realizing the dangerous implications.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Chapter 6 is a Flashback to the day of Ruby's kidnapping so what happens on that day is not surprising.
  • Heroic Willpower: Ruby is fighting off Cinder's control from the inside.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Penny literally delivers Emerald this when she finds out that Emerald played a role in kidnapping and brainwashing Ruby Rose.
  • Mythology Gag: Certain offhanded references to what happens in canon show up from time to time.
    • Yang references how she'd sacrifice her arms and legs to save Ruby while she did lose an arm in canon while trying to save Blake.
    • Penny beats up Emerald who is primarily responsible for her death in canon.
    • Cinder nearly kills Pyrrha the same way she does in canon, but Ruby regains control at the last moment and misses.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Utilized multiple times to make it clear how messed up the situation is:
    • Ruby acting out of character makes it clear to everyone that she is being controlled, such as Ren noticing her bloodlust.
    • The normally cheerful Penny becomes outright furious and violent after learning of what Emerald and her associates did to Ruby.
    • Emerald crying after being beaten by Penny shows even she has a breaking point.
    • When the Cinder controlled Ruby nearly beats Ren to death, Nora is enraged to the point she temporarily forgets that Ruby doesn't have any control.
    • Ruby tries to kill Mercury after Mercury shoots off part of Blake's faunus ear.
  • Sanity Slippage: Lampshaded throughly, Mercury and Adam both recognize that Cinder is losing her marbles.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Defied. Despite recoginizing that Cinder is suffering from Sanity Slippage Mercury stays with Cinder to see how the scenario plays out. Also, he realizes that Blake and Adam won't let him go so it's too late for Mercury to run.
  • See You in Hell: Said by Adam to Mercury but Blake stops Adam from killing Mercury.
  • Spider-Sense: When Ruby is tied up and attempts to convince Team JNPR to release her, Ren sees through the tricks. Ren can sense Cinder's bloodlust while controlling Ruby and points out that Ruby would never feel this way.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Both Penny and Pyrrha are spared from their canonical fates.
    • In Chapter 10, Amber. She wakes up from her coma since Cinder isn't around to kill her this time.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: More like taking up the Cape. At the end of Chapter 5, Weiss borrows Ruby's cape and promises to return it after they have saved her from Cinder.
  • Technical Pacifist: All of the heroes play this part. It's Deconstructed because not only would a refusal to hold back have prevented Ruby's kidnapping but now the only way to save Ruby is to kill Cinder. This is lampshaded by Cinder who notes that holding back is not doing the heroes any favours.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Played straight and averted. In Chapter 8.5, the rage Yang feels towards Cinder for everything she has done to Ruby causes her to keep marching towards Cinder's hideout until Blake convinces her to slow down.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter 6 focuses on the day Ruby was kidnapped.