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Well the name's Jaune Arc. Short, sweet, rolls off the tongue, ladies love it.
~ Jaune introducing himself to Ruby.
Ruby. We lost … We lost Pyrrha.You lost her, too. And Penny, and your team, and in a way …your sister. But you're still here, despite everything you've lost, everything you could still lose, you chose to come out here. Because you felt like you could make a difference. You didn't drag us along. You gave us the courage to follow you.
~ Jaune, giving encouragement to Ruby.
It doesn't matter what we're called. As long as we're together.
~ Jaune, to the rest of RNJR.

Jaune Arc is the main deuteragonist of RWBY. He is a Hunstman and the leader of Team JNPR. His weapon is a sword handed down in his family from his great-great-grandfather, who fought in The War, with a sheath that is a collapsible shield. He first appears in the first episode, throwing up in the airship and earning his temporary nickname, "Vomit Boy," from Yang Xiao Long and Ruby Rose.

He is voiced by Miles Luna who also voices David in Camp Camp.

Appearance

Original (Volumes 1-3)

Jaune is a tall teenage boy with dark-blue eyes that are emphasized by his short blond hair messily layered on his head with the right side of his hair nearing his right eye and the left side swept back. He is quite toned, having strong muscles in his arms, shoulders and upper chest. He wears a white diamond-shaped chestplate cut off above his lower abdomen and white spaulders with rerebraces set under them. Underneath the armor, he wears a black short-sleeved hoodie with detached reddish-orange sleeves and a dark brown image of the bunny rabbit Pumpkin Pete trimmed in white with cute black round eyes hidden underneath the chestplate. He also wears blue pants with a white patch on the left knee, as well as black sneakers with "left" and "right" written in black on the respective shoes' soles. In Volume 1, Jaune has elbow guards with cords strung through them and he wears black high tops.

He has two belts crisscrossing his waist, both different shades of brown, with a pair of small pouches on them. Jaune wears brown wrist-length gloves with exposed fingertips and small metal plates over the back. His sword is strapped to his left hip in a sheath that doubles as a collapsible shield.

Pajamas

He sleeps in blue full-body pajamas with blue bunny slippers and a white bunny face on its chest.

Post-Timeskip (Volume 4 - 6)

After the timeskip following the Fall of Beacon, his attire is updated. He retains his black hoodie, but he now wears a modified pure white chestplate covering a bit more of his upper abdomen trimmed with gold lining and similarly-colored bracers. Additionally, he wears black gloves with gold-colored metal armor plates over his fingers, and he appears to wear a red sash around his waist, similar in design to the late Pyrrha Nikos. He also now wears dark brown laced boots and a new brown belt with a pouch included worn around his waist.

Atlas (Volume 7)

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Personality

Jaune begins as an outgoing, goofy and all-around friendly person. He treats people equally and has no problems expressing himself to strangers and bonds with them easily, showing a lot of confidence. When faced with entirely new social situations, Jaune’s confidence leads to bold behavior. This can become out of hand and backfire when pursuing romance. Miles Luna, his voice actor, admitted this, saying that when Jaune tries too hard, it can cause a misunderstanding. At heart, Jaune is a kind, amiable person and means well.

Jaune maintains his unselfish manner regardless of the situation, going as far as to defend Cardin Winchester, who had been blackmailing him and forcing him to do his work. A strong sense of integrity makes him willing to deliberately put himself in awkward situations, such as wearing a dress in public without a hint of embarrassment to uphold his family motto of not going back on one's word. During conversations, Jaune never contradicts himself, and while sometimes harsh, he is always honest with answers.

Jaune has shown to care for his friends and the people around him, being protective of them and having a sense of responsibility as team leader. He focuses only on his teammates' well-being physically, mentally and emotionally, disregarding his own to ensure theirs. He steps forward when others threaten his friends, and he has proven himself unwilling to do something that may hurt those he cares about.

At first, Jaune’s family line leads to obsession with being a hero. However, he was never formally trained like the rest of his family, causing him to lack self-esteem and assign a lot of importance to his image as a fighter. He values this image so much that he is willing to act dishonestly to achieve it- even using fake transcripts to be admitted to Beacon. The obsession makes him brash and headstrong in battle, jumping in without considering the risks and behaving predictably offensively.

However, following the fall of Beacon, his personality is somewhat changed. After witnessing the aftermath of the attack on Shion, he is shown to be somewhat cynical, saying that they would arrive at Higanbana "if it's still there". He is also angry at Qrow Branwen for his involvement in Pyrrha's death, openly accusing him of using Ruby as bait. This is a completely different reaction from a year earlier when he tried to justify Cardin's bullying.

Jaune appears to prefer to keep his grief to himself, as he has continued to train on his own as a way to cope with the death of Pyrrha, listening to her recordings on his scroll. This indicates a deep-seated sense of regret and guilt at not being able to save her from Cinder.

Jaune's good nature renders him almost incapable of comprehending the actions and personalities of people like Cinder Fall, unable to fathom how someone can be so cold and cruel. This expression of disbelief and befuddlement at the sheer sadism of others serves to show how idealistic and noble Jaune remains despite his trials and losses, ultimately proving him to be a fundamentally humane and caring individual.

Powers and Abilities

Despite not having it unlocked prior to the Beacon initiation, Pyrrha Nikos has noted in "The Emerald Forest" that Jaune possessed a lot of Aura. This has proved useful over the course of the series as his lack of experience caused him to be hit frequently.

During the initiation, Jaune demonstrates the skills to be an adaptable leader, being willing and able to coordinate with allies while under pressure, such as when a Death Stalker attempts to knock down the bridge his future team stands on.

Although he does not have much skill in fighting, he has much more physical strength than would be expected. Although not nearly at the level of his teammate Nora Valkyrie, he is strong enough to hold back the Nuckleavee Grimm for a few seconds, as well as lock swords with Cinder Fall and not budge.

Weapon

In contrast to Ruby, Jaune's weapon was not designed or made by him. It is instead a family heirloom that was passed down from his great-great-grandfather, who used it in the Great War, called Crocea Mors. Crocea Mors is composed of a simple arming sword whose sheath unfolds into a heater shield for protection.

Post-timeskip, it adopts the same style of his armor and has the symbol of Pyrrha's headpiece. Jaune can combine the sword and shield of his modified Crocea Mors to form a more powerful blade whose edge is lined with metal from Pyrrha's weapon, Milo and Akouo. Crocea Mors upgrades by having its sword placed into the sheath as the sheath folds inward, forming a second, stronger blade around the sword. It was used against the Nuckelavee and was noticeably more effective than Jaune's lone sword.

Leadership

Jaune's most remarkable feature is his natural leadership. He shows these skills, quickly grasping the tactical situation, forming plans to work according to their advantages and counter possible threats. He's very aware of the capabilities of his team and is able to properly coordinate them into achieving feats that can give them the upper hand during an encounter.

Semblance

Jaune's Semblance was first seen in "Forever Fall, Pt.2". When Cardin attempted to punch him, he visibly winces while Jaune remains unscathed and surprised by the turn of events. Miles Luna has described this as Jaune using his Semblance to amplify his Aura cloak to block Cardin's punch. Based on this, it can be inferred that Jaune is capable of amplifying his own Aura to enhance his defensive capabilities.

In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Jaune's Semblance activates for the first time, showing he has the power to heal Weiss Schnee's near-fatal wound inflicted by Cinder. This ability of his is quite strong, able to repair and seal several inches of impaled bone, skin, organs, and muscle tissue while preventing death from exsanguination. In "Downfall", further details of his Semblance are elaborated upon, as he was not actually "healing" Weiss, just amplifying her Aura enough to heal her wound. His abnormally high Aura reserves are apparently sufficient enough to completely restore Weiss' depleted reserves at no significant risk to himself.

Weaknesses

Jaune's lack of experience has remained an ongoing problem for him throughout the volumes. Despite his noticeable improvement, evidenced by the speed with which he slays an Ursa in each of the first 3 volumes, Jaune is always the person on Team JNPR that contributes the least in terms of physical feats, much to his frustration.

His frustration has lead him to recklessly charge enemies when engaging them in single combat, which has gotten him defeated in a spar with Cardin, and nearly got Jaune to lose all his Aura against an Ursa during the events of "Forever Fall".

Jaune appears to have taken efforts to improve upon these weaknesses in the months since the fall of Beacon, as evidenced in "Remembrance" when he trains using an instruction video sent to him by the late Pyrrha Nikos. His fighting stance is more composed and his sword swings are shown to be so strong that their force causes gusts of wind to blow through the air several meters in front of him. He's also shown to be strong enough to hold up Tyrian Callows as he clung onto his shield, and later block a Nuckelavee's front legs and hold his ground for a few seconds.

Quotes

Hey, I'm Jaune.
~ Jaune, assisting Ruby Rose up from the ground.
My mom always says, strangers are just friends you haven't met yet.
~ Jaune, explaining to Ruby why he assisted her.
Ah, great. Where am I supposed to find another nice, quirky girl to talk to?
~ Jaune, after Ruby leaves with Yang Xiao Long.
I'm a natural blond, you know.
~ Jaune, to Weiss Schnee.
You know what else is great? Me.
~ Jaune, hitting on Weiss.
Well, hot stuff, play your cards right, and maybe you could join up with the winning team.
~ Jaune, hitting on Pyrrha Nikos.
Sounds like Pyrrha's on board for Team Jaune. Spots are filling up quick! Now, I'm not supposed to do this, but maybe I could pull some strings, find a place for you. What do you say?
~ Jaune, trying to recruit Weiss into his team.
Wait, come back! Who's gonna get me down from here?!
~ Jaune, trying to ask for help from Weiss.
Of course I do. Do YOU know what Aura is?
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha after being questioned about his knowledge of Aura.
It's like a forcefield!
~ Jaune, sums up Aura.
Pyrrha, I made the torch. Could you at least humor me for, like, maybe five more feet?
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha right before dropping the torch in water.
Soul crushing regret?
~ Jaune, in response to Pyrrha.
Pyrrha! This is not the relic! It's not!
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha as he is shaken by the Death Stalker.
Just dropping in?
~ Jaune, catching Weiss who fell from the Nevermore's grip.
Run and live! That is an idea I can get behind!
~ Jaune, giving his approval for Ruby's strategy.
Man, we gotta get over there! They need help!
~ Jaune, to Nora Valkyrie, to help battle the Death Stalker.
NORA, NAIL IT!!!
~ Jaune, telling Nora when to strike the scorpion.
Sheesh, what's with her?
~ Jaune, about Weiss after she storms off.
Guys, I'm fine. Seriously! Look!
~ Jaune, about Weiss after she storms off.
Oh, C'MON!
~ Jaune, responding to Cardin Winchester's bullying.
It's not like he's only a jerk to me, he's a jerk to everyone.
~ Jaune, describing Cardin.
Pyrrha, I know I'm going through a rough time right now. But I'm not that depressed! I can always be a farmer or something.
~ Jaune, after Pyrrha shows him the roof for the first time.
I mean I didn't go to combat school! I didn't pass any tests! I didn't earn my spot at this academy! I lied! I got my hands on some fake transcripts, and I lied!
~ Jaune confesses to Pyrrha about sneaking into Beacon Academy.
My father, my grandfather, and his father before him were all warriors! They were all heroes! I wanted to be one, too. I was just never good enough.
~ Jaune, explaining to Pyrrha his motive for sneaking into Beacon.
I don't want help! I don't want to be the damsel in distress! I want to be the hero!
~ Jaune, rejecting Pyrrha's help.
I'm tired of being the lovable idiot, stuck in the tree while his friends fight for their lives! Don't you understand? If I can't do this on my own... then what good am I?
~ Jaune, telling Pyrrha why he must prove himself alone.
You know, you're not the easiest person to talk to about this kind of stuff.
~ Jaune, on Ruby's advice.
I think I'm allergic to this stuff...
~ Jaune, on his allergic reaction to the red sap.
I said no!
~ Jaune, refusing to help Cardin get revenge on Pyrrha.
I don't care what you do to me... but you are not messing with my team.
~ Jaune, defending his friends from Cardin.
Don't ever mess with my team - my friends - ever again. Got it?
~ Jaune, intimidating Cardin after saving his life.
Pyrrha... I'm sorry. I was a jerk! You were only trying to be nice, and... I had all this stupid macho stuff in my head--
~ Jaune, apologizing to Pyrrha.
Bring it on, Ice Queen! I'll have you know that I have been told that I am a natural born leader!
~ Jaune, to Weiss.
♫ Weiss Schnee, will you accompany me, to the dance on... Sunday! ♫
~ Jaune, inviting Weiss to the dance.
Oh please, if you don't get a date to the dance, I'll wear a dress.
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha.
Ren. I'm just gonna come out and say it. You are one of my best friends. These past few months, I feel like we really bonded... even though you don't say much. I mean, you're really quiet. To be perfectly honest, I don't know that much about you personally; but, darn it, I consider you to be the brother I never had!
~ Jaune, explaining his friendship with Ren to the latter.
Nora! I said headphones on!
It's Weiss... I'm completely head over heels for her, and she won't even give me a chance. She's cold, but she's also incredible. She's smart, and graceful, and talented-- I mean have you heard her sing? I just wish she take me seriously, y'know? I wish I could tell her how I feel without messing it all up.
~ Jaune, telling Ren about his crush on Weiss.
To the socially awkward.
~ Jaune, making a toast with Ruby.
Do you even care about the girls you're hitting on? How they feel about you?
~ Jaune, confronting Neptune Vasilias about his flirting act with several girls.
Then just go talk to her. No pickup lines, no suave moves, just be yourself. I've heard that's the way to go.
~ Jaune, encouraging Neptune to be honest to Weiss.
Hey, an Arc never goes back on his word.
~ Jaune, in response to Pyrrha's disbelief at his choice of attire.
We're changing our mission. Everyone on board!
~ Jaune, responding to the sirens.
If I barf, I'm blaming you...
~ Jaune, after his meal with JNPR and RWBY.
Ren! Nora! Flower Power!
~ Jaune, trying to get his team to end the battle.
Nora, just hit them with the hammer..
You were the first person to ever believe in me, you know that? Even when I told my parents I was going to Beacon, they told me not to worry if I ended up having to move back home. How depressing is that?
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha.
I guess... I'm just trying to say that... you've always been there for me... even when I didn't deserve it. And I can tell there's something on your mind, so... I don't know. How can I help?
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha.
The Pyrrha Nikos I know would never back down from a challenge. And if you really believe it's your destiny to save the world... you can't let anything stand in your way.
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha.
Pyrrha, please snap out of it!
~ Jaune, to Pyrrha.
What would this school need to... hide?
~ Jaune, questioning Pyrrha.
No. No, Pyrrha, you can't. You saw how powerful she is! Pyrrha, I won't let you do-
~ Jaune, protesting to Pyrrha.
Pyrrha! She's going after that woman at the top of the tower! She doesn't stand a chance!
~ Jaune, pleading to Weiss and Ruby.
I know. It's the only way we have.
~ Jaune, to Ruby.
I'm just tired of losing everything.
~ Jaune to Ruby, after seeing the destruction of Shion village..
He was using you as bait.
~ Jaune, to Ruby about Qrow Branwen not joining them.
Well, you are just a real bundle of help, aren't you?
~ Jaune, to Qrow after learning his Semblance is misfortune.
No, we're supposed to stick together! We keep each other safe!
~ Jaune, protesting that RNJR split.
Just take care of each other.
~ Jaune, saying goodbye to Ren and Nora.
You don't know that.
~ Jaune, to Ruby about Ren and Nora's safety.
Wait. Do you guys hear that?
~ Jaune hearing the Nuckelavee approaching
What is wrong with you? How can you be so broken inside… to take so many lives, and then come here and rub it in our faces like it’s something to be proud of?! All with that damn smile on your face!
~ Jaune, to Cinder.
If I die buying them time, then it’s worth it. They’re the ones that matter.
~ Jaune about sacrificing his life for his friends' safety, to Cinder.
No, it wasn’t supposed to be like this! Please! We can’t lose anyone else…
~ Jaune, to Weiss shortly before he unlocks his Semblance.
Pyrrha once told me I’ve got a lot of it. I still believe her.
~ Jaune, to Nora about his Semblance.
Heh, good to have you back, Weiss.
~ Jaune, after Weiss regains consciousness.
We haven't exactly heard good things.
~ Jaune to Oscar about Neopolitan

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Trivia

  • Jaune's name is a reference to Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), a medieval French war heroine and martyr.
  • "Jaune" is the French word for yellow.
  • His name's meaning may be a reference to his apparently weak and timid behavior since "yellow" and "yellow belly" are slang terms for coward.
  • This is particularly apparent in its connection to the French and the stereotypical and discriminatory association between France and cowardice.
  • His symbol, a yellow, double crescent moon, could be a reference to his voice actor and RWBY writer Miles Luna, whose last name is Latin for "Moon."
  • This could also have some relation to the unusual moon in the RWBY world, though how so is currently unknown.
  • At the same time, it alludes to his surname, Arc.
  • It's possible that the statue that Jaune stares at in the opening sequence may be his great-great grandfather, or another one of his relatives.
  • When frightened, Jaune has a very high pitched scream. It was enough for Yang to mistake it for a girl's scream.
  • Jaune appears to have a somewhat weak stomach, and often suffers air sickness. When he first meets Ruby he tries to explain to her that air sickness is "a much bigger problem than most people let on."
  • Jaune has currently appeared in more episodes than any other character in the series and is also the only character who has appeared in every episode.
  • Jaune Arc gets constantly harassed and bullied by Cardin Winchester. Joan of Arc was sentenced to being burned at stake by Henry Beaufort, AKA the Bishop of Winchester, who was also a Cardinal.
  • Jaune was the first member of team JNPR to be introduced in the series.
  • Jaune may be allergic to the tree sap of the Forever Fall forest, as his face was swollen and he was speaking in a nassaly voice after he gathered a large amount of it.
  • Foreshadowing his skills as an adept dancer, before Volume 2 started, Monty created a rig of Jaune dancing and put it on his Facebook.
  • In "Dance Dance Infiltration," Jaune mentioned that he has seven sisters, where he was born among the sisters is unknown, but it can be assumed it was towards the younger end. *He may possibly be the youngest or one of the youngest children in his family.
    • This makes him the only known character with multiple siblings and the only one to be a different gender than said siblings.
  • He appears to be a fan of X-Ray and Vav comics.

Navigation

           RWBY Heroes

Team RWBY
Ruby Rose | Weiss Schnee | Blake Belladonna | Yang Xiao Long

Team JNPR
Jaune Arc | Nora Valkyrie | Pyrrha Nikos | Lie Ren

Team SSSN
Sun Wukong | Scarlet David | Sage Ayana | Neptune Vasilias

Team CFVY
Coco Adel | Fox Alistair | Velvet Scarlatina | Yatsuhashi Daichi

Team FNKI
Flynt Coal | Neon Katt | Kobalt | Ivori

Team CRDL
Cardin Winchester | Russel Thrush | Dove Bronzewing | Sky Lark

Team ABRN
Arslan Altan | Bolin Hori | Reese Chloris | Nadir Shiko

Team BRNZ
Brawnz Ni | Roy Stallion | Nolan Porfiro | May Zedong

Team NDGO
Nebula Violette | Dew Gayl | Gwen Darcy | Octavia Ember

Team STRQ
Summer Rose | Taiyang Xiao Long | Raven Branwen | Qrow Branwen

Beacon Academy
Professor Ozpin | Glynda Goodwitch | Peter Port | Bartholomew Oobleck | Qrow Branwen

Atlas Academy
Penny Polendina | Ciel Soleil | James Ironwood | Winter Schnee

Ace-Operatives
Clover Ebi | Elm Ederne | Harriet Bree | Marrow Amin | Vine Zeki

Happy Huntresses
Robyn Hill | Fiona Thyme | Joanna Greenleaf | May Marigold

Others
Amber | Fria | Oscar Pine | Ozma | Caroline Cordovin | Maria Calavera | Ghira Belladonna | God of Light | Jinn | Ilia Amitola | Kali Belladonna | Pietro Polendina | Klein Sieben | Saber Rodentia | Willow Schnee | Whitley Schnee | Zwei

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