If you’ve been a long time reader of mine, anxious to know my thoughts about something either literature or “RWBY” based, well this journal is going to be about Jaune. Yes I remember my last journal about him, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and I’m going to try to be more in depth with him. And let me tell you, I’m going to be more direct with this, because before I just didn’t like Jaune for the fact that he brought nothing to the main cast. But now, I’m going to try to convince you that Jaune shouldn’t be liked. I know it sounds harsh, but you have to understand what I’m getting at, and hopefully you will.
Let’s start with the core of Jaune’s character and that he’s an underdog character. I mentioned this in the old journal, when I didn’t know that underdog was the name for this character type. Anyway, an underdog is someone who has aspirations of being something completely out of there league but achieve it nonetheless through determination, having a heart of gold and effort (some more than others). Jaune on the other hand is like the Gary Stue of the underdogs, starting with the fact that he once openly admitted to cheating his way into Beacon by forging fake papers. Now you could argue that Ruby skipped 2 years because Ozpin let her, and I won’t argue with that. However, we witnessed Ruby handling Grimm and criminals on her own, so even if she wasn’t ready or didn’t deserve to be at Beacon at the time, she definitely was going to be at the end of her Signal years. On the other hand, we can assure ourselves that Jaune didn’t deserve to be at Beacon. Remember when he didn’t know what an aura was, let alone have it activated? That means he didn’t even know the basics of being a huntsman. Not only that, but if he didn’t know the basics during college, then he didn’t know the basics during high school! So a guy who was completely oblivious to the need to know facts that every huntsmen and huntress learns cheats his way into Beacon. That should be seen as unjustifiable, but then we’re supposed to forget about it because he feels guilty for it? That doesn’t change anything. It’s even worse when you consider that instead of telling the truth to Ozpin, he still kept it a secret. He even chose to be blackmailed than tell the truth to the headmaster. How can we sympathize with a guy like that? It gets worse when he becomes the leader of his own team. A guy who didn’t know the standard basics, cheated his way into college and lied about it becomes a leader. Honestly, it might’ve not been much to us, the audience, but when you really break it down it’s much worse than it looks. But hey, he’s the underdog and he needs to be in a position where he can grow, which made little to no difference anyway.
Let’s look back and find out how Jaune grew. Was he a good student? Well considering that he slept in class one episode and was told to be mindful of his limitations after his spar against Cardin. No. Did he learn anything from himself? Well he did learn that he should let others help him, but nothing beyond that. There’s only one explanation as to why he’s still around and that’s Pyrrha Nikos. It’s no secret that Pyrrha was the best person Jaune had ever known, not because of her reputation (which was quite convenient for him by the way, having the invincible girl on his team) but because she taught him everything that he should’ve known. She told him how an aura works, she activated his aura for him (he didn’t have to work for it), helped him from almost getting killed by an Ursa, didn’t tell him that she helped him so he could feel good about himself, told him to let others help him, taught him how to sword fight, led the team when he couldn’t and just supported him as a leader. She even gave Jaune advice so he could ask Weiss out.
That’s another thing too. When Pyrrha fell in love with Jaune, it was obvious to us. It was obvious to Ren and Nora. But you know you didn’t know about Pyrrha’s feelings? Do you really need me to tell you? But you see, Jaune was oblivious to Pyrrha’s crush because he was too busy trying to go after Weiss, who obviously wasn’t interested. His own density created a love triangle that went nowhere. And when he finally found out, it was too late. And today, I find any fan pic which suggests that Jaune loved Pyrrha pre time skip insulting.
But I went off topic. The point is, Jaune only had one way of learning anything, despite being in a school that teaches the trade he wants to be in. I will say this, he’s been able to make strategies on the spot. However, those strategies accomplished little to naught, and by near the end of the fight he resorts to just telling his team to hit harder (or telling Nora to hit the bad guys). There’s only been two times where Jaune’s strategies actually worked: The fight with the Deathstalker in volume 1 and the fight with the Nuckelavee in volume 4 (though I don’t actually remember if it was him or not). Also, has anyone else noticed that he’s only killed one Grimm in the span of 5 plus volumes on his own? I don’t count the time in V1 because Pyrrha secretly helped him. The only Grimm he killed was an Ursa in the last episode of volume 2. You’re probably thinking, “So? One of the themes of the series is teamwork,” and I won’t argue with that. But regardless, everyone of the main heroes killed multiple Grimm, ever since the trailers. So, did Jaune really grow throughout the series? Well, not really.
And my last point, is that Jaune’s semblance was an asspull. You’ve guys probably didn’t notice it at first because I’m sure you were very excited when he discovered it, but the fact that his semblance just showed up when it had to be needed, that can’t be coincidence. And I would forgive this if it was set up well, but it wasn’t. There was only 1 thing that actually gave us something of a hint of what his semblance might be, and that’s when Pyrrha said that Jaune had a lot of aura, which we can now say is a side effect of his semblance. But the thing is, that was dropped on us back in V1 and Jaune discovers his semblance near the end of V5. Going back to him being an underdog, it’s a convention that underdogs don’t start out with amazing abilities and eventually do. However, they usually get said abilities during the first season of the show. That’s how they’re able to move the story along whilst still being alive. But it took 5 volumes for Jaune to pull his semblance out of his ass. And it doesn’t help that the reason Weiss got stabbed in the first place was because Jaune told Cinder what affects him the most! That’s like Superman telling Lex Luthor, “Hey, kryptonite hurts me, just wanted to let you know.” How does anyone still like this guy?!?! Please explain why! Seriously, tell me in the comments why Jaune is so beloved, do it!
So that’s just it. My list of problems of a character whom people actually think is the real main hero of “RWBY”. Regardless of how much of a hero he isn’t. You know, for a guy who was inspired by Joan of Arc, he’s more like Steven Universe (that’s not a compliment). Yet, what I find pretty sad is that he gets this special treatment with nothing to back it. I don’t know who to blame. I’m done blaming CRWBY for the shows’ mistakes, Shane’s letter opened my mind on that. It could be Monty’s fault, he did create the character and all. But whatever, I’m done explaining this. If you’re a fan of Jaune, then you probably don’t like me. So I’m going to end this lightly, with a synopsis of a theory debunk involving Jaune.
If Salem and Jaune are related because they have the same hair and eye color, wouldn’t that mean that Salem and Taiyang are related because they to have the same hair and eye color? And since Yang and Ruby are Tai’s daughters, does that mean that Yang and Ruby are also related to Salem? I mean, Yang is blond and has lilac eyes, that’s close to blue. And with Jaune and Tai having blond hair and blue eyes, doesn’t that make them related? If fans who ship Lancaster or whatever YangxJaune is but none of the incest ships, doesn’t that mean they have to stop shipping Lancaster or YangxJaune because that would be incest since Jaune is related to the father of Yang and Ruby...? You get my point.