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Salem can’t be stopped. She’s a force of nature. I’ve seen it first hand. But you, you send children to their deaths for a cause that you know has no victory, no end.
—Hazel Rainart

Hazel Rainart is one of the main antagonists in RWBY who was introduced in "The Next Step". He is an associate of Salem and part of her inner circle. He serves as a main antagonist in Volume 5.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Hazel is a tall and muscular middle-aged man. He is also unusually large and broad, as he is shown to tower over Adam Taurus who stands 6'4". He has short brown hair, a beard and hazel eyes. His hairy arms have some large scars running up them, a result of using Dust infusions.

Mistral Attire (Volumes 4-6)[edit | edit source]

Originally, Hazel wore a two-tone olive green coat over a black 3/4 sleeve shirt, and a large belt. His pants were black, with a pouch strapped to each pants leg, and his boots are brown with white fronts. Some of his scars near the edges of his sleeves are visible.

Atlas Attire (Volumes 8-Present)[edit | edit source]

As of Volume 8, Hazel now wears his hair in a short slicked back ponytail, and has trimmed his beard shorter. He wears a sleeveless dark green vest with yellow trimmings, revealing the full extent of the scars running up his arm. Hazel wears bandages on his forearms, beneath fingerless brown gloves with silver armor over his hands. He wears brown pants with leather straps connecting to two belts, and armored boots that are similar to those of his previous outfit.

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Hazel has a calm composure compared to the others of Salem's circle. He is reserved and rarely speaks. However, he still criticizes Cinder Fall for her defeat. He has a low tolerance for acceptance of failure, and he does not let minor obstacles get in his way or stand by convention when there is a goal to be accomplished.

During the meeting with Sienna Khan, Hazel is courteous toward her, showing he has a respectful nature. However, he is not intimidated by Sienna's threats, showing a distinct level of self-confidence.

Despite his low tolerance for failure, Hazel is not cruel or unsympathetic. His reaction to Sienna's murder by Adam is a saddened look and verbal expression of both his frustration at Adam's lack of communication prior to the act and disappointment at how unnecessary the death was. This shows that, despite his allegiance to Salem, he has a certain degree of empathy and morality. Unlike his psychotic colleague, Tyrian Callows, Hazel takes no pleasure in casual slaughter, indicating there must be a higher purpose in violence for him to engage in it.

However, this changes when he encounters Ozpin. When he does, Hazel becomes filled with rage and killing intent. He holds Ozpin responsible for the death of his sister Gretchen Rainart and is determined to kill every incarnation of him. He denies Gretchen had any choice in the matter of serving as a Hunteress despite it being pointed out that it was her decision to be one, believing her to be seduced by tales of heroism.[1] This shows that despite his typical reluctance to fight, he is quite capable of vengeance and terrifying bouts of rage. Despite this, as revealed in "The More the Merrier", Hazel was perfectly willing to aid Tyrian in slaughtering Huntsmen across Anima, and he is stated to be completely merciless when a target is found. Additionally, he is stated to believe that the Huntsmen are useless to Remnant as a whole.[2] He also attempted to brutally torture and kill Nora Valkyrie with electricity for standing between him and Ozpin in "Downfall", showing how violent Hazel can become when blinded by his grudge against Ozpin.

Hazel is shown to have somewhat of a soft spot for children, as shown in "Kuroyuri" in which he helps Oscar Pine acquire a train ticket by pounding on the machine. At the fight at Haven Academy he criticizes Ozpin for "hiding behind the face of a child", and before he realized that Ozpin was there, he stated to Nora and Ren that he had no desire to fight them. When he returns to Salem's castle with Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai, he attempts to take the blame for Cinder's failure in Mistral, presumably to try and save Emerald and Mercury from punishment by Salem.

In "Midnight", a more vulnerable side to Hazel is revealed. It is shown that he fears Salem, seeing her as an unstoppable force of nature. This is why he usually tries to prevent bloodshed and fighting. It is also why he seeks vengeance against Ozpin, seeing him as someone who sends children to their deaths. While he doesn't agree with Salem's plans, he follows them as he sees no choice.

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Hazel is an incredibly strong unarmed fighter, able to fight off multiple trained Huntsmen at once. When Hazel deems the situation appropriate, he injects himself with raw Dust crystals. After Hazel infuses himself, the veins in his arms glow, his muscles grow, his eyes shine, his voice becomes distorted, and he can discharge and fire Dust energy from his entire body to enhance his attacks. He has been shown using two types of Dust, Lightning and Fire, being able to use more than one Dust type at a time to further increase his strength.

Because of his use of Dust, the limits to his strength are currently unknown, but without it, he has shown to possess enough strength to casually dent machines with an offhanded hammer fist. The use of Dust is not a substitute for his strength, but a supplement. Hazel's most notable attribute, however, is his endurance. He is shown blocking strikes from Qrow, Ren and Nora's weapons with his bare hands, the latter also commenting on the abnormally high rate that Hazel recharges his Aura. Qrow also takes note of Hazel's incredible durability, referring to him as "sheer willpower".

He has only been shown to retreat at the behest of allies who are able to appeal to his more logical and compassionate side. Without this, it is unlikely that anything short of fatal or crippling force would be able to cease his rampaging combat style.

Semblance[edit | edit source]

Main article: Semblance#Hazel Rainart

Hazel's Semblance, Numbing Agent,[3] renders him insensitive to pain, allowing him to ignore injury and inject vast amounts of Dust into his body without any immediate consequence. However, despite this he is susceptible to being injured.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Hazel alludes to Hansel from Hansel and Gretel. For more information on this allusion, see Hazel Rainart/Behind the Scenes.
  • Hazel can refer to a color, usually in relation to eyes. Hazel eyes often appear to shift in color from a brown/gold to green. Hazel is also a genus of nut-bearing trees and shrubs.
  • Rainart is a name of Old German origin and can translate as either "Brave Counsel"[4] or "Strong Judgment".[5]
  • Hazel stands a full eight feet tall, the tallest official height among human characters in the whole story.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

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