Affiliations[edit | edit source]

Salem's Inner Circle[edit | edit source]

Hazel is a member of Salem's group, having chosen to join her after Gretchen's death. However he does not get along with his colleagues, being either indifferent or even sometimes antagonistic with Salem's other lieutenants. In "Witch", he defects from her side after learning about her true goal.

Family[edit | edit source]

Gretchen Rainart[edit | edit source]

Hazel is Gretchen's older brother. Hazel cared deeply for his sister and her death at Beacon Academy is his reason for wanting Ozpin dead. When she was alive, Hazel was against her joining Beacon to become a Huntress. Gretchen's death had a profound impact on her brother, leaving him a broken and vengeful man who is clearly still grieving despite the untold number of years since her passing. However, after his conversations with Oscar in Monstra, and realizing that he was telling the truth about Salem, Hazel chose to do what he believed "Gretchen would have done" and help Oscar escape.

Salem's Inner Circle[edit | edit source]

Salem[edit | edit source]

Initially, Hazel tried to kill Salem when she sought him out, having successfully killed her numerous times, but upon realizing and seeing first hand of her immortality, Hazel gave in and became a member of her instead group. He claims to Ozpin that he and Salem share the same vision of no Kingdoms and Huntsman Academies, most likely because he doesn't want anyone to go through what he went through when he lost his sister.

Despite following her orders, he is deeply afraid of her and greatly fears her wrath. After their loss at Haven, he unintentionally incurs Salem's ire when he attempts to take responsibility for the defeat and risks her anger again when he interrupts her with further news. As he sees Grimm hands rising around his feet, he reports that Ozpin is taking the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas, and quickly vacates when Salem orders him to depart. In "Our Way", as Salem creates an army of winged Beringels, Hazel admits to Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai that their master is taking matters into her own hands.

In "War", Ozpin reveals that Salem is only using his anger to manipulate him, stating that her only goal is the destruction of Remnant in order to die. This would ultimately make Oscar share the password for the Relic of Knowledge hoping he will see the truth for himself.

In "Witch", after confirming the truth from Oscar, he turns against Salem, helping Oscar and Emerald escape from Monstra. When Salem asks him if he gave up vengeance after all this time, he replies that he is doing what Gretchen would have done, and goes to fight her, buying them time to escape despite the risk to his own life.

Cinder Fall[edit | edit source]

His only acknowledgment of Cinder is to speak ill of Cinder being thwarted by Ruby Rose, though in doing so he also acknowledges her as a peer. Although the two work together at Haven, he shows no outward reaction to her defeat. Regardless, when being questioned by Salem, Hazel still attempts to take responsibility for Cinder's failure to no avail.

Cinder in turn is shown to possess a level of respect and faith in Hazel's abilities and skill, this is seen where Cinder stated that she was confident that Hazel was strong enough to fight and kill a fully trained Huntsmen.

Arthur Watts[edit | edit source]

The two have no significant interactions but Hazel doesn't seem to be getting along with the disgraced doctor. This is shown when he gives Watts an unimpressed look while he mocked Cinder for not being able to talk after her defeat by Ruby.

Tyrian Callows[edit | edit source]

Hazel and Tyrian appear to have a unfriendly if not outright hostile relationship. Given how the scorpion Faunus sadistically mocked him, Emerald, and Mercury for their defeat at Haven Academy to which Hazel reacted with a glare and told the two to ignore him.

Cinder's Faction[edit | edit source]

Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai[edit | edit source]

Explaining the two about Salem's next step

Hazel fights alongside Mercury and Emerald during the Battle of Haven. But after they seemingly lose Cinder and the Relic of Knowledge, the three of them are forced to retreat. Hazel carries an unconscious Emerald after she overtaxes herself from using her Semblance.

When they return to Salem's palace, he tells them to ignore Tyrian and proceed inside. When Salem asks who is responsible for their defeat, Hazel initially takes the blame on himself in order to deflect it away from Emerald and Mercury. Later, when Salem orders everyone to clear the council chamber, Hazel urges Emerald to comply and leads her outside. In "Our Way", as Mercury and Emerald watch Salem create a new Grimm army, Hazel explains that she intends to do battle herself.

In "War", both Emerald and Mercury are shown to have a strong sense of respect for Hazel. This is seen when Mercury stated that he was a example that he and Emerald should follow in regards to their affiliation to Salem.

As seen in "Witch", Hazel genuinely cares about Emerald. After realizing that Oscar was telling the truth, Hazel made it clear he planned to have both Oscar and Emerald escape Monstra together.

Later when Emerald was about to be interrogated by Salem due to believing she had something to do about the Lamp's disappearance, Hazel saves her by punching Salem away from her, releasing her binding. Upon Hazel making it clear he planned to fight Salem despite being out classed, Emerald weakly tries to convince him to escape with her. Touched by this gesture, Hazel nonetheless tells her to escape while she can while he kept Salem busy, bidding her farewell.

Ozpin's Group[edit | edit source]

Ozpin[edit | edit source]

Ozpin informs Oscar in "Kuroyuri" that Hazel is someone from his past and advises Oscar to be wary of him as a result. In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", the reason why he wants Ozpin dead is because he blames him for his younger sister's death. His vendetta against Ozpin is of such magnitude that he feels the need to kill him in every incarnation that he can possibly get his hands on, determined to make him suffer over and over again.

His hatred toward Ozpin is so strong, he deems him "evil" and "a monster", the latter being revealed in "Downfall". As he tortures Nora Valkyrie, he asks Ozpin how many children must die for him.

Oscar Pine[edit | edit source]

Helping Oscar during their first meeting

When Oscar has trouble getting a train ticket out of a machine at a train depot due to lack of funds, Hazel shows up and bangs on the machine. This causes a train ticket to fall out of the slot. Before moving on, Hazel advises Oscar not to let a such small obstacle obstruct his path.

When they meet again in Haven Academy, Hazel is shocked to learn that Oscar is the new incarnation of Ozpin. Though he attacks him, he says his blood will be on Ozpin's hands, and he hopes Oscar can forgive him for seeking to kill him.

In "Fault", Salem tasked Hazel with torturing Oscar for information on the Lamp. Though Hazel went through with it, Oscar could tell that Hazel wasn't going all-out in torturing him as he saw Oscar as just as a kid and indeed Hazel tried to convince Oscar to just surrender, promising to stop torturing him. He expressed disgust at Ozpin when he finally emerged for not taking the torture himself and letting Oscar suffer.

In "War", Hazel was at first suspicious when Oscar told him the password to the Lamp but when he realized that Oscar was telling him this so he can ask her himself, this clearly makes Hazel uneasy, apparently starting to trust Oscar.

In "Witch", Hazel allows Oscar a chance to prove himself by activating the Lamp and when he proves the sincerity of his claims, he decides to turn against Salem and help both Oscar escape. He even fought against Salem directly when asked to take Oscar back to his cell. Hazel later gives Oscar an opening against Salem and tells him to attack both of them without hesitation.

White Fang[edit | edit source]

Adam Taurus[edit | edit source]

The pair are seen meeting with Sienna Khan in "Dread in the Air", to gain her loyalty to Salem's Faction. However, Adam enacts a coup and overthrows Sienna as High Leader, a plan Hazel knew nothing about. Hazel is upset with Adam keeping secrets from him, along with killing Sienna when he deemed it unnecessary.

The lack of cooperation between them is shown again in "Downfall", when Hazel refuses to help Adam after he and his forces are confronted by the Belladonna's, armed citizens of Menagerie and the Mistral Police. It's unknown if Hazel knows or even cares that Adam is dead.

Sienna Khan[edit | edit source]

Wanting to obtain the White Fang's support and loyalty, Salem ordered Hazel to negotiate with Sienna, in order to recruit her to their cause.

In "Dread in the Air", Sienna showed active distrust and hostility towards Hazel and made it clear that neither Hazel nor Adam knew what she truly "wanted" and threatened him to leave under the threat of death.

After Adam killed her and usurped control of the White Fang, Hazel was shown to be saddened by her death.

Others[edit | edit source]

Lil' Miss Malachite[edit | edit source]

Hazel went to Lil' Miss Malachite in order to inquire information on Ruby and her group after their failure in destroying Haven Academy and obtaining the Relic of Knowledge.

In "So That's How It Is", Hazel gives this information to Salem.

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