Volume 1

The First Step

I don't think sloths make a lot of noise.
—Ren, in response to Nora Valkrie's suggestion for a secret signal

The Emerald Forest

I still don't think that's what a sloth sounds like.
—Ren, after Nora uses the secret signal to communicate

Players and Pieces

Nora... Please... Don't ever do that again.
—Ren, on Nora's decision to ride on an Ursa


She's been having this recurring dream for nearly a month now.
—Ren, after Nora finishes her story

Volume 2

Welcome to Beacon

Thank you!
—Ren, to Neptune Vasilias in response to the latter's query, "Uh, aren't libraries for reading?"

Burning the Candle

And I, you.
—Ren, to Jaune Arc regarding their level of "brothership"
Jaune, what is this all about?
—Ren, asking why Jaune is acting out of the ordinary

Dance Dance Infiltration

Wait, what is happening?
—Ren, expressing confusion toward Nora Valkyrie at the dance


Team RWBY has always performed exceptionally in the field. We should be focusing on our own mission.
—Ren, reassuring Jaune

Volume 3

New Challengers...

Sure, why not...
—Ren, when Jaune tells him to distract May Zedong
How do I bring a flower?
—Ren, about "Flower Power"


It wasn't alone.
—Ren to Coco Adel, on how the Nevermore made it past Vale's defenses

Battle of Beacon

—Ren, identifying the new Grimm

End of the Beginning

The journey will be perilous, and whether we'll find answers at the end is entirely uncertain.
—Ren, to Ruby

Volume 4

The Next Step

But 'junior' isn't a color.
—Ren, to Nora
Well, I suppose we don't have to grow out of everything.
—Ren, about Jaune's Pumpkin Pete hoodie
He certainly does.
—Ren, commenting on Jaune cleaning up nicely


We should go. It's not safe here.
—Ren, disagreeing with the suggestion to bury the Dying Huntsman's body

Tipping Point

You might think of it as Anima's Mountain Glenn, had it never been completed. Years ago, the richest members of Mistral were unhappy with how the Kingdom was being run.
—Ren, talking about Oniyuri to his team
Frustrated with the council, they pooled their resources together to build their own city, with their own laws. They hoped that one day, it could maybe even become its own Kingdom. Many thought it would be the future.
—Ren, talking about Oniyuri to his team
I know my parents did.
—Ren, mentioning his parents to his team for the first time

Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

We're not going to find anything! We just have to press on!
—Ren, to Ruby's suggestion to scavenge for medicine


We have to be brave.
—Young Ren to Young Nora, hiding together during Kuroyuri's destruction
We never get the easy path, do we?
—Ren to Nora, as they hike the mountain
—Ren, realizing that the Nuckelavee is heading again to Kuroyuri, where Qrow, Jaune and Ruby are

No Safe Haven

For myself.
—Ren, as he decapitates the Nuckelavee

Volume 5

Rest and Resolutions

Well that embarrassment, that desire to go back and tell yourself not to be so stupid, that just proves you're not the same person you used to be. You're smarter, you're kinder, you're stronger, and you're not done growing yet. None of us are.
—Ren to friends, about their growth

Volume 6


Atlas may be the safest kingdom we have at the moment, but their borders are closed. General Ironwood called everyone back.
—Ren to his friends about the situations starting to Atlas

The Grimm Reaper

The two nations worked together to create a hybrid city. While it falls under Mistral domain, Atlas keeps a military presence here to help keep the people safe and keep trade between the two nations steady.
—Ren to friends, explaining about Argus

Dead End

I think it would be best if we had some time to ourselves.
—Ren to Team RWBY, after finding out the truth

Volume 7

The Greatest Kingdom

Maybe Atlas isn't as safe as we thought.
—Ren, to everyone about Atlas

Pomp and Circumstance

True, but we can also keep training and improving by helping where we can.
—Ren, in regards to taking Huntsmen missions

A Night Off

I understand Weiss' point though. A victory party does seem a bit premature.
—Ren, about Weiss and her opinion about a victory party
We spent so much time worrying about how Ironwood will react to the truth about her, but have any of us considered how we're even going to beat her if we manage to work past that?
—Ren, to Ruby and Nora
We should be training right now.
—Ren, about having a night off
You know I've... never... been really good with talking.
—Ren, to Nora after their argument

The Enemy of Trust

We weren't ready to become Huntsmen.
—Ren, after losing the fight against Neopolitan
Then why aren't we holding the Relic? Now Salem has the Lamp, Ironwood has the Staff, and we have NOTHING!
—Ren, after Nora's rebuttal

Volume 8


There are people here who need us right now. That's something we can actually do.
—Ren, about evacuating Mantle


I don't need a pep talk. I need to focus.
—Ren, cutting Jaune off while he's using his semblance
Guys, we're not finished.
—Ren, after Yang's party clears the local Grimm
Give him back!
—Ren, after The Hound captures Oscar


I did, before I had to cut myself loose to help you guys.
—Ren, about having to let the Hound escape to rescue Jaune and Yang
Are you kidding?! We don't know the first thing about being Huntsmen. We clearly weren't ready.
—Ren arguing with Yang
And then we lost it! And after that, when we had to make real decisions, we got every single one wrong.
—Ren, about their actions since arriving in Atlas
How could they possibly be worse? We are stuck out here while Salem has the Lamp and Oscar. We've got no plan, no army.
—Ren, arguing with Yang
And by keeping her from opening the vault for Ironwood, we're just trapping the whole city for Salem! People are going to die. Because of us.
—Ren, to Yang
I'm just saying what nobody else wants to. We're in way over our heads, Ruby is barely more than a kid, I'm just an orphan from the middle of nowhere.
—Ren, to Yang
You cheated your way into Beacon!
—Ren, to Jaune


No, it's not. He's our friend. We will do whatever it takes to find him, because we care about him.
—Ren, to the Ace-Ops
No! No one is replaceable.
—Ren, before his Semblance gives him to see Harriet's hidden emotions
You don't really believe that. You are furious about losing Clover, and you, you miss him.
—Ren, to Harriet
That's why you lost against Team RWBY. You, you try to fight how you feel about each other, so you'll never truly work as a team.
—Ren, about Ace-Ops
You don't like this either. In fact, you don't want to be a part of it at all anymore.
—Ren, to Marrow
I know you don't, either.
—Ren, to Winter


I... I might be able to help. I can sense spikes of people's emotions, I think. It happened on Winter's ship. If I focus my Aura, I can keep it up.
—Ren, to Jaune and Yang about his Semblance
I can sort of tell where they are, but not who. They're more of less in the same area though. Further in. I can lead.
—Ren, to Jaune and Yang
It's okay to be afraid, you know. You don't always have to hide it with a joke.
—Ren, to Yang
Him on the other hand... There's no fear at all. I can see it, he believes we're going to get this done.
—Ren, to Yang about Jaune
Because she's scared. Just like us.
—Ren, to Yang about Emerald


We can't let all of our actions stem from fear. If she could help us, I think we should consider it.
—Ren, to Yang about Emerald
Do you mean Ozpin? I had a feeling.
—Ren, to Oscar about Ozpin's return
Where's Nora?
—Ren, wondering about Nora


I'm... glad you're alright.
—Ren, to Nora
You're right. I should be apologizing, to both of you. W-when we lost Oscar and things got difficult, I said terrible things. I've been so...angry, at myself. For not being as good as the Ace Ops, for what happened at Robyn's rally, for losing the lamp. I thought if I just focused on working harder, getting stronger, that we...I, wouldn't fail. But, my biggest failing was as a teammate and as a partner.
—Ren, to Jaune and Nora
I was the one holding us back. Not Jaune, not you. Me.
—Ren, to Nora
What? That's not true. You put everything you have into what you do. You support everyone around you, you help without worrying about how it might hurt. And that's what I love about… That's why I... I love you.
—Ren, confessing his feelings for Nora
It's definitely okay.
—Ren, reassuring Nora
—Ren, while poking at Nora

About Ren

Yeah, turns out Ren gets real deep when he feels like talking.
—Ruby, after Ren gives a speech
Oh, and of course Ren is- um.. I don't know what he is. Every time I think the two of us are making progress, he… (sighs) We've been together our whole lives but I feel like I understand him less now than ever. And I don't know if that's his fault or mine.
Nora Valkyrie, about her relationship with Ren
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