Beacon Academy

Lie Ren is a former first-year student at Beacon Academy.


Lie Ren is a member of Team JNPR.


Lie Ren is a member of Team RNJR


Li Ren

Li is Ren's late father. He wanted his son to be courageous and brave, stating that "Sometimes the worst action is taking no action at all." Li protected Ren from the Nuckelavee, urging his son to run while fatally remaining behind to shoot arrows at the beast. Beforehand, Li gave Ren his dagger, the blade of which has an appearance similar to the blades on StormFlower.

An Ren

An is Ren's late mother. An loved her son Ren dearly and in turn, Ren loved his mother just as much. She told him that, apparently, he inherited her sass.


Jaune Arc

Jaune is Ren's classmate and team leader, and despite their differences they think similarly. This takes form in the Beacon Academy Initiation when Jaune realizes that Ren is trying to weaken the Death Stalker's stinger so that it may be driven into its head. Also, Ren is quick to point out how Jaune has acted since started doing things for Cardin Winchester, which was why he was being so discrete and often returned to his dorm late.

Ren has agreed with Jaune on the state of their friendship, Jaune describing them as great friends and "the brother [he] never had", despite Ren's quiet nature. While not much can be said or seen as to how true this is, Ren encourages Jaune to get to the heart of the matter and listens to what he had to say before Pyrrha Nikos takes over. He has also shown to be loyal to his leader and accepts Jaune's orders without question.

Ren and Jaune's "bro hug"

Ren has saved Jaune multiple times, showing that he cares about his well-being, such as in "The Next Step" when he saved Jaune from the Geist, and in "Tipping Point" when he saved Jaune from getting slashed in the back by Tyrian Callows. When they have to say goodbye to each other when Team RNJR splits in "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back" they embrace.

In "Argus Limited", while masking the emotions of the passengers on the train, Ren is aided by Jaune who gives him a tremendous Aura boost. In "Lost", Ren tells Jaune to stop beating himself up over Pyrrha's death, and that he and Nora do not want to lose their leader and later it was admitted by Nora that he also considers him like family. In "Stealing from the Elderly", Ren rolls his eyes in amusement as Jaune gets excited about their heist plan starting to work. In "The Lady in the Shoe", Ren is worried for his leader's safety after he and Nora are attacked by Caroline Cordovin. In "Seeing Red", Ren express relief when he sees Jaune and Nora are alright. In "Our Way", Ren relies on Jaune again to augment his Aura as he masks everyone's emotions on the airship, but they collapse together as their Auras break.

In "Fault", Ren's argument with Yang about how unprepared he believes everyone truly is causes him to lash out at Jaune for cheating his way to Beacon Academy when he attempted to diffuse the situation, though he became slightly horrified when he realizes what he said and decides to remain quiet. After he and the others find shelter, Jaune tries to patch things up between the two of them but Ren ignores him and walks away to sit in the cold.

In "Witch", Ren is more receptive to Jaune's friendship, thanking him for his support and trying to be helpful in return as they search for Oscar. Due to his Semblance's new ability, seeing Jaune's confidence serves to boost his own after his morale had taken a hit due to earlier events.[1]

In "Risk", Ren apologizes to both Jaune and Nora for pushing them away, for which Jaune forgives him.

Nora Valkyrie

Lie Ren is Nora's childhood friend, as well as her classmate from both their previous school and Beacon Academy. He is occasionally bothered by his friend's hyperactivity, which sometimes makes him angry enough to raise his voice, but he does show her genuine affection and sees her as a valuable friend.

Ren also appears to be the only person able to keep Nora's thoughts in the moment, snapping her out of her imagination when claiming their relic. He also sometimes seems to occasionally get somewhat annoyed by her, as seen when she drank the jar of sap he handed to her after filling it up.

Both Ren and Nora are orphans, though Nora was unaware of Ren's parents' death until he tells Team RNJR in "Tipping Point". Their bond is proven to be strong and mutual when the time comes for the two of them to set off alone together in "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back". They make eye contact and smile when Nora comforts him and later says that they have always taken care of each other.

After the battle at Kuroyuri

When fighting the Nuckelavee in "No Safe Haven", Ren loses his temper and attempts to fight the Grimm in a reckless manner. Nora slaps him and tearfully tells him that she will not allow him to get himself killed. Ren regains his composure, and the two defeat the Grimm alongside Jaune and Ruby.

Ren appears to be unaware of Nora's feelings for him despite their long-time friendship. However, the two share moments of tenderness with one another. In "No Safe Haven", Ren holds Nora's hands without the latter's initiation as they fly to Mistral, indicating that he reciprocates her affection. The two of them seem to have finally come to terms with their trauma after this great ordeal, finally having come full circle from the day that they met to the present day. Since then, the two appear to have become a couple, with small moments in the background showing them holding hands and sharing brief instances of affection in their war-driven lives.

In "The Lady in the Shoe", Ren is worried for Nora and Jaune after they are slammed by the Colossus. In "Seeing Red", Ren expresses relief when he sees Nora and Jaune are alright.

In "A Night Off", the fact that they are a couple is confirmed. Nora and Ren are briefly have an argument about their relationship, and Ren says that he "is not good with words." Nora replies "screw talking", and kisses him, which he returns.

In "The Enemy of Trust", when Neo transforms into Nora in her fight with him and his allies, Ren hesitated to strike her down and take back the Relic because he could never hurt her, causing him to then cry in grief and confusion due to having nearly hurt "Nora".

Later upon successfully eluding the Atlas Soldiers and regrouping, Ren is shown having taken out his frustrations of losing the Relic of Knowledge on the real Nora due to him having lost his chance to reclaim the Relic due to his feelings for her, causing him to unfairly raise his voice at her and complain that he and his team weren't ready to become Huntsmen yet.

In "Risk", Ren apologizes to Nora for his behavior and confesses his love for her. After Nora told him that she's not ready to start a relationship yet until she searches for own identity, he doesn't mind waiting for her until she is ready. Ren can be seen "boop" Nora on the nose out of affection and presses his forehead against hers.

Pyrrha Nikos

Pyrrha Nikos was one of Lie Ren's classmates at Beacon, as well as a teammate in Team JNPR. They did not have much interaction, as they were initially in separate groups. In battle, they have not displayed any notable level of teamwork.

As seen in "Forever Fall, Pt.2" and "Burning the Candle", both Ren and Nora knew of Pyrrha's feelings for Jaune, although Ren seems content to let Nora talk to Pyrrha about it.

In "No Safe Haven" and "Lost", Ren along with Nora join Jaune in mourning Pyrrha and his parents.

In "Lost", it was admitted by Nora and confirmed by Ren that he genuinely loved Pyrrha like family and later was inspired together with Jaune and Nora to follow Pyrrha's example of trying to help the world despite the bleakness of their situation and resolved himself to continue their mission together with his team in memory of Pyrrha.

In "War" when the Ace-Ops express their scorn for risking multiple lives to save a friend, believing it is better to move on, Ren angrily shouts that no one is replaceable, referring to Pyrrha.


Although little interaction has been seen among them, like the rest of his team, Ren appears to be on friendly terms with Team RWBY. They are often seen eating together, such as in "Jaunedice" and "Round One". In "Best Day Ever", Ren joins his team in a good-natured food fight against them.

He also made note of Team RWBY's skills, remarking that they have always been successful on the field. As such, he seems to demonstrate a sense of respect for them.

Ruby Rose

Ren and Ruby cooking

Ren, along with Jaune and Nora, were willing to go on a journey to Haven with Ruby to learn more about the conspiracy surrounding the Vale crisis in hopes of correcting the events that happened. While they mostly get along, Ren angrily refuses Ruby's suggestion of going into Kuroyuri to look for medical supplies for Qrow Branwen in "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back", knowing that there was nothing left of his hometown.

In "Known by its Song", Ren works together with Ruby in preparing dinner, although he is quick to warn her that she is going to overcook her food. In "Rest and Resolutions", he apologizes to her for losing his temper during their battle against the Nuckelavee but is surprised when she compliments his loss of temper.

In "Our Way", Ren expresses everyone's amazement of Ruby for destroying the Colossus' cannon and petrifying a Leviathan.

During the events of Volume 8 however, Ren's friendship with Ruby is strained when he argued that helping the people of Mantle was more important at the moment than warning Remnant about Salem. When Ren lashes out at Yang and Jaune, he said that Ruby was still a kid and worsened the current situation.

By the end of Volume 8, Ren's friendship with Ruby was restored when he helped her stop Ironwood from bombing Mantle.

Yang Xiao Long

When they first met at the Beacon Academy initiation, Ren and Yang along with the others worked together to kill the Grimm attacking them.

While they have been on friendly terms since they first met, their friendship is later strained after they failed to save Oscar Pine and Ren is forced to rescue Jaune and Yang. Because of this, he lashes out at her due to believing that he is carrying the rest of their group himself.[2] After Ren's outburst, Yang asks him if he is intentionally trying to push everyone away with Ren not answering her.

After they are captured by the Ace Operatives and Ren's Semblance evolves, Ren deliberately avoids looking at Yang because he did not want to see what she was feeling at the moment and was more focused on how dysfunctional the Ace Operatives were.[3]

After rescuing Oscar from Salem and reuniting with the rest of their friends, Ren and Yang's friendship was later restored when they helped the rest of their friends stop James Ironwood from destroying Mantle.

Ozpin's Group

Qrow Branwen

At first, Ren does not have much interaction with Qrow during Team RNJR's journey to Haven, and the events in Mistral. But in "The Lady in the Shoe", Ren is saved by Qrow from falling off of the Colossus, and the two of them work together to destroy the shield generator.

Oscar Pine

When they first met in Volume 5, Ren was shown to be friendly towards Oscar even after learning that he was professor Ozpin's current reincarnation.

After Jaune pushed Oscar away in Volume 6 when they learned Ozpin lied to them, Ren was part of the search party that went to look for him in Argus. After finding out that he was okay, he was part of the group that tackled him in relief.

When Oscar was attacked by Neopolitan at the end of Volume 7 to obtain the relic, Ren was part of the group that fought against her to help Oscar.

After Ren and Oscar joined the same group to help the people of Mantle and Oscar was kidnapped by The Hound, Ren went after him to save him. Later when Harriet told Ren that teammates like Oscar were replaceable, he snapped at her and told her that they aren't replaceable. This shows that Ren sees Oscar as a true friend.

Ironwood's Group

James Ironwood

When they first met, Ironwood offered Ren and his friends the chance to fight alongside him to stop the Battle of Beacon with Ren choosing to fight.

After arriving in Atlas, Ren was shown to fully support Ironwood's plan to finish the Amity Communications Tower in order to tell the world about Salem. Later, when Penny Polendina was framed by Tyrian Callows in "Worst Case Scenario", he was the only one to agree when he ordered them to capture Robyn Hill.

In "Gravity", when Ironwood declares martial law and orders the arrest of Ruby's Group, Ren turned against him, fighting his forces and escaping from the Academy along with his team.

He is later part of the group that fought him in "Creation" after he threatened to bomb Mantle unless they handed over Penny, managing to defeat him.

Ace Operatives

When Ren first met the Ace Operatives, he and his team were friendly towards each other and even worked together really well.

After Ironwood declared martial law and ordered the arrest of Ruby's Group, the Ace-Ops turned against them and became enemies as a result. In "Midnight", when they try to warn them about the river of Grimm Liquid heading towards Mantle, they did not believe them and instead asked about the whereabouts of Penny Polendina, eventually arresting them.

Before they are sent to Atlas, Harriet Bree expressed her disappointment in Ren due to believing he was the most rational of the group and began talking about how they believed that teammates like Oscar could be replaced, causing him to snap at her and state that teammates cannot just be replaced. This causes his Semblance to evolve and allows him to see their true emotional states.

After seeing how they truly feel, he begins to understand why they are no longer working as a functional team which feeds into his own understanding of his own team recently and why it may have fallen apart. Because of this, Ren saw his own turmoil in the Ace Operatives.[4]



The Nuckelavee was the creature of Grimm responsible for the destruction of Ren's hometown, Kuroyuri, as well as the death of both of his parents. He witnessed this tragedy at a young age.

When he accompanies Ruby, Nora and Jaune in their journey to Haven, he is the first to notice the creature's hoof prints and also the first one to react when discovering its cave.

Ren, killing the Nuckelavee

During the battle with the creature, Ren is initially filled with rage upon seeing his teammates hurt; he recklessly rushes toward the Nuckelavee despite Jaune's warnings. When he regains his composure, the team manages to pin down the monster, and Ren deals the killing blow in a way somewhat similar to a formal sentence for all the people it slaughtered.


  1. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary Chapter 9
  2. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary chapter 4
  3. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary chapter 7
  4. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary chapter 7
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