List of Fairy Tail characters
The Fairy Tail manga and anime series features an extensive cast of characters created by Hiro Mashima. The series primarily takes place in the Fiore Kingdom, a kingdom located in the fictional universe called Earth-land, where several of its residents are able to perform various forms of magic. Those who practice magic as a profession, referred to as wizards (魔導士 madōshi ), join guilds where they share information and perform paid jobs for clients. The series' storyline follows a group of wizards from the rambunctious titular guild.
The main characters of the series are Lucy Heartfilia, a celestial wizard who joins the Fairy Tail guild, and Natsu Dragneel, a fire wizard known as a Dragon Slayer who is searching for his adoptive dragon father Igneel. During the early part of the series, they form a team with Happy, a flying cat and friend of Natsu; Gray Fullbuster, an ice wizard; Erza Scarlet, an S-Class wizard who specializes in using various weapons and armors; Wendy Marvell, a young air sorceress; and Carla, Wendy's flying cat partner. Over the course of the series, Lucy and Natsu interact with and befriend other wizards in the guild as well as in other cities and guilds in Fiore, and even some characters from other worlds. They also encounter various antagonists from illegal "dark" guilds, and Zeref, an ancient wizard who is sought out by several of the series' villains.
When creating the series, Mashima was influenced by Akira Toriyama, J.R.R. Tolkien and Yudetamago and based the guild on a local bar. He also used people as references in designing other characters. The characters have been well-received overall.
Creation and conception
When Hiro Mashima was creating Fairy Tail, he cited Akira Toriyama, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Yudetamago as influences in his works. Mashima based the titular guild on a local bar he was visiting at the time. He based Natsu Dragneel on his early years as a junior high school student. Mashima based Natsu's motionsickness on one of his friends, who gets sick when taking taxis together, and he also cited his father's death as an influence for the relationship between Natsu and the dragon Igneel.
When Funimation Entertainment acquired the license to dub Fairy Tail in North America, Mashima was worried about actor Todd Haberkorn voicing Natsu since he had a lot of yelling in the series. Tyler Walker, the ADR Director for the dub, revealed that a "Fairy Tail tea" was made to accommodate the voice actors after each recording session.
The main protagonists are all members of Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル Fearī Teiru ),[a] the titular wizard's guild, founded by Mavis Vermillion. It is considered to be one of the most powerful guilds in the series.[ch. 210] However, its members are infamous for being rambunctious and causing extensive collateral damage during missions.[ch. 2] For this reason, the Fairy Tail guild is seen as a nuisance by the Magic Council despite the guild members' heroic deeds, to the extent that the Magic Council actively tries to disband the guild.[ch. 200]
Fairy Tail's guildhall is stationed in Magnolia, a city located on the southern coast of the fictional country of Fiore.[ch. 1] It is first depicted as a two-story public house with a pyramidal design. The first floor of the building serves as a lunch hall for its guild members to hang out, and contains a bulletin board where job requests are posted.[ch. 2] The guild's most dangerous job requests, called S-Class jobs, are posted in the second floor of the building, which only S-Class wizards, who are officially recognized as the guild's most powerful members, are permitted to enter.[ch. 24] Eventually, the guildhall is destroyed by Phantom Lord, a rival guild, but is later rebuilt as a large, extravagant Gothic building, with resort-like amenities such as a stage, recreation room, outdoor gift shop, swimming pool, and café.[ch. 103] Guild members are permitted to access the upper floors, but S-Class jobs are still restricted.[ch. 103] Seven years after the primary guild members' disappearance on Sirius Island (天狼島 Tenrō-jima, lit. "Heaven Wolf Island"),[vol. 24:translation notes] the guild loses most of its members and is re-stationed in a rundown building even smaller than the first guildhall.[ch. 254]
Mashima has insisted that the spelling of the guild's name, which is a play on the phrase "fairy tale", is intentional. In the story, the guild's second guild master Purehito speculates that the origin of the guild name comes from the mystery of whether or not fairies, which are considered as mythical creatures within the series, have tails.[ch. 244] Tyler Walker likens Fairy Tail to the Scooby-Doo franchise: "it's got a core group of characters, with one talking animal, sometimes two...they travel, it's episodic...you know, we've seen this kind of thing before with the core group that's affiliated in some way going through adventure after adventure."
Natsu "Salamander"[b] Dragneel (ナツ・ドラグニル Natsu Doraguniru )[c] is the primary protagonist of the Fairy Tail series and is the first friend Lucy Heartfilia makes on her journey. He is accompanied by Happy, a flying cat. During Natsu's early childhood, he is raised by a dragon named Igneel.[ch. 2] After Igneel's disappearance seven years before the series' present, Natsu joins Fairy Tail and decides to find the dragon.[ch. 1,66] As a Dragon Slayer (ドラゴンスレイヤー Doragon Sureiyā ),[d] Natsu can perform an ancient form of magic, or "Lost Magic", that grants him the physical properties of a dragon. The Fire Dragon Slayer magic (火の滅竜魔法 Ka no Metsuryū mahō ) allows him to breathe fire, emit flames from any part of his body to attack, become physically immune to fire, and ingest any flame for nourishment.[ch. 1,5] When he consumes magical substances that contain a large amount of magical energy, Natsu is able to achieve a more powerful form of Dragon Slayer magic called Dragon Force (ドラゴンフォース Doragon Fōsu ), which turns his skin around his eyes and on his forearms scaly, and increases both his physical and magical power.[ch. 97-98,160] With Dragon Force, Natsu can temporarily eat other forms of magic and combine that with his own; however, Natsu becomes sick for several days after his transformation wears off.[ch. 106,245]
Natsu has a rivalry with Gray Fullbuster due to their conflicting natures and elements. Natsu is generally carefree and reckless in nature, and causes most of the collateral damage Fairy Tail is blamed for.[ch. 2] However, he is extremely loyal to his guildmates and attacks anyone who tries to harm or insult them. Although he comes across as thick-headed to several other characters, he is a perceptive tactician in battle and can quickly deduce his opponents' strengths and weaknesses.[ch. 41] He suffers from motion sickness when riding on vehicles of any sort, as well as when carried by others such as Lucy. The exception to this rule is Happy, who Natsu considers as his friend.[ch. 4] He is prone to challenging his guild's S-Class wizards to petty fights to test his strength, in which he is often defeated with little effort from his opponents.[ch. 24] When properly motivated to fight however, he is recognized as one of the most powerful wizards in the guild.[ch. 64] He is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Todd Haberkorn.
Lucy Heartfilia (ルーシィ・ハートフィリア Rūshii Hātofiria ) is a 17-year-old wizard, and the primary protagonist of the series; she is the initial viewpoint character. Mashima named the character after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".[vol. 2:afterword] Specializing in celestial magic (星霊魔法 seirei mahō), Lucy can summon celestial spirits from a set of magical Gatekeys (ゲートの鍵 Gēto no Kagi).[e] Throughout the series, Lucy occasionally fights with a whip. Virgo later provides her with a version of this weapon capable of using magical energy, called Fleuve d'Étoiles (エトワールフルーグ Etowāru Furūgu, lit. "River of Stars").[f][ch. 115,184] During her early childhood, Lucy establishes herself as a celestial wizard. Her mother Layla Heartfilia (レイラ・ハートフィリア Reira Hātofiria) dies when Lucy is ten years old. Six years later, Lucy sets out to join Fairy Tail due to a strained relationship with her father, Jude Heartfilia (ジュード・ハートフィリア Jūdo Hātofiria).[ch. 50]
After befriending Natsu Dragneel and Happy, Lucy joins Fairy Tail and works guild-posted jobs to fund her rented house in Magnolia.[ch. 1-4] To that end, she pursues her dream of writing a novel on her adventures with Fairy Tail.[ch. 4,9,25] As one of the saner members of the guild, Lucy regularly gawks at the odd habits of her guildmates, who frequently show up uninvited inside her house.[ch. 4,47,106] After Phantom Lord's dissolution, Lucy breaks ties with her father, warning him to never interfere with Fairy Tail again.[ch. 50,64,67] Eventually she reconciles with Jude after he loses his fortune, and professes her love for him after learning of his death during her disappearance on Sirius Island.[ch. 129,130,257] In the original Japanese series, she is voiced by Aya Hirano. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Cherami Leigh. Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network praised Lucy as being "sympathetic."
Happy (ハッピー Happī ) is a six-year-old blue-furred cat-like creature called an Exceed. Using the magical ability Aera (エーラ Ēra),[g] Happy is able to fly by growing white feathered wings, and can also carry up to one person.[ch. 1,3] Six years before the series' present, Happy is sent from the parallel world Edolas to Earth-land as an egg for protection after the Exceeds' queen, Chagot, has a premonition of their realm's destruction.[ch. 198] He is soon found by Natsu, who cares for him together with Lisanna Strauss until he hatches. His birth cheers up everyone in the guild while they are in the middle of an argument, for which Natsu names him "Happy".[vol. 15:make] Though Happy is unaware of his family ties, he is actually the son of Lucky (ラッキー Rakkī) and Marl (マール Māru), an Exceed farmer couple.[ch. 177,198] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Rie Kugimiya. In the English dub, he is voiced by Tia Ballard. When creating Happy, Mashima originally intended to name him "Freyr", the Norse god, but found the name did not fit his character.[vol. 2:afterword]
Gray Fullbuster (グレイ・フルバスター Gurei Furubasutā ) is an 18-year-old wizard who specializes in performing Ice Make magic (氷の造形魔法 Kōri no Zōkei mahō),[h] which allows him to instantaneously conjure various kinds of weapons, shields, and other inanimate objects made from ice.[ch. 21] He is more level-headed and competent in performing jobs than most of his guildmates, but has a habit of removing his shirt or stripping down to his underwear, often without realizing it,[ch. 2] which Mashima based on a personal habit of his own.[vol. 2:afterword] Gray has a fierce rivalry with Natsu Dragneel due to their opposing personalities and magical elements.[ch. 10] During his early childhood, Gray is taken in by Ur as an orphan after his hometown is destroyed by the demon Deliora. He learns magic from her with the intention of taking revenge against Deliora, and develops his stripping habit as a result of his training to withstand the freezing temperatures of Ur's hometown. He later moves on to join Fairy Tail after Ur sacrifices herself to defeat Deliora instead.[ch. 36-38,43] Gray clashes with his fellow student Lyon Vastia and Ur's daughter Ultear Milkovich, and eventually helps both come to terms with their pasts as Ur did for him.[ch. 29,31,241,242] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Yuichi Nakamura. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Newton Pittman.
"Titania"[i] Erza Scarlet (エルザ・スカーレット Eruza Sukāretto ), named after Eru, a character from Mashima's one-shot manga that served as a pilot for Fairy Tail,[vol. 2:afterword] is a 19-year-old swordswoman with a guild ranking of S-Class. She is widely considered to be the most powerful female member of the guild.[ch. 10] Using the re-equip magic "The Knight" (ザ・ナイト Za Naito),[j] she can summon different weapons and change armor and clothes at will.[ch. 76] Additionally, she has an artificial eye, which can make her immune to illusions and eye-based magic, and halves their effects if used on both of her eyes.[ch. 100,111,155] Erza initially sheds tears from her real eye due to a defect with her artificial eye, but Mashima eventually abandoned this aspect after accidentally drawing some scenes where Erza has tears flowing from both eyes.[ch. 100,102][vol. 12:afterword] She usually chastises slackers and serves as Fairy Tail's punisher, but eventually becomes friendlier towards her guildmates.[ch. 10,92]
Erza is enslaved and forced to build the Tower of Heaven when she is 11 years old; while there, she befriends several slave children, which includes Jellal Fernandez.[ch. 80] After Jellal is taken away for rebelling against their captors, Erza leads a slave revolt to save Jellal.[ch. 81] Jellal is brainwashed into serving Zeref and continues the tower's construction, forcing Erza to escape and make a name for herself as a Fairy Tail wizard.[ch. 83,89] Later, Erza helps Jellal atone for his misdeeds and eventually professes her love for him.[ch. 86,145-146,264] She is voiced by Sayaka Ohara. In the English dub, her voice actress is Colleen Clinkenbeard.
"Priestess of the Sky"[k] Wendy Marvell (ウェンディ・マーベル Wendi Māberu ) is a 12-year-old[ch. 144] female Dragon Slayer. Wendy is usually accompanied by her Exceed partner Carla.[ch. 132] Having mastered in the Sky Dragon Slayer magic (天の滅竜魔法 Ten no Metsuryū mahō), she can heal a person's injuries and ailments, and can temporarily relieve motion sickness.[ch. 135,152] Additionally, she is capable of breathing powerful gusts of wind, and augmenting her friends' or her own speed, strength, and defensive power.[ch. 161,191,243] Wendy can replenish her magical power by "eating" unpolluted air.[ch. 136,144,159] Mashima created Wendy after one of his staff members commented that young girls "just don't appear" in the series, and noted the character's popularity among his associates.[vol. 16:afterword]
After her adoptive mother Grandine disappears when she is five years old, Wendy is rescued by Mystogan, the Edolas counterpart of Jellal Fernandez.[ch. 136,167] She becomes Mystogan's traveling partner during his exploration of Earth-land.[ch. 145] He eventually leaves Wendy in the care of the Cait Shelter (ケットシェルター Ketto Sherutā)[l] guild, led by Robaul (ローバウル Rōbauru); however, Wendy is unaware that he is a spirit who uses illusion magic to found the guild and care for her.[ch. 164] Seven years later, she and Carla join an alliance with Fairy Tail, Lamia Scale, and Blue Pegasus to prevent the dark guild Oración Seis from acquiring Nirvana,[ch. 132] a destructive spell developed by Robaul's tribe.[ch. 164] During the battle with Oración Seis, Wendy is forced to resurrect Jellal, mistaking him as her former traveling partner.[ch. 135] After learning about the truth about Robaul and Cait Shelter following Nirvana's destruction, she joins Fairy Tail.[ch. 164,165] In the anime series, her voice actress is Satomi Satō. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Brittney Karbowski.
Carla (シャルル Sharuru ) is a 6-year-old white-furred Exceed originating from Edolas, and Wendy Marvell's partner. She is capable of using Aera magic,[ch. 135] and the ability of precognition allows her to see visions of future locations and events, inheriting her precognitive powers from her mother Chagot; however, Carla is unaware of her family ties. She is evacuated from Edolas to Earth-land as an egg after Chagot has a vision of their realm's destruction; the objective is concealed as a mission to kill Dragon Slayers. Some time after this, Carla is hatched and taken under the care of the six-year-old Wendy. Carla has a premonition of future events and, despite her misinterpretation of Chagot's orders, decides to protect Wendy.[ch. 176,198] Six years later, she joins Wendy in an alliance to defeat Oracion Seis, but upon meeting Happy, Carla initially shuns him and only reconsiders when Happy resolves to ignore their mission.[ch. 135,167,175] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Yui Horie. In the English dub, her voice actress is Jad Saxton.
"Kurogane"[m][ch. 47] Gajeel Redfox (ガジル・レッドフォックス Gajiru Reddofokkusu ), similar to Natsu Dragneel and Wendy Marvell, is a Dragon Slayer raised by the dragon Metalicana. His Iron Dragon Slayer magic (鉄の滅竜魔法 Tetsu no Metsurū mahō) grants him the ability to transform parts of his body into metal weapons such as clubs and swords, cover his body with nearly indestructible metal scales, and breathe gusts of wind containing metal shards capable of shredding a person's body.[ch. 61] He can also consume metal objects for nourishment.[ch. 105] Initially a member of Phantom Lord, his attack on Fairy Tail results in war between the two guilds and eventually joins Fairy Tail at Makarov Dreyar's request.[ch. 48,212] At first distrusted by the members of Fairy Tail, Gajeel proves his loyalty to them.[ch. 103,105] He develops a fierce rivalry with Natsu and harbors a resentment of cooperating with him unless forced to do so.[ch. 123,191] He also comes to good terms with Levy McGarden after saving her from Laxus Dreyar's attack in Magnolia, and later partners with her for the S-Class exam on Sirius Island.[ch. 106,202] Under Makarov's orders, Gajeel acts as a double agent to spy on Raven Tail's master Ivan Dreyar, which he is forbidden to reveal to his guildmates.[ch. 128,201] After noticing Natsu and Wendy's cat partners, Gajeel becomes self-conscious of the fact that he is the only Dragon Slayer without a cat partner until he fights and befriends Panther Lily, whom he openly adores.[ch. 165,186,198] In the Japanese version of the series, Gajeel is voiced by Wataru Hatano. In the English dub, his nickname is changed to "Black Steel" and he is voiced by David Wald.
Panther Lily (パンサー・リリー Pansā Rirī ) is a black-furred Exceed swordsman from the parallel universe of Edolas. Initially depicted as a large, muscular, anthropomorphic panther,[ch. 171] Panther Lily eventually takes on his species' general small appearance, though he is able to assume his original form for limited periods of time.[ch. 199,201] He can also use "Aera". He uses swords that can extend to several times his large form's size, initially Buster Marm (バスターマァム Basutāmāmu), and then the Musica Sword (ムジカの剣 Mujika no Ken).[ch. 186,247]
After Lily saves a young Mystogan's life and brings him to Extalia, the Exceed is exiled by his people's queen Chagot.[ch. 189] Joining the Edolas Kingdom's royal army, Lily captains the 1st Magic War Division.[ch. 171] He duels Gajeel Redfox while defending the lacrima crystal created from the residents of Magnolia after they have been absorbed by an Anima portal, but has a change of heart after seeing the Exceeds gathering to push the crystal away from Extalia, and rescues Chagot from falling to her death.[ch. 186,189] After being sent to Earth-land through the reversed Anima portal, he joins Fairy Tail as Gajeel's partner. He shows a mature personality compared to most of the Fairy Tail guild members.[ch. 200] In the anime adaptation, his voice actor is Hiroki Tōchi.
Cana Alberona (カナ・アルベローナ Kana Aruberōna ) is an 18-year-old wizard with an unusually high alcohol tolerance level; she can drink entire barrelfuls of alcohol without getting drunk.[ch. 2] She is the most senior member of her guild's generation.[ch. 201] Her name is derived from the term "arcana" in relation to tarot cards.[vol. 2:afterword] Using Card Magic (マジックカード Majikku Kādo, lit. "Magic Card"),[n] Cana can cast a wide variety of spells from a deck of magic-infused cards.[ch. 38] Cana joins Fairy Tail at the age of six; however, she is devastated to learn that her father Gildarts Clive is unaware of their family connection. Determined to reveal the truth to her father, she attempts to become an S-Class wizard, but fails four consecutive exams designating the S-Class rank in doing so. Twelve years later, Cana contemplates leaving the guild if she fails her fifth and latest exam on Sirius Island.[ch. 202,232] After teaming up with Lucy, Cana abandons her friends to complete the exam trial of searching for Mavis Vermillion's grave during Grimoire Heart's assault on the island.[ch. 213,225] Realizing her treacherous deeds when she arrives at the grave, Cana rejects her desire to become an S-Class Wizard. The spirit of Mavis grants her temporary use of the Fairy Glitter spell.[ch. 232,251] She later reveals their relationship to Gildarts.[ch. 251] In the original Japanese series, Cana is voiced by Eri Kitamura. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Jamie Marchi.
"Beast Arm"[o] Elfman Strauss (エルフマン・ストラウス Erufuman Sutorausu ) is Mirajane's younger, 18-year-old brother. He is a large and well-built man who regularly spouts speeches about what a "real man" should do,[ch. 2] but is also kindhearted and emotionally sensitive. Employing the Take Over magic Beast Soul (ビーストソウル Bīsuto Sōru),[p] Elfman can transform his body into any monster he has defeated.[vol. 17:omake] However, his first attempt at using Beast Soul when he is 16 years old causes him to go berserk and injure his younger sister Lisanna, who disappears. Thinking that he has killed Lisanna, his deep guilt limits his magic power to an ability called Beast Arm (ビーストアーム Bīsuto Āmu), with which he can only transform his right arm. Two years later, Elfman regains his Beast Soul ability during the assault on Phantom Lord after seeing Mirajane in danger; he defeats Sol with it, after which he is able to control his transformation.[ch. 49,55,56] In the Japanese version of the series, Elfman is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto. In the English dub, he is voiced by Christopher Sabat.
Gildarts Clive (ギルダーツ・クライヴ Girudātsu Kuraivu ) is a 45-year-old S-Class wizard regarded as the most powerful member of Fairy Tail,[ch. 106] and the father of Cana Alberona. Using Crush (クラッシュ Kurasshu ) magic, Gildarts can vaporize any object and magic spell he touches. He embarks on high ranking "SS-Class" missions, as well as missions that have never been completed for 10 or even 100 years. He only visits his guild for short periods every few years because of this, but nevertheless maintains a fatherly relationship with his younger guildmates, including Natsu Dragneel.[ch. 165-167] Years before the series' present, Gildarts is divorced by his wife Cornelia (コーネリア Kōneria), and embarks on a six-year-long mission before Cana's birth; he is initially unaware of his relationship with his daughter.[ch. 232] At the age of thirty-eight, Gildarts loses an arm, leg, and some organs while dueling with the black dragon Acnologia.[ch. 166,252] Twelve years later, Gildarts finds out the truth of his relationship with Cana on Sirius Island; he later advises his guildmates against fighting Acnologia on Sirius Island.[ch. 251,252] Seven years later, after being named the next guild master of Fairy Tail by Makarov Dreyar, Gildarts resigns the position and leaves on another mission.[ch. 259,260] In the anime series, Gildarts is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue.
Juvia Lockser of the "Great Sea"[q] (ジュビア・ロクサー Jubia Rokusā ) is a 17-year-old wizard introduced as the sole female member of the Element 4, an elite team of wizards from the Phantom Lord guild who each use a form of magic related to one of the four classical elements. The Water (ウォーター Wōtā)[r] magic grants her the ability to manipulate water, pressurize into jets, and turn her body into water.[ch. 48,59,104] She is prone to mood swings that affect her magic's attributes; it rains when she is depressed, and her water boils when she is jealous and angry.[ch. 59,60,228-230]
During her early childhood, Juvia is called "Rain Woman"[s] due to the constant downpours around her. Years later, Juvia makes a name for herself as a Phantom Lord wizard. She duels with Gray Fullbuster out of jealousy over her misunderstanding of Gray's relationship with Lucy Heartfilia and loses; the rain around her stops the first time in her life.[ch. 59-60] After Phantom Lord's dissolution, Juvia becomes romantically obsessed with Gray. Wanting to become closer to Gray, she asks to join Fairy Tail.[ch. 67,76] She becomes an official member after helping Gray and the other protagonists in the Tower of Heaven, and considers any woman who shows affection to Gray a potential rival since her duel with Gray.[ch. 103] Juvia tends to refer to herself in the third person.[ch. 48] In the Japanese version of the series, Juvia is voiced by Mai Nakahara. In the English dub, her name is spelled "Juvia Loxar" and she is voiced by Brina Palencia.
Laxus Dreyar (ラクサス・ドレアー Rakusasu Doreā ) is Makarov Dreyar's 23-year-old grandson,[ch. 69] and one of Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards.[ch. 24] His lightning magic allows him to conjure bolts from his hands, and turn his entire body into electricity.[ch. 69] He is also a Dragon Slayer with mastery over Lightning Dragon Slayer magic (雷の滅竜魔法 Rai no Metsuryū mahō), which he gains the ability to use through artificial lacrima implants given to him by his father Ivan; this enables him to increase his own physical strength and breathe bolts of lightning.[ch. 128,124] Although he has fond childhood memories with Makarov, Laxus becomes increasingly estranged from his grandfather after years of being unfairly compared to him, and rebels when Makarov expels Ivan from the guild.[ch. 106,119] He becomes obsessed with surpassing Makarov and becoming the guild master; he values the strength of his guild over the well-being of his guildmates, whom he perceives as "weak".[ch. 69]
Enraged upon overhearing people mocking his guild due to the war between Fairy Tail and Phantom Lord,[ch. 105] Laxus decides to reform the guild so others will not question Fairy Tail's strength. He organizes a coup d'état with the Raijin Tribe in which they hold several of Fairy Tail's female members, and eventually Magnolia, as hostages and force their guildmates to fight each other in an intra-guild battle royal called the "Battle of Fairy Tail" (バトル・オブ・フェアリーテイル Batoru obu Fearī Teiru) to rescue them; those who emerge victorious will be allowed to stay in the guild with Laxus as its new master.[ch. 107,113] After his plans fail, he tries to use Fairy Law to destroy Magnolia, but it has no effect, which signifies that he does not truly hate his guild. After Laxus is defeated by Natsu Dragneel and Gajeel Redfox, Makarov expels him from Fairy Tail, though he leaves on friendly terms with his grandfather and guildmates.[ch. 124-128] Laxus later returns to help his former guildmates battle Hades on Sirius Island,[ch. 244-248] and is reinstated into Fairy Tail by Gildarts Clive during his brief period as Fairy Tail's master.[ch. 260] He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Patrick Seitz.
Levy McGarden (レビィ・マグガーデン Rebi Magugāden ) is the de facto leader and sole female member of Shadow Gear (シャドウ・ギア Shadō Gia), a team she forms with her friends Jet and Droy.[ch. 4] Her Solid Script (ソリッドスクリプト Soriddo Sukuriputo)[t] magic grants her the ability to transform written words into three-dimensional objects that take on the attributes of what is written. She is also proficient in translating and decoding foreign texts and runic magic. She is close friends with Lucy Heartfilia, and the first person Lucy willingly allows to read her novel.[ch. 48] Gajeel Redfox's assault on her and her team results in war between Phantom Lord and Fairy Tail.[ch. 47] Initially fearful of Gajeel after he joins Fairy Tail,[ch. 103] Levy forgives him after he protects her from being injured by Laxus Dreyar.[ch. 105] She gradually develops feelings for Gajeel after he offers to become her partner for the S-Class exam.[ch. 202,207] In the Japanese version of the series, Levy is voiced by Mariya Ise. In the English dub, she is voiced by Kristi Kang.
Lisanna Strauss (リサーナ・ストラウス Risāna Sutorausu ) is the younger, 17-year-old sister of Mirajane and Elfman. Using the Take Over technique Animal Soul (アニマルソウル Animaru Sōru),[u] Lisanna can transform her body into those of different animals at will.[vol. 15:omake][vol. 17:omake] She is one of Natsu's closest childhood friends; she helps him care for Happy as an egg and teases him with the thought of marriage when they are children. Though it is implied that Lisanna is killed in an accident while working with her siblings on a job when she is 15 years old,[ch. 55] she is actually sent to Edolas through an Anima portal meant to absorb Earth-land's magical power. She initially decides to remain in Edolas to keep the parallel world's counterparts of her siblings from worrying since her own counterpart is dead. When she is sent back to Earth-land after the Anima portals are reversed and, after discovering that her Edolas siblings have already known the truth about her, she reunites with her real siblings.[ch. 199] She is reinstated into Fairy Tail soon after.[ch. 201] In the Japanese version of the series, Lisanna is voiced by Harumi Sakurai. In the English dub, she is voiced by Carrie Savage.
Loke (ロキ Roki ), named after the Norse god Loki,[vol. 2:afterword] is a flirtatious wizard regularly accompanied by young women.[ch. 2] Using a ring called Regulus (レグルス Regurus),[v] Loke can conjure light-based magic attacks.[ch. 115] His true identity is the celestial spirit Leo, who is initially owned by Karen Lilica. After preventing her from summoning other spirits to keep her from bullying his fellow celestial spirit Aries, Loke inadvertently leaves Karen defenseless while on a mission which results in her death at the hands of Angel. Exiled from the spirit world, Loke distances himself from any celestial wizards he encounters. Three years later, Loke's magic power weakens severely until his body slowly begins to fade away. After Lucy Heartfilia discovers his identity as a spirit, she saves his life and restores his former power by persuading the Celestial Spirit King to reconsider Loke's exile, which allows him to return to the spirit world.[ch. 72-74] Despite becoming one of Lucy's contracted spirit partners, Loke is still considered a member of Fairy Tail, and temporarily nullifies his contract with her to serve as Gray Fullbuster's partner during the S-Class exam.[ch. 202] In the Japanese version of the series, Loke is voiced by Daisuke Kishio. In the English dub, he is voiced by Eric Vale.
Makarov Dreyar (マカロフ・ドレアー Makarofu Doreā ) is the short, 88-year-old master of Fairy Tail. His name comes from the fact that Mashima wanted it to sound Russian.[vol. 2:afterword] Discontented with the Magic Council for the rules it tries to impose on Fairy Tail, Makarov encourages his guild's members to do whatever they think is right. He becomes despondent whenever his guild causes trouble with the council, and sometimes uses force to stop his guild members whenever they become too rowdy or violent. However, he considers his guild members to be his children, and is fiercely protective of them. He is capable of multiple different forms of magic, including Giant/Titan (ジャイアント Jaianto)[w] magic, which increases his normally diminutive stature to gigantic proportions.[ch. 26] His most powerful spell is Fairy Law (フェアリーロウ Fearī Rō),[x] one of three legendary spells developed by the Fairy Tail guild, which generates a flash of bright light that spans across a wide area, and only harms those the caster considers to be his or her enemy.[ch. 66] Given his high level of magic and skills, Makarov is registered as one of the Ten Wizard Saints, the most powerful wizards in the continent. In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Shinpachi Tsuji. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by R Bruce Elliott.
Mavis Vermillion (メイビス・ヴァーミリオン Meibisu Vāmirion ) is the first guild master and founder of Fairy Tail.[ch. 202] She is also an analyst and strategist with the nickname "Fairy Tactician."[ch. 305] Mavis dies at a young age years before the beginning of the series[ch. ?] and is buried on Sirius Island.[ch. 208] After Cana Alberona pleads with her for help to protect her friends, Mavis's spirit grants Cana the Fairy Glitter (フェアリーグリッター Fearī Gurittā)[y] spell.[ch. 232] Her human form is revealed when the Fairy Tail members on the island are attacked by Acnologia.[ch. 253] With Fairy Tail determined to protect each other, Mavis uses her Fairy Sphere (フェアリースフィア Fearī Sufia)[z] spell to protect them. However, this inadvertently causes the island and his inhabitants to disappear from Earth-land, freezing them in time.[ch. 255] Seven years later, she appears in her human form and cheers for Fairy Tail while in Crocus, but can only be seen by those with the mark of Fairy Tail. She is also capable of sensing good or evil in a person.[ch. 267,268] In the anime series, her voice actress is Mamiko Noto.
Mirajane "Demon Woman"[aa] Strauss (ミラジェーン・ストラウス Mirajēn Sutorausu ) is a 19-year-old S-Class wizard who serves as a barmaid and administrator at Fairy Tail, and occasionally appears as a cover girl on the fictional Sorcerer's Weekly magazine.[ch. 2] Her name comes from a video game Hiro Mashima was playing while creating her character.[vol. 2:afterword] She is a very cheerful, kindhearted, yet somewhat absentminded young woman who rarely displays anger towards others.[ch. 25] During Mirajane's childhood, she is rambunctious and has a particularly fierce rivalry with Erza Scarlet.[vol. 15:omake] She and her young siblings Elfman and Lisanna use Take Over (テイクオーバー Teiku Ōbā)[ab] magic to transform into creatures they have previously encountered. Mirajane's specific variety, Satan Soul (サタンソウル Satan Sōru), grants her the ability to transform into a demon with enhanced physical speed and strength.[ch. 117,118] She can also mimic other people's physical appearance and voice.[ch. 52] After Lisanna disappears when she is 17 years old, Mirajane loses her Take Over powers and retires from working on missions.[ch. 54,55] Two years later, Mirajane regains her powers and duels with Fried Justine to a draw. She and Lucy host the "Emergency Request! Explain the Mysteries of Fairy Tail" sections at the ends of the manga volumes where they answer reader questions. In the Japanese version of the series, Mirajane is voiced by Ryōko Ono. In the English dub, she is voiced by Monica Rial.
Mystogan (ミストガン Misutogan ) is an S-Class wizard referred to as the most mysterious member of Fairy Tail. Refusing to let others see his face, he covers his entire body with a cloak and bandages, and goes as far as using magic to temporarily put his guildmates to sleep whenever he visits the guild.[ch. 24] Mystogan later reveals himself as Jellal Fernandez's counterpart from the parallel universe Edolas, of which he is its prince.[ch. 167,189] As a resident of Edolas, he does not perform magic on his own, but uses staves that are infused with magic power to cast a variety of spells.[ch. 120] Despite this, he remains one of the most powerful members of Fairy Tail, demonstrated by his capacity to defeat each of Phantom Lord's subdivisions throughout the country by himself.[ch. 24,65]
During Mystogan's early childhood, he travels to Earth-land to close the inter-dimensional Anima portals that Faust, his father and the king of Edolas, uses to steal magical power from Earth-land. Seven years later, after failing to prevent Magnolia from being absorbed by an Anima portal,[ch. 167-168] he returns to Edolas and restores the city by forcing the lacrima crystal created from the absorbed Fairy Tail wizards through another portal after his guildmates prevent Faust from ramming it into Extalia.[ch. 189] He reverses the effects of the Anima portals to return the stolen magical power to Earth-land, and intends to be publicly executed for this by his childhood friend Panther Lily to quell the panic. However, when Natsu Dragneel takes the blame, Mystogan earns the public's support and is crowned king of Edolas.[ch. 195-197] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Robert McCollum.
The Raijin Tribe (雷神衆 Raijinshū , also "Thunder God Tribe"), renamed the "Thunder Legion" in the Funimation anime dub, is a team of three wizards who act as Laxus Dreyar's personal bodyguards and followers. The three are introduced as antagonists who help Laxus stage a coup d'état called the "Battle of Fairy Tail",[ch. 108] but become friendlier towards their guildmates after Laxus is expelled from the guild.[ch. 128] Aside from their own unique abilities, the three members share the ability to cast magic by making eye contact with their opponents, though each member's "eye magic" differs.[ch. 115]
"Dark"[ac] Fried Justine (フリード・ジャスティーン Furīdo Jasutīn , also "Freed Justine") is the 20-year-old founder and self-proclaimed leader of the Raijin Tribe.[ch. 106] He specializes in writing Jutsu-Shiki (術式, lit. "technique style/ceremony"),[vol. 13:translation notes] which are magic runes that contain his targets to a certain area according to the posted rule. He uses this magic to impose rules on the Battle of Fairy Tail; he traps Makarov inside the guildhall by restricting departure based on age and material limits, and forces many of his guildmates to fight each other by writing the area rule where only the "strongest wizard" can leave its boundaries.[ch. 108,109] Additionally, he is capable of using Dark Écriture (闇のエクリテュール Yami no Ekuritūru)[ad] to either writing words on a person's body to wound them; he can use it on himself to fly and transform into a demon.[ch. 117,118] He is loyal to Laxus despite questioning Laxus' morality on executing his guildmates.[ch. 114] In the Japanese version of the series, Fried is voiced by Junichi Suwabe. In the English dub, he is voiced by John Burgmeier.
Bickslow (ビックスロー Bikkusurō ) is a 22-year-old wizard who specializes in using a form of Seith magic (セイズ魔術 Seizu majutsu) called Human Possession (人型憑き Hitotsuki) to implant souls within inanimate objects and control them as he pleases.[ch. 106,108] He can only control up to five puppets at a time; he refers to them as his "babies", with the names Pappa[ae], Pippi[af], Puppu[ag], Peppe[ah], and Poppo[ai].[ch. 108] His eye magic is called Figure Eyes (フィギュア・アイズ Figyua Aizu),[aj] which allows him to control the souls of anyone who meets his gaze; he wears a grilled visor to contain this magic.[ch. 115] In the Japanese version of the series, Bickslow is voiced by Yoshihisa Kawahara. In the English dub, his name is spelled "Bixlow" and he is voiced by Scott Freeman.
Evergreen (エバーグリーン Ebāgurīn ) is a 20-year-old wizard and the sole female member of the Raijin Tribe. Using her eye magic, Stone Eyes (ストーン・アイズ Sutōn Aizu),[ak] she can petrify others through eye contact. She wears eyeglasses to control this magic, similar to Bickslow, and uses it to hold the female guild members hostage in the Battle of Fairy Tail.[ch. 107] She can also conjure golden dust to cause an explosion of ignited dust and rapidly firing limitless needles at her opponents as if they were bullets.[ch. 109,112] Originally joining Fairy Tail solely for her obsession with anything having to do with fairies, Evergreen's dream is to assume Erza Scarlet's title of "Fairy Queen, Titania".[ch. 107,112] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Saori Seto. Caitlin Glass provides her voice in the English dub.
In the beginning of the series, the Fairy Tail guild is stated to have over 100 members. As of Year X791, seven years after the primary guild members disappear on Sirius Island, the guild is reduced to 15 members, which consist of:
- Macao Conbolt (マカオ・コンボルト Makao Konboruto ) is a male wizard whose magic, Purple Flare (パープル・フレア Pāpuru Furea),[al] allows him to conjure flames that cannot be doused by wind or water.[ch. 37] Macao eventually replaces Makarov as the master of Fairy Tail during the primary guild members' disappearance.[ch. 254] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Masaki Kawanabe. In the English dub, he is voiced by Brian Mathis.
- Romeo Conbolt (ロメオ・コンボルト Romeo Konboruto ) is Macao's son who wishes to become a wizard at the start of the series.[ch. 4] He joins Fairy Tail over the time skip, and dresses like Natsu, whom he admires.[ch. 254] Using Rainbow Fire (レインボーファイア) Reinbō Faia)[am] magic,[ch. 257] he can create fire of seven different colors capable of producing different effects based on each color.[ch. 255] He is voiced by Mariya Ise. In the English version, he is voiced at first by Kayla Carlyle, and later by Lindsay Seidel.
- Reedus Jonah (リーダス・ジョナー Rīdasu Jonā ) is a male wizard who can bring any picture he draws on himself to life using Picto Magic (ビクトマジック Pikuto Majikku).[an][ch. 36] His normally slender body is magically inflated into a rotund shape by Makarov's magic to help better cast his spells,[ch. 36] though his body returns to normal over the time skip.[ch. 254] Sonny Strait provides his voice in the English dub.
- Nab Lasaro (ナブ・ラサロ Nabu Rasaro ) is a male wizard who resembles a Native American who frequently stands in front of the guild's job request board without picking a mission.[ch. 10] Similar to Bickslow, he uses a form of Seith magic called Animal Possession (動物憑き Dōbutsu Tsuki) to fuse the spirits of animals to his body and enhance his physical abilities.[ch. 35] He is voiced by Daisuke Endō. In the English dub, he is voiced by Mike McFarland.
- Jet (ジェット Jetto ) and Droy (ドロイ Doroi ) are two men who are Levy McGarden's friends and fellow members of the Shadow Gear team. Jet specializes in using magic called High Speed (ハイスピード Hai Supīdo)[ao] to enhance his physical speed,[ch. 43] while Droy uses Plant (プラント Puranto)[ap] to grow plants from enchanted, rapid-growing seeds to attack.[ch. 44] Both Jet and Droy have a one-sided crush on Levy, and harbor deep resentment against Gajeel Redfox after he attacks their team as a member of Phantom Lord.[ch. 105] After Gajeel joins Fairy Tail and earns Levy's affections by protecting her from Laxus Dreyar, however, the two respect Levy's feelings for him.[ch. 105] Jet and Droy later become depressed due to Levy's disappearance with the other guild members on Sirius Island; Droy overeats and becomes obese.[ch. 254] In the original Japanese series, Jet and Droy are voiced by Masaki Kawanabe and Eiji Sekiguchi, respectively. In the English dub, they are voiced by Michael Chinnici and Z. Charles Bolton, respectively.
- Alzack Connell (アルザック・コネル Aruzakku Koneru ) and Bisca Moulin[ch. 107,109] (ビスカ・ムーラン Bisuka Mūran , Bisca Mulan) are two wizards who dress up in Western-style clothes. Alzack uses Guns Magic (ガンズマジック Ganzu Majikku)[aq] to fire enchanted bullets through two pistols that never miss,[ch. 52] while Bisca uses re-equip magic called "The Gunner" (ザ・ガンナー Za Gannā)[ar] to summon various firearms.[ch. 53] Alzack and Bisca are lovers, and marry in X785. The two have a daughter named Asuka (アスカ).[ch. 254,260] In the original Japanese series, Alzack and Bisca are voiced by Yoshimitsu Shimoyama and Satomi Arai, respectively. In the English dub, their voices are supplied by Austin Tindle and Angela Chase, respectively.
- Warren Rocko (ウォーレン・ラッコー Wōren Rakkō ) is a man specializing in communicating to his guildmates via Telepathy (テレパシー Terepashī).[as][ch. 54] In the original Japanese series, Warren is voiced by Daisuke Kageura. In the English dub, his voice actor is Gregory Lush.
- Wakaba Mine (ワカバ・ミネ) is a man capable of using an enchanted pipe to manipulate smoke through smoke magic (煙魔法 kemuri mahō).[ch. 61] He is close friends with Macao and becomes his adviser after he becomes Fairy Tail's master.[ch. 254] He is voiced by Daisuke Kageura. In the English dub, his voice actor is Charlie Campbell.
- Visitar Ecor (ビジター・エコー Bijitā Ekō ) is a man who uses magic called Dancer (ダンサー Dansā)[at] to increase his allies' strength or weaken his enemies by dancing.[ch. 60] In the original Japanese series, Visitar is voiced by Eiji Sekiguchi. In the English dub, where his name is changed to "Vijeteer Ecor", his voice is supplied by Tyler Walker.
- Max Alors (マックス・アローゼ Makkusu Arōze ) is a male wizard who can conjure and manipulate sand using magic called Sandstorm (サンドストーム Sandosutōmu).[au][ch. 59] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Yūichi Iguchi. In the English dub, he is voiced by Shelton Windham.
- Laki Olietta (ラキ・オリエッタ Raki Orietta ) is a glasses-wearing girl who specializes in Wood Make magic (木の造形魔法 Ki no Zōhei mahō); this allows her to create and manipulate wood.[ch. 96] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Ikumi Hayama. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Apphia Yu.
- Kinana (キナナ) is a woman introduced as Cubellios, the snake partner of Cobra. After the defeat of Oración Seis, Makarov turns her back into her true, human form. She later becomes a member of Fairy Tail as a bartender for the guild's pub. Kinana is based on Kina Kobayashi, one of Mashima's assistants.[vol. 21:bonus] In the anime series, her voice actress is Natsue Sasamoto.
Major characters, groups and organizations
Jellal Fernandez (ジェラール・フェルナンデス Jerāru Ferunandesu ) is a young man introduced under the alias Siegrain (ジークレイン Jīkurein ). His appearance is based on Sieg Hart, a character from his earlier work Rave Master, as a form of fan service.[vol. 3:afterword] As one of the Ten Wizard Saints, he uses "heavenly body" magic (天体魔法 tentai mahō ) spells such as Meteor (ミーティア Mītia )[av] which allows him to fly and boost his speed to imperceptible levels; Grand Chariot (グランシャリオ Guran Shario),[aw] an energy attack with the destructive power of a falling meteor; and Altairis (アルテアリス Arutearisu),[ax] a deadly black orb that is recognized for causing light and shadows to stretch in opposite directions.[ch. 96,97]
Enslaved and forced to build the Tower of Heaven during his childhood, Jellal befriends a group of other child slaves, including Erza Scarlet. While being punished by his captors for attempting to rebel, Jellal is manipulated by a spirit of Zeref, who is in truth Ultear Milkovich,[ch. 102] into taking over the tower's construction. Jellal turns on Erza, as he and the other slaves continue building the tower for the next eight years.[ch. 77-83] He is appointed a member of the Magic Council where he poses as a twin brother named Siegrain to avoid suspicion from Erza and the council. He has the council fire Etherion at the tower to complete it. While fighting with Erza and Natsu Dragneel, Jellal kills his friend Simon when he launches an attack at them. Natsu uses the residual energy from Etherion to defeat Jellal and free him from his brainwashing. Jellal saves Natsu and Erza from the tower's destruction by fusing with it and redirecting its destructive power into the sky.[ch. 94-101]
Later in the series, he is found alive by Oración Seis and is resuscitated by Wendy Marvell to help Oración Seis find the destructive spell Nirvana.[ch. 136,137] However, he suffers from amnesia, and, after being convinced by Erza to atone for his misdeeds, allies with Fairy Tail to fight Oración Seis;[ch. 145,147] he enhances Natsu's strength to defeat Zero.[ch. 159] Jellal is soon arrested by the Magic Council.[ch. 162] During the disappearance of Sirius Island, Jellal is liberated by Ultear and Merudi. They soon found their own independent guild, Crime Sorcière (クリムソルシエール Kurimu Sorushiēru),[ay] whose agenda is to eradicate the dark guilds and any treachery that could arise from Zeref. With his memories fully restored, he reconciles with Erza and professes his love for her while continuing to atone for his misdeeds.[ch. 263,264] Jellal poses as Mystogan, his Edolas counterpart, to investigate a magical anomaly detected from Crocus's tournament arena.[ch. 268,263] In the original Japanese series, Jellal is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Robert McCollum.
Ultear Milkovich (ウルティア・ミルコビッチ Urutia Mirukobitchi ) is the daughter of Ur[ch. 46] and the leader of Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory. She is an extremely manipulative, ruthless woman capable of using the Lost Magic Arc of Time (時間のアーク Toki no Āku), allowing her to control an object's state in time, as well as her crystal ball.[ch. 40] Additionally, she is also capable of using Ice Make magic.[ch. 240] During Ultear's early childhood, she is brought by Ur to a research facility to save her life, only to be subjected to the doctors's experiments. Ur is tricked into thinking that Ultear has died. Ultear, oblivious to this realization, mistakenly thinks that she has been abandoned upon discovering Gray Fullbuster and Lyon Vastia with Ur. Ultear joins Grimoire Heart to modify her magic with Zeref's power to travel to the past and kill Ur.[ch. 240,241]
Disguising herself as Zeref's spirit, Ultear manipulates Jellal Fernandez into becoming the dark wizard's servant.[ch. 102] She is appointed a member of the Magic Council and attempts to acquire the demon Deliora for Jellal by posing as Lyon's minion Zalty (ザルティ Zaruti) and helping him melt the ice made from Ur's body that freezes the demon.[ch. 42,46] Ultear destroys the council building after Jellal tricks the council into firing Etherion at the Tower of Heaven.[ch. 95] Later in the series, Ultear discovers and captures Zeref on Sirius Island; she later attempts to flee with Zeref and her guildmate Merudy.[ch. 222,239] However, upon realizing the truth of her abandonment, Ultear helps Fairy Tail defeat Hades.[ch. 241,248] Seeking happiness, she leaves Grimoire Heart with Merudy.[ch. 250] Ultear liberates Jellal from prison and founds Crime Sorcière during the disappearance of Sirius Island; she uses her magic to unlock Fairy Tail's dormant magic power.[ch. 263] In the original Japanese series, she is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Lydia Mackay.
The Fiore Kingdom (フィオーレ王国 Fiōre Ōkoku )[az] is a kingdom located in Earth-land ruled by Toma E. Fiore (トーマ・E・フィオーレ Tōma Ī Fiore)[ch. 325]. The kingdom's capital city is Crocus (クロッカス Kurokkasu),[ch. 265] which contains the Flower Light Palace Mercurius (華灯宮 メルクリアス Katōkyū Merukuriasu), the king's residence.[ch. 275] It is also the place where the annual Grand Magic Games (大魔闘演武 Dai Matō Enbu), a competition held to decide the kingdom's strongest guild, is held.[ch. 266] The nation's army, the Cherry Blossom Holy Knight Squadron (桜花聖騎士団 Ōka Seikishi-dan), is commanded by Arcadios (アルカディオス Arukadiosu).[ch. 275] Other inhabitants of the kingdom include Darton (ダートン Dāton), the elderly defense minister,[ch. 279] Hisui E. Fiore (ヒスイ・E・フィオーレ Hisui Ī Fiōre ),[ba] the kingdom's princess,[ch. 304,311] and the Order of the Hungry Wolf (餓狼騎士団 Garō Kishidan ), a group of executioners.[ch. 304,307]
The Magic Council (魔法評議院 Mahō Hyōgiin ) is a federal republic organization administering the legal guilds scattered throughout Earth-land.[ch. 2] Most of its members do not hold Fairy Tail in high regard due to their property-damaging tactics, despite the guild's role in apprehending criminals and defeating monsters that threaten the peace. The council operates a military force, the Rune Knights,[ch. 67] and Etherion,[bb] also called the Satellite Square,[bc] a weapon capable of firing a beam of immense, multi-elemental magic energy called Ether-nano[ch. 94,97] that destroys anything in its path.[ch. 79] From early on in the story, members of the council include Siegrain and Ultear Milkovich, two of its younger members.[ch. 1] Another council member is Org (オーグ Ōgu ) who eventually respects Fairy Tail for its heroic efforts. Another member, Yajima (ヤジマ), is a longtime friend of Makarov Dreyar's and one of the few council members who speaks in Fairy Tail's defense.[ch. 131]
During the course of the story, the Magic Council dissolves, but reforms under chairman Gran Doma (グラン・ドマ Guran Doma ) to institute a tighter regime over the guilds.[ch. 131,200] Members of the reformed council include Lahar (ラハール Rahāru)[ch. 223] a government official who personally supervises the arrests of wanted criminals and commands one of the Rune Knights's custody units,[ch. 162] and Dranbalt (ドランバルト Doranbaruto),[ch. 223] a man using memory-altering magic to disguise himself as Mystogan's former disciple named Mest Gryder (メスト・グライダー Mesuto Guraidā) to participate in the S-Class exam and search for evidence against Fairy Tail to dissolve the guild.[ch. 213] However, Lahar and Dranbalt eventually sympathize with Fairy Tail.[ch. 223]
Blue Pegasus 
Blue Pegasus (ブルーペガサス Burū Pegasasu )[bd] is one of the Fiore Kingdom's official guilds, generally consisting of physically attractive men and women. The Blue Pegasus guild forms an alliance with Fairy Tail alongside the Lamia Scale and Cait Shelter guilds to fight Oración Seis.[ch. 131] The master of the guild is Bob (ボブ Bobu), who, unlike most of his guild's members, is a cross-dressing man. Members of the guild include Karen Lilica (カレン・リリカ Karen Ririka), a celestial wizard who is killed three years before the series' present,[ch. 73] and Jenny Realight (ジェニー・リアライト Jenī Riaraito), a beautiful blond woman who can transform different types of her outfits.[ch. 279]
Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki
Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki (一夜=ヴァンダレイ=寿 Ichiya-Vandarei-Kotobuki ) is one of the top wizards of Blue Pegasus.[ch. 139] He is a self-fashioned womanizer who easily angers Erza Scarlet.[ch. 132] His supportive "parfum" magic grants him the ability to heal, as well as enhancing his strength and speed.[ch. 132,135,161,276] He and the Tri-Men participate in the alliance against Oración Seis.[ch. 132] Initially captured by a dark guild that supports Oración Seis, Ichiya helps the alliance destroy Nirvana.[ch. 135,137,161] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Show Hayami. Chris Guerrero provides his voice in the English dub 
- Hibiki "of the Hundred Nights"[be] Lates (ヒビキ・レイティス Hibiki Reitisu )[ch. 132,140] is a man who specializes in Archive (アーカイブ)[bf] magic where he can transfer information to another person telepathically using an item that resembles a computer terminal.[ch. 139,140] He resists turning evil from the Nirvana spell when Angel reveals that she is the murderer of Karen Lilica, Hibiki's lover, but he uses that struggle to pass a powerful Urano Meteoria[bg] spell to Lucy.[ch. 144] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Takashi Kondō In the English dub, his voice actor is Aaron Dismuke. 
- Eve "of the Holy Nights"[bh] Tearm (イヴ・ティルム Ivu Tirumu ),[ch. 132] is a young man who uses snow magic and is the most recent member of Blue Pegasus after working as an apprentice Rune Knight with the Magic Council.[ch. 143] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Fuyuka Ōura  In English dub he is voiced by Daniel Litwin. 
- Ren "of the Hollow Nights"[bi] Akatsuki (レン・アカツキ),[ch. 132] is a tan-skinned young man who uses wind magic,[ch. 142] and acts tsundere, according to Lucy.[ch. 132] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Masaya Matsukaze, In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Chris Wehkamp. 
Lamia Scale (ラミアスケイル Ramia Sukeiru )[bj] is a prominent official guild in the Fiore Kingdom, led by Ooba Babasaama (オーバ・ババサーマ Ōba Babasāma ). Years before the series's present, several of its members leave Lamia Scale to help the renegade wizard Lyon Vastia revive the demon Deliora and take revenge against it for causing their families' deaths. These members return to their guild after Deliora's death, and even appear on a cover of Sorceror Weekly magazine.[ch. 104] Lamia Scale later appears as one of the four guilds besides Fairy Tail, Blue Pegasus, and Cait Shelter to form an alliance against Oración Seis.[ch. 131]
"Reitei"[bk] Lyon Vastia (リオン・バスティア Rion Basutia ) is an Ice Make wizard and Gray Fullbuster's fellow pupil under Ur who shares Gray's habit of stripping down to his underwear. Lyon can create living golems from ice in the shape of animals, which can move and attack on their own. He uses a single hand to cast his magic faster, but it makes his conjured ice less structurally stable. He harbors a resentment against Gray for ruining his childhood ambition of surpassing Ur after she transforms herself into ice to freeze Deliora and protect Gray. Using the ceremonial "Moon Drip" spell, Lyon melts the ice made from Ur's body to revive and kill Deliora, but soon discovers that the demon has already died while in his frozen state. Following Gray's advice, Lyon joins Lamia Scale and later serves as the guild's representative in the alliance against Oración Seis.[ch. 132] Seven years later, Lyon falls in love with Juvia on sight, much to her confusion.[ch. 256,265] In the original Japanese series, Lyon is voiced by Yūki Kaji. In the English dub, where he is called "Cold Emperor" Lyon Vastia, his voice is supplied by Jerry Jewell.
Sherry Blendy (シェリー・ブレンディ Sherī Burendi ) is a 17-year-old wizard[ch. 136] with a habit of preaching nonsensical speeches that emphasize the word "love" (愛 ai). Introduced as Lyon Vastia's follower in summoning Deliora with the hope of killing the demon to avenge her parents' death, she eventually rejoins Lamia Scale and participates in the alliance to battle Oración Seis.[ch. 131,136] Using the magical spell Doll Play (人形磯 Ningyōgeki), Sherry can transform "non-human" objects such as wood and rocks into giant dolls that she can control at will, and can also use it on celestial spirits to control their actions. She also keeps a gargantuan rat named Angelica (アンジェリカ Anjerika) as a pet. She is voiced by Yuka Iguchi. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Trina Nishimura.
Yūka Suzuki and Toby Horhorta
Yūka Suzuki (ユウカ・スズキ) and Toby Horhorta (トビー・オルオルタ Tobī Oruoruta ) are two of Lyon's other followers besides Sherry. Yūka is a young man with large eyebrows who can generate waves of magical energy from his hands that negate other wizards' magic. Toby is a dimwitted young man who wears a dog costume and behaves in a doggish manner, and can grow elongated fingernails that can paralyze whoever is touched by them. In the anime adaptation, Yūka and Toby are respectively voiced by Masaki Kawanabe and Daisuke Kishio. In the English dub, their voices are supplied by Anthony Bowling and Chad Halbrook.
"Iron Rock"[bl] Jura Neekis (ジュラ・ネェキス Jura Neekisu ),[ch. 137] is a man dubbed the strongest member of Lamia Scale and one of the Ten Wizard Saints; he serves as one of the guild's representatives during the alliance against Oracion Seis.[ch. 132] The various forms of earth magic grant him the ability to transform soil and rock into unbreakable stone columns he can conjure from the ground. However, he is humble and considers himself to be the weakest of the Wizard Saints.[ch. 133] In the anime series, Jura is voiced by Yutaka Aoyama. In the English dub, he is voiced by Kent Williams.
Dark guilds (闇ギルド Yami Girudo ) are the primary antagonists of Fairy Tail. They are guilds that operate without the consent of the Magic Council, and are generally depicted as criminal organizations.
Eisenwald (アイゼンヴァルト Aizenvaruto , lit. "Iron Forest")[bm] is one of the dark guilds that is controlled by Oracion Seis. The guild's most powerful member and acting leader is Erigor (エリゴール Erigōru), a wizard who only accepts assassination jobs, for which he is also known as the "Death God" (死神 Shinigami ). He wields a scythe and can create gusts of wind capable of cutting skin and forming barriers. Among the guild's other members are Kageyama (カゲヤマ), who can transform his shadow into a tangible substance that he can manipulate to suit his needs; Rayule (レイユール Reiyūru ), who wields a set of urumi blades around his fingers that he can extend at will; Karacka (カラッカ Karakka ), who can merge his entire body with and move through solid objects; and Byard (ビアード Biādo), who can produce beams of light from his hands. The guild tries to assassinate the official guild masters in Fiore by using the Lullaby, a flute with a demon sealed inside by Zeref that kills anyone who hears its music. The guild is dissolved after being defeated by Fairy Tail.
Raven Tail (レイヴンテイル Reivun Teiru )[bn] is a guild introduced as a dark guild independent from the Balam Alliance,[ch. 131] and becomes an official guild shortly after Fairy Tail's return from Sirius Island.[ch. 267] The guild is led by Ivan Dreyar (イワン・ドレアー Iwan Doreā, also "Iwan Dreyar") Makarov's son and the father of Laxus.[ch. 128] A member of Fairy Tail until his expulsion from the guild six years before the series' present,[ch. 119] Ivan seeks revenge against Makarov and plans to remove and sell the lacrima he has implanted in Laxus's body, which would kill his son.[ch. 128] Other members include Obra[bo], a mute man who can instantaneously cancel out any spell his opponent uses;[ch. 267,272] Flare Corona[bp], a woman who can extend and change the shape of her prehensile hair;[ch. 271] Kurohebi[bq], a man who can imitate any opponent's magic;[ch. 277] and Nulpuding[br], a man who can grow spikes on parts of his body.[ch. 269] Gajeel Redfox pretends to be a member of this guild under Makarov's orders to spy on Ivan.[ch. 128] Ivan also disguises himself as Alexei to participate in the Grand Magic Games.[ch. 269,286]
The Balam Alliance (バラム同盟 Baramu Dōmei ) is an organization consisting of Fiore's three most powerful dark guilds in the series: Oración Seis, Tartaros and Grimoire Heart. The organizations act independently from one another and each control a faction of the other dark guilds in the series with the exception of Raven Tail.
Oración Seis (オラシオンセイス Orashion Seisu , lit. "Six Prayers")[bs][vol. 17:omake] is a dark guild, named after the same group of antagonists from Hiro Mashima's previous work, Rave Master; Mashima ended up using the name at the last minute.[vol. 16:afterword] The guild controls several smaller dark guilds, including Eisenwald, as well as Naked Mummy (ネイキッドマミー Neikiddo Mamī).[bt][ch. 130] Oración Seis seeks to destroy the world's official guilds and create a new world order using Nirvana (ニルヴァーナ Niruvāna), an ancient spell created and sealed away by the tribal ancestors of the Cait Shelter guild that takes the form of a giant, walking city,[ch. 147,164] and has the power to reverse the moral behavior of those afflicted with good or evil thoughts; inherently "good" characters become "evil", and vice versa.[ch. 142] The guild is considered powerful and dangerous enough for the Fairy Tail, Lamia Scale, Blue Pegasus, and Cait Shelter guilds to form an alliance to fight against it.[ch. 132] After the organization is defeated by the alliance, its members are captured by the Magic Council.[ch. 162]
Oración Seis is led by Brain (ブレイン Burein ), Jellal Fernandez's childhood mentor from the Tower of Heaven. He is named for his former position as a researcher at the Bureau of Magical Development where various forms of magic are created.[ch. 147] He is a superintelligent wizard with prowess over various spells that include vortexes of dark magic he conjures from his staff Kurodoa (クロドア, also "Klodoa"), which has a mind of its own.[ch. 134,154] Brain thinks that wizards from official guilds to be inferior to his guild, and does not hesitate to dispose of any of his guild's members who lose to them.[ch. 251] To help him find where Nirvana is sealed, Brain kidnaps Wendy Marvell and forces her to revive Jellal Fernandez, who leads him to Nirvana while following his few remaining memories of the spell despite his amnesiac state.[ch. 147] Brain has an alternate personality named Zero (ゼロ) who craves destruction and tries to use Nirvana to destroy everything he sees.[ch. 156] Brain suppresses Zero with a magic seal that consists of six lines on his face; each line represents a guild member's strongest desire, referred to as a "prayer".[ch. 156] However, a line disappears with each member's defeat,[ch. 145,152] and when all lines are erased, Zero is released.[ch. 156] Natsu defeats Zero using his Dragon Force form.[ch. 161] He is voiced by Tetsu Inada.
- Cobra the "Poison Dragon"[bu] (コブラ Kobura) is a man with Dragon Slayer lacrima implanted in his body capable of breathing clouds of toxic gas and transform his hands into venomous claws. He also has hyper-sensitive hearing that allows him to hear others' movements and read their thoughts,[ch. 149] and is usually accompanied by his pet snake Cubellios (キュベリオス Kyuberiosu).[ch. 134]
- Racer (レーサー Rēsā) is a man capable of slowing down the flow of time for his opponents within a limited radius, and is able to summon remotely controlled motorcycles.[ch. 133,139-140]
- Richard Buchanan (リチャード・ブキャナン Richādo Bukyanan), better known as Hoteye the "Heaven's Gaze"[bv] (ホットアイ Hottoai) is a man who can soften solid ground into clay and manipulate it at will and also has the ability to see through solid objects. He is also Wally Buchanan's brother.[ch. 141,142]
- Angel (エンジェル Enjeru) is a celestial wizard who possesses the celestial spirits Gemini, Scorpio, Aries, and Caelum; she is also Karen Lilica's assassin.[ch. 144,145]
- Midnight (ミッドナイト Middonaito) is Brain's adopted son who often appears to be sleeping on a magic carpet.[ch. 134] He is capable of deflecting all other forms of magic, bend and distort all sorts of objects, and refract light to create illusions.[ch. 154,155]
Grimoire Heart (グリモアハート Gurimoa Hāto )[bw] is a dark guild, dubbed the strongest guild of the Balam Alliance.[ch. 207] They aim to reawaken Zeref, who is thought to be in a "sleeping" state in which he cannot use the full extent of his power, to create a "world of great magic" where only wizards can survive while non-magic users, who make up over 90% of Earth-land's population, will be annihilated.[ch. 102,221] Using an airship, the guild travels around Fiore and causes destruction to create magical "keys" they think will unlock Zeref's power.[ch. 102] Grimoire Heart's discovery of Zeref on Sirius Island results in war between Grimoire Heart and Fairy Tail; the organization soon retreats.[ch. 207,249,250]. Revealing that his power has never been sealed, Zeref denounces Grimoire Heart's intentions as being based on inaccurate rumors.[ch. 250] Their actions also inadvertently summon the dragon Acnologia to Sirius Island.[ch. 252]
Purehito (プレヒト), also known as Hades (ハデス Hadesu), is the guild's founder and master. Initially the second guild master of Fairy Tail, Hades embarks on a quest for knowledge to find the original source of magic power, which he traces back to Zeref.[ch. 214-215] Organizing Grimoire Heart for the purpose of reawakening Zeref's power, Hades thinks he may find the source of magic in the "world of great magic" that Zeref will bring about.[ch. 249] Using a machine he refers to as his "heart" on board his guild's airship to sustain his life force and increase his magic power,[ch. 248] Hades is capable of surviving any manner of attack without being injured.[ch. 214,243] He is capable of using Grimoire Law (グリモアロウ Gurimoa Rō)[bx] to counteract Makarov's spells[ch. 214] and Nemesis (ネメシス Nemeshisu )[by] to transform rubble into living demons.[ch. 247] Eventually, after being heavily wounded by Fairy Tail once his mechanical heart is destroyed, Hades is killed by Zeref.[ch. 248-250] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Masashi Hirose. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by John Swasey.
Next in command is Bluenote Stinger (ブルーノート・スティンガー Burūnōto Sutingā)[ch. 228] a man who uses gravity magic to hold down his opponents.[ch. 231,238] Also among the guild's followers are the Seven Kin of Purgatory (煉獄の七眷属 Rengoku no Nana Kenzoku), a group of up to seven powerful wizards raised by Hades and led by Ultear Milkovich.[ch. 210,239] Each of the wizards specialize in different forms of Lost Magic (ロストマジック Rosuto Majikku)[bz] that only they practice.[ch. 217] Initially, the group's members are Azuma (アズマ), a man capable of controlling the growth of and merging his body with trees, as well as drawing magical power from the earth to cause explosions;[ch. 213,235] Rusty Rose (ラスティローズ Rasuti Rōzu), a man capable of materializing anything from his imagination;[ch. 222] Kain Hikaru (華院=ヒカル), a man with immense physical strength capable of using voodoo-like curse magic;[ch. 226] Zoldio (ゾルディオ Zorudio), a celestial wizard fused with the spirit Capricorn into a being named Caprico (カプリコ Kapuriko), who can summon humans he imprisons in another dimension in a manner similar to celestial spirits;[ch. 223] Zancrow (ザンクロウ Zankurō), a God Slayer (ゴッドスレイヤー Goddo Sureiyā)[ca] capable of conjuring black flames;[ch. 217]; as well as Merudy.[ch. 229,230] During the course of the story, Zancrow and Zoldeo are killed, and Ultear and Merudy leave the group shortly after the dark guild's defeat.
The "Black Wizard"[cb] Zeref (ゼレフ Zerefu ) is one of the primary antagonists of Fairy Tail. He is mentioned as the most evil wizard to ever live; he can create and control legions of massive demons,[ch. 21] and to instantaneously kill every living thing in his presence.[ch. 200] Two of Zeref's demons are Lullaby (ララバイ Rarabai)[cc] and Deliora (デリオラ Deriora). Rumors pertaining to Zeref's defeat 400 years before the series's present serve as motivations for several other antagonists throughout the story; Jellal Fernandez builds the Tower of Heaven to revive Zeref from the dead,[ch. 82] while the members of Grimoire Heart attempt to awaken him from his "sleeping" state in which he cannot use the full extent of his power.[ch. 102]
Zeref makes his first actual appearance in the story as an unaging young man living on Sirius Island since his "defeat". His strength varies between two different personalities: a benevolent one that cherishes life but is unable to control his magic; and a malevolent one that disregards life and can use his magic at will and to its fullest extent.[ch. 250] Because he is capable of cherishing life, Zeref is self-loathing and wishes to be killed by Natsu Dragneel, who he is familiar with under unknown circumstances.[ch. 209] After being in Ultear Milkovich's care and witnessing the battles on Sirius Island, Zeref makes his way to Hades and punishes him by killing him.[ch. 250] In the anime adaptation, his voice actor is Akira Ishida.
Other characters, groups and organizations
Phantom Lord (ファントムロード Fantomu Rōdo ),[cd] is one of the official guilds of the Fiore Kingdom, with thousands of members stationed in multiple subdivisions throughout the kingdom.[ch. 65] Phantom Lord uses a mobile, legged guildhall. The guildhall includes a large cannon called Jupiter (ジュピター Jupitā), capable of firing a beam of destructive magical energy.[ch. 51] The guildhall can transform into a large mecha capable of using Abyss Break (アビスブレイク Abisu Bureiku),[ce] a forbidden spell powered by magic of the four classical elements to destroy an entire town.[ch. 54,56] When the guild dispatches one of its strongest members, Gajeel Redfox, to destroy the Fairy Tail guildhall and wound Levy McGarden and her friends, Fairy Tail declares war on the rival guild.[ch. 47] Fairy Tail's victory results in Phantom Lord's dissolution by the Magic Council.[ch. 48-69]
Jose Porla (ジョゼ・ポーラ Joze Pōra), one of the Ten Wizard Saints, serves as the guild's master. Using the element of darkness, Jose is able to summon Shades (シェイド Sheido),[cf] ghost-like apparitions, to drain the strength of anyone they come in contact with. A self-fashioned rival of Makarov Dreyar, Jose harbors resentment against Fairy Tail for its quick rise to prominence; he thinks that Phantom Lord is superior.[ch. 65] Upon discovering Lucy Heartfilia's membership in Fairy Tail, Jose captures her at the request of her father Jude and organizes the assault on Fairy Tail.[ch. 47] Oblivious to the fact that Lucy has run away from home years earlier, Jose attempts to hold Lucy for ransom and plans to monopolize her fortune out of fear that the Heartfilia fortune may cause Fairy Tail to surpass his guild.[ch. 64] After his defeat at the hands of Makarov, Jose is stripped of his rank as a Wizard Saint.[ch. 65,69] In the original Japanese series, Jose is voiced by Takashi Matsuyama. Ed Blaylock provides his voice in the English dub.
Other members of Phantom Lord include the Element 4 (エレメント4 Eremento Fō) a quartet of wizards equivalent in rank to Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards. They each specialize in a magic type based on one of the four classical elements. The group is led by Aria of the "Great Sky"[cg] (アリア), a melancholy man who uses air magic to drain other wizards of their magic energy; he generates his magic power from his eyes, which he covers with a blindfold to contain his power.[ch. 57,-58] Sol of the "Great Land"[ch] (ソル Soru) is a French-speaking man who uses earth magic to merge his body into the ground and coil his body around his opponents.[ch. 47] Totomaru of the "Great Flame"[ci] (兎兎丸) is a male samurai who uses fire magic to manipulate any type flame at will, and is additionally capable of using Rainbow Fire magic.[ch. 52-53] Juvia Lockser serves as their water magic specialist.[ch. 47] During the guild war, the Phantom Lord guild hall unit is powered by Element 4's magic which is used to cast Abyss Break, but the unit gradually slows down with each member's defeat, and stops altogether after the four are defeated.[ch. 59]
Tower of Heaven
The Tower of Heaven (楽園の塔 Rakuen no Tō ) is a tower designed to bring a deceased individual back to life through a form of magic called the Revive System[cj], also known simply as the R-System[ck], which can only be activated once the tower is infused with massive amounts of magic power.[ch. 78] It is originally built through slave labor by a cult of evil wizards for the purpose of resurrecting Zeref.[ch. 81] Among the slaves forced to build the tower are Erza Scarlet and Jellal Fernandez, the latter of whom takes over construction of the tower while under the manipulation of Ultear Milkovich, who poses as the spirit of Zeref.[ch. 102] Jellal tricks members of the Magic Council into firing their ultimate weapon Etherion on the tower,[ch. 79] which consequently absorbs the attack's energy and reveals its true form: a giant lacrima crystal.[ch. 94] Once empowered, the tower must fuse with the body of a wizard comparable in power to that of a Wizard Saint;[ch. 97] the fusing would break the wizard's body down and use it to reincarnate Zeref.[ch. 95] Natsu destroys the tower when he duels and defeats Jellal before he can sacrifice Erza.[ch. 98-100]
Serving as Jellal's followers in the tower are four other slaves whom Erza and Jellal befriend as children:
- Shō[cl], who views Erza like his older sister and possesses an enchanted deck of cards he can trap others inside.[ch. 76]
- Simon[cm], who harbors romantic feelings for Erza[ch. 81], uses telepathy and darkness magic. He casts a spell called Dark Moment[cn] that covers the surrounding area in darkness.[ch. 76]
- "Mad Dog"[co] Wally Buchanan[cp], a gangster-like gunslinger with an angular body that he can separate into blocks at will.[ch. 76]
- Millianna[cq], who has an obsession with cats and can conjure a rope called a Kitty Restraint Tube[cr] to bind her opponents and drain their magic power.[ch. 76]
When Erza flees the Tower of Heaven, Jellal convinces the four that Erza has abandoned them.[ch. 82] However, Shō, Wally, and Millianna later realize the truth and turn on Jellal.[ch. 83] Simon remains faithful to Erza, and saves her from Jellal's Altairis attack at the cost of his own life.[ch. 97] Following Jellal's defeat, Shō, Wally, and Millianna are invited by Erza to join Fairy Tail,[ch. 101] but they decline so that they may live for themselves and go their separate ways.[ch. 102] Seven years later, Erza reunites with Millianna, now a member of the Mermaid Heel guild, during the Grand Magic Games.[ch. 281]
Jellal also uses a trio of assassins from the dark guild Death's Head Caucus (髑髏会 Dokuro Kai) called Trinity Raven (トリニティレイヴン Toriniti Reivun).[cs][ch. 84,85] Mashima created Trinity Raven "at the last moment" because he "started feeling really sorry for [Erza's child slave friends]" after originally intending for them to oppose Erza's group.[vol. 11:afterword] Each member's name is a reference to a different type of bird.[vol. 10:translation notes] Ikaruga (斑鳩) is a woman capable of using a katana to cutting through any material.[ch. 84,91] Vidaldus Taka (ヴィダルダス・タカ Vidarudasu Taka), initially introduced as Jellal's stoic attendant, is a man resembling a rock musician.[ch. 76,84] Vidaldus's hair can absorb liquids; he can also uses an electric guitar to control his opponents' minds and turn them into groupies.[ch. 86] Fukuro (梟 Fukurō) is a man with an owl's head who wears a jet pack, and can perform the same magic his opponents use by swallowing them.[ch. 88]
Edolas (エドラス Edorasu ) is a parallel universe that exists separately from Earth-land, the universe in which Fairy Tail takes place. Edolas is inhabited by physical counterparts of characters from the series, though most of their personalities differ radically, as do a select few of their physical attributes such as height, age, and species.[ch. 170,176] Among these inhabitants are Mystogan, Jellal Fernandez' counterpart, and Poluchka, the human counterpart of the dragon Grandine.[ch. 120,260] As opposed to Earth-land, magic is a limited resource in Edolas and cannot be used as a natural ability by humans, who instead perform magic with items infused with lacrima.[ch. 172] The universe is ruled by Faust (ファウスト Fausuto),[ch. 171] replenishes his world's magic supply using inter-dimensional portals called Anima (アニマ), which absorb magic power from Earth-land and transform it into lacrima;[ch. 169] this process also affects humans as Magnolia and all its residents are absorbed by a massive portal.[ch. 170] However, the absorption process does not affect Dragon Slayers, Exceeds, or celestial spirits, allowing Natsu Dragneel, Wendy Marvell, Gajeel Redfox, Happy, Carla, and Lucy Heartfilia to survive.[ch. 168,172,180] The special medicine X-Balls (Xボール Ekkusu Bōru) can allow Earth Land wizards to use magic in Edolas.[ch. 180] Mystogan eventually saves Magnolia by reversing the Anima portal to return the magic power to Earth-land, permanently depleting Edolas' magic supply.[ch. 193,197-198]
Faust strives to bestow a limitless supply of magic on his kingdom by ramming the lacrima crystal made from Magnolia's residents into Extalia by using the Draconic Chain Cannon (竜鎖砲 Ryūsahō), a weapon that is powered by Dragon Slayer magic.[ch. 180,183] He is aided by the nation's army, the Edolas Royal Military. The military is commanded by Panther Lily;[ch. 171] "Fairy Hunter"[ct] Erza Nightwalker (エルザ・ナイトウォーカー Eruza Naitowōkā), Erza Scarlet's ruthless counterpart who wields a magic spear with an interchangeable head;[ch. 170,180] Hughes (ヒューズ Hyūzu), a man capable of controlling various attractions from Faust's indoor amusement park in combat;[ch. 182] Sugar Boy (シュガーボーイ Shugābōi), a man who can soften materials with his sword;[ch. 182] Byro (バイロ Bairo), the elderly chief of staff capable of using various magical potions to cast spells;[ch. 171,184] and Coco (ココ Koko), a girl in command of an army of flying beasts called Legions (レギオン Region).[ch. 170,187] The armored, dragon-shaped mecha Doroma Anim (ドロマ・アニム Doroma Animu, also "Droma Anim") can drain all the magic power from the planet to maintain its power and can nullify nearly every type of magic, except for Dragon Slayer magic.[ch. 190-194]
As with Earth-land, an alternate version of the Fairy Tail guild exists in Edolas.[ch. 170] Due to the prohibition of magic outside of the Edolas capital, Edolas' Fairy Tail is considered a dark guild, hunted by the Royal Military, and is the last remaining magic guild in Edolas.[ch. 170,171] Its guildhall is built inside a cluster of large roots, which mechanically burrows underground to change its location to escape the army.[ch. 170] Its members are counterparts of Earth-land's Fairy Tail wizards,[ch. 170] save Lisanna Strauss, who acts as her deceased counterpart after being trapped in Edolas.[ch. 199] Among its members are Natsu "Fireball"[cu] Dragyon (ナツ・ドラギオン Natsu Doragion), Natsu Dragneel's timid counterpart who only acts confidently while driving vehicles, and is the guild's transportation specialist;[ch. 173-175] Lucy Ashley (ルーシィ・アシュレイ Rūshii Ashurei), a tomboyish version of Lucy Heartfilia who enjoys bullying her guildmates and has a fierce rivalry with the Edolas counterpart of Levy McGarden;[ch. 170,175] and Gray Sorloge (グレイ・ソルージュ Gurei Sorūju), a version of Gray Fullbuster who wears multiple layers of clothing and harbors overt but one-sided romantic feelings for the Edolas counterpart of Juvia Lockser.[ch. 170,180] The members of Edolas' Fairy Tail become allies to the Earth-land Fairy Tail wizards and help them battle the Royal Military.[ch. 192]
Exceeds (エクシード Ekushīdo ) are a race[vol. 21:translation notes] of cat-like creatures that Happy, Carla, and Panther Lily come from. They reside on a floating island called Extalia (エクスタリア Ekusutaria ) that is elevated high above the Edolas Kingdom. They possess a natural ability to absorb magical power into their bodies, and can grow wings on their back with the "Aera" ability. Though assumed by the Edolas Kingdom's residents to be divine beings for their powers and superior to humans, Exceeds are generally weak and insecure individuals, and their divinity is only a ruse devised by the rulers of Extalia to bolster their race's self-confidence.[ch. 175-177,188] Unlike cats, Exceeds reproduce by laying eggs.[vol. 15:extra]
The Exceeds are ruled by their queen Chagot (シャゴット Shagotto ), who is known to the public as a deity. Also unknown to the public are her family ties, she is the mother of Carla. Having very little magical power, Chagot can only use Aera to produce one wing. However, she is able to use precognition, which when applied to human's fates, makes her appear to be a deity. Six years before the events of the series, Chagot discovers a premonition of her kingdom's destruction and sends 100 Exceed eggs to Earth-land. To prevent a panic among the Exceeds, Chagot announces that the unborn Exceeds are being sent on a mission to hunt Dragon Slayers. Two other members of Chagot's court—Nichiya (ニチヤ), the captain of Extalia's imperial guard and Ichiya's Edolas counterpart, and Nadi (ナディ), Extalia's long-necked Minister of State—help uphold the queen's ruse. Following Faust's defeat at the hands of Fairy Tail and Extalia's destruction, Mystogan enhances the Reverse Anima portal so that it transports every magical being to Earth-land, including the Exceeds; upon arrival the Exceeds decide they will search for their children. Chagot joins the search with the other Exceeds.[ch. 176-177,188,198]
Sabertooth (セイバートゥース Seibātūsu )[cv] is one of the official guilds in the Fiore Kingdom regarded as the kingdom's most powerful guild during Sirius Island's disappearance until its defeat at the hands of Fairy Tail in the Grand Magic Games.[ch. 258,322] The guild's master is Jienma (ジエンマ), a very large human obsessed with maintaining Sabertooth's strength, and harshly penalizes anyone he considers weak.[ch. 281] Two of its members, "White Dragon"[cw] Sting Eucliffe (スティング・ユークリフ Sutingu Yūkurifu) and "Shadow Dragon"[cx] Rogue Cheney (ローグ・チェーニ Rōgu Chēni), are a pair of male Dragon Slayers known collectively as the "Twin Dragons" (双竜 Soryū) of Sabertooth.[ch. 258] They are "third generation" Dragon Slayers, who combine the magic-learning methods of Dragon Slayers from the "first generation", who are taught their magic from dragons, and "second generation", who use their magic through lacrima implants. The two refer to themselves as the "true" Dragon Slayers.[ch. 265] Sting and Rogue are accompanied by two male Exceeds — Sting's partner is Lecter (レクター Rekutā) who believes in his guild's superiority to all others, while Rogue's partner is Frosch (フロッシュ Furosshu ), who wears a frog costume and almost always speaks in agreement to others.[ch. 258] Other members of the guild include "Black Lightning"[cy] Orga Nanagear (オルガ・ナナギア Oruga Nanagia),[ch. 273] a man who can use lightning magic; Rufus Lohr (ルーファス・ロア Rūfasu Roa), a man who can create illusions of himself and pinpoint others' locations with his heightened memorization ability;[ch. 270] Minerva (ミネルバ Mineruba) Jienma's daughter;[ch. 283] as well as Yukino Aguria.[ch. 268]
Bora the "Prominence"[cz] (ボラ) is a fire wizard who is kicked out of his guild Titan Nose[da] for assisting in criminal activities before the beginning of the series. While posing as the Fairy Tail wizard "Salamander", Bora uses magic charms to persuade young women, including Lucy Heartfilia, into coming aboard his yacht so he can sell them into slavery until Natsu Dragneel exposes him as an imposter.[ch. 1] In the Japanese version of the series, Bora is voiced by Yoshimitsu Shimoyama. In the English dub, he is voiced by Ian Sinclair.
Kagura Mikazuchi (カグラ・ミカズチ) is a member of the Mermaid Heel and the younger sister of Simon.[ch. 267,314] Having mastered the Gravity Change (重力変化 Jūryoku Henka ) magic, she can raise her target's gravity.[ch. 280] Using her katana Archenemy (不倶戴天 Fugutaiten), Kagura can defeat a person with a single strike and, when unsheathed, can cause destruction.[ch. 280,315] Before joining Mermaid Heel, she lives with Simon and Erza until their capture in which Erza prevents Kagura from being enslaved herself. After learning of Simon's death, Kagura is determined to seek revenge against Jellal Fernandez as well as Millianna. Upon realizing that Erza is the one who has prevented her enslavement, Kagura reconsiders.[ch. 314-315] In the anime series, her voice actress is Saori Hayami.
Merudy (メルディ Merudi ) is a member of Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory, capable of using the Lost Magic Maguilty Sense (マギルティ=センス Maguriti-Sensu ) to synchronize the physical sensations of two or more people.[ch. 229] The spell can also affect the targets' emotions, and if one of their emotions are strong enough, that person becomes capable of reading the others' emotions for as long as the spell remains in effect.[ch. 230] She is also capable of using Maguilty Sodom (マギルティ=ソドム Magiruti-Sodomu ) to produce blades of light that directly affect her opponents' sense of pain.[ch. 225]
Ultear Milkovich takes care of Merudy after her hometown is destroyed, unaware that Ultear and Grimoire Heart are responsible for the town's destruction.[ch. 230,250] Merudy comes to love Ultear as with her mother,[ch. 230] joining Grimoire Heart as a Seven Kin member, and assisting Ultear during the mission to capture Zeref, whose magic combined with Ultear's Arc of Time restores her hometown.[ch. 242] She also participates in Grimoire Heart's attack on Sirius Island to kill the Fairy Tail members, especially Gray Fullbuster.[ch. 215,228] She duels with Juvia Lockser and turns it into a stalemate by threatening suicide; however, Juvia convinces her to live for the one she loves.[ch. 229,230] Merudy eventually learns the truth of her hometown's destruction from Zancrow. Merudy rescues Ultear from committing suicide and, wanting to find happiness, leaves Grimoire Heart.[ch. 242,250] During the Fairy Tail members' seven-year disappearance on Sirius Island, Merudy, Ultear, and Jellal Fernandez found Crime Sorcière.[ch. 263] In the anime series, her voice actress is Saori Gotō.
Poluchka (ポーリュシカ Pōryushika ) is an elderly hermit and a longtime acquaintance of Makarov Dreyar. A medicinal advisor of Fairy Tail, she is able to remedy all sorts of ailments and injuries, including the restoration of a wizard's life force.[ch. 51,65] The Edolas counterpart of the dragon Grandine, she accidentally ends up in Earth-land years before the events of the series but she becomes used to life there.[ch. 260] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Shōko Tsuda. In the English dub, her name is spelled Porlyusica, and she is voiced by Linda Young.
Ur (ウル Uru , Ul) is the mother of Ultear Milkovich and the adoptive mother of Lyon Vastia and Gray Fullbuster.[ch. 36,46] A master of Ice-Make magic, Ur teaches Lyon and Gray how to perform this magic. Years before the events of the series, Ur brings Ultear to a research facility to save her when she falls gravely ill from her immense magical power. However, while they keep Ultear alive to experiment on her, the doctors trick Ur into thinking that her daughter has died. Ur takes in Lyon and Gray as her students, eventually coming to love them as her own children without viewing them as replacements for Ultear. After Ur freezes the demon Deliora, she is kept alive in the form of a large chunk of ice along with the demon. Years later, Lyon uses the Moon Drip spell to melt her. Even after drifting out to sea as water, Ur remains alive to watch over her students. She is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Kira Vincent-Davis.
Yukino Aguria (ユキノ・アグリア) is a celestial wizard who can summon spirits from a set of magical Gatekeys as with Lucy Heartfilia.[ch. 282] After losing her older sister Sorano as a child, Yukino decides to stop Zeref at all costs.[ch. 303] Initially a member of Sabertooth, she participates in the Grand Magic Games as Minerva's substitute. After being expelled for losing to Kagura Mikazuchi,[ch. 281] she joins the Cherry Blossom Holy Knight Squadron with the rank of sergeant.[ch. 290] She is voiced by Fuyuka Ōura.
Celestial spirits (星霊 seirei ) are beings from the Celestial Spirit World, a world parallel to Earth-land, who are contracted by celestial wizards like Lucy Heartfilia to be summoned to their masters' sides through the use of enchanted keys called Gatekeys to battle and perform other tasks. They are governed by an all-powerful spirit called the Celestial Spirit King (星霊王 Seirei-Ō), and are each named after and based on one of the 88 modern constellations. They are immortal and possess various magic powers and abilities, but lose their power when they remain outside their realm for extended periods of time, which is fatal to them.[ch. 72-74]
- Nikora of "Canis Minor"[db] (ニコラ Nikora )[dc] is a common breed of celestial spirit normally kept by celestial wizards as pets.[ch. 4] Lucy keeps a Nikora spirit that she names Plue (プルー Purū ), who is identical in appearance and mannerisms to the character of the same name from Hiro Mashima's earlier work, Rave Master.[vol. 1:afterword] He is based on the Canis Minor constellation.[ch. 4] Nikora is voiced by Saori Gotō. In the English dub, his species name is spelled "Nicola" and his voice actress is Majken Bullard.
- Horologium the "Clock"[dd] (ホロロギウム Hororogiumu ) is an anthropomorphic grandfather clock who is typically summoned by Lucy to use for shelter or transportation,[ch. 3] and can summon himself to defend her or her friends from danger.[ch. 244] Horologium's cavity is soundproof from the inside; he repeats everything the person inside him says,[ch. 3] even when no one else is around to hear it.[ch. 4] He is voiced by Masaki Kawanabe. In the English dub, he is voiced by Ben Bryant.
- Lyra the "Harp"[de] (リラ Rira ) takes the form of a cheery young girl with wings and a bonnet, and carries a harp on her back. She is summoned for her singing abilities, which have the power to embody the feelings of those who listen to them.[ch. 28] In the Japanese version of the series, Lyra is voiced by Megumi Nakajima. In the English dub, she is voiced by Kristin Sutton.
- Crux the "Southern Cross"[df] (クルックス Kurukkusu ) is an elderly spirit with a large, cross-shaped head. He holds encyclopedic knowledge about celestial spirits and their owners, which he is able to obtain by sleeping, and screams loudly whenever he discovers what his master asks him to find.[ch. 72] In the Japanese version of the series, Crux is voiced by Masafumi Kimura. In the English dub, he is voiced by Bill Flynn.
- Caelum the "Chisel"[dg] (カエルム Kaerumu ) is a spirit controlled by Angel. It takes the form of a mechanical sphere that can transform into a cannon or sword, and is typically wielded as a weapon.[ch. 144] Although Caelum is depicted as an inanimate object incapable of speech or expression, when Angel fires it at Lucy, Caelum redirects its beam at the last moment so it misses.[ch. 144] In the anime adaptation, it refuses to kill Lucy after she demonstrates her love for celestial spirits.
- Pyxis the "Compass"[dh] (ピクシス Pikushisu ) takes the form of a penguin with a large compass on its head, which allows it to provide directional references. Lucy uses Pyxis to help her team navigate the Sky Labyrinth in the preliminary round of the Grand Magic Games.[ch. 266]
- Ophiuchus the "Serpent Bearer"[di] (オフィウクス Ofiukusu ) is a rare spirit owned by Yukino Aguria that takes the form of a giant mechanical snake. It surpasses the twelve Zodiac spirits in power, for which it is considered the "thirteenth" Zodiac spirit.[ch. 280]
Twelve Gates of the Zodiac
Whereas most weaker celestial spirits are summoned through the use of common, store-bought silver Gatekeys, there are twelve golden keys that are used to summon spirits of the Twelve Gates of the Zodiac (黄道十二門 Ōdō Jūnin-mon).[ch. 4] These spirits are more powerful than others, and they require their master to use a large amount of magic energy to summon.[ch. 143]
- Aquarius the "Water Bearer"[dj] (アクエリアス Akueriasu ) takes the form of a mermaid and uses an urn that can unleash massive torrents of water on her target. She can only be summoned in bodies of water. She is extremely irritable towards Lucy and oftentimes targets her instead of her opponents, who are only "unintentionally" washed away by Aquarius's attacks.[ch. 1] Aquarius occasionally refuses to help Lucy in favor of spending time with her boyfriend Scorpio,[ch. 143] and she teases Lucy over her single status.[ch. 1] She is one of the spirits initially owned by Lucy's mother Layla.[ch. 224] In the original Japanese series, Aquarius is voiced by Eri Kitamura. In the English dub, she is voiced by Jessica Cavanagh.
- Taurus the "Golden Bull"[dk] (タウロス Taurosu ) is a large, muscular minotaur-like humanoid who makes puns by uttering cow-like "moo" sounds in his sentences. He wields a giant double-edged battle axe and possesses Herculean strength. However, he is also a pervert who gets distracted by Lucy's chest in battle.[ch. 4] In the original Japanese series, Taurus is voiced by Eiji Sekiguchi. In the English dub, he is voiced by Jeremy Inman.
- Cancer the "Giant Crab"[dl] (キャンサー Kyansā ) is a humanoid, sunglasses-wearing man with six crab legs that protrude from his back, whose hair resembles two crab claws. He wields a pair of scissors for hairdressing as well as attacking. Although he represents a crab, he ends his sentences with the copula -ebi, the Japanese word for shrimp. He is another one of the spirits that Lucy inherits from her mother.[ch. 224] In the original Japanese series, Cancer is voiced by Yoshimitsu Shimoyama. In the English dub, he is voiced by Will Short.
- Virgo the "Maiden"[dm] (バルゴ Barugo ) is a woman who dresses like a maid and wears chained shackles around her wrists. She specializes in Diver magic, which allows her to rapidly dig holes,[ch. 17] and she can also manipulate the ground to attack her opponents with Spica Hole.[ch. 184] She has a masochistic personality, regularly requesting to be punished after helping her master.[ch. 31] She changes her appearance to suit her master. When she serves Duke Everlue, she appears as a large, unattractive "gorilla maid" woman.[ch. 8] However, after Everlue's arrest, Virgo becomes a young woman with pink hair for Lucy, whom she refers to as "Princess".[ch. 17] In the Japanese version of the series, Virgo is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. In the English dub, she is voiced by Terri Doty.
- Sagittarius the "Archer"[dn] (サジタリウス Sajitariusu ) is a tall man who wears a horse costume, and regularly utters the phrase moshi moshi, which means "hello" in Japanese. He possesses superb archery skills. Lucy obtains his Gatekey after rescuing the villagers on Galuna Island.[ch. 46] In the original Japanese series, Sagittarius is voiced by Masaki Kawanabe. In the English dub, his voice actor is Wilbur Penn.
- Leo the "Lion"[do] (レオ Reo ) is the true form of Fairy Tail member Loke. He is voiced by Daisuke Kishio. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Eric Vale.
- Aries the "Ram"[dp] (アリエス Aries ) is a timid young woman with sheep horns who wears a wool coat. She attacks her opponents with wool clouds that subdue her opponents.[ch. 172] Years before the series' present, Aries is owned by Karen Lilica, who abuses her by having her entertain the men Karen picks up and using her as a shield against magical attacks.[ch. 73] However, when Karen threatens to keep her in the physical world as a form of punishment, Loke summons himself in place of Aries to protect her.[ch. 73] Her Gatekey is stolen by Angel, who later uses her to fight Loke.[ch. 144] After Angel is defeated and arrested, Aries makes a contract with Lucy as one of her Gatekeys.[ch. 165] In the original Japanese series, Aries is voiced by Sayaka Narita. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Didi Duron.
- Gemini the "Twins"[dq] (ジェミニ Jemini ) consists of small twin spirits the size of Nikora.[ch. 133,143] They can combine and mimic the appearances and abilities of other characters, and they can also read their minds.[ch. 133,143] Initially Angel's spirits,[ch. 133,143] the twins become moved by Lucy's strong love for Lucy's celestial spirits and refuse her orders to kill her.[ch. 144] After Angel is defeated, they help Lucy destroy one of the conduits of Nirvana[ch. 160] and later form a new contract with Lucy once Angel's arrest annuls the old contract.[ch. 165] In the anime series, the male spirit, Gemi (ジェミー Jemī) is voiced by Yukiyo Fujii, while the female spirit, Mini (ミニー Minī) is voiced by Kanami Satō.
- Scorpio the "Scorpion"[dr] (スコーピオン Sukōpion ) is a young man with a cannon shaped like a scorpion's tail attached to his backside, with which he can produce sandstorms. He is initially owned by Angel, who summons him to counter Lucy's summoning of his girlfriend Aquarius.[ch. 143] He becomes Lucy's spirit after Angel's defeat.[ch. 165] In the anime adaptation, his voice actor is Daisuke Kishio.
- Capricorn the "Goat"[ds] (カプリコーン Kapurikōn ) is one of the celestial spirits initially owned by Layla Heartfilia.[ch. 224] His Gatekey is inherited by Zoldio, but before then, Capricorn makes a pledge to Layla to protect her family and her future child.[ch. 224] Zoldio fuses with Capricorn and becomes a goat-man named "Caprico" who joins the Seven Kin of Purgatory. He is eventually freed when Loke blasts Zoldio out of his body with a Regulus Shot, which allows Capricorn to serve his rightful owner, Lucy.[ch. 224] Takaya Kuroda provides his voice in the anime adaptation.
- Pisces the "Fish"[dt] (ピスケス Pisukesu ) are a pair of giant fish who attack and surround their opponent simultaneously. Their owner is Yukino Aguria, who, after her defeat in the Grand Magic Games, offers her key to Lucy.[ch. 280,282] Their true form is a human mother and son.[ch. 310]
- Libra the "Scales"[du] (ライブラ Raibura ) is a thinly-dressed woman who carries weighing scales in each hand. She is able to change the weight of her target. She is also owned by Yukino Aguria, who also offers the key to Lucy.[ch. 280,282] Libra also nullifies gravity attacks.[ch. 310]
Dragons are rare and powerful creatures who are hardly ever seen by humans, to the extent that the general public does not think they exist. During their childhoods, Dragon Slayers Natsu Dragneel, Gajeel Redfox, and Wendy Marvell are each raised by a different dragon: Igneel (イグニール Igunīru ) the fire dragon, Metalicana (メタリカーナ Metarikāna ) the iron dragon, and Grandine (グランディーネ Gurandīne , "Grandeeney") the sky dragon, respectively. The dragons not only teach them how to read and write, but also how to perform Dragon Slayer magic, which was originally developed to combat dragons due to their destructive nature. Seven years before the beginning of the series, these three dragons disappear on the same day, leaving their foster children to fend for themselves. Their exact whereabouts are unknown, though Igneel and Grandine are shown to remain in contact with one another and continue to watch over their foster children from afar. There also exists a black dragon named Acnologia (アクノロギア Akunorogia ), which views humanity as insignificant. Acnologia appears on Sirius Island during Fairy Tail's S-Class wizard exam as a result of Grimoire Heart's ambition to resurrect Zeref.[ch. 253]
Several types of merchandise has been produced, including: notebooks showing the main characters, cosplay clothing of the female characters, key chains including Lucy Heartfilia's gate keys, temporary tattoos and clothes bearing the Fairy Tail logo, clocks with characters on them, as well as several figurines and plush dolls. Several characters are featured on postcards and magnets. Mouse pads were also created for some of the female characters.
The characters of Fairy Tail have received both praise and criticism from publications dedicated to anime, manga, and other media. Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network describes the characters' styles as having a "strong 'bite me' vibe" and compared the visual style to that of One Piece author Eiichiro Oda. In his review of the second volume, Kimlinger said that Cancer's fighting style "is a kick". In reviewing the first DVD/Blu-ray volume of Fairy Tail, Carlo Santos, also of Anime News Network, says "with a lead character as pumped-up as Natsu, it's hard not to get caught up in his energy". Santos also praises Happy, citing his character as an "entertaining diversion, proving that animal sidekicks can be fun to listen to and not just a necessary annoyance." Neil Lumbard of DVD Talk, in his reviews of the Blu-ray/DVDs, mentions the "strong likeability factor of the each of the main characters".
- spelled as 妖精の尻尾
- サラマンダー Saramandā , spelled as 火竜, meaning "Fire Dragon"
- Natsu (夏?) is the Japanese word for summer. Mashima named him as such because the character from his previous work was named Haru which means "spring".[vol. 2:afterword]
- spelled as 滅竜魔導士, meaning "Dragon-slaying Wizard"
- spelled as 門の鍵
- spelled as 星の大河
- spelled as 翼, meaning "Wing"
- also called Aisu Meiku (アイスメイク?)
- ティターニア Titānia , spelled as 妖精女王, meaning "Fairy Queen"
- spelled as 騎士
- 天空の巫女 Tenkū no Miko
- spelled as 化猫の宿, meaning "Monster Cat's Dwelling"
- クロガネ, Kurogane "Black Steel"; spelled as 鉄竜, meaning "Iron Dragon"
- spelled as 魔法の札
- ビーストアームのエルフマン Bīsuto Āmu no Erufuman
- spelled as 獣王の魂, meaning "Beast King's Soul"
- 大海のジュビア Taikai no Jubia
- spelled as 水流
- 雨女 Ame Onna
- spelled as 立体文字, meaning "Three-dimensional Letter"
- spelled as 動物の魂
- spelled as 王の光, meaning "King of Light"
- spelled as 巨人
- spelled as 妖精の法律
- spelled as 妖精の輝き
- spelled as 妖精の球
- 魔人 Majin
- spelled as 接収, meaning "Confiscate"
- 暗黒のフリード Ankoku no Furīdo
- spelled as 闇の文字, meaning "Dark Writing"
- spelled as 造形眼, meaning "Model Eye"
- spelled as 石化眼
- spelled as 紫の炎
- spelled as 七色の炎
- spelled as 絵画魔法
- spelled as 神速, meaning "Godspeed"
- spelled as 植物
- spelled as 銃弾魔法
- spelled as 銃士
- spelled as 念話
- spelled as 踊り子
- spelled as 砂塵
- spelled as 流星
- spelled as 七星剣, meaning "Seven Star Sword"[vol. 12:translation_notes]
- spelled as 暗黒の楽園, meaning "Dark Paradise"
- The French word "Crime Sorcière" translates to "Crime Witch" in English, and is written as 魔女の罪
- The Italian word fiore translates as flower in English.
- Hisui (翡翠?) is the Japanese word for jade.
- エーテリオン Ēterion
- 衛星魔法陣 Eisei Mahōjin
- spelled as 青い天馬
- 百夜のヒビキ Pyakuya no Hibiki
- spelled as 古文書
- ウラノ・メトリア Urano Metoria , also "Urano Metoria"[vol18. :afterword]
- 聖夜のイヴ Seiya no Ivu
- 空夜のレン Kūya no Ren
- spelled as 蛇姫の鱗, meaning "Snake Princess's Scale"
- 零帝, lit. "Sub-Zero Emperor"
- 岩鉄のジュラ Gantetsu no Jura
- spelled as 鉄の森
- spelled as 大鴉の尻尾
- オーブラ Ōbura
- フレア・コロナ Furea Korona
- ナルプディング Narupudingu
- spelled as 六魔将軍, meaning "Six Demon Generals"
- spelled as 裸の包帯男
- 毒竜のコブラ Dokuryū no Kobura
- 天眼のホットアイ Tengen no Hottoai
- spelled as 悪魔の心臓, meaning "Devil's Heart"
- written as 悪魔の法律, meaning "Devil Law"
- written as 天罰 meaning "Divine Punishment"
- written as 失われた魔法
- written as 滅神魔導士, meaning "God-slaying Wizard"
- 黒魔導士 Kuro Madōshi
- spelled as 呪歌, meaning "Cursed Song"
- spelled as 幽鬼の支配者, meaning "Ghost's Ruler"
- spelled as 煉獄砕波, meaning "Purgatory Breaking Wave"
- spelled as 幽兵, meaning "Shade Troopers"
- 大空のアリア Ōzora no Aria
- 大地のソル Daichi no Soru
- 大火の兎兎丸 Taika no Totomaru
- リバイブシステム Ribaibu Shisutemu
- Rシステム Āru Shisutemu
- シモン Shimon
- 闇刹那 Yami Setsuna
- 狂犬ウォーリー Kyōken Wōrī
- ウォーリー・ブキャナン Wōrī Bukyanan
- ミリアーナ Miriāna
- ネ拘束チューブ Nekōsoku Chūbu
- spelled as 三羽鴉
- 妖精狩りのエルザ Yōseigari no Eruza
- ファイアボール Faiabōru
- spelled as 剣咬の虎, meaning "Saber-toothed Tiger"
- 白竜のスティング Hakuryū no Sutingu
- 影竜のローグ Eiryū no Rōgu
- 黒雷のオルガ Kurorai no Oruga
- プロミネンスのボラ Purominensu no Bora , spelled as 紅天, meaning "Crimson Sky"
- タイタンノーズ Taitan Nōzu , written as 巨人の鼻, meaning "Giant's Nose"
- 子犬座のニコラ Koinuza no Nikora
- Nikora is named after the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.[vol. 1:translation notes]
- 時計座のホロロギウム Tokeiza no Hororogiumu
- 琴座のリラ Kotoza no Rira
- 南十字座のクルックス Minamijūjiza no Kurukkusu
- 彫刻具座のカエルム Chōkokuguza no Kaerumu
- 羅針盤座のピクシス Rashinbanza no Pikushisu
- 蛇遣座のオフィウクス Hebitsukaiza no Ofiukusu
- 宝瓶宮のアクエリアス Hōheikyū no Akueriasu
- 金牛宮のタウロス Kingyūkyū no Taurosu
- 巨蟹宮のキャンサー Kyokaikyū no Kyansā
- 処女宮のバルゴ Shojokyū no Barugo
- 人馬宮のサジタリウス Jinbakyū no Sajitariusu
- 獅子宮のレオ Shishikyū no Reo
- 白羊宮のアリエス Hakuyōkyū no Ariesu
- 双児宮のジェミニ Sōjikyū
- 天蠍宮のスコーピオン Tenkatsukyū no Sukōpion
- 磨羯宮のカプリコーン Makatsukyū no Kapurikōn
- 双魚宮のピスケス Sōgyokū no Pisukesu
- 天秤宮のライブラ Tenbinkyū no Raibura
Fairy Tail manga
- Mashima, Hiro, translated and adapted by William Flanagan. Fairy Tail. 21 vols. New York City: Del Rey Manga/Kodansha Comics USA, 2008–2012.
- Mashima, Hiro. フェアリーテイル [Fairy Tail] (in Japanese). 32 vols. Tokyo: Kodansha, 2006–2012.
- Vol. 1 (ch. 1–4): "FAIRY TAIL (1) 真島ヒロ" December 2006 ISBN 978-4-06-363771-7 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 1 March 2008 ISBN 978-0-345-50133-2 (in English)
- Vol. 2 (ch. 5–13): "FAIRY TAIL (2) 真島ヒロ" January 2007 ISBN 978-4-06-363782-3 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 2 March 2008 ISBN 978-0-345-50330-5 (in English)
- Vol. 3 (ch. 14–22): "FAIRY TAIL (3) 真島ヒロ" March 2007 ISBN 978-4-06-363810-3 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 3 June 2008 ISBN 978-0-345-50556-9 (in English)
- Vol. 4 (ch. 23–30): "FAIRY TAIL (4) 真島ヒロ" May 2007 ISBN 978-4-06-363832-5 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 4 September 2008 ISBN 978-0-345-50557-6 (in English)
- Vol. 5 (ch. 31–39): "FAIRY TAIL (5) 真島ヒロ" July 2007 ISBN 978-4-06-363857-8 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 5 January 2009 ISBN 978-0-345-50558-3 (in English)
- Vol. 6 (ch. 40–48): "FAIRY TAIL (6) 真島ヒロ" September 2007 ISBN 978-4-06-363890-5 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 6 April 2009 ISBN 978-0-345-50681-8 (in English)
- Vol. 7 (ch. 49–56): "FAIRY TAIL (7) 真島ヒロ" November 2007 ISBN 978-4-06-363914-8 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 7 July 2009 ISBN 978-0-345-51039-6 (in English)
- Vol. 8 (ch. 57–65): "FAIRY TAIL (8) 真島ヒロ" January 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-363940-7 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 8 October 2009 ISBN 978-0-345-51040-2 (in English)
- Vol. 9 (ch. 66–74): "FAIRY TAIL (9) 真島ヒロ" March 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-363965-0 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 9 December 2009 ISBN 978-0-345-51233-8 (in English)
- Vol. 10 (ch. 75–82): "FAIRY TAIL (10) 真島ヒロ" May 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-363986-5 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 10 March 2010 ISBN 978-0-345-51457-8 (in English)
- Vol. 11 (ch. 83–912): "FAIRY TAIL (11) 真島ヒロ" August 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-384023-0 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 11 June 2010 ISBN 978-0-345-51992-4 (in English)
- Vol. 12 (ch. 92–100): "FAIRY TAIL (12) 真島ヒロ" October 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-384050-6 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 12 September 2010 ISBN 978-0-345-51993-1 (in English)
- Vol. 13 (ch. 101–109): "FAIRY TAIL (13) 真島ヒロ" December 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-384075-9 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 13 May 2011 ISBN 978-1-935429-32-6 (in English)
- Vol. 14 (ch. 110–118): "FAIRY TAIL (14) 真島ヒロ" March 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384098-8 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 14 July 2011 ISBN 978-1-935429-33-3 (in English)
- Vol. 15 (ch. 119–126): "FAIRY TAIL (15) 真島ヒロ" May 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384136-7 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 15 September 2011 ISBN 978-1-935429-34-0 (in English)
- Vol. 16 (ch. 127–134): "FAIRY TAIL (16) 真島ヒロ" July 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384158-9 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 16 November 2011 ISBN 978-1-935429-35-7 (in English)
- Vol. 17 (ch. 135–143): "FAIRY TAIL (17) 真島ヒロ" September 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384185-5 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 17 January 2012 ISBN 978-1-61262-054-1 (in English)
- Vol. 18 (ch. 144–152): "FAIRY TAIL (18) 真島ヒロ" November 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384211-1 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 18 March 2012 ISBN 978-1-61262-055-8 (in English)
- Vol. 19 (ch. 153–160): "FAIRY TAIL (19) 真島ヒロ" January 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384233-3 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 19 May 2012 ISBN 978-1-61262-056-5 (in English)
- Vol. 20 (ch. 161–169): "FAIRY TAIL (20) 真島ヒロ" March 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384266-1 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 20 July 2012 ISBN 978-1-61262-057-2 (in English)
- Vol. 21 (ch. 170–178): "FAIRY TAIL (21) 真島ヒロ" May 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384296-8 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 21 September 2012 ISBN 978-1-61262-058-9 (in English)
- Vol. 22 (ch. 179–187): "FAIRY TAIL (22) 真島ヒロ" August 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384346-0 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 22 November 2012 ISBN 978-1-61262-059-6 (in English)
- Vol. 23 (ch. 188–196): "FAIRY TAIL (23) 真島ヒロ" October 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384379-8 (in Japanese) and Fairy Tail Vol. 23 January 2013 ISBN 978-1-61262-060-2 (in English)
- Vol. 24 (ch. 197–204): "FAIRY TAIL (24) 真島ヒロ" December 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384416-0 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 25 (ch. 205–213): "FAIRY TAIL (25) 真島ヒロ" February 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384442-9 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 26 (ch. 214–222): "FAIRY TAIL (26) 真島ヒロ" April 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384473-3 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 27 (ch. 223–230): "FAIRY TAIL (27) 真島ヒロ" June 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384502-0 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 28 (ch. 231–239): "FAIRY TAIL (28) 真島ヒロ" August 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384533-4 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 29 (ch. 240–248): "FAIRY TAIL (29) 真島ヒロ" October 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384563-1 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 30 (ch. 249–257): "FAIRY TAIL (30) 真島ヒロ" December 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384597-6 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 31 (ch. 258–266): "FAIRY TAIL (31) 真島ヒロ" February 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384628-7 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 32 (ch. 267–274): "FAIRY TAIL (32) 真島ヒロ" April 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384654-6 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 33 (ch. 275–282): "FAIRY TAIL (33) 真島ヒロ" June 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384686-7 (in Japanese)
- Vol. 34 (ch. 283–290): "FAIRY TAIL (34) 真島ヒロ" August 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384719-2 (in Japanese)
- According to the Del Rey edition Translation Notes, General Notes, Wizard: So this translation has taken that as its inspiration and translated the word madôshi as "wizard". But madôshi's meaning is similar to certain Japanese words that have been borrowed by the English language, such as judo (the soft way) and kendo (the way of the sword). Madô is the way of magic, and madôshi are those who follow the way of magic. So although the word "wizard" is used in the original dialogue, a Japanese reader would be likely to think not of traditional Western wizard such as Merlin or Gandalf, but of martial artists.[vol. 2:translation_notes]
- Cha, Kai-ming (August 5, 2008). "Everyday Hiro: Fairy Tail's Mashima at Comic-Con". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- Aoki, Deb. "Interview: Hiro Mashima". About.com. The New York Times Company. p. 1. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
- Santos, Carlo (August 17, 2008). "Interview: Hiro Mashima". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- Hodgkins, Crystalyn (October 15, 2011). "Fairy Tail Panel - New York Comic Con". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- Fairy Tail episode 1 commentary with Tyler Walker, Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh and Tia Ballard at 13:52-14:11
- When Natsu gets sick from climbing Nirvana, his friends tell him to think of it as a living animal (an octopus), but it is too late.[ch. 148] Natsu can ride Coco's Legion beast without becoming nauseous.[ch. 187]
- Fairy Tail 1 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Rojas, Justin (2011-08-11). "Funimation Entertainment Announces Entire English Language Cast of Fairy Tail". Funimation Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- Kimlinger, Carl (September 7, 2008). "Fairy Tail GN 2 - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
- Other Exceeds are named and profiled in the extras of Volume 23, including the Four Ministers of State, some Exceed children, and Happy's parents.[vol. 23:extra]
- Fairy Tail 2 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Mashima in the Afterword of Volume 16: And then there's Wendy. One member of my staff mentioned that for some reason, little girls just don't appear in my manga. (Not that I'm against it or anything.) So I thought, "I'll show 'em!" and came up with a character there on the spot.
- Fairy Tail 13 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2011.
- "Funimation Reveals Haganai TV Anime Dub Cast, Trailer". Anime News Network. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- Fairy Tail 6 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Fairy Tail: Part 2 (DVD). Funimation Entertainment. 2011.
- The Musica Sword is named after Hamelio Musica in Mashima's previous work, Rave Master.
- The extended Buster Marm sword is specified as about four Panthers; its hilt is the size of one Panther.[vol. 22:extra]
- Fairy Tail 20 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2011.
- Fairy Tail 19 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2011.
- Fairy Tail 3 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- The English voice for Levy is credited as Kristi Bingham for Fairy Tail DVD Part 1, and as Kristi Kang for Fairy Tail DVD Part 2 (episode 19-).
- Fairy Tail 5 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Fairy Tail 28 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2012.
- Fairy Tail 11 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Fairy Tail: Part 4 (DVD). Funimation Entertainment. 2012.
- Alzack's profile states that Asuka's name is a portmanteau: "A" from Alzack and "Suka" from Bisca.[ch. 260]
- Fairy Tail 24 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2012.
- Lee (June 1, 2013). "Official FUNimation Anime Online Community - Here's Your English Cast for Haganai and Fairy Tail Season 2". Funimation.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- In the Afterword for Volume 16: I had been using the term "working title" with the name Oración Seis right up to the deadline. I never actually made a final decision on their name, so the working title wound up as their real name. But keep that a secret, okay?
- Fairy Tail 16 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2011.
- In the Explain the Mysteries of Fairy Tail section of Volume 19, when a reader asks why Brain and Midnight have no physical family resemblance, the answer is that their back story was cut but that "Oracion Seis were originally supposed to have been children Brain led out of the Tower of Heaven [...] They were supposed to be five children of extraordinary magical talent that he banded together and raised"[vol. 19]; this would later be added to the anime adaptation.
- Fairy Tail 12 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Fairy Tail 26 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2012.
- Fairy Tail 8 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Fairy Tail: Part 3 (DVD). Funimation Entertainment. 2012.
- Fairy Tail 15 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2011.
- Fairy Tail 7 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2010.
- Fairy Tail 14 (DVD) (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2011.
- Both spellings have been used in the English translation of the manga: Grandeeney is originally used in Del Rey publication[ch. 101] but Grandine is used in the later Kodansha publications.[ch. 136,144]
- "Fairy Tail Keyart Notebook". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Lucy Heartfilia Cosplay Costume". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Leo Key Chain". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Key chain set (18 pcs)". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Guild Symbol Temporary Tattoo: Set of 5 Colors". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Beanie: Guild Emblem". Rightstuf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Anime Colorful Design Twin Bell Alarm Clock". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Deformation Figure: Fairy Tail". HobbyLink Japan. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Happy Plush 7" Officially Licensed by Sekiguchi". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Postcard Set". Rightstuf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail Magnet Set: Team Natsu". Rightstuf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail 3D Mousepad: Lucy". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "Fairy Tail 3D Mousepad - Juvia". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
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- Lumbard, Neil (January 4, 2012). "Fairy Tail: Part 2". DVD Talk. "Each character contributes something to these adventures being so humorous, exciting, and thrilling. Early episodes don't feature quite as much character development as one might be hoping for but there is a strong likeability factor for each of the main characters featured on the show and it helps to keep in consistent in entertainment."