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 Kingdom of Fiore, a country located in the fictional universe 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?),[vol. 2:translation notes] 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 include Natsu Dragneel, a wizard with the powers of a dragonslayer who is searching for his adoptive dragon father Igneel, and Lucy Heartfilia, a celestial wizard who joins the Fairy Tail guild. 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, a knight who specializes in using various magic weapons and armors. Over the course of the series, Lucy and Natsu interact with and befriend other wizards and guilds in Fiore. 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.
- 1 Creation and conception
- 2 Fairy Tail
- 2.1 Natsu Dragneel
- 2.2 Happy
- 2.3 Lucy Heartfilia
- 2.4 Gray Fullbuster
- 2.5 Erza Scarlet
- 2.6 Gajeel Redfox
- 2.7 Juvia Lockser
- 2.8 Wendy Marvell
- 2.9 Carla
- 2.10 Panther Lily
- 2.11 Guild masters
- 2.12 S-Class wizards
- 2.13 Other members
- 2.14 Raijin Tribe
- 2.15 Minor members
- 3 Antagonists
- 4 Other characters
- 4.1 Kingdom of Fiore
- 4.2 Magic Council
- 4.3 Blue Pegasus
- 4.4 Lamia Scale
- 4.5 Saber Tooth
- 4.6 Crime Sorcière
- 4.7 Celestial spirits
- 4.8 Inhabitants of Edolas
- 4.9 Others
- 5 Reception
- 6 References
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.
Fairy Tail (妖精の尻尾 Fearī Teiru?) is the series's titular wizard's guild, stationed in the fictional city of Magnolia, where the series's main characters gather to perform paid jobs with their magical abilities. It is considered to be one of the most famous and popular guilds for much of the series. However, its members are infamous for being rambunctious and causing extensive collateral damage during missions. For this reason, the guild is seen as a nuisance by the Magic Council despite the guild members' heroic deeds.[ch. 1, 2] Currently the position of guild master, who is the leader of Fairy Tail, is occupied by Makarov Dreyar.
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 name comes from the question of whether or not fairies, which are considered as mythical creatures within the series, have tails, which poses "an eternal mystery and, therefore, eternal adventure".[ch. 63] 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 Dragneel (ナツ・ドラグニル Natsu Doraguniru?) is the primary protagonist of the Fairy Tail series. As the younger brother of Zeref Dragneel, he is revived from the dead as an Etherious (エーテリアス Ēteriasu) demon known as "Etherious Natsu Dragneel" (E.N.D.), the master of the dark guild Tartaros.[ch. 416, 436] At some point during his youth, his brother, Zeref Dragneel turns him over to Igneel. He is adopted and raised by Igneel, who trains him as a dragon slayer (滅竜魔導士 doragon sureiyā?, Japanese text translates as "dragon-slaying wizard"), a wizard with dragon-like physiology whose magic is designed to combat other dragons. As the fire dragon slayer, Natsu is immune to flames and capable of consuming them to fuel his Fire Dragon Slayer Magic (火の滅竜魔法 Hi no Metsurū Mahō?) attacks, which include breathing fire and igniting any part of his body to strike with. However, he also suffers from motion sickness when riding a vehicle of any sort.[ch. 1] He eventually learns to use Dragon Force (ドラゴンフォース Doragon Fōsu?), an advanced form of dragon slayer magic that boosts his strength and speed, and covers parts of his body in scales and Dragon King Magic which is an advanced form of Dragon Slayer Magic.. After witnessing Igneel's disappearance, Natsu embarks on a journey to find the dragon. His search leads him to join Fairy Tail at a young age, gaining infamy as "Salamander" (火竜 Saramandā?, Japanese text translates as "Fire Dragon") and one of the guild's most loyal yet reckless members who causes most of the collateral damage his guild is blamed for.[ch. 2] He is the first friend Lucy Heartfilia makes on her journey. Eventually, after his strength proves insufficient to save Igneel from being killed by Acnologia, Natsu and Happy spend one-year training by themselves before reuniting with Lucy. During this time, he had mastered Dragon King Magic and a mode called "Blaze Dragon King Mode" which was strong enough to bring Zeref to his knees. The character is named after the Japanese word for "summer" (夏 natsu?) to follow up on the main character of Hiro Mashima's previous work Rave Master being named Haru, which means "spring".[vol. 2:afterword] Natsu is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara. In the English dub, his voice is provided by Todd Haberkorn.
Happy (ハッピー Happī?) is a 6-year-old anthropomorphic cat with blue fur. He is Natsu Dragneel's best friend and sole traveling companion at the start of the series.[ch. 1] Mashima originally intended to name him after the Norse god Freyr, but found the name did not fit his character.[vol. 2:afterword] Happy possesses a magic ability called Aera (翼 Ēra?, Japanese text translates as "Wings") with which he is able to grow white feathered wings and fly at great speeds.[ch. 1, 17] He uses this form to carry Natsu in midair, and is the only one Natsu is able to ride without succumbing to motion sickness.[ch. 3] He is originally hatched from an egg found by Natsu and Lisanna Strauss, who name him "Happy" after his birth cheers up their guildmates in the middle of a disagreement.[vol. 15:omake] Six years later, Happy discovers his origins as an Exceed from Edolas;[ch. 178] while there, Happy unknowingly encounters his parents, the farmer couple Lucky (ラッキー Rakkī?) and Marl (マール Māru?), whom he is separated from before birth as part of their queen's plan to evacuate 100 unborn children to Earth-land and save them from their realm's destruction.[ch. 177, 198] He is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in the Japanese anime television series, and by Tia Ballard in its English dub.
Lucy Heartfilia (ルーシィ・ハートフィリア Rūshii Hātofiria?, named after the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".[vol. 2:bonus]) is the primary female protagonist of Fairy Tail, and the partner, close friend and arguable love interest of Natsu Dragneel. She is a 17-year-old celestial wizard (星霊魔導士 seirei madōshi?) who uses a set of magical Gatekeys (門の鍵 Gēto no Kagi?) to summon celestial spirits.[ch. 1] She also fights with a whip, which she upgrades to the extendable energy whip Fleuve d'Étoiles (星の大河 Etowāru Furūgu?, French for "River of Stars").[ch. 184] At the age of 16, Lucy flees from her home to pursue her dream of joining Fairy Tail. Her efforts lead into conflict with a slave trader named Bora and Natsu Dragneel and Happy save her in exchange for her joining Fairy Tail.[ch. 1, 50] She performs guild-posted jobs alongside Natsu and Happy to fund her rented house in Magnolia, and is bewildered by her guildmates' antics.[ch. 2] She is also an aspiring novelist, and writes letters of her adventures to Layla Heartfilia (レイラ・ハートフィリア Reira Hātofiria), her deceased mother,.[ch. 67] Eventually, Lucy possesses 10 of 12 golden keys that allow her to summon the rare and powerful Zodiac spirits and also gains the ability to don magical Star Dresses (星霊衣 Sutā Doresu?) that allow her direct access to her spirits' powers.[ch. 422] In the Japanese anime television series, she is voiced by Aya Hirano. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Cherami Leigh.
Gray Fullbuster (グレイ・フルバスター Gurei Furubasutā?) is an 18-year-old wizard who practices Ice Make (氷の造形魔法 Aisu Meiku?, Japanese text translates as "Ice-Molding Magic"), which allows him to instantly create weapons and inanimate objects made of ice.[ch. 21] He is more level-headed and competent than most of his guildmates, but habitually removes his clothing without realizing it, which Mashima based on a personal habit of his own.[vol. 2:afterword] He has a fierce rivalry with Natsu Dragneel due to their opposing personalities and magical elements.[ch. 10] At the age of eight, he survives the Etherious Deliora's attack on his hometown and is taken in by the ice wizard Ur, who comes to his rescue at the cost of her life when he attempts to kill Deliora in revenge.[ch. 36] Seven years following Fairy Tail's disappearance on Sirius Island, Gray encounters his reanimated father Silver and inherits his powers as a Demon Slayer (滅悪魔導士 Debiru Sureiyā, lit. "Devil Slayer", Japanese text translates as "evil-slaying wizard") to carry out Silver's will to defeat the guild's master, E.N.D. Using Ice Demon Slayer Magic (氷の滅悪魔法 Kōri no Metsuaku Mahō), Gray gains the ability to consume ice, breathe gusts of snow, and create weapons that freeze and heavily damage demons. He is voiced by Yuichi Nakamura. In Funimation's English dub, his voice is supplied by Newton Pittman.
Erza Scarlet (エルザ・スカーレット Eruza Sukāretto?) is a 19-year-old swordswoman with prominent red hair. While a slave of the Tower of Heaven at the age of eleven, Erza befriends other slaves her age, including Jellal Fernandez. Erza rallies the slaves in a mass breakout to save Jellal from being tortured, causing her to lose an eye in the process. However, Jellal is brainwashed into serving Zeref and betrays her to continue the tower's construction.[ch. 80-82] Having thus gained the requip (換装 kansō?) technique, she can use "The Knight" (騎士 Za Naito?) magic, which allows her to summon and exchange various weapons and armors that enhance her abilities. She also gains an artificial eye that grants her immunity to illusions and optical magics.[ch. 111, 155] Eventually, Erza becomes Fairy Tail's disciplinarian as well as one of the guild's S-Class wizards and becomes infamously known under the name of "Titania" (妖精女王 Titānia?, Japanese text translates as "Fairy Queen").[ch. 10, 89] However, Erza grows fond of her guildmates after Natsu Dragneel defeats Jellal and rescues her.[ch. 104] Erza later helps Jellal atone for his misdeeds after he is restored to his old self,[ch. 146] which inspires him to organize Crime Sorcière seven years later.[ch. 263] Eventually, after Makarov Dreyar disappears, Erza replaces him as the guild's seventh master.[ch. 438]
The character is named after Eru from Mashima's one-shot manga that served as a pilot for Fairy Tail.[vol. 2:bonus] Mashima initially designed her to only shed tears from one 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.[vol. 12:afterword] He also said that he often forgets what Erza's armor looks like, and changes the design every time she appears.[vol. 18:afterword] Her voice actress in the Japanese anime television series is Sayaka Ohara. In its English dub, her voice is provided by Colleen Clinkenbeard.
Adopted and raised by an iron dragon named Metalicana (メタリカーナ Metarikāna?), Gajeel Redfox (ガジル・レッドフォックス Gajiru Reddofokkusu?) has to witness his disappearance around the same time as Igneel's disappearance.[ch. 66] At some point after Metalicana's disappearance, Gajeel joins Phantom Lord, gaining infamy as "Kurogane" Gajeel (鉄竜のガジル Kurogane no Gajiru?, "Black Steel" Gajeel, Japanese text translates as "Iron Dragon"). His attack on Levy McGarden's team and destruction of Fairy Tail's guildhall results in war.[ch. 48] After Phantom Lord is defeated by Fairy Tail, Gajeel joins the latter, eventually proving his loyalty to the guild.[ch. 105, 212] He also comes to good terms with Levy after defending her from Laxus Dreyar before the Battle of Fairy Tail,[ch. 106] and later partners with her for the S-Class wizard test on Sirius Island.[ch. 202]. Eventually, Gajeel becomes incognito as a captain of the Magic Council arrest and custody division alongside Panther Lily and Levy. After Avatar is defeated by Fairy Tail, Gajeel leaves the Magic Council and rejoins Fairy Tail. Gajeel's Iron Dragon Slayer Magic (鉄の滅竜魔法 Tetsu no Metsuryū Mahō?) allows him to transform parts of his body into iron weapons such as clubs and swords, cover his body with nearly indestructible steel scales, and breathe gusts of wind containing metal shards capable of shredding a person's body. He can also consume iron objects for nourishment. He later on gains the Iron Shadow Dragon Mode by eating Rogue Cheney's Shadow Dragon Slayer Magic. [ch. 61] The character's name is derived from the word kajiru (噛る?, "to gnaw") and the onomatopoeia for eating, gaji-gaji (ガジガジ?).[vol. 27:afterword] In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Wataru Hatano. In Funimation's English dub, he is voiced by David Wald.
Juvia Lockser (ジュビア・ロクサー Jubia Rokusā?) is a 17-year-old wizard originating from the Element 4, Phantom Lord's S-Class team that specializes in magic related to the four classical elements.[ch. 47, 56] Her magic, Water (水流 Wōtā?), allows her to manipulate and turn her body into water, rendering her immune to physical damage and gaining her notoriety as Juvia of the "Great Sea" (大海のジュビア Taikai no Jubia?).[ch. 56, 104] She also speaks in the third person. During childhood, she is called a "rain woman" due to the downpours she has caused.[ch. 48] Her involvement in the guilds' war over Lucy Heartfilia results in her falling in love at first sight with Gray Fullbuster, and mistakes Lucy for a rival in love. She duels with Gray, but loses and the rain around her stops for the first time in her life.[ch. 56-57] After Phantom Lord is defeated by Fairy Tail, Juvia joins the latter out of a desire to become closer to Gray, and she considers anyone he interacts with to be a romantic rival.[ch. 256] Eventually, Juvia becomes more cheerful and changes her appearance several times to suit her new personality, although her feelings for Gray remain unrequited even though Gray develops his feelings for her.[ch. 438] Her name is derived from the Spanish word lluvia, meaning "rain". In the Japanese anime television series, Juvia is voiced by Mai Nakahara. In the English dub, her name is spelled "Juvia Loxar" and she is voiced by Brina Palencia.
Wendy Marvell (ウェンディ・マーベル Wendi Māberu?), is a 12-year-old female dragon slayer.[ch. 144] Adopted by the sky dragon Grandine (グランディーネ Gurandīne?, also "Grandine"), Wendy practices Sky Dragon Slayer Magic (天空の滅竜魔法 Tenkū no Metsuryū Mahō?), a form of healing magic taught by her foster mother. By drawing power from clean air, Wendy is able to heal most injuries and ailments, and temporarily relieve motion sickness.[ch. 135, 144] At some point during Grandeeney's disappearance, she joins the Cait Shelter (化猫の宿 Ketto Sherutā?, Japanese text translates as "Bakeneko's Lodging") guild, gaining infamy as the "Sky Dragon" (天竜 Tenryū?) and "Priestess of the Sky" (天空の巫女 Tenkū no Miko?). She becomes a representative of the guild in an alliance with Fairy Tail, Blue Pegasus, and Lamia Scale against the Oración Seis.[ch. 132] During the guilds' mission, the Seis force her to resurrect Jellal Fernandez, whom she mistakes for Mystogan, her childhood traveling partner from after Grandeeney's disappearance.[ch. 145, 167] Once the Seis are defeated, Wendy discovers Cait Shelter's true nature as an illusion created by their master, the elderly spirit Robaul (ローバウル Rōbauru?), to care for her; she is then left to join Fairy Tail after her old guild vanishes.[ch. 164] Wendy gradually uses her magic in battle, including the ability to breathe and conjure powerful gusts of wind, and to augment her allies' speed, strength, and defensive power. She looks up to Natsu Dragneel as a brother and joins him in his search for the missing dragons.[ch. 161, 191]
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] Her original concept was that of a "Water Dragon" based on the Japanese name for Wednesday (水曜日 Suiyōbi?, lit. "Water Day"), which Mashima named her after.[vol. 27:bonus] In the Japanese series, she is voiced by Satomi Satō. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Brittney Karbowski.
Carla (シャルル Sharuru?, "Charles"[vol. 27:afterword]) is a six-year-old, white-furred Exceed, and Wendy Marvell's partner and guardian.[ch. 133, 145] As an egg, she is evacuated to Earth-land along with Happy and 98 other unborn Exceed when her mother, the Exceed queen Chagot, has a premonition of their realm's destruction, with the objective concealed as a mission to kill dragon slayers to prevent a panic. Upon being hatched by Wendy, Carla's precognition powers inherited from Chagot allows her to see visions of future events and misinterprets Chagot's ruse as her real mission, but the Exceed decides to protect Wendy.[ch. 135, 198] Six years later, after defeating the Oración Seis, she joins Fairy Tail.[ch. 165] Upon meeting Happy, Carla is annoyed with his obliviousness to their mission but only reconsiders after Happy ignores the Exceeds' orders and Chagot reveals the truth.[ch. 133, 169, 177, 198]
Mashima named the character "Charles" after a princess character in a book he once read; she was renamed "Carla" in various countries where "Charles" would be interpreted as a male name.[vol. 27:afterword] In the Japanese series, she is voiced by Yui Horie and her name is spelled "Charle" in Funimation's subtitles. In Funimation's English dub, her voice is supplied by Jad Saxton.
Panther Lily (パンサー・リリー Pansā Rirī?) is a black-furred Exceed born and raised in Edolas. While a division commander of the Edolas Royal Military, he is exiled from his homeland Extalia after saving a young Mystogan's life. As opposed to most Exceed, Lily has a large, humanoid body resembling an anthropomorphic panther. Using the magic sword Buster Marm (バスターマァム Basutā Māmu?), it can extend up to four times his size;[ch. 186][vol. 22:bonus] after this sword is destroyed, he replaces it with the similar Musica Sword (ムジカの剣 Mujika no Ken).[ch. 247] He duels Gajeel Redfox while defending the lacrima crystal created from the residents of Magnolia as part of Faust's plan to exterminate the Exceed with it, but has a change of heart after seeing the Exceed gather to push the crystal away alongside Fairy Tail.[ch. 189] After being sent to Earth-land through the reversed anima portal, he joins Fairy Tail as Gajeel's partner.[ch. 198] In Earth-land, Lily's body shrinks to his species's typical small size, though he is able to assume his original form for limited periods of time in addition to his Aera ability.[ch. 200]
Lily's name is a play on "a famous character from a certain fairy tale".[vol. 27:bonus] Mashima commented on the character's popularity, saying, "I guess he's more popular now that he's small? Yeah."[vol. 32:afterword] His voice actor in the Japanese series is Hiroki Tōchi. In the English dub, his name is written as "Pantherlily" and he is voiced by Rick Keeling.
Mavis Vermillion (メイビス・ヴァーミリオン Meibisu Vāmirion?), the "Fairy Strategist" (妖精軍師 Yōsei Gunshi?), is Fairy Tail's first master and founder, creating the guild at the age of thirteen.[ch. 203, 255] During this time, she befriends a wandering Zeref Dragneel and is unknowingly afflicted with the same curse as him, rendering her ageless and immortal, and killing everything around her. When she and Zeref fall in love after she asks for his help removing the curse, he unwittingly sends her into a deathlike sleep.[ch. 450] Her body is preserved in crystal beneath Fairy Tail's guildhall, where it produces a source of limitless magic known as Fairy Heart (妖精の心臓 Fearī Hāto?), codenamed Lumen Histoire (ルーメン・イストワール Rūmen Isutowāru?, "History of Light").[ch. 451] Her successor Precht Gaebolg keeps this a secret by building a false grave on Tenrou Island.[ch. 203] Mavis appears before her guild as a disembodied spirit that can only be seen and heard by those with Fairy Tail's emblem.[ch. 268] She is also a child prodigy with vast military and illusory skill, and has knowledge of two of the Three Great Fairy Magics (妖精三大魔法 Yōsei San Dai Mahō?), a trinity of spells that can only be used by members of her guild:[ch. 233] Fairy Glitter (妖精の輝き Fearī Gurittā?), an attack that eradicates any enemy;[ch. 232] and Fairy Sphere (妖精の球 Fearī Sufia?), an impenetrable shield that suspends time for those inside the spell for seven years, which she uses to protect her guild from Acnologia on Tenrou Island.[ch. 255]
Mavis's background was included in the very first concepts of the series.[vol. 31:bonus] Mashima originally designed the character to be male, but changed it upon being informed that "Mavis" was a female name. He also expanded her role in the story from what he initially planned due to the character's "immense popularity", remarking that he had "no idea" she would become so popular.[vol. 32:afterword] In the Japanese anime television series, her voice actress is Mamiko Noto. In its English dub, her voice is provided by Leah Clark.
Precht Gaebolg (プレヒト・ゲイボルグ Purehito Geiborugu?), better known as Hades (ハデス Hadesu?), is the master of Grimoire Heart.[ch. 214] As the second master and co-founder of Fairy Tail, he embarks on a quest to uncover the singular source of magic power, leaving the guild under Makarov Dreyar's leadership. Upon tracing the source back to Zeref, he becomes obsessed with obtaining this singularity for himself and organizes Grimoire Heart, assuming that he must awaken Zeref's dormant power to achieve his goal.[ch. 215, 249] Hades practices powerful dark spells such as Grimoire Law (悪魔の法律 Gurimoa Rō?, Japanese text translates as "Devil's Law"), a dark spell that counteracts Makarov's Fairy Law;[ch. 214] and the Devil's Eye (悪魔の眼 Akuma no Me?) which, when opened, gives him access to even greater dark powers developed by Zeref.[ch. 246, 247] His signature magic allows him to produce chains from his hands to grapple and throw opponents.[ch. 214] Using a mechanical "heart" on board his guild's airship, Hades is able to overpower Fairy Tail's attacks until the heart is destroyed by Happy and Carla.[ch. 248] He is spared by Makarov and retreats from his later defeat, only to be killed by Zeref for summoning Acnologia through his actions.[ch. 250] Seven years later, Hades's soul is later absorbed by the demon Franmalth of Tartaros, who uses the dark wizard's magic against Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia. Upon Franmalth's defeat, Hades's soul is freed and forewarns Fairy Tail of Tartaros' motives before vanishing. The character is named after Bertolt Brecht.[vol. 27:afterword] His Japanese voice actor is Masashi Hirose, and his voice in the English dub is provided by John Swasey.
The son of the guild's co-founder Yuri Dreyar (ユーリー・ドレアー Yūrī Dorea), Makarov Dreyar (マカロフ・ドレアー Makarofu Doreā?) is the 88-year-old third and incumbent master of Fairy Tail. Mashima came up with his name because he wanted it to sound Russian.[vol. 2:afterword] He is a diminutive man registered as one of the Ten Wizard Saints, who are recognized by the Magic Council for possessing magical power and skill higher than any wizard on the continent.[ch. 47] He has knowledge of numerous forms of magic, with his specialty being the ability to vastly increase his size using the magic Giant (巨人 Jaianto).[ch. 28] His most powerful spell is Fairy Law (妖精の法律 Fearī Rō), one of the Three Great Fairy Magics developed and utilized by his guild, which produces a brilliant light that only harms those the caster considers to be an enemy.[ch. 66] He is a grandfatherly figure in his guild, and looks upon its members as his own children. However, he is beleaguered by the problems his guild causes between him and the council.[ch. 2] A running gag throughout the series is his inability to choose a successor as guild master and retire; he eventually promotes Gildarts Clive to guild master to formally replace Macao Conbolt, but is reinstated as sixth master upon Gildarts's sudden resignation. After Fairy Tail's battle with Tartaros and Acnologia, Makarov disestablishes the guild to allow its members to follow their own dreams, and, after Fairy Tail is reestablished, is succeeded by Erza Scarlet.[ch. 416] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Shinpachi Tsuji; in its English dub, his voice is supplied by R. Bruce Elliott.
Macao Conbolt (マカオ・コンボルト Makao Konboruto?) is a 36-year-old wizard and veteran member of Fairy Tail, and the father of Romeo Conbolt.[ch. 2] His magic is Purple Flare (紫の炎 Pāpuru Furea), which produces "sticky" purple flames that adhere to objects and cannot be doused by wind or water.[ch. 37] During Makarov Dreyar's seven-year disappearance on Sirius Island with the other core Fairy Tail members, Macao is instated as Fairy Tail's fourth master.[ch. 254] Makarov later allows him to keep the position temporarily until he elects Gildarts Clive as his true successor.[ch. 256, 259] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Masaki Kawanabe. In the English dub, he is voiced by Brian Mathis.
Gildarts Clive (ギルダーツ・クライヴ Girudātsu Kuraivu?) is an S-Class wizard who gains notoriety as Fairy Tail's strongest member.[ch. 106] He can pulverize any object and spell he touches using the magic Crush (クラッシュ Kurasshu?), requiring Magnolia's streets to reconfigure into a single, narrow path towards the guild to prevent him from stumbling into buildings by mistake.[ch. 166] Because he embarks on missions that have never been completed for up to a century, he only visits the guild on rare occasions for short periods of time.[ch. 165, 232] During one such mission, he fights with Acnologia and loses an arm, a leg, and some of his internal organs.[ch. 166] He is also the widowed father of Cana Alberona,[ch. 232] but is unaware of his relationship with his daughter due to his deceased wife Cornelia divorcing him and giving birth while he is away on a six-year mission.[ch. 251] Twelve years later, Gildarts discovers the truth from Cana on Sirius Island, and begins doting on her in a comical fashion afterward.[ch. 256] Makarov Dreyar advocates for Gildarts to succeed him as guild master after returning from the island, but Gildarts resigns almost immediately and leaves on another journey.[ch. 259, 260] In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue, while Jason Douglas voices him in the English dub.
Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards (S級魔導士 Ēsu-kyū madōshi?) are the guild's highest-ranking members who are recognized by the master for their strength, skill, and conviction.[ch. 201] Main character Erza Scarlet holds the S-Class rank at the start of the series, while Gildarts Clive is briefly promoted to guild master later in the series. During the series, Natsu Dragneel, Gray Fullbuster, Juvia Lockser, Elfman Strauss, Cana Alberona, Fried Justine, Levy McGarden, and Mest Gryder are nominated as candidates for the guild's S-Class promotion exam. However, the exam is canceled before its completion following the interference of Zeref and Grimoire Heart as well as the discovery that Mest is a spy from the Magic Council.
Mirajane Strauss (ミラジェーン・ストラウス Mirajēn Sutorausu?), is a 19-year-old S-Class wizard who works as a barmaid and administrator at Fairy Tail, and as a cover girl for the fictional magazine Sorcerer Weekly.[ch. 2] She is depicted as a bubbly, kindhearted, and absentminded young woman who rarely displays anger towards others.[ch. 25] She is the eldest of three siblings who use the magic Takeover (接収 Teikuōbā?) to transform into creatures they have previously encountered. Mirajane's variety of this magic, Satan Soul (サタンソウル Satan Sōru?), grants her the ability to transform into various demons and access their destructive powers.[ch. 118]. As a child, her ability earns her hometown's resentment against her and her siblings. Mirajane joins Fairy Tail soon after, gaining infamy as the "Demon Woman" (魔人 Majin?) and a fierce rivalry with Erza Scarlet.[vol. 15:omake] As she is 17, Mirajane soon loses her Takeover powers and retires from active missions after her sister Lisanna's assumed death,[ch. 54] but retains the ability to mimic others' physical appearances and voices.[ch. 52] Eventually, Mirajane regains her Satan Soul transformation to save her brother Elfman during the Battle of Fairy Tail, and begins taking field missions more frequently afterward.
Mashima named Mirajane after an online game he was playing while creating her character. She and Lucy Heartfilia host the "Emergency Request! Explain the Mysteries of Fairy Tail" sections at the end of several manga volumes where they answer reader questions. In the Japanese anime television series, Mirajane is voiced by Ryōko Ono. In its English dub, she is voiced by Monica Rial.
Mystogan (ミストガン Misutogan?) is Jellal Fernandez's duplicate originating from the parallel universe of Edolas, of which he is its prince.[ch. 167, 189] He arrives to Earth-land to close inter-dimensional anima portals used by Faust, his father and Edolas's king, to siphon magic energy from Earth-land. At some point during his stay, he joins Fairy Tail as an S-Class Wizard, gaining notoriety as one of Fairy Tail's most powerful members.[ch. 65] Eventually, after failing to prevent Magnolia from being absorbed by anima,[ch. 168] he returns to Edolas and restores the city by forcing the lacrima crystal formed from the trapped Fairy Tail wizards through another portal after his guildmates prevent Faust from ramming it into the Exceed kingdom.[ch. 189] He reverses the portals' effects to return all of Earth-land's stolen magic, intending to be sentenced to death for this by his childhood friend Panther Lily to quell the ensuing panic.[ch. 195] When Natsu Dragneel takes responsibility instead, Mystogan earns his people's support by defeating him in a mock battle, and remains in Edolas to replace his father as king.[ch. 197] Unable to use magic on his own, Mystogan uses staffs infused with magic power to create illusions and draw magic circles to attack.[ch. 120] He is also capable of casting sleeping spells on his guildmates when he visits Fairy Tail.[ch. 24] In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Robert McCollum.
The grandson of Makarov Dreyar, Laxus Dreyar (ラクサス・ドレアー Rakusasu Doreā?) is heir to the position of guild master, and one of Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards. He is an expert lightning wizard capable of generating and transforming into bolts of electricity. He is also a second generation dragon slayer whose father, Ivan, implants a lacrima crystal within him as a child that enables him to use Lightning Dragon Slayer Magic (雷の滅竜魔法 Rai no Metsuryū Mahō?).[ch. 124, 128] During his youth, he begins to feel overshadowed by his grandfather and at the age of 17, Laxus rebels following his father's expulsion from the guild.[ch. 106, 119] Seven years later, Laxus has grown into a strength supremacist.[ch. 24] When Fairy Tail's reputation begins to falter following the war with Phantom Lord, Laxus organizes an intra-guild battle royal called the "Battle of Fairy Tail" in a bid to seize control of the guild from Makarov and reestablish its strength by rooting out the guild's "weaklings".[ch. 107] He is eventually enraged by his failures and casts Fairy Law to obliterate all of Magnolia, but his genuine love for his guild overrides the spell's effects. After being defeated by Natsu Dragneel and Gajeel Redfox, he is expelled by Makarov for endangering his guildmates, although he leaves on friendlier terms with them.[ch. 125-128] He eventually returns to help his former guildmates battle Hades on Sirius Island, and is reinstated into Fairy Tail by Gildarts Clive during the latter's brief period as guild master.[ch. 244, 260] The character's name is derived from the word "lux", a unit of measurement for light.[vol. 27:afterword] Laxus is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in the Japanese anime television series, and by Patrick Seitz in its English dub.
The daughter of Gildarts Clive, six-year-old wizard Cana Alberona (カナ・アルベローナ Kana Aruberōna?) begins to search for Gildarts after her mother's death. Unable to reveal her relationship to him due to his scarce presence and her own timidity, Cana resolves to become an S-Class wizard, but fails four qualification tests in a row and falls into depression.[ch. 232] She gains infamy as Fairy Tail's resident alcoholic who drinks entire barrels of liquor at a time as well as the most senior member of the guild from Lucy Heartfilia's generation.[ch. 2, 201] Twelve years later, during her fifth test on Sirius Island,[ch. 202] Cana abandons her guildmates to complete the trial of finding Mavis Vermillion's grave, unknowingly putting her test partner Lucy at risk of being killed by Grimoire Heart.[ch. 202, 225] Upon realizing her treacherous deed, Cana rejects her chance at S-Class wizardship in favor of saving her friends,[ch. 232] and eventually reveals herself to Gildarts as his daughter after the trial's cancellation.[ch. 251] Having mastered the ability to use magic cards (魔法の札 majikku kādo?), she can use them as a projectile weapon and to cast a variety of spells,[ch. 38] as well as to perform fortune-telling. Cana's name is derived from the tarot term "arcana". In the Japanese anime television series, she is voiced by Eri Kitamura In its English dub, her voice is supplied by Jamie Marchi.
Owned by a Blue Pegasus celestial wizard named Karen Lilica, Leo (レオ Reo?), the lion Zodiac celestial spirit, has to remain in the human world to prevent his master from frequently abusing her other Zodiac spirit, Aries. However, Leo's actions leave Karen defenseless in battle against Angel, resulting in Karen's death and Leo's exile from the celestial world.[ch. 73] Three years later, Leo gains infamy as Loke (ロキ Roki?), a playboy wizard who surrounds himself with young women.[ch. 2] When Loke is near death after spending his power to survive in Earth-land, Lucy Heartfilia persuades the Celestial Spirit King to reconsider Loke's exile, which allows him to return to the celestial world and regain his strength, becoming one of her spirits in gratitude.[ch. 74] As a wizard, he makes use of lacrima-powered finger rings to perform magic.[ch. 73] In his spirit form, Loke wears the finger ring Regulus (王の光 Regurus?, Japanese text translates as "King of Light") to produce light-based attacks.[ch. 115] Despite his contract with Lucy, Loke is still considered a member of Fairy Tail, and temporarily nullifies their contract to serve as Gray Fullbuster's partner during the S-Class wizard test.[ch. 202] The character is named after the Norse god Loki.[vol. 2:bonus] His voice actor in the Japanese anime television series is Daisuke Kishio. In its English dub, his voice is supplied by Eric Vale.
Elfman Strauss (エルフマン・ストラウス Erufuman Sutorausu?) is the 18-year-old middle brother of Mirajane and Lisanna. Mashima developed his name to sound "somewhat cute".[vol. 2:bonus] He is a burly, muscle-brained wizard who spouts nonsensical speeches about manhood,[ch. 2] but is also kindhearted and emotionally sensitive.[ch. 51] He employs the Takeover magic Beast Soul (獣王の魂 Bīsuto Sōru?, Japanese text translates as "Beast King's Soul") to steal the powers of any monster he encounters and assume its form. However, his lack of magic skill limits his transformations to his right arm using the Beast Arm (ビーストアーム Bīsuto Āmu?) ability.[vol. 15:omake] His first attempt at achieving a full-body takeover at the age of sixteen causes him to go berserk and seemingly kill Lisanna in the process. Two years later, Fairy Tail's war with Phantom Lord causes Elfman to control his Beast Soul form and rescues Mirajane and defeat Sol.[ch. 56] In the Japanese anime television series, Elfman is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto. In the English dub, he is voiced by Christopher Sabat.
Lisanna Strauss (リサーナ・ストラウス Risāna Sutorausu?) is Mirajane and Elfman's younger 17-year-old sister. Mashima came up with her name feeling that ending it with "-anna" would sound cute.[vol. 27:bonus] Having mastered the Animal Soul (動物の魂 Animaru Sōru?) variety of Takeover magic, she can shapeshift into different animals at will. She is also one of Natsu Dragneel's childhood friends who helps him hatch Happy's egg. She has feelings for Natsu Dragneel and wanted to get married to him when they were little.[vol. 15:omake] At the age of 15, she is seemingly killed by Elfman in his berserk full-body takeover form.[ch. 55] However, Lisanna is actually transported to Edolas and becomes incognito as a member of Edolas's version of Fairy Tail after being mistaken for her own deceased counterpart. Two years later, she is forced to return to Earth-land when Mystogan reverses Anima's effects, and reunites with her own siblings.[ch. 199] She goes on to participate in the S-Class qualification trial as Juvia Lockser's partner.[ch. 202] In the Japanese anime television series, Lisanna is voiced by Harumi Sakurai. In Funimation's English dub, she is voiced by Carrie Savage.
Levy McGarden (レビィ・マグガーデン Rebi Magugāden?) is a 17-year-old member of Shadow Gear (シャドウ・ギア Shadō Gia?), a three-wizard team consisting of herself, Jet, and Droy. Mashima intended for Levy to be a minor character in the series, but was surprised by her rise in popularity and expanded her role.[vol. 32:afterword] Using the magic Solid Script (立体文字 Soriddo Sukuriputo?, Japanese text translates as "Three-Dimensional Writing"), Levy can transform written words into three-dimensional objects that take on the attributes of what is written. She is also proficient in translating and decoding ancient languages and runic magic. She becomes close friends with Lucy Heartfilia over their shared love of books, and is the only person Lucy allows to read her novel.[ch. 48] When Levy and her team are wounded by Phantom Lord member Gajeel Redfox, a war between the two guilds erupts.[ch. 47] After Phantom Lord's defeat by Fairy Tail, Levy is frightened by Gajeel when he first joins Fairy Tail, but reconsiders after he defends her from Laxus Dreyar.[ch. 105] She eventually develops feelings for Gajeel after he offers to become her partner for the S-Class qualification trial.[ch. 202] Eventually, her participation in the Grand Magic Games and Fairy Tail's fight with Tartaros earn her a seat in the Magic Council's custody and arrest unit. Following Avatar's defeat, however, she retires from the service and rejoins Fairy Tail. Her voice actor in the original Japanese anime television series is Mariya Ise. In its English dub, she is voiced by Kristi Kang.
A wizard of Fairy Tail, Mest Gryder (メスト・グライダー Mesuto Guraidā?) uses a memory alteration charm to erase his own memories of being in the guild to infiltrate the Magic Council for Fairy Tail's benefit, to Makarov Dreyar's disapproval.[ch. 213,416] He joins the Magic Council as an intelligence operative for the Council named Doranbalt (ドランバルト Doranbaruto?, also "Doranbolt") and eventually re-infiltrates Fairy Tail to dig up dirt on the guild for his own interests.[ch. 213,223] In addition to his memory-altering spell, he is also capable of using the Direct Line (瞬間移動 Dairekuto Rain?, Japanese text translates as "Teleportation") spell, which allows him to teleport himself to various locations at will. Disguising himself as Mystogan's disciple, Mest participates in the guild's S-Class qualification trial on Sirius Island with Wendy Marvell as his partner.[ch. 202] After Grimoire Heart is defeated by Fairy Tail, Mest eventually becomes sympathetic towards the guild, and is distraught at being unable to save them from Acnologia.[ch. 223, 248] Seven years later, Mest escapes Tartaros's bombing of the Council as one of the few survivors, and releases the Oración Seis from prison in exchange for information on Tartaros, which he uses to assist Fairy Tail. After the battle, he discovers his original identity and rejoins the guild.[ch. 438] In the Japanese series, he is voiced by Shūhei Sakaguchi, while Alex Organ provides his voice in Funimation's English dub.
The Raijin Tribe (雷神衆 Raijinshū?, "Thunder God Tribe"), renamed the "Thunder Legion" in Funimation's anime dub, is a trio of wizards who act as Laxus Dreyar's personal bodyguards and followers. They were created by Mashima after he "suddenly came up with" the series's story arc focusing on Laxus.[vol. 13:afterword] The three help carry out Laxus's plans to restructure the guild by participating in the Battle of Fairy Tail,[ch. 108] but become friendlier towards their guildmates after Laxus's expulsion.[ch. 128] Aside from their own unique abilities, the three members each share the ability to cast magic by making eye contact with their opponents.[ch. 115]
Fried Justine (フリード・ジャスティーン Furīdo Jasutīn?), spelled "Freed Justine" in Del Rey's manga translation and also called "Dark" Fried (暗黒のフリード Ankoku no Furīdo), is the founder and leader of the Raijin Tribe.[ch. 106] He specializes in creating Jutsu-Shiki (術式, lit. "technique style/ceremony"),[vol. 13:translation notes] barriers formed by magic runes that cannot be passed unless those trapped inside follow what is written.[ch. 108] He also uses the magic Dark Écriture (闇の文字 Yami no Ekurityūru, French for "Dark Writing") to write runes on others' bodies with his rapier to inflict pain and suffering,[ch. 117] or on his own body to create wings and transform himself into a demon.[ch. 118] He is characterized by his idolization of Laxus, and initially distances himself from the rest of his guild. He imposes the rules of the Battle of Fairy Tail with his Jutsu-Shiki,[ch. 108] and reluctantly carries out Laxus's orders to kill their guildmates, which causes him to question Laxus's morality.[ch. 114] After being overpowered by Mirajane Strauss's reawakened Satan Soul form, Fried temporarily shaves his long hair as a form of atonement for his misdeeds.[ch. 118, 129] Fried's name is derived from the Japanese phrase "Furui-zo" (古いぞ, lit. "It's old"), reflecting the character's initial concept of attacking with archaic words.[vol. 27:bonus] His name was originally going to be Albion (アルビオン Arubion), but Mashima shortened it to balance out his teammates' longer names.[vol. 27:bonus] In the Japanese anime television series, Fried is voiced by Junichi Suwabe. In the English dub, he is voiced by John Burgmeier.
Evergreen (エバーグリーン Ebāgurīn?) is a 20-year-old wizard and a vain woman who is obsessed with fairies who joins Fairy Tail for the guild's name and covets Erza Scarlet's title of "Fairy Queen, Titania". At some point during her membership, she joins the Raijin Tribe as the sole female member.[ch. 107,112] Her primary magic is her Stone Eyes (石化眼 Sutōn Aizu, Japanese text translates as "Petrifying Eyes"), with which she can petrify others through eye contact after removing her eyeglasses.[ch. 107] She can also produce golden dust to cause explosions as well as an endless barrage of needles.[ch. 112] She partners with Elfman Strauss after being passed over by Fried during the S-Class qualification trial, and gradually develops feelings for him. In the Japanese anime television series, her voice actress is Saori Seto. Caitlin Glass provides her voice in its English dub.
Bickslow (ビックスロー Bikkusurō?) is a 22-year-old wizard who practices seith magic (セイズ魔法 seizu mahō?) called Human Possession (人型憑 Hitotsuki?) to implant up to five wandering souls within inanimate objects and control them.[ch. 108] He refers to his puppets as his "babies" with the names Pappa (パッパ?), Pippi (ピッピ?), Puppu (プップ?), Peppe (ペッペ?), and Poppo (ポッポ?).[ch. 108] His eye magic is called Figure Eyes (造形眼 Figyua Aizu?, Japanese text translates as "Molding Eyes"), which allows him to take control of others' bodies through eye contact, wearing a grilled visor to contain this magic.[ch. 115] His name is a corruption of the words "big" and "throw".[vol. 27:bonus] Bickslow is voiced by Yoshihisa Kawahara. In the English dub, his name is spelled "Bixlow" and is voiced at first by Scott Freeman.
In the beginning of the series, the Fairy Tail guild is stated to have over 100 members besides the main cast of characters. Eventually, after the primary guild members' disappearance on Sirius Island, the guild is reduced to 14 members under Macao Conbolt's leadership:[ch. 254]
- Romeo Conbolt (ロメオ・コンボルト Romeo Konboruto?) – Macao's six-year-old son, who joins Fairy Tail by the age of 13 over the course of the series. He learns from Phantom Lord member Totomaru to use Rainbow Fire (七色の炎 Reinbō Faia, Japanese text translates as "Seven-Color Flame"), a fire spell that produces up to seven different-colored flames, each with their own properties. He admires Natsu Dragneel, and falls into depression during Sirius Island's seven-year disappearance until the missing guildmates return.[ch. 254] He is voiced by Mariya Ise in Japanese. In English, he is initially voiced by Kayla Carlyle, and later by Lindsay Seidel.
- Alzack Connel (アルザック・コネル Aruzakku Koneru?, also "Alzack Connell") and Bisca Moulin (ビスカ・ムーラン Bisuka Mūran?, also "Bisca Mulan") – Two 18-year-old wizards and immigrants from Earth-land's western continent. Alzack uses gun magic (銃弾魔法 ganzu majikku, lit. "guns magic") to shoot magical bullets from guns,[ch. 52] while Bisca is able to requip various firearms with her magic, "The Gunner" (銃士 Za Gannā).[ch. 53] The two marry during Sirius Island's seven-year disappearance and have a six-year-old daughter named Asuka (アスカ?, "Asca"[ch. 260]).[ch. 254][ch. 256] In Japanese, Alzack is voiced by Yoshimitsu Shimoyama and Bisca by Satomi Arai; in English, they are voiced by Austin Tindle and Angela Chase, respectively.
- Wakaba Mine (ワカバ・ミネ?) – A 36-year-old wizard who uses smoke magic (煙魔法 kemuri mahō) to manipulate smoke from a pipe.[ch. 61] He is close friends with Macao and becomes his advisor after he becomes Fairy Tail's master.[ch. 254] In Japanese, he is initially voiced by Daisuke Kageura, and later by Eiji Sekiguchi. In English, he is voiced by Charlie Campbell.
- Jet (ジェット Jetto?) and Droy (ドロイ Doroi?) – Two 18-year-old wizards and Levy McGarden's teammates who form Shadow Gear. Jet has the power of super speed using magic called High Speed (神速 Hai Supīdo, Japanese text translates as "God Speed"),[ch. 43] while Droy uses Plant (植物 Puranto) to rapidly grow seeds and use them as weapons.[ch. 44] Both have unrequited feelings for Levy, but reluctantly accept her feelings for Gajeel Redfox, whom they resent for attacking them as a member of Phantom Lord.[ch. 105] The two become depressed after Levy's disappearance with the other guild members on Sirius Island, with Droy becoming obese.[ch. 254] In Japanese, they are voiced by Masaki Kawanabe and Eiji Sekiguchi, respectively. In English, Jet is initially voiced by Michael Chinnici and later by Corey Ceary-Stoner, while Droy is voiced by Z. Charles Bolton.
- Max Aloze (マックス・アローゼ Makkusu Arōze?, also "Max Alors") – A 17-year-old wizard who runs the guild's public events. He uses the magic Sandstorm (砂塵 Sandosutōmu) to manipulate sand.[ch. 59] He is voiced by Yūichi Iguchi in Japanese. In English, he is initially voiced by Shelton Windham, and later by Eric Cherry.
- Warren Rocko (ウォーレン・ラッコー Wōren Rakkō?) – A 23-year-old wizard who uses telepathy (念話 terepashī) to communicate with others over long distances.[ch. 54] He is voiced by Daisuke Kageura in Japanese, and by Gregory Lush in English.
- Nab Lasaro (ナブ・ラサロ Nabu Rasaro?) – A 20-year-old wizard who is noted for always standing in front of the guild's job request board without picking a mission.[ch. 10] He uses a variation of seith magic called Animal Possession (動物憑 Dōbutsu Tsuki) to imbue spirits of animals within his body and enhance his physical abilities.[ch. 35] He is voiced by Daisuke Endō in Japanese, and by Mike McFarland in English.
- Vijeeter Ecor (ビジター・エコー Bijitā Ekō?) – A 16-year-old wizard whose magic, Dancer (踊り子 ダンサー, Dansā), allows him to alter the fighting power of those around him by dancing.[ch. 63][ch. 272] He is voiced by Eiji Sekiguchi in Japanese, and by Tyler Walker in English.
- Laki Olietta (ラキ・オリエッタ Raki Orietta?) – An 18-year-old wizard who is described as having strange terms of phrase such as "severing" her hair instead of cutting it, and "feeding the stomach" for eating. She uses the magic Wood Make (木の造形魔法 Uddo Meiku, Japanese text translates as "Wood-Molding Magic") to produce wood in any form she desires.[ch. 96] She is voiced by Ikumi Hayama in Japanese, and by Apphia Yu in English.
- Reedus Jonah (リーダス・ジョナー Rīdasu Jonā?) – A 27-year-old wizard who can bring any picture he draws on himself to life using pict magic (絵画魔法 pikuto majikku, Japanese text translates as "painting magic").[ch. 36] His normally slender body is magically inflated into a rotund shape by Makarov Dreyar's magic to help better cast his spells,[ch. 36] though his body returns to normal during Makarov's seven-year absence.[ch. 254] He is voiced by Sonny Strait in English.
- Kinana (キナナ?) – A 20-year-old woman who works at Fairy Tail as a bartender. She is the true form of Cobra's snake familiar Cubellios, trapped in the form of a snake by an evil wizard before being returned to her human form by Makarov Dreyar following the Oración Seis' defeat. She is based on Kina Kobayashi, one of Mashima's assistants.[vol. 21:bonus] She is voiced by Natsue Sasamoto in Japanese, and by Lara Woodhull in English.
The central antagonist of Fairy Tail, Zeref Dragneel (ゼレフ・ドラグニル Zerefu Doraguniru?) studies at Mildia's magic academy as a prodigy in the art of magic. However, he angers the god Ankhselam through his attempts to cheat death to revive his deceased younger brother, Natsu, cursing him with the Black Magic of Ankhselam (アンクセラムの黒魔術 Ankuseramu no Kuro Majutsu?).[ch. 356] Ankhselam's curse makes Zeref immortal and causes everything around him to die instantly so long as he cherishes life, which he slowly begins to renounce.[ch. 200, 250] Using Natsu's body, he successfully revives the child by turning him into the Etherious demon E.N.D.[ch. 436] At some point during his 400-year existence, Zeref gains notoriety as the Black Wizard (黒魔導士 Kuro Madōshi), creating many demons and befriending Mavis Vermillion.[ch. 250] Self-loathing because of his curse, Zeref wishes to die at the hands of Natsu. Eventually, after witnessing the atrocities committed by Grimoire Heart on Sirius Island, Zeref renounces all regard for human life and kills their master, Hades.[ch. 250] Seven years later, Zeref decides he must eliminate mankind to solve Earth-land's continuing conflicts.[ch. 340] While planning out the story, Mashima considered multiple identities and names for the character introduced in Chapter 200, who would later be revealed as the previously unseen character Zeref.[vol. 24:bonus] He intentionally avoided giving any hints to his identity beforehand, wanting it to be a "complete surprise" to the readers.[vol. 24:afterword] Mashima stated that Zeref "has really become a popular character" after the reveal; he also noted that the character is "really dark [...] He'd never make a silly face."[vol. 26:afterword] In the Japanese anime television series, his voice actor is Akira Ishida. His voice in the English dub is supplied by Joel McDonald.
Eisenwald (鉄の森 Aizenvaruto?, German for "Iron Forest") is one of the dark guilds that is controlled by the Oración Seis. The guild's ace member and acting leader is Erigor (エリゴール Erigōru?), a wizard who 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.
Phantom Lord (幽鬼の支配者 Fantomu Rōdo?, Japanese text translates as "Ruler of the Spirits") is an official wizard's guild of Fiore led by Jose Porla (ジョゼ・ポーラ Joze Pōra), one of the Ten Wizard Saints who specializes in creating ghostly apparitions to act as soldiers.[ch. 47, 52] Jose boasts his guild's superior numbers and magical prowess, which includes a mechanized guildhall armed with the destructive magic cannon Jupiter (ジュピター Jupitā),[ch. 52] and which transforms into a mecha capable of casting Abyss Break (煉獄砕波 Abisu Bureiku, Japanese text translates to "Purgatory Break Wave"), a forbidden spell powered by magic of the four classical elements.[ch. 54, 57] Other members of Phantom include Gajeel Redfox and the Element 4 (エレメント4 Eremento Fō), a quartet of wizards equivalent to Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards who each specialize in magic based on one of the four elements.[ch. 47] Aria (アリア, Italian for "Air"), the team's leader, is a large man who uses air magic to produce invisible attacks and drain wizards of their magic,[ch. 49] and wears a blindfold to keep his enormous power in check.[ch. 58] Sol (ソル Soru, French for "Soil") is a French-speaking man who manipulates earth and can assume a malleable state.[ch. 55] Totomaru (兎兎丸) is a black-and-white-haired samurai who uses fire magic to manipulate any type of flame at will, and produces different-colored flames with varying properties.[ch. 53] Juvia Lockser serves as the team's water magic specialist; she leaves following the guild's defeat at the hands of Fairy Tail.[ch. 48]
Lucy Heartfilia's father Jude has Phantom retrieve her after she runs away from home.[ch. 50] However, Jose is concerned about Fairy Tail's plans to monopolize the Heartfilia family's fortune and plots to hold Lucy for ransom.[ch. 64] Deciding to demonstrate Phantom's supremacy to Fairy Tail, Jose sends Gajeel to destroy their guildhall and injure Levy McGarden's team, provoking them into an inter-guild war forbidden by the Magic Council.[ch. 47] Eventually, Fairy Tail emerges victorious after Makarov Dreyar defeats Jose;[ch. 66] Phantom is later disestablished by the council and Jose's title is revoked.[ch. 69]
Tower of Heaven
The Tower of Heaven (楽園の塔 Rakuen no Tō?, lit. "Tower of Paradise") is a tower designed to bring a deceased individual back to life through a form of magic called the Revive System (リバイブシステム Ribaibu Shisutemu?), also known simply as the R-System, which is activated after the Magic Council fires their ultimate weapon Etherion on the tower, which consequently absorbs the attack's energy and reveals its true form as a giant lacrima crystal.[ch. 94] 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 brainwashed by Ultear Milkovich, who poses as Zeref's spirit.[ch. 102] Serving as Jellal's minions in the tower are four other slaves whom Erza and Jellal befriend as children: Shô (ショウ?), who wields a magic deck of cards containing pocket dimensions to trap others inside; Simon (シモン Shimon?), a large man with a metal jaw who uses telepathy and shrouds areas in darkness; Wally Buchanan (ウォーリー・ブキャナン Wōrī Bukyanan?), a gangster-like gunslinger with an angular body that he can separate into blocks; and Millianna (ミリアーナ Miriāna?), a cat-loving girl who uses a rope to bind other wizards' magic.[ch. 76] Jellal tricks Shô, Wally, and Millianna into thinking that Erza betrayed them to save herself from the tower, but they turn on Jellal after realizing his deception.[ch. 83] Simon, who harbors romantic feelings for Erza, remains faithful to her despite Jellal's lies,[ch. 83] and later dies while protecting her from Jellal.[ch. 97] Following Jellal's defeat, Erza's surviving friends decline her invitation to join Fairy Tail and go their separate ways,[ch. 102] with Millianna joining the Mermaid Heel (人魚の踵 Māmeido Hīru?) guild alongside Simon's sister, Kagura Mikazuchi (カグラ・ミカヅチ?), to take revenge against Jellal.[ch. 282]
Also serving Jellal at the tower are Trinity Raven (三羽鴉 Toriniti Reivun?, Japanese text translates as "Three Ravens"), a trio of assassins from the Death's Head Caucus (髑髏会 Dokurokai?) guild,[ch. 84,85] whom Mashima introduced "at the last moment" after he "started feeling really sorry for [Erza's childhood friends]" while planning out their battles with Erza's group.[vol. 11:afterword] Each member's name is named after a different type of bird.[vol. 10:translation notes] The trio is led by Ikaruga (斑鳩?, lit. "Japanese grosbeak"), a woman who speaks in haiku and wields a katana capable of cutting through any material.[ch. 91] Vidaldus Taka (ヴィダルダス・タカ Vidarudasu Taka?, "Taka" is Japanese for "hawk"), introduced before his teammates as Jellal's stoic attendant,[ch. 76] is a rock musician whose hair can absorb liquids, and uses an electric guitar to brainwash his opponents.[ch. 86] Fukuro (梟 Fukurō?, lit. "Owl") is a man with an owl's head and a jet pack, and performs the same magic his opponents use by swallowing them.[ch. 88]
The most powerful dark guilds in Fiore are referred to as the Balam Alliance (バラム同盟 Baramu Dōmei?, translated as "Baram Alliance" in Funimation's dub). The alliance controls the other dark guilds in the series except the independent guild Raven Tail.[ch. 131] The organization is described as a "non-aggression pact" whose guilds act independently from one another.[ch. 200] Initially, the group consists of Oración Seis, Grimoire Heart and Tartaros. Seven years later, after Tartaros's disestablishment, the alliance is considered to have dissolved.
Oración Seis (六魔将軍 Orashion Seisu?, Spanish for "Prayer Six", Japanese text translates as "Six Demon Generals") is a dark guild with only six members, named after the same group of antagonists from Mashima's previous work, Rave Master; Mashima intended to use the name as a placeholder, but kept at the last minute.[vol. 16:afterword] The guild controls several lesser dark guilds encountered in the series, including Eisenwald.[ch. 130] They are led by Brain (ブレイン Burein), a superintelligent wizard and Jellal Fernandez's mentor from the Tower of Heaven. The other five members are slaves from the tower, adopted as Brain's children. Erik (エリック Erikku), codenamed Cobra (コブラ Kobura), is a second generation dragon slayer with hyper-sensitive hearing who can generate poison to attack, and commands a giant snake named Cubellios (キュベリオス Kyuberiosu). Sawyer (ソーヤー Sōyā?), codenamed Racer (レーサー Rēsā), is a speed-obsessed wizard capable of slowing down his opponents to appear fast, and summons remote-controlled racecars. Richard Buchanan (リチャード・ブキャナン Richādo Bukyanan), codenamed Hoteye (ホットアイ Hottoai?), is Wally Buchanan's money-obsessed older brother who can see through solid objects and turn the ground into quicksand. Sorano Agria (ソラノ・アグリア Sorano Aguria), codenamed Angel (エンジェル Enjeru), is Yukino Agria's sadistic older sister and a celestial wizard contracted with the spirits Gemini, Scorpio, Aries, and Caelum; she later gains the ability to summon angelic beings.[ch. 365] Macbeth (マクベス Makubesu), codenamed Midnight (ミッドナイト Middonaito), is a wizard who sleeps until awoken by Brain and can deflect others' magic, distort objects, and create illusions. An additional member is Kurodoa (クロドア), Brain's staff, which has a mind of its own.[ch. 154]
The Seis first appear in search of the morality-switching magic Nirvana (ニルヴァーナ Niruvāna) to annihilate the world's official guilds, requiring Fairy Tail to organize an alliance with Blue Pegasus, Lamia Scale, and Cait Shelter to stop the dark guild.[ch. 131] Following the guild's defeat, Brain is taken over by his split personality Zero (ゼロ), the guild's true, omnicidal master whom Brain normally suppresses via a magic seal on his body maintained by his guild.[ch. 156] The Seis are arrested by the Magic Council after Natsu Dragneel defeats Zero.[ch. 162] Cobra is later temporarily released from prison to battle the seven dragons brought through Eclipse by Rogue Cheney's future self.[ch. 329] Following the Council's demise, Cobra exchanges vital information on Tartaros with Mest Gryder to secure his guild's freedom.[ch. 356] Brain is then left for dead by his children before Jellal convinces the five to join Crime Sorcière.[ch. 364, 416]
Grimoire Heart (悪魔の心臓 Gurimoa Hāto?, Japanese text translates as "Devil's Heart") is the most powerful dark guild of the Balam Alliance,[ch. 210] led by Hades.[ch. 215] Next in command is Blue Note Stinger (ブルーノート・スティンガー Burū Nōto Sutingā), a massively powerful man with the power of gravity manipulation. Other members include Yomazu (ヨマズ?) and Kawazu (カワズ?), an anthropomorphic dog samurai and rooster, respectively. Yomazu uses an Eastern variety of Levy McGarden's Solid Script while Kawazu fires magic eggs from his mouth.[ch. 211] The guild aims to revive Zeref, whom they assume to be in a weakened "sleeping" state, to bring about an apocalyptic world where wizards may thrive while non-magic users, who make up over 90% of Earth-land's population, will be annihilated.[ch. 221] They travel the world on their airship and commit countless atrocities, including Jellal Fernandez's actions at the Tower of Heaven, to produce "keys" necessary to revive Zeref.[ch. 102] Their discovery of Zeref on Sirius Island results in war with Fairy Tail,[ch. 207] but the dark guild retreats following Hades's defeat.[ch. 249] Afterward, Zeref denounces Grimoire Heart's plans as a fable created by his fanatics and kills Hades, which summon Acnologia to the island and cause Zeref to forsake the value of human life.[ch. 250]
Below Hades and Stinger are the Seven Kin of Purgatory (煉獄の七眷属 Rengoku no Nana Kenzoku), an elite group of wizards trained by Hades and led by Ultear Milkovich who each specialize in a form of Lost Magic,[ch. 217] ancient spells noted as being lost to history due to their enormous power and terrible side effects.[ch. 40] Initially, the team includes Zancrow (ザンクロウ Zankurō?), a ruthless God Slayer (滅神魔導士 Goddo Sureiyā, Japanese text translates as "god-slaying wizard") who can use black flames;[ch. 218] Caprico (カプリコ Kapuriko), a fusion of the celestial spirit Capricorn and human wizard Zoldio (ゾルディオ Zorudio?) who commands human slaves;[ch. 224] Rustyrose (ラスティローズ Rasutirōzu?), who can bring anything from his imagination to life;[ch. 222] Kain Hikaru (華院＝ヒカル Kain-Hikaru), a sumo wrestler who practices the Vodou-like ushi no koku mairi;[ch. 226] and Azuma (アズマ), who can control trees and harness magic power accumulated in the earth.[ch. 235] Merudy, Ultear's surrogate daughter, is also a member of the Seven Kin. During their battle with Fairy Tail at Sirius Island, Zancrow is killed and Ultear and Merudy leave the group.
Tartaros (冥府の門 Tarutarosu?, Japanese text translates as "Gate of the Underworld") is a dark guild formed by Etherious demons created from books written by Zeref.[ch. 373] E.N.D. is a fire demon and Zeref's most powerful creation, whose soul is contained in a book kept by his second-in-command, Mard Geer Tartaros (マルド・ギール・タルタロス Marudo Gīru Tarutarosu?), another powerful demon with the power to produce giant thorn brambles. Tartaros's elite demons make up the Nine Demon Gates (九鬼門 Kyūkimon?) led by Kyôka (キョウカ?), a female, avian demon with the power to reinforce people's strength and increase their sensitivity to pain. The other Demon Gates include Jackal (ジャッカル Jakkaru?), a canine demon who can create explosions and turns anything he touches into a bomb;[ch. 360] Franmalth (フランマルス Furanmarusu?), a cyclops who absorbs others' souls and copies their abilities; Torafuzar (トラフザー Torafuzā?), an aquatic demon capable of flooding areas with poisonous water and turning his body harder than iron;[ch. 396-397] Ezel (エゼル Ezeru?), who can cut through anything with his multiple sword-like arms; Seilah (セイラ Seira?), a female demon who has control over people's bodies; Keyes (キース Kīsu?), a necromancer who reanimates dead bodies; and Tempester (テンペスター Tenpesutā?), a bestial demon who makes imitative sounds that produce tornadoes, firestorms, and lightning strikes. Silver Fullbuster (シルバー・フルバスター Shirubā Furubasutā?), Gray Fullbuster's reanimated father and a user of Ice Demon Slayer Magic, is also included among the Demon Gates as Keyes' unwilling puppet. Lummy (ラミー Ramī?), a bunny girl demon, is responsible for resurrecting demons killed in battle and transforming human recruits into demons, including Ziemma and his daughter Minerva Orland.
Aided by the Magic Council's treacherous chairman Crawford Theme, Tartaros assassinates most of the council's members to detonate the cross-continental Face bombs and neutralize Fiore's magic, thereby allowing E.N.D.'s resurrection. Their operation is interrupted by Acnologia, which brings the dragon slayers' guardians out of hiding to combat him, destroying the Faces in the process. Meanwhile, Mard Geer is defeated by Natsu Dragneel and Gray Fullbuster, with Zeref briefly arriving afterward to kill him for his failure and retrieve E.N.D.'s book.
Raven Tail (大鴉の尻尾 Reivun Teiru?, Japanese text translates as "Great Raven's Tail") is a dark guild that acts independently 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?), Makarov's son and Laxus's father,[ch. 128] who is expelled from Fairy Tail six years earlier.[ch. 119] Ivan bitterly seeks Lumen Histoire, which he considers to be the guild's "darkness".[ch. 286] Disguising himself as an armored wizard named Alexei (アレクセイ Arekusei?), Ivan leads a five-wizard team in the Grand Magic Games consisting of himself; Obra (オーブラ Ōbura?), an imp who operates a humanoid puppet and drains wizards of their magic;[ch. 272] Flare Corona (フレア・コロナ Furea Korona?), a young woman with prehensile red hair that can transform and ignite;[ch. 271] Kurohebi (クロヘビ?, lit. "Black Snake"), a snakelike humanoid who performs mimicry to imitate others' magic;[ch. 277] and Nullpudding (ナルプディング Narupudingu?), a hunchback capable of growing spikes on his body.[ch. 269] The five use underhanded tactics to win challenges and battles in the tournament, but are defeated single-handedly by Laxus and disqualified.[ch. 286] Following the games, Raven Tail dissolves entirely while Flare makes amends with Fairy Tail,[ch. 341] and later assists them in saving the Village of the Sun (太陽の村 Taiyō no Mura?), her adopted hometown populated by giants.[ch. 347]
During the quadricentennial Dragon King Festival (竜王祭 Ryūōsai?), a civil war between dragons over the fate of humanity, Acnologia (アクノロギア Akunorogia?) becomes one of the first human Dragon Slayers brought into existence. Abusing the power of his Lost Magic, he kills the dragons to near extinction and bathes in their blood until he transforms into a black dragon, gaining notoriety as the "Dragon King" (竜の王 Ryū no Ō).[ch. 301] Infamously known for causing widespread destruction across Earth-land, he disregards life, and only speaks to those he recognizes as an enemy.[ch. 252, 405] Four hundred years later, after the battle between Fairy Tail and Grimoire Heart over Zeref's fate, Acnologia is summoned to the island and seemingly destroys it;[ch. 253] however, the wizards on the island are able to survive for seven years due to Mavis Vermillion's Fairy Sphere spell, which freezes them in time.[ch. 255] Eventually, he returns during Fairy Tail's battle with Tartaros, forcing Igneel and his fellow dragons to emerge from hiding to fight him.[ch. 400] While battling Igneel, he loses an arm and kills the fire dragon before he is forced to flee.[ch. 414] His voice actor in the Japanese anime television series is Kōsuke Toriumi.
Avatar (黒魔術教団 Avatāru?, Japanese text translates as "Black Magic Cult") is a cult of black magic users that worship Zeref. Led by the masked priest Alok (アーロック Ārokku?), Avatar makes itself known one year after the Balam Alliance's destruction. Among its top members are Jerome (ジェローム Jerōmu?), a swordsman whose weapon corrodes anything it touches; Briar (ブライヤ Buraiya?), a woman who creates duplicates of herself with different personality; Mary (メアリー Mearī?), a cheery sorceress who inflicts others with painful viruses; Gômon (豪門?), a man who makes tea-related puns and controls torture instruments; D-6, a masked figure; and Abel (アベル Aberu?), a clown who carries the same ushi no koku mairi doll as Kain Hikaru. Gray Fullbuster also acts as a cult member to spy on the organization.
The Albareth Empire (アルバレス帝国 Arubaresu Teikoku?, "Alvarez Empire" in the Japanese version) is a military nation led by Emperor Spriggan (皇帝スプリガン Kōtei Supurigan?), the incognito identity of Zeref Dragneel,[ch. 444] located in the continent of Alakitasia west of Ishgal. The empire's main objective is to seize Ishgal and obtain Lumen Histoire, Fairy Tail's secret weapon. Zeref is guarded by an elite unit of wizards called the Spriggan 12 (スプリガン12 Supurigan Tuerubu?), including God Serena (ゴッドセレナ Goddo Serena?), the strongest of Ishgal's Ten Wizard Saints and defector from his home continent. The other members are Brandish μ (ブランディッシュ・μ Burandisshu Myū?), a woman with the power to alter the mass and size of objects; Invel (インベル Inberu?), an ice wizard and Zeref's chief of staff; DiMaria Yesta (ディマリア・イエスタ Dimaria Iesuta?), a female knight; Ajeel Rommul (アジィール・ラムル Ajiīru Ramuru?), a sand wizard; August (オーガスト Ōgasuto?), an elderly and prodigious wizard with knowledge of all magic in Earth-land; Wall Eehto (ワール・イーヒト Wāru Īhito?, a corruption of warui hito (悪い人), meaning "bad person"), a mechanical wizard who constructs artificial soldiers that exploit his opponents' weaknesses; Bradman (ブラッドマン Buraddoman?), a shinigami; Neinhart (ナインハルト Nainharuto?); and Jacob Lessio (ジェイコブ・レッシオ Jeikobu Resshio?), an assassination specialist.
Kingdom of Fiore
The Kingdom of Fiore (フィオーレ王国 Fiōre Ōkoku?, Fiore meaning flower) is a fictional country in Ishgal where most of Fairy Tail takes place. It is ruled by Toma E. Fiore (トーマ・E・フィオーレ Tōma Ī Fiōre?), who goes incognito as Mato (マトーくん Matō-kun?), the pumpkin mascot of the kingdom's annual wizard tournament, the Grand Magic Games (大魔闘演武 Dai Matō Enbu).[ch. 325] Next in line after Toma is his daughter Hisui E. Fiore (ヒスイ・E・フィオーレ Hisui Ī Fiōre, hisui (翡翠) meaning jade), a green-haired woman who is referred to as the princess by the subjects. Hisui also serves as the secret organizer of the Eclipse Project (エクリプス計画 Ekuripusu Keikaku?), a plan that entails using the black magic gate Eclipse to travel back in time and kill Zeref in his mortal state.[ch. 302] Participating in the plan are Arcadios (アルカディオス Arukadiosu), who captains the kingdom's Cherry Blossom Holy Knights and publicly masquerades as the project's leader to protect Hisui; and defense minister Darton (ダートン Dāton?), an elderly man who opposes the plan for its ramifications on the timeline. Also in the kingdom's service are the Hungry Wolf Knights (餓狼騎士団 Garō Kishidan), a unit of wizards who sentence prisoners trapped in the city's labyrinthine dungeon to death; the knights, along with Hisui, were submitted by readers as part of a character design contest.
The Magic Council (魔法評議院 Mahō Hyōgiin?) is an organization that administers the legal guilds in Fiore.[ch. 2] Initially chaired by Crawford Theme (クロフォード・シーム Kurofōdo Shīmu), the council's members have little tolerance for Fairy Tail's property-damaging tactics, despite the guild's role in handling criminals and monsters that threaten the peace.[ch. 1] Members of the council includes Jellal Fernandez (as Siegrain) and Ultear Milkovich, two of its younger members.[ch. 1] Another councilor, Yajima (ヤジマ?), is Makarov Dreyar's longtime friend who speaks in Fairy Tail's defense.[ch. 69] Other members include Org (オーグ Ōgu), Michello (ミケロ Mikero), Leiji (レイジ Reiji), and Belno (ベルノ Beruno). Jellal and Ultear trick the council into helping them activate the Tower of Heaven using the superweapon Etherion (エーテリオン Ēterion), also called the Satellite Square (衛星魔法陣 Sateraito Sukuea, Japanese text translates as "Satellite Magic Square"),[ch. 79] which fires a beam of immense magic energy that is absorbed by the tower.[ch. 97] The council is dissolved in disgrace,[ch. 131] and is later reformed under chairman Gran Doma (グラン・ドマ Guran Doma, also "Grand Doma") to institute a tighter regime over the guilds.[ch. 200] Members of the reformed council include Lahar (ラハール Rahāru),[ch. 223] an officer who commands one of the Rune Knights' custody units,[ch. 162] and Mest Gryder, a member of the council's intelligence unit under the name "Doranbalt".[ch. 223] Eventually, after Fairy Tail wins the Grand Magic Games, Crawford betrays the council and informs Tartaros of Face (フェイス Feisu), a pulse bomb designed to eliminate magic in Fiore, also called the White Inheritance (白き遺産 Shiroki Isan?).[ch. 363] Tartaros assassinates most of the incumbent and retired councilors, three of whom serve as Face's unwitting wards, with Crawford killed after replacing Jellal as the last required seal. The eight open spots are filled by eight of the Ten Wizard Saints, excluding Makarov and God Serena and the position of chairman is occupied by Hyberion (ハイベリオン Haiberion). Gajeel Redfox, Panther Lily, and Levy McGarden also enlist in the council's custody unit, but they, along with Mest, retire from the service when Fairy Tail is reorganized.
Blue Pegasus (青い天馬 Burū Pegasasu?) is one of Fiore's official guilds which mostly consists of attractive men and women.[ch. 139] The guild's master is Bob (ボブ Bobu?), a cross-dressing man.[ch. 15] Karen Lilica (カレン・リリカ Karen Ririka?), Loke's first owner, is also a member of this guild before her death at the hands of Angel.[ch. 73] Blue Pegasus forms an alliance with Fairy Tail, represented by its ace member and black sheep, Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki (一夜＝ヴァンダレイ＝寿 Ichiya-Vandarei-Kotobuki?), a stout, ugly man who uses magical perfumes that produce a variety of effects such as superhuman strength and speed.[ch. 139, 161, 276] He is joined by the Tri-men (トライメンズ Toraimenzu?, "Trimens"), a trio of host wizards who cater to women:[ch. 131] Hibiki Lates (ヒビキ・レイティス Hibiki Reitisu?) uses magic resembling a computer terminal that can archive and telepathically transfer information to others;[ch. 139, 140] Eve Tearm (イヴ・ティルム Ivu Tirumu?) can magically produce blizzards;[ch. 143] and Ren Akatsuki (レン・アカツキ?) is a tanned wizard who manipulates air.[ch. 142] Ichiya and the Tri-men participate in the Grand Magic Games alongside two other members: Jenny Realite (ジェニー・リアライト Jenī Riaraito?), a fashion model who can magically transform into different outfits;[ch. 279] and Nichiya (ニチヤ?), an Exceed guard captain from Extalia and Ichiya's counterpart from Edolas.[ch. 293]
Lamia Scale (蛇姫の鱗 Ramia Sukeiru?, Japanese text translates as "Snake Princess's Scale") is one of Fiore's official guilds that allies with Fairy Tail against the Oración Seis. The guild's master is a cantankerous old woman named Ohba Babasaama (オーバ・バサーマ Ōba Babasāma?). It is famous in the series for its ace member Jura Neekis (ジュラ・ネェキス Jura Neekisu?), one of the Ten Wizard Saints with mastery over earth manipulation, including the power to turn soil into iron-hard rock columns.[ch. 137] Lyon Vastia joins Lamia Scale alongside three of his followers from Galuna Island, who are all survivors of Deliora's attacks and aid Lyon in reviving the demon for him to avenge their deceased families: Sherry Blendy (シェリー・ブレンディ Sherī Burendi?), a pink-haired young woman who is able to manipulate inanimate objects and celestial spirits, and owns a giant rat named Angelica (アンジェリカ Anjerika?); Yûka Suzuki (ユウカ・スズキ?), a defector from Lamia Scale who produces magic-nullifying pulses from his hands; and Toby Orrolta (トビー・オルオルタ Tobī Oruoruta?), another defector who dresses like a dog and has extendible, paralyzing claws. Sherry's prodigious younger cousin, Sherria Blendy (シェリア・ブレンディ Sheria Burendi?), is a god slayer whose sky magic allows her to heal her own injuries and conjure black winds. She befriends Wendy Marvell, who joins Lamia Scale and partners with her after Fairy Tail disbands.
Lyon Vastia (リオン・バスティア Rion Basutia?) is Gray Fullbuster's rival and senior disciple under Ur. He practices Ice Make magic similar to Gray, using a variation that produces living ice golems that move on command. He initially uses a single-handed casting gesture that allows him to conjure ice faster, but makes it weaker and imbalanced.[ch. 30] Lyon resents Gray for Ur's sacrifice against the demon Deliora, ruining his childhood dream of surpassing their teacher.[ch. 38] Gaining infamy as "Reitei" (零帝?, "Sub-zero Emperor"), Lyon brings Deliora to Galuna Island and gathers followers to release the demon by using the ceremonial spell Moon Drip (月の雫 Mūn Dorippu?), intending to prove his superiority over Ur.[ch. 29] Upon Deliora's release, however, Lyon discovers that the monster has already died, and decides to move on by joining the Lamia Scale guild.[ch. 43, 46] He eventually becomes a member of Lamia Scale, fighting alongside Fairy Tail against the Oración Seis.[ch. 132] He also adopts the two-handed casting gesture Ur and Gray use, as well as Gray's stripping habit.[ch. 139] After the missing Fairy Tail members return from Sirius Island seven years later, Lyon humorously falls in love at first sight with Juvia Lockser, forming a love triangle with her and Gray;[ch. 256] he later concedes her feelings for Gray after the latter is killed and resurrected by Ultear Milkovich during the second Dragon King Festival.[ch. 335, 338] In the Japanese anime television series, Lyon is voiced by Yūki Kaji. In the English dub, his name is spelled "Lyon Bastia" and his voice is supplied by Jerry Jewell.
Saber Tooth (剣咬の虎 Seibā Tūsu?, Japanese text translates as "Saber-Toothed Tiger") is a guild that replaces Fairy Tail as the most powerful guild in Fiore during Sirius Island's disappearance.[ch. 258] The guild's master is Ziemma (ジエンマ Jienma), a large man who is a strength supremacist.[ch. 281] Ziemma recruits five powerful wizards that lead their guild to become the strongest in Fiore: his daughter Minerva Orland; the Twin Dragons (双竜 Sōryū) team formed by Sting Eucliffe and Rogue Cheney, third generation dragon slayers who are raised by dragons and given lacrima implants;[ch. 265] Olga Nanagia (オルガ・ナナギア Oruga Nanagia),[ch. 273] a god slayer who produces black lightning similar to Laxus Dreyar; and Rufus Lore (ルーファス・ロア Rūfasu Roa), a man who uses Memory Make (記憶造形 Memorī Meiku, Japanese text translates as "Memory-Molding") to create new spells based on those he memorizes.[ch. 270] Eventually, after the Grand Magic Games, Sting replaces Ziemma as its guild master.
Sting Eucliffe (スティング・ユークリフ Sutingu Yūkurifu?), also called "White Dragon" Sting (白竜のスティング Hakuryū no Sutingu), is a 19-year-old dragon slayer from Saber Tooth, and one of the Twin Dragons alongside Rogue Cheney.[ch. 258] He performs White Dragon Slayer Magic (白の滅竜魔法 Haku no Metsuryū Mahō), which gives him the ability to produce attacks of sacred light and fire laser beams from his mouth. He is also able to activate Dragon Force at will.[ch. 294, 295] He uses this magic to kill his dragon guardian, Weisslogia (バイスロギア Baisurogia), at the dragon's behest to prove himself a "true" dragon slayer;[ch. 265] Weisslogia later appears alive with the other dragon slayers' guardians, explaining that Sting had been given false memories of killing him to provide Sting with experience.[ch. 415] To fulfill a vow to his Exceed friend Lector (レクター Rekutā), Sting aims to defeat Natsu Dragneel and prove to others that he killed a dragon.[ch. 295] Representing his guild in the Grand Magic Games, he antagonizes Natsu in the hopes of provoking his true strength.[ch. 265] Eventually, during their two-on-two fight alongside Rogue and Gajeel Redfox, Sting is defeated by Natsu and gains new respect for Fairy Tail,[ch. 296] replacing Ziemma as Saber Tooth's master to improve his guild's image. In the Japanese anime television series, his voice actor is Takahiro Sakurai, while he is voiced by Michael Jones in the English dub.
Rogue Cheney (ローグ・チェーニ Rōgu Chēni?) is a 19-year-old dragon slayer and Sting Eucliffe's partner.[ch. 258] His Shadow Dragon Slayer Magic (影の滅竜魔法 Kage no Metsuryū Mahō) techniques include turning himself into a shadow to become intangible and firing shadows from his mouth.[ch. 294, 296] Like Sting, Rogue can activate Dragon Force at will, and has false memories of killing his own dragon guardian, Skiadram (スキアドラム Sukiadoramu). He is accompanied by Frosch (フロッシュ Furosshu), a green Exceed who wears a pink frog costume.[ch. 258] Before joining Saber, Rogue is Gajeel Redfox's disciple named Lios (ライオス Raiosu) during the latter's membership in Phantom Lord. After gaining infamy as "Shadow Dragon" Rogue (影竜のローグ Eiryū no Rōgu), Rogue decides to battle Gajeel to learn why he would join Fairy Tail. When Rogue loses to Gajeel in the Grand Magic Games seven years later, he acknowledges that Saber lacks the camaraderie Fairy Tail has, and joins Sting in improving his own guild. During the tournament, a version of Rogue appears through the time travel gate Eclipse from an alternate future, corrupted by his inner evil after Frosch is killed by Gray Fullbuster in his timeline. "Future" Rogue combines his shadow magic with Sting's White Dragon Slayer Magic forcibly acquired after killing him in the future.[ch. 325] He tricks Hisui E. Fiore by advising her to use the time travel gate Eclipse as a weapon to save the kingdom from a dragon invasion,[ch. 323] setting the gate to allow seven dragons from the historical Dragon King Festival to appear in the present and use against Acnologia. While Rogue's present self helps fight the dragons, Future Rogue's battle with Natsu Dragneel ends with Eclipse being destroyed and returning Rogue and the dragons to their original time periods, but not before Rogue helps Natsu avert his own future by warning him of Frosch's fate. His voice actor in the anime television series is Kenichi Suzumura. In the English dub, his voice is provided by Garret Storms.
Yukino Agria (ユキノ・アグリア Yukino Aguria?) is a 18-year-old celestial wizard (星霊魔導士 seirei madōshi?). After her elder sister Sorano is enslaved, Yukino joins Saber Tooth.[ch. 268] With five gatekeys in her possession, Yukino has 2 of 12 golden keys, and holds the 13th zodiac key of Ophiuchus. Expelled from the guild after losing the Grand Magic Games, she joins the Cherry Blossom Holy Knights as a participant of the Eclipse Project. Eventually, Sting reinstates her as a member of Saber Tooth following the Grand Magic Games. In the Japanese anime television series, she is voiced by Fuyuka Ōura. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Mallorie Rodak.
The daughter of Ziemma, Minerva Orland (ミネルバ・オーランド Mineruba Ōrando?) is a ruthless woman with the ability of using Territory (絶対領土 Teritorī, Japanese text translates as "Absolute Territory") magic, which allows her to use spacial manipulation to teleport objects and attack anything in her field of vision.[ch. 321] She also practices the Magics of the Yakuma Eighteen Battle Gods (ヤクマ十八闘神魔法 Yakuma Jūhachi Tōjin Mahō), a set of highly destructive spells.[ch. 312] After losing the Grand Magic Games in a duel against Erza Scarlet, Minerva leaves Saber Tooth and joins Succubus Eye (夢魔の眼 Sakyubasu Ai), a dark guild controlled by Tartaros, to exact revenge against her.[ch. 343] Her strength is quickly recognized by Tartaros, who recruit and transform her into a demon alongside Ziemma, renaming her Neo-Minerva (ネオミネルバ Neo Mineruba).[ch. 354, 370, 379] Eventually, after growing tired of her rivalry with Erza and realizing her father's abusive behavior,[ch. 388] Minerva is retrieved by Sting Eucliffe and Rogue Cheney, who reinstates her into Saber Tooth as a human.[ch. 416] She is voiced by Kikuko Inoue in the Japanese television anime series. In its English dub, her voice is supplied by Anastasia Munoz.
Crime Sorcière (魔女の罪 Kurimu Sorushiēru?, French for "Witch's Crime") is an independent guild formed during the disappearance of Sirius Island. The guild's stated goal is to root out Zeref and suppress anyone who attempts to use his power for evil, and acts under the Magic Council's radar. It initially consists of its three founding members—Jellal Fernandez, Ultear Milkovich, and Merudy—as a means of atoning for their lifelong misdeeds.[ch. 263] After Ultear's departure, the guild recruits Brain's followers from the Oración Seis as members.[ch. 339, 416]
Forced to work in the Tower of Heaven as a slave by a cult of Zeref worshipers who aim to revive the black wizard, Jellal Fernandez (ジェラール・フェルナンデス Jerāru Ferunandesu?) befriends the eleven-year-old Erza Scarlet. When Ultear Milkovich manipulates him into serving Zeref under the guise of Zeref's spirit,[ch. 102] Jellal turns on Erza and takes over the tower's construction.[ch. 83] At some point, he is appointed as a member of the Magic Council and one of the Ten Wizard Saints as Siegrain (ジークレイン Jīkurein), a psychic projection of himself.[ch. 1, 48, 95] Using Heavenly Body Magic (天体魔法 Tentai Mahō) techniques, Jellal can boost his speed to imperceptible levels and produce powerful energy-based attacks akin to falling meteors.[ch. 96] Masquerading as Jellal's good twin brother, "Siegrain" tricks the other Council members into firing Etherion on the tower, allowing it to absorb the weapon's magic energy to become operational.[ch. 94] He then attempts to sacrifice Erza to reincarnate Zeref, killing their friend Simon in a duel against Natsu Dragneel, but is defeated after Natsu consumes Etherion's residual energy to achieve Dragon Force, and is seemingly killed following the tower's destruction.[ch. 97-101] He is later found alive by the Oración Seis and revived to serve the dark guild, but suffers from amnesia and is shocked to discover his past misdeeds from Erza.[ch. 136, 145] Despite fighting the Seis alongside Fairy Tail to atone, Jellal is arrested by the Magic Council and detained.[ch. 162] He eventually regains his memories before being liberated by Ultear and Merudy, who join him in penance by forming Crime Sorcière.[ch. 263]
Hiro Mashima created Jellal as a "self-parody" of his previous series Rave Master, modeling the character's appearance after Sieg Hart.[vol. 3:afterword] After reviving Jellal, Mashima revealed that he did not know what direction to take the character, and came up with three different ways for the scenario to play out. In the original Japanese series, Jellal is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Robert McCollum.
During her early childhood, Ultear Milkovich (ウルティア・ミルコビッチ Urutia Mirukobitchi?, named after "Ur's tear") is taken to a magic research facility by her mother Ur. She is subjected to unethical experiments and assumes that Ur has abandoned her, unaware of Ur's assumption that her daughter has died.[ch. 46, 241] Ultear joins Grimoire Heart to modify her magic with Zeref's power to travel to the past and exact revenge on Ur.[ch. 240] Ultear eventually gains infamy as the leader of the Seven Kin of Purgatory and adopts Merudy. As part of Grimoire Heart's plan, she manipulates Jellal Fernandez into becoming the dark wizard's servant, feigning loyalty to him as a member of the Magic Council.[ch. 46] Later, Ultear and Merudy capture Zeref on Sirius Island, and the two attempt to flee with the dark wizard.[ch. 239] Eventually, Ultear realizes her misunderstanding of her mother while dueling with Gray Fullbuster, prompting her to help Fairy Tail defeat her master Hades and leave Grimoire Heart with Merudy.[ch. 241, 248, 250] Seven years later, when Rogue Cheney's future self uses Eclipse to orchestrate a dragon attack, Ultear contemplates killing the present Rogue. However, she casts the forbidden time spell Last Ages (ラストエイジス Rasuto Eijisu), which reverses time by one minute and allows her allies to foresee the dragons' moves within this critical time frame, preventing the deaths of several wizards.[ch. 333-335] The spell also rapidly ages Ultear to that of an elderly woman, and she leaves Jellal and Merudy to assume that she is killed in the attack.[ch. 339] In the Japanese anime television series, she is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Lydia Mackay.
Adopted and raised by Ultear Milkovich as a survivor of her hometown's destruction, Merudy (メルディ Merudi?) becomes one of Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory.[ch. 230] She uses the Lost Magic Magilty Sense (マギルティ＝センス Magiruti-Sensu) to synchronize the physical senses and emotions of two or more people,[ch. 229, 230] and the spell Magilty Sodom (マギルティ＝ソドム Magiruti-Sodomu) to produce blades of light that directly affect their target's sense of pain.[ch. 225] She participates in her guild's hunt for Fairy Tail's members on Sirius Island, prioritizing Gray Fullbuster as her foremost target, whom she blames for hurting Ultear through Ur's death.[ch. 228] After dueling Juvia Lockser to a stalemate, Merudy threatens suicide to kill Gray through her sensory link, but Juvia convinces her to live for Ultear's sake.[ch. 230] Merudy later realizes Ultear's role in her hometown's destruction from her guildmate Zancrow,[ch. 242] but saves Ultear from attempting suicide. Wanting to live together in happiness, Merudy leaves Grimoire Heart with Ultear.[ch. 250]
Mashima designed Merudy to be the weakest of the Seven Kin, and was surprised to find the character had become "extremely popular" amongst the series's younger readers.[vol. 26:afterword] He commented that the character's name "just sort of came to [him]"; he later realized that it was the same as a character from "an old RPG [he] used to play".[vol. 27:bonus] In the Japanese anime television series, her voice actress is Saori Gotō. In its English dub, her name is changed to "Meldy" and she is voiced by Bryn Apprill.
Celestial spirits (星霊 seirei?) are beings that are contracted by celestial wizards to be summoned from another world using 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 Seireiō?), 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]
The more common spirits are summoned using store-bought silver keys.[ch. 4] Nikora (ニコラ?) is a common breed of spirit kept by celestial wizards as pets;[ch. 4] Lucy keeps a Nikora spirit that she names Plue (プルー Purū?), who is identical to the character of the same name from Hiro Mashima's earlier work, Rave Master.[vol. 1:afterword] Horologium (ホロロギウム Hororogiumu?) is an anthropomorphic grandfather clock who is summoned to use for transportation, shelter,[ch. 3] and defense from dangerous environments.[ch. 244] Lyra (リラ Rira?), a cheery girl who carries a lyre, has the power to strengthen the emotions of those who hear her songs.[ch. 28] Crux (クルックス Kurukkusu?), an elderly spirit with a large, cross-shaped head, holds encyclopedic knowledge about celestial spirits and their owners, which he obtains by sleeping.[ch. 72] Caelum (カエルム Kaerumu?) is a mechanical sphere that can transform into a cannon or sword to be wielded by its summoner.[ch. 144] Pyxis (ピクシス Pikushisu?) is a penguin with a large compass on its head, which allows it to provide directional references.[ch. 266]
There are twelve golden Gatekeys that summon spirits of the Twelve Gates of the Zodiac (黄道十二門 Ōdō Jūnin-mon?), which are based on the zodiacal constellations.[ch. 4] These spirits are more powerful than the others, and require their master to use a large amount of magic energy to summon.[ch. 143] They are led by Leo, the true form of Loke. Aquarius (アクエリアス Akueriasu?) is a foul-tempered mermaid who uses an urn that unleashes massive torrents of water on her target.[ch. 1] Taurus (タウロス Taurosu?) is a perverted, minotaur-like humanoid who wields a giant double-edged battle axe and has superhuman strength.[ch. 4] Cancer (キャンサー Kyansā?) is a humanoid hairdresser with six crab legs protruding from his back, and wields a pair of scissors.[ch. 8] Virgo (バルゴ Barugo?), a masochistic woman dressed like a maid, rapidly burrows underground and manipulate earth.[ch. 17] Sagittarius (サジタリウス Sajitariusu?) is a tall man who wears a horse costume and possesses superb archery skills.[ch. 62] Aries (アリエス Aries?), a timid young woman with sheep horns who wears a wool coat, conjures wool clouds that subdue her opponents.[ch. 172] Gemini (ジェミニ Jemini?) are small twin spirits who mimic the appearances and abilities of others,[ch. 133] and can also read their minds.[ch. 143] Scorpio (スコーピオン Sukōpion?) is a man with a scorpion tail-shaped cannon that produces sandstorms.[ch. 172] Capricorn (カプリコーン Kapurikōn?) is an anthropomorphic goat who dresses like a butler.[ch. 248] Pisces (ピスケス Pisukesu?) are a mother and son pair of giant fish who attack their opponent in tandem,[ch. 280] and can take on human form.[ch. 310] Libra (ライブラ Raibura?), a thinly-dressed woman, is able to manipulate gravity using a pair of weighing scales.[ch. 280] Another spirit called Ophiuchus (オフィウクス Ofiukusu?), which takes the form of a giant mechanical snake, is considered the "thirteenth" zodiac spirit and surpasses the other twelve in power.[ch. 280]
Inhabitants of Edolas
Edolas (エドラス Edorasu?) is a parallel universe that exists separately from Earth-land, the universe in which Fairy Tail takes place. It is inhabited by counterparts of Earth-land's residents, each with opposite personalities or traits such as age and species.[ch. 170, 176] It is also the home of several characters in the series, including Jellal Fernandez's counterpart Mystogan, and Exceed such as Happy and Carla. As opposed to Earth-land, magic is a limited resource in Edolas and cannot be used as a natural ability by humans, who instead use items combined with magic-infused lacrima crystals;[ch. 172] the Earth-land wizards are similarly only able to perform magic in Edolas after taking pills provided by Mystogan for this purpose.[ch. 180]
The kingdom is ruled by Faust (ファウスト Fausuto), Mystogan's father,[ch. 190] who replenishes his world's magic using inter-dimensional anima (アニマ?) portals that absorb and crystallize magic power from Earth-land as lacrima.[ch. 169] A version of Fairy Tail exists in Edolas as a dark guild due to Faust's abolishment of wizard guilds; among its members are Natsu Dragyon (ナツ・ドラギオン Natsu Doragion?), Natsu Dragneel's timid counterpart and the guild's vehicle expert;[ch. 174] Lucy Ashley (ルーシィ・アシュレイ Rūshii Ashurei), a boyish and intimidating version of Lucy Heartfilia; 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 unrequited feelings for Juvia Lockser's counterpart; and a teenage version of Wendy Marvell.[ch. 170] They are hunted by Edolas's royal military commanded by Panther Lily; Erza Nightwalker (エルザ・ナイトウォーカー Eruza Naitowōkā), Erza Scarlet's ruthless counterpart who wields a transforming spear based on Haru Glory's Ten Commandments sword from Rave Master;[ch. 180] Hughes (ヒューズ Hyūzu), who controls Faust's indoor amusement park attractions with a baton;[ch. 182] Sugar Boy (シュガーボーイ Shugā Bōi), whose sword can turn anything into liquid;[ch. 182] Byro (バイロ Bairo), the elderly chief of staff who carries various magical potions;[ch. 184] and Coco (ココ Koko?), Byro's young aide.[ch. 171]
Following the defeat of Oración Seis, Magnolia's residents are absorbed through anima and turned into a giant lacrima, which Faust intends to ram into the Exceed kingdom of Extalia to bestow a limitless supply of magic on his kingdom. He extracts the dragon slayers' magic to power a chain cannon to achieve this,[ch. 180] later piloting the dragon-shaped mecha Doroma Anim (ドロマ・アニム Doroma Animu?) to battle the dragon slayers.[ch. 190] After Faust's defeat, Mystogan restores Magnolia and reverses the anima's effects to return Earth-land's stolen magic, permanently depleting Edolas's supply.[ch. 198]
The Exceed (エクシード Ekushīdo?) are a race of catlike beings from Edolas ruled by Chagot (シャゴット Shagotto); they reside on a floating island called Extalia (エクスタリア Ekusutaria). They are the only residents of Edolas capable of possessing magic as a natural ability, which they use to produce wings and fly with the spell Aera. Because of this, they are seen as angels by the humans of Edolas and Chagot is revered as a god who passes judgment on humans.[ch. 176] Most of the Exceed population resent humans, casting out any Exceed who sympathize with them or ignore their queen's orders.[ch. 185] Despite this, they are actually a weak race with a history of being abused by humans, and their divinity is a ruse devised by Chagot's court to protect their people and bolster their self-confidence.[ch. 188] Before their birth, Happy and Carla's eggs are sent to Earth-land along with 98 other unborn Exceed under the pretense of hunting and killing dragon slayers.[ch. 176] This is later revealed to be another ruse created to prevent a panic over the plan's true purpose: to ensure their race's survival after Chagot foresees Extalia's eventual destruction caused by Edolas's loss of magic.[ch. 198] The entire Exceed race is transported to Earth-land after Mystogan reverses Edolas's anima and, realizing their mistake in judging humans, decide to live in harmony with them and search for the 100 missing Exceed children.[ch. 197-198]
Igneel (イグニール Igunīru?), the Fire Dragon King (炎竜王 Enryūō?), is a dragon and Natsu Dragneel's adoptive father. He raises Natsu from infancy, teaching him language, culture, and the ability to use Fire Dragon Slayer Magic.[ch. 2] When Natsu witnesses Igneel's disappearance on July 7, X777, he begins a search for the dragon.[ch. 1, 66] His search results in him encountering several other dragon slayers who have similarly lost their own dragon guardians on the same date. Fourteen years later, when Acnologia arrives at the battle between Fairy Tail and Tartaros, Igneel is revealed to have magically sealed himself inside Natsu's body all along,[ch. 400] as are the other dragons with their respective children, for the triple purpose of preventing them from turning into dragons as a side effect of their Dragon Slayer Magic, waiting to personally eliminate Acnologia after the dragon slayers are fully inoculated,[ch. 414] and prolonging their own lives due to having lost their souls to Acnologia.[ch. 415] However, Igneel is brutally killed by Acnologia and ascends back to a higher plane of existence with his fellow dragons to watch over mankind. He also passed down the "Blaze Dragon King Mode" to Natsu Dragneel after his death.[ch. 414, 415] His voice actor in the Japanese anime television series is Hidekatsu Shibata. In its English dub, he is voiced at first by Bob Magruder, later by Jim White.
Ur (ウル Uru?) is Ultear Milkovich's mother and the teacher of Gray Fullbuster and Lyon Vastia. She is a renowned Ice Make wizard whose power is stated as being worthy of the Ten Wizard Saints'.[ch. 46] Before meeting Gray and Lyon, Ur brings her sickly daughter to a magic research facility to save her life as a child, only to later be told that Ultear has died while the doctors perform unethical experiments on her in secret.[ch. 241] She then takes on Lyon and Gray as her pupils in an effort to move on. When Gray attempts to kill the Etherious Deliora, Ur sacrifices herself to save him by performing the forbidden spell Iced Shell (絶対氷結 Aisudo Sheru?, Japanese text translates as "Absolute Freeze"), transforming her body into ice to permanently freeze the demon. She remains alive in this form until Lyon melts her with the Moon Drip spell to release Deliora, essentially killing her as she drifts out to sea as water. Later, Ultear falls into the sea while dueling Gray, causing her to experience her mother's memories and realize the truth of what transpired at the research facility, having assumed that Ur had abandoned her there.[ch. 241] Ur is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro in the Japanese version of the series, and by Kira Vincent-Davis in the English dub.
A wealthy business tycoon and president of the esteemed Heartfilia Konzern, Jude Heartfilia (ジュード・ハートフィリア Jūdo Hātofiria?) is Lucy Heartfilia's father. As with Lucy, his name is based on the Beatles song "Hey Jude". Jude's relationship with his daughter is strained due to Layla's death, which eventually leads to Lucy running away from home.[ch. 50] Years later, he recruits Phantom Lord to bring her home for a business opportunity. However, his actions inadvertently involve Fairy Tail in a guild war to protect her, which results in Lucy breaking ties with her father.[ch. 67] Shortly afterward, Jude becomes bankrupt and loses his estate, and takes up work at a merchant's guild, mending his relationship with Lucy.[ch. 130] He dies towards the end of Lucy's seven-year disappearance, but demonstrates his love and faith in his daughter's well-being by leaving her seven years worth of rent money and birthday gifts.[ch. 258] He is voiced by Banjō Ginga. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Bill Jenkins.
The human counterpart of Grandeeney from Edolas, Porlyusica (ポーリュシカ Pōryushika?, also "Poluchka") is Fairy Tail's elderly medicinal advisor who lives in the forest on the outskirts of Magnolia, able to remedy all sorts of ailments and injuries. She resents humans and often chases visitors out of her house unless they are in need of her aid.[ch. 51] She is a longtime friend of Makarov Dreyar, whom she nurses to health when he is drained of his magic, and later when he falls deathly ill during Laxus Dreyar's rebellion. Seven years following Sirius Island's disappearance, she meets Wendy Marvell and gives instructions for advanced Sky Dragon Slayer Magic spells relayed to her by Grandeeney, having failed to teach them to Wendy before her disappearance.[ch. 260] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Shōko Tsuda. In the English dub, she is voiced by Linda Young.
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 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". Anime News Network writer Rebecca Silverman, in her review of the 20th volume, said, "Mashima still manages to get some action and laughs in as well, including one especially funny subplot involving Gajeel. Wendy takes over from Lucy as the primary female of the series for most of this volume, and how you feel about that will probably depend upon which character you prefer." Silverman also thought that readers "may have had mixed feelings about Jellal's return earlier in this arc, but the bond between him and Erza has been underlying their scenes for most of their page time together [in chapters 162 through 164]." However, she said that "for the romantics in the audience, Jellal is still a criminal, and the government wants him. And so they come for him," and pointed out that "Erza fans and detractors will find it deepens her character a little while still finding it sad."
Fairy Tail manga
- Mashima, Hiro, translated and adapted by William Flanagan. Fairy Tail. 47 vols. New York City: Del Rey Manga/Kodansha Comics USA, 2008–2015.
- Mashima, Hiro. フェアリーテイル [Fairy Tail] (in Japanese). 47 vols. Tokyo: Kodansha, 2006–2015.
- Vol. 1 (ch. 1–4): December 2006 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363771-7. March 2008 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-50133-2.
- Vol. 2 (ch. 5–13): January 2007 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363782-3. March 2008 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-50330-5.
- Vol. 3 (ch. 14–22): March 2007 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363810-3. June 2008 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-50556-9.
- Vol. 4 (ch. 23–30): May 2007 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363832-5. September 2008 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-50557-6.
- Vol. 5 (ch. 31–39): July 2007 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363857-8. January 2009 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-50558-3.
- Vol. 6 (ch. 40–48): September 2007 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363890-5. April 2009 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-50681-8.
- Vol. 7 (ch. 49–56): November 2007 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363914-8. July 2009 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-51039-6.
- Vol. 8 (ch. 57–65): January 2008 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363940-7. October 2009 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-51040-2.
- Vol. 9 (ch. 66–74): March 2008 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363965-0. December 2009 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-51233-8.
- Vol. 10 (ch. 75–82): May 2008 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-363986-5. March 2010 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-51457-8.
- Vol. 11 (ch. 83–91): August 2008 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384023-0. June 2010 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-51992-4.
- Vol. 12 (ch. 92–100): October 2008 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384050-6. September 2010 (in English). ISBN 978-0-345-51993-1.
- Vol. 13 (ch. 101–109): December 2008 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384075-9. May 2011 (in English). ISBN 978-1-935429-32-6.
- Vol. 14 (ch. 110–118): March 2009 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384098-8. July 2011 (in English). ISBN 978-1-935429-33-3.
- Vol. 15 (ch. 119–126): May 2009 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384136-7. September 2011 (in English). ISBN 978-1-935429-34-0
- Vol. 16 (ch. 127–134): July 2009 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384158-9. November 2011 (in English). ISBN 978-1-935429-35-7.
- Vol. 17 (ch. 135–143): September 2009 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384185-5. January 2012 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-054-1.
- Vol. 18 (ch. 144–152): November 2009 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384211-1. March 2012 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-055-8.
- Vol. 19 (ch. 153–160): January 2010 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384233-3. May 2012 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-056-5.
- Vol. 20 (ch. 161–169): March 2010 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384266-1. July 2012 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-057-2.
- Vol. 21 (ch. 170–178): May 2010 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384296-8. September 2012 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-058-9.
- Vol. 22 (ch. 179–187): August 2010 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384346-0. November 2012 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-059-6.
- Vol. 23 (ch. 188–196): October 2010 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384379-8. January 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-060-2.
- Vol. 24 (ch. 197–204): December 2010 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384416-0. March 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-266-8.
- Vol. 25 (ch. 205–213): February 2011 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384442-9. April 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-267-5.
- Vol. 26 (ch. 214–222): April 2011 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384473-3. May 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-268-2.
- Vol. 27 (ch. 223–230): June 2011 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384502-0. June 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-269-9.
- Vol. 28 (ch. 231–239): August 2011 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384533-4. July 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-270-5.
- Vol. 29 (ch. 240–248): October 2011 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384563-1. August 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-406-8.
- Vol. 30 (ch. 249–257): December 2011 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384597-6. September 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-407-5.
- Vol. 31 (ch. 258–266): February 2012 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384628-7. October 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-408-2.
- Vol. 32 (ch. 267–274): April 2012 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384654-6. November 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-409-9.
- Vol. 33 (ch. 275–282): June 2012 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384686-7. December 2013 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-410-5.
- Vol. 34 (ch. 283–291): August 2012 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384719-2. January 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-411-2.
- Vol. 35 (ch. 292–299): November 2012 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384765-9. February 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-412-9.
- Vol. 36 (ch. 300–308): February 2013 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384810-6. March 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-432-7.
- Vol. 37 (ch. 309–317): April 2013 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384845-8. April 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-433-4.
- Vol. 38 (ch. 318–325): June 2013 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-384876-2. May 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-434-1 (in English)
- Vol. 39 (ch. 326–335): August 2013 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-394908-7. June 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-435-8.
- Vol. 40 (ch. 336–344): October 2013 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-394941-4. July 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-417-4.
- Vol. 41 (ch. 345–353): December 2013 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-394982-7. August 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-437-2.
- Vol. 42 (ch. 354–361): March 2014 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-395009-0. September 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-561-4.
- Vol. 43 (ch. 362–369): May 2014 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-395077-9. October 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-562-1.
- Vol. 44 (ch. 370–378): July 2014 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-395124-0. November 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-563-8.
- Vol. 45 (ch. 379–386): September 2014 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-395186-8. December 2014 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-564-5.
- Vol. 46 (ch. 387–394): November 2014 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4-06-395241-4. January 2015 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-797-7.
- Vol. 47 (ch. 395–403): January 2015 (in Japanese). ISBN 978-40-6395-287-2 March 2015 (in English). ISBN 978-1-61262-798-4.
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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.
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