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The Fairy Tail manga and anime series features an extensive cast of characters created by Hiro Mashima. The series primarily takes place in the Fiore Kingdom, a kingdom located in the fictional universe called Earth-land, where several of its residents are able to perform various forms of magic. Those who practice magic as a profession, referred to as wizards (魔導士 madōshi?), join guilds where they share information and perform paid jobs for clients. The series' storyline follows a group of wizards from the rambunctious titular guild.
The main characters of the series are Natsu Dragneel a wizard known as a Fire Dragon Slayer who is searching for his adoptive dragon father Igneel, and Lucy Heartfilia, a celestial wizard, 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, an S-Class wizard who specializes in using various weapons and armors; Wendy Marvell, a young Air Dragon Slayer; and Carla, Wendy's flying cat partner. Over the course of the series, Lucy and Natsu interact with and befriend other wizards in the guild as well as in other cities and guilds in Fiore, and even some characters from other worlds. They also encounter various antagonists from illegal "dark" guilds, and Zeref, an ancient wizard who is sought out by several of the series' villains.
When creating the series, Mashima was influenced by Akira Toriyama, J.R.R. Tolkien and Yudetamago and based the guild on a local bar. He also used people as references in designing other characters. The characters have been well-received overall.
When Hiro Mashima was creating Fairy Tail, he cited Akira Toriyama, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Yudetamago as influences in his works. Mashima based the titular guild on a local bar he was visiting at the time. He based Natsu Dragneel on his early years as a junior high school student. Mashima based Natsu's motionsickness on one of his friends, who gets sick when taking taxis together, and he also cited his father's death as an influence for the relationship between Natsu and the dragon Igneel.
When Funimation Entertainment acquired the license to dub Fairy Tail in North America, Mashima was worried about actor Todd Haberkorn voicing Natsu since he had a lot of yelling in the series. Tyler Walker, the ADR Director for the dub, revealed that a "Fairy Tail tea" was made to accommodate the voice actors after each recording session.
The main protagonists are all members of Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル Fearī Teiru?),[a] the titular wizard's guild, founded by Mavis Vermillion. It is considered to be one of the most powerful guilds in the series.[ch. 210] However, its members are infamous for being rambunctious and causing extensive collateral damage during missions.[ch. 2] For this reason, the Fairy Tail guild is seen as a nuisance by the Magic Council despite the guild members' heroic deeds, to the extent that the Magic Council actively tries to disband the guild.[ch. 200]
Fairy Tail's guildhall is stationed in Magnolia, a city located on the southern coast of the fictional country of Fiore.[ch. 1] It is first depicted as a two-story public house with a pyramidal design. The first floor of the building serves as a lunch hall for its guild members to hang out, and contains a bulletin board where job requests are posted.[ch. 2] The guild's most dangerous job requests, called S-Class jobs, are posted in the second floor of the building, which only S-Class wizards, who are officially recognized as the guild's most powerful members, are permitted to enter.[ch. 24] Eventually, the guildhall is destroyed by Phantom Lord, a rival guild, but is later rebuilt as a large, extravagant Gothic building, with resort-like amenities such as a stage, recreation room, outdoor gift shop, swimming pool, and café.[ch. 103] Guild members are permitted to access the upper floors, but S-Class jobs are still restricted.[ch. 103] Seven years after the primary guild members' disappearance on Sirius Island (天狼島 Tenrō-jima, lit. "Heaven Wolf Island"),[vol. 24:translation notes] the guild loses most of its members and is re-stationed in a rundown building even smaller than the first guildhall.[ch. 254]
Mashima has insisted that the spelling of the guild's name, which is a play on the phrase "fairy tale", is intentional. In the story, the guild's second guild master Purehito speculates that the origin of the guild name comes from the mystery of whether or not fairies, which are considered as mythical creatures within the series, have tails.[ch. 244] Tyler Walker likens Fairy Tail to the Scooby-Doo franchise: "it's got a core group of characters, with one talking animal, sometimes two...they travel, it's episodic...you know, we've seen this kind of thing before with the core group that's affiliated in some way going through adventure after adventure."
Natsu "Salamander"[b] Dragneel (ナツ・ドラグニル Natsu Doraguniru?)[c] is the primary male protagonist of the Fairy Tail series and is the first friend Lucy Heartfilia makes on her journey. He is accompanied by Happy, a flying cat. During Natsu's early childhood, he is raised by a dragon named Igneel.[ch. 2] After Igneel's disappearance seven years before the series' present, Natsu joins Fairy Tail and decides to find the dragon.[ch. 1,66] As a Dragon Slayer (ドラゴンスレイヤー Doragon Sureiyā?),[d] Natsu can perform an ancient form of magic, or "Lost Magic", that grants him the physical properties of a dragon. The Fire Dragon Slayer magic (火の滅竜魔法 Ka no Metsuryū mahō?) allows him to breathe fire, emit flames from any part of his body to attack, become physically immune to fire, and ingest any flame for nourishment.[ch. 1,5] When he consumes magical substances that contain a large amount of magical energy, Natsu is able to achieve a more powerful form of Dragon Slayer magic called Dragon Force (ドラゴンフォース Doragon Fōsu?), which turns his skin around his eyes and on his forearms scaly, and increases both his physical and magical power.[ch. 97-98,160] With Dragon Force, Natsu can temporarily eat other forms of magic and combine that with his own; however, Natsu becomes sick for several days after his transformation wears off.[ch. 106,245]
Natsu has a rivalry with Gray Fullbuster due to their conflicting natures and elements. Natsu is generally carefree and reckless in nature, and causes most of the collateral damage Fairy Tail is blamed for.[ch. 2] However, he is extremely loyal to his guildmates and attacks anyone who tries to harm or insult them. Although he comes across as thick-headed to several other characters, he is a perceptive tactician in battle and can quickly deduce his opponents' strengths and weaknesses.[ch. 41] He suffers from motion sickness when riding on vehicles of any sort, as well as when carried by others such as Lucy. The exception to this rule is Happy, who Natsu considers as his friend.[ch. 4] He is prone to challenging his guild's S-Class wizards to petty fights to test his strength, in which he is often defeated with little effort from his opponents.[ch. 24] When properly motivated to fight however, he is recognized as one of the most powerful wizards in the guild.[ch. 64] He is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Todd Haberkorn.
Lucy Heartfilia (ルーシィ・ハートフィリア Rūshii Hātofiria?) is a 17-year-old wizard, and the primary female protagonist of the series; she is the initial viewpoint character. Mashima named the character after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".[vol. 2:afterword] Specializing in celestial magic (星霊魔法 seirei mahō), Lucy can summon celestial spirits from a set of magical Gatekeys (ゲートの鍵 Gēto no Kagi).[e] Throughout the series, Lucy occasionally fights with a whip. Virgo later provides her with a version of this weapon capable of using magical energy, called Fleuve d'Étoiles (エトワールフルーグ Etowāru Furūgu, lit. "River of Stars").[f][ch. 115,184] During her early childhood, Lucy establishes herself as a celestial wizard. Her mother Layla Heartfilia (レイラ・ハートフィリア Reira Hātofiria) dies when Lucy is ten years old. Six years later, Lucy sets out to join Fairy Tail due to a strained relationship with her father, Jude Heartfilia (ジュード・ハートフィリア Jūdo Hātofiria).[ch. 50]
After befriending Natsu Dragneel and Happy, Lucy joins Fairy Tail and works guild-posted jobs to fund her rented house in Magnolia.[ch. 1-4] To that end, she pursues her dream of writing a novel on her adventures with Fairy Tail.[ch. 4,9,25] As one of the saner members of the guild, Lucy regularly gawks at the odd habits of her guildmates, who frequently show up uninvited inside her house.[ch. 4,47,106] After Phantom Lord's dissolution, Lucy breaks ties with her father, warning him to never interfere with Fairy Tail again.[ch. 50,64,67] Eventually she reconciles with Jude after he loses his fortune, and professes her love for him after learning of his death during her disappearance on Sirius Island.[ch. 129,130,257] In the original Japanese series, she is voiced by Aya Hirano. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Cherami Leigh. Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network praised Lucy as being "sympathetic."
Happy (ハッピー Happī?) is a six-year-old blue-furred cat-like creature called an Exceed. Using the magical ability Aera (エーラ Ēra),[g] Happy is able to fly by growing white feathered wings, and can also carry up to one person.[ch. 1,3] Six years before the series' present, Happy is sent from the parallel world Edolas to Earth-land as an egg for protection after the Exceeds' queen, Chagot, has a premonition of their realm's destruction.[ch. 198] He is soon found by Natsu, who cares for him together with Lisanna Strauss until he hatches. His birth cheers up everyone in the guild while they are in the middle of an argument, for which Natsu names him "Happy".[vol. 15:make] Though Happy is unaware of his family ties, he is actually the son of Lucky (ラッキー Rakkī) and Marl (マール Māru), an Exceed farmer couple.[ch. 177,198] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Rie Kugimiya. In the English dub, he is voiced by Tia Ballard. When creating Happy, Mashima originally intended to name him "Freyr", the Norse god, but found the name did not fit his character.[vol. 2:afterword]
Gray Fullbuster (グレイ・フルバスター Gurei Furubasutā?) is an 18-year-old wizard who specializes in performing Ice Make magic (氷の造形魔法 Kōri no Zōkei mahō),[h] which allows him to instantaneously conjure various kinds of weapons, shields, and other inanimate objects made from ice.[ch. 21] He is more level-headed and competent in performing jobs than most of his guildmates, but has a habit of removing his shirt or stripping down to his underwear, often without realizing it,[ch. 2] which Mashima based on a personal habit of his own.[vol. 2:afterword] Gray has a fierce rivalry with Natsu Dragneel due to their opposing personalities and magical elements.[ch. 10] Years before the beginning of the series, Gray is taken in by Ur as an orphan after his hometown is destroyed by the demon Deliora. He learns magic from her with the intention of taking revenge against Deliora, and develops his stripping habit as a result of his training to withstand the freezing temperatures of Ur's hometown. He later moves on to join Fairy Tail after Ur defeats Deliora instead at the cost of her own life.[ch. 36-38,43] Gray clashes with his fellow student Lyon Vastia and Ur's daughter Ultear Milkovich, and eventually helps both come to terms with their pasts as Ur did for him.[ch. 29,31,241,242] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Yuichi Nakamura. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Newton Pittman.
"Titania"[i] Erza Scarlet (エルザ・スカーレット Eruza Sukāretto?), named after Eru, a character from Mashima's one-shot manga that served as a pilot for Fairy Tail,[vol. 2:afterword] is a 19-year-old swordswoman with a guild ranking of S-Class. She is widely considered to be the most powerful female member of the guild.[ch. 10] Using the re-equip magic "The Knight" (ザ・ナイト Za Naito),[j] she can summon different weapons and change armor and clothes at will.[ch. 76] Additionally, she has an artificial eye, which can make her immune to illusions and eye-based magic, and halves their effects if used on both of her eyes.[ch. 100,111,155] Erza initially sheds tears from her real eye due to a defect with her artificial eye, but Mashima eventually abandoned this aspect after creating scenes where she is seen needing help from Natsu Dragneel .[ch. 100,102][vol. 12:afterword] She usually chastises slackers and serves as Fairy Tail's punisher, but eventually becomes friendlier towards her guildmates.[ch. 10,92]
Erza is enslaved and forced to build the Tower of Heaven when she is 11 years old; while there, she befriends several slave children, which includes Jellal Fernandez.[ch. 80] After Jellal is taken away for rebelling against their captors, Erza leads a slave revolt to save Jellal.[ch. 81] Jellal is brainwashed into serving Zeref and continues the tower's construction, forcing Erza to escape and make a name for herself as a Fairy Tail wizard.[ch. 83,89] Later, Erza helps Jellal atone for his misdeeds and eventually professes her love for him.[ch. 86,145-146,264] She is voiced by Sayaka Ohara. In the English dub, her voice actress is Colleen Clinkenbeard. Erza and Jellal love eachother and where about kiss.
"Maiden of the Sky"[k] Wendy Marvell (ウェンディ・マーベル Wendi Māberu?) is a 12-year-old[ch. 144] female Dragon Slayer. Wendy is usually accompanied by her Exceed partner Carla.[ch. 132] Having mastered in the Sky Dragon Slayer magic (天の滅竜魔法 Ten no Metsuryū mahō), she can heal a person's injuries and ailments, and can temporarily relieve motion sickness.[ch. 135,152] Additionally, she is capable of breathing powerful gusts of wind, and augmenting her friends' or her own speed, strength, and defensive power.[ch. 161,191,243] Wendy can replenish her magical power by "eating" unpolluted air.[ch. 136,144,159] Mashima created Wendy after one of his staff members commented that young girls "just don't appear" in the series, and noted the character's popularity among his associates.[vol. 16:afterword]
After her adoptive mother Grandine disappears when she is five years old, Wendy is rescued by Mystogan, the Edolas counterpart of Jellal Fernandez.[ch. 136,167] She becomes Mystogan's traveling partner during his exploration of Earth-land.[ch. 145] He eventually leaves Wendy in the care of the Cait Shelter (ケットシェルター Ketto Sherutā)[l] guild, led by Robaul (ローバウル Rōbauru); however, Wendy is unaware that he is a spirit who uses illusion magic to found the guild and care for her.[ch. 164] Seven years later, she and Carla join an alliance with Fairy Tail, Lamia Scale, and Blue Pegasus to prevent the dark guild Oración Seis from acquiring Nirvana,[ch. 132] a destructive spell developed by Robaul's tribe.[ch. 164] During the battle with Oración Seis, Wendy is forced to resurrect Jellal, mistaking him as her former traveling partner.[ch. 135] After learning the truth about Robaul and Cat Shelter following Nirvana's destruction, she joins Fairy Tail.[ch. 164,165] In the anime series, her voice actress is Satomi Satō. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Brittney Karbowski.
Carla (シャルル Sharuru?) is a six-year-old white-furred Exceed originating from Edolas, and Wendy Marvell's partner. She is capable of using Aera magic,[ch. 135] and the ability of precognition allows her to see visions of future locations and events, inheriting her precognitive powers from her mother Chagot; however, Carla is unaware of her family ties. She is evacuated from Edolas to Earth-land as an egg after Chagot has a vision of their realm's destruction six years before the events of the series; the objective is concealed as a mission to kill Dragon Slayers. Some time after this, Carla is hatched and taken under the care of the six-year-old Wendy. Carla has a premonition of future events and, despite her misinterpretation of Chagot's orders, decides to protect Wendy.[ch. 176,198] Joining Wendy in an alliance to defeat the Oracion Seis, Carla turns down Happy; she only reconsiders when Happy resolves to ignore their mission.[ch. 135,167,175] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Yui Horie. In the English dub, her voice actress is Jad Saxton.
"Kurogane"[m][ch. 47] Gajeel Redfox (ガジル・レッドフォックス Gajiru Reddofokkusu?), similar to Natsu Dragneel and Wendy Marvell, is a Dragon Slayer raised by the dragon Metalicana. His Iron Dragon Slayer magic (鉄の滅竜魔法 Tetsu no Metsurū mahō) grants him the ability to transform parts of his body into metal weapons such as clubs and swords, cover his body with nearly indestructible metal scales, and breathe gusts of wind containing metal shards capable of shredding a person's body.[ch. 61] He can also consume metal objects for nourishment.[ch. 105] Initially a member of Phantom Lord, his attack on Fairy Tail results in war between the two guilds and eventually joins Fairy Tail at Makarov Dreyar's request.[ch. 48,212] At first distrusted by the members of Fairy Tail, Gajeel proves his loyalty to them.[ch. 103,105] He develops a fierce rivalry with Natsu and harbors a resentment of cooperating with him unless forced to do so.[ch. 123,191] He also comes to good terms with Levy McGarden after saving her from Laxus Dreyar's attack in Magnolia, and later partners with her for the S-Class exam on Sirius Island.[ch. 106,202] Under Makarov's orders, Gajeel acts as a double agent to spy on Raven Tail's master Ivan Dreyar, which he is forbidden to reveal to his guildmates.[ch. 128,201] After noticing Natsu and Wendy's cat partners, Gajeel becomes self-conscious of the fact that he is the only Dragon Slayer without a cat partner until he fights and befriends Panther Lily, whom he openly adores.[ch. 165,186,198] In the Japanese version of the series, Gajeel is voiced by Wataru Hatano. In the English dub, his nickname is changed to "Black Steel" and he is voiced by David Wald.
Panther Lily (パンサー・リリー Pansā Rirī?) is a black-furred Exceed swordsman from the parallel universe of Edolas. Initially depicted as a large, muscular, anthropomorphic panther,[ch. 171] Panther Lily eventually takes on his species' general small appearance, though he is able to assume his original form for limited periods of time.[ch. 199,201] He can also use "Aera". He uses swords that can extend to several times his large form's size, initially Buster Marm (バスターマァム Basutāmāmu), and then the Musica Sword (ムジカの剣 Mujika no Ken).[ch. 186,247]
After Lily saves a young Mystogan's life and brings him to Extalia, the Exceed is exiled by his people's queen Chagot.[ch. 189] Joining the Edolas Kingdom's royal army, Lily captains the 1st Magic War Division.[ch. 171] He duels Gajeel Redfox while defending the lacrima crystal created from the residents of Magnolia after they have been absorbed by an Anima portal, but has a change of heart after seeing the Exceeds gathering to push the crystal away from Extalia, and rescues Chagot from falling to her death.[ch. 186,189] After being sent to Earth-land through the reversed Anima portal, he joins Fairy Tail as Gajeel's partner. He shows a mature personality compared to most of the Fairy Tail guild members.[ch. 200] In the anime adaptation, his voice actor is Hiroki Tōchi. In the English Dub, his voice actor is Rick Keeling.
Cana Alberona (カナ・アルベローナ Kana Aruberōna?) is an 18-year-old wizard with an unusually high alcohol tolerance level; she can drink entire barrelfuls of alcohol without getting drunk.[ch. 2] She is the most senior member of her guild's generation.[ch. 201] Her name is derived from the term "arcana" in relation to tarot cards.[vol. 2:afterword] Using Card Magic (マジックカード Majikku Kādo, lit. "Magic Card"),[n] Cana can cast a wide variety of spells from a deck of magic-infused cards.[ch. 38] Cana joins Fairy Tail at the age of six; however, she is devastated to learn that her father Gildarts Clive is unaware of their family connection. Determined to reveal the truth to her father, she attempts to become an S-Class wizard, but fails four consecutive exams designating the S-Class rank in doing so. Twelve years later, Cana contemplates leaving the guild if she fails her fifth and latest exam on Sirius Island.[ch. 202,232] After teaming up with Lucy, Cana abandons her friends to complete the exam trial of searching for Mavis Vermillion's grave during Grimoire Heart's assault on the island.[ch. 213,225] Realizing her treacherous deeds when she arrives at the grave, Cana rejects her desire to become an S-Class Wizard. The spirit of Mavis grants her temporary use of the Fairy Glitter spell.[ch. 232,251] She later reveals their relationship to Gildarts.[ch. 251] In the original Japanese series, Cana is voiced by Eri Kitamura. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Jamie Marchi.
"Beast Arm"[o] Elfman Strauss (エルフマン・ストラウス Erufuman Sutorausu?) is Mirajane's younger, 18-year-old brother. He is a large and well-built man who regularly spouts speeches about what a "real man" should do,[ch. 2] but is also kindhearted and emotionally sensitive. Employing the Take Over magic Beast Soul (ビーストソウル Bīsuto Sōru),[p] Elfman can transform his body into any monster he has defeated.[vol. 17:omake] However, his first attempt at using Beast Soul when he is 16 years old causes him to go berserk and injure his younger sister Lisanna, who disappears. Thinking that he has killed Lisanna, his deep guilt limits his magic power to an ability called Beast Arm (ビーストアーム Bīsuto Āmu), with which he can only transform his right arm. Two years later, Elfman regains his Beast Soul ability during the assault on Phantom Lord after seeing Mirajane in danger; he defeats Sol with it, after which he is able to control his transformation.[ch. 49,55,56] In the Japanese version of the series, Elfman is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto. In the English dub, he is voiced by Christopher Sabat.
Gildarts Clive (ギルダーツ・クライヴ Girudātsu Kuraivu?) is a 45-year-old S-Class wizard regarded as the most powerful member of Fairy Tail,[ch. 106] and the father of Cana Alberona. Using Crush (クラッシュ Kurasshu?) magic, Gildarts can vaporize any object and magic spell he touches. He embarks on high-ranking "SS-Class" missions, as well as missions that have never been completed for 10 or even 100 years. He only visits his guild for short periods every few years because of this, but nevertheless maintains a fatherly relationship with his younger guildmates, including Natsu Dragneel.[ch. 165-167] Years before the series' present, Gildarts is divorced by his wife Cornelia (コーネリア Kōneria), and embarks on a six-year-long mission before Cana's birth; he is initially unaware of his relationship with his daughter.[ch. 232] At the age of thirty-eight, Gildarts loses an arm, leg, and some organs while dueling with the black dragon Acnologia.[ch. 166,252] Twelve years later, Gildarts finds out the truth of his relationship with Cana on Sirius Island; he later advises his guildmates against fighting Acnologia on Sirius Island.[ch. 251,252] Seven years later, after being named the next guild master of Fairy Tail by Makarov Dreyar, Gildarts resigns the position and leaves on another mission.[ch. 259,260] In the anime series, Gildarts is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue in the Japanese version. In the English dub, he is voiced by Jason Douglas.
Juvia Lockser of the "Great Sea"[q] (ジュビア・ロクサー Jubia Rokusā?) is a 17-year-old wizard introduced as the sole female member of the Element 4, an elite team of wizards from the Phantom Lord guild who each use a form of magic related to one of the four classical elements. The Water (ウォーター Wōtā)[r] magic grants her the ability to manipulate water, pressurize into jets, and turn her body into water.[ch. 48,59,104] She is prone to mood swings that affect her magic's attributes; it rains when she is devastated, and her water boils when she is jealous and irritated.[ch. 59,60,228-230]
During her early childhood, Juvia is referred to as a "Rain Woman"[s] due to the constant downpours around her. Years later, Juvia makes a name for herself as a Phantom Lord wizard. She duels with Gray Fullbuster out of jealousy over her misunderstanding of Gray's relationship with Lucy Heartfilia and loses; the rain around her stops the first time in her life.[ch. 59-60] After Phantom Lord's dissolution, Juvia becomes romantically obsessed with Gray. Wanting to become closer to Gray, she asks to join Fairy Tail.[ch. 67,76] She becomes an official member after helping Gray and the other protagonists in the Tower of Heaven, and considers any woman who shows affection to Gray a potential rival since her duel with Gray.[ch. 103] Juvia tends to refer to herself in the third person.[ch. 48] In the Japanese version of the series, Juvia is voiced by Mai Nakahara. In the English dub, her name is spelled "Juvia Loxar" and she is voiced by Brina Palencia.
Laxus Dreyar (ラクサス・ドレアー Rakusasu Doreā?) is Makarov Dreyar's 23-year-old grandson,[ch. 69] and one of Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards.[ch. 24] His lightning magic allows him to conjure bolts from his hands, and turn his entire body into electricity.[ch. 69] He is also a Dragon Slayer with mastery over Lightning Dragon Slayer magic (雷の滅竜魔法 Rai no Metsuryū mahō), which he gains the ability to use through artificial lacrima implants given to him by his father Ivan; this enables him to increase his own physical strength and breathe bolts of lightning.[ch. 128,124] Although he has fond childhood memories with Makarov, Laxus becomes increasingly estranged from his grandfather after years of being unfairly compared to him, and rebels when Makarov expels Ivan from the guild.[ch. 106,119] He becomes obsessed with surpassing Makarov and becoming the guild master; he values the strength of his guild over the well-being of his guildmates, whom he considers "weak".[ch. 69]
Laxus decides to reorganize the guild upon overhearing people mocking his guild over the guild war between Fairy Tail and Phantom Lord so others will not question Fairy Tail's strength.[ch. 105] He stages a coup d'état with the Raijin Tribe in which they hold several of Fairy Tail's female members, and eventually Magnolia, as hostages and force their guildmates to fight each other in an intra-guild battle royal called the "Battle of Fairy Tail" (バトル・オブ・フェアリーテイル Batoru obu Fearī Teiru) to rescue them; those who emerge victorious will be allowed to stay in the guild with Laxus as its new master.[ch. 107,113] Eventually, after being defeated by Natsu Dragneel and Gajeel Redfox, Laxus is expelled from Fairy Tail, though he leaves on friendly terms with Makarov and his guildmates.[ch. 124-128] Laxus later returns to help his former guildmates battle Hades on Sirius Island,[ch. 244-248] and is reinstated into Fairy Tail by Gildarts Clive during his brief period as Fairy Tail's master.[ch. 260] He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Patrick Seitz.
Levy McGarden (レビィ・マグガーデン Rebi Magugāden?) is the de facto leader and sole female member of Shadow Gear (シャドウ・ギア Shadō Gia), a team she forms with her friends Jet and Droy.[ch. 4] Her Solid Script (ソリッドスクリプト Soriddo Sukuriputo)[t] magic grants her the ability to transform written words into three-dimensional objects that take on the attributes of what is written. She is also proficient in translating and decoding foreign texts and runic magic. She is close friends with Lucy Heartfilia, and the first person Lucy willingly allows to read her novel.[ch. 48] Gajeel Redfox's assault on her and her team results in war between Phantom Lord and Fairy Tail.[ch. 47] Initially fearful of Gajeel after he joins Fairy Tail,[ch. 103] Levy forgives him after he protects her from being injured by Laxus Dreyar.[ch. 105] She gradually develops feelings for Gajeel after he offers to become her partner for the S-Class exam.[ch. 202,207] In the Japanese version of the series, Levy is voiced by Mariya Ise. In the English dub, she is voiced by Kristi Kang.
Lisanna Strauss (リサーナ・ストラウス Risāna Sutorausu?) is the younger, 17-year-old sister of Mirajane and Elfman. Using the Take Over technique Animal Soul (アニマルソウル Animaru Sōru),[u] Lisanna can transform her body into those of different animals at will.[vol. 15:omake][vol. 17:omake] She is one of Natsu's closest childhood friends; she helps him care for Happy as an egg and teases him with the thought of marriage when they are children. Though it is implied that Lisanna is killed in an accident while working with her siblings on a job when she is 15 years old,[ch. 55] she is actually sent to Edolas through an Anima portal meant to absorb Earth-land's magical power. She initially decides to remain in Edolas to keep the parallel world's counterparts of her siblings from worrying since her own counterpart is dead. When she is sent back to Earth-land after the Anima portals are reversed and, after discovering that her Edolas siblings have already known the truth about her, she reunites with her real siblings.[ch. 199] She is reinstated into Fairy Tail soon after.[ch. 201] In the Japanese version of the series, Lisanna is voiced by Harumi Sakurai. In the English dub, she is voiced by Carrie Savage.
Loke (ロキ Roki?), named after the Norse god Loki,[vol. 2:afterword] is a flirtatious wizard regularly accompanied by young women.[ch. 2] Using a ring called Regulus (レグルス Regurus),[v] Loke can conjure light-based magic attacks.[ch. 115] His true identity is the celestial spirit Leo, who is initially owned by Karen Lilica. After preventing her from summoning other spirits to keep her from bullying his fellow celestial spirit Aries, Loke inadvertently leaves Karen defenseless while on a mission which results in her death at the hands of Angel. Exiled from the spirit world, Loke distances himself from any celestial wizards he encounters. Three years later, Loke's magic power weakens severely until his body slowly begins to fade away. After Lucy Heartfilia discovers his identity as a spirit, she saves his life and restores his former power by persuading the Celestial Spirit King to reconsider Loke's exile, which allows him to return to the spirit world.[ch. 72-74] Despite becoming one of Lucy's contracted spirit partners, Loke is still considered a member of Fairy Tail, and temporarily nullifies his contract with her to serve as Gray Fullbuster's partner during the S-Class exam.[ch. 202] In the Japanese version of the series, Loke is voiced by Daisuke Kishio. In the English dub, he is voiced by Eric Vale.
Makarov Dreyar (マカロフ・ドレアー Makarofu Doreā?) is the short, 88-year-old master of Fairy Tail. His name comes from the fact that Mashima wanted it to sound Russian.[vol. 2:afterword] Discontented with the Magic Council for the rules it tries to impose on Fairy Tail, Makarov encourages his guild's members to do whatever they think is right. He becomes despondent whenever his guild causes trouble with the council, and sometimes uses force to stop his guild members whenever they become too rowdy or violent. However, he considers his guild members to be his children, and is fiercely protective of them. He is capable of multiple different forms of magic, including Giant/Titan (ジャイアント Jaianto)[w] magic, which increases his normally diminutive stature to gigantic proportions.[ch. 26] His most powerful spell is Fairy Law (フェアリーロウ Fearī Rō),[x] one of three legendary spells developed by the Fairy Tail guild, which generates a flash of bright light that spans across a wide area, and only harms those the caster considers to be his or her enemy.[ch. 66] Given his high level of magic and skills, Makarov is registered as one of the Ten Wizard Saints, the most powerful wizards in the continent. In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Shinpachi Tsuji. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by R Bruce Elliott.
Mavis Vermillion (メイビス・ヴァーミリオン Meibisu Vāmirion?) is the first guild master and founder of Fairy Tail.[ch. 202] She is also an analyst and strategist with the nickname "Fairy Tactician."[ch. 305] Mavis dies at a young age years before the beginning of the series[ch. ?] and is buried on Sirius Island.[ch. 208] After Cana Alberona pleads with her for help to protect her friends, Mavis's spirit grants Cana the Fairy Glitter (フェアリーグリッター Fearī Gurittā)[y] spell.[ch. 232] Her human form is revealed when the Fairy Tail members on the island are attacked by Acnologia.[ch. 253] With Fairy Tail determined to protect each other, Mavis uses her Fairy Sphere (フェアリースフィア Fearī Sufia)[z] spell to protect them. However, this inadvertently causes the island and his inhabitants to disappear from Earth-land, freezing them in time.[ch. 255] Seven years later, she appears in her human form and cheers for Fairy Tail while in Crocus, but can only be seen by those with the mark of Fairy Tail. She is also capable of sensing good or evil in a person.[ch. 267,268] In the anime series, her voice actress is Mamiko Noto. In the English dub, she is voiced by Leah Clark.
Mirajane "Demon Woman"[aa] Strauss (ミラジェーン・ストラウス Mirajēn Sutorausu?) is a 19-year-old S-Class wizard who serves as a barmaid and administrator at Fairy Tail, and occasionally appears as a cover girl on the fictional Sorcerer's Weekly magazine.[ch. 2] Her name comes from a video game Hiro Mashima was playing while creating her character.[vol. 2:afterword] She is a very cheerful, kindhearted, yet somewhat absentminded young woman who rarely displays anger towards others.[ch. 25] During Mirajane's childhood, she is rambunctious and has a particularly fierce rivalry with Erza Scarlet.[vol. 15:omake] She and her young siblings Elfman and Lisanna use Take Over (テイクオーバー Teiku Ōbā)[ab] magic to transform into creatures they have previously encountered. Mirajane's specific variety, Satan Soul (サタンソウル Satan Sōru), grants her the ability to transform into a demon with enhanced physical speed and strength.[ch. 117,118] She can also mimic other people's physical appearance and voice.[ch. 52] After Lisanna disappears when she is 15 years old, Mirajane loses her Take Over powers and retires from working on missions.[ch. 54,55] Two years later, Mirajane regains her powers and duels with Freed Justine to a draw. She and Lucy host the "Emergency Request! Explain the Mysteries of Fairy Tail" sections at the ends of the manga volumes where they answer reader questions. In the Japanese version of the series, Mirajane is voiced by Ryōko Ono. In the English dub, she is voiced by Monica Rial.
Mystogan (ミストガン Misutogan?) is an S-Class wizard referred to as the most mysterious member of Fairy Tail. Refusing to let others see his face, he covers his entire body with a cloak and bandages, and goes as far as using magic to temporarily put his guildmates to sleep whenever he visits the guild.[ch. 24] Mystogan later reveals himself as Jellal Fernandez's counterpart from the parallel universe Edolas, of which he is its prince.[ch. 167,189] As a resident of Edolas, he does not perform magic on his own, but uses staves that are infused with magic power to cast a variety of spells.[ch. 120] Despite this, he remains one of the most powerful members of Fairy Tail, demonstrated by his capacity to defeat each of Phantom Lord's subdivisions throughout the country by himself.[ch. 24,65]
During Mystogan's early childhood, he travels to Earth-land to close the inter-dimensional Anima portals that Faust, his father and the king of Edolas, uses to steal magical power from Earth-land. Seven years later, after failing to prevent Magnolia from being absorbed by an Anima portal,[ch. 167-168] he returns to Edolas and restores the city by forcing the lacrima crystal created from the absorbed Fairy Tail wizards through another portal after his guildmates prevent Faust from ramming it into Extalia.[ch. 189] He reverses the effects of the Anima portals to return the stolen magical power to Earth-land, and intends to be publicly executed for this by his childhood friend Panther Lily to quell the panic. However, when Natsu Dragneel takes the blame, Mystogan earns the public's support and is crowned king of Edolas.[ch. 195-197] In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Robert McCollum.
The Raijin Tribe (雷神衆 Raijinshū?, also "Thunder God Tribe"), translated as the "Thunder Legion" in Funimation's English adaptation, is a team of three wizards who act as Laxus Dreyar's personal bodyguards and followers. The three are introduced as antagonists who help Laxus stage a coup d'état called the "Battle of Fairy Tail",[ch. 108] but become friendlier towards their guildmates after Laxus is expelled from the guild.[ch. 128] Aside from their own unique abilities, the three members share the ability to cast magic by making eye contact with their opponents, though each member's "eye magic" differs.[ch. 115]
"Dark"[ac] Freed Justine (フリード・ジャスティーン Furīdo Jasutīn?, also "Freed Justine") is the 20-year-old founder and self-proclaimed leader of the Raijin Tribe.[ch. 106] He specializes in writing Jutsu-Shiki (術式, lit. "technique style/ceremony"),[vol. 13:translation notes] which are magic runes that contain his targets to a certain area according to the posted rule. He uses this magic to impose rules on the Battle of Fairy Tail; he traps Makarov inside the guildhall by restricting departure based on age and material limits, and forces many of his guildmates to fight each other by writing the area rule where only the "strongest wizard" can leave its boundaries.[ch. 108,109] Additionally, he is capable of using Dark Écriture (闇のエクリテュール Yami no Ekuritūru)[ad] to either writing words on a person's body to wound them; he can use it on himself to fly and transform into a demon.[ch. 117,118] He is loyal to Laxus despite questioning Laxus' morality on executing his guildmates.[ch. 114] In the Japanese version of the series, Freed is voiced by Junichi Suwabe. In the English dub, he is voiced by John Burgmeier.
Bickslow (ビックスロー Bikkusurō?) is a 22-year-old wizard who specializes in using a form of Seith magic (セイズ魔術 Seizu majutsu) called Human Possession (人型憑き Hitotsuki) to implant souls within inanimate objects and control them as he pleases.[ch. 106,108] He can only control up to five puppets at a time; he refers to them as his "babies", with the names Pappa[ae], Pippi[af], Puppu[ag], Peppe[ah], and Poppo[ai].[ch. 108] His eye magic is called Figure Eyes (フィギュア・アイズ Figyua Aizu),[aj] which allows him to control the souls of anyone who meets his gaze; he wears a grilled visor to contain this magic.[ch. 115] In the Japanese version of the series, Bickslow is voiced by Yoshihisa Kawahara. In the English dub, his name is spelled "Bixlow" and he is voiced by Scott Freeman.
Evergreen (エバーグリーン Ebāgurīn?) is a 20-year-old wizard and the sole female member of the Raijin Tribe. Using her eye magic, Stone Eyes (ストーン・アイズ Sutōn Aizu),[ak] she can petrify others through eye contact. She wears eyeglasses to control this magic, similar to Bickslow, and uses it to hold the female guild members hostage in the Battle of Fairy Tail.[ch. 107] She can also conjure golden dust to cause an explosion of ignited dust and rapidly firing limitless needles at her opponents as if they were bullets.[ch. 109,112] Originally joining Fairy Tail solely for her obsession with anything having to do with fairies, Evergreen's dream is to assume Erza Scarlet's title of "Fairy Queen, Titania".[ch. 107,112] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Saori Seto. Caitlin Glass provides her voice in the English dub.
In the beginning of the series, the Fairy Tail guild is stated to have over 100 members. As of Year X791, seven years after the primary guild members disappear on Sirius Island, the guild is reduced to 15 members, which consist of:
The Fiore Kingdom (フィオーレ王国 Fiōre Ōkoku?)[av] is a kingdom located in Earth-land ruled by Toma E. Fiore (トーマ・E・フィオーレ Tōma Ī Fiore)[ch. 325]. The kingdom's capital city is Crocus (クロッカス Kurokkasu),[ch. 265] which contains the Flower Light Palace Mercurius (華灯宮 メルクリアス Katōkyū Merukuriasu), the king's residence.[ch. 275] It is also the place where the annual Grand Magic Games (大魔闘演武 Dai Matō Enbu), a competition held to decide the kingdom's strongest guild, is held.[ch. 266] The nation's army, the Cherry Blossom Holy Knight Squadron (桜花聖騎士団 Ōka Seikishi-dan), is commanded by Arcadios (アルカディオス Arukadiosu).[ch. 275] Other inhabitants of the kingdom include Darton (ダートン Dāton), the elderly defense minister,[ch. 279] Hisui E. Fiore (ヒスイ・E・フィオーレ Hisui Ī Fiōre?),[aw] the kingdom's princess,[ch. 304,311] and the Order of the Hungry Wolf (餓狼騎士団 Garō Kishidan?), a group of executioners.[ch. 304,307]
The Magic Council (魔法評議院 Mahō Hyōgiin?) is a federal republic organization administering the legal guilds scattered throughout Earth-land.[ch. 2] Most of its members do not hold Fairy Tail in high regard due to their property-damaging tactics, despite the guild's role in apprehending criminals and defeating monsters that threaten the peace. The council operates a military force, the Rune Knights,[ch. 67] and Etherion,[ax] also called the Satellite Square,[ay] a weapon capable of firing a beam of immense, multi-elemental magic energy called Ether-nano[ch. 94,97] that destroys anything in its path.[ch. 79] From early on in the story, members of the council include Siegrain and Ultear Milkovich, two of its younger members.[ch. 1] Another council member is Org (オーグ Ōgu?) who eventually respects Fairy Tail for its heroic efforts. Another member, Yajima (ヤジマ), is a longtime friend of Makarov Dreyar's and one of the few council members who speaks in Fairy Tail's defense.[ch. 131]
During the course of the story, the Magic Council dissolves, but reforms under chairman Gran Doma (グラン・ドマ Guran Doma?) to institute a tighter regime over the guilds.[ch. 131,200] Members of the reformed council include Lahar (ラハール Rahāru)[ch. 223] a government official who personally supervises the arrests of wanted criminals and commands one of the Rune Knights's custody units,[ch. 162] and Dranbalt (ドランバルト Doranbaruto),[ch. 223] a man using memory-altering magic to disguise himself as Mystogan's former disciple named Mest Gryder (メスト・グライダー Mesuto Guraidā) to participate in the S-Class exam and search for evidence against Fairy Tail to dissolve the guild.[ch. 213] However, Lahar and Dranbalt eventually sympathize with Fairy Tail.[ch. 223] Seven years later, Tartaros assassinates everyone in the council except for Dranbalt, who is forced to flee.[ch. 356]
Blue Pegasus (青い天馬（ブルーペガサス） Burū Pegasasu?) is one of the Fiore Kingdom's official guilds, mostly consisting of attractive men and women. The master of the guild is Bob (ボブ Bobu?), a cross-dressing man.[ch. 15] Loke's former owner, celestial wizard Karen Lilica (カレン・リリカ Karen Ririka?), is also a member of this guild; she is killed three years before the beginning of the series.[ch. 73] The guild's ace member is Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki (一夜=ヴァンダレイ=寿 Ichiya-Vandarei-Kotobuki?), a short, unattractive man who uses a variety of enchanted perfumes to heal injuries,[ch. 135] and attain superhuman strength and speed.[ch. 161,276] Ichiya commands the Tri-Men[az], a trio of handsome young men who cater women:[ch. 131] Hibiki Lates "of the Hundred Nights"[ba] (ヒビキ・レイティス Hibiki Reitisu?)[ch. 132,140] can store and transfer information to others telepathically using an item that resembles a computer terminal;[ch. 139,140] Eve Tearm "of the Holy Nights"[bb] Tearm (イヴ・ティルム Ivu Tirumu?)[ch. 132] uses snow magic to conjure blizzards;[ch. 143] and Ren Akatsuki "of the Hollow Nights"[bc] (レン・アカツキ?) magically manipulates air.[ch. 142] Another member is 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] Eventually, the guild is joined by the Exceed Nichiya, who partners with Ichiya.[ch. 293]
Lamia Scale (蛇姫の鱗（ラミアスケイル） Ramia Sukeiru?) is one of Fiore's official guilds, led by an old woman named Ooba Babasaama (オーバ・ババサーマ Ōba Babasāma?). Three members of this guild are introduced as Lyon Vastia's minions on Galuna Island: Sherry Blendy (シェリー・ブレンディ Sherī Burendi?), a young woman who can control inanimate objects and celestial spirits, and owns a giant rat Angelica; Yūka Suzuki (ユウカ・スズキ?), a man who produces magic-nullifying pulses from his hands; and Toby Orrolta (トビー・オルオルタ Tobī Oruoruta?), a man dressed like a dog who has extendible, poison-tipped fingernails. The three help Lyon revive Deliora so they can witness him kill it and avenge the deaths of their families. These members return to their guild after Deliora's death, with Lyon joining them as well. Lyon and Sherry later reappear alongside fellow member "Iron Rock"[bd] Jura Neekis (ジュラ・ネェキス Jura Neekisu?), one of the Ten Wizard Saints with mastery over earth manipulation, as representatives of their guild in an alliance with Fairy Tail, Blue Pegasus, and Cait Shelter against the Oracion Seis.[ch. 132] Other members of the guild include Sherria Blendy (シェリア・ブレンディ Sheria Burendi?), Sherry's younger cousin and a God Slayer who uses Sky God Slayer magic (天空の滅神魔法 Tenkū no Metsujin mahō) to conjure black gusts of wind and heal injuries, including her own; she participates in the Grand Magic Games alongside Lyon, Jura, Yuka, and Toby.
Eisenwald (アイゼンヴァルト Aizenvaruto?, lit. "Iron Forest")[be] is one of the dark guilds that is controlled by Oracion Seis. The guild's most powerful member and acting leader is Erigor (エリゴール Erigōru), a wizard who only accepts assassination jobs, for which he is also known as the "Death God" (死神 Shinigami?). He wields a scythe and can create gusts of wind capable of cutting skin and forming barriers. Among the guild's other members are Kageyama (カゲヤマ?), who can transform his shadow into a tangible substance that he can manipulate to suit his needs; Rayule (レイユール Reiyūru?), who wields a set of urumi blades around his fingers that he can extend at will; Karacka (カラッカ Karakka?), who can merge his entire body with and move through solid objects; and Byard (ビアード Biādo), who can produce beams of light from his hands. The guild tries to assassinate the official guild masters in Fiore by using the Lullaby, a flute with a demon sealed inside by Zeref that kills anyone who hears its music. The guild is dissolved after being defeated by Fairy Tail.
Raven Tail (レイヴンテイル Reivun Teiru?)[bf] is a guild introduced as a dark guild independent from the Balam Alliance,[ch. 131] and becomes an official guild shortly after Fairy Tail's return from Sirius Island.[ch. 267] The guild is led by Ivan Dreyar (イワン・ドレアー Iwan Doreā, also "Iwan Dreyar") Makarov's son and the father of Laxus.[ch. 128] A member of Fairy Tail until his expulsion from the guild six years before the series' present,[ch. 119] Ivan seeks revenge against Makarov and plans to remove and sell the lacrima he has implanted in Laxus's body, which would kill his son.[ch. 128] Other members include Obra (オーブラ Ōbura), a mute man who can instantaneously cancel out any spell his opponent uses;[ch. 267,272] Flare Corona (フレア・コロナ Furea Korona), a woman who can extend and change the shape of her prehensile hair;[ch. 271] Kurohebi (クロヘビ), a man who can imitate any opponent's magic;[ch. 277] and Nulpuding[bg], a man who can grow spikes on parts of his body.[ch. 269] Gajeel Redfox pretends to be a member of this guild under Makarov's orders to spy on Ivan.[ch. 128] Ivan also disguises himself as Alexei to participate in the Grand Magic Games.[ch. 269,286] Following the Grand Magic Games, Raven Tail dissolves.[ch. 341]
The Balam Alliance (バラム同盟 Baramu Dōmei?) is an organization consisting of Fiore's three most powerful dark guilds in the series: Oración Seis, Tartaros and Grimoire Heart. The organizations act independently from one another and each control a faction of the other dark guilds in the series with the exception of Raven Tail.
Oración Seis (オラシオンセイス Orashion Seisu?, lit. "Six Prayers")[bh][vol. 17:omake] is a dark guild, named after the same group of antagonists from Hiro Mashima's previous work, Rave Master; Mashima ended up using the name at the last minute.[vol. 16:afterword] The guild controls several smaller dark guilds, including Eisenwald, as well as Naked Mummy (ネイキッドマミー Neikiddo Mamī).[bi][ch. 130] Led by Brain, the Oración Seis seeks to destroy the world's official guilds and create a new world order using Nirvana (ニルヴァーナ Niruvāna), an ancient spell created and sealed away by the tribal ancestors of the Cait Shelter guild that takes the form of a giant, walking city,[ch. 147,164] and has the power to reverse the moral behavior of those afflicted with good or evil thoughts; inherently "good" characters become "evil", and vice versa.[ch. 142] The guild is considered powerful and dangerous enough for the Fairy Tail, Lamia Scale, Blue Pegasus, and Cait Shelter guilds to form an alliance to fight against it.[ch. 132] After the organization is defeated by the alliance, its members are captured by the Magic Council.[ch. 162] Seven years later, after dueling with Jellal Fernandez following the Magic Council's demise, they are offered to join Crime Sorcière to help Jellal kill Zeref.[ch. 369]
Grimoire Heart (グリモアハート Gurimoa Hāto?)[bl] is a dark guild, dubbed the strongest guild of the Balam Alliance.[ch. 207] Led by Hades, they aim to reawaken Zeref, who is thought to be in a "sleeping" state in which he cannot use the full extent of his power, to create a "world of great magic" where only wizards can survive while non-magic users, who make up over 90% of Earth-land's population, will be annihilated.[ch. 102,221] Using an airship, the guild travels around Fiore and causes destruction to create magical "keys" they think will unlock Zeref's power.[ch. 102] Grimoire Heart's discovery of Zeref on Sirius Island results in war between Grimoire Heart and Fairy Tail; the organization soon retreats.[ch. 207,249,250]. Revealing that his power has never been sealed, Zeref denounces Grimoire Heart's intentions as being based on inaccurate rumors.[ch. 250] Their actions also inadvertently summon the dragon Acnologia to Sirius Island.[ch. 252]
Next in command after Hades is Bluenote Stinger (ブルーノート・スティンガー Burūnōto Sutingā)[ch. 228] a man who uses gravity magic to hold down his opponents.[ch. 231,238] Also among the guild's followers are the Seven Kin of Purgatory (煉獄の七眷属 Rengoku no Nana Kenzoku), a group of up to seven powerful wizards raised by Hades and led by Ultear Milkovich.[ch. 210,239] Each of the wizards specialize in different forms of Lost Magic (ロストマジック Rosuto Majikku)[bm] that only they practice.[ch. 217] Initially, the group's members are Azuma (アズマ), a man capable of controlling the growth of and merging his body with trees, as well as drawing magical power from the earth to cause explosions;[ch. 213,235] Rusty Rose (ラスティローズ Rasuti Rōzu), a man capable of materializing anything from his imagination;[ch. 222] Kain Hikaru (華院=ヒカル), a man with immense physical strength capable of using voodoo-like curse magic;[ch. 226] Zoldio (ゾルディオ Zorudio), a celestial wizard fused with the spirit Capricorn into a being named Caprico (カプリコ Kapuriko), who can summon humans he imprisons in another dimension in a manner similar to celestial spirits;[ch. 223] Zancrow (ザンクロウ Zankurō), a God Slayer (ゴッドスレイヤー Goddo Sureiyā)[bn] capable of conjuring black flames;[ch. 217]; as well as Merudy.[ch. 229,230] During the course of the story, Zancrow and Zoldeo are killed, and Ultear and Merudy leave the group shortly after the dark guild's defeat.
Tartaros (タルタロス Tarutarosu?)[bo] is a dark guild, consisting of demons from the Book of Zeref.[ch. 131,356] The leader of the guild is E.N.D., the strongest demon of the guild.[ch. 356] Other members of the guild include the Nine Demon Gates (九鬼門 Kyūkimon), a group of nine powerful demons.[ch. 356] Silver (シルバー Shirubā) is a male devil slayer capable of using ice magic to freeze a person or even a village.[ch. 355] Kyôka (キョウカ) is a female demon capable of turning people stronger with her magic.[ch. 354] Jackal (ジャッカル Jakkaru) is a dog-like man who can cause explosions powerful enough to destroy buildings and kill anyone.[ch. 356] Tempesta (テンペスター Tenpesutā?)[bp] is a male demon who can create tempests.[ch. 357] Other members include Franmalth (フランマルス Furanmarusu), a short humanoid demon who can absorb souls and people; Torafuzar (トラフザー Torafusā), a lizard-like man who can sharpen his arms to attack; Ezel (エゼル Ezeru), a man who can use his arms as if they were swords; Seilah (セイラ Seira), a young woman who can control and manipulate anyone's bodies at will; and "Black Priest[bq] Keyes (キース Kīsu), a man capable of turning his body into a mist and reform his body at will.[ch. 357] Minerva Orlando is taken in as well.[ch. 359]
Dragons are rare and powerful creatures who are hardly ever seen by humans, to the extent that the general public does not think they exist. During their childhoods, Dragon Slayers Natsu Dragneel, Gajeel Redfox,sting, rougWendy Marvell are each raised by a different dragon: Igneel the fire dragon, Metalicana (メタリカーナ Metarikāna?) the iron dragon, and Grandine (グランディーネ Gurandīne?, "Grandeeney") the sky dragon, respectively. The dragons not only teach them how to read and write, but also how to perform Dragon Slayer magic, which was originally developed to combat dragons due to their destructive nature. Seven years before the beginning of the series, these three dragons disappear on the same day, leaving their foster children to fend for themselves. Their exact whereabouts are unknown, though Igneel and Grandine remain in contact with one another and continue to watch over their foster children from afar. There also exists a black dragon named Acnologia (アクノロギア Akunorogia?), which views humanity as insignificant. Acnologia appears on Sirius Island during Fairy Tail's S-Class wizard exam as a result of Grimoire Heart's ambition to resurrect Zeref.[ch. 253]
Phantom Lord (ファントムロード Fantomu Rōdo?),[br] is one of the official guilds of the Fiore Kingdom founded and led by Jose Porla. Thousands of its of members are stationed in multiple subdivisions throughout the kingdom.[ch. 65] Phantom Lord uses a mobile, legged guildhall. The guildhall includes a large cannon called Jupiter (ジュピター Jupitā), capable of firing a beam of destructive magical energy.[ch. 51] The guildhall can transform into a large mecha capable of using Abyss Break (アビスブレイク Abisu Bureiku),[bs] a forbidden spell powered by magic of the four classical elements to destroy an entire town.[ch. 54,56] When the guild dispatches one of its strongest members, Gajeel Redfox, to destroy the Fairy Tail guildhall and wound Levy McGarden and her friends, Fairy Tail declares war on the rival guild.[ch. 47] Fairy Tail's victory results in Phantom Lord's dissolution by the Magic Council; Gajeel joins Fairy Tail soon after.[ch. 48-69]
Other members of Phantom Lord include the Element 4 (エレメント4 Eremento Fō) a quartet of wizards equivalent in rank to Fairy Tail's S-Class wizards. They each specialize in a magic type based on one of the four classical elements. The group is led by Aria of the "Great Sky"[bt] (アリア), a melancholy man who uses air magic to drain other wizards of their magic energy; he generates his magic power from his eyes, which he covers with a blindfold to contain his power.[ch. 57,-58] Sol of the "Great Land"[bu] (ソル Soru) is a French-speaking man who uses earth magic to merge his body into the ground and coil his body around his opponents.[ch. 47] Totomaru of the "Great Flame"[bv] (兎兎丸) is a male samurai who uses fire magic to manipulate any type flame at will, and is additionally capable of using Rainbow Fire magic.[ch. 52-53] Juvia Lockser serves as their water magic specialist; she leaves the guild following its defeat.[ch. 47] During the guild war, the Phantom Lord guild hall unit is powered by Element 4's magic which is used to cast Abyss Break, but the unit eventually stops following Element 4's defeat at the hands of Fairy Tail.[ch. 59]
The Tower of Heaven (楽園の塔 Rakuen no Tō?) is a tower designed to bring a deceased individual back to life through a form of magic called the Revive System (リバイブシステム Ribaibu Shisutemu), also known simply as the R-System (Rシステム Āru Shisutemu), which can only be activated once the tower is infused with massive amounts of magic power.[ch. 78] It is originally built through slave labor by a cult of evil wizards for the purpose of resurrecting Zeref.[ch. 81] Among the slaves forced to build the tower are Erza Scarlet and Jellal Fernandez, the latter of whom takes over construction of the tower while under the manipulation of Ultear Milkovich, who poses as the spirit of Zeref.[ch. 102] Jellal tricks members of the Magic Council into firing their ultimate weapon Etherion on the tower,[ch. 79] which consequently absorbs the attack's energy and reveals its true form: a giant lacrima crystal.[ch. 94] Once empowered, the tower must fuse with the body of a wizard comparable in power to that of a Wizard Saint;[ch. 97] the fusing would break the wizard's body down and use it to reincarnate Zeref.[ch. 95] Natsu destroys the tower when he duels and defeats Jellal before he can sacrifice Erza.[ch. 98-100]
Serving as Jellal's followers in the tower are Shō (ショウ), who views Erza like his older sister and possesses an enchanted deck of cards to trap others;[ch. 76] Simon; "Mad Dog"[bw] 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 at will;[ch. 76] and Millianna (ミリアーナ Miriāna), who has an obsession with cats and can use a rope to bind her opponents and drain their magic power.[ch. 76]
When Erza flees the Tower of Heaven, Jellal tricks them into thinking the four that Erza has abandoned them.[ch. 82] However, Shō, Wally, and Millianna turn on Jellal after realizing his deception.[ch. 83] Simon remains faithful to Erza, and saves her from Jellal's Altairis attack at the cost of his own life.[ch. 97] Following Jellal's defeat, Shō, Wally, and Millianna turn down Erza's invitation to join Fairy Tail and go their separate ways.[ch. 101-102] Millianna eventually joins Mermaid Heel.[ch. 281]
Also serving under Jellal are a trio of assassins from the dark guild Death's Head Caucus (髑髏会 Dokuro Kai) called Trinity Raven (トリニティレイヴン Toriniti Reivun).[bx][ch. 84,85] Mashima created Trinity Raven "at the last moment" because he "started feeling really sorry for [Erza's child slave friends]" after originally intending for them to oppose Erza's group.[vol. 11:afterword] Each member's name is a reference to a different type of bird.[vol. 10:translation notes] Ikaruga (斑鳩) is a woman capable of using a katana to cutting through any material.[ch. 84,91] Vidaldus Taka (ヴィダルダス・タカ Vidarudasu Taka), initially introduced as Jellal's stoic attendant, is a man resembling a rock musician.[ch. 76,84] Vidaldus's hair can absorb liquids; he can also uses an electric guitar to control his opponents' minds and turn them into groupies.[ch. 86] Fukuro (梟 Fukurō) is a man with an owl's head who wears a jet pack, and can perform the same magic his opponents use by swallowing them.[ch. 88]
Edolas (エドラス Edorasu?) is a parallel universe that exists separately from Earth-land, the universe in which Fairy Tail takes place. Edolas is inhabited by physical counterparts of characters from the series, though most of their personalities differ radically, as do a select few of their physical attributes such as height, age, and species.[ch. 170,176] Among these inhabitants are Mystogan, Jellal Fernandez' counterpart, and Poluchka, the human counterpart of the dragon Grandine.[ch. 120,260] As opposed to Earth-land, magic is a limited resource in Edolas and cannot be used as a natural ability by humans, who instead perform magic with items infused with lacrima.[ch. 172] The universe is ruled by Faust (ファウスト Fausuto),[ch. 171] replenishes his world's magic supply using inter-dimensional portals called Anima (アニマ), which absorb magic power from Earth-land and transform it into lacrima;[ch. 169] this process also affects humans as Magnolia and all its residents are absorbed by a massive portal.[ch. 170] However, the absorption process does not affect Dragon Slayers, Exceeds, or celestial spirits, allowing Natsu Dragneel, Wendy Marvell, Gajeel Redfox, Happy, Carla, and Lucy Heartfilia to survive.[ch. 168,172,180] The special medicine X-Balls (Xボール Ekkusu Bōru) can allow Earth Land wizards to use magic in Edolas.[ch. 180] Mystogan eventually saves Magnolia by reversing the Anima portal to return the magic power to Earth-land, permanently depleting Edolas' magic supply.[ch. 193,197-198]
Faust strives to bestow a limitless supply of magic on his kingdom by ramming the lacrima crystal made from Magnolia's residents into Extalia by using the Draconic Chain Cannon (竜鎖砲 Ryūsahō), a weapon that is powered by Dragon Slayer magic.[ch. 180,183] He is aided by the nation's army, the Edolas Royal Military. The military is commanded by Panther Lily;[ch. 171] "Fairy Hunter"[by] Erza Nightwalker (エルザ・ナイトウォーカー Eruza Naitowōkā), Erza Scarlet's ruthless counterpart who wields a magic spear with an interchangeable head;[ch. 170,180] Hughes (ヒューズ Hyūzu), a man capable of controlling various attractions from Faust's indoor amusement park in combat;[ch. 182] Sugar Boy (シュガーボーイ Shugābōi), a man who can soften materials with his sword;[ch. 182] Byro (バイロ Bairo), the elderly chief of staff capable of using various magical potions to cast spells;[ch. 171,184] and Coco (ココ Koko), a girl in command of an army of flying beasts called Legions (レギオン Region).[ch. 170,187] The armored, dragon-shaped mecha Doroma Anim (ドロマ・アニム Doroma Animu, also "Droma Anim") can drain the magic power from the planet to maintain its power and can nullify nearly every type of magic, except for Dragon Slayer magic.[ch. 190-194]
As with Earth-land, an alternate version of the Fairy Tail guild exists in Edolas.[ch. 170] Due to the prohibition of magic outside of the Edolas capital, Edolas' Fairy Tail is considered a dark guild, hunted by the Royal Military, and is the last remaining magic guild in Edolas.[ch. 170,171] Its guildhall is built inside a cluster of large roots, which mechanically burrows underground to change its location to escape the army.[ch. 170] Its members are counterparts of Earth-land's Fairy Tail wizards,[ch. 170] save Lisanna Strauss, who acts as her deceased counterpart after being trapped in Edolas.[ch. 199] Among its members are Natsu "Fireball"[bz] Dragyon (ナツ・ドラギオン Natsu Doragion), Natsu Dragneel's timid counterpart who only acts confidently while driving vehicles, and is the guild's transportation specialist;[ch. 173-175] Lucy Ashley (ルーシィ・アシュレイ Rūshii Ashurei), a tomboyish version of Lucy Heartfilia who enjoys bullying her guildmates and has a fierce rivalry with the Edolas counterpart of Levy McGarden;[ch. 170,175] and Gray Sorloge (グレイ・ソルージュ Gurei Sorūju), a version of Gray Fullbuster who wears multiple layers of clothing and harbors overt but one-sided romantic feelings for the Edolas counterpart of Juvia Lockser.[ch. 170,180] The members of Edolas' Fairy Tail become allies to the Earth-land Fairy Tail wizards and help them battle the Royal Military.[ch. 192]
Exceeds (エクシード Ekushīdo?) are a race[vol. 21:translation notes] of cat-like creatures that Happy, Carla, and Panther Lily come from. They reside on a floating island called Extalia (エクスタリア Ekusutaria?) that is elevated high above the Edolas Kingdom. They possess a natural ability to absorb magical power into their bodies, and can grow wings on their back with the "Aera" ability. Though assumed by the Edolas Kingdom's residents to be divine beings for their powers and superior to humans, Exceeds are generally weak and insecure individuals, and their divinity is only a ruse devised by the rulers of Extalia to bolster their race's self-confidence.[ch. 175-177,188] Unlike cats, Exceeds reproduce by laying eggs.[vol. 15:extra]
The Exceeds are ruled by their queen Chagot (シャゴット Shagotto?), who is known to the public as a deity. Also unknown to the public are her family ties, she is the mother of Carla. Having very little magical power, Chagot can only use Aera to produce one wing. However, she is able to use precognition, which when applied to human's fates, makes her appear to be a deity. Six years before the events of the series, Chagot discovers a premonition of her kingdom's destruction and sends 100 Exceed eggs to Earth-land. To prevent a panic among the Exceeds, Chagot announces that the unborn Exceeds are being sent on a mission to hunt Dragon Slayers. Two other members of Chagot's court—Nichiya (ニチヤ), the captain of Extalia's imperial guard and Ichiya's Edolas counterpart, and Nadi (ナディ), Extalia's long-necked Minister of State—help uphold the queen's ruse. Following Faust's defeat at the hands of Fairy Tail and Extalia's destruction, Mystogan enhances the Reverse Anima portal so that it transports every magical being to Earth-land, including the Exceeds; upon arrival the Exceeds decide they will search for their children. Chagot joins the search with the other Exceeds.[ch. 176-177,188,198]
Saber Tooth (セイバートゥース Seibātūsu?)[ca] is one of the official guilds in the Fiore Kingdom regarded as the kingdom's most powerful guild during Sirius Island's disappearance until its defeat at the hands of Fairy Tail in the Grand Magic Games.[ch. 258,322] The guild's master is Ziemma (ジエンマ Jienma?), a very large human intent on maintaining Saber Tooth's strength, and harshly penalizes anyone he considers inferior.[ch. 281] Two of its members, "White Dragon"[cb] Sting Eucliffe (スティング・ユークリフ Sutingu Yūkurifu) and "Shadow Dragon"[cc] Rogue Cheney (ローグ・チェーニ Rōgu Chēni), are a pair of male Dragon Slayers known collectively as the "Twin Dragons" (双竜 Soryū) of Saber Tooth.[ch. 258] They are "third generation" Dragon Slayers, who combine the magic-learning methods of Dragon Slayers from the "first generation", who are taught their magic from dragons, and "second generation", who use their magic through lacrima implants. The two refer to themselves as the "true" Dragon Slayers.[ch. 265] Sting and Rogue are accompanied by two male Exceeds — Sting's partner is Lector (レクター Rekutā) who believes in his guild's superiority to all others, while Rogue's partner is Frosch (フロッシュ Furosshu?), who wears a frog costume and almost always speaks in agreement to others.[ch. 258] Other members of the guild include "Black Lightning"[cd] Olga Nanagia (オルガ・ナナギア Oruga Nanagia),[ch. 273] a man who can use lightning magic; Rufus Lohr (ルーファス・ロア Rūfasu Roa), a man who can create illusions of himself and pinpoint others' locations with his heightened memorization ability;[ch. 270] Minerva Orlando, Jiemma's daughter;[ch. 283] as well as Yukino Agria.[ch. 268] Following the Grand Magic Games, Ziemma and Minerva leave Saber Tooth and Sting decides to help reform Saber Tooth.[ch. 338]
Bora the "Prominence"[ce] (ボラ?) is a fire wizard who is kicked out of his guild Titan Nose[cf] for assisting in criminal activities before the beginning of the series. While posing as the Fairy Tail wizard "Salamander", Bora uses magic charms to persuade young women, including Lucy Heartfilia, into coming aboard his yacht so he can sell them into slavery until Natsu Dragneel exposes him as an imposter.[ch. 1] In the Japanese version of the series, Bora is voiced by Yoshimitsu Shimoyama. In the English dub, he is voiced by Ian Sinclair.
Brain (ブレイン Burein?) is the leader of the Oración Seis, and Jellal Fernandez's mentor from the Tower of Heaven. He is named for his former position as a researcher at the Bureau of Magical Development where various forms of magic are created.[ch. 147] He is a super-intelligent wizard with prowess over various spells that include vortexes of dark magic he conjures from his staff Kurodoa (クロドア?, also "Klodoa"), which has a mind of its own.[ch. 134,154] To help him find where Nirvana is sealed, Brain kidnaps Wendy Marvell and forces her to revive Jellal, who leads him to Nirvana while following his few remaining memories of the spell.[ch. 147] As each member of his guild is defeated, a set of lines tattooed on his body disappears;[ch. 145] these lines are later found to form a seal suppressing his alternate personality named Zero (ゼロ?), the true master of the Oración Seis who craves destruction and tries to use Nirvana to destroy everything he sees, and is unleashed once all six sets are erased.[ch. 156] Natsu Dragneel ultimately defeats Zero using his Dragon Force form supplied by a reformed Jellal.[ch. 161] Seven years later, Brain is betrayed by his guild shortly after they are released from prison. In the original Japanese series, Brain and Zero are voiced by Tetsu Inada. In the English dub, their voices are supplied by Philip Weber.
Celestial spirits (星霊 seirei?) are beings from the Celestial Spirit World, a world parallel to Earth-land, who are contracted by celestial wizards like Lucy Heartfilia to be summoned to their masters' sides through the use of enchanted keys called Gatekeys to battle and perform other tasks. They are governed by an all-powerful spirit called the Celestial Spirit King (星霊王 Seirei-Ō), and are each named after and based on one of the 88 modern constellations. They are immortal and possess various magic powers and abilities, but lose their power when they remain outside their realm for extended periods of time, which is fatal to them.[ch. 72-74]
Whereas most weaker celestial spirits are summoned through the use of common, store-bought silver Gatekeys, there are twelve golden keys that are used to summon spirits of the Twelve Gates of the Zodiac (黄道十二門 Ōdō Jūnin-mon).[ch. 4] These spirits are more powerful than others, and they require their master to use a large amount of magic energy to summon.[ch. 143]
"Poison Dragon"[da] Cobra (コブラ Kobura?) is a second-generation Dragon Slayer. Having mastered the Poison Dragon Slayer magic (毒の滅竜魔法 Doku no Metsuryū mahō), Cobra can breathe clouds of toxic gas and turn his hands into venomous claws. He also has hyper-sensitive hearing that allows him to hear others' movements and read their thoughts.[ch. 149] He is accompanied by a pet snake Cubellios (キュベリオス Kyuberiosu?).[ch. 134] Formerly a slave at the Tower of Heaven, Cobra is one of five wizards assembled and raised by Brain to form the Oración Seis. He is captured by the Magic Council with the rest of his guild after being defeated by Natsu Dragneel. Seven years later, he is temporarily released from prison to aid his fellow Dragon Slayers in battling dragons assembled by the future version of Rogue Cheney. In the Japanese series, he is voiced by Atsushi Imaruoka. In the English dub, he is voiced by Jarrod Greene.
Deliora (デリオラ Deriora?), the "Demon of Disaster"[db], is a massive demon created by Zeref who destroys Gray Fullbuster's hometown and is frozen by Ur years before the series' present.[ch. 27] Ten years later, he is thawed out by Lyon Vastia during the events of the series, only to die moments later after spending years in a frozen state.[ch. 43] Seven years later, Deliora is revived as a member of Tartaros, using Gray's father, "Absolute Zero"[dc] Silver Fullbuster (シルバー・フルバスター Shirubā Furubasutā?) as a disguise.[ch. 390] In his human form, he utilizes Ice Devil Slayer magic (氷の滅悪魔導士 Kōri no Metsuaku mahō?) capable of harming other demons via flash freezing and conjuring ice formations.[ch. 353]
Doranbalt (ドランバルト Doranbaruto?) is a wizard and intelligence operative for the reformed Magic Council.[ch. 223] He uses a spell called Direct Line (瞬間移動（ダイレクトライン） Dairekuto Rain?) to instantaneously teleport himself from one location to another.[ch. 213] Under the alias Mest Gryder (メスト・グライダー Mesuto Guraidā?), he uses a memory alteration charm to disguise himself as a member of Fairy Tail and Mystogan's disciple.[ch. 202] He participates in the guild's S-Class wizard test on Sirius Island to search for negative information on the guild and dissolve it.[ch. 213] However, he becomes increasingly sympathetic for Fairy Tail after discovering Grimoire Heart and Zeref's presence on the island.[ch. 223] Doranbalt tries in vain to evacuate Fairy Tail off the island, out of concern that the council will fire Etherion on them.[ch. 228] In the Japanese series, he is voiced by Shūhei Sakaguchi. In the English dub, his name is spelled Doranbolt, and he is voiced by Alex Organ.
Flare Corona (フレア・コロナ Furea Korona) is a red haired woman who can extend and change the shape of her prehensile hair.[ch. 271] Introduced as a member of Raven Tail during the Grand Magic Games, Flare develops a fondness to Lucy Heartfilia and stalks her while referring to her as blondie. After Raven Tail's dissolution, Flare continues to stalk Lucy in secrecy which later leads her back to her homeland the Sun Village (太陽の村 Taiyō no Mura). In the anime series her voice actress is Shizuka Itō.
Precht (プレヒト Purehito?), better known as Hades (ハデス Hadesu) is the founder and master of Grimoire Heart. Formerly the second guild master of Fairy Tail,[ch. 214] Hades embarks on a quest for knowledge to find the original source of magic power, which he traces back to Zeref.[ch. 215] He organizes Grimoire Heart for the purpose of reawakening Zeref's power, thinking he may find the source of magic in the "world of great magic" that Zeref will bring about.[ch. 249] He uses powerful spells from Zeref's book such as Grimoire Law (悪魔の法律（グリモアロウ） Gurimoa Rō), a dark version of Makarov Dreyar's spell,[ch. 214] and Nemesis (天罰（ネメシス） Nemeshisu) to transform rubble into living demons.[ch. 247] At first, it is implied that he is invincible when he nearly kills Makarov in battle on Sirius Island,[ch. 214] and is later unscathed by a joint attack from the main protagonists.[ch. 243] This is later revealed to be an effect from a mechanical "heart" stowed on board his guild's airship that sustains his life and strengthens his magic.[ch. 248] However, once Happy and Carla destroy the machine, Hades is easily defeated by the protagonists and allowed to leave the island, only to be mercilessly killed by Zeref.[ch. 248-250] In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Masashi Hirose. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by John Swasey.
Igneel (イグニール Igunīru?) is a dragon, the Flame Dragon King, and the adoptive father of Natsu Dragneel.[ch. 1,2] Having raised Natsu from infancy and taught him Dragon Slayer magic, Igneel disappears seven years before the events of the series on July 7 prompting Natsu on a journey to find him. Natsu uncovers clues about Igneel's disappearance over the course of the series, discovering that Gajeel Redfox and Wendy Marvell's dragons vanished on the same day. Igneel is periodically shown to watch Natsu from an undisclosed volcanic region, choosing not to interfere with human affairs. In the original Japanese series, Igneel is voiced by Hidekatsu Shibata. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Bob Magruder.
Jellal Fernandez (ジェラール・フェルナンデス Jerāru Ferunandesu?) is a young man introduced under the alias Siegrain (ジークレイン Jīkurein?). He is based on Sieg Hart, a character from his earlier work Rave Master, as a form of fan service.[vol. 3:afterword] As one of the Ten Wizard Saints, he uses "Heavenly Body" magic (天体魔法 tentai mahō?) spells such as Meteor (ミーティア Mītia?)[dd] which allows him to fly and boost his speed to imperceptible levels; Grand Chariot (グランシャリオ Guran Shario),[de] an energy attack with the destructive power of a falling meteor; and Altairis (アルテアリス Arutearisu),[df] a deadly black orb that is recognized for causing light and shadows to stretch in opposite directions.[ch. 96,97]
Enslaved and forced to build the Tower of Heaven during his childhood, Jellal befriends a group of other child slaves, including Erza Scarlet. While being punished by his captors for attempting to rebel, Jellal is manipulated by a spirit of Zeref, who is in truth Ultear Milkovich,[ch. 102] into taking over the tower's construction. Jellal turns on Erza, as he and the other slaves continue building the tower for the next eight years.[ch. 77-83] He is appointed a member of the Magic Council where he poses as a twin brother named Siegrain to avoid suspicion from Erza and the council. He has the council fire Etherion at the tower to complete it. While fighting with Erza and Natsu Dragneel, Jellal kills his friend Simon when he launches an attack at them. Natsu uses the residual energy from Etherion to defeat Jellal and free him from his brainwashing. Jellal saves Natsu and Erza from the tower's destruction by fusing with it and redirecting its destructive power into the sky.[ch. 94-101]
Later in the series, he is found alive by Oración Seis and is resuscitated by Wendy Marvell to help Oración Seis find the destructive spell Nirvana.[ch. 136,137] However, he suffers from amnesia, and, after being convinced by Erza to atone for his misdeeds, allies with Fairy Tail to fight Oración Seis;[ch. 145,147] he enhances Natsu's strength to defeat Zero.[ch. 159] Jellal is soon arrested by the Magic Council.[ch. 162] During the disappearance of Sirius Island, Jellal is liberated by Ultear and Merudi. They soon found their own independent guild, Crime Sorcière (クリムソルシエール Kurimu Sorushiēru),[dg] whose agenda is to eradicate the dark guilds and any treachery that could arise from Zeref. With his memories fully restored, he reconciles with Erza and professes his love for her while continuing to atone for his misdeeds.[ch. 263,264] Jellal poses as Mystogan, his Edolas counterpart, to investigate a magical anomaly detected from Crocus's tournament arena.[ch. 268,263] He is eventually released by Doranbalt following Tartaros's destruction on the Magic Council. He later confronts the Oracion Seis on Doranbolt's request and challenges them to a fight. After defeating them, he asks them to join his guild Crime Sorciere, and declares that they should be fighting their common enemy Zeref. In the original Japanese series, Jellal is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Robert McCollum.
Jose Porla (ジョゼ・ポーラ Joze Pōra?) is the founder and guild master of Phantom Lord and one of the Ten Wizard Saints. Using the element of darkness, Jose can summon ghost-like apparitions called Shades (シェイド Sheido)[dh] to drain the strength of anyone they come in contact with. A self-fashioned rival of Makarov Dreyar, Jose harbors resentment against Fairy Tail for its quick rise to prominence; he considers Phantom Lord to be superior.[ch. 65] Upon discovering Lucy Heartfilia's membership in Fairy Tail, Jose captures her on her father Jude's orders and organizes the assault on Fairy Tail.[ch. 47] Oblivious to Lucy running away from home years earlier, Jose attempts to hold her for ransom and plans to monopolize her fortune out of concern that the Heartfilia fortune may cause Fairy Tail to surpass his guild.[ch. 64] After his defeat at the hands of Makarov, Jose is stripped of his rank as a Wizard Saint.[ch. 65,69] In the original Japanese series, Jose is voiced by Takashi Matsuyama. Ed Blaylock provides his voice in the English dub.
"Reitei"[di] Lyon Vastia (リオン・バスティア Rion Basutia?) is an Ice Make wizard and Gray Fullbuster's fellow pupil under Ur who shares Gray's habit of stripping down to his underwear. Lyon can create living golems from ice in the shape of animals, which can move and attack on their own. He uses a single hand to cast his magic faster, but it makes his conjured ice less structurally stable. When Ur transforms herself into ice to freeze Deliora and protect Gray, Lyon resents him for ruining his childhood ambition of surpassing Ur ever since. Years later, Lyon uses the ceremonial "Moon Drip" spell to melts the ice made from Ur's body to revive and kill Deliora. However, he discovers that the demon has already died while in his frozen state and, following Gray's advice, joins Lamia Scale.[ch. 132] Seven years later, Lyon falls in love with Juvia on sight, much to her confusion.[ch. 256,265] In the original Japanese series, Lyon is voiced by Yūki Kaji. In the English dub, where he is called "Cold Emperor" Lyon Vastia, his voice is supplied by Jerry Jewell.
Kagura Mikazuchi (カグラ・ミカズチ?) is a member of the Mermaid Heel and the younger sister of Simon.[ch. 267,314] Having mastered the Gravity Change (重力変化 Jūryoku Henka?) magic, she can raise her target's gravity.[ch. 280] Using her katana Archenemy (不倶戴天 Fugutaiten), Kagura can defeat a person with a single strike and, when unsheathed, can cause destruction.[ch. 280,315] Before joining Mermaid Heel, she lives with Simon and Erza until their capture in which Erza prevents Kagura from being enslaved herself. After learning of Simon's death, Kagura is determined to seek revenge against Jellal Fernandez as well as Millianna. Only after realizing that Erza has prevented her enslavement and discovering that Ultear Milkovich has killed Simon does she reconsiders.[ch. 314-315,334] In the anime series, her voice actress is Saori Hayami.
Merudy (メルディ Merudi?) is a member of Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory, capable of using the Lost Magic Maguilty Sense (マギルティ=センス Maguriti-Sensu?) to synchronize the physical sensations of two or more people.[ch. 229] The spell can also affect the targets' emotions, and if one of their emotions are strong enough, that person becomes capable of reading the others' emotions for as long as the spell remains in effect.[ch. 230] She is also capable of using Maguilty Sodom (マギルティ=ソドム Magiruti-Sodomu?) to produce blades of light that directly affect her opponents' sense of pain.[ch. 225]
Ultear Milkovich takes care of Merudy after her hometown is destroyed, unaware that Ultear and Grimoire Heart are responsible for the town's destruction.[ch. 230,250] Merudy comes to love Ultear as with her mother,[ch. 230] joining Grimoire Heart as a Seven Kin member, and assisting Ultear during the mission to capture Zeref, whose magic combined with Ultear's Arc of Time restores her hometown.[ch. 242] She also participates in Grimoire Heart's attack on Sirius Island to kill the Fairy Tail members, especially Gray Fullbuster.[ch. 215,228] She duels with Juvia Lockser and turns it into a stalemate by threatening suicide; however, Juvia convinces her to live for the one she loves.[ch. 229,230] Merudy eventually learns the truth of her hometown's destruction from Zancrow. Merudy rescues Ultear from committing suicide and, wanting to find happiness, leaves Grimoire Heart.[ch. 242,250] During the Fairy Tail members' seven-year disappearance on Sirius Island, Merudy, Ultear, and Jellal Fernandez found Crime Sorcière.[ch. 263] In the anime series, her voice actress is Saori Gotō. In the English dub, her name is spelled Meldy and she is voiced by Bryn Apprill.
Minerva Orlando (ミネルバ・オーランド Mineruba Ōrando) is the ruthless and sadistic daughter of Sabertooth's guild master Ziemma with the power of Territory (テリトリー Teritorī)) which allows her to manipulate the space around an object and teleport any object or person in the space. After being defeated by Erza Scarlet in the Grand Magic Games, she leaves Sabertooth and joins the dark guild Succubus Eye. After her guild is obliterated, she becomes a member of Tartaros as Neo Minerva.[ch. 359] In the anime series her voice actress is Kikuko Inoue.
"Shadow Dragon"[dj] Rogue Cheney (ローグ・チェーニ Rōgu Chēni?) is a member of Saber Tooth, a male Dragon Slayer, and one of the Twin Dragons alongside Sting Eucliffe.[ch. 258] He is a third-generation Dragon Slayer, taught by the dragon Skiadrum and using Dragon Slayer lacrima implants to perform Shadow Dragon Slayer magic (影の滅竜魔法 Ei no Metsuryū mahō?) techniques such as shrouding himself in a black cloud and turning himself into a shadow.[ch. 294] He is accompanied by Frosch (フロッシュ Furosshu?), a green Exceed who wears a pink frog costume.[ch. 258] Calling himself Ryos (ライオス Raiosu?) in his childhood, Rogue is an admirer of Gajeel Redfox during the latter's membership in Phantom Lord, and becomes intent to fight him when Gajeel joins Fairy Tail.[ch. 317] Satisfied after his loss in the Grand Magic Games, Rogue strives to improve Saber Tooth's image, recognizing the lack of camaraderie in his guild.
During the tournament, a version of Rogue hailing from an alternate future appears through the Eclipse Gate, possessed by his inner evil after Frosch's death in his timeline. "Future" Rogue combines his shadow magic with White Dragon Slayer magic forcibly acquired from Sting after killing him in the future.[ch. 325] By tricking Hisui E. Fiore into thinking that they may use the Eclipse as a weapon to save the kingdom from a dragon invasion,[ch. 323] he sets the Eclipse Gate to allow seven dragons from a quadricentennial war to appear in the present, which he then brainwashes to use against Acnologia. While Rogue's present self helps fight the dragons, "Future" Rogue's battle with Natsu Dragneel ends with the Eclipse being destroyed and returning Rogue and the dragons to their original time periods. In the anime adaptation, Rogue's voice actor is Kenichi Suzumura.
Poluchka (ポーリュシカ Pōryushika?, also "Porlyusica") is an elderly hermit and medicinal advisor of Fairy Tail, able to remedy all sorts of ailments and injuries.[ch. 51,65] She humorously loathes of humans and chases visitors out of her house unless they are in need of her aid.[ch. 51] She is also a longtime friend of Makarov Dreyar, whom she nurses to health when he is drained of his magic, and later when he falls ill during Laxus Dreyar's mutiny. When Poluchka meets Wendy Marvell, who mistakes her for the dragon Grandine,[ch. 259] she reveals herself as the dragon's human counterpart from Edolas who gets trapped in Earth-land years before the series' present.[ch. 260] In the original Japanese series, her voice actress is Shōko Tsuda. In the English dub, her name is spelled Porlyusica, and she is voiced by Linda Young.
Simon (シモン Shimon?) is one of Erza Scarlet and Jellal Fernandez's friends and fellow slaves during their childhood in the Tower of Heaven,[ch. 76] as well as the older brother of Kagura Mikazuchi.[ch. 314] He is a large man who wears an eyepatch and a metal plate around his lower jaw, which is disfigured during a revolt attempt when he is a child.[ch. 81] He learns to use telepathic powers and a spell called Dark Moment (闇刹那 Yami Setsuna?) to cover surrounding areas in darkness.[ch. 76] Unlike Erza's other friends, who are convinced by Jellal that Erza attempted to kill them to save herself from the tower, Simon notices he is lying and remains faithful to Erza,[ch. 82] whom he harbors romantic feelings for.[ch. 81] Feigning loyalty to Jellal, he lures the protagonists to the Tower of Heaven to stop Jellal.[ch. 82] Eventually, during Natsu Dragneel's battle with Jellal, Simon shields Natsu and Erza from Jellal's Altairis attack at the cost of his own life.[ch. 97] In the original Japanese series, Simon is voiced by Yasuyuki Kase. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by J. Michael Tatum.
"White Dragon"[dk] Sting Eucliffe (スティング・ユークリフ Sutingu Yūkurifu?) is a Dragon Slayer and a member Saber Tooth, and one of the Twin Dragons alongside Rogue Cheney.[ch. 258] Sting is a third-generation Dragon Slayer raised by the dragon Weisslogia who has Dragon Slayer lacrima implants.[ch. 265] He performs White Dragon Slayer magic (白の滅竜魔法 Haku no Metsuryū mahō?) to produce beams of sacred light from his mouth and arms.[ch. 295] As a child, Sting kills Weisslogia at the dragon's behest to prove himself a "true" Dragon Slayer.[ch. 265] He promises his Exceed friend Lector (レクター Rekutā?) 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] During their two-on-two fight alongside Rogue and Gajeel Redfox, Sting is single-handedly defeated by Natsu,[ch. 296] and gains new respect for Fairy Tail.[ch. 322] He later fights alongside his fellow Dragon Slayers against a set of dragons summoned by the future version of Rogue. Following the Grand Magic Games, Sting becomes Saber Tooth's new master. In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai. In the English dub, his voice is provided by Michael Jones.
Ultear Milkovich (ウルティア・ミルコビッチ Urutia Mirukobitchi?, also "Urtear Milkovich") is Ur's daughter[ch. 46] and the leader of Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory. Having mastered the Lost Magic Arc of Time (時間のアーク Toki no Āku?), she can control an object's state in time and maneuver her crystal ball.[ch. 40] She additionally performs Ice Make magic.[ch. 240] During her early childhood, she is brought to a research facility by Ur to save her life, only to be subjected to the doctors' experiments. Ur is tricked into thinking that Ultear has died, and Ultear, oblivious to this realization, mistakenly thinks that she has been abandoned upon discovering Gray Fullbuster and Lyon Vastia with Ur. Ultear joins Grimoire Heart to modify her magic with Zeref's power to travel to the past and kill Ur.[ch. 240,241]
Disguised as Zeref's spirit, Ultear manipulates Jellal Fernandez into becoming the dark wizard's servant.[ch. 102] She is appointed a member of the Magic Council and attempts to acquire the demon Deliora for Jellal by posing as Lyon's minion Zalty (ザルティ Zaruti?) and helping him melt the ice made from Ur's body that freezes the demon.[ch. 42,46] Ultear destroys the council building after Jellal tricks the council into firing Etherion at the Tower of Heaven.[ch. 95] Ultear later discovers and captures Zeref on Sirius Island, and then attempts to flee with Zeref and her guildmate Merudy.[ch. 222,239] Upon discovering the truth of her abandonment during her duel with Gray,[ch. 241] Ultear helps Fairy Tail defeat Hades,[ch. 248] and leaves Grimoire Heart with Merudy.[ch. 250]
During the disappearance of Sirius Island, Ultear liberates Jellal from prison and founds Crime Sorcière; she also uses her magic to unlock Fairy Tail's dormant magic power in exchange for their help in determining the source of a magical power later revealed to be the Eclipse Gate.[ch. 263] When the future version of Rogue Cheney uses the Eclipse to bring dragons to the present, Ultear contemplates killing the present Rogue to prevent his future self from existing. She soon becomes horrified with herself for having such thoughts and, in penance, casts the Arc of Time spell Last Ages (ラストエイジス Rasuto Eijisu?) that reverses time by one minute, which allows the battling wizards to predict the dragons' next moves within that minute, but also rapidly ages Ultear's body to that of an old woman. In the original Japanese series, she is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Lydia Mackay.
Ul (ウル Uru?, Ul) is the mother of Ultear Milkovich and the adoptive mother of Lyon Vastia and Gray Fullbuster.[ch. 36,46] A master of Ice-Make magic, Ur teaches Lyon and Gray how to perform this magic. Years before the events of the series, Ur brings Ultear to a research facility to save her when she falls gravely ill from her immense magical power. However, while they keep Ultear alive to experiment on her, the doctors trick Ur into thinking that her daughter has died. Ur takes in Lyon and Gray as her students, eventually coming to love them as her own children without viewing them as replacements for Ultear. After Ur freezes the demon Deliora, she is kept alive in the form of a large chunk of ice along with the demon. Years later, Lyon uses the Moon Drip spell to melt her. Even after drifting out to sea as water, Ur remains alive to watch over her students. She is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. In the English dub, her voice is supplied by Kira Vincent-Davis.
Yukino Aguria (ユキノ・アグリア?) is a celestial wizard who can summon spirits from a set of magical Gatekeys as with Lucy Heartfilia.[ch. 282] After losing her older sister Sorano as a child, Yukino decides to stop Zeref at all costs.[ch. 303] Initially a member of Saber Tooth, she participates in the Grand Magic Games as Minerva's substitute. After being expelled for losing to Kagura Mikazuchi,[ch. 281] she joins the Cherry Blossom Holy Knight Squadron with the rank of sergeant.[ch. 290] She is voiced by Fuyuka Ōura.
The "Black Wizard"[dl] Zeref (ゼレフ Zerefu?) is one of the primary antagonists of Fairy Tail. He is described as the most evil wizard in history, having created numerous demons before his defeat 400 years before the series's present.[ch. 21] He is worshiped by cultists who build the Tower of Heaven to revive him from his assumed demise,[ch. 82] while the members of Grimoire Heart think that he is in a "sleeping" state in which he cannot use the full extent of his power, and seek to awaken him.[ch. 102] Zeref's first actual appearance in the story is on Sirius Island as an unaging young man whose magic causes everything around him to die instantly.[ch. 200] His strength varies between two different personalities: a benevolent one that cherishes life but is unable to control his magic; and a malevolent one that disregards life and can use his magic at will and to its fullest extent.[ch. 250] Because he is capable of cherishing life, Zeref is self-loathing and wishes to be killed by Natsu.[ch. 209] After witnessing the battle between Fairy Tail and Grimoire Heart on Sirius Island, Zeref punishes Grimoire Heart's master Hades by killing him.[ch. 250] Seven years later, after contemplating how to react to the world's continuing conflicts, Zeref concludes he must wipe out all of humanity. In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Akira Ishida. In the English dub, his voice is supplied by Joel McDonald.
Several types of merchandise has been produced, including: notebooks showing the main characters, cosplay clothing of the female characters, key chains including Lucy Heartfilia's gate keys, temporary tattoos and clothes bearing the Fairy Tail logo, clocks with characters on them, as well as several figurines and plush dolls. Several characters are featured on postcards and magnets. Mouse pads were also created for some of the female characters.
The characters of Fairy Tail have received both praise and criticism from publications dedicated to anime, manga, and other media. Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network describes the characters' styles as having a "strong 'bite me' vibe" and compared the visual style to that of One Piece author Eiichiro Oda. In his review of the second volume, Kimlinger said that Cancer's fighting style "is a kick". In reviewing the first DVD/Blu-ray volume of Fairy Tail, Carlo Santos 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 he 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."