This last one is hilarious, considering that in the anime, another Simon has the same seiyuu as Natsu.
Juvia gets one when she sacrifices herself so that Cana can get the opportunity to take out Fried herself instead of fighting against each other in the trap, just to prove that Juvia truly loves all of Fairy Tail. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
Lucy gets several in her fight against Angel. First, she goes into the fight fully knowing that this same person outsmarted and defeated Hibiki and Natsu, and even Jura, which she did not know about, and even despite several warnings that nobody should go up against one of the Oración Seis alone. She continues to fight even when Angel displays an ability to control her Celestial Spirits, and that, yes, she is perfectly willing to die if she can let any Celestial Spirit be happy. And finally, with help from Hibiki, she unleashes a top-level Mage spell, Urano Metria, and utterly decimates Angel. Pretty good for The Chick, and weakest member of her team (besides Happy).
How about using The Power of Friendship to get the Celestial SpiritKing to ignore a law that for all we know has existed since the dawn of time.
Even earlier, Lucy gets one when Gajeel is brutally beating her, and even throwing knives at her pinned down body, narrowly missing her every time. She stares him down and gives a Badass Boast, telling him that he can kill her if he wants. But if he does, Fairy Tail would shadow him and make him live in fear for the rest of his life.
After Fairy Tail defeats Phantom Lord, Lucy decides to return home... so she can tell her father where to stick it. The reason the Phantom Lord arc happened to begin with was because he hired Phantom to bring her back home... so she could take part in an Arranged Marriage.
This whole list and not one mention of Lucy taking down a hundred men from the Naked Mummy guild all by herself.
It's not hard to find them for Erza, since everything she does is awesome, but she does get a particularly good one during the Tower of Heaven arc in her fight against Ikaruga, where, for the first time, she fights without any armor at all, against somebody with Implausible Fencing Powers, and wins.
One could argue that the Phantom Lord arc was even more awesome for Erza. Taking the Bullet is cool. Taking The Wave Motion Gun shot, stomping one of the strongest mages of the other guild and fighting the Master of this guild (who is on par with Makarov) is cooler.
Said stomping was against someone (Aria) who was curb-stomping Natsu. And she beat him in one blow, while he was at full-strength. Natsu, you have a long way to go.
In the Fighting Festival arc, Erza ends up chasing/following Evergreen into a building of some kind, with Evergreen tossing an impossible number of needles at her. Erza doges ALL of them; and after Evergreen DOUBLES the number of needles, Erza simply Ex-Equips two swords, that she wields with her feet and then deflects the ones she doesn't just outright dodge. She then pins Evergreen to the wall with those two swords, which she threw with her feet. After they exchange some words, Erza tells Evergreen that if she releases everyone she petrified, she'll let her live and won't harm her. Evergreen threatens to turn all those petrified to dust unless Erza strips and lays on the ground for her. It looks like Erza gave in and she Ex-equips into this. On the next page, the first three panels on the top show Evergreen slowly realizing that she is completelyFUCKED anyway or another; she screams in pain, leaving the reader to think that Erza turned her into a human pin cushion. Erza pulled off the ultimate bluff. All she did was punch Evergreen square in the face. Basically, the whole chapter was an extended Crowning Moment Of Awesome for Erza.
Also, don't forget Erza's taking down of the TWO HUNDRED lightning lacrima, which would shock anyone who destroyed them.
Makarov's fight against Jose at the end of the Phantom Lord arc of the anime, which really, really shows that he's the most powerful character in the series. Special mention goes to the unraveling of Fairy Law, a spell that destroys everything... Everything that the caster considers an enemy, and only that. This is pure, distilled awesome.
Natsu has several more crowning moments: During the Phantom Lord arc, Gajeel was already established as the most powerful member of that guild. He lives up to that name by taking out Elfman. What does Natsu do? Pummels him across the FACE! "I'm the Dragon Slayer from Fairy Tail!" He does a big damn heroes moment too, saving Lucy from Gajeel's dagger and pummeling him a second time. In fact, that whole battle could be considered awesome considering how everyone fears Gajeel except for the really strong mages.
Another one is during his fight with Jellal in the Tower of Heaven arc. Natsu eats Etherion and starts choking. Both Jellal and Erza think he's crazy for doing such a thing... then he curbstomps him.
What happened after that in the arc's closure, easily tops all his previous moments. Natsu is carrying Erza in his arms after she tried to sacrifice herself. First he absorbed massive quantities of Etherion in her place; he was badly injured before that and he still goes around as badass as ever with Erza in his arms and the Etherion suppressed inside him. This event doubles as Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and triples with Ship Tease all by Erza crying on his chest.
Gray has one during the Tower of Heaven arc. Fukuro the owl man defeats Natsu and Gray has to take over...and pwns the owl. It's nice because Natsu and Erza have always overshadowed the rest of the team, and Gray shows that he's just as capable and powerful, if not more powerful. It's also notable because he's the only one of the three that doesn't have an epithet.
The Galuna Island arc, which mainly focuses on Gray, has another one. Initially, Gray was fearful and as a result easily lost to Lyon. However, in their second fight, he tries to convince Lyon and gets stabbed. Naturally, he's pissed and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of his senior, saying he's tired of trying to convince him to change his ways.
In the same arc, he stands up to Erza, even grabbing her sword until his hand bleeds to show his defiance.
Chapters 176 & 177: Happy has an impressive one when he defied the "fact" that he and Carla were spies on a mission for Extalia and proclaimed that they were first and foremost Mages of Fairy Tail and that they were going to save their friends all by themselves, all the while Carla was in the midst of an emotional breakdown. It showed that underneath that perpetually cute exterior is a steel will that rivals any one of the human mages in Fairy Tail. The anime conveyed this scene more effectively than the manga.
Chapter 179: Midway through the Edolas arc, Edolas!Erza has recaptured Lucy, Happy, and Carla and is gleefully preparing to stab all of them when the wall explodes inward, revealing none other than the original Fairy Tail Gray and Erza, uncrystallized and ready to kick some alternate reality ass.
Chapter 185: Gray attempts to destroy the key that will kill his friends. When informed that said key can also save them, he destroys it anyway... and then makes a new one out of ice that only he can use.
King Faust is completely pissed off that our heroes are meddling with his plans and so launches off on Dorma Anim, a magic fueled mechanical dragon with magic resistant armor. No attacks can pierce Faust's defense and the situation looks grim... That is, until Natsu, Gajeel, and Wendy stand up to fight him as Fairy Tail's Dragon Slayers. I think the right expression here is "Time to open a can!".
The way the battle ends, full fucking stop. Gajeel holds Dorma Anim in place while Natsu uses the propulsion and rotation of Wendy's roar, mixing the gale with his own flames. The result is an attack so fast and strong that he blasts through Dorma Anim's chest, grabbing Faust and bursting from the other side with him.
Arguably, it is very reminiscent of Gurren Lagann's Giga Drill Breaker. Gajeel pins Dorma Anim down (like the boomerang shades' function), while Natsu becomes the drill with Wendy's Sky Dragon Roar. Again, made more awesome considering Natsu and Simon share the same seiyuu.
Erza Scarlet succeeding in talkingdown Erza Knightwalker.
This really needs to be elaborated on. Since Erza's first appearance in the Edolas arc, she's been fighting her alternate self, Erza Knightwalker. Without a doubt, this was Erza's longest and hardest fight yet, fought in two parts with a rematch. She even had to use her absolute strongest armor, which she never showed in battle before. After both she and her opponent had no magic left, they were reduced to fighting with Good Old Fisticuffs while falling down hundreds of feet, and then crashing to the ground. Not only that, but her opponent's weapon had the same exact powers as Haru Glory's from Rave Master, a manga by the same author, possibly symbolizing that now Fairy Tail wins out over his previous work.
The anime gives one to Lucy when Gray is trying to get the members of the guild to take out Laxus' lightning lacrima. After hours of fighting each other, it seems they are still holding grudges and time is running out. Lucy single-handedly quiets them all with a speech about how the Fairy Tail members are unstoppable when they're working together and rouses them into action. When did Lucy become The Heart?
In Chapter 206, Gildarts does the one thing that no other hero/villain has done: He made Natsu fall to his knees through sheer force of magical power, and admit defeat. He truly deserves the title Fairy Tail's Strongest Mage.
In Chapter 218, Natsu squares off against Grimore Heart's Fire GOD Slayer and gets owned. Eventually being blasted back to where Makarov is laying after having been beaten. Makarov tells Natsu to run as the God Slayer approaches and Natsu starts shaking with fear just like when he fought Gildarts earlier. However when the God Slayer starts taunting him he reveals the only thing he's scared of right now: THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS GONNA TAKE DOWN THE GUY WHO HURT MAKAROV!
Hi, I'm Natsu. I'll just be eating the fire that is specifically stated to be impossible for me to eat, and then I'm going to kick your ass with it.And my own. At the same time.
I think a minor but very overlooked CMoA is Loke being in the Human World. 10 days was supposed to be absolute torture for Aries, another one of the Golden Key Zodiacs, so much so that Loke wanted to break her contract with Karen. Loke lasts THREE YEARS outside of the Celestial Spirit World, over 100 times the amount that would have broken Aries.
Only to be outdone by Capricorn who been outside even longer, 17 YEARS! However, Capricorn was different — he was actually Zoldeo merged with Capricorn's body.
Though he didn't win in the end, Elfman gets major props during his fight with Rustyrose. After hearing of Grimoire Heart's plan, Elfman calls bullshit on it, charges Rustyrose and manages to grab the big claw his right arm is transformed into. He then proceeds to use Take Over on his own right arm, with the exact same claw Rustyrose has. While he blocked the attack, Elfman grabbed his glasses and crushed them, allowing Evergreen to turn Rustyrose to stone.
Rustyrose, the actual winner of said fight, in his own crowning moment, doesn't get turned to stone, because he summoned a new pair of glasses, revealing he had Reality Warper powers based on his imaginations (with several limits and conditions as he mentions). Then he summons a giant tower which lifts Elfman and Evergreen into the air before exploding.
Chapter 227: Natsu and Lucy tag-teaming Kain Hikaru, using his own voodoo doll.
Chapters 228 & 229: Juvia scares Erza.
To go into detail, Juvia just had the crap beaten out of her by the person she and Erza are fighting. Then Meredy mentions her intention to kill Gray. Juvia gets back up and is so pissed that Erza, freaking Erza gets scared.
Fairy Tail gets props for having one of these in a FILLER episode (Episode 72). Six words. Gray and Juvia = Unison Raid. Also, Gajeel saves Natsu by drilling through the lacrima crystal prison that he's being kept in and tells everyone to feed Natsu with fire, and everyone following up by feeding Natsu with a massive fire.
Chapter 233: Cana arrives with Fairy Glitter engraved on her arm to save Lucy, Natsu, Wendy, Makarov, Carla, and Happy from Bluenote. Unfortunately, since Cana just got the Fairy Glitter, she's not able to use it properly, as Bluenote painfully points out to her. Just as he is about to deal a finishing blow, Bluenote gets blown away by Gildarts. And HE IS PISSED.
Chapter 234: Fried and Bickslow pulling a BDH moment for the rest of the guild.
Fried: "You've committed the crime of hurting our comrades. The rules don't apply to you."
Chapter 235: Azuma literally uproots the giant Sirius Tree, and has taken control of the entire Island's magic through his Lost Magic: Great Tree Arc. On top of that, it turns out that tree's magic, and that of the island's, has been protecting the Fairy Tail members and keeping them safe. Now that its gone, they're being drained of their magical power, and Mirajane and Makarov might actually DIE now.
Chapter 238 has this: Azuma's body transforms into a tree and the magic is back to normal in the island. This leads us into the following:
Bickslow uses his Figure Eyes to control Elfman because he had ONE EYE OPEN. Rustyrose loses concentration from a powerful punch and Lisanna grows wings to kick Fried and give him momentum. Fried uses his magic to deliver a powerful blow and finish him off.
Meanwhile with Bluenote, Gildarts got his magic back and was able to DESTROY A CORE that Bluenote was gonna use based on a BLACK HOLE. The last we see of Bluenote? Well, Gildarts made his own vortex of destruction to send him flying.
Chapter 244: When everything seems hopeless, we get a Big Damn Heroes moment from LAXUS of all people!
Chapter 245: This chapter should honestly be renamed “Why Laxus is Awesome”. Not only is he the only character as of yet to deliver Hades a bit of trashing with little effort, but his mature, calm, and rather heartwarming decision to lend Natsu his power so a member of Fairy Tail defeat the man who toke down their Guild Master shows just how much Laxus has grown. Character Development FTW.
Chapter 248: I quote the last words of this chapter because anything else is either a spoiler, or does not do it justice: "THIS IS OUR GUILD!!!!"
Chapter 250: Zeref taking down Hades for good with a kickass pose.
Chapter 252: Makarov performing You Shall Not Pass on the giant Black Dragon that took away various limbs and organs away from Gildarts.
A bit of tearjerker and heartwarming as well, but Laxus is the first to understand his grandfather’s intentions and immediately saves Natsu and is leading the other members out the island, even if its obvious its breaking his heart to do so. This fully cements him as not his father's son, but his grandfather's grandson.
Chapter 253: We are shown what a real dragon is made of when Acnologia atomizes Sirius Island. With all the Fairy Tail members there still on it. In one shot.
Chapter 257: Makarov, Mirajane, and Erza head over to Twilight Ogre's guild to "pay them back" for the years of hardship they brought to the remaining members of Fairy Tail during the 7 year time-skip.
Chapter 271: Lucy summons two spirits at once, (something that's rather difficult to do, which she could never do before her training) and uses them in a combination attack against Flare.
Her bringing Cancer later on, which means she summoned three spirits at once.
And then still being strong enough after that to beat the crap out of her enemy with her whip. Action Girl, indeed.
In Chapter 272, Lucy, after being beaten up repeatedly due to her opponent's underhanded measures, finally gets a chance to counter attack after Natsu helps her out. Her counter attack? The same spell she used against Angel. Too bad Raven Tail's not one to play by the rules.
Natsu saving Asca from Flare's hair strand, after figuring out why Lucy wasn't fighting back.
Chapter 276: Even though Natsu and Gajeel only get the third and second to last place in that day's contest, their sheer Determinator nature inspires the rest of Fairy Tail and wins over the public that was jeering at them yesterday.
Chapter 278: Elfman brings home Fairy Tail's first victory in the Grand Magic Games, and does so by beating Bacchus.
Are you forgetting something? He defeated a guy who was said to be on par with ERZA!!
Elfman's victory is very important for the guild, as it actually brought the momentum to Fairy Tail.
Chapter 279: A match between Mirajane and Jenny Realight (of Blue Pegasus) that somehow starts off as a swimsuit competition (after it was learned that the two used to model together) with many Fetish tropes thrown into the mix, until Jenny, feeling confident about herself, makes a wager that the loser pose nude in a magazine, and suddenly changes the match into a battle of strength. Mirajane, in response, demonstrates once again why she is called 'Demon', and simply wipes the floor with Jenny's arse, and celebrates her victory by reverting to her Proper Lady persona. Cue Big "NO!" from Jenny who must now submit to her own wager.
Chapter 280 has another mage being taken down a peg: Yukino of Sabertooth vs. Kagura of Mermaid Heel. Yukino decides to make a bet with Kagura saying that the loser of the match will owe the winner their life. Kagura hesitates but ultimately agrees, admitting that she hesitated because she doesn't let people out of promises easily. So Yukino busts out her spirits, hitting Kagura with a Gravity Screw and a Water attack from Libra and Pisces respectively. When that doesn't cut the mustard, Yukino brings out her trump card, Ophiuchus, the Snake-Charmer and 13th Zodiac key. This is it for Kagura, right? WRONG! Not only does Kagura slice Ophiuchus to ribbons, she comes within an inch of taking Yukino's life. All without even drawing her sword from its scabbard. As Kagura is hailed the winner, she coldly reminds Yukino that her life now belongs to her. Damn.
Natsu has one in Chapter 282: After learning what Sabretooth did to poor Yukino, he goes berserk, storm their hotel kicking the asses of everyone in the way and challenges their Master Jiemma to a duel, on one condition: If Natsu wins, Jiemma has to leave Sabretooth forever, just like Yukino did. Wow...
The awesomeness of the previous chapter's ending continues in Chapter 283, with Natsu continuing his rampage. Jiemma sends another guild member to fight Natsu in Jiemma's place only for Natsu to one-shot him. Natsu then unleashes a barrage of attacks on Jiemma, though Jiemma isn't fazed, but he does get Blown Across the Room by one of Natsu's punches. Eventually, Minerva finally appears and calmly puts a stop to all of this.
The best part has to be when Natsu tells them to take care of their friends. Rogue contemplates these words as Sting is seemingly terrified (or maybe excited) of how strong Natsu is.
Oh, and he also gained Jiemma's respect. Think about it.
Sabertooth's Exceed even mention that Natsu being able to one-shot the guild member Jiemma sent to fight him would make him one of the top ten members of Sabertooth.
Natsu giving up the fight to protect Happy is also pretty awesome as well as heartwarming. It shows that Natsu took Gildarts' lesson of knowing when to back down to heart and it reinforces the message he gave to Sabertooth.
Erza utterly owning ALL of the one hundred monsters in the Pandemonium game in Chapter 284. The strongest of the monsters is said to be a challenge for a Wizard Saint—i.e. someone of MAKAROV's level!! And, if the double page spread is any indication, she accomplished most of this without any armour! The look of utter shock on the faces of most the other competitors (as well as the audience) is just the icing on the cake.
Mato: "Th-that's impossible! It's not set up so that one person could possibly defeat them all!"
Erza:"I don't care."
The set up is the creamy filling. The contest is explained and discussed in detail making everyone, including the reader, believe it will be a long endrance compitition. Erza however has other plans throwing everyone for a loop.
That's not all. All other characters had started thinking about what would be a good strategy, and whether going first would be an advantage or disadvantage. Erza puts paid to all analysis. Moreover, to guarantee victory she needed to "only" challenge 51 monsters, but Fairy Tail isn't known for recklessness for nothing.
Levy: "As she becomes covered with wounds, the fairy that should have fallen to earth dances. Here is TITANIA. Almost like... A scarlet flower, blooming fully with pride."
In retrospect, the fact that she did all this without using her Second Origin makes it even more badass.
In Chapter 285, Jura shows again why he's a member of the Ten Wizard Saints by scoring a whopping 8544 with his awesome spell, overshadowing Orga's 3852 points (which itself is stated to be obscenely high). Then Cana, who has behaved like a total drunk ditz the whole time, reveals that she has the Fairy Glitter again and scores 9999 points. Not too bad, is it?
An indirect and subtle moment of awesome also goes to Makarov & Gajeel in this chapter. We find out that Gajeel had dug up every single piece of information there is to know about Raven Tail ranging from info on members to funds without getting caught by Ivan. Moreover, Makarov could've easily ordered Gajeel to stab them right in the back at anytime he wanted to since they already know where to strike them where it hurts. Makarov's action? He didn't. Simply because he still believed in his son.
Ironically, that last bit hurts Ivan worse than anything else Makarov could possibly do to him. Even after everything he's done his dad still refuses to acknowledge him as an enemy.
Wendy in Chapter 289: Even if she's fighting an opponent who uses the same magic as her, but stronger, can heal herself instantly even from the deepest wounds and resist her attacks, she still won't give up, for the sake of Fairy Tail. And she eventually manages to force Chelia to a draw.
This is coming from a character who, when first introduced, was only good at support magic and was timid, shy, and unconfident. Jura points out how much Wendy has changed the most—the little support mage has developed very much into the destructive Sky Dragon Slayer she was meant to be.
Chapter 292: The new, united Team Fairy Tail, comprised of Natsu, Gajeel, Gray, Laxus, and Erza, and being cheered by the entire audience. It sure contrasted with the first day, when the Fairy Tail teams were booed upon entering the stadium.
The best part is the fact that the team really is their "strongest team". Knowing the five characters and their strength, the audience knows that there are some awesome battles to come.
Episode 138: It may be a filler episode, but damn if it wasn't awesome watching Mirajane unleashing her Satan Soul: Demon Halphas form and utterly owning Mary Hughes after she steals and merges with Mira's stolen Satan Soul.
Episode 150: The ending to the Key of the Starry Sky arc in the anime. Lucy takes control over the Infinity Clock, and uses Real Nightmare against Brain II which then gives Natsu the opportunity to strike back. After Brain II is defeated, she's perfectly happy with falling from the sky with the rest of the Infinity Clock. Quite the Little Miss Badass indeed.
The cliffhanger at the end of Chapter 293: Natsu and Gajeel vs. Sting and Rogue. That and the fact that a dragon mentions the Dragon King Festival is close at hand, implies that things are going to get serious really soon.
Chapter 294: Let's just say Natsu and Gajeel weren't playing around with these two. They handled Sting and Rogue well, pretty much tanking their strongest moves without breaking a sweat. Until, of course, Sting and Rogue exhibit Dragon Force leaving us on another awesome cliffhanger.
In Chapter 295 Sting goes 1 vs. 2 against the Fairy Tail Dragon Slayers using Dragon Force. It looks like he easily wins... until Natsu and Gajeel pop right back up and point out they know all of his moves. Natsu then knocks Gajeel into a mine cart so he can take on both Third Gen Dragon Slayers all by himself.
Chapter 305 gives a nice shiny, gem-encrusted crown made of awesome for Mavis to compliment her wings. She is revealed to be a brilliant strategist and proceeds to demonstrate it in the Battle Royale between the Guilds by showing she wasn't just goofing around here and there with the audience as she actually was spending close time studying each participant of the games throughout the four days, coming up with statistics and precise calculations that practically turns the team into a military unit, shocking Makarov along the way. Magnificent.
Chapter 306: Gray vs. Rufus opens in Rufus's favor by "memorizing" Gray's attacks and revealing his ability to combine them with other magics as well as "forget" them but Gray counters with his Ice Make Infinite. Gray then traps Rufus inside a prison of ice but Rufus says he can use flames but those flames aren’t strong enough because Gray has seen stronger. The dual-wielding Gray hits Rufus with his "Ice Bringer" and knocks him out. Gray wins the battle and to show off, he wears Rufus’ hat.
Props to Mavis in this too. Instead of sending Erza or Laxus to deal with Rufus, which would be a more sure thing, she allows Gray to settle a grudge match. Why? Because she knows and understands that emotions can fuck over calculations. Its nice to see a competent strategist acknowledge that.
Actually, it was Loke who forced his way through the gate and brought Horologium with him. Horologium is still awesome for being able to withstand lava though.
And speaking of Loke, he jumps into the fray to help Lucy by giving her back the Celestial Keys, and Yukino getting Pisces and Libra back. Then he follows it up with a nice Pre Ass Kicking One Liner. Loke's words? "Time for a counterattack."
Chapter 311: Mavis' strategy is working fine so far. Chelia and Juvia meet up as expected, Erza is about to fight Minerva— holy crap, Kagura busts out nowhere and is now engaging Erza in combat, sending Mavis into tears. This should be a good fi—And now Minerva intercepted Erza and Kagura's fight through some sort of teleportation, throwing poor Mavis into a Heroic BSOD. Now we got a Mêlée à Trois between Erza, Kagura, and Minerva on our hands! This is going to be a sight to behold!
Chapter 315: After blocking Kagura's attack from the unsheathed Archenemy, Erza tells her why she cannot back down from their fight:
Erza: "This life was entrusted to me by Simon...by Uncle Rob...and my Nakama... Relinquishing my life so easily... would be a slap in the face to all of them."
Chapter 318: Iron Shadow Gajeel!! This also doubles as Nightmare Fuel.
Chapter 320: Jura continues to live up to the hype. He nonchalantly dodges Orga's Thunder God's Particle Cannon and completely floors himin one punch. He then proceeds to drop Laxus with one chop...which makes a small crater where Laxus hits the ground.
Points to Laxus too for getting up and delivering an uppercut that catches Jura off guard as well as being one of the only people able to even touch Jura since the games began. The other person? Jellal.
Chapter 321: Laxus defeats Jura. This is extremely impressive since Jura was considered to be the 5th strongest Wizard Saint alive at the time. Erza gets a CMoA too, for finally wiping Minerva's smug expression off her face by actually drawing her blood.
Erza: "I'll show you...picking a fight with our guild...was the biggest mistake of your life."
Minerva: "Such anger...You'll get premature wrinkles."
Erza: "How dare you hurt Lucy, my Nakama, Kagura, and Millianna!! Anger? I'm seething."
Oh and guess what. For the entirety of the games, Erza has yet to use her Second Origin. Not anymore though...
Erza defeats Minerva with a single strike (after shrugging off several attacks from her and actually getting her to go Oh Crap). As awesome as that is, it pales in comparison to the end of the round. Sting, still at full strength and all fired up, is confident that he can take on all five of the Fairy Tail members in their battered exhausted state. But the way they carry themselves makes it clear to him that they are fully prepared to defeat him anyway. The sight is so awesome that Sting falls to his knees and admits defeat without a fight.
Chapter 328: Lucy AND Yukino combining their powers to summon ALL TWELVE Celestial Spirits of the Zodiac to close the Eclipse Gate. Remember that all independent Celestial Spirit Mages shown so far have at best only been able to summon no more than 2 Spirits at a time.
Yukino summoned two. Lucy summoned ten.
Actually, the two basically split the cost between them by combining their powers.
Which means each of them summoned six spirits—still an impressive mark for an individual Celestial Spirit Mage.
Chapter 329: A highly motivated Natsu attacks one of the Dragons in mid-air and calls out to all of the other Dragon Slayers to start slaying the dragons, resulting in a Big Damn Heroes return of Cobra!
Chapter 330: Several, mostly attributed to the Dragon Slayers.
Laxus slugs Atlas Flame with a fist full of lightning, and this is the same dragon who had no sell'd Makarov's fists.
Cobra saves Blue Pegasus' collective asses by getting the drop on a dragon.
Wendy shows how she has grown by standing up and plans to fight Zirconis. Keep in mind this is a little child against a giant dragon.
Chapter 331: Just like the previous chapter, several characters get great moments of awesome.
Jellal's Big Damn Heroes rescue of a wounded and isolated Erza from the hands of the Dragon-like humanoids, curbstomping them all in one blow.
Wendy's Sky Dragon's Roar attack on Zirconis, at the same time stopping the dragon from devouring a naked Lucy.
Chapter 332: Natsu's apparent plan to defeat Future!Rogue involves him ''EATING'' Atlas Flame. The dragon then finds out that Natsu is actually Igneel's foster child, which somehow releases him from Future!Rogue's Dragon Control enchantment. Cue Natsu riding up to Future!Rogue on Atlas Flames' back.
Chapter 333: An Atlas Flame-powered up Natsu punches the dragon Mothergrea with the help from an newly freed-from-enchantment Atlas Flame.
Chapter 335: Ultear uses "Last Ages" to turn back time itself. Sadly, it costs Ultear her life, and she dies thinking it was useless since she only turned back time one minute. But that minute was enough to save countless lives and give humanity its fighting chance.
As of Chapter 339, Ultear is NOT dead but rather aged up to an elderly woman.
Chapters 336 & 337: The Eclipse Gate is destroyed when Natsu sends one of the dragons crashing into it. This causes a paradox where those who traveled through time via the gate are sent back to their original timelines. This means the Dragons all disappear, going back to 400 years ago, resulting in victory for the mages. As well as Future!Lucy and Future!Rogue being sent forwards to their original time.
Overall, the Dragons really need a mention. They were each a Wake-Up Call Boss to not only the top guilds, but to the Dragon Slayers. Mavis noted that while they should have turned the tide in theory with their magic, but in practice they ended up on the losing end. It was safe to say we can see why Dragons were on top of the food chain centuries ago: They were a race of juggernauts until the pro-human dragons taught them slayer magic.
OVA 5 (The Rave Master X Fairy Tail crossover), is an absolutely, awesome tribute to the former, not only having the same voice actors from the original series playing improved performances, but even had "Butterfly Kiss" during the final battle of the OVA. Clearly, people on board acknowledged this Cult Classic beyond being Hiro Mashima for being this faithful.
Mavis communicating (and threatening) with Zeref as an equal shows how much of a badass she is.
The Promise has been called into action in Chapter 358, with Natsu's declaration of war with Zeref's proxy guild, Tartaros.
Chapter 342: One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Ishgal, who are THE Top 4 Wizard Saints, Walrot Seeken, is revealed to be a founding member of Fairy Tail. This further proves that Mavis was one of THE most powerful mages ever, possibly on par with Zeref!
Chapter 347 features the battle between the treasure hunters and the team of Lucy, Wendy and a post Heel-Face Turn Flare. The chapter ends with the treasure hunters being sent off via Twinkle In The Sky complete with a Badass Boast from Lucy of all people!
Lucy: "It's a hundred years too early for you to pick a fight with Mages like us."
Chapter 349 has Gray versus Doriarte, the demon who turned Erza, Natsu, and Gray into children. Gray defeats him (in a sense) with creative use of his reduced Ice Make magic, which returns the three Fairy Tail mages to normal.
Chapter 353 reveals that an Ice Demon Slayer from Tartaros froze the Sun Village and Eternal Flame. Keep in mind that he not only froze the entire village but also what turned out to be a DRAGON. Not even any of the shown Dragon Slayers could defeat a dragon.
Chapter 358: A whole chapter of Laxus being awesome!
Then, when an already defeated Tempesta technically cheated to kill the Raijin Tribe, he inhales in all the Mashou Ryuushi which is, by the way, used to negate and murder magic users, and saves his squad members and Yajima.
Chapter 360 is Natsu being all awesome by beating the living crap out of Jackal, another of the Nine Demon Gates of Tartaros, who previously, alone, destroyed the Magic Council.
However, Jackal also has a cheat up his sleeve, just like Tempesta, by using his curse to incapacitate Natsu, and end the chapter on a cliffhanger.
It goes to show that the key Mages of Fairy Tail have gone way beyond most of the Mages of Fiore's other guilds in terms of power, since in the two fights, so far, that has involved Fairy Tail and the Nine Demon Gates, both the Tartaros demons had to resort to sneaks and cheats to stop Natsu and Laxus after being easily defeated by the Fairy Tail duo initially. They never needed to do this before.
Even the former Magic Council member Fairy Tail was guarding, presumably not a bad Mage himself, was literally shaking in his boots after witnessing a Fairy Tail battle for the first time. All his knowledge on Fairy Tail, even during his time on the council, were possibly based upon biased rumors and hearsay.
Chapter 361: Natsu figures out how to go around Jackal's Bomb Curse by literally eating the curse and exploding the resulting bomb in his body, therefore nulling out the effects AND powering him up at the same time, resulting in Jackal suffering a Villainous BSOD.
Played for laughs situations aside, Natsu has been a one-manawesome machine in every fight he's been involved in ever since he unlocked his Second Origin before the Grand Magic Games. He hasn't really been overpowered in any real way since then and the only times he's been captured or made to struggle in a fight was when he was either distracted like when he met Silver; or the enemy used dirty tricks and cheats like his fight with Jackal; or he needed a little time to learn and adjust his tactics like he did in his destruction of Sting and Rogue. This is on top of the countless CMOAs done by the other key members of Fairy Tail.
Chapter 362 is basically a continuation from the previous chapter of Natsu being awesome with the added bonus of Natsu tapping his Flame Lighting Dragon Slayer powers to defeat a demonically transformed Jackal.
Bonus awesome props to Happy for saving the town from Jackal who, in defeat, turned himself into a Time Bomb, by carrying Jackal up into the sky to explode safely above and away from the town, almost turning the chapter into a Tear Jerker.
The most awesome part of it, is that Happy survives. Yeah, he survived an explosion that could take out an entire city. Fairy Tail, the guild where even Team Pets can kick demons to the curb.
Chapter 369: Jellal finally shows off his Sema spell. And it wipes out four of the Oracion Seis (Hoteye backed out of the fight from the beginning, but he was still terrified of Jellal's sheer power).
Before that, though. He blinded himself on purpose to dispel Midnight's illusions.
The reason he decided to challenge the Oracion Seis in the first place? To recruit them into his rogue guild, and then he goes on to win. Jellal is a firm believer in Asskicking Equals Authority.
Chapter 371: Pretty much everything that can go wrong for Tartaros does go wrong. First, Cana saves the entire Fairy Tail Guild from Tartaros's bomb by turning all the members into cards, and having the Exceeds fly them out of the bomb's radius, to Tartaros's mobile headquarters. Then, Lamy's attempt to turn Mirajane into a demon backfires spectacularly: because of the demon particles she already has in her body, Mirajane revives when she receives more of them, and easily breaks free. THEN, we find out that Natsu and Lisanna broke free, and they capture Kyouka when she tries to use Erza as a hostage. THEN, it turns out that Erza's also free, and that tentacle monster that was torturing her a few issues earlier? Its unconscious form is draped across her shoulders. After all that Tartaros has done, it is SO satisfying to see things not going their way.
Chapter 376: Wendy attains Dragon Force. When Carla's life is threatened by Ezel almost eating her, Wendy's desperation to save her partner gives her the push she needs to gain Dragon Force, finally living up to her Sky Dragon Slayer title in a real fight!
Wendy gaining Dragon Force and fighting toe-to-toe with Ezel really shows us how much Fairy Tail's key members has surpassed mages from other guilds, because Zeref created the Demon Gates of Tartaros in a way that each of them have the power to destroy an army's worth of Mages single-handed. But in every fight, so far, between them and a key Fairy Tail Mage, it's either the demons lose outright or they had to rely on dirty tactics to win.
Chapter 377: Wendy, using Dragon Force, fights on par with Ezel and uses Shattering Light: Sky Drill to defeat him and destroy Face's physical form.
Chapter 378: Carla manages to stop Face by making it self-destruct. We are then lead to believe she and Wendy have died, until it's revealed that Doranbolt saved them both just in time.
Chapter 380: Mirajane learns about Tartaros' Resurrective Immortality. She then proceeds to remove that advantage by destroying the entire lab using her Take Over magic to manipulate the tentacles.
Mirajane: "It looks like priority number one is to destroy this place."
Seilah: "Do you seriously believe you're capable of that?"
Chapter 381: Seilah, thanks to her One-Winged Angel form has Mirajane on the ropes because Satan Soul isn't strong enough and Take-Over doesn't work on Seilah anymore thanks to Macro. So what does Mira do? She takes over Macro instead, ordering Seilah to weaken herself before ordering her brother Elfman, whom Seilah controlled earlier, to pull a Big Damn Heroes and attack Seilah from behind. Yeah, don't mess with the Demon or her family.
Chapter 383: Lucy gets a chance to shine since she's the only one who escaped from Alegria. Hounded on all sides by a flood, several mooks, Lamy, and one of the Nine Demon Gates, she manages to hold her own until Jackal shows up. Lucy may usually be overshadowed by her fellow guildmates, but she's indeed a Badass worthy of Fairy Tail.
This finally culminates Chapter 384 when Lucy summons the Celestial Spirit King, who destroys Alegria in one fell swoop.
Chapter 385: Lucy is finally able to truly kick ass on her own, after the Celestial Spirit King imbibes Aquarius' magical powers directly into Lucy, powering her up exponentially and allowing her to not only cast Urano Metria on her own but to give Jackal a celestial beat-down he truly deserves. While she has had impressive victories against stronger opponents in the past, this is arguably the first time Lucy is consciously able to really fight at a level that rivals Natsu. Chapter 386 makes it even more awesome by revealing that she killed him with that attack.
Chapter 386: A whole chapter's worth of awesome. The rest of Fairy Tail are revived from their frozen state thanks to the Spirit King. Gajeel, Juvia, Gray and Natsu has a Big Damn Heroes moment saving a truly spent Lucy from death and prepare for a Royal Rumble against four of the Nine Demon Gates of Hades.
Bonus points to the Spirit King for wiping Marde's smug smirk off of his face by turning his own curse against him, freeing Fairy Tail and turning Marde into stone in one fell swoop.
Chapter 388: Erza proves time and time again she is THE unparalleled female Mage in the whole Fairy Tail universe curbstomping Minerva for the umpteenth time, restoring her sanity from serving a Dark Guild, and this time without having to use her Nakagami Armour.
Sting and Rogue gets a Big Damn Heroes moment at the end of the chapter saving Minerva from Mard Geer's potentially fatal attack.
Wendy gets a mention with her resolve to no longer feel fear and lose hope, and continue in her ongoing mission to destroy Face, in many ways echoing Natsu's many similar declarations.
Chapter 390, full stop. The entire fanbase was bracing for a Captain Obvious Reveal. Instead, they were treated to what many fans are now calling one of the best plot twists yet in the entire series: Silver is indeed Gray's father, only the Silver before Gray is in fact the corpse of his father, possessed by none other Deliora, the same demon that killed his parents and caused Ur to use Iced Shell. To say that the reaction to this so far has been overwhelmingly positive would be a massive understatement.
Chapter 394. Juvia again shows how Badass she can be if Gray needs her. After having spent the last chapter agonizing over having to deprive Gray of his father's company by killing the necromancer who resurrected him, she is captured by said necromancer, who mocks her for her indecision and lack of power. So what does she do? She turns into water and enters his body just as he was going to kill her, exploding him from the inside, saving everyone in Fairy tail from his zombies and halting the activation of Face, which the necromancer was also controlling.
Sting and Rogue actually holding their own against Marde Geer. Even the incredibly arrogant King of Hades recognizes them as actually capable of standing up to him.
The entire fight beetwen Gajeel & Natsu vs. Tempester & Torafuza. Specially because the demons recognize Natsu and Gajeel as extremely powerful humans, and Torafuza even stated that, without releasing their full power, they would not beat the Dragon Slayers. As they release their full power, Natsu and Gajeel enter their own Super Modes, and absolutely DESTROY the demons, much to their shock..
The icing on the cake, however, is when, after defeating the demons, Gajeel and Natsu proceed to hit each other in order to win the bet between them. Even Torafuza is visibly confused.
First, Torafuza and Tempester receive one for showing that, while damaged, they're still very capable of fighting.
Second, Torafuza finally shows off his Curse, which summons a massive torrent of black water. With it, he changes the tide of the battle completely, flooding the entire floor they're on, making Natsu's magic innefective and giving him an edge. After knocking out Natsu, he proceeds to curb-stomp Gajeel for nearly the rest of the chapter, showing us in full glory why he's known as "Torafuza of the Darkness". It's so one-sided that Tempester actually sidelined himself from the battle.
Third, Gajeel himself needs a mention. The amount of damage he received from Torafuza's punches was NOT a joke, and he held his own quite beautifully, even when he was at a clear disavantage and in need of air.
Fourth, LEVY of all people saving Gajeel with a Underwater Kiss when he got all air knocked out of him. She probably saw the last parts of the battle, and she still put herself in danger to save Gajeel, even when it required a Heroic Sacrifice to do so. The Ship Tease also helps.
And last, but not least, after waking up and seeing Levy drowning and Torafuza rushing out to finish her, Gajeel instantly goes apeshit and delivers a massive blow to Torafuza's head.
Gajeel: "HANDS OFF!!!".
Chapter 397: Gajeel becomes the STEEL Dragon Slayer by absorbing carbon from Torafuzar's water and makes sashimi out of him.
Chapter 398: Gray finally has a fight against a Boss-level opponent that he completely wipes the floor with. His defeat of Tempesta even overshadows Laxus' fight against the same opponent, and the other fights with Tartaros. Prior to this, most of his victories against stronger opponents came through sheer force of will and superior tactics. But as he has inherited the Ice Demon Slayer magic from Silver, he now possesses powers that can finally rival Natsu, Erza, Gajeel and Laxus.