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Balam AllianceThe heart of Fiore's criminal network, the Balam Alliance is a union of the three most powerful dark guilds in the kingdom, each controlling its own portion of smaller dark guilds.
Balam Alliance in General
See Fairy Tail Tartaros.
Other Dark Guilds
EisenwaldEisenwald is the first dark guild Fairy Tail stands against in the series. Once a legal guild, it was supposed to disband by order of the Council because of their unlawful actions. Nevertheless, its members continue to operate as a dark guild, and are out for revenge against those they blame for branding them as criminals.
Eisenwald in General
- Disproportionate Retribution: Downplayed. At first it seems they are willing to take thousands of innocent lives just to get back at the Magic Council for disbanding their guild. Then it turns out their true targets are the official guild masters, and their previous claims were just to keep the heroes distracted. However, this just makes it that much more personal for Fairy Tail.
- Gratuitous German: Their name is German for "Iron Forest".
"Death God" Erigor
Voiced by: Koichi Tochika (JP), Jonathan Brooks (EN)
The ace and acting leader of Eisenwald, notorious for his history of only accepting assassination jobs. He is skilled at using wind magic to attack, defend, and trap opponents.
- Arc Villain: Of the Lullaby arc, where he plots revenge against the system that ejected Eisenwald from the official guild league by killing the other guild masters with a cursed flute.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one when he appears in the Nirvana arc of the anime, which is also the one that Jellal wears later on.
- Blow You Away: He is a wind wizard, after all.
- Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: The whole point of his Wind Wall spell is that the visible part is definitely not something you want to touch. His Storm Mail spell works under a similar principle, but as a subversion there's still a great deal of wind blowing around the funnel itself.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Holds this in Natsu's face when they fight. Backfires spectacularly in the end.
- Flight: He can use this courtesy of his wind magic, making him one of the few characters who can do so unaided by wings.
- Knight of Cerebus: Whereas previous villains, while dangerous, were still mostly Laughably Evil to some degree, Erigor is the first Fairy Tail villain who has virtually no humorous moments, and whose murderous actions have a serious and personal weight to the heroes.
- Razor Wind: His Wind Wall badly cuts up Natsu and Erza's bodies when they try charging through it in the manga, and he's surprised to still see Natsu in one piece after he endures his attacks.
- Red Baron: Earned the title "Death God" due to his only taking assassination requests.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: About the only thing he wears apart from his pants.
- Sinister Scythe: He carries a huge scythe to go with his "Death God" motif.
- Tattooed Crook: His torso is covered with tattoos, and he has facial markings below his eyes.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Downplayed in his return during the Nirvana arc in the anime, where he explicitly states he did grind in preparation for his rematch with Natsu. Unfortunately for him, Natsu's grinded a hell of a lot more by that point and kicks his ass. Averted in the Key of the Starry Heavens Filler arc, detailed below.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He is the first antagonist that Natsu couldn't just bash into a wall with raw determination and required actual strategy to defeat.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Natsu mocks him for walking around half-naked, despite having no shirt on himself.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Lucy fears that Erigor will come back to take revenge after the Lullaby arc. However, he's never seen and barely even mentioned again in the manga after that. This is rectified in the anime thanks to a bit of Adaptation Expansion, where he reappears during the Nirvana arc to have a rematch with Natsu, and later in a Filler arc as a fully-fledged member of the Neo-Oración Seis.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's very temperamental and mocking, and he earned his title of "Death God" by his preference for only taking assassination requests.
- Worthy Opponent: During his anime-only rematch with Natsu, he admits that what he'd really hoped for was to fight Natsu again and win.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a very pale grayish blue.
In the Key of the Starry Heavens arcErigor returns after the Time Skip as a member of the Neo-Oración Seis, codenamed Grim Reaper. This time he has the power to control the weather in exchange for his memories of his entire life.
- Bald of Evil: He's lost all his hair, and is more intimidating and evil than ever.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When his brainwashing begins to fade and his memories of Eisenwald return, it is shown that despite the lack of camaraderie in his old guild, he considered his guildmates to be his True Companions.
- Forgetful Jones: As a side-effect of his memory loss, Erigor forgets who Wendy and Bickslow are while he's fighting them.
- The Grim Reaper: Takes up the title as his codename and theme, based on his old title as "Shinigami Erigor".
- Grudging "Thank You": After Wendy heals Erigor, he tells her that while he doesn't intend to be friends with her, he is at least grateful for her help.
- Identity Amnesia: He has no memory of being Erigor of Eisenwald due to his constant memory loss, and has a much more subdued and creepy personality.
- Mind-Control Eyes: His eyes are a dull, glassy gray as Grim Reaper.
- Power at a Price: He gives up his memories in exchange for power over the Time Skip. Once he recovers, he admits that living without any memories was the most agonizing experience he has ever gone through.
- Revive Kills Zombie: When Wendy realizes that the memories of his past are physically hurting him, she keeps casting healing spells on him until he recovers all his memories, freeing him from the Oración Seis' control.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's become an official member of the Oración Seis, looks a lot more like The Grim Reaper, and can throw whole hurricanes on people with ease. Too bad he also loses his memory.
- Weather Manipulation: His wind magic has been upgraded to this, allowing him to attack with tornadoes, lightning strikes, water torrents, and piles of cows.
Voiced by: Anri Katsu (JP), Chad Cox (EN)
Erigor's right-hand man. He uses shadow magic to blend into his surroundings.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: He gets an earlier appearance in the anime when he catches a group of dissenters from Eisenwald who want out of their plan with Lullaby.
- Casting a Shadow: He is an accomplished shadow wizard, and can use shadows for a variety of purposes, including Combat Tentacles and transportation.
- Dark Is Evil: He is a ruthless and envious wizard who specializes in shadow magic. However, this doesn't stop him from having a Heel–Face Turn.
- The Dragon: He is Erigor's most trusted, prominent, and fleshed out minion.
- Dragon Their Feet: He picks up Eisenwald's plot after Erigor is beaten.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After he's been wounded and abandoned by his so-called friends, Kageyama thinks that Fairy Tail is only helping him so he can be used as a hostage to bargain with Erigor, rather than out of the goodness of their hearts. It's later subverted when their kindness causes him to hesitate killing their master and ultimately pull a Heel–Face Turn.
- Eyes Always Shut: Though not as frequently as other characters who exhibit this trope, his eyes are mostly closed when he's exhibiting a pleasant demeanor.
- Faux Affably Evil: He strikes up a friendly conversation with a motion-sick Natsu while on the train about all the perks that must come with being in an official guild, and then proceeds to spitefully kick him in the face for having all the things he can't have as a member of an expelled guild.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's extremely jealous of official guilds like Fairy Tail for all the rights they're entitled to, particularly in the female department, while they themselves are discriminated against for being a dark guild.
- He Knows Too Much: His guild's justification for killing him is so they can keep him from helping Fairy Tail dispel the magic wind wall trapping them.
- Heel–Face Turn: He is unable to bring himself to actually kill the guild masters, especially after Natsu and the others help him out, leading to his surrender.
- In-Series Nickname: His friends in the guild call him "Kage-chan", or simply "Kage" in the English dub. It sounds like an Affectionate Nickname, but the fact that the people who call him that also leave him for dead proves otherwise.
- In the Back: Gets stabbed with a knife by Karacka in the manga, and impaled with his whole arm in the anime, to keep him from ratting out to Fairy Tail.
- Meaningful Name: "Kage" means "shadow".
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Double Subverted; despite being left for dead by his guild and helped by his sympathetic enemies, Kageyama still betrays them and tries to carry out his guild's plan after Erigor is beaten. But when Makarov has a little heart-to-heart with him, the situation finally sinks in for him, leading to his surrender.
- Shaping Your Attacks: The Orochi Shadow, along with many fist and hand-shaped attacks.
- The Smart Guy: Is hinted to be highly intelligent due to his mastery of sealing magic.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Falls victim to this when he comes face to face with Makarov before he can play Lullaby to kill the guild masters.
- You Have Failed Me: Has this pulled on him before he can possibly betray Eisenwald. Natsu is not amused.
Voiced by: Eiji Sekiguchi (JP), Will Christoferson (EN)
A wizard who uses Urumi magic to create blades that ensnare his opponents.
Voiced by: Masaki Kawanabe (JP), Chris Cason (EN)
A fat wizard who can phase his body through objects.
- Fat Bastard: Subverted. He seems like this by default since he's in a dark guild, but he truly thinks of Kageyama as a friend.
- Gonk: He's an unsightly fatass who doesn't even have a nose.
- Intangible Man: He can phase through solid walls. In the anime, this is how he attempts to kill Kageyama, impaling him on his own arm.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He looks absolutely distraught when he stabs Kageyama In the Back, and he's later seen apologizing profusely to him as they're being rounded up by the Council.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He has the sense not stick around after seeing Erza decimate all their men.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green in the anime.
Voiced by: Daisuke Endou (JP), Tyson Rinehart (EN)
A whiskered man who uses light magic.
- Anime Hair: Has a pillar of hair.
- Light 'em Up: Appears able to use light magic, though he's beaten by Erza before he can use it. It's clear, however, that his magic doesn't make him a good guy.
- Mind over Matter: He uses telekinesis in the manga to fill a glass with beer.
- No Sympathy Between Mooks: Gives Karacka the order to kill Kageyama before he has a chance to help the enemy.
- Too Dumb to Live: Thinks he can take on Erza, even after witnessing her wipe out the bulk of their guild's numbers all on her own firsthand. The results are predictable.
Death's Head CaucusAn assassin's guild known for harboring a trio of powerful wizards known as Trinity Raven. They replace Erza's friends as Jellal's minions once the others switch sides.
Death's Head Caucus in General
- Adaptation Expansion: We don't see what becomes of them in the manga after they're beaten, implying that they died when the tower fell. The anime however adds a scene to show Fukuro managed to grab Ikaruga and Vidaldus and escape due to his rocket pack. The exact canonicity of this scene is up for debate, since Ikaruga reappears in the manga as one of Neinhart's Historias, but there's nothing to suggest she didn't die of other causes in the intervening eight years between said events.
- Animal Theme Naming: They're all named after birds: "Ikaruga" is a Japanese grosbeak, "Fukuro" is a type of owl, and Vidaldus's last name, "Taka", is Japanese for "hawk".
- Blood Knight: Vidaldus is the Ax-Crazy type, Fukuro's the one with the facade of justice, and Ikaruga's the more reserved type.
- Fusion Dance: Either they commonly inhabit Vidaldus' body for the majority of the time or they are summoned when he activates his power.
- Professional Killer: They are group of assassins who participate in killing of others.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Quirky, but deadly.
Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (JP), Jennifer Seman (EN)
The leader of Trinity Raven who wears a kimono and speaks in haiku. She possesses a magic sword that can cut through anything.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her sword can not only cut all of Erza's armor to pieces, but her attacks can also slice through the dimensional barriers of Shô's cards.
- Back from the Dead: Ikaruga is brought back as a Historia by Neinhart, and gangs up on Erza with Azuma and Kyôka.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: After Erza realizes her armor is useless against Ikaruga, she decides their match with a Single-Stroke Battle as Ikaruga kept subjecting Erza to.
- Beauty Mark: She has a mole underneath each eye.
- Dark Action Girl: She dominates Erza in their fight, forcing her to reevaluate what exactly makes her an Action Girl.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She seems to find torture meaningless and distasteful as expressed by her Historia towards Kyôka.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her attacks are so fast, Erza doesn't realize she's been hit by them until her armors fall apart.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Her first move in battle is to slice all of Shô's cards in half length-wise (less than a millimeter) while also cutting Shô himself; in the anime, she even manages to cut his nerves without cutting the skin.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: She wears her kimono down past her shoulders.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Ikaruga's Weapon of Choice.
- Lady of War: She never loses her serene grace even while attempting to slaughter Erza.
- Playing with Fire: Her Karuda-en technique allows her to draw a ring of fire around herself with her sword.
- Warrior Poet: Ikaruga recites haiku right before attempting to fight Erza to the death.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is light pink.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)
Introduced as Jellal's stoic personal attendant, he reveals himself as a hyperactive punk rocker who uses his Hair Magic to absorb liquid and Guitar Magic to control Juvia.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Though they are more prominent before transforming.
- Catch Phrase: "Go to Hell!"
- Death Seeker: When he learns that the Magic Council is planning to fire Etherion on the Tower of Heaven, he is at first angry that he hadn't been told about it earlier, but then decides he doesn't care because he enjoys fighting with his life on the line. His ultimate goal is to die and go to Hell.
- Large Ham: He is a punk rocker.
- Magic Music: Vidaldus uses his music to take control of Juvia.
- Maniac Tongue: Frequently makes wild expressions with his tongue out, as does Juvia while under his control.
- Mind Rape: The things Juvia says when his music is taking over her mind and body make it come across as this.
- Musical Assassin: A freakish rocker modeled after a KISS member, who takes control of people with music and makes them fight each other, definitely counts.
- Phlebotinum Overload: Lucy takes advantage of his liquid-absorbing hair by summoning Aquarius, who conjures too much water for him to handle and pins him down for a finishing blow.
- The Power of Rock: Which he uses to make women his slaves, along with his guitar and hair magic.
- Power Perversion Potential: Uses his "Rock of Succubus" song to brainwash girls into being his slaves. He forces the brainwashed Juvia to fight Lucy just so he can watch a Cat Fight.
- Prehensile Hair: It's super absorbent too.
- Rapunzel Hair: Lampshaded by Lucy."That's some long hair!"
- Surprisingly Good English: His Japanese voice actor spouts phrases like "Go to hell!", "Rock you!", and "Rock of Succubus" in virtually flawless English.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Daniel Penz (EN)
A man with an owl's head, a jetpack, and a very warped view of justice. He can copy other wizards' powers by swallowing them whole.
- The Assimilator: He swallows his opponents to gain their magic. He even gains a tuft of Natsu's hair when he gets swallowed.
- Cannibalism Superpower: By swallowing enemies whole, he is able to use their magic; the longer they digest, the more he absorbs.
- Combat Pragmatist: He studies his "prey" and will exploit any vulnerabilities they have, like Natsu's motion sickness.
- Jet Pack: Fukuro's jet pack consists of two ICBM missiles.
- Knight Templar: Fukuro thinks of himself as a hero of justice punishing evildoers, despite being quite the lawbreaker himself.
- Large Ham: He talks and acts like some kind of superhero.
- No-Sell: Having a owl's eyes, he does this to Simon's darkness spell, as he can still see him.
- Power Copying: Fukuro's magic allows him to take the magic of anyone he eats.
- Primal Fear: Embodies the fear of being eaten alive when he swallows Natsu whole.
- Obliviously Evil: He works with a Dark Action Girl and an Ax-Crazy rockstar to aid a Brainwashed and Crazy Jellal in his evil scheme to revive an unspeakable evil, yet he calls Natsu and his friends the bad guys.
- Ominous Owl: He's basically a human with an owl's head, with all of the benefits it entails, and then some.
- Tiny-Headed Behemoth: He's a massive, muscular man with a tiny owl's head.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He never wears a shirt, showing off his human body.
Naked MummyA small-time dark guild controlled by the Oración Seis. Having amassed a troubling debt to the Seis, they are desperate to pay it off or suffer the consequences.
Naked Mummy in General
Gatô and Zatô
Gatô and "Crazy Monkey" Zatô
Gatô voiced by: Hiroki Goto (JP), Cris George (EN)
Zatô voiced by: Tomoyuki Higuchi (JP), Paul Giovanni Ramirez (EN)
Ape-like brothers who act as the leaders of Naked Mummy.
- Bullying a Dragon: In the manga, Zatô spreads plenty of rumors about Fairy Tail being a weak guild and tries beating Laxus to the ground. The results are predictable.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Natsu certainly thinks their apelike appearance is amusing.
- Funny Afro: Zatô has one that's dyed with his guild mark.
- Forgetful Jones: Gatô always forgets everything he says not even a minute before, resulting in him repeating himself.
- Gold Tooth: Zatô has an entire set of golden teeth.
- Harmless Villain: They and their guild fight Fairy Tail a grand total of three times, and lose each time.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: During their last stand against Fairy Tail, they're supposedly skilled enough to give Natsu and Gray a hard time, not that we get to see it.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: They somehow manage to give Natsu and Gray some trouble in the Nirvana arc, but none of their fight is shown; it simply cuts to the brothers lying battered on the ground next to an exhausted Natsu and Gray.
- Petting Zoo People: They resemble giant apes, but it's unclear if that's what they actually are.
- Red Baron: "Crazy Monkey" Zatô.
- Running Gag: The fact that they call each other "Big Brother", making it impossible to determine who is really the other brother. There's also Gatô's habit of repeating himself.
Succubus EyeSuccubus Eye is a dark guild controlled by Tartaros. They are under direct orders from Tartaros to survey the Village of the Sun, where they encounter Fairy Tail.
Succubus Eye in General
Minerva OrlandThe strongest wizard of Saber Tooth. She leaves her guild and joins Succubus Eye to take revenge against Fairy Tail after the Grand Magic Games.
See Fairy Tail Saber Tooth for more information.
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro (JP), Xan Cramer (EN)
A wizard who made a pact with Tartaros, turning him into a demon from the Book of Zeref. He wields the Way of Devolution, an inhuman power that regresses his targets' physical and magical abilities, turning them into children.
- Always a Bigger Fish: After being defeated by Gray, he gets eaten by his own bird mount, which proceeds to chase after Fairy Tail.
- Attack Backfire: Due to the way Maker Magic works, Doriath's power ends up being more helpful to Gray than harmful, in spite of weakening his power.
- Berserk Button: When Gray, despite being turned back into a child, is able to fight back and even talk down at him, Doriath gets so angry he loses focus on the Way of Devolution and assumes his demon form to attack Gray.
- Brown Note: In his demon form, his Way of Devolution can be used as a sound wave so that instead of only being able to affect the enemy in front of him, it is able to regress everybody in Sun Village back to their childhood. The downside is that it doesn't discriminate between friend or foe, as seen when it hits his partner Minerva.
- Character Death: Gets gobbled up by the very bird monster that carried him to the Village of the Sun
- Combat Pragmatist: He turns his victims into children so that they'll be easier to deal with. He also doesn't waste any time casting it once an enemy is in sight.
- Death by Irony: After wanting to eat Gray, he himself gets eaten by a giant, flying monster.
- Demon of Human Origin: He was once a human guild wizard who was subjected to Tartaros's demonization process, making him an Etherious himself.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: He can still use his magic while in his One-Winged Angel form, but he is no longer capable of aiming (or he just doesn't bother to do so anymore), causing everyone—including Minerva and Sylph Labyrinth—to get hit by it.
- Dub Name Change: Funimation changes his "Way of Devolution" to "Art of Regression".
- Fangs Are Evil: Even with his mouth shut, he has a lot of fangs jutting out.
- Fountain of Youth: His magic hits his victims with this. According to him, his magic actually affects the magic power of the victim, and their age regression is a secondary effect.
- Hulking Out: He hulks out into a huge demon after Gray sufficiently pisses him off.
- Humiliation Conga: Things just don't go well for him once Gray decides to fight him: first he's duped into tumbling over a cliff, and then landing onto a bush that's covered in Demon Slayer ice, which is the equivalent of sitting on a porcupine. To top it off, he gets a pile of shaved ice dumped on his head. Finally, after he proves himself a sufficient threat when angered, he gets gobbled up by a giant cyclops bird.
- I'm a Humanitarian: His attempt to eat Gray after turning him into a child seems to be a pretty big indication.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Bordering on Too Dumb to Live, as the area he fights in is coated in ice that would severely damage him.
- One-Winged Angel: He assumes his true, giant demon form to fight Gray.
- Our Demons Are Different: He's Was Once a Man who was transformed into a demon by Tartaros.
- Red Eyes! Take Warning: He has these in the anime, and he is definitely not a nice guy.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Funimation spells it as "Doriate", which is close to how his name is pronounced.
- Status Buff: The Way of Devolution's primary effect is to lower the opponent's abilities to their absolute minimum; their transformation into a child is a side effect.
- Was Once a Man: He was once an ordinary wizard who made a pact with Tartaros, who used their technology to transform him into a demon.
- Would Hurt a Child: He definitely has no problem with beating up adults with the bodies of children.
- Weak, but Skilled: Subverted. Gray assumes he uses Way of Devolution on his enemies to make up for his somewhat average power, which seems to match up to how the fight was going. Then he reveals his true colors as a powerful demon.
Voiced by: Unknown (JP), Tyler Walker (EN)A giant, one-eyed bird creature that carries its guild members around.
- Giant Flyer: Minerva and Doriath use it to fly to the Village of the Sun.
Tower of HeavenA group of slaves in the Tower of Heaven, a structure made by a cult of evil wizards for the purpose of resurrecting the black wizard Zeref. They befriended Erza and Jellal as children. They were turned against Erza by Jellal, who they assist in building the tower as workers with benefits rather than slaves.
Tower of Heaven
- Childhood Friends: With Erza.
- Evil Former Friend: When they're introduced, they kidnap Erza with the intention of sacrificing her to the Tower of Heaven.
- Heel–Face Turn: All of them turn against Jellal once they realize how crazy he is.
- Heel Realization: Simon was the first to realize that what he was doing was wrong.
- Made a Slave: Like all children in the Tower of Heaven.
- More Than Mind Control: Jellal tells them that Erza had gone mad with her newfound magical power and tried leading them into a trap, and keeps feeding them lies for years to ensure they remain faithful to him.
- The English dub tweaks things a bit by saying that Jellal ensured their loyalty with a mind control spell that only works after tricking them all the same (which Simon resists thanks to the Power of Trust). This makes more sense out of their almost insane hostility towards Erza despite their earlier love for her, and their swift return to their original friendliness once they realize they were being manipulated.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: To Jellal during the Tower of Heaven arc.
- True Companions: They were this to Erza as a child.
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
A young man who uses Card Magic to trap others inside cards. He views Erza as an older sister even when he believes that she had betrayed them.
- Ambiguously Brown: One of the Q&A sections (hosted by Lucy and Mira, no less) notes the problem with this trope since Sho and the others should've been inside the tower for most of the time (except when they kidnapped Erza). Lucy takes a guess and theorizes that Sho could've been working on the outer walls of the tower and spent so much time in the sun that his skin eventually tanned into its current color. Mira accepts this theory, but Lucy points out that it was just a guess.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: This has lead to quite a bit of Wild Mass Guessing, both among the fandom and In-Universe.
- Death Dealer: Sho's magic involves the use of cards, either as prison dimensions or projectiles.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Sho, who was already quite the fanatic when it came to Jellal, loses it when Erza provides a contradictory version of the past.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for not speaking up about masterminding the escape, resulting in Jellal doing it instead, which in turn results in Erza being taken to the punishment room. Erza doesn't hold it against him, though.
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN), Kim Foster (EN - young)
A large man with a missing jaw who uses Darkness Magic. He has a long-standing crush on Erza, and is the only one of her friends who doesn't believe Jellal's lies of her betrayal. He also turns out to be Kagura's older brother.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the manga, his appearance was more brutish and his upper teeth could usually be seen over his metal jaw early on. The anime changed this (as well as his child appearance) into a more "scarred-Bishonen" type appearance. Mashima probably thought making him "a tad ugly" would get the audience to sympathize with him more during his death. It worked.
- Back from the Dead: He's resurrected as a Historias and used against Kagura, Erza and Jellal.
- Casting a Shadow: He specializes in darkness magic.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He has been in love with Erza since they were kids.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Simon's uses Darkness Magic, yet he is the first to switch to Fairy Tail's side.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Erza's arms.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Subverted in that he never actually confesses to Erza, he just thinks it.
- Subverted again as Erza tells Wally that she now knew how he felt all along at the end of the arc.
- Everyone Can See It: All his friends knew about his crush on Erza.
- Eyepatch of Power: To cover his missing eye.
- Eye Scream: Simon lost an eye and the lower half of his jaw during the slave revolt.
- Gentle Giant: Despite being absolutely massive, he only uses his bulk to shield others.
- Genius Bruiser: Is well informed about Team Natsu's abilities and has heard of the dreaded Trinity Raven before meeting them himself.
- Good All Along: He never was truly working for Jellal.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Jellal, since he knew about Erza's feelings for him.
- Heroic Sacrifice/Taking the Bullet: Simon takes an attack meant to kill both Erza and Natsu by himself, and the results are rather predictable.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: Eight years ago, he tried to confesses to Erza during the slave revolt. He got blasted in the face doing it.
- Killed Off for Real: Takes the bullet for Erza and Natsu and is one of the few characters, let alone heroic characters, to be killed.
- Sacrificial Lion: The only good one so far.
- Telepathy: Simon is able to communicate telepathically over distances through this.
Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijo (JP), Chris Cason (EN), Shelley Osterberger (EN - young)
A gunslinging man who uses Polygon Magic to separate his angular body into blocks. He talks, dresses, and acts like a 1920's gangster, as a gangster movie was the first thing he saw when he and the other slaves were freed.
- Abnormal Ammo: Wally's guns can shoot magic bullets.
- Arm Cannon: In the anime.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A nice three-piece suit to go with the gangster look
- Catch Phrase: "Dandy."
- Fanboy: Of gangsters.
- The Gunslinger: He prefers Tommy Guns.
- Nice Hat: Like all gangsters.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Natsu "boy".
- No Social Skills: He doesn't seem to know much about the real world besides what he has seen in movies. He doesn't understand why a man got angry at Milliana for taking one of his food on a stick without paying and he doesn't even know exactly what cash is either.
- Raised by Wolves: He and Millianna behave as if they've never been anywhere before. Makes sense.
- Sinister Shades: Again, to look like a gangster.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Wally with his brother Richard, aka Hoteye of Oración Seis.
Voiced by: Grant James (EN)
A former member of Fairy Tail and an old friend of Makarov's. He taught Erza everything there was to know about Fairy Tail, and sacrificed himself to protect her during an escape attempt in the Tower of Heaven.
- Badass Grandpa: Holds off the guards of the Tower of Heaven by himself.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They are longer than his beard.
- Cool Old Guy: He inspires Erza to go to Fairy Tail.
- Made a Slave: He was a member of the Tower of Heaven.
- No Body Left Behind: In the anime, his body crumbles apart.
- Parental Substitute: To Erza and the other enslaved children.
- Playing with Fire: The only spell he is seen using.
- Posthumous Character: Died years ago to give Erza her freedom.
- Taking the Bullet: To protect Erza.
AvatarAvatar is a cult of black wizards that fills the void left after the Balam Alliance's defeat. They worship Zeref as their god, and seek to force every other wizard in Earth-land to do the same.
Avatar in General
- Anti-Climax: For the so self-proclaimed successors of the Balam Alliance, they are mere child's play compared to previous villains, as they endure a literal Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of Fairy Tail.
- Black Magic: The cult's top members each practice in a form of black magic, though how it differs from other forms of magic isn't quite established.
- Catchphrase: "Zeref's will be done."
- Creepy Cathedral: This serves as their base of operations, fitting for a cult of black wizards.
- Cult: They are pretty much the human version of Tartaros' devotion to Zeref.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of it by the final battle. Fairy Tail's strongest team practically decimates them without so much as a single scratch on them, and even the war god Alok summons goes down in two punches by Natsu before it can wreak any havoc.
- Evil Plan: Their plan, "Operation Purify", involves wiping out the entire town of Malva to attract Zeref's attention. Little do Alok's followers know is that they are the real sacrifices.
- Evil Power Vacuum: When the Balam Alliance is taken down, Avatar takes over in their place.
- Irony: They perform their "purification ritual" because they think it will summon Zeref. They actually have this backwards; Zeref doesn't appear because of a large number of deaths, a large number of deaths occur because of Zeref's appearance.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Their general reaction when Fairy Tail's strongest team returns and starts mowing down their numbers.
- Meaningful Name: In Hinduism, an avatar is a deliberate descent of a deity to Earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being and is mostly translated into English as "incarnation", but more accurately as "appearance" or "manifestation".
- Mooks: Like any dark guild, they have a large amount of flunkies at their disposal to act as Fairy Tail battle fodder.
- Not What I Signed Up For: Alok never told his other members that his plan banked on them being defeated so that he can unleash a war god and sacrifice them to it. Needless to say, they're utterly horrified once they find out.
- Religion of Evil: Worships Zeref as a living deity, much like Tartaros and Grimoire Heart.
- Reverse Mole: Avatar suspects one of its members to be leaking information to the Magic Council. It turns out there are actually two moles: Levy is the Council member in question, masquerading as a rank-and-file cultist; Gray, who infiltrated the cult's inner circle, has his own separate agenda with Erza.
- Tempting Fate: They're confident that their numbers of 2,000 or so members are more than enough to stop Natsu's little band. They realize only too late that plowing through waves of enemies is their thing.
- "Wanted!" Poster: They have their own wanted poster with a high amount of Jewels.
- The Worf Effect: They're built up as the next big threat on the face of Ishgal after the Balam Alliance (Oración Seis, Grimoire Heart and Tartaros). To their dismay, each and every one of their top members are mere Canon Fodder set up to give Fairy Tail an easy victory before their real greatest challenge.
High Priest Alok
The high priest of Avatar. A faithful follower of black magic, he concocts a plan for a certain ritual to "purify" the world on behalf of Zeref.
- All According to Plan: He saw the defeat of his cult's members long beforehand, because he never intended anyone, even his fellow cultists, to survive anyway.
- Arc Villain: He serves as one in the second half of the Fairy Tail Revival arc.
- Bad Boss: He offers up his own followers as sacrifices to Ikusa-Tsunagi without their know-how or consent, all out of his devotion to Zeref.
- Badass Cape: One that covers his entire body.
- Badass Preacher: He exudes this in spades with the intimidating calm he shows while commanding his troops.
- Barrier Warrior: His specialty in magic is creating barriers that can stop anything in their tracks... at least before Natsu comes along]].
- Cool Mask: He covers his entire face with an iron mask.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's so blindly devoted to his cause that he scoffs at things like friendship and family values.
- Facial Horror: He wears a mask to hide the fact that he burned the skin off of his face as his price for summoning Ikusa-Tsunagi. We only get a glimpse of his scarred visage when Natsu cracks it.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He serves no role beyond being the baddie that brings Natsu and his friends back together to take him down.
- Magic Staff: He holds a staff with a eye with wings on it, which he uses to make his barriers.
- Slasher Smile: Once his mask his damaged, he sports one of these while Ikusa-Tsunagi slaughters his own men.
- The Stoic: He's mostly unfazed by his soldiers' defeat, mainly because it was All According to Plan. Seeing Ikusa-Tsunagi go down with two power punches from Natsu...not so much.
- Summon Magic: He uses the same magic as Minerva that allows the summoning of gods, though his is on a much higher tier as it involves human sacrifice.
- This Cannot Be!: He can do little more than stare in silent shock as Natsu destroys Ikusa-Tsunagi, a seemingly indestructible war god.
- Tin Tyrant: Aside from his Badass Cape, he's decked out in a suit of armor that obscures his entire body from sight.
- Vader Breath: His breathing can be seen in the form of clouds that exit his mask's mouthpiece.
"Shade Sword" Jerome
A bushy-haired swordsman who can't take a joke. His Shade Sword corrodes anything it touches.
- Bishōnen: He's a definitive pretty boy with golden locks and long eyelashes.
- Black Swords Are Better: His Shade Sword has a dark blade that instantly breaks any sword it clashes with.
- The Comically Serious: He actually seems to admire the tacky nicknames Briar gives him, and he does it with a straight face.
- Informed Ability: He's supposed to be a Master Swordsman. Then he fights Erza, and she proves who the real Master Swordsman between them is.
- Make Them Rot: His sword has this effect on whatever it cuts.
- Messy Hair: He is noted for his unkempt hair, which earns him the nickname "Scruffy" from Briar.
- Red Baron: "Shade Sword" Jerome.
- The Worf Effect: He jumps in on Erza during the fight, managing to corrode her armor. But the moment she likewise took out her own blade, he was already defeated.
Avatar's strongest black wizard who often gives tasteless nicknames to her allies. Her Splitting Magic lets her split into four clones with different personalities.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her top is just a band of cloth tied together at the front.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's attracted to Gray, who remains cold and distant from the rest of the cult during his membership there.
- The Comically Serious: Her seriousness is undermined by the silly nicknames she gives her comrades.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: She is of the white-heared variety.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She uses magic that can send explosive shockwaves through the ground.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Briar feels betrayed and lied to when Gray reveals himself to be a Reverse Mole, owing to her Villainous Crush on him.
- The Gadfly: It's implied that she gives others nicknames to get under their skin, which displeases her when Jerome actually seems to like the names she gives him, forcing her to come up with new ones.
- The Nicknamer: Tends to give weird nicknames to her teammates: Jerome is "Scruffy" and "Eyelashes"; Mary is "Wicked Tongue"; and Gray is "Ice" and, after his Reverse Mole status is revealed, "Gray Sewer Rat".
- Self-Duplication: Her Splitting Magic creates four clones who embody fury, laughter, sorrow, and love.
- The Stoic: She holds a serious expression most of the time, and her anger is generally restrained even when she finds out Gray was a Reverse Mole.
- Vapor Wear: It's a wonder how she doesn't completely explode out of her top.
- Villainous Crush: One of Briar's alter egos, Briar in Love, says that she loves Gray "just a little". Unfortunately for her, that's just enough for Juvia to declare her a love rival.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being touted as the top wizard of Avatar, Gray and Juvia make very short work of her.
A female cultist of Avatar. She has a cat-themed motif and is head over heels for the newest member.
- Agony Beam: Her Virus magic can be used in this way, though it's done through a viral infection.
- Animal-Eared Headband: Wears a headband shaped like cat ears.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Don't her smiles fool you, she is not a Zeref cultist for the social aspect... as Lucy and Natsu found out.
- Cute and Psycho: Once we finally see her in action, she has the most bizarrely cheerful expression on her face, giggling while using her magic on Lucy.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: The bottom half of her dress barely manages to cover the tops of her thighs. It's especially obvious after she's left on the ground following Lucy's Megaton Punch to her gut, with it riding almost up over her waist.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes have diamond-shaped pupils.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Just look at the despair on her face when she realizes that Arlock never intended for her to survive Operation Purification.
- Laser-Guided Karma: When she showed off her magic, she loves to target the stomach to see her opponents writhe in agony. When Lucy and she face off, Lucy takes her one out with one punch to the stomach (amplified by her Taurus dress robe). Ironically as she falls to the ground, Mary complains of feeling nauseous.
- Meaningful Name: Her name appears to be a reference to Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, an infamously asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever believed to have unintentionally infected fifty-one people (killing three of them), despite showing no outward signs of illness.
- Plague Master: Her magic infects nearby foes with viruses. She favors attacking the digestive tract, but can lethally target the brain.
- Perky Female Minion: She's the most chipper of all the Avatar members.
- Slasher Smile: A rather creepy variant of this, in that it's what you get when you cross a Slasher Smile with a Moe Stare.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: She speaks care-freely as she tortures Lucy with her magic. Now we know how she got the nickname "Wicked Tongue" from Blair.
- Squishy Wizard: She can't take punches well. Likewise, a wizard who has support magic (like Wendy) can easily counteract her viruses leaving her virtually defenseless.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her eyes are gold, and combined with the pupils, is meant to reinforce the cat theme.
- Tears of Fear: She cries after finding out Arlock intended to sacrifice her and again when Avatar is beaten after seeing how strong Fairy Tail is.
- Tempting Fate: In her second meeting with Lucy, she once more targets Lucy's stomach, incapacitating her. All the while mocking how Fairy Tail is weak. Not a second after that statement, Wendy arrives and counters Mary's magic and, with no other means of offense, Mary's stuck blindly charging at Lucy and quickly gets dropped with one punch.
- Villainous Crush: Admits that she finds Gray "dreamy."
- The Worf Effect: Only took one hit to the stomach by Lucy (albeit using her Taurus dress) to be put down.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink.
A man with bushy eyebrows who makes various tea-related puns. His magic gives him control over torture devices.
- Bald of Evil: He has no hair, and instead has kanji written on his forehead.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He seems a bit comical about torture and his tea puns, but that doesn't stop him from trying to cut Lucy in half with an ax.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His are big and spiky.
- Bilingual Bonus: A two-for. Written with different kanji, his name means "torture". The kanji on his forehead, on the other hand, reads "matcha", which is a type of green tea.
- Chain Pain: Uses these along with magic cuffs to tie up Virgo and Natsu. They have an Anti-Magic effect as well.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He bows respectfully to people who aren't even there, or in the same direction as the people he's talking to.
- Cosplay: He's actually cosplaying as Zeref with the attire he has on, by his own admission.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: To show his devotion to Zeref, he tattooed his forehead with what he believed was the kanji for Zeref. Unfortunately, due to his unfamiliarity with kanji, he wound up getting a tattoo meaning "green tea".
- Eyes Always Shut: His whole face is scrunched up at all times. Probably because he is a lot less intimidating with them open.
- Fanboy: In-Universe, of Zeref. He says that his choice of outfit is actually cosplaying as Zeref, and he even thought the kanji on his forehead spelled Zeref's name (it doesn't).
- Mind over Matter: His magic allows him to telekinetically control torture devices.
- Pungeon Master: He has a tendency to make bad tea-related puns.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: He has exaggerated
- This Loser Is You: Appears to be a tongue-in-cheek parody of stereotypical fanboy convention-goers, especially fans of Shōnen villains.
- Torture Technician: He has quite a collection of torture instruments, making him this for the cult. His arsenal of torture instruments include an iron maiden, a wooden horse, and a goat trained to slowly lick the flesh off of his victims' feet.
- The Worf Effect: Downplayed. His torture devices don't stand a chance against Natsu, leading to him getting knocked out early. However, he manages to get the drop on him shortly after while he's distracted, only to then be effortlessly get frozen solid by Gray.
A man who wears an impressive suit of armor. His magical abilities are unknown.
- Ambiguously Human: Given his body shape and odd name, one must wonder if he's even human at all.
- Cool Mask: Has an oddly-shaped mask with a small grate right in the center.
- Red Eyes! Take Warning: Has a single, glowing red eye.
- Shoulders of Doom: He wears giant shoulder pads shaped like horned demon faces.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's beaten and taken out of the story before we can learn anything about his powers and abilities.
- The Worf Effect: He's one of Avatar's strongest, yet he's taken down twice before he can even demonstrate his power. First by Natsu when he tried to ambush him, and again by Panther Lily as he's trying to rally the retreating Avatar army.
- You Are Number 6: His name is simply a letter and a number.
A clown who carries a Mr. Cursey doll given to him by Kain Hikaru of Grimoire Heart. Like Kain, Able uses the Curse of Vengeance to control others' bodies.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Able's magic was previously used by Kain Hikaru of Grimoire Heart.
- Creepy Child: He certainly looks and acts like one, given his tiny size.
- Hollywood Voodoo: He uses the same type of magic as Kain, right down to using the same voodoo doll.
- Meaningful Name: His name is almost certainly a reference to Cain and Abel from The Bible. Interestingly, another character named Kain was the previous owner of the doll he's always seen holding, which Able himself confirms.
- Monster Clown: The makeup he wears resembles a clown, and he certainly didn't join a cult worshiping Zeref to do good things.
- So Last Season: When Kain used his cursing magic in the Sirius Island arc, it was a huge threat to Fairy Tail. However, that's only because they didn't have eight years worth of training under their belt. By then, it's just a mild inconvenience at best.
- Squishy Wizard: Both Natsu and Gajeel take him out with one attack each.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's beaten and locked away before we learn any sort of relationship between him and Kain, such as how he got the doll.