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Dark guilds are guilds in the Fairy Tail series that act without consent of the Magic Council. They are mainly all criminal organizations, and serve as antagonists in the series.Here be spoilers.
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Balam AllianceThe heart of Fiore's criminal network, the Balam Alliance is an organization of the three most powerful dark guilds in the kingdom—Grimoire Heart, Oración Seis, and Tartaros—each controlling its own portion of smaller dark guilds. The alliance effectively crumbles apart once all three guilds are destroyed by Fairy Tail.
Balam Alliance in General
- Evil Power Vacuum: As the entire backbone of Fiore's criminal underworld, this inevitably happens once all three guilds are defeated.
- Legion of Doom: Downplayed. They're in charge of all the dark guilds that Fairy Tail faces, but they're only loosely associated with one another.
- Non-Indicative Name: Although it's formally called an "alliance", it's more accurate to call it a non-aggression pact between the three guilds, since they barely even interact with each other.
EisenwaldEisenwald is a dark guild controlled by Oración Seis, and the first to appear 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.
- Freudian Excuse is No Excuse: Due to having their guild unaccredited, they're basically viewed as outcasts by society and find it much harder to make a decent living. For this reason, they're willing to take the lives of people who have it so much better than they do. Lucy not only calls them out on this, but also points out the reason they were unaccredited in the first place was because they kept committing crimes.
- Meaningful Name: Their name is German for "Iron Forest".
"Death God" Erigor
Voiced by: Koichi Tochika (Japanese), Jonathan Brooks (English)
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.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the Oracion Seis arc. Somewhat ironic because in both versions, he was said to have escaped capture after Eisenwald's downfall, but never appears again in the manga. He was supposedly planned to appear again as a Mook for Oracion Seis like he did in the anime, but Mashima didn't have the time to fit his story in.
- 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 (Japanese), Chad Cox (English)
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 (Japanese), Will Christoferson (English)
A wizard who uses urumi blades to ensnare his opponents.
- Bullying a Dragon: He makes the mistake of taunting Gray over how Eisenwald is going to kill the guild masters, including Makarov.
- Exotic Eye Designs: His eyes are diamond-shaped in the manga.
- Harmless Freezing: Gray turns him into a human popsicle, but he later thaws out perfectly fine.
- Just Between You and Me: He reveals Eisenwald's true goal of targeting the legal guild masters to Fairy Tail after they're trapped in a train station.
- Sinister Schnoz: He has a big, hooked nose to add to his shady appearance.
- Whip It Good: He fights with black urumis, whip-like swords that are attached to his fingers.
Voiced by: Masaki Kawanabe (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
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 (Japanese), Tyson Rinehart (English)
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.
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 (Japanese), Cris George (English)
Zatô voiced by: Tomoyuki Higuchi (Japanese), Paul Giovanni Ramirez (English)
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.
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 (Japanese), Xan Cramer (English)
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.