Characters: Fairy Tail Team Natsu

The main group of protagonists in the series. The team initially consists of Natsu, Happy and Lucy, but Gray and Erza join the team after tagging along a number of times. Wendy and Carla also become unofficial additions to the team. Other guild members that have had on-off membership include Juvia, Gajeel, and (most recently) Elfman.

The team has no official name, so "Team Natsu" is what the American fanbase has decided to call them.

Here be spoilers, so be warned.

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    In General 
  • Badass Crew: Recognized as Fairy Tail's strongest team.
  • Berserk Button: Do not even attempt to harm a child in front of any member of Team Natsu. The Alvarez guards found that out the hard way.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The ladies: Lucy as the Blonde, Wendy as the Brunette (dark blue), and Erza as the Redhead.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Natsu/Erza as the boke with Gray/Lucy as tsukkomi. Happy tends to zig-zag with the trope.
  • Brown Eyes: All of the girls (including Carla) have these, and are significantly more rational than the guys (though Erza depends on the situation).
  • Cast Calculus: Typically, another major Fairy Tail member will temporarily join the team for the duration of a story arc as the ensemble's Sixth Ranger. So far, these members have been Juvia, Gajeel, Pantherlily, Wendy, Carla, Elfman, Mirajane, and, lately, Laxus. For more information, refer to their own entries in the other tabs.
  • Childhood Friends: Natsu, Gray and Erza. Lucy questions the nature of their friendship when Erza asks Natsu and Gray if they want to take a bath together like when they were kids.
  • Covert Perverts: Natsu, Gray and Erza freely looked through Lucy's underwear drawer while Lucy keeps centerfolds of a bikini-clad Mirajane.
    • Averted with Wendy, as she becomes highly embarrassed when exposed to Gray's stripping habit, and Loke's less than innocent relations with Michello's granddaughter.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of their backstories are quite tragic and sad. To elaborate:
    • Natsu was left by Igneel and the person he made a Childhood Marriage Promise dies (not really).
    • Gray loses his birth parents at Deliora's hands and then loses his new mom because of his actions, as well as causing his technical brother to hate him.
    • Erza's family was killed by kidnappers that enslaved her, until she led a revolt that cost her not only an eye, but her friends' loyalty. Also, she lost her (adoptive) grandmother in a carriage accident.
    • Lucy's mother died when she was young, and her father became emotionally distant towards her after that.
    • Wendy, like Natsu, was left by her dragon (when she was still about 5 years old) and then left to wander the world with Mystogan until he left her.
  • Destructive Saviors: Most of their missions' pay goes to the repairs of the place that they destroyed, much to Lucy's ire.
  • Determinator: No matter what, they never give up, and if they can help it, they never let themselves lose to the same opponent twice.
  • Disney Death/Put on a Bus: After Acnologia blasts Sirius Island they, along with those who participated in the S-Class exam and Laxus, go missing for seven years.
    • The Bus Came Back: They return to the titular guild, finding it in shambles since nobody who wasn't part of the S-class exam on Tenrou Island was strong enough to defend the guild from other guilds pushing them around.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: They spent seven years inside the Fairy Sphere after the Sirius Island incident.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine: Happy, a cheerful cat who has a nasty habit of cracking jokes at the expense of his teammates.
    • Choleric: Natsu/Carla. Natsu is a Hot-Blooded Determinator who will stop at nothing to protect the guild's name, and Carla is an arrogant, bossy little cat who initially cares about little more than keeping Wendy safe.
    • Melancholic: Erza, who is serious, standoffish, and one of the more strategic members of Team Natsu. She felt very lonely and isolated for a large part of her life.
    • Phlegmatic: Gray/Wendy. Gray is introverted, (relatively) down to Earth, and tends to hide his emotions, while Wendy is a kind Shrinking Violet who, unlike most of the guild members, doesn't particularly enjoy fighting.
    • Leukine: Lucy, is usually a peace-loving bookworm, but she's the most cheerful member of Team Natsu after Natsu himself, and has her moments when she is easily pissed off.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Natsu, contrasting rivals: Gajeel and Gray, who all use weaponry of some sort.
  • Heroic BSOD: Played for Laughs. Along with Levy, Juvia and Wendy after it's revealed that one day in the Celestial Spirit World is equal to three months in Earth-land, which they should have spent training for the Great Magic Games.
  • Honor Before Reason: A lot of the times they don't end up having to pay a huge repair bill, Natsu or Erza are usually refusing a payment for one reason or another.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Erza, Natsu, Gray and Lucy. Natsu and Gray are prone to even more excessive levels of violence and bad-assery if they learn Erza and/or Lucy are in genuine danger and Erza was willing to be vaporized and then later atomized to try and protect Natsu.
    • Also, Wendy is often treated like a little sister by every member of the team.
  • Older Than They Look: Courtesy of the Sirius Island incident coupled with the Time Skip, they are all seven years younger than they're supposed to be and look.
  • Parental Abandonment. This extends to the guild as a whole but it really shows when the core team is focused upon.
  • Power-Up: They're all substantially weaker after the Time Skip, even weaker than Max, but take a massive level in badass when Ultear helps them achieve "Second Origin", activated by Ultear's Arc of Time, which gives them access to their latent magical reserves and effectively doubles their power.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: If it wasn't already obvious by their respective hair colors and abilities, Natsu the Fire Dragon Slayer and Gray the Ice Make Wizard/Demon Slayer. Natsu has this dynamic with Gajeel and Lucy too...and pretty much any other character he tends to be paired with.
  • Three Plus Two: As mentioned above; Natsu, Happy & Lucy are the three, Gray & Erza are the two.
  • Took a Level in Badass: There's no doubt they get more and more badass as the story progresses, but all the levels they obtain are instantaneously doubled when they unlock their "Second Origin". It lets Natsu single-handedly beat Dragon Forced-powered, Unison Raid-using Sting and Rogue without having to do the same, and lets Erza use her Infinity+1 Sword on Minerva.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The series mostly played this straight, with Lucy and Erza as the two girls to Natsu, Gray, and Happy, making the ratio 3:2 in favor of the guys... Unless you don't count Happy, the nonhuman, which makes it equal. Even if you do count Happy, Wendy coming into the picture tips the ratio in favor of the girls, since she brings Carla, another nonhuman, with her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Natsu and Gray. Occasionally Natsu and Erza. Happy and Lucy have shades of it as well.

    Natsu Dragneel 

Natsu Dragneel

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Mako Sakurai (JP - young), Todd Haberkorn (EN), Luci Christian (EN - young)

Natsu the "Salamander" is the main male protagonist of the series. He was raised by the dragon Igneel to become the Fire Dragon Slayer, giving him the power to breathe, attack with, defend against, and even eat fire. He was abandoned after Igneel mysteriously disappeared on July 7, 777, seven years before the series begins. He has since joined Fairy Tail in the hopes of reuniting with Igneel and finding out what happened. He's generally regarded as Fairy Tail's problem child, but no one is more loyal to the guild than he is.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has redder hair in the manga.
  • Adult Fear: When Happy is captured by Minerva, who threatens to kill him if Natsu doesn't obey her demands, he does so without any second thoughts.
  • Almighty Janitor: He's almost always the one to beat the arc's Arc Villain, and even though Erza outranks him, she's admitted a few times that he's at least her equal, if not stronger. Justified in that S-Class requires more than just fighting ability; Natsu is very impulsive and frequently gets in over his head.
    • He is given the chance to escape this during the S-Class promotion exam, though that chance is ruined after the exam is interrupted and ultimately canceled thanks to Grimoire Heart.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Natsu isn't one to hold back in a fight and he doesn't have many defensive abilities either.
  • Badass: The Hero of Fairy Tail, rarely loses a serious fight, and takes down the Big Bad in most arcs.
  • Badass Adorable: He's hyperactive, optimistic and a protective sweetheart towards Lucy (though he cares about his other guildmates), but that doesn't stop him from being one of the best fighters in the guild.
  • Badass Longcoat: In the first episode/chapter.
  • Battle Aura: When Natsu's emotions are at their peak in the midst of battle, his enemy can see the image of Igneel overlapping him. More normally, his flames can give him the appearance of this as well.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Igneel finally appears in the Tartaros arc... and is then Killed Off for Real by Acnologia right in front of him.
  • Berserk Button: As a firm believer in the modern concept of True Companions, you had better hope Natsu never catches wind of you betraying your own. He also has a lot of pride in his guild, similar to how Luffy hates tarnishing the pirate flag.
    • Harming any of his guildmates, especially Lucy, will bring down his fiery-lightning wrath.
  • The Berserker: Natsu lives this. He's an incredibly reckless fighter, throwing himself into battles and destroying everything in his path. It doesn't help that his magic gets boosted by his rages.
  • Berserker Tears: After he sees Future Rogue kill Future Lucy and plan to do the same with Present Lucy. No one takes away Lucy's future and gets away with it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: He's an affable and goofy guy when you get to know him. Heaven forbid anyone gets on his bad side.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Because Fairy Tail sees its members as a giant family Wendy sees him in this light, learning how to use her magic for combat and use Dragon Force from him. She admits that the only reason she went to stop Orcaion Seis is because she really wanted to meet him.
  • Big Eater: Often combines this with his fire proof nature to eat his enemies attacks
  • Blade Run: Natsu runs across Ikusatsunagi's sword , which is big enough to split the ground under him, and climbs on top of his head, destroying him.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: One of his many weapons in the second OVA.
  • Breath Weapon: The ever-classic fire breath.
  • Break the Cutie: Just look at the utter despair in his face as he watches Acnologia kill Igneel. Considering finding Igneel had been his primary goal pretty much throughout the entire series, having a front-row seat for Igneel's rather Family-Unfriendly Death has got to be the Despair Event Horizon for him...
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: With Laxus' magic power added to his own, he lands the final blow on Hades. He then falls down, completely out of magic power and too sore to move at all, and watches helplessly as Hades gets back up and goes One-Winged Angel.
    • Pretty much every time he uses Dragon Force it's to beat the tar out of a Big Bad but he usually ends up out of commission for a week with a nasty case of food poisoning
  • Burning with Anger: Quite often.
  • Butt Monkey: Of all people, he's one in the Eclipse Spirit arc, including getting sent flying multiple times.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Zeref Dragneel's Cain. While Natsu is still clueless of his relation to Zeref, he definitely a force for good who treasures family links and companionship, while Zeref is hell-bent on eradicating mankind.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Standard for the series and for Shonen protagonists.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm all fired up"—which he says in basically every fight he's in.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In one omake, it is shown that he can uproot an entire tree by himself.
  • Chaste Hero: Zigzagged. Most of the time, he remains oblivious to the embarrassment of seeing naked women or them seeing him naked, but there are exceptions such as when he tries to peep at the girls in the hot springs or when he gets a little embarrassed at seeing Gildarts' magazines.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Apparently had this with Lisanna in the anime before she was killed some time before the series began. Later she's revealed in the Edolas arc to be alive after all, and she gives no shortage of affection to him once they are reunited for real. However, this has been subverted because ever since their reunion they haven't interacted at all.
  • Clothing Damage: Not that he wore much to begin with...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Doesn't seem to understand why Lucy would be annoyed with him peeking at her in the shower, among other things.
  • Covert Pervert: Wanted to peek at Lucy while she was in the shower, has a habit of hiding in her bed, and in the first OVA, tried to peek at the girls swimming, only to find Makarov swimming.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He doesn't seem very intelligent, but he is a genius in a fight, constantly improvising new ways to beat tougher oponnents.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Eating any kind of magic besides fire, such as Etherion, activates "Dragon Force", making him far more powerful, but with severe after-effects. Activating it more naturally gets rid of the after-effects.
    • Laxus 'gave' Natsu lightning, which while draining him at the time, eventually ended up making Natsu that much more destructive.
    • He manages to activate Dragon Force on his own during Chapter 411.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the earliest chapters of the manga, he has a few funny snark moments with Lucy, who he treats more like an annoying newcomer. Once Lucy becomes more acclimatized to Fairy Tail, Natsu and Lucy's roles are switched.
    • He has more moments of snark in FUNimation's dub.
  • Determinator: While a typical Fairy Tail trait, Natsu takes this to some rather extreme levels. Eventually, Gildarts calls him out on this because it will get Natsu killed if he keeps it up.
  • Designated Villain: Invoked in order to help Mystogan unite Edolas after everyone starts freaking out over what they think to be The End of the World as We Know It.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: His seiyuu sings the opening of the OVAs. It's a duet with Gray's.
  • Dragon Rider: In the battle against Future Rogue, he rides Atlas Flame.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Dragon Slayer magic. It can supposedly slay dragons. Not that we doubt it, seeing what Natsu can do. Oddly, he was taught this magic by a dragon, Igneel.
  • Expy:
  • Extreme Omnivore: While it's supposedly natural for him to try to eat fire, he has eaten a burning piece of paper, molten metal, lightning, and Etherion. The latter two have side effects that show that actually being an Extreme Omnivore is a bad idea for Natsu.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Post-Time Skip, at least until halfway through the Grand Magic Games arc.
  • Fearless Fool: However, thanks to his fight with Gildarts, Gildarts teaches him a much-needed lesson on feeling fear, which he takes to heart.
  • Feed It with Fire: Regains stamina from eating any flames he did not generate himself.
  • Fiery Redhead: His hair is more pink than red, but he's the most Hot-Blooded character in the team.
  • Fiery Salamander: Obviously, his Animal Motifs.
  • Fireballs: Two of his techniques, specifically, Fire Dragon's Roar and, in the anime, Fire Dragon's Brilliant Flame make use of this.
  • Friend to All Children: He has a warm, brotherly relationship with Wendy and Romeo, and intentionally throws a play match with Asuka so he can pacify her as her servant for a day in an omake, even deliberately making her think she took down a bandit by herself.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Used in practically the most literal sense possible in the third OVA. He claims to have met some kind of maniac and ended up getting a scar on his neck was he was a kid, which has forever traumatized him. Said maniac was actually his present self who was sent back in time and disguised beyond recognition, and was actually beating his past self up because he lost to Gray in a fight. Past!Natsu ended up scratching his own neck in the process.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever he is pissed, his faced becomes shadowed while his eyes glow red.
  • Goal in Life: To find Igneel, which finally comes true after 14 years. After Igneel's death, he has a new goal now: kill Acnologia.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Any villain who crosses the line or hits a Berserk Button of his will feel his wrath.
  • The Hero: Lucy's The Protagonist and Erza's The Leader, but Natsu is the traditional hero, especially on Fairy Tail's team in the Grand Magic Games arc.
  • Heroic BSOD: A bit ambiguous. His words in chapter 434 could imply that he did fall into one after the events of Tartaros: "That bond was all I needed to keep me afloat!" However, given the wording, and context of his speech, it's safe to assume he successfully overcame it.
  • Heroic RROD: Natsu normally eats fire to keep his strength up in battle. But he achieves an even higher form of power called "Dragon Force" when he eats magical substances that contain multiple elements other than fire, such as Etherion. Once the effects wear off, he falls sick for up to a few days at a time.
  • Hot-Blooded: His fire magic feeds on his emotions, so it's only natural.
  • Hypocrite: Repeatedly gets angry at other guild members for going off and doing their own thing after Fairy Tail disbands, despite the fact that he did pretty much the exact same without any warning thing right before the guild disbanded. Lampshaded repeatedly by Lucy.
    • In his defense however, Natsu didn't know that the guild was going to disband before he went on his journey. Doesn't change the fact that he's a hypocrite but you can cut him some slack as he probably thought Lucy would be fine on her own as she had the other guild members to take care of her.
  • Idiot Hero: Subverted. He's frequently shown to be quite intelligent, but the combination of being Hot-Blooded, raised by a dragon, and spending most of his time in a guild full of wizards who sometimes have a strange way of viewing the world means that he can across as one rather frequently. He also has some problems with the idea of "think before you act". He is, however, often the first to notice if something's off because he is one of the more perceptive characters and has keen senses (particularly smell).
  • I Hate Past Me: In the third OVA, he beats his past self up because he lost to Gray in a fight.
  • The Illegible: Lucy comments that his handwriting in his goodbye letter is pretty horrible.
  • Image Song: Blaze Up, Kizuna Darou, and Eternal Fellows. Itsumo Zenkaida is a duet with Happy.
  • Incendiary Exponent: His spice of choice for his food is fire itself.
  • Infernal Retaliation/No Sell: Any time anyone tries to shoot fire at him. Totomaru is so far the only one to figure out how to turn the tables on him, when he shoots fire that smells (and tastes) like burning garbage.
    • Inverted against Zancrow. He can eat Natsu's flames, but Natsu can't eat his. At first.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He frequently offends Lucy when he tries to comfort or compliment her.
  • I Will Find You: To Igneel. Also in the anime, he promised Lisanna to find her if she ever went missing.
  • Keet: Small in comparison to rivals Gray, Gajeel, and Laxus, hyperactive and impulsive, and most definitely loud.
  • Kick the Dog: Every time he does this it's always Played for Laughs.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His specialty. He crushes any villain who angers him enough.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: To the dismay of a pair of regular martial artists.
  • Large Ham: Constantly shouting.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Is impatient and overly-enthusiastic, so he likes to chase off the enemies on his own.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While not the fastest in the guild, he's quick and packs a punch. However, thats only when gets serious. He becomes much more agile when he eats lightning and his attacks become even more destructive.
  • Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: while his Fire Dragon's Roar doesn't count he attacks Cobra by giving an actual dragon's roar
  • Man Child: Assuming he's over seventeen.
  • Manly Tears: When Erza is about to sacrifice herself and after he finally sees Igneel again.
  • Meaningful Name: Natsu means "summer", hence his element.
  • Me's a Crowd: He gets turned into an army of miniature versions of himself (all of whom even bicker with each other) as the result of one of Gildarts's attacks.
  • Mood Whiplash: Goes from crying Manly Tears to being incredibly angry and demanding answers after Igneel's reappearance. Given the circumstances, you can hardly blame him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His usual attire consists of a waistcoat that always exposes his toned and muscular body, not to mention how many times he gets rid of it and evolves into a Shirtless Scene.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is really known about his past before he met Igneel, or how Igneel even found him. More questions also arise from the fact that Zeref knows him, but Natsu doesn't.
    • As of chapter 436, we know that Zeref knows Natsu because Natsu is his younger brother, who he revived as E.N.D. We still don't know how he ended up with Igneel, however.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The In-Between (Hot-Blooded, destructive, and reckless) of Fairy Tail's first-generation Dragon Slayers.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Takes many deadly attacks from enemies, only to overpower them with sheer tenacity.
  • The Nose Knows: Like all dragon slayers, he has a very keen sense of smell.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: His trademark vest doesn't cover much, though he actually does wear shirts and jackets from time to time. Justified in that he doesn't get cold due to his magic.
  • No Social Skills: At first, all he was interested in was fighting. He slowly gets better after the Time Skip.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: At first he doesn't want help against Mard Geer, it becomes serious when he asks Sting and Rogue to help him.
  • Parental Abandonment: In search of Igneel since he disappeared. Also the question of why he was being raised by a dragon to begin with has yet to come up
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys a town in his very first appearance, and everything around him in general. All Fairy Tail wizards do this, but he is by far the worst.
    • Uses this to his advantage at the climax of the Tower of Heaven arc: the Big Bad completely outclasses him so he decides to just destroy the mile tall crystal he needs for his plans, while lampshading that he's the most destructive wizard in Fairy Tail
  • Playing with Fire: His magic's main ability.
  • Raised by Wolves: He is rather ignorant of how the real world works sometimes, mostly in the "girls" department, due to his upbringing by Igneel, a dragon.
  • Ramming Always Works: Fire Dragon's Sword Edge. In fact, this is usually his default strategy.
  • Rapidfire Fisticuffs: His Guren Karyū Ken (Crimson Lotus: Fire Dragon's Fist).
  • Red Baron: "Salamander". That's what some of his enemies who are familiar with him call him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he gets dangerous.
  • Rocket Punch: Fire Dragon's Elbow forms a jet booster at said elbow, driving the fist forward with extreme force. Notable for being just about the only non-mechanical example in existence.
  • Running Gag: His severe motion sickness.
    • Turns into Foreshadowing when it turns out that any other Dragon Slayers except Wendy all have this too... Sting thinks it's a mark of a true Dragon Slayer.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: One of his trademarks. He received it from Igneel, and he is very attached to it.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has one on his neck. According to the third OVA, he accidentally scratched himself as a child while trying to fend off his future (i.e. present) self).
  • Screaming Warrior: Shounen protagonist, what do you expect?
  • Screw Destiny: After Rogue states that he has to kill Lucy because she will somehow prevent the gates to the Eclipse Cannon to use it against the dragons that threaten to ravage the kingdom, Natsu declares that he will burn that fate away and protect Lucy.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Doubles as Sealed Badass in a Can as Igneel was always inside of Natsu ever since he left.
  • Shameful Strip: He's stripped naked when he's captured by Tartarus.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: In Chapter 416.5, when Erza calls Natsu to heat up the women's bath, Natsu nonchalantly walks in stark naked, completely unconcerned of the embarrassment of every woman (except Erza and Mavis) in the room.
  • Ship Tease: Notably with Lucy, Lisanna and even Erza on occasion. The anime plays things up with Lisanna even more, including their interactions with each other post-reunion. It's clear the anime developers are pro-NaLi.
  • Shock and Awe: After Laxus transfers his magic power to Natsu during their battle against Hades. From that point onward, Natsu is able to activate "Lightning-Flame Dragon Mode", which lets him combine electrical attacks with his fire attacks for even more destructive power.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When he punches Jellal for ranting about how Simon's Heroic Sacrifice was futile in its efforts to save him and Erza.
  • Signature Move: Fire Dragon's Iron Fist and Crimson Lotus Blade (which later becomes electrified thanks to his power up)
  • Skyward Scream: While swearing vengeance against Acnologia after he kills Igneel.
    Natsu: "I will live on! I will get stronger! And I'm gonna grind Acnologia's ass into dragon dust!
  • Slasher Smile: He sports this on occasions.
  • Sleep Cute: Lampshaded by Lucy.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: While YMMV on if Natsu or Lucy is the main character, Natsu often ends up somehow taking the spotlight away from other characters in their own story arcs. Whats unusual is that other character hand the spotlight. In the Tower of Heaven Arc, he fights Jellal for example, after making a promise to Simon, and in the Sirius Island Arc, he battles Hades because Laxus tells him too.
  • Spirited Competitor: Definitely qualifies, seeing how he loves to pick fights with Erza and Gildarts. He gets to fight the latter during the Sirius Island arc, which makes him ecstatic.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Natsu's last name, "Dragneel", sounds just like a combination of "Dragon" and "Igneel" - is it any wonder he ended up being raised by that very same dragon? Not to mention, his older brother Zeref Dragneel also knew Igneel, and currently has a connection with the Dragon Acnologia.
  • Super Mode: Dragon Force and later Lightning-Fire Dragon Mode.
  • Tears of Fear: He breaks down after only being glared at by Gildarts during the Sirius Island arc.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Said towards Laxus as he had to use outside help (Gajeel) to beat him. Laxus, by this point having mellowed out, agrees.
  • Theme Naming: Hiro Mashima's lead always gets a season-based name. His means "Summer", the warmest of the seasons and reflective of his hot-blooded nature as well as his magic.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: At times, he can form this with Gajeel and Wendy, and plays the role of The Hero.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Every time a new arc comes around, Natsu's strength continues to improve and enemies he struggled with previously are easily swept aside when bigger and more serious threats approach. Also, his rivalry with Gildarts plays this trope straight as during his first appearances, Natsu could only move Gildarts a couple of feet back with his most powerful move. Cue a few months of training and he can push him a considerable amount of distance back.
    • After Natsu comes back from his one year of training, he has shown *leaps* of improvement as he one shotted Bluenote and has now defeated a war god with a single punch. Many fans even speculate that he can now give Gildarts a run for his money.
  • Trash of the Titans: His house.
  • Troll: Sometimes he likes to anger his friends on purpose.
  • True Companions: He is a dead-serious believer in this.
  • Tsundere: When he was a child, he acted like this towards Lisanna sometimes.
  • Tsurime Eyes: One of Gray's many insulting nicknames for him.
  • Unstoppable Rage: His magic increases in strength with the strength of his emotions; getting him entirely pissed off is not the best idea.
  • Use Your Head: He did it once or twice.
    • He has two headbutt attacks. They are not normal, he flies towards the enemy while he's wreathed in flames. Karyu no Kenkaku and Shiranui Gata: Guren Hōō Ken.
  • Vague Age: He's one of the few members of the guild whose age is unknown. He's likely somewhere between 17 and 19.
    • Adding to the confusion was Freed's barriers during the Fighting Festival arc, which prevented passage of anyone who was either Taken for Granite (like the guild's girls that Evergreen had petrified) or over the age of 80 (which trapped Makarov). Natsu and Gajeel could't pass through either, and they certainly weren't petrified though Word of God has stated that neither Natsu or Gajeel are over 80.
      • Later revealed that Igneel, who is well over 400 years old, was inside of Natsu this whole time, finally explaining why Natsu couldn't pass through the barrier.
      • Revealed that Natsu is actually almost 400 years old, a fact that is so far unknown to him, as he is Zeref Dragneel's dead brother brought back to life as a demon powered by Etherious, hence the name E.N.D.
  • Villain Protagonist: Subversion example during a near end of Edolas. But, turns out foreshadowing his deeper origins 400 years ago when he was revived into Etherious by his older brother.
  • Volleying Insults: Usually with Gray.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His motion sickness, which is a weakness shared by all Dragon Slayers when their magic reaches a certain stage of development. It is sensitive enough to activate if a human being carries him, or if he is on a stationary raft. Only traveling by Happy seems to be able to circumvent this—also that one Legion in Edolas—his reason being he considers Happy and the Legion to be friends, not transportation.
  • Wham Line: After he successfully damages one of Future Rogue's dragons, something even Makarov was unable to do.
    Natsu: "It's called Dragon Slaying magic for a reason! Seven dragons! Seven Dragon Slayers!"
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Many of his battles have him trying to figure out how to beat an opponent who can counter his usual style, and he ends up winning by new applications of the same style. Noticeably, he can use other spells, such as transformation magic as shown in an omake chapter—he just doesn't.
  • The Worf Effect: He often struggles/loses against the Arc Villain's underlings and extremely powerful wizards, thus keeping him from becoming an Invincible Hero, most notably against Fukurou and Aria. Laxus and Erza have also beaten him a few times. This may be because he doesn't fight quite as seriously as he should against these guys, but when much more is on the line, which especially happens against an arc's Big Bad, that's when he gets serious.
    • More often then not the Elite Mooks exploit a weakness of his (travel sickness or recklessness) or are simply better suited to fighting him (Zancrow) while he fights a Big Bad that has been weakened by his friends and gets a nifty power-up couretesy of eating something he probably shouldn't have eaten.
    • Additionally, Natsu often treats his fights with technically inferior opponents more as games than real, actively-threatening encounters. Since his magic power is directly related to how mad or emotional he is, he often isn't in the proper mood until suitably threatened.
  • Would Hit a Girl: After all, Natsu is a Spirited Competitor and if he thinks one of his rivals can give him a good battle, he probably doesn't even notice their gender. For example, Erza, the strongest female member of Fairy Tail, is the person he has probably challenged to a fight the most times. It makes perfect sense considering Natsu grew up alongside women like "The Demon" Mirajane and "Titania" Erza.
  • Wreathed in Flames: His Flames of Emotion.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair" His hair in pink, though it's actually a mild case of Adaptation Dye-Job, as in the manga his hair is a slightly duller, redder color (but still pink).
  • You Killed My Father: He swears vengeance against Acnologia for killing Igneel.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: You really wouldn't. If Natsu is taking a fight serious, he's probably really pissed.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Passes himself off as the Great Demon Lord Dragneel responsible for the loss of magic in Edolas, which causes its residents to mistake it for the end of the world, all so that Mystogan can defeat him and avert a mass panic.

    Lucy Heartfilia 

Lucy Heartfilia

Voiced by: Aya Hirano (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

The main female protagonist of the series, Lucy is a celestial wizard who uses magical Gatekeys to summon celestial spirits from another world to fight alongside her. She was born into a wealthy family, but the death of her mother drove a wedge between her and her strict father, eventually culminating with her running away from home to join Fairy Tail. She gets her wish when she bumps into Natsu, though her new guild's insane antics prove to be more than she can handle at times.
  • Action Girl: No, really. She actually wins most of her fights. She's just not as itching to fight as some other folks are. She also relies less on her celestial spirits and more on her agility and whip than you might expect. Then after the second time skipnote  she gains the ability to apply her spirits abilities to herself, giving her a huge boost in Melee ability.
  • Adult Fear: During her battle with Flare Corona, Flare uses Asuka Connell as a hostage and tells Lucy not to do anything lest something happens to the little girl.
  • Allergic to Love: Every time the topic of romance and relationships for her comes up, Lucy becomes overly anxious and flustered.
  • All Up To You: The only member of Fairy Tail, minus an injured Wendy, to not be caught by Marde's Plutogrim.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Her Keys which make their user capable of summoning powerful allies to fight beside them. Taken even further after the second time-skip when Lucy gains the ability to not only summon her spirits but to give herself their magic too.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Zig-Zagged. She is singled out for Arcadios' Eclipse Plan in the Grand Magic Games arc, but according to Arcadios, it entails using all twelve Zodiac keys to open a gateway to the past and kill Zeref before he became immortal. Then it turns out that as long as she's alive, she will somehow prevent the gates to the Eclipse Cannon to use it against the dragons that threaten to ravage the kingdom. And then it turns out that Eclipse is the thing that brought the whole world to ruins in the first place. And she's the only one that can stop the destruction of the world, basically meaning that she is the key to protecting the world itself.
    • Played straight in the Key of the Starry Heavens filler arc, where she's used to trigger a doomsday device due to her being a celestial wizard.
  • Ascended Fangirl: From a big fangirl of Fairy Tail to a member in good standing and one of those who could qualify as The Heart of the guild (in the anime) in just half a year. Not bad at all for a rookie wizard, even if her combat ability does not compare well to some of those who have been in the guild since their childhood.
  • Badass: Not as overwhelmingly powerful as her comrades, but becomes a very competent fighter over the course of the series. Among other feats of badassery, she survives a vicious attack from Gajeel, performs at least two Unison Raids when even one is unlikely to be achieved in a mage's lifetime, defeats an entire minor guild, and manages to kill Jackal in the Tartarus arc.
    • And if that wasn't badass enough, after the one year timeskip, she accepted Natsu's invitation to spar without the slightest hesitance. Turns out, she had good reason not to back down, as she now has the ability to employ her Spirits powers as her own, granting her super strength, Water magic, Light magic, Earth magic, with more yet to be revealed.
  • Badass Adorable: A fangirl of Fairy Tail who gets a bit star-struck, but is still a competent wizard.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's pretty smart, the Daybreak arc being a good example. Also, she's a writer. She was also given the task of figuring out the collected maps of the Sky Labyrinth during the Great Magic Tournament.
  • Badass on Paper: Her list of accomplishments is actually quite impressive. Though most of it is exaggerated in-series, she's is a highly accomplished Celestial Wizard who even made the Celestial King change his mind due to her intense friendship with Loke and all her Celestial Spirits, and even summoned the King himself.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Primarily her attire after Sirius Island.
  • Bat Deduction: She somehow correctly deduces where Master Mavis' grave is located in the Sirius Island arc, despite the fact that her logic involves a Wiki Walk through a series of extremely loosely related words (at one point she claims it is suspicious that the word "demise" has two e's).
  • Bathing Beauty: Constantly.
  • Bathtub Bonding: With Cana.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Love & Lucky from a Dark Guild all by herself and later summons the Celestial Spirit King, destroying Plutogrim and freeing Fairy Tail from Alegria.
  • Break the Cutie: Often during the Grand Magic Games arc. Every antagonistic woman on any of the other teams seems to be out to get her.
    • During the Tartaros arc, she was traumatized after losing Aquarius via Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Brown Eyes: A kind, down to earth person with big, brown eyes.
  • Butt Monkey: Prior to Character Development. Though she does tend to get knocked around by her guildmates from time to time.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
  • Cat Girl: In the Fairy Hills and the fourth OVA.
  • Celibate Heroine: So far, though mostly it just seems like the right romance hasn't presented itself to her, rather than being opposed to the idea as a whole.
    • While she doesn't actively seek out romance, she is a sucker for it, judging from the few times Natsu has been inadvertently romantic with her, she wouldn't pass up the opportunity.
  • Character Tics: Tends to puff up her cheeks when she is annoyed or impatient.
  • The Chick: Arguably has the least raw power out of the human members of Team Natsu, treats her spirits exceptionally well, doesn't like fighting, and is very caring towards those she meets.
  • Clothing Damage: Often.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Defeats much of the entire Naked Mummy guild by herself.
  • Cool Keys: How she opens the gates to the Celestial Spirit World.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: The magical world views her as this.
  • Cowardly Lion: She hates being stuck in the middle of a battle, and she'll run from trouble if she gets the chance, but she'll step up if someone else is in danger.
  • Damsel in Distress: During the Phantom Lord arc. Noticeably, she's rescued rather quickly.
  • Damsel out of Distress: It's no easy feat to kidnap her or restrain her and she might get out before her guild mates arrive to save her.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She along with Erza is the series main source of Fanservice.
  • Discard and Draw: One chapter after she loses her ability to summon Aquarius, the Spirit King gives her the former's water powers.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her seiyuu sings the OVA's ending.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In the anime, Levy wouldn't mind seeing her butt. Erza as well.
  • Expy: To Elie from Rave Master, particularly in terms of her clothing.
    • And also to Seras Victoria considering that they both are blonde, have large breasts, serve as audience proxies for their respective shows, and sometimes act like the only sane people in groups of crazies. Also, some might find similarities between Minerva's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Lucy and Zorin's Mind Rape on Seras followed by her grotesque mutilation. At least Minerva apologized to Lucy after her Heel-Face Turn. Wheras Zorin died horribly. Plus, both characters definitely Took a Level in Badass as their respective animes went on and yet still remained Nice Girls.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: Deals Mary a devastating, and well deserved "Lucy Punch" to the stomach.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: But just with her hair.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The celestial spirits often make note of how kind she is to them, even going so far as to think of them as her fellow human beings, due to the rather harsh treatment they often get from other summoners. At least four different Zodiac spirits have sought her out because their original contracts were broken and they knew how kind she is.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Lucy forgave Natsu for leaving her and the guild behind after the battle against Tartaros for a year. However, she will not let him forget it
  • Girlish Pigtails: Almost always after she changes her clothes. Becomes her standard look after returning from Sirius Island. She changes her hair back during the Magic Games.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Not in the traditional sense, but out of the (probable) thousands and thousands of summoning keys there are, only twelve of them are "Golden Celestial Keys." So far, she has ten of them, the only ones she doesn't own being Libra and Pisces. The interesting thing about this is, she has three when the series starts, and only actively seeks out one. The rest ask to join her. However, when Yukino tries to give her the keys, she refuses them.
  • Gratuitous French: Her "Fleuve d'Útoiles" whip's name means "River of Stars".
  • Groin Attack: Pulls this on Jose. He understandably becomes upset about it.
  • Hair Decorations: She usually has a ribbon or a bow in her hair.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the kindest characters in the series.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: To Loke and Natsu.
  • Help Yourself In The Past: In the third OVA, Lucy goes back in time with her friends and stops a runaway horse-drawn carriage with a little girl inside. Unbeknownst to her, the little girl is her past self, who never notices it was her future self who saved her. The only glimpse she gets of her savior is the Fairy Tail guildmark on her hand, ultimately inspiring Lucy to join Fairy Tail in the first place, and perhaps even to put the mark on her own hand.
  • Heroic BSOD: After breaking Aquarius' key to summon the Spirit King, thus permanently losing the ability to summon said spirit, all she can do is lay on the ground and clutch what's left of Aquarius' key for dear life, crying her poor heart out. She doesn't even seem to notice she's being attacked until after a shield of water springs up out of nowhere.
  • Heroic Seductress: Subverted. She does make attempts at seduction but they often fail miserably.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Lucy isn't nearly as confident in her fighting abilities as she should be, though she does manage to get over any doubts once the fighting actually starts.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Aquarius constantly teases her about her lack of a boyfriend.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Lucy had always been a Ms. Fanservice in the series, but this becomes more obvious after the time-skip, where she was given skimpier clothes as her regular attire and a hairstyle that makes her look sexier as well. The Art Evolution helps a lot too.
  • Image Song: Open the Gate and Happy Holiday.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: Summoning the Celestial Spirit King, which can only be done by someone who can summon three Celestial Spirits at once, an act itself that requires a very large amount of magic power.
  • Informed Attribute: Almost all of the female cast have the same breast size, Lucy included. But what makes it fits this trope is that Lucy's breasts are the only ones mentioned, most parodied and regarded as the biggest of all in-universe for some reason.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: A Running Gag is that she often ends up in a cosplay outfit at a most unfortunate moment.
  • Invisible Streaker: In a filler episode. When she finally gets to the guild to ask for help, Natsu, who finds her by following her scent, finds a much more standard area to grab her.
  • Just Friends: Poor Lucy has it hard. Mirajane teases Lucy about either being with Natsu or Gray in an omake, Juvia is convinced that Lucy is after Gray, and Happy teases Lucy about being with Loke during the Fantasia arc. Ironically, she's a Celibate Heroine.
  • Kamehame Hadoken/Wave Motion Gun: Urano Metria.
  • Kick Chick: "Lucy KICK!!!" and "Lucy Fire."
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Her backstory. Also why she ran away from home.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Happens to almost everyone in the series, but Lucy takes it Up to Eleven. Ever since the Edolas arc, Lucy seems to lose her shoes at least once per arc. In both the Edolas and Grand Magic Games arcs she gets a new pair afterwards, only to lose those too. Oddly enough, she's even shown barefoot on the cover of Volume 27, even though that arc is the only one where she manages to keep her shoes.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: When Mirajane gets into Lucy's head the idea that Natsu might like her, Lucy suddenly becomes very nervous around him and even starts to fantasize about a relationship with him. When she thinks he is going to confess, she decides to turn him down, yet dolls herself up. After Natsu reveals he only wanted to see Lucy because he needed Virgo to dig a hole, Lucy becomes disappointed and slaps him.
  • Made of Iron: She might not be as able to dish out damage as the other members of her Five-Man Band, but holy hell, can she take it. Since joining Fairy Tail, she's been beaten, strangled, and humiliated by people far stronger than her—the latest of which being not one, but two brutal beatdowns in the Grand Magic Games—and she just keeps coming back for more.
  • Making a Splash: Whenever she summons Aquarius, though it's more like a tsunami than a splash...
    • She personally gains Aquarius's water powers courtesy of the Spirit King after summoning him by breaking Aquarius' key, allowing her to No Sell Jackal's curse.
  • Male Gaze: In the anime, when Gemini-Lucy seduces Taurus, we see the other part of Lucy that can be used for Fanservice.
  • Meaningful Name: Arguably. Lucy means "light bringer," and there have been times when she's lived up to the spirit of her name.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A large-breasted blonde who consistently wears skimpy outfits, carries a whip, is frequently subject to Clothing Damage, almost always fights other women, is often depicted in cosplay outfits and sometimes maid costumes, is occasionally captured and tied up, and is commonly drawn from provocative angles or with emphasis on suggestive body parts, most recently her feet. Basically, think of a form of Fetish. Lucy either embodies it or has had or will have it happen to her, much to her great embarrassment (almost) every time.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: She's writing a book, though she claims to be an amateur. She lets Levy read it due to her own book interests.
    • She also writes a 'journal' about her adventures with the guild, in the form of letters to her Missing Mom.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: She's treated this way occasionally by some members of the guild, though this is primarily Played for Laughs just in comedy scenes. When things actually get serious, the guild is more than willing to go to bat for Lucy, as they have shown multiple times. Natsu can get especially protective of her, most notably if she is hurt or made to cry.
  • My Future Self and Me: She meets her future self who came to warn everyone about a Bad Future. Her future self ends up pulling a Taking the Bullet to save her from future Rogue and dies in her arms.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Several times to varying degrees, but it's especially funny when a naked Lucy is thrown through the sky and smack into Natsu.
  • Narrator: She plays this role from time to time in the manga, with rectangular boxes exposing her point of view on the story and anticipating important events.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: With her father. Particularly tragic in this instance, as he had really cleaned up his act before his death and tried to be a better father even while she was missing for seven years. Plus, even though she does make amends and leave on good terms with him the last time they meet, Lucy never has the chance to actually tell him she loves him until after reading his last letter to her.
  • Nice Girl: She is a loyal friend in the face of danger like all Fairy Tail members, but she's generally also one of the kinder and gentler members in day-to-day life, which is probably why she quickly became well-liked in the guild. She provides a bit of a contrast between Natsu's hot-blooded recklessness, Gray's standoffish-ness, and Erza's stern leadership. Not that she's a saint - it's possible to piss her off, just like with everybody else, and at the very beginning of the series, she was a bit vain and slightly petty.
    • In the Oracion Seis arc, she declared that she'd give her life to see her Celestial Spirits happy. In the first episode of the Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc, she wore herself out by summoning each of her spirits to grant them a wish. Aquarius chides her for doing so, after she fell asleep from exhaustion.
  • Not So Above It All: She has her moments. Her first moment is before Erza actually makes an appearance.
  • Ojou: She comes from a very wealthy family and was raised to be a proper lady.
  • Only Sane Woman: Though unlike most examples, she enjoys the sheer wackiness of her guild once she gets used to it. Most of the time, anyways.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Gets worse and worse over time until poor Lucy has been all but a passenger during the Tartaros arc while in earlier arcs she at least had the designated girl fight.
    • Until she ends up summoning the Celestial Spirit King, who destroys the Cube in its Plutogrim form with one attack. In fact, before she summoned the Spirit King, she was able to hold out admirably against three Tartaros demons, two of whom are members of the 9 Demon Gates, and flat-out defeats one of them.
  • Panty Shot: Not as often as you'd think, but it does happen.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mom died seven years before the start of the story. Now, seven years after the story begins, her father has also died.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: During the Fantasia parade, she wears a pink dress with a frilled skirt, a bodice bodice trimmed with white fur, and a pink bow on the bodice.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: At the end of the Tartarus arc, she finds a letter from Natsu and Happy in her room, saying they will be gone for a year for training. She chases after them, begging them to not leave her behind, since she would be lonely without them.
  • Plucky Girl: She's a lot braver and tougher than people give her credit for.
  • The Power of Love: Loke claims this is why their bond is strong enough that he can summon himself without using up her magic power. She denies anything of the sort.
    • Interestingly enough, this is also her interpretation of "The One Magic" that Hades seeks.
  • Power Copying: Post-second Time Skip, she can access the magic of her Celestial Spirits for herself, giving her the ability to use their powers in combat.
  • Power Tattoo: Acquiring Aquarius' water magic also gave Lucy a tattoo similar to Aquarius' across her collarbone. Post-second Time Skip, using any of her Spirit's powers for herself gives her a tattoo of their sigil across the same area.
  • Proud Beauty: She's proud of her good looks and is annoyed about how her "feminine wiles" never work to distract men.
  • Rapunzel Hair: After the second Time Skip, her hair is at least as long as Erza's.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Well most of the time.
  • The Runaway: Types 1 and 2 combined. Her father is none too pleased, though Fairy Tail is rather fond of her and refuses to let her leave, even if they get killed protecting her.
  • Running Gag: She usually finds someone waiting for her when she enters her house/a room in her house.
    • A minor one involves her walking along the edge of the sidewalk near a river and being told by a fisherman that its dangerous. She nearly falls in a couple of times.
    • A third one, relatively subtle, is that she tends to call blatant non-humans "persons", implying she thinks they are humans. She has done it with rabbits, dragons and Stellar Spirits among others (though in the latter case, it's also a sweet moment as the said spirits were used to being looked down upon as if they were objects without feelings).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Has a tendency to do this. Early on she does this, and then complains when Natsu pulls a Screw the Money, I Have Rules! when they are offered the reward they would've gotten anyways. Later on, she manages to convince the Celestial Spirit King that some rules are too harsh if they would allow an innocent person to die.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Formerly. Her family lost all their fortune.
  • She's Got Legs: Rare is the occasion that Lucy is seen in long pants; it's usually a skirt or shorts.
  • Ship Tease: With Natsu, Gray, Loke and arguably Erza.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Natsu in the fourth OVA.
    • Even moreso in an omake chapter when Asuka asks if she and Natsu kiss; she gets EXTREMELY embarrassed about the whole conversation.
  • Shorttank: At the start of the series. Nowadays, when Team Natsu actually has more female members than males (as noted at the Two Girls to a Team entry), she doesn't really fill this role anymore. Unless if you count her, Natsu and Happy as the absolutely most important members since they founded the team.
  • Shout-Out: She gets her name from The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
  • Shower of Angst: In the Grand Magic Games arc, after getting her magic drained by Obra during her battle with Flare and getting laughed at by an entire audience of people.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Many of Team Natsu's more spectacular deeds end up as being blamed solely on Lucy, and word gets out before she can shift the credit to someone else. The more badass things she does do are mostly only known to the celestial spirits she summons, though her defeating Bickslow and Angel are known to a select few wizards.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most of her attire.
  • Smug Super: Played for Laughs during the Edolas arc when she's initially the only person capable of using magic.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Though she had a very privileged upbringing, she is one of the most openly compassionate characters in the series.
  • Squishy Wizard: Usually subverted, since she does have some skill in combat. However, she is still very vulnerable in physical combat. Her Star Dress ability after the second Time Skip helps remedy this.
  • Star Power: Her Urano Metria spell and spirits are based on the constellations.
  • Straight Man: To Natsu.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother.
  • Summon Magic: She's a very great summoner, though her magic reserves are low so summoning multiple spirits in a fight is more tiring for her than other wizards. At least until she achieves Second Origin.
  • Super Strength: When using her Taurus dress.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Arguably the main character despite Natsu's heroic tendencies.
  • Take Our Word for It: Apparently, Lucy's underwear is so sexy that it gets a Head-Tiltingly Kinky reaction from everyone who sees it, especially Erza.
  • Tareme Eyes: To reflect her warm, friendly nature.
  • The Tease: She even admits she puts effort into looking cute so she can be this.
  • Tender Tears: Often, and for good reason, as she usually ends up being singled out and relentlessly attacked by enemy guilds. The first time being when Fairy Tail went to war with Phantom Lord in her defense and won.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Raven Tail greets Fairy Tail by hospitalizing Wendy and subjecting Gray to a humiliating defeat at the Grand Magic Games. Lucy is not cool with stuff like that.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Erza's Tomboy, though this is only be comparasion. In-universe, she is seen as a Shorttank.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She's a competent enough fighter to hold her own in a fight at the start of the series, but gradually becomes more badass with each spirit she obtains. Her levels also skyrocket a number of times:
    • She temporarily summons all her spirits at once to prove a point across to the almighty Celestial Spirit King in the Loke arc.
    • She gets her hands on the "Fleuve d'Útoiles" whip in the Edolas arc, giving her all sorts of mobility.
    • As a result of her "Second Origin" release, she gains the ability to not only summon two of her strongest spirits at the same time without getting tired, but also to combine their attacks, allowing her to put her enemies on the ropes in ways she was never able to do before.
    • She's getting better in tactics as well. When she realizes that dismissing one of the spirits that Franmalth has absorbed will send him into the Spirit World, forcing him to release them from his body, she then screams that she's releasing Natsu, leading Franmalth to think he was another spirit and let him go as well. Cue Curb-Stomp Battle from Natsu.
    • She became truly badass after summoning the Spirit King, who was so enraged that Tartarus made Lucy suffer, he gifted her with Aquarius's water based magical powers and allowed her to fight for, arguably, the first time at a level that rivals Natsu.
    • After the second Time Skip, she's become perceptive enough about Magic Power to notice that Skull Millione was holding back, and that Natsu's firepower was now strong enough to pose a threat to the audience. She later agrees, with a confident grin, to spar with Natsu, after seeing him melt the GMG arena. Later still, it turns out she can use her Celestial Spirits' powers for herself.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It's subtle, but at the start of the series, she's something of a self-centered Jerk with a Heart of Gold who, while caring towards her spirits and friends, is more inclined to take jobs for the reward (mainly rent money) than actually helping people. Come the Grand Magic Games arc, when she's had plenty of experiences and collected ten of the twelve Zodiac keys, she becomes much more considerate of others. She even declines celestial wizard Yukino's offer to give Lucy the remaining two Zodiac keys until she feels Yukino is ready to part with them. In fact, Lucy lampshades that if she were like the way she was when she first joined Fairy Tail, she would have taken the keys without question, just for the sake of having all twelve.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Wendy's Femme and Erza's Butch.
  • Tsundere: A bit of a Type B. Lucy's normally cute, flirty and light-hearted, but she can have a violent temper at times, especially when finding tresspassers in her house.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Jude isn't very good looking. Lucy is.
  • Vapor Wear: Chapter 379 shows Lucy, occasionally at least, does not wear a bra.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Happy and Juvia.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She's not all that strong physically, but she has the tendency to put whatever tools she has at her disposal to good use, and her quick thinking and wits have saved her on more than one occasion.
  • Whip It Good: She carries a whip on her at all times in order to defend herself rather than using her spirits for the job instead.
    • During the Edolas arc, she receives the "Fleuve d'Útoiles", a magical and extendable whip from Virgo, and shows that she can be quite awesome with it, even without a spirit at her side.
  • Woman in White: Her attire towards the end of the Sirius Island arc, courtesy of Virgo.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Lucy finishes off Sherry with a clothesline during the Galuna Island arc.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Used by Natsu on Mr. Cursey with her hair attached to it to defeat Kain Hikaru.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: When Macao and Natsu have a moment, Lucy lets out a small grin. Happy calls her out on it.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Usually after Virgo brings her clothes from the Celestial Spirit world. Becomes standard after returning from Sirius Island.

    Happy 

Happy

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

Happy is Natsu's best friend, a talking blue cat who can sprout wings and fly, courtesy of his Aera magic. He is Natsu's favored mode of transportation, and has remained inseparable from him ever since he was hatched out of an egg six years ago. While an invaluable source of support for his friends, he's not above exchanging snarky quips with them, especially Lucy.

    Gray Fullbuster 

Gray Fullbuster

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (JP), Eri Kitamura (JP - young), Newton Pittman (EN), Ryan Reynolds (EN - young)

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Gray is an ice wizard whose magic, Ice-Make, lets him create ice and mold it into any form he desires. This magic has sparked a fierce rivalry with Natsu, a fire wizard. He was taught everything he knows about magic by the wizard Ur, whom he also inherited an unhealthy stripping habit from. As a child, he tried taking vengeance against Deliora, a demon that destroyed his hometown, but his overconfidence cost his teacher her life, and he's tried to remain level-headed ever since.
  • Accidental Pervert: Desperate to in any way stop Juvia's attack, he reaches out an freezes her... only to discover his hand on her breast.
  • Almighty Janitor: Like Natsu, he's much more powerful and skilled than his rank implies. The fact that he's not as prominent as either Erza or Natsu helps him, as opponents are often surprised at his abilities.
    • Gray is often depicted as Natsu's equal (at least until Natsu gets really angry) so is at least an S rank wizard by Fairy Tail standards (which are higher than other guilds)
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite apparently rejecting her after the Grand Magic Games, he has frequently had these moments with Juvia since. These include going back to dig a scarf she had made for him out of the snow or, perhaps most notably, her occupying a rather large portion of his thoughts when he was considering sacrificing himself in his fight against Silver.
    • Mashima definitely seems to be trolling in this direction. After the battle against Tartaros, Juvia tells Gray she was the one who killed the necromancer, and by extension his father, After a quick fake out where it seems he's going to attack her, he breaks down crying into her chest, thanking her and apologizing.
  • Badass: He may not be the best fighter in terms of power, but having the ability to make any object you need almost instantly and the fighting skill to back it up makes him a worthy addition to Fairy Tail's strongest team.
  • Badass Adorable: In Chapter 349, when he's hit by the Law of Regression.
  • Badass Biker: He learns how during his fight against Racer, and gets to do it again in his fight against Sugar Boy.
  • Badass Longcoat: Quite often seen wearing a white one, though it's bound to disappear eventually.
  • Battle Strip: Loses his shirt most of the time.
  • BFG: His Ice Cannon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gray shot an ice arrow to stop Tempester from attacking a worn-out Gajeel.
  • Bloody Murder: Freezes his own blood in order to combat Ultear.
  • Body Horror: His demonification Super Mode makes it look like half his body is charred.
    • Its gotten worse, the demonificiation is slowly spreading across his body. It seemingly caused him to pull a Face-Heel Turn, but it turns out he has learned to control the demonification and was a Fake Defector.
  • Boring but Practical: Ice Make is not by any means flashy, super powerful, even rare. Instead it's able to let Gray win because he has virtually the largest arsenal of abilities. To put this in perspective, Ultear and Lyon have stronger version's of Ice Make but they did not follow Ur's teachings and rely on their own style. They both lose because Gray follows Ur's style, and his creative mind allows him to trump them.
    • Averted with Ice Demon Slayer Magic, which is not only extremely powerful, but also currently the only Magic of its kind to exist.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Using his Demon Slayer powers to block Mard Geer's Memento Mori before defeating him has had lasting effects. The demonification is spreading beyond his control and corrupting his personality.
  • Characterization Marches On: He initially serves as The Rival to Natsu, and both are far more vitriolic towards each other in earlier chapters. Nowadays, they're equally quirky and rarely fight. The rivalry seems to return when Gray joins Avatar and rejects Natsu's offer to come back to Fairy Tail, but Gray's reveal as a Fake Defector brings them back to being buddies again.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Gray is known for stripping almost bare in a matter of seconds. This comes in handy against Sugar Boy in the Edolas arc, when he slips out of his jacket to avoid being stabbed.
    • While Natsu and Erza's Magic is based on their physical strength, Ice Make is fueled by creativity; so when the three all get turned into kids by Doriate, Gray is the only one who can use his magic properly.
  • The Coats Are Off: When on mission or at the start off a fight, Gray usually wears a long-coat or a vest. But whenever Gray starts to get serious in a fight, he will, almost unconsciously, strip off whatever he is wearing and fight topless. Lampshaded during his fight with Rufus when the commentator pointed out that Gray stripping down meant he was finally going to get serious in the duel.
  • The Corruption: Due to his inexperience with it and absorbing Mard Geer's Memento Mori, his Demon Slayer magic is corrupting his personality and making him more obsessed with killing E.N.D. It's later revealed he was faking this to infiltrate Avatar
  • Covert Pervert: Usually a pretty level-headed and serious guy, but he can't help but offer to ice down Lucy's butt, gets distracted by Virgo's underwear, and in Chapter 244 is the only one to actually think "Wendy's naked only ten feet away from me". Additionally, in The Movie, when Lucy appears naked in front of him and Natsu, and Natsu comments that Gray's stripping habit could be contagious, his response is expressing thankfulness for developing the habit.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Tempester with his new magic.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Demonizing his body with his Demon Slayer Magic to block Mard Geer's Memento Mori had lasting effects, which includes slowly corrupting his mind and body. A year later he's joined the Avatar cult, having determined that he's willing to do whatever it takes to destroy E.N.D. It's then revealed that, while he still wants to destroy E.N.D., he was a Fake Defector in Avatar on a mission from Erza.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Galuna Island arc.
    • Hiro has said on his Twitter that he is planning to make Gray the main focus of the Tartaros arc along with Natsu - in the same vein as he was the main focus back in the Galuna Island arc, Erza in the Tower of Heaven arc, Wendy in the Oracion Seis arc, and so on.
  • Death Glare: In Chapter 390, he gives a spectacular one to his father, or rather the abomination possessing the corpse of his father.
  • Demon Slaying: His father Silver gives him his Ice Demon Slayer Magic when he passes on to defeat E.N.D.
  • Determinator: He's at least prepared to cut his own side open in order to win a fight, and then go fight someone a hundred times stronger while woozy from blood loss.
  • Devoted to You: Juvia becomes obsessed with him the moment she meets him. From then on, her devotion to him doesn't stop to surprise everyone.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: His seiyuu sings the opening of the OVAs. It's a duet with Natsu's.
  • Evil Costume Switch: His new look as a member of the Avatar cult.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: When he's about to use his Ice Demon Slayer Magic.
  • Expy: To Musica from Rave Master. Case in point, he manipulates a malleable element, and always wears a silver necklace (which also happens to look like the first Rave).
    • Filler seems to enjoy driving this point home. He does a Unison Raid with Juvia to combine their powers, which is basically the same thing as Silver Bond, which Musica does with Reina.
    • Makes matters worst during his Face-Heel Turn in one year later after Tartarus arc, he looks just like an evil version Gordeau. Although both he and Gordeau has a Revenge Before Reason.
    • Many others have compared him to Sasuke Uchiha. It helps that his father did actions similar to Itachi. Averted after the reveal that he was undercover and a Fake Defector.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Seems to have gone bad after the Tartaros arc joining a cult of Zeref fanatics, only he turns out to have been a Fake Defector.
  • Fake Defector: In the anime-only Daphne filler arc. Then again after the Time Skip, working undercover in the Avatar Cult.
  • Foreshadowing: Remember way back during Tower of Paradise when Gray froze Natsu's flames? Flash forward to the Tartaros arc, we have a Demon Slayer who's actually capable of freezing a Dragon's flames. And it just so happens that that the Demon Slayer in question is Gray's father, who now has passed on his magic to his son.
  • Freak Out: Has a massive one when Doriate attacks him after turning him into a child, causing him to think he's Deliora and go into a crying fit. He gets better.
  • Generation Xerox: Although Gray was introduced first, he is pretty much a younger version of his father in appearance, especially post-Time Skip. He also infiltrates an enemy guild for the sake of his goals of vengeance.
  • Genius Bruiser: Make-Magic is based on magical power and creativity, meaning one has to be relatively smart and observant to get the most usage out it. This is shown when he manages to make a rather intricate key out of ice having seen it once, at one point making what can only be described as "Unlimited Blade Works" and trouncing Doriate despite having much more limited power because he's smart enough to play off his surroundings.
    • Furthermore, Gray wins most of his battles with strategies. Natsu usually gets power-ups and Erza just overpowers her opponents.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His demon slayer magic has created a black scar covering parts of his body after the time-skip. It also happens to be around the time he joined the Avatar cult. Invoked, as he can control the marks and uses them as part of his infiltration of Avatar.
  • Hero Killer: He's the one who killed Frosch in the second Bad Future, sending Future!Rogue off the deep end.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has one when Doriate turns him into a kid and Gray accidentally associates him with Deliora. Thankfully he managed to get a grip on it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted twice in the Galuna Island arc, before getting some sense literally punched into him.
    • During the fight with the dragons, he saved Juvia from getting killed when the dragons tried to shoot at her. He ends up taking the shots, much to Juvia's horror.
    • Attempted again against Silver, but then Gray realized he didn't want his guild grieving over him.
  • An Ice Person: Noted to be a highly skilled ice wizard.
  • Image Song: Frozen Soul, True Pride and Naked Dream.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When fighting Silver, several spikes are sent through Gray's body.
    • Lyon did this to him twice during the Galuna Island arc. He has a scar from it.
  • Informed Attractiveness: The art style doesn't exactly convey appearance beyond basic features, but according to Word of God Gray is supposed to rather handsome looking. Gray also has two girls fall for him and is the subject of the series only (extremely brief) catfight.
  • It's Personal: Multiple times, as a matter of fact:
    • First is against Deliora, who destroyed his hometown and killed his family. When he tried fighting it, it ended up getting her master Ur turned to ice.
    • Second is against Lyon, who tries resurrecting said demon, thus threatening to not only undo the sacrifice Ur made to seal it away, but also essentially killing Ur since it's her living body that had been keeping the demon sealed.
    • Third is against Ultear, who is his master's daughter and has done plenty of evil stuff while badmouthing her mother Ur.
    • Fourth is against both Raven Tail and Rufus of Sabertooth, both of whom subject him to a humiliating defeat at the start of the Grand Magic Games. Though he does get the honor of taking Rufus down personally, he never gets to get back at Raven Tail, so Laxus avenges him instead.
  • The Lancer: To Natsu, since they rarely cooperate but Natsu is arguably stronger.
  • Made of Iron: He gets impaled countless times while fighting Silver, but manages to pull off a victory.
  • Magic Knight: While Erza fits more on the Knight side, Gray is a bit more magical, but his fighting style is different from Natsu's.
  • Manly Tears: When Deliora dies (he sees it as Ur "sealing his darkness"), when he realizes that Ultear suffered Rapid Aging to prevent his death, and when he can't bring himself to kill his zombified Death Seeker father.
  • Megane: In the crossover with Flunk Punk Rumble.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Juvia thinks he's gay for Lyon.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Good looking and cool, in addition to his tendency to strip subconsciously. Possibly lampshaded with his stalker, Juvia, and freely stated by his creator, who admits to covering Gray's past first to try and increase the number of female fans.
  • Multi-Melee Master/Multi-Ranged Master: Or more. His ice usually takes the form of different weapons, though it's not limited to that.
  • Naked People Are Funny: His subconscious stripping is a Running Gag.
  • Nice Hat: He dons Rufus' big plumed hat at the end of Chapter 306. Cue the swooning fangirls.
  • Number Two: Serves as this for Erza, being the most level-headed member of the team, and often leads in Erza's absence while Natsu runs off by himself.
  • Oblivious to Love: Gradually and subtly subverted; he doesn't seem to notice Juvia's flirting too much in earlier arcs, and when he does he ignores it. They do interact quite frequently, but he treats her the same as Lucy or Erza. Post-Time Skip, however, he is strongly implied to be aware of Juvia's feelings when Erza encourages him to be more friendly with her. He tries to Ship Sink him and Juvia after the Magic Tournament arc, but she won't give up so easily.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Is determined to be the one who destroys E.N.D.'s Book of Zeref, even going so far as to join a cult dedicated to Zeref to get closer to that goal.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being a main character, Gray plays the smallest role as the story goes on. While he still gets a fight every now and then like Lucy, but he's hardly developed since the Galuna Island Arc. Doesn't help that he keeps doing the Oblivious to Love shtick with Juvia until the end of the Grand Magic Games arc. Subverted in the Tartaros Arc where he does play a substantial role. He even teams up with Natsu to defeat the Big Bad.
    • More focus is a relative term. All the other members of Team Natsu have still had more screen time than he has in the Tartarus arc. Then he shows up to battle Arc Villain Mard Geer.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were killed by Deliora and the woman who raised him die by his own actions.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Why did he strip?"/"Gray, your clothes."
  • Power Tattoo: On his right arm when his father gives him his Ice Demon Slayer Magic.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Guy: He can't control his stripping habit, causing him to unconsciously take off his clothes even when he doesn't want to.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Ur might have denied seeing Gray and Lyon as a replacement for Ultear, but she definitely gave them the love she couldn't give to her daughter.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The reason why he is now masterless. And the reason he's joined the Avatar cult.
  • The Rival: Is a friendly one to Natsu. He also has Lyon, the old pupil of his mentor.
  • Scars Are Forever: The three scars on his forehead and abdomen. He got the first one in the Galuna Island arc, and it's been there ever since. The second one was also from the Galuna Island arc, but seemed to appear and disappear before he gets the third one fighting Ultear, and from then on both of them are drawn consistently in an X-shape.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: His Ice-Make Magic shapes ice into anything he imagines, ranging from cannons to ladders.
  • Ship Tease: So far he's had some with Juvia, Erza, Lucy, Ultear, and even Cana if you squint. This is lampshaded in one chapter cover when Jason sees him drinking coffee with Mirajane and immediately assumed they were an item.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one to Ultear by punching her in the face with ice magic.
  • The Smart Guy: On the combined Fairy Tail team in the Grand Magic Games arc.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Goes from Shaping Your Attacks to this, most notably post-Time Skip.
  • Stepford Smiler: A noticeable type A after the Magic Tournament arc. He see's what appears to be himself dying and then quickly after finds out Ultear performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save them all. It's noticeable in that he's showing more signs of some issues.
  • Straight Man: Not as much as Lucy, but it's there sometimes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks unmistakably like his father Silver, especially after his Evil Costume Switch.
  • Stripperiffic: He's a Rare Male Example. Most of the time he's only in his underwear.
  • Super Mode: A variation. He can demonize himself in order to become immune to certain curses. No clue if this gives him any power boost, but it allowed him to block Memento Mori.
  • Taking the Bullet: Saves Juvia and vets hit with multiple dragon blasts.
  • Tareme Eyes: One of the many insults Natsu has for him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In most of Gray's previous fights, his Ice-Make Magic has been seen as less than powerful compared to his opponents', only managing to win through sheer will and creative applications of Ice Make. But by inheriting Silver's Ice Demon Slayer Magic, Gray has finally gained truly powerful offensive magic than is on par with Dragon Slayer Magic and becomes the one person who can actually fight Mard Geer and make him worry.
  • Training from Hell: It was actually much colder than hell.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Basically his life. When he was a child, he lost his parents to Deliora, and was taken in by Ur, who'd trained him alongside Lyon. Because of his rage towards Deliora, he carelessly attacks Deliora, and is overwhelmed, forcing Ur to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, killing herself along with Deliora. He is immediately spurned by Lyon, and is forced to fight him years later. Fast-forward to the Tenrou Island arc, he fights Ur's daughter and his sisterly figure, and is suspended in time along with many of the other Fairy Tail members. During the Grand Magic Games arc, he loses spectacularly during the Hidden challenge, and becomes a laughingstock to the audience. Then, he is violently killed by a dragon, only to be revived by Ultear's time reversal, which ends up turning her into an old woman instead, and Gray is the only one to know of what she'd done for Fairy Tail. Fast-forward to the Tartaros arc, where he faces the threat of everyone who Ur cared about being murdered. On top of that, he was almost forced to kill Silver and loses him anyway as Silver told Juvia to deactivate Face, which would kill Silver in the process. No wonder Gray is so somber, especially compared to Natsu and Lucy. Most recently, partially transforming himself into a demon to block Memento Mori seems to have had lasting side effects.
  • Tsundere: A mild version, but the traits are there sometimes, especially towards Natsu. A prominent example is during the Lullaby arc where he quietly tells Natsu not to die and denying it a second later, cluing into the fact that the two of them don't really hate each other as much as they claim. Moments like that continue to occasionally pop up throughout the series.
    • More prominently, he is tsundere towards Juvia. He somewhat callously rejects her (rather over-the-top) advances, yet he does care for her a great deal.
  • Unstoppable Rage: To say he went into one when he found out that Deliora is alive and using his own Father's body to fight him, would be a understatement. Only it was a bluff by Silver to get Gray to kill him.
  • Volleying Insults: With Natsu.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: By using Demon Slayer Magic, he can demonify his body to resist Curses. Though it seems he is losing control of the transformations.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He strips whenever he gets serious. He also strips whenever it would be funny. He doesn't even realize he's doing it, because he's so used to being cold.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Out of the group Gray is not as strong as Erza or Natsu but makes up for it with a arsenal of magic attacks much higher then even Erza. He also pulls Determinators out more then even Natsu as times, winning by just never giving up and his creative mind allows him to come up with attacks on the fly. Eventually he obtains his father's Demon Slaying magic, making him just as strong, if not moreso then Natsu.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's willing to do whatever it takes to destroy E.N.D., even if that means joining a cult dedicated to Zeref's will. However, it's revealed that while he did join Avatar to destroy E.N.D., he also did so on a mission from Erza.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In his Face-Heel Turn, after his desire for vengeance succumbs him and makes him forgot who he is.
  • Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: He clearly states in his battle against Juvia that it he will show no mercy to those who hurt his friends, even if his opponent is a woman or a child. So far, the latter has never been applied (to the point that he and Loke simply scared Wendy into submission during the S-Class Exam by eating pickled plums, while not hesitating to knock out her adult male partner), but the former has been played straight.

    Erza Scarlet 

Erza Scarlet

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

"Titania"note  Erza is an S-Class wizard and the strongest woman in Fairy Tail. Her magic is called "The Knight", which lets her requip hundreds of different weapons and armors instantly. As a little girl, she was enslaved and forced to build the Tower of Heaven, a construct designed to revive the evil wizard Zeref. The traumas she endured to escape hardened her into a very serious young woman who doesn't tolerate her teammates fooling around and breaking the guild rules. Over time, however, the warmth and cheer of her guild encourages her to come out of her shell.
  • The Ace: She is known as the the best female fighter in a guild known for their incredible strength. Even Natsu is initially scared senseless with the prospect of receiving punishment by her. Over the course of the series, she's accomplished many feats deemed "impossible" by most characters (the best example of this being Pandemonium, in which she singlehandedly slayed 100 monsters, which could even overpower a Wizard Saint. This is lampshaded by Happy when she stands up after having been tortured and simultaneously stripped of her five senses and curbstomps Ky˘ka.
    Ky˘ka: "You shouldn't even be able to see me, let alone hear my voice! So how do you know where I am?."
    Pantherlily: "The only possible explanation is that it's some sixth or seventh sense."
    Lector: "Are you saying that with all of her senses robbed, some other form of perception has awakened?"
    Happy: "No, I think the explanation is much simpler. It's because SHE'S ERZA."
    Lily, Lector, and Frosch simply agree in unison.
  • A-Cup Angst: When shrunk down to a child she is horrified by her sudden lack of cleavage.
  • Action Fashionista: She has over 100 outfits, and has the ability to rapidly switch between the powered armors, bunny suits, cat suits, dresses, pajamas, etc. she stores in Hammerspace.
  • Action Girl: To the freaking max. She's not only the strongest woman in the Fairy Tail guild, she's one of the strongest members period.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: By the corner.
  • Adorkable: Despite the ferocious attitude, she can become this around certain things. Like Jellal. Or Strawberry cake.
  • Almost Kiss: With Jellal when they reunite post-Time Skip. It's hard to tell in the manga since it's a Kissing Discretion Shot, but the anime confirms this.
  • Armor Is Useless: Downplayed. While her armors have many uses, she wins an increasing number of fights wearing the Sarashi and flame-print pants combo that's explicitly stated to provide no protection.
  • Artistic License ľ Biology: Someone with no hearing cannot speak clearly or stand properly without equilibrium provided by ear fluid. Having no sense of touch doesn't help with trying to walk, either. Guess what Erza does without her five senses?
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: In chapter 438, she is able to make the rest of her rowdy guild mates, including Natsu, settle down with a mere Death Glare. This convinces Levy to make Erza Fairy Tail's Seventh Guild Master in the application to reform the guild. While everyone else is happy about this, Erza is shocked.
  • The Atoner: In the Tower of Heaven arc.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: She's so badass that a Death Glare from her is enough for the other Fairy Tail members do whatever she says. According to Levy, this is what made her the perfect candidate for Seventh Guild Master.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She doesn't like revealing her full power right away in a fight and would rather just use about as much as she needs to just win. She ends up heavily wounded in some of her battles because she just tanks whatever her opponents throw at her until she has a good grasp of the best way to take them down.
  • An Axe to Grind: Can use a pair of axes in her Black Wing Armor.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Juvia in the Sirius Island arc.
  • Badass: Probably the most badass character in the series. She has the power to curbstomp Natsu and can fight anyone else in the guild apart from Makarov or Gildarts on even footing at least. In the Phantom Lord arc she took down Aria who was beating Natsu effortlessly after taking a Wave Motion Gun to the face. And then she manages to defeat the Hero Killer Azuma despite being hit with his strongest attack twice. Plus, she defeated a hundred monsters all by herself, and curbstomped Ky˘ka, one of Tartaros's strongest members, despite being mercilessly tortured by her.
  • Badass Adorable: She has her moments.
  • Badass Transplant: As if her immense strength and arsenal weren't enough, her artifical-eye protects her from any magic that affects the target through the sense of sight.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Subverted at first. While she does demonstrate an incredible ability to act, she suffers from stage fright.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Some of her armors.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Did this with Natsu and Gray when they were all younger. Still likes to invoke this with them despite having grown up. They are noticeably uncomfortable with this - she is not.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her Heaven's Wheel Armor especially.
  • Berserk Button: She is pretty forgiving even with her high sense of justice, but do not harm any innocents, especially her friends. She looks like she wants to kill Minerva for what she does with Millianna and Kagura.
    • And don't deny her strawberry cake either.
    • And torturing her is yet another berserk button for her. Ky˘ka found this out the hard way. Her childhood may have something to do with it.
    • And as the Key to the Starry Skies Arc exemplified, we wouldn't recommend interrupting her picnics either.
  • Big Eater: Ordered 50 cakes—one was for Wendy. And in the anime edition of the episode about Happy's birth, Mirajane keeps on mocking her eating habits and calling her fat.
  • The Big Girl: She is the best fighter in the group and usually takes down The Dragon of the enemy group.
  • Bifauxnen: When she acts as a male in a play several women fall for her.
  • BFS: Several of her outfits come with really big swords.
  • Black Swords Are Better: Her Purgatory Armor's Sword.
  • Blade on a Stick: Can use them through her Requip.
  • Blade Spam: Her Heaven's Wheel attack.
  • Bound and Gagged: By her old friends from the Tower of Heaven.
  • Braids of Action: While she was younger. Also in the Lightning Empress Armor and Armadura Fairy.
  • Broken Bird: She describes herself as a girl who was always crying inside. She spends her time at the titular guild in constant fear for her safety, grieving over her childhood friends who have died at Jellal's hands, and regretting not being able to protect them. She gets better when the Tower of Heaven is destroyed, freeing the captives.
  • Brown Eyes: To reflect her strong-willed, serious nature.
  • Buxom Is Better: According to Wendy.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Compare her complete lack of modesty around her male guild mates to her reaction to Jellal accidentally groping her.
  • Cat Girl: In the third OVA, where she met her younger self, who was weirded out by the outfit.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her standard armor averts this, but most of her magical ones play it straight. She also has a literal chainmail bikini that she wears at the beach.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In her first appearance alone she carries a giant monster horn nearly twice her size with one hand.
  • Characterization Marches On: In her early appearances, Erza is very fond of corporal punishment against Natsu and Gray due their constant bickering, and even against herself when she happens to slip into some quirky behavior, in both cases as a Running Gag to match Team Natsu's odd behavior. She is also pretty much The Stoic and there were little to no cases of her being gentle towards someone. Later, after her backstory is fleshed out, Erza grows out of beating Natsu and Gray around. They also mostly stop picking on each other too, and her gentle side becomes much more apparent. It's also around this point that her hamminess calms down a little.
  • The Chick: On the combined Fairy Tail team for the Grand Magic Games, since Laxus is more of a Big Guy than she is. On the last day of the games, she is The Leader with Juvia being The Chick.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Jellal.
  • Christmas Cake: Played for Laughs in The Movie. The woman Erza is fighting has the ability to undo Erza's requips into magical armor, so she switches to a non-magical wedding dress she'd bought earlier, leading to an Oh, Crap as her opponent tries and fails to undo that requip as well. As the woman falls she snarks to Erza "You must be desperate to get married."
  • Cleavage Window: The Nakagami Armor exposes most of her torso, as do many other of her armors. Her standard armor also has this after the one year Time Skip.
  • Clothing Damage: Constantly.
  • Color Failure: After being rejected by Sieg/Jellal/Mystogan in the High School A.U. omake.
  • The Comically Serious: A lot of Erza's most hilarious moments involve her playing utterly absurd situations perfectly straight. Her deadpan seriousness makes it twice as funny when she goes along with whatever wackiness the rest of the guild is involved in.
    • The "serious" part has been toned down considerably since her life's defining issue was put behind her after the Tower of Heaven.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Her hardest mission was defeating 100 knights by herself. This counts as foreshadowing since she does it again during the Fantasia arc. Because we needed to be reminded of how awesome Erza is.
  • Contralto of Danger: Both the original and dub voices give her a low voice.
  • Cool Big Sis: When she isn't beating the crap out of her teammates. And when she does, it's usually because they've done something wrong and she's gone into Stern Teacher mode. Romeo refers to her as being this.
  • Cool Sword: Erza has many of these. Some of her swords have elemental powers, some can fire beams of light, among other abilities.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: More so than Lucy that is. They cosplay about as much as the other, but Erza does it on purpose, and actually keeps such outfits in her Hammerspace, and some extras are on display in her dorm room.
  • Covert Pervert: Hinted to be this by Levy, if her Stripperiffic cosplay outfits weren't enough of a hint.
    • In the extended OVA version of the Fairy Hills, she is seen holding Laki's chains and cuffs while blushing.
    • She's also rummaged through Lucy's underwear drawer a few times.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She has an armor for nearly every situation.
  • Cross-Cast Role: She acts the role of the prince during the play.
  • Cry Cute: In one eye, at first.
    • Jellal has a tendency to provoke this. Special mention goes to their Almost Kiss scene, right after Erza had been getting increasingly angry at him for wanting to die.
  • Death In All Directions: Circle Sword: Blumenblatt.
  • Death Glare: She's prone to this when she's pissed. And even when she's not pissed.
    • The worst was when she found out that Minerva had cut Millianna's back several times in Chapter 316. Her eyes shrank considerably out of pure rage.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Demon Blade Crimson Sakura.
  • Determinator: She and Natsu are arguably the biggest Determinators in the titular guild. Examples:
    • She says early on that if worse should ever come to worse and she were to run out of magic power, she would resort to picking up a stick to keep fighting.
    • During the Tenrou Island arc, she faces off against Azuma, who hits her with two Terra Clamares, each one being powered by all of the Tenrou Tree's magic. She defeats Azuma, who had the power to fell Mirajane. Then, she joins her comrades to help defeat Hades.
    • During the Pandemonium challenge in the Grand Magic Games, she takes on all 100 monsters, when 51 would have been enough to secure victory. One of them was an S-Class whose power triples when it becomes the last one standing. She is exhausted and heavily bloodied throughout the challenge, yet she solely defeats all of the monsters. Her Determinator status is lampshaded by Levy.
    • She also manages to one-shot Minerva during the last day of the Grand Magic Games by using her Nakagami armor, after having been badly slashed up by Kagura and having had her foot crushed by an avalanche.
      • Still bearing heavy damage to her leg after fighting Kagura and Minerva, she refused help from Elfman and Lisanna while fighting one of the dragons' minions. Thrown aside, and unable to move because she was so badly injured, she reflected on how her inability to accept help was going to be her end. Jellal fought off the minions about to kill her.
    • After having been whipped bloody and electrocuted, with her sensitivity to pain heightened, all by Ky˘ka, she proceeds to curbstomp Ky˘ka after being rescued by Natsu and Lisanna.
    • She stands up, triumphant against Ky˘ka after having been made to feel crippling pain from the slightest sensation, tortured again and having all five of her senses stripped away from her slowly.
  • Disability Superpower: Her right eye is fake and immune to illusions.
  • Distress Ball: Whenever she so much as hears Jellal's name.
  • Ditzy Genius: Like Natsu. Brilliant in a fight, but she has interesting ideas on how other things, like dancing work.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Unfortunately for Juvia during the S-Class exam.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her hakama outfit leaves her barefoot.
  • Dominatrix: She seems awfully fond of grinding a foot down on whoever happens to there. During the "Sky Labyrinth" challenge, she got the matching outfit.
  • The Dreaded: She is one of the good guys and a loyal comrade to all Fairy Tail members, but the simple announcement of her return from a mission is enough to scare the shit out of everyone. She is also a very well-known mage throughout the entire country, and almost everyone is very much scared of picking a fight with her.
  • Dual Wielding: Even with two BFS.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Complete with Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Lucy has a slight crush, as do many female fans. Bisca Mulan had a crush on her when they first met.
  • Eye Scream: Lost her eye while she was tortured after being accused of masterminding an escape plan in the Tower of Heaven.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: She has no problems dressing in sexy outfits.
  • The Fashionista: She loves to dress up, has over 100 armors and, according to Word of God, once scared a major fashion designer into designing pretty armor for her.
  • Fiery Redhead: She can get angered easily, especially by her guildmates' antics. She was actually quite timid as a child, though, even when not facing the cult that enslaved her.
  • Fountain of Youth: Gets hit with this in the Sun Village Arc
  • Fragile Speedster: Her Flight Armor greatly increases her speed but leaves her with no defenses.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: When she turns back to normal after being turned into a child, her dress turns out to be her shirt, but she's naked from the waist downwards while fighting Minerva.
  • Genre Savvy: In the race episode: while Natsu, Jet, Gray and Gajeel are getting trampled, she quickly crosses the finish line to avoid being in last place. Lampshaded by the announcer, much to her embarrassment.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Flame Emperess Armor and Armadura Fairy.
  • Glass Cannon: Her Samurai outfit and Flight Armor forgo all defense in-favor of speed and strength but leaves her highly vulnerable. Her Heaven's Wheel Armor is a lesser example too.
  • The Glasses Come Off: During an OVA.
  • Go Out with a Smile: When she wants to pull a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the Tower of Heaven arc, she smiles to Natsu, just happy that her friends always were there for her and assured that she will be saving them now. Fortunately, she gets saved from death and everybody survives.
  • Godiva Hair: In many of her fanservice scenes, her hair covers anything too important.
  • Going Commando: At least in one of the omakes, when she claims to not know what a bra is and has an odd fascination with the concept of underwear. Justified considering her backstory.
    • When shrunk down to a child, one of the first things she does is lift the hem of her dress, look down, and freak out, indicating that she habitually doesn't wear panties or they fell off.
      • More likely the latter, considering her usual outfit includes a skirt.
  • Hair Decorations: Most of her armors add small things like hats or hair clips.
  • Hammerspace: She has hundreds of outfits, both for combat and non-combat purposes.
  • Handicapped Badass: She lost her right eye in her days of slavery, but still led a rebellion in order to rescue Jellal. She got a replacement later.
    • Taken to a whole new level in Chapter 403, after having lost her sight, hearing, sensation, taste, and smell.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Her relationship with Jellal is very complicated and circumstances always prevent them from getting together. Hilariously lampshaded by Happy.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: despite the sheer number of armor sets she has, she only uses swords or occasionally spears.
  • Heroic BSOD: Played for Laughs. When she and Happy switch bodies Erza starts to cry about how she'll never be taken seriously in the Wizard guild ever again.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Twice attempted, twice subverted.
    • One that doesn't result in nearly dying occurred when she was a child. She hid Kagura in a box when the latter's crying had alerted the Zeref cultists to where they were. She probably wouldn't have become a slave if she hadn't stopped to save Kagura.
  • Heroic Seductress: She even purchased an armor for that specific purpose.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation
    Erza: "It's not that I was protecting everyone... I was the one always being protected."
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Her magic in a nutshell.
  • Hyperspace Wardrobe: Her variation of the reequip type magic.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She has broken up Gray and Natsu's fights since the latter entered the guild, but at the time, had similar fights with Mira.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Pulls this on Minerva by releasing her Second Origin.
  • The Illegible: Erza is implied to be this by Lector and Frosch as they complain about how poorly her letter about Minerva joining the Tartaros guild was written. Erza is understandably huffy about this.
  • Image Song: Wings of Liberty. Doubles as a do it yourself theme music power up in the second OVA. Also Scarlett
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: She might be the best swordsman in the series and she pulls off some truly awesome stunts.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Most of her armors.
  • Infinty Plus One Armor: The Nakagami Armor, which allows her to break the laws of magic, although the sheer amount of magic that it drains from the user keeps her from using it until she activates her Second Origin.
  • Instant Armor: Her magic—"The Knight".
  • Interrogated for Nothing: Ky˘ka tortures her and even threatens to kill Mirajane in an attempt to force Erza to reveal Jellal's whereabouts when Erza actually doesn't know.
  • Iron Lady: At first. She softens as the series goes on.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Thanks to her armors, Erza can do anything she needs to.
  • Jeanne d'ArchÚtype: Part of her backstory. The chapter title even specifically references it.
  • Justice Will Prevail: Why she joined Fairy Tail.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: She uses them when in her Sarashi and flame-print pants combo to go along with the Japanese theme, and has been shown winning an increasing number of fights with them.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Defeats Coordinator in a wedding dress.
  • Kimono Fanservice: The Robe of Yuen.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: Leans in for a silhouetted kiss with Jellal post-Time Skip. Confirmed in the anime to be an Almost Kiss.
  • Lady of War: She has an air of dignity and has been shown to be able to fight gracefully with her weapons and fashionable Battle Ballgowns. She's even called "Titania", Queen of the Fairies.
  • Large Ham: Especially towards the start of the series.
  • The Leader: Despite Natsu being The Hero, Erza is the person who actually leads Team Natsu. Makes sense since she's an S-Class wizard.
  • Leotard of Power: Some of her outfits are very form fitting.
  • Life or Limb Decision: Averted in the Nirvana arc. Her arm gets infected with poison and she asks someone to cut it off. Lyon offers to do it but is stopped by Gray, and she is later healed by Wendy.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her Black Wing Armor increases her speed and strength, making her more powerful overall. Her Armadura Fairy fits into this as well.
  • Little Miss Badass: Led her fellow slaves in a revolt in order to save Jellal.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: To Gray first and the rest of Team Natsu.
  • Lost Food Grievance: She has attacked people for ruining her strawberry cake.
  • Lots of Luggage: She never goes anywhere without a whole wagon load full of bulging suitcases. It's revealed she carries food in them.
  • Made a Slave: Her backstory.
  • Made of Iron: She's taken a ridiculous amount of damage, such as from Azuma's massive explosion, fighting the 100 monsters during the Grand Magic Games, and having her leg crushed by a pillar, even then managing to win her fights.
  • Magical Eye: Her artificial eye lets her ignore illusions and such, and also lets her turn back from stone.
  • Magical Girl: Her Requip Stock Footage is very reminiscent of a Magical Girl transformation.
  • Magic Knight: Her magic is literally "The Knight".
  • Male Gaze: Some of her outfits don't leave much to imagination, which Hiro likes showing off.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Played with; she will sometimes attempt to clasp people to her (ample) bosom as a gesture of affection, but tends to forget she's wearing steel plate armor.
    • The dress she wears in Chapter 338 allows her to give a proper one to Kagura, who still finds it uncomfortable.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Early in the series, before her Star-Crossed Lovers status with Jellal was confirmed, some of the fans and even the other female characters were convinced that she had a thing for either Natsu or Gray, seeing as she hung around them the most and was comfortable enough to bathe with them without being the slightest bit embarrassed.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Her last name is her hair color. It's justified in that her name was actually picked for her by Jellal, rather than being her family's name.
  • Meganekko: In the crossover with Flunk Punk Rumble and the High School A.U..
  • Mighty Glacier: Her Giant's Armor gives her a massive increase in strength, but reduces her speed.
  • Mini-Mecha: Shown to have one in the first OVA; she says it's hard to move around in, which is why she never uses it.
  • Mind over Matter: Can move her swords with her mind.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a red headed beauty with large breasts, whose magic usually consists of Stripperiffic outfits.
  • Multiform Balance: Due to Real Time Weapon Change with her armors.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Can use all different types of weapons from her Hyperspace Arsenal.
  • Mundane Utility: She can requip into her pajamas, among other such non-armors.
  • Naked Apron: Seduction Armor. Twice she combined it with a School Swimsuit.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: Mentioned in the manga, and shown in the anime.
  • Near Death Clairvoyance: After she attempts to sacrifice herself to stop the Etherion from killing Natsu.
  • Noodle Incident: Something happened between Erza and Ichiya in the past, according to the latter.
  • No One Could Survive That: During her duel with Azuma, she's the victim of his ultimate explosion spell, "Terra Clamare'", which is powered by the magic of the Sirius Tree. At this time, Erza has discarded every means of defense, which means that she wasn't protected at all when she took the attack full-blown. When she recovers after it, Azuma is understably shocked. Then she takes another "Terra Clamare" in the face, except that this time, the spell protects and empowers her, since the energy used to cast it belongs to every member of the Fairy Tail guild present on the island.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: During her Heroic Sacrifice in the Tower of Heaven arc. Luckily, Natsu manages to save her.
  • No Sell: Once Kagura finally unsheathes her sword and attempts to land a strike on Erza, she manages to cut the city in half... But not Erza, who simply blocks her attack, despite the fact that until this very moment she was completly overpowered by her. Erza then proceeds to turn the battle in her advantage.
  • No Social Skills: At first. She gets better.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite generally having a more serious personality, in her own way Erza is just as wacky as every other member of the guild.
  • Oblivious to Love: She was oblivious to Simon's love for her.
  • One Woman Army: Due to both her immense strength and her variety of armors. Taken to a whole new level in the Grand Magic Games during the "Pandemonium" challenge, which entails everyone taking turns to take on as many of 100 monsters as they can, one of which is so strong that even Wizard Saints aren't guaranteed victory over it. She defeats them all single-handedly.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Sometimes. Her default hairstyle in the 2014 animation and later chapters of the manga
  • Performance Anxiety: Played for laughs during the play. Ironic considering that she was the one most eager to be part of the play.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys an island in a clash while fighting Erza Knightwalker.
  • Phrase Catcher: "That's Erza for you!" in the early arcs. Happy was usually the one to coin it.
  • Pipe Pain: In the High School A.U..
  • Playboy Bunny: Her favorite requip.
  • Powered Armor: Her armors enhance various attributes and give her new abilities or resistances.
  • Power Perversion Potential: She has quite a few naughty outfits, including a sexy nurse and bondage gear.
  • Professional Gambler: Is a really good gambler.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her default outfit.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes down to the small of her back.
  • Red Baron: "Titania", a.k.a Queen of the Fairies.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: She got her last name because of her red hair.
  • Sarashi: Her Samurai outfit is essentially this with a flame patterned hakama, trading defense for pure speed and offense. Though, in the anime-exclusive Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc, she had a second Samurai outfit.
  • Scarlet Fever: Her last name is Scarlet, given to her specifically because of her hair color.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In the High School A.U..
  • School Swimsuit: Twice in the anime.
  • Sensual Spandex: Courtesy of the Jiggle Butt Gang.
  • Serious Business: Erza takes everything seriously—even things that shouldn't be taken seriously—which leads to the Disproportionate Retribution at times.
    Happy: "That's Erza for you."
  • Shameful Strip: She's stripped naked when she's captured by Tartarus and tortured by Ky˘ka.
    • Averted in the anime. Instead, she's in her black undershirt for these scenes.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: "Maybe I should walk around the guild naked."
    • When some of the boys (ie. Natsu & Gray) try to peep on the girls bathing, Erza replies by asking if they should let them in.
    • When the team ends up in a unisex hot spring together, Erza is unfazed and even suggests they wash each other's backs like they did when they were kids.
    • It's worth noting that the only time Erza has shown even the slightest bit of shame was a Luminescent Blush when Jellal accidentally groped her at Ryuzetsu Land.
  • Shipper on Deck: Implied for Gray/Juvia.
  • Ship Tease: She gets a bit with Natsu and Gray thanks to Childhood Friend status. Gets a lot with Jellal. She would be an Official Couple with Jellal, if it weren't for his issues with self-punishment. Still, they know they have feelings for each other, which for them is enough for now.
  • Shower of Angst: In the Phantom Lord arc after Makarov is injured.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has been in love with Jellal since she was a child and in spite of all that he has done, her feelings for him haven't changed and she's never shown interest in anyone besides him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It was Jellal's undying idealism that sparked her attraction to him when they were child slaves.
  • Skinship Grope: Advocates doing this in Chapter 355 and actually does it (even using the word "skinship") in the Natsu vs. Mavis omake.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives one to Ky˘ka once she has her chained up in the same manner where Ky˘ka had tortured her for several chapters. Too bad she didn't torture Kyouka back.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Every time she is about to get a chance to be together with Jellal, something will happen to take him away.
  • The Stoic: Comes across as strict and cold when she's first shown.
  • Stone Wall: Her Adamantine Armor is this, being purely defensive.
  • Storm of Blades: Her Circle Sword spell especially. Post-second Time Skip, she can summon and use eight around her body a la Murakumo style.
  • Stripperiffic: Some of her outfits.
  • Student Council President: In the High School A.U..
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Very serious and stern, but still a caring and loyal friend.
  • Summon to Hand: Her magic allows her to summons weapons and armors.
  • Survivor Guilt: She tells Kagura she's the one responsible of her brother Simon's death, who died protecting her from Jellal's attack.
  • Sweet Tooth: So much that she will kick your ass if you disturb her while eating.
  • Sword Beam: Photon Slicer.
  • Team Mom: She and Mirajane share this role for the entire guild.
  • Technicolor Blade: Two.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: She says this Minerva, who by now, has stepped on her Berserk Button multiple times.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Lucy's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A few of her armors do this for her.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a tomboyish Badass Action Girl, but she still loves cute dresses, outfits and jewelry. And according to the movie, she really wants to get married.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Starts off as a cold, no-nonsense person. After the Tower of Heaven, she becomes much more open.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Lucy's Neither and Wendy's Femme.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberry cake. Do not mess with her while she's eating it.
  • Transformation Sequence: Type 1, but only in the anime, which becomes less and less frequent until it's barely used at all.
  • Tranquil Fury: In contrast with Natsu. When Erza gets pissed, she tends to get quiet and give Death Glares.
  • Tsundere: Her way to show affection is...rough. Lampshaded by Erza herself when she meets her younger self in the third OVA.
  • Tsurime Eyes: To reflect her serious, aloof, badass nature.
  • Unable to Cry: Played with. She cannot cry in her right eye, even when it was healed of damage from when she was a slave. She claims that it's because she already cried half of her tears out. She does, eventually, cry in her right eye at the end of the Tower of Heaven arc.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Weaponized.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jellal.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Mostly Played for Laughs.
  • Vapor Wear: With the amount of skin some of her armors show, it's obvious she isn't wearing a bra.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: In the High School A.U. omake/OVA, she pulls out a lead pipe from her dress. Lampshaded by Sol and Totomaru.
    • In Chapter 338, she appears to pull Happy out from her bosom. And we don't see where Carla and Lily came from...
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She is shown to be this when protecting Jellal from Midnight and Kagura.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: During the S-Class Trial.
  • When She Smiles: Especially as she's The Stoic when in battle mode.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Flight Armor.
  • The Worf Barrage: Starting from Ikaruga, several of her fights will involve her armors getting smashed only seconds after she summons them.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Gives Gajeel a freaking German Suplex in the omake.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Like Natsu, when Erza is angry, someone is in for an asskicking.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A few of armors have, but a special mention goes to her Flame Empress Armor where she is a Grade A with pigtails.

    Wendy Marvell 

Wendy Marvell

Voiced by: Satomi Sato (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Wendy is the Sky Dragon Slayer, also known as the Maiden of the Sky. She was raised by the dragon Grandine in the art of healing and support magic, though she can also use her magic for combat by conjuring gusts of wind. After Grandine disappeared, she traveled the world with a mysterious boy until she was dropped off at the Cait Shelter guild. This meek young girl aids Fairy Tail in the alliance against the Oraciˇn Seis, setting off a chain of events ending with her joining Fairy Tail—and growing a serious backbone.
  • Action Girl: Post-Character Development.
  • A-Cup Angst: Her reaction to Reedus' future drawing of her. It doesn't help when she met her Edolas version of herself.
  • Badass Adorable: Equally Badass as she is cute.
  • Badass Boast: See Beware the Nice Ones below, but also:
    Wendy: "After all, I am the pillar that holds my team!"
    • She later tells Zirconis, a massive man-eating dragon that her magic will defeat him.
  • Bare Your Midriff: For much of the Tartaros arc thanks to Clothing Damage from Ezel.
  • Battle Aura: After Zirconis threatens to eat Lucy, Wendy begins to give off a strong green glow. Zirconis lampshades that it was because she got pissed, which she most certainly did.
  • Berserk Button: For the being obvious Token Mini-Moe of the team, it is quite surprising that she has one, but threatening Carla's life will get the crap beaten out of you.
    • Also, as two of the members of Sylph Labyrinth discovered, it's a really bad idea to harm the defenseless in front of her. Unless you want to be blown into the next continent, that is.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    Wendy: "But know this... When I am pushed into a corner, I become the Dragon of the Sky!"
  • Blow You Away: She can summon huge gusts of wind, as seen with her roar.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: During the one year timeskip, she joins Lamia Scale after Fairy Tail disbands. When Natsu and Lucy come looking to put Fairy Tail back together, Wendy adamantly refuses to go with them, much to their surprise and Natsu's indignation, due to the fact that she doesn't want to leave Sherria alone. In the end, Sherria herself tells Wendy to go with Natsu and rebuild Fairy Tail, which she does.
  • Call Back: Her Dragon Force has two. One is the feathers in the outfit she first appears with, reappearing as crystal like feathers, the other being her eye and hair colour becoming almost the same as Porlyusica's, who's basically the human version of Grandine.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Then again, it isn't really wise to give a twelve-year-old sake.
  • Character Development: Wendy started out as shy, and a crybaby at times, without fighting skills. As the series progresses, her shyness fades away, instead becoming a Combat Medic.
  • Child Mage: Biologically thirteen years old. Which means she was being trained by Grandine at the age of 5.
  • Child Prodigy: Started of as having no combat skills whatsoever, but is able to learn how to fight very quickly just by observing her fellow Dragon Slayers Natsu and Gajeel.
    • So far, she's replicated two different attacks after only seeing Natsu perform them once- one time in the middle of battle- successfully learned two more attacks, along with a Secret Art, in three days, with nothing more than handwritten notes to go off of, and mastered activating Dragon Force at will in less than a year.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Gets a portion of her hair lopped off during her fight with Ezel.
  • Combat Medic: Shapes up to be one once she learns how to use her Sky Dragon's Roar. She actively fights alongside her friends while providing support on the battlefield in the Edolas and Sirius Island arcs, and can be considered a serious threat in a one-on-one fight by the Grand Magic Games arc.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She trips on things like small pebbles. Happens less as the series progresses.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Comes with being a Dragon Slayer.
  • Death Glare: After attaining Dragon Force during her fight with Ezel, the look on her face is pretty darn terrifying.
  • Determinator: Natsu and the others seem to have rubbed off on her in that department.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She doesn't like pickled plums. Two anime-only scenes involve characters terrifying her by eating them.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Said to Cheria during their battle when the latter suggested that she gives up due to her injuries.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When she debuted in the Oracion Seis arc, the guild alliance was wondering what caliber of a mage Cait Shelter could be sending to be confident in just one. Cue a small girl tripping over her own feet.
  • Eye Colour Change: Dragon Force turns her eyes from brown to pink.
  • Girlish Pigtails: From the Edolas Arc and onwards.
  • Glass Cannon: Her spells pack a punch but she can't take a hit herself due to her lack of hand-to-hand combat experience. This has started to become less of an issue lately, due to her being able to cast enhancement magic on herself.
  • Hair Reboot: She cuts her hair short in the Tartarus arc, but Cancer uses his magic to return it to its original length.
  • Healing Hands: The main benefit of being a Sky Dragon Slayer, though she can't heal herself.
  • Healing Shiv: She manages to do this with magic, by combining her Sky Dragon's Roar with her healing spells on Reborn Oracion Seis' Grim Reaper to restore his memories while he's attacking her in the anime-only Key of the Starry Sky arc.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she realizes that there are countless Face mechanisms left to destroy after she'd nearly died alongside Carla destroying just one. A chapter later, she's managed to will herself out of it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stayed behind with Carla to make sure Face was deactivated but thankfully Subverted because Doranbalt saves the both of them.
  • Hidden Eyes: Gets these while asking Hiroshi to cease his cruel actions towards one of the giants. When he refuses, she makes him regret it.
  • Image Song: "Amazing Blessings"
  • Important Haircut: After she and Carla realize that there are countless more Faces left to destroy, she cuts more of her hair off with her Razor Wind afterward, declaring that she wouldn't ever fall to despair. You know, just it case it wasn't already clear that she Took a Level in Badass.
  • Keigo: Uses this toward everyone except Carla, with their close relationship allowing for informality. Chelia advises her not to use it so much when she's trying to make new friends.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The only reason she was created in the first place, though character development has made her somewhat deeper than that.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She may not be as strong or fast as the others, but she becomes one when buffed. This goes Up to Eleven when in Dragon Force. She becomes fast enough to Flash Step around the battlefield.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Natsu. She even lampshades it in chapter 423:
    Wendy: "I admire him... He's something like a big brother to me."
  • Little Miss Badass: She had had her moments before, but she most definitely graduates to this once and for all during the Tartarus Arc, where she fights for the first time on a level that would rival Natsu or Gajeel, and single-handedly defeats one of Tartarus' Nine Demon Gates.
  • Lovely Angels: With Sherria after she joins Lamia Scale over the second timeskip.
  • Meaningful Name: Wendy can sound like Windy.
    • Originally, she was going to be the Water Dragon Slayer, with her name becoming a pun on Wednesday (Suiyobi or "Water Day" in Japanese).
  • The Medic: One of very few, and probably the best.
  • Mystical Waif: Has elements of this in the Nirvana arc, including a mysterious past, bad guys wanting her, non-action status, bit of a Distressed Damsel, purehearted and kind, and The Medic.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The nicest (shy, helpful, and compassionate) of Fairy Tail's three first-generation Dragon Slayers.
  • No Sell: To Anomaly Magic that targets her bodily functions.
  • Older Than She Looks: She looks about six or seven years old, yet she is actually twelve. It gets a bit awkward when you realize that she was born in the same year, thus being the same age, as Sting and Rogue and she still looks twelve after the seven year time skip due to the spell Mavis cast on her and the other Tenrou Island Group members.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: More in terms of looks than power. Many characters comment on her attractiveness, but next to the better-endowed Lucy and Erza...
  • Parental Abandonment: Like Natsu and Gajeel, the dragon Grandine left her without a word.
  • Poke the Poodle: She can't be scary no matter how hard she tries.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Her Dragon Force Mode dyes her hair (and eyes) light pink.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Well, in her Dragon Force Mode, she grows feathers on her back that look like wings at least.
  • Power Glows: Tends to glow a bit when using her enchantment spells on herself.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: I'm ruling over this space!
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist. She cuts it short during the Tartaros arc, but Cancer returns it to its usual length.
  • Red Baron: "Sky Dragon" and "Sky Maiden".
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Sherria, they quickly become friends after battling in the Tournament, bonding over their similar magic, wind based slayer-type, and after the second time skip it becomes even more obvious.
  • Shoot the Medic First: What Faust and Hades try doing to her when they start fighting. Thankfully her friends are there to protect her.
  • Shout-Out: She bears some resemblance to Azu-nyan when she gets into her Edolas clothes, complete with pigtails.
  • Shrinking Violet: Is introduced this way, but once she joins Fairy Tail, she starts to grow out of it.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: But as the series progresses, she loses the "shy" part.
  • Smurfette Principle: So far, she is the only female dragon slayer.
  • Status Buff: Her Sky Dragon Slayer magic is very practical because of this.
  • Super Mode: Dragon Force, which she even attains before Gajeel.
  • Sweet Tooth: A bonding point with Erza. The two even went on a mission together where their only reward was sweets.
  • Tagalong Kid: She becomes this for Team Natsu.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tender Tears
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Her partnership with Natsu and Gajeel, with her role being The Chick. Fulfills her role rather well, acting as a mediator between her more hot headed counterparts.
  • Token Mini-Moe: At first. She upgrades to Little Miss Badass after watching Natsu, Gajeel and Erza.
  • Tomato Surprise: Cait Shelter is just an illusion created by the long-dead master, Robaul. This leads to her joining Fairy Tail.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gradually evolves from a meek young girl with no battle skills to a full-fledged Combat Medic who can hold her own in a fight, strong enough to defeat an executor of Fiore's Knights from the Order of The Hungry Wolves in one attack. Lampshaded by Jura in the Grand Magic Games arc. Finally achieves Dragon Force during her fight with Ezel to stop Face from going active.
    • After the second Time Skip, she can activate Dragon Force at will!
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Lucy's Neither and Erza's Butch.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A variation of this. While there is no questioning that she's very strong for a mage in her age group, she still lacks a lot of fighting experience. This trope is increasingly being subverted post-Tenroujima proven by the way she competed in the Grand Magic Games and during Lucy's rescue from Mercurius' labyrinthine Hell Palace. Finally put to bed when she attained Dragon Force in her fight against Ezel.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Loke and Gray use her dislike of pickled plums to defeat her in the anime version of the S-Class exam.
    • And after the one year time skip she develops the motion sickness weakness that all the other Dragon Slayers have. The worst part is she cannot heal herself while in this state.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A leftover from when Hiro was going to have her be a Water Dragon Slayer.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Starts wearing them in the Edolas arc and onwards.

    Carla 

Carla

Voiced by: Yui Horie (JP), Jad Saxton (EN)

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Carla (originally "Charles"note  in Japanese) is Wendy's high-strung caretaker. She is of the same species as Happy, a talking cat who can use Aera magic to grow wings and fly. Unlike Happy, she was born with knowledge of what she and Happy really are—something she holds Happy in disdain for. She only joins Fairy Tail to keep an eye on Wendy, but soon finds herself growing accustomed to her new friends, including her blue counterpart.
  • Action Girl: She has her moments, believe it or not. See Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? below.
  • Accidental Truth: In the Edolas arc, she claims to be the Exceed Princess in order to prevent Edolas!Erza from arresting her, Happy, and Lucy. Turns out that she really is Queen Chagot's daughter.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Until the Edolas arc.
  • Berserk Button: Initially, anyone comparing her to Happy, even though they were clearly of the same species even before the Exceeds were introduced.
  • Bond Creatures: To Wendy. It's actually implied that all Dragon Slayers should have one.
  • British Stuffiness: Has a light English accent in the dub, reflecting her formal way of speaking in the original Japanese.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Very snarky, usually aimed at Happy or Natsu. Especially prevalent in the Dub with her English accent.
  • Cats Are Superior: She acts so high and mighty at first, but she Took a Level in Kindness later in the series.
  • Cat Girl: Her spell to give her a more humanoid form turns her into one of these, with her still having cat ears and a tail.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Once she sees Happy's Heroic Resolve.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: With Happy, Carla manages to destroy Hades's heart during his battle with the rest of Team Natsu in the Sirius Island arc. This action all but defeats Hades just by itself and saves the lives of the entire team. She later tries to attack Ezel to get him to unhand Wendy.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Happy.
  • Does Not Like Men: Drops a few lines that imply this, though it's mostly toward perverts.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She is technically one, as her mother is queen of the Exceed.
  • Flight: Like all other Exceed she can sprout angelic wings and fly.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Before defrosting, she had thin eyes that gave off a somewhat snooty look. After defrosting, she's drawn with Tareme Eyes (though she always looked like this in the anime).
  • Grumpy Bear: She is rather stiff and no nonsense, but she means well.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Like Erza, it's twice attempted and twice subverted.The second time though was legitimately her going to do it in order to stop Face from activating, but Doranbalt arrives and saves her and Wendy.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she finds out that everything she's done was to unwittingly accomplish her "mission" and not to protect Wendy. Though it wasn't a mission in the first place.
  • Hey, You!: Originally calls Happy "male cat". It's only after he sticks up for her against Extalia that she starts using his name, a change that Lucy notices.
  • Humanity Ensues: During the one-year timeskip she learned a spell that allows her to take on human form.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She starts out as a total Jerkass to Happy, but still clearly cares for Wendy.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Despite being a cat.
  • Ms. Exposition: Explains what Edolas is to Natsu, Wendy, and Happy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction whenever she hurts or offends Wendy.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Wendy
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dub only; Jad Saxton did a mostly good job giving Carla a formal British accent, but slip ups were made. The scene of her breaking down and crying after hearing the details of her "mission" is a notable example.
  • Only Sane Cat: She might be the sanest person in the Guild. It's either her or Pantherlily.
  • Power Trio: The Superego to Happy's Id and Lily's Ego.
  • Prophetic Fallacy: She foresees Queen Chagot using Dragon Slayers as a scapegoat for sending her and 99 others of their kind to Earth-land as eggs, and mistakes the queen's bluff of killing Dragon Slayers to be her actual mission. She also assumes that all the Exceed sent to Earth-land are supposed to know this, and thus shuns Happy when it turns out he does not.
  • Psychic Powers: The power of foresight.
  • Seers: She can see into the near future and, on occassion, the more distant future.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There has been a huge debate over how her name (pronounced Sharuru in Japanese) should be spelled. For the longest time, people have settled on "Charle", though the OVA opening spells it as "Charles", meaning it would have the gender-neutral French pronunciation. However, Word of God says that the name was translated to the more feminine "Carla" since people would likely mistake "Charles" as a male name. Thus, "Carla" is the name Funimation uses.
  • Straight Cat: To Wendy and Happy.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother.
  • Talking Animal: Like all Exceeds
  • Took a Level in Badass: Following the timeskip, she becomes capable of fighting all on her own, showing traits of a Dance Battler.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She was introduced as fairly abrasive to everyone except Wendy (and even with her, she was kind of a nag). After Happy sticks up for her against Extalia, she starts using his actual name instead of "male cat", and treats others a lot better (though she's still quite snarky).
  • Tsundere: Is later this towards Happy.
  • Tyke Bomb: Subverted.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Managed to gain a humanoid form just like Pantherlily over the second timeskip
  • When She Smiles: Her smile is noted by Happy's mother.
  • Winged Cat: Like all Exceeds.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: One of the more collected and observant guild members, and she's only six.


Alternative Title(s):

Team Natsu