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.Back to the main character index
Badass Crew: Recognized as Fairy Tail's strongest team.
Heroic BSOD: 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.
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.
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.
Three Plus Two: As mentioned above; Natsu, Happy & Lucy are the three, Gray & Erza are the two.
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.
The main male protagonist of the series, also known as "Salamander". 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 DragonForce from him. She admits that the only reason she went to stop Orcaion Seis is because she really wanted to meet 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
Chaste Hero: Gradually subverted over the Time Skip, where he begins noticing the ladies more and more. He even tries to peep at them in the hot springs.
Childhood Friend Romance: Apparently had this with Lisanna 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.
The anime plays things up even more, including their interactions with each other post-reunion. It's clear the anime developers are pro-NaLi.
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 although drained him at the time is permanent, making Natsu that much more destructive
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.
His fighting style and appearance are also similar to Let.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I Will Find You: To Igneel. Also in the anime, he promised Lisanna to find her if she ever went missing.
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
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.
Ship Tease: Notably with Lucy, Lisanna and even Erza on occasion.
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.
Lightning Bruiser: Noticeably, he becomes much more agile in this state and his attacks become very destructive.
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 Sirus 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.
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.
Theme Naming: Hiro Mashima's lead always gets a season-based name. His means "summer".
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.
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.
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.
The main female protagonist of the series. She is a celestial wizard who uses magic keys to summon spirits from another world. She was born into a wealthy family, but ran away from home to join Fairy Tail. She gets her wish when she bumps into Natsu at the start of the series, though her new guild's insane antics prove to be more than she can handle at times.
All Up To You: The only member of Fairy Tail, minus an injured Wendy, to not be caught by Marde's Plutogrim.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Girlish Pigtails: Almost always after she changes her clothes. Becomes permanent 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not so Above It All: She has her moments. Her first moment is before Erza actually makes an appearance.
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.
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.
Even moreso in a recent omake chapter when Asuka asks if she and Natsu kiss; she gets EXTREMELYembarrassed 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.
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.
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.
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'étoiles" 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 rival Natsu.
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.
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'étoiles", 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.
Bond Creatures: After hatching from his egg, Happy flew around and landed on Natsu's head, and has been with him ever since. Noticeably, Happy can carry Natsu without Natsu getting sick. Lampshaded when Gajeel notices that he's (initially) the only Dragon Slayer without a cat.
Obfuscating Stupidity: People are often surprised to hear Happy's detailed explanations for what is going on at the moment given how he acts most of the time. Given how he was raised by Natsu, however, his "stupidity" is probably not an act.
Power Trio: The Id to Lily's Ego and Carla's Superego.
Happy will drop his famous line on just about anyone who has a moment that could even vaguely be considered to be romantic so long as he is present. Among his victims have been: Lucy and Loke, Lucy and Gray, Lucy and Natsu, Gray and Juvia and Erza and Jellal. Lucy has also used the phrase against him and Carla.
Team Pet: His only role on the team seems to be carrying around Natsu, although he shares the role of The Smart Guy with Lucy sometimes. And he can be quite useful in a fight; for example, Happy grabs Kain Hikaru's voodoo doll when Natsu and Lucy fight him, which is essential in his defeat.
Tyke Bomb: Subverted. At first it seems that he was sent to Earth-land by the Exceed to capture Natsu and bring him to Edolas, which he supposedly forgot about. Then it's revealed that this was never the Exceed's intention; Carla created the mission for herself without realizing it.
Whale Egg: Happy can talk and grow wings... because he hatched out of an egg.
Wildcard Excuse: His answer to questions such as "Why are you blue?", "Why can you fly?", or "How come you can talk?" is always "Because I'm a cat!" cheerfully and likely intentionally ignoring the fact that these questions are because he is a cat.
Winged Cat: His brand of magic, which is inherent in his species, the Exceed.
A wizard whose magic, Ice-Make, lets him create ice and mold it into any form he desires. This magic is also the source of a fierce rivalry with Natsu, a fire wizard. He learned ice magic from the wizard Ur, who he also got his unhealthy stripping habit from. As a child, he tried taking vengence against Deliora, the demon that destroyed his hometown, but his overconfidence cost his teacher her life, and he's tried to remain level-headed ever since.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Devil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 himinstead.
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.
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.
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.
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. He does get more focus in the Tartarus arc.
Parental Abandonment: His parents were killed by Deliora and the woman who raised him die by his own actions.
Power Tattoo: On his right arm when his father gives him his Ice Devil Slayer Magic.
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.
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 noticble in that he's showing more signs of some issues.
Straight Man: Not as much as Lucy, but it's there sometimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, but the former has been played straight.
An S-Class wizard and the strongest female in Fairy Tail, also known as "Titanianote Fairy Queen". Her magic is called "The Knight", which lets her requip various weapons and pieces of armor instantly. Her traumatic childhood experience as a slave forced to build the Tower of Heaven has hardened her into a very serious young woman who doesn't tolerate her teammates fooling around and breaking the guild rules, though she slowly warms up to them over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She says early on that if worse should ever come to wear 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 Kyouka, she proceeds to curbstomp Kyouka after being rescued by Natsu and Lisanna.
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.
Had she died in one arc where she pulls a Disney Death: She is ranked as one of the TEN GREATEST MAGES IN THE PLANET! And, the rank PERMANENTLY held for her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Every time she is about to get a chance to be together with Jellal, something will happen to take him away.
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.
The Sky Dragon Slayer, also known as the "Sky Maiden". She was raised by the dragon Grandine in the art of healing magic, though she can also use her magic for combat purposes such as breathing gusts of wind. She is introduced as a representative of the Cait Shelter guild during the alliance against Oración Seis, but joins Fairy Tail after learning her old guild doesn't actually exist. She becomes a permanent, though unofficial, member of Team Natsu over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wendy's caretaker. She is of the same species as Happy, a talking cat who can grow wings and fly. She is generally hostile towards Happy when they first meet, but gradually warms up to him over time. Unlike Happy, she was born with knowledge of what she and Happy really are—Exceeds from the parallel world of Edolas—thanks to her ability to foresee the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.