During the Phantom Lord arc, it is finally revealed that Mirajane is an S-Class Wizard. But in the Galuna Island arc a few chapters before, Mirajane can be seen descending from the second floor—which is restricted to anyone but S-Class mages.
Gejeel is probably the first antagonist to truly hurt the guild, and shows a general disdain for the "Fairies" throughout the Phantom Lord arc. At first it just seems like something to remind us he's a Jerkass... Then we see he uses iron, and what are fairies traditionally harmed by again?
After Etherion strikes the Tower of Heaven, Jellal and Erza are bombarded by howling wind. But when Siegrain comes to join them, the wind doesn't touch him and he remains immaculate. Being nothing more than a thought projection of Jellal's the entire time, he never had a tangible body to begin with, so why would it?
Cobra's poisonous snakes seem pretty silly next to the rest of the Oración Seis' powers, or just about anyone's in the series for that matter — but he probably chose to raise them in the first place more for the sake of always having an external fuel source for his Dragon Slayer magic than in hopes that they would do any good in a fight.
Edolas!Mirajane acts exactly the same way are Earthland!Mirajane, it seems to be for comedic effect until you realize the reason Earthland!Mira had a 180 personality change was because Lisanna died. Guess who's still alive in Edolas? Earthland!Lisanna.
Subversion from the Edolas arc. It makes perfect sense for the two Erzas to have different surnames, because Erza Scarlet got her name when she couldn't remember it and Jellal just named the color of her hair. But she's the only one who should have a different surname, and they all do for some unexplained reason.
Actually different surnames makes sense for everyone. Surnames often started off as nicknames derived from various sources, common origins include: the location the ancestors who received the name came, the ancestor's personality, the ancestor's job, the ancestor's ancestor (for any name ending in -son or the language's equivalent), or a title earned through acomplishment. The ancestors of the Edolas counterparts would likely have been as flipped around as the modern ones are leading to vastly different surnames being given in the first place!
In the Edolas arc, it actually foreshadows that the whole plot to capture the Dragon Slayers was a sham, the whole time. Gajeel doesn't have a cat, which means that Wendy and Natsu really did stumble over the eggs by accident. If the Exceed really wanted to get all the Dragon Slayers, then Gajeel would have been forced one instead of having to look for one.
In-universe example. Laxus' whole takeover attempt was just a teenage temper tantrum fueled by fear that he was seen as nothing more than the master's grandson. Makarov throwing him out was publicly forcing him to take his own unique path.
Everyone's wondering how non-S-Class wizards (Natsu, Gray, Elfman) all managed to score victories against the Element 4. In general it seems like Fairy Tail has a lot of mages who would make S-Class somewhere else, but for some reason aren't here. Remember that being S-Class means that they can go on far more dangerous missions, and the last thing Makarov wants is to see his guild members get injured or die, so his standards for S-Class qualification are probably much higher than other guild masters.
Is also because being an S-Class wizard means much more than being strong: Natsu, Gray, and Elfman may be very strong, but they lack the maturity and wisdom required for the job.
Also when Gildarts returns to the guild, Cana, his daughter is nowhere to be found.
Massive example from the Fighting Festival arc: Not one Fairy Tail member makes any significant victory against Laxus while acting alone.
Freed curbstomps Alzack, who was essentially a renegade at the time, but loses to Mirajane when she's fighting to save Elfman.
Bickslow takes out Gray and a number of other wizards. It takes Loke summoning himself to win, and he wouldn't have been able to do it without Lucy's help.
Evergreen takes out Elfman, but loses to Erza. Yes, she lost in a one-on-one fight, but Erza was specifically gunning for Evergreen because she knew from what Makarov had said that the stone spell would be reversed.
Bisca tries shooting one of the thunder lacrima and nearly gets killed. Even Erza couldn't do it alone. It took the whole damn guild to bring down the Thunder Palace.
Mystogan runs off when Laxus destroys his mask. When Natsu steps up to fight, it's obvious his life is in peril. He'd have died on two separate occasions if not for Gajeel's help.
In the Tenrou Island arc, why was Gildarts placed in Route E for the first test? To make sure no one accidentally stumbles upon Mavis' grave before the second exam!
When it was revealed that Fairy Tail brought in another team in the Grand Magic Games, Lucy was confused as to why Laxus was with them (among other things). Makes sense since she wasn't there when he was reinstated back by Gildarts.
Rogue and Sting are clearly shocked, moreso than Rufus and Orga, when they see Natsu curbstomping their guild. But remember that they haven't actually seen Natsu fight and they based their opinion of his strength on his failure to kill Acnologia, even though neither of them have seen the dragon in action. They underestimated him and they realized it. Sabertooth's "strongest five mages" probably aren't as powerful compared to Fairy Tail's mages as they thought they were.
To add more: The fact Natsu got defeated by Acnologia easily also counts. If someone like him could kick most of Sabertooth's ass but get totaled by Acnologia, then Rogue and Sting feel they aren't up for the task as they expected.
A lot of people complained how much of a Curb-Stomp Battle Laxus vs. Raven Tail (including his father) was. But if you remember Gajeel was a Double Agent for Fairy Tail, then it makes perfect sense. Raven Tail boasted that they were specialized as the "Anti-Fairy Tail" Guild, meaning their members had strengths that exploits Fairy Tail's weaknesses when in fact, it's the absolute opposite. All this time, Gajeel had been giving Ivan false information on Fairy Tail's members (including Laxus). Thus, leading Ivan to choose the wrong members.
Although that didn't stop Nullpuding from making Gray look like a chump.
Context, my boy, Context: Nullpuding and Gray weren't directly fighting, they were participating in a game with certain rules. Probably in a one on one battle, Gray could have done better. Just look at Lucy vs. Flare: If it wasn't for Obra's cheating, Lucy would have won.
Why were Wendy and Chelia, two of the youngest competitors paired up against each-other? Because the organizers wanted it to be a fair fight for both of them. Not knowing how strong both girls really were, they put them in the same match so that people wouldn't have to watch a young girl get curb-stomped by an adult. It worked out better than they planned since they put out one of the best matches of the competition. Since we already know that the higher ups can control who fights who when they see fit (the attempt to put Bacchus and Erza in the same match, which only failed due to a miscommunication), so it makes a lot of sense.
When you look at the names of Wendy's attacks, you'll realize that they're the same as those of Natsu (Wing Slash, Crushing Fang and so on). Basically, she's learning from Natsu, an older Dragon Slayer fellow and friend, just like a child would learn from an adult. She's also more close to Natsu than Gajeel or Laxus to boot.
Wendy actually lampshaded this herself. During the final attack on Hades in the Tenrou Island arc, Wendy actually shouted out she learnt how to attack from watching Natsu, before hitting Hades with a Sky Dragon Wing Slash!
The Balam Alliance. At first, it sounds like a random, gibberish name. Then, if you do some research, turns out that according to Ars Goetia, Balam is a three-headed Demon King. Furthermore, all the members of the Alliance have a demonic motif in their Japanese names (Oración Seis = The Six Demon Generals, Tartaros = Gates of Hell and Grimoire Heart = Devil's Heart).
In flashbacks and even in the present day Ur is often described as someone who is approximately as powerful as one of the Ten Wizard Saints. However we never see her display that level of power onscreen. While it could simply be Famed in Story or Conservation of Detail, another plausible reason for Ur's seeming lack of power can be found in the story. Traumatic experiences can drastically affect a mage's power such as seen in Mirajane and Elfman. What is more traumatic than learning that your beloved daughter died without her mother at her side and neither had a chance to even say goodbye?
Way back in the Fighting Festival arc, Laxus wanted to transform Fairy Tail into a guild that valued strength above all else, a guild feared by all and one that nobody would disrespect. Seven years later someone actually created a guild like that, its called Sabertooth.
Mystogan/Jellal uses magic staves instead of using magic himself because as a resident of Edolas, he has no magical power within his own body unlike the Earthland residents.
In Sorcerer Magazine's interview with Elfman and Mirajane, they both give no comment when asked what their most difficult mission was. It's probably not too unreasonable to think that their most difficult mission would be the one where they thought Lisanna died.
After the timeskip, when asked by Makarov how she's doing Kinana says she can't remember her past but she can hear a voice asking to hear her thoughts. Of course, Kinana was previously Cuberos, Cobra's snake. Cobra's wish was to be able to talk to his only friend, his pet snake.
I initially thought it was weird Acnologia had humanesque body. Then we learn that he used to be a human being—specifically a Dragon Slayer.
At the end of the S-Class Trial arc, when Acnologia showed up at Tenrou Island for apparently no other reason than to be a dick, I'm sure people had to wonder why. The given explanation was, he shows up where dark thoughts gather. Ok, that makes sense, friggin' Grimoire Heart was on the scene. Dark thoughts if there ever were any. But, the real reason why Acnologia showed up is because Zeref was there. Zeref, the Black Mage who turned Acnologia from a raging insane Dragon Slayer to a raging insane...Dragon. Not much of a difference, honestly.
Why wasn't Mystogan sucked into the anima with the rest of Magnolia? Of course, the most obvious answer would be because he's from Edolas. And to an extent, you'd be right. Anima extracts all magic energy from an area. Mystogan was from Edolas, and thus didn't have any magic, so there was nothing to suck up in the first place!
During the Fighting Festival arc, Erza was released from petrification because her artificial eye cut the effect of Evergreen's Stone Eyes in half. When did she get out? Around one and a half hours later. In other words the spell would release the girls at the end of three hours; either Laxus really was bluffing all along or Evergreen is not quite sociopathic enough to murder her guildmates even on Laxus' orders.
It was mentioned that Fairy Tail didn't join the Sharpshooting competition of the Grand Magic Games in the past. Other than just simply giving up, the reason that they didn't participate was probably because that competition took place in the year Alzack and Bisca got married, or when Bisca was pregnant/just gave birth to Asuka.
Actually Jet mentions the time he didn't participate and one of the challenges was a race; it seems that the tournament was deliberately manipulated so that Fairy Tail would do badly...
At first, Edolas!Natsu's immunity to motion sickness seems like just another quirk to separate the two Natsus. But recently, it turns out the cause of Earthland!Natsu's motion sickness is due to being a Dragon Slayer, and Edolas!Natsu isn't!
So, it turns out that the Grand Magic Games started on July 1, which according to an old splash page, is Lucy's birthday. Yet why wasn't there any mention of it during their party that night? Either Lucy really never told anyone when her birthday was, or her sense of time was still wonky from the two Timeskips she was subjected to.
And it also explains her reaction to Kagura showing up to fight Erza. Look at what happens when her predictions are wrong.
Juvia Lockser vs. Chelia Blendy? Not a bad choice, but why not one of the stronger fighters? Because they were needed to take on the more powerful members of the other guilds. Juvia however, can keep Chelia occupied indefinitely (and vice versa if Chapter 312 is any indication).
It may seem like an ass pull that Natsu and Gajeel can eat other elements besides their own and power up. But it fits with the Dragon Slayer magic. A Dragon Slayer can eat their own element and get stronger, but if you go by that logic the Dragon Slayer magic is really only efficient against the Dragons that taught the Dragon Slayers. Which means that the humans would be killing their parents/masters. But it is possible that is only for low level Dragon Slayers. And the more advanced one gets at their magic, the Dragon Slayers can eat other elements. Which makes more sense, if a Dragon Slayer was to fight a random Dragon, and could only eat their only element, their magic is only efficient at regaining their strength. But if the Slayers could eat other elements, they could eat the Dragons attacks and only get stronger, giving them a huge advantage. It is possible as although we have no idea what Natsu and Gajeel's ages are, they looked like children when their respective Dragons left. So it is possible that their Dragons only taught them the basics, and only know are Natsu and Gajeel reaching the more advanced levels.
Then there's a little hint in the very beginning of series, when Natsu successfully ate other element, used it and had no usual drawback - the chapter where he melted the Taurus' axe◊ and got a power-up from it◊. He couldn't eat fire - it was his own, but metal, on the other hand... So yes, it wasn't asspull at all.
If Sting was still the Smug Super he was before Natsu kicked his ass and Minerva's attempted invoking of the Power of Friendship, he might have been able to beat the weakened Fairy Tail team in the final round. But because Minerva awakened him to the power of friendship, he believed he didn't have a chance of winning because he saw how strong Fairy Tail's power of friendship was. In hindsight, trying to use the power of friendship to beat the guild who pretty much embodies the power of friendship was a really bad idea. Minerva's attempt at being Dangerously Genre Savvy sealed Sabretooth's defeat! It reinforces her Smug Snake status quite nicely.
The King of Fiore is actually Mato, the Pumpkin Referee. The fridge brilliance here was that the king's name is Toma E. Fiore. If you spell it backwards in Japanese, you'd get MA-TO.
Why does the audience boo Fairy Tail so much at the beginning of the Grand Magic Games? Their current standing aside, three other guilds founded by Fairy Tail alumni are contestants in the games: Raven Tail, Quartro Cerebus and Blue Pegasus. Raven Tail aside, by X791 Fairy Tail had been surpassed in status and quality as a guild by its own offshoots!
Compounding this is the fact that in X784, Fairy Tail had only recently come into prominence. Until then Phantom Lord was established to be the strongest guild in Fiore. This is borne out in an interview with Hiro Mashima. In the last 6 years there have only been 4 S-Class Wizards minted in their annual exam. Fairy Tail in X784 only has 5 S-Class wizards so that means for a long time Gildarts was Fairy Tail's only S-class Wizard and each S-class exam failed to produce any for quite a while. People with longer memories might be forgiven in thinking that Fairy Tail was a flash in the pan, a guild that was built on the backs of an elite few that fell apart once they went missing.
When Mystogan is criticised for not doing enough in the war with Phantom, a convenient wind blows up and scatters the flags he took from the subdivisions he defeated. Later, it's established that one of Mystogan's staves can do wind magic. Bit passive-aggressive there, mate.
In Episode 9 of the Fairy Tail anime, we have a filler episode. They come upon a bunch of monsters at about the halfway point, and proceed to eat them. Later on, they break a spell and turn the monsters back into people. Yes. The monsters, that they ate, were people. In a comedy episode.
The characters have a moment of horror about this in the actual episode.
That's not the only filler episode with Fridge Horror in it. In Episode 19, Natsu switches bodies with Loke. Everything's fine by the next episode, but if it hadn't been, it's quite possible that Natsu would have died.
At the end of Oracion Seis Arc, Wendy & Carla's entire guild, Caitshelter turns out to be an illusion. Basically all the people they had known and lived with for the last 7 years are practically dead. And then they have no choice but to leave with people they had known for a couple of days or so.
During the Edolas arc, the vast majority of the guild as well as the wizard population of Magnolia Town are fused into a giant mass of lacrima crystal, so that the Edolas Kingdom can harvest all their magic for their own needs.
Right after the Fighting Festival arc, we see Ivan turning a crow into a shikigami doll paper with his magic. Earlier he's seen talking to Gajeel with a human-shaped puppet. Do the math...
Aries says the word sumimasen (I'm sorry) whenever she does pretty much anything. It can be seen as a vocal tic at first, but then if you remember that the last two masters she's had were both abusive to Celestial Spirits, her repeated apologizing might simply be an ingrained response to prevent herself from being abused even more harshly.
Alzack being disappointed for not qualifying for the S-Class Exam. Considering what happened: Acnologia nuking Tenrou Island, it was a good thing.
The fact that Flare was able to take Asuka hostage during her match should tell you how safe the rest of the audience in the Grand Magic Games actually are.
Mavis's spirit form is cute and all... but just look at how young she appears, meaning that she died at that age, looking barely older than a child.
To be fair, she could simply be Really 700 Years Old and just vain (keeping a child's body) or unaging. Since she was supposedly an extremely powerful mage (she created the three Fairy Spells) being unaging seems more probable than being a master strategist at age 10.
Her latest speech even hints that she is a lot older than what she looks like (she always repeat "the youngs"). So, or she was unaging while alive, or her appearance has a ghost matches her personnality.
That egg Happy came out of was large enough to hold him as an adult, and his mom isn't any larger. Exceed pregnancy/egg laying must be the single worst experience in the multiverse.
That, or Exceed eggs somehow grow in size after being laid.
The Fairy Tail guild is known for causing massive amounts of property damage and destruction. It is really hard to believe that in spite of all the damage and destruction that guild caused over the years that not a single innocent civilian has even gotten hurt or killed because of it!
To be fair, that reputation is 1.) Largely overstated and 2.) Almost entirely Natsu.
Actually no, it is not almost entirely Natsu. In Episode 2 of the anime as well as Chapter 2 of the manga, the guild received many complaints about many of the other members of the guild, not just Natsu.
None of the other complaints were about the wide scale property damage that inspired the Fridge Horror, only Natsu's. Elfman punching his client, Gray walking around naked, and Cana drinking someone's booze stockpile were some of the other complaints.
In the same chapter, Lucy stated that most of the destructions events related in the newspapers are Natsu's doing. Even if Makarov lectures several people, he lists a lot more things to Natsu (I didn't count, but I'm pretty sure he has as much complains as all the other gathered)
Fairy Tail is famous for being True Companions. Disbanding them works better as a threat than in actuality. Best case scenario Fairy Tail becomes a relatively benign Dark Guild, acting like they always do but outside of council supervision. Worst case scenario? The mages of Fairy Tail tend to be pretty powerful on average despite their quirks, skilled enough to be accepted into many legal Guilds. Now those troublemakers from Fairy Tail are everywhere instead of being concentrated in one Guild. Can a guild master aside from Makarov control people like Laxus, Gildarts, Erza, Natsu, and Gajeel?
That's irrelevant. The point is that the Fairy Tail guild is bound to kill or hurt people in their careless acts of destruction.
Chapter 281: Jiemma berates the hell out of the entire guild for a mere setback and expels Yukino. Based on the behavior of the guild members, it seems it wasn't the first time they experienced witnessing someone being psychologically torn down by Jiemma for even the slightest disappointment. Picture how short-lived the membership is even for talented wizards in that guild and how tense things are on a daily basis knowing one screw up can wreck their career.
Which just makes you wonder how they recruit people if the guild master is so nasty and everyone knows it.
For the name. Sabertooth is the strongest guild at the time, after all. Just like how Lucy wanted to be part of Fairy Tail initially because it was the biggest and strongest guild, people may have joined for the sake of status.
The dragon slayers' noses. Say you go stab someone. They'll smell blood on you. Broke down and started pigging out on food you swore off of for a diet? They smell it. Some girl is trying to keep a pregnancy secret? They can smell that. You have an affair while your wife is out of town? Better wash up real good or they'll smell what you just did.
How could they figure out when someone is pregnant from a sense of smell?
Changes in body chemicals. It would alter their natural odor.
This is, of course, assuming that they know the smell. Smelling something and knowing what it means are two different things.
True. But if they already witnessed a similar situation, they could remember it. And so/or do the math with this change of smell plus other changes often attributed to pregnancy (behavior, mood, skin color, weight, ...).
Kagura wants to kill Jellal. Assuming that Kagura is around 19-20 or even early twenties, she was at least 12 years old when the Tenrou Team disappeared. Imagine what could have happened in that time.
If she has the same reason as everyone else (having been enslaved) then that means she would have been 4 or 5 at the tower, and Erza implies that they were all kept there for some time before the revolt as well.
The reason is finally revealed. Simon was her brother.
The way Natsu, Evergreen, and Elfman treat Zeref when they first meet him. They have no way of knowing who he is, and even if his magic is dangerous he repeatedly warns them to keep a safe distance and even promises to go away as long as they don't get too close. When he also acts happy to see Natsu, Natsu responds by punching him, and everyone agrees that he's a freak when he starts crying afterward. Way to be the nice, friendly guild.
To be fair, multiple times throughout the series we've seen characters deduce the negative nature of another character simply by being near them and feeling the energy they exude. Considering this is Zeref we're talking about, Natsu, Evergreen, and Elfman could probably sense he was really, really bad news.
Also, recall that the reason Zeref was so happy to see Natsu was because he thought Natsu was about to kill him.
He's fine, he's with the rest of Sabertooth when they're informed about the dragon situation.
Some of Natsu's break in scenes, such as the time Lucy found him in her bed, or the clip of him walking into her bathroom and greeting her while she's bathing, just seem like funny stupid things Natsu would do. Except as of the time skip it turns out he actually has a libido. He demonstrates this by trying to spy on Lucy in a hot spring, trying to go see her while she's showering, and, in the filler arc, imagining her in skimpy paper clothing. The difference between Natsu then and now is, at best, a few months, and there was never a big scene where he was shown suddenly realizing that women were a thing that he now cares about. Suddenly his earlier moments don't seem as stupid and innocent.
Debatable. It seems to take him a minute or two to realize things like this, so it may be that he only has a libido when he's in a certain mood. In a recent episode, he says that Lucy is taking a shower, and asks if he should check on her again. Elfman tells him that's a bad idea, which leads to a confused "Why?" from Natsu. After thinking for a minute, he tries to run off and peek on her, but luckily Erza stops him.
While Shagotte had good intentions sending the 100 eggs to Earthland, it takes closer to 500 unique members of a species for it to repopulate. Otherwise inbreeding will result in enough defects that the species will eventually fail to thrive.
Chapter 328 makes Acnologia even scarier in hindsight. If seven dragons are apparently enough to wipe out humanity, how powerful must Acnologia be to have killed so many of them that he became a dragon?
Made worse when Mavis notes her concern at how the Dragon Slayers now are incapable of doing a damn thing to the things they were supposed to kill, who were implied to not be in the high tiers. Mind you that it is still likely Acnologia is going to appear and cause humanity's downfall, meaning they have to get their act together soon.
The Levy from Future!Lucy's timeline is still alive in the middle of a dragon apocalypse and still has no idea what happened to her friend.
Furthermore, when Future Lucy comes to the "Golden Plains", basically every known mage from Fairy Tail (Natsu, Happy, Erza, Gray, Wendy, Carla, Pantherlily, Gajeel, Juvia, Makarov, Mirajane, the Raijinshuu, Cana, Elfman and more can be discerned from the silhouettes) are there, waiting for her. While this is meant to be heartwarming, it also means that Lucy and Levy probably are the only surviving mages in their timeline. And now only Levy is back...
Zeref's boast in chapter 340 is already pretty unnerving, but it gets worse when you remember that he witnessed the Grand Magic Games through his imp Obra. He saw the best and brightest the mages of the present have to offer...and he's still confident that wiping out humanity will be more like pest control than a fight. And considering how easily he absolutely annihilatedHades, who tossed around the best Fairy Tail had to offer like rag dolls, that's not to be taken lightly.
It's clear Mavis and Zeref have a history together, given what we learned in Chapter 340. At one point, Mavis was also close enough with Hades/Precht to co-found her guild with him, whom Zeref himself killed. Meaning, she was talking with someone who had flat-out killed her former friend without knowing it.
Monsieur Sol in the anime. His ultimate attack is transforming a person into a shapeless rock and forcing them to relive their worst memories for all of eternity. Now that by itself is pretty dark, but then you wonder...how many people has he used this power on before Elfman? How many rocks in the world are this man's victims? We'll never know.
In the anime during the Grand Magic Games both Chapati and Labian wished Wendy had taken place in Naval Battle instead of Lucy, considering what happened to Lucy at the end of this its a good thing Wendy hadn't been in that round.
One of the female members of Tartarus uses Elfman's hand to choke Lisanna. It's enough to get a mention on the Nightmare Fuel page but remember when the series started? Lisanna was assumed dead, because she had supposedly been killed...when Elfman lost control of his take over. He spent years believe he murdered his baby sister and is now being forced to strangle her and he can't stop himself!