Recap: Fairy Tail Fighting Festival Arc

No it's not that Civil War.

Chapters: 103-130, Episodes: 41-48

Short Summary

Laxus makes his move for the position of guild master of Fairy Tail, unleashing a plot that forces its members to fight one another in order to defeat him.

Main Summary

Fighting Festival Arc has the following tropes:

  • Big Bad: Laxus.
  • Civil War: Albeit the whole guild against Laxus's group. They're only forced to fight against one another due to Freed's runes.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mirajane vs. Freed. Needless to say he finds out exactly why she was called the "Demon" and a former S-Class mage.
  • Double Agent: Gajeel, though at first it's thought he was on Ivan's side. But at the end, turns out he's spying on him for Makarov.
  • Enemy Mine: Natsu and Gajeel against Laxus.
  • Fanservice: The Miss Fairy Tail contest at the beginning of the arc.
  • Five-Bad Band: Though there's only four of them (technically)
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When trapped in a rune of Freed's that meant to pit them against each other, Juvia sacrifices herself to help Cana escape. She gets better at the end.
  • Kill Sat: After Erza forces Evergreen to change the girls back to normal. Laxus switches to this tactic by making a spell that will fry the whole town unless his demands are met.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Gajeel joins Fairy Tail in this arc, though he grudgingly admits he only joined at the behest of his fellow ex-Phantom Lord member, Juvia, and Makarov.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Laxus attempts Fairy Law at the climax of the arc, but it fails as in his heart he doesn't have it in him to kill anyone.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Laxus turns the female Fairy Tail members to stone and only agrees to change them back if Makarov surrenders his position of Guild Master to him. When they get rescued, he switches to using the whole town as a hostage.
  • Mood Whiplash: First we have the light-hearted, fanservicey Miss Fairy Tail contest. Then Evergreen steps in...
  • Shout-Out: During the fight with Lucy, Bickslow switches body of his spirits to toys who resemble characters from Monster Soul, a previous manga of Mashima.
  • Taken for Granite: One of Evergreen's powers, which can turn anyone who looks into her eyes without her glasses to stone.
  • Token Good Teammate: Freed to the Raijinshuu, especially after his fight with Mirajane. He breaks down in tears after he's defeated, admitting he didn't want to go along with Laxus's plan.
  • Tomato Surprise: Laxus magic is Dragon Slayer related (albeit artificial).