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Recap: Fairy Tail Grand Magic Games Arc

Short Summary

Wanting to the regain their status which has dropped over the years, Fairy Tail enters the yearly Grand Magic Games in hopes of doing so, but face stiff competition against other competing guilds including rival guild, Raven Tail and the current number one guild, Sabertooth. All the while, a dark conspiracy lurks in the background.

Main Summary


Grand Magic Games Arc has the following tropes:

  • Amazon Brigade: Mermaid Heel.
  • And This Is for...: Laxus names off all of the Fairy Tail members who suffered due to Raven Tail's cheating as he beats them down.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Almost all of Sabertooth.
  • The Atoner: Jellal, Ultear, and Meredy who form a secret crime fighting guild, Crime Sorcière. As of chapter 298 possibly Flare
  • Bad Future: There's two!! We get a glimpse of it as Levy is writing a letter to Lucy.
    • To be specific, Future Lucy says that Fiore will be completely decimated by 10,000 dragons.
    • Future Rogue says in his timeline, Acnologia will Take Over the World.
  • Beach Episode: A training chapter takes place on a beach.
  • The Bet: All of the battles on the second day:
    • Toby vs. Kurohebi: If Toby wins, Kurohebi has to reveal his real name. If Kurohebi wins, Toby has to reveal his "super secret". Kurohebi wins, and the secret is that Toby has spent 3 months looking for a missing sock that's on his necklace, which Kurohebi rips right after showing it to him.
    • Bacchus vs. Elfman: If Bacchus wins, he gets Mirajane and Lisanna for one night. If Elfman wins, Quatro Cerebus is renamed Quatro Puppy. Elfman wins.
    • Mirajane vs. Jenny: The loser has to pose naked for Sorcerer Magazine. Mirajane wins.
    • Yukino vs. Kagura: The two bet their lives. Kagura wins, only to simply tell Yukino that she now owns her life.
  • Bittersweet Ending: To the arc. Sure, the dragons are all gone and Fairy Tail is the strongest guild in Fiore again, but none of the Dragon Slayers were able to defeat one, and these ones aren't even as strong as Acnologia, who according to Future Rogue will take over the world in time. So it doesn't bode too well for the future. That, and Ultear sacrificed herself during the battle, making it unlikely that Jellal will ever be able to clear his name of the things Ultear made him do.
  • Call Back: Natsu using his flames to spell "Come On" to taunt the Twin Dragons calls back to him doing the same for the Vanish Brother in Chapter 7.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Many of the minor battles but the most notable: Rufus to everyone during the Hidden game, Mirajane vs. Jenny, Kagura vs. Yukino, Laxus against the entirety of Raven Tail.
    • And don't forget, the climax of the Battle of the Dragon Slayers. Natsu defeats Sting and Rogue, both using Dragon Force, without using Dragon Force himself. He even overpowers their Unison Raid.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Lucy vs. Flare and Wendy vs. Chelia. More humorously, Mirajane vs. Jenny. Later Juvia vs. Chelia and Erza vs. Kagura vs. Minerva.
    • This arc is a particular offender of this trope. In fact, the only official opposite-sex match ups in the entire game were the incredibly minor Millianna vs Semmes and Lyon & Yuka vs Kagura and Millianna, both of which got expanded in the anime. Could be justified since the king picks most of the match-ups, but later on when the battles become real there is another aversion in the Lucy & Yukino vs. Uosuke fight.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Future Lucy does in the arms of her present self.
  • Disney Death: Lector.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: After Elfman wins against Bacchus, as per the conditions of their bet, Quatro Cerberus changed their name to Quatro Puppy for the duration of the games.
  • Fanservice: Some of the Beach / Training chapter, Mirajane and Jenny's battle, and the Naval Battle. As well as all of Chapter 298. The first two gets expanded in the anime.
    • When Zirconis strips Lucy.
  • Foreshadowing: Every so often we get quips from Levy taking about the current events as if looking into the past. Not to mention Carla's vision of Mercurius Castle, the King of Fiore's castle, falling to the ground.
    • The hooded woman.
    • Cobra vowing to free the rest of Oracien Seis from prison.
    • Future Rogue warns Natsu that something will happen in a year, resulting in Frosche's death.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: Throughout the whole arc, it's Fairy Tail as the good, Sabertooth as the bad, and Raven Tail as the evil. After Raven Tail is disqualified, Sabertooth, particularly Minerva, shifts toward being more evil. A smaller example exists in the Mêlée à Trois fight between Erza as the Good, Kagura as the Bad, and Minerva as the Evil.
  • Government Conspiracy: There's one going on with the staff of the Fiore Kingdom.
  • It's Personal:
    • Fairy Tail to Raven Tail for attacking Wendy before the games even start. It only gets more personal as the games go on.
    • Fairy Tail to Sabertooth for Minerva's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Lucy.
    • Natsu to Future Rogue when he (unintentionally) kills Future Lucy while trying to take out the present one.
  • Kick the Dog: Raven Tail attacking Wendy.
    • Flare taking Asca hostage.
    • Jiemma excommunicating Yukino for losing her match.
    • Kurohebi destroying Toby's sock.
    • Minerva beating down Lucy and Sabertooth's general reaction to it.
    • Jiemma beating up Sting and Rogue for losing and then killing Lector.
    • Minerva again in final event of tournament by kidnapping Millianna to get Erza and Kagura to fight each other. Then once they've weaken themselves doing so and start to reconcile, she stabs Kagura from behind to gain a point and then throws Millianna, who has wounds on her back from Minerva torturing her to pass the time, to Erza.
    • Future Rogue tries to kill Present Lucy but kills her future self
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sting possibly killing Jiemma for seemingly killing Lector.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Erza, Kagura, and Minerva engage in one.
  • Mirror Match: Wendy against Chelia as both use sky magic.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Minerva gives one to Lucy in the Naval Battle.
  • One Woman Army: Erza challenging all 100 monsters during the Pandemonium game.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The Eclipse Plan as well as Future Lucy's motive.
  • Taking the Bullet: Future Lucy does this when Future Rogue tries to kill her. Also Gray does the same for Juvia when the dragon tries to blindside her.
  • Tears of Joy: Yukino's reaction, who a few days previous had nowhere to go, when the best guilds in Fiore start fighting over her.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: How Raven Tail fights.
  • Tomato Surprise: 1) Porlyusica being the human Edolas counterpart of Grandine. 2) All Dragon Slayers suffer from motion sickness. 3) Chelia using Sky God Slayer magic.
    • 4) Princess Hisui is the one behind the Eclipse Project 5) Kagura is Simon's little sister. Also they came from the same village Erza once lived in. In fact Erza was the one who had save her from being kidnapped by Zeref's forces at the cost of getting caught herself. 6) The hooded woman turns out to be a future Lucy. 7) There turns out to be another from the future, Rogue. He came back to kill Lucy and stop her from closing the Eclipse Door as he claims she was the reason the attack on the dragons failed. 8. Future Rogue is actually evil and the Eclipse Gate is actually connected 400 years into the past where dragons were once alive.
  • Tournament Arc
  • Wham Episode: Future Lucy being killed by Future Rogue.
    • What's more Future Rogue is actually evil and the whole plot surrounding the Eclipse Gate was a gambit by him to have dragons enter into the current timeline and take over the world!
    • Gray takes multiple shots (Even one going through his HEAD) from the mini-dragons pushing Juvia out of the way of them..
    • Ultear, who has been part of the series since chapter 1, has become an elderly woman effectively taking her out of the series.
    • Fairy Tail returns to Magnolia to find a cheering town and a rebuilt guild hall, having finally earned their happy ending... oh, is that Obra running away? and he's meeting up with Zeref who effectively declares war on Fairy Tail
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: A minor one as after the group come from the Celestial Spirit World, they find that time moves about three months faster in the real world. This winds up costing the group precious training time.
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