The S-Class Exams are coming up and a few of the candidates are selected in the hopes of bumping up their class, where they're allowed to pick partners to help them. The whole proceedings takes place on Tenrou Island, a spot only exclusive to Fairy Tail members. However the island suddenly comes under siege by the head dark guild, Grimorie Heart.
Tenrou Island Arc
has the following tropes:
- The Atoner: Ultear after her Heel-Face Turn.
- Battle in the Rain: Juvia vs Meredy
- Broken Pedestal: Hades (original name: Purehito) for Makarov.
- Big Bad: Master Hades.
- Big Damn Heroes: Gildarts, Freed, and Bickslow coming to the aid their respective groups. Laxus appearing during the fight with Hades.
- Book Ends: Lucy and Cana begin and finish the arc taking a bath together
- Callback: During an explanation of Doranbolts magic, charm magic is mentioned for the first time since chapter 1.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Hades vs. Makarov who beats him easily. Also Erza vs Juvia and Lisanna in their trial.
- Death Seeker: Zeref.
- Fallen Hero / Face-Heel Turn: Hades who was the second Fairy Tail guild master.
- Graceful Loser: Azuma.
- Grand Theft Me: Zoldeo to Caprico.
- Gravity Master: Bluenote
- I Let You Win: Freed and Bickslow throw their fight against Lucy and Cana, largely out of atonement for what they did in the Fighting Festival Arc.
- Idiot Ball: Cana holds it for a bit as she so determined to pass the exam, she ignores the signal flare of the exam being postponed and the incoming danger. Even putting her partner, Lucy, who willingly teamed up with her to help her, to sleep so she can continue on her own (which almost got her killed when Kain stumbled across her). It isn't until she reaches Mavis's grave does she realize her stupidity.
- Killed Off for Real: Zoldeo, Zancrow and Hades.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Cana is revealed to be Gildarts' daughter.
- No Body Left Behind: Zoldeo's fate after being expelled from Leo's body.
- Poor Communication Kills: Portrayed in Ultear's flashback as she was kidnapped from her mother but thought she had been abandoned when she first escaped from her kidnappers and made it back home. Only to see that Ur had taken in apprentices and assumed she had been replaced.
- Remember the New Guy: Mest who never appeared in the story or with the guild up to this point.
- The Mole: That because he isn't a Fairy Tail member. He's a spy for the Magic Council. His real name is Doranbolt and he used a spell to make all the members think he was a long time guild member.
- Sheathe Your Sword: What Gildarts was trying to teach Natsu. That sometimes using force can't solve everything and it okay to back down if you must.
- Soul Jar: Hades was hiding his true power in a "heart" that was being kept in a container. Once Happy, Carla, and Pantherlily find and break it, they manage to weaken him and allow Team Natsu and Laxus to finish him off.
- Tag Team: Natsu, Happy, and Lucy against Kain Hikaru.
- The Bus Came Back: Laxus returns.
- Third Time's The Charm: Hades takes THREE major finishers during the final battle And the first two were a combination of him not being serious and his Soul Jar keeping him powered. By the third time he was vulnerable.
- Tomato Surprise: 1) Caprico is a really being possessed by an evil spirit named Zoldeo who was a former servant of the Heartfilia family and Caprico a.k.a. Celestial Spirit Capricorn officially belongs to Lucy. 2) Zeref was never sealed away, he had secluded himself on Tenrou Island as he didn't want to hurt anyone with his magic which he has no control over.
- Unholy Nuke: Grimoire Law.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The Fairy Tail members manage to defeat Grimoire Heart and all seems well. Then Acnologia shows up.
- Wham Episode: First, Zeref is on the island.
- Acnologia seemingly nukes the island with all of the S-Class participants on it
- When Trees Attack: Azuma
- World Tree: The Tenrou Tree which makes it so that the members of Fairy Tail cannot die while on the island, while at the same time enhancing their magic power.