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Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)The current guild master of Fairy Tail. The members of his guild often give him grief for the trouble they cause between him and the Magic Council, but he loves them as if they were all his children. His mastery over many forms of magic, including the size-increasing Giant Magic, has earned him the title of one of the Ten Wizard Saints, who are widely regarded as the most powerful wizards alive. He has served as Fairy Tail's master more than any other, serving as its third, sixth, and eventually eighth master.
- All for Nothing: He is deeply ashamed to find that disbanding Fairy Tail to protect it from the Alvarez Empire was a fruitless decision, since not only was Emperor Spriggan unwilling to negotiate a peace offering, he was also Zeref all along.
- The Archmage: The title of Wizard Saint isn't just for show; it's an indicator that the Council acknowledges him as one of the ten mightiest wizards on the continent, and he sure shows it.
- Badass Grandpa: He's 88 years old when the series begins, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the strongest fighters in the series.
- Badass in Distress: Being one of Fairy Tail's most powerful fighters, this usually happens whenever he decides to get in on the action, with some outside force rendering him powerless (Phantom Lord arc), trapped (Battle of Fairy Tail and Alvarez Empire), and sometimes even near death (Sirius Island).
- Badass Mustache: He has well-defined whiskers that jut upright when he turns into a giant. He later grows a Badass Beard to compliment it after the second Time Skip.
- Badass Longcoat: His Wizard Saint uniform, which he can instantly change into when he decides to get serious.
- Bald of Awesome: He still has some hair, but his bald spot doesn't make him any less awesome.
- Big Good: Serves as such as the master of the series's titular guild. He later gets outranked by Mavis's spirit, becoming her Number Two.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: He does this to the entire guild after their war with Tartaros when he suddenly disbands Fairy Tail, leaving everyone confused, angry, or heartbroken. Only later do they learn that Makarov did it so they wouldn't be targeted by the Alvarez Empire in case his peace negotiations with them fell through.
- Dirty Old Man: He isn't afraid to show off that his guild has some pretty girls.
- Establishing Character Moment: Shows his guild a stack of complaints from the Magic Council for troubles they'd caused, scolds them all for getting the council mad at him again...then burns the whole stack and says, "Screw the Magic Council!"
- A Father to His Men: He considers himself a father to his guild in much the same way they consider themselves his children. This means you should think twice about hurting his kids.
- Friendly Fireproof: His Fairy Law spell is a holy light that purges those that Makarov considers an enemy. To everyone else, it is a warm, soothing light.
- Frontline General: Whenever his guild goes to war, Makarov will always throw himself into the action and fight side-by-side with them.
- Holy Hand Grenade: His ultimate spell is Fairy Law, a radiant burst of light that burns away his enemies while leaving his guild unharmed.
- I Have No Son: Subverted. This seems to be the case when he expels his son Ivan and grandson Laxus for bringing harm to their guild. However, he leads the guild in a warm sendoff for Laxus to prove he'll always watch over him, while he manages to keep a modicum of faith in Ivan for leaving his guild alone over the Time Skip.
- Kneel Before Zod: Inverted. He gives his enemies the count of three to kneel to him. If they don't he drops Fairy Law on them.
- The Leader: He is the guild master of Fairy Tail, and the one who calls all the shots.
- Let's Get Dangerous: He proves himself to be more than just a goofy old man whenever his kids are in trouble.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted multiple times to the point of becoming a Running Gag; he ends up on death's door multiple times in the series, but he always gets back on his feet. It doesn't help that his many attempts at retiring always blow up in his face.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's barely taller than a six-year-old child. His Giant Magic can change that, however.
- Nice Hat: He wears a double-pointed cap in his earliest appearances.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Right as he's pinned down by Acnologia, Makarov simply laughs heartily and declares he has no regrets because he got to act like a true parent to the very end. The moment is interrupted when his guild comes back to save him.
- Old Master: He fits the trope of an unassuming, tiny old man who is also one of the most Badass wizards in his guild and sets an example for his younger members.
- Papa Wolf: As the self-proclaimed father of his guild, expect to see him bring hell to the doorstep of any fool who dares harm his children, human laws be damned.
- The Paragon: His main goal isn't to crush evil, but rather to inspire good in others.
- Passing the Torch: One of the series's Running Gags is his inability to do this. Just when he thinks he's found a good successor, something happens that leads him to consider him being master until the day he dies. Whenever someone does get picked, they shift the position right back onto him simply because they don't find themselves worthy.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even without his Size Shifter abilities, Makarov can kick plenty of ass at his usual, diminutive size.
- Power Perversion Potential: Takes advantage of his Rubber Man powers to grope girls' behinds.
- Rubber Man: His Giant Magic not only makes him huge, but he can also extend his arms with it.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: The entire guild embodies this, but Makarov is the one who encourages this kind of behavior whenever the higher ups refuse to take action.
- Sizeshifter: His magic gives him this ability, fittingly called Giant. Unlike the standard, however, he's one of the strongest characters in the series.
- You Shall Not Pass: Tries to do this against Acnologia to protect the rest of the guild on Sirius Island. However, his kids refuse to leave his side.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Hideyuki Hayami (JP, young), Patrick Seitz (EN), Mary Morgan (EN, young)
Makarov's grandson, an S-Class wizard, and heir to the title of Fairy Tail's guild master. He is also a Thunder Dragon Slayer courtesy of artificially implanted dragon lacrima from of his father, Ivan. When he starts out, Laxus values strength above all else and plans to kick all the "weaklings" (i.e., pretty much everyone) out of the guild once he's in charge, causing no shortage of grief for his grandfather. When this attitude gets him expelled from the guild, he returns a changed man.
- And This Is For...: In the Grand Magic Games arc, he beats up all the members of Raven Tail who hurt and/or humiliated his friends. Humorously, when he gets to the one member who didn't do anything to Fairy Tail, he basically says "I got nothing" and blasts him anyway.
- Anti-Villain: Before his Heel–Face Turn, Laxus wants to turn Fairy Tail into a guild everyone can respect. Unfortunately for the rest of the guild, this means rooting out the weaklings and/or goofballs (i.e., pretty much everyone there), and crushing anyone who talks smack about it.
- Arc Villain: Of the Battle of Fairy Tail arc.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: His dominant personality trait at the start of the series is his tendency to rub his strength in everyone's faces, and pummel those who doubt him.
- Badass: The S-Class rank is not one to be undeserved in terms of raw power. Up until the Battle of Fairy Tail, the very idea of Laxus being defeated seemed out of the question, and even then, it takes the combined efforts of Natsu, Gajeel, and a serious Villainous Breakdown before he's finally taken down. Getting rid of his arrogance only takes his badassery to a whole new level, one where he can fight toe-to-toe with Jura, one of the most powerful human beings alive, and is the first Fairy Tail member to single-handedly (i.e., without any outside assistance) defeat one of the Spriggan 12, who are beyond even Jura.
- Badass Baritone: The anime gives him one courtesy of Badass Baritone experts Katsuyuki Konishi and Patrick Seitz.
- Calling the Old Man Out: When he was younger, Laxus called his literal old man Makarov out for kicking his father Ivan out of the guild, causing their relationship to sour. He later lets Ivan have it during the Grand Magic Games arc for demanding his cooperation in talking about Lumen Histoire.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Laxus contracts a deadly concentration of Devil Particles during his fight with Tempester in the Tartaros arc. His infection is so bad that even after Porlyusica saves his life, he suffers from recurring heart attacks and violent body spasms afterward. He later manages to cure himself completely in the Alvarez Empire arc by tricking Wall into neutralizing a Jutsu-Shiki barrier that takes the particles with it.
- Manly Tears: When he is expelled, Fairy Tail gives him the send-off of a lifetime to let him know that they still consider him one of their own, causing him to cry on his way out.
- Meaningful Name: Laxus's name is derived from the word "lux", which is a unit of measurement for light.
- Shock and Awe: He is an expert lightning wizard who can generate electrical charges and lightning strikes without so much as lifting a finger. Being a Thunder Dragon Slayer also gives him extra immunity to electrical attacks and boosts his power.
- Smug Smiler: Early chapters hardly ever showed him without a detestably smug grin plastered on his face.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Lightning magic is a hereditary trait in his family, going back to his great-grandfather Yuri.
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (JP), David Wald (EN)
The Iron Dragon Slayer, also known as "Kurogane"note Gajeel. He was raised by the dragon Metalicana, who taught him the power to transform any part of his body into metal. He starts out as one of Fairy Tail's most ruthless and hated rivals from the Phantom Lord guild, but as fate would have it, he ends up joining Fairy Tail after his old guild disbands. Against all odds, he works past his new guildmates' hostilities and suspicion and proves himself a valued friend.
- The Atoner: He accepts Makarov's offer to join Fary Tail to atone for his actions during the Phantom Lord arc.
- Badass Longcoat: His outfits may vary, but almost all of them turn out to be this,
- Barbarian Longhair: He has a long, ragged mane.
- Battle Couple: With Levy in the Sirius Island arc.
- Berserk Button: Claiming that Natsu is stronger than him. Rogue learns this the hard way by getting his ass deeply and thoroughly beaten during the last day of the Grand Magic Games.
- BFS: Karma Demon - Iron God Sword.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Saves Natsu from being incinerated by Laxus twice in the Fighting Festival arc.
- In the Edolas arc, he is sent by Mystogan to help save his guildmates turned into lacrima. He manages to turn Erza and Gray back to normal, which allows them to pull their own with Natsu, Lucy, and Wendy.
- He saves Levy from being killed by Kawazu and Yomazu in the Sirius Island arc.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: A standard attack for him is his Iron Dragon's Sword, which turns his arm into a sword. He takes it up to Chainsaw Good in the anime.
- Blood Knight: He's eager to start a war with Fairy Tail in the Phantom Lord arc, and relishes every moment he gets to fight. He never quite shakes off his thirst for battle after joining Fairy Tail, making himself Levy's partner during the S-Class trial on Sirius Island mainly for the chance to beat everyone else up, much to her annoyance.
- Casting a Shadow: He eats Rogue's shadows to gain the Iron Shadow Dragon Mode, which lets him turn himself into a shadow.
- Covert Pervert: In the Grand Magic Games arc, he fantasizes having Lucy dancing for him in a Bunny Girl outfit while he plays the guitar.
- Cuteness Proximity: He stops being an Ax-Crazy Jerkass whenever felines are around, particularly Panther Lily in his Sleep-Mode Size.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Averted; he remains hostile with Natsu after losing to him in the Phantom Lord arc.
- The Dragon: He is Master Jose's right-hand man during the Phantom Lord arc.
- Dreadful Musician: A Running Gag in the series is that any much anticipated Fanservice show with the Fairy Tail ladies will be canceled and replaced by Gajeel doing a terrible lounge act.
- Evil Laugh: "Gee-hee!"
- Fangs Are Evil: All Dragon Slayers have them, but Gajeel comes closest to playing it straight due to his Jerkass and Sociopathic Hero nature.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Despite Gajeel joining Fairy Tail, Makarov says he will never forgive him for the stunts he pulled in the Phantom Lord arc, and only invites him into the guild because he would never forgive himself if he just sat by and watched Gajeel fall even further into darkness. The same goes for everyone else in the guild.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has scars on his right arm.
- Heel–Face Return: When he's last seen at the end of the Phantom Lord arc, he swears that he'll be back for revenge. The next time he's seen, he's a member of Fairy Tail fighting for the home team.
- Heroic Willpower: In the Sirius Island arc, he gets stabbed in the arm—as in from the middle of his palm to the end of his shoulder—and keeps fighting. It's toned down in the anime, but still there: he manages to turn his arm into an iron pole before the sword pierces it, but it cracks to the point that it almost breaks, it's obviously painful for him.
- Hidden Depths: He's a muscle-bound and bloodthirsty warrior who enjoys ripping others to shreds. He's also a talented jazz songwriter, with only half the talent in singing and playing.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's often paired up Levy, who's tiny enough for him to use her head as an elbow rest.
- Image Song: "Metallic Kiss"
- I'm Taking Him Home With Me: Hilariously, towards Panther Lily, which is the whole reason why Lily joined the guild.
- Inspector Javert: Played for Laughs; after becoming captain of the Magic Council's custody unit, Gajeel decides to arrest Natsu and his friends for reasons that range from somewhat justified (Natsu for resisting authority and Lucy for indecent exposure) to downright silly (Juvia for being "criminally drenched" and Wendy...just because). It's taken a bit more seriously with Gray, whom he's fully prepared to bring the hammer down on for being a part of Avatar despite being a former friend of his. Even after learning that Gray was a Reverse Mole, Gajeel doesn't plan to let him off lightly for playing a part in Avatar's schemes.
- Intangible Man: While in Iron Shadow Dragon Mode, he can turn his body into shadows.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: With Panther Lily, much to the shock of everyone around him.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's impressively fast for someone who's literally Made of Iron and hits like a tank.0111
- Reverse Mole: At first he seems to be The Mole spying on Fairy Tail from within on behalf of Raven Tail's master and Makarov's son, Ivan, during the Fighting Festival arc. This is subverted when he reports his findings on Ivan to Makarov at the end of the arc, revealing him to be this.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He and Natsu get into petty squabbles whenever they learn new yet similar abilities. Hilariously in the Tartaros arc, they wind up landing a finishing blow to each other while showing off their Iron Shadow Dragon and Lightning Flame Dragon modes, respectively.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Gajeel was raised by Council member Belno after Metalicana disappeared on him, but he was so rowdy that he never had a decent conversation with her. When he finds her killed by Tartaros seven years later, he regrets never being able to thank her for the trouble she went through looking after him.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His Iron Dragon Scales are virtually impenetrable, taking serious Armor-Piercing Attacks or going up against even harder armor to make a dent. Getting his iron refortified into steel by the carbon in Torafuzar's "Hell's Darkness" curse makes it even tougher.
- Nonindicative Name: He's called "Black Steel" Gajeel, even though his magic deals with iron, not steel. That changes in the Tartaros arc when he gets a magic upgrade that refurbishes his iron into steel.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Played for Laughs. When Gajeel returns as captain of the Magic Council's custody unit after the second Time Skip, Natsu and Erza are fully convinced he's some kind of imposter since they'd never envisioned him as a lawman.
- Reformed, but Rejected: No one in the guild is happy to learn that the guy who demolished their first guildhall and put Levy, Jet and Droy in the hospital ended up becoming one of their own. That starts to change when he takes a hit for Levy when she pisses off Laxus, one of her own guildmates. In time, any apprehension surrounding his membership is hardly ever brought up again
Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Rick Keeling (EN)An Exceed who was born and raised in Edolas, unlike Happy and Carla. He was exiled from his home country for aiding an injured human, and sided against his people as a commander in the Edolas Royal Military. After earning Gajeel's mutual admiration in battle, he is claimed as the Dragon Slayer's very own cat partner. He can use Aera to fly like other Exceed, and he can undergo Battle Mode Shift to return to the larger form he had in Edolas.
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)
A former member of Phantom Lord's elemental magic specialist group, Element 4, where she is also known as "Juvia of the Great Sea". Her entire body is made of water, and she has the power to create and manipulate water as she chooses. She falls in love at first sight with Gray while fighting him as a member of Phantom Lord, which is the main reason why she joins Fairy Tail after her old guild is disbanded.
- Accent Adaptation: The Animax dub gives her a French accent.
- Anime Hair: Her introductory hairstyle has her hair curled into rings around the back of her head. Her later hairstyles drop this entirely.
- Badass Adorable: Despite her badassery, she's a big, lovable softy when it comes to Gray... unless other girls are around.
- Battle in the Rain: Invoked during her battle with Gray in the Phantom Lord arc due to her Power Incontinence causing it to rain wherever she goes. Also has one with Merudy in the Sirius Island arc.
- Berserk Button: Those who even think to harm a hair on Gray's head in her presence wind up very, very sorry.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Vidaldus turns her into his cackling groupie slave during the Tower of Heaven arc.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Flies into a rage when she first thinks Gray is in love with Lucy and subsequently attaches herself to Gray whenever Lucy shows up. Still, as far a jealousy goes, it's much more good-natured than the norm Clingy Jealous Girl standard. The fact that Lucy is one of her best friends, and there is no truth to Lucy trying to steal Gray away from Juvia helps matters.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is prone to childlike romantic fantasies the moment her thoughts turn to Gray.
- Contralto of Danger: Her voice in the Funimation dub is quite a bit deeper than her Japanese voice.
- Covert Pervert: In one of her word-twisting moments, she mixes up "heated battle" with "heated grappling" and proceeds to take her clothes off.
- Creepy Monotone: Her normal manner of speaking before meeting Gray.
- Defecting for Love: She switches from Phantom Lord to Fairy Tail so she may pursue her feelings for (read, "stalk") Gray. In this case, however, Phantom Lord was already on its way to disbandment by the time she started following him, leaving her with nowhere else to go.
- Emotionless Girl: Played straight during her first appearance. Then Gray stepped into the picture, the Blush Stickers appeared, and this character trait was all but abandoned.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After joining Fairy Tail, she cuts her hair short to signify her cheerier personality. However, she instantly grows her hair back in despondence when she discovers that the Gray in Edolas was in love with her own Edolas counterpart, who had the same hairstyle as she did before. She later lets her hair down completely in the Grand Magic Games arc when she decides to be more open with her love for Gray.
- Friendless Background: She didn't have any friends as a child due to making it rain everywhere she went.
- Hair Reboot: Reverts to her original look after finding out that in Edolas, Gray is in love with her.
- Heel–Face Turn: She starts out as a member of rival guild Phantom Lord's Quirky Miniboss Squad, but joins Fairy Tail after falling in love with Gray.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls one off for Cana when they are forced to battle each other in the Fantasia arc by attacking the Thunder Palace lacrima above them and electrocuting herself to prove that she really loves everyone in Fairy Tail, not that Cana needed convincing.
- Hypocritical Humor: Juvia is madly in love with Gray and sees Lucy as a rival, despite her constant protests. Lyon is madly in love with her and Sherria views Juvia as a rival, despite her constant protests.
- Imaginary Love Triangle: She misinterprets something Gray's Declaration of Protection towards Lucy to mean he is in love with her, and thus believes her to be a rival in love. This eventually spirals out of control until she believes that she's in a Love Dodecahedron.
- Innocently Insensitive: In an Omake chapter, she decides to celebrate the 413th day "anniversary" of when she first met Gray, but when she tries to give him a hand-knit scarf to celebrate, she finds out he's not in a good mood because it's also the anniversary of his teacher Ur's death.
- Insecure Love Interest: Becomes this to Gray, feeling that she has no right to love him after she kills Silver, Gray's father, by taking down Keyes, the Necromancer who was keeping him alive. Instead of getting mad, he thanks her for freeing his father.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever Gray's life is in danger, Juvia will almost certainly and instantly get her head out of the clouds in her rage and protect him, resulting in her opponent being curb stomped without prejudice.
- Lonely Doll Girl: Juvia had no friends as a child because it would always rain when she was around. As a result, she wears a teru teru bozu doll on her collar which, in Japanese folklore, is supposed to stop or prevent the rain. In a bit of Fridge Horror, this makes the scene in the anime where she's crying while mass producing these all the more woobifying.
- Making a Splash: Her Water Magic gives her the power to produce and control water
- Nigh-Invulnerability: She's immune to physical damage and certain spells when her body is turned into water.
- The Power of Love: Erza notes in the Sirius Island arc that Juvia achieves her full power while motivated by intense feelings of love for Gray.
- Redemption Demotion: Her rank in Phantom Lord is the equivalent of Fairy Tail's S-Class, but gets a literal demotion like Gajeel when she joins Fairy Tail, and has to take the annual exam to achieve the S-Class rank.
- Sadistic Choice: A few villains like to take advantage of her feelings for Gray to make sure he suffers:
- In the Sirius Island arc, Merudy casts a sensory link on Juvia, Gray, and herself to ensure that no matter which of them wins the battle, Gray will die. Juvia Takes a Third Option by talking Merudy out of killing herself.
- In the Tartaros arc, Keyes forces her into a similar dilemma: either destroy him and put an end to Gray's undead father's existence, or spare Gray's feelings for his father and allow Keyes to activate the Face bomb. Reluctantly, Juvia chooses the former.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Shoot the Dog: In the Tartaros arc, Juvia is forced to kill the Necromancer Keyes knowing that Silver, Gray's undead father, will only stay around with his son for as long as Keyes lives. If she hadn't, Keyes would've activated the Face bomb using the undead Council chairman. When the deed is done, she feels she's no longer worthy of Gray's love.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Has shades of this during her earliest appearances. Normally a gloomy Emotionless Girl, her iciness literally melts the moment Gray enters her life. She thus begins alternating between her usual gloominess and gushing over him the moment she so much as hears his name (heaven forbid the one who mentions him is another girl and/or wants him dead), until her warmer personality gradually takes over.
- Tears of Remorse: She tearfully begs for forgiveness after Mercy Killing Gray's father.
- Third-Person Person: Practically all the time to demonstrate her immaturity, though there are a few very rare instances where she uses the pronoun "watashi", such as when she sees Gray strip for the first time. It's dropped entirely in the Funimation dub, though not without reason as the dubbers felt it made her sound arrogant rather than childish.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She goes from a gloomy Emotionless Girl during her Phantom Lord membership to a cheerful Fairy Tail wizard over time.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She ends up befriending her presumed rival in love Lucy in the Tower of Heaven arc, enabling them to perform a Unison Raid on Vidaldus. She continues to view Lucy as her rival, though.
- Weak, but Skilled: Juvia isn't physically powerful when compared to Natsu and Gajeel, but her ability to turn herself into water to avoid harm comes in handy.
- Whip It Good: Her Water Cane attack turns her hand into a water whip.
Voiced by: Ryoko Ono (JP), Monica Rial (EN)A sweet-natured, semi-retired S-Class wizard who works at Fairy Tail as an employee, and is a pinup girl for Sorcerer Weekly Magazine. In addition to using Transformation Magic to alter her appearance, she is also the oldest of three siblings who specialize in using Takeover, a spell that lets its caster take over the powers of creatures they come in contact with. Her specialty is Satan Soul, giving her the powers and forms of demonic beings, which has earned her the moniker of "Demon Woman".
- Number Two: She administers jobs to the rest of the guild.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN), Anastasia Munoz (EN, young)The middle brother of the Strauss siblings. He strongly believes in pride through physical strength and manliness. His form of Takeover Magic, Beast Soul, transforms him into a variety of ferocious beasts and monsters. Initially, he can only transform his right arm since his magic was stunted following a family tragedy. Once he overcomes this, he becomes able to perform a Full-Body Takeover.
- The Dog Bites Back: In the Tartaros arc, he falls victim to Seilah's Macro curse, which causes him to nearly strangle Lisanna to death and bomb his own guild. He later repays the favor when Mirajane calls for his help using Seilah's own curse against her, giving him the honor of landing the finishing blow.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Mashima thought the name sounded cute for someone so muscle-brained.
- Forced to Watch: In the Tartaros arc, he falls victim to Seilah's Macro curse and is forced to watch as his own body is used to strangle Lisanna. He resorts to making a Deal with the Devil to spare her life.
- Lightning Bruiser: His Weretiger form boosts the speed of his attacks while retaining his muscular form.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He beats himself up over bombing his own guildhall and nearly killing his friends as part of a deal with Seilah to spare Lisanna's life in the Tartaros arc, even though no one blames him for it considering he was brainwashed into doing it. It takes starting a friendly Bar Brawl and getting himself pummeled for him to finally forgive himself.
- Super Toughness: His Lizardman form gives him spiked scales that are virtually impervious to physical damage. It allows him to level the playing field against the heavy-hitting Bacchus during the Grand Magic Games, turning their battle into an Endurance Duel.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After being butted around and overshadowed for much of the series, Elfman gets a moment to shine in the Grand Magic Games when he wins the match against Bacchus, an opponent who is said to rival Erza in strength, which also counts as Fairy Tail's first actual victory in the tournament. Not only that, but those 10 points he earns go a long way since Fairy Tail wins the tournament by 9 points.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's a purely physical fighter and doesn't have a lot of magic skill, but it usually takes just a single hit for him to take down his opponents when given the chance.
Voiced by: Harumi Sakurai (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)The youngest of the Strauss siblings. Lisanna uses a variety of Takeover Magic called Animal Soul to assume the forms and abilities of animals. She was believed dead after an accident on a mission with her siblings. She is later discovered alive and well in the parallel world of Edolas, and she rejoins her guild after safely returning to Earth-land.
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)The S-Class wizard regarded by everyone in the guild to be the most powerful member of Fairy Tail, full stop. As a testament of his strength, his Crush magic causes him to turn anything he touches to dust. He takes on jobs that have never been completed for tens or even hundreds of years, and thus only visits his guild a couple of years at a time for short periods of time. He is nominated by Makarov to become Fairy Tail's fifth master, but due to his extreme wanderlust, he shoves the position back onto Makarov.
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)The guild's resident alcoholic who drinks entire barrel-fulls of booze at a time. She is a practitioner of Card Magic, which she uses to cast a variety of spells or read fortunes. She has been at the guild longer than any members of her generation, and never fails to get along with anybody.
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (JP), Kristi Kang (EN)The leader of Shadow Gear, one of many wizard teams that make up the backbone of Fairy Tail alongside her friends Jet and Droy. Her magic is called Solid Script, which lets her transform anything she writes into solid objects. She is also an avid bookworm and one of Lucy's best friends in the guild. She later strikes up an unlikely friendship with Gajeel, who assaulted her during his days in Phantom Lord, though it understandably takes her some time to warm up to him.
Raijin TribeA team of wizards who act as Laxus's personal bodyguards.
- Anti-Villain: They fight their own guild in the Battle of Fairy Tail, but only out of a genuine desire to help Laxus reshape the guild.
- Badass Crew: In Laxus's own words, the only other members of the guild he considers strong enough to face the Raijin Tribe are Erza and Natsu.
- Dub Name Change: They're known as the "Thunder God Tribe" in the Del Rey translation, and the "Thunder Legion" in the Funimation dub.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Laxus is expelled from the guild, Fried, Evergreen and Bickslow become more sociable with the rest of the guild.
- Magical Eye: They all specialize in different forms of eye magic:
- Taking the Bullet: In the Albareth Empire arc, when the Wall Eehto robot they fought is about to explode beneath Ichiya's feet, they all shield him from the blast as a sign that they care for him as much as any other.
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)The leader of the Raijin Tribe, and the most loyal to Laxus. He specializes in writing Jutsu-shiki, runic enchantments that affect the environment around him to his liking. He can also produce similar effects on people with his Dark Écriture spell.
- Ambiguously Gay: The anime and extras in the manga hint at him being this, if not bisexual, such as when he asks Laxus to dance with him at the post-tournament ballroom party, or when he blushes and grins at nude images of the Tri-men in the Volume 33 extras. This all being on top of his already existing fondness of Laxus and general disinterest in women, of course.
- Berserk Button: The easiest way to seriously piss him off is for anyone to attempt to cause harm to Laxus, or even so much as make Laxus look bad in any way.
- Bishōnen: He is in the running for one of the guild's most attractive members, with a Beauty Mark to boot.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's known as "Fried the Dark" and most of his spells have a shadowy appearance to them. He's also the most sympathetic member of the Raijin Tribe and the one who always objects to Laxus's more extreme actions before becoming a true-blue member of Fairy Tail.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked when he intentionally pretends to be distracted by Lucy and Cana's swimsuits in order to throw their fight.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He makes this mistake when he tortures Elfman in front of Mirajane, who reawakens her demonic Satan Soul powers and unloads her sisterly fury on him.
- The Dragon: He acts as Laxus's during the Battle of Fairy Tail arc, being the primary organizer of the battle and following Laxus's every command, including eliminating guild members who break the rules.
- Flanderization: His simple yet genuine devotion to Laxus gets overblown when Laxus returns at the end of the Sirius Island arc, acting like a total Fanboy.
- Gratuitous French: "Dark Écriture" means "Dark Writing".
- Hair Antennae: He has two antennae shaped like lightning bolts.
- Hero-Worshipper: After his Heel–Face Turn, he becomes prone to geeking out whenever Laxus is in the vicinity.
- Important Haircut: He shaves his long hair to a buzz cut in a traditional act of penance for his actions after the Battle of Fairy Tail arc. It's significant enough to make Makarov reconsider retiring as guild master, but he undergoes a Hair Reboot in his next appearance, made all the more jarring in the anime since it happens the very next episode.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair and is very much a Bishōnen.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Fried objects to Laxus's more extreme orders during the Battle of Fairy Tail, but that doesn't stop him from carrying them out, however reluctantly.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Subverted. Fried genuinely objects when Laxus orders him to use lethal force, but the only reason Laxus is telling his subordinates to kill people is because he doesn't have the necessary hatred in his heart to do it himself.
- Not So Above It All: He comes off as an aloof and stern man under normal circumstances, but after he becomes more open with his guildmates, he proves to be just as silly as they are.
- Power Gives You Wings: He can use his Dark Écriture to grow energy wings and fly.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Del Rey originally spelled his name as "Freed" in the Del Rey translation.
- Superpower Lottery: Having Jutsu-shiki that can literally do anything that is written is certainly a useful skill to have, especially if he is given time to set them up beforehand, which allow him to contain the likes of his guild's own master. And even then, the sheer number of things he can do with his magic is astounding, such as depriving oxygen from those who break his rules.
- Tears of Remorse: After Mirajane spares his life despite all the terrible things he'd done to the guild, he breaks down and apologizes for everything.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a light shade of green.
Voiced by: Saori Seto (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After the events of the Edolas arc, Evergreen starts wearing her hair down as opposed to her sidetail when introduced.
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (JP), Scott Freeman (EN)
- Spell My Name with an "S": Funimation spells his name as "Bixlow".
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (JP), Eric Vale (EN)A playboy wizard who is hardly ever seen outside the company of young ladies. He is actually the Celestial Spirit Leo the Lion, who was banished from the spirit world after causing the death of his old owner. As a result, he has trouble interacting with celestial wizards like Lucy and tries to avoid her, but Lucy manages to revoke his sentence, turning him into one of her most trusted spirit partners. As Leo, Loke wears the magic finger ring Regulus to clad his body in light.
- Anime Hair: His spirit form has longer, spikier hair resembling a lion's mane.
- The Atoner: He spent three years anticipating his own eventual demise to compensate for indirectly causing the death of his former owner. After Lucy intervenes on his behalf, he decides to carry out his atonement by protecting her with his life.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit in his spirit form.
- Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this on Lucy to the point that he becomes her self-described Knight in Shining Armor:
- In the Fighting Festival arc, Loke passes through the gate with his own power to save Lucy from Bickslow.
- He shows up in the Grand Magic Games arc with Lucy and Yukino's keys while they're cornered by Uosuke.
- Bishōnen: He fights right in with Blue Pegasus, a renowned guild filled with Bishōnen guys. It's only fitting, considering he was owned by a Blue Pegasus wizard.
- Break Her Heart to Save Her: During the last days of his exile, he confesses to Lucy that he is going to die soon, then laughs it off as one of his cheap pickup lines, causing her to storm off in anger. However, she starts to get suspicious when she discovers that Loke has broken up with all his other girlfriends the next day and, after a bit of investigating, discovers that it wasn't a pickup line after all, but an attempt to soften the blow of his imminent death.
- The Casanova: He is renowned by Sorcerer Weekly for ranking high on the "Wizards I'd Like to Be My Boyfriend" list. The one girl he actively avoids is Lucy due to his fear of Celestial Wizards, but that changes once
- Cat Boy: They're difficult to see, but his spirit form has pointed ears hidden in that Anime Hair.
- Cerebus Retcon: His status as Fairy Tail's resident Casanova is completely Played for Laughs upon his introduction until it's revealed that he was trying to distract himself from his guilt after killing Karen.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He always has his sights on young women whenever he has the chance, but he's a genuinely nice and heroic guy.
- Cool Shades: Almost always seen wearing them.
- Determinator: Survived for three years in the human world with his own strength. To add perspective, Lucy initially believes that even one year was out of the question, and just one week outside the Celestial Spirit World is considered torture to his fellow Zodiac spirit, Aries.
- Death Seeker: Since prolonged exposure in the human world is the only way to kill a celestial spirit, Loke accepts his permanent exile from the spirit world in the hopes that death will put an end to his guilt. Lucy talks him out of it, though.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: After he finds out that Caprico is actually a human fused with Capricorn, Loke transfers all of his magic power to Capricorn just as the possessor Body Surfs into him, allowing Capricorn to take him out.
- The Exile: He was sentenced to permanent banishment from the Celestial Spirit World for causing the death of his old owner Karen by refusing to un-summon himself for three months, leaving her too fatigued to defend herself on a mission. Lucy convinces the Celestial Spirit King to vindicate Loke by pointing out that he was acting to protect Aries from their owner's abuse since Karen wasn't strong enough to summon both at once.
- Fighting Your Friend: In the Nirvana arc, Angel forces Leo to fight Aries in the hopes of distracting him long enough to take him out with Caelum. However, Leo and Aries consent to the battle since neither of them wants to disappoint their owner.
- Light 'em Up: His ring Regulus gives him the power of Light Magic.
- Meaningful Name: "Regulus" is the brightest star in the Leo constellation.
- My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for the death of his previous owner, Karen Lilica, which ended up getting him banished from the spirit world. However, Karen was a total Jerkass who was killed by her own arrogance, while Leo was simply sticking up for himself and Aries.
- Only I Can Kill Him: He makes this claim about fighting Caprico on Sirius Island, saying his Human Subordination Magic doesn't work on spirits like him. The real reason, however, is so he can keep Lucy away from Caprico.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Lucy starts to worry about Loke when he suddenly dumps all of his girlfriends and quits the guild, which eventually leads to her discovery that he is a Celestial Spirit who is near death.
- Later during the Sirius Island arc, he angrily shouts at Lucy and the others to go on without him while he holds off Caprico; they remark that they'd never heard him raise his voice like that before,
- The Power of Love: Outright states this to be the reason he can summon himself to help Lucy even when she doesn't call him.
- The Promise: He made an off-screen promise with Gray that he'd be his partner for the S-Class promotion exam, and temporarily nullifies his contract with Lucy to fulfill this.
- Ring of Power: Regulus allows him to perform Light Magic. While cut off from the spirit world, he uses regular Ring Magic to perform spells.
- Ship Tease: Flirts quite constantly with Lucy once he overcomes his guilt over killing Karen. Also gets some with Aries due to their mutual history as Karen's spirits and his protective nature towards her.
- Shonen Hair: Has big, spiky hair in his spirit form. His hair is much shorter in his human form, however.
- Significant Anagram: "Loke" is an anagram of "Leo" with the letter "K" added.
- You Shall Not Pass: He pulls this on Caprico during the Sirius Island arc to keep him away from Lucy. She makes him promise to come back safely, which he barely manages to keep after the battle.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Being cut off from the spirit world only gives him so much time to live before he runs out of power and disappears forever.
Mest Gryder / Doranbalt
Voiced by: Shuhei Sakaguchi (JP), Alex Organ (EN)A wizard who has a very spotty membership in Fairy Tail. Proclaiming to be an intelligence operative from the Magic Council named Doranbalt, he alters the guild's memories so he can blend in and spy on them — except he was meant to be Fairy Tail's spy in the Council, but mixed up his priorities when he wiped his own memories of the guild. Despite the confusion, Mest finds his place as one of Fairy Tail's most valued allies. On top of his memory-altering spell, Mest uses his signature Direct Line magic to travel long distances in the blink of an eye.
- Ambition Is Evil: His ambition to boost his reputation among the Council drives him to do some pretty amoral things, such as manipulating young Wendy to help him disband her own guild.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His faked personality amounts to this, where he gets easily distracted by just about anything and everything such as snow and rocks, and usually even tries eating them.
- Big Damn Heroes: Manages to rescue Wendy and Carla from Face's self-destruction at the last moment in the Tartaros arc.
- Didn't Think This Through: He sacrificed his own memories to protect the guild from the Council, not anticipating that he .
- Drowning My Sorrows: In a Filler arc, Mest becomes a wasted alcoholic complete with a Beard of Sorrow over the Time Skip after failing to save Wendy before Sirius Island was destroyed.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: He's the only survivor of Jackal's attack on the Council building.
- Fake Memories: His memory manipulation afflicts others with this. He uses it to get Fairy Tail to think he's a longtime member, and again to cover up the dragon attack during the Grand Magic Games.
- Flash Step: Able to use this thanks to his Direct Line magic.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He is actually a member of Fairy Tail who erased his own memories of the guild so he could secretly help Makarov gather top-secret Council intel on the Alvarez Empire.
- Memory Gambit: He erased his own memories of being in Fairy Tail to spy on the Council without being suspected. Makarov was quick to point out the fallacy of this plan.
- Memory-Wiping Crew: A one-man crew, to be precise, but he is able to alter others' memories—including his fellow councilors—whenever something big goes down that threatens national security, such as the king and his daughter's involvement with the dragon attack.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Erza seems convinced that he is a Lolicon, as seen in the Sun Village arc when he pops out during her Imagine Spot of Jellal leaving her after she's been turned into a child.
- The Mole: He's a Council agent who pretends to be a Fairy Tail member to dig up dirt on the guild. Ironically, he really is a Fairy Tail member who started out as a Reverse Mole in the Council, but erased his own memories to avoid suspicion.
- Morality Pet: He develops a protective fondness of Wendy during the Sirius Island arc.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He fakes a strange personality quirk in order to blend in better with Fairy Tail, in his case getting distracted by totally random things.
- Red Herring: Readers are first led to believe that he's one of Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory sent to find Zeref on Sirius Island. It turns out that he's an agent of the Magic Council who plans to expose that they're (unknowingly) harboring the black wizard and get rid of Grimoire Heart in one fell swoop.
- Remember the New Guy: Enforced. He's introduced right when his candidacy for the S-Class trial is announced, but then other characters start to realize that they don't remember that much about him, at which point his presence becomes suspicious.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His fake name "Doranbalt" is spelled as "Doranbolt" in the Funimation dub.
- Survivor Guilt: As the apparent Sole Survivor of the attack on Sirius Island, he heavily blames himself for failing to get anyone off the island in time, particularly Wendy, whom he dragged into the situation by asking her to be his S-Class exam partner. It's alleviated when Fairy Tail returns safe and sound.
- Teleportation: His Direct Line magic allows him to teleport long distances, though there's a limit to how far he can travel.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He was a Fairy Tail member all along, but erased his own mark and memories.
- Walking Spoiler: It's almost impossible to talk about this guy without giving away his true identity, especially the one he has hidden from himself.