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"Fairy Tactician" Master Mavis Vermillion
- The Ageless: Before her death, she remained stuck in the body of a 13-year-old since she cast an unmastered version of Fairy Law, which halted her physical maturity.
- All-Loving Heroine: She's so loving and compassionate, she's the only known person able to befriend Zeref, at least for a time.
- An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: The Mavis seen in the present is not a ghost, but an astral projection of her immortal body, which is kept in stasis beneath Fairy Tail's guildhall.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the four days that the Grand Magic Games take place, she records and memorizes all the rival teams' stats and battles, and uses them to give Fairy Tail a strategy for victory.
- Back from the Dead: Cana manages to fully restore her to life in the Alvarez Empire arc by using Fairy Glitter to obliterate her spiritual form, which houses her consciousness.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Using Fairy Law before she was able to work out its kinks left her afflicted with the same curse that plagues Zeref: the more she values life, the more lives she is forced to take. To keep this in check, she is forced to view her beloved guild more as soldiers than a family.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is the sweetest and cleverest girl anyone could ever have the privilege of meeting, but she shows no mercy to those who threaten the safety of humanity or her friends, even if that someone is her old lover.
- Big Damn Heroes: She makes her first appearance converting Fairy Tail's bond of friendship into Fairy Sphere to defend against Acnologia's Breath Weapon.
- The Big Damn Kiss: She and Zeref shared one (albeit silhouetted) right before her death. More specifically, their kiss is her cause of death; the fact that Zeref loved her as strongly as he did meant he had no choice but to kill her, even though she was supposed to be immortal.
- Big Good: As the founding master of Fairy Tail and the Good Counterpart to Zeref, the Big Bad, she automatically outranks the previous Big Good Makarov after her spirit leaves Sirius Island.
- Break the Cutie: Fairy Tail ZERØ reveals she had a rough childhood, but that's nothing compared to her later life, even if she managed to recover from it all. By falling under the same curse that turned Zeref into the Big Bad, accidentally killing her best friend's wife, and then spending a year doing the same to every living thing that crossed her path, she basically lived the All-Loving Hero's worst nightmare.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's childish, ditzy, and obsessed with fairies, but she's also a master strategist and has knowledge of all three of Fairy Tail's ultimate spells.
- Child Prodigy: She is an entirely self-taught Master of Illusion since the age of 6, and personally liberated Magnolia from a dark guild at the age of 13, the same age she established one of the world's most powerful and notorious guilds.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She was only 13 years old when she founded Fairy Tail. Considering her fellow guildmates were all young adults who went on to become some of the most powerful and respected wizards in history, this speaks volumes of Mavis's power and intelligence.
- Complete Immortality: Casting Law didn't merely take her ability to age; it also took her ability to die just like Zeref. The only thing that managed to end her life was Zeref's love for her, which was so strong that his curse allowed him to kill the unkillable, and even then she remains stuck in a state between life and death.
- Curse Escape Clause: Like Zeref, Mavis was cursed by Ankhselam with immortality and magic that steals others' lives the more she values life. She likely would've begun taking names left and right had she not been drafted into the Second Caravan Road War, which dulled her respect for life (as wars usually do to anyone), though this tragically did not last when Makarov was born. As for her immortality, she managed to (sort of) die when Zeref fell in love with her, which made his curse powerful enough to kill the unkillable.
- Cry Cute: A Running Gag has Mavis bursting into tears whenever she feels she's done something wrong, be it her regret for choosing Precht as her successor to one of her strategies going up in smoke due to a miscalculation.
- Cute Ghost Girl: She's so carefree and friendly, it's easy to forget that she's an incorporeal being who only people with Fairy Tail's guild mark can see.
- Dating Catwoman: Before being sealed in Lumen Histoire, she fell in love with Zeref, the Big Bad. Sadly, their romance was not meant to last.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She died in Zeref's arms right after they share their first and only kiss.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She's always seen barefoot. According to Fairy Tail ZERØ, this is because her old guild master never let her keep the shoes he gave her, and she simply got used to it.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her main outfit is a frilly white dress. She also dolls up in a black dress in Fairy Tail ZERØ.
- Empty Eyes: Her eyes rarely reflect highlights by default.
- Freak Out: Mavis had such a huge freak out after accidentally killing Yuri's wife and Makarov's mother that she ran away from the guild and never returned for the rest of her life. After a year of doing the same to countless innocents, Mavis became a broken shell of a girl who couldn't even starve to death on account of her immortality. She found solace in Zeref, the one person who could possibly empathize with her, which helped bring her back to her old self (even if she did die afterwards).
- Friend to All Living Things: She is fond of the fauna that inhabit Sirius Island, and even manages to invoke this trope with her Illusion Magic as a kind gesture for Zeref. In a cruel twist, she wound up turning into the exact opposite when she was cursed with the Black Magic of Ankhselam; as long as she cares about others, she will always be a threat to their lives.
- Friendly Ghost: She's still friendly, cheerful and always appears to aid members of her guild long after her death.
- Godiva Hair: Appears in many a Furo Scene with this, as does her naked, crystal-encased body beneath Fairy Tail's guildhall.
- Hair Decorations: Those wings on her hair, though it's hard to tell whether they're actually a part of her body since they twitch and change with her expression.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has light blonde hair and is easily one of the most charitable characters in the series.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: In the Alvarez Empire arc, she urges Cana to blast her with Fairy Glitter after she realizes her spiritual form can be damaged by powerful magic attacks, in turn shattering the crystal her body is encased in. Cana is naturally hesitant to do harm to a friend, so Mavis tells her to see it more as saving her; indeed, not only is Mavis still alive, but she is fully revived as well.
- Idiot Hair: A permanent cowlick on the very top of her hair. She's no idiot, though.
- Invisible to Normals: Only those who bear the Fairy Tail guild mark can see and hear her while she's a spirit.
- Little Miss Badass: She's one of the most brilliant tactical minds in all of Earth-land, and she is able to use Fairy Tail's most powerful spells.
- Living MacGuffin: Her body is Lumen Histoire, or Fairy Heart as it's less commonly known, a wellspring of infinite magic power that Zeref wages war over to claim her.
- A Mother to Her Men: Much like Makarov, she sees her guild as her family and will become fiercely protective of them if they're put in harm's way.
- Master of Illusion: This is her primary magic in the series, allowing her to create highly detailed animals, monsters, and soldiers that can fool all but the most savvy of people. She even manages to fool herself when she unknowingly creates an illusion of her best friend Zera to cope with the real Zera's death.
- My Greatest Failure: Everything leading up to and surrounding her curse, death, and configuration into Lumen Histoire has caused her a great deal of regret. For one, it was she who killed Makarov's mother right when he was born, the shock and guilt of which was enough to drive her away from the guild. By extension, her decision to name Precht her successor was also a big mistake in her eyes, as it's because of him that word of Lumen Histoire leaked to Makarov's son Ivan, and eventually Zeref himself.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Being the compassionate girl she was, Mavis took pity on Zeref and became his only friend. In return, Zeref taught her and her allies magic, including a forbidden spell that turned her into an immortal life-stealer just like himself.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Her physical maturity was halted after she used Law. She was never bothered by it until she found out she was actually completely immortal as a side effect of Ankhselam's curse.
- Not So Above It All: She first appears to be a dignified and mysterious figure, but is later shown to be just as quirky as the rest of the guild.
- Older Than She Looks: She was 24 when she died, but due to being The Ageless as a consequence of casting Law, she retains the appearance of a 13-year-old girl.
- Only Friend: To Zeref. Not only was Zeref the one who taught Fairy Tail's founders their magic, but throughout the entire main series and Fairy Tail ZERØ, Mavis is the only person that Zeref has ever been shown to allow to be in close physical proximity to him. Zeref even says that the time they spent together were his most cherished memories. She's also the only person who can truly relate to him, seeing as how she has the exact same curse as Zeref himself.
- Only Mostly Dead: Because she was completely immortal after being cursed, it became impossible for Zeref to kill her, but his love for her became so strong that his curse "killed" her anyway, leaving her in a state between life and death.
- Passing the Torch: She designated Precht as her successor as guild master in her will. She has come to regret her decision due to his Face–Heel Turn.
- Pillar of Light: Fairy Glitter, which she presumably knows how to use since she gives Cana the spell twice.
- Plucky Girl: She has one of the most traumatic backstories in the series, especially for someone as adorable as her. The simple fact that she went beyond the Despair Event Horizon and still came back as bright and compassionate as ever proves just how iron-willed she really is.
- Power Floats: She's shown several times to be able to fly or hover, and she's one of the most powerful wizards in the series.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair nearly touches the ground.
- Red Baron: She is known as the "Fairy Tactician" due to her aforementioned Awesomeness by Analysis abilities.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Her spirit serves as the Big Good while her physical form is secretly preserved within a crystal beneath Fairy Tail's guildhall, serving as the basis of Lumen Histoire.
- Ship Tease: There's quite a bit of Ship Tease to be had between her and Zeref, from her Naked First Impression of him in Fairy Tail ZERØ to what she thinks is a Headbutt of Love. Their ship finally seems to sail when they have what is unarguably The Big Damn Kiss...except Mavis dies right afterward, and her spirit is determined to destroying Zeref at all costs, no matter what lingering subtext there may be between them.
- Sphere of Power: Fairy Sphere, one of the Three Great Fairy Magics, is a barrier powerful enough to completely deflect Acnologia's Breath Weapon. The downside is that it sends those inside it into suspended animation for seven years.
- The Strategist: Her Awesomeness by Analysis abilities earned her the nickname "Fairy Tactician" during the Second Caravan Road War, since her strategies were the only reason her side won. She also comes up with a nearly foolproof plan for Fairy Tail to win the final contest of the Grand Magic Games based on battle data she has gathered throughout the tournament.
- Sympathy for the Devil: She immediately felt sorry for Zeref because of his Curse and befriended him during their first encounter, despite not recognizing who he was at the time. Even after learning his identity, she completely shrugged off the bad rumors about him because of his kindness. Much of that sympathy was lost when she discovered what kind of atrocities he was capable of, yet she still continues to harbor some pity for him while vowing to destroy him.
- Tsurime Eyes: Normally Tareme Eyes would seem more fitting for a sweet and cheerful girl like her, but her sharply-shaped eyes foreshadow her keen intellect and unwavering sense of justice.
- Walk on Water: The members of Fairy Tail spot her standing in the middle of the ocean right before she raises Sirius Island out of the water.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: At first, she didn't mind losing her ability to age until Zeref told her the terrible price of immortality that came with it. The next time he saw her, she'd been starved for half a year and outright begged Zeref to end her suffering.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She may be a child at heart, having a lifelong dream of meeting fairies, but she shocks many older and more skilled people with her keen observational skills.
- We Used to Be Friends: As first established in Fairy Tail ZERØ, Mavis was good friends with the present Big Bad Zeref while she was still alive, and eventually fell in love with him. The two have since become mortal enemies after it became clear just what horrific acts Zeref was capable of and willing to do, Mavis setting aside whatever feelings she may still have for him to ensure he is stopped at all costs.
- You Can See Me?: She is quite alarmed to discover that the Spriggan 12's Jacob can not only see her, but injure her as well, even though she's supposed to be invisible to all but those with Fairy Tail's guild emblem, not to mention incorporeal.
In Fairy Tail ZERØMavis is featured as the main protagonist of the spin-off manga Fairy Tail ZERØ. Before founding Fairy Tail, Mavis was a young servant girl to the Red Lizard guild on Sirius Island, which was wiped out by the rival guild Blue Skull, leaving her its only survivor. Seven years later, she discovers that Blue Skull has stolen the island's sacred treasure, the Sirius Orb, forcing her to team up with a band of treasure hunters in order to get it back.
- Badass Bookworm: She learned everything she knows about magic and battle stratagems from Sirius Island's library.
- Barefoot Poverty: Imposed on her by old and cruel guild master, who decided she was undeserving of the boots he had bought her. Mavis had to go barefoot and soil her feet, but she eventually began to enjoy not wearing shoes and abandoned wearing them forever.
- Break the Cutie: At the age of 6, she loses her parents and is taken in by a guild of Jerkasses who bully her on a daily basis. However, she puts up with it all without crying until Zera, the Only Friend she manages to make, seemingly dies shortly after accepting her friendship.
- Cassandra Truth: She attempts to warn Yuri about the dangers of the Sirius Orb after it's absorbed so much dark energy under Blue Skull's ownership, but because of her knack of spinning elaborate lies on the fly, he doesn't believe her until it's too late.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Her parents are dead by the start of the series, and she is left to care for herself on Sirius Island after Red Lizard is decimated by Blue Skull.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The prototype of Fairy Law, then known simply as Law, essentially gives the caster complete jurisdiction over who lives and who dies. As a consequence, it permanently halted her physical growth when she used it to save her friends and all of Magnolia. This later turns out to be part of Ankhselam's curse, because the god of life and death doesn't take kindly to mortals toying around with this kind of magic.
- Dark is Not Evil: She dolls herself up in a black lolita costume and dubs herself "Black Wizard Mavis" as a tribute to the kind yet gloomy stranger in the woods who trained her in magic. At the time, she didsn't realize her friend is the Black Wizard, Zeref.
- Fatal Flaw: Her overconfidence in her own abilities proves costly for her allies, leaving them hopelessly unprepared and outnumbered during their first confrontation with Blue Skull.
- Friendless Background: She had no friends growing up, and was bullied by the only other girl her age whom she interacted with. That changes when she decides to befriend said bully.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for getting Yuri and his friends hurt during their first confrontation with Blue Skull, whom she vastly underestimated in a fight.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She is the only character in Fairy Tail ZERØ who doesn't realize Zera is just an illusion only she can see and hear, which makes sense considering no one else was around when she created Zera right when the real Zera died. The others don't have the heart to tell her the truth until they decide they can trust her enough to handle it.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when she realizes she can't simply bluff her way past Blue Skull's master with her illusory army of soldiers.
- Sole Survivor: She is the only survivor of Blue Skull's attack on Red Lizard alongside her best friend Zera until it's revealed not even Zera survived.
- Work Off the Debt: Her parents were up to their eyes in debt to the Red Lizard guild, leaving Mavis to work it off after they passed away.
- Xanatos Gambit: Employs one during her Battle of Wits against Yuri in which they must guess something correctly about each other, declaring that she will win in one turn no matter who goes first. When Yuri goes first by saying, "You are a bird owner," she cuts him off and tricks him into saying, "You are a bird," because there was no rule saying they couldn't interrupt each other. For their do-over turn, Mavis tells Yuri he blinked 57 times since the game began, while she didn't blink even once,note which leaves Yuri stumped since he didn't keep track of his blinks and thus can't answer truthfully even if he guesses right.
Master Precht Gaebolg, a.k.a. HadesThe second guild master of Fairy Tail, succeeding Mavis after her death. After leaving the guild, he refashions himself as the dark wizard Hades and becomes the master of Grimoire Heart.
See Fairy Tail Grimoire Heart for more information.
Master Makarov Dreyar
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)The current guild master of Fairy Tail, whose mastery over many forms of magic—including the size-increasing Giant magic—has ranked him among the Ten Wizard Saints, widely regarded as the most powerful wizards alive. 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. 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 its strongest fighters.
- 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), trapped (Battle of Fairy Tail and Alvarez Empire), and sometimes even near death (Sirius Island and Battle of Fairy Tail again).
- 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.
- Cast from Lifespan: The Alvarez Empire arc reveals that Fairy Law removes the number of years off the caster's life proportional to the number of targets. Makarov tragically demonstrates this when he's forced to use the spell to eliminate Alvarez's monstrously beefed up Mook army.
- Dirty Old Man: He isn't afraid to show off that his guild has some pretty girls. His perverted ways are downplayed in the anime, though, and largely disappear from the series altogether after a while.
- Eccentric Mentor: Quirky, clumsy old man? Check. One of the series' strongest wizards who often guides or speaks to wizards about what life and magic is? Check.
- 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 acts like a goofy old man most of the time. But when his kids are in the middle of a life-or-death battle, expect him to bring the hurt alongside them.
- Light 'em Up: The anime gives him a plethora of light-based spells, often counteracting the dark magic his opponents like Jose and Hades use.
- Light is Good: He is a user of powerful light magic, wears a white and gold coat, and is the guild master of Fairy Tail.
- Manly Tears:
- In the Battle of Fairy Tail arc, he turns away so Laxus won't see him crying after he expels him from the guild.
- He's moved to Tears of Joy when his entire guild attacks Acnologia to save him rather than run away.
- He sheds Tears of Remorse when he realizes he disbanded Fairy Tail for nothing in the Alvarez Empire arc.
- 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.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died right after his birth, and his father died only four years later. It's implied he was raised by the guild after that.
- Passing the Torch: One of the series' 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.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Discussed and subverted. Zeref plans to do this to him in the Alvarez Empire arc to further motivate Natsu into killing him, but he's saved in the nick of time by Mest.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: He grieves over how horribly Laxus turned out early in the series, even spelling it out in the Battle of Fairy Tail arc's English dub.
- You Shall Not Pass: Tries to do this against Acnologia to allow the rest of the guild to escape Sirius Island. However, his kids refuse to leave his side.
Master Macao Conbolt
Voiced by: Masaki Kawanabe (Japanese), Brian Mathis (English)One of the guild's veteran members. He uses a form of fire magic called Purple Flare, which creates flames that stick to objects instead of burning them. He temporarily fulfills the role of Fairy Tail's fourth master during Makarov's seven-year disappearance.
- Action Dad: His son Romeo is proud to have a badass wizard for a father.
- Back from the Dead: He is among the wizards killed by Motherglare's hatchlings during the Grand Magic Games arc, but he's brought back to life courtesy of Ultear's Last Ages spell.
- Badass in Distress: One of the series' first stories shows him going missing for days on a job to slay Vulcans on Mt. Hakobe. He was no slouch, however; he'd beaten 19 of them single-handedly before the 20th got him while he was worn out.
- Badass Longcoat: Always seen wearing a white longcoat.
- Cool Old Guy: While not that old, he is certainly older than most of the other members in the guild, and is definitely a competent wizard.
- Demonic Possession: In an early arc, his body gets taken over by a Vulcan monster, who then proceeds to fight Natsu and Lucy.
- I Owe You My Life: He repays Natsu for saving him on Mt. Hakobe by covering for him while he goes to save Erza for being unlawfully tried for the collateral damage from the Eisenwald arc. However, it's wasted when it turns out the whole trial is a farce. He finally gets to repay his debt for real in a Filler arc by feeding Natsu with fire so he can defeat Daphne.
- Insistent Terminology: He insists on Wakaba calling him "Master" instead of by name during the Time Skip.
- Manly Tears: After the Time Skip, the poor man breaks down in tears over the fact that he never once saw his son smile once in the seven years since Natsu and the others disappeared.
- Out of Focus: He has a fair bit of prominence alongside the other secondary characters in the earliest portions of the manga, but he's all but forgotten about after the Galuna Island arc. He regains some time in the spotlight when he becomes Fairy Tail's fourth master, with the anime giving him a whole Filler arc to show off his leadership chops, but he loses it as soon as Makarov retakes his old position.
- Perma-Stubble: His stubble turns into a full mustache after the Time Skip.
- Properly Paranoid: During the Key of the Starry Heavens Filler arc, he is sure to run a full background check on a girl who comes to Fairy Tail's front door carrying an Artifact of Doom and claims to be Lucy's distant relative. This eventually leads to the discovery that this visitor isn't who she says she is.
- Temporarily a Villain: In a Filler episode based on the "Fairy Woman" omake, Macao turns into a Kaiju-esque supervillain called "Mr. Purple" after straining his magic to turn into a younger version of himself and win back his estranged wife.
- Unexpected Successor: With Makarov and all his potential successors missing and presumed dead during the Time Skip, the role of master falls upon this otherwise minor character. To emphasize how far down the ladder Macao is, Makarov decides to let him keep the position for a laugh while he looks for a more suitable successor.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He demonstrates some skill in transformation when he turns himself into a tiny red lizard while pretending to be Natsu. In a Filler episode after the Time Skip, however, he is shown to have trouble transforming.
- Waistcoat of Style: Wears one under his Badass Longcoat after the Time Skip.
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: Often Played for Laughs. The poor guy envies that his son takes after Natsu more than his old man.
Master Gildarts Clive
Master Erza ScarletAn S-Class wizard and Fairy Tail's strongest woman. In light of Makarov's absence after disbanding Fairy Tail, Erza briefly takes his place as Fairy Tail's seventh master upon the guild's rebirth before returning the mantle to Makarov.
See Fairy Tail Main Characters for more information.
FoundersBesides Mavis and Precht, Fairy Tail was formed 98 years in the past by Makarov's father Yuri, Wizard Saint Warrod, and Mavis' friend Zera. The five serve as the main protagonists of Fairy Tail ZERØ, a prequel manga detailing the events leading up to the guild's birth.
- Badass Normal: The treasure hunters don't have any magic at the outset, but they way they use their wits and weaponry to handle giant monsters, crowds of ordinary thugs, and even wizards (when mano a mano at least) is pretty efficient. Then they actually learn magic, and it becomes a whole other story.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Before learning magic, the treasure hunters made up this group. Yuri (the Mage) used flash bombs, Precht (the Thief) was a Dance Battler who favored chain blades, and Warrod (the Fighter) was a Mighty Glacier who could plow through an armed crowd.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Mavis and the treasure hunters essentially start out as enemies bickering over the rightful ownership of the former's cherished relic. When they team up to get it back, Mavis sees and draws out the better qualities in the latter, who conversely warm up to her charm and intelligence.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Mavis is Sanguine: outgoing, sweet-hearted, and a natural-born leader.
- Yuri is Choleric: hot-headed, reckless, and extremely passionate about his goals.
- Precht is Melancholic: humorless, analytical, and not the best at talking with people.
- Warrod is Phlegmatic: easygoing, personable, and capable of bringing people together.
- Zera is Leukine: doesn't stand out as much as the others (quite literally), but keeps Mavis' head out of the clouds.
- Freudian Trio: The Sylph Labyrinth trio, especially defined in the anime: Yuri is the impulsive one who gets the others into trouble; Precht is the meticulous one focused only on achieving their missions; and Warrod is the one who keeps the other two from getting killed.
- Treasure Hunter: Yuri, Precht and Warrod started out as treasure hunters from Sylph Labyrinth, the same guild Fairy Tail would later confront at the Village of the Sun. Their search for one such treasure, the Sirius Orb, is what first brought them in contact with Mavis.
- True Companions: The treasure hunters are already a tightly knit bunch by the time they meet Mavis, who ends up one of their closest companions later on.
- Two Girls to a Team: Mavis and Zera, though it's later discovered that Zera is an illusion, making Mavis the only true female on the team.
- Anti-Hero: He starts out as a selfish treasure hunter who is willing to manipulate a young girl for personal gain. However, he has a close circle of True Companions, and helps save innocent lives when the chips are down. Eventually, he evolves into a more traditional Hot-Blooded Shōnen hero.
- Bad Liar: In Fairy Tail ZERØ, he tells Mavis that he is a botanist who came to Sirius Island to study the local plant life. She sees right through it and tricks him into spilling the truth by telling him about (ordinary) plants that are used to cure a (made up) disease on her island.
- Declaration of Protection: After Mavis risks her life to save his, losing her ability to age in the process, Yuri pledges his life to returning the favor by protecting her at all costs.
- Demonic Possession: Towards the climax of Fairy Tail ZERØ, Yuri gets taken over by the Sirius Orb's dark magic and fuses with a giant blue dragon skeleton, which then goes on a mindless rampage. It takes the ultra-powerful spell Law (the prototype to Fairy Law) to purge the dark magic from him while leaving him unharmed.
- Family Theme Naming: He has a Russian name just like his descendants.
- Fatal Flaw: Like many treasure hunters, he was driven by Greed and wouldn't always consider the consequences of his actions so long as he got his treasure, particularly the Sirius Orb. He had a history of falling headlong into traps because of this before, but it wound up costing him dearly when he refused to listen to Mavis' warning about the orb's evil properties, thinking it was another lie so she could keep the treasure for himself. The sacrifice Mavis made to save him was big enough of a shock to help him shake off this aspect.
- Hot-Blooded: He'd make a convincing ancestor for Fairy Tail's resident hot-head Natsu if he weren't related to the Dreyars. The anime also demonstrates his hot-bloodedness during his magic training, where he is only able to master magic through constant action and exercise rather than meditation.
- I Owe You My Life: His whole reason for sticking by Mavis after the Sirius Orb debacle was so he could dedicate his life paying Mavis back for sacrificing her own age to save him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts out perfectly willing to extort Mavis so long as it meant getting his hands on a treasure she was supposed to be protecting. On the other hand, he'd never go so far as to deliberately harm her, and he has a genuine sense of camaraderie with Precht and Warrod. Getting saved by Mavis helps iron out whatever negative traits he had before.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He felt tremendous guilt for stringing Mavis along in their adventure to claim the Sirius Orb so he could beat her to the punch. Otherwise, Mavis wouldn't have had to use a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that permanently stunted her physical growth to save his life when he became possessed by the treasure's evil energy.
- Older Than They Look: When Yuri was in his teens, Mavis mistook him for a man in his 20s.
- Out-Gambitted: In Fairy Tail ZERØ, Yuri challenges Mavis to a "truth or lie"-type guessing game in order to get her to lead him to the Sirius Orb. One of the rules of their game is that neither of them can guess something about the other that they both have in common. Mavis outsmarts him by telling him he blinked 57 times since the game began, while she didn't blink even once. Since Yuri didn't keep track of his blinks and thus can't answer truthfully even if he guesses right, he's forced to admit defeat.
- Posthumous Character: He's long-dead by the time the main series starts, and is developed solely through flashbacks and Fairy Tail ZERØ.
- Rule of Cool: He learned lightning magic specifically because it sounded awesome.
- Shock and Awe: He used lightning magic just like his great-grandson Laxus.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's the spitting image of his great-grandson Laxus with longer hair and eyelashes.
Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese – young), Garrett Schenck (English), Cris George (English – young)The fourth most powerful of the Ten Wizard Saints, ranking him among the Four Emperors of Ishgal. He uses Green Magic to control nature, turning even the most arid deserts into lush forests. Despite his title, he is a jolly old man who always finds a joke to crack at the most inopportune of times.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hairstyle, the shape of his face, and the wrinkles he's gained from age make him look much like a deciduous tree. It's pretty fitting considering his magic.
- Badass Grandpa: He's presently well over 120 years old, not to mention one of the Four Emperors of Ishgal, who are revered as being so powerful, they can hardly be considered human.
- Fan Disservice: In the manga, Warrod climbs into a hot spring with Natsu and co. completely naked, to their revulsion.
- The Gadfly: He has an odd habit of telling nonsensical jokes and screwing around with his guests at the most unfitting of opportunities, which makes him incredibly exhausting to deal with.
- Green Thumb: His Green Magic takes this to the extreme, which allows him to grow trees as tall as skyscrapers in an instant.
- Humble Hero: Despite being considered god-like among the Wizard Saints, he's very modest about himself. He even mentions just because he is on the top four in the continent, doesn't mean he is top four in the world.
- I Was Just Joking: He jokingly suggested that Gajeel join the Council's law enforcement division after Fairy Tail disbanded, only to become distressed when Gajeel took him seriously and actually joined. He breathes a sigh of relief when Gajeel resigns to reform Fairy Tail.
- Mundane Utility: Despite him being among the four most impressive wizards on the continent, he still mainly uses his awe-inspiring powers for things such as gardening or transportation.
- Non-Action Guy: By his own admission, his Green Magic is not suited for battle, despite its immense power.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Even as a young man when he looks less plant-like, his design is pretty out of the ordinary with a rectangular head and no chin.
- Obi-Wan Moment: After having his ass thoroughly kicked by God Serena and knowing he may be taking his last breaths, he says that he's "ready to be with Yuri and Precht", but decides he'll go fighting and hopefully take God Serena with him.
- Plant Person: His tree-like appearance in the present gives off this vibe. He looked more ordinary when he founded Fairy Tail 105 years ago, though.
- Retired Badass: He retired from Fairy Tail many decades ago, though he comes out of retirement to join the Council.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The Crunchyroll translation spells his name as "Warod Shirken".
- You Shall Not Pass: He and his fellow Emperors (plus Jura) stand between Fairy Tail and former Wizard Saint God Serena. Try as they might, even the four of them combined are no match for him.
In Fairy Tail ZERØ
- The Big Guy: He's the biggest and brawniest of his trio of friends.
- Can't Catch Up: Subverted. He takes the longest to perform magic out of his team, but once he gets the hang of it, he's capable of growing a tree as tall as a skyscraper.
- Flat Character: He is presented as such in the manga, where he's given no significant screen time or development compared to Yuri and Precht. This is not the case in the anime, which greatly fleshes out his character.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: The anime reveals that he feels like that he does nothing but hold his teammates back, which is only refortified when he can't seem to master magic as quickly as them. The others feel the exact opposite way about him, especially since he'd just saved them in Magnolia.
- Lightning Bruiser: Downplayed. He's not terribly agile, but he's strong enough to punch a man through a crate and charge through a crowd with his two friends on his shoulders.
- The Reliable One: Yuri and Precht consider him to be this in the anime, saying they probably would've kicked the bucket long ago without him being there to get them out of a jam. This motivates them to grow stronger so they don't have to stay indebted to him forever.
- Scarf of Asskicking: He wears a scarf around his collar, which gives him a tough-looking appearance.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Downplayed. He butts heads with Yuri for his reckless behavior every once in a while, getting mad at him when he leaves out how he nearly got his whole team killed in a story of one of their crazy adventures. Despite their bickering, though, they manage to put their arguments behind them fairly quickly.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the anime, when he's feeling down that he can't use magic the same way Yuri and Precht can, Mavis perks him up by saying the others are driven to repay him for saving their lives so many times. This gives him the push he needs to eventually become one of the strongest, most revered wizards in Ishgal.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a dark shade of green in the anime.
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)Mavis' childhood friend from Sirius Island. She died in a raid on their village, but Mavis' magic brought forth an illusion of her that would accompany her until Mavis found herself some real friends. She remains with Mavis in spirit to this day, and played an instrumental role in the decision to create the guild.
- Ambiguously Gay: During the Furo Scene in Fairy Tail ZERØ, she strips naked, invites Mavis into the lake with her, and then proceeds to cuddle with her after her Declaration of Protection.
- Always with You: Before disappearing, she tells Mavis how they'll always be together in her heart.
- Baby Talk: The English dub gives the six-year-old Zera an obnoxiously cutesy dialect, which she noticeably drops it when she asks to be Mavis's friend.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She plays the straight man to the more whimsical and silly Mavis.
- The Bus Came Back: She was assumed to have disappeared forever at the end of Fairy Tail ZERØ. Then she is reborn in the Alvarez Empire arc as a result of Mavis reviving.
- Call Forward: Her role and relationship with Mavis is reminiscent of Wendy's relationship with Cait Shelter's Robaul by way of providing her friend company until she eventually found her own True Companions.
- Canon Immigrant: Downplayed. While Fairy Tail ZERØ is in canon with the main story, it was mainly supplemental material meant to further readers' understanding of Fairy Tail's origins. Eventually Zera appears in the Alvarez Empire arc as a major supporting character.
- Dead All Along: She actually died during Blue Skull's attack on the island. Mavis' powers activated at that point and made an illusion of Zera so as to keep herself from being alone.
- Declaration of Protection: She demands that Mavis teach her magic so that she can protect Mavis the same way she protected her. Her being an illusion doesn't exactly give her much power to enforce this, though, at least in a physical sense.
- Expy: Mashima based her on Éponine from Les Misérables, a Spoiled Brat who is cruel to the impoverished Cosette (Mavis) until she finds herself in the same boat as her.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears these as a child and a teenager. In the anime, her pigtails give Mavis the idea of whether fairies have tails, which inspired the guild's name.
- I Owe You My Life: When Mavis saves Zera from getting killed despite all the ill she'd spoken of her, they end up becoming friends. Unfortunately, these were her last words before she died.
- Invisible to Normals: Because the illusory Zera was made when no one else was around, Mavis is the only one who can see and hear her, but also doesn't realize that she isn't real. Yuri and the others don't have the heart to tell Mavis the truth, so they humor her by pretending they can see Zera, too.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The reader is informed she was Dead All Along from the moment she's mentioned in the Alvarez Empire arc.
- Meaningful Name: Zera's name is the word "Zero" spelled with an "A", and is meant to symbolize Mavis' ability to move on from her friends' death; in other words, moving from zero to A. This is further symbolized when the "Ø" in Fairy Tail ZERØ gradually vanishes each chapter until it is replaced with an "A" when the truth of Zera comes to light.
- Not Good with People: Zera is the shy type who hides behind the nearest convenient object whenever faced with someone unfamiliar, terrified of interacting with people besides Mavis after spending seven years in social isolation. Ironically, no one can see her anyway.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Downplayed. From the perspective of others, Mavis treats Zera exactly how one would treat an imaginary friend. However, Yuri and his friends come to learn that Zera is really there, but invisible to everyone but Mavis, long before Mavis realizes it.
- Only Friend: She was this for Mavis before Yuri and his band of treasure hunters came to Sirius Island.
- Playing with Fire: She learns fire magic while studying alongside Mavis, taking after her father.
- Puff of Logic: She could continue to be seen by Mavis long as Mavis was unaware that Zera was an illusion. Once Mavis is made aware of it, Zera gradually fades away. She is able to return once Mavis revives after over a 100 years in stasis, but only for as long as Mavis is unaware of her return.
- Spoiled Brat: The real Zera was incredibly haughty and obsessed with getting nice clothes from her dad, and she would belittle Mavis every chance she had. However, she was genuinely touched when Mavis tried saving her, so much so that her illusory self regrets how mean her real self was.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The Zera we see throughout Fairy Tail ZERØ is actually an illusion Mavis unknowingly created to replace the real Zera after her death. She herself doesn't seem to be aware of this at first, but by the time Mavis learns the truth, Zera has already figured it out and come to terms with it.
- Took a Level in Kindness: At least from Mavis' perspective, Zera went from a Spoiled Brat who teases Mavis to a more pleasant teen.
- Unexpected Character: She was developed as a one-time character for a spin-off story, so her return in the mainline Alvarez Empire came as a surprise.
- You Can See Me?: After Mavis acknowledges her as an illusion, Yuri and the others are finally able to perceive Zera for the first and only time. Zera uses this opportunity to entrust Mavis to them.
- When she returns in the Alvarez Empire arc, she is delighted to find that others can still see and hear her (but only so much), which she takes to mean that Mavis' powers have greatly improved.