Sandbox / Fairy Tail Guild Masters

RENAME TO "FAIRY TAIL FOUNDERS"

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    General Tropes 
  • 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.

    Mavis 

"Fairy Tactician" Master Mavis Vermillion

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Leah Clark (EN)

The first and founding master of Fairy Tail, whose grave is located on the guild's sacred ground of Sirius Island. Although a tragic incident stunted her physical maturity at the age of 13, Mavis commands her guild's respect with her compassion, wisdom, and good cheer. Even in death, her spirit remains to guide and protect Fairy Tail, though only those with the guild mark are able to see her.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Her ultimate fate at the end of the series. About a year after Mavis seemingly sacrifices her life to defeat Zeref, a girl who looks exactly like her named Mio appears, but has no recollection of Mavis's past. Whether Mavis somehow survived without her memories or was resurrected/reincarnated is left up to the imagination.
  • 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 Zero 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 Zero, 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 Zero.
  • 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 Zero, 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 Zero 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 Zero, 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. As she realizes in the end, only by accepting her love for Zeref is she able to finally end his life.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Although Zeref cursed her, nearly killed her, and put her friends through endless misery and suffering, Mavis can't bring herself to kill him. Even when she's hitting Zeref out of pure hatred and screaming at him to die, a small part of her still begs him not to. It's justified because of her curse, which causes its victims to have contradicting thoughts of love and hate. Either way, it takes Mavis admitting that she still loves Zeref despite his crimes against humanity that finally does him in.
  • 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 Zero

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 Zero 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.

    Yuri 

Yuri Dreyar

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Clifford Chapin (EN)

Makarov's father and a lightning wizard who died a few years after his son's birth. Before forming Fairy Tail, Yuri was a greedy and selfish treasure hunter from the Sylph Labyrinth guild who sought to steal a sacred treasure from Mavis's home island. In time, though, Mavis helped bring out his better nature, and he became one of her dearest friends in return.
  • 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 Zero, 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 Zero, 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 Zero, 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 Zero.
  • 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.

    Precht 

Master Precht Gaebolg, a.k.a. Hades

Voiced by: Masashi Hirosenote  (JP, old), Yoshihisa Kawahara (JP, young adult), John Swasey (EN, old), Dave Trosko (EN, young adult)

The second master of Fairy Tail, and Makarov's predecessor. Regarded by many as a genius wizard, he mastered a wide variety of magical arts, not the least of which is his Chain Magic, which produces endless lengths of clawed chains from his hands. At some point, he became obsessed with the dark arts and the source of all magic, which he traced all the way back to Zeref. He thus refashioned himself as Hades, the master of the dark guild Grimoire Heart, who eventually comes into conflict with his old guild in his pursuit of this power.
  • Above Good and Evil: When Makarov questions him about being the head of a dark guild, he responds that the world is full of things that cannot be measured as simply good or evil. Whether it's meant to represent him as having outgrown such ideas in his pursuit of the One Magic, or to highlight the decay of his own morality from the man he once was, can be argued either way, perhaps even both.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, the younger Precht has light blond hair and wears a black outfit. In his initial anime appearance, his hair is black and he has a white outfit. The Fairy Tail Zero adaptation fixes the hair, but keeps the lighter outfit.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Sirius Island arc, where he and his minions come to the island in search of Zeref so they can awaken his true power on the world. Fairy Tail only happened to be there for their annual S-Class promotion exam, so he has to remove them as obstacles to his plan.
  • The Archmage: He's a self-professed expert at The Dark Arts developed and performed by Zeref himself, and passed that immense knowledge and power onto his followers, the Seven Kin of Purgatory. His power is so terrifying, he'd make for one of the strongest wizards in existence if he weren't so massively outclassed by later villains.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: He has a legendary spear for a surname.
  • Back from the Dead: Downplayed. Neinhart's Historia of the Dead produces an exact replica of him from Laxus's memories of him pre-mortem. He promptly vanishes once Laxus beats him.
  • Badass Grandpa: He can be estimated to be over 100 years old, and yet he can kick the asses of Fairy Tail's A-list members with utmost ease.
  • Beard of Evil: His beard is not just a reminder of his badassery, but also perfectly reflects his twisted personality.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Upon introduction, he has all the makings to become the series' main villain: immeasurable power and resources, a deeply rooted connection to the protagonists, a hand behind most of the series' major conflicts, and being one of the most powerful foes they've faced. However, his Evil Plan had a single, fatal oversight that underestimated just how powerful the true Big Bad was, and he's killed off at the end of the arc he's formally introduced in.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Makarov, who followed his teachings and beliefs to make Fairy Tail the guild it is today, only to have them stomped on when Precht turned to evil and accused Makarov of changing Fairy Tail for the worse.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats Makarov without breaking a sweat. Then, in the fight against Fairy Tail's Strongest Team, he utterly trashes the group after they finish their "warm up". He finally winds up on the receiving end when his heart is destroyed and the Sirius Tree is restored, turning the tables.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The Alvarez Empire arc reveals that Mavis' curse and decades of trying to resurrect her without any success made Precht slowly fall into darkness.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: The Exceed discover that Hades's immeasurable power and long life are supported by a mechanical "heart" aboard his Cool Airship. While destroying it doesn't kill him, it reduces his magic to practically nothing.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: His downward spiral into obsession with Zeref all started when he worked to lift Mavis' curse and revive her from her state between life and death. Several decades later, he turned into a ruthless dark wizard who actively sought to destroy all that Mavis had built.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Hades is a Tin Tyrant with a Cool Helmet, as well as a Fallen Hero who used to be The Mentor to Makarov, experiences some degree of redemption after death, and fell to evil as a result of Necromantic tendencies.
  • Deader Than Dead: Not only does Zeref kill him, his wandering soul gets harvested by Franmalth from Tartaros. Once Franmalth is beaten, Precht's soul finally moves on.
  • Death by Irony: He succeeds in "unsealing" Zeref. Too bad Zeref was never sealed to begin with, and turned out to be a self-loathing Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who wanted nothing to do with Hades or his Evil Plan, and killed Hades for dragging him out of his self-imposed exile.
  • Determinator: He was a former member of Fairy Tail, after all. Despite everything Natsu and his team throw at him, he keeps coming back for more. While that can at least be partially attributed to his Soul Jar, he refuses to surrender even when it's destroyed, despite the ensuing No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. It takes Natsu hitting him point-blank with his strongest new move in order to finally put him down.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His plan involves slaughtering innocent lives to produce "keys" that will supposedly lift whatever seal has been suppressing Zeref's true power. The only problem is, these "keys" hold no more water than the rumors of Zeref's death, and the reason Zeref wasn't doing anything was because he just didn't feel like it.
  • Evil Counterpart: He considers himself one to Makarov, believing the source of all magic can only found in the depths of darkness while Makarov seems to want to keep it in the world of light. He even has Grimoire Law to counter Makarov's Fairy Law.
  • Evil Genius: He devised a way to grant himself limitless power and long life through mechanical means, which he developed after his accidental discovery/creation of Fairy Heart, a limitless wellspring of magic power.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He thinks he'll be able to achieve his goals by breaking Zeref's seal. Little does he realize that Zeref was never sealed to begin with, and that his actions have ushered in an even greater force of evil.
  • Evil Mentor: He raised the Seven Kin of Purgatory in the art of Lost Magic, forbidden spells that have serious ramifications on those who misuse them.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's one of the most vile and formidable opponents Fairy Tail faces in the series, and he is even older than Makarov.
  • Evil Sorcerer: A textbook example. He performs The Dark Arts inscribed within the Books of Zeref, and he seeks to acquire the source of all magic power. As it's later revealed, however, he did not begin this path out of a selfish desire, but rather to revive his friend, Mavis.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears one across his right eye. In the literal sense too, as he goes One-Winged Angel once he takes it off.
  • Fallen Hero: He was the second master and co-founder of Fairy Tail, and the one who nominated Makarov as his successor. However, a certain tragic incident in his past led him down a dark train of thought to where the source of all magic truly lay. This drove him to leave Fairy Tail and form one of the most powerful and influential dark guilds to claim that power for himself.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He appears regretful for having to attack Fairy Tail, trying to dissuade Makarov from fighting and expressing his apologies when Blue Note goes out to fight them against his wishes. When Makarov's "children" stand against him personally, however, he decimates them without a hint of remorse.
  • Gone Horribly Right: While the actions he took to "awaken" Zeref were heavily misguided, they ultimately spurred him into action in a way far different and more horrible than he intended.
  • Gray Eyes: They emphasize his stone-faced nature.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the first half of the series, Hades is the most dangerous, active threat in Earth-land, and can be linked to many of the conflicts before the series' first Time Skip; whenever Ultear is involved, it's under his orders to further his Evil Plan to find the keys to Zeref's resurrection.
  • Hand Blast: He can shoot magic energy bullets from his fingertips. He even says "bang" while firing them.
  • Hero Killer: Though he doesn't kill anyone (not onscreen, anyway), he does leave Makarov on the brink of death and pushes Fairy Tail's Strongest Team to the point where they barely have enough strength to stand.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: To Makarov, though he wasn't evil to begin with. By the time the two meet again in the Sirius Island arc, Makarov is horrified to find his old master has fallen to The Dark Side and started the most infamous dark guild in the world.
  • Humiliation Conga: Once his "heart" is destroyed, the rest of his battle with Fairy Tail consists of each wizard getting a hit on him and literally volleying him over to the next for even more punishment.
  • Immortality Inducer: "Grimoire Heart" actually alludes to a machine on his airship that sustains his life and magic, allowing him to keep getting up no matter how many times he's knocked down. When the Exceed destroy it, it reduces his magic to practically nothing.
  • Instant Runes: His Amaterasu spell seals, which are supposed to be ridiculously hard to do so quickly according to Makarov.
  • Karmic Death: He is killed by the very wizard whose power he sought to harness. According to Fairy Tail Zero, that same wizard is the one who taught him magic in the first place.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Hades is not the first Evil Sorcerer, or even the first Fallen Hero, to appear in the series. But his appearance indicates that Fairy Tail itself has some darkness in its past, and really sets the Zeref meta-plot in motion.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for Mavis, whether platonic or romantic in nature, led to him doing everything in his power to bring her back to life after she fell under Zeref's curse. The answer, he came to believe, required him to trample over everything Mavis stood for.
  • Magical Eye: His glowing red Devil's Eye, which is hidden behind his Eyepatch of Power. When he opens it, his magic power increases exponentially and very nearly drives the heroes into an emotional breakdown.
  • The Minion Master: His Nemesis spell gives him the power to turn bits of rubble into ferocious monsters.
  • Necromancy: He dabbled in this for over 30 years in an effort to bring Mavis back to life. He failed, but he did manage to create Fairy Heart in the process.
  • No-Sell: The entire final battle of the Sirius Island arc consists of him getting up without a scratch every time he is apparently crushed. This is thanks to his "heart", and it only stops when the "heart" is destroyed.
  • Oh, Crap!: His battle with Natsu's team is practically an exchange of shocked and horrified expressions between both sides; he gives an "Oh, Crap!" face each time Team Natsu pulls an impressive stunt, and he gets one in return for every time he No Sells them. But his ultimate "Oh, Crap!" face comes when he realizes his "heart" is destroyed, and again when Zeref appears on his ship.
  • Orcus on His Throne: After defeating Makarov, he spends much of the arc sitting around on his Cool Airship without doing anything beyond drinking A Glass of Chianti, even after every single one of his subordinates is defeated, until "Makarov's kids" waltz right through his door.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He became disillusioned with the way Fairy Tail does things once he traced the root of all magic back to Zeref. Rather than take others with him into darkness, though, he recruited others and cultivated evil after he fell.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He has a hooked nose, though it's really only visible when he's younger.
  • Start of Darkness: Precht's descent into villainy began when Zeref dropped Mavis, neither alive nor dead, at Fairy Tail's doorstep. In his attempts to revive her, Precht inadvertently created Lumen Histoire, which led to his obsession with discovering the source of all magic and, in time, Zeref himself.
  • The Stoic: Even back when he and the rest of the founders formed Fairy Tail, Precht was the most stony-faced and reticent of them all, which hasn't changed once in his old age.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He condescendingly calls Makarov "boy" when they encounter each other, despite Makarov being in his 80s. It actually began as an Insult of Endearment back when Precht was Fairy Tail's master, using it even when Makarov was in his 40s, though any semblance of endearment has long since vanished.
  • Tragic Villain: His backstory in the series shapes him into a more sympathetic character after his death, presenting him not as a simple power-hungry villain who fell from grace for the sake of it, but someone who sought to bring back a beloved friend and cornerstone of his guild, losing sight of himself along the way.
  • Unholy Nuke: Grimoire Law, the Evil Counterpart to Makarov's Fairy Law. Though it's never used in action, Hades claims the results would be cataclysmic should the two spells ever clash.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: [[spoiler:He's the one who created Lumen Histoire (a.k.a. Fairy Heart) after Mavis' "death". Said Lumen Histoire is the reason the Alvarez Empire (led by Zeref) seeks to invade Ishgal and attack Fairy Tail. He also abandoned Mavis and Zeref's newborn son, who eventually grew up to be August, the mightiest of Alvarez's Spriggan 12.
  • Variable-Length Chain: His signature spell involves latching onto others and throwing them around with magical chains of length.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: They're hard to see behind his Badass Beard, but they're there.
  • Wizard Beard: His Beard of Evil stretches down all the way to his lower chest.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Despite still being able to wipe the floor with Natsu's group, Makarov, and Laxus with his "heart" intact, his magic is nowhere near as strong as it once was, and he could barely withstand Natsu's barrage of Thunder Fire Dragon attacks. This is later proven to be the case in the Tartaros arc, when Franmalth is hardly affected by the same barrage.

In Fairy Tail Zero

As a young man, Precht was companions with Yuri and Warrod in the Sylph Labyrinth guild. He is the most straight-laced of the group, keeping mostly to himself and tiring quickly of his friends' shenanigans.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Before training to become a wizard, he fights using retractable chain blades fired from his sleeves, which aren't too far off from the Variable-Length Chain spell he practices.
  • The Comically Serious: About the closest thing he gets to a comedic moment is his bug-eyed reaction to Mavis summoning a giant illusory wolf to interrogate a Blue Skull henchman.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: It takes him longer to warm up to Mavis than Yuri and Warrod.
  • Doomed by Canon: The anime goes to great lengths fleshing out his friendship with Mavis and explaining why she would name him as her successor as Fairy Tail's guild master. However, this only makes it all the more tragic with the foreknowledge that he would eventually succumb to The Dark Side and betray her trust.
  • Eye Scream: His right eye gets shot out during his team's disastrous first encounter with the Blue Skull guild, resulting in his trademark Eyepatch of Power.
  • Face of a Thug: He is noted in the anime for being rather intimidating in appearance, frightening countless civilians simply for asking them about Blue Skull's whereabouts, but is ultimately pure-hearted.
  • High Collar of Doom: His outfit covers the whole lower part of his face.
  • Instant Expert: As shown in the anime, he was the first of his group to tap into his inner magic, and was praised by Zeref for his natural talent.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Mavis surmises this about him after observing his interactions with other people in the anime. He is a Socially-Awkward Hero who has others' best interests at heart, but his intimidating looks and lack of social skills/sense of personal space lead many strangers to unfairly label him as a menace, and at one point a pervert. It's all but stated that this is what ultimately inspires Mavis to name him her successor in her will.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his no-nonsense approach to his work, he has his own quirk in the form of an awkward naming sense. For instance, he unironically wanted the guild to be called the "Precht Brothers" before Fairy Tail was settled on, and he was quite disappointed when Mavis ignored his suggestion that the newborn Makarov be named "Pippoco".
  • One-Man Army: Even without practicing magic, he could single-handedly take out an entire bar filled with ordinary thugs. Taking on a whole unit of wizards without his own magic, however, cost him his eye.
  • Only Sane Man: He always reacts to his livelier teammates' antics with a straight face and disdain.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His face is set in a permanent scowl noticeable even with half of it covered by his High Collar of Doom.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much, and he doesn't appreciate Mavis's attempts to do otherwise.
  • The Unsmile: At one point in the anime, his damnedest attempt to give Mavis a warm greeting instead produces a terrifying Slasher Smile.

    Warrod 

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Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP, old), Hiroshi Shirokuma (JP, young adult), Garrett Schenck (EN, old), Cris George (EN, young adult)

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.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: By the end of the series, he is the last definitively surviving member of Fairy Tail's founders: Yuri died a few years after Makarov was born; Precht was murdered by Zeref eight years earlier; and Mavis sacrificed her life along with Zeref, although she may or may not have reincarnated afterwards.
  • Fan Disservice: In the manga, Warrod climbs into a hot spring with Natsu and co. completely naked, to their revulsion. The same happens in the "Natsu vs. Mavis" OVA.
  • 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. Subverted since he lives in the end.
  • 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 Zero

Like Yuri and Precht, Warrod began as a treasure hunter from Sylph Labyrinth. He remains mostly unchanged as he is in later life, acting as the wisecracker and stalwart backbone of the trio.
  • The Big Guy: He's the biggest and brawniest of his trio of friends.
  • Can't Catch Up: Subverted. In the anime, 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 and insecurities.
  • 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.

    Zera 

Zera

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Jeannie Tirado (EN)

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 Zero, 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 Zero. 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 Zero is in canon with the main story, it was mainly supplemental material meant to further readers' understanding of Fairy Tail's origins. Eventually, Zera briefly appears in the Alvarez Empire arc as a 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 "O" in Fairy Tail Zero 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 Zero 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.

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