Trivia: Fairy Tail

  • Acting for Two:
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Ascended Fanon: Sugarboy's explanation on why he can glide.
  • Dueling Dubs: Two English dubs of Fairy Tail exist: one by Funimation, and another by Animax that only airs in South and Southeast Asia. Unlike most Asian dubs, the Animax dub is rather well-known to American fans, especially the second season (the first is a bit trickier to find) since its episodes were released nearly a year before Funimation, causing some to think Funimation switched out its entire cast in-between seasons.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason for Lisanna's return. Mashima had wanted to keep her dead, but his editor insisted on bringing her back. Of course, the closest thing to keeping her dead was to put her Out of Focus after bringing her back.
  • Fandom Nod: At first, certain sections of the fandom bemoaned the idea of an anime filler arc following the conclusion of Grand Magic Games arc, and this kind of reaction is nothing new to anime in general and Shōnen in particular. Though a good portion of these fans have since come around to at least being more open-minded about the filler arc after finding the new character designs for the Eclipse Celestial Spirits interesting, the first actual episode of the filler arc was positively chock-full of references and foreshadowing for the upcoming Tartarus arc, including Happy getting an afro and Character Development for Lucy and Aquarius' relationship (and given what happens in the Tartarus arc between the two, this can very easily be considered a Tearjerker to those who have read it. It's hardly a secret that the fandom has been eager to see Tartarus animated, and if these Mythology Gags are any indication, the studio is well aware of this.
  • God-Created Canon Foreigner: Most of the anime-original characters were created by Hiro Mashima himself; the ones who appear in the "Key of the Starry Heavens" arc are even accepted as canon thanks to its Continuity Nod present in Chapter 282 of the manga.
  • God Never Said That: A sizable portion of the fandom believes that Mashima stated that Natsu and Lucy would end up together, when he actually just said that in a hypothetical scenario where the two had a son, he would be called 'Nashi.'
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The dub voice of Sting is provided by Michael Jones, better known as one of the members of Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter team.
  • I Knew It:
    • Angel of Oracion Seis being Yukino's long-lost sister, Sorano.
    • Silver being Gray's father.
    • E.N.D.=Etheriousnote  Natsu Dragneel.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Besides the leader, the four members of the Hungry Wolf Knights were created as part of a design contest.
  • Playing Against Type: Aki Toyosaki playing Seilah, a yandere demon who kicks Mirajane's ass and damn-dear blows up the entire Fairy Tail guild.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • The Other Darrin: The English dub, as good as it is, is not completely immune to this, as various actors moved between Seasons 1 and 2 since no one was certain that Funimation would continue dubbing it at that time. Corey Cleary-Stoner replaced Michael Chinnici as Jet starting at season two and Lindsay Seidel replaced Kayla Carlyle as Romeo only halfway through Season 1.
    • In Japanese, Mai Nakahara, Juvia's actress, briefly replaced Satomi Arai as Bisca during the Fighting Festival arc, with Arai returning to the role soon after.
    • Also in the dub, Magic Council member Leiji went from Jim Johnson to Keith Kubal when the new council is formed in episode 96.
    • Plue was voiced by Majken Bullard in Season 1 before being replaced by Funimation script adapter Monica Rial for the rest of the series (she is also Mirajane), because Majken moved.
    • Young Elfman was voiced originally by Mary Morgan before being replaced by Anastasia Munoz for season 2 onwards.
    • Eric Cherry replaced Shelton Windham as Max Alors in Season 3.
    • Now Barry Yandell (who also voiced Sol) has replaced Antimere Robinson as Bob in Season 4.
    • Also in Season 4, Chris Ryan has taken over for Steve Summers as Goldmine.
  • Schedule Slip: Between chapters 396 and 397, with predictable reactions from the fandom.
  • Shrug of God: All over the place to cover up consistency errors. Just read the Q&A sections at the back of each volume.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Mashima mentioned in Volume 10 that he once thought of Erza's entire adult life being All Just a Dream of young Erza, but decided against it when he realized what that would mean for the entire rest of the series.
      • Considering the problems she has as an adult (not the least of which is that the love interest she relied on so much as a child is Brainwashed and Crazy), this would have some serious implications for her mental state if it were true.
    • Her friends also were supposed to be the Quirky Miniboss Squad of the arc, rather than have a Bait and Switch with Trinity Raven. When he was writing their backstories Mashima decided that he liked them too much to make them serious villains.
    • Wendy was supposed to be the Water Dragon Slayer.
    • A very early design has Natsu as a Horned Humanoid, seen here.
      • Similarly, Erza's original character design had her as more of a Nubile Savage than the Magic Knight we know her as. Mashima's idea for her character was simply "a woman badass enough to scare Natsu" and everything evolved from there.
    • Makarov was supposed to die during the Tenrou Island arc.
    • The anime was officially going to end after the Daphne filler arc, which is why most of the passing references to Gildarts were left out. It proved more popular than expected so it continued.
    • According to the Q&A section of volume 22, Erigor was supposed to appear during the Oracion Seis arc in the manga, but was ultimately cut out. The only bit that was left in was a brief mention at the start of the arc before Team Natsu's departure. However, he was added into the anime version of the arc.
    • The name Oración Seis was originally only used as a placeholder for another title Mashima was trying to come up with, but he ended up going with it when the deadline came too close for comfort.
    • Mashima always intended for Faust to be Makarov's Edolas counterpart, but was forced to exclude it from the manga for reasons unknown. He was glad to see that the anime included it, but complained that their shared actors (Shinpachi Tsuji and R. Bruce Elliott) made the connection too obvious.
    • Cosmos was originally named "Fione", but her name was changed because it sounded too similar to “Fiore".
    • Before The Reveal that Doranbalt is a council agent pretending to be a member of Fairy Tail, Mashima considered making him an actual member of Fairy Tail, Grimoire Heart, or even Tartarus.
    • Edolas Gajeel was intended to appear in the manga, but was forced out for unknown reasons.
    • A series of older sketches Mashima released during a drafting phase for Volume 32 of the manga shows Lucy kneeling before Zeref in the lower right-hand corner.
  • Word of Dante: Everyone treats it as a well known fact that Lucy's mother died on July 7th X777. If you actually look through the series you might notice that while she did die that year, there's no mention whatsoever of the exact day or even month she passed away.
  • Write Who You Know: Kinana’s pre-Time Skip, Wan Chanzi, Joey Fullborn and Chico=C=Hammitt designs is based off of Mashima's assistants.
  • You Make Me Sic: Post something along the lines of "Who's your favorite Fairy Tail character?" online and take a shot every time someone tells you the genre is actually spelled Fairy Tale.
    • Or on the flip side, look up Fairy Tail stuff and see how many images of/links to fairy tales you get.
      • Fairy Tail Zero chapter 13 Lampshaded it.