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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Zeref. Was he once a Jerkass before something changed him into the meek person he is today? Does he have a Super-Powered Evil Side that forced him to do it or did The Black Dragon, Acnologia, make him do these things while Zeref was powerless to resist?
      • Or is he a mentally-disturbed sociopathic human-weapon whose vast powers have forced a disconnect with his conscience such that he has to forcefully remind himself that a human life has value or he can wipe out half a continent absent-mindedly without the "human life" Power Limiter?
      • Or, in light of Chapter 436, is it the opposite; was his threat to wipe out all of humanity genuine, or is he actually forcing himself to think that way, as a last-ditch effort to keep his powers under control, in the hopes that his brother, Natsu, kills him?
      • A variation on this: is he actually trying to incite enough aggression and rage against himself that someone will finally kill him - he's hoping that Natsu will. After 400 years it's probably likely that he's at his limit mentally and so has decided to force a resolution of some kind - a final battle to end things: either someone will finally kill him off, or he'll wipe out all humans and can go insane in peace. Either way he wins (in a way).
    • Is Natsu really the Idiot Hero who only fights, eats, sleeps, and annoys his guildmates, or is he a Stepford Smiler with abandonment issues who only willingly shows glee or burning rage? The scene in chapter 338 where he arrives at the banquet after having stolen the King's crown was very over-the-top, even for Natsu, and he had experienced a great deal of trauma during the Eclipse arc.
    • Brandish. Bunny-Ears Lawyer with a Sweet Tooth and a penchant for treating her subordinates like slaves, as well as openly complaining to her superiors about doing her job because her sheer power and worth to The Empire allows her to get away with it, or Broken Bird who felt the need to become so powerful out of a misguided desire for revenge for her deceased mother, or victim of child abuse at the hands of Aquarius who made her act like a dog, call her "master," and apparently beat her as well?
  • Anvilicious: The series is infamous for laying the "friendship solves everything" moral rather thick. While The Power of Friendship is common amongst shonen, Fairy Tail in particular earns scorn for frequently preaching its importance and rarely teaching anything else.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • For some, the Edolas arc was one. It starts off with interesting ideas such as characters interacting with their polar opposites, background for the Exceeds, and even the introduction of magic-weapons as a possible Next Tier Power-Up, but as the arc continued on, it failed to keep those new ideas going, and were pushed to the side in favor of becoming what was basically a giant excuse to put Mystogan on a bus. It's also not helped that the trip to Edolas can come off feeling extremely distant to the events going on back on Earth-land, and can come off feeling like a pointless Sidequest that didn't affect much in the long run. The Hype Backlash regarding Lisanna's almost pointless revival didn't help either.
    • The rescue portion of the Grand Magic Games arc to get Lucy out of the castle gets criticized for this. Hardly anyone took the Executioners as a serious threat for Natsu and company, and was described as nothing but stalling to make sure that the rescue continued alongside the final event of the Magic Games.
    • The Key to the Starry Skies arc in the anime actually got this in reverse, with the first half up to the appearance of the new Oracion Seis being incredibly mundane, running around bringing together pieces of the Infinity Clock... i.e. the clock which was supposed to bring about chaos if its pieces were brought together, and fighting with Legion who were all fairly low-level one-trick-pony wizards who should have been easily beaten by our heroes after the insanely powerful rivals of the previous Tenrou Island arc. It just rolled on and on, painstakingly slowly and things only picked up when the actual main plot came into play with Oracion Seis in the second half, and got increasingly interesting from there, although not enough to save the arc all in all. Unfortunately the appearance of Oracion Seis highlighted how ridiculous and nonsensical the previous fifteen or so episodes had been and made everyone's power levels and fighting ability look insanely inconsistent. Except Mirajane. Who has a form that can easily beat Satan Soul... which is both terrifying and awesome.
    • The "Eclipse Celestial Spirit" arc has gotten quite a bit of flak from those who couldn't care less about the oddly designed fights. Doesn't help that the fandom had gone through a great deal of impatience to see it done with, due to the canon arcs that come after deal with the heavily-hyped Tartarus Dark Guild. The studio's insistence on dragging the filler out even longer by animating almost every single omake chapter made in the last year only intensified this reaction, until finally the Tartaros Arc began airing in April, 2015.
    • The Tartaros arc got some of this. Not the arc as a whole, mind you; it is regarded as one of the best in the series despite some setbacks. However, within the arc were two aspects that many felt dragged on for too long: The first is the countdown of Face. We start with it seemingly getting destroyed about 10 chapters after it emerges, only to reveal 3000 more and initiate another countdown that actually reaches 0, then we go back 20 minutes before this and have several chapters ultimately leading to the same chapter ending as when it went off just to keep the cliffhanger... and it's destroyed by the Dragon Slayers' long-lost parents just as it goes off. The second is the way the chapters juggled through several concurrent fights, often without significant progression in all but one that the chapter would end on. Erza's fights gets the most complaints; after Erza is freed from her torture chamber, she initially overpowers Kyouka, only for the fight to continue uneventfully up until Kyouka leaves it to Minerva when Face initially fails to activate. Erza also fights Minerva uneventfully for several chapters before beating her into submission and a Heel–Face Turn, which many saw as anticlimactic after how much Minerva had been shoehorned into the story, regardless of their attitude toward said Heel–Face Turn. Later, Kyouka has a rematch that coincided with the more interesting fights between Igneel and Acnologia and Natsu against Mard Geer, ending in one of the most criticized victories in the entire series. The fact that Erza spent most of all three fights wearing her hakama that doesn't give her abilities to make her fights more visually appealing did not help.
  • Ass Pull: Mashima has never been one for planning ahead plot-wise. The Ass Pulls in the series tend to revolve around never-seen-before magic developments (most of which are never foreshadowed) which occur without warning in battles or are demonstrated by different magic users. Most are supported (read: handwaved) by a vague and non-specific magic system that even in-universe is full of unknowns and is a subject of intense study (with subtle overtones of knowing too much leads to madness or These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know).
    • Natsu has been known to turn around battles in his favor through some form of Ass Pull - generally the Indy Ploy kind of Ass Pull where the character makes shit up on the spot. They are usually built up during the battle as Natsu struggles and fails with an obstacle before finally figuring out how to overcome it in an Ass Pull manner (routinely doing things that the other characters say are supposed to be impossible or extremely dangerous but often have no technical reason why they shouldn't work in the setting context).
      • During the Tower of Heaven arc during the fight with Jellal, in a desperate attempt to restore energy Natsu ate Etherion which is a combination of a number of different types of elemental magic, despite Dragon Slayers supposedly only being able to regain energy from eating one element – fire in Natsu’s case. This Ass Pull is only backed-up by a brief mention of Natsu attempting previously to eat Laxus’s lightning, which made him very sick. Although Natsu succeeds in eating and using Etherion, he does end up sick for a few days afterwards as a consequence.
      • In order to defeat Zancrow, Natsu uses up all of his immediate reserve of dragon-fire flames and magic, making himself an empty vessel, which then allows him to eat god-fire flames without them conflicting with his own. YMMV on whether this is an entirely new Ass Pull or building on the original eating Etherion Ass Pull. In-universe even Makarov is completely stunned in-universe that it somehow works – making this an in-universe example at the very least. This evolution of Natsu’s ability to eat different flames and elements then culminates in the fight with Hades where Natsu takes in Laxus’s lightning.
    • The X-Balls, which provided a way for the Fairy Tail gang to regain their magic in Edolas. There's no hint for how or why Mystogan (who gave them the X-Balls) would have them.
    • The Second Origin, a.k.a. a conveniently easy way for Team Natsu to quickly power up in the span of one chapter, but bear in mind that this comes after an unexpected trolling from Mashima's writing by suddenly wiping out the 3 months of training Team Natsu would have had due to time in the Celestial Spirit World apparently being a lot slower then the real world; the one day they spent in the Celestial Spirit World partying ended up being 3 months in real time.
    • Erza's magic style lends itself to this trope rather easily. Due to using weapons and armor stored in Hammer Space for every situation she can think of, she's constantly pulling out new ones to suit her situation, some of which are never before seen, and many of which aren't seen again (Armadura Fairy, which she used against Erza Knightwalker as a random example).
    • In her fight with Azuma the "souls" of Ezra’s friends pushed her forward to pull off an OHKO sword swing against an enemy that she had damaged and worn down but wasn't close to finishing off.
    • Erza's second fight with Kyouka, after Kyouka enters her One-Winged Angel form. Erza hit Kyouka's Berserk Button (telling her that she'll never get to meet Zeref), after which Kyouka started absolutely mopping the floor with Erza, culminating in Kyouka utilizing her Sensation Curse to rob Erza of her five senses. Erza somehow manages to pull through a win despite having none of her senses. This one is so much of an Ass Pull that even the characters are forced to admit that Erza won... because she's Erza, logic be damned.
    • Mira's fight with Seilah is full of inconsistencies but the most glaring Ass Pulls are: Seilah pelting Mirajane with books is somehow powerful enough to beat up Satan Soul; Elfman beating Seilah in one punch despite the fact that Elfman's strongest form is considerably weaker than Satan Soul, which was overwhelmed by Seilah's unrestricted form (also Elfman suddenly appearing like that means he must have been nearby anyway, so Mira's takeover of Seilah's ability was fairly pointless).
    • Jiemma's out-of-nowhere reappearance during the Tartarus arc is seen as this as the only reason for his sudden return was to get Sting and Rogue away from the final battle to allow for just Natsu and Gray to battle Mard Geer. It really doesn't help that he was killed off in the very next chapter.
    • Mard Geer's defeat involved two in quick succession. The first was Gray suddenly revealing the ability to demonize himself to cancel out the effect of Memento Mori. The chapter makes little attempt to explain what he just did. Then Natsu spontaneously enters Dragon Force (something that can't be done without consuming a strong source of magic unless the user is a Third Generation Dragon Slayer, and Natsu is a First Generation Dragon Slayer), which doesn't defeat Mard Geer, but distracts him enough for Gray to deliver a finishing blow. This may have involved Igneel leaving his body, but it's not explained either. The first one turns into a plot point, however, as Gray's demonization continues beyond this arc, which results in him joining a dark guild, presumably to find a way to stop it.
    • Doranbolt was a Fairy Tail spy from the beginning. Not only does this come out of nowhere, it makes no sense. How could he be a spy for Fairy Tail if he erased his own memories? He wouldn't even know to report to Makarov. Doranbolt lampshades how weird and confusing it all is. Word of God admits that it was a plot point that had been considered a long time ago and was nearly scrapped, thus leading to the lack of foreshadowing.
    • The red lightning that Laxus obtains to defeat Wahl, who had been firmly established to No Sell any lightning attack. It comes out of nowhere (at most, a flashback implies that it has something to do with Yuri), with no real explanation on how it works. At most, people have suggested from the name "Mercury Fulminate" that Laxus created the actual explosive compound, but the end of the chapter still attributes his victory to "lightning that surpasses lightning".
    • In Chapter 464, Natsu being able to use Igneel's power is explicitly stated to be something he can only do once, and he was saving it for Zeref for that reason. It served as a major plot point ever since it was revealed to be a Power Tattoo under his bandages he'd been wearing since the beginning of the Time Skip, even being emotional, due to being a one-time use of his father's full power being used against his brother. Cue fifteen chapters later and he uses it again against Jacob Lessio taking away any significance it had before. Fans are really, really praying that was just a mistranslation for this reason.
    • Many fans were glad to see one member of Fairy Tail, at long last, die in the series, when Gajeel is pulled to the Underworld. But once Irene casts her Universe One spell, somehow Gajeel is back to the world of the living. Gajeel had already been pushed to the underworld and the portal was closed, so there is absolutely no way that Irene's magic, that only affected Fiore, could have saved Gajeel, while Bradman that toke Gajeel with him to the underworld apparently wasn´t saved. This is a clear attempt to make sure that no main character will ever die in the series.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Despite a few rough patches, the Tartarus arc shaped up to be this. To elaborate:
      • Natsu gets instantly frozen by Silver mid-sentence, not even getting a fight with him, and takes a smaller role for a few chapters (after pretty much solo-ing Jackal, being the only person to realize that Crawford is a traitor, and storming into Tartaros HQ on his own) to let other characters have the focus. For the rest of the arc, Natsu ends up needing more teamwork and strategy for his victories.
      • Lucy and Wendy get A Day in the Limelight, both involving a badass fight where they win against a much stronger opponent, completely on their own.
      • Gray receives some Character Development, and a much needed Next Tier Power-Up unique only to him, after people started to view Gray as a Flat Character ever since the Time Skip occurred.
      • Jellal trying to recruit the Oracion Seis, all of which are rather popular in the fanbase.
      • Laxus not being as active due to a Game-Breaking Injury, which gives more screen time to the others and helped stopped him from coming across as overpowered.
      • Gajeel getting his Day In The Lime Light after remaining mostly Out of Focus compared to his fellow Dragon Slayers.
      • The HSQ of Silver being Deliora being the topping in what is considered one of the series' biggest twists. Then this twist was subverted when it was revealed that Silver was lying about being Deliora the whole time, and he is a walking corpse brought back by one of the demons. He only said all that stuff about Deliora, because he wanted his own son to end his miserable life. However, it led to above saving throw with Gray.
      • The arc ends with another Time Skip, this time a proper one allowing the protagonists to get stronger through proper training and age up, generally regarded as much better than the one Fairy Sphere forced by keeping the protagonists frozen in time for seven years, before easily overtaking other guilds with a debatable Ass Pull in Second Origin or a mere three months of training.
    • Needless to say the Avatar arc did not do the series any favors on the internet, but the Albareth Empire arc is showing potential, with the first major enemy completely trouncing Team Natsu, before leaving and showing off their power.
    • All the Gajeel/Levy Ship Tease has been a cause of a Broken Base due Gajeel's original introduction involved attacking and crucifying Levy. Chapter 485 is finally addressing the subject head-on.

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  • Badass Decay:
    • Minerva is usually accused to have suffered from this by the time of her reintroduction during the Sun Village arc. What started off as a fun, despicable, Jerkass Anti-Hero during the Grand Magic Games arc, has resorted to joining a Dark Guild for, among other things, the purpose of getting revenge on Erza for humiliating her during their tournament duel. The humiliation was bad enough, but by joining a Dark Guild with vague motivations at best, it ended up destroying what previously made her an interesting character. In addition, Chapter 388 possibly made this worse. Fans (for the most part) seem fine with Minerva's past, but think that her character wasn't explored enough to make her sudden change from revenge obsessed to self-loathing for being weak enough to fall to darkness convincing. As a result fans seem to think the character lost everything that made her a interesting as a character to begin with.
    • Name almost any character from a Dark Guild and you'll have people making this claim about them due to never living up to the Badass hype Mashima develops for them at the start of their story arcs.
    • God Serena goes through this, though admittedly zig-zagged. At first, he's been talked up as the most Badass being to exist in Ishgar since the start of the Albareth Arc, then it's revealed he's working for Zeref and the other Spriggan Twelve thinks he's a weirdo and a push-over. However, in 470, he gets to show off his strength as a newly introduced Dragon-slayer with 8 Lacrima powers within him, and goes about stomping over the current members of Fiore's Magic Council to show off that Badass-cred that's been so hyped up is legitimate. Oh, and then Acnologia suddenly appears and one-shots him, though to be fair, it's Acnologia.
  • Base Breaker: Now with its own dedicated page.
  • Bizarro Episode: Fillers in the anime tends to be this when they're not stories from the manga. And sometimes when they are based off bonus stories from the manga.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Time Skip is either considered the greatest plot twist Mashima has ever planned, or the most anticlimactic and blatant One Piece/Naruto/Bleach ripoff ever. Some were relieved over the fact that none of the characters had aged up, while some were clamoring for new character designs.
    • Makarov's decision to disband Fairy Tail at the end of the Tartaros arc, especially with the implications that the guild will regroup after the second Time Skip, making it practically pointless. However, it led to a time-skip that many felt was handled much better than the seven year one, as it was executed in a way that made more sense and gave the cast opportunities to get stronger.
    • The Key of the Starry Sky filler arc in the anime. One side claims it's just filler material, not in the manga, and not worth considering. The other side points out that Mashima had a role in writing the story, and has referenced the arc within the manga.
    • The pacing of the series in general. Typically, the series is fairly fast-paced, taking one to three chapters on any given fight with the occasional exception of fights against the arc's Big Bad. Some people see this as refreshing, as it means that fights or arcs don't overstay their welcome or drag on for months or years, while others feel that it leads to events feeling rushed, which creates the interpretation that Fairy Tail guild members win most of their fights through ass pulls, or that most of the villains are defeated anti-climatically.
    • Some view the use of redeeming antagonists within the series as seeming to favor women, even when they are portrayed just as negatively as their male guildmates. Some prominent examples include Ultear, Flare, and Minerva. Others point out that plenty of characters, or even entire groups (Sabretooth and the Oracion Seis) have undergone Heel Face Turns, so this is hardly exclusive to women.
    • The fan-service of the manga became this around the time of the Sun Village and Tartaros arcs for some. Despite existing since the very beginning of Fairy Tail, some readers have started to note that the fan-service has really gotten out of hand. Mashima even admits that he "overdid it" with Chapter 355, which shunned plot progression in favor of a Hot Springs Episode. Indeed, said Hot Springs Episode was so universally panned that when this scene happened in the anime, the scene itself was fundamentally changed, turning the 'Hot Springs' part into a scene that lasted barely a minute, and having all of the plot progression instead take place over dinner with Walrod.
    • The Tartaros arc's "nude fest" deserves special mention, not only for questionable fan service, but how much of it was meant to be fan service. The most prominent example is Erza's torture, which has the fanbase split between feeling sorry for Erza having to relive the Tower of Heaven, seeing it as fan service and getting turned on by her naked, sweaty body, or seeing it as fan service and expressing disgust by the imagery. The anime leaving Erza with some clothing caused further division.
    • While everyone was happy to see it return, the Fairy Tail anime's new animation style has caused a major split between those who like the higher quality production values and the fact that it made sure to stick to the character designs, while the other half hates the new animation for looking so different (most cite the awkward Off Model nature of the faces) and the odd designs compared to the original anime.
    • Problems regarding her inconsistent Character Development aside, Minerva's Dark and Troubled Past in Chapter 388 split the fanbase as to whether or not she is forgiven for all of her previous actions.
    • Chapters 392 and 393 caused a rather peculiar split as to how Mashima handled the Silver sub-plot to the point that fans can't seem to agree as to whether or not it would have made for a better story had Mashima just stayed with the original reveal that Deliora took over Silver's corpse instead of conjuring up a second reveal in these chapters that basically confirmed to the readers that the Deliora reveal was a lie, and that Silver was just a zombified Death Seeker that still loved his family dearly. Granted, there are those who are fine with the second reveal as they feel that the Heartwarming Moment between Silver and Gray, as well as Gray inheriting Silver's Ice Devil Slayer Magic is a great payoff. As for the detractors, it enters They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot territory for the complete abandonment of the original reveal.
    • Seilah's return. Was it a well-deserved Author's Saving Throw after what many saw was a poor send-off for her originally when she fought the Strauss sibings, or did it come off shallow, and more insulting towards the character, due to getting taken out, yet again, by a single punch? Only this time, by Mira.
    • Whether or not the Dragon Slayers' parents' return was handled well; they showed up in the last few chapters of Tartaros, with all but Igneel showing up for little more than a chapter before their soulless bodies pass away, and Igneel's focus waned as Fairy Tail finished off what was left of Tartaros before the story returned to his battle with Acnologia that ultimately ends in his gruesome death. To some, they did not receive enough characterization to feel anything for their deaths (if anything, only the Dragon Slayers' reactions). While some call this a wasted opportunity and a failure of characterization, supporters reason that the point WAS the Dragon Slayers' reaction.
    • While nobody was expecting Gray to stay evil, there's a bit of debate over whether the reveal that he's a Fake Defector happened too quickly to be worth the time, or it's better to be done with it as soon as possible.
    • The Eclipse Celestial Spirit Arc was all over the map, here. At first, a good segment of the fandom (predictably) bemoaned the very idea of a filler arc after the Grand Magic Games Arc, a reaction that is common to anime in general and Shōnen in particular, especially considering the fact that it's no secret that the fandom has been incredibly eager to see Tartaros animated. Later, after the character designs for the Eclipse Celestial Spirits were released, many of those same fans were at least willing to give it a chance... until the actual fights against them happened. From the Cancer fight against Gray and Taurus' borderline-squicky Weaksauce Weakness, to the unnecessarily fanservice-filled "fight" between Lucy and Virgo (which has devolved into Virgo stripping both of their clothing off and smearing watermelon and mayonnaise on Lucy), fans wondered if even the creators were taking this arc seriously. That said, many fans did appreciate the extra screentime for Yukino, Arcadios, and Princess Hisui, who all Took a Level in Badass during this arc.
    • There is divide on how fans feel about Avatar. Some are happy the cult seems to be getting steamrolled just wanting Gray to return to normal and move onto the next character to recruit. Others feel this makes Avatar look weak and pathetic. Of course the curb stomp we see is undone rather promptly in the following chapter. There's also the issue of their motivations; antagonists devoted to Zeref are hardly anything new by this point, and the audience knows how Zeref feels about such people. When Arlock summoned what he referred to as a god, only for Natsu to defeat it with very little difficulty, the accusations of Natsu being a Boring Invincible Hero came back with a vengeance. Supporters reason it was necessary to advance the arc, and argue that because Arlock was just on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle by - you guessed it - Natsu, Ikusatsunagi wasn't as strong as he otherwise would have been.
    • Zeref turning out to be the emperor of the Albareth Empire. Either it is considered one of the greatest plot-twists ever seen in the story, or it was totally predictable; portraying Mashima's lack of creativity going with the safe choice due to the character's heavily established Big Bad status. On one hand, it now makes perfect sense why the Empire wants Lumen Histoire so badly (and that they even know it exists), and when looked at it in that vein, "Spriggan" becomes a perfect Meaningful Name. On the other, some fans are outraged that an interesting, sympathetic, and frankly very popular villain just got slapped with one of the most cliché villain archetypes in all of fiction, and thus lost what made him interesting in the first place, even if, so far, he's been portrayed as a beloved, possibly even benevolent ruler.
    • Mirajane revealing that she had used Take Over to gain a demon form of the Tartaros member, Seilah. Either it is a well-deserved Next Tier Power-Up for a beloved Fairy Tail member that has an Ensemble Darkhorse of Tartaros making a glorious return, or it is a continued butchering of said Tartaros fan-favorite by having her basically turned into a puppet to be used by someone else. Some even go so far as to say that it was an Ass Pull on Mirajane's part, even though there was a brief Take Over Foreshadowing beforehand during their fight in the Tartaros arc, and said Ass Pull was No Selled almost immediately afterward, diminishing it somewhat.
    • Chapter 468 shows us Brandish, already an example of a Shameless Fanservice Girl, being made to bark like a dog, address another character as "Master," and is punched in the face when she doesn't supplicate herself enough (she doesn't thank Aquarius for the privilege of being treated that way). Not the first time this has happened in the series and was treated as having supposed to be have been funny, until we realize Aquarius explicitly states that this is how Brandish used to be treated by Aquarius... and she would have been a little girl at the time. A good portion of the fandom believed all of the above was offensive to the character (and victims of child abuse), while others simply found the interactions funny, cute, and humanizing a character who was introduced as being a country-demolishing Bunny-Ears Lawyer, as well as providing a Freudian Excuse for her.
    • The return of both Aquarius, and later Ultear during the Alvarez Empire arc. Some were happy to see them again, while others felt that it nullified the emotion that their sacrifices brought. The latter camp calmed down after learning that Aquarius could only stay temporarily and Ultear was just a Thought Projection.
    • Chapter 470 ends with Acnologia beating God Serena in the blink of an eye. Some think the scene was awesome and helps establish how ungodly powerful Acnologia is even in human form, while others were disappointed that Ishgar's most powerful mage was taken down with little elaboration on his reasons for betrayal nor the full extent of his powers.
    • Chapter 484 providing fans a Yuri kiss between Erza and Kagura. Either it's a sweet gesture from Kagura passing over her indirect kiss with Jellal on to Erza, or it's a cheap Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss Ratings Stunt.

    C 
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • A very weird example. The minute Yukino said she had an older sister who was kidnapped by Zeref cultists, it didn't take long for fans to put two and two together and reach the conclusion that Yukino's sister, Sorano, was none other than Angel from Oración Seis. They have very similar physical appearances, they're both Celestial Spirit Mages, and they even dress in a similar way to one another. This was finally confirmed in Chapter 365.
    • Another odd example is Silver from Tartarus. The moment of his introduction, he was revealed to have ice powers, and is established to have a "connection" to Gray. Everyone was convinced that the man was his father, and sure enough, by Chapter 390, that was confirmed to be true. However... what DID surprise a larger portion of the fanbase was that Silver is in-fact dead, and is actually the demon, Deliora, having manifested itself in Silver's corpse to survive. There were some people that guessed this as well due to being a member of a guild that's comprised of nothing but demons, but it's a tiny fraction compared to how people saw the original reveal coming, but then, Silver is hit with a another reveal that basically brings it back to the first reveal due to the Deliora reveal turning out to be a lie. Ya... it's complicated.
    • E.N.D. stands for Etherious Natsu Dragneel. Some may feel that it's pretty obvious considering how muchthe Tartaros arc foreshadowed it, and it was hinted at as far back as the Tenrou Island arc. Although many will agree that figuring out what the E stood for to describe E.N.D. was probably the hardest part to figure out.note 
    • Zero: When Mavis reveals that her magic powers involve illusions, pretty much everyone immediately assumes that her best friend Zeira is another one of her illusions. This was confirmed in chapter 11, when Yuriy admits that neither he nor his companions can see or hear Zeira.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Max x Broom. And Mashima himself seems to enjoy joking about it in manga, since most of Max's panels in the Tartarus arc has him holding said broom.
    • Recently, Rogue X Candlestick has been popular.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Master Jose Porla of Phantom Lord has a bad case of envy towards Fairy Tail for its sudden rise in power and wealth due to Lucy (which neither she nor the guild had intention of using) drove him to use Gajeel to destroy the guild hall. Makarov, Fairy Tail's master, wasn't prepared to retaliate, until Jose later hung up Team Shadow Gear as an example after having them viciously beaten. This earns Makarov's wrath and when the two encounter each other, Jose being an illusion, he shows no ill will and says some small talk to further enrage his rival, enough for his minion to drain him of all his magical power temporarily. After Lucy angers him when he kidnaps her, Jose's first step is to have his guild robot destroy a town and then he proceeds to defeat and torture Erza. He also attempts to use his magic cannon to annihilate Fairy Tail and their guild hall. This is all because Makarov said, while drunk, that his guild was better while at an annual guild meeting.
    • Zancrow is one of the elite members of Grimoire Heart, another of the top Dark Guilds. What sets Zancrow apart from others is how his only apparent motivation in life is to kill and destroy whatever he can. Zancrow feigns concern and care for members of his own Guild but after several are defeated by Natsu, he shows no hesitation or remorse in burning them alive. Zancrow makes certain to attempt to kill nearly everyone he meets, be they combatant or not. When he catches his ally Meredy coming over with an unconscious Zeref, he instantly assumes she's betrayed Grimoire Heart and attempts to murder her as well.
    • From the moment we meet Jackal, one of Zeref's demons and a member of Tartaros' Nine Demon Gates, he is established as a psychopath who gleefully assassinated the Magic Council in front of Doranbalt so viscerally that at least one of his kills required a Gory Discretion Shot. He then goes on to force not one, but two Sadistic Choices on a former Magic Council member and Lucy, forcing them to choose between their own life and their granddaughter's life, and the life of the Magic Councilor and a pregnant woman respectively, and says that his only real motivation for doing so is that he see humans as playthings. He then later kills one of his own guildmates right in front of Lucy for the crime of annoying him. Out of all of the Etherious, he could very well be the one most deserving of being called a demon.
    • Acnologia was once a dragonslayer who was supposed to be a savior of humanity and a bridge between them and dragonkind. Instead, he became a scourge upon both, slaughtering countless dragons, even the ones friendly to humans, for fun. Becoming a dragon did nothing to improve his demeanor. Everywhere he goes, he spreads death and destruction. He doesn't even speak most of the time because he thinks humans are vermin that are beneath him, despite the fact that he used to be one. When he finally speaks, it's mostly rants about how he desires nothing but destruction. Then he brutally murders Igneel right in front of Natsu. Unlike nearly every other villain in this series, Acnologia has never shown a single redeeming quality. Acnologia is such a hateful and destructive monster that even the Black Mage Zeref is wary of him.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Mard Geer's physical appearance, his status as a demon, his loathing of humans, and certain aspects of his personality have drawn several comparisons to Naraku. The anime even gives him the same Japanese voice actor Toshiyuki Morikawa.
    • Kyôka's appearance and outfit have been noted to resemble that of Frieza.
    • Once his true identity is revealed and his motives, Silver may remind some of Itachi Uchiha from Naruto. Mysterious family member who is a Death Seeker and wants to die by said family member's hands and were Good All Along, but are a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • An Ax-Crazy Mad Bomber with blonde hair obscuring one eye who blows himself up when he's losing? Deidara or Jackal?
    • Tempester's second body bears some resemblance to Xehanort from Kingdom Hearts.
    • Torafuzar's shark like design and his normal outfit get him compared to Arlong, another fish creature.
    • As a walking skeleton covered with a robe that sees humans as insects Keyes has drawn comparisons to Barragan. He even dies like Barragan via being blow up from the inside.
    • Gajeel has gained a few striking similarities to Vegeta due to both fighters being former villains who outright hate an Idiot Hero, constantly attempt to build up their strength in order to one up other opponents, love to fight, and act as a Sociopathic Hero who have troubles with the more ethical heroes. This is only furthered by their interests in a blue haired, smart girl.
    • Hades has garnered a few similarities to Count Dooku due to their shared backstories as a Fallen Hero who became disillusioned with what they fought for and turned evil to combat the former groups that looked up to them.
    • Mard Greer's Bishōnen overall physical appearence, his status as a demon and some of his personality traits, such as occasionaly referring himself in the third person and disdain for humans, reminds us a lot of Naraku. The anime even gives them the same voice actor.
    • Mard Greer is a demon which is an Agent Peacock whose goal is to ressurect his master, a much more poweful demon, and is turned into an object before being shortly killed after. Ghirahim anyone?
  • Crack Pairing: The Ship Tease for Freed/Mirajane and Evergreen/Elfman has caused some fans to want to round it out by pairing Bickslow with Lisanna.
  • Crazy Awesome: Quite a few characters:
    • Fukuro is a cross between an owl and a man, sees himself as a superhero, has Mega Manning powers and, most of all, uses two missiles as a jetpack.
    • Also Gajeel, here's a short list of problems and his solutions:
      • Want to be accepted by friends? Hijack the stage and sing a song of friendship in a silly Nice Hat.
      • Encountered one of the most badass furries ever? Tell him you are going to make him your cat.
      • A freaking Humongous Mecha? Eat the damn thing!
    • Natsu as well:
      • Faced with a Anti-Magic Sphere of Power? Use your magic outside to propel yourself and punch the guy in face.
      • How to stop a powerful moon beam from entering a pyramid? Break the pillars on one side and tilt it.
      • Dealing with an enemy who can read your mind? STOP THINKING.
      • In a bonus chapter, Natsu uproots an entire tree of flowers and promptly sends it to Lucy because she wanted to see it.
      • Bonus points in that he is completely oblivious to the fact it would be taken as a romantic gesture to most females. Good chances are, Natsu would instantly rise to No.1 on the "most desired bachelor mage" list on Sorcerer Weekly if word ever got out about the incident.
      • Before finding out the guy shared a backstory and friendship with Igneel, he intended to EAT Atlas Flame, a humongous fire dragon, and use that power up to kick Future!Rogue's ass. From what it looked like, one could believe his plan would have worked.
  • Cry for the Devil: Zeref. Where to even begin? He Used to Be a Sweet Kid who just wanted his baby brother back, while constantly being chided by his teachers for what they perceived as blasphemy. When he didn't take a hint and got a little too close to figuring out how to resurrect the dead, he ended up being cursed by a Jerkass God and killed everyone around him, leading to his guilt complex. He spends the next few centuries creating demons in a desperate bid to kill himself because of the sheer amount of pain he's feeling and causing the rest of the world, culminating in his magnum opus, E.N.D., a.k.a. his dead little brother Natsu. A while later, he meets Mavis, the first and only person to ever show him genuine kindness, causing him to teach her magic that inadvertently makes her immortal. He eventually falls in love with her, and just when it looks like he's got a chance at Eternal Love and a tiny glimmer of hope at being happy, his curse kills her body causing her to be placed in suspended animation. Now, his only hope at ending his suffering is to die, and it has to be E.N.D. (a.k.a. Natsu, the same brother he dedicated his entire childhood to resurrecting) to be the one to do it. Nobody - nobody - can go through all of that without losing it afterward. He was already in Ensemble Darkhorse territory, but after The Reveal of his and Mavis' backstory, some sections of the fandom are in full-blown Rooting for the Empire mode, and now believe that Acnologia and Ankhseram are the real villains.

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  • Designated Love Interest: More than a few people think that Gray is this for Juvia. Gray has barely shown any indications of a serious romantic interest in her, but it seems that it's meant to be taken seriously more than a few instances. This isn't helped by Juvia's behavior trying justify her feelings for him.
  • Dork Age: For many, the Avatar arc is seen as this due to how pointless the arc came off as when it was all said and done. Other problems included the overexposure of Natsu, and wasted world-building potential.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Ultear, pre-Heel–Face Turn. Her known atrocities are slaughtering Merudy's village, brainwashing Jellal into continuing the Tower of Heaven after the slave revolt, leaving him a reviled criminal in the eyes of most characters, and assisting Lyon in trying to revive a demon who slaughtered several characters' families (he at least wanted to prove that he could kill it, she was planning on using it to wreak havoc). Her motivation, while admittedly sympathetic and working under the belief that all her crimes will be erased, reeks of Poor Communication Kills by not revealing herself to Ur before deciding that Ur had forgotten about her. Even now that she's The Atoner, her only punishment was self-inflicted. Despite all this, her character has been received quite positively, especially in comparison to the guy whose crimes were forced by her.
    • Acnologia, despite begin an Omnicidal Maniac who killed all the Dragon Slayers' parents, with special brutality toward Igneel in front of his foster son, remains a fan favorite for being a nigh-unstoppable force who remains one of the few antagonists that have forced the protagonists to recognize that friendship (which often brings the series' Power Levels into question) doesn't overcome every foe. His popularity increased when his human form was revealed.
    • Jackal of all people has a surprising number of fangirls who give him this treatment, despite being Ax-Crazy and irredeemably evil enough to qualify for Complete Monster above. You'd think someone who was willing to blow up a pregnant woman For the Evulz would be impossible to turn into a Draco in Leather Pants, but if not for the fact that plenty of fans were utterly repulsed by his actions, he'd probably qualify as an Ensemble Darkhorse. Mashima was apparently aware of the amount of fangirls he had, as he became the Mr. Fanservice of Tartaros after his resurrection, to the point where some fans interpreted Lummy's fawning over him as a tongue-in-cheek parody of this trope being applied to him.
  • Dueling Shows:

    E 
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Naturally, there's quite some. Notably:
    • Laxus and Gildarts seem quite popular among the western fandom.
    • Mirajane is quite popular for her bubbly personality and being on par with Erza as one of Fairy Tail's premier Action Girls. Many have pushed to see Mira in action more often.
    • Gajeel is this for many after his Heel–Face Turn to the point that you would hear of fan disappointment for not getting treated on the same level as his fellow Dragon Slayers, Natsu and Wendy; to the point that many are actually very forgiving of his Ass Pull moment against Rogue, because its actual screen-time for Gajeel!
    • Ultear. She was the first established villain that went beyond just a one-off Arc Villain, and the fact that people tend to forget about how much of an evil biatch she was before Gray knocked some sense into her just goes to show how engaging her character turned out to be overall. She also brought Fairy Tail a vast majority of reasonable fan-service before Mashima went overboard after the Time Skip.
    • They're joined by Azuma, the single most badass member of Grimoire Heart.
    • And let's not forget Mavis, the first Guild Master of Fairy Tail, who manages to be kind, cute, mysterious and hilarious at the same time, and badass enough to master and cast one of the most powerful protection spells in the Fairy Tail universe from beyond the grave, Fairy Sphere. On top of that she created and can probably cast Fairy Glitter and Fairy Law.
    • Rogue, pretty much the only member of Sabertooth who isn't a MASSIVE DICK.note 
    • Silver, an Anti-Villain who's spawned a TON of Wild Mass Guessing, has an amusing personality, and a Badass capable of instantly freezing the spirit of a dragon MADE OF FLAMES and later Natsu. Indeed, after The Reveal, his status only grew, despite the fact that not only was he Evil All Along, but Silver wasn't even his original name - it's Deliora. Many are calling it the single greatest plot twist in the last hundred or so chapters... at least before he decided to reveal that the plot-twist was all a lie.
    • Seilah has reached this point, too. She had quite a fair number of fans right out of the gate (mostly because Evil Is Sexy and her relationship with Kyouka was perhaps the most well done villainous romantic relationship yet), many fans refused to believe she could have possibly gone down because of one punch to the back of the head in one of the biggest Ass Pull victories in the entire arc. It reached the point where fans were lobbying Hiro Mashima over Twitter, demanding she come back... and she did, in perhaps the most badass way possible, giving her the send-off many fans believed she deserved and had been previously denied.
    • Brandish is easily the most liked of the Spriggan Twelve. An intriguing backstory connected to Lucy, as well as just being a fun character to watch, has many hoping that she will perform a Heel–Face Turn somewhere down the line.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Erza Knightwalker, Daphne, Azuma, Rustyrose, Mard Geer, Zeref, Jackal, Seilah, Acnologia's human form, Cobra, Angel, Jellal, and Ultear until the latter four turned.
    • Many of the humanoid Eclipse Celestial Spirits are getting this reaction, too. Especially Ophiuchus.
    • Many of the Spriggan Twelve - specifically, Brandish, Dimaria, Invel, Irene, and Ajeel - count, though the majority of them are examples of Anti-Villain at worst, due to My Country, Right or Wrong.

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  • Fanon:
    • A lot of people tend to believe that Erza's "fake-eye" played a part in the Kyouka fight to overcome the loss of her five senses. It's a perfectly valid excuse for what could otherwise be called an Ass Pull, and even though it wasn't explicitly stated (Happy's 'explanation' has even been likened to an In-Universe Shrug of God), fans truly believe it's the only logical explanation for how that fight went. However, a few panels where the artificial eye was exposed showed that it was darkened just like her real eye.
    • Erza's hakama outfit is often justified as turning her into a Glass Cannon by converting her magic from defense to attack. When we first see her use it against Ikaruga, the latter states that she senses no magic power from it like her armor, and Erza explicitly calls it "just fabric". However it was the sword Benizakura that she used against Azuma while wearing the outfit that maximized her attack power, but required her to not be wearing protective gear. Since then Ezra has used the hakama to different effects - both using it with specialised weapons and simply just funneling her magic power into the attack of two more ordinary katanas.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Once the anime began airing, Fairy Tail has quickly garnered comparisons with One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. If you're a fan of Fairy Tail in particular, you could see it as a good thing that Fairy Tail is considered right up there with the Big 3.
    • Debatable, but it is now perhaps turned up to eleven, particularly with Naruto as both of their movies came out at around the same time in the summer. And they're both being written by their respective authors.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Azuma has some with Mirajane and Erza.
    • Minerva towards Erza, so freaking hard. It approaches Albert Wesker levels in Chapter 386.
    "Now, come and show me what you're made of, my beloved... ERRRZZZAAAAA!!!"
    "I won't forgive you any more. I don't love you any more!"
    • Erza and Kyouka have shades of this. Particularly the amount of time Kyouka wishes to..."torture" her.
    • DiMaria of the Spriggan Twelve runs on this trope. She really likes cutting off women's clothes with her sword, while admiring their bodies. Whether she really is a Psycho Lesbian or if it's a tactic to psyche them out is up to interpretation, though it's probably both.

    G 
  • Genius Bonus: "Ankhseram" is actually a combination of two words. An Ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol that, even today, represents life, or the creation of life. 'Seram' is the Malay/Indonesian word for 'horror.' It's the true name of Zeref's Death Magic, only it's not magic, but a Curse.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • There are several occurrences early on that could be established as when things decided to get serious for this series. It could be Galuna Island which moved away from Fairy Tail doing basic jobs for money. It could have been the Phantom Lord arc which was the first all-out war between guilds, or it may have been the Tower of Heaven arc which increased the size-and-scope of the series by now having the entire world at risk.
      • The Tower of Heaven arc also had a long-running storyline, massive emotional developments and very dark character arcs, characters dying and death being a real plausible threat, as well as a villain who completely out-classed the heroes.
    • The Tartarus arc, despite some rather controversial events, received much more positive reception than much of the content since the seven-year Time Skip, mainly for giving next tier power ups and Character Development to some of the more neglected FT members and addressing several of the series' mysteries.

    H 
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Very early in the series, Lucy brings up the Fridge Logic to Natsu about how Igneel, a dragon, would teach him magic that is designed specifically to kill such creatures. Fast forward to the Magic Games where they learn that is what the dragons had in mind to teach humans to battle the more carnivorous brethren, which unfortunately backfires and causes the humans to use it on the more humane dragons as well.
    • Cobra pissed off Natsu by insisting that dragons were extinct. Aside from the previously human Acnologia, they are.
    • Fairy Tail Zero shows us how Mavis and Zeref really first met. Mavis showed Zeref what was probably the first bit of genuine kindness he'd experienced in centuries, if not ever, prompting him to agree to teach Fairy Tail's future founders the magic necessary to defeat Blue Skull. Fast forward a century, and Zeref kills one of those members and then declares his intent to wipe out humanity to Mavis' face. No wonder it looked like her heart was breaking as she heard him go on his Humans Are Bastards tirade; she was watching someone she genuinely liked, felt sorry for, and tried to help finally snap before her very eyes.
      • Chapter 450 brings this Up to Eleven, and somehow manages to make even Harsher in Hindsight. Mavis died because of a Kiss of Death with Zeref. He then spent a long amount of time with her ghost on Tenroujima, unable to see her, hear her, or touch her, and doing little more than being able to feel her presence. All of that time, he spent stewing, wishing for death, before the ticking time bomb finally exploded in the aforementioned Humans Are Bastards scene. That must have absolutely broken her heart.
    • Also from Zero, every heartwarming interaction between Mavis and Precht instantly becomes this due to Precht taking a turn for the worse in the future.
    • The Eclipse Project, led by Princess Hisui, to use the Eclipse Gate to go back in time to kill Zeref before he became immortal. Chapter 436 showed us that Zeref never intentionally became immortal; it's actually a part of his curse, for angering Ankhseram by studying taboo magic. Yes, Zeref ended up doing some pretty horrible things and eventually did Take A Level In Jerkass, but at the time period in which Hisui wanted to kill him, Zeref was completely innocent, save from being a controversial figure at the Academy and arguably a blasphemer. And the worst part is, he only became cursed because the guy just wanted his brother back. The plan was already considered extreme due it being a Butterfly of Doom scenario just waiting to happen, but if it had been allowed to succeed, Hisui would have murdered an innocent man in cold blood, and Natsu as we know him would have never existed.
    • The manga chapter where Igneel dies was published the same day his English actor died.
    • Zoldeo's appearance as a Seven Kin of Purgatory, after we learn why he became evil, snapping when Layla was sick and dying by murdering Grammi, Brandish's mother. What happened between that turned him into that, is horrifying.
    • After what happened with his original english Voice Actor, Bickslow being excited to team up with Wendy in episode 141 becomes this.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The unique "Number One!" handsign all the Fairy Tail members perform in the second episode? Turns out that Laxus came up with it as a little boy so he could send a message to his grandpa during his first Fantasia Parade.
    Makarov: You'll hold up your hand?
    Young!Laxus: It's a message! When you see me holding up my hand like this, it means even if I can't see you, I'm looking your way!
  • He's Just Hiding: For some, Simon has a following for not being truly dead due to the Nobody Can Die nature of this manga, and that because his corpse ends up falling into a dark abyss the last time we see him, someone will make the claim that he never got a proper burial to truly be considered dead.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The 10th opening of the anime showing Zeref and Mavis side-by-side counts, as the manga hadn't even gotten to the point where it confirmed Zeref and Mavis has a deep connection at the time.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • The Tartarus arc. In spades. Fairy Tail getting its ass handed to it for quite a few fights, even when compared to previous arcs? Check. Darker and Edgier? Check. Awesome plot twists, including Luke, I Am Your Father? Very, very well overdue Next Tier Power-Up for characters who all desperately needed to Take a Level in Badass for the last several arcs? Check. Appearance by Zeref? Check. Appearance by Acnologia? Check. And finally, the long-awaited appearance of freaking Igneel, followed by the other Dragon Slayer's parents? Oh yeah, check. Growing the Beard indeed.
    • Chapter 439 got this reaction from a lot of fans with the introduction of Alvarez; a large military empire consisting of 730 magic-guilds. To see this all-powerful empire in action has almost everyone hyped.
    • The now-infamous 'countdown' chapters in the Alvarez Arc, starting with Chapter 483. To explain, these chapters' titles all have numbers in the titles counting downward from seven, eventually reaching zero in 490. What happened in these chapters? Erza is revealed to have some kind of relative in the form of Spriggan 12 member Irene, Sabertooth and Blue Pegasus were paraded around like war trophies in a very gratuitous Crucified Hero Shot, a huge Gut Punch in the form of Gajeel's apparent death, Mest's much-reviled What the Hell, Hero? moment with Brandish and August, Mavis breaking out of the crystal, and Irene proving to be a Reality Warper who fought Acnologia on even grounds!
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Happy is strangely insistent to point out Lucy's weight. He even finds her heavier than Gajeel. There may two big reasons for that but still...
  • Ho Yay: We have a page for this now. It's surprisingly long and mostly about Lucy.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Lisanna making a return after the Edolas arc, only to have nothing come out of it, has not sat well with a majority of the fans, and left people asking why she didn't just stay dead.
    • The Sabertooth Guild being hyped up as the biggest, badass, guild after the 7-year-timeskip, only to not live up to those high expectations, has made them an easy target to be made fun of by a plethora of people. The worst offender being Sting, who achieved Memetic Loser status.
    • In Brazil when Fairy was announced by the publisher JBC in 2010, most of Brazilian Fairy Tail fans celebrated but some of them didn't enjoy it (it was a consensus the publisher didn't has the best paper quality in the time and only improved it around 2013) fearing a low quality print. When the first volume was released, many fans hated it due the excessive use of slangs and a Saint Seiya joke that wasn't present in the original release. The backslash toned with the time, when the publisher improved the quality of releases.

    I 
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The first half of the Key of the Starry Skies filler arc can be considered this as the whole point of Natsu and company finding the clock pieces is so that the enemy can't find them to put together a Doomsday Device... which is exactly what the Fairy Tail guild ends up doing, and basically handed them the device on a silver platter.
    • Mavis holds the Idiot Ball big time in Episode 175. An odd example where it seems they did care enough to try justifying it, but did it so wrong and backwards it comes off as this. Natsu's ridiculous fight against Sting and Rogue, which many people already hated due to his blatant disregard for apparent strength and his easy curbstomping of a powerful enemy while the rest of the guild had hard times with their challenges, hits the breaking point when Sting and Rogue perform a Unison Raid against him. While Sting and Rogue (the former of whom had easily stomped both Natsu and Gajeel before they decided to get up) begin their Unison Raid, Mavis is going on about how their power is great, but you need more than power to win, and how "these bonds of friendship can't be broken by power alone". The problem with this is that Natsu is the target of her speech, representing friendship and bonds, and Sting and Rogue are the ones representing simple power. Not five minutes before Natsu forced Gajeel on a cart ride out of the fight over a petty argument about Sting's clock position, showing just how few fucks he gives about friendship or bonds, to take on the Twin Dragons alone. Sting and Rogue on the other hand, are A) having inner monologues about promises they made to Lector and Frosch and B) doing a Unison Raid, which explicitly requires the users to be as close a pair as humanly possible for it to work. It's literally backwards.
    • Lucy. Despite being shown to competently use her magic and her spirits as well as having powerful magic with impressive magic reserves (being able to summon spirit after spirit over and over again is supposed to be significantly impressive for celestial wizards), Lucy continually uses her spirits in the stupidest and most banal ways possible whenever it is actually important. She has also been shown to be able to strategize and think smartly about magic battles, but she will routinely do things that border Too Dumb to Live in sheer stupidity. This is particularly annoying when we've seen many of her spirits being used in inventive and effective ways by wizards who were equal in power or less powerful than she later becomes - used in ways that she witnessed and should easily be able to replicate. A good example is in the Tartarus arc prologue in the first fight against Jackal: he's shown to be able to use his explosions to repel wind-powered attacks, so who does Lucy summon? Scorpio - to use his sandstorm attacks...
  • Inferred Holocaust: Chapter 490. Irene Belserion casts a cataclysmically powerful Terraforming spell called 'Universe One' on the entire country of Fiore, which resulted in the entire country being shrunk to one-twentieth its geographic size, and people in the country randomly teleported all over the place. Think about that for a minute. How many citizens of Fiore are now in the middle of the ocean? How many of their homes are now destroyed, underwater, underground, or in several locations at once? Even in the best case scenario and there weren't many casualties, shrinking the entire country will wreak havoc on the nation's ecology, meaning land for agriculture and natural resources will almost certainly no longer be able to support Fiore's population, leading to overpopulation and famine. With a single spell, Irene has quite possibly done more damage to Fiore than all previous dark guilds in the series could even dream of doing, causing a near-apocalyptic event.
  • Internet Backdraft: Many cases which result in heated arguments amongst the fandom. The more obvious examples being:
    • Shipping wars; the most obvious case being Natsu/Lucy vs Natsu/Lissana
    • Anything Fairy Sphere related regarding Fairy Tail's peculiar 7-year Time Skip.
    • Any debate that constitutes what makes for an Ass Pull, or not, throughout the story.
    • Characters that Mashima is playing favorites for, or has completely wasted their potential.
    • Fan-service entering Fan Disservice territory post 7-year Time Skip.
    • Almost anything Grand Magic Games related after (and including) Natsu's duel against Sting and Rogue, which destroyed any credibility that the two Third-Year Dragon-Slayers may have had.
    • Future Rogue being wasted potential as the Arc Villain of the Dragon Festival.
    • Discussing and trying to make sense of Erza's fights past Azuma.
    • Debating as to whether or not Natsu became overpowered by the time of the second Time Skip.
    • The Status Quo Is God nature of the Fairy Tail guild staying relatively the same after every Story Arc. Particularly, the guild-master always reverting back to Makarov.
    • Chapter 488 set the internet ablaze with how controversial the moment with Mest was to the point that many have pretty much given up on the character completely due to how stupid his action was the moment it looked like August was coming around to negotiate with Fairy Tail.
  • It Was His Sled: Considering the length of the Fairy Tail series, there have been many revelations over the years that could be considered a given for newcomers.
    • Fairy Tail member, Loke, is Leo of the Celestial Spirits.
    • Gajeel and Juvia perform a Heel–Face Turn, and join Fairy Tail after the Phantom Lord arc.
    • Jellal lives passed the events of the Tower of Heaven arc.
    • Wendy and Carla join Fairy Tail after the Oracion Seis arc.
    • Pantherlily performs a Heel–Face Turn, and joins Fairy Tail after the Edolas arc.
    • Lisanna was never truly dead.
    • Zeref is alive, or having never been sealed (at least, not involuntarily). The fact that he's actually a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds instead of the Complete Monster history regards him as probably counts, too.
    • Laxus returns to the Fairy Tail guild post Tenrou Island. Doesn't help that the tenth opening outright spoiled his return.
    • A 7-year Time Skip occurs after Tenrou Island.

    J 
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sting ever since Chapter 300 due to Jiemma possibly killing Lector and Minerva manipulating his feelings under the promise he will get him back if they win. The guy just wants his cat back.
    • Minerva herself when all her heartless attempts to prove herself strong are revealed to stem from her father's abuse.

    L 
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Given Fairy Tail's Loads and Loads of Characters, taking a single character, and pairing them off with someone from the list, is quite common amongst the fanbase.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • What was that? You thought Arcadios was not of this world any more because he submerged, head-to-toe, into a POOL OF HOT LAVA? Don't worry. Turns out Lucy's silver key spirit, Horologium, was able to protect him!
    • The ending of Chapter 334. Nobody believed Mashima would actually randomly kill off Gray. Chapter 335 proved the fandom was right.
    • Chapter 362. Happy pulls a Pell with only an afro for his troubles.
    • Chapter 368 and 369. Did you honestly believe that Mashima would kill off Jellal to a guild that's been in lock-up?
    • Chapter 378. Wendy and Carla dying due to Face being destroyed? What, you think Hiro Mashima is the type to Kill the Cutie? Though Carla could have at least gotten an afro for her trouble.
    • A very rare villainous example, especially for a Shōnen series, comes in the Tartarus arc in the form of Marde Guille. While he does have his fans, the real reason few believed he was truly down and out when his curse was turned against him was because this would have not only meant he would never get a real fight against the protagonists (beyond that truly epic fight against the Celestial Spirit King), but it would have also meant that E.N.D. would never make his appearance, since his Book of Zeref would have been petrified as well. Never having that resolved, especially given E.N.D.'s apparent backstory with Igneel, would have been completely unacceptable to fans, and absolutely nobody thought Mashima was going to pull a What Happened to the Mouse? of that magnitude.
    • Zeref. The near-unanimous reaction from the fandom to Zeref's "death" in Chapter 464 was that there was no way Mashima would kill off the Big Bad before the rest of the Spriggan Twelve were revealed, before Natsu became aware of his true relation to Zeref, before Acnologia's appearance, or especially after right after revealing he has ties to Layla and another unknown character named 'Anna.' The fact that there was No Body Left Behind only further cemented this reaction. The very next chapter proved they were right.
    • Come on, be honest. Who actually thought Gajeel died off against Bradman?

    M 
  • Magnificent Bastard: Future Rogue. The guy manipulated the entire Fiore Royal Family into using an Artifact of Doom powered by Zeref's magic and Celestial Spirit Magic by telling them it would save their country from a swarm of dragons coming to destroy them. In reality, using the Artifact of Doom was what caused the dragons to appear, and he promptly used a Compelling Voice spell to force the dragons into becoming his submission, as part of a ploy to kill Acnologia and take his place as the Dragon King. The dragons he summons proceed to curb-stomp the very mages whose magic is designed to kill them, while Future Rogue wipes the floor with Natsu. The only reason his plan didn't succeed was due to The Power of Friendship causing one of his dragons to rebel against him.
  • Memetic Badass:
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Post-Time Skip, Lucy initially came across as this, doing incredibly poorly in the Grand Magic Games and only getting chances to shine against characters who were effectively cannon fodder. Thankfully, this changes after chapter 379, where she proves instrumental in defeating Franmalth, and a few chapters down the line, takes several levels in badass by summoning three Celestial Spirits at once, as well as the Celestial Spirit King, when she's the only member of the guild who is capable of acting, but it was still a long period of time where she was constantly losing or being humiliated.
    • Sting of Sabertooth is well-known for the amount of failure he accomplishes through the Grand Magic Games arc. From finishing last in chariot race, to losing to Natsu in a one-on-two fight where Natsu didn't even use 100% of his strength, to having his pet Exceed, Lector, taken away from him, and then, to top his losing streak off, he completely surrenders before even attempting to fight a single Fairy Tail member in the final match despite how Badass he thought he became after learning the values of friendship. It's amazing the guy didn't fall apart afterwards. It only gets worse in the Tartarus arc, where he and Rogue fight Marde Guille, who has spent the entire fight Just Toying with Them and mocking them as the Puny Humans hes sees them as, all while No Selling every single thing they throw at him. Sting then demanded Marde fight them seriously. With his track record, Be Careful What You Wish For doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Flare comes across as a creepy Psycho Lesbian during her fight with Lucy. In fact, Lucy tends to fight a lot characters who give off rapist vibes.
    • Not to mention Juvia, for obvious reasons.
    • Doranbolt, thanks to his stint with Wendy; particularly him standing behind her, with a creepy smile. Mashima clearly caught on, as when Erza is reverted into a child, she imagines Doranbolt taking interest in her just as Jellal dumps her.
    • Zeref gets this as well. According to at least one circle of fans, he's "done" everything. Some even go so far as to say he's the progenitor of all living things because of this, dubbing the phenomenon "The Big Bang Theory." This probably comes from the fact that he did create Kyôka amd Seilah, two demons that wear very little clothing, have Impossible Hourglass Figures, and are utterly devoted to him, and has at least three incredibly beautiful Body Guard Babes in the form of DiMaria, Irene, and Brandish, all of whom wear just as little clothing as the aforementioned demons.
      • As of chapter 489.5, the "Big Bang Theory" may be canon to some extent.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Nakama Punch" Explanation 
    • "It's all Sting's fault." Explanation 
    • "Explosion Afros!" Explanation 
    • "Make a god-damn Hentai already!" Explanation  Explanation 2 
    • "But Simon died!" Explanation 
    • "404: Magic Not Found"Explanation 
    • "It's because she's Erza." Explanation 
      • The above comes from "Because He's/She's/It's _____!" Explanation 
    • Genos is that you?note 
  • Mis-blamed: Jellal regarding a lot wrongdoings that have occurred throughout the manga. Fans tend to forget that not only was Jellal brainwashed, mindraped, and controlled by Ultear for the duration of all his evil deeds, but he spends six years hunting evil and still feels his life was worthless due to what he'd done, it's surprising that he hasn't gotten more of a break from the fans (although his Creator's Pet status via Mashima could be a very prominent reason). Surprisingly, Ultear has never gotten a Never Live It Down reputation, despite not only freely chosing to Mind Rape Jellal for years but torturing and massacring huge numbers of people (Ultear's very prominent Freudian Excuse is one reason why she gets so much compassion). There seems to have been an attempt to rid Jellal of his Never Live It Down reputation after Mavis herself said he isn't evil - and she puts the 'God' in Word of God - however with not a huge amount of success. Part of this might be because he killed the only character that dies in the series on-screen, Simon, and part might be because of the completely psychopathic Stalker with a Crush way he treated Erza in the Tower Of Heaven arc.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The vicious beat down that Minerva gave Lucy and while the rest of Sabertooth except Rogue all smile smugly at it. Sting even laughs.
    • Jiemma crosses it twice. The first is when he orders Yukino to strip in front of all of the Sabertooth members and erase her guild mark,and the second one, when he erases Lector for no reason other than he bore the Sabertooth mark on his body. Considering that the rest of the guild was shown smirking or smiling even during his previous antics, their expressions at this wanton cruelty might signal that Jiemma may have crossed the line even in the eyes of many of his subordinates.
    • Pretty much everything Minerva does is a candidate. The aforementioned beatdown of Lucy, blackmailing Sting with Lecter's well-being by promising to return Lecter only if Sabertooth wins, and more recently, taking Millianna as a hostage to provoke Erza and Kagura. It seems she is fond of escalating this to the point of audacity given she also stabs the latter In the Back while they were off guard for the point gain. The worst bit: Erza and Kagura were settling their differences and about to reconcile. Finally, she revealed that while Erza and Kagura were fighting, she tortured Millianna just For the Evulz, gloating about how pleasant her screams of pain were. It won't be long before Minerva finally pays for it. especially given that Erza is ungodly pissed and glaring daggers.
    • Future Rogue tops them all by trying to kill Lucy, killing Future Lucy in the process. This act instantly turns Natsu and company against him. He later tops himself when he reveals to Natsu that he killed Sting to absorb his powers.
    • Treasure hunter Hiroshi seems to have crossed it in Chapter 346, stating that a load of giants can die simply because they're not a valuable treasure.
    • Tartarus wasted absolutely no time in making a beeline straight for this. No less than three chapters into their arc, they mercilessly killed off possibly every single member of one of their vassal guilds except for Minerva, bombed the Magic Council's headquarters killing all but one of them, and then gassed an entire village/town and killed hundreds of innocent civilians and counting, and almost killed the Raijin Tribe in the process. Talk about Cerebus Syndrome!
    • Marde Guille ran head-first into the Moral Event Horizon, and kept on cruising afterward. The very next appearance after his debut, he tortured one of his subordinates and then callously sacrificed his own mooks just to make sure Fairy Tail fell victim to his trap with Alegria. Even Kyouka was horrified by this, and to put that into perspective, she did pretty much the same thing to Succubus Eye!
    • Speaking of the member who destroyed the Magic Council, he manages to cross it and then do even worse when he threatens to kill a retired Magic Council member's granddaughter just to prove a point. And then tries to force Lucy into a Sadistic Choice in either having the the Magic Council member or a pregnant woman be killed. Thankfully, Natsu stops him.
    • Arlock of Avatar crosses it the moment we finally get to see him in action. Operation Purification, a plan in which he was going to massacre a village full of innocent people to summon Zeref, was probably enough to qualify him for crossing this as it was, but oh no, that's not enough for this guy. Remember all of that debate from the fans about whether or not Avatar being fodder made them look weak, and the chapters fighting them a waste of time? Yeah, he wanted that to happen. He never had any intention of even his own followers surviving this, which he proves the moment he summons one of the Eighteen War Gods of the Yakuma, laughing like a maniac while it begins slaughtering his own men, while saying that sacrificing the true believers who worship Zeref will surely draw Zeref's attention and summon him to them. The sheer despair on Mary's face when she realizes Arlock is going to leave her to her fate speaks volumes. No wonder Zeref wants nothing to do with the people who worship him.
    • Ankhseram hasn't even been seen on-screen yet and the fandom already believes he's crossed this. Cursing Zeref because he just wanted to his little brother back from the dead was bad enough, considering his Start of Darkness was entirely Ankhseram's fault, but that could arguably be considered curse-worthy if you feel forgiving of a Knight Templar view on the laws of life and death. But as if that wasn't already Moral Event Horizon material, he then cursed Mavis, and all she wanted to do was save her friends from a sort of Demonic Possession caused by the Tenrou Jade, which would have caused mass casualties if she hadn't decided the risks of using an incomplete Law were worth it. The former could maybe be justified, if you buy the excuse of an In Mysterious Ways sense of a deity's Blue and Orange Morality. The latter was just a straight-up dick move against a character who absolutely did not deserve it. And just to cement how much of a douche he is Zeref's curse kills Mavis despite her own curse because they fell in love with each other, just to drive him even further into despair. He'd seriously be in Scrappy territory had he actually appeared on screen yet.
    • Mest Gryder ran headfirst into this in Chapter 488 in a rather shocking way. Brandish, who was undergoing a Heel Realization and was trying to talk August, whom she sees as a grandfather figure, down from attacking Fairy Tail by appealing to his better nature. Right when it looked like it was working, Mest implants fake memories in Brandish that makes her stab August, blowing up the negotiations and all but guaranteeing Brandish won't have a Heel–Face Turn. And the worst part? His little stunt didn't even work, all it did was piss August off and bring down hell upon his and Fairy Tail's heads. His Slasher Smile afterwards as Natsu called him out on it speaks volumes. And this coming from someone who belongs to a guild that takes every opportunity presented to it to preach The Power of Friendship.

    N 
  • Narm:
    • Chapter 246: Hades' almost cartoony facial expressions as Natsu starts beating him up in Lighting-Flame Dragon Mode.
    • Chapter 358-362: People were finding it difficult to take Tartarus seriously when Tempester and Jackal got their asses kicked in direct combat and had to resort to underhanded methods.
    • Chapter 365: Kyouka's Cold-Blooded Torture of Erza failed to qualify as Nightmare Fuel for many because Mashima took too much liberty in showing off Erza's naked body, instead coming off as thinly veiled Fanservice. The borderline waterfalls of sweat didn't help matters. Chapter 368 was more effective by keeping more of Erza's body obscured and using Electric Torture much more visually painful than the small cuts from earlier that relied on Erza's currently maximized sense of pain to function as torture at all.
    • Chapter 389: Sting and Rogue attempting to appear threatening as they fight Marde Guille, given their lackluster performance at the Grand Magic Games and Marde Guille's minimal effort to fend them off.
    • Chapter 394: Juvia tearfully giving a speech about love? Heartwarming. Juvia blowing up Keith from inside? Moment of Awesome? Doing both at the same time? Narm.
    • Chapter 395: After having had a relatively tough time fighting Tempester and Torafusa, Gajeel and Natsu enter their Super Modes while the former two enter their One-Winged Angel modes. Of course, just as the fight looked like it was getting to the good part, not only did Gajeel and Natsu have the fight inexplicably do a total 180 and started kicking the two demons' asses (with Torafusa calling Gajeel and Natsu demons), but Natsu and Gajeel literally started fighting each other because of a sudden argument over who was stronger, making the fight seem much less serious than it was before as a result. And all of this while Juvia was potentially dying due to Anti-Magic Particle exposure.
    • Chapter 400: It is both awesome and hysterical that what Natsu was searching for was LITERALLY inside him all along.
    • Chapter 403: Erza punching Kyouka with her sense of pain cranked up to the max and declaring it "unworthy of the name pain" is undeniably awesome, and continuing to fight with all five senses gone would be equally awesome, if not for the sappy speech that didn't even try to be subtle about The Power of Friendship.
    • Chapter 404: Erza's sense-less beatdown on Kyouka doesn't even bother with an explanation, "because she's Erza".
    • Chapter 408: Demon!Jiemma's pointy hair and ears don't really fit with the rest of his extremely muscular body.
    • Chapter 409: Jiemma gets killed a single chapter after returning while going on and on about how strong he was. The incredibly corny friendship speeches from Sting and Rogue weren't helping.
    • Chapter 416: Erza's trauma over the Cold-Blooded Torture she suffered in the Tartaros arc is seen by some as poorly timed, considering her portrayal during the arc.
    • Lisanna and Mirajane talking in serious, concerned voices about how Seilah is putting Mirajane on the defensive by ‘‘pelting her with books.’’ And not in a creative way either – just throwing a small number of books straight at her over and over again while Mirajane stands there motionless guarding. It’s funny both the first ‘’and second’’ time you watch it – worse with the anime because of the dramatic music in the background.
    • Erza Scarlet and Erza Knightwalker's last fight turned into a really suggestive Cat Fight with Clothing Damage galore and several scenes of one of them straddling the other and grappling as their weapons were broken, in the anime there were lots of closeups on their heaving...tracts of land. Fairy Tail engaging in this level of fanservice is normal, but this is supposed to be this desperate, climatic fight between two of the strongest characters in the series, set to a backdrop of the world ending and the meta-fight of Scarlet trying to convince Knightwalker that they don't need magic. And it's animated like cheap porn.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • No matter what Jellal does to try to make up for his past evil deeds, several fans just won't accept that he's turned a new leaf.
    • While fans all around go crazy regarding the Gajeel/Levy shipping, many do not let it pass over their heads that Gajeel beat-the-living-crap out of Levy in their initial meeting; labeling Gajeel as a wife-beater. The Would Hit a Girl defense has been tried in that Gajeel beat up all three people fairly equally, but without much success. Chapter 485 seems to imply that Mashima has caught on to this criticism with the Gajeel/Levy shipping, and reveals that Gajeel considers it to be his greatest sin.
    • Doranbolt makes one extremely creepy face while he was partnered up with Wendy, and he ends up forever labelled as a child molester; no matter what he does to improve his image. Mashima even goes along with it in a later chapter to the point that he agreed with the fans that Doranbolt should be a Lolicon.
    • Doesn't matter what Sting does from here on out. No one will ever forgive him for his complete failure to live up to the hype throughout the Grand Magic Games.
    • Erza's head-scratching victory over Kyouka despite her overwhelming disadvantage has led to many readers having low expectations for all her future fights. Happy's now-infamous explanation for it - "It's because she's Erza" - really didn't help, and has since become a punchline used to explain pretty much other other time Erza's fight earned criticism, both before and after.
    • Max is only ever remembered for the broom incident which has since become a Running Gag Cargo Ship.

    O 
  • One-Scene Wonder: Any of the Celestial Spirits, including the Spirit King, could be considered this in general as they can only appear when a Celestial mage summons them. However, the Silver Keys (outside of Plue) are extremely rare to see.

    P 
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • As described in Author's Saving Throw above, many situations in the Tartarus arc are considered this after the fans complained throughout the Grand Magic Games arc.
    • Seilah returning after the amount of backlash her fight with the Strauss siblings got.

    R 
  • Redemption Equals Affliction: Laxus' fate at the beginning of the Tartarus arc (being brought to a pass where a Heroic Sacrifice was necessary and possibly permanently debilitated as a result) reeks of this trope, as some fans believed Mashima to have inflicted such a fate upon him for no reason other than a Deus Exit Machina.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Lisanna for those who were sick of her anime scenes taking up screen-time that she never originally had in the manga.
    • Jellal was a fairly controversial character pre-Time Skip, due to perceived overexposure (especially with a lookalike) and controversy over whether or not amnesia pardons his past actions. Post Time Skip, between his self-punishment over what turned out to be brainwashing and pretty much canonizing Jerza, he's now a fairly popular character.
    • While Sting good side was showing a few chapters prior, Chapter 300 might have had him join Rogue in being the only well-liked members of Sabertooth after blasting a hole through Jiemma after obliterating Lector for showing he had a guild mark. The fans were pleased to see Jiemma get it coming. Rogue and Yukino have been getting a lot of love, too, after the Grand Magic Games arc, especially following the Sabertooth side-story.
    • Also, Flare was a disliked member of the disliked Raven Tail guild...until said guild disbanded and she came to Lucy and the rest of Fairy Tail in an apologetic state. When her backstory and Freudian Excuse for her prior behavior came out, the hate for her pretty much vanished in-story and out of it.
    • Though she remains a Base Breaker by and large, Minerva, of all people, has surprisingly ascended to this trope to a fair degree. Before she was one of the most reviled characters of the story, but after it was revealed she is the way she is due to her Abusive Dad (who, among other acts, beat her for crying and left her naked in a forest one night) and that she actually regrets what she had become, the fanbase eased up on her a little bit. Obviously she still has a lot of things to make up for, but as far as most readers are concerned, this is still tremendous progress in her development.
    • The expansion in the anime did this for the Wolf Knights, giving them Pet the Dog and Defeat Means Friendship moments with the guild, as well as making them a bit less Ax-Crazy.
  • Rooting for the Empire: While previous villains in the series have reached Ensemble Darkhorse status and while the victories of protagonists have been criticized ad nauseam due to their Ass Pull tendencies and tired old The Power of Friendship speeches, they've never before reached this point... until the Albareth Empire arc. The reason for this is because Zeref and Mavis' backstory proved to be so goddamned tragic that some fans actually want to see Albareth win, just so that Zeref and Mavis can be reunited and given the happy ending they believe they so desperately deserve. Those same fans tend to reject the protagonists' theory that Zeref wants to use Fairy Heart against Acnologia, and tend to believe that Zeref actually wants to resurrect her a la E.N.D. Whether or not this is true, of course, remains to be seen.

    S 
  • The Scrappy:
    • Raven Tail. A team designed specifically for the readers to have someone to hate during the Magic Games; with Ivan as the jerk family member of Markov and Laxus, Obra as the game-breaking cheater that caused Lucy to lose her duel, Flare as the crazy nut-job (though she does get better), and Nullpudding for singling out Gray during their game match. People seem to be fine with Kurohebi, but only because he got the least screen-time of the bunch and never got to pull anything on a beloved Fairy Tail member.
    • Samuel, from the Key of the Starry Sky filler arc, for a being an Insufferable Genius.
    • After Chapter 291, Sabertoothnote  propelled itself to this trope, to the point that fans are calling Sabertooth the next Raven Tail.
      • Sabertooth's Minvera is hated for a plethora of reasons. To start, there's her characterization in the Grand Magic Games arc where she goes out of her way to be a jerk several times; garnering the hate for being an extreme Jerkass towards other Fairy Tail characters that are loved by certain factions of the fanbase. After the Grand Magic Games however, the hate for her character develops into a much different reason by the time of her reintroduction in the Sun Village arc. To explain, she ends up joining a Dark Guild after Sabertooth lost the Games just for petty revenge against Erza without having to worry about the laws legal guilds follow. As noted above in Badass Decay, there was some fun in seeing how far she could jump through the Moral Event Horizon while still not technically being a villain, but now that she has become a straight-up villain (for a Dark Guild that hadn't even been worth mentioning beforehand, a far cry from the former strongest Guild where she was respected as their strongest Mage), her actions are no longer interesting. Many people felt that she was overstaying her welcome once Chapter 359 revealed that she had survived Kyouka's magic and had now become a demon and a member of Tartarus. And then, thanks to the Dark and Troubled Past reveal about her father, she began to be hated for being seen as one of the most inconsistently written characters ever seen in Shonen, because no one knew what to make of her character...
      • And now that the fandom realized that all of the above is all a result of Jiemma being an Abusive Dad and an all-around Jerkass of a Guild Master, he has since jettisoned himself to the top of the Scrappy heap, with almost all of the former hate for all of Sabertooth's members (except, arguably, Minerva) now being aimed squarely at him. His sudden, inexplicable return during the Tartaros arc, needless to say, did not help.
    • Future Rogue initially gained interest for killing Future Lucy and then easily defeating the main protagonist. However, his characterization proved largely lacking as his arc progressed, and the revelation that his Start of Darkness was the death of Frosch (who, as Natsu points out, his actions are endangering) earned him widespread scorn.
    • Aquarius is also disliked by a wide number of fans due to being a Jerkass to Lucy and always abandoning Lucy at the eleventh hour, such as in the above-mentioned chapter, despite Lucy being her former master's daughter, to whom she swore to protect Lucy. And then Chapter 384 was released...
    • The Hungry Wolf Knights (aka, Executioners). While fans will agree that their designs were interesting (especially since they were thought up some of said fans), their characterization is despised as they were responsible for the aforementioned Arc Fatigue, and their sadistic attitude towards killing makes it hard to see them as "just doing their job". Even in-series, they weren't taken as serious opponents and nobody cared when Future Rogue seemingly killed them (Though they did show up unscathed at the end of the arc).
    • Crawford Theme, the former Magic Council Chairman who sold out humanity (and more directly, Erza and Mira) for material gain. Even though many saw him taking Face's final key from Jellal as a copout to keep Jellal alive, nobody complained about his consequent death by Kyouka.
    • Avatar for being taken out so hilariously quickly so as to be seen as a waste of time. The fact Mashima attempts to justify this in-universe later on by revealing that Arlock intentionally led the rest of Avatar to their deaths did not help with this perception.
    • Mest has JUMPED to this position after manipulating Brandish into attempting to kill August. He attempts to justify it, but the fact that he has a psychotic grin on his face totally defeats that. Plus, it just inspires August to fight them seriously.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Was always a minor thing until Lisanna came back into the picture, giving the Natsu/Lisanna fans a fighting chance against the Natsu/Lucy shippers. Ron the Death Eater accusations against Lisanna began already, while Lucy is being bashed for "being in the way."
    • Loke/Lucy is typically still treated as a minor and easily-squashed contender though.
    • The aftermath of Fairy Tail Zero Chapter 7 ignited a bit of this, between the already well-established shippers for Mavis and Zeref (mentioned above in Shipping Goggles), and the much-newer shippers of Mavis and Zeira. The former had been around for over a year, but now that we've actually seen how the two met, they were galvanized all over again, just two months after some rather major Ship Tease between the latter. Others decided to Take a Third Option.
      • ... Until Chapter 12 of Zero, where it was officially confirmed that Zeira was Dead All Along, and Zeira as we knew her was effectively Mavis' Imaginary Friend. Needless to say, Zeref x Mavis fans declared victory.
  • Snark Bait: Regarding The Power of Friendship and Fanservice, to the point that an excess of either in other manga often draws negative comparisons to Fairy Tail.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The end of the Tower of Heaven arc emphasizes that just because a Heroic Sacrifice saves your friends' lives doesn't mean that they're going to be happy to be alive at your expense.
    • Much of Natsu's fight with Gildarts in the S-Class Exam was a big anvil drop on his tendency to charge into a fight and beat up whoever the opponent is with no regard for their strength, never backing down. It puts in perspective both how necessary it is for Natsu to learn from fear and accept strategic retreats, and also just how far Natsu has to go in magic power. Considering that Gildarts had just come back from fighting the black dragon, it was probably foreshadowing an anvil that gets dropped at the end of the arc: that if Natsu couldn't beat Gildarts on his own, he has no chance against Acnologia.
  • Squick:
    • In the Galuna Island arc Sherry took control of Taurus and probably would have forced him to rape Lucy if Lucy hadn't learned how to force a Gate closure, unsummoning him. The anime has been extremely careful in sidestepping the incredible volume of rape subtext in the manga, extending that particular scene to have Taurus attempting to punch her repeatedly.
    • The leader of the Jiggle Butt Gang shoving his ass in Erza's face. Pass the Brain Bleach please.
    • The Jiggle Jugs Gang. Never has Gainaxing been so horrifying.
    • As if the Cold-Blooded Torture involving Erza in the Tartarus arc wasn't bad enough on its own, Kyouka had left a chained up, naked, sweaty Erza with, of all things, a tentacle monster. Thankfully, Kyouka told it not to touch her. Thank God, because that was the last thing the manga needed to insinuate after the Base Breaking level of runaway fanservice.
      • She changes her mind and starts using the tentacle demon, but we fortunately don't get a Naughty Tentacles scene of the tentacles wrapping around Erza's naked body... because it merely grabs her arms and legs to start electrocuting her!
    • Any time the fanservice includes Wendy.
    • Oddly enough, despite the couple being a fan-favorite, Chapter 450 caused this reaction for the Zeref and Mavis pairing. Some people ended up getting turned off at the thought of what looked like Zeref kissing a little girl.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In Chapter 228. Maybe the healthier mages could hang around, but shouldn't they begin removing the injured from the island at this point?

    T 
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Laxus curbstomps all of Raven Tail. That is all.
    • Sting blasting a hole in Jiemma.
    • Even with the aforementioned controversy involving how it happened, Erza beating Minerva still counts, especially with the latter begging for mercy by the end.
    • Natsu knocking out the former Council member Michello after he showed obnoxious cowardice and selfishness by abandoning his granddaughter to Jackal, trying to impose authority over the townspeople while demanding help, and insisting that he's far more important to save than a pregnant woman when Jackal puts Lucy in a Sadistic Choice over picking one not to blow up.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Though to be fair, this depends on who you ask due to Fairy Tail's Loads and Loads of Characters. Realistically, you'll hear someone make this claim for almost any character that's not part of the core Fairy Tail team.
    • Lisanna however, is a prime offender of this trope, if you think that her new scenes in the anime and backstory with the core cast give her prime placement to be used more. Of course, there's always the opposition who think she's been in the spotlight long enough, that her fairly pointless-in-the-long-run extra scenes in the anime were already pushing things, and are really happy that she now has a prominent but supporting role that allows her to develop Natsu, Mira and Elfman's characters without pulling focus.
    • Mystogan is thought to be a major case of this. Him being the mysterious, elusive guild member, only showing up to get jobs or when the guild was in a crisis made him appealing. As well as the fact that be was a unique guild member, not needing some ancient magic, or being part of some powerful family to be considered powerful, and not needing a tragic back story to be heroic and selfless. Instead he turns out to be another Jellal and gets stuck in Edolas before we really even get to know him.
      • That said, Edolas counterparts are different from their Earthland counterparts (particularly with Jellal, whose entire personality was shaped by Ultear mindraping him during his formative years), and although many people are disappointed at seeing Jellal again, there aren't many other character choices that could be doubled to be substituted in as Mystogan - particularly to get the right effect on the story and characters.
    • Hades also has a case. He was the first character in the series to beat Makarov through sheer power alone, had a deeper connection with Fairy Tail than any of the previous antagonists, held great charisma and an intriguing philosophical outlook on the Fairy Tail universe and magic, and overall possessed qualifications to be a central antagonist for the series. Instead, after he beats Makarov, he simply retreats back into his ship, lets his subordinates be beaten down one after another, then holds one final fight against the main characters. After that, he's randomly killed.
      • Except we now have Zeref, who has a connection with Mavis from the very beginning, which is infinitely more interesting as a connection to Fairy Tail. And considering Zeref's character and complete hatred for people like Hades (which is a significant part of his character so it can't be worked around), you can't have both in the same universe without one eventually killing off the other... and Zeref doesn't wait around to do things like that. The only way Hades could have stayed around is if Zeref didn't become active until a later point. Technically, though, Hades was the central antagonist of the series, we just didn't know it, considering that he was the one he manipulated Jellal and drove him mad, hence instrumenting everything around the "Tower of Heaven". Either Zeref would have had to appear later or we would have had to come up against Hades much much sooner for him to have been around.
      • Although Hades was a waste of a good character, his death, surprisingly enough, did quite a lot for the story and universe in general. It established Zeref as really being a major threat, being a genuinely lethal threat, as actually killing several people instantaneously and without effort, and willing to do so suddenly without any long speeches or normal shonen work-up. This increased the lethal potential of the series, whereas before the only person to die was after a typical long talk and fight. It set the stage for Acnologia. It demonstrated the risk that the heroes would eventually be exposed to and all this after Zeref himself bemoans the fact that Natsu hasn't developed far along enough to kill him. And honestly, it was a nice change after all the Save the Villain developments prior.
    • Future Rogue is another major example as someone who started off as a fan-favorite moments after his introduction for his curb-stomping over Natsu, but as his appearances went on, many readers came to believe that the guy had hardly any motivation or goal for why he ended up the way he did. His last words, however, foreshadow that big events surrounding his present self are going to take place on the next future, so it's debatable.
    • The Celestial Spirits have always been side-lined characters to the point that the 2nd anime felt they were deserving to have a Filler Arc centered around them, but recent chapters have been heading this direction even further due to Lucy's Next Tier Power-Up where she can now take on the form of the Spirits to fight the battles herself rather than act as a summoner for the Spirits. At this point, there's no reason for the actual Spirit personas to show up anymore.
    • God Serena. Hyped up as being the most powerful mage on Ishgar, his rank as number one of the Ten Wizard Saints left his fellow Gods of Ishgar and Levy referring to him with awe, and the revelation that he had defected to the Albareth Empire left readers dreading the implications of that. While he does get one fight scene where he trashed the other Gods plus Jura, we never see his other four elements of Dragon Slayer Magic (he has eight in total), and he's killed shortly after by Acnologia in one hit. While this is clearly meant to reinforce just how stupidly powerful Acnologia is, we're ultimately left with only a hint as to why God Serena defected, the ability only to speculate on his other powers, and absolutely no backstory on an otherwise interesting character before he was killed.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • After a Time Skip, you'd think that the main cast would grow up, looking more mature and badass and taking a level in badass in power. Instead we got the lame Fairy Sphere, a defense spell that stops time for everyone on the island by the first Fairy Tail master, meaning everyone looks and acts the same and no visible power-ups, though it does present the possibility on how they react to a world that's changed drastically.
      • Looks to be heading in the latter direction, starting with the death of Lucy's father.
    • Natsu and Wendy buying magic-weapons in Edolas, but losing them after their one-time uses. Most fans around this time figured Team Natsu was going to all eventually get Badass weapon tools as their Next Tier Power-Up. Never happened obviously.
    • The S-Class trial plot which got pushed to the side (and had no actual conclusion afterwards) in favor of another war against a Dark Guild. There are a plethora of people that found the test much more interesting than the fight against Grimoire Heart; especially considering the reaction many of the fights got after the guild war concluded.
      • The war with Grimoire Heart may not have been the issue itself. Consider that it did show the most deadliest and most powerful opponents so far; Fairy Tail was constantly on the back foot, lost a lot and only won because of Tenroujima Island, the first master and a few Ass Pulls (although all in all the fights were generally interesting even when the heroes lost); and the entire arc concluded a lot of plot lines that had revolved around Grimoire Heart and introduced the importance of Fairy Tail's secrets and Mavis as tied to Zeref. The problem was that it interrupted the S Class Exam, when the exam plot should have been finished first and then move on to Grimoire Heart happening upon everyone at Tenroujima after the fact (which would have gave more credence to everyone being so exhausted, rather than Erza and Mirajane being exhausted after one fight each that they both monstered).
      • The S Class Exam itself though was wasted in more ways than one. Not only was it not completed, but despite the good premise, the execution had problems in places (e.g. Lucy and Cana's fight against Fried and Bickslow was really pathetic for no reason; Lisanna and Juvia were beaten to a pulp mercilessly by Erza without even giving a good showing; Loke and Gray's fight against Wendy and 'Mest' was at least pathetic for a partially justified reason...).
    • Raven Tail as a whole. It was introduced as far back as the Fighting Festival arc and was initially presented as a major antagonist, being that it was led by Makarov's son and seemed specifically made to counter Fairy Tail (right down to the name). In the end however, when it does finally get time in the sun, Raven Tail is only one of the participants in the Grand Magic Games, where its team spends the whole arc simply bullying Fairy Tail members before at last getting trounced on by Laxus. And after that fallout, it was apparently disbanded.
      • Ivan, related to two major characters, just disappears after the Grand Magic Games. Especially odd given the redemption for Flare, who received sympathy even before the Sun Village arc even though her battle with Lucy involved some of the most amoral actions of any Raven Tail member.
    • During the Sun Village arc, Minerva mentally claims to have a counter to Erza's Nakagami Armor. What could possibly help her against such a powerful armor? Never mind, Minerva's good now.
    • Speaking of Minerva, she and her father both undergo demonification. Many were expecting new powers, or even an Etherious Form. Both are defeated in underwhelming battles without showing anything new.
    • During the Tartarus arc, the first Silver reveal that he was actually a walking corpse housing the demon, Deliora, and has come back to take revenge on Ul's disciples, is seen as a missed opportunity for those that liked the idea of Gray actually getting a chance to fight against his past trauma (despite previously facing his fears and backstory at Galuna Island), instead of what we got with the second reveal that occurred a few chapters later where it turns out that Silver was simply masquerading as Deliora; he's actually Gray's father re-animated and forced to exist in a state of living death by Tartarus' necromancer, Keith, and has become a type V Antihero and Death Seeker, becoming part of Tartarus while behind the scenes devoting himself to wiping out the demons and Tartarus in revenge for both himself, and his family - Gray and his wife - previously believing both to be dead.
    • Chapter 363 implied that other guilds would be coming to help Fairy Tail against Tartarus, potentially leading to an all-out war similar to the Dragon King Festival, except that this time, more than seven people would be able to do some damage. The only guild that ends up coming for assistance is Sabertooth (and even then, only the Twin Dragons). The arc ends up with only Fairy Tail fighting, and even then, only the Tenrou Group gets in on the action.
    • Ikusatsunagi in Chapter 433 & 434 would have been a great chance to make the God Slayers actually relevant as a setting element, especially Chelia/Sherria, who might actually have a reason to get involved and to have followed the group. Instead it ends up being a one-hit kill on Natsu's part. Then Chapter 476 released and something happened that either made them relevant or made them more insignificant.
    • While we're on the topic of the Avatar Arc, the revelation from Future Rogue that the one who killed Frosch in his timeline was none other than Gray. Indeed, Gray seemed to have had a Face–Heel Turn (even if he was actually The Mole for Erza), but at the end of the arc, when the two of them were face to face, Gray just spazzes out and hugs Frosch for being so cute. There is absolutely no explanation as to why the Bad Future was averted, or which event Set Right What Once Went Wrong, leaving fans wondering if Natsu showing up was all it took to avert the Bad Future, or if it was Gray needing to save Lucy's life, thus blowing his cover and the need to keep up appearances, with no real answers to satisfy how and why Frosch was saved... or if it merely delayed the inevitable.
    • Erza becoming the Seventh Master. She's one of the most powerful members of the guild this side of Gildarts, has obvious leadership skills, and commands the respect of the entire guild. She was more than qualified for the position, and pretty much the entire fandom was eager to see in which direction she would take the guild. She only oversees one mission, which, while successful, resulted in a Tactical Withdrawal. So what happens when Makarov comes back? Makarov becomes guild master again. FOR THE THIRD TIME. Status Quo Is God indeed.
    • Natsu gets a life-threatening tumor that is resolved almost as quickly as it's established, serving little purpose but to hammer in that Brandish is good now.
    • The revelation that DiMaria is a Racial Remnant of the people of Mildian opens up a multitude of possibilities, especially considering the city is stated to have later worshiped Chronos, the God of Time, of whom DiMaria is basically a living vessel with her Take Over ability. Perceptive fans have noted that this is also the same city where Zeref attended school up until receiving his Curse. When did Mildian become the home of Chronos, after its populace used to worship Ankhseram? Was Mildian actually located within what is now the Albareth Empire? And if so, does Zeref have something to do with the conversion, and is it really just a coincidence that a descendant of Mildian now serves him? Does DiMaria know that she's now serving the same person who started Mildian down the path of destruction, or does she even care? All of these unanswered questions make it seem as if the Racial Remnant revelation was added on to DiMaria's backstory as an afterthought, which is a real shame, because not only could it tie into the backstory of the Albareth Empire as a whole, but also potentially Zeref's.
  • Toy Ship: Romeo/Wendy is quite popular, considering they're both the same age as of the Time Skip.

    U 
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Future Rogue admits shortly before disappearing that Frosch's death turned him evil... which most people would say does not justify him killing his next closest friend to steal his powers, wanting to use a dragon army to fight Acnologia (not just to stop it, but for the self-centered goal of world domination in Acnologia's place), trying to have the dragons wipe out humanity for inadequately explained reasons in the meantime (which, as Natsu points out, is endangering the very Exceed whose death is supposed to drive him crazy), and trying to kill Lucy (while succeeding in killing the future version) because she had the potential to stop his selfish goals before they got off the ground.
    • Minerva is quickly absolved of her actions once she's given the Freudian Excuse of her father's abuse. For some, this excuse came out of nowhere (Minerva had never shown any signs of submission or fear for her father in the present story), and doesn't justify all her creulty (which wasn't really part of Jiemma's demands for her to "be the strongest"). Others felt that this was too predictable given Jiemma's behavior and an anticlimactic end to the conflict between Minerva and Erza that had been dragged on for far too long.
    • Erza when she angsts about her torture at the end of the Tartarus arc. The issue is not the angst itself, but the timing; it would have been more acceptable during or right after the torture, but Erza failed to show any emotional or even physical impediment throughout the arc that is regarded by many to be one of her worst portrayals, coming fresh out of the torture cellar to initially overpower her torturer before fighting evenly without much apparent strain, then beating her rival from the Grand Magic Games in an anticlimactic fistfight that trivialized said rival's demonification, then finally trouncing the aforementioned the torturer despite a horrible handicap in one of the series' most infamous Ass Pulls. The most positive view to take away from all this is "Erza is such a badass that torture is no big deal", which makes her sudden trauma right at the end of the arc feel forced in for the sake of Ship Tease by having Jellal comfort her.

    V 
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It's not 100% apparent whether Midnight is a tomboyish woman or a somewhat feminine man. The only time anyone referred to him/her with pronouns they used female ones ('her', 'daughter', etc.) but that's obviously not complete proof... and in fact, eventually switched to using male pronouns. This is a translation confusion. Midnight refers to himself using a pronoun only used by men and boys, and the times that the translator has used him and daughter were actually gender-neutral phrases like person and father and child.

    W 
  • What an Idiot:
    • Crawford Seam, the former chairman of the Magic Council. He maybe could have been given a pass for turning out to be The Mole for Tartarus, a genocidal guild full of demons who believe humans are inherently inferior to them. Not so much for transferring the last living Key to Face from Jellal to himself, and then announcing he had done this to everyone in the room. Although, if you want to be honest, the reason why he felt that they wouldn't dare to kill him is because he's the one who can activate Face remotely. Something Kyouka later regretted. Of course, if he'd let that slip sooner, Kyouka wouldn't have killed him too soon.
    • Lamy of Tartarus outright stating their secret to immortality in front of Fairy Tail being that their laboratory tubes can just recreate and revive them. Even by Explaining Your Power to the Enemy standards, this was quite bad on her part. Made worse by the fact that Mira just goes ahead and destroys the Tartarus labs a few pages later.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Jellal, especially in the Nirvana arc. Crucifix? Yep, his coffin's shaped like one. He gets revived from the "dead", and in addition uses Heavenly Body Magic.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Being one of the main characters, Lucy often gets this for her personal fighting abilities not being that impressive compared to the rest of Team Natsu, and this is a common argument against her when pitting her against Erza for the better character.
    • Post-Tartarus arc, aside from being the one who ultimately defeated Jackal, saving the rest of Fairy Tail by summoning the Celestial Spirit King, and even gaining a desperately-needed Next Tier Power-Up, Lucy finally demonstrates the ability to fight all on her own with her Magical Girl-esque Star Dress power. You'd think this would alleviate these concerns, right? Wrong. Instead, the chief complaint about Lucy now revolves around the fact that Lucy has been repeatedly denied the chance to properly show off her new fighting prowess (except, arguably, against Mary, but Avatar as a whole has its own host of issues that have been beaten to death above), mostly due to Natsu now being so absurdly powerful, to the point where fans have asked what was the point of Lucy gaining a Next Tier Power-Up was in the first place if she barely even gets to show us what she can do.
  • The Woobie:
    • Lucy. Her father dies while she's at Tenrou Island, one of her friends is attacked on the way to the Grand Magic Games, her friends' daughter gets held hostage, is brutally beaten up not once but TWICE, gets arrested for a plan she just found out that she was a part of, and an asshole from the future tries to kill her for what turns out to be his own selfish gain, instead lethally injuring her future self so that the dies in the present Lucy's arms. In the Tartaros arc, she is hunted down by much of the Dark Guild after Mard Geer petrifies everyone else, ultimately forced to snap the key to Aquarius, her first Celestial Spirit, to summon the Celestial Spirit King.
    • Millianna has been getting this since she is having trouble keeping up with Kagura to be a worthwhile ally and being a victim of Minerva's sadism. Especially when the latter started clawing into her to pass the time.
    • Another contender is Rogue. Not only does he have to often witness and deal with the horrific nature of his guild master, but he was forced to Mercy Kill his dragon parent. To add more, something in the future causes him to turn evil (while killing Sting in the process), and the present version is horrified at the fact he will be the one to bring the hell that they are currently suffering through. To add more fuel to the fire, Ultear thought to kill the guy in order to save everyone else and even when she doesn't, the fact that he could still become his evil future self, really hits hard.. You just want to hug the guy.
    • Erza as well. She lost her parents to Zeref's disciples, and is caught, enslaved, and tortured while being forced to build The Tower of Heaven. Her attempt to set her Childhood Friend Jellal free fell through, and Jellal takes the fall for it. During the slave revolt, her grandfather figure Rob dies protecting her. She finally rescues Jellal, only to find that he'd lost his mind while being tortured. Jellal banished Erza from the Tower of Heaven, making sure she realized that she'd never be able to save the other children, and they were doomed to stay. 8 years later, Erza was kidnapped by these people, and was to be a sacrifice to Zeref. She fought her close childhood friend, Jellal, only to see Simon die protecting her from Jellal. She was nearly killed by the Etherion, which she offered herself to in order to destroy the Tower of Heaven. Fast-forward to the Oracion Seis arc, where Jellal had been turned good and was ready to live with Erza, Erza had to send Jellal to prison for all that he'd done, leaving her a sobbing wreck. She is frozen in time along with many Fairy Tail members during the Tenrou Island incident. Fast-forward to the Tartaros arc, she is kidnapped with Mirajane, and tortured by Kyouka, who used a magic to heighten Erza's sensitivity to pain, and is also threatened with the death of Mirajane.
    • Wendy loses her Dragon foster parent (and she's introduced as far more emotionally fragile than the other Dragon Slayers), then befriends Mystogan only for him to suddenly abandon her to a guild, which she learns years later was all just an illusion created by a ghost, having to watch everyone she'd been acquainted to suddenly fade from existence, and this was shortly after watching her supposed childhood child get arrested for either a life sentence or execution before he could regain his (nonexistent) memory of her. Shortly after joining Fairy Tail, it also disappears as it's sucked into an Anima, and she and Natsu are captured and painfully drained of their magic after being told that their long-time Exceed partners betrayed them. She gets frozen in time for seven years, and much later gets mauled by a demon who tries to eat Carla in front of her, nearly dies self-destructing Face, and finally reunited with her long-lost foster mother only for her to pass on presumably less than ten minutes later.
    • Gray beats them all in sheer amount. To start with his parents are killed by Deliora and he's taken in by Ur and raised alongside Lyon. Then he tries to beat Deliora and instead Ur performs a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Deliora, which results in Lyon hating him. Then he finds out years later Lyon wants to bring Deliora back and is forced to fight a guy who is essentially his brother. He ends up later confronting his technical sister who tries to kill him, gets stuck in magic stasis for seven years and gets mocked and for his performance in the Grand Magic Game's first day. Then he dies in the fight with the Dragons and is only saved by Ultear's Reset Button and goes on to fight a Demon who makes him freak out cause it reminds him of Deliora. THEN, in the Tartarus arc, he's told by Silver that Ur's sacrifice was in vain because Silver is Deliora possessing his dad's body and that Silver wants to kill everyone associated with Ur. The fact that this turns out to be a lie actually makes this worse; he's actually a Death Seeker zombie reanimated by yet another demon, and saving the magic world requires killing him along with the Necromancer controlling him. No wonder Gray is usually quite sullen. Makes you wonder what the hell else is next.
    • Silver turns out to be this, as well as being quite possibly the best case of Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds since Zeref himself. Why does he seem like Tartarus' Token Good Teammate? Why was he visiting that grave? How did he know who Natsu was? He's not a demon, but he's not technically human, either; he was actually a corpse reanimated by Keyes, and was the closest Keyes had ever come to being able to fully resurrect the dead exactly as they were before. Silver began trying to destroy Tartarus from the inside, until he saw the Grand Magic Games, and discovered that Gray was alive, causing a major Heroic B.S.O.D. in which Silver decided he had no right to try to seek revenge for someone who was not only alive, but was definitely on opposing sides. Silver then began working as a true member of the Nine Demon Gates, and admits that he helped kill former Council members, simply because he wanted Gray to put him out of his misery. The ending of his fight has him begging Gray to kill him, with him wanting to join his wife, Mika, in the afterlife. The guy's been through every bit as much as Gray, if not more.
    • If you separate out Jellal's status as Creator's Pet and try objectively to look at what he's suffered in his life, the list goes like this: starts out as a child in the "Tower Of Heaven", so as child slave labor, tries to free the people he loves and gets Mind Raped mercilessly as a result; is partially turned mad and continuously Mind Raped for years while he manipulates, tortures and enslaves the people he loves. Fast-forward to the Tower of Heaven arc, and he kills Simon mercilessly, tortures and tries to sacrifice the love of his life (all the while still being Mind Raped by Ultear by the way). Fast forward to the Nirvana arc and he wakes up as himself without his memories only to find out he enslaved, tortured and killed the people he loved (and this does haunt him and torture him psychologically for years once he gets his memories back), and at the end when he finally thinks he can live with Erza he is taken to prison. Fast-forward through the time-skip and he's spent six years trying to atone for his sins (having gone through the agony of regaining memories about him acting evil and being Mind Raped, which must have been great), finally find out Erza's alive and won't be with her because he doesn't want to hurt her and taint her with his problems and issues (by the way, actually hurting Erza by doing this, which adds to her Woobie status), and is still being hunted by the Magic Council. Fun. He may not qualify as a Woobie character-wise, but his past and all the psychological agony he's suffered certainly should get a mention at the very least. Oh, and making an ass out of himself in front of Erza in the Grand Magic Games in his match against Jura would have been fun too...although mostly that was just hilarious.
    • With how the Tartaros arc has ended, Natsu definitely counts...
    • MAVIS. As if her Dark and Troubled Past wasn't bad enough, where she was treated like absolute dirt by the guild master of Red Lizard, she watched her only friend die, and then spent her entire childhood up until her early teens completely isolated with only what amounts to an Imaginary Friend for company. It isn't long before she meets Zeref, who taught her a spell that would later be used to save her friend's life, at great personal cost: losing the ability to age, which later turns out to be a symptom of Ankhseram's Curse, something she absolutely refuses to believe and results in her crying Tears of Fear. When she inevitably kills somebody because of this, she suffers a full-blown Despair Event Horizon, and runs off to live alone in the woods, every bit as much of a weeping, self-loathing, death-seeking emotional wreck as Zeref himself. When they two finally reunite, Zeref starts going into his own mental breakdown, and Mavis promises that they two of them can find a way to break the curse together. Zeref confesses his love for her, and kisses Mavis. And then she dies. A century later, the same man whom she came to love starts losing it all over again, becoming an Omnicidal Maniac while she can do nothing but helplessly watch. Of all characters to go through a Trauma Conga Line, she ranks among those who deserve it the least.

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