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* Lisanna. On one side, she is liked for her [[AdaptationExpansion extended scenes]] in the anime, and for her role in developing Natsu's background which many found to be ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance cute]]''. On the other side, notably but ''definitely'' not only from Natsu x Lucy shippers, she is disliked for said anime scenes for [[SpotlightStealingSquad hogging screen-time]] that she never had originally and that are ultimately pointless, and having the character shoved down the fan's throats in the anime at every turn when they ''should'' be giving screen-time to characters that actually matter in the long run. Granted, she's had a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better reception]] lately since she's back to mostly being a [[SatelliteCharacter background character]] used to continue developing Mira and Elfman...which leads people to saying that Mashima is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting Lisanna's potential]] to be a major side-character alongside the core Fairy Tail members in the manga. Ya...[[InternetBackdraft it's a mess regarding this character]].

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* Lisanna. On one side, she is liked for her [[AdaptationExpansion extended scenes]] in the anime, and for her role in developing Natsu's background which many found to be ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance cute]]''. On the other side, notably but ''definitely'' not only from Natsu x Lucy shippers, she is disliked for said anime scenes for [[SpotlightStealingSquad hogging screen-time]] that she never had originally and that are ultimately pointless, and having the character shoved down the fan's throats in the anime at every turn when they ''should'' be giving screen-time to characters that actually matter in the long run. Granted, she's had a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better reception]] lately since she's back to mostly being a [[SatelliteCharacter background character]] used to continue developing Mira and Elfman...which leads people to saying that Mashima is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting Lisanna's potential]] to be a major side-character alongside the core Fairy Tail members in the manga. Ya...[[InternetBackdraft it's a mess regarding this character]].


* Larcade of the Spriggan Twelve. He has a small following that puts him here and is generally liked by the fanbase despite his short screen time so far. Being a BadassPreacher and Narmy but powerful abilities, along with giving one of the best fights in the arc against [[spoiler: Sting, Rogue and Kagura]], which required actual team work and strategy to overcome compared to the largely disappointing fights of the other Spriggans. Another reason comes from the WildMassGuessing about how [[spoiler: Zeref and Mavis]] managed to have a child and what that might mean for the story. On the other hand, the fact that it was [[spoiler: Sting, Rogue and Kagura]] that he lost to, the former two of which come from a guild that suffered major HypeBacklash failing to live up to the hype for the Grand Magic Games, has led many who liked Larcade away since they now see him as someone incredibly weak.

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* Larcade of the Spriggan Twelve. He has a small following that puts him here and is generally liked by the fanbase despite his short screen time so far. Being a BadassPreacher and Narmy but powerful abilities, along with giving one of the best fights in the arc against [[spoiler: Sting, Rogue and Kagura]], which required actual team work and strategy to overcome compared to the largely disappointing fights of the other Spriggans. Another reason comes from the WildMassGuessing about how [[spoiler: Zeref and Mavis]] managed to have a child and what that might mean for the story. On the other hand, the fact that it was [[spoiler: Sting, Rogue and Kagura]] that he lost to, the former two of which come from a guild that suffered major HypeBacklash failing to live up to the hype for the Grand Magic Games, has led many who liked Larcade away since they now see him as someone incredibly weak.

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** Also considering that the whole reason she wanted to win the S-class trials in the first place was to [[spoiler: have the courage to tell Gildarts that he's her father]], it comes off very hypocritical when she [[spoiler: starts giving Gildarts the cold shoulder for his perverted tendencies [[KickTheDog despite him accepting her as his daughter]]. Comes off worse when he gives her a card that could summon him in case of an emergency (such as the war against Tartaros that ended with the guild's disbandment), [[TooDumbToLive but she tears it up out of pride]]. And she continues to belittle him in the fight with August, further contradicting her previous motives from the Tenrou Island arc]]. Some would see this as her falling back on her independence, as she has been most of her life. [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic But many have felt this, too, is less than justified]].


* Lisanna walks the line between EnsembleDarkhorse, and TheScrappy, amongst the fan-base. On one side, she is liked for her [[AdaptationExpansion extended scenes]] in the anime, and for her role in developing Natsu's background which many found to be ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance cute]]''. On the other side, notably but ''definitely'' not only from Natsu x Lucy shippers, she is disliked for said anime scenes for [[SpotlightStealingSquad hogging screen-time]] that she never had originally and that are ultimately pointless, and having the character shoved down the fan's throats in the anime at every turn when they ''should'' be giving screen-time to characters that actually matter in the long run. Granted, she's had a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better reception]] lately since she's back to mostly being a [[SatelliteCharacter background character]] used to continue developing Mira and Elfman...which leads people to saying that Mashima is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting Lisanna's potential]] to be a major side-character alongside the core Fairy Tail members in the manga. Ya...[[InternetBackdraft it's a mess regarding this character]].

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* Lisanna walks the line between EnsembleDarkhorse, and TheScrappy, amongst the fan-base.Lisanna. On one side, she is liked for her [[AdaptationExpansion extended scenes]] in the anime, and for her role in developing Natsu's background which many found to be ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance cute]]''. On the other side, notably but ''definitely'' not only from Natsu x Lucy shippers, she is disliked for said anime scenes for [[SpotlightStealingSquad hogging screen-time]] that she never had originally and that are ultimately pointless, and having the character shoved down the fan's throats in the anime at every turn when they ''should'' be giving screen-time to characters that actually matter in the long run. Granted, she's had a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better reception]] lately since she's back to mostly being a [[SatelliteCharacter background character]] used to continue developing Mira and Elfman...which leads people to saying that Mashima is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting Lisanna's potential]] to be a major side-character alongside the core Fairy Tail members in the manga. Ya...[[InternetBackdraft it's a mess regarding this character]].


* Sting, initially a full-on [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] for being such a SmugSnake, gained more popularity when he nearly killed his abusive master and became more humble and reserved over the supposed loss of Lector. However, his simple surrender to Team Fairy Tail at the end of the Grand Magic Games after many people had expected him to take advantage of their weakened state drew such disappointment that he's become a MemeticLoser, although in-universe, not everyone's convinced he could have defeated five (admittedly seriously injured) opponents at once. Rogue has also drawn some scorn for not living up to the Third Generation Dragon Slayer hype, but much less so than Sting thanks to being much more pleasant from the beginning. Both maintain popularity though thanks to their more likeable demeanor post-Grand Magic Games, and providing one of the more favored fights in the Alvarez Arc alonside Kagura against Larcade.

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* Sting, initially a full-on [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] for being such a SmugSnake, gained more popularity when he nearly killed his abusive master and became more humble and reserved over the supposed loss of Lector. However, his simple surrender to Team Fairy Tail at the end of the Grand Magic Games after many people had expected him to take advantage of their weakened state drew such disappointment that he's become a MemeticLoser, although in-universe, not everyone's convinced he could have defeated five (admittedly seriously injured) opponents at once. Rogue has also drawn some scorn for not living up to the Third Generation Dragon Slayer hype, but much less so than Sting thanks to being much more pleasant from the beginning. Both maintain popularity though thanks to their more likeable demeanor post-Grand Magic Games, and providing one of the more favored fights in the Alvarez Arc alonside alongside Kagura against Larcade.


* Lisanna walks the line between EnsembleDarkhorse, and TheScrappy, amongst the fan-base. On one side, she is liked for her [[AdaptationExpansion extended scenes]] in the anime, and for her role in developing Natsu's background which many found to be ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance cute]]''. On the other side, notably but ''definitely'' not only from Natsu x Lucy shippers, she is disliked for said anime scenes for [[SpotlightStealingSquad hogging screen-time]] that she never had originally and that are ultimately pointless, and having the character [[CreatorsPet shoved down the fan's throats]] in the anime at every turn when they ''should'' be giving screen-time to characters that actually matter in the long run. Granted, she's had a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better reception]] lately since she's back to mostly being a [[SatelliteCharacter background character]] used to continue developing Mira and Elfman...which leads people to saying that Mashima is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting Lisanna's potential]] to be a major side-character alongside the core Fairy Tail members in the manga. Ya...[[InternetBackdraft it's a mess regarding this character]].

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* Lisanna walks the line between EnsembleDarkhorse, and TheScrappy, amongst the fan-base. On one side, she is liked for her [[AdaptationExpansion extended scenes]] in the anime, and for her role in developing Natsu's background which many found to be ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance cute]]''. On the other side, notably but ''definitely'' not only from Natsu x Lucy shippers, she is disliked for said anime scenes for [[SpotlightStealingSquad hogging screen-time]] that she never had originally and that are ultimately pointless, and having the character [[CreatorsPet shoved down the fan's throats]] throats in the anime at every turn when they ''should'' be giving screen-time to characters that actually matter in the long run. Granted, she's had a [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better reception]] lately since she's back to mostly being a [[SatelliteCharacter background character]] used to continue developing Mira and Elfman...which leads people to saying that Mashima is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting Lisanna's potential]] to be a major side-character alongside the core Fairy Tail members in the manga. Ya...[[InternetBackdraft it's a mess regarding this character]].



* Jellal. Fans typically either like Jellal's development through the series, or dislike how he's essentially a SpotlightStealingSquad who makes Erza look like a SatelliteCharacter whenever he's around. There's also a middle ground who considers him a great addition to the series, but one who's overstayed his welcome. The issue with Jellal is generally not the character himself but the way he is used and[=/=]or over-used, depending on your opinion (although there are always extremist fans and haters on either side). There are those who like that he becomes a recurring SixthRanger to the core group, and others who think Mashima is playing CreatorsPet to extremes. In an odd twist, [[AmericansHateTingle it seems to be a staple of the English-speaking fanbase]]--[[EnsembleDarkhorse he's incredibly popular in Japan and China]]. His reception has generally improved since the TimeSkip, particularly with him practically becoming an OfficialCouple with Erza.

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* Jellal. Fans typically either like Jellal's development through the series, or dislike how he's essentially a SpotlightStealingSquad who makes Erza look like a SatelliteCharacter whenever he's around. There's also a middle ground who considers him a great addition to the series, but one who's overstayed his welcome. The issue with Jellal is generally not the character himself but the way he is used and[=/=]or over-used, depending on your opinion (although there are always extremist fans and haters on either side). There are those who like that he becomes a recurring SixthRanger to the core group, and others who think Mashima is playing CreatorsPet favorites to extremes. In an odd twist, [[AmericansHateTingle it seems to be a staple of the English-speaking fanbase]]--[[EnsembleDarkhorse he's incredibly popular in Japan and China]]. His reception has generally improved since the TimeSkip, particularly with him practically becoming an OfficialCouple with Erza.


* Sting, initially a full-on [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] for being such a SmugSnake, gained more popularity when he nearly killed his abusive master and became more humble and reserved over the supposed loss of Lector. However, his simple surrender to Team Fairy Tail at the end of the Grand Magic Games after many people had expected him to take advantage of their weakened state drew such disappointment that he's become a MemeticLoser, although in-universe, not everyone's convinced he could have defeated five (admittedly seriously injured) opponents at once. Rogue has also drawn some scorn for not living up to the Third Generation Dragon Slayer hype, but much less so than Sting thanks to being much more pleasant from the beginning.

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* Sting, initially a full-on [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] for being such a SmugSnake, gained more popularity when he nearly killed his abusive master and became more humble and reserved over the supposed loss of Lector. However, his simple surrender to Team Fairy Tail at the end of the Grand Magic Games after many people had expected him to take advantage of their weakened state drew such disappointment that he's become a MemeticLoser, although in-universe, not everyone's convinced he could have defeated five (admittedly seriously injured) opponents at once. Rogue has also drawn some scorn for not living up to the Third Generation Dragon Slayer hype, but much less so than Sting thanks to being much more pleasant from the beginning. Both maintain popularity though thanks to their more likeable demeanor post-Grand Magic Games, and providing one of the more favored fights in the Alvarez Arc alonside Kagura against Larcade.


* Irene Belserion initially warranted much interest for her ambiguous relationship with Erza and the sheer scale of her power. The controversy began when she was revealed to be [[spoiler:the first Dragon Slayer. Some were intrigued by this, while others viewed the reveal as having so little foreshadowing or consistency (such as Irene's lack of Dragon Slayer traits like pronounced canines, or Acnologia's inability to smell her) as to come off as a last-second plot addition.]] The big break came after Irene, after spending her entire battle with [[spoiler:her daughter]] Erza spewing hatred and mercilessly trying to kill her, [[spoiler:unleashes one final reveal in that she actually lied about abandoning Erza out of scorn and intentionally left her at the orphanage during a small break in her insanity, right before ramming Erza's sword through her stomach and committing suicide upon realizing deep down she still couldn't kill Erza]]. You have one side enjoying it [[spoiler:because it shows she wasn't evil and she wasn't actually defeated by Erza unleashing a DeusExMachina]] and you have another side hating it [[spoiler:because from one point of view it just looks like a cop-out by Mashima to get one of the most powerful mages in the story out of the way of the FinalBattle and it ended the fight anticlimactically, as well as making Irene's characterization look incredibly inconsistent]].

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* Irene Belserion initially warranted much caught interest for her ambiguous relationship with Erza and the sheer scale of her power. The controversy began when she was revealed to be [[spoiler:the first Dragon Slayer. Some were intrigued by this, while others viewed the reveal as having [[ShockingSwerve so little foreshadowing or consistency consistency]] (such as Irene's lack of Dragon Slayer traits like pronounced canines, or Acnologia's inability to smell her) as to come off as a last-second plot addition.]] The big break came after Irene, after spending her entire battle with [[spoiler:her daughter]] Erza spewing hatred and mercilessly trying to kill her, [[spoiler:unleashes one final reveal in that she actually lied about abandoning Erza out of scorn and intentionally left her at the orphanage during a small break in her insanity, right before ramming Erza's sword through her stomach and committing suicide upon realizing deep down she still couldn't kill Erza]]. You have one side enjoying it [[spoiler:because it shows she wasn't evil and she wasn't actually defeated by Erza unleashing a DeusExMachina]] and you have another side hating it [[spoiler:because from one point of view it just looks like a cop-out by Mashima to get one of the most powerful mages in the story out of the way of the FinalBattle and it ended the fight anticlimactically, as well as making Irene's characterization look incredibly inconsistent]].


** Many preferred her as a villain, seeing her as a fitting replacement to the series' recurring villain Ultear before her HeelFaceTurn, and were thus disappointed by Minerva's quick resolution.

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** Many preferred her as a villain, seeing her as a fitting replacement to the series' recurring villain Ultear before her HeelFaceTurn, and were thus disappointed by Minerva's quick resolution. It also felt like a cheap copy of what was already done with Flare to many, except that Flare wasn't quite as heinous a villain as Minerva was and had a more believable turnaround.


* Acnologia, initially quite popular for being [[EvilIsCool utterly unstoppable]], started to fall under this trope once it became apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]], and when his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. [[spoiler:His final defeat was either a satisfying conclusion that brought everyone together, or an anticlimactic mess that made him look like an absolute joke.]]

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* Acnologia, initially quite popular for being [[EvilIsCool utterly unstoppable]], started to fall under this trope once it became apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]], can!", and when his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. [[spoiler:His final defeat was either a satisfying conclusion that brought everyone together, or an anticlimactic mess that made him look like an absolute joke.]]


* Acnologia started to fall under this trope once it became apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]], and when his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.

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* Acnologia Acnologia, initially quite popular for being [[EvilIsCool utterly unstoppable]], started to fall under this trope once it became apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]], and when his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.[[spoiler:His final defeat was either a satisfying conclusion that brought everyone together, or an anticlimactic mess that made him look like an absolute joke.]]


* Acnologia started to fall under this trope once it became apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]], and his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.

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* Acnologia started to fall under this trope once it became apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]], and when his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.


* Acnologia started to fall under this trope once it became clear apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]]. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.

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* Acnologia started to fall under this trope once it became clear apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]].can!"]], and his FreudianExcuse is finally spat out right at the end of the final fight, it is [[MoralMyopia absurdly hypocritical]] to the point of making him look incoherent. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.

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* Acnologia started to fall under this trope once it became clear apparent that his motives weren't going beyond [[GenericDoomsdayVillain "I'm gonna destroy everything because I can!"]]. Many still enjoy his overwhelming power though.


* Anna Heartfilia earned some curiosity given her connection to Zeref and the Dragon Slayers, but fell into this trope when [[spoiler:she was revealed to have come to the present with them, giving flimsy excuses as to why she never contacted ''anyone'' for the past 15 years, and only served to introduce a plot device that would give Acnologia an anticlimactic end while denying readers the long-awaited showdown between him and the Dragon Slayers. Fortunately, her plan didn't work.]]

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