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* ShapingYourAttacks: His Poison Dragon's Fang Thrust has him form a giant fanged serpent head out of poison.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Sans Brain, they were once just child slaves who happened to possess higher aptitude for magic than any of the other ones in the Tower of Heaven. Fast-forward to the present and they've become the spearheads of one of three most powerful dark guilds in all of Ishgar.

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* PowerMisidentification: He pretends to have SuperSpeed, but what his magic actually does is slows those around him down.


* FightingAShadow: He likes to use his [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]] to distract people into thinking they managed to get a hit in on him before he blasts them. Even his "ultimate" transformation is just him overwhelming his foes with a powerful illusion that causes them to mentally break down while he doesn't have to lift a finger.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: When Natsu tells him his PowerAtAPrice mentality is bullshit, Midnight calls him a liar and states that his father always told him sacrifice is the only way to gain true power, unable to comprehend that ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove are very real things despite the fact Lucy just used both to throw off his control and sic the Real Nightmare spell on him.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Midnight is beaten when he realizes at the last moment that the Oración Seis's seals were likewise preventing Lucy from taking over the Infinity Clock. With the rest of the members beaten (including Imitaia ''by his own hand no less'') Lucy was able to take control of the Infinity Clock and turn it against him while saving Natsu from Midnight's ultimate attack. Which allowed Natsu to beat him in a more even fight.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Midnight is beaten when he realizes at the last moment that the Oración Seis's seals were likewise preventing Lucy from taking over the Infinity Clock. Clock of her own will. With the rest of the members beaten (including Imitaia ''by his own hand no less'') Lucy was is able to take control of the Infinity Clock and turn it against him while saving Natsu from Midnight's ultimate attack. Which allowed attack, which allows Natsu to beat him in a more even fight.


* VillainousBreakdown: As Erza chips away at his reasons for fighting and his envy at friendships, Cobra's calm nature starts to crack as he begins to call her words "grating" and gets more determined to kill her. Near the end, he's practically roaring in determination to end her.

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* VillainousBreakdown: As Erza chips away at his reasons for fighting and his envy at friendships, Cobra's calm nature starts to crack as he begins to call her words "grating" and gets more determined to kill her. Near the end, he's practically roaring in determination to end her.determination.



* FurAndLoathing: He wears a black leather vest with white fur trimming. Post-TimSkip, he also wears a white fur-trimmed brown coat.

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* FurAndLoathing: He wears a black leather vest with white fur trimming. Post-TimSkip, Post-TimeSkip, he also wears a white fur-trimmed brown coat.


* SissyVillain: He's quite the {{Bishonen}}, and his {{Guyliner}} and lipstick make him look very feminine.

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* SissyVillain: He's quite the {{Bishonen}}, and his {{Guyliner}} and lipstick make him look very feminine. Mocked by Gajeel in the Key of the Starry Heavens arc.
-->'''Gajeel''': You don't scare me! You look like some angsty kid who got into his mother's makeup.


* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Midnight is beaten when he realizes at the last moment that the Oración Seis's seals were likewise preventing Lucy from taking over the Infinity Clock. With the rest of the members beaten (including Imitaia ''by his own hand no less'') Lucy was able to take control of the Infinity Clock and turn it against him while saving Natsu from Midnight's ultimate attack. Which allowed Natsu to beat him in a more even fight.



* PowerOfTheVoid: He knows Zero's ultimate attack, Genesis Zero.

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* PowerOfTheVoid: He knows Zero's ultimate attack, Genesis Zero. Without Dragon Force, Natsu is ultimately only able to break free when Midnight undergoes a VillainousBreakdown courtesy of a pissed-off Lucy's MindRape.


* FillerVillain: He is the true mastermind of the Key of the Starry Heavens arc, manipulating Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon into assembling the Infinity Clock.

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* FillerVillain: He is the true mastermind of the Key of the Starry Heavens arc, manipulating Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon into assembling the Infinity Clock. Which makes for an interesting example since, contrary to how most {{Filler Villain}}s are OriginalGeneration, Midnight is a canon character.


* GreenEyedMonster: After losing [[OnlyFriend Cubellios]], he becomes incensed about the bonds of friendship Fairy Tail shares and routinely calls them worthless. Erza calls him out on it during their last fight.

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* GreenEyedMonster: After losing [[OnlyFriend Cubellios]], he becomes incensed about the bonds of friendship Fairy Tail shares and routinely calls them worthless. Erza calls him out on it his envy during their last fight.


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* KickTheDog: When Max [[TakingTheBullet throws himself in front of an attack meant for Erza]], Cobra takes a moment to mock Fairy Tail's friendships [[PetTheDog while simultaneously noting to himself that without Cubellios, he has no such thing.]]


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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He develops this attitude towards Erza over the arc, due to her strength and because her chipping away at his current attitude irritates him. When Sugarboy shows up to interrupt the fight, not having gotten the memo the Legion and the Neo-Oración Seis are enemies, Cobra takes him out himself for getting in the way.


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* TheStoic: He's much more emotionally reserved during the arc compared to the Nirvana arc due to losing Cubellios. Meeting Kinana/Cubellios again breaks him out of it.
* VillainousBreakdown: As Erza chips away at his reasons for fighting and his envy at friendships, Cobra's calm nature starts to crack as he begins to call her words "grating" and gets more determined to kill her. Near the end, he's practically roaring in determination to end her.


* AdaptationExpansion: Their history at the Tower of Heaven is only explored in-depth in the anime adaptation, which explains how and why their "prayers" came about: Racer's need for speed comes from his inability to outrun the tower guards; Angel wished she could fade away into the sunny blue skies as a release from the god-forsaken tower; Cobra's OnlyFriend he could confide in was a snake who couldn't speak, and he wished his snake could do the same with him; Hoteye was a poor boy who believed he needed wealth to reunite with his brother, whom he was likely separated from on purpose; and Midnight, who was tormented by the screams of agony that echoed in the tower, wanted to curl up someplace quiet and sleep in peace.
* BadassCrew: Although they're only six members strong, each one is strong enough to annihilate a guild by themselves, and they command dozens of minor dark guilds. They are so threatening that Fairy Tail joins forces with three other guilds (including a Wizard Saint) to defeat them. Several of them come dangerously close to winning their battles, too, and only lose due to teamwork on their opponent's side and/or betrayal on their own. Shortly upon being released after seven years in prison, they remain such a credible threat that Jellal has to persuade them into performing a HeelFaceTurn to keep them from becoming a potential problem.

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* AdaptationExpansion: Their history at the Tower of Heaven is only explored in-depth in the anime adaptation, which explains how and why the reasons for their "prayers" came about: "prayers": Racer's need for speed comes from his inability to outrun the tower guards; Angel wished she could fade away into the sunny blue skies as a release from the god-forsaken tower; Cobra's OnlyFriend he could confide in was a snake who couldn't speak, and he wished his snake could do the same with him; Hoteye was a poor boy who believed he needed wealth to reunite with his brother, whom he was likely separated from on purpose; when they were enslaved; and Midnight, who was tormented by the screams of agony that echoed in the tower, wanted to curl up someplace quiet and sleep in peace.
* BadassCrew: Although they're only six members strong, each one is strong enough to annihilate a guild by themselves, and they command dozens of minor dark guilds. They are so threatening that Fairy Tail joins forces with three other guilds (including a Wizard Saint) to defeat them. Several of them come dangerously close to winning their battles, too, and only lose due to teamwork on their opponent's side and/or betrayal on their own. Shortly upon being released after seven years in prison, they remain such a credible threat that Jellal has to persuade them into performing a HeelFaceTurn to keep them from becoming a potential problem.causing more problems.



* HeelFaceTurn: By the end of the series, everybody except for Brain and Kuradoa end up switching sides.

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* HeelFaceTurn: By the end of the series, everybody except for Brain and Kuradoa end ends up switching sides.



* SameCharacterButDifferent: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly {{Sleepyhead}}, is a boastful EvilGenius and TheLeader of the guild named Brain II in an attempt to better fill his "father" Brain's footsteps; Cobra, a literal SmugSnake, is more like TheStoic due to losing Cubellios; Racer, a HotBlooded speed fanatic, has gone completely AxCrazy due to sacrificing his "heart"; and Angel, a bratty {{Jerkass}}, has become TheOphelia due to her life-sacrificing magic.

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* SameCharacterButDifferent: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly {{Sleepyhead}}, is a boastful EvilGenius and TheLeader of the guild named Brain II in an attempt to better fill his "father" Brain's footsteps; Cobra, a literal SmugSnake, is more like has become TheStoic due to losing since his loss of Cubellios; Racer, a HotBlooded speed fanatic, has gone completely AxCrazy due to sacrificing his "heart"; and Angel, a bratty {{Jerkass}}, has become TheOphelia due to her life-sacrificing magic.



* CastingAShadow: His spells are all dark green energy attacks. Brain uses his staff Kurodoa to conjure them, while Zero can use his hands

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* CastingAShadow: His spells are all dark He uses the darkness-based variety, which consists of green energy attacks. Brain uses his staff Kurodoa to conjure them, while Zero can use his hands hands.



* GenericDoomsdayVillain: While certainly a threat to the kingdom's guild network on his own terms, his reasons for doing so are vaguely defined. He's simply a {{Jerkass}} with a SplitPersonality whose only moral dilemma is [[OrderVersusChaos whether he should control or destroy everything]].

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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: While certainly he poses a threat to the kingdom's guild network on his own terms, his reasons for doing so are vaguely defined. He's simply a {{Jerkass}} with a SplitPersonality whose only moral dilemma is [[OrderVersusChaos whether he should control or destroy everything]].



* OrderVersusChaos: Both his personalities represent different ends of the spectrum. Brain embodies "order", valuing intelligence and meticulous control, while Zero embodies "chaos", wishing to overturn Brain's plans to cause wanton destruction.

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* OrderVersusChaos: Both his personalities represent different ends of the spectrum. Brain embodies "order", valuing intelligence and meticulous control, while Zero embodies "chaos", wishing to overturn Brain's plans to cause craving violence and wanton destruction.



* GreaterScopeVillain: Explored only in the anime, where it's shown he was responsible for Ultear's predicament and caused her to fall in with Hades, who had her manipulate Jellal to his evil actions, ironically coming full circle when Brain needed him to unlock Nirvana.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: Explored only in the anime, where it's shown he was is responsible for Ultear's predicament and caused her to fall in with Hades, who had her manipulate Jellal to his evil actions, ironically coming full circle when Brain needed needs him to unlock Nirvana.



* KneelBeforeZod: Demands Lucy, Grey and Jura to bow before him while threatening to blast them with dark magic. Jura responds by [[TalkToTheFist unleashing a hail of rocks]] and going on to kick his ass.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In the Nirvana arc, he shoots Cobra in the back after Cobra [[YouHaveFailedMe loses to Natsu]]. Seven years later, he's subject to the same fate courtesy of Cobra.

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* KneelBeforeZod: Demands Lucy, Grey Gray and Jura to bow before him while threatening to blast them with dark magic. Jura responds by [[TalkToTheFist unleashing a hail of rocks]] and going on to [[CurbStompBattle kick his ass.
him to the curb]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: In the Nirvana arc, he shoots Cobra in the back after Cobra [[YouHaveFailedMe loses to Natsu]]. Seven years later, he's subject to the same fate courtesy of Cobra.Cobra in the Tartaros arc.



* ManipulativeBastard: He takes five child slaves under his wing and promises them a life of freedom where they can live out their dreams [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve if they pray hard enough]]. He then links these prayers to a magic seal to keep his alter ego Zero from taking over. When Natsu accuses him of treating his guild like puppets, [[CardCarryingVillain Brain doesn't even try to argue]].

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* ManipulativeBastard: He takes five child slaves under his wing and promises them a life of freedom where they can live out their dreams [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve if they pray hard enough]]. He then links these prayers to a magic seal to keep his alter ego Zero from taking over. When Natsu accuses him of treating his guild like puppets, [[CardCarryingVillain Brain doesn't even try to argue]].



!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuyaIchijo (Japaese), Chris Cason (English)\\

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!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuyaIchijo (Japaese), (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)\\



* CharacterExaggeration: Compared to its more sparing use in the manga, his VerbalTic (an overly pronounced "''desu ne''!") is used so frequently in the anime that it's practically a CatchPhrase, and is [[BorrowedCatchphrase even used by other characters]].

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* CharacterExaggeration: Compared to its more sparing use in the manga, his VerbalTic (an overly pronounced "''desu ne''!") is used so frequently in the anime that it's practically a CatchPhrase, and is [[BorrowedCatchphrase even used by other characters]].



* GentleGiant: He is the largest member of his guild, but once he turns away from his greedy and destructive ways, he turns out to be the most peaceful member of the grow.

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* GentleGiant: He is the largest member of his guild, but once he turns away from his greedy and destructive ways, he turns out to be the most peaceful member of the grow.group.



* SinisterMinister: Dresses like a stereotypical old-timey Protestant, yet is obsessed with money and has worked for a dark guild. Given the sometimes contentious historical relationship between Japan and European Christians, may also be a TakeThat.

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* SinisterMinister: Dresses like a stereotypical old-timey Protestant, yet is obsessed with money and has worked for a dark guild. Given the sometimes contentious historical relationship between Japan and European Christians, may also be a TakeThat.



* VerbalTic: He ends every other sentence with "''desu ne''!" ("Is it not?"), changed to "Oh, yeah!" in the English dub. In the anime, it's briefly and fittingly reversed to become "''desu yo!" ("It is!") after his HeelFaceTurn.

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* VerbalTic: He ends every other sentence with "''desu ne''!" ("Is it not?"), changed to "Oh, yeah!" in the English dub. In the anime, it's briefly and fittingly reversed to become "''desu yo!" ("It is!") after his HeelFaceTurn.



* MasterOfIllusion: His Reflector magic gives him this ability by bending light, yet it has a profound enough psychological effect to make his victims believe they've been skewered or blown apart, with an extra serving of Mind Rape thrown into the anime for good measure. Erza is able to see right through him with her fake eye in the Nirvana arc, while Jellal resists him by blinding himself in the Tartaros arc.

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* MasterOfIllusion: His Reflector magic gives him this ability by bending light, yet it has a profound enough psychological effect to make his victims believe they've been skewered or blown apart, with an extra serving of Mind Rape MindRape thrown into the anime for good measure. Erza is able to see right through him with her fake eye in the Nirvana arc, while Jellal resists him by blinding himself in the Tartaros arc.



* SuperpowerLottery: His Reflector magic prevents any spell from hitting him, making him appear invincible. Even despite the two key weaknesses Erza figures out, it's still powerful enough to make him the strongest member of the group aside from Zero himself, even earning the praise of [[TheArchmage August]] of the Spriggan 12.

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* SuperpowerLottery: His Reflector magic prevents any spell from hitting him, making him appear invincible. Even despite Despite the two key weaknesses Erza figures out, it's still powerful enough to make him the strongest member of the group aside from Zero himself, even earning and earns the praise of [[TheArchmage August]] of the Spriggan 12.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: His sacrifice was a future where he would be reunited with Brain. Come the Tartaros arc, and Cobra made that future come true when he struck down Brain, though he's not so broken up about it by then.


* AssholeVictim: Absolutely ''no one'' cares about him once Cobra exacts his revenge and reveals [[UnwittingPawn what he really thought of them]] once the initial shock wears off, with Racer basically shrugging it off by asking what everyone plans to do now, while Midnight (the closest to him of all) only takes a moment to state they'll be moving on without him.



* UncertainDoom: He is last seen laying lifelessly on the ground after Cobra blasts him in the back in the Tartaros arc. Although he is assumed dead by his guild, he isn't ever truly confirmed dead, but he is never seen again, either.

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* UncertainDoom: He is last seen laying lying lifelessly on the ground after Cobra blasts tears through him in the back in the Tartaros arc. Although he is assumed dead by his guild, he isn't ever truly confirmed dead, but he is never seen again, either.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Natsu calls him out on sacrificing a "possible" future to gain power, claiming that someone who sacrificed something that doesn't even exist yet didn't give up much of anything to begin with unlike his fellows.


* PowerAtAPrice: The guild reportedly made a DealWithTheDevil in the anime-only Key of the Starry Heavens arc, needing to sacrifice something to achieve greater powers: Cobra's sight, Racer's heart, Angel's lifespan, and Grim Reaper/Erigor's memory, to list the known sacrifices.

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* PowerAtAPrice: The guild reportedly made a DealWithTheDevil in the anime-only Key of the Starry Heavens arc, needing to sacrifice something to achieve greater powers: Midnight's "future", Cobra's sight, Racer's heart, Angel's lifespan, and Grim Reaper/Erigor's memory, to list the known sacrifices.



* SameCharacterButDifferent: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly {{Sleepyhead}}, is a boastful EvilGenius and TheLeader of the guild named Brain II in an attempt to better fill his "father" Brain's footsteps; Cobra, a literal SmugSnake, is more like TheStoic due to losing Cubellios; Racer, a HotBlooded speed fanatic, has gone completely AxCrazy due to sacrificing his "heart"; and Angel, a bratty {{Jerkass}}, has become TheOphelia.

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* SameCharacterButDifferent: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly {{Sleepyhead}}, is a boastful EvilGenius and TheLeader of the guild named Brain II in an attempt to better fill his "father" Brain's footsteps; Cobra, a literal SmugSnake, is more like TheStoic due to losing Cubellios; Racer, a HotBlooded speed fanatic, has gone completely AxCrazy due to sacrificing his "heart"; and Angel, a bratty {{Jerkass}}, has become TheOphelia.TheOphelia due to her life-sacrificing magic.



Midnight replaces Brain as the leader of the Neo-Oración Seis. Adopting his dark powers and dubbing himself "Brain II", he hopes to fulfill his father's wish to plunge the world into chaos using the Infinity Clock.

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Midnight replaces Brain as the leader of the Neo-Oración Seis. Adopting his dark powers and dubbing himself "Brain II", II" in exchange for sacrificing the possible future where he would be happily reunited with his adopted father, he hopes to fulfill his father's Brain's wish to plunge the world into chaos using the Infinity Clock.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: His sacrifice was a future where he would be reunited with Brain. Come the Tartaros arc, and Cobra made that future come true when he struck down Brain, though he's not so broken up about it by then.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Natsu calls him out on sacrificing a "possible" future to gain power, claiming that someone who sacrificed something that doesn't even exist yet didn't give up much of anything to begin with unlike his fellows.


* SameCharacterButDifferent: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly {{Sleepyhead}}, is a boastful EvilGenius and TheLeader of the guild named Brain II; Cobra, a literal SmugSnake, is more like TheStoic; Racer, a HotBlooded speed fanatic, has gone completely AxCrazy; and Angel, a bratty {{Jerkass}}, has become TheOphelia.

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* SameCharacterButDifferent: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens {{Filler}} arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly {{Sleepyhead}}, is a boastful EvilGenius and TheLeader of the guild named Brain II; II in an attempt to better fill his "father" Brain's footsteps; Cobra, a literal SmugSnake, is more like TheStoic; TheStoic due to losing Cubellios; Racer, a HotBlooded speed fanatic, has gone completely AxCrazy; AxCrazy due to sacrificing his "heart"; and Angel, a bratty {{Jerkass}}, has become TheOphelia.



* EyeScream: His scarred right eye is permanently shut. According to the anime, he sacrificed it for greater power, though no other explanation for it is given outside of that.



* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar over his left eye after the TimeSkip.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar over his left right eye after the TimeSkip.



* OnlyFriend: Before the TimeSkip, he maintained that he only ever viewed Cubellios as his true friend, even if he did at least respect his fellow guild mates. After the TimeSkip, he seems to view the rest of them as his friends too, with the obvious exception of Brain.



In the Neo-Oración Seis, Cobra sacrifices his eyesight in exchange for magic that lets him amplify any sounds he hears to produce destructive sonic attacks. He searches relentlessly for Cubellios, whom he was separated from seven years ago.

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In the Neo-Oración Seis, Cobra sacrifices his right eye's eyesight in exchange for magic that lets him amplify any sounds he hears to produce destructive sonic attacks. He searches relentlessly for Cubellios, whom he was separated from seven years ago.



* HandicappedBadass: He is completely blind in this incarnation, having traded his eyesight in exchange for power. Nevertheless, he is just as effective in battle as he ever was thanks to his [[SuperSenses keen sense of hearing]].

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* GreenEyedMonster: After losing [[OnlyFriend Cubellios]], he becomes incensed about the bonds of friendship Fairy Tail shares and routinely calls them worthless. Erza calls him out on it during their last fight.
* HandicappedBadass: He is completely blind in this incarnation, having traded exchanged the sight of his eyesight in exchange right eye for power. improved sound magic. Nevertheless, he is just as effective in battle as he ever was thanks to his [[SuperSenses keen sense of hearing]].hearing]].
* HeartbrokenBadass: Platonic version, losing Cubellios ''really'' made him a lot more reserved and hostile towards friendships in general. He gets over it when he meets Kinana/Cubellios again.

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* KneelBeforeZod: Demands Lucy, Grey and Jura to bow before him while threatening to blast them with dark magic. Jura responds by [[TalkToTheFist unleashing a hail of rocks]] and going on to kick his ass.

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