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** Chapter 488: Acnologia finally makes his appearance on the battlefield, engaging Irene Belserion. Gajeel is quite possibly KilledOffForReal (or [[AndIMustScream worse]]), complete with a ReallyDeadMontage as his body disperses into magic barrier particles and disappear into a portal to the underworld. And the clincher? Brandish, who was in the process of a HeelRealization and was trying to talk August down from attacking Fairy Tail, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam is given fake memories by Mest]] that convinces her to ''stab August'', whom she saw as a grandfather figure. As she watches in horror as she realizes what she's done, Mest gives a SlasherSmile, showing just how [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope much he's lost it]], and all but guarantees that neither Brandish nor August [[NiceJobBreakingItHero will be willing to listen]] anymore. The worst part is that Mest's stunt doesn't even work; August survives, [[GameFace and he's pissed]].

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** Chapter 488: Acnologia finally makes his appearance on the battlefield, engaging Irene Belserion. Gajeel is quite possibly KilledOffForReal (or [[AndIMustScream worse]]), complete with a ReallyDeadMontage as his body disperses into magic barrier particles and disappear into a portal to the underworld. And the clincher? Brandish, who was in the process of a HeelRealization and was trying to talk August down from attacking Fairy Tail, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam is given fake memories by Mest]] Mest that convinces her to ''stab August'', whom she saw as a grandfather figure. As she watches in horror as she realizes what she's done, Mest gives a SlasherSmile, showing just how [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope much he's lost it]], and all but guarantees that neither Brandish nor August [[NiceJobBreakingItHero will be willing to listen]] anymore.done. The worst part is that Mest's stunt doesn't even work; August survives, [[GameFace and he's pissed]].



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Just as Brandish, who was undergoing her own HeelRealization at the time, was getting through to August and convincing him not to attack Fairy Tail, Mest [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope implants her with fake memories]] and convinces her to stab August in the chest, all but guaranteeing that neither Brandish nor August will be performing a HeelFaceTurn any time soon. Natsu reacts [[WhatTheHellHero as could be predicted.]]



** And ''again'', in perhaps the biggest example in the ''entire series'' thus far, Brandish, while undergoing a HeelRealization, decides to try TalkingTheMonsterToDeath with [[TheArchmage August]], stating that Fairy Tail has absolutely no hope of defeating him. The two of them go way back, with Brandish even seeing him as a grandfather-like figure. Right when it looks like it might actually be working, Mest [[HeelFaceDoorSlam gives Brandish fake memories]] that makes her ''stab August in the chest'', completely blowing up the negotiations and alienating someone who was just starting to look like he might be performing a HeelFaceTurn. The SlasherSmile on Mest's face as he does it speaks volumes.

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** And ''again'', in perhaps the biggest example in the ''entire series'' thus far, Brandish, while undergoing a HeelRealization, decides to try TalkingTheMonsterToDeath with [[TheArchmage August]], stating that Fairy Tail has absolutely no hope of defeating him. The two of them go way back, with Brandish even seeing him as a grandfather-like figure. Right when it looks like it might actually be working, Mest [[HeelFaceDoorSlam gives Brandish fake memories]] memories that makes her ''stab August in the chest'', completely blowing up the negotiations and alienating someone who was just starting to look like he might be performing a HeelFaceTurn. The SlasherSmile on Mest's face as he does it speaks volumes.HeelFaceTurn.


* BittersweetEnding: Fiore is saved, Zeref breaks his over 400-year-old curse, Acnologia is dead, the Spriggan 12 is no more, the Alvarez Empire coexists peacefully with Ishgal, Hisui is made Queen of Fiore, and the Fairy Tail members are revered as heroes. However, the war brought much devastation in Fiore, Mavis perishes along with Zeref ([[AmbiguousSituation or so it appears]]), the Aquarius key has disappeared.

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* BittersweetEnding: Fiore is saved, Zeref breaks his over 400-year-old curse, Acnologia is dead, the Spriggan 12 is no more, the Alvarez Empire coexists peacefully with Ishgal, Hisui is made Queen of Fiore, and the Fairy Tail members are revered as heroes. However, the war brought has caused much devastation in Fiore, Mavis perishes along with Zeref ([[AmbiguousSituation or so it appears]]), the and Lucy's Aquarius key has disappeared.


* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Lucy and Cana save Brandish's life from [[TheDogBitesBack Marin]]. Brandish thanks them by tricking Lucy into releasing her from the magic-sealing handcuff and trying to strangle her the same way Marin tried to strangle Brandish.

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Irene uses Universe One to scatter both of her friends and enemies across the shrunken Kingdom of Fiore so Zeref could reach Fairy Heart faster. While this puts Fairy Tail at a tactical disadvantage, it also inadvertently negates Bloodman's attempt to drag Gajeel to the underworld with him, saving Gajeel's life.
** Neinhart thinks that by making a Historia of Simon, he'd rub salt on a still-healing wound between Kagura (his sister) and Jellal (his killer), making them easier to pick off. While this nearly works, it ultimately motivates Kagura to forgive Jellal and help him take Neinhart down.
** Ironically, while Brandish says that she is loyal to Alvarez, most of her actions during the war either delay its victory or lead to its defeat. The most egregious of them all would have to be how she saves Natsu from being killed by a malignant tumor, and later when she re-enlarges it in an attempt to show her true loyalty. It turns out this "tumor" is actually the Demon Seed that triggers his transformation into E.N.D., which would have been fatal had he fully transformed. Either way, both actions would have doomed her own emperor, as the former eventually does.
** The sandstorm Ajeel casts over Magnolia ultimately disperses the pollen which Brandish is allergic to, distracting her from the fight and giving Cana an opening to knock her unconscious. In the long run, this ends up costing Alvarez one of its most powerful allies.
** Laxus conjures a ''jutsu-shiki'' which imprisons Wall. Wall, much like his robot, can nullify it, which he does. Laxus was actually counting on this as his nullification also neutralized the Devil Particles inside him.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
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Lucy and Cana save Brandish's life from [[TheDogBitesBack Marin]]. Brandish thanks them by tricking Lucy into releasing her from the magic-sealing handcuff and trying to strangle her the same way Marin tried to strangle Brandish.



* OhCrap: The Empire is good at causing these:

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* OhCrap: The Empire is good at causing these:OhCrap:


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** Brandish has one when she gains first-hand knowledge of Grammi being murdered by Zoldio.
** This happens to Heine and Juliet when they see [[YouMonster what kind of monster Mirajane really is]].


* AndTheAdventureContinues: ''Fairy Tail'' ends with the main cast embarking on a new quest, the most difficult kind of one in existence. The last chapter leads into the SequelSeries following this.


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* AllForNothing: Brandish trying to avenge the Heartfilias for causing Grammi's untimely demise ultimately fails when Aquarius reveals that Grammi accidentally caused Layla's death in the first place before she was killed by Zoldio.


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* AndTheAdventureContinues: ''Fairy Tail'' ends with the main cast embarking on a new quest, the most difficult kind of one in existence. The last chapter leads into the SequelSeries following this.


** Both Layla opening the Eclipse at the cost of her own life and Grammi arriving too late to help her have some disastrous long-term consequences even they couldn't have foreseen. Grammi's death factors in Brandish enacting a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Heartfilias, while Layla's death resulted in Lucy's strained relationship with Jude as well as Phantom Lord's guild war with Fairy Tail.

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** Both Layla opening the Eclipse at the cost of her own life and Grammi arriving too late to help her have some disastrous long-term consequences even they couldn't have foreseen. Grammi's death factors in Brandish enacting a Roaring Rampage of Revenge RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Heartfilias, while Layla's death resulted in Lucy's strained relationship with Jude as well as Phantom Lord's guild war with Fairy Tail.


* HeroicBSOD: Gray falls into a brief one when Juvia is forced to commit suicide to break free from Invel's control.

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
** Grammi has one when she arrives to late to help Layla open Eclipse.
** In the anime, Anna experiences a ''major'' one upon realizing that her descendant Layla used Eclipse at the cost of her own life.
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Gray falls into a brief one when Juvia is forced to commit suicide to break free from Invel's control.


* BittersweetEnding: Zeref breaks his over 400-year-old curse, Acnologia is dead, the Alvarez Empire has been defeated and now coexisting peacefully with Ishgal, and Fiore is saved. However, Mavis perishes along with Zeref ([[AmbiguousSituation or so it appears]]), and the Aquarius key has disappeared.

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* BittersweetEnding: Fiore is saved, Zeref breaks his over 400-year-old curse, Acnologia is dead, the Spriggan 12 is no more, the Alvarez Empire has been defeated and now coexisting coexists peacefully with Ishgal, Hisui is made Queen of Fiore, and Fiore is saved. the Fairy Tail members are revered as heroes. However, the war brought much devastation in Fiore, Mavis perishes along with Zeref ([[AmbiguousSituation or so it appears]]), and the Aquarius key has disappeared.


* HeroicBSOD: Gray falls into a brief one when Juvia commits suicide and, in her final moments, performs a blood transfusion magic to save Gray's life.

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* HeroicBSOD: Gray falls into a brief one when Juvia commits is forced to commit suicide and, in her final moments, performs a blood transfusion magic to save Gray's life.break free from Invel's control.

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* HeroicBSOD: Gray falls into a brief one when Juvia commits suicide and, in her final moments, performs a blood transfusion magic to save Gray's life.

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* HeroicRROD: When Layla opens Eclipse, it takes everything she has to compensate for the 12 Keys of the Zodiac. Once the Dragon Slayers arrive in the present, she promptly falls ill and eventually dies.


* ForWantOfANail: If Grammi got the summons a week earlier, not only would Layla have to use her remaining life force to open Eclipse, but Zoldio wouldn't have killed Grammi, and Brandish's RoaringRampageOfRevenge would've never gone ahead.

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* ForWantOfANail: ForWantOfANail:
** Back when Irene Belserion was still a non-villainous queen, she invented Dragon Slayer magic in hopes of ending the war between dragons and humans after conversing with Belserion. The tragedy would have ended there if it wasn't for what happened next: most of the dragons were wiped out, she was transformed into a dragon and cursed for 400 years, and Zeref gave her a new body at the cost of her sanity, providing the catalyst of what would lead her to join the Alvarez Empire.
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If Grammi got the summons a week earlier, not only would Layla have to use her remaining life force to open Eclipse, but Zoldio wouldn't have killed Grammi, and Brandish's RoaringRampageOfRevenge would've never gone ahead.


* ItsPersonal: Brandish deeply resents against Layla Heartfilia, and after finding out about Lucy's relation to her, she decides to kill her. It's because Brandish mistakenly believes that Layla murdered Brandish's mother Grammy - the third of Layla's servants after Zoldeo and Spetta - to get Aquarius' key back. As it turns out, it was actually Grammi who caused Layla's death.

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* ItsAllMyFault: Although she failed to return Aquarius's key in time for Layla to open Eclipse, Grammi crossed the DespairEventHorizon over her part in Layla's death, since the latter otherwise wouldn't have used her own life force to compensate. She also accepts her own death for this reason.
* ItsPersonal: Brandish deeply resents against Layla Heartfilia, and after finding out about Lucy's relation to her, she decides to kill her. It's because Brandish mistakenly believes that Layla murdered killed Brandish's mother Grammy - the third of Layla's servants after Zoldeo and Spetta - to get Aquarius' key back. As it turns out, it was actually Grammi who caused Layla's death.



* KickTheDog: Brandish shows she's not a nice lady when she casually shrinks her own subordinate to make things "even" with Fairy Tail and shrinks an entire inhabited island (leaving a lot of innocent civilians stranded in the ocean, some of whom can't swim) just to demonstrate her power to Fairy Tail.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Brandish shows she's not a nice lady when she casually shrinks her own subordinate to make things "even" with Fairy Tail and shrinks an entire inhabited island (leaving a lot of innocent civilians stranded in the ocean, some of whom can't swim) just to demonstrate her power to Fairy Tail.Tail.
** [=DiMaria=] may justify her attempted execution of Brandish because her numerous PetTheDog moments towards Fairy Tail throughout the war made her a traitor to Alvarez, but that doesn't change that Brandish is undoubtedly a TokenGoodTeammate.


* ItsPersonal: Brandish holds a grudge against Layla Heartfilia, and after finding out about Lucy's relation to her, she proceeds to crush her by shrinking her house. It's because Brandish blames Layla for the death of her mother, believing that Layla murdered Brandish's mother Grammy - the third of Layla's servants after Zoldeo and Spetta - in cold blood simply to get Aquarius' Key back, and give it to Lucy.

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* ItsPersonal: Brandish holds a grudge deeply resents against Layla Heartfilia, and after finding out about Lucy's relation to her, she proceeds decides to crush her by shrinking her house. kill her. It's because Brandish blames Layla for the death of her mother, believing mistakenly believes that Layla murdered Brandish's mother Grammy - the third of Layla's servants after Zoldeo and Spetta - in cold blood simply to get Aquarius' Key back, and give key back. As it to Lucy.turns out, it was actually Grammi who caused Layla's death.



* RealityEnsues: Even after Erza realizes that Irene loved her so much, there's just too much hurt in their relationship for the latter to reconcile with her.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
** Brandish is an emotionally-scarred young woman who lost her mother Grammi to an apparent murder at Layla's hands. Naturally, when she realizes that Lucy is Layla's daughter, she decides to simply kill her.
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Even after Erza realizes that Irene loved her so much, there's just too much hurt in their relationship for the latter to reconcile with her.

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** Irene invented Dragon Slayer magic while she was Queen of Dragnof, thus leading to her being cursed for the rest of her life as well as the near-extinction of the dragons.


* RashomonStyle: Aquarius's story of what happened between Grammi and Layla differs a bit from the time Brandish tells Lucy about what happened. First, Brandish implies to Lucy that Layla betrayed her and killed her for possession of Aquarius's key. Then, when Aquarius rescues Lucy from certain death, the former shows the wizards the true story: Grammi received the summons just as Layla was about to open the Eclipse using her remaining life force. She regretted it, but it was too late -- Layla's death caused Zoldio to actually kill her.

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* RashomonStyle: Aquarius's story of what happened between Grammi and Layla differs a bit from the time Brandish tells Lucy about what happened. First, Brandish implies to Lucy that Layla betrayed her and killed her for possession of Aquarius's key. Then, when Aquarius rescues Lucy from certain death, the former shows the wizards the true story: Grammi received the summons just as Layla was about to open the Eclipse using her remaining life force. She regretted it, but it was too late -- Layla's death caused Zoldio to actually kill Grammi.
* RealityEnsues: Even after Erza realizes that Irene loved her so much, there's just too much hurt in their relationship for the latter to reconcile with
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