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1* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Animus. [[spoiler:Was he really a just ManipulativeBastard who only pretended to care for Sonya before finally showing his true colors near the end? Or did he genuinely start BecomingTheMask until an opportunity to regain his original form showed itself?]]* AntiClimaxBoss: Zash. After being built up as the [[TheHeavy most prominent villain]] apart from [[BigBad Animus]], he's ultimate defeated by a single kick from Lucy and Capricorn before he [[DirtyCoward runs away]]. [[spoiler:He's eventually disintegrated by the Dragon Cry without ever having a single proper fight.]]* AuthorsSavingThrow:** [[spoiler:While Natsu's transformation into E.N.D. in the manga lasted for about as long as his dragonized form in the film, Animus's proclamation that the two transformations are connected helped provide at least a little more satisfaction for those who wanted to see more of E.N.D. in action, especially since he utterly ''thrashes'' one of the very dragons Natsu could hardly hold a candle to before the second time skip.]]** [[spoiler:One major point of criticism for the series' FinalBattle, both from fans and [[CreatorBacklash Hiro Mashima himself]], was Acnologia's lack of a backstory beyond a short speech in the manga. Here, we get a glimpse into his past for TheStinger that paints Acnologia as more of a {{Fallen|Hero}} AntiHero than the GenericDoomsdayVillain he ultimately came across as in the manga, which contains an allusion to this scene. The film's writer would later go on to present a more fully realized StartOfDarkness for Acnologia in the anime's final season that incorporates elements of this scene, which fans generally agree was a major improvement for Acnologia's character.]]* CompleteMonster: [[DragonWithAnAgenda Zash Caine]] was once a wizard of Fiore who fled to Stella after a failed coup. He [[EvilChancellor went into the service]] of [[BigBad King Animus]] and then proceeded to kill his own allies to prove himself. In the movie, Zash uses mind control to force the White Tiger squadron to kill each other in order to steal the Dragon Cry. Zash shows no hesitation in trying to kill the Fairy Tail wizards, and controls {{Innocent Bystander}}s to do so. It is then revealed that Zash keeps female prisoners to [[HumanResources draw blood from]] to power his own magic, and takes Lucy captive in an attempt to draw blood from her. Towards the end, [[spoiler:Zash betrays Animus and takes the Dragon Cry for himself, and proceeds to force Animus to go on a rampage and unseals the Quartum Army to eliminate the Fairy Tail wizards. He then activates the Dragon Cry in an attempt to destroy all of Fiore out of revenge for his exile, only failing when the power proves too much and incinerates him.]]* ContestedSequel: There is debate on whether this or the first ''Fairy Tail'' movie, ''[[Anime/FairyTailTheMoviePhoenixPriestess Phoenix Priestess]]'', is the better film. Fans of ''Phoenix Priestess'' admire that film's darker tone, animation, design, and the relationship between Lucy and its title character. On the other hand, ''Dragon Cry''[='=]s fans appreciate this film for being more fun like the main series itself, having more interesting and[=/=]or entertaining villains, and keeping the focus more on the main team.* FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler:Natsu surviving getting impaled through the chest might seem like a huge AssPull, but it actually seems to hold more water when Animus realizes he is E.N.D., since the Etherious tend to be quite tricky to kill. It also helps that Natsu has blatantly survived other fatal situations that have puzzled his friends and enemies in the past, which include getting shot in the mouth in the Tower of Heaven arc.]]* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Animus. Sure, he didn't mind wiping out humanity and joined dragons like Zirconis to kill little girls like Sonya, but he genuinely seemed sad to part from her at the end, and like he really wanted to make a go at peace with humans before losing himself to hatred. However, given that his kindness was pretty much only mentioned by Sonya, we won't know just how much of this was genuine.]]* JustHereForGodzilla: Most viewers watched this movie just for Natsu's and possibly other Dragon Slayers' dragon forms.* MoralEventHorizon: Zash has pretty much no problems with crossing this in the first few minutes by forcing the White Tiger squadron to kill each other while he watches and seems to ''enjoy it''.* {{Narm}}: Fairy Tail has always had plenty of {{Fanservice}}, but it's UpToEleven here. The {{Gainaxing}} is especially ridiculous when Lucy's boobs bounce when she so much as moves a muscle, and bounces in directions not anatomically possible.* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler:Acnologia, Zeref, Invel, and Brandish all appear for about a minute of screentime in TheStinger, yet they own every single second. Helped by the fact that it's essentially a confirmation of the final season of the anime and the coming Alvarez Empire arc.]]* ShockingSwerve: The Quartum Army. They're not mentioned beyond a possible nebulous "dark magic" that Zash uses, and appear just in time to make the fight more dangerous for Fairy Tail. The twist? They're ''fourth-generation'' dragon slayers.* SignatureScene:** The shot of Natsu dragonizing from the trailers and mostly promoted concept image, even if the dragonized Natsu is only a OneSceneWonder.** Natsu sharing Stella's gorgeous starfield with Lucy, which was the film's other concept image.* {{Woolseyism}}: While the concept of Juvia's "Gray Sensor" is funny enough, the English dub's decision to call it the "Gray-dar" just brings it to a whole new level of hilarity.----

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