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Alvarez Empire
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The Alvarez Empire is a colossal military superpower located on Alakitasia, the neighboring continent to Ishgal. Rising tensions with the nation following the destruction of the Magic Council's deterrent weapons have sparked worries of war, and for currently unknown reasons, the Empire seems hell-bent on capturing Lumen Histoire, Fairy Tail's ultimate treasure. A previous attempt at an invasion of Ishgal ended in failure due to the weapons of the Magic Council, but with the Council being killed and Face destroyed, war seems all but inevitable by the time of Fairy Tail reforms itself.


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    Alvarez Empire in General 
  • Above Good and Evil: Alvarez makes no distinction between light and dark magic. The elite guard doesn't even seem to care that their emperor can kill anything around him.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Many of its members, especially the Spriggan 12, turn out to have won the Superpower Lottery in some shape or form. Special mention goes to Superpower Lottery jackpot winners August, Irene and DiMaria.
  • Badass Army: Count how many times you'll see the word 'badass' on this page.
  • Big Fancy Castle: The imperial palace in Vistarion is huge and towers over the entire rest of the capital city.
  • Cool Airship: Alvarez has an entire armada of armed-to-the-teeth air-battleships at its disposal. When they start showing up, there's a Mass "Oh, Crap!" reaction.
  • Culture Chop Suey: Justified in that a continent-spanning nation as massive as Alvarez would be incredibly diverse, but in terms of inspirations, Alvarez's government appears to be a take on pre-Magna Carta England (a supremely powerful monarch who can and often does leave the actual governing to a Ministry). Their symbol strongly resembles a Fleur de Lis (the symbol of French royalty), and Spriggan is regarded by Ishgal as a Napoleon-esque figure (Villain with Good Publicity to his people, The Dreaded by everyone else). The desert region is clearly based on ancient Persia, with Ajeel's attacks called out in Gratuitous Arabic, and the capital, Vistarion, has architecture that appears to be based on a mixture of Renaissance-era Italy, Germany, and France. They also celebrate "Respect for the Aged Day," a Real Life holiday celebrated in Japan, something that isn't celebrated in Ishgal.
  • The Dreaded: The Empire's very concept strikes dread into the hearts of everyone in Ishgal, even Natsu: they are 730 guilds strong, light and dark combined, outnumbering Ishgal's 500; their elite fighting force, the Spriggan 12, equal if not outmatch the Ten Wizard Saints (the strongest of which, to make matters worse, defected to their side); and Spriggan—the man who united and commands them all—also happens to be Zeref, the most terrifying dark wizard who ever lived.
  • The Empire: Alvarez has conquered the entire continent of Alakitasia after overthrowing their equivalent of the Magic Council, and they have their eyes set on Ishgal.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Emperor Spriggan claims that Alvarez was originally a tiny country when he first set it up. Then he kept absorbing more and more guilds into it until about a hundred years later, when it's become a continent-wide superpower.
  • Godzilla Threshold: An invasion from the Empire is one of the only reasons the Magic Council would have even considered deploying Etherion or Face. Unfortunately, the past arcs' antagonists' actions removed those weapons from the playing field.
  • Knight of Cerebus: They could very well be the first enemies in the series this side of Acnologia that Fairy Tail has been shown to fear. Even the token This Is War scene had Natsu admit to being afraid, and this time around, the Rousing Speech was more of a pep talk than an attempt to get Fairy Tail pumped up.
  • Mooks: Like the Baram Alliance or the Fiore Kingdom, they have a large amount of soldiers at their disposal.
  • Not So Different: So far quite a few of the Spriggan members we have seen show traits in common with Fairy Tail.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The initial Kodansha translation of the name was "Albareth" before the proper spelling was revealed, though this didn't stop A-1 Pictures and CloverWorks from using the same spelling for the anime. However, Funimation still calls it "Alvarez".
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Their opening strike against Magnolia is made up of a fleet of fifty full-sized air-battleships flying higher than conventional radar systems can detect, and dropping right down on top of all of them. Once Fairy Tail retaliates with the Dragon Slayers on with their Exceed and Jupiter, it's quickly revealed that this was a feint; Spriggan actually had three hundred more ships converging from all sides, another army poking a hole in Fried's barrier, an incoming Million Mook March, and all of the Spriggan 12 mixed in. This is actually justified because Zeref knows just how brilliant of a strategist Mavis is, and wanted to throw her off of her game by forcing her to tip her hand early and then turn her playbook on its head.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Their mooks would, anyway. Witnessing this is what causes Team Natsu to have their first hostile encounter with them.

Government

    Spriggan 

Emperor Spriggan

See his entry on the Main Villains page as Zeref.

    Yajeel 

High Minister Yajeel

Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese), Andy Mullins (English)

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The High Minister of the Alvarez Empire, and grandfather of the Spriggan 12's Ajeel Raml.


  • Affably Evil: He may be on the opposing side, but he went completely out of his way to make sure Makarov was treated as an honored guest of the Empire, even teaching him how to play a popular card game played in Alvarez.
  • Cool Old Guy: For a member of The Empire, he's very friendly.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is sad to hear of Ajeel's defeat and possible death since he's his grandson.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Yajeel is a Cool Old Guy that treats even his country's unofficial enemies respectfully. His grandson, on the other hand, is an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy that doesn't even treat his own emperor formally.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's the one who tells Makarov about Emperor Spriggan and the Spriggan 12.
  • Nice Hat: It's too small for his head, but it's still pretty damn amazing.
  • Take Me Instead: He begs Elfman and Lisanna to take his life instead of Ajeel.
  • Token Good Teammate: In an empire where every major resident in it is either a proponent of war or just indifferent to it, Yajeel is the only one who understands that War Is Hell.
  • Undying Loyalty: The way he gushes about the Emperor would make one wonder if he even knows (or cares) that he's the Black Wizard. And judging how he knows about his curse, he most likely does.

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Spriggan 12

The elite bodyguards and personal enforcers of Emperor Spriggan, the Spriggan 12 is also known as the Shields of Spriggan. Each of them is said to be so formidable, their magic power is well beyond Ishgal's Ten Wizard Saints.

    Spriggan 12 in General 
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As the strongest wizards of the Alvarez Empire, a number of them also serve as generals in the imperial army.
  • Badass Crew: Individually, each member is said to be at least as strong as the mightiest of the Ten Wizard Saints, who also happens to be on their side. All but two of them (Invel and Wall) could not be defeated by the best fighters Fairy Tail had to offer without some serious teamwork and/or creativity. Even the best of them (August and Irene) took a serious beatdown from two of the series' biggest powerhouses (Gildarts and Erza), and still didn't go down, only dying by their own hands.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: When the Emperor is Lord Zeref himself, any kind of bodyguard and protector he has automatically becomes this.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: All twelve members make an appearance at the start of the Avatar arc, each with their Face Framed in Shadow or their backs facing the screen.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The Spriggan 12 are composed of people from various places and even non-humans. Ajeel most likely comes from a desert-like region; DiMaria is a descendant from the people of Mildian, the birthplace of Zeref; God Serena, Brandish, August, and Irene came from Ishgal, the country they seek to destroy; and four of them aren't human at all (Wall is a Machias, Bloodman and Larcade are Etherious, and Irene is a human-turned-dragon).
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: They all have magic power so extreme, even hardened badasses like Natsu, Gray, and Kagura lose their composure against them.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Every time Fairy Tail and their allies think they've proven themselves more than a match for these so-called mightiest wizards in the world, their opponents whip out a massively powerful new spell that reveals just how much they've been holding back.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: These guys indeed stand among the most powerful villains in the series, and to their credit, a majority of them take quite a bit of effort, teamwork, and exploitation of their Achilles Heels for Fairy Tail and their allies to take down, with a handful of them destroying themselves rather than suffering any true defeat. But because they are built up as being so powerful that Fairy Tail shouldn't even attempt to fight them, it lessens their impact when it turns out all the heroes needed to do to beat most of them was to try anyway.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Most of them seem to be differentiated from past villains not by having ancient Lost Magic (like the Seven Kin of Purgatory) or dirty, underhanded tactics and creative uses of magic (like the Nine Demon Gates), but by having sheer magical power and skill, using spells that are on such a wide scale that have hardly ever been shown in the series before.
  • Praetorian Guard: Each of them was hand-picked by Zeref, the Big Bad, due to their level of power. They are answerable only to him, and are at the top of the chain of command in the Imperial Military.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Par the course of Fairy Tail, the Spriggan 12 are a colorful bunch of characters that wouldn't be out of place in the guild with a few attitude adjustments. It's just that each one has the magic power capable of bringing entire nations to their knees.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Only two of them, August and Irene, are far too powerful for Fairy Tail's strongest to defeat in the end, instead choosing to commit suicide (August to take his enemies with him, Irene out of grief).
  • Story-Breaker Power: Mashima admits the Spriggan 12 have Antagonist Abilities that most manga authors avoid giving their villains because "they'd destroy the framework of the story".
  • Superpower Lottery: These guys have hit the jackpot, being twelve of the most powerful wizards to walk the earth. Word of God even describes each of their abilities as a different form of "cheating" magic.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Zigzagged. While they serve as the emperor's bodyguards, most of the twelve don't see each other as comrades; some of them even laugh at the others for getting beaten. That being said, Brandish and DiMaria are Vitriolic Best Buds, August is fiercely protective of the entire group, and a few such as the likes of Jacob and Larcade help each other out without hesitation, which showcases that not all of them are completely dismissive of each other.

    August 

"Wizard King" August

Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (Japanese), Bruce DuBose (English)

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The leader and mightiest member of the Spriggan 12, and the secret son of Zeref and Mavis, though only he is aware of his own heritage. Gifted with tremendous magic power at birth, August can instantly copy any form of Caster-type magic he sees and add it to his ever-growing repertoire of spells, making him one of the most powerful wizards to walk the earth.


  • Above Good and Evil: This creed is illustrated best when he gives "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jellal, deconstructing everything he and Crime Sorcière believe about light being "good" and darkness being "evil". As it later turns out, he speaks from experience over the fact that he was abandoned as an infant despite being born with magic that could neither be classified as light or dark.
  • The Ace: Everyone from Makarov to Brandish to Jacob claims that August is the most powerful member of the Spriggan 12, which is demonstrated in full force when he solos most of Crime Sorcière without a scratch, followed by being the only character to fight a fully-powered Gildarts on equal footing. Considering he is the son of the Big Bad and Big Good, it's not surprising.
  • Achilles' Heel: His Power Copying doesn't work with Holder-type magic, since he is unable to copy the material required to use such spells.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Brandish refers to him as "Grandpa" to demonstrate the close bond they've shared since she was a child, despite the two having no blood relation.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He ultimately sacrifices his own life in order to spare his mother, Mavis, privately lamenting that neither she nor his father, Zeref, ever knew he was their son.
  • Anti-Magic: He's particularly skilled at negating spells as powerful as Fairy Glitter, making him virtually impervious to magic. It does not, however, have any effect on Holder-type magic.
  • The Archmage: He knows more kinds of magic than even the Big Bad himself. Unlike most examples, however, he learned all his powers not through countless years of study, but by winning the Superpower Lottery with Power Copying magic.
  • Badass Beard: His is what you get when you cross a Wizard Beard with a goatee.
  • Bastard Bastard: His parents were never married, and while not completely evil, he's loyal to The Empire and his Big Bad father.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: His fighting style consists of him calmly and nonchalantly analyzing his opponents' magic, and then turning it Up to Eleven to hurl it back at them. He uses Grand Chariot on Jellal, time dilation on Racer/Sawyer, a fire-based Fantastic Nuke on Natsu and his friends, and turns Midnight/Macbeth's spell on him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite his cold and calculated demeanor, he is comparatively the most reasonable member of the Spriggan 12 who is universally respected by his comrades, and loved like a grandfather by Brandish. However, he doesn't hesitate to show his mettle as the world's strongest wizard to those who manipulate his allies, as Mest learns this the hard way when he tries using Brandish to assassinate him.
  • Blind Obedience: He believes his personal feelings on the war with Fairy Tail are irrelevant. They are ordered to fight, so they fight; any thoughts otherwise would be considered treason. His obedience takes on a whole new light when it's revealed he's Zeref's son.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is regarded by Brandish to be the most gentle and reasonable of the 12, which is clear from how he protects Ajeel from Laxus's attack, and stops Jacob from attacking Acnologia. Unfortunately, his loyalty to his emperor means a lot more.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His ultimate trump card, Ars Magia, completely reduces everything and everyone around himself to dust and vapor. The drawback is that his own body cannot survive casting the spell, even when he cancels it.
  • The Dreaded: Makarov has seen what this guy can do, and he regards him with a mixture of awe and terror. His power is so renowned that his own people, including his fellow 12, regard him as a walking calamity and address the month of August itself "the month of fear" because of him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loves his parents, whom he is knows all to well are unaware of of his existence. So much so that when he's gearing up for a suicide attack that'll take out the whole continent, he cancels it out the moment he sees Mavis suffering from it, which ultimately kills him in the process.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he believes that the Emperor's enemies should be defeated, he is still against needless violence, considering his more bloodthirsty comrades' sadistic tendencies to be ungraceful at best.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Cana. Both were left alone to find their fathers and were forced to live in their shadows without ever telling them who they were. But while Cana eventually did tell Gildarts the truth and desires her own independence while having the love of a father, August is content to keep his past a secret and resigns himself to complete servitude under Zeref, never knowing the love of a parent.
  • A Father to His Men: As the oldest and leading member of the Spriggan 12, he prioritizes his subordinates' safety whenever he can help it. As a result, he is greatly admired by his juniors, and is even viewed as a grandfatherly figure by Brandish.
  • Game Face: When his skin turns blood crimson, his hair looks as if it's set ablaze, and his body gets covered in Power Tattoos, it marks the moment that Fairy Tail realizes they are completely and utterly screwed.
  • Instant Expert: His Power Copying ability allows him to amass an entire arsenal of spells with zero effort, and completely run circles around those who've spent years practicing the art.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He is the love child of Zeref and Mavis, conceived right around the time Mavis "died". However, he never tells his father the truth, and only reaches out to his mother during his death throes.
  • Magic Staff: A more classical example of one given the series, with a gnarled, wooden haft and a jewel at the top. He also uses it as a walking staff.
  • Master of All: August wields any spell with ease, surpasses those who use the same magic in skill, and is considered the supreme king of all magic, both past and present. However, it is ultimately subverted by the fact that he copies his opponents, and furthermore cannot copy Holder-type magic.
  • Meaningful Name: An In-Universe example. Zeref named him August because it was the month of the time he remembered spending with Mavis, whom he states August resembles, without even knowing that she is his mother.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: August is not one to take joy in fighting or treat his foes as playthings, so he prefers to end his enemies as quickly as possible.
  • One-Winged Angel: He uses this right off the bat after Mest tries to use Brandish to stab him in the heart, turning his body red and covering it in magic runes, which he maintains throughout the rest of the arc.
  • Pet the Dog: His protective and grandfatherly treatment of his comrades helps make him out to be more than just an unfeeling, blindly loyal servant of Zeref, and despite claiming that Brandish's words are tantamount to treason for going against the Emperor's commands, he still takes the time to hear her out and even admit perhaps there's merit to a peaceful solution (at least before Mest intervenes). He also cancels his suicide spell in order to spare his mother Mavis, despite her immortality, so she wouldn't have to suffer the intense agony that came with it.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Brandish says that August is a gentle person by nature and the easiest to talk things out with. Much like Brandish herself, he can only be seen as a villain because of his fierce Undying Loyalty to the Emperor.
  • Red Baron: He has two titles: "Wizard King" and "Calamity", due to being The Archmage and The Dreaded, respectively.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: He uses a sacrificial spell in an attempt to kill everyone in Ishgal, but aborts the attack upon seeing his mother Mavis suffering, causing only his own demise.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He states to Jellal that the only person who could likely defeat Zeref's son (himself) would be his own mother. As he's preparing to sacrifice himself to destroy Fairy Tail once and for all, he sees Mavis (his mother) in the middle of the devastation and loses his will to do it, allowing his magic power to consume him instead, thus fulfilling his own words about his defeat.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As a child, August was the spitting image of his mother Mavis, with Zeref noticing their similarity.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: After he and Gildarts fail to best each other in combat, August decides it's in his best service to Zeref to blow up all of Magnolia, himself included. He's only stopped when he realizes his own mother would be caught in the crossfire and, inspired by the strong bond between Gildarts and his daughter, cancels his attack at the cost of his own life.
  • Taking You with Me: He finally decides to finish Fairy Tail off once and for all by unleashing all of his magic power at once, which would kill him as well. However, seeing Mavis in the middle of the destruction makes him lose his will to go through with it, instead allowing himself to be consumed by his own spell rather than hurt her.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: He was named after the month of August by Zeref, who remembered it as the month of time he cherished with Mavis.
  • Thicker Than Water: August loves his father and would do anything for him, regardless of whether Zeref—or anyone else—knows the truth or not. Similarly, the love he has for his mother in spite of never interacting with her outweighs his loyalty to his father in the end, sacrificing himself simply to keep her safe regardless of the fact she never knew the truth either.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Emperor. Sadly, his loyalty to him surpasses his concern for his comrades, as he tries to destroy Magnolia even with plenty of Alvarez's troops still there.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He stops covering his upper body with robes after going One-Winged Angel, laying his totally ripped bod bare for all to see.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: August lived his entire life with the sole purpose of being helpful to his father Zeref to get his approval in some way, as his father didn't know they were related and couldn't love him because of it, while simply telling him the truth would not only obstruct Zeref's plans, but would likely bring him even more pain akin to the day he took Mavis's life.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He states that for all the forms of magic he's learned, the one thing he doesn't understand is the love between a parent and their children, specifically because he never experienced it himself; Zeref was unable to recognize August as his own son, and August was content to never tell him the truth.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Would you sacrifice your life to slay your enemies for a father who never knew you were his child and only as a loyal subordinate? Would you then choose to kill yourself and spare those enemies for the sake of one among their numbers who is your mother, despite her never knowing your relationship to her and likely never would? August decided "yes" for both questions.
  • World's Strongest Man: As the leader of and the most powerful male member of the Spriggan 12, with his equal in Irene Belserion being an actual dragon, August is very likely the most powerful mortal man in the series, with the only ones stronger being the immortal Zeref and human-turned-dragon Acnologia. Not even Gildarts Clive, himself a strong contender for the title, could defeat him in battle.

    Irene Belserion 

"Scarlet Scourge" Irene Belserion

Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)

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The strongest female wizard of the Spriggan 12, Irene is a High Enchanter who can infuse magic into anything and manipulate it however she wants, making her one of the few among the 12 who could be considered August's equal in terms of magical power. In her heyday, she was the queen of Dragnof and inventor of Dragon Slayer Magic, whose good intentions sealed the fates of both dragonkind and herself. She is also Erza Scarlet's mother, but her deeply troubled history with her daughter has left Irene no more love to give her.


  • Abusive Parent: She is one for Erza, having lost any shred of motherly love she had for her over the course of her Start of Darkness, and dumped the newborn in the nearest village she could find. When they face each other, she ridicules Erza and does everything she can to make her death as excruciating as possible. Tragically, that love is what compelled her to keep Erza safe in her womb for four centuries, which ultimately drives her to kill herself in the end.
  • The Ace: She is stated to be the only wizard in existence besides Zeref who can stand up to August and one of the few who has Erza's number when it comes to combat. Even Acnologia, who tends to see everyone else as insects, praises her ability.
  • Action Mom: As if Erza wasn't firmly established as the strongest known female fighter wizard known in Ishgal, her mom is known far and wide as one of the mightiest mages alive in the entire world, full stop.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Erza gives her a genuine farewell after she commits suicide (though she still denies any familial ties to her), expressing pity toward her life's many hardships, and is horrified when Acnologia later arrives to desecrate her corpse.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She mentions that it was due to her unparalleled magic power that she became the Queen of the Dragons.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a midriff-exposing outfit.
  • The Baroness: The Sexpot type. Irene is extremely attractive and her Stripperiffic partially reveals her cleavage and legs. She is also an extremely cruel, selfish, and sadistic woman that doesn't give a damn about her allies and will Kick the Dog just For the Evulz.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Not entirely a straightforward case. Although her backstory shows her being tortured for at least three years, it was the threat to her unborn child that caused her powers to go out of control and retaliate with extreme prejudice, and then being trapped in a dragon's body for 400 years and only being given a facsimile of a human form, but then failing to listen to the drawbacks, causes her to go into a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Benevolent Boss: At the very least, she treats her direct subordinates Juliet and Heine well, and puts Mirajane through Cold-Blooded Torture for taking them out, since they are technically the "children" of her own creation. To her companions and lesser subordinates, however, she is just as cruel and sadistic as she is to her enemies.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: One would think that the ability to turn into a dragon would grant you access to a ton of quick kill methods, like stepping on people, burning them with your fiery breath, or just plain eating them. Irene instead just limits herself to shattering all of Erza's bones and summoning a freaking meteor to finish the job. Subverted in that she really can't bring herself to kill her own daughter, which is why she never pulls out her whole arsenal.
  • Braids of Action: She's got four braided ponytails.
  • Broken Bird: Having been subjected to Van Helsing Hate Crimes by her own husband in the form of torture, humiliation, and the attempted murder of her unborn child, and later the loss of her senses after Zeref restored her human form (but only in appearance), it's really no wonder why she's completely incapable of empathy anymore. It turns out she still has some love for Erza, however, as she admits in the end with her at her mercy that she couldn't kill her any more than she could all those years ago.
  • Co-Dragons: Together with August, she forms two of the most dangerous members of the 12 that Fairy Tail has the dubious honor of facing.
  • Colony Drop: Her ultimate spell, Deus Sema, sends a meteor hurtling towards Earth-land from space that puts Jellal's Sema to shame. She can only cast this spell in her dragon form, however.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Averted; Irene simply says she viewed her daughter as worthless and threw her away like trash. But then played straight with the reveal that, after being driven insane by her hardships and attempting to take over her unborn daughter's body, Irene couldn't go through with it and realized she was a danger to her own child, thus leaving her in a village before she would tempt herself with harming her child again. It's implied by Irene's sudden remembrance of the event that she ended up losing this memory.
  • Dark Action Girl: Not only does Irene deliver a nasty Curb-Stomp Battle to Fiore's entire royal guard and treat Erza's attacks like child's play, but she is also the first to go toe to toe with Acnologia and walk away unscathed.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Perhaps one of the most messed up backstories in the series. She inadvertently doomed an entire race she wanted to help protect by creating Dragon Slayer magic; gradually succumbed to the horrific side effect of turning into a dragon herself; was ostracized and tortured by her very own husband for fear she would become another Acnologia; spent centuries unable to give birth to her human baby, who remained in complete stasis within her womb; and was unable to adjust to human sensations such as taste and sleep after Zeref gifted her with a new human body, which finally ended with her being pushed over the Despair Event Horizon and pulling a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In the backstory, Irene completely loses it when Zeref gifts her with her human form and she is unable to adjust to the human sensations she used to have.
  • The Dreaded: Similar to August, she is known as the "Scarlet Scourge" and feared even among her own companions.
  • Driven to Madness: Her Dark and Troubled Past not only took away her compassion and empathy, but also her sanity, which factors into her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Driven to Suicide: Despite her efforts in trying to make Erza suffer, Irene commits suicide after realizing how much she loved her towards the end of their battle.
  • Driven to Villainy: Irene was once a beloved queen whose own machinations led to her being cursed to live as a dragon for over 400 years, which in turn led to her enduring her husband's Cold-Blooded Torture on her. Being driven insane by Sense Loss Sadness after Zeref helped her regain a humanoid form cemented her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her closest friend throughout her entire life was her old advisor, Belserion, whose name she adopted as her own when he sacrificed himself for her. Also, no matter how much she called Erza trash and useless, she still loves her daughter and chooses to take her own life when she finally has her at her mercy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After losing Wendy's body, she rants they could never understand the pain she went through in her life. Erza shoots back all the hardships she had to go through before joining Fairy Tail (being made kidnapped from her village, made a slave, losing an eye via torture, seeing her best friend/love interest go evil all of a sudden and nearly kill her, etc.) which actually shocks Irene for a bit, before she drops the subject altogether as she resumes her attack.
  • Evil Counterpart: She fittingly serves as one for her daughter, Erza. Not only are both the strongest female fighters on their respective sides, but both were regarded as "queens" at some point in their lives (Irene was once the actual Queen of the Dragons, while Erza is the figurative Queen of the Fairies); both adopted their surnames to commemorate some meaningful event (Irene to honor her fallen comrade, Belserion; Erza to cherish her friendship with Jellal, who admired her scarlet hair); and both had traumatic pasts that shaped who they are now. However, whereas Erza's hardships strengthened her appreciation for life and her resolve to protect those closest to her, Irene never moved on and wallowed in bitterness and misery.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's Erza's mother, and she also happens to be one of the Emperor's deadliest and most loyal enforcers. And just to make sure her daughter knows what a horrible mother she has, she gloats over how she dumped her in a random village to die and actively tries killing her simply because she thinks her child is a worthless piece of trash. It's ultimately subverted in the end when she realizes she left Erza because she couldn't bring herself to harm her daughter in the first place, since she knew she would no doubt continue to make the effort.
  • Evil Redhead: She has vibrant scarlet hair just like Erza, though her allegiance and actions in the Alvarez Empire arc paint her in a far less noble light.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Irene is initially a good, noble queen. Then, her invention of Dragon Slayer magic not only obliterates most of dragonkind, but it curses her for 400 years and she is subsequently isolated from the rest of the world. After gaining a new human body courtesy of Zeref and being unable to feel any human sensation, Irene goes insane to the point of joining the Alvarez Empire and trying to kill her daughter, Erza, when they first meet.
  • Fallen Hero: She was once a beloved Queen of Dragnof, a kingdom in ancient Ishgal where humans and dragons lived together in harmony. Unfortunately, her invention of Dragon Slayer magic wiped out most of dragonkind and turned her into one herself. It all went downhill from there.
  • Familial Body Snatcher: She attempts to enchant her memories and personality onto the newborn Erza in an attempt to escape her dragonification-induced Sense Loss Sadness. She claims the attempt was a fluke because of their blood relation, but the fact is that she couldn't bring herself to do it and backed out.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After her Dragon Slayer magic cursed her to become a dragon, Irene is condemned to a life of psychological, emotional and physical pain.
  • Femme Fatalons: She wears long gloves with fingers tipped with long, razor sharp nails meant to invoke this image.
  • Foil:
    • She contrasts completely with her male counterpart August. Whereas August is committed to following his Emperor's orders right down to the letter, Irene is fickle and moves about however which way she wants. Conversely, Irene prefers to make her enemies suffer slowly and painfully, while August takes the swift and painless approach. The only area where they end up truly similar is that ultimately they realize they care too much about a loved one to hurt or kill them and instead choose to take their own lives.
    • Her Dark and Troubled Past makes her one to Zeref. Both were once kind individuals but ended up with terrible curses that they received through altruistic acts, resulting in the hatred and fear of those around them, which ended up making driving them to villainy. But while Zeref stood to the sidelines to witness the evils of humanity, Irene tasted first-hand the cruelty that humans are capable of by enduring torture and humiliation at the hands of her own husband and people, which certainly explains why Irene became far more twisted and cruel than Zeref.
    • She is also one for Acnologia. Both are Dragon Slayers that eventually became corrupted and transformed into actual dragons. But while Acnologia quickly gave into his destructive impulses and discarded his humanity, Irene held onto the hope of becoming human again after 400 agonizing years. She was also the Dragon Queen who sought to protect the bond between dragons and humanity, while he earned the title of Dragon King after indiscriminately slaughtering most of the species.
    • She also becomes one for Grandine. Both are dragons who had daughters and sacrificed much for them. However, while Grandine selflessly gave up everything, including her own time, to protect Wendy from becoming a dragon, Irene began to selfishly consider her daughter as a vessel for herself.
  • Freudian Excuse: She was once a monarch who ruled Dragnof with justice and compassion. However, she ended up being turned into a dragon and rejected by her own people after her Dragon Slayer magic wipes out most of dragonkind, which eventually resulted in her becoming a villain.
  • Gambit Roulette: In her bid to speed up the Ishgal/Alvarez war, Irene uses her World Reconstruction spell Universe One to reshape the entire country of Fiore and teleport its population to random locations. It's by complete happenstance that Spriggan winds up face-to-face with his now defenseless target as a result. For bonus points, Irene was previously forbidden from using this spell for its high degree of risk, and that she herself had never performed such a feat before, using it only as a last resort against Acnologia.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: One of her spells allows her to conjure a giant eye in the sky that allows her to see for miles through it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: She was the inventor of Dragon Slayer magic, which she developed to allow other humans to tip the Dragon Civil War in favor of the dragons who wished to co-exist with humanity. Unfortunately, she didn't account for the side effect that Dragon Slayers who used their magic too much would become dragons themselves, thereby personally giving rise to Acnologia and the subsequent extermination of the entire dragon race.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: She spent 400 years in isolation after her Dragon Slayer magic caused her to transform into a dragon. By the time she got a new body from Zeref and joined the Alvarez Empire, it's obvious that Irene went completely insane.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has a scar on her stomach that runs parallel to navel along the right side of her abdomen. It's the result of her husband trying to cut open her belly to prove that she wasn't actually pregnant just before she completed her dragonification and turned on him.
  • Grand Theft Me: She first attempted to enchant her own personality onto Erza as soon as she was out of the womb in a desperate effort to regain an actual human body, but it ended in failure. She later succeeds in doing the same to Wendy, but it doesn't last since Wendy winds up simultaneously taking over Irene's body, allowing her to switch themselves back.
  • Heel Realization: After rambling on and on about how much she should have killed her daughter when she last had the chance, she flashes back to remember it was an act of love that kept her from doing so. This realization ultimately drives her to kill herself.
  • Humans Are Insects: She specifically calls people "bugs to be crushed under her feet" especially if they're someone Alvarez wants to conquer. Since she was arrested and tortured by humans whose side she was once on, though, it's clear why she stopped caring about humanity.
  • I Have No Daughter: Irene makes it clear what little care she has to give her own daughter when they meet for the first time since Erza's birth. This is enough for Erza to disown Irene in kind right from the get-go. It isn't until their fight nears its end that memories of Erza's happiness resurface, surprising both mother and daughter with how much she truly does love her.
  • Informed Ability: Despite creating Dragon Slayer magic and being a Dragon Slayer herself, she never uses anything recognizable as such, focusing entirely on her enchantments.
  • Lady of Black Magic: The most literal living example of the whole series. Irene is a beautiful, voluptuous woman dressed in a revealing witch outfit and has a composed and knowledgeable demeanor. She's also regarded as a High Enchanter, having the magical power to alter landscapes and climates so much that she can create a gigantic fireball (or turning a snowy and cold climate into an extremely hot climate) and rewrite the geography of an entire country.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: Her pregnancy with Erza lasted for 400 years, using magic to halt the growth of the fetus in her womb to prevent her from becoming a dragon like herself. She only gave birth when she decided to try and take over her child's body in an attempt to restore her own humanity.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Irene reveals herself to be Erza's long-lost mother when the two face each other on the battlefield. The only reason she even bothers to divulge their family history is to see if her feelings towards Erza have changed, ultimately deciding that it hasn't.
  • Made of Iron: She takes attacks that otherwise wouldn't be humanly possibly to survive, making it clear where Erza's own Made of Iron status comes from. For instance, such as a sword to the head that cleaves her Nice Hat in two, but all it does to her is make her bleed slightly. Even when she changes to her dragon form, the true source of her durability, she continues to stand when Erza slashes her chest with a Dragon Slayer-enhanced sword strike.
  • Magic Enhancement: She has the ability to greatly increase the magic power of other wizards, using it on Neinhart to make him invulnerable to other forms of magic, and later to turn Alvarez's soldiers into berserkers. Her Dragon form increases her enhancement capacity to astronomical levels.
  • Marriage of Convenience: She was wed to a general from a neighboring country as part of a Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage to solve a territorial dispute. Things got really ugly for their marriage when her husband attempted to execute her and her unborn daughter when she began transforming into a dragon, for which Irene killed him.
  • Missing Mom: She is Erza's long-lost mother, who abandoned her daughter when she was just a baby.
  • Nerves of Steel: She definitely showed them off with her decision to confront Acnologia alone. While it was never her intention to defeat him, but to ensure he'd be transported far away via her Universe One, it still doesn't take away from the act.
  • Nice Hat: It's much larger than her head, and possesses dreadlock designs with white bandaging near its ends and a fur lining near its edges. Erza eventually cuts it in half when she strikes her head (somehow, this does not split Irene's head).
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: 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.
  • No-Sell: She is able to shrug off any of Erza's attacks, even sword strikes that would otherwise kill a regular human being. This is likely because of her true nature as a dragon, which are impervious to most attacks except Dragon Slayer magic. It's also for this reason that Erza is only able to damage her once Wendy (a Dragon Slayer) starts enchanting her weapons with her magic.
  • One-Winged Angel: Once she fails to kill Erza one time too many, she assumes her true form as a dragon that can not only break all of Erza's bones with a single swipe of her claw but also exponentially boosts her already terrifying magic so she can drop a meteor on her. Unfortunately for Irene, Erza is more than a match for a paltry meteor, and she's teamed up with a Dragon Slayer who can enchant her weapons to slice through her scales, ultimately making the transformation moot.
  • Petite Pride: Played for Laughs. After she takes control of Wendy's body, she finds her small chest cute.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: She takes this to the extreme as a human-turned-dragon, and was willing to steal her own daughter's body just to begin her life anew. Her current form, which is just a physical alteration Zeref gave her, actually made things worse as her draconic form couldn't adjust to the needs of the human body, leaving her in a constant state of agony, unable to taste food or sleep, etc. So, when she finally gets her hands on Wendy's body, she does her damnedest to keep it, even physically mutilating it when Wendy (in Irene's body) tries taking it back.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She acts like a stubborn brat when August tries to order her around. She also shows this of this during her Villainous Breakdown, acting like a spoiled child while trying to kill Erza and Wendy and screaming how "unfair" it is that an immunization to dragonification was discovered after she had already fully transformed.
  • Reality Warper:
    • Her Universe One spell, combined with enough magic power to surround at least one whole region, gives her the ability to modify everything according to her will and to teleport every living being to a different position from the one they was in. By doing so, Irene not only drastically altered the geography of Fiore and scattered all the enemy troops in various places while she brought Zeref straight to Fairy Tail's guild, but she also to able to make disappear for quite a few chapters Acnologia and, even if unintentionally, save Gajeel from certain death.
    • Her abilities as a High Enchantress allow her to modify all that she has enchanted according to her wishes, such as turning two simple swords into two living human beings.
  • Red Baron: She is known as the "Scarlet Scourge" for being an unspeakably powerful and ruthless redhead.
  • Sanity Slippage: Being isolated from the rest of the world for 400 years after being cursed by her own Dragon Slayer magic caused her to become an insane woman bent on trying to kill Erza.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Despite being the only one left standing in her fight with Erza and Wendy, she runs herself through with Erza's sword when she is reminded by Erza's smile that she never truly wanted to kill her in the first place.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: When Zeref gave her a human visage after she was trapped in the body of a dragon, she found she could no longer taste food and was kept awake by agonizing chills and itching sensations. This, after wishing for a human body for 400 years after all the prejudice she faced, is ultimately what drove her off the deep end.
  • Slasher Smile: Whenever she's being particularly twisted, her face stretches into a psychotic sneer. Her most terrifying by far would be when she decides that if her human appearance doesn't translate to being human, she'll simply steal her unborn daughter's body despite having given up so much to keep her alive.
  • The Sociopath: She shows all the signs: a blatant disregard for authority, reckless and impulsive behavior, an inability to empathize with others, outright cruelty, narcissism and a tendency to lose her cool the moment things stop going her way. It's ultimately subverted in regards to Erza, deprecating herself for choosing to kill herself over her lingering love for her daughter, despite being Alvarez's strongest woman.
  • Start of Darkness: She had a pretty rough life especially after being cursed to become a dragon for over 400 years, but being unable to feel any sensations after being given a new human visage seemed to be the last straw for her.
  • Stripperiffic: Continuing the trend set by Brandish and DiMaria, Irene's outfit has the trifecta of Bare Your Midriff, a top with a massive Cleavage Window, and type-A Zettai Ryouiki. The bottom half of her outfit doesn't even cover the tops of her thighs.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: It should come as no shock that Irene is Erza's mother, seeing how they look practically identical. Flashbacks of her as a younger woman even show them to be downright indistinguishable.
  • Super Empowering: Her High Enchant magic allows her the ability to manipulate anything whatever way she wants. This ranges from giving a wooden stick the strength to break a steel sword, to giving human form to completely inanimate objects to serve as her minions, to compressing the entire Kingdom of Fiore into 1/20 of its original size and mass-teleporting everyone randomly.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Rather than just kill Erza outright, Irene decides to turn into a dragon, break Erza's bones, and drop a meteor on her along with the rest of the country. She's utterly gobsmacked when Erza manages to shatter the meteor anyways.
  • Thicker Than Water: Zig-zagged. In the past, her full transformation into a dragon was triggered when her husband tried to kill the unborn Erza, and she endured three years of torture and humiliation all to keep her safe. She even spent 400 years as a dragon halting her growth in her womb so as to keep her from being born as a monster. It was only when she went insane did she finally stop caring, abandoning her and leaving her for dead, to the point where she immediately orders her death when she is confirmed to be alive. However, when she attempts to finish Erza off, her motherly instinct results in Irene stabbing herself with her own sword.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Once a noble and kind individual, she slips down the path of being a jerk when she is transformed into a dragon thanks to her own machinations, brutally tortured and isolated for many years, and finally being driven insane when she was given a new body by Zeref.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Similar to Erza, "Belserion" isn't her actual surname. Rather, it was the name of her old advisor and closest friend, who died to protect her. Said advisor was also a dragon.
  • Tragic Villain: She began as a kind and noble queen who desired peace between humans and dragons by inventing Dragon Slayer magic. Instead, her actions ultimately destroyed the entire dragon race, and left her with a horrible curse that not only turned her into a bitter and deranged woman, but also made her despise her own daughter, the only one to keep her sane right up until her birth. Even worse is that deep down, she still truly loves her daughter, but her mind was so warped that she could only remember how Erza dashed her only hope for reclaiming a normal life.
  • Trauma Conga Line: After inventing Dragon Slayer magic, she is cursed to become a dragon for eternity, gets isolated from human society, is tortured by her husband for years, and ultimately abandons Erza shortly after giving birth. After that, it's no surprise she crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once she discovers that Wendy managed to avoid turning into a dragon because Grandeeney was sealed within her body, Irene completely snaps, realizing her centuries of torment while living in a dragon's body could have been avoided. Her rage gradually builds over the course of her battle with Erza and Wendy, from taking over Wendy's body in the middle of a psychotic fit to turning into a dragon and attempting to crush Erza under a meteor when she is forced back into her old body moments later.
  • Weredragon: She is a formerly human Dragon Slayer whose overuse of her magic transformed her into a dragon. Her current human form is the result of transformation magic that Zeref cast on her, but is still a dragon underneath her appearance, and can shift between both forms at will.
  • What Have I Become?: She had this reaction when she turned into a dragon. She was overjoyed when Zeref restored her human form, but then she realized she still lacked her human senses, serving as a constant reminder that she is still a dragon who only looks like a human.
  • When She Smiles: She gives a genuine, peaceful smile as opposed to a cruel and twisted sneer as she stabs herself, admitting that in the end, she couldn't kill her daughter because she still loves her.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As per her flashbacks, one of the biggest drawbacks in the early application of Dragon Slayer magic is that the human body couldn't handle the strain, and most of those who used it went completely nuts. As the first and most proficient user, she not only became a dragon, but became completely sociopathic, although in her case it was partially due to the torture and humiliation she endured, plus the realization she would never be human again, that sent her off the edge.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was once just a noble and righteous queen. Then, she lost everyone and everything she loved due to her own actions which caused her to become a dragon for 400 years. She was then given a human body by Zeref, which had side effects that drove her insane.
  • World's Strongest Woman: She is said to be the only one among the 12 who can rival August, previously thought to be the single most powerful of them all. Then she shows it by going toe-to-toe with Acnologia and walking away completely unscathed, and later being able to completely outmatch Erza both magically and physically (Erza receiving both fighting and magical support from Wendy at best only forces Irene to take the fight seriously), only losing directly and intentionally by her own hand.

    Larcade Dragneel 

Larcade Dragneel

Voiced by: Kensho Ono (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

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The self-professed son of Zeref who desperately longs to gain his father's approval by killing Natsu, the only family member Zeref ever loved. In truth, he is an Etherious created as a prototype for E.N.D.; although he bears Zeref and Natsu's family name, it is nothing more than a label his "father" gave him. With his ability to amplify the three cardinal desires of pleasure, food, and slumber that all human beings share, Larcade stands alongside August and Irene as one of the most formidable of the Spriggan 12.


  • The Ace: Alongside August and Irene, he is one of the three strongest members of the Spriggan 12 and is also Spriggan's secret weapon against Acnologia. He is not The Archmage like the other two though, with his strength coming from the ridiculously overpowered nature of his magic.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He dies pitifully at the hands of his own "father", to whom he was completely loyal. Naturally, Natsu is truly pissed by this.
  • Artificial Family Member: He's not actually Zeref's son, but a demon he created. Larcade sincerely views and loves Zeref as his father, but unfortunately for him, Zeref doesn't return the sentiment.
  • Badass Preacher: The way he talks and how he has his hands positioned reminds one of a Buddhist priest. Spriggan also states he has the potential to defeat Acnologia thanks to the nature of his magic.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: He can block Kagura's Fugutaiten with a single finger. Note that he does this while the sword is unsheathed, where it has the power to lop the hilltop he was sitting on clean off the earth.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He's a serene, religious man who prays for the souls of his enemies and even goes out of his way to ensure their death are completely painless (the exact opposite, in fact), right before mercilessly slaughtering them. He's completely emotionless, but is fiercely loyal to his father to the point where his only real sense of morality is, "Is this what the Emperor wants?"
  • Cain and Abel: In a way, Larcade is also Natsu's brother, who was reborn as a demon Zeref's power, making their uncle/nephew contention this. Quite literally so, since Larcade is a demon himself.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Has one right across his forehead and a metal one on his back, further reinforcing his religious theme. He even uses the latter as a physical weapon, bludgeoning and impaling the opposition with it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight with Kagura ends with him not getting a scratch after blocking her Fugutaiten with one finger, and then cutting out a chunk of her torso with the other. He then goes in for the kill with Yukino for good measure.
  • Death by Sex: Averted. His pleasure magic causes the subject/subjects to experience an exceptionally wonderful orgasm. The intensity of the sexual pleasure the target experiences is enough to kill them eventually.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Sting holds this in Larcade's face not only by being totally immune to his light magic, but also by absorbing Rogue's shadow magic, which is Larcade's weakness.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Natsu. Natsu is Zeref's brother, whereas Larcade believes he is is Zeref's son, and both are Etherious. Both are unwaveringly loyal to their comrades—Natsu to his guild and Igneel, Larcade to his country and Zeref—and both even have a habit of behaving unprofessionally (Larcade not attending any of the Spriggan 12 meetings, and Natsu being, well, Natsu). However, while Natsu will not break Fairy Tail's Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, Larcade will do so without question if that's what Zeref wants.
    • To Sting. Both of them have a complicated opinion on Natsu, with Sting originally seeing Natsu as a rival while Larcade hates him because Zeref gives Natsu so much more attention than himself. However, Sting eventually gets out of this habit and comes to see Natsu as a friend and ally, while Lacarde continues to hate Natsu and maintains a Stepford Smiler attitude. In addition, their powers are both light-themed, but whereas Sting's powers are all about direct combat, Lacarde's are about manipulating someone's desires in favor of actually fighting.
  • Evil Nephew: Being Zeref's son (or at least his creation) makes Natsu his uncle. Because Zeref gave Natsu all of his love and attention while he himself was treated as little more than a tool of war, Larcade despises Natsu greatly.
  • Evil Knockoff: Of Natsu, or more specifically E.N.D.; Larcade is actually a test experiment of Natsu, and was given the "Dragneel" name because he was the closest one to the genuine article.
  • Forced Sleep: His ultimate spell, R.I.P. (Rest in Peace), forces his target to become drowsy to the point where once they will never wake up again once their eyes close.
  • Freudian Excuse: He grew up without a mother, while his father had no love or attention to spare for him or anyone except his own brother, whom Larcade holds a murderous grudge against. This grudge takes on a whole different light when it's revealed Larcade is an Etherious expressly made as a prototype for Natsu, as killing Natsu would not only make Larcade the superior demon but would also remove the main obstacle to his "father's" plans.
  • Friendly Target: His, for lack of a better word, orgasmic magic doesn't discriminate from friend or foe when not focused on a specific target, affecting Irene and even Zeref himself. Hence why he can't take out Fairy Tail all at once without risk of harming his strongest allies.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While Larcade loves his father, he feels nothing but jealous rage towards his uncle, who received all of Spriggan's affection.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: The Brown Note nature of his magic, the expressions on the faces of his victims, and the way he talks about "pleasure" get dangerously close to this at several points. He shows absolutely no signs of being a pervert himself, but taken out of context, his quotes about his magic wouldn't sound out of place in straight up eroge.
  • Light 'em Up: He can form blades of light for pure offense purposes should his usual magic not be enough to face off against a foe.
  • Light Is Not Good: He deals with using light magic and has the appearance and mannerisms of a Buddhist priest, but he is also viciously cruel and uses his powers to inflict unspeakable suffering on his enemies. There's also the fact that he's actually a demon from the Book of Zeref.
  • Meat-O-Vision: He can inflict this on his opponents, making them so utterly starved that they can't help but see their own allies as irresistible food, leaving them to devour each other to death.
  • No Body Left Behind: Zeref kills Larcade by vaporizing him without a trace. Because no one else besides Natsu was there to witness Larcade's death, people in the empire assume he's still alive somewhere.
  • Orgasmatron: His magic causes his opponents to feel copious amounts of pleasure, all but stated to be the inappropriate kind, and very heavily implied to only affect those who've sampled such pleasures. This effectively overloads their bodies and minds, causing them to die.
  • Overlord Jr.: Subverted. He calls himself the son of Emperor Spriggan, a.k.a Zeref, until he's revealed to be a demon and not his son in any humane sense of the word.
  • Red Herring: It turns out that August is Zeref's real son, and that Larcade is merely a delusional Etherious who takes the whole "born from Zeref" thing a little too seriously. It doesn't help that he was given the Dragneel name for no other reason than the fact that he was closest Zeref came to perfecting Natsu's resurrection as a demon.
  • Stepford Smiler: While he's almost always smiling, he rarely displays any true emotion unless it involves his glee at serving Zeref.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: It's strongly implied by his devastated reaction Zeref calling him an Etherious made as a prototype for Natsu that Larcade wasn't aware he isn't actually Zeref's son beforehand.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In his eyes, any of the enemies who isn't a member of Fairy Tail is just a "small fry." He thus is completely confident going up against Sting, Rogue and Kagura and ends up being one of the few Spriggan 12 to be defeated with no aid from a Fairy Tail member to his disbelief.
  • Villainous BSoD: Even if he isn't Zeref's biological son, he completely feels like being one and tries to be recognized as such by him. Once he interferes in Zeref's and Natsu's battle, the former blows a hole through him, then kicks him while he's down, saying he has no son, and that he's only an Etherious meant to resemble Natsu. Larcade visibly breaks down in tears shortly before Zeref blasts him to oblivion.
  • Walking Spoiler: He is the son of another Walking Spoiler whose identity gives away all there is to know about Larcade's relationships. Well, most of it, anyway.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He is loyal to the Emperor only because he desires the love and attention he never received from him.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Having never been loved by his "father", he has no idea what love actually is. However, he associates it with pleasure, and he considers granting someone a peaceful, painless death to be an act of love.

    Invel Yura 

"Winter General" Invel Yura

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), Clay Wheeler (English)

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The Emperor's chief of staff, who doesn't tolerate his allies' insubordination. Invel uses the purest form of ice and snow magic, capable of freezing anything and everything around him in an instant, including his enemies' minds.


  • Above Good and Evil: As far as he's concerned, light and dark magic are irrelevant to the concept of good and evil. He's also very well aware that his Emperor is the deadly Black Wizard Zeref well-learned in the dark arts.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a closed jacket over a suit and tie with a Duality Motif.
  • Bishōnen: He's a Long-Haired Pretty Boy who keeps his hair in a ponytail.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: His trump card, True-Ice Kamui, is an armored suit of ice that freezes everything it touches, including those who are otherwise immune to the cold and even other kinds of ice. Unfortunately for him, Gray can use Ice-Make to manipulate the armor's ice for his own use.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Invel's agenda is not so much one that differs from the Emperor's, but one to keep him focused on his goal of acquiring Fairy Heart, rather than his other goal of seeking death. This means removing Natsu—the only one capable of killing Zeref, which Zeref himself wholeheartedly expects—as an obstacle to his Emperor's plans.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes a brief appearance in The Stinger of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, set before the Alvarez Empire arc.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and is a particularly brutal and sociopathic individual.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's Spriggan's chief of staff and primary tactician, as well as the one who commands the bulk of Alvarez's armies.
  • Hero Killer: He gets Gray and Juvia to attempt to kill each other with his Mind Rape abilities, which results in Juvia coming narrowly close to dying in order to save Gray's life.
  • An Ice Person: He is a self-described "true" ice wizard, as his magic can freeze literally anything: entire cities, Natsu's flames, even thoughts. Even Gray, who has developed a natural resistance to cold as part of his training, finds himself shivering from Invel's chill.
  • Karma Houdini: While he does get his face pounded in something fierce by Gray for his actions, Invel otherwise gets away scot-free with arranging the deathmatch between Natsu/E.N.D. and Gray and nearly destroying their friendship, shipping out with the rest of his comrades from the Alvarez Empire. This becomes subverted in 100 Years Quest, which reveals he was punished and imprisoned alongside Neinhart for plotting another war after Alvarez made peace.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Using his Ice Lock, he brainwashes Gray into trying to kill Juvia, all to direct him in an Unstoppable Rage against E.N.D. When that fails, he just tells Gray that Natsu is E.N.D. outright, which does the trick.
  • Mind Rape: His Ice Slave and Ice Lock spells creates a neck chain that completely "freezes" the wearer's mind and turns them into an obedient slave. Even someone with genius-level intellect like Mavis can't think straight while chained up, no matter how hard she tries.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He considers all forms of ice magic, especially Gray's Ice Make, to be lesser, derivative forms of his own. He has a completely different stance on Gray's Ice Demon Slayer magic, though, which Invel acknowledges to be extremely potent and beyond what he is capable of.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He wastes no time freezing his opponents in their tracks. The only reason he fights Gray is because he's the only one immune to his cold, generously speaking.
  • Number Two: Though far from the Emperor's strongest henchman, he stands by his master's side at all times, helps keep the rest of the 12 in check, and serves as his closest aide and counsel. He even knows that the Emperor is Zeref with all that entails.
  • Personality Powers: He is proficient in ice magic, and he is incredibly stoic, stern, and calculating.
  • Reverse Armfold: His arms are always in this position whenever he isn't using his magic.
  • The Stoic: He carries out all of his orders in a calm and collected manner. The only time he breaks this calm is when he realizes he pushed Gray too far by having Juvia killed.
  • Stoic Spectacles: His glasses help emphasize his icy cold disposition.
  • The Übermensch: Bordering on The Sociopath, he seems completely incapable of understanding why Juvia and Gray would rather commit suicide than die fighting one another while under the effects of his magic, calling it "irrational". His views on darkness are rather Nietzschean, and as far as he's concerned, "good" and "evil" never even enter the equation in the Alvarez-Ishgal war; he knows full well who Spriggan is, and he doesn't care one bit.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is unflinchingly loyal to the Emperor. Not only does he not care one bit about Spriggan's true identity as Zeref, but he's willing to defy Zeref's wish to be killed by Natsu if it means removing an obstacle to the complete subjugation of Ishgal.
  • Warhawk: As revealed in 100 Years Quest, he schemed with Neinhart to start another war with Ishgal after Alvarez made peace, and was imprisoned for it.
  • Weather Manipulation: Invel's magic basically turns Magnolia into the Grim Up North, with a blizzard raging throughout the city and Fairy Tail's guild hall surrounded on all sides by glaciers.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a light shade of blue.

    Brandish μ 

"Nation Destroyer" Brandish μ

Voiced by: Manami Numakura (Japanese), Amber Lee Connors (English)

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A young woman whose magic, Command T, allows her to alter the size, shape, and mass of any person or object. However, she couldn't care less about her duties and prefers to avoid meaningless conflicts whenever she can. For fifteen years, Brandish has sought to avenge the death of her mother, Grammi, who was apparently killed by Layla Heartfilia. After learning the truth, however, she forms a bizarre friendship with Layla's daughter, Lucy, that challenges Brandish's loyalty to her country.


  • Affably Evil: While she serves The Empire and is somewhat demanding and indifferent, she has a very calm and well-mannered demeanor. She hates troublesome affairs and thus tries to settle things without conflict, preferring to use her power to intimidate rather than destroy. It's this level of approachability that allows Lucy to befriend with her once she realizes the truth about Grammi's death.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds variety. While she may harshly treat her subordinates, she's easily the most sympathetic member of the 12. She befriends Lucy, saves Natsu and Mirajane's lives, and provides valuable intel to Fairy Tail after realizing how wrong her misguided deeds were in trying to avenge her mother. When all is said and done, her only real antagonism towards Fairy Tail stems from the fact that she's a proud citizen of Alvarez and has no desire to betray the country she calls home.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: She can turn into a giant version of herself to attack her enemies.
  • Bad Boss: She casually shrinks Marin down to size to make things "even" with Fairy Tail after the latter hurt one of them, then makes him paint her toenails at his minuscule size. It's implied that she has done this for a while, too, which comes back to bite her when he tries to strangle her to death while her magic is sealed.
  • Best Served Cold: She spends 15 years wanting to seek revenge upon the one responsible for killing Grammi.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She pulls one in 100 Years Quest when she rescues Gray from Skullion's attacks by shrinking the former down to the size of Lucy's hand, and later perching Diabolos's ship atop a stone-turned-hill to help Fairy Tail.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She wields the kind of power that can bring entire nations to their knees and she knows this, which is why she almost never takes fights seriously and prefers using her powers to intimidate her opposition into giving up.
  • Broken Bird: Even after 15 years, Brandish suspected that Layla killed Grammi during their struggle over Aquarius's key. She finally breaks down after learning the real reason why Grammi died, which leads to her making amends with Lucy.
  • Broken Tears: Brandish sheds tears after she witnesses Zoldio killing Grammi first-hand, thus vindicating Layla's involvement.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's more concerned about getting ice cream than catching a spy, openly complains to the Emperor's face about having to do her job, and wanted to take a bath (in an enemy's house, no less) in the middle of a warzone. She also has the moniker of "Nation Destroyer" for a good reason.
  • The Bus Came Back: Brandish makes a return in 100 Years Quest, where she bumps into Lucy as they're both searching for Aquarius's reformed key.
  • Catchphrase: "What a pain."
  • Chained by Fashion: The straps of her bikini top are made of chains, and connected to the front of what looks like a Slave Collar.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: While Brandish gets over her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she's still loyal to Alvarez and believes that their victory is assured, but cares enough about Lucy and her closest friends to not want them to fight a battle they have no hope of winning. Unfortunately for her, this makes her a Category Traitor in her comrades' eyes.
  • Dark Action Girl: Her first battle ended because of her hay fever. In normal conditions, she turns out to be a quite capable fighter, to the point she can fight Lucy in an evenly-matched duel and gain the upper-hand.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She grows an entire island into a mountain, and then shrinks it into a stepping stone, all with the same, bored expression as she usually wears.
  • Driven to Villainy: Grammi inadvertently caused Layla's death, which then caused an insane Zoldio to kill her. Unfortunately, this made Brandish swear revenge on the Heartfilia bloodline.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in The Stinger of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, set before the Alvarez Empire arc.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Brandish asks Marin how long he is planning to fool around during his battle against Fairy Tail. Then, she buys a bowl of mango gelato, thus brushing off her attempts to search for a spy.
  • Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: She deeply loved Grammi, whose death haunted her to the present day. This is the main reason why she deeply resents Layla and Lucy, as they serve as a reminder of the cause of her death. It only takes Aquarius interfering with her fight with Lucy to make her realize the truth of what really happened between Grammi and Layla.
  • Freudian Excuse: She became a country-destroying Person of Mass Destruction out of a misguided desire to avenge Grammi's death. Furthermore, her problems with authority, fascination with having "pets", and the way she treats her subordinates like pawns is because, apparently, Aquarius treated her like a dog when she was a little girl, to the point where Brandish still address her as "Master" and thanks her for the privilege of doing so.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite befriending Lucy after realizing her misguided deeds to avenge Grammi's death, Brandish doesn't consider the possibility about being true friends since they are on opposing sides in a war, and she doesn't intend to betray her homeland. She eventually leaves the war altogether on friendly terms with Fairy Tail, even if she's convinced they will lose in the end.
  • Friendly Rivalry: She develops one with Lucy after they reunite in 100 Years Quest, since they are no longer on opposing sides, but are both driven to be the first to find Aquarius's key.
  • Gratuitous Greek: Her surname, μ (mu), is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet. A fitting name for one of the Spriggan 12.
  • Hair Decoration: She has two cross-like decorations sticking out of her hair, positioned in a way that resemble horns.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her magic is literally just making things as big or small as she wants. What makes this awesome is the fact there seems to be no limit to what she can apply this magic to. She can shrink entire islands to the size of a footstool, fatal wounds into scratches, and others' magic attacks to send them flying right back at the enemy. As DiMaria herself notes, all Brandish would have to do to kill someone is make them tiny enough to step on, or enlarge their internal organs to make them explode.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By the time of 100 Years Quest, she and Fairy Tail are no longer on opposing sides.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She hates how DiMaria teases her, but she later grows to enjoy teasing Lucy, like when she shrank and then enlarged her chest. Of course, there's a big difference between momentarily adjusting Lucy's size, and sadistically contemplating humiliating a P.O.W. from her own side.
  • It's Personal: For 15 years, Brandish focused entirely on tracking and killing on Layla for the death of her mother Grammi over Aquarius's key, and exacts Revenge by Proxy on Lucy after learning that she is Layla's daughter. However, Aquarius makes Brandish realize that Grammi inadvertently caused Layla's death in the first place before the former was killed by Zoldio, vindicating Layla's involvement.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed. She aids Fairy Tail more than once during the war against her nation, and later bails out while her comrades are still fighting, while also holding DiMaria, a fellow colleague, as a prisoner. The only punishment she endures is being stabbed by DiMaria, but with her magic it is only temporary. It will take a lot of effort for her to make up for her heinous crimes.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Most of the time she maintains a composed and concentrated attitude that, combined with her powerful magic and her enormous magic power, is sufficient to establish her undoubtedly as one of the strongest and dangerous women in the whole manga.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She may prefer to buy ice cream over fighting, but when she finds the right motivation, she becomes downright terrifying and shows that she more than deserves the rank she has.
  • Martial Pacifist: She doesn't like fighting and will always try to settle matters with words, but when she realizes that Natsu, Lucy, and Happy aren't willing to listen to her offer of fleeing the battle, she instigates a Revenge by Proxy on Lucy. Even though she doesn't intend to fight seriously, she still nearly curb-stomps Lucy.
  • The Medic: Her Size Shifter powers can also be used on wounds, shrinking them down from fatal to negligible. She uses this power on both Natsu and August to save them from their wounds, even secretly doing the same for Mirajane when August blasts her through the heart with magic to prevent Irene from torturing her to death.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother, Grammi, died when she was very young.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a very shapely figure under an outfit that is practically swimwear, and it's exposed further when her jacket is taken. Macao and Wakaba take the opportunity to ogle her while she's imprisoned. She also had some Bathtub Bonding with Lucy in the middle of a war.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Eventually subverted. Regardless of how much she may feel indebted to Lucy, she says that at the end of the day, she is a citizen of Alvarez and cannot betray her country. While she claims to be loyal to Alvarez, she calls out her own country when she sees behavior that she doesn't agree with, up to and including telling August that the army's actions were tantamount to genocide.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ironically, while she 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.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her efforts to negotiate with Fairy Tail and Alvarez go From Bad to Worse. First, when she nearly arranges a successful ceasefire with August, Mest tricks her into trying to assassinate August instead, which provokes his wrath. Later, during the 12's final battle, she gives Natsu, Lucy, and Happy a chance to flee from the fight. Not only do they refuse, but she is overheard by two of her own comrades and clearly see this as an act of treason.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has a moment of utter terror when she gains first-hand knowledge of Grammi being murdered by Zoldio.
  • One Degree of Separation: Her mother was a friend and servant of Lucy's mother, despite the two living on opposite sides of the world.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She can turn an entire island into anything from a mountain to a mere footstep at will with marginal effort. Moreover, the nickname with which she is known and feared all over the world (see Red Baron below) also establishes by itself how much this girl should not be underestimated.
  • Pet the Dog: Although she is one of The Emperor's deadliest guards, she demonstrates several moments of kindness. When she shrinks an entire island and leaves its denizens floundering in the ocean, she does it knowing an entire fleet of fishing boats is nearby. Later, when two of Fairy Tail's members are fatally wounded, she uses her powers to save them.
  • Power Perversion Potential: She shows off a more perverted use with her size-changing powers by shrinking and growing Lucy's breast size.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike the other Spriggan 12, she isn't excited one bit over their emperor's plan to attack Ishgal. She even lets Fairy Tail go after they beat Alvarez's troops, but not before warning them not to come to the empire. The only reason she follows her emperor's goal is because, simply put, Alvarez is her home.
  • Red Baron: Being called a "Nation Destroyer" discourages anyone from screwing with her.
  • Reluctant Warrior: She hates fighting, but once the gloves come off, she can wipe an entire country off the map. She is loyal to Zeref, however, and states that she will follow his orders regardless of how much she may complain about doing so.
  • The Resenter: After Grammi is killed, Brandish draws her own conclusions, which leads to hate and resentment toward Layla. Fortunately for her, Aquarius makes Brandish realize that despite Grammi inadvertently causing Layla's death and the former being killed by Zoldio, the two remained friends for the rest of their lives. Thus, Layla is vindicated.
  • Revenge by Proxy: With Layla already dead by the time she meets Lucy, Brandish regretfully decides to kill the latter to avenge Grammi's death. Fortunately, Aquarius intervenes and makes her realize the truth about what happened between Grammi and Layla.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She spent the past 15 years of his life wanting to avenge her mother, who was seemingly killed by Layla. When she realizes that Lucy is Layla's daughter, she enacts a Revenge by Proxy on her. She snaps out of it when she discovers that Grammi inadvertently caused Layla's death and was subsequently killed by Zoldio, therefore vindicating Layla.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no problem stripping naked and getting into someone else's bath in the middle of a warzone. Not even in front of Marin, her own male subordinate.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: At first, Brandish is absolutely livid that Layla apparently killed her mother, Grammi, in a struggle over Aquarius's key. Because of this, she swore revenge against Layla and her daughter, Lucy.
  • Size Shifter: In addition to changing the mass and size of any other object or person, she can also shrink and enlarge herself to her advantage.
  • Stripperiffic: A Badass Longcoat worn over a bikini, all while Chained by Fashion.
  • Squishy Wizard: Not an ounce of her tremendous magic applies to her durability. As such, she can be knocked out with a single smack to the head. At least, when she's suffering from hay fever.
  • Tears of Remorse: Brandish breaks down in tears when she tries to kill Lucy as a way to get over Grammi's death.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Her name is shortened to "Randi" by DiMaria. It'd be an Affectionate Nickname if they didn't despise one another.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She's unwilling to forgive Layla after mistaking her for killing Grammi in a battle over Aquarius's key. Well, until Aquarius sets the record straight on Grammi and Layla, at least...
  • Trauma Button: The moment she realizes that Lucy is a member of the Heartfilia bloodline, she decides to continue her Roaring Rampage of Revenge she started 15 years ago. But thanks to Aquarius, Brandish gets better once she finally realizes the truth about Grammi and Layla first-hand.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Towards Lucy when she first explains what happened between Layla and Grammi. She leaves out the key details where Zoldio actually killed Grammi after the latter inadvertently caused Layla to open Eclipse at the cost of her own life.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: She escapes with a shrunken DiMaria in tow after everyone else in the Spriggan 12 besides August is defeated.
  • Villains Out Shopping: When she's introduced, Brandish gets a bowl of mango gelato instead of searching for a spy in the empire's midst, while Natsu and Gray are quaking in fear of her power.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She hates DiMaria, especially for the way she teases her, but their casual interactions and nicknames for each other make them the closest things to friends they have in Alvarez. Just as DiMaria tries to kill her for betraying the empire, Brandish decides to repay her in kind.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Her outfit consists of a bikini and chains hanging off a collar.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She has serious hay fever, which is unwittingly used against her after Ajeel stirs up a sandstorm him Magnolia.
  • When She Smiles: She often wears a bored expression, but she gives a genuine smile when talking to those she cares about, such as August and eventually Lucy, the latter of whom comments on how cute her smile looks in 100 Years Quest.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When Brandish is finally motivated to fight, DiMaria muses why she doesn't just take the quickest route and blow them up from the inside or step on them. She takes this to mean that Brandish doesn't have the heart to do it.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She lost her mother when she was a child and decided to exact revenge on the Heartfilias for their involvement in it. When she discovers that Lucy is Layla's daughter, she initiates a Revenge by Proxy to get even.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She gets decked by Cana while she's having a sneezing fit due to her pollen allergy, and is then put in Power Nullifier cuffs that make her as vulnerable as any ordinary person. Without these pesky annoyances, Brandish proves to be just as dangerous as the rest of her team, even when she holds herself back.
  • You Killed My Mother: This is the reason for her resentment of the Heartfilias, namely Layla and her daughter. Brandish's motivation is revenge for her mother's death, which she blames on Layla. Fortunately, Aquarius makes her realize that Grammi inadvertently caused Layla's death, resulting in the former being killed by Zoldio.

    DiMaria Yesta 

"Warrior Queen" DiMaria Yesta

Voiced by: Natsumi Fujiwara (Japanese), Meli Grant (English)

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A female knight with unparalleled skill on the battlefield, and a sharp tongue to match. DiMaria's magic is God Soul, the ultimate Takeover, allowing her to absorb the divine power of gods to use at her leisure. Her favorite form is Chronos, the God of Time, which allows her to stop time and cut her enemies down faster than they can blink.


  • Agony Beam: Her Chronos form has a variant of this called Age Scratch that forces its victim to relive every ounce of pain they've ever experienced throughout their life, all at once. To someone who's been through hell like Wendy, this was so excruciating that she couldn't move afterward.
  • Ambiguously Gay: It's not outright stated that she's a lesbian, but she likes to strip female opponents and admire the sight and will not toy around when it is required. Then there's the fact she also may have feelings, though perhaps somewhat warped, for her colleague Brandish.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her first outfit's top is just a lacy bra that exposes her midriff and her cleavage. But it is still less revealing than her Chronos form.
  • Berserk Button: As someone who loves her Age Seal because it lets her have the whole world all to herself, she doesn't take kindly to those who find a way to resist or interfere with her spell.
  • BFS: She wields a sword that's pretty much the same size as her.
  • Break the Haughty: She gets totally pulverized by Sherria when she uses the full strength of her God Slayer Magic, and second by Natsu/E.N.D. when she threatens to harm Lucy.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She gets the biggest reevaluation of her life after she threatens to gouge Lucy's eyes out in front of Natsu. To be fair, though, he was seemingly on death's door at the time, and she had no idea that he was on the verge of awakening as the most powerful demon Zeref has ever created.
  • Character Development: At first, DiMaria has a relaxed and sharp-tongued personality that enjoys stripping her female enemies to tease them, and is not above mocking her own allies for their losses. One Humiliation Conga later, however, she becomes more humble and takes back all the bad things she said about Brandish. But then she catches Brandish helping Fairy Tail, and turns even more psychotic and sadistic than before towards those who turned "her" Brandish against her.
  • Character Tics: She activates her Age Seal by clicking her teeth.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is renowned as the deadliest female knight on her side of the world, and she puts those skills to use by decimating the armies of Fairy Tail and their allies.
  • Designated Girl Fight: All of her opponents are female, and she relishes in the opportunity to prove herself superior.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Once her God Soul activates, her sneering, sardonic personality vanishes and is replaced with an eerie, expressionless face. She later does the same when he ruthlessly cuts Brandish down for betraying her.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Brandish becomes all but dead to DiMaria when she decides to bluff her fight with Lucy out of friendship. Thus, DiMaria has no trouble cutting her former comrade's chest open and blame the whole thing on Lucy.
  • Evil Is Petty: She justifies attempting to kill Wendy because she kicked her in the face.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She only wears armor on a single arm.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Only a single, glowing eye of hers can be seen in her Chronos form.
  • A God Am I: Quite literally in her case. After she assumes her Chronos form, she speaks as though she were the God of Time itself.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed. 100 Years Quest reveals that after losing the war and getting a thorough Humiliation Conga, DiMaria decided she had enough of fighting and took up working on a plantation, where she seems legitimately happy.
  • Hero Killer: She mortally wounds Carla, and pushes Wendy and Sherria to the point where the latter is forced to sacrifice her magic power forever to defeat her and save her friend's life.
  • Humble Pie: Her relationship with Brandish improves after getting beaten, chained up, and humiliated the same way she once teased Brandish for. But that's all rendered moot when she finds Brandish trying to help Natsu and Lucy, making her even more ruthless than before. Getting totally thrashed by Natsu/E.N.D., however, makes it stick to the point where 100 Years Quest reveals she decided to quit fighting and become a farmer after the war, and seemingly enjoys it.
  • Humiliation Conga: The Alvarez Empire arc seems to enjoy putting DiMaria through hell. First, after she enjoys a full day stripping her opponents naked with her time-stopping magic, Wendy and Sherria are able to fight back thanks to Ultear, who gives Sherria the massive Power-Up needed to neutralize her God Soul. After that, she's locked up in Power Nullifier chains exactly the same way she mocked Brandish for getting into. Then, when Irene scatters everyone in the country, DiMaria has to crawl back to her allies on her knees, still chained up, before Larcade rescues her. And just when she tries to exert her dominance by trying to kill Brandish and torture Lucy in front of Natsu, E.N.D. awakens and pummels the ever-loving crap out of her, permanently traumatizing her. The last we see DiMaria in the original manga, she's shrunken down and squirming in an understandably displeased Brandish's clutches, no longer the high and mighty warrior she was when she started.
  • It's All About Me: The reason DiMaria loves her time-freezing powers so much is because she gets to have the entire world all to herself without anyone bugging her. So when Ultear's presence in her pocket of time threatens to defile her personal utopia, she really flips her lid.
  • Jerkass: Her sardonic, sharp-tongued personality, constant berating of her allies, and general sadistic tendencies definitely make her one of the biggest jerks among the 12.
  • Leotard of Power: She switches her Stripperific attire out with this after being rescued.
  • Master Swordsman: Subverted, though not in a way that makes her less dangerous. She is touted as the "Warrior Queen" for this very reason, and seems to show it when she is able to one-up Kagura, the very same woman who nearly bested Erza, one of Fairy Tail's most powerful wizards. However, it turns out that she has the power to stop time, and does all of her fancy sword tricks during these intervals.
  • Misery Builds Character: A good chunk of her Character Development stems from this. Before her defeat, DiMaria acted smug and showed no concern for her colleagues, as she laughed at the news that Brandish was captured. After being defeated and imprisoned, she realized that it was Laser-Guided Karma and shed Tears of Remorse. The moment she sees Brandish again, she shows her newfound sense of humility and sympathy by hugging and apologizing to her. 100 Years Quest reveals she's decided to step down from fighting and is now working as a humble farmer on a plantation, seemingly enjoying herself.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Her BFS is a supersized backsword designed to be wielded with two hands, and is about as long as she is tall. She effortlessly wields it with one hand as if it were light as a feather.
  • One-Winged Angel: She assumes her God Soul: Chronos form after Ultear helps Wendy and Sherria move in her personal pocket of time.
  • Pet the Dog: She does genuinely care about Brandish, and after her defeat knocks her down a peg and she is saved by Larcade, she asks Brandish if she's okay, embraces her, and apologizes for every mean thing she ever said to her. Unfortunately, this is overturned when she catches Brandish fraternizing with Fairy Tail.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Before she starts fighting seriously, she takes every opportunity to slice off her female opponents' clothes for their perverted male allies to see.
  • Powers via Possession: She takes the Strauss siblings' Takeover magic to its greatest extreme with her God Soul, which allows her to possess the forms and abilities of gods.
  • Racial Remnant: She's a descendant of the people who inhabited ancient city of Mildian, which included Zeref himself.
  • Red Baron: She is known as the "Warrior Queen" (or alternatively the "Valkyrie") for being a supposed Master Swordsman; in reality, she only seems that way because she can actually stop time.
  • Retired Badass: As Brandish tells Lucy in 100 Years Quest, DiMaria has decided fighting is no longer very appealing and started working on a plantation since the end of the Ishgal-Alvarez war.
  • Sadist: She's the type of sadist who gets off on humiliation, which she does by cutting off their clothes, mocking them, and then moving in for the kill. After she accuses Lucy of turning Brandish against her, however, she shows a liking to the slow, painful variety as well by threatening to cut up Lucy's face, starting with her eyes.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit is fairly revealing for someone who frequents battlefields.
  • Sudden Humility: She mocks Brandish for getting caught by Fairy Tail and blissfully wonders what kind of humiliation she might be feeling. Before long, she finds herself in the exact same position after getting trashed by Sherria's God Slayer magic, and realizes she has no right to make fun of Brandish anymore.
  • The Tease: Her teasing of Brandish is more innocent and obviously less suggestive, but her teasing of her enemies is much more flirtatious and scathing, particularly her female opponents.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Just like her biting nickname for Brandish, DiMaria has her own nickname, "Mari".
  • Time Master: Her Age Seal spell can completely freeze the flow of time for everyone but herself, rendering entire armies helpless as she has her way with them. She can also subject her victims to every injury they've ever sustained in their lifetime at once with her Age Scratch. This power stems from her possessing Chronos, the God of Time, using Takeover magic.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes nicer to Brandish after suffering the same kind of humiliation she teased her for getting, only to immediately subvert this by turning on and nearly killing Brandish when she is shown to have made friends with Natsu and Lucy.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Fitting for a Dark Action Girl.
  • Villain Ball: Her time-stopping is one of the most dangerous abilities in the entire series, leaving her opponents completely at her mercy. She proceeds to waste most of her time (so to speak) messing around with her opponents (particularly tearing off girls' clothes) until someone who happens to be immune to it comes in.
  • Villainous BSoD: After getting thoroughly wasted and traumatized by a demon-powered Natsu, and then being faced with Brandish surviving her attempt to kill her, DiMaria spends a good amount of time sitting in wistful silence, appearing genuinely remorseful for her actions.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Brandish hurl insults at each other, but they really are friends. Her appreciation for Brandish only flourishes after she has been thoroughly beaten by Wendy and Sherria, where DiMaria promises to pay back the humiliation they suffered. Then, when she feels betrayed by Brandish for refusing to kill their enemies and cuts her down for it, she turns her anger on the wizards who corrupted "her Randi".
  • The Worf Effect: She's no pushover in her fight with Wendy and Sherria, despite losing in the end. That's hardly the case when she's faced with Natsu while he's in mid-demonization, and nearly gets turned into a wall decoration as a result.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Exactly when she warns Wendy and Sherria that a battlefield is no place for children like them, she shows them zero mercy for their refusal to leave.
  • Yandere: She shows these tendencies towards Brandish upon seeing her making friends with Fairy Tail, responding by slicing open Brandish's stomach and threatening to chop off Natsu's head and cut Lucy's eyes out with a knife, all because they "killed [her] Randi".

    Neinhart 

Neinhart

Voiced by: Kosuke Onishi (Japanese), Kyle Igneczi (English)

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A flowery man who specializes in creating Historias, exact replicas of the deceased from others' memories. Neinhart revels in using this technique, named Historia of the Dead, to arrange twisted reunions between his enemies and their most fearsome foes or dearly departed loved ones.


  • Agent Peacock: He is by far one of the most effeminate male characters in the series, with his slender figure and long eyelashes. He is also one of the series' most powerful wizards by virtue of being one of the Spriggan 12.
  • Armor Is Useless: His armor is just for show, doing him jack squat against Jellal's Grand Chariot.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: His eyes become dark-colored when under Irene's enchantment.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He's perfectly capable of blasting his enemies through ships on his own, yet he opts for the more "entertaining" route of letting his Historias fight for him. When Jellal is about to finish him off, Neinhart opts to guilt-trip him into standing down by creating a Historia of Simon, rather than retaliate with another magic blast.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Irene gives him a supposedly astronomical Power-Up when he hesitates to kill Erza. But when he decides to try out his skills on Natsu, he still proves to be an inferior opponent.
  • Creating Life Is Bad: How he describes his magic. Unlike Mavis's illusions, his creations are corporeal, fully-sentient, near-exact replicas of whoever it is his magic is creating, right down to their magic and personalities. However, they're also completely obedient soldiers who follow their creator's every command, regardless of their previous relationship with their opponents.
  • Dirty Coward: At the end of the day, his Historias are just glorified bodyguards for him to cower behind, with him promising to bring them back to life as long as they protect him.
  • Enemy Scan: He can scan his enemies much like Wall, but while Wall uses it to see their weaknesses, Neinhart scans their memories and uses them to summon foes they faced in the past.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's a man who entertains himself by bringing back the dead to play his enemies' emotions like a fiddle, but he's taken aback when Irene orders him to kill Ezra, her own daughter.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He describes his power using flamboyant gestures and flowery language, and devours the entire ship he's on while doing it.
  • Having a Blast: He can blast people with magic explosions powerful enough to send them flying clean through the hull of a ship. If he remembered to do this on Jellal instead of trying to psych him out of his finishing attack, he might've stood a chance.
  • I Know What You Fear: He uses his magic in such a fashion. When faced with Erza, Jellal, and Kagura, he discovers their shared history and forces them to fight Simon to psyche them out, and when faced with Erza alone he summons three of her toughest foes: Ikaruga, Azuma, and Kyoka. He also does the same with Gray and Lyon by summoning their dead master, Ur, while everyone else in the port has to fight their most terrifying enemies: Zancrow for Merudy, Keyes for Juvia, Ezel for Wendy and Hades for Laxus.
  • It Only Works Once: Summoning Simon's Historia right off the bat succeeds in psyching out Erza, Jellal, and especially Kagura. The second time? Not so much when Kagura steels herself and cuts the Historia down.
  • Keystone Army: His summons go away once he is defeated. He explicitly tells the revived God Serena, Wall, and Bloodman that they'd better protect him if they don't want to go poof.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: He doesn't just make Historias to simply mess with Fairy Tail and their allies' heads; before they can recover from facing DiMaria and Wall, he thrusts them into battle with the likes of Hades, the Seven Kin, and the Nine Demon Gates.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He loves to toy around with his enemies' emotions by forcing them to fight their loved ones: Simon for Erza, Jellal and Kagura, and Ur for Gray and Lyon.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The first half of his name, "Nein", is German for "no". Put that together with the other half, traditionally an alternate spelling of "heart", and you get "no heart". Fitting for a man who finds amusement in forcing people to face their worst fallen enemies or their departed loved ones.
    • "Historia" means "history" in multiple languages, particularly Latin, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Mook Maker: Downplayed. He can fight enemies off on his own well enough, but he mainly specializes in summoning Historias to defend himself.
  • Necessary Drawback: While there is seemingly no limit to the number of Historias he can make at once, they are stated to be weaker than they were when they were alive. This is particularly evident with fallen Spriggan 12 members God Serena, Wall, and Bloodman, who pose somewhat less of a challenge than they did to the ones who originally took them out.
  • Necromancer: His magic can bring back the dead, though instead of reanimation, it involves bringing back the ghosts and memories of those people. Keyes, an actual necromancer, makes a point that it is different from his own abilities.
  • No-Sell: After he's "enhanced" by Irene, he effortlessly shrugs off Brandish's magic. This doesn't help him against Natsu, however.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He 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.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: He stands still and observes while his Historias fight. That doesn't mean he has no offensive spells at his disposal, though, but to him, making others fight for him is simply more entertaining.
  • Something About a Rose: His armor is emblazoned with dark blue roses.
  • Squishy Wizard: His magic is powerful, but it's the only thing standing between his enemies and him since it relies solely on his opponents' emotions weakening their resolve to fight. Once Jellal and Kagura overcome his power, he is quickly pulverized. Even after he gets a power-up from Irene, Natsu is still able to take him down with just a few hits once he actually gets into punching range.
  • The Worf Effect: He gets a Power-Up courtesy of Irene, and yet still gets taken out by a single punch from Natsu, which tips Brandish off to the kind of threat Natsu poses.
  • Warhawk: As revealed in 100 Years Quest, he schemed with Invel to start another war with Ishgal after Alvarez made peace, but was imprisoned for it.
  • Warrior Poet: His punctuates his first appearance with an incredibly flowery speech about love, friendship, family, betrayal, and death.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Neinhart's hair is a dark shade of blue.

    Bloodman 

"God of Death" Bloodman

Voiced by: Kenichiro Matsuda (Japanese), Brad Hawkins (English)

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A hooded monster whose entire body is made up of deadly anti-magic particles, making him a harbinger of doom for any wizard foolhardy enough to oppose him. Bloodman also wields an amalgamation of curses used by all of the fallen Etherious demons of Tartaros.


  • All Your Powers Combined: He is able to duplicate the powers of Tartaros' Nine Demon Gates, such as Jackal's explosions, Ezel's blades, Torafuzar's black water, and Silver's ice breath. For good measure, he can also produce Mard Geer's thorn brambles.
  • Bad with the Bone: His signature attacks involve burying his opponents under mountains of skulls.
  • Bald of Evil: He is completely hairless under that hood of his.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: His body is made up of Devil Particles just like other Etherious such as Tempester and Keyes. Unlike them, however, he can assume his particle form at will.
  • Blood Knight: He's not at all put out by the fact Gajeel isn't affected by his Devil Particles. In fact, he's almost eager to cross blows with someone who doesn't just fall down and die from being in his presence.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight with the entire Saber Tooth and Blue Pegasus guilds is completely one-sided, with him showing zero signs of fatigue while they were brought to the tip of death and crucified.
  • Dark Is Evil: He dresses entirely in blood red and black, and is one of the most ruthless villains in the series.
  • The Dreaded: Once he enters the battlefield, Blue Pegasus and Saber Tooth start running for the hills in terror of the "God of Death".
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Subverted; Gajeel observes that his magic power is nothing special compared to the other 12. Bloodman explains that this is because he uses curse power, the same used by the members of Tartaros, and he's just as dangerous as all of them put together.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: If he really has the powers of the Nine Demon Gates, he could have used Jackal's curse to prevent Gajeel from hitting him once he was no longer intangible, absorbed any magic that Gajeel was using with Franmalth's Revolution, crippled Gajeel by shutting his senses with Kyôka's curse, or simply prevented any fight from taking place with Seilah's Macro.
  • A God Am I: Repeatedly refers to himself as the "God of Death".
  • Hero Killer: Not only does he single-handedly decimate the combined forces of Saber Tooth and Blue Pegasus, but he also comes extremely close to dragging Gajeel into the underworld after losing to him. It's only by complete coincidence that Gajeel manages to survive thanks to Irene.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His particles are deadly and keep him from harm by magic and physical attacks, but Gajeel realizes said particles can likewise harm him and absorbs their properties through their trace amounts of iron into his body before laying a beatdown on him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It isn't entirely clear what kind of monster he is, though it's clear he's far from human. He's implied to be an Etherious through his use of Tartaros' curses, but unlike them, he can turn himself into a cloud of anti-magic particles and reform at will.
  • In the Hood: He spends most of his time wearing a hooded Badass Cape, making him look like The Grim Reaper everyone fears him to be.
  • Intangible Man: Most normal physical attacks have no effect on him since his body is made entirely of anti-magic particles. Similarly, intangible spells such as Rogue's shadow magic do some damage, though, and like Rogue, he actually has to turn tangible in order to physically touch someone, which leaves him open to other kinds of counterattack.
  • Knight of Cerebus: There is virtually no humor surrounding his scenes or actions, and whenever there is, it never comes from him.
  • Mage Killer: Far from a Badass Normal, his whole body is made up of Anti-Magic particles that make entire armies of wizards keel over without him even needing to lift a finger.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Being completely impervious to physical attacks due to his intangible body, he can only be damaged by wizards with holy and shadow-type attacks (assuming they survive his Anti-Magic assault), and even then, he can overtake them with sheer brute force. It takes Gajeel assimilating Bloodman's own anti-magic particles for him to really turn the tides.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: If you expect someone with a name like "Bloodman" to be anything other than someone who slaughters his foes and brings all but the most stalwart of heroes to their knees, prepare to be disappointed.
  • Obviously Evil: With everything from his choice of outfit to his title, he couldn't look more evil if he tried.
  • One-Hit Kill: Bloodman's entire body composition is made of deadly Devil Particles. While it isn't instantaneous, breathing in these particles is essentially a death sentence for any magic user.
  • One-Winged Angel: Once he's done playing around, he assumes his true form as a giant mass of Devil Particles vaguely shaped in the form of a giant skull-faced human that can use the curses of the Nine Demon Gates.
  • Our Demons Are Different: He is all but directly stated to be a demon from the Book of Zeref, having the body makeup of one and possessing powers that match the demons of Tartaros.
  • Poisonous Person: Like all other Etherious demons, his body is made of toxic Devil Particles, which are absolutely lethal to wizards.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He wouldn't be deserving of the name Bloodman if he didn't have that red and black armor of his.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After he's killed by Gajeel, Neinhart makes a Historia of him to participate in the final assault against Fairy Tail, effectively bringing him Back from the Dead, only for him to be beaten by Rogue.
  • Shinigami: His Japanese epitaph is this, and he certainly plays up the part, slaughtering his foes so he can "guide them to the afterlife".
  • Shoulders of Doom: Because a terrifying hood and cape just aren't enough to pull off the Obviously Evil look.
  • Skull for a Head: His face looks like it had its skin peeled clean off which, compounded by his lack of a nose, gives him a distinctly skull-like visage.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Crunchyroll took to translating his name as "Bradman", as did Kodansha's early translations.
  • Taking You with Me: Once Gajeel takes him down, Bloodman grabs onto him and tries dragging him into the afterlife with him. It would've worked, too, if Irene's spell shuffling Fairy Tail and Alvarez's forces around didn't interfere.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His Bizarre Alien Biology makes him impervious to most attacks, and his Devil Particles are capable of killing his enemies almost instantly without him needing to lift a finger. After Gajeel manages to use Bloodman's own particles against him, however, he proves that he has absolutely no experience in hand-to-hand combat because of his hands-off fighting style, ending the fight in mere minutes.
  • Walking Wasteland: Tempester's use of Devil Particles in the Tartaros killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. That sheer devastation, disturbingly reminiscent of a Real Life chemical weapons attack, is what Bloodman does simply by existing since his body constantly exhales these particles.

    Ajeel Raml 

"Desert King" Ajeel Raml

Voiced by: Hiromichi Tezuka (Japanese), Josh Bangle (English)

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A master sand wizard who is infamous for burying entire cities in sand. Ajeel is one of the more aggressive of the 12 and is said to have attempted invasions of Ishgal against his Emperor's wishes in the past.


  • Anime Hair: His hair is long and propped up to resemble the leaves of a palm tree.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: While he is impressed by Fairy Tail's strength, he doesn't believe they are any real threat to Alvarez, especially himself. In fact, he thinks invading Ishgal would be a walk in the park if God Serena is the best they have to offer. Even in defeat, he refuses to accept Erza's victory against him as anything more than a one-time fluke.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hair can be compared to a palm tree, which is commonly found in sandy areas.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His ultimate ability, Sand World, is exactly what it sounds like: a gigantic sandstorm that can envelop an entire city which he can move through at will without issue. Not only is the potential for Friendly Fire incredibly high, however, but it also reduces visibility to practically zero, including his own, which leads to his undoing. Wall even notes Ajeel only resorts to using Sand World when facing a foe too dangerous to challenge otherwise.
  • Blood Knight: According to Zeref, Ajeel was solely responsible for Alvarez's earlier invasion attempts on Ishgal. He also spearheads the first assault on Fairy Tail, and he looks like he's having the time of his life doing it.
  • Catchphrase: "Nice!"
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is a sand wizard, and the most powerful seen in the series. He can turn the ground into a sand pit, sense any sort of movement on the continent, create living sand golems to fight for him, and whip up sandstorms large enough to swallow the entire city of Magnolia.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although he acts surly towards him, Ajeel shows he truly cares about his grandfather, Yajeel, when he yells at him to get out of the battlefield.
  • A God Am I: He proclaims himself as a god when he activates his Sand World, and tries to make Erza revere him as such before killing her.
  • The Good King: Brandish notes in 100 Years Quest that Ajeel has become the king of Alvarez rather than The Emperor after the end of the war, and has since abandoned his Blood Knight tendencies in favor of a more peaceful relationship with Ishgal.
  • Heel–Face Turn: 100 Years Quest shows that he took his grandfather's words to heart following his losses in the war against Ishgal, stepping up to replace Zeref as ruler of Alvarez to steer it in a better direction.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Erza takes advantage of his limited field of vision in his Sand World by donning an armor that emits light, giving Bisca a beacon on where to shoot. By the time Ajeel realizes what's happened, the cannon shot slams into him and gives Erza the opening she needs to finish him off.
  • Homefield Advantage: The biggest advantage Sand World gives Ajeel is that he can merge with it and reappear anywhere inside of it at any time he desires, allowing him to unleash all manner of sneak attacks on his targets and counter their attacks with the sheer volume of sand he's releasing.
  • Improvised Golem: He almost instantly puts together a massive golem of sand and stone to chase after Fairy Tail. When Gray freezes it, Ajeel makes a swarm of smaller, flying monsters.
  • Irony: The Spriggan most eager to start a war with Ishgal ends up becoming the king who ultimately decides there's been enough war and fosters a peaceful relationship with Ishgal, going so far as to imprison the members of the 12 who wanted to start another war.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Anyone who can beat out Erza in hand-to-hand combat is this by default. It is only after she exploits his Logical Weakness that she puts a dent in him, and even that only works for a little while.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Aside from his extremely potent magic, he's also an extremely agile and talented hand-to-hand fighter, able to outpace Erza in hand-to-hand combat, with her unable to even scratch him while he pummels her. Keep in mind, she's a walking armory, and he's unarmed.
  • Logical Weakness: Defied. Being a user of sand magic, he is naturally weak against water and wind attacks, which makes Erza's fight with him seem like child's play when she whips out weapons that use both elements. But then he decides to whip out a sandstorm...
  • Make Them Rot: His sand magic has a particularly nasty Collision Damage side effect that drains the moisture out of anything and everything the sand touches, including human beings, turning them into mummified husks.
  • Meaningful Name: When combined, his full name is the Arabic word for "quicksand".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The sandstorm he 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.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: He is virtually impossible to injure with physical attacks that don't apply a Logical Weakness since he can turn his body or anything that touches him into sand. Erza fires multiple swords into him during their initial skirmish and he just casually ignores them sticking out of his body (including his head) as they disintegrate into sand.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can conjure sand pits large enough to swallow entire cities, as well as a huge wave of sand that can suck people dry of moisture.
  • Red Baron: He is known as the "Desert King" for being the greatest sand wizard in the Empire.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Early Crunchyroll translations spelled his last name as "Rommul", assuming it to be a Shout-Out to WWII general Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox".
  • Super Toughness: He blocks a shot from the Jupiter Cannon—the very same weapon that destroyed Erza's Adamantine Armor back during the guild war with Phantom Lord—with his bare hand. It takes him being nearly disemboweled by Erza, being hit by another fully-powered Jupiter and then being hit Twinkle In The Sky-style by Erza for him to finally go down. Despite this, he still manages to survive his defeat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: According to Brandish in 100 Years Quest, Ajeel has mellowed down from his old Blood Knight persona after becoming king of Alvarez.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Completely looks down on Erza when she warns him not to take her lightly, despite him only gaining the advantage due to Marin Hollow's spell in effect. Once it is stopped and Erza starts managing to get hits in, he has to resort to using his ultimate move just to keep the advantage, and while he does come dangerously close to winning with it, that cocky demeanor of his winds up costing him dearly. He also looks down on Elfman and Lisanna, and is again beaten by them.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He is the first of the 12 to qualify.
  • Warhawk: He's the member most eager to start a war under any pretenses with Ishgal. He ends up growing out of this mindset when he becomes king, to the point where he imprisons the other Warhawks of the Spriggan 12, who wanted to start another war after they made peace.
  • Warrior Prince: As revealed in 100 Years Quest, he was the prince of a small nation in the Alvarez Empire who was handpicked by Zeref to serve on his Praetorian Guard. It's because of his royal lineage that he replaces Zeref as ruler.

    Wall Eehto 

"Judge" Wall Eehto

Voiced by: Yo Kitazawa (Japanese), Derick Snow (English)

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Click here to see his puppet body. 

An alchemist from the mechanical Machias race who can pinpoint and exploit his enemies' weaknesses with robotic soldiers using his magic, Weakness. Wall participates in the war through a remote-controlled puppet before deciding to step into the fray himself.


  • Achilles' Heel: Defied. He knows that lightning is a Logical Weakness to machines like himself, so he had himself altered to be strengthened by lightning instead.
  • Action Bomb: After being defeated, the Wallbot's head explodes violently and takes the Raijin Tribe out of the battle due to them shielding Ichiya.
  • Actually a Doombot: The Wall participating in the pre-war meeting who later attacks Fiore is actually a puppet controlled by the real Wall who, ironically, is a robot himself.
  • Adaptive Ability: Being a machine with magic that can scan his enemies' weaknesses, Wall can adapt himself to the fight if required, seen when he transformed into Assault Mode when he realized that Laxus could be a threat. He can also summon Mooks that can counter their enemies' attacks.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: He can take the tiniest traces of metal out of the ground and morph it into deadly ammunition.
  • Anti-Magic: He appears to possess some form of nullification magic, blowing a hole in Fried's Jutsu-shiki barrier like it was nothing. Laxus uses this to his advantage to make him eradicate the Devil Particles infecting him.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He can pinpoint an enemy's strengths and weaknesses and adjust his fighting performance accordingly.
  • Ax-Crazy: Wall's real form turns out to be much less composed and more fight-crazy than his Wallbot was.
  • Back from the Dead: Downplayed. After getting killed by Laxus, Neinhart creates a Historia of him, although he's eventually defeated again by Minerva.
  • BFG: His Ultra-Long-Range Anti-Material Magic Cannon could easily be compared to a portable version of Phantom Lord's Jupiter Cannon.
  • Character Death: Him being a robot, Laxus destroys him by tearing right through his body. It's for this reason that Neinhart is able to create a Historia of him.
  • Enemy Scan: His magic allows him to do this to detect his opponents' flaws and weaknesses.
  • Fangs Are Evil: His real form has rows of jagged teeth, and he's a total maniac.
  • Fantastic Nuke: His ultimate technique is a miniature Etherion cannon that he claims could kill Laxus in a single blast. He doesn't use it because Laxus throws up a barrier that holds them both, with Wall forced to cancel his attack unless he wanted to kill himself alongside his opponent.
  • Fat Bastard: His fake body is fairly overweight and downright creepy.
  • Feed It with Fire: He's able to assume a much more powerful form by absorbing lightning.
  • Flaw Exploitation: His Weakness Soldiers are tailor-made to counter their opponents (fire magic against Gray, speedy attacks against Elfman, etc.). They can be easily countered, however, provided their opponents' abilities are diverse enough to cover these weaknesses.
  • Gonk: His eyes are ridiculously close together, his arms and legs are disproportionate to the rest of his body, he has Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, and he has a single Hair Antennae. Justified because he isn't human, nor this is his real form.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: While he can scan for weaknesses to attack his opponent and created bots to exploit this, his robots are tailored to only one specific weakness rather then several and since he's using them on groups of opponents, it leads the heroes to use Switch Out Moves to easily beat the bots that had their weaknesses.
  • The Hyena: His real form laughs at almost everything. DiMaria even asks him to just shut up at one point.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He can aim at targets at least 400km (almost 250 miles) away, and very nearly hits Fairy Tail from that distance if not for Ichiya Taking the Bullet with his airship.
  • The Judge: His Wallbot speaks like some kind of adjudicator, best demonstrated when he wryly calls Zeref's plan to capture his former lover's catatonic body a "high crime".
  • Just as Planned: He tells DiMaria that he expected his puppet body was going to get trashed going up against Fairy Tail, so he made sure to put it in a position where he could let it wreck the enchantment protecting the town in order to fire on it with his cannon.
  • Killer Robot: He is a mechanical wizard who can create other mechanical wizards.
  • Laughing Mad: "Ahyahyahyahya!"
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: An oddly justified example in that he can apparently "overwrite" his personality to suit his needs, setting it from "frivolous" to "ruthless" and completely prioritizing Laxus' destruction when he realizes he can't beat Laxus by wailing at him like a maniac.
  • Logical Weakness: While his magic is quite versatile, it has some weaknesses. First, while he can create soldiers, each soldier is designed to counter only one weakness, making them easy to defeat if the foes simply decide to switch. Second, his Enemy Scan can only focus on only one weakness at a time, so if a foe has more than one weakness it makes him harder to defeat. Third, being a robot, unforeseen events such as his magic nullifying the magic barrier particles in Laxus's body will drive his robotic circuits nuts.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Because a BFG Wave Motion Gun just isn't enough, he's also shown to be able to pull a buttload of guided magic missiles and lock on to multiple targets in a fire-and-forget way.
  • Magitek: His specialty. He can create body doubles, uses alchemy to pull a Wave Motion Gun and an entire barrage of missiles out of nowhere, and he has Mook Maker powers.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: He is a Machias, which is a sentient, self-aware, autonomous species of robots capable of using magic.
  • Mook Maker: His magic, in a nutshell, can instantly create mechanical soldiers attuned to his opponents' weaknesses.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: 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.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He does away with his Ax-Crazy personality after going into Assault Mode when he realizes it's getting him nowhere against Laxus.
  • No-Sell: He defies Lightning Magic as his Logical Weakness by revealing he adapted himself to absorb electricity. He's also immune to Ichiya's perfumes, seeing how he cannot detect smells, and being a robot, in general, lets him ignore Bickslow's and Evergreen's Magical Eyes. However, this doesn't include red lightning.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: His cackling, frivolous behavior in his real form is just another personality setting for an unfeeling machine.
  • One-Winged Angel: Once he absorbs electricity, he converts it to electrical energy and transforms further. His true body's "Assault Mode" serves as a similar function.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Is capable of conjuring a large cannon that is able to fire at long distances and wipe out entire cities. His ultimate attack is his own personal Etherion cannon, the very same nation-destroying weapon the Magic Council used as a war deterrent.
  • Power Fist: When he starts trading physical blows with Laxus, he coats his arms with an extra layer of armor to increase their striking power.
  • Psychotic Smirk: His fake body never has any other expression than this.
  • Punny Name: The Japanese spelling of his name (Waaru Iihito) is a pun on the phrase "warui hito", which means "bad guy". According to Kodansha, the closest English approximation of his name to keep the pun up would be Vill Inn ("villain") or something similar.
  • Purple Eyes: In the anime, when he switches to Assault Mode his black eyes turn purple, and fittingly this is the form that utilizes his large-scale destructive weaponry and power to their fullest potential.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: His true form is much more human-looking and expressive, but he is still a robot.
  • Robotic Reveal: When he confronts the Raijin Tribe at Kardia Cathedral, they are shocked to discover he is a member of the Machias race. Even when this Wall is revealed to be Actually a Doombot, his real, humanoid body is still mechanical.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: His fake body wears one over a jacket depicting, of all things, angel wings on the lapels. For bonus points, when it reveals its true mechanical form that's the only clothing still on its upper body, now wrapped around its mouth.
  • Slasher Smile: While his puppet body always wears a Psychotic Smirk, the real Wall has his mouth stretched open with his sharp teeth on full display every chance he gets.
  • This Cannot Be!: He expresses disbelief when Laxus shifts his lightning to red and realizes he can't absorb it like normal lightning or analyze it in time to counter it.
  • Übermensch: He claims that he can see everything good and bad with humanity, as well as all of humanity's weaknesses. It's why he fully agrees with, and supports Zeref's Omnicidal Maniac plans.
  • Verbal Tic: The fake body ends most of his sentences with "nareba", the conditional form of "to be" in Japanese.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts to panic when he realizes the Devil Particles that were hindering Laxus have been cured thanks to Wall's nullifying magic, spastically switching between his "judge" and "frivolous" personalities. Granted, Wall still thinks he can win since he can absorb lightning...least until Laxus changes the properties of his lighting to red, which Wall can't absorb.
  • Villainous Friendship: Wall seems to get along pretty well with DiMaria, as the two share a laugh about Ajeel being beaten and Brandish being getting captured, and then proceeding to bet on whether or not Wall's Wave Motion Gun can succeed in hitting Fairy Tail's guild.
  • Walking Armory: The dude's prettying much a tank on legs. Along with the aforementioned wave gun, once he goes to Assault Mode, he bombards Laxus with a whole array of weapons starting with missiles, a laser, and finally a railgun.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: He has a railgun at his disposal. Unfortunately, he forgets that Laxus can recharge his magic thanks to it.
  • Worf Had the Flu: After being revived by Neinhart's Historia, he goes from being able to keep pace with and even overpower a weakened Laxus to struggling to hold ground against Minerva. However, this is justified as Neinhart's Historia can't bring a person who is stronger than him back to their full strength.

    Jacob Lessio 

"Assassin" Jacob Lessio

Voiced by: Makoto Tamura (Japanese), Bryan Massey (English)

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An expert assassin who has allegedly never failed a job. Jacob's magic, Stealth, is specialized assassination magic that allows him to perfectly conceal his entire presence, make the seen unseen, and vice versa.


  • Accent Adaptation: He has a thick Cockney accent in the dub, likely to go with his Jason Statham-like appearance.
  • Affably Evil: For a ruthless assassin, he is respectful and considerate towards his own comrades, taking on the guild alone in a show of respect to August, preparing to step in and aid God Serena without a word when the Emperor briefly gets him on the ropes, and attempting to avenge God Serena's death at Acnologia's hand before August reminds Jacob he's out of his league. He is also cordial towards Fairy Tail before wiping them out, offering to have a last drink with them before he wipes them all out in one fell swoop.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Not only is he a snazzy dresser, but he's one of the only wizards after the second Time Skip to give Natsu an even fight in the physical department.
  • Bald of Evil: Bonus points for having a skull tattoo on his forehead.
  • Cat Smile: Whenever he does smile, though it's more unsettling than cute.
  • Character Tics: Whenever he's faced with a half-naked woman, he instinctively squeezes his eyes and puckers his lips
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He inflicts this on Mavis, of all people, to get her to spill where Fairy Heart is located. When Lucy shows up to save her, he decides to dismember Lucy instead.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: They emphasize his cold, ruthless personality.
  • Finger Gun: He can fire magic bullets from his fingers.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Problems with Mirajane aside, he is never once seen using his invisibility powers to gain an advantage over her as he did with Natsu and Lucy. He also seems to have forgotten his ability to warp several people into a different dimension, completely at his mercy, just by clapping.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Brandish reveals in 100 Years Quest that Jacob has changed his ways since the war between Alvarez and Ishgal and now works as an advisor and confidant to Ajeel.
  • I Work Alone: Downplayed. He has no qualms fighting alongside his fellow 12 as needed, but he usually acts on his own and doesn't command any subordinates like the others. It's also justified since moving about freely and undetected is key to his profession as an assassin.
  • Invisibility: His Stealth magic gives him this ability. Not only that, but he can also hide his scent, any sound he makes, and all of his equipment, including clothes and weapons. He can also use this power to See the Invisible, including Mavis's spirit.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: He is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Made of Iron: He's so resilient, he's barely phased when Natsu and Lucy manage to land a kick to his face that would otherwise send a man flying, and later takes hits from Lucy's Star Dress: Taurus and Natsu that send him crashing through tables and support pillars of the guild hall with minimal injuries. It takes Natsu hitting him dead on with Fire Dragon King's Demolition Fist to take him down, and the worst it does is burn off his clothes and knock him unconscious.
  • Maximum Fun Chamber: He can use spatial magic called Transport to send the entire Fairy Tail guild to a pocket dimension that reportedly leaves them on the brink of death.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mashima states that his design was loosely based on one of his favorite celebrities. Fans have suggested Jason Statham; Funimation seems to agree, as the dub gives him a Cockney accent.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He releases Marin and Brandish from his magic when informed they had been caught up in it, but this allows Lucy to beat him by using Marin's magic against him via Gemini.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He has a prominent forehead, long jaw, and noticeable cheekbones paired with comparatively small eyes and mouth and no eyebrows. It's a combination not often seen on Fairy Tail characters.
  • One Last Smoke: When he arrives at Fairy Tail, he sits down and orders "the stiffest drink" they've got. When they refuse, he says he was going to share one last drink with them before they all die. Doubles as a Badass Boast.
  • Perma-Stubble: The entire lower half of his face is covered in a five-o-clock shadow.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Zig-zagged. Jacob seems to think that laying a naked woman is such a sinful act that he forces Natsu to look at Lucy while her clothes are invisible to torture him, whereas he can't bear to look himself. However, Natsu states that he's seen her naked so many times that it doesn't exactly phase him.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Played with. He can render peoples' clothing invisible, but unlike DiMaria, he gets extremely uncomfortable seeing naked women, so much so that he's shocked to find out this doesn't apply to everyone else.
  • Professional Killer: He is a self-proclaimed assassination expert, and is said to have never failed a single job in his life.
  • See the Invisible: Gets this on both ends. On top of letting him turn invisible, his Stealth magic allows him to see what the naked eye cannot. This includes Mavis's projected spirit, which can normally only be perceived by those with Fairy Tail's emblem. On the other hand, Loke is able to uncover his presence by shining light on him.
  • Stealth Expert: He is renowned for his assassination skills thanks to his ability to completely mask his own presence. For bonus points, the magic is actually called "Stealth".
  • The Stoic: He usually keeps a cool head and a straight face, as is required for an assassin. However, his frustration with Natsu and Lucy, not to mention his comical desperation to avert his eyes from naked people, show he's Not So Stoic.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: He has high and shallow cheekbones, and he's a self-professed master assassin.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has a strong sense of camaraderie with the rest of the 12, shown when he attempts to avenge God Serena's death, invading Fairy Tail's guildhall alone out of respect for his elder August, and releasing Brandish and Marin when he realizes he accidentally caught them in his attack.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's allergic to Fanservice. So, of course, he winds up fighting Fairy Tail, a guild where over half the major characters are Innocent, Shameless, and Reluctant Fanservice Girls.
  • With My Hands Tied: He keeps up the fight with Mirajane, one of Fairy Tail's elites, with his eyes closed. Although he's seen going down eventually, Mirajane notes it was a very taxing battle nevertheless. However, he does this not to prove what a badass he is, but so he wouldn't have to see her Clothing Damage-sustained, half-naked body.

    God Serena 

"Eight-Dragon" God Serena

Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), David Matranga (English)

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The top-ranked of Ishgal's Ten Wizard Saints, who betrays his homeland and joins the Alvarez Empire to get a shot at killing Acnologia. God Serena is a Dragon Slayer like no other, combining the power of eight different dragon lacrimas in his body to use multiple elements at once.


  • Agent Peacock: His magic power is matched only by his sheer flamboyance. And considering he can beat the four strongest wizards beneath him in Ishgal without breaking a sweat, that's saying something. Even the attack names for his Dragon Slayer attacks have incredibly flowery language, such as his Gale Dragon's Moon Viewing Melodic Breeze.
  • Anime Hair: His hair looks like rabbit ears.
  • Answers to the Name of God: "God" is half of his name, after all.
  • The Archmage: He is widely regarded as the strongest wizard on his home turf of Ishgal. He is also The Archmage among Dragon Slayers, having mastered a total of eight different forms of Dragon Slayer magic.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: This man will flamboyantly brag about his power and awesomeness to the point people think he's an absolute weirdo (and all but shrugs off said words as compliments). When other Emperors get their Heroic Second Wind, he takes a moment to state they "aren't completely pathetic." Hyberion also notes God Serena's hubris is exceptionally great.
  • Back from the Dead: Downplayed. After he's killed by Acnologia, Neinhart makes a Historia of him to participate in the final assault against Fairy Tail. Unfortunately, this God Serena turns out to be even weaker than he was in life, and so Gildarts beats him with virtually zero effort.
  • Badass Boast: Let's out one in response to August calling him "the man blessed by the dragon gods."
    God Serena: Ain't no such thing as a Dragon God. Or Dragon Kings. 'Cause anything like a Dragon is toast when I get through with 'em!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His showboating makes him the Plucky Comic Relief of the Spriggan 12, though this being from one who is practically a living god among men, Makarov is right to warn his guild to take him seriously.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: His eyes turn pitch black when he starts wailing on the other Four Emperors with a crazed grin.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a classic Agent Peacock who is also considered the strongest wizard on his home continent.
  • Blood Knight: It's all but stated the whole reason he defected to Alvarez was for the glory of battling Acnologia himself. When the other Emperors get their Heroic Second Wind against him, he starts unleashing his Dragon Slayer Magic with a Slasher Smile for the history books and only asks if he was "overzealous" when August tells him to stop.
  • Character Death: He gets gutted by Acnologia, who happens to be on the prowl for Dragon Slayers, in the middle of the Alvarez Empire's invasion of Ishgal.
  • Character Shilling: In the anime, after God Serena lays waste to the other Emperors during their first clash, Wolfheim weakly notes in disbelief that he's grown more powerful since abandoning Ishgal for Alvarez. This statement doesn't occur in the manga, where Wolfheim is simply taken aback by God Serena's power instead, and only serves to play up God Serena's threat.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In the anime, the eight dragons he summons are color-coded based on the magic element they possess: red, orange, yellow, green, sky-blue, blue, purple, and white.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The other Emperors of Ishgal and Jura stand no chance against him, and they outnumber him four-to-one. He himself is immediately crushed by Acnologia soon afterward. His Historia goes through the same thing: he nearly wipes out Natsu and the gang, only to get the tables turned on him by Gildarts, who reasons he's weaker than the original God Serena was.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He tries to trash talk Acnologia to start a fight with him, only to get instantly eviscerated for his troubles.
  • Elemental Powers: He can use a total of eight different dragon elements (though only earth, fire, water, and wind are directly seen in action, with the anime shows lightning is another one), and can combine two or more attacks simultaneously without having to switch between modes like Natsu and Gajeel.
  • Evil Counterpart: He and Gildarts share a few similarities: both are regarded as the ultimate wizards of their respective affiliations (the Wizard Saints and Fairy Tail, respectively), and both prefer to spend time away from their allies. But whereas Gildarts always remains loyal to his guild and returns when the situation turns dire, God Serena outright betrays his allies for his own selfish desires. They are also both mauled in a hopeless matchup with Acnologia, though God Serena isn't quite as lucky as Gildarts.
  • Fallen Hero: Being the number one ranked Wizard Saint meant that the Magic Council recognized him as the most powerful wizard on the continent who isn't a dark wizard. Then he ran off to go join the Alvarez Empire, Ishgal's biggest geopolitical threat, just to take a crack at Acnologia.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Once he starts using Dragon Slayer magic, his maniacal grins display large canines.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he meets his former comrades again, he casually greets them like an old friend as if he wasn't a traitor who is part of an invasion force hellbent on wiping out his former home country.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's not well-regarded by his fellow Spriggan 12. Brandish thinks he's freaking weird, whereas Ajeel thinks invading Ishgal will be a walk in the park if he's the best they had to offer.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one right across his nose.
  • A God Am I: The word "god" is literally in his name, and he seems to have taken his position as the strongest of the "Four Emperors/Gods of Ishgal" rather literally. He even says things like "God Bye-bye" with a straight face.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one right across his nose.
  • Hero Killer: He's regarded with a mixture of awe and terror even by his fellow Emperors of Ishgal, and he shows exactly why once they face him in combat after he single-handedly kicks their asses with little effort. This is after he lays waste to the entire nation of Bosco and their magic guilds.
  • Informed Ability: He is reputed to have eight forms of Dragon Slayer Magic, but never displays more than half in the manga while the anime shows five.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: When he hears Warrod softly stating that he wanted to see Mavis' smile one more time, God Serena decides he'll kill the badly wounded old man first with a smile and an arrogant "God Bye-bye," which is only prevented by Warrod going on the attack fully expecting it'll be his last fight.
  • Odd Name Out: The elements in his attack names have a more embellished naming sense than the other Dragon Slayers', such as Cavern Dragon, Purgatory Dragon, Sea King Dragon, and Gale Dragon.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He completely wastes the four Wizard Saints ranked below him, and yet he doesn't even last five seconds against Acnologia.
  • Pride Before a Fall: That Badass Boast mentioned above? Acnologia shows up but seconds later to make him eat those words against a real Dragon King.
  • Red Baron: He has two titles—"Hybrid Theory" and "Eight-Dragon"—both based on the fact that he has eight different Dragon Slayer magic lacrimas implanted in his body.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: One of his unnamed techniques involves creating eight massive dragons from his power befitting his epithet.
  • Shock and Awe: In the anime, as he's preparing the spell to kill Warrod, his arm is noticeably sparking and crackling with yellow lightning, implying he has a Lightning Dragon lacrima.
  • Slasher Smile: His usually smug smile twists into a demented grin when he unleashes his full power on the Four Emperors of Ishgal.
  • Smug Super: He's a powerful being, yes, but it's clear his moniker has gone to his head. He's so conceited, he even throws in "God Bye-bye" when he's about to finish off his opponents. Too bad for him, Acnologia doesn't have time for blowhards.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: A rare aversion in this series. When he issues a challenge to Acnologia, his foe casually kills him in the middle of his speech.
  • Too Dumb to Live: God Serena may be one of the most powerful wizards in the Fairy Tail universe, but intentionally trash-talking Acnologia instead of going right on the offensive with his Dragon Slayer magic was only going to end one way, and not in his favor.
  • Unknown Rival: He's under the impression he is the ultimate Dragon Slayer who will surpass and kill Acnologia. Acnologia's only interest in him is in the fact he's a Dragon Slayer in general and that's because Acnologia is going to kill them all. Acnologia doesn't even let Serena finish his boasting before killing him and remarking that he still has more to kill.
  • World's Strongest Man: Subverted. He has all the makings for being in the running for the strongest mortal man, being The Archmage and the mightiest of the Ten Wizard Saints, but amongst the Spriggan 12, there are several who could call themselves his equal and he's still considered weaker than his superior August. And then he makes the mistake of trying to take on the real World's Strongest Man in Acnologia, and doesn't even get five seconds.
  • The Worf Effect: He easily dishes out a one-sided battle to the other Four Emperors, only to die at the hands of Acnologia, who rips out a chunk of his rib cage before he can even process what happened. Later, just as it seems his Historia will make up for his loss, he turns out to be quite a bit weaker than when he was alive, and he is promptly one-shotted by Gildarts without so much as a mild challenge.
  • Worf Had the Flu: His Historia seems poised to make up for God Serena's death against Acnologia when he overwhelms Fairy Tail's strongest team. Then Gildarts shows up and makes quick work of him, reasoning that he's not anywhere near as tough as the real God Serena was.

Imperial Military

The Spriggan 12 don't just serve as the Emperor's bodyguards; they are also the commanders of his army, each leading a division of soldiers and subcommanders. Despite their significantly lower rank and power compared to their superiors, these wizards are surprisingly capable against Fairy Tail's strongest.

    Imperial Military in General 
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Zigzagged. They are much more numerous, stronger and disciplined than previous Mooks, something Fairy Tail acknowledges. Even so, most are seen being defeated quite easily by the protagonists. This doesn't apply to certain individuals, however, such as Marin, who has the upper hand against Natsu and Gray.
  • Elite Mooks: Many seem to be either this or Boss in Mook Clothing, even when compared to villains from the previous arc.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Much like most of the Spriggan 12, while some of them may be arrogant or thirsty for battle, most of them are just dutiful soldiers that will fight for their emperor till the end.

    Marin Hollow 

Marin Hollow

Voiced by: Tomohiro Yamaguchi (Japanese), Tyler Carson (English)

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A member of the Brandish Squad, and a master of Spatial Magic. Marin has a tendency to refer to everything going on around him as if it's a part of some sort of test, where he rewards those who "pass" (usually women), and wails on those who "fail" (usually men).


  • Anime Hair: A scruffy hairdo propped up by sunglasses.
  • Anti-Magic: He can negate other Spatial Magic such as Erza's requip and Lucy's spirit summoning.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Which he wears without a tie, and with a popped collar.
  • Butt-Monkey: Brandish treats him like one, shrinking him to make him paint her toes, and then picking him up with her toes to carry him off to the war council.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He is obsessed with sending any young woman he meets to his "relaxation space", and he shamelessly attempts to hit on Brandish, his superior officer.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Whenever he's in a good mood, and that's usually when there are young women around.
  • Deus Exit Machina: His ability to stop spacial magic, which includes summoning of any kind, is very powerful. So he is kept shrunk down by Brandish and gets squashed easily.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Fed up with the way Brandish treats him like a pet, he attempts strangling her to death while she's chained up with Power Nullifier cuffs in Fairy Tail's dungeon.
  • Game Face: His change from a Cheshire Cat Grin to an apeshit crazy face is so abrupt, it sends chills down Natsu and Gray's spines.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Lucy stomps on him while he was shrunken, instantly taking him out of the fight and allowing her and Erza to use their powers again.
  • Mood-Swinger: To the point of having a Split Personality. To those he deems worthy of "passing his tests", he's nothing but polite and friendly, even teleporting them to a "relaxation dimension" to remove them from a fight. To those who "fail", he turns into an Ax-Crazy Sir Swears-a-Lot. Who passes or fails seems to be based on nothing more than gender.
  • Number Two: He is a top officer of the Brandish Squad, second only to Brandish herself.
  • Say It with Hearts: At least until someone fails his "tests".
  • Space Master: He's so strong that he can shut down Erza's requip and Lucy's summons simply by controlling the space around him and denying others access to it. When Lucy has Gemini copy and use his magic, it can even counter Jacob Lessio's own spatial magic.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Subverted. He seems to remain loyal to Brandish despite her constant mistreatment of him, but he takes the opportunity to kill her for it the moment one presents itself.
  • Teleport Spam: Natsu and Gray can't even get a hit on him because of this.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Him No Selling Lucy and Erza and proceeding to kick Natsu and Gray's asses just goes to show that their post-second Time Skip free ride is unambiguously over and that Alvarez is the real deal.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His ability is quite troublesome for the protagonists and can even affect the magic of Spriggan 12 member Jacob Lessio, but in terms of magical power, he's weak enough that Lucy can use Gemini to copy his powers, something she can only use on those who are at or below her level of power.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: After getting pushed around long enough, he makes sure Brandish knows it right when she's incapable of defending herself.
  • The Worf Effect: He's the first guy able to actually give Natsu's team a hard time after the second Time Skip. Brandish makes such short work of him that it pretty effectively establishes the strength of the Spriggan 12 as really being as strong as, if not stronger than, Ishgal's strongest wizards.

    Bakel 

Bakel

Voiced by: Taro Kiuchi (Japanese), Dave Woodard (English)

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One of the top enforcers of the Ajeel Squadron. He isn't particularly bright, favoring brute force over strategy.


  • Blood Knight: Like his boss, Bakel doesn't care about devising battle tactics and just wants to get his hands dirty.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The only reason Natsu really struggles against Bakel is that he's intentionally holding back to conserve energy, something Happy notes. When Bakel attempts to sneak-attack Natsu after faking being defeated, Natsu shows just how much he was holding back by shrugging the blow off before sending him flying with pure physical power and no Dragon Slayer Magic augmenting it.
  • Dumb Muscle: The other members of the Ajeel division lament that brute force is all Bakel is good for. When one of his men asks how he intends to break through Fried's barrier after ordering his troops to charge it, Bakel quite plainly states he's got no clue and laughs.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Bakel wears a scarf on his face, rather than around his neck, covering his eyes. He also mentions he likes Natsu's scarf.
  • Slasher Smile: The teeth-like markings around his mouth give him a pretty intimidating grin.
  • Super Strength: His main claim to fame, and to his credit he can give a holding-back Natsu some trouble. Not so much once Natsu stops playing around.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Bakel tries a sneak attack on Natsu after he's seemingly defeated the first time. Natsu blocks it and sends him flying right into and through Ajeel's ship as a result with a single uppercut.

    Kareem 

Voiced by: Shinichiro Kamio (Japanese), Brad Kurtz (English)

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Another of the Ajeel Squadron's top enforcers. He is wiser than his counterpart, Bakel.


  • Casting a Shadow: Kareem shoots black energy at his enemies.
  • Just Following Orders: Despite personally admitting he thinks the all-out assault on Fairy Tail is overkill, he also notes it's a soldier's job to carry out said duties regardless.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After being taken down, Kareem decides to play dead a little longer when Natsu sends Bakel flying.
  • Nice Hat: Kareem's turban gives off an Arabic vibe fitting for Ajeel's squadron.
  • Straight Man: Kareem is much more restrained than Bakel, and even considers the Empire's all-out assault on Fairy Tail to be overkill.

    Four Heraldry Knights 

A group of knights who serve on the Neinhart Division.


  • Bodyguarding a Badass: They are the bodyguards of one of the twelve wizards that can match the strongest wizard of Ishgal.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The first two don't get a chance to attack before Erza and Kagura, who aren't in the mood to play around, plow through them. The next two last a little longer since they waited to launch a surprise attack, but they swiftly join their fellows when Jellal comes in with the save.
  • Dub Name Change: They're called the "Four Crest Knights" by Funimation.
  • Epic Flail: The Top-Heavy Guy carries one of these.
  • Four Is Death: Subverted. They nearly get the drop on Erza and Kagura by virtue of two more remaining after the first two are cut down, but among the Empire's ranks, they go down faster than anyone.
  • Go Through Me: They try (and pathetically fail) to stop Erza, Kagura, and Jellal from advancing to the harbor where Neinhart is waiting.
  • No Name Given: They're taken out before we get to learn their names.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: One of them has a noticeably muscled upper body with a comparatively small pair of legs.
  • The Worf Effect: The other warriors of their rank at least pose a modicum of a challenge for Fairy Tail, who greatly hold back to conserve their strength, but Erza, Kagura and Jellal just plow through these guys.

    Heine Lunasea and Juliet Sun 

Heine Lunasea and Juliet Sun

Heine voiced by: Manami Hanawa (Japanese), Ariel Graham (English)

Juliet voiced by: Aiko Ninomiya (Japanese), Skyler McIntosh (English)

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Left: Heine; Right: Juliet

Two members of the Irene Division. Heine is a short-tempered ninja dressed in all-black who can ensnare enemies in ribbon, while Juliet is a cheerful girl dressed in all-white who can douse people in acidic slime.



Alternative Title(s): Fairy Tail Albareth Empire

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