The Eclipse Project is a plan meant to stop Zeref by sending a person back in time to kill him before he obtained immortality.
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Kingdom of Fiore
King Toma E. Fiore
The King of Fiore.
- The Faceless: Only the lower half of his face is shown until chapter 325.
- The Good King: Judging by his concern for the common citizens.
- King Incognito: Considering his disguise was Mato.
- Miniature Senior Citizens
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He immediately orders the evacuation of all citizens in the capital after being told of the coming dragons and begs the magic guilds for help in case some of the dragons survive.
- Verbal Tic: Him using the Grand Magic Games mascot Mato's Verbal Tic "Kapo"note is what reveals him to be Mato during the Grand Magic Games.
Princess Hisui E. Fiore
Magic: Celestial Spirit Magic
The Princess of Fiore. She is the mastermind behind the Eclipse Project, a plan meant to end Zeref's menace. Following the advice of a certain individual from the future, she has prepared a backup plan, Eclipse 2, to save Fiore from a more urgent and imminent threat.
- Ascended Extra: She gets more screen-time outside of her arc.
- Batman Gambit: She deliberately throws Natsu and his friends into the Hell Palace under the pretense of them being "thieves" to save Arcadios, who otherwise would have been killed by the Garou Knights.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and green eyes.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Including history-altering Godzilla Threshold plans.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She created artificial Celestial Spirit keys, and it's entirely possible that she helped design the Eclipse Gate as well. She could very well be one of the greatest scientific minds in all of Earth-Land.
- The Girl Behind the Man: She's the true supervisor to the Eclipse Project. Arcadios acts the part in her stead to take attention away from her.
- Hair Decorations: Her tiara being a rather obvious example.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the Celestial Spirits' rebellion in the anime-only arc after the Grand Magic Games.
- Lady and Knight: The Bright Lady to Arcadios' White Knight, though they don't appear to be romantically linked.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once she opens the Eclipse and dragons start pouring out, destroying everything in sight.
- Politically Active Princess: See Well-Intentioned Extremist. She was willing to throw Fairy Tail members in Hell's Palace just so that the Eclipse Plan can proceed.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being a supporter of the Eclipse Plan and despite the possible ramifications of such a plan, she is by no means a tyrant and genuinely cares about the people of Fiore.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Dresses exactly like you'd expect the princess of Fiore to dress.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Holy crap, does she ever.
- Star Power: See Summon Magic.
- Summon Magic: The anime-only arc after the magic games confirms she is a Celestial Spirit Wizard.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She definitely didn't get it from her father.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By opening Eclipse, she hoped it would be able to stop the massive swarm of dragons that would appear. Turns out, Eclipse actually let the dragons out by bringing them into the future. It's implied she opened the door in Future Lucy's timeline and didn't or couldn't shut it, making her responsible for its destruction.
- The Eclipse Project is also ultimately the reason the Eclipse Celestial Spirit Arc began.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Future Rogue; he tricks her into thinking Eclipse can be used as a weapon to defeat 10,000 dragons that will ravage their land. He lied.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Eclipse Project entails killing Zeref before he became immortal. Seeing how several of the series' most significant events revolve around Zeref still being alive in the present, this would radically alter history in ways that are impossible to predict.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: And green eyes, naturally.
Weapons/Equipment: Sword, White Lily Armor
Commander of the Fiore Kingdom's Holy Knights' Sakura Squadron. Very enigmatic and ambitious, he appears to be obsessed with Zeref and a project known as the Eclipse Plan that could potentially change the world.
- Badass Beard: As seen by his character image, he has a pointy beard that covers his jaw.
- Badass Cape: Always wears a long flowing cape to go with his armor.
- Badass Normal: Does not appear to have any magic at his disposal.
- Colonel Badass: He commands a unit of Fiore's army.
- The Comically Serious: Usually very serious and shady, but even he falls into this when the king asks to see a match between Bacchus and Erza. Arcadios mishears him and instead pits Bacchus against Elfman, which leads to the hilarious sight of seeing Arcadios sweat-dropping when the king angrily berates him for getting the match-up wrong.
- Cool Helmet: His White Lily Armor includes a magnificently plumed helmet that covers most of his head except for his mouth and chin.
- Death Glare: Gives one to the royal guards when he goes to confront the princess about the identity of her mysterious advisor.
- Determinator: Proves to be one when he wades through lava to save Lucy and Yukino.
- Evil Laugh: Lets out one when he finds out Yukino is also a Celestial Spirit wizard. Of course, it's all part of the act
- Gag Nose: It's long and a sort of rectangular, wooden shape.
- Good All Along: His shady mannerisms and actions were all an act to take attention away from Hisui, the true mastermind of the Eclipse Project.
- Heroic Build: Has quite the muscular body under all that armor, to the point that Horologium could barely hold him inside when he saved him from the lava.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to make one to save Lucy and Yukino, but is saved by Horologium at the last second, though.
- Honor Before Reason: Honestly believes that, as a knight, questioning the words of his princess and confronting her about the true identity of her mysterious advisor is a serious enough crime to warrant her killing him with his own sword. Hisui doesn't share his thoughts.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Once he discards his villainous act, he proves to be both selfless and honorable. This is even marked by him donning the White Lily Armor, which is pure white in color. His previous actions to ensure the success of the Eclipse Project tarnishes the shine a bit, but it's quickly forgiven and forgotten.
- Lady and Knight: The White Knight to Princess Hisui's Bright Lady, though they don't appear to be romantically linked.
- Messy Hair: It's even mimicked by the plume on his helm.
- No One Could Survive That!: His lava plunge. He does, as lampshaded by Carla and Uosuke. It's later revealed that an enchanted jade necklace he got from Princess Hisui provided a majority of protection for him, though he still gets some terrible burns for his trouble.
- Oh, Crap!: He and Hisui share an expression of dread when they realize there were two time travelers from the future.
- Psychotic Smirk: During his villainous act, he's prone to smirking unnervingly at the prospect of Eclipse's success.
- Red Herring: Is thought to be a villainous Zeref zealot, and the one behind the Eclipse Project. It turns out Hisui's the one behind it. His rants about preparing something for "Lord Zeref" are just part of his attempts to cover for Hisui.
- Shoulders of Doom: In the anime, where his pauldrons are much bigger than in the manga.
- Silent Scapegoat: He paints himself as the mastermind of the morally ambiguous Eclipse Project to cover for Hisui, the true mastermind.
- The Stoic: While prone to Psychotic Smirks and Evil Laughs during his villainous act, when revealed to be Good All Along he assumes a serious and reserved attitude.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The narration calls him as such right away during his introduction in the manga. Of course, turns out he was Good All Along.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Eclipse Project involves Time Travel for the sake of killing Zeref before he became immortal, which could potentially lead to even more devastating changes in the future. On top of that, he actually tries to kidnap Lucy to achieve this plan.
The Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Fiore. He is a reluctant participant in Arcadios' Eclipse Plan.
- Easily Forgiven: Arcadios seems to forgive or at least chooses to forget the fact that Darton had him arrested and tossed into Hell Palace to be executed without trial.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar halfway across his nose.
- Miniature Senior Citizens
- Nice Hat
- Only Sane Man: He knows the risks of messing with the past.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even after arresting Lucy, he assures the rest of Fairy Tail that they can negotiate her release with the king if they win the Grand Magic Games. Fairy Tail isn't willing to take that risk, however.
- Unusual Eyebrows: His are T-shaped.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He eventually opposes Arcadios' Eclipse Plan before it can start, but arrests Arcadios, Lucy, and Yukino just for being involved.
Hungry Wolf Knights
A unit of wizards who support the Fiore Kingdom in secrecy by executing prisoners sent to the dungeon Hell Palace.
- Ax-Crazy: With the except of the leader, they all seem to love executions.
- Carnival of Killers: They're on the kingdom's side, but they seem to take a bit too much pleasure in their job.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the anime, after the dragons have been beaten, they are shown drinking with Quatro Cerebus and Fairy Tail.
- Knight Templar: Anyone who's dumped into Hell Palace is sentenced to instant death, even if it's for something as small as stealing.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Even though they fight separately from each other, they each realize they're in over their heads fighting Fairy Tail at the same time once their opponents decide to get serious.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: So far all their names contain a hidden pun or are actually meaningful if you know what they mean.
Weapons: Double Scythes
The leader of the Hungry Wolf Knights. Wields a pair of giant scythes.
- An Ax To Grind/Sinister Scythe: Two of them, and they're huge and vaguely shaped like wings.
- Badass Armfold
- Badass Cape: Complete with hood.
- Badass Normal: Seems to be, so far. While his colleagues use flashy magics of various kinds his only weapons are two oversized scythes. This is slightly subverted in the anime, where his scythes do have magical powers, making him a Holder.
- Cool Mask: Which gets broken as Natsu defeats him.
- Dual Wielding: His main fighting style, with two scythes.
- In the Hood
- Meaningful Name: "Kama" is Japanese for "scythe", like the ones he carries. Not the most original; then again, it is a nickname given to him by Mirajane.
- Never Gets Drunk: At the end of a night of drinking, he along with Cana and Bacchus, are the only ones standing.
- Off with His Head!: Goes straight for decapitation at the start of his fight with Natsu.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Has no problem at all using his gargantuan polearms with one hand.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His name was given to him by Mirajane in the Q&A trivia section of Volume 37, since Hiro Mashima never gave him a name in the manga proper. In the anime, Mira names him in the battle's aftermath.
- The Stoic: The only time he ever shows some emotion is when Natsu's about to defeat him.
- The Worf Effect: Before we can even learn his name, skills or powers, he gets defeated by Natsu in a jiff. We see more of his powers in the anime.
Magic: Acid Magic
An executioner who can use acid magic.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of the few people to not name his spells and the first thing he does is to pull a sneak attack on Natsu's team from behind.
- Gonk: A massive and not very attractive guy.
- Hollywood Acid: Can somehow create it from his fists, and is strong enough to corrode stone.
- Oral Fixation: Keeps a bottle in his mouth.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Top-Heavy Guy
Magic: Terrain Effect Magic
A executioner dressed like a Japanese fisherman. His magic allows him to alter his environment at will.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Lucy actually thinks he's a small-fry until Arcadios points out what happens to his victims. Then he turns the floor into lava.
- The Comically Serious: His expression never changes, yet he tries to come off as threatening.
- Elemental Powers: Due to his Terrain Effect magic, he can cast spells based on what is around him. So far, he has shown:
- Meaningful Name: The "Uo" from his name means "fish", while "-suke" is a very common suffix for male nouns in Japan.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite his appearance, Arcadios claims all his victims are reduced to nothing but bones.
- Perpetual Smiler
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: It's really hard to tell what emotion he's giving until he says so.
- Verbal Tic: "Tai"note .
Magic: Plant Magic
An executioner who can use summon magic to call upon all sorts of deadly plants.
- Alliterative Name: All her attacks.
- Ambiguously Lesbian: Intentional or not, in the anime adaptation she seems far too fond of Wendy, going as far as blushing when fighting her and touching her face as she's succumbing to her spores on the top of calling her beautiful all the time. Furthermore, she has shown disdain for flirty men like Loke, and after her defeat stated that she "didn't loved her anymore".
- Darker and Edgier: In the manga, she's kinda cute and fanservicey, like nearly all the female characters. In the anime adaptation she looks kinda creepier and more serious by comparison.
- Does Not Like Men: Or at least flirty ones like Loke. (Note: Anime only).
- Flower Motif: Also appears in a rose when she teleports.
- Green Thumb: She can summon many plants with various powers, including vines, carnivorous plants, plants with explosive spores and flowers releasing a sleeping gas.
- Man-Eating Plant: Can summon some, though they're not her best summons.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after a flower.
- Showgirl Skirt: To specify, she wears a frilly green miniskirt and brigth pink showgirl skirt to boot.
- Summon Magic: Her giant floral summonings.
- Trademark Favorite Food: In a filler scene she admits that she likes sour fruits, exactly the opposite of Wendy.
- Verbal Tic: Uses the word "beautiful" a lot.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Violet in the manga, pink in the anime adaptation.
Magic: Paper Magic
A executioner who can conjure flurries of paper that produce different effects based on their color.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the manga she only shows three of the colored papers before being countered and annihilated by Mira. In the anime she unleash much more of them and takes longer to defeat.
- Giant Waist Ribbon
- Hair Tropes:
- Ignored Enemy: By Mirajane.
- Lady of War
- Meaningful Name: "Kami" can mean paper. Also mixed with Punny Name as she introduces her attacks as the "Gods of X" (Kami can mean both "god" and "paper", depending on the pronounce and kanji).
- Paper Master: Throws out slips of paper that have different effects depending on their color, such as fire (red), paralysis (purple), and poison (green). The anime also add frost (white) and light (yellow) to the lot, and much more like gray and indigo.
Spoiler CharactersThe following characters are Walking Spoilers, if you couldn't tell just from the names of the folders. Unmarked spoilers follow. You have been warned.
Hooded Girl/Future LucyA hooded woman shown loitering around the Grand Magic Games. She's Lucy from a very horrible Bad Future, and she's come to the present through the Eclipse Gate to stop that future from happening.
- An Arm and a Leg: Her right arm is missing.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After the gate is destroyed, her body fades back to the future while her spirit goes on to the afterlife where she reunites with her Fairy Tail members.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the arms of her own present self.
- Go Out with a Smile: She dies crying Tears of Joy, due to her Last Request being fulfilled.
- Help Yourself In The Past: Her main goal. Fairy Tail is more or less wiped out during her timeline, and she will to do anything to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Throws herself in front of Future Rogue's spell to save Present!Lucy. Completely Justified, because if Past!Lucy were to die, they'd both be dead.
- In the Hood: Up until The Reveal.
- Killed Off for Real: By Future Rogue.
- Last Request: She asks to see the Fairy Tail emblem on Present Lucy's right hand one last time before dying, because she lost her right arm.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Princess Hisui. Subverted later when it turns out another person had told Hisui of the coming day.
- Red Herring: Jellal mistakes her for being Zeref, due to the fact that the Eclipse Gate uses magic from Zeref's Books. Since she came through the Gates, she is covered in his magic. She also serves as one for Future Rogue.
- Samus Is a Girl: Jellal thought the hooded figure was a guy until he saw their shapely ankles.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Comes back to the past to warn Fairy Tail of the dragon invasion and hopefully help prevent the Bad Future.
- Spanner in the Works: Her Heroic Sacrifice is what keeps Present Lucy alive and turns Fairy Tail against Future Rogue. Likewise she leaves behind her diary which tells everyone how to stop the dragons.
- Taking the Bullet: She throws herself in front of Present Lucy to save her from Future Rogue's spell; after all, if Present Lucy dies, Future Lucy would never exist.
- Walking Spoiler: Well, yeah. In the Hood is usually a dead giveaway for this trope.
Magic: Dragon Slayer Magic (Shadow Dragon Slayer, White Shadow Dragon Mode), Dragon Supremacy Magic
- Arc Villain: Of the Grand Magic Games Arc.
- The Beastmaster: By means of a Compelling Voice spell known as 'Dragon Supremacy Magic.'
- Because Destiny Says So: Twisted a bit. He tells the heroes that Lucy will close the gates to the Eclipse because of this, but only because closing the gates will stop the dragons from getting through, and because Lucy is the only one capable of doing it.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Frosch's death becomes this to Rogue in the future (approximately in about a year), starting his fall into darkness.
- Didn't See That Coming
- He came to the present not knowing there'd be another Lucy to screw things up for him.
- He gets hit by this a third time when Natsu breaks his control over Atlas Flame via The Power of Friendship and rides him into battle.
- Dragon Rider: Uses Motherglare as his personal mount.
- Duality Motif: He killed Sting and got both the powers of the Shadow Dragon Slayer and the White Dragon Slayer. This is emphasized by his appearance, which combines black and white colouring and his Multicolored Hair. Especially when he enters the White Shadow Dragon Mode, half of his face remains the same while the other one is concealed by a shadow.
- Eye Scream: He's missing his right eye.
- Facial Markings: Has a tattoo on the left side of his face.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Just look at his picture.
- Future Badass: He has evidently become far stronger, and is able to wipe out entire waves of soldiers without much effort. He's also powerful enough to defeat Natsu even when the latter isn't holding back by invoking his full power. Natsu himself recognizes Future Rogue as an powerful enemy,and admiting that someone is stronger than him is not something usual for Natsu.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one completely replacing his right eye.
- Hero Killer: He kills Future Lucy, and murdered his own timeline's Sting. He is also the first person since Fukuro to completely defeat Natsu.
- Kill All Humans: Plans to create a new Age of Dragons by using the dragons that came through the Eclipse Gate to wipe out humanity.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Hisui; he's the real reason the Eclipse 2 Project exists.
- Manipulative Bastard: He comes from the future claiming to save it from 10,000 dragons when he really wants to create a Stable Time Loop where the dragons attack anyway, and tells Princess Hisui that the Eclipse can be used as a weapon to defeat them when there's no such thing. Also, by trying to kill Lucy for trying to close the Eclipse, he tricks the heroes into thinking that closing the gate is a bad idea, leaving the doors open long enough for a few dragons to get through.
- Multicolored Hair
- Oh, Crap!: He's visibly sweating when he notices that Natsu has eaten Atlas Flames' flames.
- Peek-a-Bangs: To hide his missing right eye.
- Power Parasite: He killed Sting and stole his White Dragon powers. The combo is powerful enough to defeat Natsu.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His remaining eye is red.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Subverted; he says he wishes to save the past by using something called the Eclipse Cannon back when it is powerful enough to defeat the dragons that will ravage Fiore, and that Lucy will get in the way. Then it turns out he made the whole thing up so Princess Hisui would open the Eclipse so the dragons can come through it, giving him a strong enough army to take down Acnologia and rule the world; the bit about Lucy getting in the way still holds, though.
- Start of Darkness: His losing Frosh a year after the games ended.
- Swallowed Whole: He subjects the Kingdom's soldiers, including the Hungry Wolf Knights, to this via his shadows.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When it is revealed that Rogue intends to destroy Acnologia, this trope comes to mind. His original plan involved using ten thousand dragons to destroy the lone Acnologia.
- Took a Level in Badass: Present!Rogue and Sting get their asses handed by Natsu in the games. Future!Rogue mandhandles the living hell out of the same guy.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Present!Rogue is the Token Good Teammate of Sabertooth who reacts to the nature of his teammates with distaste. Future!Rogue has no trouble murdering Lucy and enslaving the human race, knowing it will likely make them extinct.
- Walking Spoiler: The true Arc Villain of the Grand Magic Games arc, The Man Behind the Man for the Eclipse Project, and the Evil Counterpart of Rogue Cheney.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted; Natsu notices he's too evil to have intentions as good as saving the future, and he's right.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: White-Shadow Dragon Mode. Yes, he gained it from the Sting of his timeline.