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Erza Scarlet

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)note 

Portrayed by: Minami Tsukui (stage)

"I guess... A person isn't supposed to die for one's friends... One has to live for one's friends!!! Because that is the path that leads to a happy future..."

Fairy Tail's most powerful female wizard, Erza is renowned throughout the kingdom as "Titania", the Queen of the Fairies. Using her magic, The Knight, she is able to "requip"—instantaneously exchange and equip—hundreds of different weapons and suits of armor that enhance her already tremendous strength and swordsmanship. She developed from a lowly slave at the Tower of Heaven to a legendary S-Class wizard with an abrasive and no-nonsense personality, which makes her well-suited as the guild's disciplinarian. Although Erza initially distrusts Fairy Tail's rowdy behavior, she eventually overcomes her personal demons and joins her friends in their wackiness thanks to their constant love and support. Her past has very personal ties to the Dragon Slayers.


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  • 24-Hour Armor: Ever since she joined the guild. She describes it as a way to lock up her emotional troubles so she can act strong. Even after the source of most of the said troubles are dealt with by the end of the Tower of Heaven arc, she's still frequently seen in armor, though she occasionally just wears a white shirt with a tie.
  • The Ace: She is known as the best female fighter in a guild known for their incredible strength and skill. Even Natsu is scared senseless with the prospect of being punished by her. She's accomplished many feats deemed Beyond the Impossible by most characters over the course of the series, usually with the simple explanation that "it's because she's Erza".
  • Action Fashionista: She has over 100 outfits, and has the ability to rapidly switch between the powered armors, bunny suits, catsuits, dresses, pajamas, etc. she stores elsewhere and summon them when needed.
  • The Aloner: Since her escape from the Tower of Heaven, Erza is a lonely girl who has a difficult relationship with her guildmates. Around the time of Phantom Lord's demise, she's willing to join in the guild's crazy antics from time to time.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's had a number of perverted moments, and they all involve other girls. She's looked through Lucy's underwear, an Omake shows that she considers a Skinship Grope an essential part of bathing for girls, and while groping Mirajane, after which she had already forcibly scrubbed Juvia. In the Christmas Episode, Erza's reign of terror during the "master" game in which Erza keeps forcing other members to strip naked, she initially expresses disappointment at seeing Gajeel strip as she wanted to a girl naked. Also, during the Grand Magical Games arc, Lucy mentions that Erza frequently climbs into her bed at night to sleep with her. Nonetheless, the only person she's showed romantic interest in is Jellal.
  • Armor Is Useless: Downplayed. While her armors have many uses, she wins an increasing number of fights wearing the Sarashi and flame-print pants combo that's explicitly stated to provide no protection.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She earned her S-Class rank through rigid training, discipline, and a heartbreaking past. She also briefly serves as seventh guild master in Makarov's absence due to her ability to put the rest of the guild in line with a simple Death Glare.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: After she attempts to sacrifice herself during the Tower of Heaven's destruction, she has a vision of her own potential funeral where her own friends are deep in mourning over her death. The depressing sight is so affecting to her that when Natsu saves her life, she promises to take better care of it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She doesn't like revealing her full power right away in a fight, and would rather just use about as much as she needs to just win. She ends up heavily wounded in some of her battles because she just tanks whatever her opponents throw at her until she has a good grasp of the best way to take them down.
  • Badass in Distress: She winds up being taken hostage by Tartaros and once again tortured, this time by Kyôka's Agony Beam. She's quick to take sweet revenge once Natsu and Lisanna break her free.
  • Badass Transplant: As if her immense strength and arsenal weren't enough, her artificial-eye protects her from any eye-based magic such as petrification and illusionry.
  • Berserk Button: Get between her and her Sweet Tooth and she'll make you will rue the day you ever met her.
  • Big Eater: The anime spotlights her love of cake to the extreme. For instance, when she buys 50 cakes to celebrate Wendy and Carla's membership in the guild, she says only two are for them and the rest are for herself.
  • The Big Girl: Erza fills this role when she's not acting as The Leader of the team, being the most physically powerful and often stepping up to take down The Dragon of any Arc Villain.
  • Big "NO!": Erza yells "No!" when Simon takes Jellal's blast meant for her and dies in her arms by the end of the Tower of Heaven arc.
  • Boobs of Steel: Played humorously literally. She has a large bust like many women in the series, and displays superhuman speed and strength with her huge arsenal of weapons.
  • Broken Ace: She is unmatched in strength, skill, and beauty in her guild. However, her past as a slave left her with many emotional issues that she never completely overcomes.
  • Broken Bird: Her Dark and Troubled Past left her with such immense feelings of guilt and betrayal that, for a while, she trained to become a badass fighter. She gets over these issues after the Tower of Heaven's destruction, but every now and again, her past comes back to haunt her.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: Due to how her Re-Equip magic works, Erza can instantly summon any weapon or armor she needs at an instant, even if she's Interrupted while bathing, which happened a lot as she does bathe quite often.
  • Character Development: At the beginning, Erza is a stony-faced disciplinarian who punishes both Natsu and Gray for their constant bickering and also herself whenever she slips into quirky behavior. When Gray calls her out for her abrasiveness, she becomes more laid-back and cheerful, like her guildmates.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Implied to have one with Jellal, whom she greatly admired as a child to the point of blushing when asked if she had a crush. While his betrayal cut her deeply to the point where she was willing to kill him, it's her love for him that allows his redemption. The ending leaves it ambiguous whether they get together, but there's enough to imply that things are looking up for them.
  • The Comically Serious: A lot of Erza's most hilarious moments involve her playing utterly absurd situations perfectly straight. Her deadpan seriousness makes it twice as funny when she goes along with whatever wackiness the rest of the guild is involved in.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: When faced with over 100 enemies, she consistently comes out on top and always makes it look like child's play. Ironically, she says in supplemental material that challenging a 100-strong army was one of the harder challenges she'd faced.
  • Contralto of Danger: She speaks with a deep voice as a result of being voiced by Sayaka Ohara.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as this towards her guildmates in her age range whenever she isn't beating the crap out of them.
  • Covert Pervert: For such a serious and heroic character, she possesses her fair share of perverted outfits, even citing her Playboy Bunny costume as her favorite because of the ears, and is not above using her sex appeal to get what she wants.
  • Cry Cute: About the only times she ever sheds tears is when she is mourning for another. It's this that effectively snaps Natsu/E.N.D. and Gray out of their fight in the Alvarez Empire arc, since she is still grieving for the (temporary) death of Makarov and can't see her two dearest friends trying to kill each other.
  • Death Glare: She is the reigning queen of this trope in the entire series. Once she's pissed, you can bet the person she directs her gaze towards will have an Oh, Crap! before they eat the dirt in short order. She even manages to scare ghosts of her past enemies back into oblivion with a single glance, reminding them why they feared her in life.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Erza starts out as Fairy Tail's resident Iron Lady who's rather annoyed with her guildmates' destructive and rowdy antics, but especially with Natsu's. After Gray calls her out on her abrasiveness as well as her Lack of Empathy regarding the Galuna Island's villagers, she decides to take steps to lighten up and become a nicer person. Around the time of the Tower of Heaven's destruction, she's completely thawed out.
  • Determinator: She takes this to its highest logical extreme and beyond. She nearly gets her body destroyed on so many accounts, it's ridiculous, and yet she always finds the drive to come out on top in the end, relying on nothing but sheer willpower.
  • Distress Ball: Despite being one of Fairy Tail's most badass Action Girls, she often drops the ball whenever Jellal gets involved, originally because he was a villain and a part of her desperately wanted to still save him despite knowing he could and would manipulate those feelings to his own benefit.
  • Ditzy Genius: Much like Natsu, she's an absolutely brilliant fighter, but has No Social Skills whatsoever.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her hometown of Rosemary Village was destroyed by Zeref cultists before she was enslaved.
  • Doorstop Baby: Her mother left her on the doorstep of a church in Rosemary Village.
  • The Dreaded: She is one of the good guys and a loyal comrade to all Fairy Tail members, but the simple announcement of her return from a mission is enough for everyone to have a Mass "Oh, Crap!". She is also a very well-known wizard throughout the entire country, and almost everyone is very much scared of picking a fight with her.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: As a child, Erza gets betrayed by the brainwashed Jellal by the time she escapes the Tower of Heaven. To twist the knife further, she started the rebellion to save him.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She has quite the following of female admirers in addition to her male ones. She even goes into Attractive Bent-Gender territory while playing a prince in a play, making the women in the audience comment on how handsome she is.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Erza won't stand being tortured, which isn't surprising considering the fact she suffered the exact fate when she was a slave at the Tower of Heaven.
  • Eye Scream: She lost her right eye while she was tortured at the Tower of Heaven.
  • Family of Choice: Having grown up without parents, she sees Fairy Tail as her true family. Upon the revelation that she's the daughter of Irene Belserion, one of their most ruthless enemies from the Alvarez Empire, she firmly states that her only parent is Makarov, who has been there for her all her life. Even after coming to learn that her mother didn't truly despise her, it's too late for Erza to reconsider.
  • Fiery Redhead: She can get angered easily, especially by her guildmates' antics. She was actually quite timid as a child, though, even when not facing the cult that enslaved her.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Almost everyone in Fairy Tail is initially frightened by her abrasiveness and strictness to the rules, even when no one asked her to. After Gray calls her out for this and being completely fine with leaving innocent people to die because the rules dictated it, she Took a Level in Kindness and opened up to her guildmates more become very well liked.
  • Godiva Hair: In many of her fanservice scenes, her hair covers anything too important.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Erza is a Knight in Shining Armor who holds the ideals of Fairy Tail to heart, and will gladly extend a helping hand even to a former enemy to put them on the right path. However, in combat she will not hesitate to beat her foes down in order to protect her loved ones, and while she usually refrains from killing she's indicated she would cross that line if there is no other choice.
  • Happily Adopted: She grew up to be a well-adjusted young woman under Makarov's parentage. Given how her real mother abandoned her shortly after her birth, Erza lucked out with Makarov.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Her relationship with Jellal is very complicated, and circumstances always seem to prevent them from getting together. Hilariously lampshaded by Happy when he draws a broken heart in the sand after Jellal rejects her.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • She undergoes this in her backstory when she's forced to leave her allies behind after enduring enough of being tortured in the Tower of Heaven. To twist the knife further, Jellal was manipulated by Ultear. She does snap out of it around the time of the Tower of Heaven's destruction, however.
    • She falls into a much shorter one when Jellal kills Simon.
    • In 100 Years Quest, she suffers a major one after Kyria uses her magic to cut her strength and mentality. As a result, Erza becomes a coward, self conscious and unable to fight back. All she can do is beg Kyria to spare her life. Luckily, her Magical Eye eventually lets her throw off the effects, though it takes several hours.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A deconstructed example of this trope occurs when she attempts to rescue Natsu at the cost of her own life during the Tower of Heaven's destruction. While dreaming of her own potential funeral, the sight of all her friends still miserable over her death causes her to realize that there's hardly anything heroic about rescuing them if it means deeming their lives more valuable than one's own. Afterwards, she vows to never sacrifice herself senselessly again.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Following her slave revolt in the Tower of Heaven, Erza blames herself for leaving her friends behind.
  • Hammerspace: Her magic is this in a nutshell, allowing her to switch out any weapon or suit of armor on the fly as the situation demands it. It also doubles as a Hyperspace Wardrobe since it contains not only her armor, but ordinary clothes as well.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Erza regularly admonishes her friends for their overly destructive recklessness, even when she herself is no more cautious than they are.
  • The Illegible: It's mentioned a few times that Erza is infamous for her terrible writing. At one point, she wrote a complimentary letter to a guild she felt indebted to, and they responded by coming after her, armed to the teeth. In the anime, it's even said that her writing is so bad, it almost made the reader pass out.
  • Instant Armor: Her brand of requip magic focuses on armor as well as weapons.
  • Iron Lady: In her early appearances, she takes everything seriously and hardly ever cracking a smile. However, she slowly but surely defrosts over time.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for failing to rescue her friends from the Tower of Heaven when she led a slave revolt. And she's not exactly wrong.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Thanks to her armors, Erza is one of the most versatile fighters in the series and can adapt to just about any opponent. Played for Laughs outside of combat, as she seems to consider herself talented in a wide range of aptitudes, including baking, nurse work, and acting, though lacks much skill in many of those fields (not that most people have the heart to tell her that).
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: In her backstory, she led a slave revolt in the Tower of Heaven to rescue Jellal when she was only 10, rallying others behind her when she awakened her magic. The chapter title focusing on it even references Jeanne d'Arc by name.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She points out to Gray that Natsu and the others took on the S-Class mission at Galuna Island without permission from Makarov. A reasonable point, since these particular missions can be dangerous.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her initial stoicism makes Erza come off as a cold, uncaring jerk. Combined with her severe trust issues, most of Fairy Tail's guild members and other characters she interacts with have a difficult relationship with her. However, she is at heart a loving and very friendly person, as shown with her attempts to stop Phantom Lord from holding Lucy ransom and her later participation in the guild's wackier hijinks.
  • Justice Will Prevail: She cites this as one of her primary reasons for joining Fairy Tail, inspired by the stories of her guild's heroism from Rob, her grandfather figure from the Tower of Heaven.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: She leans in for a silhouetted kiss with Jellal after the Time Skip, leaving it up to the reader to imagine if they did it or not. However, the anime (which censors kissing and intimacy about as much as it does blood and violence due to it being aired in a morning timeslot) blatantly interprets it as an Almost Kiss.
  • Lack of Empathy: She can be unsympathetic when her guildmates struggle to follow the rules. For example, when she discovers Lucy, Happy and Gray on Galuna Island, she decides to take them and Natsu back to Fairy Tail without any concern for the islanders' situation. This immediately comes back hard on Erza when Gray calls her out on her abrasiveness and strictness.
  • Lady of War: She has an air of dignity and has been shown to be able to fight cooly and collectedly with her weapons and fashionable Battle Ballgowns. She's even called "Titania", Queen of the Fairies.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Erza's mother, Irene, is one of the strongest female wizards to have ever walked the face of Earth-land. Also, while it's never stated as a reason Erza inherited her massive power, she spent 400 years in stasis within Irene's womb while her mother was trapped in the form of a dragon, which would go a long way explaining her inhumanly massive level of strength and endurance.
  • The Leader: Despite Natsu being The Hero, Erza is the person who actually leads the team, which makes sense considering her S-Class rank. After the second Time Skip, she even briefly fills in the role of guild master for Makarov during his disappearance.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Lucy's Light Feminine. Though she is tomboyish, she is also feminine with a womanly grace and few desires.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She sees Natsu and Gray as two annoying but beloved younger brothers. It's this loving relationship that snaps them out of trying to fight each other to the death in the Alvarez Empire arc.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Irene's flashbacks show that Erza has inherited her kindness and unbending resolve from her mother (at least before her Face–Heel Turn), while luckily not inheriting anything from her father, who was a self-absorbed Jerkass. They are also both The Dreaded of their respective groups, as their comrades are terrified of just the idea of pissing them off.
  • Lost Food Grievance: There's a reason she's the trope image.
  • Lots of Luggage: She never goes anywhere without a whole wagon load full of bulging suitcases.

  • Made a Slave: Her Dark and Troubled Past shows that she was enslaved by dark wizards and forced to build the Tower of Heaven when she was only 9 years old in an ultimately meaningless effort to resurrect Zeref.
  • Made of Iron: Erza has been put through physical punishment no ordinary human being can survive, let alone walk away from. Yet whether she has multiple broken bones, or she's rendered totally blind, deaf and beyond, she can not only muster the strength to keep fighting, but she usually wins.
  • Magical Eye: Her artificial eye allows her to weaken or outright nullify the effects of any ability that involves visual contact used against her, allowing her to do things like recover from Evergreen's own Magical Eye or see through Midnight's illusions. It also works on Kyria's Mind Rape.
  • Magic Knight: Her magic is literally called "The Knight", and it gives her access to a vast arsenal of magical armors and weapons.
  • Mama Bear: Harm one of her True Companions in front of her, especially Lucy and Natsu, and you're dead.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Played with; she will sometimes attempt to clasp people to her (ample) bosom as a gesture of affection, but tends to forget she's wearing steel plate armor.
  • Master of the Levitating Blades: Erza has two sets of armor that grant her this ability. Her Heaven's Wheel Armor can summon numerous swords to spin around her in a circle before being launched at her opponent. Her Ataraxia Armor has "wings" made of floating swords which she can command to move across the battlefield swiftly or use to form a barrier to block attacks.
  • Master Swordswoman: It comes with being an experienced fighter, which lets her fight one-on-one with a Master Swordsman in their own right.
  • Maybe Ever After: While the series ends without a definitive answer, Erza and Jellal are left with the chance of being together as Jellal is now free to live his life without the weight of his crimes holding him back. Erza is seen brushing her hair with a smile, waiting patiently for the day when they'll see each other again.
  • Meaningful Name: Her surname, Scarlet, matches her hair color. In this case, it was actually given to her by Jellal because of her hair.
  • Mind over Matter: She has a telekinetic control over her weapons.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a redheaded beauty with a fantastic body whose magic usually involves Stripperiffic outfits, and she sure as hell knows it.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her Thousand Arms Armor has four extra artificial arms, each one containing a sword.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Thanks to her numerous weapons, she is skilled with practically any bladed weapon.
  • Mundane Utility: Her requipping ability also extends to her ordinary clothes, such as pajamas.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her failure to rescue Jellal and her friends from the Tower of Heaven motivates her to become a Fairy Tail wizard. Erza has not forgiven herself whatsoever for it, at least until the tower's destruction.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Literally, no matter what manner of deadly attack she faces—whether she takes the brunt of Phantom Lord's Jupiter cannon, gets blown up at point blank by Azuma, has her sense of pain cranked up to the max by Kyôka, or getting most of her bones broken by Irene—she always gets up and continues to fight out.
  • No Sneak Attacks: A heroic variation in 100 Year's Quest, where she notes she can't bring herself to attack Kyria while she's sleeping despite being absolutely livid after recovering from the Dragon Eater's Mind Rape. Kyria herself mocks her for not taking advantage of it later, though Erza fires back with a Slasher Smile it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying to kick her ass while she was asleep.
  • Not Afraid to Die: When she decides to confront Jellal at the Tower of Heaven, she fully expects and is prepared not to walk away alive, and doesn't care so long as her friends are safe in the end. After having a vision of her own funeral and seeing how utterly miserable her friends would be, however, she learns not to throw her own life away so readily.
  • No Social Skills: She goes far beyond socially awkward; at one point, when she's interrogating people for information, she headbutts them when they don't answer immediately. However, this is but one of several character features she has that don't endure.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite generally having a more serious personality at the beginning of the series, Erza is more than willing to join in on the guild's wackier hijinks later on, such as barrel surfing in the Grand Magic Games arc.
  • One-Woman Army: Due to both her immense strength and her variety of armors, she's capable of wiping the floor with anyone. No better is this demonstrated than in the Grand Magic Games' "Pandemonium" challenge, which entails everyone taking turns to take on as many of 100 monsters as they can, one of which is so strong that even Wizard Saints aren't guaranteed victory over it. She defeats them all single-handedly.
  • Only One Name: "Erza" is the only name she was given at birth, and thus the only one she has known all her life. Her surname "Scarlet" was decided on by Jellal, who was stricken by her scarlet hair.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The team only really start to realize just how much of an effect the events of the Tower of Heaven Arc is having on Erza when her stoic Iron Lady face cracks as she explains her history with the tower, the slaves, and Jellal. For Natsu in particular, it's seeing her so emotionally vulnerable during the climactic battle with Jellal and her tearful Heroic BSoD at Simon's death that sends him into full-on Unstoppable Rage in Dragon Force.
    Natsu: *as he's pounding the crap out of Jellal* YOU MADE ERZA CRY!
  • The Paragon: Her status as the Action Girl of Fairy Tail plus her iron-clad yet empathetic personality inspires not only the members of her guild to strive for something greater and better than themselves, but also does the same of onlookers and even some of her enemies when they Heel–Face Turn. Ironically, Erza herself views Natsu as her Paragon who inspires her to keep going when even she starts to buckle under the strain.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Not as often as normal, but in the 2014 anime and later chapters of the manga, her hair usually covers her right eye. Hiro Mashima explained that she's still insecure about her artificial eye despite it looking and functioning just like her left one, and her face is simply easier to draw when about half of it is obscured.
  • Performance Anxiety: Ironically, despite considering herself a master thespian, she suffers from stage fright and botches her lines every time she's given a stage role.
  • Perpetual Frowner: When she's introduced, she often seen with a stony face.
  • Phrase Catcher: Whenever Erza does something that seems impossible or outlandish, yet she does it anyway, she's usually met with one of two explanations: "It's because she's Erza," or "That's Erza for you."
  • Powered Armor: Each of her armors enhances various attributes such as her strength, speed, and durability, along with an array of Elemental Powers.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Played With. She is confirmedly 19 years old by the start of the series, but was actually conceived 400 years ago during the time of the Dragon King Festival, only being born in the present day because Irene's transformation into a dragon ended up suspending her gestation for centuries.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She has a very reasonable judgment and is perfectly willing to listen to her fellow guildmates, even if she has trust issues.
  • Red Baron: She is frequently called "Titania", the Queen of the Fairies (based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream), by admirers and enemies alike. While discussing her title, she says that she doesn't know who gave it to her in the first place, nor does she particularly care using it.
  • Redhead In Green: The Sea Empress Armor is green and she has red hair.
  • Serious Business: Erza takes everything seriously, even things that shouldn't be taken seriously. Just to give an example of how messed up she is, she threatens to kill her guildmates when they ruin her strawberry cake.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Erza has no problems bathing out in the open with other people, or walking around naked, even in the snow. So much so that on two OVA episodes that featured nude bathing, Erza completely shatters the trend that anime girls tend towards of getting angry at the boys when they (intentionally or not) peek at the girls, but rather tends towards 'inviting them in', much to the frustration of the other girls. The only time she ever expresses embarrassment over nudity is when she runs into Jellal while she's walking on the street stark naked.
  • Shipper on Deck: She seems to ship Gray and Juvia. She is the first to address Gray on how to deal with Juvia. During one of the Omake, she encourages Juvia to get Gray a present for their 413 anniversary.
  • Ship Tease: She gets a ton of it with Jellal, which isn't helped at all by their mutual Unresolved Sexual Tension caused by their temporary relationship as mortal enemies, and him becoming a wanted fugitive later on, which becomes the primary factor why they can't be an Official Couple. While the series ends with them on a Maybe Ever After, it is very heavily suggested to be on the "yes" end of the spectrum.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has been in love with Jellal since she was a child, and in spite of all that he has done, her feelings for him haven't changed and she's never shown interest in anyone besides him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It was Jellal's undying idealism and sense of justice that sparked her attraction to him when they were child slaves. It falls upon her to remind Jellal of that whenever he falters in his path to redemption.
  • Spider People: Like the rest of the girls, she's turned into a yokai by Youko, specifically a jorougumo, and her entire lower body takes on the form of a colossal spider; fortunately, Wendy is able to quickly turn her back to normal.
  • Spirited Competitor: She loves a good competition and joins every one with the intent to win. Her Friendly Rivalry with Natsu stems from this as well.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Jellal are frequently kept apart due to her being a dignified member of an official guild, and him being a wanted criminal who forms an illegal guild.
  • The Stoic: Despite being proven to be Not So Stoic later on, she maintains her calm and collective demeanor no matter how serious the situation is.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Even though Erza is serious and stoic, she's still a loving and loyal friend.
  • Summon to Hand: Her magic allows her to immediately summon any weapon she has stored in Hammerspace.
  • Sweet Tooth: A major one, with strawberry cakes being her favorite; damage her cake in particular is an easy way to earn her ire.
  • Swiss Army Hero: Thanks to the large amount of armor and weapons she can summon at will, Erza is a highly versatile fighter.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a tomboyish fighter, but she still loves cute dresses, outfits and jewelry.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A lowly slave of the Tower of Heaven eventually becomes a respected and powerful S-Class Fairy Tail member who's quite capable of even beating up Jellal's cronies.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She starts out as a rather calm and collective member of Fairy Tail who is still weighed down by the regret of being unable to save her past friends. By the time Gray calls her out on her abrasiveness in Galuna Island, she starts showing off her warmer, sillier personality more frequently.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When she becomes enslaved in the Tower of Heaven, she's quite a friendly girl who will go out of her way to help people, even taking Kagura Mikazuchi's place when the Zeref cultists appear in their hometown. However, by the time she escapes the Tower of Heaven, her years of being tortured cause her to harden; she becomes an abrasive, stoic and apathetic jerk, though as Gray later points out, she's actually still a good person.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the Galuna Island arc, Erza has become a lot more friendlier, considerate and willing to help others. Among other things, she helps stop Phantom Lord from holding Lucy ransom and helps Minerva overcome her personal demons.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She absolutely loves strawberry cake, and can often be seen eating it when she's relaxing. Heaven forbid you ruin it while she's eating.
  • Tranquil Fury: In contrast to her other guildmates and especially Natsu, she tends to give a silent, chilling Death Glare every time she gets significantly pissed.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She was abandoned by Irene Belserion in a village, was enslaved and forced to work in the Tower of Heaven when she was eleven years old, suffered the loss of an eye, and watched Jellal turn on her as she escaped.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are slanted upwards to reflect her serious, aloof, badass nature.
  • Unable to Cry: Downplayed. She cannot cry in her artificial right eye due to a defect; she claims that it's because she already cried half of her tears out at the Tower of Heaven. At the end of that arc, however, she manages to cry out of both eyes.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Erza has an uncountable number of armor sets for any situation you can possibly think of, and a number of outfits that have no combat utility whatsoever.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: She is furious at the revelation that Irene is not only her biological mother but also a despicable person at heart. Her stance softens when she learns the truth about Irene's past and her choice to kill herself to protect Erza.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: There's a notable tension between her and Jellal after the first Time Skip. The ending implies they will resolve it eventually.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While she's still a compassionate girl who's willing to help others, she showed it more often as a child. Her past as a slave hardened her, unfortunately.
  • Women Are Wiser: Erza zig-zags this trope. She disciplines the boys a lot of the time as the guild's resident Drill Sergeant Nasty, but she'll occasionally get this turned on its head when she shows herself to be Not So Above It All.
  • The Worf Barrage: Starting from her fight with Ikaruga in the Tower of Heaven arc, several of her fights will involve her armors getting smashed only seconds after she summons them.
  • Walking Armory: Erza is skilled enough to use any kind of weapons, that's why the list below is so long.
  • World's Best Warrior: She's not only the strongest woman in the Fairy Tail guild, she's one of the strongest members. However she does have many other people that have surpassed her in terms of pure magic power and physical ability.
  • You Are in Command Now: She temporarily assumes the mantle of Guild Master when Makarov disappears.
  • You're Not My Mother: In the Alvarez Empire arc, Erza finds out her birth mother, Irene, is a despicable woman who gave birth to her just so she could take over her body, dumped her in a random village when she failed, and is now actively trying to kill her out of spite. Because of this, Erza is unwilling to forgive Irene for her actions and refuses to acknowledge her relation to her as her family; she specifically says that to her, her family was named Fairy Tail. Her stance on this softens once she learns the real reasons Irene abandoned her, her choice to kill herself to protect Erza from her, and by the time of 100 Years Quest she cares enough about Irene to dedicate an entire new weapon and technique after her.

    Erza's Weapons and Armor 

Erza has well over 100 suits of armor and weapons at her disposal. So many, in fact, that they deserve a section of their own.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: All of her swords can cut through things they normally shouldn't.
  • Anti-Magic: The Nakagami Armor can slice through magic spells and nullify them.
  • Armor Is Useless: Downplayed. She has armor and weaponry for any and every occasion, but she often faces enemies whom such edges are useless against. When this happens, she forgoes the armor and enhanced weaponry in favor of focusing on her speed and strength instead.
  • An Axe to Grind: She can use a pair of axes in her Black Wing Armor.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Special mention goes to her Black Wing Armor, Clear Heart Clothing, Flight Armor, and Sea Empress Armor.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her Heaven's Wheel Armor has an armored hoop skirt.
  • BFS: Several of her outfits come with really big swords.
  • Black Knight: Her Purgatory Armor gives her the appearance of one, covered in Spikes of Doom, while her Black Wing Armor is a more streamlined and Stripperific version with wings.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her Lightning Empress and Nakagami Armor come equipped with these.
  • Blade Spam: Her Heaven's Wheel Armor specializes in hurling several blades at her enemies at once.
  • Blow You Away: Her Wind God Armor grants her wind-based powers.
  • Braids of Action: Her Lightning Empress Armor and Armadura Fairy give her this style.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Her Purgatory Armor wields a massive mace studded with spikes and blades.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her standard armor averts this, but most of her magical ones play it straight. She also has a literal chainmail bikini that she wears at the beach. This ended up biting her in the ass during her fight with Cobra during the Nirvana Arc, as she engaged him in her Flight Armor only to be blocked and allowing Cubellios to sink her fangs into Erza's bare arm and inject her deadly venom to put her out of the first part of the arc.
  • Cleavage Window: The Nakagami Armor exposes most of her torso, as do many other of her armors.
  • Cool Sword: She has far too many of these to count. Some of them even have Elemental Powers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her Black Wing Armor and Purgatory Armor are dark and frightening-looking suits of armor, but she only ever dons them to protect her friends.
  • Death In All Directions: Her Circle Sword: Blumenblatt ability sends her swords flying in all directions.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her hakama outfit leaves her barefoot. The same applies with her Celestial Armor, which evokes a mystic Magical Barefooter vibe and is a Good Counterpart of a villainess's own shoeless armor.
  • The Dragon Slayer: Her Dragon Slayer Sword: Belserion is enchanted with Dragon Slayer magic, giving it increased effectiveness against both Dragons and Dragon Slayers.
  • Drop the Hammer: In the Key to the Starry Keys arc, she receives a holy hammer from Jean-Luc Neville, who unearthed it as part of his excavation of the Infinity Clock part. In addition to being as big as she is and quite useful as both a bludgeon and impromptu shield, it also possesses holy properties that allow it to counteract the effects of the Infinity Clock's Real Nightmare and leave wounds of light on Cobra's scaled arms when he clashes with it.
  • Dual Wielding: She can do this with two BFS's at once. She even quadruple wields using her feet.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: This outfit is her trump card during the Miss Fairy Tail contest.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her default armor from the Village of the Sun arc onward has only one shoulder plate.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her Flight Armor greatly increases her speed but leaves her with no defenses.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has these when wearing her Flame Empress Armor and Armadura Fairy.
  • Glass Cannon: Her Clear Heart Clothing forgoes all defense in-favor of speed and strength but leaves her highly vulnerable. Her Heaven's Wheel Armor is a lesser example, too.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Despite the sheer number of weapons she has, she focuses almost exclusively on swordplay.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Each of her armors come with a distinct look and unique abilities.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Nakagami Armor, which allows her to break the laws of magic, although the sheer amount of magic that it drains from the user keeps her from using it until she activates her Second Origin.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: She uses them with her Clear Heart Clothing, and her most powerful sword is the Demon Blade Benizakura, which pours all her magic power into offense while requiring her to discard all defense including armor.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Her Robe of Yuen adds a bit of Japanese flavor to her arsenal.
  • Leotard of Power: Some of her outfits are very form-fitting.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her Black Wing Armor increases her speed and strength, making her more powerful overall. Her Armadura Fairy fits into this as well.
  • Making a Splash: Her Sea Empress Armor gives her extra aquatic aptitude. She also possesses a sword with a blade made of water.
  • Mighty Glacier:
  • Mini-Mecha: In the "Welcome to Fairy Hills" omake and OVA, she is shown to own a massive suit of armor that effectively functions as one. However, she never uses it on account of it being Awesome, but Impractical.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: As shown during the Pandemonium royale, she can Requip the weapons of different armor sets to her current armor to use their magical properties together.
  • Multiform Balance: Each and every one of her armors has a quality that counterbalances the other (one maxes her offensive power while another maxes defense, for example).
  • Naked Apron: Her Seduction Armor isn't even armor at all, but only Erza in her panties, stockings, and an apron to cover her boobs.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The name of her hakama outfit, Clear Heart Clothing, is only given in video games.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: She is mentioned in the manga to have one in the Sirius Island arc, which is shown in full in the anime.
  • Playboy Bunny: She has gone on record saying that her favorite requip is her bunny girl outfit.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Flame Empress Armor allows her to wield and defend against fire, making it essential while sparring with Natsu.
  • Razor Wings: Her Ataraxia Armor has this appearance, with six blades set up behind her that resemble wings she can telekinetically control at will. They're so impressive, they can even harm her foes without making direct contact.
  • Sarashi: She wears one in the style of a tube top as part of her Clear Heart Clothing, along with a flame-patterned hakama, trading out defense for pure offense.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Lightning Empress Armor gives her electrical powers.
  • Star Power: Her Celestial Armor exclusive to Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry allows her to use Jellal's Signature Move, Grand Chariot, which strikes opponents with seven beams of light at the force of a meteor.
  • Stone Wall: Her Adamantine Armor is this, being purely defensive, but powerful enough to tank a Wave-Motion Gun capable of wiping out entire towns.
  • Storm of Blades: Her Heaven's Wheel Armor main offense is summoning and firing multiple swords at once. With enough time to set it up, she's been able to fire up to 200 at once.
  • Sword Beam: She has this with her Photon Slicer ability of her Morning Star Armor. Her Armadura Fairy Armor can also do something similar.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A few of her armors do this for her, particularly her Black Wing Armor and Clear Heart Clothing.
  • Technicolor Blade: Several of her swords are different colors.

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