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One of the three most powerful dark guilds that make up the Balam Alliance, which unites the dark guilds. Though it is one of the smallest guilds in Fiore, comprised of only six members, it wholly lives up to its purported strength, forcing Fairy Tail to team up with three other official guilds just to fight it. This guild seeks Nirvana, an ancient magic that switches the morality of those affected by its power, in order to drown the world in chaos. After being released from prison seven years later, most of the guild's members leave to join Jellal's vigilante guild, Crime Sorcière.
- Adaptation Expansion: Their history at the Tower of Heaven is explored in-depth in the anime adaptation, which explains the reasons for their "prayers": Racer's need for speed comes from his inability to outrun the tower guards; Angel wished she could fade away into the sunny blue skies as a release from the god-forsaken tower; Cobra's Only Friend he could confide in was a snake who couldn't speak, and he wished his snake could do the same with him; Hoteye was a poor boy who believed he needed wealth to reunite with his brother, whom he was separated from when they were enslaved; and Midnight, who was tormented by the screams of agony that echoed in the tower, wanted to curl up someplace quiet and sleep in peace.
- Badass Crew: Although they're only six members strong, each one is strong enough to annihilate a guild by themselves, and they command dozens of minor dark guilds. They are so threatening that Fairy Tail joins forces with three other guilds (including a Wizard Saint) to defeat them. Several of them come dangerously close to winning their battles, too, and only lose due to teamwork on their opponent's side and/or betrayal on their own. Shortly upon being released after seven years in prison, they remain such a credible threat that Jellal has to persuade them into performing a HeelFace Turn to keep them from causing more problems.
- The Bus Came Back: They are brought back as the villains of an anime-exclusive Filler arc, though their characterizations and roster were quite different. They later return in the Tartaros arc, where the majority of the guild ditches Brain and joins Jellal's guild in a mass HeelFace Turn.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The anime reveals that their magic first manifests through their hopeful prayers while they were held prisoner at the Tower of Heaven. However, Brain twists their prayers and drags them all into a dark guild out of a selfish "prayer" of his own to keep his alternate personality locked away.
- Dark and Troubled Past: They're all former child slaves from the Tower of Heaven who were ripped from their homes and families, some of whom were killed.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Jellal convinces them to join his crusade against Zeref after beating them single-handedly. Downplayed in the anime, which shows that not all of them instantly adhere to his way of thinking, and consider either ditching him or taking him down a second time.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": They hate it when others use their real names without their permission, as demonstrated during their fight with Jellal. This disappears after they join Crime Sorcière, dropping their codenames entirely.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Sans Brain, they were once just child slaves who happened to possess higher aptitude for magic than any of the other ones in the Tower of Heaven. Fast-forward to the present and they've become the spearheads of one of three most powerful dark guilds in all of Ishgar.
- Given Name Reveal: By the end of the series, Brain remains the only member whose real name is unknown, while some of the others are also revealed to be relatives of established characters.
- Gratuitous Spanish: "Oración Seis" is Spanish for "Six Prayers".
- HeelFace Turn: By the end of the series, everybody except for Brain and Kuradoa ends up switching sides.
- Karmic Jackpot: By changing their ways and helping Ishgal in defeating the Alvarez Empire, and later Acnologia himself, their criminal pasts are overlooked and they receive a royal pardon.
- Meaningful Name: Each member's codename pertains to his or her personality and talent.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: This guild has no connection to the main villain like the masters of Grimoire Heart and Tartaros do, and their impact on any overarching plot outside a handful of villains' backstories is minimal at best.
- Power at a Price: The guild reportedly made a Deal with the Devil in the anime-only Key of the Starry Heavens arc, needing to sacrifice something to achieve greater powers: Midnight's "future", Cobra's sight, Racer's heart, Angel's lifespan, and Grim Reaper/Erigor's memory, to list the known sacrifices.
- Recruiting the Criminal: After they're freed from prison, Doranbalt sends Jellal and Merudy after them to make sure they don't cause trouble. Jellal then offers them a chance to join his guild after he defeats them all.
- Same Character, but Different: The four returning members in the Key of the Starry Heavens Filler arc are quite different from their manga personalities: Midnight, a quiet yet deadly Sleepyhead, is a boastful Evil Genius and The Leader of the guild named Brain II in an attempt to better fill his "father" Brain's footsteps; Cobra, a Smug Snake, has become The Stoic since his loss of Cubellios; Racer, a Hot-Blooded speed fanatic, has gone completely Ax-Crazy due to sacrificing his "heart"; and Angel, a bratty Jerkass, has become The Ophelia due to her life-sacrificing magic.
- Shout-Out: They share their name with Rave Master's Oración Seis, which is known as the "Oración Six" in English publications of that series.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: As the first of the Balam Alliance introduced, it is also the smallest and weakest of them, the one with the most sympathetic characters overall, the only one whose core members have both shown up in full for more than one story arc, and the most of whom have fully reformed.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Unlike most guilds, Kodansha and Funimation refer to this guild collectively as "the Oración Seis".
- Took a Level in Badass: After the first Time Skip, most of them get new magic or enhanced versions of their old ones, making them a serious challenge when they gang up against Jellal.
- Tragic Villain: Despite their horrific acts, they are all at least somewhat sympathetic due to their enslavement at the Tower of Heaven and their wishes, with the exception of Brain/Zero and Kurodoa, both Generic Doomsday Villains. However, they all manage to gain their happy endings.
- True Companions: Unlike the other dark guilds, where most members don't care about their colleagues or have no problem killing them if they prove to be a nuisance, these guys have a genuine bond with each other. The one exception to this is when Midnight fights Hoteye after the latter's HeelFace Turn, yet seven years later they don't seem to hold it against each other.
Brain / Zero
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Philip Weber (English)
Portrayed by: Naoya Gomoto (stage)
The leader of the Oración Seis is a man whose mind is split between two personalities: Brain, a self-proclaimed genius and inventor of countless dark magics; and Zero, the true guild master, whom Brain keeps sealed away using the "prayers" of his followers. He sets his eyes on acquiring the legendary forbidden magic Nirvana, though his two selves wish to use it for wildly different reasons, with Brain seeking to establish a new world order by destroying all official guilds, and Zero craving nothing but total destruction.
Tropes that apply to both:
- Arc Villain: Of the Nirvana arc, where he (as Brain) plans to use the morality-switching influence of Nirvana to upend the world of magic so dark guilds may reign supreme. When he and the rest of his guild are defeated, his Split Personality Zero (the true guild master) takes the reigns so he can destroy everything with Nirvana.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His Dark Capriccio spell is described as a piercing attack that can bore through Jura's nigh-indestructible Iron Rock Wall spell.
- Asshole Victim: Absolutely no one cares about him once Cobra exacts his revenge and reveals what he really thought of them once the initial shock wears off, with Racer basically shrugging it off by asking what everyone plans to do now, while Midnight (the closest to him of all) only takes a moment to state they'll be moving on without him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted with Brain, who is actually weaker than his subordinate Midnight, but played straight by Zero, who is both the most powerful member of Oración Seis and its true master.
- Bad Boss: Brain has absolutely zero respect for his adoptive "children", seeing them as mere pawns used to keep his alter ego Zero in check. Zero, meanwhile, doesn't care for his guild at all and casually crushes his former, fully sentient staff beneath his boot.
- Casting a Shadow: He uses the darkness-based variety, which consists of green energy attacks. Brain uses his staff Kurodoa to conjure them, while Zero can use his hands.
- Dark Is Evil: His spells are depicted with a Sickly Green Glow, and most of them even begin with the word "dark".
- Generic Doomsday Villain: While he poses a threat to the kingdom's guild network on his own terms, his reasons for doing so are vaguely defined. He's simply a Jerkass with a Split Personality whose only moral dilemma is whether he should control or destroy everything.
- In the Back: As soon as Cobra releases the guild from prison, he rips a hole in Brain's side for his manipulations and leaves him for dead.
- Musical Theme Naming: Two of his attacks, Dark Rondo and Dark Capriccio, are named after musical forms.
- Only Known By His Nickname: The names "Brain" and "Zero" are codenames for his two personas, his true name remaining unknown.
- Order Versus Chaos: Both his personalities represent different ends of the spectrum. Brain embodies "order", valuing intelligence and meticulous control, while Zero embodies "chaos", craving violence and wanton destruction.
- Sickly Green Glow: All of his dark spells have a green glow in the anime that make their victims feel nauseous.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Brain is most often in control thanks to the Organic Link seal on his body, but once he and his guild are defeated, the seal breaks and Zero takes over.
- Telepathy: He is capable of this ability. Brain is able to use this to lure Fairy Tail and their allies into a trap by masking his telepathic voice as Hoteye's.
- Uncertain Doom: He is last seen lying lifelessly on the ground after Cobra tears through him in the Tartaros arc. Although he is assumed dead by his guild, he isn't ever truly confirmed dead, but he is never seen again, either.
- White Hair, Black Heart: The only things Brain and Zero have in common are their silver hair and complete lack of morals.
Tropes that apply to Brain:
- Ambiguously Brown: He is one of the few dark-skinned characters in an overall Eurasian fantasy setting, but his silvery white hair makes it difficult to pin down what race he is supposed to be.
- Art Evolution: In his earliest appearances, he has a much more prominent brow, the bridge between his eyes are completely black, and he wears his coat's huge fur hood. His appearance is streamlined as the series progresses.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Brain has dark brown skin and white hair.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Serves as such for the Nirvana arc. It's zig-zagged by the fact that the villain who replaces him is his own Split Personality.
- Evil Genius: He claims to have earned the title of "Brain" while he was head of the Ministry of Magical Development (the same institution where Ultear was held captive and experimented on).
- Evil Mentor: He mentored Jellal at the Tower of Heaven back when he was looking for recruits to his guild.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, authoritative bass voice fitting for the commander of a dark guild that thirsts for world domination.
- Fur and Loathing: His Pimped-Out Cape and pants are lined with huge tufts of fur.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Explored only in the anime, where it's shown he is responsible for Ultear's predicament and caused her to fall in with Hades, who had her manipulate Jellal to his evil actions, ironically coming full circle when Brain needs him to unlock Nirvana.
- Kick the Dog: After shooting Cobra In the Back and telling him to "rest" after his battle with Natsu, he telepathically taunts him over his loss and calls him a fake Dragon Slayer.
- Kneel Before Zod: Demands Lucy, Gray and Jura to bow before him while threatening to blast them with dark magic. Jura responds by unleashing a hail of rocks and going on to kick him to the curb.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the Nirvana arc, he shoots Cobra in the back after Cobra loses to Natsu. Seven years later, he's subject to the same fate courtesy of Cobra in the Tartaros arc.
- Magic Staff: He casts spells with his skull-headed staff, Kurodoa, which has a mind of its own.
- Manipulative Bastard: He takes five child slaves under his wing and promises them a life of freedom where they can live out their dreams if they pray hard enough. He then links these prayers to a magic seal to keep his alter ego Zero from taking over. When Natsu accuses him of treating his guild like puppets, Brain doesn't try to argue.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The anime shows him being the one behind the extremely painful experiments Ultear was subjected to as a little girl.
- Perma-Stubble: He has a bit of hair on his chin after the Time Skip.
- Pitiful Worms: He considers all official guild wizards to be mere swarms of maggots.
- Tattooed Crook: Has tattoos all across his face. They are magic "keys" that seal away his Superpowered Evil Side.
- Underestimating Badassery: Jura had been incapacitated by Angel when the guild alliance was initially trashed by Oración Seis, so when the two actually meet later, Brain deems him to be just another maggot to be stepped on. Jura completely kicks his ass as a result.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kidnaps Wendy and has no qualms about beating her should she refuse to cooperate with him.
Tropes that apply to Zero:
- Ax-Crazy: He's a nutjob who yearns to completely destroy his enemies without leaving a single trace.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes in the manga appear dark with light-colored pupils when he first awakens, but become normal-colored in the rest of his appearances, only briefly changing back as he casts Genesis Zero.
- Blood Knight: Zero craves destruction and greatly enjoys his fight with Natsu.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He shamelessly admits that he has no reason to destroy everything, nor does he need one.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: His existence only gets minimal Foreshadowing at most, is quickly explained as soon as he makes his appearance, and proceeds to trash the heroes and everything in his path for literally no reason whatsoever other than because he can.
- The Dreaded: Kurodoa goes from gloating about victory to crapping his metaphorical pants when he realizes that Zero's been unsealed. Even Brain himself was terrified of what he could do if given free reign and sealed him away with his Organic Link magic. From the reactions of the other Seis when Midnight uses his illusions to bring Zero back, they're just as afraid of him as well.
- Evil Albino: Zero certainly fits the bill with his pale skin, silver hair, blood-red eyes, and an insatiable lust for destruction and mayhem.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: He speaks with a much more gravelly voice, emphasizing his wild and brutal nature.
- For the Evulz: Zero has no motivation or plans beyond the destruction of anything and everything he encounters.
- Green and Mean: Wears a green, almost military-like outfit, and his Battle Aura is a dark green. He's also one of the most unashamedly evil beings in the series.
- Kick the Dog: He decides out of nowhere to smash his fully sentient staff Kurodoa just because he can.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Unlike Brain, who mostly stayed still while firing off massive laser beams, Zero is far more physically active and kept up the pace with Natsu while the latter was using Dragon Force.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Zero's sole purpose in life is to destroy all that has physical form.
- Power of the Void: His ultimate attack, Genesis Zero, summons ghostly apparitions that effectively erase their victims from existence. It doesn't work on Natsu, though, who burns that magic away with his golden flames.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes in the anime have blood-red scleras.
- Reverse Arm-Fold: His usual arm position.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Brain sealed Zero away with Organic Link magic powered by the strongest desires of the other Oración Seis members. Zero comes out when all six are defeated.
- Slasher Smile: Constantly sports one while fighting, further disassociating him from the more intellectual Brain.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Brain was never much of a boyscout to begin with, but his split personality, Zero, is far worse; whereas Brain wants to use Nirvana to establish a new world order and only intends to destroy the single guild that would hinder his plan, Zero tries using Nirvana to wipe out everything.
- Walking Spoiler: His whole existence is kept heavily under wraps until after the rest of his guild is beaten.
- Whip It Good: In the anime, his Zero Slash attack is essentially two Dark Capriccios fired from his hands and then manipulated like whips.
Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English)
Portrayed by: Ikkei Yamamoto (stage)
Cobra is a second generation Dragon Slayer who can hear any sound, no matter how soft or far away they may be. He uses Poison Dragon Slayer Magic, which produces toxins that leave his victims writhing in agony. Despite his animosity with Natsu, he becomes a begrudging ally of his fellow Dragon Slayers whenever they are faced with dragons that threaten humanity.
- Alas, Poor Villain: After Brain shoots him In the Back for losing to Natsu, Cobra tearfully despairs over how he believes he'll never be able to hear Cubellios' voice now. Even Natsu shows him a bit of sympathy.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He looks down on Natsu for being an "old generation" Dragon Slayer, and even calls Natsu a liar for saying he learned his magic from a dragon, who are widely believed to have gone extinct.
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep, menacing voice in the anime, unlike how one would expect a snake man to talk.
- Badass Longcoat: Every outfit he has comes with one.
- The Beastmaster: In the Nirvana arc, he never fights without his trusted snake companion, Cubellios, who can poison opponents and recharge Cobra's magic by spewing toxic gas. She can also sprout wings and become a Giant Flyer.
- Boxed Crook: He returns in the Grand Magic Games arc after being freed from prison on Jellal's favor to lend his dragon-slaying skills to assist in warding off the dragon invasion. Once the ordeal is over, he's brought back to jail.
- Breakout Villain: Originally conceived as a one-time villain for the Nirvana arc, he has since made several returns as a villain (including in an anime Filler arc) and a begrudging ally. Eventually he pulls a HeelFace Turn and joins Crime Sorcière, later participating in the Final Battle with his fellow Dragon Slayers.
- Breath Weapon: Par the course for Dragon Slayers, his Poison Dragon's Roar allows him to breathe a cloud of toxic gas.
- Bullying a Dragon: He taunts Natsu by telling him dragons no longer exist in the world. He gets an authentic-sounding dragon's roar for his trouble.
- Catchphrase: "I can hear it."
- Combat Clairvoyance: His Telepathy lets him read his opponents' attacks in advance and respond accordingly. Even should they somehow shut out their own thoughts, he can still use his hearing to less accurately predict their attacks via their body functions like heartbeats, breathing, and muscle movements.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: He is Ambiguously Brown and has a mahogany shade of hair.
- The Dog Bites Back: After waiting seven years for the opportunity, he shoots Brain in the back during the Tartaros arc for doing the same to him for his failure in the Nirvana arc.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Shows up in the Grand Magic Games arc as the seventh Dragon Slayer to fight Future Rogue's seven dragons.
- Enemy Mine: Before his official HeelFace Turn, he teams up with Natsu against Future Rogue's dragons in the Grand Magic Games arc.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his villainy, he is shown to be very close to Cubellios, his Only Friend. The anime further emphasizes this when he turns to give her a soft smile while Natsu and Happy are busy ignoring him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He'd never betray his own allies the way Brain did to him. Also, if he makes a deal, he will follow through with it, as shown when he joins the fight against Future Rogue's dragons, and honors the agreement to return to jail afterwards.
- Eye Scream: His scarred right eye is permanently shut. According to the anime, he sacrificed it for greater power, though no other explanation for it is given outside of that.
- Finger-Licking Poison: Courtesy of being a Poison Dragon Slayer, eating poison has a reverse effect on him, refueling his magic power.
- Friend to All Children: Played with. The Rhodonite substory of Fairy Tail Gaiden shows that he is sympathetic towards children, especially those that have been enslaved, since he was a slave himself once. However, when their slaver brainwashes them into fighting, Erik shows he Would Hurt a Child, if only to free them from his control.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar over his right eye after the Time Skip.
- Hellbent For Leather: He wears red leather pants with Too Many Belts around his legs in the Nirvana arc.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In the anime adaptation of the Tartaros arc, Jellal explains that Cobra doesn't just want to hear Cubellios's voice; he wants a friend to share his story with.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The first thing he does after freeing his guild from jail is kill Brain, not having forgotten that he views them as mere pawns.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Cobra is noted to be excellent at hand-to-hand combat, able to match and even surpass Natsu thanks to his Telepathy. And that's before he turns on his Dragon Slayer magic.
- Logical Weakness: His Telepathy is useless if his opponent isn't aware of their own thoughts or acting purely by instinct. Also, his hyper-sensitive hearing makes him particularly vulnerable to loud noises when done at point blank.
- Mr. Exposition: He's surprisingly well-informed about Tartaros, and he trades this information to secure Oración Seis' release from prison.
- Named by the Adaptation: His real name, Erik, was originally revealed the anime's Key of the Starry Heavens Filler arc.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: He manages to secure his guild's freedom by offering intel on Tartaros to Doranbalt. Doranbalt is desperate at this point and accepts, but has Jellal hook up with them to keep an eye on the group as insurance.
- Official Couple: The finale reveals that Kinana (Cubellios's human form) hooked up with a man named Erik, all but stated to be this guy.
- Only Friend: Before the Time Skip, he maintained that he only ever viewed Cubellios as his true friend, even if he did at least respect his fellow guild mates. After the Time Skip, he seems to view the rest of them as his friends too, with the obvious exception of Brain.
- Pet the Dog: When offered a chance at freedom by Doranbalt, he refuses unless he frees all of the Oración Seis, showing that he values them all (except for Brain).
- Plaguemaster: He is generally a Poisonous Person, but he describes the effects of his Poison Dragon Roar as a virus that eats away at his opponents from the inside.
- Pointy Ears: For some inexplicable reason, he has these. Probably because of his sharp hearing.
- Poisonous Person: As the Poison Dragon Slayer, he can produce poison that's both corrosive and toxic, slowing down his victims' movement before eventually causing death.
- Red Baron: He's known as the "Poison Dragon", clearly because of his Poison Dragon Slayer magic.
- Rugged Scar: He returns after the first Time Skip with a scar over his right eye, but is no less dangerous.
- Scaled Up: In the Nirvana and Key of the Starry Heavens arcs, Cobra's arms are covered in draconic scales when he activates his Poison Dragon Slayer powers. This feature is dropped from the Grand Magic Games arc onward.
- Shaping Your Attacks: His Poison Dragon's Fang Thrust has him form a giant fanged serpent head out of poison.
- Slasher Smile: He has a sadistic grin just about all the time, even when he's on the side of good.
- Snakes Are Sexy: His codename is Cobra, he has a giant snake as a companion, and he's quite a looker.
- Sssssnake Talk: Averted in the Japanese version and Funimation's English dub, but played straight in the Animax dub.
- Super Senses: His hearing so good, he can sense people's emotions through their voices, the sound of their muscles expanding and contracting, and even their very thoughts. This naturally becomes his weakness when Natsu unleashes a legitimate dragon's roar at point blank range, deafening him.
- Technicolor Poison: His Poison Dragon scales are reddish-purple in the anime, while the poison he creates is crimson.
- Telepathy: Played with. He can hear a person's thoughts not because he's specifically a telepath, but because his hearing is just that good.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He is ultimately felled by Natsu screaming into his ears, which is too much for his hypersensitive hearing to handle. Being a Dragon Slayer, he also suffers from crippling motion sickness once his magic reaches a certain stage of development over the second Time Skip.
- You Have Failed Me: Brain shoots him In the Back just for losing to Natsu in the Nirvana arc. He survives to repay the favor in the Tartaros arc, however.
In the Key of the Starry Heavens arc
In the Neo-Oración Seis, Cobra sacrifices his right eye's eyesight in exchange for magic that lets him amplify any sounds he hears to produce destructive sonic attacks. He searches relentlessly for Cubellios, whom he was separated from seven years ago.
- Badass Cape: He trades out his Badass Longcoat for one.
- Death by Irony: Cobra actively tries to find Cubellios to almost a obsessive degree. He gets his wish when he hears her voice in the middle of his fight with Erza, at which point she defeats him while he's distracted. Downplayed since he doesn't actually die.
- Green-Eyed Monster: After losing Cubellios, he becomes incensed about the bonds of friendship Fairy Tail shares and routinely calls them worthless. Erza calls him out on his envy during their last fight.
- Handicapped Badass: He exchanged the sight of his right eye for improved sound magic. Nevertheless, he is just as effective in battle as he ever was thanks to his keen sense of hearing.
- Heartbroken Badass: Platonic version, losing Cubellios really made him a lot more reserved and hostile towards friendships in general. He gets over it when he meets Kinana/Cubellios again.
- I Will Find You: He promises to find Cubellios after they are separated over the Time Skip. He succeeds, but their reunion is cut short when the Council shows up to arrest him.
- Kick the Dog: When Max throws himself in front of an attack meant for Erza, Cobra takes a moment to mock Fairy Tail's friendships while simultaneously noting to himself that without Cubellios, he has no such thing.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: He's improved his sound magic to the point that he can absorb any sound he hears and blast it back in a deafening wall of sound.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He develops this attitude towards Erza over the arc, due to her strength and because her chipping away at his current attitude irritates him. When Sugarboy shows up to interrupt the fight, not having gotten the memo the Legion and the Neo-Oración Seis are enemies, Cobra takes him out himself for getting in the way.
- Only Works Once: Natsu's screaming doesn't work on Cobra this time, since now he can blast the sound back at who knows how many times the volume.
- Shoo the Dog: He does this to Kinana/Cubellios when the Council shows up so she won't be arrested with him.
- The Stoic: He's much more emotionally reserved during the arc compared to the Nirvana arc due to losing Cubellios. Meeting Kinana/Cubellios again breaks him out of it.
- Villainous Breakdown: As Erza chips away at his reasons for fighting and his envy at friendships, Cobra's calm nature starts to crack as he begins to call her words "grating" and gets more determined to kill her. Near the end, he's practically roaring in determination.
Voiced by: Junji Majima (Japanese), Jeff Plunk (English)
Portrayed by: Chiaki Ito (stage)
Racer is a speed maniac who can slow down the perception of time for all living being around him, making him appear to move faster than the human eye, only managing to achieve true speed magic after seven years in prison.
- Anime Hair: He has blonde and black hair, with the blonde part shaped into a mohawk.
- Badass Biker: He proves himself to be one, and he'd need to be since one of his spells involves the control of motorcycles.
- Berserk Button: He loves going fast, and hates anyone who stops him.
- Commander Contrarian: In the anime, he's the member of the group who's the least enthusiastic about joining Jellal and Merudy, with the others either being for it (Hoteye and Angel) or are at least ambivalent to it (Cobra and Midnight). He spends the most time questioning Jellal and his desires, and he even tries to convince the others they should try their luck at fighting Jellal together again, to which Cobra replies he's being stupid.
- Cool Bike: His other magic, Dead Grand Prix, can produce them out of thin air.
- Delinquent Hair: He sports a blond mohawk.
- Fragile Speedster: When he's caught off guard while not punching and kicking, he's as vulnerable as any normal human.
- Freudian Excuse: His obsession with speed and being the fastest was born from his past as a slave within the Tower of Heaven and how, no matter how hard he tried, he could never outrun the guards or their monsters and was always caught.
- Gag Nose: He has a long, cone-shaped nose.
- Glasgow Grin: Downplayed, but the sides of his mouth has stitches.
- Knife Nut: Manga-only. In the anime, he threatens Lyon with a broken icicle.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: He's a very skilled unarmed fighter which, when combined with his magic, allows him to quickly attack opponents with punches and kicks.
- Power Glows: The lines on his jumpsuit in the Tartaros arc glow red when he uses his magic in the anime, resembling his outfit in the Key of the Starry Heavens arc.
- Power Misidentification: He pretends to have Super Speed, but what his magic actually does is slows those around him down.
- Ret-Canon: In the manga, he quite clearly kills himself with a bomb (including a shot of his dead body once his whole guild is defeated), but fails to kill Lyon. The anime changes the scene so Lyon cuts the bomb off of him and defends themselves from the blast with an ice shield before it explodes, saving his life in the process. He was considered Spared by the Adaptation until his return in the Tartaros arc completely overlooked his death.
- Sinister Shades: He always wears racing sunglasses, and is a member of a dark guild.
- Speed Blitz: His primary method of attacking.
- Super Speed: Subverted. He appears to move faster than the human eye at first, but Lyon figures out his magic doesn't make him faster; it makes everyone else slower. Played straight after the Time Skip, where he has achieved genuine Super Speed.
- Taking You with Me: To Lyon, though it didn't work, as even he himself survived.
- Time Stands Still: His magic allows him to slow down time in a given area, allowing him to simulate Super Speed.
In the Key of the Starry Heavens arc
In the Neo-Oración Seis, Racer has achieved his desire for genuine speed, but at the cost of his own humanity and "heart", becoming a twisted shell of his former self.
- Ax-Crazy: He shows signs of this after sacrificing his "heart" for more power, acting more like a wild animal than a man.
- Broken Tears: He finally breaks down at the end of his fight and talk with Mirajane, finally regaining his heart and realizing how far he's sunk.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Pulling out even more power fighting Mirajane allows him to create several copies of himself from pure speed which can act independently of each other. Once Mira grabs the real Racer, however, the others vanish.
- Primal Stance: He's commonly shown on all fours, behaving like a feral beast. He finally stops when Mirajane beats him, signifying the return of his human reason.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He wears a red and black jumpsuit, and behaves in a more feral manner.
- The Soulless: While he's described as having sacrificed his heart, his savage behavior is more in line with this trope.
- Super Speed: It's not the Time Stands Still knockoff variety in this arc; he's now every bit as fast as he ever wanted to be.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Mirajane finishes their fight as such, but only after beating the crap out of him first.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Mirajane starts keeping up and surpassing his speed, he starts to have flashbacks to his jailers in the Tower of Heaven, causing a minor Freak Out that gets worse.
Hoteye (Richard Buchanan)
Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijo (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
Portrayed by: Christopher McCombs (stage)
Hoteye is Wally Buchanan's older brother who believes that money is the answer to all the world's problems. His Heaven's Gaze ability allows him to see across great distances and through solid objects, and his Liquid Ground spell can transform the ground around him into quicksand.
- Badass Mustache: He grows an angular mustache after the Time Skip.
- Badass Preacher: He is dressed in a cleric's uniform and is commonly seen carrying a book, giving off this vibe as he engulfs enemies in quicksand.
- Character Exaggeration: Compared to its more sparing use in the manga, his Verbal Tic (an overly pronounced "desu ne!") is used so frequently in the anime that it's practically a Catchphrase, and is used by other characters.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Hoteye's magic deals with liquifying the ground to create quicksand, which he can control at will.
- Evil Redhead: Although his motives are more sympathetic, he's a member of a dark guild.
- Gentle Giant: He is the largest member of his guild, but once he turns away from his greedy and destructive ways, he turns out to be the most peaceful member of the group.
- Greed: He's absolutely obsessed with money, thinking that it can solve his problems. It's revealed that he's so greedy because he believes that if he has enough money, he can finally be reunited with his brother.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: For the briefest instant, he questions whether or not money is the answer to reuniting with his brother. Since Nirvana is activated when this happens, he immediately turns good on the spot and assists the heroes in stopping his guild. Because he was Good All Along, his HeelFace Turn sticks well into the Time Skip.
- Long-Lost Relative: He turns out to be the older brother of Wally, one of Erza's childhood friends.
- Love Freak: After his HeelFace Turn, his obsession with money gets replaced with love.
- Love Redeems: His genuine desire to reunite with his brother makes him the most susceptible to Nirvana's influence out of all the Oración Seis members, making him the first member of the guild to undergo a HeelFace Turn.
- Money Fetish: He has a love for money, preaching about his own personal anecdotes about money and riches.
- Non-Standard Character Design: His geometric face stands out among the cast.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation: It's implied that his bizarre, angular face came about as a result of his magic much like his brother Wally, especially since he looked like a perfectly ordinary boy in the anime.
- Sinister Minister: Dresses like a stereotypical old-timey Protestant, yet is obsessed with money and has worked for a dark guild.
- Tears of Joy: Played for Laughs when he is redeemed by the powers of Nirvana and tears cascade down his face. It's later played more seriously when Erza tells him his brother is alive and well, causing him to weep out of gratitude.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His torso is much larger than his legs.
- Verbal Tic: He ends every other sentence with "desu ne!" ("Is it not?"), changed to "Oh, yeah!" in the English dub. In the anime, it's briefly reversed to become "''desu yo!" ("It is!") after his HeelFace Turn.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His dream is to one day reunite with his missing brother, which he thinks he can achieve if he has enough money. He is thus overcome with crushing greed.
- X-Ray Vision: Hoteye's "Heaven's Gaze" ability lets him see long distances and through solid objects.
Angel (Sorano Agria)
Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)
Portrayed by: Yamato Furuya (stage)
Midnight is the strongest of Brain's adoptive children, and the only one who calls Brain "Father". His power is so great that Brain usually keeps him asleep. After leaving Brain for dead, Midnight takes up a leadership position among the Seis. His magic is Reflector, which can deflect his opponents' attacks and create illusions. His prayer is to find a quiet place to sleep.
- Achilles' Heel: Erza determines two major weaknesses in his Reflector magic: 1.) His magic doesn't affect human bodies; and 2.) He can only concentrate his magic on one area at a time, leaving him open to simultaneous attacks in different directions. She also considers a third weakness in the form of her fake eye, which lets her see through his illusions.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the adaptation of the Tartaros arc, Midnight's red eyes become a solid black and his black lipstick is replaced with a more natural color.
- Agent Peacock: Considered to be the strongest of the Oración Seis after Zero, and comes with very effeminate looks and makeup.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He firmly believes that his ability to laugh at the pain of others is what sets him above everyone else. It's only fitting that Erza blows a hole in his philosophy by beating him.
- Attack Reflector: His primary power allows him to bend and distort other wizards' spells to prevent them from hitting him. He cannot, however, use this to affect human bodies, nor can he use it on any other attacks when it's affecting something else.
- Badass Longcoat: Gains one similar to Brain's after the first Time Skip.
- Bishōnen: So girly-looking that it's hard to believe he's a guy at first glance. The Guyliner and lipstick don't help.
- Breaking Speech: He delivers a cruel speech to an amnesiac Jellal in the Nirvana arc, reminding him of all sins he committed at the Tower of Heaven.
- Characterization Marches On: His initial trait as a Sleepyhead is completely ditched after Brain wakes him for the first time.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: He supposedly transforms into a giant monster at midnight, but it quickly turns out to just be one of his illusions. This doesn't work long on Erza, whose artificial eye allows her to resist such abilities.
- Daydream Surprise: He inflicts this on his enemies with his illusions. Erza snaps out of it in the Nirvana arc thanks to her fake eye allowing her to see through his tricks; Jellal later does this by blinding himself.
- The Dragon: He is the strongest of the Seis besides Brain himself, and has the closest relationship to their adoptive father.
- Fighting a Shadow: He likes to use his illusions to distract people into thinking they managed to get a hit in on him before he blasts them. Even his "ultimate" transformation is just him overwhelming his foes with a powerful illusion that causes them to mentally break down while he doesn't have to lift a finger.
- Fur and Loathing: He wears a black leather vest with white fur trimming. Post-Time Skip, he also wears a white fur-trimmed brown coat.
- Godzilla Threshold: When the first of the Oración Seis is defeated, Brain resorts to waking him up and sending him into battle, something he says he never hoped he would have to do.
- Goth: He has the appearance resembling typical Goth features such as dark lipstick and twin-coloured hair.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He drags his fights out and slowly tortures his opponents so he can bask in their screams of agony. It's a far cry from how he was as a child, when he couldn't stand hearing the screams of his fellow slaves.
- Makeup Is Evil: He's even more dolled up than the series' makeup-wearing villainesses. It's toned down after his return in the Tartaros arc, an early indicator of his HeelFace Turn.
- Master of Illusion: His Reflector magic gives him this ability by bending light, yet it has a profound enough psychological effect to make his victims believe they've been skewered or blown apart, with an extra serving of Mind Rape thrown into the anime for good measure. Erza is able to see right through him with her fake eye in the Nirvana arc, while Jellal resists him by blinding himself in the Tartaros arc.
- Multicolored Hair: He looks like he has two sets of hair at the same time—a black "spiky lump" commonly used on males, and white chin-length hair with decorations that would look perfectly fitting on a girl.
- Overlord Jr.: He embraces his role as Brain's adopted son more than the rest of the Seis by calling Brain "father". Despite this, he thinks of himself much more highly than Brain and has no issue leaving him when he realizes they are just his puppets.
- Razor Wind: His Spiral Pain attack is one of the many uses of his magic.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has solid red eyes in the Nirvana arc, indicating his depraved and soulless nature. His eyes are changed to black in later appearances, though.
- Sissy Villain: He's quite the Bishōnen, and his Guyliner and lipstick make him look very feminine. Mocked by Gajeel in the Key of the Starry Heavens arc.Gajeel: You don't scare me! You look like some angsty kid who got into his mother's makeup.
- Sleepyhead: He spends most of the Nirvana arc sound asleep, yet is still able to avoid damage thanks to his Reflector magic being in effect, much to Natsu's irritation.
- The Starscream: Played with; he doesn't seem to act on betraying Brain, but also doesn't give a damn about Brain getting shot In the Back by Cobra, and steps up as the new de facto leader of the group.
- Superpower Lottery: His Reflector magic prevents any spell from hitting him, making him appear invincible. Despite the two key weaknesses Erza figures out, it's still powerful enough to make him the strongest member of the group aside from Zero himself, and earns the praise of August of the Spriggan 12.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses his calm demeanor completely once Erza figures out his weaknesses, and is reduced to Broken Tears after she defeats him.
In the Key of the Starry Heavens arc
Midnight replaces Brain as the leader of the Neo-Oración Seis. Adopting his dark powers and dubbing himself "Brain II" in exchange for sacrificing the possible future where he would be happily reunited with his adopted father, he hopes to fulfill Brain's wish to plunge the world into chaos using the Infinity Clock.
- Casting a Shadow: He's picked up the same darkness magic Brain used and combined it with his own Reflector magic.
- The Chessmaster: He manages to play Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon against each other and use them to gather the Infinity Clock parts, since evil people such as himself and his guildmates are unable to touch them individually.
- Creating Life: He brought Imitatia/Michelle to life from a doll, though he just as easily returns her to that state.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls into the bowels of the Infinity Clock after Natsu beats him. Given that he appears later on in the manga, though, this is subverted.
- Dragon Ascendant: Originally Brain's most powerful and trusted underling, Midnight has become the Seis' new leader in his "father's" absence.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Natsu tells him his Power at a Price mentality is bullshit, Midnight calls him a liar and states that his father always told him sacrifice is the only way to gain true power, unable to comprehend that The Power of Friendship and The Power of Love are very real things despite the fact Lucy just used both to throw off his control and sic the Real Nightmare spell on him.
- Filler Villain: He is the true mastermind of the Key of the Starry Heavens arc, manipulating Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon into assembling the Infinity Clock. Which makes for an interesting example since, contrary to how most Filler Villains are Original Generation, Midnight is a canon character.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Much like how there's not much explanation for the first Brain's Evil Plan, Midnight's decision to follow in Brain/Zero's footsteps takes a backseat to being a generally evil and manipulative scumbag, and he receives no moments of sympathy from Fairy Tail, unlike all the other members of the new Seis, barring Jackpot/Kurodoa.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Midnight is beaten when he realizes at the last moment that the Oración Seis's seals were likewise preventing Lucy from taking over the Infinity Clock of her own will. With the rest of the members beaten (including Imitaia by his own hand no less) Lucy is able to take control of the Infinity Clock and turn it against him while saving Natsu from Midnight's ultimate attack, which allows Natsu to beat him in a more even fight.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: By learning Zero's spells, he's able to match Natsu blow-for-blow.
- Legacy Character: Midnight has taken not just his father's codename, but also uses several of his powers and wears a similar outfit.
- Power of the Void: He knows Zero's ultimate attack, Genesis Zero. Without Dragon Force, Natsu is ultimately only able to break free when Midnight undergoes a Villainous Breakdown courtesy of a pissed-off Lucy's Mind Rape.
- Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes one after Lucy merges with the Infinity Clock and sics its madness-inducing powers on him, forcing him to relive the horrors of the Tower of Heaven before Natsu beats him to a pulp.
Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (Japanese), Mark Fickert (English)
Brain's staff, which has a mind of its own.
- Dirty Old Man: Shows traces of this when he looks up Lucy's skirt.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Subverted in quite the hilarious way. After Brain is defeated, his staff comes to life and cackles sinisterly, as though prepping for The Reveal that he is the true brain behind Brain. Then Natsu grabs him and starts banging him on the ground.
- Harmless Villain: Once he's revealed to be alive, he proves to be more annoyance than menace. Not so much in the Key of the Starry Heavens arc, though, while he's disguised as Jackpot.
- Humongous Mecha: He (somehow, despite having no arms) pilots a giant slot machine mecha in the Rave Master Crossover OVA.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He gets impaled by the Infinity Clock hand in the Key of the Starry Heavens arc, right before it explodes.
- Joker Immunity: He's a recurring villain in materials outside the manga, yet he keeps coming back each time he gets destroyed.
- Laughably Evil: He's the only member in the whole guild who is played purely for comedy.
- Living Weapon: He's Brain's weapon.
- Mr. Exposition: His only role (in the manga, at least) is to explain who Zero is before being smashed to pieces.
- One Extra Member: He takes pride in calling himself the seventh member of Oración Seis (which means "Six Prayers") in the anime.
- Shock and Awe: In the anime, he can fire off electricity from his orb, though it doesn't do much more than inconvenience Natsu and Gray.
- Skull for a Head: Justified in that he is a magic staff, so the decorative skull head serves as his actual head.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He's called "Klodoa" in the anime.
- Unexplained Recovery: Zero crushes his head beneath his boot in the manga. No explanation is given for his return in the anime, where he gets destroyed a second time, only to come back yet again in an OVA.
In the anime-exclusive Key of the Starry Heavens arc, set after the first Time Skip, most of the members of Oración Seis return with a few new additions, becoming the "Neo-Oración Seis". Desiring to fulfill their mission of seven years ago to wreak chaos across the world, they seek to assemble the Infinity Clock, an artifact that distorts one's perception of time.
Imitatia, a.k.a. Michelle Lobster
Brain II's second-in-command, created from a doll that belonged to Lucy as a little girl. She infiltrates Fairy Tail while posing as a distant relative of Lucy's.
Grim Reaper (Erigor)
The former leader of the Eisenwald guild, who has joined the Oración Seis.