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The Strongest Team

The Main Characters in the series, considered to be the strongest team in the entire Fairy Tail guild. This team initially consists solely of Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia, and Happy at the suggestion of the Celestial Spirit Plue, with Gray Fullbuster and Erza Scarlet joining the team shortly after tagging along with them a number of times. Wendy Marvell and Carla also become unofficial additions to the team later on.


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    In General 
  • Almighty Janitor: In a sense, despite Mirajane coining the term calling them the "Strongest Team," they are not literally comprised of the individual strongest members of Fairy Tail.
  • Badass Crew: Recognized up as Fairy Tail's strongest team.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Lucy saves Love & Lucky from a Dark Guild all by herself and later summons the Celestial Spirit King, destroying Plutogrim and freeing Fairy Tail from Alegria. Later, in her and Natsu's fight with Jacob, she rescues Mavis from Jacob's cruel beatdown and frees the entire guild again.
    • Happy and Carla help rescue Lucy from being sentenced to death in Edolas and they later destroy Hades' heart in his ship on Sirius Island so that Fairy Tail can defeat him.
    • In the Alvarez Empire arc, Wendy saves Sherria from DiMaria by way of a well timed kick to the face, and later saves Juvia from the brink of death with her healing magic.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The ladies: Lucy as the Blonde, Wendy as the Brunette (dark blue), and Erza as the Redhead.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine:
    • Every interaction between the Strongest Team involves some form of this, with the characters taking turns as boke according to their individual quirks: Natsu's burning itch to fight, Lucy's naïve romanticism, Gray's stripping habit, Erza's absurd stoicism, and Happy's strange mix of worldliness and childishness. Any of the others will then become the tsukkomi and criticize them, sometimes violently.
    • After Wendy and Carla join, Wendy proves much too meek and gentle to be either, but the catty Carla often becomes a snarky tsukkomi to any and all of the others, but her tsukkomi-est is reserved for fellow Exceed Happy. He can scarcely get a single sentence out without a heaping of scorn escaping her lips.
    • In its first few dozen episodes, the anime had a more standardized routine during the On the Next Episode segments, with Limited Animation of Natsu and Happy standing in front of the guild's job board and talking about the latest plot developments.
  • Cast Calculus: Typically, another major Fairy Tail member will temporarily join the team for the duration of a story arc as the ensemble's Sixth Ranger. So far, these members have been Juvia, Gajeel, Pantherlily, Elfman, Mirajane, and, lately, Laxus. For more information, refer to their own entries in the other tabs.
  • Childhood Friends: Natsu, Gray and Erza. Lucy questions the nature of their friendship when Erza asks Natsu and Gray if they want to take a bath together like when they were kids.
  • Combination Attack: Despite not actually fighting a single enemy together very often, during their battle with Hades, they displayed this in the form of launching Natsu at the enemy at high speeds. Twice.
  • Covert Perverts: Natsu, Gray and Erza freely looked through Lucy's underwear drawer while Lucy keeps centerfolds of a bikini-clad Mirajane.
    • Averted with Wendy, as she becomes highly embarrassed when exposed to Gray's stripping habit, and Loke's less than innocent relations with Michello's granddaughter.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of their backstories are quite tragic and sad. To elaborate:
    • Natsu died along with his mother and father several hundred years ago by a dragon attack before his older brother Zeref sacrificed just about everything to bring him back as a demon. Then, he was left by Igneel and the person he made a Childhood Marriage Promise dies (not really).
    • Gray lost his birth parents at Deliora's hands and then lost his new Parental Substitute because of his actions, as well as causing his technical brother to hate him.
    • Erza was abandoned by her own mother after she attempted and failed, in the midst of her Face–Heel Turn, to steal her body for herself, and that was after spending 400 years in her womb being protected by her and nearly being killed by her father. She was later enslaved by Zeref cultists, until she led a revolt that cost her not only an eye, but her friends' loyalty. Also, she lost her grandmother figure in a carriage accident.
    • Lucy's mother committed a Heroic Sacrifice when she was young, and her father spent his time maintaining his business with his company. Eventually, Lucy is forced to leave her family life behind and join Fairy Tail.
    • Wendy, like Natsu, was left by her dragon when she was only about 5 years old and then left to wander the world with Mystogan until he left her.
  • Destructive Saviors: Most of their missions' pay goes to the repairs of the place that they destroyed, much to Lucy's ire.
  • Determinator: No matter what, they never give up, and if they can help it, they never let themselves lose to the same opponent twice.
  • Disney Death: After Acnologia blasts Sirius Island they, along with those who participated in the S-Class exam and Laxus, go missing for seven years.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: They spent seven years inside the Fairy Sphere after the Sirius Island incident.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine: Happy, a cheerful cat who has a nasty habit of cracking jokes at the expense of his teammates.
    • Choleric: Natsu/Carla. Natsu is a Hot-Blooded Determinator who will stop at nothing to protect the guild's name, and Carla is an insufferable, bossy little jerk who initially cares about little more than keeping Wendy safe.
    • Melancholic: Erza, who is serious, standoffish, and one of the more strategic members of Team Natsu. She felt very lonely and isolated for a large part of her life.
    • Phlegmatic: Gray/Wendy. Gray is introverted, (relatively) down to Earth, and tends to hide his emotions, while Wendy is a kind Shrinking Violet who, unlike most of the guild members, doesn't particularly enjoy fighting.
    • Leukine: Lucy, is usually a peace-loving bookworm, but she's the most cheerful member of Team Natsu after Natsu himself, and has her moments when she is easily pissed off.
  • Honor Before Reason: A lot of the times they don't end up having to pay a huge repair bill, Natsu or Erza are usually refusing a payment for one reason or another.
  • Interclass Friendship: Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Gray, Wendy, Happy and Carla. Lucy comes from the formerly wealthy Heartfilia while the others are orphans by different circumstances. Lucy actually considers them and the rest of Fairy Tail as her friends and true family.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Erza, Natsu, Gray and Lucy. Natsu and Gray are prone to even more excessive levels of violence and bad-assery if they learn Erza and/or Lucy are in genuine danger and Erza was willing to be vaporized and then later atomized to try and protect Natsu.
    • Also, Wendy is often treated like a little sister by every member of the team.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: They're all substantially weaker after the Time Skip, even weaker than Max, but take a massive level in badass when Ultear helps them achieve "Second Origin", activated by Ultear's Arc of Time, which gives them access to their latent magical reserves and effectively doubles their power.
  • Nonindicative Name: Played with; when Mira first gives the team this nickname, Lucy initially thought it literally meant that Natsu, Erza, and Gray were the strongest members of the guild.
  • Older Than They Look: Courtesy of the Sirius Island incident coupled with the Time Skip, they are all seven years younger than they're supposed to be and look.
  • Parental Abandonment. This extends to the guild as a whole but it really shows when the core team is focused upon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: If it wasn't already obvious by their respective hair colors and abilities, Natsu the Fire Dragon Slayer and Gray the Ice Make Wizard/Demon Slayer. Natsu has this dynamic with Gajeel and Lucy too...and any other character he tends to be paired with.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Wendy is the Child, Lucy is the Wife, and Erza is the Seductress.
  • Three Plus Two: As mentioned above; Natsu, Happy and Lucy are the three, Gray and Erza are the two. If discounting the Exceeds; Natsu, Gray and Erza are the three for knowing each other in the backstory, Lucy and Wendy as the two who join during the story itself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: There's no doubt they get more and more badass as the story progresses, but all the levels they obtain are instantaneously doubled when they unlock their "Second Origin". It lets Natsu single-handedly beat Dragon Forced-powered, Unison Raid-using Sting and Rogue without having to do the same, lets Erza use her Infinity +1 Sword on Minerva, and lets Gray use his Ice Magic with unlimited energy.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The series mostly played this straight, with Lucy and Erza as the two girls to Natsu, Gray, and Happy, making the ratio 3:2 in favor of the guys... Unless you don't count Happy, the nonhuman, which makes it equal. Even if you do count Happy, Wendy coming into the picture tips the ratio in favor of the girls, since she brings Carla, another nonhuman, with her.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Eventually subverted with both Happy and Carla. Ever since her hatching, Carla was sent to Earth-land with implanted memories of an operation to hunt down Dragon Slayers with Wendy being her target... or so she thinks. Meanwhile, Happy doesn't even realize that he is one of the eggs sent to Earth-land to hunt down Natsu until the Edolas arc. In their defense, their "mission" was a misinterpretation of future events due to Carla's precognition abilities going haywire.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even though they bicker quite often, the group remains fiercely loyal to each other.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Natsu and Gray. Occasionally Natsu and Erza. Happy and Lucy have shades of it as well.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Since the team is not without its fair share of disagreements, this is bound to happen when someone makes a decision at least one other person doesn't like.
    • In the Galuna Island arc, Erza, having tracked Gray, Natsu, Lucy and Happy down when Gray didn't come back after being sent to bring the other three in, she expresses disappointment with him for failing to capture them. When Erza reveals that she plans on taking everyone back immediately and leaving the job to someone else, Gray gets upset with her for abandoning the villagers to their fate, and despite usually being scared of her, insists on finishing the job and letting her deal with him as she sees fit once he's done.
    • After the second Time Skip, Natsu gets angry when he finds out that the guild was no more in his absence, at which point Lucy tells him that she was upset when he went off on a training journey while only leaving a note behind.
    • In the Avatar arc, Natsu gives one to Gray and Erza when he finds out that Gray infiltrated the Avatar Cult for six months while working with Erza without telling Juvia, who literally worried herself sick fearing that the worst had happened to him. Gray doesn't try to defend his actions, but Erza points out that she was the one who came up with the idea, as it would be safer for Juvia to be left in the dark.
    • In the final battle, Erza does this to Natsu and Gray when she finds them fighting to the death, breaking up the fight and tearfully telling them to remember their friendship and how, even if they fought, they never did it out of hatred for the other.
  • You Can't Go Home Again:
    • When the guild war with Phantom Lord's done, Lucy makes Jude aware that she can't return home after everything that's happened between them. By the time of Fairy Tail's return from Sirius Island, Lucy finds out that her father passed away over that time.
    • Happy and Carla can't return home just like Panther Lily and the other Exceeds due to Extalia's destruction and the magic disappearing from Edolas.
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    Natsu Dragneel 
See his separate page.

    Lucy Heartfilia 

Lucy Heartfilia

Voiced by: Aya Hirano (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)

Portrayed by: Ayu Manaka (stage)

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"Fairy Tail is really a mess of this guild. But it's fun, and the people are warm and kind. I'm just starting out as a wizard, but... I already know that I'm going to love this place!!!"

"What I need is not money or fancy clothing!!! What I need is a place where people accept me as I am!!!!"

Lucy is a female Celestial Wizard who uses a set of magical Gatekeys to summon otherworldly Celestial Spirits to fight on her behalf. She's also the debutante of the wealthy Heartfilia family, being the daughter of businessman Jude Heartfilia and wizard Layla Heartfilia. Leaving her family life behind at the age of sixteen to follow her dream of joining Fairy Tail, she aspires to become a powerful wizard like Layla. Her dream eventually comes true after bumping into Natsu and Happy, whom she joins forces with to perform missions and pay the rent for her house in Magnolia. Though she loves her friends and spirits dearly, she gets very frustrated by their insane antics at times.

Lucy starts out with three of the ultra-rare and powerful golden keys of the Zodiac—Aquarius, Taurus, and Cancer—and eventually brings her total collection up to ten keys, excluding Pisces and Libra. She prefers to fight alongside her spirits with her whip, which she replaces with the energy whip Fleuve d'Étoiles.note  After honing her skills, she learns to wear Star Dresses, clothes that grant her the powers of her spirits.

For info on her alternative timeline counterpart, see her entry on the Others page under Future Lucy.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Played for Laughs at the start of Edolas when she's initially the only one among a small group of Fairy Tail wizards who weren't turned into lacrima (Natsu, Wendy, and their Exceeds) who could still use magic.
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • Together with Yukino, who owns the remaining two Zodiac keys to Lucy's ten, she is able to summon all twelve spirits at once with the "Zodiac" spell to close the doors of Eclipse on the dragons.
    • In the finale, everyone in Fairy Tail—and soon every wizard in Earth-land thanks to Merudy's Sensory Link—lends her their magic energy so she can cast a powerful enough Fairy Sphere to contain Acnologia.
  • Allergic to Love: Every time the topic of romance and relationships for her comes up, Lucy becomes overly anxious and flustered.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: As a Holder-type wizard, her power lies primarily in her Gatekeys, which she uses to summon powerful allies to fight for her. Take them away and you're left with an average teenage girl.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Duke Sawarr Junnelle. Their wedding is supposed to be the centerpiece of the Heartfilia family's business as it will not only expand the Heartfilia Railways, but also allow Lucy to have a son to inherit the business and it's courtesy of her father. Unfortunately for Jude, Lucy has other plans.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She goes from a big fangirl of Fairy Tail to a member in good standing and one of those who could qualify as The Heart of the guild in just half a year. Not bad at all for a rookie wizard, even if her combat ability does not compare well to some of those who have been in the guild since their childhood.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How she usually wins her fights. She is an expert at using her spirits' magical powers to maximum tactical advantage. If her spirits aren't enough, however, she can and will use her opponent's powers, tactics, and strategies against them.
  • Badass Adorable: She is a fangirl of Fairy Tail who gets a bit star-struck, but is still a competent wizard.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's pretty book smart, and is an avid reader and aspiring writer.
  • Badass on Paper: Her list of accomplishments is actually quite impressive. Though most of it is exaggerated in-series, she's is a highly accomplished celestial wizard who even made the Celestial King change his mind due to her intense friendship with Loke and all her celestial spirits, and summoned the King himself.
  • Belly Dancer: She is forced to play this role in the second movie. While she hates doing it, it's one of the few notable times her seduction attempt actually works.
  • Berserk Button: Do not enter her house uninvited. Natsu and Happy found that out the hard way.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lucy is a very compassionate girl who treats her celestial spirits well. That doesn't mean she'll suffer to let villains get away with hurting her friends regardless of their intentions.
  • Bi the Way: Lucy regularly swoons over both guys and girls, has a list of ideal boyfriends, and apparently owns all of Mirajane's centerfolds.
  • Big Sister Instinct: A chart of relationships shows that she views Wendy as a younger sister. She also develops such a relationship with her distant cousin Michelle in the Filler arc "Key of the Starry Heavens", even though Michelle is technically older since Lucy was frozen in time for seven years. Even after learning that Michelle is actually an imposter who was trying to manipulate her, Lucy continues to show concern for her.
  • Born Lucky: She is noted for having astronomically high luck, escaping from a curse that is said to have a billion-to-one chance of avoiding in the Tartaros arc. It was partially because of this that her parents nicknamed her "Lucky Lucy Heartfilia".
  • Brains and Brawn: She wins most of her fights due to sheer wit and intelligence, unlike Natsu, who simply prefers overpowering his opponent.
  • Breast Attack: Accidentally suffers one of the burning variety. When Natsu begins losing control of himself in Dragon Force, Lucy hugs him from behind to calm him down. She later complains to him that his body was so hot it burned her breasts, and she needed Wendy to use healing magic on her.
  • Breast Expansion: Brandy does this to mess with her, at first inverted but Lucy quickly gets the largest bust out of all the female characters for a brief moment.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even after her Character Development, she tends to get knocked around by her guildmates from time to time, and she gets thrown into fanservice far more often than she'd like.
  • Buxom Is Better: Averted. She has the honor of having the biggest breasts in the series, but her inability to seduce any man (outside of her own spirits) is a Running Gag. Not to mention that, if Gray is to be believed during a "Freaky Friday" Flip, Lucy suffers from persistent back pain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: During her reunion with Jude after Phantom Lord's demise, she has less than kind words to say about how he handled the situation with Phantom Lord and Fairy Tail. By the end of the Battle of Fairy Tail, Lucy calls out Jude again when he reappears bankrupt and demands 100,000 Jewel from her, only to later realize he was just asking for money for a carriage ride to work and grossly overestimated the cost.
  • Celibate Heroine: So far, though mostly it just seems like the right romance hasn't presented itself to her, rather than being opposed to the idea as a whole. While she doesn't actively seek out romance, she is a sucker for it, judging from the few times Natsu has been inadvertently romantic with her.
  • Character Development: She starts out as reluctant to battle in contrast to her more rowdy guildmates. After the second Time Skip, she is much more willing to fight, going as far as challenging Natsu and being willing to face down three of the Spriggan 12 with confidence.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her reading, writing, and research skills seem like mundane character traits, but they play integral parts across the finale. First, she's able to memorize and edit the arcane text in the Book of E.N.D. to keep Natsu alive and fighting during his battle with Zeref, and eventually, turn him into a full human. She's also able to find and learn the method of casting Fairy Sphere in the guild's archives through this method.
  • The Chick: She has the least raw power out of the human members of her team, treats her spirits exceptionally well, doesn't like fighting, and is very caring towards those she meets.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Her Star Dresses are clothes that allow her to use some of her Celestial Spirits' powers.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Her journey is leaving her family to join Fairy Tail and become a respected celestial wizard.
  • Cool Key: She owns a whole set of mystical keys that open the gates to the Celestial Spirit World.
  • Cowardly Lion: She hates being stuck in the middle of a battle, and she'll run from trouble if she gets the chance, but she'll step up if someone else is in danger.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all her cowardice, she's willing to charge into battle and fight with her friends.
  • Damsel out of Distress: It's no easy feat to kidnap her or restrain her and she might get out before her guildmates arrive to save her.
  • Discard and Draw: Not long after she loses her ability to summon Aquarius, the Celestial Spirit King gives her the former's water powers. This Next Tier Power-Up also applies to the powers of all her other Zodiac spirits as well.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lucy's a nice girl who is willing to befriend and forgive anyone, up to and including former antagonists, regardless of morality. However, she draws the line when she realizes that Jude requested that Phantom Lord retrieve her unharmed to help the family business, only for them to start a guild war with Fairy Tail and nearly get her friends killed. Fortunately, they reconciled shortly after he loses his family business.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She frequently wears her hair in a ponytail on the right side of her head.
  • First-Name Basis: She makes no mention of her surname willingly, at first. It isn't until the Phantom Lord arc that her last name, Heartfilia, is mentioned for the first time by Jose Porla.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The celestial spirits often make note of how kind she is to them, even going so far as to think of them as her fellow human beings, because of the rather harsh treatment they often get from other summoners. Virgo, Aries, Gemini, and Scorpio have all broken their contracts with their abusive owners and sought her out because they knew how kind she is.
  • Forgiveness: She's willing to forgive anyone and everyone who has crossed her when given the chance, provided that person wants to be forgiven, as exemplified by Minerva and Flare, two adversaries who antagonize her in the Grand Magic Games, much to their eventual regret.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: She receives this from Erza soon after she met when Erza insists that Lucy not use "-san" on her. She gives this to Juvia later on, noticing that Juvia yelled Lucy's name without honorifics in the middle of the fight, and suggests that she can call her "Lucy" from this point on since they're friends.
  • Generation Xerox: She shares her mother Layla's compassion and altruism towards those in need, as shown when she willingly forgives Minerva and Flare for their atrocities.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She almost always wears her hair in twin tails after she changes her clothes. It becomes her standard look for a while after returning from Sirius Island, though she eventually changes her hair back during the Grand Magic Games.
  • Goal in Life:
    • Her profile states that she hopes to one day publish a novel about her experiences in Fairy Tail. She succeeds by the final chapter, winning a prized award for it.
    • Since midway through the Alvarez Empire, she's made it her goal to find Aquarius' key, which was reforged one year after Lucy destroyed it.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Not in the traditional sense. Out of the countless Gatekeys there are, only twelve of them are golden keys that summon the powerful Zodiac spirits, and she admits at one point that she had hoped to one day collect all of them. The interesting thing about this is, she only actively seeks out one of the keys during the story, and is shown to have found Taurus's key on her own in the anime. The rest were either inherited from her mother, or they actively asked to join her. By the time there are only two left, she actually declines them, realizing her desire for a complete collection wouldn't be right if it meant severing their bond to their owners.
  • Gratuitous French: Her "Fleuve d'étoiles" whip's name means "River of Stars".
  • Hair Decorations: She usually has a ribbon or a bow in her hair.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Lucy is the only member of the strongest team with blonde hair who deeply cares for every single wizard and will lay down her life for each of them.
  • Help Yourself In The Past: In the third OVA, Lucy goes back in time with her friends and stops a runaway horse-drawn carriage with a little girl inside. She doesn't realize that the little girl is her past self, who never notices it was her future counterpart who saved her. The only glimpse she gets of her savior is the Fairy Tail guild mark on her hand, ultimately inspiring Lucy to join Fairy Tail in the first place, and perhaps even to put the mark on her own hand.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Lucy has a major one when Phantom Lord suddenly attacks the Fairy Tail guildhall and eventually captures her, causing her to get stuck in a dire situation.
    • Lucy falls into a smaller one when she learns that Jude passed away a year before she returned from Sirius Island.
    • She has one when she suffers a humiliating defeat at the hands of Flare Corona in the Grand Magic Games.
  • Heroic Lineage: Her ancestry goes back to Anna Heartfilia, who's said to be a very powerful celestial wizard. Anna worked with Zeref on his Eclipse Gate plan to send the child Dragon Slayers into the future, and her descendants were entrusted with watching over the Eclipse Gate until Layla opened it 400 years later.
  • Heroic Seductress: A Subverted example. She often makes attempts at seduction whether she actually likes it or not, but they fail miserably more often than not.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Lucy isn't nearly as confident in her fighting abilities as she should be, though she does manage to get over any doubts once the fighting actually starts.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Despite constantly putting herself at risk against the forces of evil for the sake of her clients, her guild and the world, Lucy still struggles to pay the rent for her apartment.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Aquarius constantly teases her about her lack of a boyfriend.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Lucy has always been a Ms. Fanservice in the series, but this becomes more obvious after the first Time Skip, where she is given skimpier clothes as her regular attire, and a hairstyle that makes her look sexier as well. The Art Evolution helps a lot too. After the second Time Skip, her longer hair and further Art Evolution make her look even sexier.
  • Implied Love Interest: Lucy is seen as one to Natsu in-universe. Despite this, it remains very ambiguous whether there is a serious romantic interest on either end up to the end of the series. The finale sort of hints Lucy may have some feelings towards Natsu, but Natsu doesn't seem to hold her in any sort of special regard compared to the rest of the guild. The closest thing we have is Lisanna once telling Lucy to always stay by Natsu's side, but given the context of the scene, she only seems to be hinting that Natsu holds Lucy in the same regard as Erza, Gray, and Wendy, with whom the other two were going to confront the arc's Big Bad.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Summoning the Celestial Spirit King, which can only be done by someone who can summon three celestial spirits at once, an act itself that requires a very large amount of magic power.
  • Informed Attribute: Almost all of the female cast have the same breast size, Lucy included. What makes it fit this trope is that Lucy's breasts are the only ones mentioned, most parodied, and regarded as the biggest of all in-universe for some reason.
  • Informed Deformity: Natsu has observed armpit hair, a zit on her face, and constipation, each provoking a mix of embarrassment and anger from her when brought up. We only have his word to go by.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: A Running Gag is that she often ends up in a cosplay outfit at a most unfortunate moment.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Back when she first joins Fairy Tail, Lucy's a bit abrasive and quite vain, but is still a deeply loving person at heart. This is demonstrated when she befriends Natsu, Happy and her fellow guildmates. Later, she softens up into a Nice Girl.
  • Kick Chick: Mostly played for laughs with her "Lucy KICK" and "Lucy Fire" (performed with Natsu's "assistance") techniques. However, it's played more seriously when she becomes strong enough that her kicks do some real damage.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her Leo Form Star Dress. Onlookers lampshade that she would fight in such an outfit.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: She aspires to become a Celestial Wizard like her mother Layla was.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Her father says that her name came from the guild in which her parents met, "Love & Lucky", observing that the "k" was missing as they left. Lucy half-jokingly comments that a baby shouldn't be named on a whim like that.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Played for Laughs in an omake chapter. When Mirajane gets into Lucy's head the idea that Natsu might like her, Lucy suddenly becomes very nervous around him and starts to fantasize about a relationship with him. When she thinks he is going to confess, Natsu reveals he only wanted Lucy to let him borrow Virgo to dig a hole. Realizing she made a fuss over nothing, Lucy slaps Natsu and calls herself an idiot.
  • Magnetic Hero: It's discussed in Phoenix Priestess that Lucy has such a natural affinity with people that she can form a strong connection with them, even if they're enemies or if they've only met for a few moments. It's for this reason why she's able to link with so many wizards across Earth-land via Merudy's Sensory Link—which requires the target to possess powerful thoughts and feelings towards those they link to for it to work—giving her ample magic power to seal Acnologia within Fairy Sphere.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "light bringer". It was also derived in-universe from a signpost that read "Lucky" with a missing "K", indicating her unusually high luck.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: She's writing a book, though she claims to be an amateur. She lets Levy read it due to her own book interests. She also writes a "journal" about her adventures with the guild, in the form of letters to her deceased mother.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's large-breasted blonde who consistently wears skimpy outfits, carries a whip, is frequently subject to Clothing Damage, almost always fights other women, is often depicted in cosplay outfits and sometimes maid costumes, is occasionally captured and tied up, and is commonly drawn from provocative angles or with emphasis on suggestive body parts.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: She's treated this way occasionally by some members of the guild, though this is primarily Played for Laughs during comedy scenes. When things actually get serious, the guild is more than willing to go to bat for Lucy, as they have shown multiple times. Natsu can get especially protective of her, most notably if she is hurt or made to cry.
  • My Future Self and Me: She meets her future counterpart who came to warn everyone about a Bad Future. Her future self rescues her from future Rogue's fatal attack meant for her and dies afterwards.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Several times to varying degrees, but it's especially funny when a naked Lucy is thrown through the sky and smacks into Natsu. It gets to the point where Natsu and Gray are no longer shocked to see her naked.
  • Narrator: As one of the main focal characters, Lucy exposes her point of view on the story and anticipating important events. She often narrates after and in-between important and serious arcs.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye:
    • She wasn't able to say goodbye to her beloved mother Layla before the latter opened Eclipse in a tragic Heroic Sacrifice.
    • She has a particularly tragic case with Jude, as he had really cleaned up his act before his death and tried to be a better father even while she was missing for seven years. Plus, even though she does make amends and leave on good terms with him the last time they meet, Lucy never has the chance to actually tell Jude she loves him until after reading his last letter to her.
  • Nice Girl: She is a loyal friend in the face of danger like all Fairy Tail members, but she's generally also one of the kinder and gentler members in day-to-day life. She provides a bit of a contrast between Natsu's hot-blooded recklessness, Gray's standoffish-ness, and Erza's stern leadership. Not that she's a saint, however; it's possible to piss her off, just like the rest of the guild.
  • Parental Abandonment: Layla, her mother, died seven years before the start of the story. Seven years later, her father Jude also dies while due to his overworking while he's atoning for his misguided deeds.
  • Parental Neglect: Coupled with When You Coming Home, Dad? in regards to how her life was when growing up with her father, to the point where he told her Not Now, Kiddo on her 11th birthday. Seven years later, Jude hires Phantom Lord, intending to bring his daughter back unharmed. Unfortunately for Jude, Phantom Lord doesn't see it that way...
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Deconstructed. When Natsu somehow finds his way into her apartment, uninvited, while she's bathing, she lashes out at him with an attempted drop-kick to the face. Contrary to all expectations, he catches her leg, states her combat training is insufficient and holds her upside down until her modesty towel falls off.
  • Plucky Girl: The poor girl has been kidnapped, imprisoned, beaten, tortured, and humiliated (usually via public nudity) far more times than one can count throughout the series, yet she somehow still comes out of it all with a big smile.
  • The Power of Love: Loke claims this is why their bond is strong enough that he can summon himself without using up her magic power. She denies anything of the sort.
  • Power Tattoo: Any time she wears her one of her Star Dresses, the Zodiac symbol of that dress appears on her body.
  • Proud Beauty: She's proud of her good looks and is annoyed about how her "feminine wiles" never work to distract men. A Running Gag throughout the series is dedicated to pointing out how this never seems to work or otherwise backfires on her.
  • The Runaway: A combination of the Circus and Abused types. Lucy recognizes running away from Jude without telling him is a very stupid decision, though Fairy Tail is rather fond of her and refuses to let her leave, even if they get killed protecting her.
  • Running Gag: She is source of some of the series' most enduring recurring jokes:
    • She usually finds someone waiting for her when she enters her house/a room in her house. No matter how often she mentally prepares for it, she always ends up getting floored in the end. It's happened so often that it feels strange to her when it doesn't happen.
    • A minor one involves her walking along the edge of the sidewalk near a river and being told by a fisherman that its dangerous. She nearly falls in a couple of times.
    • Her tendency to use her "feminine wiles" to distract her targets, especially male ones, never works the way she hopes it does.
    • She has a tendency to suffer clothing damage regularly, so Virgo has to dress her up in Celestial Spirit clothing. Very happily.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: By the end of the Phantom Lord arc, Lucy refuses Jude's offer to help his family business out of loyalty to her True Companions, since his actions inadvertently caused Fairy Tail pain and suffering.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She often disregard rules that don't suit her. Early on she does this, and then complains when Natsu pulls a Screw the Money, I Have Rules! when they are offered the reward they would've gotten anyways. Later on, she manages to convince the Celestial Spirit King that some rules are too harsh if they would allow an innocent person to die.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Enduring six years of Parental Neglect from Jude after Layla's death really didn't appeal to her, and she left to join Fairy Tail the first chance she got.
  • Secretly Wealthy: She willingly hides her surname from others early in the series because the Heartfilias are the richest business family in the kingdom. Her reason for doing so is because she wants to make it in the world on her own terms and leave her family life behind. Well, until the aftermath of the Phantom Lord arc at least...
  • She's Got Legs: Rare is the occasion that Lucy is seen in long pants, instead usually wearing a skirt or shorts.
  • Shorttank: Back in the beginning of the series, she wears a tank-top and skirt. Nowadays, when her team actually has more female members than males (as noted at the Two Girls to a Team entry), she doesn't really fill this role anymore unless if you count her, Natsu and Happy as the absolutely most important members since they founded the team.
  • Shout-Out: Hiro Mashima named her after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
  • Shrouded in Myth: Played for Laughs. Many of the teams more spectacular deeds end up as being blamed solely on Lucy, and word gets out before she can shift the credit to someone else. The more badass things she does do are mostly only known to the celestial spirits she summons, though her defeating Bickslow and Angel are known to a select few wizards.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She's probably the most frequent victim of slapstick comedy in the series, including a pillow thrown in a pillow fight between Natsu, Gray and Erza with enough force to knock her out the room, a sleeping Natsu's Fire Dragon's Iron Fist blasting her through the Guild roof and into the riverbank, and... everything regarding Kain's Hollywood Voodoo.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Though she had a very privileged upbringing, she is one of the most openly compassionate characters in the series.
  • Squishy Wizard: A Downplayed example, since she does have some skill in combat. However, she is still very vulnerable in physical combat. Her Star Dress ability after the second Time Skip helps remedy this.
  • Star Power: Her ultimate spell, Urano Metoria (or "Uranometria"), creates miniature stars and planets that pummel and instantly defeat her opponents.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks virtually identical to her mother, Layla. The same applies to her ancestor from 400 years ago, Anna, to the point where Natsu immediately mistakes her for Lucy.
  • Summon Magic: She's a very great summoner, though her magic reserves are low so summoning multiple spirits in a fight is more tiring for her than other wizards, at least until she achieves Second Origin.
  • Tender Tears: Often, and for good reason, as she usually ends up being singled out and relentlessly attacked by enemy guilds. The first time being when Fairy Tail went to war with Phantom Lord in her defense and won.
  • Took a Level in Badass: More like multiple courses in badass. Although she's very good with her whip, she starts out as a more or less ordinary girl whose spirits do most of the fighting, and she loses magic power at inopportune times due to pushing herself. This all changes when she activates her Second Origin, which allows her to summon multiple Zodiac spirits at once and combine their attacks. Her caliber becomes so high, in fact, she's able to handle summoning the Celestial Spirit King himself. And when she takes yet another step over the second Time Skip, where she learns to don Star Dresses to channel her spirits' powers and fight side-by-side with them, she's able to start slugging it on the field with the rest of her team.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Way back at the start of the series, she's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who, while caring towards her spirits and friends, is more inclined to take jobs only for the reward. By the time of the Grand Magic Games, after having plenty of experiences and collecting ten of the twelve Zodiac keys, she becomes more mature, friendly, heroic and self-confident. She even declines celestial wizard Yukino's offer to give Lucy the remaining two Zodiac keys until she feels Yukino is ready to part with them. In fact, Lucy lampshades that if she were like the way she was when she first joined Fairy Tail, she would have taken the keys without question, just for the sake of having all twelve.
  • Trauma Conga Line:
    • Her mother died trying to open Eclipse for the dragon slayers to arrive in the present day, her father neglected her to put all of his efforts in maintaining his business, and she ran off to pursue her dream of joining Fairy Tail.
    • Lucy has another one after the return from Sirius Island, given that (including filler arcs) she first finds out her father's dead, believes she finds another family member only to find out that said family member is a doll that also betrays her. She gets humiliated and brutalized twice during the Grand Magic Games, arrested, sees her future self die right in front of her, has her Celestial Spirits revolt on her, is forced to break Aquarius' key before Natsu leaves her and the guild disbands for an entire year, leaving her completely alone again. Throughout all of it, she never breaks once.
  • True Blue Femininity: She's introduced in a standard bluish outfit, and has more girly hobbies like shopping and maintaining her appearance.
  • Tsundere: Lucy's normally cute, flirty and light-hearted, but she can have a violent temper at times, especially when finding trespassers in her house.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She changes her clothes with virtually every mission. At least partially justified, in that Virgo brings clothes from the Celestial Spirit World when the outfit Lucy is wearing at the time is ruined.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Happy and Juvia. The former likes teasing her while the latter perceives her as a love rival for Gray's affection, but both still care about her.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She's not all that strong physically, but she has the tendency to put whatever tools she has at her disposal to good use, and her quick thinking and wits have saved her on more than one occasion.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Her defining trait as a celestial wizard is that she treats all of her spirits as living, feeling beings rather than tools to be used, as a few other celestial wizards.
  • Whip It Good: She carries a whip on her at all times to defend herself rather than using her spirits for the job instead. After she loses that whip when she's sentenced to die in Edolas, she replaces it with the Fleuve d'étoiles, a magical and extendable whip from Virgo, and shows that she can be quite awesome with it, even without a spirit at her side.
  • Women Are Wiser: She tends to be the rational thinker of the team.
  • You're Not My Father: She's unwilling to forgive Jude for inadvertently helping Phantom Lord start a guild war with Fairy Tail. Well, until they reconcile with each other, at least...
  • Zettai Ryouiki: This becomes part of the standard uniform for her after she returns from Sirius Island.

    Happy 

Happy

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)

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"Aye, sir!"

"We are not your puppets to control!!!! We are... Fairy Tail Wizards!!!!!"

Happy is a member of the Exceed, a race of cat-like beings from the parallel world of Edolas that can sprout wings and fly using the magic Aera. Separated from his parents as an egg and sent to Earth-land along with 99 other unborn Exceed when his homeland's destruction was prophesied, he was found and hatched by Natsu, and the two have remained inseparable friends ever since. He is an invaluable source of support for his friends, though he's not above exchanging snarky quips with them, especially Lucy.


  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The sack he carries is about the only article of clothing he wears in most of his appearances.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: You don't get much more amazing or technicolor than a blue cat.
  • Animal Jingoism: According to his profile, and as eventually shown in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Happy has a natural fear of dogs. The only exception to this is Plue, who doesn't look anything remotely like a dog.
  • Badass Adorable: Downplayed. Happy has next to no combat experience and is pathetically weak as a fighter, but his speed and reliability help make Natsu's life a whole lot easier.
  • Blush Sticker: He has two light-blue blush marks on his cheeks.
  • Bond Creatures: After hatching from his egg, Happy flew around and landed on Natsu's head, and has been with him ever since. Noticeably, Happy is one of the very few who can carry Natsu without him getting sick because Natsu views him as a friend rather than transportation.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seeing how incredibly weak he is, he tends to get tossed around a lot in the middle of the action. Forms of abuse include falling into the water and hitting his head on a rock, being tied up by Erza, getting kicked in the face by Lucy, etc.
  • Catchphrase: "Aye!" (or "Aye, sir!", as shown in the image quote) and "S/He liiiiikes you!"
  • Cats Are Magic: He comes from an entire race of these from the parallel world of Edolas, where they are the only creatures who can naturally store magic in their bodies.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: He always has a sarcastic jab in store for his friends, especially Lucy.
  • The Cutie: Apart from his serious sarcastic streak, Happy is the youngest and most adorable of the entire team. This, however, leads to him suffering from pretty serious heartbreak when thrust into the heat of battle.
  • Death Glare: Happy gives one to Nichiya and Nadl when he decides to give an "up yours" regarding the Exceed's mission to hunt down the Dragon Slayers.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He becomes smitten by Carla the first time they meet, but she often demonstrates her Lack of Empathy every time he tries to win her over. Once Happy sticks up for Carla in Extalia and they realize that the operation was a farce set up by Chagot, Carla rethinks her feelings toward him.
  • Doomed Hometown: Downplayed. Happy's egg was evacuated from his home realm of Edolas after Chagot foresaw the disappearance of magic from their world, which she mistook for some kind of apocalypse. Then, his homeland is destroyed for real after returning to Edolas.
  • Funny Animal: Although he's a cat, he can talk, speak, use magic, and occasionally wear clothes.
  • The Gadfly: He is prone to saying some of the most ridiculous things just to get a rise out of his friends. For instance, when asked why he is blue or has wings, Happy responds simply, "Because I'm a cat!"
  • Heroic BSoD: He goes through a brief one when Carla gives him an Armor-Piercing Question about who he really is before Magnolia gets sucked up into Edolas.
  • Heroic Resolve: After realizing that Carla unwittingly accomplished the Exceed's mission to hunt down the Dragon Slayers (or so she thinks), he finally reaches his Rage Breaking Point and gives an "up yours" to Nichiya and Nadi.
  • Hidden Depths: Even though Happy's the Team Pet of the group, he's capable of having an unbreakable Determinator mindset, refusing to plead or die as any of his stronger guildmates. He even takes a serious beating now and then, and he still rises to his feet to help his friends. He also has an uncanny level of knowledge about magic and physics.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Subverted. All Exceed must know about their kind as well as a Dragon Slayer-hunting operation to prevent them from destroying Extalia, or so Carla thinks; Happy, on the other hand, does not. Around the time of Faust's defeat, Carla realizes that she is the only one who knows about the operation because of her precognition, which means Happy's lack of memory is normal.
  • Love at First Sight: Happens when he first lays eyes on Carla. He's tried presenting her with fish ever since despite her initial Lack of Empathy.
  • Meaningful Name: Natsu gave Happy his name because he was born while the rest of the guild was in the middle of a tense argument, and his birth eased the tension like a bluebird of happiness.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: He is frequently not listed when the team presents themselves. He even does this with himself on occasion.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He is a talking blue cat who is rarely seen without Natsu.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Happy wears nothing but a satchel around his neck, while Carla is always fully clothed. However, the Edolas arc shows that Happy is practically a streaker even compared to other male Exceed.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His brand of magic, Aera, instantly sprouts white, feathery wings on his back that enable Flight.
  • Prefers Raw Meat: Being a cat, he loves his fish raw rather than cooked. This is shown when he gets upset over Natsu using his fire magic to fry a whole fish bigger than the two of them combined
  • Secret Keeper: He becomes one for Natsu by helping him keep his discovery that he is actually E.N.D. a secret from the rest of the guild, and he would die if Zeref is killed. Unfortunately, doing so eventually results in Natsu almost completely turning into E.N.D. when Brandish enlarges his Demon Seed, thinking it would kill him, not to mention Gray's discovery from the enemy while in an emotionally vulnerable state; that foreknowledge would have avoided the problems that came with it.
  • Secret Legacy: Happy discovers that he is a member of the Exceed, a race of catlike creatures that are revered as angels in Edolas. Downplayed since the Exceed aren't actually anything special other than being the only creatures in Edolas who possess latent magic energy in their bodies.
  • Series Mascot: While all the Exceeds are like this in someway, Happy is the most prominent.
    • In an in-universe sense, he's also in many ways the mascot for the the guild.
  • Shipper on Deck: Happy will drop his "You loooove him/her!" Catchphrase just about anyone who has a moment that could even vaguely be considered to be romantic so long as he is present. Among his victims have been: Lucy and Loke, Lucy and Gray, Lucy and Natsu, Gray and Juvia, and Erza and Jellal. In an Ironic Echo, Lucy has also used the phrase against him and Carla in the anime.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Edolas, Happy tells Nichiya and Nadi that they aren't pawns in their operation to hunt down the Dragon Slayers before he makes his escape with Carla.
  • Team Pet: His only role on the team seems to be carrying around Natsu. Unlike most examples, however, he can be extremely useful in a fight, such as when he uses Kain Hikaru's voodoo doll against him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He gains Carla's reluctant respect when he sticks up for her against the Exceed's "mission" to hunt down the Dragon Slayers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves fish. He loves it so much that he considers his greatest training accomplishment to be slightly withstanding the sight of it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Happy may take every opportunity he has to mock Lucy, but when the chips are down, he is just as loyal to her, and she as dear to him, as Natsu. No better is this demonstrated than when Future Lucy takes the bullet for her main timeline counterpart.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Having been a member of Fairy Tail for six years, Happy has complete knowledge of magic and physics.
  • Whale Egg: Like the rest of his kind, Happy is a cat who hatched out of an egg.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Happy's afraid of dogs, given the natural instincts of cats and dogs in real-life.

    Gray Fullbuster 

Gray Fullbuster

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese), Eri Kitamura (Japanese – child), Newton Pittman (English), Ryan Reynolds (English – child)

Portrayed by: Atsushi Shiramata (stage)

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"You do whatever you like!!! This is the path I've chosen!!!"

Gray is an ice wizard and rival of Natsu, who happens to be a fire wizard. Though more down-to-earth than most of his guildmates, he has the unhealthy habit of taking off his clothes without thinking. He was taught everything he knows about magic by the wizard Ur, whom he took up training under for the sole purpose of taking vengeance against the demon Deliora for killing his family. But his overconfidence resulted in Ur's sacrifice, and he's tried to remain level-headed ever since.

Gray's magic, Ice Make, lets him create ice and mold it into various weapons and tools almost instantly. After his encounter with Silver, a Demon Slayer from the dark guild Tartaros, Gray inherits his Ice Demon Slayer Magic, which gives him superhuman abilities similar to a Dragon Slayer that are particularly effective against demons, but comes with the risk of corrupting his body and mind.


  • Accidental Pervert: A bizarre example as he subconsciously takes off his clothes on a semi-regular basis, which results in him walking around in public without a shirt, in his underwear, or without any clothes at all.
    • He's also had a few of these moments with Juvia. During their first fight when they were enemies, he accidentally groped her breast when using a freezing spell on her. In a different situation, he unintentionally grabbed her butt when he had to push her and Meredy down to prevent them from getting hit from an attack. Unlike most of the girls in Fairy Tail, Juvia doesn't chastise Gray for this acts, instead becoming flustered or embarassed.
  • Almighty Janitor: Like Natsu, he's much more powerful and skilled than his standard guild rank implies. This is because Fairy Tail, the strongest guild in Fiore, has higher standards for the S-Class rank than other guilds.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite his outright rejection of Juvia's love declaration after the Grand Magic Games, he's frequently had these moments with her ever since, not counting all the times he's rushed to her rescue beforehand. He ultimately warms up to her at the end of the Tartaros arc when he learns she was forced to kill the Necromancer who was controlling his undead father and in the finale, he ultimately (if awkwardly) tells Juvia that her body is his.
  • Badass Biker: He instantly learns how to ride a motorcycle in his fight against Racer, and uses his skills to fight Sugar Boy in Edolas.
  • Badass Longcoat: Quite a few of his outfits are long coats, though it's bound to disappear sooner or later.
  • Battle Couple: With Juvia. Gray even notes that they work very well as a team. This becomes more evident after the second Time Skip, since they have had time to train with each other.
  • Battle Strip: He often loses his shirt for one reason or another in the middle of battle whenever he gets serious.
  • Bloody Murder: When Ultear uses her Arc of Time to melt and evaporate Gray's ice, he freezes his own blood to fight her since her magic doesn't work on humans.
  • Body Horror: His Demon Slayer demonification technique makes him look like half his body is charred. It's also a sign of his magic's corruptive capabilities.
  • Boring, but Practical: Ice Make is not by any means flashy, super powerful, or even rare. Instead, it's able to let Gray win because he has virtually the largest arsenal of abilities. To put this in perspective, Ultear and Lyon have stronger versions of Ice Make, but they don't follow Ur's teachings and rely on their own style. They both lose because Gray follows Ur's style, and his creative mind allows him to trump them. Demon Slayer magic, on the other hand, is not only extremely powerful but is also the only known magic of its kind to exist.
  • Breath Weapon: His Ice Demon's Rage is the Demon Slayer's equivalent of a Dragon Slayer's Roar or a God Slayer's Bellow.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Despite previously being annoyed by her clingy behavior, Gray allowed Juvia to live with him after the guild disbanded. While he originally claimed to everyone that she practicially "haunted" him during that time, he later tells Juvia that he appreciates that she is always by his side.
  • Celibate Hero: Like most of the male individuals, he seems to be uninterested in anything romantic related, which proves to be quite problematic once Juvia enters the picture.
  • Characterization Marches On: He initially serves as The Rival to Natsu, and both are far more vitriolic towards each other in earlier chapters. Later on, they prove to be equally quirky and rarely fight. In the Alvarez Empire arc, however, their rivalry gets thrust back into the spotlight with Gray's discovery that Natsu is E.N.D., the demon he swore to kill, compounded by the corruption Gray suffers from his Demon Slayer magic.
  • The Coats Are Off: When on a mission or at the start of a fight, Gray usually wears a long coat or a vest. But whenever Gray starts to get serious in a fight, he will almost unconsciously strip off whatever he is wearing and fight topless.
  • The Corruption: His Demon Slayer magic slowly corrupts his heart and mind, which manifests as ominous black markings that appear on his body, essentially transforming him into a demon much like a Dragon Slayer would become a dragon. While he manages to keep it in check thanks to some help from Porlyusica, it starts taking hold once he learns Natsu is E.N.D. in the Alvarez Empire arc. This, combined with Juvia's apparent death, compels him to throw all reason aside to kill Natsu until Erza steps in to end their feud, snapping him out of it completely.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed: Though he's usually annoyed by her romantic gestures, Gray gets clearly bothered whenever Juvia is being fawned over by Lyon. Of course, Gray tries to hide this by saying Lyon shouldn't try to take one of his guildmates, but the intention could not be more clear.
  • Crush Blush: Juvia can have this effect on Gray whenever she's giving him a token of her affection.
  • Cry into Chest: Gray ends up crying into Juvia's chest when she confesses to slaying the necromancer that was controlling his undead father, thus freeing the latter.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Iced Shell, which permanently freezes the caster's target but also destroys the user's body by turning them into the ice that freezes the target. Natsu stops him from using it twice on Galuna Island because he doesn't want to lose his friend, and he has since made a vow to never use it. By the Alvarez Empire arc, Gray has developed an upgraded version called Lost Iced Shell, which not only has the same effect but also erases all memory of the caster.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His ice-cold personality and level head also lead to some biting sarcasm.
  • Death Glare: He gives one to Erza on Galuna Island when he calls her out on her Lack of Empathy regarding the villagers and her abrasiveness towards her guildmates.
  • Demon Slaying: Gray learns how to channel Silver's Ice Demon Slayer magic through his body in the Sun Village arc. He later becomes a fully fledged Ice Demon Slayer in the Tartaros arc when Silver passes his magic onto Gray to kill E.N.D.
  • Determinator: He's at least prepared to cut his own side open in order to win a fight, and then go fight someone a hundred times stronger while woozy from blood loss.
  • Death Seeker: Gray grapples with this every time he considers using Iced Shell, which effectively (if ambiguously) freezes the caster to death. While he backs down either because Natsu stops him or he finds another method of victory, he never quite shakes it off. It comes to a head in the Alvarez Empire arc where, after overcoming his corruption and realizing he tried to kill his best friend, he reveals he has learned a version of Iced Shell that would erase his friends' memory of him once cast, further attempting to justify his use of the spell.
  • Fighting Your Friend: His rivalry with Natsu has occasionally spiraled out into this, though usually with good reason. In a Filler arc, he becomes a Fake Defector by helping kidnap Natsu to power a mechanical dragon, but only so he can fulfill a forgotten promise he made as a child to lift a curse the villain put on her hometown. He does it again when he joins Avatar and pretends to be corrupted by his Demon Slayer magic, butting heads with an unaware Natsu to keep his cover. Finally, he inevitably succumbs to said corruption for real upon discovering Natsu's true identity as E.N.D., leading to a fight to the death between the two friends.
  • Fire/Ice Duo: Has ice powers to complement his friend/rival Natsu's fire.
  • Genius Bruiser: Gray's Ice Make is based on magical power and creativity, meaning one has to be relatively smart and observant to get the most usage out it. He also wins most of his battles by strategizing and staying one step ahead of his opponents.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: He normally has messy hair fitting of a Shōnen protagonist's Friendly Rival, and wears it slicked back when he activates his Demon Slayer powers. He also wears the slicked hair while a member of Avatar, an evil cult, and messes his hair back up again upon revealing he is actually spying on them.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He's more of The Lancer, but some of his most common finishing moves are bladed weapons. A few notable examples are his Ice Blade, a pair of elbow blades; Cold Excalibur, a BFS; Ice Bringer, dual-wielded swords; and his Ice Demon Zero's Long Sword, a Demon Slaying weapon.
  • Heroic BSoD: He falls into a brief one when Juvia commits suicide and uses her water magic to heal him towards the end of the series.
  • Hunk: He's quite muscular, has a deep voice, and many females in-universe, especially Juvia, find him very attractive.
  • An Ice Person: Noted to be a highly skilled ice wizard, able to create many different constructs through his Ice Make. He later becomes an Ice Demon Slayer, which gives him the same level of physical versatility as Natsu.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Gray can unintentionally do this Juvia, due to his stripping habits and her tendency to misinterpreting his words.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He can hit a target from countless miles away using an ice bow and arrow. He demonstrates this when he finishes off Racer in the Nirvana arc, and Mard Geer in the Tartaros arc.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Has a tendency to unknowingly insult others and then desperately try to save face with them. It's often Played for Laughs, especially with Juvia due to him just not getting the hint, but it's also Played for Drama a few times as well: his comment on the depressing downpour Juvia causes in her first attempt to confess to him causes her to snap after years of ridicule for her rain; later in an Omake, he rejects Juvia's attempts to celebrate the 413th day anniversary of their first meeting because he's mourning what also just so happens to be the anniversary of Ur's death.
  • It's Personal: Apart from those who hurt his friends, there are two other kinds of opponents in this series that Gray takes especially personally more than anything: those who seek to tarnish the legacy of Ur, whom he thought the world of; and those directly associated with Deliora, the demon responsible for Ur's sacrifice and the death of his family. He traces both grudges all the way up to E.N.D., the worst of all the demons of Deliora's ilk—unaware that this very demon also happens to be his best friend, Natsu.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gray has a tendency to trash talk every now and then but he's extremely loyal his friends and his Guild.
  • The Lancer: When Natsu takes up the mantle of The Hero on their team, Gray serves this role for him.
  • Love Epiphany: After Juvia transfuses her blood with Gray at the apparent cost of her life in the Alvarez Empire arc, he finally accepts her love and cradles her body in tears. It would have been a Belated Love Epiphany if Wendy didn't narrowly nurse Juvia back to health.
  • Lust Object: Seeing Gray strip can cause Juvia to fantasize some very lustful thoughts. She even envisioned him proposing to her shirtless. That said, it is clear that Juvia loves Gray for more than just his looks.
  • Magic Knight: Gray has a primarily weapon-based fighting style, instantly creating his weapons out of ice.
  • Manly Tears: Even the Only Sane Man in the guild isn't afraid to cry a few times, mostly whenever more of Ur or his family's tremendous suffering is brought to light, and when he believes Juvia to be dead after she saves his life.
  • Maybe Ever After: The series concludes with Gray and Juvia's relationship as this. Given that Gray becomes comfortable enough to (albeit sheepishly) stammer that Juvia's body belongs to him, however, it's safe to say that it's closer to a "yes".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gray is good-looking and cool, in addition to his tendency to strip subconsciously. Hiro Mashima has freely admitted to covering Gray's Dark and Troubled Past first to try and increase the number of female fans.
  • Multi-Melee Master: His Ice Make grants him access to virtually any weapon he can imagine, from swords, to lances, to battle axes. He also dips into Multi-Ranged Master territory with his Ice Cannon and Super Freezing Arrow.
  • My Greatest Failure: Ur's death serves as such for Gray, since he wound up dragging her into his quest for revenge against Deliora, which cost Ur her life to protect him. Whenever someone comes looking for a bone to pick with Gray over Ur or the demon, he's quick to take responsibility and fix the problem himself.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: At the water park, Juvia planned to show herself wearing her new bikini to Gray, hoping to entice him. While he does go over to talk to her, he only points out how she forgot to remove the price tag, much to Juvia's dismay.
  • No Body Left Behind: In 100 Years Quest, Skullion Raider seemingly reduces his body into ashes. Subverted in that Brandish managed to save him.
  • Not So Above It All: His role as the guild's Only Sane Man sometimes takes a back seat to show he's just as weird and quirky as some of his guildmates, particularly thanks to his stripping habit.
  • Not So Different: For all his and Natsu's bickering, they share the same Hot-Blooded tendencies from time to time. For example, after Natsu storms Saber Tooth's inn to avenge Yukino's expulsion, Gray chews him out not for doing something so reckless, but because he wanted in on it too to get back at Rufus.
  • Oblivious to Love: Gradually subverted. He doesn't take the hint when Juvia falls in Love at First Sight with him during their battle in the Phantom Lord arc, and it remains this way for much of the early series. When Erza confronts him about it in the Grand Magic Games arc, however, he shows that he does notice Juvia's feelings, but is rather put off by her overly forward approaches.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Following his father's Last Request, he inherits Silver's Demon Slayer powers and vows that he will be the one to take down E.N.D. After learning that Natsu is actually E.N.D., and overcoming the Demon Slayer corruption that compels him to fight his friend, he manages to fulfill that vow by exorcizing the remnants of E.N.D. within the demon's book when it attempts to infect Lucy while she makes Natsu fully human.
  • Only Sane Man: Apart from his tendency to take off his clothes and his destructive rivalry with Natsu, he is easily among the most level-headed of Fairy Tail's members next to Lucy.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Gray, your clothes!"
  • Purple Is Powerful: His Demon Slayer ice has a purple coloration in the anime, and is phenomenally more powerful than his usual Ice Make magic.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He has fair skin and spiky black hair, and quite a few females in-universe, especially Juvia, find him attractive.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Erza was perfectly willing to let Galuna Island's inhabitants die because the rules dictated it, so naturally Gray lets her have it and tells her that everyone expects a lot more than that mentality from her. This hits her hard and she realizes the others view her as a strict officer rather than a guildmate so she takes steps to lighten up.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He suffered from this as a child when he went off to kill Deliora, recklessly throwing himself into danger and costing his mentor's life. He later succumbs to this in the Alvarez Empire arc when he discovers Natsu is his sworn enemy E.N.D., though it's justifiably so as he is suffering from The Corruption of his Demon Slayer magic, and is thus not in his right mind when he decides to kill the one being capable of killing Zeref.
  • Reverse Mole: In the Fairy Tail Revival arc, Erza plants him into Avatar's ranks to gather intel on the organization for Jellal. However, he's forced to keep his undercover mission a secret from Juvia and the others, who think he's been possessed or corrupted by his Demon Slayer magic.
  • The Rival: He is Natsu's main rival. He also can be considered this to Lyon.
  • Scars Are Forever: He gets a permanent scar on his forehead and abdominal when he's injured by Lyon in the Galuna Island arc. His latter injury also comes into play in later battles, such as a weakness while it's still healing in the Phantom Lord arc, or when he deliberately reopens the wound to use his blood as a weapon in the Sirius Island arc. He gets yet another scar on the other side of his abdomen when he impales himself to keep Invel from forcing Juvia to kill him in the Alvarez Empire arc.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: His relationship with Juvia develops into this after Erza encourages him to give Juvia a straight answer. His response is to ultimately try to Ship Sink himself and Juvia, but Juvia doesn't go down so easily. Eventually, he becomes more comfortable around her over the second Time Skip, and he promises to give Juvia a real answer once they defeat the Alvarez Empire. It's all but directly stated at the end of the series that they end up together.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Maker magic is this at its absolute core, with Gray's Ice Make specializing in instantly creating ice.
  • Stripperiffic: He's a Rare Male Example who spends most of his appearances without a shirt, if not without pants.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Juvia was about to be shot by a Dragon minion's laser, Gray pushes her out of the way at the very last second. This proves to be fatally, as he is shot several times by the lasers, with one going right through his head. It would have been a Heroic Sacrifice had Ultear not turned back time by a mere minute, thus averting Gray's death.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's one of the taller members of the guild, has dark hair, and is a definite Deadpan Snarker.
  • Tareme Eyes: They reflect his serious, no-nonsense personality. They're also one of the many insults Natsu has for him.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This sums up the life that Gray lived. When he was a child, he lost his parents to Deliora, and was taken in by Ur, who'd trained him alongside Lyon. Because of his rage towards Deliora, he carelessly attacks Deliora, and is overwhelmed, forcing Ur to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, killing herself along with Deliora. He is immediately spurned by Lyon, and is forced to fight him years later. Fast-forward to the Tenrou Island arc, he fights Ur's daughter and his sisterly figure and is suspended in time along with many of the other Fairy Tail members. During the Grand Magic Games arc, he loses spectacularly during the Hidden challenge, and becomes a laughingstock to the audience. Then, he is violently killed by a dragon, only to be revived by Ultear's time reversal, which ends up turning her into an old woman instead, and Gray is the only one to know of what she'd done for Fairy Tail. Fast-forward to the Tartaros arc, where he faces the threat of everyone who Ur cared about being murdered. On top of that, he was almost forced to kill his zombie father Silver and loses him anyway as Silver told Juvia to deactivate Face, which would kill Silver in the process. Subsequently, he'd been turned into a demon after battling Silver, and is set to kill Frosch, as Future Rogue had warned during the latter half of the Grand Magic Games arc. In turn, this would lead to Ultear's Heroic Sacrifice. No wonder Gray is so somber, especially compared to Natsu and Lucy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Natsu frequently engage in Volleying Insults, but work well together when they're on the same team, which shows that they have a healthy, Friendly Rivalry and admire each other's respect. The mere fact that he attempted to actually kill Natsu when he lost control of his own mind and emotions in the Alvarez Empire arc nearly drives Gray to cast Iced Shell on Zeref, unable to bear the thought of killing his best friend, E.N.D. or not.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He strips whenever he gets serious. He also strips whenever it would be funny. He doesn't even realize he's doing it, because he's so used to being cold.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Ice Make isn't as powerful as Natsu or Erza's magic is. However, his wits and creativity allow him to take down opponents even they have trouble with. Once he gets his hand on Demon Slayer magic, however, he skyrockets in the "strength" department and essentially gains an ice version of Natsu's fighting style.
  • Will They or Won't They?: After actively dodging the subject for almost the entire series, he begins to warm up to Juvia over the second Time Skip to the point where he promises to give her a straight answer after the war with Alvarez. In the end, he says that Juvia is "mine, kinda", all but explicitly solidifying their relationship.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He states in his battle against Juvia that it he will show no mercy to those who hurt his friends, even if his opponent is a woman. True to that, he's fought against Juvia and Ultear with all he's got.

    Erza Scarlet 

Erza Scarlet

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

Portrayed by: Minami Tsukui (stage)

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"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..."

Erza is Fairy Tail's most powerful female wizard, 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's also the daughter of Irene Belserion. She developed from a lowly slave at the Tower of Heaven to a legendary S-Class wizard and is infamous for her 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.


  • 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 in Hammerspace.
  • Adorkable: Despite her ferocious attitude, she is shown to be quite socially awkward around the guild, especially when strawberry cake is involved.
  • 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. 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: 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.
  • Broken Hero: Erza is not in a good place after her escape from the Tower of Heaven, as she tells her fellow guildmates that she feels she's already failed leave Jellal and her fellow slaves behind.
  • 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: She has 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Her magic is this in a nutshell, allowing her to switch out any weapon 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: She has attacked people for ruining her strawberry cake, or for interrupting her meal in any way.
  • 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 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-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.
  • 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.
  • 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 with out in the open with other people, or walking around naked, even in the snow. The only exception is Jellal shows up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • World's Best Warrior: She's not only the strongest woman in the Fairy Tail guild, she's one of the strongest members period. Whenever someone challenges her for that title, you can bet she will come out on top in the end.
  • You Are in Command Now: She temporarily assumes the mantle of Guild Master when Makarov disappears.
  • Youre 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 refuses to acknowledge her relation to her. Even when she does realize that Irene didn't truly hate her, it's as far as reconciliation goes and she considers Makarov Dreyar her true father.

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.


  • Absolute Cleavage: A good number of her various armor and clothing sets invoke this.
  • 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, Soaring 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.
  • 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 Soaring 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.
  • Hair Decorations: Most of her armors come with accessories like hats or hair clips.
  • 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: Her Giant's Armor gives her a massive increase in strength, but reduces her speed.
  • 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 rather this.
  • 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: Her Clear Heart Clothing is essentially this 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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    Wendy Marvell 

Wendy Marvell

Voiced by: Satomi Sato (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

Portrayed by: Misaki Momose (stage)

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Wendy is a young Sky Dragon Slayer raised by the dragon Grandeeney in the art of healing and support magic. Grandeeney's disappearance in X777 set off a chain of events that resulted in her arrival at the Cait Shelter guild, which she represents in an alliance with Fairy Tail, Blue Pegasus, and Lamia Scale against the dark guild Oración Seis. Her battle alongside her fellow Dragon Slayer Natsu ultimately results in her joining Fairy Tail and discovering her own potential as a fierce warrior capable of harnessing the power of wind against her enemies.


  • A-Cup Angst: She feels insecure about the idea of growing up with a flat chest, and generally being the only flat girl in a World of Buxom. Ironically, when she's temporarily forced to take over Irene's body after the later invades hers, she finds herself struggling with D-Cup Distress, but she's still happy to at least know how large breasts feel.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: She is often on the receiving end of this trope, most notably from Gajeel and Cana. Fitting, considering she's a good five years younger than the rest of the cast.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She's had her moments, the most prominent of which being her fights with Sherria and Ezel. In the former, after gauging the strength of her opponent's magic, Wendy proceeded to bolster Sherria's powers enough so that her next attack was thrown off course, missing her entirely. In the latter, Wendy theorized that, if she were to absorb the high concentration of Ether-nano in the air around Face, she could activate her Dragon Force, which she successfully did.
  • Badass Adorable: She's one of the youngest wizards in the series, and she can be meek and polite to an almost impossible degree. However, she uses her magic to fight toe-to-toe with man-eating dragons.
  • Barbarian Longhair: In Dragon Force, her hair goes from straight to a wild mane not unlike Acnologia's, emphasizing the ferocity of the form's power.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She displays a surprising level of proficiency in hand to hand combat once she begins taking after Natsu.
  • Battle Aura: After Zirconis threatens to eat Lucy, Wendy begins to give off a strong green glow. Zirconis lampshades that it was because she got pissed, which she most certainly did.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a kind, compassionate, and helpful young girl, while also a highly skilled and powerful Dragon Slayer who can and will mess you up if you get on her bad side.
  • Blow You Away: Her sky magic doesn't just heal injuries, but it also lets her blow powerful gusts of wind, particularly with her Sky Dragon's Roar.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Whenever she drinks in OVAs and Omake, she always ends up sprawled on the floor, the room spinning around her. Then again, it isn't really wise to give a twelve-year-old sake.
  • Character Development: She's easily one of the most developed characters Fairy Tail has to offer. Wendy was introduced as a shy, meek little girl, prone to crying at times, and without a shred of fighting skills. However, after taking part in numerous battles, overcoming endless challenges, and powering through all the conflicts that her guild undergoes, she’s become someone else entirely. No longer a shy, weak little girl, she's since grown into an extremely prodigious wizard, as well as a very competent Combat Medic, who won’t back down from a fight, and, if necessary, will raise hell on the battlefield for the sake of her guild.
  • Cheerful Child: She's a sweet and innocent 12-year-old who's almost always shown smiling around her friends, despite everything she's been through.
  • Child Mage: She's 12 years old when the series starts, but is also a capable wizard with her healing, support, and wind magic.
  • Child Prodigy: She starts off as having no combat skills whatsoever, but is able to learn how to fight very quickly just by observing her fellow Dragon Slayers Natsu and Gajeel. So far, she's replicated two different attacks after only seeing Natsu perform them once, successfully learned two more attacks, along with a Secret Art, in three days, with nothing more than handwritten notes to go off of, and mastered activating Dragon Force at will in less than a year. She also figured out how to copy Irene's Enchantment spell to transfer her conscience into another body after only seeing it once, and used on her first try, no less. Irene herself notes after taking over Wendy's body that she has much more latent potential than even she herself expected, casting high-level spells comparable to when she was still using her own body (though still being overwhelmed by Wendy now using Irene's old body).
  • Close-Call Haircut: Gets a portion of her hair lopped off during her fight with Ezel.
  • Combat Medic: Shapes up to be one once she learns how to use her Sky Dragon's Roar. She actively fights alongside her friends while providing support on the battlefield in the Edolas and Sirius Island arcs, and can be considered a serious threat in a one-on-one fight by the Grand Magic Games arc.
  • Cross Dresser: In the "Wendell's Adventure" arc of her spinoff manga, Wendy poses as a boy named Wendell when on her mission, since she'd heard that girls were being targeted.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Her Establishing Character Moment is a Face Fault as she runs in to join her fellow guild alliance members. It happens less frequently as the series progresses, however.
  • Cute Little Fangs: They can't be seen with her mouth closed like most examples, but she shows fangs when she opens her mouth, a trait held by all Dragon Slayers.
  • The Cutie: Stands out among her guildmates for her gentle compassion and love for all her friends. This being an action-heavy series, though, she often experiences her fair share of hardship and torment, but she always comes out of it with a genuine smile in the end.
  • Damsel in Distress: She becomes this in the Nirvana arc when the Oración Seis kidnap her to revive Jellal, while the rest of her friends go to rescue her to save Erza's life. She is also caught in the Edolas arc for Faust to power his Draconic Chain Cannon with her and Natsu's Dragon Slayer Magic.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. She has likely had one of the *least* tumultuous upbringings of any character in the series; nevertheless, she has suffered Parental Abandonment no less than *three times*. First by Grandine who randomly disappeared one day when she was just 5 years old, then again by the Edolas Jellal who pawned her off on Cait Shelter, and then finally by Cait Shelter when it was revealed that the entire guild itself didn't actually exist, but she had spent almost half her entire life with them. It's genuinely surprising that she hasn't developed separation anxiety after joining Fairy Tail out of fear they will eventually leave her too.
  • Death Glare: Pulls off an utterly spectacular one whenever she enters Dragon Force, sending her foes a look that would make Natsu and Gajeel weak at the knees.
  • Declaration of Protection: After being protected by her friends, she makes it her goal in the Alvarez Empire arc to repay them in full.
  • Determinator: Natsu and the others seem to have rubbed off on her in that department.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: Her ultimate attack, Shattering Light: Sky Drill, traps her opponent inside a tornado before blasting them with a ray of light.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She doesn't like pickled plums. Two anime-only scenes involve characters terrifying her by eating them.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Wendy says this trope verbatim to Sherria in their Grand Magic Games match after the latter suggests that she just give up because she's so beat up.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When she debuted in the Nirvana arc, the guild alliance was wondering what caliber of a wizard Cait Shelter could be sending to be confident in just one. Cue a small girl tripping over her own feet.
  • Eye Colour Change: Dragon Force turns her eyes from brown to red.
  • Feather Motif: Her magic is occasionally accompanied by the appearance of feathers, and she grows them on her wrists, ankles, and back while in Dragon Force. This likely symbolizes the bird-like appearance of her foster mother Grandeeney.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Wendy is actually from 400 years back in the past, sent to the present day through the Eclipse Gate.
  • Flash Step: In Dragon Force, she moves so fast that she's just a blur of motion that only resolves when she's about to throw a punch. It's heavily implied it has something to do with her manipulating the very air around her.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: She and the other four Dragon Slayers with dragon parents are children from 400 years in the past and sent to the future through the Eclipse Gate for the purpose of defeating Acnologia in an era where magic is most abundant, allowing them to develop their powers more fully.
  • Foil: One could say she serves as one to Gajeel. Wendy is kind, humble, and pacifistic, while Gajeel is gruff, initially arrogant, and nothing short of a Blood Knight. Wendy, after being left by Grandeeney, simply wanted to find her again, while Gajeel grew bitter and claimed not to care about Metalicana. Wendy's magic is about healing and support, while Gajeel's is about combat and destruction. Wendy mastered her Dragon Force, while Gajeel mastered his dual element mode. Wendy's first interaction with Fairy Tail was helping them as part of the alliance, while Gavel's first interaction with the guild was attacking it. Wendy was very keen to meet Natsu because he was also a Dragon Slayer, while Gajeel disliked him all the more for the very same reason.
  • Force and Finesse: She is the Finesse to Natsu's Force, as she tends to stay calm and collected during battle, and often fights by devising clever and creative ways to use her magic.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She was adamant that they warn the Exceed of Faust's plan to destroy them, regardless of how cruel and callous they appeared. And just look at what she did to Hiroshi for attacking one of the frozen giants.
  • Full-Contact Magic: If magically enhanced strength wasn't enough, she can also punch and kick you with wind.
  • Geometric Magic: At first, she needed to draw a magic circle in order to cast Milky Way. It has since been subverted, and the spell instead became something akin to Soul Power.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She begins wearing her hair in pigtails from time to time after the Tartaros arc.
  • Girly Bruiser: She wears her hair in pigtails, is fond of cute things, and, in her own words, fights like a dragon.
  • Glass Cannon: Her spells pack a punch, but she can't take a hit herself due to her small size and lack of hand-to-hand combat experience. This becomes less of an issue when she uses a Status Buff on herself.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Her Character Development allows her to play this trope straight. Exemplified by her interaction with Sylph Labyrinth. They disregard her plea to stop harming the giants? Fine. Being buffeted with high-speed winds proves a little harder to ignore.
  • Grand Theft Me: In the Alvarez Empire arc, Irene takes over her body in order to regain her humanity. However, Wendy manages to turn the tables on her by taking over Irene's discarded body, eventually getting back in her proper place.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Porlyusica notes how remarkable it is that she was able to master the Secret Art spell from her book in such a short time.
  • Hair Decorations: She often wears two pointed hair accessories to keep her hair in pigtails.
  • Hair Reboot: She cuts her hair short in the Tartaros arc, but Cancer uses his magic to return it to its original length.
  • Healing Hands: This is the main benefit of being a Sky Dragon Slayer, though she can't heal herself.
  • Healing Winds: She has wind-based Dragon Slayer magic, and specifically has an ability where she manipulates clean air to heal someone. Polluted air hampers this. She's used it to cure Erza of poisoning.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts one when she stays behind with Carla to make sure Face was deactivated, but it's Subverted when Doranbalt saves the both of them.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: She nearly enters a Heroic BSoD in the Tartaros arc when she learns that there are countless Face mechanisms left to destroy after she'd nearly died alongside Carla destroying just one. However, she wills herself out of it with an Important Haircut.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: At first, she doesn't have much confidence in her abilities, and is quick to blame herself when things go wrong, which Carla complains is why people see her as "unreliable." However, after gaining more combat experience, and coming into her own as a fighter, she largely grows out of it but is quick to share the credit when people congratulate her or thank her for something she did.
  • Hidden Depths: At first glance, Wendy is a sweet, innocent young girl. However, she's revealed to possess a tactical, strategic mind, and an unparalleled ability to learn things, even complex and powerful magic, incredibly quickly. Also, surprisingly enough, it's been noted on more than one occasion that her temper is not to be trifled with, despite her being the most pacifistic of the team.
  • Humble Hero: She is insanely modest about Fairy Tail's victory in the Grand Magic Games, and is quite surprised when Cana informs her that she's considered an idol by other children her age.
  • I Choose to Stay: Subverted. Wendy initially declines her friends' offer to come back to Fairy Tail around the time of the Alvarez Empire's invasion of Fairy Tail, choosing instead to remain Lamia Scale to keep Sherria company since her cousin Sherry was Put on a Bus. However, she changes her mind after Sherria insists she'll be fine on her own.
  • I See Dead People: Her Milky Way spell gives her the power to communicate with the souls of dead dragons. Uniquely, this spell also allows others to communicate with them.
  • Idol Singer: After Fairy Tail's dissolution, her performance with Sherria has several elements of this. And if the crowd's reaction was anything to go by, they're actually quite good.
  • Important Haircut: Wendy cuts her hair short with Razor Wind after getting a Close-Call Haircut during her battle with Ezel, signifying her newfound confidence and determination. However, she gets a Hair Reboot courtesy of Cancer once the war with Tartaros is won.
  • Instant Runes: She summons up intricate magic circles while casting her enchantments. Interestingly enough, while most everyone had them in the anime, Wendy was one of the only ones shown to use them in the manga as well.
  • It's All My Fault: She's struck with this in the Nirvana arc when she revives Jellal, who activates Nirvana and brings the Oración Seis one step closer to world domination. Her dark feelings bring her close to falling under Nirvana's control, but Hibiki knocks her out before it takes hold.
  • Keigo: Uses this toward everyone except Carla, with their close relationship allowing for informality. Chelia advises her not to use it so much when she's trying to make new friends. Amusingly enough, she greets Yukino, Rogue, and Sting of Saber Tooth by thanking them for their help in the Grand Magic Games, prompting Carla to remind her that Saber Tooth was Fairy Tail's main rival.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Most of her outfits are fancy, frilly dresses, and she's kicked ass in every single one.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The only reason she was created in the first place, though character development has made her a heck of a lot deeper than that.
  • Lady of War: Unlike her fellow Dragon Slayers, Natsu and Gajeel, she remains cool and collected during combat, and employs a more refined and graceful style of fighting.
  • Leitmotif: It's not used often, but an odd, chiming melody, most likely a reference to the initial mystery surrounding her introduction, is attributed to her.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Being the only Dragon Slayer present when Acnologia appears, Wendy activates Dragon Force and prepares to face him head-on, despite Erza and Jellal's protests.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: While normally a very kind individual, she's perfectly capable of kicking ass when she needs to.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's fast enough to move through the air in a blur and strong enough to send fully grown adults flying. This goes Up to Eleven when in Dragon Force. She becomes fast enough to Flash Step around the battlefield.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship primarily with Natsu and a fair bit with Erza. It's for this reason that Sherria encourages her to reform Fairy Tail with them.
  • Little Miss Badass: At first she doesn't know any offensive magic other than the Sky Dragon's Roar. Since then, she's been observing and copying Natsu's fighting style. While she has had her moments before, she most definitely graduates to this once and for all during the Tartaros arc, where she fights for the first time on a level that would rival Natsu or Gajeel, and single-handedly defeats one of Tartaros's Nine Demon Gates. She goes even further in the Alvarez Empire Arc, where she takes a hand in fighting Dimaria and Irene Belserion of the Spriggan 12 and proves instrumental in providing support to defeating them.
  • Lovely Angels: After the battle with Tartaros, Wendy teams up with Sherria when the former joins Lamia Scale.
  • Magical Incantation: Aside from the standard Calling Your Attacks, Wendy's spells are usually accompanied by a brief chant or incantation.
  • Magic Enhancement: She's able to grant a variety of these with her magic to strengthen herself or allies. During her fight with Irene alongside Erza, she eventually figures out how to impart her magic into objects as well, such as Erza's swords, to give them dragon-slaying properties. It finally reaches its peak during the final battle with Acnologia, where she enchants the magic of herself and the other Dragon Slayers directly into Natsu for one final powerup.
  • Martial Pacifist: Wendy prefers to solve things peacefully whenever possible, and takes no joy in combat. But don't think for a second that she's not still very, very good at it.
  • The Medic: Her Sky Magic is used to recover lost strength and remove any abnormalities in the body. Given that Wendy's a Dragon Slayer, she's also one of the best medics in the field.
  • Morality Pet: Gajeel is generally kinder to her than to most other people; even when he was playfully abusing his Council authority by putting his guildmates under arrest for petty reasons, he couldn't think of anything he could actually hold against her. Porlyusica also became much more sociable with the guild since revealing that she is the Edolas counterpart of Wendy's foster mother. Similarly, Mest, while still in his persona as Doranbalt, a Council wizard who was infiltrating Fairy Tail, protected her from Azuma even though it seemed like he was kidnapping her, and saved her from the exploding Face.
  • Mystical Waif: Has elements of this in the Nirvana arc, including a mysterious past, bad guys wanting her, a non-action status, and being a bit of a Damsel in Distress, pure-hearted and kind, and The Medic.
  • Nice Girl: Wendy's a gentle, shy little girl who loves to help people.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The nicest (shy, helpful, and compassionate) of Fairy Tail's three first-generation Dragon Slayers.
  • No-Sell: She is completely immune to magic that targets her bodily functions such as forced sleep.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: More in terms of her looks than power. Many characters comment on her attractiveness, but next to the better-endowed Lucy and Erza, she is overlooked.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like Natsu and Gajeel, the dragon Grandeeney left her without a word.
  • Pint Sized Power House: She's the smallest and youngest member of her team,note  but can still kick ass with the best of them.
  • Poke the Poodle: She attempts to terrorize the citizens of Edolas during the Dragon Slayers' Zero-Approval Gambit... by simply growling at them with puppy-dog eyes.
  • Power Copying: A more mundane version; she learned at least two of her offensive spells (Sky Dragon's Wing Attack and Sky Dragon's Claw) from watching Natsu perform his own versions with Fire Dragon Slayer Magic. During the fight with Irene, she quickly learns and copies several of her opponent's Enchantment spells to use on Erza or disrupt Irene's own magic, such as Deus Zero (which can nullify other Enchantment spells or magical defenses) or even Irene's own body-swapping Enchantment.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Her Dragon Force Mode dyes her hair (and eyes) light pink.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Grows feathery wing-like protrusions on her back, wrists, and ankles in her Dragon Force Mode, giving her the power to levitate.
  • Power Glows: Wendy tends to glow a bit when using her enchantment spells on herself. The color of said glow has actually changed between different installments of the series, with it being blue in the original series, green in the 2014 series, and pink in the movie Dragon Cry.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: I'm ruling over this space!
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist. She cuts it short during the Tartaros arc, but Cancer returns it to its usual length.
  • Red Baron: She is known as both the "Sky Dragon" and "Sky Maiden", both for her proficiency with sky magic.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her Dragon Force turns her eyes from brown to red. In that state, her power is also on par with Natsu's.
  • Red Mage: Wendy is very proficient in both the multi-faceted art of Enchantment, as well as Sky Dragon Slayer Magic.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Sherria, they quickly become friends after battling in the Grand Magic Games, bonding over their similar magic, wind-based slayer-type, and after the second time skip it becomes even more obvious.
  • Running Gag: Wendy's small breast size being compared to someone else's, to her dismay.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's introduced as such, being so shy that she practically mumbles most of her self-introductory speech to her allies. This starts to change once she joins Fairy Tail.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She has blue hair and is painfully shy around strangers.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: As she is about to fend Acnologia, when she changes into Dragon Force, her pigtails come off.
  • Status Buff: She can make herself and others faster, stronger, and more durable, to the point of being able to break steel and move in a blur. Her Sky Dragon Slayer magic is very practical because of this.
  • Super Mode: She obtains Dragon Force by absorbing the Ether-nano around Face during the fight with Ezel. After the second Time Skip, she's learned to activate it at will.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: More than once, Wendy's shown to have a rather keen perception of any surrounding magic, such as the newly restored Sirius Tree, and Atlas Flame's lingering spirit.
  • Super Reflexes: It's next to impossible to dodge a surprise shot taken by an accurate sniper. Not only does Wendy do just that, but she also pushes Lucy out of way as well.
  • Super Senses: Like Natsu and Gajeel, her eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell are shown to be far above average.
  • Super Speed: After attaining Dragon Force, she makes it from the floor to high above Ezel in a series of jumps, and proceeds to strike him from behind, all before he could do more than blink. Bonus points for, in the anime, vaulting off his arm when he tried to strike her back.
  • Super Strength: Of a variety. With the use of her Arms enchantment, she's capable of breaking apart a metal fist, roughly the same size as herself, merely by pushing against it. She gains it naturally with Dragon Force, and in the anime, it's enough to let her stop and shatter one of Ezel's AbsurdlySharpBlades with her bare fists.
  • Sweet Tooth: Like Erza, she loves eating sweets. The two even went on a mission together where their only reward was sweets.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Wendy's Enchantment magic quickly branched out from simply providing StatusBuffs. Within her repertoire is the ability to summon the souls of deceased dragons, transfer her own consciousness into another body, withdraw and convey magic between multiple people, and even temporarily impart Dragon Slaying properties unto others.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After hearing about Irene's Dark and Troubled Past, she admits that she does feel genuinely sorry for her, but also notes that won't stop her from fighting her with her full strength.
  • Tareme Eyes: She particularly stands out against the fierce, often slit-pupiled glares of the other six Dragon Slayers.
  • Tender Tears: Is reduced to broken sobs as she watches her old guild fade away from existence. And again when her mother, Grandeeney vanishes alongside the other dragons.
  • This Is a Drill: One of her Secret Arts: Shattering Light: Sky Drill. It lives up to the name.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's see: She has no biological family to speak of, instead having been found and raised by the Sky dragon Grandeeney, only for said dragon to vanish, along with the others, without so much as a goodbye. Five years old, and entirely alone, Wendy has to good fortune to cross paths with Mystogan, who cared for her for a few months before leaving her at the guild Cait Shelter. Seven years later, Wendy watches as the guild; her home and family, vanish right before her eyes. Skip forward to the conclusion of the Tartaros arc, and we find Wendy finally reunited with Grandeeney, but it turns out she, and the other dragons, are little more than ghosts. Wendy can only cry as the dragons bid their children one last goodbye before vanishing entirely.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Her partnership with Natsu and Gajeel, with her role being The Chick. She fulfills her role rather well, acting as a mediator between her more hot-headed counterparts.
  • Token Mini-Moe: At first. She upgrades to Little Miss Badass after watching Natsu, Gajeel, and Erza.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After joining Fairy Tail, she gradually evolves from a meek young girl with no battle skills and less self-confidence to a fully fledged Combat Medic who can hold her own in a fight. She goes a step further when she attains Dragon Force in the Tartaros arc, and further still when she learns to activate it at will.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A variation of this. While there is no questioning that she's very strong for a wizard in her age group, she still lacks a lot of fighting experience. This trope is increasingly being subverted post-Sirius Island proven by the way she competed in the Grand Magic Games and during Lucy's rescue from Mercurius' labyrinthine Hell Palace. Finally put to bed when she attained Dragon Force in her fight against Ezel.
  • Villain Respect: More than once during their fight, Irene remarks upon Wendy's surprising level of skill in Enchantment magic.
  • Waif-Fu: She's in her early preteens at the oldest throughout the series, and has sent fully grown adults flying with relative ease on numerous occasions.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • After the second Time Skip, she develops the same motion sickness weakness that all other Dragon Slayers have. The worst part is that she can't even heal herself while in this state.
    • Several anime-exclusive scenes show opponents intimidating her with pickled plums, namely Gray and Loke during the S-Class exam, and Cosmos during the Grand Magic Game.s
    • Though it's never become in issue within the story, her profile states that her magic stops working in polluted areas.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: And how. Despite being only thirteen years old, she's tied with Lucy as the most mature member of the team, has displayed both a very keen intellect, and a very strong sense of morals, and possess a wealth of resolve and determination otherwise unheard of in someone so young.
  • The Worf Effect: Wendy suffers from this somewhat during her battle with DiMaria. Despite being in Dragon Force, she fails to so much as injure DiMaria after the latter activates her God Soul Takeover, and would've been killed had Sherria not intervened.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A leftover from when Mashima was going to have her be a Water Dragon Slayer.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: What anyone unfortunate enough to get on her bad side quickly realizes. Case in point; trying to eat her friends is a bad idea, as shown two times. The first is when Zirconis threatens to eat Lucy, prompting Wendy to activate her Battle Aura with the promise to "crush him". The second is when Ezel came very close to actually eating Carla alive; he suffers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from a Super Mode-enhanced Wendy, a direct hit from her Limit Break, which is essentially a Kamehame Hadoken that's been taken Up to Eleven, before finally being thrown into, and through, a giant monolith of stone for his troubles.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wendy starts wearing them in the Edolas arc and onwards.

    Carla / Charles 

Carla

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)

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Carla (Charlesnote  in Japan) is Wendy's serious-minded but well-meaning female Exceed partner and caretaker, born and raised at Cait Shelter after being sent from her native Edolas by her mother, Queen Chagot. Joining Fairy Tail along with Wendy to keep an eye on the latter, Carla is slow to befriend the guild, particularly fellow Exceed Happy. Once she witnesses Happy's efforts to protect his friends in Edolas, however, her friendship with them significantly improves.

In addition to her kind's Aera ability, Carla has the power to see future events. This precognitive ability is further enhanced when Carla learns transformation magic to assume a humanoid form, which also grants her more combat-oriented spells and skills.


  • Accidental Truth: She tells Nightwalker that she's the Exceed Princess during her Big Damn Heroes moment in Edolas, and it later turns out that she is secretly Chagot's daughter.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She asks Happy about who he really is by the time of the Edolas arc, leading to the latter's Heroic BSoD.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Downplayed. She walks barefoot most of the time, though some of her outfits include shoes.
  • Berserk Button: It's not a good idea to make comparisons with Happy in front of Carla, at least until she realizes the truth about her mission.
  • Bond Creatures: To Wendy, just like all the other Exceed belonging to Dragon Slayers raised by dragons.
  • Break the Haughty: She goes through one of these during the Edolas arc. In the beginning, she's an insufferable cat who cares about protecting Wendy, despite her mission to destroy the Dragon Slayers. After inadvertently causing Wendy and her friends to be captured, as well as witnessing Happy's Undying Loyalty to his friends, and discovering that the mission was actually her precognition abilities going haywire, she matures up and cares about people other than Wendy and herself.
  • British Stuffiness: Jad Saxton provides a British accent for Carla in Funimation's dub, reflecting her formal way of speaking in the original Japanese.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: After Faust's defeat, Carla doesn't hesitate to condemn Chagot to her face on sending the Exceed with the Dragon Slayer-killing mission. Not only that, but while she doesn't know it, Carla is Chagot's daughter.
  • The Cassandra: Her statements about Faust's plans to kill the Exceed off are dismissed by her own kind, but it later turns out to be true.
  • Cat Girl: Her human form still has her cat ears and tail.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Just like Happy, she's willing to throw a few sarcastic jabs towards others.
  • Cats Are Superior: She considers herself above everyone else before she had a dose of Break the Haughty in the Edolas arc.
  • Character Development: Carla starts out as a self-centered, insufferable cat who only cares about Wendy to a selfless Exceed who is willing to help Happy and Wendy's newfound friends when they are in danger.
  • Declaration of Protection: Despite her mission to kill off the Dragon Slayers (or so she believes at first), Carla decides to abandon it in order to protect Wendy.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: While she starts off as an insufferable jerk who's only close to Wendy, she becomes friendlier with and care about her guildmates from Fairy Tail as she recognizes them as her friends.
  • Distaff Counterpart: As the first of her kind besides Happy himself, she serves as his female counterpart.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her native homeland Extalia is destroyed in the Edolas arc.
  • Dub Name Change: Her Japanese name is Charles, pronounced Sharuru in Japanese, which would roughly equate to the French pronunciation "Sharl". Because this could easily be confused for a male name by readers unfamiliar with the pronunciation, it was changed to the more feminine "Carla" in the manga. Even though this problem wouldn't exist in the English dub, however, Funimation still opted to go with "Carla".
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first moments is arriving with Wendy at the guildhall to help Wendy and demonstrating a Lack of Empathy towards Happy's advances upon meeting him, showing the audience her arrogance and compassion at the same time.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She is technically the princess of the Exceed since her mother is queen.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Carla simply refers to Happy as "tomcat" when she first meets him. When they are in Extalia, she begins to call Happy by his name once he does his Heroic Resolve.
  • Flight: Like all Exceed, her Aera ability lets her grow angelic wings and fly.
  • For Want of a Nail: Carla leading her allies into Edolas to complete her mission only gave Faust the perfect opportunity to capture the wizards, thus causing Faust to declare an Enemy Civil War on the Exceed.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's very stiff and no-nonsense, but she means well.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Carla emotionally shuts down when she discovers that she has inadvertently accomplished her Dragon Slayer-killing operation. Fortunately, she snaps out of it when Happy gives an "up yours" to the Exceed and when Marl has a heart-to-heart talk with her.
    • She falls into a major one along with her friends when Lucy's alternate self is killed in the Grand Magic Games.
  • Hey, You!: Back in the Oración Seis arc, Carla only refers to Happy as "male cat". By the end of the Edolas arc, Carla has begun using his name permanently, a change that Lucy notices.
  • Humanity Ensues: Carla learns how to transform into a Cat Girl at will after the second Time Skip, which she says gives a boost to her magic and precognitive abilities.
  • Humble Pie: When she first appears back in the Oración Seis arc, she's an insufferable and arrogant jerk to many of her peers, especially Happy. However, she's brought down a few pegs after witnessing Happy's Heroic Resolve while in Extalia.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being a jerk to Happy, she is right about Extalia's destruction and the disappearance of Edolas's magic thanks to her precognition.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though she can be a snarker, as well as an insufferable jerk towards her friends, she's at heart a very good person.
  • Lack of Empathy: When Happy first falls in love with her, Carla finds his attempts to win her over quite annoying, to say the least. She reconsiders after Happy sticks up for her against their own kind in Edolas.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Despite being a 6-year-old cat, she can spurt out biting sarcasm when she wants to.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: While she doesn't utter the phrase, she has a visible look of horror and guilt on her face after realizing that leading her friends to be captured by Faust's army at the worst possible time is a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! and goes into a major Heroic BSoD because of it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She goes to Edolas with her friends to complete her mission to hunt down the Dragon Slayers. To say that this ends badly is a massive understatement.
  • No Social Skills: She doesn't quite fit in with Fairy Tail by the time of the Edolas arc.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has a moment of terror when she unintentionally leads her friends to be captured by Faust's forces in Edolas.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is one of the very few members of Fairy Tail to have no personality quirk, which also makes her keenly aware of how crazy her guildmates are.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: This trope happens only in Funimation's dub; Jad Saxton did a mostly good job giving Carla a light British accent, but slip-ups were made. The scene of her emotional shutdown after hearing what her "mission" was is a notable example.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's first seen with a scowl on her face and never smiles once. Well, until Happy gives an "up yours" to the Exceed, at least...
  • Prophetic Fallacy: She foresees future events that mention Queen Chagot using Dragon Slayers as scapegoats for sending her and 99 others of their kind to Earth-land as eggs. Not only does she mistake the queen's bluff of killing Dragon Slayers to be her actual mission, but a major part of her initial jerkassery towards Happy is because she also assumed that the Exceed living in Earth-land must know about it; Happy, on the other hand, doesn't. This comes back to haunt Carla big time once she becomes aware of her precognition ability by the time of Extalia's destruction.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Queen Chagot is revealed to be her mother after Faust's defeat, making Carla an Exceed princess. However, Carla's unable to remember what her mother is.
  • The Resenter: When she first meets Happy by the time of the Oración Seis arc, she's resentful of the latter's obliviousness to the Exceed's operation to hunt down the Dragon Slayers, or so she thinks. All of this is thrown out the window the moment she witnesses Happy's Heroic Resolve.
  • Seers: She inherited Chagot's ability to foresee future events, which she initially mistakes for artificially implanted memories relating to her false mission. Once she's aware of this ability, she begins to develop it more and more later on, from predicting immediate events and vague portents of doom to multiple outcomes of a single event. Her human form extends her clarity of the future even more.
  • Shoot the Dog: Her mission to kill the Dragon Slayers, which later turns out to be a bluff.
  • So Proud of You: Carla always expresses her utmost pride in Wendy whenever the latter comes further out of her shell and becomes a powerful warrior.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her Japanese name, "Charles", is alternatively spelled "Charle" in Funimation's subtitles to preserve the Japanese pronunciation (Sharuru).
  • This Cannot Be!: She says this trope verbatim in her Heroic BSoD when she learns from Nichiya about what her Dragon Slayer-killing operation really was.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her human transformation after the second Time Skip turns her from a mostly powerless bystander into a fully capable fighter.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the Edolas arc, Carla is more mature, friendly and likable than she was way back in the Oración Seis arc.
  • Tsundere: By the time of the Sirius Island arc, she has a friendlier relationship with Happy, though she is still critical of his more idiotic moments.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She accidentally helps out Faust's Evil Plan to declare war on the Exceeds in more ways than one.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: By the time of the Avatar arc, Carla has learned to transform into a human form.
  • When She Smiles: She rarely smiles before the Edolas arc, but when she does, it shows how soft and kind she can be.
  • Winged Humanoid: She can use Aera in her human form as well.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's only six years old by the start of the series, but thanks in large part to her precognitive ability, she is far more mature than the 12-year-old Wendy.

Alternative Title(s): Fairy Tail Team Natsu

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