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"Levy Mcgarden has always dreamed of joining the famous guild Fairy Tail. She never expected to join because of a rude Iron Dragon Slayer and his mysterious cat partner. She soon finds herself on a unique team of wizards on a never ending tail."
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The "Alternate Tail Series" is a Fairy Tail Fan Fiction by DigiXBot. Here instead of Lucy meeting Natsu and Happy in Hargeon, the story begins with Levy Mcgarden meeting Gajeel Redfox and Pantherlily. The three later form a team with fellow Fairy Tail wizards Lyon Vastia and Mirajane Strauss.

Though initially a basic rehash at the start, Alternate Tail slowly but surely diverges from canon in its own Alternate Universe.

Two Stories have been written, each for the year they take place:

This page is currently under construction; any contributions are appreciated.


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The Alternate Tail Series contains examples of:

  • Action Dad: Macao, Makarov, Gildarts, Alzack, and Pantherlily.
  • Action Girl: Mirajane, Levy, and Kagura. Pretty much all the Fairy Tail girls are.
  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Levy is hesitant to join the Miss Fairy Tail contest because she's not as ... developed as her female guildmates.
    • Kagura also goes through this after Reedus shows her a drawing of an older, samurai-like version of her... with small breast.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Numerous Cases, such as...
    • Gajeel joining Fairy Tail when he is young while Natsu joins Phantom Lord.
    • Levy does not join Fairy Tail as a kid, while Lucy does. More of Levy's past get's expanded as well...
    • Pantherlily follows Mystogan to Earthland, while Happy was not sent with the other Exceed eggs to Earthland.
    • Lyon heads to the west and joins Fairy Tail, while Gray becomes obsessed with defeating Deliora
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    • Mira and her siblings were separated during an attack by Cultists of Zeref. As such, Elfman and Lisanna join Fairy Tail years earlier than canon, and Mira spends years in the Tower of Heaven, where she meets Laxus.
    • Merudy is taken in by Jose, while Juvia was in the town Grimoire Heart destroyed, only to be saved by Ultear.
    • [Kagura is found by a young Mystogan while trying to find her brother Simon and is later given to Roubal.
      • Archenemy, Kagura's sword, also has its past change, beginning as a weapon created by Roubal to deter enemies of the Nirvits.
    • Laxus spent much of his childhood at the Tower of Heaven, while Jellal grew up as Makarov's grandson.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Numerous cases, with Mira being a primary example, going from friendly barmaid to action girl.
    • Also applies to Levy Mcgarden. Starting slightly weaker than canon when she requires a special pen in order to use properly Solid Script Magic, but she soon overcame that hurdle, and later gained a new Letter Magic known as Holy Scriopture, which so far proved instrumental against Freed, Angel, Byro, and even Hades's Demon Eye.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • As she did not "die" like in canon, Lisanna appears in the second chapter as Fairy Tail's barmaid.
    • Ooba Baabasaama appears during the Guild Master conference, sitting next to Makarov, Bob, and Goldmine.
    • Angel uses her Angel Summoning Magic during the Nirvana Arc
    • While battling Merudy, Juvia uses Second Origin to increase her power. However, it seems to be quite volatile, as the use damages her body.
    • Frosch appears between the Edolas and Tenrou Island Arc running away from poachers. He later befriends Ryos and joins the Conbolt family.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Here, Rogue's birth name is Ryos Conbolt.
    • The Thunder Legion, in this world lead by Jellal, is rechristened to Nebula Knights.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • Zigzagged since Jellal is now a Cosmic Dragon Slayer, while Laxus and Rogue loss their slayer status. However, the core element of their magic (Celestial, Lightning, and Shadow respectively) remains the same.
    • Alongside her Solid Script Magic, Levy now uses Holy Scriopture, which is angelic magic similar to Freed's Dark Ectriture.
    • Pantherlily eventually utilizes Stave Magic, the same magic that Mystogan uses.
    • Instead of Celestial Magic, Angel's main magic is Angel Summoning. This can be seen as a subversion since she uses this after the time skip in canon.
  • Adaptational Personality Change:
    • Mira, see Adaptational Badass above.
    • Her Edolas counterpart, Mirajane Rheas, has taken a step into this as well as Adaptational Villainy.
    • The Edolas counterparts of Lisanna and Lyon. Though never seen, Edolas!Lisanna was described as a gentle, kind-hearted girl like her Earthland self, while Edolas!Lyon was said to have an unrequited love to Juvia, just like Gray Surge. In Alternate Tail, Edolas!Lisanna is a loud punk while Edolas!Lyon is cold to the affections of his Merudy.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Jellal, Gray, and Natsu, before their respective Heel Face Turns.
    • Can also apply to Edolas!Mira, who instead of a barmaid is now the First Division Captain of the Edolas Royal Army.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While she never had an actual personality in the show, you wouldn't expect Halaphas, one of Mira's strongest Satan Souls, to have a moe personality, being very submissive to her master.
  • Age Lift: Kagura and Rogue are de-aged from 16 to 13 and from 12 to 6 respectively at X784.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Just like their counterparts Natsu and Grey, Gajeel and Lyon have been seen taking down powerful opponents despite not being S-Class. Gajeel has defeated Kageyama, Natsu, Laxus, Jellal, Zero, and Damascus; while Lyon defeated Gray, Merudy, Racer, and Azuma.
    • Pantherlily also validates, as while he isn't an S-Class wizard, he is responsible for stopping numerous Anima's alongside Mystogan, an S-Class wizard of Fairy Tail. Lily explains that a non-human wizard of such high rank would grab too much attention, especially from Edolas spies.
    • A minor case for Levy. While not as strong as the previous three, she has proven herself against Freed, Angel, and even Hades.
  • Ascended Extra: Mira's Satan Souls, which are simply forms in the manga, are now their own characters with unique personalities and relationships. Even her generic Satan Soul was given a name, Beelzea.
  • Badass Boast: Alternate Tail contains plenty of original boasts.
    • Levy gives one and shows how much Fairy Tail has helped her grow.
      Thomas: What did you hope to gain by being with those Fairies?! How can a bunch of drunk wizards who love destruction benefit you? By teaching you it's okay to be pathetic?!
      Levy: No. They taught me to be fierce. They taught me to remain calm. They taught me to be noble. They taught me to be brave. And they taught me, to protect my family!
    • After Gajeel ate the Increpferrum from Laxus, Zero comments that Gajeel is now a sinner like him. Gajeel's response?
      Gajeel: Every member Fairy Tail has their own batch of sins. But you know what makes me and Laxus different from you lot?
      Zero: No, I don't. Do enlighten me then.
      Gajeel: Is that when it comes to our sins, we actually do something about them!
    • Lyon gave one right before he defeats Azuma.
      Lyon: You can take our magic. But you can't take, OUR SPIRIT!
  • Badass Adorable: Kagura in the series is now a 13-year-old girl that greatly admires Mira. However, that doesn't stop her from being a deadly gravity loli who wields a sword that can cause calamities, even managing to hold up against Azuma before he beats her.
  • Bait-and-Switch: While searching through Joseph Mcgarden's private study, Gajeel is seemingly petrified by a content in a book, which greatly worries Levy until Gajeel starts laughing at the sight of Gildarts's terrible handwriting.
  • Bash Brothers: Gajeel and Lily.
  • Batman Gambit: Gajeel (transformed into mini-copies of himself by Gildarts) seemingly launched a full-on assault on Gildarts to allow time for Lily to prepare an attack spell. This was actually meant for, one, Gajeel to be turned back into his full self and, two, let Lily distract Gildarts while Gajeel prepares a Secret Art Spell.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The spells of Holy Scriopture are written in Irish Gaelic. Even the second part of the magic's name is Irish for "Scripture."
    • The spells for Mercator Garten's Posiedon Scroll magic are in Greek.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Gajeel does this after trying to eat incompatible iron.
  • Brick Joke: Kain Hakaru's doll Mister Cursey is taken by Gajeel and the others and given to Happy, who uses it to fight Rustyrose until it is ripped apart by monster flies created by the dark mage. Later, when Kain arrives to attack the camp, he sees Mister Cursey's remains and blames Fairy Tail for it, refusing to believe that his comrade Rustyrose was responsible.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Juvia goes through this when she learns from Damascus about the fate of her village.
    • At the same time, Zeref ends up learning just how many lives suffered because of Grimoire Heart's search for him, and basically lashes out at Damascus with his curse.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Numerous examples.
    • Part of the reward for the Galuna Island job were tablets that contained a type of holy letter magic. Levy then used this magic to beat Freed during the Battle of Fairy Tail.
    • Gajeel defeats Laxus by striking him with Iron God Sword, forcing Laxus to transform into lightning and be disapparated into the Tower of Heaven. This proved vital, as Brain was able to bring back Laxus by gathering the crystal remains of the Tower and collect Laxus's energy to bring him back together.
    • Like in the anime, Erigor made a return during the Oracion Seis arc. However, not only does his coat get taken by Laxus, but his scythe is taken so it can be fed to Gajeel.
  • The Clan: Clan Garten, an organization of researchers that appears in Part Two, with the main family all being related. Most seem to use at least one form of letter magic, the grunts especially being fond of Solid Script and Rune Magic. They also use Automatons, animal based machines sent out to fight. Joseph Mcgarden, Levy's grandfather, was once a member of this clan.
  • Clockwork Creature: Clan Garten uses Automatons that mostly take on the form of extinct animals. They are powered by the souls of living animals several centuries old.
  • Combo Platter Powers:
    • Stave Magic involves generating a spell based on the number of magic circles. The primary examples are healing, electricity generation, a reflective shield, battle aura, and a massive beam from above. Other powers include illusions and mist transformation. Along with aera and size-changing, Lily's use of this magic makes him a straight example
    • Many of Mira's demons have multiple abilities. Beelzea has hydrokinesis, flight, and dark magic, while Kitsune can use both fire magic and enchantments.
    • Levy can theoretically create any element with her Solid Script Magic. And adding the abilities of Holy Scriopture, including flight, purification magic, and a bow generated from her arm, she practically has a large arsenal.
    • Played with Lyon. While all of his spells involve ice, many of them can recreate the power of their animal counterpart. He can create dolphins capable of echolocation or scorpions with their own form of ice-based poison.
  • Comically Missingthe Point: After Wally claimed that Lily was a cat because he can talk, Lily argues that one, he is an Exceed, and two, that logic would mean that Wally and Millianna are cats as well. Millianna, still referring to Lily as a cat, is ecstatic that he thinks she's a cat.
  • Composite Character: Word of God describes this story's version of Mira as such, being a combination of canon Mira's mature self and her younger, hellion self.
  • Cool Big Sis: Mira, not just to Elfman and Lisanna, but also to her teammates, especially Kagura
  • Crossover: Many times characters from other media will appear in the story.
    • The Freelancers from Red vs. Blue appear in the Edolas arc as antagonists. Here they are seen as heretic soldiers that combine science and technology. The current line-up included Agents Florida, Wahington, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Near the end, Washington and South join Fairy Tail in stopping the giant Lacrima when they learned they were about to be sacrificed for the destruction of Extalia, and after Wyoming saying he's willing to kill anyone, including their friend Coco, if they interfere with the Kingdom's goal.
    • Demon Card appears twice, first in a flashback chapter invovling Gajeel and Lily, and second during the Tenrou Island Arc.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Ryos, AKA Rogue, gets his own chapter where he meets the Exceed Frosch and tries to protect him from poachers.
  • Decomposite Character: While Mira herself is described as a composite like above, many of her canon characteristics are split between herself and others. Mira's Satan Soul Magic and more rebellious attitude in youth are kept with her. Some of her canon battles are handed to Erza, such as her fight against Azuma. Last, her role as a model/barmaid/nice girl is granted to her sister Lisanna.
  • Demonic Possession: Lisanna, after unintentionally absorbing a boar soul and a lizard soul at the same time, becomes a monsterous cross of boar/lizard/human that tries to kill a Clan Garten Mook after he tries to snipe her.
  • Delayed Reaction: While interrogating Doranbolt, Gajeel and Lily only take in Kagura's statement about him being a Magic Council Agent a few seconds late, before breaking out into panic.
  • Distant Prologue: The first chapter of the "Rewrite the World" arc starts in the year X761 with Joseph and his students facing off against a powerful water-controlling horse.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Rogue's original name for a green Exceed was going to be "Frog" (Due to the pink frog-onesie he was wearing) before settling for Frosch.
  • Empathic Weapon: Archenemy is described as this, besides noted by Kagura to having emotions of terror on occasion, such as when she was on Nirvana. It also showed physical signs of fear through shaking at Hades's presence.
  • Energy Bow: With the spell Bogha, Levy can coat her arm with runes to become a makeshift bow, which she can fire her Solid Script spells at greater speed.
  • Enemy Within: After being defeated by Ultear, Mira had to face off against Beelzea, who is frustrated by Mira being controlled by her path of vengeance. But this is subverted when it was revealed the fight was meant to force Mira's mind off of revenge.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • When Lyon learned that Azuma was heading to the Tenrou Tree, he believed the other will use his Arc of Green to create a massive explosion that can wipe out the wizards of Fairy Tail so they can easily retrieve Zeref. He was unaware that the Tenrou Tree connects to the magic of Fairy Tail wizards.
    • In Alternate Tail, it is establish that weaker Letter Mages (such as Levy at the start of the series) require a medium to use their magic. Because Alexis was scene using his Thesaurian Magic through his dual lances, Gajeel believes that he is vulnerable without them. At least until Alexis states the lances were only used to give him a better reach.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: During the Battle of Fairy Tail, Natsu asks Lily about the strength of the petrified Fairy Tail girls. It's when Natsu starts asking about which girl is Erza (after remembering that Erza took on a Jupiter cannon) that Lily finds out Natsu is trying to melt the stone off Erza.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Slayers like Gajeel as in canon
    • Clan Garten's Moreau can eat scrolls to obtain new magic.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Gajeel isn't hesitant to devour any iron he finds. However, he will refrain from eating weapons that belong to his comrades, even if he is running low on magic in a fight.
  • Fastball Special:
    • Kagura can increase Gajeel's speed in an orbit around her using her gravity magic before firing him at an enemy. Used against Faust and Hades.
    • A critical moment in the battle against Hades was Levy being launched by her teammates towards him, then weaken him with her holy magic.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The tablets that Levy obtained from Galuna Island were said to be a type of Holy Magic. The magic, Holy Scriopture, gives her an advantage against Freed during the Battle of Fairy Tail.
    • When Doranbolt overhears Zeref talking about Acnologia, he chooses to warn Fairy Tail first instead of his fellow Rune Knights.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Mira learns about how Ultear was responsible for Laxus's brainwashing. Because of this, she goes after Ultear during the Tenrou Island Attack, leaving Lyon to fight Azuma instead.
    • It is implied by Beelzea that Mira's past in the Tower of Heaven played a part in making a leap between the possessed Elfman and Lisanna, taking the brunt of the attack and allowing her sister to live.
  • Freudian Trio: The initial main trio:
    • Id: Gajeel- brash, violent, and rude
    • Ego: Levy- Kind-hearted and gentle.
    • Superego: Lily- noble-hearted, though willing to do what it takes for what's right.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!!:
    • When Lily enters Heroic BSoD after Magnolia is taken, Gajeel punches him in the face and sends him rolling across the ground, reminding him that they can still fight to save them.
    • Played for laughs when Levy slaps Gajeel after he goes into a The End Is Nigh rant when he sees the two Mira's fighting.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Levy to Jose during the Tower of Heaven arc to escape from him.
    • Agent South Dakota to Wyoming.
    • Bickslow does this to Yomazu, after commenting on the dark wizards's lack of honor.
    • Rogue takes down a Clan Garten agent this way by a shadow-coated punch.
  • Gender Flip: The Edolas Versions of Gajeel and Levy are female and male respectively. Edolas!Levy's name is now Levi Macrosen, while Edolas!Gajeel is Gajeel Rosavulpe.
  • Kill It Through Its Stomach: Levy defeats the angel Shamsiel by flying into its mouth and blasting its inside with dark-based Solid Script spells. It destroys him, but generating those spells hurt her as well.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: This was how Cana beat Merudy during the S-Class Exams. While connected to her by Sensory Link, Cana drank some of her liquor, transferring the alcoholic effects to Merudy through the link and stunning her by her light-weight status. When Merudy stops the link, the removal of alcohol (or rather the removal of the feeling of alcohol in her) causes her to get a hangover, making her vulnerable for a takedown.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Mira is shown to be cautious around Levy after the later gets her new magic, due to Holy magic like Holy Scriopture being able to harm demons. This is shown during the fight against Hades, where Hades binds Mira (In her Halaphas form) and Levy (Using wings made of holy runes) back to back, causing the latter to burn the former unintentionally until she deactivates her wings.
  • How We Got Here: Chapter 5 of Brave New World starts with Makarov, Erza, Macao, and Wakaba arriving at their guildhall with their guildmates recovering from their fight with Clan Garten and Gajeel, Freed, and Mira running from the forest. The rest of the chapter is about how the battle went.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: During the Edolas Arc, Gajeel is upset that Byro's Metal Cthulhu form is covered in rust, preventing him from eating it. Merudy lampshades this when she asked if he knows that Byro was once a human.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Levy moves in with Gajeel and Lily after being kicked out of her apartment following the return from Tenrou Island.
  • Imagine Spot: Similar to the anime, Gajeel, Lily, and Kagura try to imagine what Edolas Mirajane would be: Gajeel thinks she would be a submissive weakling, Lily imagines her as a loyal soldier, and Kagura has a fantasy of Mira as an older sister that makes her sweets.
  • Joke and Receive: During the Edolas arc, Lily reveals to Gajeel, Kagura, and Carla that Exceeds are seen as god-like beings, something he himself is against. Gajeel asks him if that makes him the equivalent of a fallen angel.
    Gajeel: So if you don't buy that, does that make you Lucifer or something?
    Lily: In their eyes, yes.
    Gajeel: I was only joking.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • Lyon to Merudy, which isn't too far from canon.
    • Also Happy to Carla, again, not too far from canon.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: Or rather, the demon soul within Mira talks back through a reflection.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Jose makes reference to his predecessor Geoffery, the founder of Phantom Lord and the first enemy of the Fairy Tail Guild.
    • While the heroes fight Lullaby, Ooba Baabasaama, master of Lamia Scale, says it would be great if Lyon was a member of her guild. In canon, Lyon was a member of the Lamia Scale Guild.
    • Rogue's name here is Ryos, which was an alias he used when he meets Gajeel in Phantom Lord.
    • During the Edolas Arc, Gajeel purchases the Bustermarm, the BFS Lily uses when the two first fight in canon. Unfortunately, it is quickly destroyed when Gajeel overuses its magic.
    • Erza swaps her armor with Lisanna's clothes, an ability she demonstrated in the Fairy Tail omake "Whose Clothes Are These?"
  • The Nicknamer: Gajeel will often refer to others by either nickname (Shrimp for Levy, Ice-Prick for Lyon, Lily for Pantherlily) or their epithets (She-Demon for Mira and Salamander for Natsu).
    • This is subverted for Rogue and Jet, who he refers to by their birth names Ryos and Sarusuke respectivly.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Mira's Generic Satan Soul is granted the name Beelzea
  • Original Character:
    • Most are placeholders for fire-based villains defeated by Natsu.
      • The purple-flame wizard Byro was replaced with the metal-mold wizard Tora.
      • In place of the Pyromancer samurai Totomaru was the Water Ninja Pinyin, defeated by Lily.
      • The psychotic Zancrow has switched out for the Southern Belle, still-psychotic Iron God Slayer Damascus. And just like Zancrow, she's killed by Zeref, but this time because of him learning of the people Grimoire Heart killed in his name.
    • A major case would be Joseph Mcgarden, Levy's grandfather and one of the Ten Wizard Saints before his death.
    • Thomas Ore, the Smug Snake who bullied Levy in her childhood, and later hired a wizard to brainwash Joseph to arrange a marriage between the two, before arranging the old man's death so it cannot be revoked. He was later approached to join Phantom Lord, who he hired to capture Levy. Thankfully, he is defeated in combat by Levy, who then informed the council of all of his crimes when his boasting was captured on a recording lacrima in Levy's pen.
    • Mira has two new Satan Souls. The first is Kitsune, a wise fox-demon matron that remains level-headed and uses fire and enchantment magic. The second is Lilith, a telepathic succubus with a psychotic outlook on life.
    • See The Clan above for Clan Garten, which include.
      • The unnamed female Chieftain, mother to Mercator.
      • Mercator Garten, a skilled wizard with the rune magic Poseidon's Scroll, capable of turning him into a merman able to fight off Gajeel and Freed together at once.
      • Murray Garten, a woman who uses combination of glyphs on her bracelet to perform spells.
      • Moreau Garten, an odd individual with a metal muzzle who gains new magic by eating written paper. He and Murray are siblings.
      • Alexis Garten, Mercator and Murray's son that uses a pair of lances to write enchantment adjectives on his targets. He also possess a strange rage mode.
      • Mairi Garten, a mute girl that fights with musical notes created from her violin.
      • Braille Garten, a blind Main/Chuunibyou girl that claims herself the leader of the clan's automatons.
  • Origins Episode: "Meeting Pantherlily" where we learn how Gajeel and Lily meet.
  • Posthumous Character: Joseph Mcgarden, Levy's grandfather and the one who taught her Letter Magic. He was also a mentor for numerous other wizards such as Freed, Ur, Ivan, Gildarts, Layla, and Irene.
  • Precursor Heroes: Team Unbound, a group founded by Joseph Mcgarden and consisting of Gildarts, Ivan, Ur, Layla, and Irene that existed decades prior to the story. Years after their disbandment, Gildarts still holds fond memories of this team.
  • Put on a Bus: Seems to be the case for Lyon, Merudy, Natsu, Lucy, and Happy during the Rewrite the World arc.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gajeel is the brash red oni to both calculating Ice Person Lyon and noble Exceed Pantherlily.
    • Can also apply to the badass she-demon Mira (Red) and the friendly bookwork Levy (Blue).
  • Refuge in Audacity: Kagura distracts a group of Edolas soldiers by pretending she's a lost girl looking for her big brother, while her teammates commander the aircraft. Along the way, she describes her big brother as "really tall, has black hair and red eyes, and lots of piercing on his face." By the time they entered the ship, the other soldiers have been taken down by Gajeel, Levy, Lily, and Carla. And to top it all off, Kagura knocks out two of her escorts while calling Gajeel her missing big brother.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Due to the switch premise, Rogue is Macao's son while Jellal is Ivan's son and Makarov's grandson. This is inverted for Laxus, no longer a member of the Dreyar family.
    • Edolas!Laxus is the son of Faust and the Prince of Edolas.
    • Carla's father, whose identity was unknown in canon, is revealed to be Lily here
  • Role Swap Plot: The main premise of the story, featuring Gajeel with Natsu, Levy with Lucy, Pantherlily with Happy, Lyon with Gray, Mira with Erza, Laxus with Jellal, Rogue with Romeo, Merudy with Juvia, and Wendy and Kagura.
  • Running Gag:
    • At the start and end of the Edolas arc, Gajeel would realize they survived a near-death experience before starting to shout out "we're alive" only to be interrupted by a very painful experience (First time when stopped a few feet from impacting a shed thanks to Kagura's still-working-in-Edolas gravity magic, only to crash through regardless. Second after surviving a crash-landing back to Earthland before being dogpiled by his guildmates.
    • Another frequent running-gag is Lyon's crush on Merudy. While not as open as he was with Juvia in canon, his affections have been dialed to eleven, to the point many characters like Warren and Gajeel had referred to him as a yandere.
    • Lily is not very fond of being called old. Given that he is 189 years old, effectively making him older than even Makarov, it's not surprising for him to feel that.
  • Secret Legacy:
    • Levy learns that her grandfather [[spoiler: was once a member of the secretive Clan Garten.
    • Metalicana, Gajeel's dragon foster father, was said to be the leader of an ancient kingdom called Spartoi. Gajeel states that he never learned of this because Metalicana was more focused on Gajeel's training.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Mira's Edolas counterpart, Mirajane Rheas, uses a gauntlet named after this trope, which can take on forms based on the Seven Sins. Greed enables superspeed. Gluttony can absorb energy attacks before firing them back. Wrath has super-strength. Sloth releases a wave that slows down enemies. Pride emits shadows. And Lust transforms it into two gauntlets with fire and ice respectively.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Subverted between Levy and Clan Garten. While her grandfather is viewed as a traitor, Levy herself does not receive any hostility for it. Murray states there is no reason for Levy to suffer for Joseph's "crimes," and that she is welcome to join the Clan. But because it means forsaking her grandfather and her guild, Levy refuses.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The First Chapter has two references to Dizzasta's Fairy Tail Abridged. The first is when Gajeel meets Tora, asking him "Who the fuck are you?". The second was when Tora mocks Gajeel on having big balls for a man with a pierced face, while Gajeel replied with saying that Tora is the same despite having a pierced vagina.
      • Another reference to the abridged series was during Makarov's "talk" with Twilight Ogre. One of Twilight Ogre's guildmates shouts "Not the breadsticks! Not the breadsticks!" In the abridged series, Natsu and Gray are afraid of Erza's using breadsticks to punish them
    • During their betrayal, an Edolas soldier shouts out "Traitor" at Washington while wielding an electric baton, a clear reference to The Force Awakens. This is before the baton and other magic equipment are shut down by Washington's magic nullifier.
    • Gajeel's nickname for Kagura is Half-Pint, a common nickname used by Wolverine for Kitty Pryde in X-Men
    • Hiro Mashima's Rave Master is initially seen as a story read by Levy in a flashback.
      • However, the organization Demon Card also appears as a dark guild under Grimoire Heart, first appearing in a flashback with a team led by a named Bis before he is beaten by Gajeel and Lily. This also counts as a Mythology Gag, as in the manga it from a man similar to Bis that Lily obtained the Musica Sword.
      • This, of course, is a prelude to when Deep Snow appears in the Tenrou Arc as the current guild master of Demon Card.
    • Both Lily and Florida fear their old teacher, a being named Mr. Popo...
    • The final moment between Gajeel and Edolas!Laxus is similar to the end of Code Geass, with Gajeel as Lelouch and Laxus as Suzaku. Gajeel plays the role of a demon to gather the world's hatred, while Laxus arrives as the hero to stop him. After Laxus stabs him through the shoulder, Gajeel places a blood-coated hand on the other's cheek, telling him to remember the oath of a Fairy Tail goodbye.
    • One of Damascus's attacks is Iron God's Kratos, which turns her hands into black blades connected to her arms by chains.
    • Beelzea compares her relationship with Mira as that of a king and his horse.
    • Lily casually mentions reading the detective stories of Blacksad.
    • Gajeel's intense rant ends with him saying AND IT WILL BE BY FAR THE MOST DELICIOUS AND SATISFYING SANDWICH THAT I WILL EVER EAT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Both Gajeel and Mira both point out that the map Clan Garten is after is useless without all four pieces, and that hiding the piece they currently possess would ultimately stop their plan.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Except for the Loke arc, all of the manga arcs up to X791 arcs have been rewritten with the new cast. However, the author has put his own additions, such as the 'Rewrite the World Arc,' and included divergence from the main story by switching the opponents, as with Mira(Erza) and Lyon(Gray) during the Tenrou Island arc.
  • The Stinger: The end of "Fairy Homecoming" has an old woman telling a man that they will go after Levy, Freed, and Gildarts, due to them being legacies of Joseph Mcgarden.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Mira (in her Beelzea form) has to drink the poison out of Levy to save her after she is bitten by Cubelious.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Near the end of Fairy Tail's fight with Master Hades, the Devil's Heart is destroyed, weakening the dark wizard greatly. He is also attacked by Levy at the same time, who Holy Magic has an advantage against his Dark Magic.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Trial by Fire, Rise to S-Class": Lily has a secret partnership with Mystogan.
    • "Levy Mcgarden": Her grandfather was one of the Ten Wizard Saints.
    • "A New Alliance Brings Old Ghost": The representative for Cait Shelter is Kagura, the little sister of Simon.
    • "Heading Back Home": Twofold, with Carla's parents being Lily and Shagotte and Zeref speaking five names, two of which were Gajeel and Natsu.
    • "The Mysterious Black Wizard": Zeref asks Gajeel if Wendy, Sting, Romeo, or Natsu are nearby.
    • "Between Fauna and Flora" ends with Beelzea challenging Mira for control of her body.
  • You Meddling Kids: Hartley, an antagonist during a flashback chapter, says he could have gotten away with ruining the reputation of Foxgloves's mayor Hameline through animal attacks on tourists and travelers "if it weren't for those meddling kids" (Gajeel, Cana, Lucy, Lisanna), "and that dumb cat!" (Lily).

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