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A major ruling body in the world of magic, the Council is what keeps all the wizard guilds in Fiore in check. For this reason, many of its members hold Fairy Tail in low regard for the property damage that they cause.

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  • Asshole Victim: While their assassination shakes the magic community as a whole, it's unlikely Fairy Tail will lose sleep on personal level for most of them, seeing how they were major sticks in the mud.
  • Back for the Dead: After a long period where only Doranbalt and Lahar were shown, the rest of the council makes their appearance and is killed off in its entirety in the course of half a chapter.
  • Barrier Maiden: The pulse bomb Face is connected to three random members of the Council via Body Link Magic, and can only be activated when all of the seals are broken. Since Tartaros doesn't know which members are which, they just decide to kill all of the councilors.
  • Berserk Button: Fairy Tail in general, due to the guild tendency to be Destructive Saviors and undermine their authority.
  • Kill Sat: Etherion, which is even called the Satellite Square.
  • Killed Off for Real: In a series where Death Is Cheap, the deaths of virtually all the councilors in the Tartaros arc stand out in particular, especially since quite a few of them have been around since the beginning of the series.
  • Never My Fault: They refuse to accept any responsibility for the major problems Fairy Tail faces if those problems threaten the authority they pose over the magic world.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: There's the occasional Reasonable Authority Figure sitting on the Council, but for the most part they spend the series complaining about how much trouble Fairy Tail causes.
  • Out-Gambitted: Their plan to stop Zeref in the Tower of Heaven arc is to fire Etherion at the tower believed to have the power to resurrect them, done at the request of Siegrain...except Siegrain is actually The Mole, and the tremendous energy of Etherion is what's needed to activate the tower in the first place.
  • Police are Useless: To call the Rune Knights horrendously incompetent would be an understatement. They're never seen arresting anyone they've beaten themselves and several of the people they do arrest are often repentant or not truly evil in the first place. The moment they decide to act against Tartaros, they are massacred by one single guy.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: One of the Council's ultimate weapons is Etherion, a Kill Sat Wave Motion Gun with enough power to wipe an entire country off the face of the earth. Another is Face, an Anti-Magic pulse bomb that can neutralize all magic across the continent. Naturally, there are villains who try to get their hands on these weapons.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even if their hatred of Fairy Tail is justified for causing more harm than any of the monsters or villains they're supposed to stop, there are cases where the guild manages to save the kingdom from disaster, and yet the Council refuses to overlook whatever wrongs the heroes may have committed.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Siegrain (i.e., Jellal) persuades the Council into firing Etherion on the Tower of Heaven to keep it from resurrecting Zeref. Not only does this give the tower's R-System enough magic energy to carry out its purpose, but it also discredits the Council and forces it to be reformed with new members.

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First Council

These are the Council members seated at the start of the series. They retain this position up until the Tower of Heaven incident, when they are forced to step down in disgrace after Jellal manipulates them into furthering his plans.

    Crawford Theme 

Chairman Crawford Theme

Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura (JP), Bradley Campbell (EN, 1st voice), Bill Brooks (EN, 2nd voice)

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The chairman of the first Magic Council. After getting forced out of office over the Tower of Heaven incident, he throws in his lot with Tartaros as their secret informant in a bid to regain his power.


    Siegrain 

Siegrain

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

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Jellal's "twin brother", who is actually a magical duplicate of himself he created to further his sinister plans. He houses half of Jellal's magic power in him, but is strong enough to be counted among the Ten Wizard Saints.


  • Chick Magnet: He is listed in Weekly Sorcerer among the wizards most desirable for a boyfriend in various supplemental materials and the anime.
  • Expy: He bears a deliberate resemblance to Sieg Hart from Mashima's earlier work, Rave Master.
  • Fake Twin Gambit: He tricks the Council into thinking he is Jellal's Good Twin, fighting to stop him from completing the Tower of Heaven; even Erza falls for the ruse, despite her suspicions that he's just as evil as his "brother". He's really just a copy of Jellal and is every bit as evil as he is.
  • Light Is Not Good: Erza is certainly not convinced that he's up to any good, despite his appearance and magic. It turns out she's right.
  • The Mole: He serves as Jellal's on the Council. Mostly because he is Jellal.
  • Only One Name: Everyone only calls him "Siegrain", and he doesn't appear to possess his "brother's" surname.
  • The Reveal: He and his "twin" Jellal are one and the same. Far more effective in the anime, where the relationship is established sooner and addressed more frequently than in the manga, where it's only brought up a mere few pages before The Reveal.
  • Teen Genius: He's the youngest member of the Council and the Ten Wizard Saints, and is seen as a prodigy for it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He proposes the vote that the Council fire on the Tower of Heaven with Etherion when he reveals the risk it poses at reviving Zeref.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Just like Jellal.

    Ultear Milkovich 

Ultear Milkovich

Siegrain's right-hand woman on the Magic Council, later revealed to be the one pulling his strings all along.

See Fairy Tail – Crime Sorcière for more information.
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    Yajima 

Yajima

Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura (JP), Steve Powell (EN)

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One of Fairy Tail's few sympathizers on the Council, and Makarov's old friend. After retiring from the Council, he opens up a restaurant called 8 Island.


  • Accidental Misnaming: He has a habit of mispronouncing certain names, calling Jellal "Zellal".
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: A minor, non-villainous example. He and Makarov are simply friends in the manga, but in the anime, he's a former Fairy Tail member who was on Makarov's old team along with Bob, Goldmine, Porlyusica, and Rob.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Makarov calls him "Yan-bo" ("Yaj" in the English dub) just as Yajima calls him "Ma-bo" ("Macky" in the dub), identifying them as old friends.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows practically cover his eyes.
  • Combat Commentator: He serves as a guest commentator on every day of the Grand Magic Games.
  • Eyes Always Closed: Like many characters who demonstrate this trope, he hardly opens his eyes except when he's angry.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yaji" derives from the Japanese word "oyaji", which means "grandpa" or "old man".
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's just as tall as Makarov, barely standing above the waists of the series' teenage protagonists.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a three-pointed hat on the Council, and a big chef's hat afterward.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only councilor who votes against firing Etherion on the Tower of Heaven right down to the very end, which proves to be the right decision.
  • Paper People: He can make his entire body paper-thin, which is useful for eavesdropping and wrapping himself around others' bodies.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the most lenient on Fairy Tail during his time in the Council, and he gives some sound advice to the guild's younger members every now and then.
  • Retired Badass: He opens up a restaurant called 8 Island once the old Council is disbanded.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name card in the manga spells his name out as "Yazima".
  • Supreme Chef: He finds a new passion in cooking after stepping down from the Council, finding he prefers being a chef over a politician.
  • When Elders Attack: He may not be much of a fighter and is hopelessly outmatched, but when Tempester trashes his restaurant, he doesn't just sit back and take it lightly.

    Org 

Org

Voiced by: Daisuke Endou (JP), Greg Dulcie (EN)

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A member of the Council who serves on both the first and second rosters. He, like the rest of the Council, can't stand Fairy Tail's destructive antics, but warms up to them over time.


  • Animal Motifs: Has a bat on top of his head.
  • Bald of Awesome: He loses his hair and becomes much more sympathetic after the Time Skip.
  • Character Death: Jackal personally blows his head up during Tartaros' Council killing spree.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: He starts out just as opposed to Fairy Tail as the rest of the Council, but when he starts sympathizing with the guild, his fellow councilmen suddenly don't like to hear what he has to say.
  • Dirty Business: Though he ultimately supports firing Etherion on the Tower of Heaven to prevent Zeref's potential return, the idea of killing countless others in the process weighs heavily on him, regardless of their evil intent.
  • Eyes Always Closed: Downplayed; his right eye is always closed.
  • Grumpy Old Man: His advanced age and poor disposition with Fairy Tail cement him as this.
  • Humble Pie: Early in the series, he is poised to become the new Council chairman and swing the hammer down on Fairy Tail's head once and for all. This all comes crashing down after Jellal disgraces him along with the rest of the Council during the Tower of Heaven arc. After that, he finds he's in no position to criticize Fairy Tail for threatening the magic world when he helped nearly do the same.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Inverted with his English dub actor, who looks exactly like him.
  • Only Sane Man: Winds up becoming this for the Council after the Tower of Heaven arc, realizing Fairy Tail's actions have wound up saving the world more than the rest of the Council would like to give them credit for.
  • Pointy Ears: They go with his bat motif.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even when he hated Fairy Tail he was still quite level-headed, and he was the councilor who expressed the most reluctance and regret at using the Etherion on the Tower of Heaven due to the potential loss of lives, innocent or guilty.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He comes to be one of the few sympathetic Council members in the series, and so it comes as a major shock when Jackal personally dashes any hope of him surviving the Council bombing.
  • Wizard Beard: Not as impressive as the likes of Grand Doma, Hades, and August, but it's still quite thick.
  • Your Head Asplode: Jackal kills him off-screen by grabbing his head and working his bomb curse on it.

    Michello 

Michello

Voiced by: Fujii Yukiyo (JP), Sonny Strait (EN)

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A member of the original Council who also thinks little of Fairy Tail. After stepping down from the Council, he lives with his granddaughter, Michellia, under witness protection.


  • Break the Haughty: Although he's ultimately spared the fate of his fellow councilors at the hands of Tartaros, he's left in a serious state of mental shock, a far cry from the high and mighty politician he once was.
  • Dirty Coward: When targeted by Jackal, he knowingly withholds information about Tartaros' goals that could be useful to Fairy Tail, opting instead to run and beg for someone to save him.
  • Entitled Bastard: While he's on the run from Jackal, he believes that the citizens should sacrifice themselves for him because of his service on the Council over the years.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He has no love or tolerance for Fairy Tail, and even makes rumblings in the Council to get the guild disbanded once and for all.
  • Hate Sink: Even though Fairy Tail is assigned to guard him in the Tartaros arc, the depths he sinks to just to save his own hide doesn't earn him any spot in their good books. Eventually, Natsu gets so fed up with him that he punches him out cold.
  • It's All About Me: Despite claiming to have the magic world's best interests at heart, he clearly values his own life over others. No better is this demonstrated than during the Tartaros arc: when Lucy is given a Sadistic Choice between killing him and a pregnant woman, Michello frantically hollers that letting him live should be the obvious choice. Although he justifies this that killing him could trigger Face and put the country at risk, this ultimately turns out to be false.
  • Jerkass: He is rude, self-centered, and disregards others as either mindless sheep who should be grateful for his protection, or a threat to public safety that needs to be dealt with.
  • Lack of Empathy: Unlike several of the other Council members who decide to fire on the Tower of Heaven despite the potentially catastrophic loss of life, Michello justifies that sacrificing them is necessary and unavoidable.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He has cat ears and a tail, but he's otherwise supposedly human.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: His granddaughter Michellia is quite the looker, inheriting none of his physical traits, and is all but said to have been hit on by Loke at one point.

    Leiji 

Leiji

Voiced by: Eiji Sekiguchi (JP), Jim Johnson (EN, Leiji #1), Keith Kubal (EN, Leiji #2)

There are two Council members with the name Leiji, one sitting on the first and second rosters, respectively. Any other connection between them is unknown.


  • All There in the Script: Leiji #2 isn't addressed by name in the manga, and is instead identified via the anime credits.
  • Character Death: Leiji #2 is one of Tartaros' first victims in their assassination plot.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Leiji #2 gets unceremoniously blasted by Jackal with the rest of the building.
  • In the Hood: Leiji #1 always wears his jacket with the hood up.
  • Lennon Specs: They're about the characters' most defining characteristics besides their unusual facial hair.
  • Same Character, but Different: There is a similar-looking character on the second Council who sports an entirely different beard, but shares his name in the anime's credits, which implies they're one and the same.

    Belno 

Belno

Voiced by: Tamako Nohama (JP), Wendy Powell (EN)

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One of the original Council's members. She looked after Gajeel after Metalicana's disappearance.


  • Bus Crash: She was killed in her sleep by one of the members of Tartaros in their search for the seals to Face.
  • Character Death: A member of Tartaros kills her off-screen in her sleep.
  • Cool Old Lady: Her contention with Fairy Tail aside, she is a very caring person, especially towards Gajeel, her foster son.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's annoyed by Fairy Tail's antics, but is more tolerant and level-headed about it. And then there's her maternal relationship with Gajeel, whom she worried over when he fell in with Phantom Lord.
  • Parental Substitute: She's the one who looked after Gajeel after he was abandoned by Metalicana.
  • Peaceful in Death: Gajeel and Levy find she was killed peacefully in her sleep, unlike the other councilors who were far more brutally slaughtered.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Despite not getting a whole lot of development, her death has a significant impact on Gajeel.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a pale green in the anime.
  • You Remind Me of X: She once told Gajeel that he reminded her of her dead son.

Second Council

Following the Tower of Heaven incident, the Magic Council reorganizes with an entirely new roster to make up for its previous members' mistakes.

    Grand Doma 

Chairman Grand Doma

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (JP), Bradley Campbell (EN)

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The chairman of the new Magic Council. He runs the Council with an iron fist and has absolutely zero tolerance for Fairy Tail, threatening to disband the guild for even the slightest offense.


  • Character Death: He's killed in Tartaros' initial Council bombing.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: While his dead body is shown in the manga, the anime focuses instead on his lifeless hand holding his now shattered staff.
  • Knight Templar: He lumps Fairy Tail with other, greater threats to their world such as Grimoire Heart and Zeref that need to be contained, if not outright disposed of, to make up for the previous Council's mistakes.
  • Minor Major Character: His position puts him in charge of all wizard guilds in Fiore and threatens Fairy Tail's disbandment, but doesn't really do anything more than that. He also gets killed with the rest of the Council before he even has a chance to change that.
  • Nice Hat: It's a cross between a cowboy hat and a wizard's hat.
  • Pet the Dog: He's the only one on the Magic Council who doesn't laugh off Org's seemingly ridiculous (and correct) claims that Tartaros is offing their own guilds, and takes it as a sign that they must act immediately. This one kind act is also the last thing he ever does.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: His attire brings him closer to resembling a traditional wizard than any other character.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He's willing to blow up Sirius Island using Etherion with Fairy Tail, Grimoire Heart, and Zeref still on it in order to rid the world of its problems. Thankfully, it never comes to that. Acnologia does it instead.
  • Wizard Beard: It adds to his overall wizard-like appearance.

    Other Members 
  • All There in the Script: Apart from Grand Doma, Org and Leiji (who may or may not be the same guy), the others' names are only mentioned in the anime credits: Babaraki (the broad-shouldered man), Loewen (who wears a bandana), Mazuu (who has extremely tall hair), Noura (the sole woman), Saban (the hooded man), and Sid (who wears an eyepatch).
  • Anime Hair: Half of them have gravity-defying hair, but one has hair twice as tall as his own head.
  • Asshole Victim: They're even less likeable than the previous Council, so no love is lost when Jackal blows them up all at once.
  • Eyepatch of Power: One of the members wears an eyepatch, giving him an intimidating appearance.
  • Sinister Schnoz: While they're not necessarily evil per se, the good majority of them have hooked noses, and they certainly mean business when it comes to cracking down on Fairy Tail.
  • The Smurfette Principle: There is only a single female member on this roster.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Other than the chairman and Org, they don't get nearly as much development as any of the other Council members. They aren't even identified by name in the manga.

Officers and staff

    Lahar 

Lahar

Voiced by: Hideyuki Hayami (JP, 1st voice), Shouhei Kajikawa (JP, 2nd voice), Christopher Bevins (EN)

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Head of the Fourth Custody Enforcement Unit of the second Magic Council. Whenever major threats to the peace emerge, this bespectacled man is usually there to arrest them.


  • Character Death: He's one of the casualties in Jackal's bombing of the Council building.
  • Combat Commentator: On the third day of the Grand Magic Games.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Just when it seems the reformed Jellal is free to live his own life at the end of the Nirvana arc, Lahar and his men show up to put him away.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death comes right out of nowhere while he's standing guard outside the meeting room that gets blown to smithereens.
  • Geometric Magic: He uses a souped up version of Fried's Jutsu-Shiki to corral wizards for arrest or questioning.
  • Inspector Javert: Despite Jellal and Hoteye pulling a Heel–Face Turn, Lahar refuses to overlook their past crimes and arrests them, and nearly does the same to Fairy Tail when they protest violently. However, he takes his job very seriously, and allots Jellal time to say goodbye to his friends.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He states that he will carry out Grand Doma's orders without question, even when firing Etherion on Sirius Island with Fairy Tail still on it is a possibility if it means eradicating the powerful enemies on the island.
  • Not So Stoic: One of the few times he shudders with fear is when he learns that Acnologia is approaching during the Sirius Island arc.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The guy hardly ever cracks a smile, at least when on the job.
  • Sacrificial Lion: By the time of his death at the start of the Tartaros arc, he's developed and even likeable just enough for his death to add extra weight to Tartaros' atrocities.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelled as Laharl in the Funimation dub.
  • Stoic Spectacles: His glasses, coupled with his humorless expression, are enough to tell you of his strict demeanor.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: His friendship with Doranbalt gradually makes him out to be this.

    Doranbalt (Mest Gryder) 

Doranbalt (Real name: Mest Gryder)

The false identity assumed by Fairy Tail wizard Mest Gryder while acting as an intelligence agent for the Magic Council.

See Fairy Tail – Fairy Tail for more information.

Third Council

In the year following Tartaros' assassination of the Council, another one was formed by the Ten Wizard Saints. Unlike the past Council, they have no quarrel with Fairy Tail and are far more concerned with staving off Alvarez's invasion.

    Third Council in General 
  • The Archmage: They officially stand as the most powerful wizards on Ishgal. Of course, the Ten Wizard Saints' membership is politically motivated, but the fact that the previous Councils recognized them as being the most powerful legitimate wizards on the continent speaks volumes.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: This Council is composed by the Ten Wizard Saints, who use their unfathomable magic talent not only to kick ass, but to set an example for the rest of the magical community as well.
  • Heroic Second Wind: After God Serena wrecks their collective asses off-screen, they manage to pull themselves together and launch one last assault to take him down with them. It doesn't work, unfortunately.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to the first two rosters, this Council has zero contention with Fairy Tail whatsoever. If they do, it's overshadowed by the Alvarez invasion.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: They attempt to stall God Serena, August, and Jacob's advance towards Fairy Tail in the Alvarez Empire arc. Too bad for them, God Serena alone hopelessly outclasses them.

    Draculos Hyberion 

Chairman Draculos Hyberion

The second most powerful of the Ten Wizard Saints behind God Serena, ranking him among the Four Emperors of Ishgal. He is selected as the new Council chairman after the previous Council is crippled by Tartaros. He uses Vampiric Magic.


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He stands out for becoming Council chairman due to being the strongest Wizard Saint following the defection of the superior God Serena.
  • Badass Cape: It adds to his imposing vampire look, complete with a High Collar of Doom.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: On top of being the Council's strongest member, he has a classy look to boot.
  • Badass Mustache: Not quite as impressive as the others seen in the series, but it's definitely one of the classiest.
  • Cultured Badass: He has the look of a man of great wealth and power with his nice suit and classy wine glass. He is also one of the four mightiest wizards on his home continent.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is an imposing and dark-cloaked figure, but he fights for the good of his country and is undoubtedly the most benevolent of the Council chairmen.
  • Last-Name Basis: Unlike most of the series' characters, he is primarily known and addressed by his surname.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is derivative of "Hyperion", one of the Greek Titans and father of Helios, the Sun God. His given name is also very similar to Dracula, one of the most iconic vampires of all time.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He has the look and powers of a vampire, but it's ambiguous whether he actually is a vampire (feeding into the rumor that none of the Four Emperors are human), or it's all just part of his magic.
  • The Paralyzer: His magic can completely paralyze his opponents. It's effective enough to affect God Serena, however temporarily.
  • Pointy Ears: He wouldn't be a vampire wizard without pointed, bat-like ears.
  • Wine Is Classy: As high-ranking Wizard Saint and head Councilor, he's usually seen holding a glass of some sort, even marching into battle with it. Upon closer inspection of the bottle, it's actually milk.

    Wolfheim 

Wolfheim

The third-strongest Wizard Saint and one of the Four Emperors of Ishgal. An irritable old man who turns into a hulking monster when provoked.


    Warrod Sequen 

Warrod Sequen

One of Fairy Tail's founding fathers, ranked fourth among the Ten Wizard Saints and the Four Emperors of Ishgal. Having originally retired from guild work, he comes out of retirement to serve on the Council.

See Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Founders for more information.

    Jura Neekis 

Jura Neekis

The strongest member of Lamia Scale, and one of the Ten Wizard Saints.

See Fairy Tail – Lamia Scale for more information.

Officers and staff

    Gajeel Redfox 

Gajeel Redfox

The Iron Dragon Slayer. When Makarov disbands Fairy Tail after the war with Tartaros, Gajeel signs up as captain of the latest Council's custody enforcement unit.

See Fairy Tail Fairy Tail B Team for more information.

    Panther Lily 

Panther Lily

Gajeel's Exceed companion. He accompanies Gajeel in working for the Council under custody enforcement.

See Fairy Tail Fairy Tail B Team for more information.

    Levy McGarden 

Levy McGarden

See Fairy Tail Fairy Tail B Team for more information.

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