The Fairy Tail anime and manga series features a diverse cast of characters created by Hiro Mashima. Set in a magical world, a young celestial spirit wizard, Lucy Heartfilia, travels through the land of Fiore to join the magical Fairy Tail Guild. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a teenage boy looking for a dragon named Igneel. Shortly after their meeting, Lucy is abducted by a man called Bora of Prominence, who was posing as Salamander of Fairy Tail, to be sold as a slave. Natsu rescues her and reveals that he is the real Salamander and has the skills of a Dragon Slayer. He offers her membership into the guild, which she accepts, and they become a team performing various missions for Fairy Tail.
Natsu Dragneel (ナツ・ドラグニル Natsu Doraguniru ) is the main male character of the series. Natsu has a carefree and reckless nature and constantly bickers with other members of the guild. Sometimes comes off as an idiot. He has a competitive relationship with frequent teammates Gray Fullbuster and Erza Scarlet; Gray tends to insult Natsu, prompting frequent skirmishes, while Erza, an S-class wizard, represents a way for Natsu to prove how strong he is. Despite his reckless and headstrong nature, Natsu is a skilled tactician and can pick up on an opponent's abilities and weaknesses very quickly. He is also vehemently loyal to Fairy Tail, and does not allow anyone to sully its name. Natsu suffers from motion sickness from all modes of transportation, including trains, carriages, and people carrying him on their back; the only exception is being carried by Happy. He is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in English.
Natsu's nickname is "Salamander", and he is often recognized by his pink hair, scale-skin scarf, and fire magic. He was raised by the dragon, Igneel, who taught him how to talk, write, and use an ancient style of magic known as "Dragon Slayer". Because of his magic, Natsu can eat any flame other than his own for nourishment. He can also emit fire from any part of his body. The size and power of the flame is a direct result of Natsu's mood, so when properly motivated in a battle he is recognized as one of the strongest wizards in Fairy Tail. During the series, Natsu consumes some Lacrima containing Etherion, the magic beam that was fired by the Magic Council and captured in solid form in the crystal, which greatly improves his abilities; his skin becomes scaly, and his speed and the strength of his fire are also greatly increased. This is known as the Dragon Force, the highest level of Dragon Slayer magic, allowing one to gain the power of a dragon. In Mashima's one-shot short story that served as the basis for the manga, Natsu was originally a spirit, and had horns on his head.
Happy (ハッピー Happī ) is a blue, talking cat with the ability to use magic. Series creator Hiro Mashima was originally going to name him "Freyr" after the Norse god, but didn't think it fit his character. In keeping with his name he is generally quite happy, and is more cool-headed than his partner, Natsu. One type of special ability magic called "Aera" allows Happy to temporarily grow wings on his back and fly, but he can only carry one person in this form. This is the only kind of transportation that does not give Natsu motion sickness. When asked why, Natsu exclaims that Happy is a friend, not a means of transportation.. Happy emerged from an egg found by Natsu in the forest, and with the help of Lisanna, Mirajane and Elfman they took care of the egg, hoping a dragon would emerge. The egg was taken by Elfman, who had taken the egg when Lisanna and Natsu were sleeping, wanting to help with the egg's hatching, but was too embarrassed, and decided to help out secretly. After Magnolia is absorbed by Anima, he discovers that he is an Exceed, a race of cat-like creatures that can absorb magic within their bodies. When Happy and Carla escape from Extalia, a farmer takes them in. Unbeknowst to Happy, the farmer and his wife are his parents. Their names are Lucky and Marla. He is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in Japanese and Tia Ballard in English.
Lucy Heartfilia (ルーシィ・ハートフィリア Rūshi Hatofiria ) is the main female character of the series. She joins Fairy Tail at the start of the series, having always wanted to be a member. She is always teamed with Natsu when on a job, though the frequent battles they get involved in have left her wishing she could do an easy job by herself. Lucy is one of the saner and more stable members of Fairy Tail, often being the only one to recognize the absurdity of her teammate's actions. She is also very confident in her appearance and sex appeal, exuding a certain amount of vanity. Lucy comes from a wealthy family, her father owning a large valley that serves as his estate's garden. Because she is estranged from her father, she left him and his fortune after the death of her mother so that she could follow her own path. In the series, it is revealed that father once told Lucy that he and her mother came from the guild Love & Lucky, and the "K" in "Lucky" fell off so the sign read "Love & Luc y"; the memory resonated strongly with them, thus they decided to name their daughter Lucy. She is voiced by Aya Hirano in Japanese and Cherami Leigh in English. Her given name was inspired from The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
Lucy practices Celestial Spirit magic, a skill that allows her to summon spirits from another world using Gatekeys. Before she is allowed to use the key she must sign a contract with the spirit to decide upon when she is allowed to summon them. There are two types of keys: silver keys, which are common and of a large variety, and twelve extremely rare gold keys that open the "Twelve Gates of the Zodiac." Her Celestial Spirits have varying levels of power, with different ones suited for different tasks. For example, Aquarius can control water, while Taurus has enormous strength. She can summon multiple spirits (an uncommon ability) at once for short periods of time, but tires out easily when doing so. Lucy's main weakness is she cannot perform magic without her keys, although Loke is able to appear with or without being called out. Along with her keys, she also carries a whip which she is proficient with.
- Gold Keys
- Aquarius: "The Water Bearer" is a long-haired mermaid that can only be summoned into a body of water. She is selfish and taunts Lucy, often attacking both Lucy and Lucy's enemies with a torrent of water. Her occasional "off-days" would most likely be spent on a date with her boyfriend, Scorpio.
- Taurus: "The Golden Bull" is a minotaur with a white and black splotched coat and a nose ring. He wields a giant two-bladed axe. He is a pervert and constantly compliments Lucy's body.
- Cancer: "The Great Crab" is a hair stylist with crab-claw shaped hair. He has six large crab-legs that come out of his back and carries around scissors. When he is first summoned, Happy assumes that Cancer would end all of his sentences with kani (crab), but in reality, Cancer ends all of his sentences with ebi (shrimp).
- Virgo: "The Maiden" is a maid with shackles and chains around her wrists. Her ability is to tunnel underground. Her appearance reflects her current master's preference: when introduced under the ownership of Duke Everlue she looks giant and overweight, but she slims down after Lucy takes possession of her key.
- Sagittarius: "The Archer" is a man wearing a horse costume that uses a bow and arrow. It is given to Lucy as a reward for saving Galuna Island. He ends his sentences with "moshi-moshi" (hello-hello).
- Leo: "The Lion" is Loke, who gives his key to Lucy after she helps him return to the spirit world. He was previously owned by Karen Lilica, whose abusive attitude towards Aries resulted in an argument where Leo refused to return to the spirit world until she released him and Aries from their contracts. By doing this, Leo prevented Karen from summoning other Celestial Spirits which caused her death on a mission. After he regains his former powers as a Celestial Spirit, Loke demonstrates that he is much stronger than he used to be when he was a member of Fairy Tail. Leo is able to appear into the real world at will without being called; he can sense when Lucy is in danger, and come assist her when needed.
- Scorpio: "The Scorpion" is a man with a cannon in the shape of a mechanical stinger, and hair split into two different colors. He is Aquarius' boyfriend.
- Gemini: "The Twins" are two small imp-like creatures who can copy others in terms of appearances, abilities, and even thoughts. They were previously owned by Angel.
- Aries: "The Ram" is a young girl dressed in a woolen dress and long boots. Aries's past masters treated her badly and hardly ever took her feelings into consideration; when Karen was killed by Angel, Aries fell into Angel's possession until Angel is defeated by Lucy.
- Capricorn: "The Goat" is a tall man with a goat's body. He was originally Lucy's mother's spirit but she fell ill and passed her keys on to three other mages. Among these was Zoldeo, who held Capricorn's key. However, Zoldeo became swallowed by darkness and committed a taboo by using Human Subordination magic on Capricorn, which fused their bodies together.
- Silver Keys
- Crux: "The Southern Cross" is a large humanoid stone-made cross with a cross-shaped nose and mustache. He specializes in searching for information on different spirits and their masters.
- Horologium: "The Time Piece" is a living grandfather clock that is large enough for people to hide in. Lucy usually does this for shelter or as a mode of transportation. Once inside, Horologium speaks for her, ending every sentence with "my Mistress says".
- Lyra: "The Lyre" wears a bonnet, a dress, has wings on her back and carries a harp. She sings about emotions and often likes to take requests.
- Nikora the Canis Minor: "Nikora", named "Plue" by Lucy, resembles the same Plue from Hiro Mashima's previous work, Rave Master. He has no special abilities or powers, and serves more as a pet for Lucy...
Gray Fullbuster (グレイ・フルバスター Gurei Furubasutā ) is a main character of the series. He frequently teams up with Lucy and Natsu when they go on a mission. Natsu and Gray have a very brotherly, albeit competitive, relationship, with Natsu picking a fight with Gray whenever he says something that might be seen as insulting. Lucy theorizes that their constant fights are a natural by product of the magic styles. He is voiced by Yuichi Nakamura in Japanese and Newton Pittman in English.
Gray was taught how to use ice magic by Ul when he was a child after his parents were killed by Deliora. When Gray later attacked Deliora to seek revenge, Ul sacrifices herself to trap Deliora in ice and save Gray. During his training with Ul, Gray was forced to live in a snowy region wearing nothing but his underwear in order to get accustomed to the coldness of ice. Because of this he has developed the subconscious habit of removing his clothes at inappropriate times, as he is most comfortable without them. Gray is one of Fairy Tail's most talented wizards, and he is able to form static formations of ice with relative ease. Unlike his fellow student under Ul, Lyon, Gray uses both of his hands when forming ice since using only one hand can create unbalanced ice forms. After defeating Juvia, she falls in love with him and joins Fairy Tail to be with him, where they develop a friendship. Gray cares deeply about Erza he believes she is in the guild so she won't cry anymore.
Erza Scarlet (エルザ・スカーレット Eruza Sukāretto ) is a main character of the series and one of Fairy Tail's S-class wizards. She is a very strong individual, is very stern, and places great value on the rules of Fairy Tail; if someone steps out of line or is slow to do as she asks, she does not hesitate to punish them, so many characters are quick to apologize if they think that they have angered her. This comes up most often when Natsu and Gray start arguing, where they are quick to stop and make up if someone mentions Erza. Erza is not without compassion, however, and will do her best to make Natsu and Gray happy, even if it means delaying their punishment until later. She is voiced by Sayaka Ohara in Japanese and Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.
As a child, Erza was one of the many slaves that constructed the Tower of Heaven. She was beaten frequently while there and eventually lost her right eye. During this she met a boy named Jellal who she fell in love with. She was eventually able to escape during a slave rebellion but was forced to leave her friends behind. Erza eventually arrived at Fairy Tail, and is given a false eye from Porlyusica. Her desire for armor resulted in her "re-quip" style of magic; with it she can instantly equip herself with armor or weapons in her vast arsenal. She is a talented warrior, being of comparable ability to guild leaders like Makarov. Her legendary status leads to her title of "Titania Erza", meaning "Queen of the Fairies". Her name was adapted from Eru, a character from a one-shot short story by Mashima that served as the basis for Fairy Tail.
Wendy Marvell (ウェンディ・マーベル Wendi Māburu ) is a young girl, formerly from the Cait Shelter guild, who joins Fairy Tail after the Oracion Seis are defeated. She travels with a female talking white cat, Charle. Wendy utilizes Sky Dragon Slayer magic, which is the lost magic of healing. Her healing magic takes a large amount of energy, though she can replenish herself by eating air. She wishes to find her dragon, Grandine, who vanished at the same time as the other dragons, and wanted to meet Natsu, hoping he'd know about her. When Grandine left her, she was alone until Mystogan, who was actually Jellal's Edoras counterpart, found her and saved her life, but left her to the ghost of an old man who created Nirvana. The Old Man told her that she was in a guild after creating the illusion of "Cait Shelter" which was not an actual guild. After joining Fairy Tail, Wendy forms a strong bond with Natsu and Gajeel, due to their shared abilities. She is voiced by Satomi Satō.
Charle (シャルル Sharuru ) is a white Exceed who travels with Wendy, and the princess of Extalia, though unknown to her. Like Happy, she uses "Aera" magic, and also develops the ability of precognition. Originally stuck-up and rude, especially to Happy, she eventually begins to open up and develops a friendship with him. Voiced by Yui Horie.
Fairy Tail is a guild of wizards that typically regard each other as family, though they are very violent towards one another. It is regarded as one of the strongest guilds, but due to the constant collateral damage during their missions, they do not have a very good reputation. It has been said that everyone in Fairy Tail carries the wounds of a sad past. The strongest members of the guild are called S-class, which currently consist of Gildarts, a man said to be only second to Makarov, Erza, and Mirajane. Before they left the guild, Laxus and Mystogan were also recognized as S-class mages of Fairy Tail.
- Makarov (マカロフ Makarofu ) is the aging master of Fairy Tail, who wishes to retire, although he believes none of the others are experienced enough. Hiro Mashima wanted his name to sound Russian Makarov has a very laid back approach to leading Fairy Tail, and encourages its members to do what they think is right. He does not necessarily mind that Fairy Tail is renowned for its property damage, only issuing negligible punishments when it happens, but hates having to explain their actions to the Magic Council. Makarov, being a Wizard Saint, is one of the strongest wizards on the continent and can use a number of different magic forms and defeat most opponents with relative ease. His most common choice of magic causes him to turn into a giant, but when properly motivated to fight, he utilizes light magic, such as "Fairy Law", a spell with a large radius that can discern between friend and foe. He is voiced by Shinpachi Tsuji in Japanese and R Bruce Elliott in English..
- Mirajane (ミラジェーン Mirajēn ), nicknamed "Mira", is a motherly waitress and cover girl of the guild, and Elfman (エルフマン Erufuman ), a large man obsessed with spouting speeches about "manhood", are two siblings who specialize in the "Take Over" style of magic, which allows for the user to transform into any monster that they have defeated. Mirajane's name comes from a video game Hiro Mashima was playing while he created her. After Lisanna, their younger sister, was thought to have sacrificed herself to return Elfman from an unsuccessful transformation, but in reality was sucked into an anima headed to Fairy Tail in Edoras. Mirajane, originally an S-class mage, lost her will to use most magic, and Elfman became unable to transform anything more than his arms. Elfman eventually becomes able to fully transform in order to save his older sister, and Mirajane is able to unlock her abilities after seeing Fried mercilessly attack Elfman. Mirajane is initially only able to use basic transformation magic, but after regaining her abilities, she is able to use water magic and a demonic Take Over form. Mirajane is voiced by Ryoko Ono (Japanese), Monica Rial (English) and Elfman is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English).
- Loke (ロキ Roki ) is very flirtatious with any and all attractive women, though he was very wary of Lucy because of her status as a Celestial Spirit wizard. He avoided her at all costs, but eventually confided in her that he was actually Leo of the Lion Palace, a traitorous Celestial Spirit banished to the human world for inadvertently killing his previous master, Karen Lilica, by forcibly drawing out his contract to make sure that she did not abuse any more spirits. He was slowly dying due to spirits being unable to stay in the human world for long, and when he became ready to accept his fate, Lucy convinced him and the Spirit King that he did the right thing. He formed a contract with her to thank her, and became able to forcibly summon himself to protect her. He is voiced by Daisuke Kishio.
- Cana Alberona (カナ・アルベローナ Kana Aruberōna ) is a short tempered woman, who constantly drinks alcohol and utilizes card based magic. She has been with the guild since childhood, and she acts as a leader during times of emergency. She is actually Gildarts' daughter. She is voiced by Eri Kitamura. Her name was derived from Arcana, a classification for occult tarot cards which she also uses as part of her magic.
- Laxus Dreyar (ラクサス・ドレアー Rakusasu Doreā ) is Makarov's grandson, who believed that his grandfather needed to retire and pass the title of master to himself. He wears a pair of spiked headphones, often smokes cigars, and he has a lightning-shaped scar that runs down the right side of his face. Though he was kind and loving towards the guild during his childhood, the excommunication of his father and constantly being in the shadow of his grandfather caused him to begin strive to be the strongest and hate the "weak" members of the guild. Laxus utilizes Lightning Dragon Slayer magic by using Lacrima crystals placed within his naturally weak body, but now his father's intentions are to remove and sell them, killing him in the process. After his coup with Fairy Tail, he is removed from the guild, though he leaves on good terms with Makarov. He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi.
- The Raijin Tribe act as the bodyguards of Laxus. All of them were previously indifferent to the other members of Fairy Tail and each has a magical ability hidden within their eyes. Along with Laxus, they started Fairy Tail's interguild war, and acted as villains during that duration. After Laxus is removed from the guild, they gradually begin to interact with other members of Fairy Tail.
Fried Justine rarely visits the guild, and he utilizes various enchantments that force people to follow specific, and often unknown, rules within a specific area, or they suffer whichever consequences he decides. He also is able to use a sword to create sensations or realities by writing on his opponent and himself, such as causing "pain" or "fear", or growing "wings." Evergreen is a girl who joined the guild specifically because she dreamed of being a fairy as a child. She can turn opponents to stone with a glare, and can use exploding dust and needles. Bixlow is a strange man in a suit of armor who is capable of controlling five dolls implanting them with souls. He can take over other people's souls by having them look into his eyes. The Raijin Tribe are voiced by Junichi Suwabe (Fried), Saori Seto (Evergreen), and Yoshihisa Kawahara (Bixlow).
- Mystogan (ミストガン Misutogan ) is extremely reclusive, fully cloaking every part of his body, and using sleeping spells while visiting the guild. He helps the guild from the background in most occasions, though he directly faces Laxus during his coup. He is Jellal's Edoras counterpart. After stopping the King of Edoras from stealing Earth Land's magic, and erasing what's left of the depleting magic, Mystogan stays behind to govern Edoras. He is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa.
- Gildarts Clive is an extremely powerful wizard, often called the strongest in Fairy Tail. When he returns to Magnolia Town, the entire city divides itself, due to Gildarts' magic that destroys anything he touches. He is also known for taking incredibly long and dangerous missions, one of which cost him his left arm, left leg, and an organ, due to being defeated by a black dragon. He is good friends with Natsu. For most of the series he was simply referred to as "that old guy" by the other members of Fairy Tail. He is the father of Cana Alberona.
- Gajeel Redfox (ガジル・レッドフォックス Gajiru Reddofokkusu ), nicknamed "Kurogane Gajeel", was originally the second strongest member of Phantom Lord, though he joins Fairy Tail after it is dispersed. He is initially not trusted by many of Fairy Tail's other wizards, having attacked the guild hall and several members during the conflict with his previous guild, but Gajeel eventually gains their trust. During this period, it's found that he was a double agent, giving Makarov information about his son, Ivan Dreyar, Laxus' father. He uses a variant of the Dragon Slayer style based on metal/steel; he can turn his body into iron, shoot large steel rods, and gains strength by eating metal. He forms a rivalry with Natsu, having been defeated by him, and he is also looking for Metalicana, the dragon who taught him his magic. After noticing that his fellow dragon slayers Natsu and Wendy both had cat companions, Gajeel became determined to find one for himself. Eventually, he gets his own Exceed named Panther Lily. Voiced by Wataru Hatano.
- Juvia Loxar (ジュビア・ロクサー Jubia Rokusā ) was initially one of the Element Four of Phantom Lord, but she develops feelings for Gray after he defeats her, which leads her to join Fairy Tail. She is able to control water and make it rain. Her body is made out of water, allowing her to easily reform from physical attacks. She becomes close with Lucy, whom Juvia incorrectly believes to be a rival for Gray's affection. Her name is derived from "Lluvia", the Spanish word for rain. Voiced by Mai Nakahara.
- Shadow Gear is a team made up of Levy McGarden, Jet, and Droy, who befriend Lucy after she joins the guild. Levy is able to solidify written words and have opponents experience the corresponding effect, such as throwing the word "fire" to cause a burning sensation. Jet can move at extremely high speeds, and Droy can manipulate rapid-growing plants. Both Jet and Droy have crushes on Levy, though she instantly rejects both of them. They are voiced by Mariya Ise (Levy), Eiji Sekiguchi (Droy), and Masaki Kawanabe (Jet).
- Lisanna is the younger sister of both Elfman and Mirajane. It was originally believed that she had died on a mission with her siblings, but in actuality, was brought to Edoras through Anima, a portal that can suck magic from one world to another. She together with Natsu brought up Happy's egg together and they were very close friends. After she "died", whenever anyone brings up or makes Natsu remember her will cause him to get very angry. When Mystogan brings all of Edoras' magic to Earth Land, she is brought back to her own world, along with every other being with internal magic, and is reinstated back into Fairy Tail. Voiced by Harumi Sakurai.
- Panther Lily is a black Exceed who formerly worked under the King of Edolas as a tactician. Originally from Extalia, the home of the Exceed race, Panther Lily was banished after rescuing a human, Edoras Jellal. After he, along with all of the other Exceed from Edoras, are brought to Earth Land via Anima, is adopted by Gajeel. He joins Fairy Tail to carry on Jellal's efforts in the guild, demonstrating a polite respectful attitude towards its members, particularly Erza. Originally having a more humanoid appearance, his body structure to that of similar to Happy and Charle, though he is able to switch back to his original form for a short time.
Minor Fairy Tail Members
Fairy Tail also includes a large number of minor guild members, who usually appear in the background or in a minor capacity during events in the story. Macao Conbolt is one of the older mages of Fairy Tail who uses a magic called Purple Flare, which produces a fire that can't be put out by wind or water. Wakaba Mine a man with a pompadour who uses smoke-based magic from his pipe and a friend and rival of Macao. Reedus Jonah is a rotund man who can draw on himself and then make his drawings come to life. Nab Lasaro resembles a Native-American and can confine an animal's fighting spirit within himself to aid him in battle. Alzack Connell and Bisca Mulan are two foreigners who wear old-Western movie type clothes and use gun-related magic. They are secretly in love with each other, but are too shy to confess. Warren Rocko is a man who can use telepathy in battle. Max Alors is a young mage who can control sand in battle. Vijeeter Ecor is a young mage who can use dance-related magic to aid his allies' or inhibit his enemies' fighting potential. Other even less-prominent members include Miki Chickentiger, Laki Olietta, Tono Rabbits, Mikuni Sin, Chico C. Hammit, Wan Chanji, Joey Fullbun, and Kulov.