Best Characters In the Anime Fairy Tail

The Top Ten

1 Erza

She's the coolest female in FT I think mira jane and erza are equal some people say... But I think its not cause she has lots of magics and can change her armor and some weapons but mira jane turns to demon the outfit is 2 its red and blue but I think erza is much tough and stronger than mira jane

I think Mash did a great job in portraying Erza. To begin with, the character is amazingly complex, with many, many different layers that slowly become apparent as the story progresses. However, she does not have the over-emotional, self-pitying reactions towards her insecurities that are common of many young girls in anime. What makes her so great is the fact that she is one of the sole people in FT who is able to acknowledge her weaknesses, despite the fact that she possesses incredibly strength, and overcome them, making her formidable. When I read/watched FT I was confident in the fact that she is constantly growing; her abilities and her emotions.

Another thing that's endearing about Erza is in the present (age 19), she shows an almost childish, overly-excitable side that is a stark contrast to the stoic, self-righteous, awkward and intimidating default personality. The writers could have exploited the 'Broken Bird' trope in a thousand different ways, making the 19 year ...more

Amazing personality, beautiful, seducing, strong. She gives me life in fairy tail! I would love to see her further strength! I believe she'll go up as the first in this voting! Keep up on er-chan~!

Erza is actually one of the reasons for me reading/watching FT! But.. While reading the manga (further on) she started to fade.. Her personality had not really grew.. All she learn't was from the whole Tower Of Heaven part where she learned that all that matters is FT guild or something, I sort of forgot cause that's what she usually says "TO PROTECT MY FRIENDS! " which is NATSU'S line! She is pretty social awkward still.. But no matter what I will keep reading/watching Fairy Tail! Oh and.. I suggest you not to rant about other characters if you have NOT read the Manga, don't get me started with how much Lucy has improved.

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2 Jellal Fernandes Jellal Fernandes Jellal Fernandes is a childhood friend of Erza Scarlet. When he lost his own memory, he was a Dark Mage who desperately sought to revive Zeref via the R-System. Jellal served as the main antagonist of the Tower of Heaven arc and is currently a member and co-founder of Crime Sorcière.

I love Jellal! He was a jerk at first, but hey, he was possessed. When he became the kind Jellal he used to be, well, who wouldn't like him?

I love jellal he's handsome and awesome

I just love Jellal. in the beginning he did some bad things, but he couldn't really control it, but he spends the rest of his life doing good things to make up for it. he's so cool, strong, and beautiful and him and ERza are so cute together.

Jellal is life

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3 Gray

Gray is a wonderful character simply because unlike the other members who each possess unique abilities E.G. Dragon Slaying, ice making magic can be learnt by almost all mages but it is up to you to hone it. Gray is creative (gosh, his intelligence is always overlooked, I have no idea why. Maybe because he enjoys his silly but friendly fights with Natsu too much? ) His battles usually include strategy (take his fast reaction by freezing his blood while fighting Ultear even though she only mentioned a detail once for example). His back story is heartbreaking but he chooses to live on. He is selfless. He has saved many souls (e.G. Lyon, Juvia, Ultear.). He is unbelievably kind and gentle (look how he treats the exceeds. Even Frosch! ) Plus he's ' hot.

In comparison to many other characters in FT Gray is one of the more unique ones. His magic is as Erza stated Beautiful and yet it is deadly and can be used for almost every situation he is in. His Ice devil slayer magic is an upgrade he deserved after all of the trolling Mashima and the studio animators put him through and his fights are always enjoyable to watch as he utilizes not only his brawn (which is over-looked all the damn time) but his brain too (Which too is over-looked). Gray also is probably the only person I have seen in the show who treats everyone equally, for example He supported Gajeel with his singing not from how he sounded but what message it delivered. Unfortunately this wonderful character is always under-estimated and over-looked for below average characters (i won't name names). I could go on forever but I wouldn't want to take up an entire page or two giving reasons why Gray is the best character so I will leave this here.

Gray Fullbuster is my favorite character for many reasons. (This is going to be long) First of all, his backstory is tragic. (SPOILERS) He was blamed for the death of his mentor who sacrificed herself for him and as a result his childhood 'friend' grew up to hate him. He watched his parent's get murdered by a demon, and then his guardian who he was closest too got killed murdering that same demon. Just when he though his father was alive, he dies in front of him. And yet he lives on, and is brave and selfless. Secondly, his fights. Now that he has devil-slaying magic, I believe that he's possibly stronger than Natsu (Maybe equal to END? ) and maybe matched evenly with Erza. He can freeze literally EVERYTHING! And his abilities are great, like his blood-ice thing. He uses his brain as well, such as producing magic too fast so that Rufus' mind couldn't keep up, freezing his own blood because of one detail Ultear mentioned, working with Lyon to figure out Racer's secret (that episode ...more - RebeccaDarking

He is the best. He is my beloved. He has power with strength. He should be the first. He is also unique especially his stripping which is super cute. I love you gray.

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4 Natsu

I'm sorry but all you people going and thumbs downing supportive comments for natsu it is rude and not needed. If you don't support the character don't vote or comment. I don't understand why some people are hating on this great character. You say he has no character development well I find this funny considering he has literally the most character development and complex personality of any of the fairy-tail characters and they haven't even done a specific arc on him yet like they have for the other characters. You go and comment on how you don't like him and I ask well why do you like another character. They all have much simpler personalities and pasts and yet you hate on natsu for no reason. Some of these comments may not be specific as to why they do like him but not everyone has the time or energy to think of every reason and write it here I think you should respect that. If you need a reason to like this character here it is. NATSU is a very kind person. He accepts almost anyone ...more

A lot of these Natsu aren't really giving good reason as to why Natsu is the best (or worst) character in the series. There are two that I've seen so far that has given a concise reason as why they think so with facts from the story. Others are just "Oh he's Natsu" or "He is sooo funny", those aren't reasons.

Probably one of the worst characters ever. Over the course of 400 chapters he has received no character development whatsoever. There were moments where he could have some development, but they were just thrown out the window. For example, it was implied that Lisanna and Natsu have a very close bond with each other. Yet a few chapters after Lisanna is reintroduced to Natsu, she is then given the same treatment as Max; almost complete irrelevance. Another moment was when Gildarts told Natsu that one should notice their weakness to become stronger. This solid piece of advice was completely shoved to the side as well when Natsu was fighting against Zancrow. He should just bailed the fight along with other members and hid for a couple of years to train then do a massive comeback. Instead, he does his typical friendship gimmick and pulls off an insane move (granted it did look pretty bad-ass). Which brings me to another fault in his character, the friendship philosophy. A very common ...more

He's so badass

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5 Ultear

Should be #2, to be honest. She has a great story and motive to her previously villainy that dig ever deeper. She never truly wanted to commit said deeds despite having been "abandoned" as a child, manipulated by countless of those who have delved too deep into magic (Hades, Oracion Seis' Brain, etc), and have had been treated as a lab rat. Such a past would drive people to complete evil, if not insanity. Nonetheless, Ultear persevered and only committed them to achieve a magic power that would undo all of said acts and help her attain happiness that was unjustifiably stolen from her at such a young age. Her good will is also proven when she protects and takes care of a young orphaned girl whom she had just met (Meldy). Furthermore, once she was shown the light by Fairy Tail, she turned her back against evil, and rather than stay locked up in a cage regretting her actions but not atoning for them, she formed an independent guild called "Crime Sorciere", along with ...more

With Jellal (as a villain ofc) and Lyon, Ultear was one of the few villains in this show who had both brilliant background and development. She kinda represents the beginning of the series, where the arcs were more well thought, unlike the powerscale-dependant arcs and villains we're getting right now. Besides, she was an incredibly smart character as she was able to infiltrate successfully the Council and manipulated Jellal to get her job done. She was also not fully insane, as she actually cared for her comrades. Pity that she was in that terrible group of villains :'(

Ultear... My favorite character... she had to go trough so much! And gave her life to save the world.. AND her Ice Maker magic is badass better then Grays by far! Also she is the 4 strongest female next to Ul, Erza and Mavis

She was one of the best looking, most interesting and charming FT character. Her story was varied and very sad and now it's not clear to me if she's dead or not. It seems she lost her youth and that she got very old and/or that she's prisoner in some kind of eternal space/time jail. That's too cruel. I hope Mashima finds a way to deage and take her back.

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6 Sting Eucliffe Sting Eucliffe

He is uber strong, a funny person, calm, makes the BEST facial expressions... He is like my life in that show

Sting is not only super strong but he constantly works hard to improve his skills and knows the true meaning of friendship. also he is so cute especially his friendship with Lecter and the way he looks up to Natsu is adorable.

Sting is and will always be my favourite Fairy Tail character. I know it's an unpopular opinion but he is just so adorable and dorky but hot. He is amazing!

The best character in fairy tail

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7 Laxus Laxus

He is honestly one out of a small handful of tolerable characters in Fairy Tail that make the series somewhat watchable/readable. Over the series of Fairy Tail he actually receives some character development and actually improves his personality over the course of the series. Whenever he gets into a fight, it's worth enjoying it due to it not being heavily one-sided. However, when it comes to him in GMG his character regresses drastically when he quotes Natsu and he one-shots Jura because that is not normal when it comes to Laxus's character. In fact, it really is unfortunate because he had trained to fight against Jura and we were given a power chart to see where the characters were power-wise (Jura and Laxus were pretty so they should have had a pretty equal fight lasting for 4-5 chapters). In the end, Laxus is still an enjoyable character since he rarely ever partakes in the nakama silliness of the guild members and he actually has some character development.

Honestly, at first I thought Laxus was just another prick. But after the battle of fairy tail he started showing some actual character development. And it wasn't a 100% immediate turn around either. During tenrou island and key of the starry skies he was still showing traces of his superior attitude, and I loved that. His transformation was actually believable in terms of how it progressed. And when he was punished for hurting fairy tail he took it like a man. Plus who doesn't like (or love) it when he knocks one of the idiots around a little.

Laxus Dreyar is the only reason I still watch fairy tail, No one as quick as laxus, strong as laxus, in a fight there is no one better!

Sometimes I think Hiro Mashima hates Laxus, to give him such a stupid sickness and take him out of every major arc before it even actually begins, or just give him something to do, only so he couldn't interfere with the main fights. Then I realized the same thing happened to Gildarts. So now, I just really believe, that Laxus is to strong for this show. That aside he's also the one character that makes it impossible for me to ever drop this manga, even if I'm disappointed with it every now and then. Laxus is an amazing character that's much more mature than most of the Fairy Tail members and has a character development that actually deserves to be called such. Laxus is also one of the more consistent characters. He developse and matures in believeable ways without changing him objective and plans all over the place (like Zeref and Gray) and consisent strength (unlike most others, he gets nerfed rather than boosted). He's not the main character and not even among Natsu's little team, ...more

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8 Lucy

I personally find Lucy to be conceited when it comes to her looks, and annoying when she simply sits back and watches as Natsu, Gray, Erza, etc save everyone. But when she actually gets up on her feet and fights, she's fairly strong. She has a lot of potential, and I believe the reason her power isn't as great as say, Juvia's, is because she spent so much of her life cooped up in a mansion. She also incredibly smart, if not a bit naive and superficial, and also cares for her friends. I think the reason she's not as driven as many of the other characters is because the traumatic events in her past weren't as severe. Overall, she's either my 5th or 6th favourite

I mean, to be honest, Lucy is rather conceited. She's obsessed with her looks. It's annoying when she doesn't make a stand for herself and just lets Natsu, Grey, or Erza go and kick some butt. But she's our main character. She's funny. Positive. Filled with emotion. Happy. Selfless. She's Lucy. She's just so heartwarming. And in a way, she's the character WE can relate to the most. We're not Erza. We can't be that awesome. But we can be Lucy; sometimes weak, sometimes scared, but positive, selfless, sensitive, and happy. We are Lucy.

How is the main character at number 7 on this list?! I've loved Lucy ever since the start, she's has amazing qualities that make her hilariously relatable: has trouble with her love life(ahem forget about that, she's got a Natsu ), the most logical out of all her friends, and is especially relatable when it comes to struggles about her personal problems. Most people who dislike Lucy only don;t like her because they think she 'sits back and lets Natsu and her friends fight for her instead of doing it for herself'. Well, guess what?

Lucy DOES fight for herself when she can. Remember in Tartaros, when everyone was isolated in that stuff and she was the only one left? She fought until she could barely move, and if you read the manga, you would know: after a year, Lucy turned from medium strength to a badass. Like seriously, how much more beautifully strong can you get? She probably matches Erza in both beauty AND power now!

I don't understand why Lucy gets so much hate because she is an amazing character.
People complain she is weak and useless but that is not true because when she does fight she can be strong.

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9 Juvia

Considering how her character developed in strength and personality it should be enough to be a bit higher. If you think about it Juvia hasn't been completely useless she would always give it her all in battle especially since she's been getting more screen time people should see how impressive she's gotten plus she barely crys about things which I find is a good thing considering most female characters do. And another thing people shoukd Really consider how strong she is consideribg Gajeel is always willibg to work with her abd fight along side her (since their basically like BFF's). Not to mention her combination of her humorous personality, with that she also brings a different type of character to fairy tail- no not a crazy love stalker, just a girl who doesn't keep her emotions in well. In any case I found her attraction to Gray to be less from when she started which is pretty good and it shows that she isn't too dependant on Gray. If you still don't like Juvia please try and re ...more

I'm sorry but Juvia is just so sick I don't understand how she could be at this ranking...and it's pretty sad I mean she's funny, weird, cool, smart, and very powerful when she's ready I'm lost why Lucy is before her and not to mention the other way awesome characters in all of the series like Rogue or Zeref? There's more but I'm just so upset at this shocking revelation that I can't even think clearly...JUVIA ROCKS AND DON'T HATE ON HER!

Juvia is awesome powerful funny always gets me on the floor laughing and is in love with gray. Her love for gray makes her so op also she's really hot

How could you not love juvia to be honest. She's so funny and strong, shes pretty, and great over all. she is out right my favorite character in anime history. she's super cute, her past is sad (who's in fairy tail isn't let's be real) and the development as a character is unreal. she started off with no emotion and super glommy and now she's one of the most cheerful people in fairy tail. there would never be a dull day if juvia was are best friend

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10 Mirajane

She is one of the favorite character of this anime series but needs more story and fight scenes on her.

I just love her. After all that happened to her (I mean her sisters "death") she was still strong, because she knew she had to protect her family. She always smiles. She know, that every single person is good inside. She always cheers everyone up, and if she cries, I'm crying too. She always believes in her friends and that there's rainbow after clouds. Such positive character! Besides, she's sometimes very funny.

I really love Mirajane. She's too kind and she's so positive. I believe she's the third strongest in fairy tail (guild) after mavis and makarov. Afterall we still doesn't know what's her limit. Even she might able to defeat mavis or makarov since she now have macro. She can control everyone and make them do things and she can do it every time she wants too. And she got a lot of strong demons. But her past is a bit too much for a cutie like her. Cause she defeated a demon for her village but still the villagers wants mirajane to go away from the village. BUT WHO CARES. WE ALL LOVE MIRAJANE

Mira should be in top three...

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The Newcomers

? Irene Belserion

Pretty, strong, and deep down she's a caring mother

The Contenders

11 Gajeel Redfox Gajeel Redfox

He's just a tough guy on the outside but on the inside he just wants a flying cat

Gajeel is honestly one of my favorite characters, and I love how we get to see both his soft side and his tough side. I think he's especially cute when he's protective of Levy or Panther Lilly, and he and Natsu are hella funny together. Another one of his traits I respect is that as Lilly points out, Gajeel is quick to adapt to his opponents in a fight, which makes him formidable and stronger than just power.

Gajeel is one of the best characters in the series. He's a lot like Vegeta in his personality and role in the story, and where he really shines is the moments where he makes the audience laugh. His singing is a riot, and when he was looking for a cat to have as a sidekick, I was laughing the entire time.

I like him because he is awesome and spoiler alert if you don't read the manga gajeel x levy confermed

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12 Freed Justine Freed Justine

Freed is just the sweetest, most intelligent, most handsome, kindest, and all around amazing little cinnamon bun you have ever laid eyes on. Voting him's easy!

I can't believe he made the list! I would not have pinned him as one of the top characters.

He's relatable because senpai never notices me :'(. He's strong and intelligent which are really good qualities and WOAH we could sit here all day talking 'bout his long and beautiful hair! *sassy hair flip*

He's great and all, but come on, how is he higher than Mira? Or Gajeel?

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13 Rogue Cheney Rogue Cheney

I don't understand why he isn't higher. He was the only member of Sabertooth that questioned what their guild was doing, even going as far to call their guild's motives wrong. He didn't join them in the arena when they were going to throw down after Minerva hurt Lucy, not did he watch Minerva beat her up. He also has such a soft side for Frosh which is ADORABLE. And then there's the whole shadow thing. He's had to deal with the fact that in the future he could kill Sting, and yet he still strives to be happy. Honestly, I love Rogue. He should be at least 12.

In my opinion, Rogue is much more better-looking than Gray. At first, he shows his disinterest in everything and everyone, with Gajeel as the only person and thing he was interested in. He longed to surpass Gajeel. Rogue actually spoke up and questioned the Sabertooth guild's policies. After a while, he shows his caring nature towards his comrades. Rogue should be in the top ten.

He's just awesome I love his abilities and his look. His exceed is the best one. And I just really like his character

Rogue is one of my favourite characters in fairy tail he's just so nice despite all of the things he had to go through

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14 Kagura Mikazuchi Kagura Mikazuchi

This woman could destroy anything without even unleashing her sword! That is power! If it wasn't for Erza telling her about Simon's death and getting Kagura so emotional(which broke her focus on the match) then I truly believe that she could have taken Erza down. While watching her fight, I truly thought to myself "Erza might lose." Super strong, a great wizard, needs more screen time. Also, she wear clothes! She's not running around trying to fight in high heels and a bikini! She looks like a warrior, and I love that!

Kagura is my favourite character. Why? Because she's very strong but is also delicate. She probably could've beaten Erza if she didn't get so emotional. Unlike Erza, she doesn't win EVERY SINGLE BATTLE(not that I hate Erza). She's cool and is not all about her looks, which I like.

Kagura is so hot yet so cute, and she is strong yet fragile

I think she is in the same level with erza and she is pretty

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15 Loke Loke Loke is a recurring character in the anime show, Fairy Tail. He's a heroic, but flirtatious friend of Lucy.

Loke is an overrated garbage character. His personality has nothing special besides being a pervert and a player. The only thing cool about him is what he did for Aries, his power, and his clothes, which could easily be given to a better zodiac. Speaking of zodiacs, why is he the leader of them? He shouldn't be given a higher title simply because he's the Lion. I want to see other zodiacs more, like Capricorn, but no, we see Loke instead. Whoopdedoo. What a disappointment he is to those who has the Leo as their constellation sign.

I don't know who could be cuter than Loke. - Pegasister12

He the bomb he protects Lucy at all costs and got possessed for her

I really liked him at first! (After he turned out to be Leo) but then he became a player flirter a girl every time he was summoned. Geez man put those panties back in your pants!
And anyone else find it a peeve that he wears a tux with sunglasses? No? Okay.

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16 Mystogan Mystogan

Um, he's amazing... What more is there to say? - freeflight

He's like the batman of Fairy Tail

The most mysterious and badass character in Fairy Tail spoilers:

I'm still waiting for him to return

He's dark, mysterious, and a total badass. He should be up there, right below his counterpart. - Goku02

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17 Zeref

I feel sorry for him. He was a good guy, just being misunderstood. He wanted to revive his litte brother, get a horrible curse in the result, if he doesn't eant others to die when they are around him, he mustn't cherish their life. So he tried to hide from humanity in order to protect them but he couldn't stand witnessing them massacre each other, so he slowly begin to renounce his connection to humanity and get into the dark path. He spent his 400 years life seeing wars, fights and his loved ones leaving him whil he can do nothing for that, suffered for centuries and ended up being rejected by the world! Now, he wanted to be killed by the very litte brother he revived to put his miserable life to an end, such a sad ending for a kind, talented prodigy who treasures life more than anybody else. Just because of his brother that he received the Ankseram curse, yet he still cares for and love his brother deeply and wanted to revive him still regardless of the price he must pay. He ...more

Hey why is Zeref so underrated? Get him higher! Zeref is a badass, awesome character who's extremely kind but was misled. Everyone hates him for his curse, though he never intended to kill anyone and warned them to stay away. He was a good guy, just being misunderstood. He wanted to revive his litte brother, get a horrible curse in the result, if he doesn't eant others to die when they are around him, he mustn't cherish their life. So he tried to hide from humanity in order to protect them but he couldn't stand witnessing them massacre each other, so he slowly begin to renounce his connection to humanity and get into the dark path. He spent his 400 years life seeing wars, fights and his loved ones leaving him whil he can do nothing for that, suffered for centuries and ended up being rejected by the world! Now, he wanted to be killed by the very litte brother he revived to put his miserable life to an end, such a sad ending for a kind, talented prodigy who treasures life more than ...more - Goku02

Zeref's my favorite character. He's strong, smart and had faith in himself that one day, he'll be able to revive his little brother, Natsu. He did create all those nasty and merciless demons, but hey, he didn't create the demons for that purpose, he wanted to die. Anyways, in my opinion, he's my #1 character in the entire FT series.

Cool character

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18 Happy

HAPPY IS SUCH A CUTE PIE! I want him to be my pet! Aye!

You really do have to admit: Happy is ADORABLE. And he's not JUST cute. He can FLY, which he uses to get people out of some tricky spots! He's always funny and, well, HAPPY!

Happy is so great! He is in my top ten for sure. He is so funny, and cute, and I love how he teases Lucy so much. I honestly quote happy all the time.


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19 Rufus Lore

Who was that again? Oh wait...THAT guy.

Awesome magic that can make or combine magic and don't know how he got two move shoted by gray.

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20 Lyon

I actually think Lyon should be in the top ten... He's super handsome and at first he was quite obsessed with becoming better than his master your and seems quite vain. But later on his more caring characteristics comes to pass. He adores Juvia and does everything to try and please her. He also asks Gray when he was planning to marry Juvia; he obviously is struggling with the thought but overcomes by thinking about Juvia's happiness... Why does Juvia like Gray when he is so absurdly mean to her?!?!

Lyon is an AMAZING character. He was super sweet when he was a kid and has awesome skill when it comes to his magic. Did I mention his hair?

Lyon is so handsome and likes juvia

I think Julia should be with him

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