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Top 10 Strongest "Fairy Tail" Characters of All Time

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Strongest "Fairy Tail" Characters Ranked

Fairy Tail is gaining a lot of publicity nowadays in the anime world. Many even believe that it can be closely compared to the big three, namely Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. This anime introduced hundreds of strong characters with interesting and unique powers. Deciding who is the most powerful among them is a very big challenge. I’m a fan of Fairy Tail and have been watching the series from the start. If your favorite character is not on this list, feel free to explain your side and convince me that your character should be in the comments section. I know you’re as excited as I am, so here are the Top 10 Strongest Fairy Tail Characters!

10. Gajeel Redfox The Steel Dragon Slayer
9. Natsu Dragneel The Fire Dragon Slayer
8. Erza Scarlet The Titania
7. Ultear Milkovich The Time Wizard
6. Laxus Dreyar The Lightning Dragon Slayer
5. Makarov Dreyar The Guild Master of Fairy Tail
4. Hades The Guild Master of Grimoire Heart
3. Gildarts Clive The Ace of Fairy Tail
2. Mavis Vermilion The Fairy Tactician
1. Zeref Dragneel The Black Mage

Gajeel Redfox is an Iron Dragon Slayer, a member of the Fairy Tail guild and a former S-Class Mage of Phantom.

Gajeel Redfox’s Iron Dragon Slayer Magic was taught by Metalicana. Gajeel uses this magic to turn any part of his body into steel and produce huge iron rods or swords for offense. And like other Dragon Slayers, Gajeel can retain his used-up magic power by simply eating anything made out of iron. His Iron Dragon Slayer Techniques include Iron Dragon's Roar, Iron Dragon's Lance, Demon Logs, Iron Dragon's Scales, Iron Dragon's Club, Iron Dragon's Blinds, Iron Dragon's Sword, Iron Dragon's Throwing Knife, Iron Dragon's Restraint, Iron Dragon's Foot Blade, and Iron Dragon's Hard Fist.

Natsu Dragneel Minimal Art

Natsu Dragneel Minimal Art

Natsu Dragneel is a Fire Dragon Slayer and a loyal member of Fairy Tai. He is also the main male protagonist of the series.

Fire Dragon Slayer Magic

Natsu was trained by Igneel, a Fire Dragon, back when he was just a kid. With this type of magic at his disposal, Natsu can consume almost any type of fire to reimburse his depleted energy. Natsu is also known because of an ancient and rare type of fire magic known as Flame of Emotion. This is the main reason why Natsu is much stronger while protecting someone or if the enemy was able to harm his friends prior to their battle. The characteristic of his fire can also be changed which was evident when he used it to cling to surfaces and be saved from falling off a cling during his first encounter with Erigor.

  • Fire Dragon's Roar

This attack delivers a humungous fireball toward the enemy, which originates from Natsu’s fire breath.

  • Fire Dragon's Claw

Natsu engulfs his feet with fire to boost their attack power. This spell can also be used to jet-propel him towards any direction which is useful for both offense and defense.

  • Fire Dragon's Iron Fist
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Only a few can survive after being barraged by this spell where Natsu covers his fists with flames to increase their power and speed.

  • Fire Dragon's Wing Attack

Natsu mimics a dragon wing with his flames and uses them to strike the enemy with immeasurable force. Those who are caught up in this attack are blown away while being burned.

  • Fire Dragon's Sword Horn

Natsu covers his entire body with flame and attacks the enemy at full speed. This spell is a straightforward attack that can be easily dodged but brings tremendous damage if it connects.

  • Fire Dragon's Brilliant Flame

Natsu burns the enemy and destroys anything around him by engulfing both of his hands with extreme firepower and combining them.

  • Fire Dragon's Flame Elbow

Natsu ignites the tip of his elbow with fire. He then uses the flame to boost his punching power and let loose a devastating attack that can throw his enemy high up in the air.

  • Fire Dragon's Crushing Fang

This is an absurdly fast attack where Natsu slashes the enemy with his blazing hands.

  • Dragon Slayer's Secret Art

Crimson Lotus: Fire Dragon's Fist

This technique was used to defeat Gajeel who is also a Dragon Slayer. To perform this attack, Natsu unleashes countless punches, which cause fiery explosions.

Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade

This is considered one of the most destructive Dragon Slayer Techniques. Once connected the enemy will be enflamed and suffer a huge amount of damage from blade-shaped flames in a spiral formation. This was the technique Natsu used to defeat Laxus Dreyar, who is known for his immense durability.

Hidden Fire Form - Crimson Lotus: Phoenix Blade

This technique is highly effective against one target. In fact, many considered it the most powerful technique a Fire Dragon Slayer can deliver. This technique is done by covering the entire body with the Flame of Rebuke and charging straight toward the enemy with devastating speed. After connecting a fiery punch, a clash of heads will finish it all.

Dragon Force

Natsu achieved Dragon Force when he ate Etherion and the Flame of Rebuke. This form is considered the most powerful state any Dragon Slayer could achieve as the user's body turns into that of a dragon. This technique can greatly increase one's magic power and causes a magic aura to be visible.

Transformation

Natsu mastered the basic skills of Transformation and was even successful at first try when he tried to copy Lucy Heartfelia.

Aside from being a Dragon Slayer, Natsu Dragneel is also a formidable opponent due to his superb sense of smell, hearing, strength, and reflexes. He is also very durable against both physical and magical attacks. Moreover, Natsu Dragneel’s speed is second to only a few. He will never back down from a fight and will do his best to protect his guildmates even if the cost is his own life.

Erza is hailed as the strongest female member of Fairy Tail. Her specialty is Requip Magic which allows her to change from a set of armor to another increasing her attack damage and defense in the process. She also gains several exciting effects depending on what type of armor she wears or weapon she wields.

Magic and Abilities

Erza’s Armors

  • Heart Kreuz Armor

This is Erza’s casual armor made by the infamous fashion brand Heart Kreuz.

  • Heaven's Wheel Armor

This sturdy armor provides not only good defense but an array of offensive possibilities. While wearing this armor, Erza Scarlet can fly short distances and summon hundreds of swords at once. It also allows her to use extremely powerful magic like Blumenblatt, Circle Sword, Trinity Sword, and Pentagram Sword.

  • Black Wing Armor

This is one of Erza Scarlet’s best offensive-type armor. It grants her the ability to fly in short distances and extremely boosts his attacking power especially if used together with strong weapons. With this armor on, Erza Scarlet can also cast Moon Glimpse, an infamous swift attack that slashes a target in a cross pattern.

  • Flame Empress Armor

This armor is perfect against Natsu Dragneel and other Mages who use fire magic as their main offense. The armor also grants Erza the ability to shoot fire and unleash a very powerful fire spell called Flame Slash. This spell is done by collecting fires around the caster’s sword and delivering a blazing attack.

  • The Giant's Armor

Erza often uses this armor with the Evil Crushing Spear. It enhances her strength for optimum throwing power. This armor was first introduced when he tried to throw a spear toward the moon at Galuna Island.

  • Adamantine Armor

This is the primary defensive armor of Erza Scarlet. It was even strong enough to protect Erza from all the magic beams fired by the Phantom Lord although the armor was completely damaged afterward. Adamantine Armor also features two shields in the hand which can be combined to form a tough Magical barrier. And like in most of her armor sets, this also provides Erza the ability to fly short distances.

  • Purgatory Armor

Erza claims that this armor is the most powerful at her disposal. However, there seems to be no chance left for her to prove it since this armor was completely destroyed when he fought Ikaruga.

  • Lightning Empress Armor

This armor is her best option against Laxus Dreyar and other mages who use lightning magic. She was able to survive Laxus’ most powerful lightning magic without any scratch while wearing this armor. The lightning empress armor also comes with the ability to cast a beam of lightning which is generated from the tip of the armor’s spear. This spell is referred to as Lightning Beam. A much-advanced spell named Lightning Cyclotron uses the same principle but unleashes multiple lightning beams at the same time.

  • Robe of Yūen

This armor is very elastic and was used against Midnight’s Reflector Magic.

  • Flight Armor

The fact that it grants unfathomable speed made this armor very handy. It was even enough to help Erza keep up with Razer despite being under the effects of his Slowing Magic.

  • Morning Star Armor

Erza can produce a massive blast direct toward an enemy through this armor by simply pointing to the twin swords that come with it. The spell is named Photon Slicer and has been used on several occasions against enemies who can’t be bulged by any form of physical attack.

  • Armadura Fairy

Erza Knightwalker, Scarlet’s counterpart in Edolas considers this armor the strongest. This armor comes with a pair of identical huge swords. With this armor on, Erza Scarlet can cast Fairy Piercing Sword where Erza chargers her dual sword with energy and hits the target with immeasurable force enough to shatter an island.

  • Sea Empress Armor

This armor offers water resistance which was very useful when Erza Scarlet faced Juvia, a mage who specializes in water magic. It comes with powerful water magic that allows Erza to set forth powerful whirlpools against her foes. Water slash, a spell that charges Erza’s sword with water can be used through this armor as well.

  • Farewell Fairy Tail Armor

Like what its name implies, Erza uses this armor to simply bid fairly to her friends and was used when they were on a mission at the Tower of Heaven.

  • Seduction Armor

This is basically a daring maid outfit with unknown effects if there are any.

Artificial Eye

Erza Scarlet was enslaved in the Tower of Heaven together with Jellal Fernandes when they were just kids. She lost her right eye after being punished for an attempt to escape but was given an Artificial Eye by Porlyusica. Because of having a fake eye Erza Scarlet can’t be affected by Illusion Magic or Stone Eyes Magic. She can’t cry out from it as well.

Ultear Milkovich was once a loyal member of Grimoire Heart until the Dark Guild was terminated right after the death of their Guild Master, Hades. At present, she is an independent Mage of Crime Sorciere.

Magic and Abilities

Arc of Time

This magic is probably one of the most powerful ever introduced in the series. It can manipulate the time of anything, given it is not responsive. She believes that this type of Magic is a perfect counter for Mages who specialize on Element Molding magic. With this magic at her disposal, Ultear can either bring back or forward anything in time affecting its speed and overall condition.

  • Restore

This technique seems to be casted by simply looking at the target object. It allows Ultear to restore any inorganic item back to its original state prior taking any damage.

  • Parallel Worlds

With this magic, Ultear’s multiplies his weapon which is a simple rock-like orb. The copies created in the process are no illusions and are even used to attack enemies at lightning speed.

  • Luminous Minutes

Upon casting, Ultear’s weapon will release damaging light beams toward an enemy target.

  • Flash Forward

This spell is probably Ultear’s most fearsome attack. It directs all the future of her weapon towards the enemy sending hundreds of extremely tough orbs to hit the enemy all at once with immeasurable force!

  • Infinite Sphere

This spell starts by hitting her opponent in any part of the body with one orb then it reproduces to commence an attack that is almost impossible to dodge.

  • Second Origin Release

Ultear was able to unlock this new ability after seven years of training which gave him a massive boost in Magical power.

Telekinesis

Ultear usually uses this magic to control his weaponized orb. She stays at a safe distance and simply controls the orb to either attack or defend.

Possession Magic

This magic was the one that corrupted the mind of Jellal Fernandes and convinced him that he was Zeref. It allows Ultear to take a ghost-like entity and corrupt anyone’s thoughts.

Ice-Make

It’s not a surprise that Ultear also knows Ice-Make Magic since she is the only daughter of Ur, Gray Fullbuster’s master. During her battle against Grey, Ultear used three remarkably strong Ice-Make magic namely Rosen Krone, Bloom, and Dahlias.

Transformation

Natsu Dragneel first met Ultear disguised as a masked man named Zalty. Nevertheless, she failed to hide her real identity as Natsu’s extreme sense of smell noticed her womanly scent.

Thought Projection

This magic is a requirement among Magic Council members. It allows the user to create images of himself in a distant place without leaving his current location.

Superior Strength

Despite being a woman, Ultear can easily out-power strong male mages like Gray Fullbuster. There was even a scene in the anime series where Ultear blocked Gray’s forceful kick with minimal effort. She was also able to grab Gray’s head with her legs and throw him to a wall which was shattered in the process signifying the immense impact.

Immeasurable Magic Power

Ultear is the leader of the Seven Kin of Purgatory and a former Magic Council member so it’s not a surprise why she boasts a vast amount of Magic Power. This was even the main reason why Ur, her mother, left Ultear to a Magic Research Laboratory because her excessive magic power brought negative effects to her body.

Laxus Dreyar is the grandson of Makarov Dreyar. He is also a Lightning Dragon Slayer and an S-Class Mage of Fairy Tail.

Magic and Abilities

Lightning Magic

Laxus is known for his absurdly strong Lightning Magic. This magic does not only allow him to generate lighting from his body but also make it appear from almost anywhere to strike enemies in an instant and catch them off-guard. Aside from its damaging effect, Laxus’ lightning can also be used to distract or temporarily blind enemies. One more exciting feat of Laxus’ Lightning magic is that it provides him the ability to turn his whole body into lightning and evade almost any kind of physical attack. Raging bolt, Thunder Palace, Lightning Body, Lightning Eruption, Lightning Flash, Thunder Bullets, and Lightning Storm are the lightning spells he already used in the series and it’s quite evident that there is more to come as Fairy Tail encounters more powerful foes.

Lightning Dragon Slayer Magic

This is a form of Dragon Slayer Magic which gives Laxus the power and characteristics of a Lightning Dragon. This magic also made him immune against lightning attacks. He can also restore his magic power by simply eating electricity. But unlike other Dragon Slayers like Natsu Dragneel and Gajeel Redfox, Laxus’ did not learn it from a true dragon but is implanted to him through Dragon Lacrima. This was initiated by his father basically to save Laxus’ life. This made Laxus a Second Generation Dragon Slayer. As a Lightning Dragon Slayer, he can use a multitude of powerful magic which includes Lightning Dragon’s Roar, Lightning Dragon’s Heavenward Halberd, Lightning Dragon’s Breakdown First, and Dragon Force.

Thought Projection

This ability is very handy especially at times when Laxus’ simply can’t leave his current location but really needs to communicate with other Fairy Tail members. This magic allows him to create a Thought Projection of himself. This image is immune to any attack and is closely related to having an ethereal body.

This magic is more like a counter-attack strategy. It will redirect an attack straight back to its source but in a form of lightning.

Fairy Law

As an S-Class Mage of Fairy Tail and a Lightning Dragon Slayer at the same time, it’s not surprising that Laxus Dreyar knows how to use this exaggeratedly strong spell. It uses immense light magic power to eliminate anything or anyone within its range who is considered an enemy by the caster.

Master Hand to Hand Combatant

There have been many occasions in the anime series where Laxus proved his prowess in hand-to-hand combat. He managed to ward off the combined attacks of Gajeel and Natsu with ease. He also delivered a fury of punches and kicks to Hades who was left shocked about Laxus’ growth as a mage in the end. Like Natsu, Laxus can also create lightning orbs in his arms and legs to boost the speed and power of his physical offense.

Exceptional Magic Power

The potent aura coming out from Laxus’ body in a form of lightning can easily destroy anything in its path. If in rage, Laxus’ magical power will continue to rise until he manage to defeat the one who causes him pain. His intense magic power was also clearly manifested when he faced Mystogan, a Fairy Tail S-Class Mage. During the fight, he even mocked Mystogan for using weak and ineffective spells against him.

Unbelievable Durability

It will take more than the attack combination of Natsu and Gajeel to bring down Laxus. Even Mystogan’s Sacred Song was no match against Laxus’ unparalleled tenacity. His resilience is outstanding even for a Dragon Slayer. Hades was also surprised to see him survive after going all out on his Dark Magic. Laxus is definitely not just a behemoth offensively but also one of the best when it comes to defense.

Boosted Strength

Even without lightning magic, Laxus can easily overpower a physically gifted opponent like Natsu and Gajeel. His strength was more than enough to block Ezra Scarlet’s kick with just one hand.

Can endure even the most horrifying Physical and Magical Damage

Laxus can withstand even the toughest physical challenge. He was able to stand up against two strong Dragon Slayers and even fought with S-Class Mages being extremely weakened afterward. In his battle against Hades, he gave up all his magic power to Natsu yet he was able to stand by his own afterward.

Extremely High Reflexes

Laxus is in a much higher level than most Fairy Tail members when it comes to speed and agility. This is clearly observed when he effortlessly evaded all the fast combination attacks of Natsu and Gajeel. His speed was also enough to eliminate the entire Raven Tail Guild’s top members which include his father Ivan Dreyar.

Makarov Dreyar is a very short man with exceptional magic power. He is the 3rd and 6th Guild Master of Fairy Tail and also one of the infamous Ten Wizard Saints.

Magic and Abilities

Titan

Titan is a magic which allows the caster to enlarge its whole body or just a specific part like a hand or feet. The enlarging power is absurd as it can make Makarov almost bigger than an island. Another interesting fact about this magic is that it can be transferred to another person. This was evident when Makarov used Titan to enlarge Reedus Jonah’s chest allowing him to use Pict Magic more effectively. Although the complete Titan form of Makarov is much slender compared to the usual, it grants him with excessive amount of power and causes his mustache to be wilder and point upwards. Light will also be emitted from his eyes which may be brought upon by his light magic.

  • Enormous Strength

While in this state Makarov’s physical power is unmatched. He can easily crush anyone with his bare hand or pull out trees or infrastructure debris and smash them to foes.

  • Exceptional Durability

After Makarov achieves a gigantic form, his tolerance against all sorts of magical or physical attack is increased. He even managed to hold back Acnologia, a very strong black dragon which is feared even by the Magic Council.

Maximum Defense Seal

This magic can protect Makarov from any kind of harm. It will surround him with several magic seals which will literally consume enemy attacks and render them useless.

  • Three Pillar Gods

Two ethereal pillars will appear on both sides of Makarov and one on his back to form a very powerful barrier. It was even strong enough to protect Makarov from the destructive power of Amaterasu Formula 100 casted by Hades when they battled on Tenrou Island. Even Hades was amazed about the power of Makarov’s Three Pillar Gods.

Light Magic

This type of elemental magic basically relies on light as its main source of power. This magic can be used for both offense and defense. His master on this type of magic is clearly evident when he fought against Jose Porla where he conjured ethereal spheres of light in the air united by beams of light coming from the stars to perform invisible blinding and powerful spells.

  • Giant Wrath

Makarov constantly releases a surge of destructive light energy from his light magic aura. This magic can easily destroy surrounding buildings, trees, and virtually anything near the caster.

  • Light Blast

This magic is a powerful beam of light that can pierce through an enemy with this. Even those with thick and sturdy protective gears are not safe from the wrath of this spell. In fact, only a few defensive magic is capable of stopping it.

  • Light Shield