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.
is the main male character of the series. Natsu has a carefree and reckless nature and constantly bickers with other members of the guild. He has a competitive relationship with frequent teammates and ; 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.
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, , who taught him how to talk, write, and use an ancient style of magic known as "Dragonslayer". 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 Etherion, magic that is captured in solid form of a 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 Dragonslayer 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. .
is a blue Exceed. 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, . 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's and Elfman's younger sister, 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.
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