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"I don't have weaklings for comrades. Ain't that right, babies?"

Bickslow to Nab Lasaro and Laki Oiletta in "Four Members Remaining"

Bickslow (ビックスロー Bikkusurō) is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild and, along with Freed Justine and Evergreen, makes up the Thunder God Tribe.[1] After Fairy Tail's disbandment he joined the Blue Pegasus Guild along with the other members of the Thunder God Tribe.[2] However, after the guilds reformation, he later left to join Fairy Tail again along with his team.[4]

AppearanceEdit

Bickslow's Face

Bickslow's face

Bickslow is a tall man with a mildly muscular build and broad shoulders. His hair is blue and black in color, with the black parts being almost shaven, and the blue ones, occupying the top and the sides of his head, being much longer, with the one of the top being styled in a mohawk-like crest, and the ones on the sides pointing backwards. Bickslow’s large eyebrows are also blue, and the upper part of his nose and his forehead bear the tattoo of a stylized man extending his long, curved arms outwards. His irises each have a concentric circle surrounding the pupils inside them. He also has prominent eyelashes ending in a spiraling curved motif, each placed at one of his large eyes’ sides; the pair of eyelashes pointing towards his nose are headed downwards, while the outer ones jut upwards. Below his eyes are two slightly curved lines pointing downwards. His black Fairy Tail Stamp is located on the upper part of his own tongue, often visible due to him sticking it out.[3] Until recently, Bickslow applied dark nail polish to his fingernails.

Bickslow’s upper body is covered in a dark, mildly fitting cloth covered in vertical white stripes, which extend up to his head to cover it in a tight hood, exposing only his hands and face. The upper part of the latter, however, is almost always obscured by a metal visor reminiscent of a Medieval sallet, which comes covered with eight small, elongated holes, with four of them in front of each of his eyes, allowing him to see, but preventing others from being affected by his Figure Eyes. He wears large armbands, and he has large shoulder pads each with skulls on its center. His waist is circled by a simple dark band, which holds up a massive waistguard made of cloth, which comes in four long, light-colored pieces, each adorned by a dark "X", reaching down below his knees. Under such waistguard, Bickslow dons a pair of extremely baggy, loose dark pants, with each leg being adorned by a pair of lighter-colored belts crossing in an "X" formation. Such pants are tucked inside a pair of light, armored greaves.

Bickslow's Tenrou Arc outfit

Bickslow's outfit at Tenrou Island

When Bickslow returned to Tenrou Island alongside Freed Justine and Gildarts Clive to save his guildmates, he was shown in a new attire: the upper part of his body is still covered by a dark cloth, which, however, now is almost completely plain, with the exception of a pair of lines on his chest, which slightly jut outwards in its upper part; his separate shoulder pads were replaced by a unique one, reminiscent of a mantle, bearing the same color of the cloth covering his chest and having lighter-colored edges, that connects to a leather collar. His hood now sports a furry red crest on the back of it, and his visor is replaced by a more elaborated one, with bolts on its center and secured to his head by many bands; which further accentuate his knight-like appearance.[5] He doesn’t have armbands anymore, instead he sports three metal bangles circling each of his biceps, and his waistguard was replaced by a simple, long and fair skirt-like cloth, held up by a large metal belt bearing Fairy Tail’s symbol on its front. Bickslow’s pants and boots, on the other hand, seem to be the same he used to wear.

Bickslow X791

Bickslow in X791

After returning from Tenrou Island in X791, Bickslow donned yet another new outfit. He wears a dark shirt that is covered by a black cape with black fur surrounding the neck and shoulders. The cape is held together by a metallic emblem and the edges are decorated by a band of the same metallic texture with small circles decorating the entire length of it. Bickslow's head is covered by a gray-colored clothing and his knight-like visor. He wears two gauntlets that are the same color as his cape and are edged by the same metallic material and the same spherical decorations. He also seems to wear the same mantle over his trousers and the same boots as his previous outfit.[6]

PersonalityEdit

Bickslow's psychotic personality

Bickslow laughing maniacally

Bickslow has a strong tendency of laughing out loud maniacally and sticking his tongue out.[3] He enjoys fighting and dislikes weak people, as shown when he said that he didn't consider weak people to be his nakama.[7] He also appears to have a perverted side, as seen during his and Freed's "fight" against Lucy Heartfilia and Cana Alberona, where Freed suggested the girls to wear something over their revealing bikinis before engaging in battle. Bickslow's immediate response to this was dismissive, claiming that they were better that way.[8]

Like the rest of the Thunder God Tribe, Bickslow holds great respect for Laxus Dreyar. He was willing to turn against the rest of Fairy Tail on Laxus' command, and he expressed open resentment when he learned that Makarov had excommunicated Laxus from the guild after the events of the Battle of Fairy Tail.[9] During the S-Class Wizard Promotional Trial, he apparently partnered himself with Freed due to their shared desire to take Laxus' place as one of the top Mages of the guild.[10]

Bickslow's carefree personality

Bickslow's carefree personality

Bickslow also seems to also have a lighthearted and carefree personality, when he and Happy were seen teasing Lucy about Loke.[11] Also, he can get angry in a sort of comedic way- when Loke called Bickslow weak, as opposed to his dolls, he threw a fit.[12]

Bickslow refers the dolls he controls with his Magic as his "babies".[13] They, in turn, tend to repeat the last words in most of his sentences in an echoing manner.[14] He claims to like souls, which fits in with his two types of Magic; but expressed a dislike for a currently unknown Magic, called "White Magic".[15]

SynopsisEdit

Battle of Fairy Tail arcEdit

Bickslow appears

Bickslow appears with the Thunder God Tribe at Fairy Tail

Bickslow was first seen together with the Thunder God Tribe in the Ghoul Spirit Guild while he and Evergreen defeat the Dark Guild's members. After defeating all of them, the three talk about something that Laxus is planning and head home to Fairy Tail.[16] After Evergreen petrifies the Miss Fairy Tail contestants, Laxus, Freed and Bickslow reveal themselves. He listens as Laxus challenges Makarov and the guild to "The Battle of Fairy Tail", a contest to find who is the strongest in Fairy Tail.[17] After Laxus explains the rules of the game, he and his bodyguards leave the building.[18]

Gray vs. Bickslow

Bickslow fights Gray

As the festival begins, Bickslow confronts Gray Fullbuster in a fashion house and the two prepare for battle.[19] As the two battle it out, Gray manages to freeze Bickslow's dolls causing Bickslow to get distracted, giving Gray an opening to attack. However, Bickslow transfers his doll's souls into some mannequins and controls them. He uses X Formation to use the mannequins as shields to give him time to run away and trap Gray inside one of Freed's Jutsu Shiki. Inside the runes, nobody can use Magic, giving Bickslow the advantage since his Magic is long range; and using his dolls from outside the runes, Bickslow defeats him.[20]

After defeating Gray, Bickslow continues to hunt down other Fairy Tail members. Among his victims are Nab and Laki Olietta, who ask him to stop saying, that they are nakama, but Bickslow just ignores them and defeats them swiftly.[21][22]

Fighting Bickslow

Bickslow faces Loke, Lucy and Happy

Bickslow later comes across Lucy and Happy and fights them. He gains the upper hand quickly and tries to finish off Lucy with Baryon Formation, but Loke arrives at the last second and saves her. He explains that the power of his love for Lucy allowed him to get through the gate by himself.[23] Loke tells Lucy to stay back, but she responds that she would fight alongside him. The two continue the fight with Lucy and Loke managing to stand up to Bickslow and his dolls, allowing Lucy to get close and attack Bickslow with her whip.

Lucy, Happy & Leo vs. Bickslow

Bickslow releases his Figure Eyes

However, she fails and Bickslow releases his secondary Magic, Figure Eyes. Happy tells the other two to close their eyes since they may be turned to dolls and controlled by Bickslow, giving Bickslow the opening he needs to attack them. Bickslow gains the upperhand once again, but with Loke's strategy, Lucy manages able to use her whip to bind Bickslow. Loke then uses Regulus Impact to finally defeat Bickslow.[24]

After Laxus' excommunication, Bickslow, along with the rest of the Thunder God Tribe, tries to convince Laxus not to leave. But Laxus denies their request and leaves, telling them to stay healthy.[9] After the Fantasia Parade, Bickslow and Happy teases Lucy, asking her if she and Loke are getting it on.[11]

Edolas arcEdit

Welcome home

Bickslow and the others welcome Erza

Bickslow and the rest of the guild celebrate the arrival of Wendy Marvell and Carla at their welcoming party.[25] Later, he was sucked through the Anima that appeared in the sky of Magnolia Town and turned into Lacrima along with the rest of the guild and the citizens of Magnolia.[26][27] However, they were freed thanks to Mystogan, who returned everyone in the Lacrima back to Earth Land through the Reverse Anima Process. He, like the rest of the members of the guild and citizens of Magnolia, is unaware of the events in Edolas.[28]

Tenrou Island arcEdit

Bickslow appears, along with Freed and Evergreen, at the Fairy Tail guild welcoming back Lisanna. Lisanna is surprised, saying that it was rare to see them around the guild.[29] Moments later, he and Nab instigate a guild brawl.[30] When Makarov announced Freed as a participant the S-Class Mage Promotional Trial, Freed chose Bickslow over Evergreen to be his partner for the exam.[31]

Freed and Bickslow leave first

Freed and Bickslow get ahead

Bickslow and the participants head towards Tenrou Island, where the trial will take place, and he doesn't seem to mind the heat despite wearing heavy clothing. Shortly after, the master arrives to explain the rules of the first trial, to get to shore and pick one of the 8 paths there. As soon as the trial started, Freed uses his Jutsu Shiki to trap everyone on the boat, except him and Bickslow, for 5 minutes. Freed uses his Dark Écriture: Wings and Bickslow stands on his dolls and uses them to fly towards the island. When Bickslow asks why Freed didn't simply trap them for good, Freed replied that if he did, it wouldn't be a fair trial.[32]

Freed and Bickslow vs. Lucy and Cana

Bickslow and Freed vs Cana and Lucy

They arrive on the island first and have the luxury to choose any path they want. After they realize that their chosen path leads to a battle with Cana and Lucy, they smirk, since Lucy doesn't have Loke to fight Bickslow and Cana couldn't even touch Freed during their last encounter.[33] Freed asks Cana and Lucy to cover themselves before starting the fight, but Bickslow says that they are better the way they are. Cana realizes Freed's weakness to women in bikinis and uses her Sexy Lady Card to attack him. With Freed fully distracted by the women holding him, Bickslow decides to take matters into his own hands.

Lucy calls on Virgo who appears in a bikini, distracting Freed even more. Bickslow claims that stuff won't work on him and easily defeats Virgo by hitting her with his dolls. He then proceeds to attack Cana and Lucy. Not wanting to lose, Cana plays The Prayer's Fountain card. Beams of water form in many directions but fail to hit any of Bickslow's dolls. From the water Cana just formed, Lucy summons Aquarius. She attacks Freed and Bickslow with a huge wave, defeating them. Once Cana and Lucy leave, Bickslow gets up and asks if Freed is really okay with the result. Freed reveals he's okay with purposely not fighting back because he owed those two. Bickslow still says he was excited to take Laxus' spot, though Freed tells him it doesn't matter right now and that Laxus will return one day. Bickslow and Freed think to themselves about how lucky those two were that they ran into them.[34] After their defeat, they head back to the guild with Gildarts.[35]

Freed and Bickslow confront Rustyrose (anime)

Bickslow and Freed confront Rustyrose

Along the way, Bickslow, Freed, and Gildarts see the alert signal and immediately head back to the island. He and Freed then arrive and take Levi, Lisanna, and Panther Lily's place in their battle against Rustyrose. Bickslow attacks with a Baryon Formation, but Rustyrose escapes and creates Belfast of the Hurricane. However, since it was an inanimate object, Bickslow manages to take control of its soul and tells it to crush and destroy itself. This allows him to create an opening for Freed to injure Rustyrose significantly. He and Freed then stand over Rustyrose and state that he is not getting off, since he hurt their friends.[36] Rustyrose then uses the attack Ghosts of Brittia on Bickslow and Freed and the ghosts produced begin to wrap around Bickslow and Freed's bodies.[37] Bickslow is later seen collapsing when Azuma destroys the Great Tenrou Tree.[38]

Bickslow and Freed enveloped in Ghosts of Brittea

Bickslow and Freed enveloped in Ghosts of Brittea

After Azuma's defeat, he and Freed regain their power and attack Rustyrose together. Rustyrose summons his Tower of Dingir to capture them as well as Lisanna, Panther Lily and Levy. Bickslow uses his Figure Eyes to take control of Elfman, who attacks Rustyrose and releases him and the others from Rustyrose's Magic. Then, with Freed and Lisanna, they defeat Rustyrose.[39]

When Natsu and the others return to the camp, Freed and Bickslow are seen reviewing the situation while Panther Lily informs them about the Grimoire Heart Battle Ship's location.[40] When Natsu is ready to go battle Hades, he calls on Lucy and Happy. Lucy feels she would be better with defense, but Bickslow and Freed reassure her they will handle the defenses. Before the attack team leaves Bickslow says he will protect them no matter what.[41]

The Injured FT returns

Bickslow and the injured return

Bickslow and the rest of the injured Fairy Tail members later arrive at Grimoire Heart's ship. He celebrates their victory with the rest of Fairy Tail until he notices Laxus has returned and cries tears of joy. He then goes back to camp with the rest of his guild.[42] Later, Acnologia appears, flying over the island, until it comes down to land and wreaks havoc on the island. Like the rest, he is blown away by the Dragon, and when Makarov holds his ground against it, he and the rest of the Thunder God Tribe try to help him. However, by Makarov's command, he flees with everyone else.[43]

Let's Join Hands

Fairy Tail joins hands

However, he returns with everyone and attacks Acnologia, until it flies and gets ready to use its breath attack. In order to defend themselves, he joins hands with the rest of his guild, and Acnologia fires his attack, leaving no trace of Bickslow or anyone else left.[44]

X791 arcEdit

Bickslow, along with the rest of the Team Tenrou, is rescued by Bisca, Alzack, Jet, Droy, Max, Warren and the Trimens from Blue Pegasus. He watches as Mavis Vermilion reveals that she was the one who saved them and then disappears. He, along with the other returning members, returns to Fairy Tail and is welcomed back by Romeo.[45]

Key of the Starry Sky arcEdit

Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.


Grand Magic Games arcEdit

Laxus is becoming member of Fairy Tail once again

Bickslow welcoming Laxus

After some time, Makarov gathers the guild to reveal Gildarts Clive as the fifth Fairy Tail master, but he doesn't show and leaves a note instead. In it, he resigns as master, but not before allowing Laxus Dreyar back into the guild. This gets the Thunder God Tribe very excited and happy. Gildarts also nominates Makarov to be the master again.[52]

Bickslow and Evergreen spying on Raven Tail

Bickslow watches Ivan

In order to prepare for the Grand Magic Games, Bickslow, along with the other members of the Thunder God Tribe, leaves to train with Laxus.[53] During the 3rd day of the Grand Magic Games, he is teamed with Evergreen, Freed and Lisanna to keep an eye on Ivan Dreyar and the other four members of Team Raven Tail, and is shocked as he sees Ivan's illusion of Laxus losing to "Alexei" (who is actually Ivan in disguise). He, along with every other person in the arena, is confused after the illusion dissipates.[54] Bickslow parties with the Fairy Tail Mages after the third day's events and battles come to an end.[55][56]

Destroyed Ryuzetsu Land

The pool is destroyed

Bickslow and Freed arrive to Ryuzetsu Land, Fiore's most well known rage spot, for a little fun. They sneakingly watch as Evergreen and Elfman argue over silly things, leading them to think that they, Elfman and Evergreen, aren't so bad together.[57] A few moments later, after Gray, Lyon and Natsu destroy Ryuzetsu Land, half of Bickslow's body ends up covered by the rubble whilst the upper part is exposed to the clearing.[58]

After the game administration decides to reorganize the teams due to Raven Tail's disqualification;Fairy Tail as a result reorganizes its team consisting of five members.[59] Bickslow alongside with his fellow Fairy Tail comrades are seen cheering their new "strongest team" comprising of Natsu, Gajeel, Gray, Laxus and Erza.[60]

Thunder God Tribe and Mavis watch Erza's battle

Bickslow watches Erza's battle

During the starting battle of the fourth day, Bickslow, along the rest of the guild members, is shocked as it is revealed that the rabbit from Blue Pegasus is Nichiya.[61] Later during the fight between Natsu, Gajeel and the Twin Dragons Slayers, he sits with the other Fairy Tail members watching Natsu nervously, as he takes them on alone waiting to see who will emerge the victor.[62] Following Natsu's victory against Sting and Rogue on the 5th Day, Bickslow is seen cheering him for it.[63] Not long after, the final day of the games gets under way. As Team Fairy Tail enters the arena, Bickslow stands in the crowd with Freed, Evergreen and the rest of Fairy Tail, cheering for the team. The Thunder God Tribe specifically roots for Laxus, with Bickslow excitedly calling out.[64] When Erza meets Kagura Mikazuchi and Minerva and prepares to fight them, Bickslow, along with his guild mates, quietly watches the match, as they are all unable to predict its outcome.[65] While Erza and Kagura battle one another, the latter draws her Archenemy, which results in a spill of blood, which Bickslow watches in shock.[66] However, Bickslow watches as Erza manages to pick herself up and make a comeback,[67] only to be confronted by Minerva seconds after.[68]

Unity of Fiore Wizards

Bickslow stands alongside the gathered Mages

Bickslow's attention quickly flips to Laxus' battle. Shocked to hear Makarov state that the end results will not be in their favor, he opposes said thought and affirms that Laxus will arise victorious.[69] Later, Bickslow cheers for Laxus during a heart-pounding battle between Laxus and Jura, which ends with Laxus as the victor.[70] Bickslow, alongside his friends, celebrates Fairy Tail's victory.[71][72] He then joins the Mages of Fiore as they are gathered in Crocus Central Square by the king himself. He is left open-mouthed at the exposure of the incoming Dragon attack, and the Eclipse Gate. The King then proceeds to explain his plan, and the second use of the Eclipse Gate — a cannon that will annihilate the incoming Dragons in one fell swoop. However, knowing the power they contain, he states that many Dragons will remain. He begs the Mages of Fiore for help as he lowers his head and begins to sob quietly. Much to the King's surprise, Bickslow and the other Mages accept his request with delight.[73]

Thunder God Tribe, Laxus' Support

Bickslow and the rest of the Thunder God Tribe stay to help Laxus

Once the Dragons begin attacking Crocus, causing heavy damage to the city, Bickslow fights with the Fairy Tail Mages against Atlas Flame but the group is quickly overpowered by the beast, with Bickslow on the ground after facing its assaults.[74] Later, as Laxus moves to confront Atlas Flame, Bickslow, Freed, and Evergreen appear to help Laxus, stating that, in light of Romeo's fears, he should just leave worries of Laxus' well-being to the Thunder God Tribe.[75] Bickslow goes on to attack Atlas Flame alongside the rest of the Thunder God Tribe, but they realize Laxus' Magic is incompatible against the Dragon. After Evergreen asks about the existence of a Water Dragon Slayer to aid them, Bickslow acknowledges the Fire Dragon Slayer's presence falling from the sky. Upon landing on Atlas Flame, Natsu reveals his plan to eat Atlas Flame, greatly astonishing Bickslow and the rest of the Thunder God Tribe.[76] While hanging on tight to Atlas Flame, Natsu calls out to Bickslow and the rest of the Tribe to head for the castle to assist Wendy. After Evergreen notes Wendy's inexperience, Bickslow assumes Wendy has her hands completely full against her Dragon opponent. After Natsu assures the Tribe that he is able to handle Atlas by himself, Bickslow and the rest of the Thunder God Tribe bolt towards the castle to assist Wendy.[77]

Eventually arriving at at Mercurius, Laxus battles alongside Wendy while Bickslow and the Thunder God Tribe take on Motherglare's minions. As he attempts to fight them off, Bickslow comments on the resilience of their enemy.[78] However, the destruction of the Eclipse Gate thanks to Natsu's actions causes the Dragons and Future Rogue to be removed from the present. As they and the minions begin disappearing, Bickslow stands with Mirajane and the rest of the Thunder God Tribe and watches.[79]

Bickslow, along with all the other Mages that participated in the Grand Magic Games, is invited to the palace for a party to celebrate their survival against the Dragons. He questions Natsu's whereabouts, along with the other Thunder God Tribe members, when he finds out that the Dragon Slayer is missing.[80] Some time later, Bickslow and the other Fairy Tail Mages return to Magnolia and, to their surprise, a big event is thrown to celebrate their coming first in the Grand Magic Games. When Natsu lifts the trophy Fairy Tail received for its victory, Bickslow is among the members that celebrate with him.[81]

Eclipse Celestial Spirits arcEdit

Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.


Tartaros arcEdit

Impact

Bickslow and Freed assaulted

While working at 8-Island with the rest of the Thunder God Tribe and Laxus, Yajima and Freed discuss the infiltration of the Council, to which Bickslow notes that all nine Council members have been murdered. As Yajima contemplates over the catastrophe, Bickslow humorously remarks that it was favorable of Yajima to have renounced his position from the Council, which irritates Yajima due to the distasteful nature of the remark. As Evergreen walks by and scolds her team for not taking their job seriously, Bickslow and Freed mention how Evergreen's uniform does not suit her. After Evergreen mentions how they selected a simple job, Yajima claims it is far from simple, but Bickslow acknowledges his prowess in arrangements. As Yajima questions Laxus' whereabouts, Bickslow questions whether he is lost or not. After a figure whom was presumed to be Laxus walks in, he creates a massive tornado, damaging the restaurant and sending Bickslow and co. afar. As the perpetrator lunges towards Yajima, Bickslow and Freed both shield the former Council member to no avail, as the attacker swiftly assaults the two.[84]

Post-Tartaros battle Thunder God Tribe and Laxus

Evergreen and Bickslow happy to see Laxus awake

As the assailant suffocates Yajima and remarks of the Gates of Hell, Bickslow and Freed deduce the connection towards Tartaros and how they are also after former Council members, aside from current ones. Before Tempester delivers the final blow, Bickslow desperately pleads for the attacker to stop, but the attack ceases thanks to Laxus' interception, which puts a smile on Bickslow's face.[85] Still smiling at Laxus' arrival, Bickslow watches as the man defeats Tempester,[86] though when the Nine Demon Gates member turns his body into Magical Barrier Particles (via explosion), Bickslow is affected by the Ethernano-poisoning particles and collapses in pain.[87] Bickslow and the others are later taken back to the guild, where they are treated by Porlyusica; the woman informs the others that Bickslow's condition is critical and that he may not make a full recovery.[88] Laying next to Freed, Bickslow remains unconscious.[89] Some time later, Cana is forced to turn Bickslow into a card so as to protect him from a Lacrima bomb placed in the guild. Saved, he and the rest of the injured Thunder God Tribe are taken to Cube and lay dormant on the battlefield as his guildmates fight against the forces of Tartaros.[90] After the fight against Tartaros is over, Bickslow is filled with happiness when he sees Laxus waking up after being healed. Laxus then hugs him, along with the other Thunder God Tribe members, as he says he cannot keep failing to protect those important to him.[91]

Alvarez Empire arcEdit

Freed serves Gray

Bickslow, Freed and Gray talk about Blue Pegasus

On board of the Blue Pegasus airship, Christina, after Laxus has prevented Ajeel Ramal from hitting the "A Team" and Makarov with his Sands of Death, Bickslow remarks that Wendy has grown, while Freed states that Wendy is now a woman. As Laxus sends a gigantic lightning blast at Ajeel, Mest teleports their group inside the airship and they proceed to leave. Bickslow states that the operation to save their master was successful, and along with his team, watches as Makarov tears up over having such a great family in Fairy Tail.[92] A party is thrown in the Fairy Tail Guild when Bickslow and the others return with Makarov. While the others are partying, Gray asks Bickslow and Freed if they were really members of the Blue Pegasus Guild, to which Bickslow states that he actually prefers working in a worn-out bar rather than in the guild. When Natsu later declares war against the Alvarez Empire, Bickslow smiles in aggreance at his decision. As Mavis appears before the guild, Bickslow and the others listen as she proceeds to tell them about Fairy Heart, as well as her relationship with Zeref and their common pursuit of The One Magic.[93]

After Mavis' narration, when the guild starts discussing their possible actions in the upcoming war, Bickslow remarks about the fact that, even if they defeat the Arvalez soldiers, Zeref would still be left, with Freed noting that the Dark Mage is immortal.[94] He later comments on Natsu's secret technique, noting that if Natsu is confident it can defeat Zeref they should put their faith in him.[95] Later that night, the Alvarez Empire begins its attack on Fiore; airships invade the airspace above Magnolia in an attempt to bombard the city. Along with Evergreen, Bickslow assists Freed by transferring some of his own Magic Power over to the man, as Freed utilizes his Jutsu Shiki to form an enormous barrier around the city in order to protect it from the incoming assaults.[96] Bickslow then later listens as Freed explains that his Jutsu Shiki isn't perfect as a form of defense, but that he should be able to maintain it with the reduced enemy forces.[97] Not much later, Freed reveals that someone has torn a hole in his Jutsu Shiki and has entered Magnolia, leaving Bickslow shocked and nervous.[98] After Ajeel, in his fight against Erza, has utilized his Sand World spell, surrounding the whole of Magnolia Town in a freakishly large sandstorm; Bickslow informs Freed of the fact that many enemy foot soldiers have passed through the cracks in his Jutsu Shiki barrier and that they are entering the town, much to Freed's distress.[99]

White Magic cancels Seith Magic

Bickslow's Line Formation is canceled out by the Weakness soldier's Magic

Bickslow later informs Freed that Erza and Bisca seemingly defeated a member of the Spriggan 12; at that moment though, Wall Eehto appears in front of the Thunder God Tribe. Bickslow and Evergreen are astounded that an enemy managed to get to their location so quickly and to make matters worse, Freed reminds them that he is not able to engage in combat while deploying his Justsu Shiki barrier. Bickslow and Evergreen asks Freed to leave it to them and the two Mages prepare for battle. As a response, Wall generates soldiers to fight his opposition. Bickslow, utilizing his dolls, attacks with Line Formation; only for his minions to be purificated by one of the soldiers' White Magic. He is then punched back by the soldier, remarking that his Human Possession Magic is cancelled out by his opponent. Freed shouts for Bickslow and Evergreen to use their Eye Magics instead, which they do, but to no avail as Wall reveals that he is a Machias; a machine that cannot be affected by such humane spells. At that moment, the Thunder God Tribe members notice lightning sparking around the Weakness Creation soldiers; they are relieved as they believe that it's Laxus who has come to their aid, but are then majorly disappointed and shocked to see that it's actually Ichiya.[100]

Evergreen and Bickslow wonder aloud as to why Ichiya is there, and Ichiya asks if they have forgotten their cruel treatment of him, but says that before that matter is dealt with, he will take care of business with the opposing "ruffian". As Ichiya then proceeds to face off against Wall, Bickslow and Evergreen engage in combat with the opposing Weakness soldiers yet again. However, the duo fails to gain the upperhand in their respective struggles; that is, until they are contacted via Warren's Telepathy, with Elfman providing the two with the idea of switching opponents. Bickslow and Evergreen do so and, as a result, destroy the soldiers in one blow. Their victory is short-lived though, as while the two Mages were occupied with his creations, Wall has approached Freed, preparing to kill him. But before that can happen, Natsu chimes in and informs Freed that his group has completely obliterated the Western forces, thus allowing Freed to undo his runes and fight. Bickslow then watches on in amazement as Freed, aided by Ichiya, blasts through Wall's body, utterly defeating the Spriggan.[101]

The trio of Bickslow, Freed and Evergreen then begin to question Ichiya, with the latter explaining to them how he had up until this point been ignored by the entirety of Mages within the Fairy Tail Guild and, given that Christina needed time to be refueled following the long trip to Alvarez; how he had found himself stuck in Magnolia for a whole week. As the four kid around, having slightly dropped their guards, Wall's robotical head suddenly explodes, leaving Kardia Cathedral in ruins. As the dust clears, Bickslow, Freed and Evergreen lay beaten over Ichiya, with the three having protected the Blue Pegasus Mage from the blast. Bickslow and the other two manage to spill out some warm words for their senior, resulting in Ichiya breaking into tears, seemingly both touched and shocked at the Thunder God Tribe's actions.[102]

Magic and AbilitiesEdit

Human Possession

Bickslow controlling his dolls

Human Possession (人形憑 Hitotsuki): A type of Seith Magic (セイズ魔法 Seizu Mahō) and Black Magic (黒魔術 Kuro Majutsu) that allows Bickslow to seal wandering souls inside objects and manipulate them as he wishes.[1] The so-called "dolls" which are produced by this union can serve a variety of purposes, such as offense,[103] defense[104] and even transportation.[105] They are capable of freely floating and maneuvering in the air, and their main offensive ability consists of firing barrages of powerful blasts, which possess enough force to generate explosions of various sizes, particularly destructive if all dolls focuses their assaults on a single point.[103] They can threaten and confuse foes by flying around them, as well as physically assault them by throwing themselves against targets using the momentum gained from their flight, being capable of triggering melee barrages of attacks from every direction;[106] in addition, Bickslow is able to deprive foes of objects through their use, as shown when one of his dolls stole Celestial Spirit keys from Lucy Heartfilia,[107] and can combine them in different "formations" to perform particular actions, such as more powerful attacks.[108] The souls Bickslow uses aren't bound to the specific dolls he chooses to insert them into, meaning that he's capable of changing their containers at his whim: this comes in handy if, for example, the opponent does manage to incapacitate Bickslow's usual containers.[104] So far, he has always been shown controlling five dolls at a time; his standard dolls are quite small in size, appear to be made of wood, and are reminiscent of tribal totems, each possessing a colored face and little wooden wings at their sides.[109] Aside from such signature dolls of him, Bickslow was shown implanting his souls into and controlling full size mannequins[110] and toys from the Toy Store Tom in Magnolia Town, referring to the place as "a treasure trove of dolls".[111] Bickslow's usual dolls are always shown floating beside him, and often go on to repeat the last words of the sentences he pronounces;[112] such comedic trait isn't limited to their owner, however, as shown when the dolls could repeat what Lucy Heartfilia said before attacking her.[113] Human Possession also grants Bickslow the ability to see human souls, something which, according to his own words, allowed him to determine Loke wasn't a human long before Lucy discovered his identity as a Celestial Spirit.[114]

  • Line Formation (ラインフォーメーション Rain Fōmēshon): At Bickslow's command, all five dolls gather in midair and then combine by standing on top of one another. From such linear formation of dolls, a large, vertical crescent-shaped beam, roughly taller than a human, is released towards the opponent. Unlike normal beams, this type of attack cuts through its targets, and possesses enough cutting power to cleanly bifurcate both the ground and large pieces of furniture.[108]
  • Victory Formation (ビクトリフォーメーション Bikutori Fōmēshon): Either an actual attack or a strategy, it is completely unknown what Victory Formation consists of, as Gray Fullbuster froze Bickslow's dolls before he could use it.[115]
  • X Formation (エックスーフォーメーション Ekkusu Fōmēshon): Bickslow crosses his arms before himself in an "X" shape, prompting four of his dolls to gather around him in a matching "X"-shaped pattern to physically block an incoming attack targeting Bickslow from above. This technique was shown employed using four mannequins from the store Bickslow and Gray Fullbuster were fighting in, and such makeshift dolls could shield Bickslow from the great force of Gray's Ice-Make: Hammer; it's unknown if he can employ such formation even with his standard dolls, and if the obtained defense is the same. A variation of this move was performed when Gray assaulted Bickslow frontwards: Bickslow positioned four of the mannequins to block the attack with their mass, their legs jutting outwards in a formation which again resembled an "X".[104]
Baryon Formation

Baryon Formation

  • Baryon Formation (バリオンフォーメーション Barion Fōmēshon): At Bickslow's command, all of his dolls position themselves in a pentagonal pattern. A large whirlwind is produced around the formation, and from the latter's hollow center a massive and powerful magical beam is generated, which is subsequently fired towards the target. Such attack is capable of causing mass destruction, creating a large explosion, and was shown performed with both some toys[116] and Bickslow's usual dolls.[117] While in the manga the dolls appear to be still during the preparation for this attack, the anime portrayed them spinning vertically.[118] A baryon is a composite particle.
  • Crush (砕 Sai): Bickslow raises one of his arms with the index and middle fingers outstretched, and, employing his Seith Magic, prompts a creature summoned by the opponent to burst into a powerful explosion generated inside its own body, which annihilates it. Such technique could destroy Belfast the Hurricane, a large monster generated by Rustyrose's Arc of Embodiment Magic, in an instant.[119]
Figure eyes

Figure Eyes activated

Figure Eyes (造形眼(フィギュアアイズ) Figya Aizu): As a member of Thunder God Tribe, Bickslow possess exclusive Eye Magic (眼の魔法 Me no Mahō) which he employs as a secondary ability. In his case, the Figure Eyes allow him to take control of the souls of living things who come into direct eye contact with him, and to manipulate them as if they were his dolls.[120] When he uses this Magic, the body of the living being controlled turns into a darker color.[121] Such control can seemingly be nullified at Bickslow's will, with the target being returned to the old self and regaining possession of their body.[122] Activating this Eye Magic usually forces Bickslow's opponents to close their eyes, in order to avoid eye contact with him; this very action, however, leaves them open to the attacks of his dolls. Bickslow made claim that his Human Possession and Figure Eyes, together, make for a combination unbeatable by anyone in the world;[123] something which seemingly proved itself right until his fight with Lucy Heartfilia and Loke.[124]

Enhanced Durability: Bickslow has shown to be pretty durable and resilient: he could take direct physical attacks from someone as strong as Gray Fullbuster,[125] being even sent falling several meters down by one of them,[126] without much trouble; he could also undergo a direct blow to the face from Lucy Heartfilia's whip[127] and take the full brunt of Loke's Regulus Impact[128] without visible injuries afterwards.[112] He was directly attacked by Yomazu's Kan spell, which pierced his torso from side to side, and retaliated without any restrains or injuries.[129]

Bickslow's acrobatic skills 2

Bickslow's acrobatic skills

Master Acrobatic Skills: Bickslow has been shown able to easily perform amazing acrobatic feats high above the ground, positioning himself in places which enemies cannot reach while he uses his Human Possession Magic against them: during his fight with Gray Fullbuster in an alleyway, he could reach a point several meters above the street and remain still there in a split by standing with a foot on each wall without effort;[130] later on, while chasing after some fellow Fairy Tail members, he was shown hanging upside down from a cord which was horizontally hanged over the streets, using his feet as "hooks" to remain suspended.[7] During his fight with Lucy Heartfilia, he perched himself on top of a small steeple placed at the summit of the Toy Store Tom, standing there as his dolls attacked Lucy, and even managing to retain balance while switching positions without a single effort.[131]

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

OVAsEdit

Welcome to Fairy Hills!!Edit

In the first OVA, Bickslow along with the other men of the guild clean the pool. While cleaning the pool the men find a peeping hole which leads to a room underneath the pool. Bickslow and the others all take turns using the periscope attached to the ceiling. After the men see a naked Makarov in the pool they panic and destroy the room along with the pool. Bickslow and the others are thrown around landing in the debris of the pool.[132]

The Exciting Ryuzetsu LandEdit

Joining his fellow guild mates at the popular Ryuzetsu Land resort at the third night of the X791 Grand Magic Games, Bickslow spends his time with Freed, initially spying on Elfman and Evergreen from afar soon after arriving. Upon seeing Laxus with Mavis, Bickslow joins in their pre-swim stretching exercises. Over the course of the night, Bickslow spends his time with his friends until the actions of Lyon and Gray cause the resort to become frozen, resulting in Natsu destroying the ice himself. However, this has the added effect of destroying the resort as well, with Bickslow being knocked unconscious during the ruckus.[133]

Video GamesEdit

Fairy Tail Portable Guild 2Edit

Bickslow appears as a playable character in the second Fairy Tail Video Game, Fairy Tail Portable Guild 2. In the game, he is unlocked through quests.[134]

Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia DaiseidouEdit

Bickslow's render in GKD

Bickslow's render in Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou

In the video-game Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou, Bickslow is a playable character.[135] In this game, Bickslow possess the following moves:

Fairy Tail: Zeref's AwakeningEdit

Bickslow, together with Freed, appears as a mini-boss in the PSP Game, Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening. He can later be unlocked as a playable character. He uses the following spells:

  • Human Possession: Cost 20 VP, Bickslow is having that spell from the beginning.
  • Line Formation: Cost 40 VP, Bickslow is having that spell from the beginning.
  • X Formation: Cost 60 VP, Bickslow must buy that spell in the shop.
  • Figure Eyes: Cost 80 VP, Bickslow must buy that spell in the shop.
  • Baryon Formation: Cost 120 VP, Bickslow must buy that spell in the shop.

TriviaEdit

Bickslow and his dolls

From bottom to top: Pappa, Pippi, Peppe, Poppo and Puppu

  • According to the author, Bickslow's name comes from words like "Big" and "Throw".[136]
  • His dolls are named Pappa (パッパ), Pippi (ピッピ), Puppu (プップ), Peppe (ペッペ) and Poppo (ポッポ).[1]
  • Some dolls that he used when fighting Loke are based from the characters from Hiro Mashima's manga "Monster Soul".


QuotesEdit

  • (To Nab Lasaro and Laki Olietta) "I don't have weaklings for comrades. Ain't that right, babies?"[7]
  • (To Rustyrose) "From the start, we never had plans of doing this fair and square. Now, we're going to take you down."[137]
  • (To Wendy Marvell) "Sometimes, the courage to leave a comrade is necessary!"[49]

Battles & EventsEdit

Battles Events

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