Darton (ダートン Dāton) is the Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Fiore.
Darton is an old, hunched man with a pair of big ears, hammer shaped eyebrows, and a scar on the left side of his face. He wears a dark cap that covers most of his forehead, a light colored robe under a dark vest and a simple pair of shoes for footwear.
Due to his high position, he knows about the Eclipse plan and has greatly opposed it. He later trembles in fear and anger when he finds out that it is already complete, knowing that Arcadios will sacrifice the life of a girl to make it work. He is very resolute and cautious, ready to do anything to stop any possible threat to the kingdom.
Grand Magic Games arc
During the second day of the X791 Grand Magic Games, Darton approaches Arcadios and questions him about his intentions when he tried to kidnap Lucy Heartfilia, saying that the timing is still premature. Arcadios says that he wanted to try a test run for the Eclipse plan and reveals that it is already complete. Darton is surprised with the news, and is even more surprised when Arcadios reveals that the plan is already on its fourth phase. As Arcadios turns to leave, Darton asks him if he's a Demon. Arcadios replies, saying that a man can be a Demon or a god for the sake of his King and country and states that the life of a single girl is a cheap price to pay for the gateway to changing the world.
Darton is later seen with Arcadios noting the fact the Celestial Spirit Mage isn't there. He asks if he is going to do the same thing as before to get her. Arcadios replies to him, saying that strategy failed and the best to do now would be to enjoy the rest of the festival. He also tells Darton that the plan will go into motion in 3 days, much to Darton's tension. Later, he is seen staring at a mural on the wall saying that the Grand Magic Games used to be called the Dragon King Festival.
Later, Darton, accompanied by armed soldiers, appears behind Arcadios, asking him why he told "outsiders" about the Eclipse Plan. Arcadios demands him to stop interfering, claiming that Darton is simply against the project, he angrily agrees that he is against it, shouting that changing history could lead to unforeseeable dangers and even calls Arcadios a fool. He arrests Arcadios, Yukino and Lucy, and watches as Natsu's power is drained as he explains why it happened. He tells the others that the King likes them so if they win the games, the King may give Lucy a chance. On the last day of the Grand Magic Games, when Natsu does not arrive with the rest of Team Fairy Tail, Darton guesses that Natsu's Magic has not yet recovered.
After it is revealed that Fairy Tail has defeated the Garou Knights and saved Arcadios, Darton notices Hisui's relief and tells her that she should not make that face, startling Hisui, who thought that he was with the King. Darton reveals to her that he returned because he had a bad feeling, and that he knows she used Fairy Tail to save Arcadios, as well as the fact that she was the one acting behind Arcadios all along. He then proceeds to advise Hisui to reconsider and that the world should not be changed, but Hisui disagrees and decides to tell Darton everything she knows about the Eclipse 2 Project, despite having promised to not tell anyone about it. She reveals that, if the Project does not happen, the country will be destroyed the following day.
After hearing Hisui speak, Darton hastily concludes that the Grand Magic Games should be stopped at once. Hisui disagrees, stating that she is uncertain as to whether her source for the information is reliable or not; Darton states that whether trustworthy or not, peoples' lives could be in danger. Pondering further, Hisui states that the person she heard her information from claims to know the outcome of the Games, surprising Darton when she states that the result is apparently unbelievable. Darton then asks if the apocalypse future depends on the results of the Grand Magic Games, Hisui replies that she is using the outcome of the Games as a test to see if the person really can see the future, meaning everything they have stated about the Games turns out to be true, so should their statement about the destruction of the country. With this, Hisui vows that she will start the Eclipse 2 Project if the Games end the way the person predicted, surprising Darton further by saying that the person claims to be from the future.
Darton asks Hisui why she sent the Celestial Spirit Mages to the prison, if she intends to activate the Eclipse project, and Hisui explains that she has already used the Keys, and the gate can be opened by human hands now. Darton insists, asking Hisui if there is a human willing to shoulder the responsibility of the whole world, and Hisui replies that she is not alone, since she has also searched for the approval of Darton and Arcadios. Later, Darton doubts the results of the Games, according to Hisui, and she tells him that this is why the outcome is apparently impossible.
After being told the apparent events of the future by Hisui with the country's destruction being due to over ten thousand Dragons attacking the city, Darton questions the truth behind that prediction as the two continue to watch the Grand Magic Games, with Darton listening to Hisui state that the result will guide her decision.
Seeing Gray and Juvia take out the remaining Lamia Scale Mages, as well as Erza defeat Minerva, Darton and Hisui await Sting's final move, knowing it will either confirm or deny the truth of their informers words. Tense, they watch as Sting calls all of the remaining Fairy Tail Mages to his location and threatens to defeat them all whilst they are injured. However, the Sabertooth Mage only ends up not believing in himself and falling to his knees, declaring his own surrender. Seeing this, Hisui states that she can trust what her informer from the future has said, and together she and Darton head deep into the underground of the castle to begin the Eclipse 2 plan.
Outside the castle where the Eclipse Gate was moved to, Darton is left embarrassed as Arcadios arrives to question the Princess about her informer. Darton tries to apologize for sending him to the hell palace and the events which too their, due too his lack of knowledge on the whole Eclipse scheme but is interpreted by Arcadios asking if the other soldiers and guards knew about the Eclipse 2. He tells Arcadios he had informed everybody present about the plan and hopes that the other members of the army taking care of Natsu's party will soon join them. After Arcadios begins to unsheathe his sword, Darton springs up in shock, fearful of the knights intentions. Arcadios then hands the sword to Hisui asking her to take his life if the prediction of the future were to come true after doubting the princesses words, to which Darton believes was a ridiculous proposal. He then watches as Hisui reveals the identity of her informer was a man and not Lucy, for who he was so easily mistaken for.
Darton then speculates that the second person's motives are to solely bring harm upon the princess, but Hisui states otherwise. She steps forward, getting herself ready to open the gates. As Hisui gives a permission to start the Eclipse Cannon firing sequence, Darton notes to himself that the Eclipse Gate is finally being open. He is then surprised to see that Lucy Heartfilia and the rest have been hiding nearby. When Happy exclaims that they have done nothing wrong, Darton replies that the circumstances have changed. Along with everyone present at that time, he then watches as the Eclipse Gate opens.
Darton stares in amazement and shock as the Dragons arrive and wreck havock in the capital, with the opening of the Gates. He is then caught up in the Dragon Zirconis' blast, which strips him naked, much to his shock and embarrassment. After the Eclipse Gates are destroyed and the Dragons, as well as Future Rogue, return to their own time, the King decides to hold a ball at the palace to celebrate humanity's survival, and invites all the guild Masters and Mages that took part in the Grand Magic Games. When the King is about to appear in front of the Mages to personally thank them for their help, Natsu somehow manages to get his clothes and wear them himself, much to the shock and horror of both the King and Darton.
Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.
Darton stands next to the King as the latter informs the guards to release Natsu from prison, sighing at the King's actions as he closes his eyes. Later, he joins the King, the Princess, as well as Arcadios as they witness the message of Fairy Tail's revival that Natsu emblazoned upon the kingdom's castle, sighing once again from his act.
- (To Arcadios) "You want to change history! Can you even imagine how dangerous that might be!? You fool!"
Battles & Events
|Royal Family||Hisui E. Fiore • Toma E. Fiore|
|Minister of State||Zash Caine|
|Minister of Defense||Darton|
|Temporary Sergeant||Yukino Agria|
|Garou Knights||Cosmos • Kama • Kamika • Neppa • Uosuke|
|Magic Soldiers||Aegis & Bandou|