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"My prayer... to be... faster than anyone..."

Racer in "Slow Speed World"
Post Timeskip | Pre-Timeskip
Racer Proposal
Racer
Sawyer (Real Name)[1]
Kanji

レーサー

Rōmaji

Rēsā

Characteristics
Race

Human

Gender

Male Male

Hair Color

Blond and Black

Eye Color

Black

Professional Status
Affiliation

Oración Seis Symbol Reborn Oración Seis

Previous Affiliation

Oración Seis Symbol Oración Seis
Tower of Heaven Symbol Tower of Heaven
Harpuia markHarpuia[2]

Previous Occupation

Dark Mage
Guild Master of Harpuia[2]

Previous Team

Oración Seis

Base of Operations

Oración Seis Guild (former)

Personal Status
Status

Active

Magic
Magic

Slowing Magic
Vehicle Magic

Weapons

Dagger

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 132

Anime Debut

Episode 52

Game Debut

Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Junji Majima

English Voice

Jeff Plunk

Image Gallery

Racer (レーサー Rēsā), whose real name is Sawyer (ソーヤー Sōyā),[1] is a former member of the now-disbanded Dark Guild: the Oración Seis. He also led another Dark Guild, Harpuia, his so-called "personal Guild".[2] In X791, Racer is among the remaining Oración Seis members who comprise the Reborn Oración Seis.

Appearance

Racer Prop

Racer's full appearance post timeskip

Racer is a very tall, long-faced man with blond and black hair; the blonde, central part of his hair being styled in a long, spiky mohawk and the black portion being very close-shaven. He possesses similarly blond, extremely long eyebrows jutting outwards, a long, hooked and prominent nose, and a reduced Glasgow smile; he wears a rather large, reinforced chin guard which is covered in small, rectangular holes on the edges, that extend upwards to his green-tinted sunglasses.

His outfit consists of a red and white racing suit. The jacket, which is predominantly red in color, with white parts on top of the shoulders and on the sleeves, is emblazoned with many writings and logos: in the center of its chest are the name and symbol of Racer's guild, with a small winged boot-like object reading "S1" drawn over it, on the left; below the "Oración Seis" writing, the left side of the jacket’s abdomen is adorned by the writing "Balam Alliance", which has a square-shaped draw containing a hand performing a V sign below it; the right side sports the writing "Grimore Heart", and below it, an oval containing the writing "Tartaros" can be seen. The back of the jacket also bears the Oración Seis' name and symbol; such symbol is also emblazoned on the right part of the jacket's high collar, held closed by a large button, with "Oración Seis" written on the side. Each white sleeve bears a large red stripe going down from the jacket's shoulders; while the right one is blank, the left one bears the writing "Now loading" on it. The suit's pants are white in color and quite loose, held up by a belt circling Racer's waist, which in itself closed by a large button similar to the one on his jacket's collar, with red pockets below the waist and flat knee pads covering his knees and the subsequent area below. His outfit is completed by a pair of white gloves with red fingers, each bearing the Oración Seis' symbol in a square on the back of the hand, and by dark running shoes.[3] Under his jacket, Racer wears a simple, light-colored A-shirt.[4]

In the anime, Racer's attire received several changes, with his chin guard being noticeably less massive and slightly different in shape, and, most notably, all of the writings and logos emblazoned upon his jacket are absent, with the exception, however, of a large, black Oración Seis symbol imprinted on the back.[5]

Personality

Racer's most distinctive trait is his extreme fondness for speed, with him often mentioning said topic even during casual conversation.[6] He takes great pride in his speed and running ability, claiming them to be unsurpassed;[7][8] Racer often refers to his opponents as being "slow",[9] and even dedicated his prayer to his desire to be "the fastest".[10] Racer abhors being stopped by someone,[11] as when Gray Fullbuster did so twice, Racer exclaimed that he was going to kill him.[12] He was also shown brutalizing Lyon Vastia after the Lamia Scale Mage downplayed his speed and offensive power.[13]

Despite this, he appears to be more light-hearted than other members of his guild, displaying a comedic expression of shocked dismay when Gray and Lyon started stripping,[14] and telling Lyon that, had his opponents not been the Oración Seis, it would have been perfectly acceptable for him to remain overconfident.[15] Racer nonetheless possess extreme dedication towards his guild, believing it to be invincible and taking great pride in being a member of it,[16] so much, in fact, that he was willing to sacrifice himself without hesitation, all in order to kill his opponents and protect his guild's reputation.[17]

After the seven-year timeskip, Racer has lost much of his light-hearted and speed-obsessed nature, preferring to focus on the defeat of his enemies and the achievement of their guild's new goal.

History

Young racer

A young Racer running

When he was a small child, Racer was a Tower of Heaven slave, until, that is, he was personally chosen by Brain to become a member of the Oración Seis.[18]

Synopsis

Oración Seis arc

Eve beaten by racer

Racer defeats Eve

In the battle against the Allied Forces, Racer is ordered by Brain to dispose of the alliance, which he swiftly does, defeating them all before they have a chance to fight back; he also momentarily assists in Cobra's battle against Erza Scarlet.[19]

After the Oración Seis kidnap Wendy Marvell and Happy, Brain orders Racer to retrieve one of the Dark Guild's belongings.[20] Approximately one hour later, Racer returns with a large coffin, inside of which is the comatose Jellal Fernandes.[21] The Dark Mage is then subsequently sent to deal with Natsu Dragneel, Gray Fullbuster and Carla, whom are closing in on the Oración Seis' hideout. Contrary to the result of their first encounter, the Mages manage to avoid his attacks; Gray opts to battle Racer so as to let Natsu and Carla proceed with their mission.[22]

Later on, Racer spots Natsu and Carla exiting the cave, successful in rescuing Wendy and Happy, and swiftly knocks them out of the air. Before he can attack again, Gray blocks his path with a wall of ice; an extremely annoyed Racer is then told by a fatigued Gray that ice can stop even the fastest of beings.[23]

Gray and Racer on Motorcycles

Racer races Gray

Insulted by this, Racer decides to finish the battle with Gray rather than go after Natsu; he uses Dead Grand Prix, wherein he summons forth a multitude of motorcycles to attack Gray. Hopping on one of the motorcycles, Racer continues his assault, though he is quickly pursued by the Ice-Make Mage, who mounts one as well; Racer continues to overpower Gray. Later, despite Lyon Vastia and Sherry Blendy joining the battle, Racer continues to overpower them, all before he mocks Gray and Lyon. Racer then moves in for the kill, watching Lyon whisper something in Gray's ear.[24]

Racer watches Lyon freeze Gray; he is then attacked by both Lyon and Sherry, although to no effect. Infuriated by Lyon's persistent taunting, Racer chases after the Lamia Scale Mages, who continues his goading. Finally reaching Lyon, Racer furiously beats him until the man collapses; the Oración Seis member withdraws a knife from his person and holds it to Lyon, all the while claiming that he is unbeatable.

Gray defeats Racer

Racer: defeated

Just then, however, the weaknesses of Racer's Magic are revealed: he merely distorts another person's sense of time within a certain range, making him appear to be fast. Realizing too late that Gray is outside the range of his Slowing Magic, Racer is shot by an arrow of ice, defeating him.[25]

However Racer refuses to accept defeat, tearing off his shirt to reveal explosive Lacrima on his person with the intention of taking the three with him in a final suicidal attack. Lyon, however, tackles him off a cliff and apparently sacrifices himself to save his friends, exploding along with Racer. However, Lyon emerges from the explosion dragging Racer with him.[26]

Key of the Starry Sky Arc

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



Tartarus arc

After having been imprisoned, Racer, along with the rest of the Oración Seis, are shown to have been freed by Cobra. Commenting that freedom is a wonderful thing, Racer watches with a disturbed expression as Cobra coldly cuts Brain down in front of them. Afterwards, he gleefully asks what they should do first; as the other members voice what they wish to do, Jellal and Meredy appear, prepared to assign the group their first task.[33]

Jellal strikes Racer

Racer struck by Jellal

However, the group instead prepares to battle and upon hearing Jellal say he will take on all of them at once, Racer remarks that they are being underestimated and states that they won't let anyone take their freedom. The first to engage, he finds himself unable to hit Jellal, who casually refers to him as "Sawyer" prompting Racer to speak out against the use of his real name. Cobra's intervention proves fruitless as well, as Jellal knocks the former into Racer, sending them flying. Seeing Jellal take on all of Oración Seis at once, Racer is visibly frustrated.[34] However, he does eventually manage to hit Jellal once,[35] continuing his assault alongside Cobra to hit Jellal a number of times as the Crime Sorcière Mage struggles to fight back. As Midnight states from behind that they are giving it their all because they are finally free, Jellal suddenly surges forward, smashing Racer in the face as he states that the freedom they think they have is a lie, true freedom being something that he will offer them. Falling to the ground as Jellal moves to take on his friends, both Racer and the others fail to notice Brain moving behind them, awakening as Zero.[36] Racer later listens in shock as Jellal states that he'll free the Oración Seis by defeating them; Racer watches, utterly bewildered, as Jellal is viciously attacked by a revived Zero.[37]

As Racer looks on in shock at how nothing is left of Jellal, the man reappears in a shattering of light, revealing Zero's assault to be Midnight's illusion, something which irritates Racer. Suddenly, light envelops Racer and his comrades and they are struck by Jellal's Grand Chariot, greatly injuring him; he and his fellows are also struck by the mighty Sema, leaving all of the fighting Oraciōn Seis defeated in the spell's crater.[38]

Magic and Abilities

Slowing Magic

Racer demonstrates his Slowing Magic

Slowing Magic: Racer's primary Magic, as well as the source of his codename. Originally believed to be capable of drastically enhancing Racer’s own speed, Slowing Magic, true to its name, is later revealed to be a time-affecting Magic, changing the way its targets perceive time, and thus making it appear for them that Racer is moving around at unholy speed, allowing him to attack freely before they get a chance to counter. This kind of Magic makes Racer formidable at melee and short range, allowing him to evade most attacks performed against him, even the fastest ones, and even to avoid combined assaults from different opponents.[39] As for taking out his foes, Racer made claim that, despite his offensive power being considered mediocre, through the use of his overwhelming speed and a simple knife, he could easily slice any opponent’s throat before they'd have the chance to cast a single spell.[15] However, the Magic does have a weakness, residing in its limited range, meaning that only people and objects within a certain area around Racer are affected by it. Anything outside his range moves at its normal pace, but looks like it is moving much faster. Likewise, anything that originated from outside of his area of effect will retain its normal speed even if it enters his range afterwards.[40] After the timeskip, Racer's mastery of this form of Magic has increased to the point where he is able to easily outmaneuver Doranbolt's Teleportation Magic and make his attacks more unpredictable than ever before; the attainment of such a boost in power required the sacrifice of Racer's "heart".[41] Aiding him in his speed enhancement is a suit that glows whenever he makes use of his Magic.[42]

Motor

Motor

  • Motor (モータ Mōta): Combining his hand-to-hand combat prowess with his Slowing Magic, Racer rushes towards his opponents then jumps into the air upside down and begins to rotate, beating everything around him with his legs.[43]
  • Gear Change: Red Zone: Racer distorts the time perceived by the targets of his Magic even further, allowing him to appear to move much faster.[18]

Vehicle Magic: Aside from his Slowing Magic, or possibly as a consequence of it, Racer has been shown capable of summoning vehicles and objects related to them, which he can remotely control, keeping up with his fondness for speed.[44]

Racer summons Dead Grand Prix

Racer initiating Dead Grand Prix

  • Dead Grand Prix (デッドGP(グランプリ Deddo Guran Puri): Racer raises one arm and calls out for the Dead Grand Prix to begin, prompting a hoard of Magical motorcycles to appear. Racer is capable of both riding such motorcycles and controlling them remotely, and the one he was shown riding upon came equipped with a multi-barreled Magical gun capable of rapid fire. However, due to the motorbikes possessing SE-Plugs, they can be ridden by opponents as well, as seen when Gray could pilot one of them. Racer described this spell as a "motor show from hell".[45]
  • High Side Rush: Racer moves his hand towards the target, generating a multitude of spinning tires to appear and attack his target at high speed; this spell can be performed while Racer is riding a motorbike from his Dead Grand Prix. Despite being unnamed in the manga,[46] this spell was given a name in the anime.[47]
Gray, Lyon & Sherry vs. Racer

Racer destroying a motorbike with a kick

Immense Strength: Racer possesses high natural jumping talent and an extreme amount of lower body strength, which renders him capable of performing great physical feats. He was shown capable of reducing one of his motorbikes to pieces with a single kick,[48] and of leaping from the bottom of a cliff to its top to attack Natsu and Gray.[49] On a side note, his overall strength doesn't seem to be limited to his lower body, as he was able to send Natsu flying away with a simple punch[50] and transport a large, heavy steel coffin containing an unconscious Jellal Fernandes over a long distance.[51]

Master Hand to Hand Combatant: Racer is extremely accomplished in hand-to-hand combat, relying on it, along with his Slowing Magic, as his main form of offense, and being powerful enough to incapacitate multiple foes with this combination alone. He was shown using a variety of punches and kicks connected with fluent motions, remaining suspended in midair for large amounts of time to perform notable acrobatic feats like spinning kicks, hitting many enemies at once.[43] He could also strike Lyon while the latter encased himself in ice, with no harm done to himself,[52] and kick Gray on multiple occasions whilst both were riding the motorcycles that accompany the Dead Grand Prix.[53]

Equipment

Fairy Tail Racer's Knife

Racer wielding his knife

Knife: On his person, Racer carries a simple knife that possesses a double-edged blade and no handguard, which according to him, when combined with his Slowing Magic, can be used to take down his opponent before they have the chance to fight back, as well as augment his more or less mediocre offensive capabilities.[15] In the anime, however, the knife wasn't seen and was instead replaced with a simple icicle from Lyon's own Ice-Make Magic.[18]

Explosive Lacrima: Underneath his jacket, Racer, wrapped around his torso, harbors extremely explosive Lacrima which he uses in a last-ditch effort to kill his opponents, at the cost of his own life, however. When forced to do so, he activates the Lacrima and rushes at his opponent, effectively acting as a Suicide Bomber. In the manga, the Lacrima take the form of many sticks of dynamite,[54] however in the anime, the Lacrima appear as a technological device with many flashing lights.[18]

Appearances in Other Media

Video Games

Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou

Racer's render in GKD

Racer's render in Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou

In the video-game Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou, Racer is a playable character.[55] In this game, Racer possess the following moves:

  • Main: Zeroyon (ゼロヨン Zeroyon)
  • Sub 1: Rocket (ロケット Roketto)
  • Sub 2: Motor (モオタア Mōta)
  • Sub 3: Nitro (ニトロ Nitoro)
  • Super: Dead Grand Prix (デッドGP Deddo Guran Puri)

Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening

Racer appears as a mini-boss in the PSP Game, Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening. He can be unlocked as a playable character with a password.[56]

Trivia

Racer concept art

Racer's concept art

  • The original concept of Racer was supposed to be more muscular, older, and without sunglasses. In fact, in his first appearance in which he was silhouetted, his shadow appeared more similar to the original design.


Quotes

  • (To himself) "My prayer... to be... faster than anyone..."[10]
  • (To Jellal Fernandes) "I won't let you mess with our freedom!"[57]

Battles & Events

Battles Events

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 365, Page 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 142, Page 8
  3. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 134, Page 6
  4. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Page 17
  5. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 52
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 134, Page 8
  7. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 138, Page 16
  8. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Page 20
  9. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Page 5
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Page 14
  11. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 137, Page 19
  12. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Page 5
  13. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Pages 8-9
  14. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Page 17
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Page 10
  16. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Page 11
  17. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Pages 16-17
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 56
  19. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 134, Pages 9-18
  20. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 136, Pages 2-6
  21. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 136, Pages 17-20
  22. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 137, Pages 16-19
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 138, Pages 11-18
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Pages 5-20
  25. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Pages 2-14
  26. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 59
  27. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 139
  28. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 140
  29. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 141
  30. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 143
  31. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 145
  32. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 146
  33. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 364, Pages 19-23
  34. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 365, Pages 15-21
  35. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 365, Page 25
  36. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 367, Pages 9-13
  37. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 368, Pages 15-17
  38. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 369, Pages 2-12
  39. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Pages 16-18
  40. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Pages 10-15
  41. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 150
  42. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 145
  43. 43.0 43.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 134, Pages 10-11
  44. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Pages 6-12
  45. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Pages 6-12
  46. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Page 10
  47. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 56
  48. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Page 16
  49. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 137, Page 17
  50. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 134, Page 14
  51. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 136, Page 17
  52. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Page 7
  53. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 139, Page 11
  54. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 140, Pages 16-20
  55. Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou
  56. Fairy Tail Video Game: Zeref's Awakening
  57. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 367, Page 9

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