Ren is a slim young man of average height with dark, spiky hair reaching down to his shoulders, with long strands framing his face, and a short ponytail at the back of his head. Each of his eyebrows juts upwards in a pair of thin spikes, and he’s distinguished by his dark skin, a result of Tanning Lacrima he used on himself. After the 7-years time skip, the only differences in Ren’s appearance seem to reside in his hair, these being the lack of his former ponytail and the presence of two bangs framing and partially covering his face's sides.
Ren's attire consists of a black suit with the jacket left open, bearing Blue Pegasus' symbol on its left shoulder, over a leopard patterned shirt, whose similarly open collar reveals a small metal necklace circling his neck, and polished, dark dress shoes. Seven years following the destruction of Tenrou Island, Ren's attire has remained virtually the same, with the exceptions of the missing Guild Mark on the left shoulder of his black suit and the new color of the shirt underneath.
Like the rest of the Trimens, Ren behaves like a typical womanizer in that he usually charms any female (regardless of the age) he meets for the first time. If he is around a girl he always tries to act like a tsundere, but in Lucy's case it wasn't very effective. He doesn't get along with other men, (except his team members) probably because he considers them as his rivals in love. During Ren's battle against Araña, while Sherry was cheering for him, it was revealed that he's in a relationship with her, but as Ren's a tsundere, he doesn't admit it.
Oración Seis arc
Ren, along with Hibiki Lates and Eve Tearm, acts as a greeter to the other members of the Allied Forces, though the three of them are more like womanizers than Mages, instantly trying to woo over Lucy Heartfilia and Erza Scarlet (and later Wendy Marvell).
After briefing the others on who the Oración Seis are, the group (save Jura Neekis and Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki) takes off to find them. Soon after the Oración Seis find them, they are quickly beaten and nearly left to die by the Oración Seis, but at the last minute they are saved by Jura and healed by Ichiya afterwards. The alliance then regroups and splits up to find the Oración Seis' base and rescue Wendy and Happy who are both taken by Brain.
As Ren and Eve near the hideout, they run into Dark Unicorn, one of the Dark Guilds which the Oración Seis allied themselves with, however unlike with the Oración Seis, the two are easily able to defeat them. When they see Nirvana activated they split up, Eve continuing to search for Wendy, while Ren sets off to Nirvana. But before he reaches his destination, Midnight finds him and easily defeats him.
Later he is seen together with Sherry Blendy on the Magic bomber Christina, using his Air Magic with Sherry's Doll Magic to manipulate the ship. However, the pressure is too much for her and she fails to hold herself on her legs. Sherry apologizes to Ren but he ignores her apologies and tells her that she should not push herself too much. Without Sherry's Magic, Christina begins to fall to the ground.After the Oración Seis is defeated and Nirvana stopped, the Allied Forces regroups in Cait Shelter Guild where they learn the secret of the guild. When the time has come for them to return to their respective guilds, Ren is seen asking Sherry if she won't be lonely on the trip, while Sherry tells him that he should go. The two then part ways and return to their respective guilds.
Grand Magic Games arc
During the Grand Magic Games, The Trimens, along with another member that looks like a rabbit, pass the preliminaries in fifth place, entering the Domus Flau and posing for the crowd, who scream their love for the three young members of the group. When the different teams begin to talk, Ren throws an arm around Lucy and claims that he will "take her", though he finishes the statement saying that it isn't because he likes her. As the second placing team is announced, Ren stands with his guild with a thoughtful expression as the teams wonder who could have placed above them, but later smiles when the group is revealed to be another of Fairy Tail's teams. After the announcers reveal the first event of the Games and Eve agrees to participate, Ren joins his team in pulling off a ridiculous cheer and pose. During the event Eve uses his Snow Magic for an interesting tactic, and Ren wonders how the other contestants will deal with it. He later remarks at the quick finish to the event.
During the battle portion of the first day, Ren watches as Lucy begins to cast Urano Metria, stating that it is an awesome Magic. For the second battle, Ren himself is selected to fight against Araña Webb, a Mage from Team Mermaid Heel. At first, neither of the two Mages seems to have the advantage and Araña is able to damage Ren with her Thread Magic when the Mage is distracted by the commentators. From the stands, Sherry of Lamia Scale calls out to him, screaming for him not to give up, and upon hearing one of her team mates mention that he and Sherry are engaged, Ren denies the claim, stating that they are merely "resigned to being together". However, with Sherry's belief in his power, Ren casts Aerial Phose and takes Araña out, winning the fight and granting his team 10 points, much to Sherry's happiness.
When Mirajane and Jenny battle on the second day of the Games, Hibiki comments on the fact that Team Blue Pegasus had to use a reserve member so early on in the Games, with Ren replying that they had no choice after seeing Ichiya's condition after his competing in the Chariot event. He later stands in pure shock as Mirajane beats Jenny with her Satan Soul: Sitri.
On the third day of the Games, Hibiki steps out to represent Ren's team in the Pandemonium event. However, when the event is finished by Erza alone, a secondary event is scheduled. Upon finding out that the event is all about Magic power, Ren states that he should have been sent out instead, as Hibiki's Magic is not power specialized. Ichiya appears and tries to convince him and Eve to put their support in Hibiki, but upon seeing their team mate score ridiculously low, the two yell out that that is what they get for believing. Later, during the battle portions of the day, Eve is called forth to battle Rufus of Team Sabertooth, and is easily beaten. From the sidelines, Ren and Hibiki stand saddened by their teams losing streak, with Ren shocked that Eve could lose so easily, still claiming that he tried his best. Despite their down feelings, Ichiya points out that they have not unleashed their secret weapon and Hibiki and Ren thank him for the "lesson". However, as they walk away, the two ponder over who the member could be, wondering if they are even a member of the guild, though Ren states that they must be, as not being a member would be cheating.
That evening, Ren and the Trimens go on a trip to Ryuzetsu Land, a popular leisure center in Crocus. When they arrive, the four quickly get into their host persona and approach Erza and Lucy, who are sunbathing nearby. Standing beside Lucy, Ren asks her how she can be so fashionable. However, Erza puts a stop to it and proceeds to yell at them, scolding Ren for hitting on them when he's with Sherry Blendy. A little while later, Gray and Lyon fight and freeze the pool, with Natsu deciding to get rid of the ice by using his own Magic. Ren and the Trimens are sent flying when Natsu employs more power than necessary, and end up face down in the rubble, naked and completely dazed.
Ren's questions about their member in the rabbit suit are answered on the fourth day of the Games when both Ichiya and the bunny-clad person step out to participate in the first tag battle of the day. Ren stands watching the two, excitedly claiming that they will finally know, whilst also berating Hibiki and Jenny, who have started making out behind him. When the bunny man is revealed to be Nichiya, Ren stands with an extremely shocked expression, speechless with the rest of his team and the audience. When Nichiya is later taken out in one hit from Bacchus, Ren yells out, asking Ichiya if the Exceed can even fight. Despite the early drawback, Ren watches as Ichiya pushes forward to win the fight, happily praising Ichiya by asking him just how handsome he can get.
Ren watches as the battle reaches its climax with Natsu easily overpowering Sabertooth's Sting and Rogue. Upon the ending of the tag battle, with every guild targeting Fairy Tail Ren stands with Hibiki as the announcements for the fifth and final day are made, with him personally setting his sights on Gajeel Redfox.
As the final day of the games gets underway, the cheering crowd watches as the participating teams arrive in the Domus Flau for the last day. Ren gathers with the rest of Team Blue Pegasus, ready to compete. While the announcers explain the rules of the day, Ren listens in along with the rest of his team and heads out into the area with Hibiki and Eve to compete upon the start. While the battles rage, Ren, along with Eve and Hibiki, encounters Beth and Araña of Team Mermaid Heel and, with their help, defeats them, earning 2 points for Team Blue Pegasus.
Soon after, Team Fairy Tail enters the event after having stayed back. Ren, Eve and Hibiki are found by Gajeel Redfox, who attacks the former two himself. As he is enveloped in the attack, Ren tells Hibiki to escape, which he does to no avail, as Gray Fullbuster suddenly attacks and eliminates Hibiki.
With Blue Pegasus eliminated from the Games, the Trimens gather at some place to watch the other competitors' matches. During the battle between Erza Scarlet, Kagura Mikazuchi and Minerva, Ren states that they're evenly matched after witnessing Erza and Kagura endure a powerful spell from Minerva. Kagura and Erza are evenly matched, and as Kagura keeps attacking, Ren ponders Kagura's ability to overpower Erza. As Fairy Tail rejoice in their victory of the Grand Magic Games, Ren and the rest of the Trimens regroup and express their satisfaction to Fairy Tail's accomplishment by congratulating the Guild.
After the end of the Grand Magic Games, Ren joins forces with all the other participants of the event, in order for them to be able to defeat the ten thousand Dragons that will soon arrive, saying that it cannot be helped. Soon after, a group of seven Dragons begin to terrorize the streets of Crocus. Together with his guild, Ren stands against one of the beasts, listening as Ichiya tells them not to hold back and show it their power.
After Natsu mentions that the seven Dragon Slayers will defeat the seven Dragons that passed the gate, Ren complains about his guild having no Dragon Slayers as members. Soon, a weird smell reaches his nose, which is Ichiya's attempt to defeat a Dragon using his armpit perfume. Although the latter fails, Cobra shows up just in time to say that he will take on that Dragon, leaving Ren wondering who that man is.
Later, after the Dragons return to their own time and the Fated Day ends, Ren and all the other Mages are invited to a banquet celebrating their successful protection of both Crocus and Fiore. With all the Mages arriving, Ren stands in a corner with the rest of his teammates and greets a passing Bacchus. During the course of the banquet, a dispute over which guild Yukino Agria is to join erupts; Ren and Team Blue Pegasus chime in, with Ren stating that Yukino will shine if she joins their guild. With all the other guilds joining the argument, a fight soon erupts which Ren gets dragged into; during the course of said fight, Elfman Strauss hits his and Hibiki's heads together.
Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc
Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.
Traveling alongside the others in an attempt to destroy Face, Ren begins to question its purpose. Howbeit, a voice from behind tells them to move aside, crashing into face mere seconds before the warning. Ren and the others are shocked upon witnessing the arrival of Sky Dragon Grandeeney.
Alvarez Empire arc
When the Alvarez Empire attacks Fiore, Ren, along with the other prominent members of Blue Pegasus and Sabertooth, travels to the north to deal with their incoming fleet of over three hundred. Once they arrive, the Mages start the battle against the army of Alvarez, with Ren employing his Air Magic. As they start to initially overwhelm the enemies, they are only proven wrong once they notice the Mages dying at the hands of Bloodman, posing a great threat. After being rescued by Fairy Tail, Ren and the others rejoin the fray with even more motivation.
Magic and Abilities
- Aerial: Ren locks his opponent in a dome that lowers the oxygen inside it which makes the enemies suffocate and hurts their ears due to the pressure change.
- Aerial Shot: Ren uses his air Magic to shatter the ground and pick up rocks, using the air. These rocks are then shot at the enemy.
- Aerial Phose (エアリアルフォーゼ Eariaru Fōze): After swinging both of his hands in a circular motion around himself, Ren brings them forward, creating a small cyclone that surrounds the target, damaging them as well as destroying surrounding obstacles.
Tanning Lacrima (タンニング魔水晶 Tan'ningu Rakurima): A Lacrima used by Ren to tan his body. Using this, a person can obtain the skin tone he/she desires in the space of about 5 minutes. The setting consists of numbers such as 61 to 65. Ren's tan is 61.5.
Appearances in Other Media
The Exciting Ryuzetsu Land
On a night trip to the popular Ryuzetsu Land, Ren and the rest of the Trimens spend their time initially flirting with Lucy and Erza, the former of whom Ren attempts to hit on before being scolded by Erza for doing so when he is in a relationship with Sherry. As he and the boys then join Ichiya in talking about perfume, an agitated Erza proceeds to kick all of them away. Moving on, Ren then spends his time attempting to flirt with Laki, commenting that her glasses go well with her swimsuit, though she is less than receptive, even threatening him with violence. With Eve bringing up a snowstorm, Ren and the Trimens chase her and Kinana. Before long however, the antics of Fairy Tail Mages result in the resort being destroyed, which leaves Ren unconscious in the rubble of the building.
Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou
Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening
Ren is a playable character in the video-game Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening. he uses the following spells:
- Aerial Shot: Cost 20 VP, Ren has this spell from the beginning.
- Aerial Fresh: Cost 40 VP, Ren has this spell from the beginning.
- Aerial Shield: Cost 60 VP, Ren must buy this spell in the shop.
- Aerial: Cost 80 VP, Ren must buy this spell in the shop.
- Aerial Burst: Cost 120 VP, Ren must buy this spell in the shop.
- In Volume 32's extra content, Mashima provided the battle statistics for 31 of the 40 X791 contestants in the Grand Magic Games. The stats, however, were provided not from Mashima's point-of-view as the author but from the view point of Sorcerer Magazine reporter Jason. Which explains why some stats are missing and why others may be inaccurate. According to Jason from the Sorcerer Magazine, during his participation in the Grand Magic Games of X791, Ren's stats are:
- His defeat by Midnight is toned down in the anime. In the manga, his face was cut across, but it wasn't in the anime.
Battles & Events
|Prominent Members||Eve Tearm • Hibiki Lates • Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki • Jenny Realight • Nichiya • Ren Akatsuki|
|Minor Members||DeZille Horae • Riko Applico|
|The Trimens||Eve Tearm • Hibiki Lates • Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki • Ren Akatsuki|
|Thunder God Tribe||Bickslow • Evergreen • Freed Justine|
|Team Blue Pegasus||Eve Tearm • Hibiki Lates • Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki • Jenny Realight • Nichiya • Ren Akatsuki|
|Left||Bickslow • Evergreen • Freed Justine • Laxus Dreyar|