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Zeref
Kanji

ゼレフ

Rōmaji

Zerefu

Alias

The Black Wizard
The Killing Mage

Characteristics
Race

Human

Gender

Male Male

Age

400+

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Black

Professional Status
Occupation

Dark Mage

Base of Operations

Tenrou Island (former)

Personal Status
Status

Active

Magic
Magic

Black Arts
Death Magic
Living Magic

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 200

Anime Debut

Episode 96

Game Debut

Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Akira Ishida

English Voice

Joel McDonald

Image Gallery

Zeref (ゼレフ Zerefu) is considered to be the strongest, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic. He currently appears as a reclusive, self-hating youth who cannot control his powers.[1][2]

AppearanceEdit

Kiling Mage color

Zeref in the manga

Despite being hundreds of years old, Zeref has the appearance of a young man. He wears high-collared red (black in the anime) and tan robes with gold trim, along with a large, flowing white toga draped around his torso. He has short black hair, dark eyes, and abnormally sharp canines. He also wears a circle-shaped necklace.[3][4]

When angered, Zeref's irises become red[5] and gain a black ring around the pupil, giving him a much more menacing appearance.[6]

PersonalityEdit

Zeref is said to have been the darkest, most evil Mage in the history of the Magic World, mastering the Black Arts and creating many Demons, some of which still wreak havoc in the present.[7]

In the modern era, Zeref seeks to isolate himself and is very calm, sincere, and conflicted.[8] He wishes to die to atone for all the sins he has committed, and may commit in the future. He shows concern for others when he warns them not to come near him, knowing that they would die if they did. He is also somewhat emotionally fragile, as when he realizes that Natsu is not ready to kill him yet, he breaks down in tears.[9] Zeref often kills with no prior incentive or knowledge.[10]

In spite of all this, Zeref is very vindictive, and will punish those who he believes to be evil. This was shown when he ruthlessly killed Hades, whom he thinks has committed a number of unforgivable sins.[11][12] As a result of his immortal life, Zeref has developed a misanthropic loathing for humanity and its repeated idiosyncrasies of hatred, evil, and conflict.[13]

HistoryEdit

Zeref on a ancientboard

Hieroglyph showing Zeref's history

At some point in the distant past, stated to be around 400 years ago, Zeref witnessed the deaths of many people. Around this time, he also became cursed, and unintentionally took the lives of all those around him.[14] Zeref was described as having alighted in an ancient land, mastered Black Magic, given birth to tens of thousands of Demons, and thrown the world into chaos.[15]

Because of this, Zeref was sealed away for centuries. One day, however, he managed to set himself free in spite of the fact that not all the keys to his seal had been amassed. His inner darkness, on the other hand, remained sealed.[16]This was later revealed to be false by Zeref himself, who stated that the "keys to Zeref's Resurrection" were something made up by the cults that worship him, as he asserted that he was never asleep in the first place. As Zeref himself stated, years before the story he learned the value of life and because of that he unfortunately lost the ability to use his Magic the way he used to unless he somehow is to forget the value of life.[17] At some point, Zeref learned of Natsu and realized that the Fire Dragon Slayer could someday kill him.[18] Zeref eventually found himself on the secluded Tenrou Island, hoping to stay completely cut off from humanity.[19]

Ultear Milkovich manipulated the young Jellal Fernandes, making him believe he was possessed by the Dark Mage, all in order to get closer to her goal: collecting the keys to Zeref's seal.[16]

SynopsisEdit

Tenrou Island arcEdit

Zeref

Zeref resting

On Tenrou island, Zeref lays peacefully, asleep, on the ground.[3] When night descends, he is attacked by a pack of wolves. Their efforts to kill the Dark Mage are, however, in vain, as he releases a wave of Death Magic, killing not only the wolves, but much of the surrounding ecosystem. Zeref then apologizes and wallows in misery, wishing to meet Natsu soon.[20] Later, Carla has a vision, and sees that Zeref will somehow be involved in the S-Class Mage Promotion Trial.[21]

Zeref's tears

Zeref's tears of joy when he sees Natsu

During the trial, he runs into Elfman and Evergreen and warns them to stay away from him, as his Magic is beginning to run rampant. However, when the wave is released, Natsu arrives and saves his fellow comrades from the deathly black wave.[22] Zeref is then shocked to see Natsu, saying that he has "grown", but Natsu says that he doesn't recognize the Dark Mage. When he tells the Fairy Tail Mages that he has been expecting Natsu's arrival, Natsu misinterprets the statement as a declaration of challenge and rushes towards Zeref, landing a fierce blow to his face.[23]

Natsu's puch

Natsu punches Zeref in the face

Zeref is unfazed by the punch and stands up, disappointed that Natsu is not ready to kill him, causing him to shed tears of frustration. Zeref then unintentionally releases another wave of Death Magic, but Natsu's scarf absorbs the blast, saving the lives of everyone present. Zeref then proceeds to make his escape, however, Grimoire Heart is now aware of his presence, and seeks to hunt him down. Zeref then rests next to a tree and claims that the world continues to reject him, before crying once more.[24]

Angry Zeref

Zeref shows his anger at Grimoire Heart

Later, Zeref is stated to be in a "state of slumber". Shortly thereafter, the battle between Fairy Tail and Grimoire Heart begins, causing Zeref to wonder if another war is going to take place.[25]

Ultear before Zeref

Ultear kneeling before Zeref

He then crosses paths with Ultear, and comments how sad it is for Grimoire Heart to have managed to anger him.[26] After Zeref asks Ultear if it is power they want, Ultear claims that she wants his entire existence, but Zeref states that he has no intention of assisting them or having anything to do with those in the current era, and that he doesn't want to witness wars or the death of innocent people. Zeref then tells Ultear to stop the attack and leave the island at once, repeating that he is angry, visibly terrifying her with his power.[27] Rustyrose states to Elfman and Evergreen that when they acquire Zeref the current Magic world will end and a new one will begin, an Ultimate Magic World, where those that don't possess Magic will suffer and die; the other Grimoire Heart members say similar things.[28] Zeref himself, however, is powerless against Ultear in his sleeping state and is defeated by her, being warned to underestimate her, as she is the eldest of the Seven Kin of Purgatory. Ultear then says that they have the key which will awaken him; Zeref begs Ultear to stop, but she ignores him and revels in her victory.[29] As Zeref lies unconscious, Ultear holds onto him tightly, stating that he now belongs to her and that he will become the King of the Ultimate Magic World.[30][31]

Zeref's Deadly Stare

Zeref meets Zancrow's gaze

While he is still unconscious, he is seen being dragged around by Ultear, and later by Meredy, who ends up heading to the "escape point". While on their way there, they are chased by a persistent Juvia, who received orders from Gray to keep track of Zeref.[32] The trio are later confronted by Zancrow, who attacks the two girls, and tries to take Zeref back to the airship. Zeref, at this point, stirs, speaking one word ("Acnologia"), and awakes. Zeref and Zancrow then lock eyes, and Zeref releases a wave of Death Magic at the Grimoire Heart Mage, instantly killing him, and knocking out Meredy and Juvia.[33]

After Zeref casts his spell, he regains control of himself and apologizes to Zancrow for having killed him, closing the former Dark Mage's eyelids in sorrow. He expresses his relief that both Meredy and Juvia survived and then walks away. As he walks, he states that he had no reason to come to this era, and that, to anyone, he is neither enemy nor ally. Zeref then adds that if the current era is about to end, that he may awaken once more, and wishes for Natsu to kill him before that time occurs.[34]

Zeref aboard Grimoire Heart's ship

Zeref announces the end of an era

At the end of the war, an enraged Zeref sneaks aboard the Grimoire Heart airship and confronts the remainder of the Seven Kin of Purgatory, including their Guild Master, Hades, about the horror they have brought upon the world.[35] While there, Zeref reveals that he was never "asleep", but, rather, he was always "awake". He also reveals that when he understands the weight of human life, his cursed body will eliminate his surroundings; but when he forgets about it, he is able to fully control his Death Magic. He blames Grimoire Heart for the summoning of Acnologia, claiming that it will now end the current era. He then tells the group to repent for their unforgivable sins and casts a spell on Hades.[36] The power of the spell causes huge damage to the airship and slays Hades, sending him plummeting to the sea. Zeref then senses something and wonders if it's Acnologia.[12] While looking down at Tenrou Island, he ponders if it is time for the island's destruction as an enormous winged beast emerges from the clouds.[37]

Zeref leaving Tenrou

Zeref leaving Tenrou Island

After Acnologia, "The Black Dragon of the Apocalypse", starts destroying Tenrou Island and attacking the Fairy Tail members, Zeref is senses Wendy's attempts at communicating with the Dragon. Zeref states that Acnologia sees humans as little more than insects, and adds that no dominant being would bother communicating with a lesser life form. Zeref then realizes that mankind will, once again, be embarking on a long, arduous journey, and bids Natsu farewell.[38] As the airship continues to fly onward, Zeref witnesses Acnologia destroying Tenrou Island and shuts his eyes, stating, tearfully, that Natsu's journey has ended.[39]

Grand Magic Games arcEdit

Zeref appears

Zeref sits outside Magnolia

Zeref is stated to still be at large, with the Magic Council trying, unsuccessfully, to track him down.[40] He is later mentioned by Arcadios, who claims that Zeref was the one who turned Acnologia into a Dragon. Arcadios says he is preparing something called the Eclipse Plan, which requires Lucy Heartfilia. Arcadios intends to use Lucy and Yukino Aguria's Magic to travel back in time and kill Zeref before he can transform Acnologia into a Dragon or become immortal.[41]

As Fairy Tail celebrates their victory in the Grand Magic Games after returning to Magnolia, Zeref sits, deep in thought, in the nearby forest; Obra runs up his shoulder. Zeref then senses Mavis Vermilion behind him and states that even though he cannot see nor hear her, he can sense her presence. With a smile on his face, Zeref repeats Mavis' statement that they were close to one another seven years ago, and answers that he has decided on where he is going to die when she asks him so. Zeref states that he's lived for centuries and has seen the rise and fall of different ages, and that he's seen the cycle of hatred continue on and give rise to new evil and conflict between people, but adds he's looking forward to the new age that will end all this.[42]

Zeref's wrath

Zeref resolves to massacre humanity

With his attitude growing more solemn by the minute, Zeref looks down and asks Mavis how many times people have repeated the mistakes of the past, but is told that despite that, humans will continue to live on. Zeref, however, counters this statement by explaining that if humans continue to repeat mistakes, then they aren't really living and that he is no longer anything that man can come to love. Now removing himself from the ground, Zeref tells Mavis that he has reached a conclusion about humanity: if the world continues to reject him, then he shall reject the world; Mavis tells him that Fairy Tail will be its salvation. Bowing his head, the Black Wizard tells the deceased Guild Master this will be his gift to humanity, thereby allowing them to start anew. Zeref then tells Mavis that he will not start a war but, rather, will simply cause a one-sided annihilation of humanity of which no human soul will survive, earning him a glare from Mavis, who tells him that Fairy Tail will be the one who will stop him, and he will be the one to be destroyed. Destroying the forest with his Death Magic, Zeref smiles and internally concludes that his and Natsu's final battle is drawing near.[43]

Tartarus arcEdit

Zeref warns Natsu

Zeref warns Natsu

Zeref later appears at Tartarus' headquarters. As Natsu is cleaning out the troops of Tartarus, his enemies are suddenly stopped in midair and Natsu finds himself standing in front of Zeref. The Dark Mage smiles, noting that he expected Natsu to come this far and then states that Tartarus is Zeref's bookshelf: where all of his "books" reside.[44] Zeref continues by explaining that he wasn't the one to establish Tartarus, but rather, it is a guild made by the Demons that he created, namely their master, E.N.D. Natsu catches on to the name of the Demon, noting it to be the one that Igneel wanted to kill, but Zeref corrects him, stating that the Dragon couldn't do so. Natsu then takes out the Heat Blade, claiming that he will be the one to defeat E.N.D. to inherit his father's will. However, his attack is deflected by the aura surrounding Zeref, cutting the blade in half. Zeref then encourages Natsu, however, he also warns him that E.N.D. is the strongest Demon he created and that he, too, will face the decision of whether to let the Demon live or to kill it. The Dark Mage gets ready to leave, leading Natsu to protest. Zeref explains that he cannot show himself in front of Tartarus as they have gone through so much trouble to find him; just appearing would be a "kill-joy". Bidding farewell, Zeref notes that only Natsu or E.N.D. will be able to reach him, vanishing shortly afterwards.[45]

Magic and AbilitiesEdit

Black Arts (黒い魔法 Kuroi Mahō): Zeref was able to master all forms of Dark Magic at a very early age, and brought countless Demons to life.[15] His Magic Power is enormous; so enormous, in fact, that he cannot consciously control his own Magic, though whether this was always the case is unknown.[46] Zeref's lack of control over his Black Arts seems to come from his emotional state. He, himself, has stated that when he cares of the lives of others, his Magic becomes uncontrollable and randomly bursts outward, killing all those around him, but, when he no longer cares about others, he gains complete control over his Magic, and becomes the ruthless, cold-hearted Zeref spoken of in legend.[47] According to Arcadios, Zeref was the one who managed to transform the then-human Acnologia, whom was one of the original Dragon Slayers, into a Dragon itself.[41]

  • Death Magic (死の魔法 Shi no Mahō): Death Magic is a Black Art that allows Zeref to kill any living thing he desires.[48] This Magic seems to be uncontrollable at times, causing it to burst out randomly, killing anything within a certain radius around him.[49] However, when Zeref forgets the value of, and no longer cares about, a human life, he can fully control his Death Magic.[50] Certain Magic Items can protect people from Death Magic, such as Natsu Dragneel's scarf.[51]
Death Wave

Death Wave

  • Death Wave: This usage of this spell creates a dark wave that kills everything in the user's immediate vicinity.[52] (Unnamed)
  • Death Orb: A spell that, when used, destroys everything in its path.[5] (Unnamed)
  • Death Pillar: Zeref swipes both of his arms in a circular motion until the bottom of his hands meet. The hand on top has the index and middle fingers pointing upwards, while the other hand has the little and index fingers pointing downwards. While doing this, he is surrounded by a dark aura.[53] This spell creates a huge vertical explosion, and it's blast radius is seemingly controllable. It was used to kill Hades.[54] (Unnamed)
  • Living Magic (生活魔法 Seikatsu Mahō): A very ancient, long-forgotten form of Magic that breathes life into an object. Some of Zeref's creations are sentient, and seek to further Zeref's former, as-of-yet unknown, evil desires. Most of the beings that Zeref created were Demons.[55]
Deliora Avatar

Deliora

  • Deliora (デリオラ Deriora): One of Zeref's many creations,[7] Deliora was a monstrous Demon that attacked the icy villages in the North.[56] Deliora was imprisoned in a block of ice by Ur.[57] Lyon Vastia tried to unfreeze it so he could kill the Demon, however, after years of being imprisoned in Ur's ice, the Demon's life force was greatly reduced, so much, in fact, that simply upon being released from the ice, it died.[58]
  • Lullaby (ララバイ Rarabai): A flute that can transform into a giant Demon. Whoever hears Lullaby's song (aside from the caster) will die. Erigor hoped to use this to kill the Guild Masters at their meeting. As Kageyama failed to carry out the mission, Lullaby transformed into its Demon form to feast upon souls. However, Natsu Dragneel, Gray Fullbuster, and Erza Scarlet were able to defeat the Demon flute. It currently is in the Magic Council's possession.[59]
  • Nemesis: This spell creates Demons from rubble. It can create an entire army of Demons with just a few rocks. This spell was used by Hades while battling Fairy Tail. Hades learned this spell from Volume 4 Verse 20 of one of the Books of Zeref.[60]
  • Demons of Tartarus: Zeref stated that all of Tartarus' members are Demons he created.[61]
  • Transformation of Dragon Slayers: It is said by Arcadios that Zeref is the one who changed Acnologia into a Dragon.[62]
  • Immobilization Magic: A Black Art of Zeref's that allows him to freeze time for all except those he specifically chooses to remain mobile. After casting this Magic, the surrounding area and all those affected by the Magic appear inverted in color, whilst those unaffected remain as they are.[63] (Unnamed)
Natsu punches Zeref

Zeref is hit by Natsu, to no effect

Enhanced Durability: Zeref is quite physically durable, as he was able to take a punch from Natsu Dragneel (no visible marks were left), and return to his feet, completely unfazed.[64]

Expert Sensor: Zeref was able to sense Acnologia approaching Tenrou Island from quite a fair distance,[65] as well as talk to Mavis Vermilion despite not being able to see or hear her.[66]

Immortality: Approximately 400 years ago, Zeref attained immortality.[67]

Battles & EventsEdit

Battles Events

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

Video GamesEdit

Fairy Tail: Zeref's AwakeningEdit

Zeref appears as the final boss of the Tenrou Island arc in the PSP game, Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening. He can later be unlocked as a playable character by completing the game's exclusive arc.[68]

QuotesEdit

  • (To his surroundings or himself) "I'm sorry. It's not as though I want to steal anyone's life... but the world rejects me. I want to see you soon, Natsu."[69]
  • (To Ultear Milkovich) "I see... so you people are the Apple of Discord here. It's sad, how you've managed to anger me."[70]
  • (To himself) "I had no reason to come to this age. I'm not an ally to anyone. I'm not an enemy to anyone. But still, if an age is about to end right now... I might awaken once again."[71]
  • (To Hades, Kain Hikaru and Rustyrose) "It is people like you who carved me into existence. It is wicked thoughts like yours that summoned Acnologia, heralding the end of this age. No one can stop it now. The world will be finished here." [72]
  • (To Hades) "Trash that doesn't even know it's trash deserves to fall into the abyss."[65]
  • (To Mavis Vermilion) "I've lived for many centuries and watched the rise and fall of different ages. People hate and evil causes conflict, but I'm looking forward to a new age that will purify all of this. How many times has this happened...where people make the same mistakes over and over again?"[73]
  • (To Mavis Vermilion) "If this world continues to reject me, then I shall reject the world."[74]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 83, Page 5
  2. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Page 9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 200, Page 1
  4. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 96
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 106
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 220, Page 24
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 83, Page 6
  8. Fairy Tail Manga:Chapter 200, Page 20
  9. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Page 8
  10. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 242, Pages 10-12
  11. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Pages 5-9
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Pages 18-19
  13. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 340, Page 15
  14. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Pages 5-6
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Page 14
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 102, Pages 18-20
  17. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Pages 2-6
  18. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Pages 5-7
  19. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 200, Pages 21-22
  20. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 200, Pages 18-22
  21. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 201, Pages 19-20
  22. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 208, Pages 14-21
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Pages 2-6
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Pages 7-12
  25. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 215, Page 14
  26. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 220, Pages 23-24
  27. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 221, Pages 4-7
  28. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 221, Page 14-17
  29. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 221, Pages 18-20
  30. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 222, Page 2
  31. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 225, Page 8
  32. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 240, Pages 2-4
  33. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 242, Pages 6-12
  34. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 242, Pages 12-14
  35. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 249, Pages 19-20
  36. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Pages 2-8
  37. Fairy Tail Manga:Chapter 251, Pages 19-20
  38. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 252, Pages 13-14
  39. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 253, Pages 16-19
  40. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 258, Page 5
  41. 41.0 41.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 301, Pages 18-19
  42. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 340, Pages 11-13
  43. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 340, Pages 13-17
  44. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 372, Pages 21-23
  45. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 373, Pages 2-8
  46. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 200, Pages 19-20
  47. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Pages 6-7
  48. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 200, Pages 20-21
  49. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 208, Pages 15-16
  50. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 221, Pages 6-7
  51. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Pages 10-11
  52. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Page 11
  53. Fairy Tail Manga, Chapter 250: Pages 7-8
  54. Fairy Tail Manga, Chapter 250: Page 18
  55. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 9
  56. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 27, Page 27
  57. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 38, Pages 8-15
  58. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 43, Pages 12-15
  59. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 21, Pages 2-14
  60. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 247, Pages 14-19
  61. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 373, Pages 5
  62. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 301, Pages 20
  63. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 372, Pages 21-22
  64. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 209, Pages 6-7
  65. 65.0 65.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 250, Page 19
  66. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 340, Page 12
  67. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 302, Page 9
  68. Fairy Tail Video Game: Zeref's Awakening
  69. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 200, Pages 20-21
  70. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 220, Pages 23-24
  71. Fairy Tail Manga : Chapter 242, Page 13
  72. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 249, Pages 18-19
  73. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 340, Page 15
  74. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 340, Page 14

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