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August 31 1993
|Weapon of choice||
Various,Iron Dragon Magic
|Chronological and political information|
Fairy Tail Mage
Iron Dragon Metalicana
Gajeel Redfox was formerly the most formidable member of the Phantom Lord Guild,but after the events of the Tower of Paradise arc he is revealed to be a new member of the Fairy Tail Guild.He uses the same 'Ancient Magic' as Natsu Dragneel,a Fellow Dragon Slayer.His brand of Dragon Slayer Magic corresponds with the element of Iron.
Similar to how Natsu learned his "Fire Dragon Slayer Magic" from the dragon Igneel,Gazilla learned his "Iron Dragon Slayer Magic" from the dragon Metalicana.Both Igneel and Metalicana disappeared seven years prior to the beginning of the series on July 7th in the year of 777.
Gazille is an intimidating-looking young man around the age of Natsu Dragneel.He has a wing-like sleeve on his right arm (right above his Phantom Lord tattoo) and various body piercings,usually in sets of three or five.His usual outfit consists of a ragged-looking black tunic with studded edges,studded wristbands,and studded boots (somewhat resembling Punk style) and white pants.His hair style is a heavy metal,long,black hair with many ragged and almost buzz-blade like bangs while his eyes are red.
He doesn't seem to care at all about Fairy Tail,and seems to think that Phantom Lord is a stronger and more worthwhile guild.Gajeel bears his Phantom Lord symbol marked at the top off his right shoulder (note the same place were Natsu has his Fairy Tail emblem).Gajeel and Natsu seem to be opposites as Gajeel has more of dark personality and appearance unlike Natsu who is a larger affinity to light.However,he seems to have a short temper,seen when Natsu Dragneel constantly makes him angry.
Despite saying that he doesn't want to make friends,he tries in his own way to do so.So far he has sung an off-key solo(after chaining Mirajane to a wall) and not fought back when attacked by Shadow Gear or Laxus.He even protected Levy McGarden after Laxus Dreyar shot a blast of Lightning at her,showing that Jet and Droy were wrong about him,and he does want to make friends with the other members of Fairy Tail.
Despite his cold personality,he has shown a humorous side of himself when he was shocked to see Mirajane transform her face to look like him,and when he failed to break Fried's magic enchantment.At the end of the Oracion Seis arc,he is shown to be upset when he realized that he's the only Dragon Slayer that doesn't have a cat as a partner.He then desperately tries to find a cat in the alleys but ended up starving and becoming heavily exhausted.Later on in Edolas,Gazille finds the partner he is looking for in Pantherlily,and on arriving back in Earth Land,is extremely happy to the point of crying when he discovers Pantherlily made it to Earth Land,despite his reduced size.
Gazille led the attack on Fairy Tail and the large iron rods protruding through the walls of the building seem to be his handiwork.He then attacks Fairy Tail's Shadow Gear team and pins them to a tree,crucifixion style,and burns the Phantom Lord symbol into their waists.
Later,when Fairy Tail attacks them,Gazillw first fights Elfman and easily starts to over power him.He then is interrupted when Natsu gets in the way and Gazille becomes interested in having a battle with another Dragon Slayer.Though they exchange a few blows,Natsu is forced to retreat when Makarov was lead into a trap by Jose Porla and injured by Aria.
After the Element 4 are defeated,Gazillw reappears with a captured Lucy Heartfilia,stating that a Dragon Slayer's nose should never be doubted.He then is ordered by Jose to watch Lucy,but he pins her to the wall and starts to throw daggers at her to pass the time.In the anime,he hits her multiple times with his iron fists instead of throwing daggers.As Lucy insults him,telling him that if she dies,no one in Fairy Tail would forgive him.He then decides to test the theory and moves to kill her but Natsu comes (apparently Gazille smelled him coming so he wanted to test if Natsu could save her).
Both Natsu and Gazille begin their next fight right away.At first they are equal in strength,but Gazille uses his Iron Dragon Scales (or Dragon Slayer mode) and gains an upper hand; he then eats some metal to heal himself and thrashes Natsu a bit.However after seeing the Fairy Tail building crumble,and with a little help from Lucy's Celestial Spirit,Sagittarius,Natsu turns the tables and knocks Gajeel right through the Phantom Lord's building,demolishing it and defeating him.
After the battle was over,Natsu found Gajeel and question him about where he learned his Metal Dragon Slayer magic.He told Natsu about the Dragon Metalicana,and how he disappeared on the same day that Igneel did.He then yelled at Natsu to get out of what was left of his guild.
Fighting Festival Arc
Upon returning from saving Erza and destroying the Tower of Paradise,Gajeel is seen at the Fairy Tail guild as a new member along with Juvia Loxar.He seems to have no remorse for destroying Fairy Tail's old building,only joining for work,saying "One Guild is as good as the next",telling Natsu he has no intention of being friends with him.When asked why Gajeel joined,Juvia stated "Gajeel always seems so lonely,Juvia couldn't bear to just leave him",but also added quickly that she doesn't like him (only because Gray was right next to her).Master Makarov wants to use this opportunity to guide Gajeel onto a more proper path in both life and magic,but he agrees when Erza suggests he be watched.
Later,Gajeel locks Mirajane up with his metal cuffs seemingly betraying Fairy Tail,but in actuality,Gajeel just wanted her out of the way so that he could,surprisingly,sing his own song.He then takes a mission to teach little children how to use magic.As he leaves,Shadow Gear attacks him,minus Levy who's protesting for them to stop.As they attack him,they are joined by Laxus who shoots a lightning bolt at Levy but Gajeel takes the blow and limps away to his job.As he leaves,it dawns on them that he intentionally didn't fight back.
As Laxus tries to take over the Guild,Gajeel eats some metal and prepares to go after him but he is stopped by Fried Justine's enchantment implying that he might be over 80 years of age or made of rock,but more likely could not pass due to dragon slayer magic being considered ancient magic,thus the barrier reacted to the magic.He then helps Natsu try to release Erza but as she awakes,she promptly beats them for touching her.Shortly after,Levy managed to dispel the enchantment,enabling Natsu and Gajeel to enter Laxus' tournament.Later,Gajeel is seen speaking to Ivan Dreyar through a form of magic resembling a shikigami and apparently intends to get revenge on Fairy Tail.
Gajeel later appears in the church where Natsu was fighting Laxus and saved Natsu from his Raging Bolt spell.He then suggests that he and Natsu work together to take down Laxus and protect the guild,which surprises Natsu.
They put forth a valiant effort,but Laxus surprises them by revealing that he,too,is a Dragon Slayer.Using this power,Laxus nearly defeats them both.His powerful attacks weaken Gajeel too greatly for him to continue the fight.For a short while,Natsu is forced to fight Laxus alone.However,in the final moments,Gajeel uses his Iron Dragon Slayer powers to make himself a living lightning rod.This causes Laxus's attack to change course and miss Natsu,hitting Gajeel instead.Taking advantage of this,Natsu then finishes Laxus off.
In the Guild Hall,after Laxus's defeat,Gajeel and Natsu sit alongside one another covered from head to toe in bandages.When Natsu springs up from his seat to talk to Laxus,his every word is completely muffled by his bandages.Surprisingly,Gajeel is somehow able to understand him and relays what Natsu says to Laxus.He soon confronts Ivan about Laxus being a Dragon Slayer.Ivan assures Gajeel that Laxus was a "fake" Dragon Slayer,using lacrima implanted in his body to gain Dragon Slayer powers.Shortly after,Gajeel passes this information on to Makarov,revealing himself as a double agent and a loyal member of Fairy Tail.
He later appears again after Wendy Marvell has become a new member of Fairy Tail guild.He's shown to be upset and perplexed at the observation that both Natsu and Wendy have cats with them.Being a Dragon Slayer like them,he ponders and questions the fact that he doesn't have a cat himself and is seemingly troubled by this fact.He later begins looking for a cat to own in an alleyway but after numerous tries,he grows exhausted.He then trips and lands face-first in front of a silhouetted cat.However,the cat apparently clawed his face,as he runs into Happy afterward,who asks why Gajeel's face has multiple scratches.As Anima sucks all Magnolia into Edolas,Gajeel is not shown to be at the guild.However,Charle says that Dragon Slayers should be safe.It was later revealed by Gray that Mystogan transported Gajeel to Edolas,along with the medicine,Exballs,that can allow Earth Land mages to use their magic in Edolas.Gajeel later freed Gray and Erza from the Lachryma stationed at the grounds of the Royal Capital,and gives them the medicine to use magic.While rampaging at the Royal Capital,Happy carries him to the Lacrima where the rest of the Fairy Tail members were trapped.He reveals that he can revert Anima's effects on the Lacrima by destroying it with Dragon Slayer magic.As he is about to do so,he is interrupted by a flying Pantherlily who attacks him with a gigantic blade.
Their fight starts to get intense,when Gajeel's Iron scales allow him to withstand an attack from Pantherlily's sword,but in the middle of the fight when Pantherlily mentions about being an outcast,Gajeel immediately takes a liking to him and tries to make him his cat companion.However before deciding to make him his companion,Gajeel decides to show him who's stronger and manages to smash his sword.Their fight now is between hand to hand combat.As the Lacrima is about to smash into Extalia,Gajeel decides to postpone their fight and help prevent the collision of the Lacrima with the help of Team Natsu and the Exceed.
Gajeel along with the Fairy Tail members and the Exceed manage to stop the Lacryima destroying Extalia. Mystogan then arrives and is successful in sending the Lacrima back to Earthland and states that once the Lacrima returns through the Anima the fairy tail members will change back to normal. Erza Nightwalker shows up and shouts Pantherlily through the chest calling him a traitor. Gajeel is outraged by this saying "how dare you shoot my cat!". The King then makes an appearance in a giant metal dragon called the Dorma Anim as saying the metal dragon repels all magic attacks. Gajeel, Natsu and Wendy engage the Dorma Anim in battle as only their Dragon Slayer magic can stand up against the Dorma Anim.
Wendy casts a spell on Natsu and Gajeel while they fight with the Dorma Anim, making them faster and another one to make them stronger, the king then fires some tracking missiles after Wendy but Natsu intercepts and destroys them. When the king is about to shoot again, Gajeel hits the missiles before launch, but gets hit by the tail of the Dorma. A group of missiles is fired again, but these ones explode before Natsu can hit them.The king gets surprised when Natsu eats the fire of the explosions while Gajeel starts eating the tail of the Dorma. Suddenly the Dorma changes color as the king states that he is going to "Drain all the fighting spirits".
The new form of the Dorma Anim grants it a huge increase in power and a change of color as well, turning the tide in the king's favor. Gajeel decides to try some different tactics, revealing they hadn't been using full power because they didn't know what could happen. All three of them attacked at once with their respective roars but it had almost no effect. The king proclaims victory, saying that althogh they have infinate magic, once it runs out it takes awhile to recharge. Natsu gets up saying that he'll use tomorrow's magic. Gajeel gets up and pins the Dorma Anim leg down to the ground, telling Natsu to attack and that he was the only one who could do it. Natsu tells Wendy to aim a roar at him to boost his speed by the rotation of her roar and succeeds in tearing through the Dorma Anim.
When Nadi told them about Mystogan and Pantherlily's converstion, the three Dragon Slayers decided to put up a show, with them as the antagonist side of Mystogan's initial plan. Showing up along with the Great Demon-Lord Dragneel, he wrecked the streets of Royal Capital and helped Wendy to scare off some civilians. Gajeel and Wendy then looked on Natsu's destructive demonstration in front of the crowd, with Wendy asking whether Natsu was going overboard. Gajeel, however, said that the salamander was merely setting up the perfect scene for the people to trust Mystogan. With Natsu's 'defeat', their bodies began to glow, and Gajeel tells Wendy to prepare a flashy defeat appearence. As Anima removes them from Edolas, the three Dragon Slayers faked a suffering gesture before smiling on Mystogan, signaling that everything will be alright.
Returning from Edolas, Gajeel, along with the rest of the gangs, were surprised by the appearance of the Exceeds. After listening to the Exceed Elders' explanation and the Exceeds departure, Gajeel searched frantically for Pantherlily. Showing up in a much smaller size, everyone were surprised by Pantherlily's new form. Pantherlily then requested to join the guild that the Prince once stayed in order to keep a promise to Gajeel, which Gajeel couldn't help but agreeing with laughter and tears.
Powers & Abilities
As the strongest member of Phantom Guild under Master Jose, Gajeel's strength is immense. With his strength alone, Gajeel single-handedly defeats "Shadow Gear", the "back-bone" team of Fairy Tail, cripples the Fairy Tail guild building, leading to its eventual destruction, and nearly defeats "Salamander" Natsu Dragneel in melee combat. Like Natsu, Gajeel was taught by the dragon Metalicana in how incorporate the metal he produces into his fighting style. His skill in hand-to-hand combat rivals Natsu, and with the support of his iron scales, he easily shifted the tide of battle into his favor for the majority of the fight. Gajeel also seems to know how to use his magic to revert those who have been turned into lachryma back to normal.
Iron Dragon Slayer (鉄滅竜魔法 Tetsu Metsuryū Mahō): Like Natsu, Gajeel knows "Dragon Slayer" magic, which he also learned from the dragon, Metalicana. However, his Dragon Slayer magic deals with metal instead of fire. Like Natsu eats fire, he can eat metal to regain his strength. Gajeel's magic seems to deal with producing multi-sized iron rods as well as changing parts of his body into steel. Most of his attacks involve transforming his arm/s into hard-as-steel weapons, which he can do at will.
Attacks & Techniques
Iron Dragon Scales (鉄龍の鱗 Tetsuryū no Uroko): Gajeel covers part of his body with steel scales to dramatically increase his offense and defense. These scales are strong enough to shatter bone, and resilient against regular flames.
Iron Dragon Roar (鉄竜の咆哮 Tetsuryū no Hōkō): A metal-based variation of Natsu's Salamander's Roar attack. It releases shards of metal to shred his opponents body
Iron Dragon Club (鉄竜棍 Tetsuryūkon): He transforms his arm or leg into a large steel club, increasing punching and kicking power. He can also create multiple smaller clubs from the end of the original, hitting many enemies at once.
Iron Dragon Sword (鉄竜剣 Tetsuryūken): Similar to Iron Dragon's Club, he transforms his arm or leg into a large steel blade. In the anime, the sword can also function like a chainsaw, effectively increasing its damage.
Iron Dragon Lance: Demon Logs (鉄竜槍 鬼薪 Tetsuryūsō: Kishin): He transforms his arm into a long steel spear, and rapidly stabs at the enemy multiple times.
Iron Dragon Hard Fist (鉄竜の鋼拳 Tetsuryū no Gō Ken): It's a simple punch, but used when he is covered by Iron Dragon Scales (Anime only).
Enhanced Sense of Smell: Gajeel has an incredible sense of smell that he shares with other Dragon Slayers.He uses this for tracking purposes as apparently, nothing can escape his nose. This is best described when he could track Lucy to Fairy Tail's secret hideout.
- VS Shadow Gear = WON
- VS Elfman = INTERFERED
- VS Natsu Dragneel (1) = UNDETERMINED
- VS Reedus Jonah = WON
- VS Loke = WON (anime only)
- VS Natsu Dragneel (2) = LOST
- VS Jet and Droy = INTERFERED
- VS Laxus Dreyar = LOST (Only reason why he lost and didn't fight back was because he wanted to prove he was friends with the Guild members)
- with Natsu Dragneel VS Laxus Dreyar= WON
- VS Pantherlily = INTERFERED
- with Natsu Dragneel and Wendy Marvell VS Faust = WON
- Gajeel is one of two Phantom Lord guild members who have appeared after the Phantom Lord Arc. Interestingly, both are now members of Fairy Tail.
- According to Gray Fullbuster, Gajeel is a very good song writer, however, his singing skills and ability to play musical instruments are poor.
- Gajeel can somehow understand mumble. Or only Natsu's mumble.
- From the Volume 16 Limited Edition: Sorcerer Interview, Gajeel said that Fairy Tail has no good quality, he has no desire that he wishes to accomplish in the future, and then angrily commented that he does not have a good relationship with anyone. The most difficult job, as quoted by Gajeel, is the "exhausting request made by the Master personally, damn it!"
- Interestingly enough, his eye color was originally green (cover vol. 8). It is unknown why it was changed to red later (cover vol. 13).
- When he appeared first time as a member of Fairy Tail (in chapter 103), his guild symbol wasn’t on his left arm, but later we can see it there. It's probably because the author originally wanted to replace Phantom Lord mark with Fairy Tail’s mark.
- In the manga, Natsu shows up to fight Gajeel when he is trying to pin shards on Lucy. In the anime he is about to kick her with his leg metalized.
- He got the same style of eyebrow of Hamrio Musica, one of the characters of Rave Master, which is one of the productions of Hiro Mashima, as like Fairy Tail.
Creation & Conception
From the moment i watched gazilla ram those hungks of steele and metal shards down his throat i knew i was in love with his entire concept.I've always been drawn to Tsundere-kind of characters,particularly super power evil ones which bare similarity to himself(eg. Vegeta).Gazille is by far my favourite Fairy Tail character,and he is perhaps the single most favourable of any concepted anime character i've ever come across.It is also the unique nature of his powers which draws my interest towards him.
With all this in my mind,i have come to this conclusion...GIVE HIM MOAR POWA.
What did I say about disturbing me while I’m eating?"
- "Who cares about those Fairyassholes? We are the stronger guild!"
- "Go ahead, be your reckless selves."
- "Come and get me scum, Iron Dragon Slayer Gajeel at your service!!!"
- "So that’s all you got Salamander?"
- "My my… Going home already?"
- "Well, if they got beaten by a trash, that just make them trash as well."
- "Don’t underestimate the nose of a Dragon Slayer."
- "Ohh… Nasty."
- "Huh… To be bluff in a situation like this? Maybe you’re worth something after all."
- "Interesting little theory you’ve got there."
- "There ain’t room for two dragons in the sky."
- "I don’t even know the meaning of going easy on someone."
- "If I talk to you my brain will turn to ash."
- "That is an enemy of the guild. We have to stop him here and now – the guild must be protected."
- "Destroying it, protecting it… It’s my choice, all right?!"
- "What a troublesome guild. When we get back you better buy me all the metal I can eat."
- "An odd one you say. I love it. It’s the same with me."
- "I will make this guy my cat!"