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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 this. How many times has this happened... Where people make the same mistakes over and over again?
~ Zeref to Mavis

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Could you fetch me some new clothes? Something more befitting of an emperor.
~ Zeref to Invel

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Because I am a person who has come to accept my cursed destiny. Do you know why I did that? Because I had no other choice. That's what destiny means.
~ Zeref to Natsu

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Unlimited magic power... Power over time itself- the power of a god!
~ Zeref after absorbing Fairy Heart

Summary

Zeref Dragneel was considered to be the strongest, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic know as the Black Arts. Around 400 years ago, he was cursed by the God Ankhseram with the Curse of Contradiction. After this, Zeref wished to die and created the Etherious in the hopes that they would kill him, eventually reviving his brother as the strongest Etherious, E.N.D. (Etherious Natsu Dragneel). He is the founder and Emperor of the Alvarez Empire, under the alias of Emperor Spriggan. He is the older brother of Natsu Dragneel, lover of Mavis Vermillion, and father of August.

Powers and Stats

Tier: High 6-C | High 6-A

Name: Zeref Dragneel, The Black Wizard, Emperor Spriggan, The Ugly Fairy, God of Space and Time

Origin: Fairy Tail

Gender: Male

Age: At least 400

Classification: Human, Mage, Immortal, Emperor of the Alvarez Empire, Founder of the Alvarez Empire

Powers and Abilities:

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Magic, Empowerment (His emotions directly translate into magic power and his strength grows more powerful as said emotions get stronger), Absorption (Can absorb magic power from others when given enough time. All Mages passively absorb Ethernano from the atmosphere to regenerate their Magic Power), Martial Arts, Death Manipulation, Telepathy, Time Stop, Necromancy, Genius Intelligence, Telekinesis, Teleportation, Durability Negation, Fire Manipulation, Life Manipulation, Light Manipulation, Soul Manipulation (His Ankhseram Black Magic is able to exorcise someone's soul from their body), Extrasensory Perception, Barrier Creation, Regeneration (At least Mid for his Physical Body, Mid-High for his Soul. Zeref is able to instantly heal injuries such as severe burns or deep wounds and overtime he is able to recover from decapitation. His soul is able to regenerate from being completely vaporized as long as his Physical Body still exists), Immortality (Types 1, 2, and 3), Self-Sustenance (Type 2), Healing Negation (His Ankhseram Black Magic is able to block[1] and prevent Wendy’s Heal from working[1]), Summoning (Can summon multiple demons he created from his Book of Zeref), Purification (Via Law), Possible Fear Inducement (Via Law), Corruption (Zeref's books corrupt those that try to change them), Limited Biological Manipulation (Can change the appearance of something but it still retains its original properties), Sealing (Completely sealed the Space Between Time), Resistance to Empathic Manipulation (Resisted the effects of Larcade's Pleasure Magic), Corruption (Zeref was unaffected by the corrupting effects of his books), Time Manipulation (Possesses greater control over Time Magic than Ultear), Magic Nullification (Resisted this ability when Keyes used it), Death Manipulation (Resisted Mavis' Ankhseram Black Magic, which shares a similar nature as his own), Soul Manipulation (Resisted Franmalth's soul extraction, and was unaffected by Larcade's Pleasure Magic which affects the soul), Possible Resistance to Existence Erasure (Should be capable of surviving Genesis Zero and Memento Mori), Possible Resistance to Conceptual Manipulation (Type 2. Should be capable of surviving Memento Mori)

Same as before, Dimensional Travel (Is able to travel to the Space Between Time), Fusionism (Was able to fuse Fairy Heart and Space Between Time together to create Neo Eclipse), Space-Time Manipulation (Stated to possess complete control over space and time. Can completely revert all damage done to him and inanimate objects, as even after Natsu utterly vaporized his whole body and part of the Fairy Tail Guild[2], he was able to effortlessly rewind his body and the guild back to normal[2]. Neo Eclipse has the power to reset time back at least 400 years and allow Zeref to relive his life[3].), Acausality (Type 1)

Attack Potency: Large Island level+ (Far stronger than Ultimate Magic Form August and Dragon Form Irene). Ignores conventional durability with Ankhseram Black Magic | Multi-Continent level (Far stronger than Etherion, The Eclipse Gate, Ars Magia, and Dragon Cry, after absorbing Fairy Heart, and gaining access to the Time Magic of the Space Between Time). Ignores conventional durability with Ankhseram Black Magic

Speed: Relativistic+ (Far faster than Ultimate Magic Form August and Dragon Form Irene) | FTL (Should be faster than Pre-SBT Human Form Acnologia and somewhat comparable to Pre-SBT Dragon Form Acnologia)

Lifting Strength: At least Class G (Far stronger than Ultimate Magic Form August and Dragon Form Irene) | At least Class G (Far stronger than before)

Striking Strength: Large Island Class+ (Far stronger than Ultimate Magic Form August and Dragon Form Irene. Traded blows with Igneel's Power Natsu) | Multi-Continent Class (Comparable to his Attack Power. Effortlessly pierced Natsu's body with his hand[2]. Traded blows with Savage Dragon Fire Form Natsu)

Durability: Large Island level+ (Far more durable than Ultimate Magic Form August and Dragon Form Irene. Took hits from Igneel's Power Natsu. Survived a full powered attack from Fire Dragon King Mode Igneel's Power Natsu even without blocking it, but is still overall weaker) | Multi-Continent level (Comparable to his Attack Power. Took hits from Savage Dragon Fire Form Natsu)

Stamina: Extremely large (Took a full powered attack from Fire Dragon King Mode Igneel's Power Natsu without blocking it and kept standing, even after taking severe injuries from the attack. As an immortal, Zeref can survive all kinds of critical damage, being able to recover immediately from injuries such as severe burns and even decapitation) | Limitless (Fairy Heart is an infinite source of magic power that will never run out)

Range: Standard melee range. Several hundreds of meters to several kilometers with ranged attacks. Universal with Neo Eclipse.

Standard Equipment:

Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius (Zeref possesses centuries worth of knowledge, having mastered all of the Black Arts known in the world and he himself has also developed many new advanced magics. As a child, he was able to invent the R-System, which was a device that had the power to revive the dead. He was also able to create the Eclipse Gate, which allowed the user time travel, as well as create thousands of his own race of demons known as the Etherious. As well, Zeref was able to form the Alvarez Empire, with it being made up of around 730 guilds and being one of the most powerful nations in the world. Zeref also managed to develop Neo Eclipse which was a spell that had the power to reset the time itself back at least 400 years. Zeref is also a very skilled hand-to-hand combatant, being able to fight and match Natsu, who is known for being one of the best brawlers in the series. Zeref is likely the smartest person in the entire Fairy Tail world that we have met so far)

Weaknesses: His magic will go out of control as long as he values life. After the Grand Magic Games Arc, it is shown that he no longer feels the need to value life, and that as long as the world continues to reject him, he will reject the world, making the drawback of him losing control of his magic no longer an issue. The Curse of Contradiction can sometimes cause Zeref to have contradictory thoughts. The Immortality granted by his magic can be removed due to the contradictory nature of the power.

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

Ankhseram Black Magic: It is a Black Art that allows Zeref to produce a black matter that kills any living thing it touches. This Magic seems to be uncontrollable at times, causing it to burst out randomly, killing anything within a certain radius around him. However, when Zeref forgets the value of and no longer cares about human life, he can fully control this Magic, and become the ruthless, cold-hearted Zeref spoken of in legend. Certain Magic Items can protect people from Ankhseram Black Magic, such as Natsu Dragneel's scarf. This Magic also appears, contrary to the nature of the Black Arts, unable to be learned, as Zeref only gained this curse-like Magic by upsetting the ancient God of life and death, Ankhseram, who apparently bestowed this upon Zeref due to his making light of the connections between life, death, and people in his race to bring his brother back to life. The side effect of this Magic is both immortality and the inability to age, and it is also said that no matter what, Zeref can not be killed, even if he loses his head. Owing to his status as an immortal, if Zeref has gone at least a short amount of time with receiving damage occurring in successive intervals, his wounds heal without a trace.

  • Death Predation: Zeref creates a dark wave that kills everything in the his immediate vicinity.
  • Dark Orb: Zeref creates a ball of dark mass and throws it, which destroys everything in its path.
  • Dark Repent: 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. This spell creates a huge vertical explosion, and its blast radius is seemingly controllable. It was used to kill Hades.
  • Dark Strike: Zeref engulfs his fist in a dark matter and punches his target.
  • Dark Flare: Zeref raises his hand and fires a blast of dark matter through his opponent's chest.
  • Dark Cage: Zeref ensnares his foe with several tentacles made out of dark mass.
  • Dark Blast Inferno: Zeref gathers flame-like dark matter in his palm and strikes his target with a powerful attack. This attack is so powerful, it briefly contended with Natsu's Blaze of Savage Emotions.

Living Magic: 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.

  • Nemesis: This spell creates Demons from the rubble. It can create an entire army of Demons with just a few rocks. This magic was used by Hades while battling Fairy Tail. A spell from Volume 4 Verse 20 of one of the Books of Zeref.
  • Deliora: One of Zeref's many creations, Deliora was a monstrous Demon that attacked the icy villages in the North. Deliora was imprisoned in a block of ice by Ur. Lyon Vastia tried to unfreeze it so he could kill the Demon, however, after years of being detained in Ur's ice, the Demon's life force was greatly reduced, so much, in fact, that merely upon being released from the ice, it died.
  • Lullaby: 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.
  • Tartaros: Zeref stated that all of Tartaros' members are Demons he created.
    • E.N.D. (Etherious Natsu Dragneel): The strongest of his Demons and the master of Tartaros.
    • Mard Geer Tartaros: One of his strongest Demons and second in command of Tartaros.
    • Kyôka: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros, and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Jackal: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Tempester: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Keyes: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Seilah: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and its team of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Ezel: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Torafuzar: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Franmalth: An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and its team: the Nine Demon Gates.
    • Lamy: A mass-produced Etherious and a member of the Dark Guild Tartaros, working under Kyôka to help with the Demons' regeneration process.
  • Bloodman: Apart of the Alvarez Empire's Spriggan 12, he was at some point created by Zeref and he wields the supreme collection of all of the Curses possessed by the Nine Demon Gates and their leader Mard Geer.
  • Larcade Dragneel: Apart of the Alvarez Empire's Spriggan 12, he was deemed the strongest failed Etherious creation from the multiple attempts at remaking Natsu Dragneel, donning the last name of Zeref as proof of his strength.

Immobilization Magic: A Black Art of Zeref's that allows him to freeze time for all except those he chooses to remain mobile. After casting this Magic, the surrounding area and all those affected by the Magic appear inverted in color, while those unaffected stays as they are.

Enchantment: Zeref has been shown to be a master Enchanter. He was capable of morphing Irene's dragonized form into the physique of a human, something which she, a very skilled Enchanter herself, was not able to do.

Law: Although he was never shown to use it, Zeref was the one who taught this supreme type of Black Magic to Mavis, in order for her to fight for her friends. When this spell is activated, a bright light envelops the area and inflicts heavy damage on the user's target. This spell is so powerful that it was able to completely counteract the effects of the Tenrou Jade.

Fairy Heart Form: Zeref, after activating the Magic of Fairy Heart and the Space Between Time, accesses a mode that he claims is the power of a "God of Time and Space." In this form, he becomes entirely white overall, with an intricate clothing design as well as wings. Due to Fairy Heart's infinite Magic Power and the Space Between Time's Power, he can control time and space, as when Natsu blew him back with a powerful attack, he reformed his being as well as the area that was destroyed with ease. After attaining this form, his magic power increases exponentially and surpasses even that of Etherion and the Dragon Cry, while also having the potential to possibly surpass Acnologia.

  • Time Magic: After accessing the Space Between Time's power, Zeref was said to have gained complete control over space and time, shown by reversing the debris of the destroyed part of the guild, as well as his own physical body when attacked by Natsu.
    • Neo Eclipse: With the power of Fairy Heart and Space Between Time, Zeref can merge both Magics into one, to create this Magic. With it, he can relive life again, destroying the current world while the new one replaces it. Neo Eclipse takes the form of a door, as Zeref merged it with Fairy Tail's guild door, and walking through it will induce the magic. This spell was going to Reset Time back at least 400 Years and allow Zeref to relive his life.

Key: Base | Fairy Heart Form

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Notable Victories:

Notable Losses:

Eiji Hino (Kamen Rider) Eiji's Profile (Both were at High 6-C)

Inconclusive Matches:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fairy Tail Vol 26 Chapter 221
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fairy Tail Vol 62 Chapter 533
  3. Fairy Tail Vol 62 Chapter 530

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