|“||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|
Zeref Dragneel is considered to be the strongest, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic. In reality, he is a reclusive, self-hating youth who cannot control his powers. He is the founder and current Emperor of the Alvarez Empire, under the alias of Spriggan, and the older brother of Natsu Dragneel.
Powers and Stats
Tier: High 6-C | At least High 6-C
Name: Zeref Dragneel, The Black Wizard, Emperor Spriggan, The Ugly Fairy.
Origin: Fairy Tail
Age: Approximately 400 Years
Classification: Human, Mage
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Death Magic, Light Manipulation, Immortality (Types 1 and 4), Time Stop, Fire Manipulation, Life Manipulation, Can summon multiple demons he created from his Book of Zeref, Master Inventor (Eclipse Gate, R System), Limited Necromancy, Resistance, Master Teacher and Sensor, Durability Negation, Teleportation, Telekinesis, Regeneration (At least Mid-Low, possibly Mid) | Time and Space Manipulation
Speed: At least Massively Hypersonic+ (Swifter than Irene and August) | At least Massively Hypersonic+ (Blitzed DF Natsu)
Lifting Strength: Class M via power-scaling | At least Class M
Striking Strength: At least Island Class (Clashed with Natsu and sent him flying several meters with a kick), likely Large Island Class (Presumably traded blows with FDKM Natsu) | At least Large Island Class (Effortlessly penetrated Natsu's body with his hand)
Durability: Large Island level (Capable of taking hits from Fire Dragon King Mode Natsu enhanced by Igneel's power) | At least Large Island level (His body was completely destroyed by Natsu's Demolition Fist, but this is probably PIS)
Stamina: Very high | Possibly limitless (Fairy Heart is an Infinite Magic Supply)
Range: Standard melee range. Hundreds of meters with death magic. | Standard melee range. Hundreds of kilometers with death magic.
Standard Equipment: Book of END, possibly other Books of Zeref
Weaknesses: His magic is significantly held down by the negative emotions of people as long as he bears the burden of humanity to atone for his sins. After the timeskip, it's shown he no longer feels the need to bear this burden as long as the world resents him and thus resenting humanity. Immortality granted by his magic can be removed, thanks to the contradictory nature of that ability. | None notable
Notable Attacks/Techniques:Black Arts (黒い魔法 Kuroi Mahō): The most dangerous and darkest type of magic in the series. Zeref's Magic Power is enormous; so enormous, in fact, that he cannot consciously control his own, Zeref's lack of control over his Black Arts seems to come from his emotional state. 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 killer spoken of in legend.
- Ankhseram Black Magic (アンクセラムの黒魔術 Ankuseramu no Kuro Majutsu): It is a Black Art that allows Zeref to kill any living thing he desires. 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, a human life, he can fully control this Magic. 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 immortality and the inability to age.
- Immortality: Approximately 400 years ago, Zeref successfully attained immortality, which is revealed to be a byproduct of him being cursed by the God of life and death, Ankhseram, with Ankhseram Black Magic. In addition, he is also unaging.
- High-Speed Regeneration: 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: The usage of this spell creates a dark wave that kills everything in the user's immediate vicinity.
- Death Orb: A spell that creates a dark mass in a formation of a ball, when used, destroys everything in its path.
- 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. This spell creates a huge vertical explosion, and its blast radius is seemingly controllable. It was used to kill Hades.
- 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.
- 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. A spell from Volume 4 Verse 20 of one of the Books of Zeref.
- Deliora (デリオラ, Deriora): 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 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.
- 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.
- Tartaros (冥府の門, タルタロス, Tarutarosu): Zeref stated that all of Tartaros' members are Demons he created.
- E.N.D. (ＥＮＤ, イーエヌディー, Ī Enu Dī) or Etherious Natsu Dragneel (エーテリアス・ナツ・ドラグニル Ēteriasu Natsu Doraguniru): The strongest of his Demons and the master of Tartaros.
- Mard Geer Tartaros (マルド・ギール・タルタロス Marudo Gīru Tarutarosu): One of his strongest Demons and second in command of Tartaros.
- Kyôka (キョウカ Kyōka): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros, and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
- Jackal (ジャッカル Jakkaru): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
- Tempester (テンペスター Tenpesutā): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
- Keyes (キース Kīsu): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
- Seilah (セイラ Seira): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and its team of the the Nine Demon Gates.
- Ezel (エゼル Ezeru): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
- Torafuzar (トラフザー Torafuzā): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and a member of the Nine Demon Gates.
- Franmalth (フランマルス Furanmarusu): An Etherious of the Dark Guild Tartaros and its team: the Nine Demon Gates.
- Yakdoriga (ヤクドリガ Yakudoriga): A lesser Etherious that serves the Nine Demon Gates of Tartaros.
- Lamy (ラミー Ramī): A mass-produced Etherious and a member of the Dark Guild Tartaros, working under Kyôka to help with the Demons' regeneration process.
- Reverse to Book Form: Zeref can transform any of his Creations into book.
- 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.
- Law: 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. However, this Magic requires 10 years of training to complete, and it comes with equally risky effects if performed incorrectly or in its incomplete state. Zeref taught Mavis that spell.
Expert Sensor: Zeref was able to sense Acnologia approaching Tenrou Island from quite a fair distance, as well as talk to Mavis Vermilion despite not being able to see or hear her.
Fire Magic: Zeref is capable of burning his creations (while they are in book form). It is unknown that ability is limited to Books of Zeref.
Teleportation: Zeref is capable of teleportation. However, the nature of its ability is unknown.
Telekinesis: Zeref is capable of moving objects and even humans with power of will (As it was shown in the case of E.N.D book and Makarov Dreyar).
Bullet Magic: A type of Magic which allows Zeref to produce various types of Magical ballistic projectiles out of his hands to attack opponents. Zeref points with his index finger, which allows him to fire Magical bullets from his stretched out finger.
Key: Base | With Fairy Heart