Levy McGarden

Levy McGarden is a anime/manga character in the Fairy Tail franchise
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A member of the Fairy Tail Guild who is part of the team Shadow Gear. She specializes in text based magic and is a complete bookworm.

Origin

Team "Shadow Gear"
Team "Shadow Gear"

Levy McGarden is Lucy's closest friend in Fairy Tail and she is also a member of the team Shadow Gear along with Jet and Droy. Many have theorized that Shadow Gear is the weakest team in Fairy Tail because in Edolas, where many things are reversed, they are the strongest team. However they are still quite formidable. Both Jet and Droy attempted to ask Levy out, and now both of them hold the record for the fastest rejection in Fairy Tail history. Judging by their reactions to her during the Miss Fairy Tail Pageant, both of them still hold a flame for her.

Levy has the power of Solid Script, which means that she can write things and make them come to life (if she writes the word "Fire" it shoots out fire, if she writes the word "Metal" the words turn to metal, etc) and she is also an expert when it comes to text and writing of any kind. As an example of this in an anime filer episode called "Changeling" she came to the rescue of Lucy and her team when a magical incantation caused them to swap bodies with each other. She was able to decipher the text in the spell and figure out how to recite it so that it changed everyone back to normal.

Creation

Levy, who is created by Hiro Mashima, does not have any notes from the author so far regarding any inspiration used to create her. She made her first appearance in Chapter 4 of the manga and Episode 2 of the anime. She is voiced by Mariya Ise in the Japanese version and Kristi Bingham in the English version.

Unfortunately, Hiro Mashima stated in his notes that he originally planned for Levy to be a background character. For her name, he cannot remember, but he likes her. (Source: Volume 27's About the Naming of the Characters 2)

Major Story Arcs

Phantom Lord Arc

Shadow Gear pinned to a tree
Shadow Gear pinned to a tree

Levy makes a few appearances early in the series, but mostly as just a background character or making quick comments. The first time that she makes a large appearance in the series is after Phantom Lord has attacked Fairy Tail. When Lucy and her team return from a mission not only do they find that their guild is destroyed, they also find Levy and Shadow Gear crucified to a tree thanks to Gajeel who had beaten them senselessly and branded them with the symbol of Phantom Gear. Lucy thinks back to her friendship with Levy, which is the reader's first real glimpse at this. She remembers finding a common spirit in Levy as both of them are book lovers and Levy encouraging her to write her book and asking to read it when she is done. Luckily each of them are able to recover and celebrate along with the rest of Fairy Tail over the end of Phantom Lord.

Fighting Festival

Gajeel X Levy

Gajeel saves Levy from Laxus's attack
Gajeel saves Levy from Laxus's attack

After Gajeel joins as a member of Fairy Tail, not everyone is happy about it, and this includes Jet and Droy, who haven't forgiven him for what he did to them when Phantom Lord attacked them. They attack Gajeel and give him a stern beating, while Levy watches from the sides, hoping that they would stop but not able to speak up enough to stop them. Gajeel refuses to fight back to prove to them how much he wants to now be a member of their guild, but their fight is interrupted by Laxus, who is outraged at the disgrace that he believes Fairy Tail has become. He blames Gajeel for much of this because of how he beat and disgraced a Fairy Tail team, and begins beating Gajeel senselessly to a point that even Jet and Droy can't stand to look. Levy can't take it anymore and she runs in to stop this, however Laxus isn't in the mood to debate this and fires a bolt of lightning at her. Gajeel snaps to it and guards her from the attack, frustrating Laxus to the point that he leaves and convincing Droy and Jet that he is a member of their guild now.

Like with any other series Fairy Tail has plenty of fan-pairings, and Gajeel and Levy has become one of the most popular ones, and it was this scene that caused this. Even after the history that Gajeel had with Shadow Gear, Levy feeling sorry for Gajeel and trying to save him, and Gajeel taking the attack for her has caused many to believe that there is more to these two than just respect for fellow guild members.

Miss Fairy Tail Pageant

Taking part in the Miss Fairy Tail pageant
Taking part in the Miss Fairy Tail pageant

After this quick battle Levy signs up for the Miss Fairy Tail Pageant in hopes of winning the prize money just like the rest of the women of the guild. She shows off a selection of her solid script powers as her talent. However she and the rest of the contestants are attacked by Evergreen and she is turned to stone. Laxus arrives to tell them that he has now started the battle for Fairy Tail, and that whoever is left standing will run the guild. Nobody wants to take part in this but Evergreen reminds them that they have three hours to defeat them or else Levy and the rest of the contestants will crumble to dust.

The Battle for Fairy Tail

Levy finally figures out how to break Fried's spell
Levy finally figures out how to break Fried's spell

When Erza defeats Evergreen Levy and the rest of the contestants are freed from their stone traps and are ready to join the Battle for Fairy Tail. Natsu and Gajeel haven't been able to join because an enchantment left by Fried has kept them trapped inside the building. However, Fried has met his match because Levy is the greatest mage in Fairy Tail when it comes to word based and written spells. She begins researching the enchantment and the rules that have been written on it that are keeping Natsu and Gajeel inside. During her research she sees on the scoreboard that Lucy just beat Bixlow. Seeing her friend victorious she gets a new sense of determination and hits the books even harder. Eventually she is able to find a way to change the enchantment just enough to let Natsu and Gajeel out so they can face Laxus and end the tournament.

Fantasia Parade

Bisca, Lucy and Levy are having a blast in the Fantasia Parade.
Bisca, Lucy and Levy are having a blast in the Fantasia Parade.

Following the events of the Fairy Tail battle, Levy, along with Lucy and Bisca, take part in the Fantasia Parade by performing on a float.

Fairy Hills Special

Levy's room
Levy's room

During a special issue of the manga series, Lucy discovers that right up the hill from Fairy Tail is the building Fairy Hill. This is a dormotory for all the female members of the guild that she didn't know about. She goes around and sees the rooms of each of the girls living there, including Levy's. Her room resembles more of a library than an actual dorm room, with books lining all the walls. She says she loans other residents of Fairy Hill books whenever they want, and makes the joke that Erza enjoys the more racy and naughty books, which Erza does not take kindly to.

Edolas Arc

Not quite best friends...
Not quite best friends...

When Natsu and Wendy are transported to the alternate universe of Edolas, they find a version of Fairy Tail waiting for them that is completely backwards from their own. In this world Shadow Gear is considered the strongest team there and aren't known as the light hearted and kind members they are on Earth. On this world Levy apparently is in charge of driving the mobile guild of Fairy Tail and she and Edolas's Lucy don't exactly get along.

S-Class Trial Arc

Each year the Fairy Tail guild holds a trial between its eight most impressive mage's that year to see which among them will be promoted to the rank of S-Class Wizard. This year Levy was chosen among Natsu, Gray, Fried, Juvia, Elfman, Cana, and Mest. Jet and Droy were very happy for her, proving that they still both clearly have a crush on her. This also proved that many speculations about Lucy and Shadow Gear being the weakest team in Fairy Tail (raised during the Edoras Arc) might not be true.

Gajeel to the rescue once again
Gajeel to the rescue once again

Levi was pared up with Gajeel as her partner for the exam because while she was sitting around talking about being too weak to pas the exam he stepped up and offered to help carry her. During the first part of the exam they were able to walk right through as they got the only path on the exam that did not involve facing a battle. The next part of the exam was to find the grave of the first master of the guild, but while searching Levy grew tired of Gajeel going on and on about wanting to fight Natsu and wanted to know why he never mentioned her. She worries that the feelings she thought was there were just in her head, so she ran off. However she was quickly attacked by members of Grimoire Heart, the strongest of the dark guilds, and she was rescued by Gajeel. He told her he wouldn't leave her side and the two of them fought the enemies, however they were so strong Gajeel made Levy run away, but before leaving she used her Solid Script to created some iron that Gajeel could eat to gain his strength back.

Back at the base camp Levy watches over Gajeel and Mirajane as they try to recover. She says that the only way for Fairy Tail to win this battle is to unite and fight as a team. She and Lisanna are then attacked by Rustyrose, a member of the guild who just took out Elfman and Evergreen. The two of them are saved as Fried and Bixlow return to the fight and defeat him.

Powers & Abilities

Solid Script

This magic allows Levy to turn any word she writes into a solid form which she throws at her enemies with different effects.

Solid Script TechniquesDescription
Solid Script: Fire
Levy uses the word 'Fire' to create blue flames
Levy uses the word 'Fire' to create blue flames
When Levy writes the word 'Fire' in the air, it sets itself aflame. Levy used this as a burning shield to protect herself from Kawazu's attacks.
Solid Script: Silent
Levy casts the word 'Silent' to block Yozamu's sound attacks
Levy casts the word 'Silent' to block Yozamu's sound attacks
When Levy writes 'Silent' in the air, she sends it towards her enemy which cancels out sound-based attacks.
Solid Script: Iron
Levy gives Gajeel the iron he needs
Levy gives Gajeel the iron he needs
Levy can create real iron from the word 'Iron' when she writes it in the air. She did this for Gajeel to help him replenish his energy.
Voiced by
Name Movies TV Shows
Mariya Ise
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Kristi Bingham
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General Information Edit
Name: Levy McGarden
Name: レビィ・マグガーデン
Romanji: Rebi Magugaden
Gender: Female
Birthday:
1st manga book: Fairy Tail #1
1st anime episode: Fairy Tail #2
1st anime movie:
Aliases Levi McGarden
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Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess

The first anime film adaptation of Hiro Mashima's manga series.

Welcome to Fairy Hills!! (OVA)

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Fairy Academy - Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan (OVA)

This is the 2nd OVA/OAD episode in the Fairy Tail franchise.

Memory Days (OVA)

Memory Days is the 3rd OVA in the Fairy Tail franchise.

Fairy Camp (OVA)

Fairy Camp is the 4th OVA in the Fairy Tail franchise.

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