Lucy Heartfilia: a lot of people have different opinions about her.
Lucy is one of the strongest people in the entire Fairy Tail series, and the most important. And now I’ll tell you why.
When Fairy Tail began, Lucy was clearly the main character. She was the focus in the first several episodes, as she was getting used to the crazy antics of the guild she’d joined. But now, I’m willing to bet that 75% of the fanbase thinks Natsu Dragneel is the main character, and think that he has been since the very beginning. That’s all well and good, because people can think what they like, and there’s no doubt that he is one of the main characters. In fact, in my personal opinion, he is second ONLY to Lucy.
"Lucy’s not the main character, though!" I can hear some people protesting.
But she is.
The beginning is where it’s most obvious, because it starts centered around her, especially if you read the manga. And sure she has to get her ass saved by Natsu—but they had to establish that he was more of a recurring and important character, too, and that was the best way to do it. But there’s more to why she’s important, strong, and still the main lead.
She has some family troubles—don’t we all?—but you know more about hers than about the others. You know the situations of her past, why she left, what the situation with her parents is (for the most part), and that her dad is willing to hire a nasty piece of work called Phantom Lord to get her back. Another arc centered on the blonde celestial mage, and another arc where she needs to be saved.
But never fear, Lucy fans, because at the end of the arc you get the first real taste of how truly badass your favorite celestial mage is when she puts on a burst of energy so powerful that the celestial spirit king comes to meet her himself. And that’s how she saved Loke—have you forgotten?
Don’t forget her fight with Juvia in the Tower of Heaven, when Juvia is under someone else’s control. She was clever and resourceful, and it was resolved.
In the Oracion Seis arc, Hibiki sees something in her that no one has acknowledged, even fans of the series (excepting, of course, those that like Lucy): she has incredible magic potential. Strong enough, in fact, to use the powerful Urano Meteora (or Metria, but i like Meteora better). So he temporarily plants it in her mind, so she can use it just that once.
And yet again, she’s shown that she has bite.
Now let’s go from a few of her badass moments to why she’s so damn important.
For one, I’ll mention again that the series begins with her. I can’t emphasize that enough. But there’s a lot more than that. For instance, on Tenrou Island, when they are having the fight with Hades, he mentions the one magic, and she perks up.
Lucy’s mother had mentioned it to her when she was a child.
Lucy has heard of the one magic before.
Now, there hasn’t been much more about it yet, and what there has been is very subtle, but that’s important. You can’t brush it off. When the One Magic is something that Hades has been spending his life trying to attain, and he mentions it, and Lucy had even the vaguest idea of what he was talking about? It shows you that she’s more important than people often give her credit for, and a lot of people will miss things like that.
In the Eclipse arc (this is the current anime arc, and I will be discussing parts from the manga from here on out as well, so beware of spoilers if you don’t read it), celestial magic is key (pun unintended). The Eclipse Gate is a combination of magic from Zeref’s book and celestial magic.
This holds significance, at least to me, because where Natsu had the strongest connection to Zeref thus far—if you remember, Zeref wants Natsu to kill him—now Lucy has a connection to him, too, because some of his magic incorporates her own brand of magic.
Lucy has a chance to possess all twelve zodiac keys here…and she refuses. This, too, is a symbol of just how important—and how strong—that Lucy Heartfilia really is. Most people would have leapt on the opportunity to be, without question, the strongest celestial mage…but she doesn’t want them. And part of me is sure it’s because she doesn’t need them. But Yukino voices her thoughts, too: she believes that the keys will come together at some point, and I’m fairly certain she means that Lucy would have them when that happened (never you mind the fact that all the keys are technically together when they close the Eclipse Gate later in the arc).
Moving on past the current anime arc, and into the current manga arc, skipping over a minor arc (maybe two, I can’t clearly remember), we get to the Tartarus arc…where Lucy is truly badass, and truly the most important character.
When the cube that all of Fairy Tail is on starts to absorb the unsuspecting mages (and the fangirl in me can’t help but remember that Natsu and Lucy were reaching for each other and their fingers were almost touching when they were torn apart), the only person left out of this is Lucy.
Lucy Heartfilia suddenly becomes Fairy Tail’s only hope.
I’m sure people wanted it to be Natsu. I’m positive that most of the fanbase would have preferred Fairy Tail’s only hope to be Natsu—they probably expected Lucy to mess up and somehow need Natsu to pull off a miracle and save her, anyway.
But Lucy is the perfect solution to their problem…or maybe it’s her testy water spirit, Aquarius. Whatever the case, they were a packaged deal, and when even Urano Meteora wasn’t quite enough, Aquarius offered a last-ditch opportunity that we had never heard before. The fact that she revealed this secret of celestial magic to the owner she always made a point of despising proved not only that she cared about what happened to the blonde and her friends, but also that she was willing to sacrifice for her.
She assured Lucy that she wouldn’t die, but it doesn’t lessen the pain of losing her any less, for Lucy or, I admit, for me.
In order to save her friends, Lucy must sacrifice another, and this is another reason that she is perhaps the strongest character in the series. I can’t picture Natsu being able to do the same thing, because he wants to protect everyone. But Lucy does what Aquarius has just revealed to her is possible: she breaks Aquarius’s key, thereby summoning the celestial spirit king.
A few more things that happen in quick succession are the revelation that the spirit king and the king of Hades, Marde Guilles (Mard Gear/Geer, whatever you choose), have met before. We don’t find out how, or even when they met previously, but we know that they have, and that suddenly makes events more confusing, more intriguing, and raises questions—how did they meet before? And even…was Lucy’s mother alive when it happened, perhaps present at the occasion?
But the encounter ends, and Lucy’s friends are freed at the cost of one of her precious spirits.
And if I go any farther, I’ll slip into hero-worship of Juvia in the next few chapters of the manga, and that’s not the point of this post.
So, in short: Lucy Heartfilia is THE main character. There are multiple main characters, yes, but the main one remains Lucy Heartfilia because of her connection to all of these secretive little things that have yet to be revealed yet. The One Magic, the celestial spirit king, the connection of celestial magic to the magic of Zeref, and even, though I didn’t mention it above, a strong hint at a connection to the dragons through her mother, Layla Heartfilia. If you remember, Layla is said to have died on the same day that the dragons disappeared.
And that’s that.
These are my opinions, and I don’t expect anyone to feel obligated to take them as their own. And yes, I’m aware that Lucy spends a disproportionate amount of time getting her ass saved, but that makes the moments when her true power comes out even more exciting, whereas Natsu’s fights, and lack of losses, is getting a little tiring.
And speaking of Natsu…there’s a lovely theory about him going around, some kind of connection to E.N.D….and if you’d like to hear my thoughts on that I’d be glad to make another post on it.