Wendy Marvell (Fairy Tail)

Wendy Marvell is one of the main protagonists of the anime/manga series Fairy Tail. She is a female Sky Dragon Slayer, formerly belonging to the Cait Shelter Guild. After the events surrounding Nirvana unfold, she officially joins the Fairy Tail Guild. She learned her Dragon Slayer abilities from her adoptive mother, Grandeeney and is normally seen with her Exceed companion and best friend, Carla. Following the disbandment of Fairy Tail, Wendy, along with Carla, joined Lamia Scale. After the conclusion of the war between Orochi's Fin and Lamia Scale, Wendy and Carla leave Lamia Scale and help Natsu, Lucy and Happy resurrect Fairy Tail. She was one of the orphans chosen to be a Dragon Slayer four hundred years prior to X777, serving as her adoptive mother's vessel to travel to X777 through the Eclipse Gate as a part of the plan to exterminate Acnologia.

Wendy Marvell
"I'm sorry I'm late. I'm from Cait Shelter. My name is Wendy. It's nice to meet you all!"
Gender: Female
Type: Wholesome, Memorable Young Mage
Age: 12 (X784)
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Satomi Satō (Japanese)
Brittney Karbowski (English)
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Fairy Tail


Why She is Team Natsu's Fateful Encounter

  1. Wendy (alongside Lisanna Strauss and Zeref Dragneel) is one of the kindest characters in the whole series.
  2. She is undeniably the most normal out of all the main characters in Fairy Tail as well as the most pure-hearted and wholesome.
    • Unlike Lucy (who can be needlessly temperamental, high-strung, and cynical at times, even if Natsu can be a handful), Wendy is much more easygoing, optimistic, and calm.
    • Compared to Erza (who can be mischievous and weird at times), Wendy doesn't do any that and behaves in a more normal fashion.
  3. In a show where most of the characters are loud, chaotic, and messy, Wendy's very decent, innocent and well-behaved nature stands out really well and it is a nice change that doesn't feel out-of-place or mean-spirited (like it's trying to make the other characters look bad).
  4. Wendy is very endearing, polite, modest, soft-spoken, gentle, considerate, honest, understanding, and thoughtful towards others. She views her friends like family and tries her best to help in the arcs.
    • The way she idolizes Natsu and views him as a brother figure is sweet.
    • She views Lucy and Erza as though they're like her older sisters.
    • Even her sibling-like relationship with Mystogan (the Edolas counterpart of Jellal) is memorable.
  5. Wendy is like the little sister figure everyone would want in their lives.
  6. She is clever and intelligent as she always tries to find ways to solve each one of her problems.
  7. Her shyness and her reactions to a lot of the things that happen around her are cute to watch (sometimes even funny).
  8. She is curious and always explores the world with her friends, making her outgoing.
    • Her interests are substantially more wholesome than a lot of the other characters in the series, such as flowers, clothes, food, and the beauty of the world around her.
      • Wendy can even sing and bake, which is nice.
  9. Wendy is especially cute and memorable in her appearance in the Oracion Seis Arc.
  10. Her design (especially in the anime's art style from 2009 to 2013) looks cute and adorable. Along with that, her long blue hair looks beautiful and her hairstyles look cute.
    • Her outfits look really nice on her and they are well-designed as well.
      • It's just unfortunate that the dress she wore for much of the Oracion Seis Arc was never used afterwards, because it looked really interesting and the blue accents matched Wendy's hair.
    • Wendy's Dragon Force look is awesome.
  11. Both Satomi Satō and Brittney Karbowski did an adorable job voicing Wendy.
  12. While Wendy does have some fan service shots, they never go too far and she isn't nearly as sexualized as some manga/anime characters who are only kids.
  13. Character Development: Initially, Wendy was insecure, doubting of both her ability to help her allies and appearance, but as the series progressed, she grew more confident and brave after all the experiences she had fighting with her friends throughout the series, while still retaining the cuteness she had before.
  14. Wendy has some sad moments, such as the scene where she learns that Cait Shelter wasn't a real guild and that everyone she knew and viewed as family were illusions (with the guild master Roubaul being a ghost). Upon realizing the truth, Wendy broke down sobbing until Erza comforted her and encouraged her to join Fairy Tail.
  15. Unlike Sherria, Wendy is an example of a well-written strong heroine and the way she became stronger was more realistic and believable, instead of being forced, contrived, and rushed.
  16. Wendy's sky abilities (which become more powerful when she's using Dragon Force) are very interesting, including her other useful moves such as Troia and her enchantment abilities.
    • Aside from her normal abilities, Wendy has also mastered other abilities, including the fact that she can even use Irene Belserion's abilities.
  17. A lot of her fights in the series are awesome, and it started with the first time she used her Sky Dragon roar in the Oracion Seis Arc.
  18. Her debut in the anime is even better and more interesting than in the manga because she gets these cameo appearances a few episodes before her actual debut from the manga.
  19. Her ending "HOLY SHINE" sung by DaisyxDaisy (which serves as the 5th ending of the anime) is nostalgic, beautiful, and feels breathtaking.
    • The credits sequence was also well-animated and the last shot that shows a young Wendy with Mystogan on a glowing background is stunning.


Bad Qualities

  1. Unfortunately, Wendy's character derailed slightly upon the introduction of Sherria Blendy, who was a very unnecessary inclusion in the series as she does nothing more than try to make Wendy's chemistry with her other friends look more uninteresting in comparison by being an overly perfect, one-dimensional Mary-Sue (even though Wendy never had any major problems with her relationship with others at all and their chemistry was well-written and interesting):
    • On the topic of their friendship, the way they got along was extremely bizarre, forced, and unreasonable (not to mention far more depthless compared to how she got along with other characters). Immediately in the first few seconds they meet each other, they suddenly get along when they trip over the exact same way, say things that overly match each other's thoughts in a very unrealistic way, and reveal that they both have sky powers, which is not really a realistic or believable way of getting along and these are only external personality traits. Also, the way it glosses over their similarities is just there to stick out the fact that the other characters have some differences with Wendy, which is nothing wrong and they still get along well and the differences (even the smallest ones) are what makes the chemistry diverse and interesting.
    • After their "fight" in the Grand Magic games, the rest of their friendship scenes are incredibly one-dimensional and they are always shown to be "perfect" for each other (mainly from their external personality traits) which is very illogical and overly coincidental. Fairy Tail had other friendships where the characters are alike in many ways, but those ones actually took time to be developed and fully realized, instead of being incredibly forced, shallow, overly perfect, and one-note.
      • Even after Fairy Tail disbanded and Wendy joined Lamia Scale, their friendship didn't really evolve or develop beyond that and they still get along only through their overly identical external personality traits (from what was shown and implied on-screen), with nothing that goes particularly deep or sincere.
        • Also, the scene where Wendy and Sherria are alone and the latter encourages her to go back to Fairy Tail tries so hard to be emotional, but it lacks any impact as their friendship is very shallow and Sherria's "kindness" feels very contrived and forced after her very selfish move towards Natsu.
          • It also makes no sense, because Wendy also views other characters as family as well (including the fact that she also views Natsu, Lucy, Gray, Erza, Happy, and Carla just as much as sibling figures); Wendy is the kind of person who doesn't show favoritism towards any of her friends nor judges others for their differences. However, the writers giving Wendy a friend like Sherria is like forcing Wendy to have a friend she might enjoy spending time with more even though it's not in-character for her to do that.
  2. While most of her fights are pretty epic, a few of them are pretty bad.
    • Her fight with Sherria in the Grand Magic Games had very floaty choreography that makes it feel more like a weird dance than an actual fight. Along with that, it's really weird how they keep talking casually and complimenting each other while "fighting" and it just feels like a poor setup for their very depthless friendship in the series.
      • Another weird thing is how they keep moving, attacking, blocking, and evading each others moves the exact same way at the exact same time (even using overly identical moves and techniques), which is somewhat creepy and unrealistic, and this is how the writers set up their friendship?
      • The fight literally ends with them befriending each other when they just met and their chemistry is very shallow and it doesn't give them enough reason to be friends.
    • Her fight with Eclipse Aquarius could have been interesting, but it was ultimately wasted by the writers' decision to forcefully make them friends when they don't work. Wendy also becomes out-of-character by the second half of the episode.
  3. While not as much as Mavis, Wendy can be emotional at times.
  4. While not nearly as bad as Sherria, Wendy can be a bit of a Mary-Sue herself in a few episodes, where she somehow gets an unrealistic amount of good luck while others end up having so much bad luck when they don't deserve it (She may be a kid, but still, it doesn't excuse the fact that her luck was so "good" to the point of being a bit mean-spirited. Plus, there are ideas that wouldn't go too far on a child). She can even be a bit out-of-character in a few of them as well. Examples of those episodes include:
    • "Wendy's First Big Job!?"
    • "Wendy vs. Aquarius - Let's Play at an Amusement Park"
    • "OVA 8: Fairies' Penalty Game"
    • "The Lamia Scale Thanksgiving Festival"
    • "Because I Love You"
  5. Her friendship with Mystogan was sadly wasted and trashed in the Edolas Arc and their reunion after so long was more unsatisfying than sad and emotional.
    • In the sequel series Fairy Tail: 100 Year Quest, this problem still wasn't fixed in the manga. While it was nice to see Mystogan again, he only gets a small amount of screen time and we don't get to see him have any proper chemistry with Wendy anymore.


Trivia

  1. Wendy's dislikes include umeboshi (Japanese for "pickled plums") and she gets scared whenever she sees the puckered faces of people after eating them.
  2. The original concept of Wendy showed her possessing a wand, and her Cait Shelter tattoo was located on her left shoulder instead of her right.
  3. Wendy was originally set to be the Water Dragon Slayer.
  4. Wendy's name started while she was set to be the Water Dragon Slayer, starting with the kanji for water "水", to the Japanese word for Wednesday "水曜日", to the rōmaji of Wednesday in English (ウェンズデイ Wenzudei), to Wendy (ウェンディ Wendi).


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