The founder of Fairy Tail, Mavis Vermillion. If there’s one thing Hiro Mashima is good at, it’s pulling at your heart strings and that’s exactly what Mavis’ back story does. To think someone has sweet and uplifting as Mavis could have such a tragic and depressing back story is amazing. I love how Mashima writes complex characters this way. It’s never consistent. Some character’s rise above their difficult pasts, some just succumb to the bitterness and anger that developed inside them. Bitterness and resentment just wasn’t in Mavis’ nature, despite how she was treated as a young child.
Her story began on Tenrou Island where we had seen the ruins during that Fairy Tail story arc. She spent her days working for the wizard guild Red Lizard. To work off her dead parents’ death she cleans for the guild, even though she’s only six years old. The headmaster Jeself is abusive towards her, constantly putting her down for interests in reading and seems to hate her for the fact that no matter how many times he abuses her, she doesn’t lose the light inside her. She stays positive and tries to make the best out of her situation. This would normally break any other six year old but not Mavis. Her life was hard but she wasn’t going to wallow in despair. She had dreams and she held onto them.
The atmosphere of this guild is drastically different than Fairy Tail. The wizards are brutal and menacing. It’s obvious they do not work for the good of others, only to line their pockets with cash.
When her story first starts, the Headmaster destroys a book on fairies she was reading. That’s foreshadowing to the creation of Fairy Tail which I loved seeing that within the first couple pages of Fairy Tail Zero. Mashima doesn’t hesitate to show just how Fairy Tail got its name. Not only does the headmaster destroy that book, he decides to take away the shoes he had bought for her. They were the only pair she had but he decided he didn’t want her to have them out of pure cruelty. She didn’t even fight back, too afraid of being beaten again. She gives them up and goes back to her cleaning duties outside.
While Mavis outside cleaing, we get to meet Zeira, the Headmaster’s daughter. She’s just like her father and rejects the shoes he tried to give her. Zeira quickly dismisses them especially when she learns they belonged to Mavis. It was heartbreaking to watch Mavis listen to the mean words the little girl spouted off. It really shows Mavis’ strength when you still see her not break despite how she’s treated. It’s inspiring to see a character who smiles even when it’s raining.
Mavis’ interactions with the characters on Tenrou stay consistent and you keep waiting for her spirit to be broken. However, when she accidently stays out to late and comes back to her village to find it on fire and being attacked by another guild from the mainland, she doesn’t hesitate to help Zeira when she finds her. Zeira is so confused and doesn’t understand why Mavis still remained kind even after the way she treated her. It’s very inspiring to always remain kind, that it could one day change people. That’s what happens just before Zeira collapses, supposedly dead.
Well, that’s the end of Part 1 of this Fairy Tail Friday Segment. I realized there’s actually a lot of content for Mavis’ background and I work full time so it’s hard to find the time to write and research! I’ll have part two out next Friday. Sorry this came out so late! See you next week!
-The Wife Shawna
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