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Cancer (キャンサー Kyansā), "The Giant Crab" (巨蟹宮 Kyokaikyū), is a Celestial Spirit that is one of the 12 Golden Zodiac Keys. His key is currently owned by Lucy Heartfilia.


Cancer's outfit during the battle against Flare

Cancer dresses in a way reminiscent of a hairdresser, His hair is black and braided in red cornrows that end in a shape that resembles crab's pincers. Like Warren Rocko, he has thick lips. He always wears a blue striped shirt and dark trousers with two aquamarine stripes each side, also wearing boots in his feet. In his pants there's a ring chain in the right pocket and a hairdresser tools' bag in the left side of his belt. He wears a golden necklace and it's commonly seen with his two main weapons: Scissors. The color of his eyes is unknown because Cancer always wears sunglasses with green lens. He also has six crab legs that appear from his back.

During Lucy's fight against Flare Corona, Cancer appeared with a different outfit. He wore a coat designed with Cancer's symbols on it. Also he wore shoes instead of boots, and his scissors were larger and more rectangular. Despite a less sharp format, the scissors were able to cut a very powerful Crimson Hair spell.[1]


Cancer's -ebi

Cancer has a very "cool" personality, he isn't very emotional or hotheaded.

Happy first thought that Cancer would end his sentences with the word -kani (crab); however, Cancer actually says -ebi (shrimp) at the end of his sentences.[2] This shocked and displeased Happy. In the anime, Cancer acts differently in the presence of Erza. He acts in a gentlemanly manner and ends his sentence with -choki, meaning snip instead of -ebi. Erza made this suggestion during the struggle against Eisenwald.[3] Her "not abolishing the opposition" and strict personality made an impression on Cancer, so much so that he even gave her a bouquet of roses.[4]


Cancer used to be owned by Layla Heartfilia. Before her death, she passed on her keys to different owners. Eventually, when Lucy Heartfilia became older, she was given Cancer's key, along with Aquarius's key.[5]


Daybreak arc

Cancer is first summoned to fight Everlue. However, he thinks he is being summoned to give Lucy a haircut. After the confusion ends, Cancer helps Natsu Dragneel defeat him by cutting off what is left of Everlue's hair and mustache.[6]

Eisenwald arc

Lucy summons Cancer to get rid of the remaining Eisenwald members (and also to make a good impression on Erza). He cuts through several of the enemies' weapons with his scissors.[3]

Sub-Zero Emperor Lyon arc

Lucy summons Cancer again to battle the Moon Drip worshipers. He seems to have gotten a small crush on Erza, as he presents her with roses before following Lucy's orders, much to Lucy's embarrassment.[4]

Tower of Heaven arc

Cancer is briefly used to defeat some tower guards by giving them bald haircuts. [7] He later brings Lucy a new set of clothing.[8]

Oración Seis arc

Cancer is briefly used by Lucy, along with Taurus and Sagittarius, to stop the Naked Mummy Guild from robbing the Love & Lucky Guild in Acalypha. Once again, he defeats the Dark Guild members by giving them bald haircuts.[9]

Edolas arc

Cancer is briefly used to cut Lucy Ashley's hair, and he always asks her if she really wanted that, because in Earth Land, girls don't do that too often.[10]

Tenrou Island arc

Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

Key of the Starry Sky arc

Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

Grand Magic Games arc

Cancer cuts Flare's hair

Cancer celebrates Lucy and her friends' return from Tenrou Island when Virgo brings them to the Celestial Spirit World. During the celebration, he does Wendy's hair.[15] During the Grand Magic Games, Cancer is summoned by Lucy during her fight with Flare Corona, when he successfully nullified Flare's Hair Shower: Wolf Fang and cuts a good part of Flare's hair.[1]

On the seventh of July, Cancer is summoned to seal the Eclipse Gate with the other twelve Ecliptic Zodiac after both Lucy and Yukino combine their Magic Power to save Crocus. After appearing, Cancer and his fellow Spirits fly straight at the Gate, succeeding in pushing the two doors shut and thus preventing any more Dragons from passing through.[16]

Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc

Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

Sun Village arc

Lucy summons Cancer at the Sun Village whilst she, Wendy and Flare are battling the trio of treasure hunters from Sylph Labyrinth, as Flare's hair attacks are being disrupted by Hiroshi, who is using his sword to cut her locks. Telling his master that she can always rely on him with anything to do with hair, Cancer proceeds to wash and massage Flare's hair, allowing her to regrow it and continue fighting.[20]

Tartaros arc

A week after Tartaros' defeat, Cancer is summoned by Lucy so that he returns Wendy's hair length back to normal. He then asks Lucy whether she wants a haircut herself.[21]

Avatar arc

After the Grand Magic Games of X792, Cancer is summoned in Lucy's apartment to take care of Natsu's wild hair.[22]

100 Years Quest arc

Magic and Abilities

Cancer's speed

Enhanced Speed: Cancer appears to be remarkably dexterous and fast, being capable of performing swift hand movements, and wielding his signature scissors with great speed: he has repeatedly proven himself able to cut down enemies' hair with extreme accuracy, not leaving a single snick on their head. He does it in a single instant, appearing as though as he struck them only once, while in fact he has performed a number of separate cuts.[23] Cancer's rapidity is enough for him to shave several opponents in mere seconds, not leaving them the time to fight back.[7][9]

Skilled Lock-Picking: Cancer is skilled to enough to unlock key locks using his scissors, even entrances to ancient labyrinths and labyrinths.[13]

Cancer's Hair Growth: Scalp Care

Hair Growth: Scalp Care (育毛スカルプケア Ikumō Sukarupu Kea): With hair being his specialty, Cancer can make others' hair grow in a short amount of time by washing and massaging their scalp. It does tend to make them feel comfortable as shown when he help grew back Flare Corona's.[24]

Immortality: As a Celestial Spirit, Cancer cannot die, unless he is somehow forced to stay in the Human World.[25] Furthermore, as his owner's Magic Power grows stronger, so does Cancer.


Cancer - Close up.JPG Magic
Stamina Offense Defense Summon
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Twin Scissors: Cancer is Lucy's hairdresser because of his weapon which seems to be two large pairs of scissors, with crab-claw design handles, which he can also use to cut hair. Lucy uses Cancer to cut her hair or to make a new hairstyle for her or her enemies. Cutting an enemy's hair seems to knock him out.[7] It is also shown that his scissors are sharp enough to cut through weapons such as swords and hammers.[3] These scissors can also be used for lock-picking.[13]

After Lucy powered up by unlocking her "Second Origin," Cancer apparently gets new scissors. This pair of scissors is longer, with a square-tip, and doesn't have a crab-claw design on the handle.[1] However he returned to his old pair after the battle.[16]

Appearances in Other Media


Special Mission: Beware of Guys Who Show a Keen Interest!

After Lucy convinces herself that Natsu is going to ask her out, Lucy calls Cancer to cut her hair, but punches him away as she wonders what she is doing.[27]

Happy in Boots

Happy captures Cancer and Virgo in his net and presents them to the king and princess of the kingdom on behalf of his master, Natsu.[28]


Fairy Academy - Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan!

Cancer called to style Erza's hair

Cancer assumes the role of being Lucy's hairdresser. He is called to do Erza's hair for her date with Sieg of Era Academy. Cancer also appears as part of the Fairy Academy staff during the assembly called by Carla for the delinquent students, though it is unknown what his actual role in the staff is.[29]


Battles & Events

Battles Events


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 271, Page 11
  2. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 8, Pages 12-13
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 6
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 16
  5. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 224, Page 17
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 8, Pages 12-20
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 79, Page 16
  8. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 80, Page 3
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 130, Page 7
  10. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 173, Pages 4-5
  11. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 109
  12. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 125
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 134
  14. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 142
  15. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 262, Pages 8-14
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 328, Pages 6-9
  17. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 204
  18. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 205
  19. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 217
  20. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 347, Pages 6-7
  21. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 416, Page 7
  22. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 419, Page 9
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 8, Pages 19-20
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 347, Page 9
  25. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 144, Page 7
  26. Fairy Tail Manga: Volume 4, Bonus Content
  27. Fairy Tail Omake: Special Mission: Beware of Guys Who Show a Keen Interest!, Page 6
  28. Fairy Tail Omake: Happy in Boots, Page 11
  29. Fairy Tail OVA: Fairy Academy - Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan!
  30. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 8, Page 13