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Exceed (エクシード Ekushīdo) are a race of cat-like beings that exist in Edolas as far back as 100 years prior to the main storyline.[1] Due to Mystogan's Reverse Anima, the entire race was transferred to Earth Land.[2] It was later revealed that the Exceed race also exist in Elentear.[3]



Exceed position in Edolas

The Exceed used to see themselves as divine rulers of the humans, guiding them according to the will of their queen, before they found out how weak they really were.[4] The humans of Edolas generally hold them in high regard, as seen when Erza Knightwalker and a group of soldiers bowed to Happy and Carla upon their return home (not knowing at that time that the two were allied with the Earth Land Mages).[5] Presumably, this is due to the fact that they are the only beings in Edolas whose Magic is located inside of their bodies, just like the Mages of Earth Land.[6]

Due to this reverence, the Exceed see themselves as angelic beings and above humans in general -- Their ruler is considered as the God of Edolas.[7] However, the only spell they can perform is Aera and, as Byro said, the limited Magic of the Exceed cannot compare with that of Earth Land's Mages. This created strife when they learned that Lucy Heartfilia was in Edolas and could still use Magic, thus threatening the Exceed's power. As a result, their queen gave direct orders for the young Mage to be executed.[8] (orders which were revealed to have been fabricated by corrupt humans.[9])

Respect for Exceeds

However, it seems that the humans of Edolas do not truly wish to be led by the Exceed, as their King's ultimate plan, Code ETD, shows.[10] In sending the Lacrima containing Earth Land's Mages on a collision course with Extalia, Faust plans to unleash an unlimited amount of Magic Power to sustain his kingdom for all eternity—and by doing so, he has declared war on the Exceed race.[11]

Apparently the Queen's God complex has even gone to her people's heads, as when Wendy Marvell and Carla try to warn them of their impending doom, they arrogantly disbelieve her and start throwing rocks at the "mere human" and "fallen angel".[12]

Exceed's fear of humans

However, everything, including the God Complex, the Queen's Magic Power, and governing the human race's death, were all just fabricated lies made up by the elders of Exceeds to protect their race. The Exceeds were a weak race that was often picked on by the humans. To protect their race, the Elders of the Exceed spread false information that the Exceed had many powers. This, in return, gave the Exceed more confidence to themselves while causing humans, even the skeptics, to fear the Exceed's godly power. The Exceed eventually added the Control of Human lives to their list of powers, but in truth they never had such power or wish to kill off any human. Shagotte was selected as the Queen because she had the ability to predict which human would die with perfect accuracy, and the Elders used that as evidence of the Exceed's power.[13]

After Team Natsu and company returned back to Earth Land, it was explained by the Elders and Shagotte that there was no mission to kill the Dragon Slayers. Carla has the same powers of prediction of the future as Shagotte due to being her daughter. The reason why the 100 Exceed eggs were sent to Earth Land was because Shagotte had a vision of Exaltia crashing so she gathered 100 children from the Exceed and borrowed the human's Anima to transport them over. As not to start a widespread panic throughout the nation, the Elders said they sent them to Earth Land to assassinate the Dragon Slayers.[14] After explaining this, the race of Exceed excluding Carla, Happy, and Panther Lily flew off to find the remaining children they sent over.[15]


The "Mission"

One-hundred Exceed eggs, including Happy and Carla, were taken from their parents and sent to Earth Land on a mission to obliterate the Dragon Slayers. When Faust began using Anima to steal Magic Power from Earth Land, Queen Shagotte gave the Exceed in the field new orders: To capture the Dragon Slayers and bring them to Edolas. The Dragon Slayers would then be used to create a special type of Lacrima filled with Dragon Magic.[16]

Carla decides to abandon her mission to kill Wendy and brought her to Edolas without knowing that her mission had been changed to simply lure Wendy to Edolas. She becomes very distressed by the fact that she unknowingly betrayed Wendy and fulfilled her mission.[17] Happy is unable to recall the details of his mission but refuses to be a puppet of the Exceed, making it clear that he and Carla are members of Fairy Tail first and Exceed second.[18] After this, they escape and are declared outlaws.[19]

This mission was later revealed to be a lie, due to the Queen's power she could see the events of the Edolas arc, and as such, she saw Extalia destroyed. So in order to keep the species alive, she sent 100 eggs to Earth Land to protect them, and lied about the mission to kill the Dragon Slayers to the other Exceed.[14]

Earth Land

Some time after the destruction of Extalia and the Edolas Exceed's arrival on Earth Land, the Edolas Exceeds established a new home[20] somewhere in a forest within Fiore[21] called the Exceed Village.[22] They also searched for the children that they sent in Earth Land 6 years prior[23] and made a list of the names and keeping track of every Exceeds from Edolas.[21].


The Exceed race is one of the many native inhabitants within Elentear, as revealed by Touka.[3]

Known Exceeds

Name Origin Status
Happy Born in Earth Land Active
Carla Born in Earth Land Active
Panther Lily Extalia Active
Lector Extalia Active
Frosch Unknown Active
Nichiya Extalia Active
Nadi Extalia Active
Samuel Born in Earth Land Active
Shagotte Extalia Active
Lucky Extalia Active
Marl Extalia Active
‎Belletokia Extalia Active
Clap Extalia Active
Gogotora Extalia Active
Kurubushi Extalia Active
Martam Extalia Active
Mejeer Extalia Active
Monmo Extalia Active
Muganto Extalia Active
Mysdroy Extalia Active
Salberay Extalia Active
Touka Elentear Active


  • It was said that Exceed perceive time differently compared to humans. According to Panther Lily, something as long as seven years would be considered insignificant by Exceeds.[24]


  1. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 173, Page 9
  2. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 197, Pages 11-12
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Manga: Chapter 67, Page 7
  4. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 176, Pages 11-13
  5. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 175, Pages 17-18
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 178, Page 2
  7. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 178, Page 4
  8. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 178, Pages 2-3
  9. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 188, Page 15
  10. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 179, Pages 3-8
  11. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 180, Page 20
  12. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 186, Pages 2-7
  13. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 188, Pages 14-15
  14. 14.0 14.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 198, Pages 6-8
  15. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 198, Pages 14-16
  16. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 176, Pages 14-17
  17. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 176, Pages 18-19
  18. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 176, Page 20
  19. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 177, Pages 2-4
  20. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 198, Page 13
  21. 21.0 21.1 Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Manga: Chapter 49, Page 13
  22. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 363, Cover
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 198, Page 11
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 256, Page 8