Jacob Lessio (ジェイコブ・レッシオ Jeikobu Resshio) is part of the Alvarez Empire and a former member of the Spriggan 12, the protection guard of Emperor Spriggan. He garnered the epithet "Assassin" (暗殺者 Ansatsusha) due to his expertise in the art of assassination.
Jacob appears to be a tall, muscular middle-aged man with extremely short black hair and what appears to be a receding hairline, which exposes his very prominent forehead, upon which he has a small tattoo of a skull. Jacob noticeably lacks eyebrows, and has very small eyes with prominent dark circles; Jacob's nose is also considerably prominent, and his jaw is long and pronounced, offering much space between his chin and small mouth. Jacob also has high, shallow cheekbones, and features distinct five o'clock shadow.
For attire, Jacob wears a purple spandex turtle neck, over which he sports a black blazer; and also wears black pants. Jacob also wears a pair of black gloves, which feature oval designs on the knuckles, to go along with his black shoes.
Jacob has been shown to be a respectful, dignified gentlemen, continually basking his comrade August with praise as well as mentioning the holiday in Alakitasia where they revere the elderly, even wanting to pay respects to Makarov Dreyar, an elderly enemy. Due to his respectful nature, he shames the thought of nudity or indecency in regards to women, covering his eyes and looking away when in sight of the act. He also possesses something of a patronizing nature, as evidenced by taking a sharp jab at Jura for his baldness and then snickering at his own joke after the fact. Jacob can also be very demanding, tormenting Mavis Vermillion when giving her an ultimatum in order to save the guild's members lives in exchange for Fairy Heart's location. Despite this trait, he does show a sense of loyalty toward his comrades, displayed by his anger at the sight of God Serena being felled by Acnologia and gearing himself to immediately retaliate, before August warned him of the futility of his attempt.
Alvarez Empire arc
In an effort to fill in the Spriggan 12 on his plan to invade Ishgar and procure Fairy Heart from Fairy Tail, Zeref, otherwise known as Emperor Spriggan, summons Jacob to a meeting between himself and the entirety of the Spriggan 12. Because of Alakitasia's large expanse, Jacob finds himself unable to attend the meeting in time due to its short notice.
However, Jacob does later deploy alongside the other eleven members of the elite guard; traveling west on a gigantic fleet of over one million with God Serena and August, arriving on Fiore's eastern border after defeating the neighboring nation of Bosco. The three Spriggan 12 members then exit the ship and meet the awaiting Warrod Sequen, Draculos Hyberion, Wolfheim and Jura Neekis. After being introduced to Jura courtesy of Warrod, Jacob offers up a snide comment on Jura's baldness. Jacob, from there, proceeds to stand beside August and watch as God Serena completely dominates his former friends all by himself. When his comrade's opponents get up and begin to pressure God Serena, Jacob prepares to intervene, but is halted by August, who wishes to see God Serena's true power. He then watches as God Serena utilizes several different kinds of Dragon Slayer Magic to leave his opponents in critical condition, and after God Serena is halted by August, Jacob remarks on the expected impressiveness of one who has implanted eight Dragon Lacrima into his body. The three then leave for Fairy Tail, but before they get far, Acnologia appears, having sensed God Serena and kills the Dragon Slayer Spriggan in a single strike, leaving Jacob shocked.
Furious, Jacob gets ready to use his Magic on Acnologia, but August halts him, pointing out the Dragon King's strength outclasses theirs and only with Fairy Heart would it be possible to defeat Acnologia.
Jacob later arrives in Fairy Tail's guild, introducing himself as a member of the Spriggan 12, and revealing that August discovered that they were being tracked via radar and hid their true positions. Jacob then sits down, mentioning "Respect for the Aged Day" and explaining that he went ahead of August to lighten his load, after which he demands alcohol, but is refused by Makarov. Calling Makarov's refusal a shame, Jacob explains that he is a master assassin and that he has never failed an assignment, as well as that he has no reason to hide because his Magic leaves behind no corpses or witnesses. Casting his Magic around the guild's perimeter, Jacob causes everyone to vanish, but manages to pick up on Mavis' ethereal presence and attacks her non-physical body, correctly deducing that she is Fairy Heart. Continuing to torture Mavis, Jacob demands the location of her physical body, offering the return of her near-dead, but still alive, friends should she speak. However, Lucy and Happy arrive, with the former kicking him; when Jacob asks how she's still here, Lucy reveals that because Jacob's Magic was a type of Spatial Magic, she was saved by Horologium. Jacob then changes his terms with Mavis, saying that he's going to mutilate Lucy if she doesn't talk, but as he throws knives at his target, Natsu saves her.
Engages in hand-to-hand combat with Natsu, Jacob easily overtakes him, turning invisible with his Stealth and attacks Natsu before becoming invisible again, traveling over to Mavis and explaining that he can also see what cannot be seen, such as her. After disappearing a third time, Jacob's camouflage is dispersed by the Lion Brilliance of the newly-summoned Loke, but Jacob responds by attacking Loke, Lucy and Natsu with a series of invisible weapons. Turning invisible yet again, Jacob appears behind Natsu and then pins him to the ground, deciding to embarrass Natsu by turning Lucy's clothes invisible, exposing her undergarments. While this doesn't affect Natsu, it affects Jacob, who closes his eyes to stop from staring at a half-naked Lucy. Natsu and Lucy then tricks Jacob into thinking that Lucy has stripped off the rest of her clothing, forcing him to lower his guard, and thus allowing him to be swiftly kicked by the two, angering him greatly.
Jacob then proceeds to overwhelm Natsu and Lucy in combat, doing so in both his visible and invisible states, but when he states that he's going kill all their friends, Lucy stops him, pointing out that Brandish and Marin were caught in his Magic earlier. Confirming that Lucy is correct, Jacob releases the two, but Lucy uses Gemini to copy the released Marin and dispel Jacob's Transport with Marin's Rules of the Area, freeing all the guild members. Unable to send them away, Jacob is then punched out of the guild by Makarov and swiftly defeated by Natsu.
Later, Jacob evades capture and reunites with the other Spriggan 12 members and one million Alvarez soldiers at the Fairy Tail Guild's new location. As he and Ajeel discuss their defeats, the two state that they won't be beaten twice, later standing alongside the rest of the Spriggan 12 and the emperor. Soon after, Jacob remarks upon the invading Fairy Tail members' tenacity until he is punched by Mirajane, who demands that he be her opponent. Jacob turns around to fight her, but the sight of Mirajane's exposed cleavage renders him unable to look at her, much less fight her. However, despite that disadvantage, he still manages to easily overpower her in combat with his eyes closed, until their fight is briefly interrupted by Irene's voice bellowing throughout the battlefield in search of the runaway Mavis, though Jacob largely takes no heed. After his comrade Irene's death and Universe One's dispelling, Jacob is defeated by Mirajane continues to fight with his eyes closed.
100 Years Quest arc
Magic and Abilities
Stealth (ステルス Suterusu): Also known as Assassination Magic (暗殺魔法 Ansatsu Mahō), Jacob is a master at using this, and it has three distinct abilities; the first ability allows Jacob to erase his own presence, wherein he wipes out his ability to be seen, heard or smelled, thus allowing him to move about completely undetected, even if he was seen by people just prior. This physical invisibility can be negated by Magic that utilizes light, such as Regulus. Stealth's second ability allows Jacob to see things that would normally be invisible to others, such as Mavis to non-Fairy Tail members, and as such allows him to converse with, attack, and touch beings like her. Interestingly, it would appear that Jacob cannot actually see what he, himself, has made invisible with his Magic during its effect. The final function of Jacob's Magic is to attack with invisible weapons, which he displayed while torturing Mavis, as well as in his ensuing conflict with Natsu and Lucy, using invisible knives and a whip, among other things.
Transport (トランスポート Toransupōto) This form of Spatial Magic allows Jacob to transport anyone to his own pocket dimension, doing so by clapping his hands, which has a range of up to no less than the entire perimeter of the Fairy Tail Guild. Upon completion of his clap, all those caught within his Magic will vanish, sans those with non-physical bodies, such as Mavis, and most notably her physical body encased in Lacrima: Fairy Heart; however, those that are indeed affected by this Magic are able to be harmed at the caster's discretion.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: His Magic aside, Jacob has shown himself to be an extremely accomplished unarmed fighter, able to go toe-to-toe with Natsu in hand-to-hand combat, and even overwhelm him.
Enhanced Strength: Jacob has been shown to hold a fair amount of physical strength, as he managed to send Natsu flying backward with a single punch, and then when he body-slammed him into the ground, destroyed the entire contacting portion of the floor.
Immense Durability: Jacob possesses an immense amount of durability, best showcased when he received a very powerful kick from a Taurus-clad Lucy (that sent him flying into tables and thick support pillars), after which he got up with little-to-no-injuries This durability was then displayed yet again mere moments later, whereupon Jacob received a series of fire-clad-hits from the immensely strong Natsu, and received little-to-no injuries.
Immense Magic Power: As a member of the Spriggan 12, Jacob's magical caliber is of an extremely high level. His Magic Power is stated to be on par with the strongest Mage in Ishgar and strongest of the Ten Wizard Saints, God Serena, and was stated to be roughly equal to that of fellow Shield of Spriggan Brandish μ's own, someone renowned for toppling entire nations single-handedly, and whose Magic Power exceeds Makarov's. Additionally, as a further testament to Jacob's strength, he, alongside just God Serena and August, destroyed the entire nation of Bosco and every single one of their guilds.
Knives: On his person, Jacob carries throwing knives that he uses to conduct long-ranged surprise attacks.
Gun: Jacob carries a gun which he uses to attack from a distance and is kept invisible due to his Stealth.
Whip: Jacob carries a whip to attack with, keeping it invisible with his Stealth.
- In the afterword of volume 56, Hiro Mashima stated that Jacob's character was inspired by one of his favorite actors, Jason Statham.
- Hiro Mashima specifically mentioned Jacob as one of the Spriggan 12 of which he was a fan.
- (To Lucy Heartfilia & Mavis Vermillion): "As of this moment, I'm going to slowly and painfully chop, slice and dice this woman into pieces."
|Imperial Family||Ajeel Raml • Yajeel|
|Spriggan 12||Ajeel Raml • Brandish μ • Dimaria Yesta • Invel Yura • Jacob Lessio • Neinhart|
|Brandish Squad||Brandish μ • Marin Hollow|
|Wall Squad||Wall Eehto|
|Ajeel Squad||Ajeel Raml • Bakel • Kareem|
|Dimaria Squad||Dimaria Yesta|
|Neinhart Squad||Four Heraldry Knights • Neinhart|
|Irene Squad||Heine Lunasea • Irene Belserion • Juliet Sun|
|Deceased||August • Bloodman • God Serena • Irene Belserion • Larcade Dragneel • Wall Eehto • Zeref Dragneel|