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Shô (ショウ Shou) is a childhood friend of Erza, having known her during the days she and their friends were kept as slaves and forced to build the Tower of Heaven.


Shô is a young man with blond hair, arranged in a wavy style with fringes hanging above his forehead, and tanned skin. He has somewhat dark beady eyes and a small 5-shaped tattoo can be located below his lower lip. He also has an earring with diamond ornaments attached on his left ear. When he was first introduced, he wore a waistcoat with yellow buttons. Later on, he is seen wearing a long red robe with collar along with a pink pinstripe suit underneath it.


As Shô is the youngest of the group, he is the most sensitive to what's going on around him. He is also the closest to Erza, calling her "nee-san" (big sister). In his childhood, Shô was seen crying a lot as he was the one who planned their escape and couldn't admit it, resulting in Erza losing her eye.[1] He has an unusual personality, shown that he was partially insane when he wanted to get revenge on Erza.[2] Overall, he seems to be a caring person as it was shown how he cares for his "elder sister", Erza, so much.[3]


Young Shô

Shô was one of the children that were taken from his home and forced to build the R-System, otherwise known as the Tower of Heaven. It was there he made friends with Erza, Jellal, Wally, Millianna, and Simon, who weathered the cruel methods of the their captors together.[4] One day, Erza decided it was time to fight back and inspired the other slaves to stage a revolt.[5] Despite some sacrifices, the slaves were successful and set to leave the island for good.[6] But Jellal, now having been brainwashed by "Zeref", who, in reality, was actually Ultear,[7] destroyed the ship set to sail off of the island and claimed it was Erza's doing to convince Shô and his friends to stay and finish the tower.[8] After eight years, the tower was completed.[9]


Tower of Heaven arc

Shô, along with the other members of Team Jellal, appear at the casino that Team Natsu were vacationing in, with Shô forcefully becoming the blackjack dealer at the table Erza and Lucy are playing at.[10] He then uses his Magic to turn the patrons into cards. He accuses Erza of betraying them and distracts her long enough for Wally to shoot her with a Sleeping Bullet. He and the others then kidnap her, as well as Happy and head back to the Tower of Heaven.[11] During the trip back, Shô comforts Erza, but his emotions quickly change and he yells at Erza, almost manically, for "betraying" them.[12]

Shô explains Jellal's plans

Shô goes to talk to Erza in her cell at the tower. There, he explains Jellal's plans to use Erza as a sacrifice to revive the Dark Mage, Zeref. After hearing this plan, Erza knocks him out and escapes.[13]

Shô hears the truth about Jellal

He recovers and finds her, but not before overhearing of what really happened back when the revolt was completed, and that Erza never betrayed them. This throws Shô into a conflict on believing Jellal, or Erza. Simon later appears and confirms Erza's story, as well as Jellal's intention of playing a game with the coming threat of the Etherion. Everyone then agrees to work together in order to stop Jellal.[14]

When Shô hears Jellal's announcement about using the Etherion, Shô traps Erza in one of his cards and runs off, with intent on protecting her, defeating Jellal, and escaping the tower.[15] Unfortunately he runs into Ikaruga and finds himself no match for her. Luckily, Erza frees herself from her card and does battle with Ikaruga as Shô looks on.[16] After she wins, Erza convinces him to escape as she presses on to Jellal.[17]

Shô and the others escape the tower

He, Wally, Millianna, Happy, Lucy, Gray and Juvia get off the island[18] just in time as the Etherion crashes down upon the tower and completes the R-System. The group can do nothing more than watch from afar as the rest of the events unfold.[19]

Jellal is eventually defeated, and Erza is saved by Natsu. Later, Shô, Wally, and Millianna apologize to Erza for their actions and mourn the loss of Simon. Erza invites the group to join Fairy Tail,[20] but while they consider it at first, they stow away the night they're supposed to head back, still feeling ashamed of what they've done. Erza finds out but doesn't stop them, and allows them to go. However, this is not not before giving her friends a grand sendoff with fireworks as a way of showing that they'll always be friends.[21]

Battle of Fairy Tail arc

Shô at the Fantasia Parade

Shô, along with Millianna and Wally, watch Erza's dance in the Fantasia Parade.[22]

Grand Magic Games arc

While talking with Erza, Millianna states that Shô and Wally are still continuing their travels.[23]

Tartaros arc

After using the Card Conversion spell on Elfman Strauss, Cana Alberona notes that she learned it from Shô earlier that day.[24]

Alvarez Empire arc

With the help of Meredy's Magic, Shô alongside Wally Buchanan was able to provide his Magic Power to Lucy in order for her to successfully activate Fairy Sphere on Acnologia.[25]

Magic and Abilities

Shô's Magic Card

Magic Card (魔法の札(マジックカード) Majikku Kādo): Shô utilizes this Magic to trap people into pocket dimensions, effectively turning them into cards.[26]

  • Card Conversion (カード換 Kādo Kan): Shô traps people in one of his cards. However despite being trapped in them, the figures inside can still interact with those on the outside to an extent, such as when a casino patron was able to use his knife and cut Lucy's bonds.[27] This spell is strong enough to imprison and trap even a powerful S-Class Mage like Erza, who only managed to escape thanks to Ikaruga's attacks.[28]
  • Random Throwing (みだれ撃ち Midare Uchi): Shô throws cards at his opponent, which then multiply, and attack like projectiles.[29]


Magic Cards: Sho always carries around with him a deck of cards, which he uses to perform his Magic Card.[29]


  • In the anime, his earring has a crystal shape instead of a cross.[30][31]
  • Shô, alongside Wally, was originally set to appear in the Grand Magic Games arc. However, Hiro Mashima eventually dropped the idea due to having too many characters to work with.


  • (To Erza Scarlet) "...Why don't we enjoy a special game? Except we won't be betting with coins... let's bet with our lives."[32]

Battles & Events


  1. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 80, Page 18
  2. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 78, Pages 17-18
  3. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 77, Pages 17
  4. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 77, Pages 19-20
  5. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 80, Pages 17-22
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 81, Pages 10-20
  7. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 102, Page 19
  8. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 82, Pages 14-17
  9. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 76, Pages 18-20
  10. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 75, Pages 23-24
  11. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 76, Pages 8-20
  12. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 77, Pages 15-18
  13. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 78, Pages 16-20
  14. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 83, Pages 8-18
  15. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 85, Pages 7-10
  16. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 90, Pages 10-20
  17. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 92, Pages 7-8
  18. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 93, Page 9
  19. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 93, Page 18
  20. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 101, Pages 14-17
  21. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 102, Pages 2-17
  22. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 48
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 281, Page 11
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 371, Page 7
  25. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 544, Page 8
  26. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 85, Page 9
  27. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 77, Pages 3-5
  28. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 90, Pages 18-19
  29. 29.0 29.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 90, Page 13
  30. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 75, Page 24
  31. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 33
  32. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 75, Pages 22-23