I’ve noticed that Juvia tends to get along with, and is well-liked (and even loved) by FT characters that are either cold, gruff, and/or downright scary/anti-social.
Gajeel - Gajeel was really cruel, brash, and outright violent when he first showed up in the story. And yet, Juvia has been calling him Gajeel-kun (a suffix she only uses for him, and which intimates closeness and a level of comfort) since their Phantom Lord days, and she was the one who recommended him for FT. It’s likely that she saw in him the loneliness that she herself felt for so long.
She has also been shown to reprimand him at times, and she was the one who originally urged him to try to fit in when they both first joined FT. And most of all, despite his harsh, lone-wolf persona, he listens to Juvia, takes her advice, and overall seems to respect and genuinely like her.
Aquarius - Lucy’s water-bearer spirit has been bad-tempered from the start. She one of Lucy’s most powerful keys, and yet she could also be seen as one of her least helpful, since she doesn’t care who ends up affected by her attacks. She is arguably the most hostile towards her own owner, and has shown to pretty much dislike everyone who isn’t her boyfriend Scorpio.
And yet, when Team Natsu visited the spirit realm, Juvia and Aquarius really seemed to hit it off, which is certainly a first for Aquarius’ character. It’s likely because they are both water users, and Juvia shares her opinion of love (and boyfriends) being important. When we saw the two meet again during the naval battle, Juvia didn’t show the slightest sign of intimidation against Aquarius, and Aquarius too wasn’t her usual violent self, and instead seemed surprised that Juvia was matching her power in the water, and predictably bowed out (to go on a date) when Juvia wouldn’t budge.
Lyon - he is Gray’s sempai and has a similarly cold/cool disposition to Gray himself, except he’s more arrogant/pompous in nature. In fact, Lyon too had his own fangirl in Sherry, who seemed to have pined away for him for ages. And just like Gray, he seemed either oblivious to, or completely uninterested in having any kind of romantic relationship with her, to the point that Sherry gave up, and fell in love with Ren instead. And yet, after catching just a glimpse of Juvia, Lyon fell head over heels in love with her.
Lyon’s guild card mentions that those around Lyon found it surprising that he’d pursue Juvia in this way, since he’d never acted like that before. So, Juvia turned a normally cool and collected ice mage into a lovesick puppy, who tried desperately to win her over, and to no avail, since Juvia was completely unswayed by the handsome mage’s advances.
Gray - he has a traumatic past, but overall he’s grown up to be a pretty friendly, good-natured guy. However, like Lyon, he tends to be cold, and even distant at times. It’s been shown time and again that when he is suffering he tends to lock his feelings away, and bottle everything up, rather than talk it out. He still clearly has a lot of pent up and compounded pain and guilt that continues to eat away at him. He has a habit of pushing people away, or withdrawing in such times.
Gray also considers himself close to only a couple of people within the FT guild, and even those few, are people he rarely, if ever shares his deepest sorrows with. And certainly not if he can help it. And yet, it has been shown that not only does Gray consider Juvia someone who is both important to him, and that he’s close to/works well with, but that she is doing the one thing no one has been able to do for him, and that is, to ease some of that heavy sadness that has taken hold of his heart all these long years.
Gray has also been quite tender and caring with Juvia, in ways he has never been with anyone else, and has not only saved her many times now, but has also sacrificed his own life so that she may live. Juvia can also manage to crack Gray’s icy-cool exterior in ways no one else can with her romantic implications and affectionate behavior, and even when Gray does get harsh with her, these days, it doesn’t seem to faze her at all. Also, the only time Juvia herself reprimanded Gray over something, he immediately perked up, admitting she was right.
My question is, why is Juvia well-liked and respected by these kinds of people? In my opinion, it’s because she, too, is ultimately like Gray, Gajeel, Lyon, and even Aquarius in many ways. Before she joined FT, and even afterwards, her core characteristic is still quite serious (when Gray isn’t involved) and fierce. That’s what she was like when we first were introduced to her. She seemed very cold and emotionless, and whenever Mashima draws her on her own, or without Gray, she almost always has a sullen look on her face. She also is someone who is powerful and confident in her own abilities. So, there are those likenesses that she can relate to, and is likewise not intimated by those same characteristics in other people.
Yet, Juvia is also earnest, empathetic and loving. She wears her heart on her sleeve, always says exactly what she thinks/feels, and is true to herself 100% of the time. Basically, she’s honest to a fault haha. But, that’s what makes her so charming IMO. And it’s that warmth she herself had been searching for (and found in Gray and FT) that she exudes in such quantities, and what I think Gray, Gajeel and Lyon especially are drawn to. ^__^
Also, I wanted to touch on her relationship with Erza for a bit (even though I don’t think she fits into the similar character mold as the others). As we saw during the GMG when Erza brought up Juvia’s feelings to Gray, and during the Gruvia special, where Erza supported, comforted and advised Juvia, it’s clear Erza too has a lot of respect and affection for Juvia. I think this is partly based on Juvia’s initial help during Erza’s TOH arc, as Erza was disappointed that Juvia had gone on ahead alone to join FT, since she had wanted to put in a good word for her. But I also think that Erza is so supportive of Juvia, and her feelings for Gray. because she was one of only two people who witnessed just how deep and true Juvia’s feelings were during the Tenroujima arc.
There’s also the fact that Juvia has since been rejected, and yet she still perseveres, and as Erza said, is always optimistic in the face of this rejection. I think Erza admires this quality in Juvia, and especially in light of Erza’s own troubles in love, as she too was rejected in a way. I think she relates to her, even if their approach is different, their aim is the same, and they are both dealing with people who aren’t being 100% honest. ^__~
I should be over all the butterflies
But I’m into you (I’m into you)
And baby even on our worst nights
I’m into you (I’m into you)
Let ‘em wonder how we got this far
‘Cause I don’t really need to wonder at all
Yeah, after all this time I’m still into you
♥ - Still Into You by Paramore - ♥
Great, now I regret listening to my friend when he suggested Fairy Tail to me XD
Its become too much for me too handle not to mention the damn feels
Gosh why is NaLu now my Otp and Brotp?
Why are the fights so epic?
Why are there so many hardcore characters?
Why did I love this anime/manga so much?
Was it the friendships?
The fanfictions? (Actually some I could do without)
All the relationships in general?The Soundtrack? The opening and ending sequences?
Gray and his freaking stripping habit?
Erza and her…..everything about Erza
Juvia and her love for Gray?
Freaking Mirajane and her perfection?
The beauty and the beast GaLe dynamic?
The freaking EXCEEDS
Wendy and her resolve at such a young age
Natsu and his….well EVERYTHING
His strengths(freaking fire dragon slayer/dragon force/fire lightning mode/high physical strength/battle tactic)
His weaknesses(motion sickness/self loyalty)
His love(for his guild and friends and sometimes people who need some sense knocked into them)
I could go on….
But now I want to go on to Lucy
Lucy Freaking Heartfilia
I honestly don’t think I would be into Fairy Tail all that much if she wasn’t in it as the main heroine and narrator.
I love her character development throughout the story and how forgiving she is (especially to the ones who in all honesty don’t deserve it)
I love how she isn’t overpowered at all and uses has to use her brains showing she’s one of the most clever characters in FT
I love how she has love for not only her own but other celestial spirits as well to treat them as friends that she fights a long side
I love how she learned to be apart of a group
I love her friendships (Beware the many brotps)with…
ErzaLoke and every last one of her spirits
….and Gajeel surprisingly XD
I just love how she’s not perfect or the strongest and is very aware of this but keeps up with her crazy team anyway
How she was kind of vain in the beginning and is always wanting rent money (understandable)
How she wants to be a writer(I can relate)
How she loved both of her parents even when she had problems with her father
How she left the easy life behind for the fast pace dangerous life of a mage
How she doesn’t need a man to show some fighting resolve
How she cares deeply for all of her friends
I could go on about Fairy Tail some more but I just wanted to post this much.
Natsu made Lucy mad Σ(=ﾟωﾟ=;)
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