Post Reply If the power of friendship makes the protagonists of Fairy Tail so strong, why do the enemies never use it?
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If the power of friendship makes the protagonists of Fairy Tail so strong, why do the enemies never use it?
I'd love to watch an arc with that theme.
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Actually they do...it’s why I actually like it in that show. Watch the Grand Magic Games arc to see it. Episodes 151-200. Doesn’t start happening until the second half though cause spoilers.

Also Infinity Clock arc (but that’s filler, a good one though).
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dwilson2000 wrote:

Actually they do...it’s why I actually like it in that show. Watch the Grand Magic Games arc to see it. Episodes 151-200. Doesn’t start happening until the second half though cause spoilers.

Also Infinity Clock arc (but that’s filler, a good one though).


Didn't watch the Infinity Clock arc. I've watched unti lthe tartarus arc. I don't ever remember enemies using friendship in the Grand Magic games.
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jtjumper wrote:

If the power of friendship makes the protagonists of Fairy Tail so strong, why do the enemies never use it?
I'd love to watch an arc with that theme.


It's because it's almost plot-mandatory for every villain to have no friends compared to the heroes.

And to me, that's a universal theme in even the most morally ambiguous anime. The bad guys sacrifice the lives of their own minions and other villainous allies to achieve unlimited power or the world's destruction, and as a result would work at their best as friendless loners. The good guys, on the other hand, believe in the power of friendship, and thus -- with rare exceptions -- work a million times better in teams than alone.
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jtjumper wrote:


dwilson2000 wrote:

Actually they do...it’s why I actually like it in that show. Watch the Grand Magic Games arc to see it. Episodes 151-200. Doesn’t start happening until the second half though cause spoilers.

Also Infinity Clock arc (but that’s filler, a good one though).


Didn't watch the Infinity Clock arc. I've watched unti lthe tartarus arc. I don't ever remember enemies using friendship in the Grand Magic games.


Here you go:



He used it from that moment on until the point where he wasn’t even an enemy anymore.
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dwilson2000 wrote:


jtjumper wrote:


dwilson2000 wrote:

Actually they do...it’s why I actually like it in that show. Watch the Grand Magic Games arc to see it. Episodes 151-200. Doesn’t start happening until the second half though cause spoilers.

Also Infinity Clock arc (but that’s filler, a good one though).


Didn't watch the Infinity Clock arc. I've watched unti lthe tartarus arc. I don't ever remember enemies using friendship in the Grand Magic games.


Here you go:



He used it from that moment on until the point where he wasn’t even an enemy anymore.


Sting and Rogue had stopped being Fairy Tail's enemies at that point. Sure they were still competitors in the games, but they were no longer antagonists. Also, who did they use friendship against? That's right, some guy shouting that friendship is useless. What I want to see is Fairy Tail fighting in a life or death struggle where their enemies use friendship against them.
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They fight dark guilds and wizards majority of the time, there is no friendship in those only seeking of power even at expense of others. It's a common theme in Fairy Tail manga the villians would screw over their own family to get what they want or manipulate friends and family to do so. Thus they never lean on power of friendship and to be fair they mostly have never needed to on a one to one many have been outright stronger than their Fairy Tail opponents and if you did a top ten strongest wizards in Fairy Tail manga poll id wager few save Natsu would make the cut. Hell even the wizard saints were getting stomped at the end by the individual strength of some of the dark wizards.
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Posted 12/20/17 , edited 12/20/17
While I do agree with the reasoning that the more villainous figures wouldn't value friendship, I consider a near universal application of such a black and white view to be slightly tepid, as well as a deleterious proclivity against understanding. It reminds me of the axiom "There is no honor among thieves", but I disagree with generally applying such an adage to individuals you and I would perhaps find immoral in some fashion.

It is simply too loose an application that drives an unhealthy dichotomy of not only actions, but people, who are usually not black and white in of themselves. It is not only a overly simplistic nature of morality, but also of the nature of how humans develop their system of ethics, which can seem inconsistent or even hypocritical to the outsider, despite however dogmatic it is followed.

Perhaps the notion here is to separate "Bad guys" from "Opposing guys". Even people we deem evil may have loved ones.
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