Luxus Dreyar is a 23-year-old S-Class mage who uses lightning-based attacks and various other types of magic. He was one of the strongest members of Fairy Tail before he was excommunicated.
Like many members of the guild, Luxus was a part of Fairy Tail since he was a child, given that he is also Makarov’s grandson. As seen from chapter 119, Luxus felt constantly trapped by being the grandson of Makarov and as a result, never got proper credit. From then on, Luxus vowed to become stronger and beat Makarov so he could prove himself and become a man in his rights. Also from this chapter, it is revealed that his father was kicked out of the guild because of being a danger to Fairy Tail. This incident enraged him as he tried to convince Makarov to get his father back since they were still family members but despite this, Makarov refused. Luxus’ father at the time set up his own guild, presumably the Dark Guild Raven Tail.
|“||Weaklings like you aren’t needed||”|
|—Laxus’s dimissive personality|
Laxus claimed to be the strongest member of Fairy Tail. He wears a pair of magic spiked headphones (“sound-pot”) and is often seen smoking a cigar. Laxus also has a mysterious scar that runs down the right side of his face. Laxus seemed to care very little about his fellow guildmates usually suggesting that they had to give him something inorder to acquire his help. In chapter 106 it reveals when he was younger, he didn’t have a scar and he was a truly kind boy. He appears to have the scar on his face at a young age, as it’s seen in Erza Scarlet‘s flashback.
While he was a likely candidate to succeed Makarov, Makarov believes Laxus’ intentions are not yet right. Laxus stated that when he inherits leadership of Fairy Tail, he will eliminate all the weak members to create the strongest guild in the country. However with his expulsion from Fairy Tail this is impossible now.
Laxus first makes himself known when he comments on Mystogan. Natsu Dragneel wants to fight him but Makarov stops them. Later, when it is revealed that Natsu and Happy have taken a S-Ranked mission without permission, Laxus claims he knew all about it but he didn’t do anything about it. After Makarov and Mirajane plead with him to get Natsu back, Laxus declines.
Laxus does not bother coming to Fairy Tail’s aid during the war on the Phantom Lord Guild. He says he would help only if Lucy Heartfilia becomes his girl and Cana Alberona strips for him. Enraged by this, Mirajane breaks the orb they are using to speak to him. Later, after the war ends, Laxus shows up and acts very arrogantly, mocking Shadow Gear for their defeat against Gajeel Redfox, and claims that if he had been there, Phantom Lord wouldn’t have dealt them so much damage. This aggravates Natsu to the point where he almost punches Laxus, but with his powers, he avoides confrontation, and leaves, stating that he will remove all weak members from Fairy Tail once he becomes guild master.
While on a job, he overhears some people talking about Fairy Tail’s hilarious instanity. This greatly upsets him and he pummels them to near death because they looked down on “his” guild. After this, he finds Jet and Droy beat up Gajeel and joins in but he tries to kill him. As Levy begs him to stop, he shoots lighting bolt at her that Gajeel takes.
As he returns to the guild, Laxus (out of anger due to the “weakness” of certain members, along with the reputation that the guild had acquired) makes a play for the Guild Master’s seat, itself, by having Evergreen turn Cana, Juvia Loxar, Mirajane, Erza, Levy McGarden, Bisca Mulan and Lucy to stone, and having Fried Justine lock Makarov, and unintentionally Natsu and Gajeel, in the Guild building as well locking the other members within the vicinity of the town. His plan involved having the members of Fairy Tail fight each other in order to defeat him, and if they didn’t, the petrified members would be turned to dust. However, with the defeat of Evergreen, at the hands of Erza, who had freed herself early due to her artificial eye filtering the effect of eye-based magic, the women were released from their petrified state, removing Laxus’ former hold on the guild.
Because of this loss, Laxus activated the “Hall of Thunder,” a spell which sets up compressed orbs Lacrima filled with lightning that had the capability of causing dozens of lightning strikes through Magnolia Town. After Fried and Bixlow’s losses to Mirajane and Lucy respectively, Laxus is confronted in Caldia Cathedral by Mystogan. After a brief discussion, Laxus begins to reveal a secret about Mystogan, prompting him to attack, thus beginning their battle. As their battle started off, Mystogan gained the upper hand via an illusion, only to be caught off guard by a bolt of Laxus’ lightning.
Once Erza and Natsu appeared at the church, Mystogan was caught by surprise as Laxus attacked him directly, shredding the cloth on his face and revealing his face that exactly resembled that of Gérard Fernandes. Next, Erza was attacked as she looked on in shock, taking her out of the match and leaving only Natsu to face Laxus, though he still treats him with indifference. Regardless, Natsu takes him on and manages to stay on par with Laxus while the two trade blows. Only to stop when Erza recovers and sets off to stop Laxus’s Hall of Thunder. Laxus tries to stop her only to be blocked by Natsu who holds him off to allow Erza to escape, forcing Laxus to continue the battle. As they do so, both argue about the outcome of how the Laxus’ plan will end with Laxus firmly believing he can’t be stopped. Natsu however starts to note that Laxus doesn’t really want to execute his plan and only wants Makarov to give him control of the guild. Laxus constantly denies it but his expressions keep giving him away. Suddenly a report comes up telling the two the Hall of Thunder has been shut down thanks to the efforts of the recovered Fairy Tail guild though they’re knocked down due to the living link magic but manage to survive.
Upon seeing this Natsu asked Laxus how he could run a guild if no one supports one another. Unfortunately Laxus answers “…Through Force” completely going over the edge and fully powers himself up. Natsu tries fighting him but finds he is no match for Laxus in his berserker state, batted around by the thunder mage till he is too weakened to get back up. Laxus prepares to finish him off and fires a tremendous thunderbolt down on Natsu. Luckily for the fire mage, Gajeel appears to save him claiming Natsu as his prey. Despite a mutual dislike for one another, Natsu and Gajeel agree to team up to take down Laxus then proceed to attack him together.
As Natsu and Gajeel continue to land blow after blow on Laxus, they combine their respective Dragon Roar techniques causing a massive explosion. Unfortunately, Laxus rises with nothing more than his shirt destroyed, revealing a intricate tattoo on his left chest. He then tells them that he’s going to show them true Dragon Slayer Magic, producing scales on his arms and charging electricity to his mouth. Before Natsu or Gajeel can dodge, Laxus releases his own Thunder Dragon Roar. Although still alive, the two are paralyzed from the attack. Claiming that he will exterminate all that oppose him, including his Grandfather, he initiates the spell Fairy Law.
Natsu and Gajeel yell at him to stop knowing full well what will happen if he unleashes that magic. But Laxus doesn’t care and continues to do so. Levy suddenly shows up and informs Laxus of Makarov’s fading condition due to Laxus’s actions. However rather then be shocked by the news (as Natsu is) he states he’s glad because his chance of being the guild master has increased. With that he unleashes Fairy Law intending to wipe out not only Fairy Tail but everyone in the town as well. However once the smoke clears, Laxus finds, to his shock, all of his targets still alive with no injury. A wounded Fried then appears and tell him the reason the spell failed: Fairy Law reacts to one heart’s to be effective against the target thus Laxus must still considers the guild to be his allies (proving Natsu statement earlier in their fight). Despite this overwhelming evidence Laxus loudly continues to deny it. Natsu, tired of his facade, manages to get to his feet, gather what little magic he has left and charges Laxus just as the lighting mage does the same.
Both mages meet and strike each other head on; however Laxus is the one to deal a blow to Natsu knocking him back. Unaffected, Natsu gets up and charges again though he is once more knocked down. He, however, refuses to stay down claiming to Laxus the guild doesn’t belong to him. This only prompt Laxus to smack him some more but despite the damage, Natsu keeps getting back up. Extremely angered by his persistence, Laxus forms a spell called Thunder Dragon Heaven Halberd (which looks like its namesake) and throws it toward Natsu. Too worn out to dodge it, it look like it will indeed hit the fire mage. At the last second however, the lighting is diverted away from Natsu and onto Gajeel who uses his metal body as a lighting rod to save Natsu. Weakened from using up the last of his power in that attack, Laxus can do nothing as Natsu gathers what strength he has left and rushes him; hitting him with a multitude of fire attacks and sending Laxus flying, finally defeating him.
Later, when the members of Fairy Tail are recovering so they can prepare for the postponed Fantasia, Laxus shows up unexpected at the guild house. However, instead of acting cocky or mocking other members as usual, he walks in on a recovering Makarov, who explains just what Fairy Tail is, before tearfully excommunicating Laxus from the guild. Instead of growing mad, Laxus takes it with a calm smile, and thanks Makarov for everything, before leaving his crying grandfather.
As he informs his team of his expulsion, Bixlow tries to convince him otherwise but Laxus, humbled by his defeat to Natsu, tells him not to take action. Laxus watches the Fantasia parade before he leaves and realizes that everyone, including his grandfather who he despised, are still looking out for him. Laxus tearfully leaves after realizing what a fool he was.
Being the grandson of Fairy Tail’s guild master Makarov, Laxus comes from a lineage of great magical power. His combat prowess is enough to fight on par with equally powerful S-Class mages, such as Mystogan, or defeat two powerful mages simultaneously, such as Dragon Slayer users like Natsu Dragneel and Gajeel Redfox who is also one of the five S-Class mages. Seen by most other who are around him as being the one the most obvious candidate to take the title of guild master after Makarov, Laxus is a frighteningly powerful opponent.
Lightning Dragon Slayer Magic: Laxus is a user of Lightning magic, which allows him to control and make lightning appear from almost anywhere. The true basis for Laxus’s magic is Lightning Dragon Slayer Magic, giving him the power and characteristics of a Thunder Dragon, and can eat electricity to heal himself. Lightning moves may be redirected by metal objects acting as “lightning rods”. However, he has been keeping the true nature of his magic secret from the other Guild members even Makarov, and implies that Laxus trained with a real dragon like Gajeel and Natsu. As it turns out however the magic was actually implanted within him by his father as he was weak when he was younger.