Happy (ハッピー Happī?) is a 6-year-old talking cat with blue fur who serves as Natsu's best friend and initial partner before Lucy's inclusion in the Fairy Tail guild. Hiro Mashima originally planned to name him "Freyr" after the Norse god, but found the name did not fit his character.[13] He possesses a magical ability called Aera (翼(エーラ) Ēra?), which allows him to temporarily grow white feathered wings on his back and fly. He is only able to carry up to one person at a time in this form. He was found as an egg six years prior to the start of the series by Natsu, who cared for him together with Lisanna until he hatched.[17] He is generally cheerful as per his name, and often utters phrases such as "Aye!" or "Aye, sir!". He has a crush on Charle, who initially doesn't reciprocate his feelings. It isn't until later in the series that Happy discovers he is an exceed originally sent from Edolas to Earthland as an egg for his own protection after the exceeds' queen, Shagotte, had a premonition of their realm's destruction. While in Edolas, Happy encounters an exceed farmer named Lucky (ラッキー Rakkī?) and his wife Merl (マール Māru?) who, unbeknownst to Happy, are his parents.[18] He is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in Japanese and Tia Ballard in English.