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He clearly is powerful. Makarov even said that Juro's (One of the 10 Wizard Saints) power was close to Gildarts, which means that Gildarts is more powerful than Juro.

So why isn't he a wizard saint? Does he have to do something magnificent? Or is he just not popular enough?

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Good question. I had the same question after Erza herself told she is no match for Gildarts, and she herself so strong. –  user1403 Feb 17 '13 at 17:59

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The Chairman of the Magic Council appoints the wizards to the Ten Wizard Saints. The Magic Council's decisions are not always objectively taken, and sometimes blatantly politically motivated. Many of the Magic Council members have a strong dislike for the Fairy Tail guild. It is likely they did not appoint Gildarts because they did not want two Fairy Tail wizards to hold that title.

Another reason is that Gildarts travels a lot going on long missions, and rarely stays at his own guild for long, while the Magic Council probably did not want such a "nomadic" member on that elite group. Moreover, even if the Magic Council made him that offer, Gildarts himself may have turned it down, seeing how he returned the Fairy Tail guild Master's title saying that he is not suited for it.

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It's probably not because he can't be a wizard saint. He just doesn't want to be one. Gildarts does not like positions of influence (he also rejected Guild master title) And as more often said on the internet

He's too lazy to get off his ass and fill in an application form.
Probably doesn't want it, like he didn't want the guild master title.

Also the title currently does not add up to anything but a famous name. He might not even be able to see the profit of having it

It is just a title, as far as we know, it doesn't offer anything else other than respect from the masses.

I hope this answers your question

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Gildarts, Laxus, Mystogan. Essentially, you need to have your visible and invisible guild members. Gildarts is invisible, or covert. The idea is not to have him in the spotlight, so that he is not targeted, and remains like an Ace up one's sleeve.

Though this anime shows signs of the "never aging" effect, if it were geared more towards progressing over time, we can already tell by how the characters are scripted that Gildarts mode of protecting the guild - or his role in protecting the guild, is by not being in the forefront. That's what Laxus was for. Fairy Tail already has several S-Class wizards also.

It's likely Gildarts was never nominated for or applied for Wizard Saint. It's also likely that there is an exam/test involved just like the Grand Magic games. More importantly, while Gildarts feigns laziness, it's just a masque for him to be able to handle the more underground obligations of keeping Fairy Tail safe.

Notice how he was shown ???name??? that Laxus father was looking for, but Laxus was not. All part of the progression and the plan.

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So what you're saying is that he was just never known in the wizard world despite his reputation of destruction, in which Magnolia has to change it's geographical location, or it because he never proved himself to be a Wizard Saint –  Blue Feb 17 '13 at 10:00
    
What I mean is, I doubt you get the title based on reputation, but through a formal process that either Gildarts himself, or Makarov would rather he not go through. The title would grant too much visibility, not just in name but appreance and he could not be covert. Some people may know of him by name, by hearsay but it's not the same as being on a list of the top 10 and being known everywhere. –  VISQL Mar 27 '13 at 21:44

I believe there is only one reason behind it. Gildarts is a free spirit and doesn't want to be bounded by the duties of the Ten Wizard Saints. For him exploring the world and fulfilling the quests is what defines him. He loved Natsu and other Fairy Tail members and considered them family but still underwent the long SS rank quests because he think he belongs there.

He is kind of like Goku (who believes fighting is what he's meant for and wanders away from his family for that) and Ging Freeches in HunterxHunter.

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To add to that response, he turned down being guild leader so he can wonder around without responsibility, so no way he would get into the politics and responsibility of being a wizard saint. Further more not only does he wonder around, half the time no one knows where he is. Who knows maybe he was even offered the position and turned it down some time in the past. Wouldn't surprise me. –  Quikstryke Jul 24 at 17:25

Gildarts usually would destroy everything in his path by accident. Just look back to the chapter when he comes back to town; they had to rearrange the whole city just to make sure that he did not destroy everything in his path by accidentally tripping or something. Plus, as other have mentioned, Fairy Tail was always known for being a destructive guild.

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It's just a speculation, but I think that no sane Magic Council member would make somebody a Wizard Saint who just goes around places destroying everything he touches just because he doesn't pay attention and his magic is still active. (Note that Magnolia has Gildarts-shift for the very same reason.)

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  1. The council hates Fairy Tail and are responsible for picking the Wizard Saints. There is no reason they would ever pick someone from the guild they hate so much.

  2. Gildarts is lazy as hell and dissapears for years at a time to do 100-Year Quests.

  3. His power is far too destructive.

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1. Makarov? 2. Makarov disappeared for 7 years and he is still a Wizard saint. 3. What about Jellal's powers? Jose's powers? Powers are destructive. Greater powers are even more so. –  ytg Feb 18 '13 at 14:55
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Jose, Jellal´s clone and Makarov all have control over their powers. If they touch a wall, it´s safe. If Gildarts touches a wall, its gone. His powers are uncontrolable. –  Christian Aurig Frøkjær Feb 18 '13 at 22:36
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It's not his power that is uncontrollable, it's him who doesn't care enough to control his powers. –  ytg Feb 19 '13 at 7:40
    
ဲJellal's clone mean mystogan ??? –  Naing Lin Aung Sep 20 '13 at 15:55

I guess something special is planned for Gildarts

1.To save the guild from acnologia, Mavis Vermillion herself had to appear , the guild was not powerful enough. But Gildarts once encountered acnologia before and survived losing only some of his organs. How did he do it ?.

  1. He even tells Byro of legion that he didn't want the others (guild members & new oracion seis) to see what he is really capable of.

So... ......I guess you get what I'm getting at.

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