Exceed are a race of cat-like beings that exist in Edolas as far back as 100 years prior to the Fairy Tail main storyline. Mystogan's Reverse Anima sucked the entire race to Earth Land.
The Exceed used to see themselves as divine rulers of the humans, guiding them according to the will of their queen, before they found out how weak they really were. The humans of Edolas generally hold them in high regard, as seen when Erza Knightwalker and a group of soldiers bowed to Happy and Carla upon their return home (not knowing at that time that the two were allied with the Earth Land Mages). Presumably, this is due to the fact that they are the only beings in Edolas whose Magic is located inside of their bodies, just like the Mages of Earth Land.
Due to this reverence, the Exceed see themselves as angelic beings and above humans in general -- Their ruler is considered as the God of Edolas. However, the only spell they can perform is Aera and, as Byro said, the limited Magic of the Exceed cannot compare with that of Earth Land's Mages. This created strife when they learned that Lucy Heartfilia was in Edolas and could still use Magic, thus threatening the Exceed's power. As a result, their queen gave direct orders for the young Mage to be executed (orders which were revealed to have been fabricated by corrupt humans).
|Happy||Born on Earth Land||Alive|
|Carla||Born on Earth Land||Alive|
- It was said that Exceed perceive time differently compared to humans. According to Panther Lily, something as long as seven years would be considered insignificant by Exceeds.