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Land of Wano
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"Samurai is the title of the swordsmen from the land of Wano. Wano is a nation with closed borders. No outsiders are allowed within. They aren't even affiliated with the World Government. And these samurai are so powerful... that even the Navy does not dare breach their territory."
Brook (Chapter 655)

The Land of Wano is a powerful, isolated country in the New World that is not affiliated with the World Government. It is based on feudal Japan and is renowned for its isolationism, and being inhabited by powerful samurai. The land was previously ruled by the Kozuki Family, until Kaido conspired with the family's usurper, Shogun Kurozumi Orochi, to overthrow their rule 20 years before the beginning of the story. It remains ruled by Orochi in allegiance with Kaido's faction, its citizens enslaved to work in factories building weapons which are then transported to Dressrosa ruled by Kaido's ally, the Warlord Doflamingo, and distributed in the Black Market in exchange for the SMILE Fruits.

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    In General 
  • Artistic License – Geography: Just like most of the New World, Wano's hydrography runs on nonsensoleum. The sea currents flow into the country like some sort of reverse river, and yet the Straw Hats come across a waterfall that brings freshwater into the sea just like a traditional river. This all happens in the same water stream. The whole thing gets lampshaded.
  • Beware the Skull Base: Near Wano there's the island of Onigashima, which has an enormous horned and skulls-shaped cave. Kaido has been living there and using it as main base for more than twenty years.
  • The Blacksmith: Wano is known for its smithery and metallurgy, with its craftsmen being to able to make things like swords. In addition, because Wano is the source of seastone, Wano craftsmen are some of the only people in the world able to mine and forge this rare mineral. The Kozuki Clan in particular is notable for being the ones who created the Ponegylphs scattered across the world.
  • Bystander Syndrome:
    • For many years, Wano has kept themselves isolated from the outside world, ignoring several major events such as the Paramount War. It was the Kozuki Clan itself that closed the borders at the end of the Void Century to protect the country from a great outside power, heavily implied to be the nascent World Government.
    • This is a country-wide problem for a the longest of time. Wano's citizens, especially those from the Flower Capital are utterly apathetic. A drought? No one lifted a finger but Oden. The Kurozumi clan were persecuted to the last child? "All Kurozumis are criminal scum". They didn't even notice the hundreds of people disappearing during the start of Orochi's reign. Unsurprisingly, this attitude comes back to bite them in the form of Kurozumi Orochi who makes it his mission to make Wano's citizens suffer.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Wano citizens traditionally favor swords or spears, which poses a problem for the rebellion as Orochi's been outlawing weapon possession for 20 years and the weapon factories have been producing neither as their products are slated for export.
  • Crapsack World: Life outside of Wano's capital is not happy, to say the least. Because of Kaido's factories, the land has become a wasteland, not unlike that of Fist of the North Star.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Five of the six major regions in Wano, Ringo, Kibi, Kuri, Hakumai, and Udon, are all named after food. They are however spelled slightly differently in Japanese to sound more like locations.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The country and its people resemble feudal Japan and the Arc of Wano, while a sendoff to that era and Japan's culture, it also criticizes the strict rules of the time.
  • Gaia's Lament: Kaido's factories have turned the countryside of Wano into a wasteland where the rivers are poisoned and wild animals roam free in abandoned villages.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Ever since Oden's death, the inhabitants of Wano are waiting for the Nine Shadows who will take down Kaido and Orochi's reign as prophesied by Toki before dying. Publicily nobody believes it, but the Kozuki supporters are still waiting and quickly gather when the Akazaya Nine return. Orochi himself believes the prophecy and is wary of the samurais' return.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Thanks to their Bystander Syndrome, most of the natives of Wano are completely ignorant of events and individuals that are well-known to the rest of the world. This becomes extremely prevalent when Big Mom enters the picture, especially after she briefly becomes amnesiac. With the exception of Momo (who has experienced part of the world outside of Wano), locals like Tama, Kiku, and Hyogoro haven't a clue of who she is, let alone the fact that she's as dangerous as Kaido, the brutal warlord they’re trying to overthrow. As a result, they're confused when Chopper, Luffy, and, most of all, the Beast Pirates, including one of Kaido's top lieutenants in Queen, show themselves to be absolutely terrified of her.
    • Played for Drama in flashback, Oden is forced to humiliate himself by dancing naked in the street to stop the kidnapping of Wano's citizens. The very same citizens who laugh at him for humiliating himself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When the people finally realize that Oden humiliated and sacrificed himself to save them all from Orochi and Kaido's wrath, they are sorry to have laughed at him and called him "fool of a lord". Unfortunately, it's too late for them; with Orochi in control, they now have no choice but live under the thumb of a tyrant who wants all of Wano to be run to the ground for what they did to the Kurozumi clan.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Several characters in Wano share names with other characters, though the names themselves are in kanji rather than katakana.
  • Real Is Brown: Completely inverted. Sure, One Piece is a very outlandish and cartoonish series, but the country of Wano is even more colorful than Whole Cake Island, with every building having bright colours and the inhabitants wearing colorful clothing and having strange hair colors. The author is said to have deliberately made the Land of Wano this colorful.
  • Red Light District: There is a literal red light district in the Flower Capital, run by the local Yakuza, where there are multiple courtesans.
  • Samurai Ponytail: All the samurai from the Land of Wano, which is based on feudal Japan, wear their hair in a ponytail, making them easy to recognize. One of them, Kiku, ties her usual Hime Cut into a high ponytail in combat.
  • Scenery Porn: The Land of Wano looks absolutely gorgeous, to say the least. Subverted in a big way though when we see what the country looks like outside the capital, however.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Wano is a very mysterious place to the outside world because of its location in the New World, its isolationist laws, and its natural waterfall defenses. Wano's reputation as being the home of invincible samurai is enhanced by the fact the main subject of those rumors is Kozuki Oden , one of the strongest samurai Wano has ever seen, while the average samurai is not nearly as powerful as him.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Being based on feudal Japan, this is the country's general view on women. This isn't to say all the women in Wano are subservient and submissive however.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Wano is basically the Japan of the One Piece world. Flashbacks of Wano's past and Kozuki Oden show how the major powers of the world are related to Wano one way or another. Three out of the Four Emperors and the Pirate King himself worked with Wano in the past, and in the present Kaido and the World Government are having long-term relationships with Wano. A fact that ex-Fleet Admiral Sengoku himself lampshades it during a Marine congress in chapter 957.
  • World of Badass: In a World Of Badass, no less. Wano has managed to maintain its isolation thanks to being home to incredibly strong warriors. Some of the strongest samurai are powerful enough to kill a dragon in one hit or curb-stomp a top officer of an Emperor's fleet. This strength and reputation make the Marines not want anything to do with the country and for centuries even the World Government hasn't landed its hands on it.
  • Wutai: Wano is just one giant love letter to traditional Japanese culture and heritage. The country is heavily styled after feudal Japan, complete with samurai, ninjas, geishas, and the like. What natural beauty untouched by the ravages of Kaido resemble the Ukiyo-e genre of Japanese art with gorgeous locations looking like they came straight out of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings. This aesthetic also is prevalent in varying degrees in Wano's people such as Kin'emon and the country's fauna. Additionally, many of the country's native creatures come straight out of traditional Japanese Mythology such as komainu, tanuki, and qilin to just name a few.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Fittingly with Wano's bright and colorful atmosphere (in the Flower Capital, at least), the majority of the inhabitants have hair of unusual and bright color, going from light-blue, to pink, to purple.

Kozuki Clan

The feudal family which used to rule the country until Kaido's assault twenty years before the Wano Arc. See their page here.

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Kurozumi Clan and supporters

Originally one of Wano's six ruling families, it lost this position after a failed attempt to usurp the shogun's throne. Orochi eventually usurps the Kozuki Clan twenty years before the Wano arc with the aid of Kaido.

    Kurozumi Orochi 

Kurozumi Orochi

Voiced by: Hiroshi Iwasaki

Debut: Chapter 927 (Manga), Episode 921 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Snake-Snake Fruit, Model: Yamata-no-Orochi

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"Consider my words to be nonsense at your own peril! I have the power to act upon them!"
Chapter 959

The current shogun of Wano and an ally of Kaido. As a part of his deal with Kaido, he also assisted in the persecution of the Kozuki Clan. He has eaten the Snake-Snake Fruit (Hebi Hebi no Mi), Model: Yamata-no-Orochi, a Mythical Zoan-class Fruit that allows him to transform into the Yamata-no-Orochi, the eight-headed serpent from Japanese Mythology.


  • 0% Approval Rating: He is despised by almost everyone in Wano sans Kaido's army and the kids who are exposed to his propaganda at school, with many even in his inner circle plotting against him. Orochi is so universally despised that Wano inhabitants wait for the Fire Festival because is the only day of the year in which Orochi isn't around and they can be happy and celebrate without his iron fist. Orochi couldn't care less since he is well aware of this and deliberately fermenting despair in Wano. Even his own men despise him as after he's decapitated by Kaido, both the Orochi Oniwabanshu and Mimawarigumi side with Kaido when given the choice to join or die, showing how little his own subordinates respect him.
  • Arc Villain: He's one of the primary antagonists in the Wano Arc and one of the very few to not be an actual pirate, albeit deeply connected to one. In the plot of the Wano Arc, Orochi has more relevance than Kaido, who is just the muscle to enact Orochi's plan to overthrow the previous shogun and turn Wano into a wasteland. Until Kaido deceives Orochi and beheads him, gaining full relevance of the events of Onigashima.
  • Arms Dealer: He's secretly making deals with The World Government to supply them with weapons, now that Joker is being imprisoned. But the price he asks now is Dr. Vegapunk, a step-up from WG-supplied battleships.
  • Ax-Crazy: At first, Orochi seems like a classic petty and hedonistic dictator ruling his land with an iron fist but otherwise being lucid. It's steadily revealed that he is in fact completely mad and utterly consumed by prospects of vengeance. His main goal isn't to live like a king but to steadily burn Wano to the ground, and every sick thing he does is planned out with hurting its citizens in mind. Following his return after his presumed death, Orochi has lost every brink of sanity and swears to take his revenge on Kaido for his betrayal.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Albeit with a dose of Smug Snake, since Kaido is backing him, Orochi antagonizes the World Government by boasting about his power and his efficiency as a Shogun, since everyone is smiling, all of this to demand to meet Vegapunk.
    Orochi: I didn't ask you if it was possible or not. Celestial Dragons? Navy? You must know that the country of Wano does not fear these things. The whole lot of you together could not bring our nation to its knees. I have Kaido backing me up!!!
    Chapter 929
    • While confronting some of the Akazaya Nine, Orochi changes into his orochi form and boasts that he will make them feel his wrath after 20 years of fear. Right after that, the samurai quickly behead him.
  • Beneath the Mask:
    • He's not afraid of antagonizing The World Government, claiming that Kaido has his back. Yet it's revealed that he's still worried about the prophecy of Kozuki Clan's vengeance, even with Kaido backing him.
    • He's shown as a hedonistic dictator of Wano, but seeing more of his backstory reveals that he's more interested in making Wano citizens suffer, since he got a grudge against the populace who hunted down his extended family members ever since the Kurozumi clan got disbanded.
  • Berserk Button: Doing anything that can be perceived as mocking him or his reign over Wano will make him furious. It's implied he'll murder anyone on the spot for as much as laughing at him. When Yasuie makes Orochi appear like an idiot in front of all the inhabitants of Wano, Orochi gets so pissed he kills Yasuie by himself.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of his extremely cartoonish and goofy appearance and his childish behavior, Orochi repeatedly demonstrates himself to be unusually cunning, being a great strategist when the situation calls for it and a scarily cruel and competent villain.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Orochi is proud of having become the Shogun and mantained his rule for twenty years and, while he's one of the main antagonists of the Wano Arc, without Kaido's backing he would've been dethroned long ago and wouldn't be feared. Even his ascension is in part thanks to Higurashi's doing, since she impersonated Sukiyaki and used that to give Orochi the crown. According to Shinobu, Oden himself is aware that removing Orochi wouldn't change anything and that the real trouble is Kaido. True enough, once Kaido's and Orochi's plans are in disagreement, the former decapitates Orochi and moves him out of the picture.
  • Black Sheep: Wano is renowned for its powerful swordsmen, but Orochi has demonstrated zero talent for swordsmanship despite his propaganda and owning swords. Ironically, however, Orochi has displayed good marksmanship skills and a fondness for guns, historically the antithesis of swords and swordfighters.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Despite the strength gap between him and Oden, Orochi taunts and abuses the latter's better nature; justified since he has Kaido backing him. Later, when Kaido announces his plan, Orochi objects them, acting as if Kaido was only able to occupy Wano because HE allowed it. It doesn't end well for Orochi.
  • Catchphrase: Translated differently depending on the source, but he does have one. Various translations have used "This is pleasing to me" (or some variation thereof) and "Formalities won't be necessary."
  • Cool Crown: Wears a large crown which, while it would normally be fitting for a ruler, is actually out of place for a Shogun, reflecting how he wants the others to notice his status.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He's a corrupted ruler who brought most of Wano to the brink of poverty and he's drawn in a very caricaturish evil way, with large teeth and a pointy mustache.
  • Didn't See That Coming: After being informed by his spy about the plans to assault Onigashima, Orochi puts up a plan to stop said assault, destroying port Tokage and blocking any route that could lead there, but he's Out-Gambitted by Denjiro masquerading as the Yakuza boss Kyoshiro, thus being in the perfect spot to wreck his plans to sabotage the rebellion. Orochi also didn't expect that Kaido would usurp the rule of Wano from him until it was too late.
  • Dirty Coward: Orochi spent twenty years fearing a prophecy despite being behind Kaido, and armed his soldiers to the teeth out of paranoid fear, albeit justified. Judging by his immediate reaction, Yasuie seemed to have struck a nerve when he called him one. Best shown when he freezes in fear the very second someone attacks him and needs Kyoshiro to save his ass. When Oden bursts into Orochi's temple after hearing of his abuse of Wano, he charges at him with both swords drawn, with Orochi begging for his life while panicking, crying, and about to shit himself. When Semimaru stops his attack with his Barrier-Barrier Fruit, Orochi mocks Oden from behind the barrier, bragging that no one can kill him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As expected from a hedonistic and corrupted ruler, not showing enough respect to him is punished with death.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: It's revealed that he's intentionally making Wano a hellhole, not for his own comfort, but rather to make the citizens suffer for hunting his extended clan members, even after his guilty grandfather was executed. Getting all the comfort and hedonism was just a bonus.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Orochi and Oden made a deal to solve things peacefully: if Oden dances naked every day and Orochi and Kaido will leave in five years. However, when Orochi reveals he never intended to keep the promise, he mocks Oden for sacrificing his honor so easily because, unlike him, Orochi doesn't consider other people's life worth saving.
  • Evil Is Petty: There was no real reason for him to hide the failed SMILES among Ebisu Town's garbage, other than the fact that their sadness/mournfulness and gloomy atmosphere bothered him.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Orochi wants Wano to die a slow and painful death, and so he vocally disagrees when Kaido reveals his plan to convert all of Wano into factories for war. After Kaido seemingly kills him, Orochi comes back and burns his fortress in revenge.
  • Exact Words: During a meeting with CP0 agents, he says the Land of Wano has become a paradise thanks to him and asks if they (the agents) have seen anyone not smiling. This is true, because after feeding them defective SMILE, the poor inhabitants can't express any emotion but happiness.
  • Eyes Always Shut: When he's a servant of Yasu'ie Orochi keeps his eyes constantly closed, giving him a more servile appearance as well as a way to hide his true and vile intentions.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: The viper to Oden's farmer. For years, Orochi gathers the money Oden lends to him with the purpose to hire Kaido and usurp the shogun throne, at Oden's own expense. Then Oden makes a deal with Orochi to resolve things peacefully: in exchange for dancing naked for five years, Orochi and Kaido would leave Wano. However, Orochi never intended to fulfill his promise.
  • Fisher King: Since he usurped the reign over Wano, the country's flora and fauna have been horrifyingly damaged by Kaido's factories. Except — of course — the capital in which he resides. When we finally meet him in person, his servants throw out chicken and vegetable dishes they made for him simply because he doesn't want or like them, while the rest of his country is in the middle of a famine he caused. Turns out he's purposefully invoking this as revenge for being hunted due to his grandfather's failed assassination plot.
  • Freudian Excuse: While he is a horrible person who ruined an entire country and acts like a cowardly, murderous brat, his backstory shows that as he grew up in abject poverty and agony from being unfairly persecuted by mobs before being groomed and told by his evil grandmother that the Kozuki family are his enemies, that everyone outside the Kurozumi clan should be treated as either a threat or a pawn, and that he, Orochi, deserved to be Shogun rather than Oden. While he revels in the decadent lifestyle he currently leads, his hedonism is somewhat understandable given his poor and famished background, and many of his worst actions. He's still a despicable tyrant, but he's also in way over his head, and if he's managed to alienate or kill everyone who ever showed him genuine kindness, it's partially because that's how he was taught to behave.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as an orphan Yasuie picked up off the streets, became his errand boy, and from there, he stole money, or borrowed it from Oden, and grew to become the tyrannical ruler of the entire land.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: He was not happy at how Ebisu Town was full of mourning and sadness because it ruined the atmosphere of his country. So he snuck in Kaido's leftover, failed SMILEs, making the citizens unable to express emotion other than laughter. This way he boasts to have good leadership skills because in his country everyone is smiling.
  • Gonk: He's an incredibly ugly fellow, with an over-sized head and prominent squared canines, even his Orochi form is more goofy than scary. Despite his laughable appearance, he's one of the vilest villains in the entire series and is able to show a truly frightening face when his evil plans go well.
  • Hate Sink: Orochi's a vain, arrogant and hedonistic jerk and a corrupted ruler who willingly allowed Wano to be turned into a wasteland as long as he and his followers gets a prosperous city out of the deal. He's so petty he attempts to murder Toko, a literal child, just because she laughed at him and is revealed he basically turned the inhabitants of Ebisu Town into Stepford Smilers. The reveal of his past as a member of a persecuted clan makes it even worse since it means Orochi has been willingly turning Wano into a living hell for its inhabitants out of revenge.
  • The Hedonist: His Establishing Character Moment is him throwing an extremely wasteful party with his loyalists, with him clearly enjoying every minute of it. That the majority of Wano is a desolate wasteland through his actions just highlights how vile a man Orochi really is. Although, his hedonistic acts are deliberately more to make Wano's people suffer than for his own gratification.
  • Hypocrite: Orochi's main motivation is to get revenge on his population for having persecuted his family after his own grandfather attempted to usurp the throne, despite the rest of the family being mostly innocent, yet his revenge involves innocent sons and nephews of those who persecuted his family as well, but Orochi is so self-centered to not care. Likewise, despite being praised as a hero for killing Oden before he could open the country to foreigners, he has no qualms in dealing with outsiders such as Kaido or the CP0, hence the World Government.
  • I Lied: Orochi sentences Oden and his retainers to die by boiling in oil alive, with Kaido adding a pardon, by Oden's suggestion, if he survives a full hour. Of course, Orochi has no intention of letting Oden go and claims to have changed the execution method to firing squad when Oden succeeds. Ashura Dohji considers this behaviour very immature.
  • Irony: His grandfather wanted to rule Wano while Orochi succeded where he failed but with the aim to destroy Wano because of his grandfather's actions resulting in him being hunted. Then, for as much as Orochi spent the past 20 years fearing the Kozuki's clan retaliation and the great lengths he went to, plotting and scheming to ensure that the samurai of Wano wouldn't ever get the opportunity to kill him, he had never anticipated that Kaido would've immediately kill him the second his usefulness ran out.
  • Impoverished Patrician: His grandfather tried to claim the throne from the heirless Shogun by assassinating rival houses. But then Sukiyaki was born as a direct heir while Orochi's grandfather's plan was caught, which resulted in Orochi's grandfather forced to commit seppuku while the Kurozumi clan got disbanded for their conducts and hunted down by the population.
  • It's All About Me: His final endgame for bringing Wano to ruin comes from a personal and selfish desire of revenge. Although he was persecuted because of his family names, like Doflamingo and his grudge against the World Nobles, his story doesn't make his actions in the right and comes off as unbelievably sociopathic and petty in the grand scheme of things.
  • Jerkass: Even if Orochi's whole family got persecuted, it doesn't excuse the atrocious actions he commits as a shogun and how he's a self-centered and egotistical tyrant who treats the others as useful pawns at the very best.
  • Lack of Empathy: Orochi is completely self-centered and has no regard for anyone besides him, to the point he doesn't even notice when Komurasaki is visibly uncomfortable next him and no matter how many horrible acts he does to the people of Wano, Orochi is unable to care for their suffering and even relishes in the misery he does to them. This is justified because making them suffer it's his main intent.
  • Large and in Charge: While his proportions don't make it clear, he's larger than the average person and is the shogun of the Land of Wano.
  • Loving a Shadow: Judging by his comments and mourning after Komurasaki's presumed death, the only reason he "loves" Komurasaki is because of how attractive she is and her fame.
  • Meaningful Name: Kurozumi means "Black Coal", a worthy name for the main adversary of the Kozuki (Bright Moon) clan. He's also a Devil Fruit user who can turn into a many-headed serpent called Orochi, his namesake.
  • Names To Run Away From Very Fast: Named after the Always Chaotic Evil eight-headed and eight-tailed serpent from the Japanese Mythology and he can turn into a many-headed dragon like his namesake, making it a Meaningful Name.
  • Never My Fault: After Kyoshiro seemingly cuts down Komurasaki as a Mercy Kill, he blames Toko for the whole mess despite the fact he's the one flying off the handle over a child laughing at him and trying to kill her. Which all could've been avoided if he would've listened to everyone and just let the slight go. This is made even worse when you find out that the reason Toko always laughs at everything is because of Orochi himself, as he had the failed Smiles mixed in with the trash for Ebisu Town when their misery annoyed him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When leaving for Onigashima, Orochi leaves Kyoshiro in charge till he gets back. This is a very poor decision once it's revealed that Kyoshiro is Denjiro all along, who ends up freeing the prisoners Orochi had captured and arrive in time to save the Akazaya Nine from the Beast Pirates.
  • Nightmare Face: During Oden's execution, some citizens try to protest but Orochi has them killed with arrows, and calls Wano's inhabitants "trash" with a scary face to highlight how much he's been corrupted by revenge.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Orochi treats the oiran like objects, with no respect for their feelings, and pokes Komurasaki to the point of annoying her.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's not a fighter in any capacity despite possessing a Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit. When Zoro and Oden attack him, he just stands there and pisses his pants in fear, and probably would have died without someone else saving his ass. This is emphasized when Kaido decapitates him in an instant, setting the stage for himself and Big Mom to serve as the Final Boss for the arc.
  • Not Quite Dead: After his apparent decapitation at Kaido's hands, Orochi later reappears alive and well during the Onigashima War and takes revenge on his former ally by burning down the whole structure.
  • Odd Name Out: As revealed later, the five ruling families of Wano's Daimyos have names with the word "moon" (either Getsu or Tsuki/zuki) in them note , except for the Kurozumi Family. It turns out to be meaningful, as his grandfather tried to poison his way to the throne of Shogun, but was foiled by Sukiyaki's birth and forced to commit Seppuku, as his family was disbanded.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Orochi really doesn't expect Zoro to directly attack him, the shogun, and his face is paralyzed in fear as a pair of razor winds quickly approach him before he is saved by Kyoshiro.
    • When Kanjuro tells him that their plans to stop the rebels from reaching Onigashima have failed, he instantly loses his good mood and even reassurances from Black Maria and Fukurokuju that they won't reach him aren't enough to calm him down as he feels the prophecy is coming to pass despite being surrounded by powerful people.
    • When Kaido announces his plan to take Wano completely for himself, including the Flower Capital, with intent to make more factories for his weapons and put all the citizens to work as slaves, Orochi realizes he was betrayed and starts to complain right before Kaido silences him via swiftly beheading him.
  • Off with His Head!: After Kaido announces his plan to transform Wano into a lawless pirate paradise, Orochi voices out his disagreement, claiming that the Flower Capital belongs to him. Kaido responds by decapitating him, having no more use of him, but turns out that Orochi is fine and alive and burns down the castle in revenge for his betrayal. Shortly after, Orochi encounters the Akazaya Nine who cut off his heads before a fight even begins.
  • Orochi: Fittingly for his namesake, he ate a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a eight-headed serpent. He also dies like the mythical Orochi, albeit in his human form and not drunk.
  • Pet the Dog: Telling his mole in the Akazaya Nine that his task is over and he is free to return to his side, instead of just letting him continue his role to the very end and possibly dying along with the rest. Unfortunately for Orochi, this appears to have backfired by exposing the mole's identity and the Onigashima raid continues on due to a very fortunate misunderstanding.
  • Powerful, but Incompetent: Despite the size and potential destructive capability of his Mythical Zoan-type fruit, Orochi has no formal combat training or expertize of any kind and relies primarily on his power's raw strength and intimidation factor. When he encounters the Akazaya Nine in Kaido's mansion, they defeat him effortlessly before he can even attempt to engage them.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is completely convinced that the prophecy of his overthrow is genuine but for his subordinates, Oden's family and his retainers have all been killed and don't believe him. Yasuie defies this trope by making Orochi appear as unnecessarily paranoid so that his guards would lose faith in him. Despite this, Orochi's still convinced the samurai are up to something and goes out of his way to cut off all routes to the bay to keep them from getting to Onigashima during the Fire Festival. Considering how many people he pissed off and want him dead, it's not surprising that, despite all the forces backing him, he's still looking over his shoulder just in case one of his enemies gets close. This actually gets played with, however, as he had a mole among the Akazaya Nine feeding him information, so he did know some of their plans ahead of time. That said though, he won't rest easy until the ones still loyal to the old regime are legitimately destroyed.
  • The Quisling: A remarkably autonomous example. Justified, as Kaido already got all that he could from the Kozuki Clan (that is almost nothing, as Oden took the secrets about the past to his grave), and therefore doesn't really have much to gain by keeping a lot of his forces in Wano. However, Kaido's crew is bound to come to intervene at the first sign of trouble. Given that he also willingly sacrificed most of the territory of Wano to be used by Kaido for his war preparations, it's not surprising that Kaido gives Orochi that much support.
  • Rags to Riches: Coming from a family who's been persecuted for years, Orochi was originally picked up off the streets by Yasuie and was appropriately poor. Some years later, Orochi takes over Wano with Kaido's help.
  • Revenge:
    • Orochi's main motivation to become shogun is to drive Wano into destruction as revenge to the entire population of Wano for his family and him having been hunted down due to his grandfather's coup attempt. This desire of revenge, combined with orochi's pettyness, makes him a diabolical and tyrannical ruler who takes pleasure in his citizens' suffering.
    • Kaido decapitates Orochi because he wants to turn Wano into a pirate paradise. However, Orochi survives the beheading and, angered by his ally's betrayal, sets the entire palace on fire out of revenge.
  • Sadist: Orochi delights in feeding the starving citizens of Eibisu Town failed Smile Fruits, causing them to lose the ability to display any emotion but joy, robbing them of expressing their pain and sorrow. He takes great pleasure in humiliating Oden for five years before rebuking on their deal and sentencing him to death by boiling oil. He has no problem sacrificing hundreds of his own people to Kaido, likely fated for death or slavery, and to him this isn't a cost but a bonus, as all of his actions are founded on the desire to cause Wano suffering, including working much of its populace to death in factories that poison Wano's land and water. His horrible actions aren't the result of him being a foolish ruler, they're because he wants to drive Wano into ruin and its people into despair, as revenge for the persecution his family suffered as relatives to a failed daimyo.
  • Scaled Up: His Zoan Fruit allows him to turn into a Yamata-no-Orochi type of dragon, with eight writhing, snake-like heads.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Deconstructed. Orochi's grandfather was the one who attempted a coup to gain the throne and become Shogun over Wano. He was caught and forced to commit suicide to atone. However, Orochi's family name was also blacklisted and all family, including extended family, were hunted and killed on-sight by the populace. This left Orochi with a very bitter childhood and made it quite easy for Higurashi to guide him and direct him. While Higurashi helped him get where he is now, and Kaido helps keep him there, Orochi's present desire to run Wano into the ground is motivated by a big desire for revenge against the populace who hunted and persecuted him for something his grandfather did. Yet, his revenge includes the children and grandchildren of those who tormented his clan, who are as innocent as he was.
    Orochi: Long ago, my grandfather committed a crime and was sentenced to seppuku! If our family were to simply fall from grace, then that is fine! However, all the remaining relatives were hunted down by self-proclaimed allies of justices out of nowhere! They were beaten or thrown into rivers or outright killed! Those fools scared me so much I can't even sleep!
  • Sociopath: Reviewing his key personality traits brings to mind a sociopathic checklist. Frighteningly, he displays the majority of them during the party we first see him in:
    • Superficial Charm: Even without noting his good mood, he displays this with his Catchphrase alone; since it can translate to either "Formalities aren't necessary" or "This pleases me", Orochi seems to hide his selfishness in plain sight. He only ever displays a charming façade again during the Fire Festival, implying he can only maintain it when partying, which leads us to...
    • Need for Stimulation and Lack of Impulse Control: Not only does he like to throw excessive parties, but he will also give not-so Rousing Speeches for his own amusement. His prime motivation, to get revenge on the descendants of those who hunted his family, just highlights this recklessness. He even refuses to let O-Toko's laughter slide not only because of this trait, but also for his...
    • Excessive Pride and Never My Fault Tendencies: When the inevitable consequences from his angry Disproportionate Retribution happen, he tries to pin the blame on poor Toko for laughing despite his officials having advised him she's only a child and the fact that he's responsible for her uncontrollable laughter in the first place. His meeting with CP-0 before we even see his face demonstrates both just how arrogant he is and his...
    • Shallowness and Lack of Empathy: He brags to CP-0 that he made Wano a paradise and "proves" it by saying there is no one not smiling, which is true thanks to putting the failed Smiles in Ebisu Town's trash. He also shows how selfish he is throughout the party just by greedily stuffing when Wano is currently living in poverty thanks to his own manipulations. This flaw get even MORE noticeable when he "mourns" Komurasaki for her superficial traits and celebrates Wano as a place of laughter, while the citizens of Ebisu Town laugh in mourning. His lash-out at Toko even becomes this in hindsight when it's revealed he put failed Smiles in Ebisu Town's garbage just to spite her father, Yasuie, and because their mourning bothered him; in other words, he's so superficial he judges others' emotions by what he sees on the surface! Come the Fire Festival, this trait indirectly gets him beheaded, along with his...
    • Lack Of Foresight: His attack on O-Toko during the party demonstrates how he can't process how such a lunge could ruin what reputation he has with the people of Wano, or how it could result in the death of another person he desires alive. He can make successful short-term plans concerning dealing with the enemy (or at least almost successful with the given information), but when it comes to long-term planning, especially when it comes to allying with an Emperor of the Sea, Orochi is far too short-sighted to plan ahead. When he and Kaido disagree on what to do with Wano on Onigashima, the latter decapitates him on the spot.
  • Start of Darkness: While he's never been a saint, as a child Orochi is told and convinced that there is nothing wrong with his grandfather’s treason and to hate Sakayuki and the Kozuki Clan for taking away “his” birthright, while the rest of his family got persecuted for carrying the Kurozumi name. From that moment, Orochi begins gathering money to pay a mercenary while poisoning the current shogun to inherit the throne, until he becomes a corrupted, hedonistic and evil ruler solely to take revenge on Wano's population.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: After being one of the main villains of the Wano arc, and the one most involved, during the third act Kaido decapitates him without any warning other than declaring Wano a lawless land. Subverted when Orochi suddenly returns during the Onigashima War burning down Kaido's palace out of revenge for his betrayal.
  • Tempting Fate: In his introduction, he's meeting with CP0 who are trying to come to him for resources. But he naturally acts smug and even shoots one of the members while bartering with them while claiming that Wano is untouchable. Obviously at the moment he can afford to do so since the World Government don't want any trouble with Kaido at the moment and messing with Orochi will surely bring on his wrath. However with La Résistance starting to plan and make their move, the story hints that that action will come back to haunt him big time much later.
  • Underestimating Badassery: During the Onigashima war, Orochi confronts a few of the Akazaya Nine after surviving from having his head cut off the first time. He thinks just because they're wounded from their battle with Kaido, he can take them easy and goes into his Orochi form. They cut off his heads in the time it takes to blink and don't even bother acknowledging him further, citing they don't have any further time to waste on him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: While tied up at a stake, Yasuie calls Orochi ungrateful for what he has done to him, and later Orochi shoots him. In Oden's flashback, is shown that Yasuie took Orochi under his wing when he was a child but the latter stole money from Yasuie and blamed Oden for it. Orochi repays him with treachery and ultimately murder.
  • The Usurper: Orochi dethroned the previous ruling family of Wano, the Kozuki Clan, when he and Kaido aligned more than twenty years before the start of the story while Oden was away from Wano. Turns out his own grandfather plotted to usurp the throne as well by secretly assassinating the rival daimyos and claim the shogun status for his clan, since the Kozukis didn’t have an heir, but it went downhill when he was exposed after Sukiyaki was born into the Kozuki clan, leading to the dissolution of the Kurozumi clan.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Of the Written by the Winners variety. Orochi became the shogun usurping it from the Kozuki clan, with the help of the Animal Kingdom Pirates, and thanks to propaganda taught even at school, he's believed to be a hero, while the members of the Kozuki clan are considered enemies of the country. This is only the case in the Flower Capital, though, while the rest of the inhabitants despise him for having turned Wano into a wasteland.
  • Villainous Legacy: Orochi's grandfather attempted to usurp the Shogun throne but was stopped, leading to the Kurozumi clan being rejected by Wano's society. Driven by his grandmother, Orochi continued his grandfather's plan and put the Kurozumi clan on the throne.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has been hunting for Momonosuke for years and also tries to murder Toko after she laughs during his "inspiring" speech.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Orochi has purple hair to give him a more villainous appearance and complement his yellow robe.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kaido agreed to work for Orochi in exchange of a base, Onigashima, and a land for weapons factories. After getting everything he wanted and ready to declare war to the entire world, Kaido decides to make Wano the new base of his operations, re-christening it as "New Onigashima", and make Yamato the new shogun. Orochi only has a moment to realize he's been betrayed before Kaido cuts him down without a batting an eyelash, since he has always hated Orochi and doesn't need him anymore.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Orochi has a nasty habit of promising to spare people if certain circumstances are met, only to go back on his promises and execute them anyway.

    Kurozumi Higurashi 

Kurozumi Higurashi

Debut: Chapter 965 (Manga)

Devil Fruit: Clone-Clone Fruit

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The one to the right

"I can see it!! A vision of the future!! You will be... the shogun!!!"
Chapter 965

An old woman who set Kurozumi Orochi on his path toward the throne of Shogun. She was also the previous user of Mr 2's Clone-Clone Fruit (Mane Mane no Mi).


  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: For Kaido of all people. Oden actually manages to get in a major blow on Kaido, causing the X mark on his chest. Before he can finish him, Kurozumi distracts Oden by turning into Momonosuke and having one of Kaido's men act like he's holding him hostage, giving time for Kaido to recover and land a critical hit on Oden from behind. Ironically however, Kaido isn't appreciative of it as he views it as a dirty trick in the heat of battle and promptly has her killed for it.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She impersonates Sukiyaki to pass down the throne to Orochi in Oden's absence.
  • Doomed by Canon: Since she has the Devil Fruit power that Mr. 2 would end up having, it's inevitable that Higurashi is dead by the present day of the story. Indeed, Kaido mentions he killed her as punishment for interrupting his duel with Oden with an underhanded tactic.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's an evil old woman who sends Orochi to the path of becoming a corrupted shogun.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Higurashi pretty much singlehandedly put Orochi on the throne by impersonating Oden and Sukiyaki, and prevents Oden's potential victory over Kaido due to a last minute ploy. It's clear that without her Orochi would have had a much harder time into becoming Shogun and Kaido may have been defeated right then and there.
  • Killed Offscreen: As he apologizes to Oden, Kaido reveals he had her killed for distracting Oden and giving Kaido an unfair victory, but we never see it.
  • The Man Behind the Man: She set Orochi on the path of becoming Shogun and gave him the plan and means to rise to the top.
  • Mysterious Stranger: She seems to just be a Kurozumi supporter with a grudge against Kozuki Sukiyaki. However she can name her Devil Fruit and even gives Orochi a Mythical Zoan, both of which imply a high degree of outside knowledge and resources.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She saves Kaido by distracting Oden at a critical moment. Kaido repays her by killing her for spoiling his fight with Oden.
  • No Name Given: Her name isn't revealed in her debut chapter and Orochi simply calls her "granny". It's later revealed to be a Kurozumi as well, implying she really is Orochi's grandmother.
  • Posthumous Character: Her Devil Fruit passed on to Bentham, which hints from her first appearance that she's dead by the present. Her impact is still felt though.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: At a critical moment in Oden's battle with Kaido, Higurashi turned into Momonosuke and had one of Kaido's men look like they were holding him hostage, distracting Oden just enough for Kaido to hit him in the back.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her action set in motion Kurozumi's rise to power and consequently everything bad that happened in Wano since. She also dooms the first Kozuki rebellion by distracting Oden mid-battle with Kaido, leaving Wano to suffer for 20 more years.
  • Signature Laugh: Ni kyo kyo kyo. "Sukiyaki" laughed the exact same way when he passed the throne to Orochi.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: She wants the Kurozumis to become the royal family of Wano, but she has no interest in holding the throne herself, likely because she's too old. Instead, she passes it down to Orochi.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her existence completely reframes Orochi's character and the Wano conflict. Orochi went from a despicable Quisling to a Fallen Prince seduced by a Poisonous Friend. Meanwhile, the Wano conflict was essentially instigated by an outside force if her knowledge of Devil Fruits is any indication.

    Kurozumi Semimaru 

Kurozumi Semimaru

Debut: Chapter 969

Devil Fruit: Barrier-Barrier Fruit

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"There is nothing to worry about, Master Orochi... Have faith in the Barrier-Barrier arts..."
Chapter 968

A member of the Kurozumi Family, Semimaru was an extremely old, blind biwa player who dressed as a monk and protected Orochi with his powers. Was the previous owner of the Barrier-Barrier Fruit (Bari Bari no Mi).


  • Big Damn Villains: Without breaking a sweat he puts up a barrier which saves Orochi before Oden can make mincemeat out of him.
  • Doomed by Canon: Since he has the Devil Fruit power that Bartolomeo would end up having, it's inevitable that Semimaru is dead by the present day of the story.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's a member of the Kurozumi family who's just as old as Higurashi and protects Orochi and his diabolical regime.
  • Meaningful Name: The Semi from Semimaru means cicada. Also, see below.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Likely named after the Heian period monk Semimaru, who was both blind and said to be an extremely skilled biwa player.
  • Posthumous Character: Given his age and the fact that Bartolomeo currently has the Barrier-Barrier Fruit powers, it's safe to assume that he died during the 24 years Time Skip.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was there to save Orochi from Oden's wrath, forcing the latter to swallow his pride and let Orochi run the country undisturbed.
  • The Stoic: Shows no emotions at all, even with a rampaging Oden nearby, thanks to his Devil Fruit powers.

    The Spy 

Kurozumi Kanjuro

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (JP), Ben Bryant (EN)

Age: 39

Debut: Chapter 700 (Manga), Episode 629 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Brush-Brush Fruit

"Ever since I completely lost my will to go on as a child, I've been searching for my place to die. The man you thought I was never existed!!"
Chapter 974

The real identity of the Samurai known as Kanjuro. The offspring of two Kabuki theatre actors, he witnessed his family getting slaughtered on-stage because of their connection to the clan of daimyo-killers, the Kurozumi. After Orochi dispatched his and his family's persecutors, Kanjuro pledged loyalty to his relative and now shogun of Wano, being instructed to infiltrate the Kozuki Clan by posing as a loyal retainer and then feed Orochi with continuous information. He is also revealed to be a good artist.


  • Actually a Doombot: With his Devil Fruit, Kanjuro can draw an exact copy of himself, which disappears after being cut. When he reveals himself as Orochi's mole, Kin'emon slashes at him, but it turns out it's a clone he made using his Devil Fruit power while the real one kidnaps Momonosuke.
  • Affably Evil: A very dark example. Unlike Orochi or the other remaining Kurozumi family members, Kanjuro bears no true malice against Wano's people and claims his interactions with his comrades were genuine in his role as "Kanjuro of the Akazaya Nine". He's just so insane that he sees both his friendship with them and his actions as The Mole as "performances" to fulfill his death wish.
  • All for Nothing: In the end, everything he does to stop the Akazaya Nine, from stopping their army from showing to revealing himself as the traitor, is all for naught, all thanks to Kin'emon misunderstanding Yasuie's message.
  • Alliterative Name: With the reveal that he's part of the Kurozumi family, his full name is Kurozumi Kanjuro.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Kanjuro's appearance is inspired by a kabuki actor, which is very appropriate for the son of two actors and, as a result a Master Actor who's constantly playing a role.
  • Ax-Crazy: Owing to his shared circumstances, the real Kanjuro is just as insane as Orochi, if not more so. Unlike Orochi, however, his insanity is played out more tragically, as the murder of his family left Kanjuro without any personality and wish besides finding the perfect role to die in.
  • Bearer of Bad News: While Orochi and Kaido are celebrating and having a toast, Kanjuro arrives with a beaten Momonosuke and reveals to them that the Akazaya Nine are still alive and he actually failed to stop their operation. The last news ruins Orochi's mood, since he was convinced they had all been killed.
  • Becoming the Mask: He was so far in his role as one of the Kozuki's vassals that he was prepared to die along the rest of the Akazaya Nine during Oden's execution. He never once got out of his role until Orochi ordered him to stop.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: As one of the Kozuki clan's retainer, he is pretty much a bodyguard for Momonosuke. This makes his betrayal sting even more.
  • Bring It: When Raizo's group arrive at the secert entrace, Kanjuro is there waiting for them with a few guards and even some painted headless warriors to fight them. After bragging about Momonosuke's execution, Kikunojo essentially tells him to shut up and prepare to defend himself for his actions as she'll show no mercy. Kanjuro all too happy to oblige and invites her to clash with him.
  • The Butler Did It: In kabuki theatre, the figure of the artist is commonly depicted as a traitor, in reference to Yamada Emosaku. The Wano Arc is constructed like a kabuki play and Kanjuro, who is an artist (painter and actor), is revealed to have always been aligned with Orochi.
  • Death from Above: To deter pursuers after kidnapping Momonosuke, Kanjuro summons a massive ink cloud from the tip of his hair and makes it rain a shower of sharp ink shards on them. This prevents anyone from stopping him and injures many of the Straw Hats' allies.
  • Death Seeker: After losing his parents, Kanjuro's one true goal became finding the perfect role to die as. For this reason, he doesn't fear death and puts himself in many dangerous situations, like being perfectly willing to be boiled alive with Oden and the other Scabbards, much to Orochi's amazement. This also makes his act more convincing, and his former allies are stunned to learn that Kanjuro has been betraying them the whole time despite having been in mortal danger with them.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Kanjuro thinks he has all angles covered to screw over the Scabbards by informing Orochi of what they have planned, leaving him in prime position to kidnap Momonosuke and have the Animal Kingdom Pirates finish off his fellow Scabbards. It nearly works... except Kanjuro has severely underestimated their allies: the Straw Hats, Heart Pirates, and Kid Pirates, who arrive and save the Scabbards from the trap. He certainly never guessed that Denjiro was The Mole within Orochi's group (when, ironically, Denjiro did suspect a spy within the Scabbards) who would successfully get the allied samurai out of the country before Orochi's attempt to cut them off. Finally, Kanjuro doesn't expect that Kin'emon misread Yasuie's hidden message and sent his fellow Scabbards, the pirates, and the Minks to the wrong port for the meeting point on a genuine mistake.
  • Distressed Dude: Kanjuro let himself be captured by the Donquixote Pirates to allow Kin'emon to follow Momonosuke, who ended up on a ship directed to Punk Hazard. Saving him is Kin'emon's main objective in Dressrosa and, after being found, Kanjuro quickly becomes a Dude OUT of Distress after he escapes on his own by drawing a bird. This is a hint that he's actually been remaining there on his own.
  • Dying Smirk: When he is finally cut down for good by Kin'emon, he lets out a laugh and smiles, telling Kin it was only fitting his best friend was the one to "close the curtains" on his performance.
  • Empty Shell: Kanjuro was born in a theatre and, after his parents were killed, he lost his emotions, spent his life living other lives (by working as a Kabuki actor) and continuously looking for the perfect role to die as.
  • Evil All Along: Kanjuro has been on Orochi's side since before ever joining Oden. While he wasn't totally faking his affection for his fellow retainers — he genuinely enjoyed his time spent with them, didn't resent them or want to hurt them, and was even perfectly happy to die together with them — he's still been acting as an informant for Orochi all along and also has no compunctions about screwing them all over. As he tells them himself during The Reveal, the Kanjuro they thought they knew never actually existed.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He faces down the Akazaya Nine as they attempt to enter Kaido's mansion through the rear entrance, knowing full well they will almost certainly overwhelm him. He challenges Kiku to fight him despite her being a renowned samurai, and she cuts him down.
  • False Friend: Kanjuro played the role of a true companion toward the Akazaya Nine for years, but reveals that, while his feelings were genuine, it was all because he was into the role. Once he drops the act, Kanjuro becomes a true opponent and attacks them.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In addition to the Foreshadowing below, the chapter with The Reveal added some more to help narrow it down to Kanjuro. Orochi mentions finding his spy in a Kabuki theater, the spy's silhouette looks like an ink blot, and his Devil Fruit looks like a brush tipped in ink. All of which point to Kanjuro, the painter with Art Initiates Life power and dressed like a Kabuki actor.
  • Foreshadowing: There are quite a few hints that he is The Mole in the Akazaya Nine, which some fans did indeed pick up on, some of which were explainable at the time but stand out in hindsight:
    • The way he's dressed hints that he's a Master Actor: He dresses like a committed Kabuki with white face paint at all time, showing his devotion to his role.
    • In his first appearance, he's seen munching on some lettuce in his right hand, but every drawing he does is done with his left, hinting that he's faking his supposedly bad art.
    • Doflamingo was able to recognize Kin'emon and Momonosuke by appearance, despite never seeing them before, implying he was able to obtain a picture (or drawing) of them. He might have just guessed it based on their clothing, but he still knew too much about them — like Kin's epithet — to not be getting some kind of information about them.
    • He's the only one of the allies not given a bounty in Dressrosa by Doflamingo. While Doflamingo originally gave out the bounties before Kanjuro was "rescued", he never bothered to add one for him later.
    • When ascending Zou using Kanjuro's art, he chooses to draw a dragon seemingly just to mess with Kin'emon, who hates dragons thanks to Kaido's actions in their country. Wouldn't you think Kanjuro would hate dragons as well for the same reason if he truly were loyal to Oden?
    • After he and the other samurai have arrived 20 years in the future, some badly-drawn birds can be seen in the background, hinting him sending messages to Orochi.
    • When you look at quite a bit of the information that Kaido, Orochi, and their forces receive from The Mole in their ranks, Kanjuro is ultimately the only common denominator for all of them:
      • The original meeting place and new one aren't a big hint because tons of people knew about them, but that does include Kanjuro.
      • The quartet of Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizo, and Momonosuke left Wano planning to all head to Zou, but only Raizo made it there initially. When Jack attacks Zou, he knows that only Raizo is there (something that the Scabbards who stayed behind in Wano wouldn't know), but doesn't know where on the island he is (which all of the Minks do know). The above-mentioned four are the only ones who would know that Raizo is on Zou, but not where he is. With Raizo and Momonosuke serving as Living MacGuffins and Kin'emon spending significant time bonding with the Straw Hats, that leaves only Kanjuro as the suspicious newcomer.
      • On a related note, Kanjuro was alone in Dressrosa after being separated from his companions, so he had the opportunity to contact Kaido and Orochi and reveal the above information to them.
      • Orochi learns that Hiyori is alive and hiding "somewhere in the north" soon after Zoro and Kawamatsu reveal this to the Straw Hats and the rest of the Scabbards.
      • And perhaps most damningly, Hawkins and Drake raid the bathhouse that Nami, Robin, and Shinobu are visiting, searching for Kozuki sympathizers there. The only other people who knew that the girls were going to the baths were Brook (who, naturally, isn't a suspect) and Kanjuro.
      • Kin'emon notes that they’ve amassed 4,000 soldiers for the war against Kaido, then adds an extra 200 from the Yakuza. Yet Kanjuro AND Orochi expect exactly 4,000, though this was easy to pass off as just rounding down.
    • One related to his powers, when he was introduced in Oden's flashback he used to make a living by making paint brushes from the hair of people. In case of necessity, he can use his own hair as a brush to use his powers.
  • Harmful to Minors: Watching his family die on stage at such a young age messed the poor guy up something fierce and was why he was readily willing to go along with Orochi's plans when approached.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: A rare non-fighting and literal example. To draw, Kanjuro uses his left hand, but in combat, he wields his katana in his right hand. This is a hint that he's been faking being a bad artist by using his non-dominant hand. With his right hand, Kanjuro can make excellent drawings and use his Devil Fruit ability at its best, such as making an exact copy of himself. Furthermore, even without his brush, he can use his own hair to create and manipulate the ink, something he's never shown to do before revealing his true colors.
  • Inside Job: As a traitor among the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance, he was purposely sabotaging their operation from the inside, guiding the enemy troops to his hidden allies and sharing the identity of several key individuals.
  • Kick the Dog: After revealing himself as the mole, Kanjuro mockingly notes that Yasu dying to salvage the raid plan was a Senseless Sacrifice because he was one of the people who knew of the change Yasu made and leaked it to Orochi all over again, calling the tragic event "beautiful". Ends up turning into a Tempting Fate moment not long after when he sees the samurai army, led by Denjiro, come to the Akazaya Nine's aid and finding out that he (as far as he knows) was tricked into leaking false information. Later, he sends a drawn clone of Kozuki Oden to trick the Akazaya and attack them, forcing Ashura Doji to tackle it out a window when it tries to blow them up.
  • Killed Offscreen: Kiku and Kanjuro begin their clash before the story focuses on other events, when the following chapter goes back to the fight, it is over and Kanjuro's dead body lies on the ground while his former comrades think of the good time spent together. However, Kanjuro's injuries are not fatal and attacks his former comrades with a fake Oden.
  • Mad Artist: Kanjuro spent his youth in a Kabuki theatre and, after his parents were killed, his dream is to find the perfect role to die as.
  • Master Actor: Justified. When talking about him, Orochi says Kanjuro had always lived in a theatre until his parents were killed on stage. For this reason, Kanjuro has great acting skills and has fooled Oden and the other Akazaya Nine for entire years. After revealing the truth, Kanjuro says they've never met the true him.
  • Meaningful Name: If Kanjuro's name was written in only kanji, the katakana in his name could be replaced by the kanji for "suspicious" or also "wicked".
  • Method Acting: In-universe example, and greatly exaggerated. Kanjuro says he hasn't been faking the good times he's had with the Akazaya Nine and was even willing to die together with them for his role as "Kanjuro".
  • The Mole: He's been secretly working for Orochi for over 20 years. In the past, he was the mole in Oden's castle, and in the present, he's this for the Akazaya Nine and the whole Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance. However, since only Orochi knows about his role, Kanjuro is attacked by the Animal Kingdom Pirates as well until Kaido tells them his their ally.
  • Nightmare Face: While revealing his identity as Orochi's spy, Kanjuro's face is framed in the shadow, especially around his eyes, making the reveal of his true identity all the more creepy and jarring.
  • Not Quite Dead: After an intense fight against his former comrades, where Kanjuro is seemingly killed, it's revealed many chapters later that he has survived and intends to take Momonosuke down before dying for real, sending a clone of Kozuki Oden to delay the Akazaya Nine while he hunts for Momo.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Just when he thinks the rest of the Akazaya Nine have been successfully cornered, Kanjuro sees the Straw Hats, Heart Pirates, and Kid Pirates suddenly blast the Beast Pirates' ships and save the Scabbards...after he's just revealed himself as The Mole.
    • Then gets another one when Denjiro arrives and reveals himself to the Scabbards along with the samurai that Kanjuro thought he had managed to prevent from leaving the island. When Denjiro reveals that the ships already left before Orochi's attempts to block them and the ships they destroyed were just spares, Kanjuro is left in utter disbelief that he was apparently outsmarted due to Kin'emon seeing through his deception. But the real kicker? It was a complete fluke. Kin'emon actually sincerely misread Yasuie's hidden message and sent his fellow Scabbards, the pirates, and the Minks to the wrong port for the meeting point on a genuine mistake. However, Kin decides to go along with it and plays it off as if it were intentional.
  • Once Is Not Enough: The Scabbards did not Make Sure He's Dead as their shared history makes it really hard to finish him off. Unfortunately, this comes back to bite them when he recovers and critically wounds their member.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Downplayed. He's actually a member of the now-fallen Kurozumi family, though not from the main bloodline like Orochi.
  • The Reveal: He's a secret member of the Kurozumi clan, and just like Orochi, he faced persecution from the rest of Wano for that, even having to watch his parents die in front of him. As a result, he's spent the rest of his life looking for a good place to die and was later recruited by Orochi, Higurashi, and Semimaru to their cause, acting as an informant for Orochi and Kaido.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: While fighting Kiku for the second time, he creates an Oden doppelgänger, knowing she wouldn't be able to point her sword at it. It works, and takes out Kikunojo.
  • Summon Magic: His Brush-Brush Fruit is fueled by his artistic talent and allows him to bring forth strong underlings to aid him, such as a massive crane he uses for escape, as well as two mounted, headless warriors who fight at his side.
  • This Cannot Be!: After thinking he has the Akazaya Nine in checkmate, he's shocked to see that not only have they been saved by the Straw Hats, Heart Pirates, and the Kid Pirates, but also that all of the Kozuki supporters had sailed from a different port than the one Orochi destroyed.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Like Orochi, he used Oden's kindness against him ungratefully. As despite Oden giving him a home and treating him like family, Kanjuro betrays him, gets him killed and uses the friendship of the other Akazaya Nine to his advantage all the while mocking them upon revealing he's the traitor.
  • Walking Spoiler: Kanjuro is revealed — over 200 chapters after he first appears in the story, no less — to be The Mole in the Akazaya Nine and the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance. Since this casts all of his earlier actions during that time in a different light, it's difficult to talk about his presence in the story while concealing this major reveal.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When he catches Momo attempting to cut his bonds, Kanjuro tries to stop him but the child fights back and cuts his drawing hand. This make Kanjuro lose his mind and he brutally beats the child to a pulp, to the point where even his monstrous lord Orochi comments on his cold-heartedness.

Subordinates

    "Napping" Kyoshiro 

"Napping" Kyoshiro

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio

Debut: Chapter 919 (Manga)

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A money changer for the Kurozumi Family and leader of the Kyoshiro Family, a Yakuza group in the Flower Capital. He's also Orochi's closest and most competent ally.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Even more than Komurasaki herself. He's a Yakuza boss and close ally to Orochi yet he apparently goes out of his way to hide the connection between Komurasaki and the Kozuki's rebellion. Until is revealed that Kyoshiro is actually Denjiro, who became Orochi's right hand only to use him and defeat Kaido.
  • Anime Hair: His pompadour is larger than his head. And justified, since it's apparently a wig.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He started the Kyoshiro Family by effortlessly beating up a couple of random thugs who tried to bully him. The thugs were so impressed that they begged him to be their leader.
  • Blood Knight: When chaos erupts at Orochi's castle, and the Shogun transforms into his Orochi form, Kyoshiro gleefully declares that it will be a bloodbath while unsheathing his katana.
  • Delinquent Hair: He has a large faux-pompadour, indicative of his status as a yakuza. Underneath it, there's Denjiro's iconic ponytail.
  • The Dragon: He's Orochi's closest and strongest ally, not counting Kaido and his crew. After stopping an attack of Zoro directed toward Orochi, Kyoshiro defines himself as the Shogun's guard dog.
  • Enigmatic Minion: His goal is not entirely aligned with Orochi's. His behavior after chaos ensues at Orochi's castle also suggests that he's a Kozuki sympathizer.
  • A Father to His Men: Claims that whoever joins his group by exchanging sake cups with their men is like a family member to him, and does everything in his power to avenge everyone, no matter how low ranking those mooks are. He's also pretty much the second adoptive father of Komurasaki, although their working relationship might be more like comrades or allies than him having actual authority over her.
  • Foil:
    • He is one to Orochi. Whereas Orochi is a disgraceful, hedonistic Hate Sink who has no sense of Samurai spirit or honor, Kyoshiro is a dignified Noble Demon.
    • He's a bigger one to Orochi's spy Kurozumi Kanjuro. Both are member of the Akazaya Nine, both played their role to perfection, both have some illusion ability. However, while Kanjuro is a Kurozumi playing the Kozuki loyalist, Denjiro/Kyoshiro is the exact opposite; Kanjuro dressed the most flamboyant in the Akazaya Nine while Denjiro (as himself) dressed the simplest; Kanjuro uses his painting to save himself to further mess with the Nine while Denjiro uses his illusion to save Komurasaki as an act of mercy. It's very fitting that they revealed themselves at the same time to further show the contrast.
  • Hidden Depths: In his first appearance he mocks Orochi for being paranoid about the Kozuki clan's revenge. Yet a later chapter shows that he's perfectly aware of the Kozuki's rebellion and their symbols and moved to cover up his and Komurasaki's involvement. The man may be subservient to Orochi and a member of the Yakuza, but he holds a great deal of respect for women which is unusual in Wano, telling an underling to not speak of women as pets or slaves.
  • Hookers and Blow: When he first appears, he's drinking sake in the Red Light District, where he seems to spend a lot of time. Unlike most examples of this trope, he respects women and doesn't like when they're treated like pets.
  • Large and in Charge: He's more than three meters and is the leader of the Kyoshiro Family, a yakuza group.
  • Master Swordsman: He downright blocks Zoro's Sword Beam with ease and proceeds to duel him to cover Orochi's escape.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The first two syllables are kanji that, when put together, mean "death by madness". Fitting, as Denjiro "died" after being consumed by anger.
    • His moniker of 'Napping'/'Dozing' Kyoshiro since he always appears sleepy. Because he often stays up late stealing from the rich as the Witching Hour Boy.
  • Mercy Kill: This is how he justifies what he does to Komurasaki, claiming she has to be killed for standing to the Shogun and this way her death is quick and painless. It's also because he plans to not actually kill her and have her escape.
  • Mr. Exposition: In his debut appearance, he talks to a man about Toki's prophecy while Robin is performing next to him so she could hear it.
  • Noble Demon: He's a ruthless yakuza leader, but he has ethics, unlike most of his subordinates, and scolds them when they treat Komurasaki like an object. The fact he's actually Denjiro and Komurasaki is actually Hiyori helps.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Much like O-Tsuru, he resembles an Ukiyo-e painting.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Being the leader of a Yakuza group has its advantages, especially when you're allied with an Emperor who can send off his strongest crewmembers just to avenge someone.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: His name is a reference to the old Japanese story "Sleeping Kyoshirou".
  • Yakuza: He's the leader of the Kyoshiro Family, a group of thugs that extort money from people in the Flower Capital.

    "Hitokiri" Kamazo 

"Hitokiri" Kamazo

Voiced by: Kenji Hamada

Debut: Chapter 937 (Manga)

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A scythe-wielding Ronin who prowls the Land of Wano, murdering people with impunity. He's actually revealed to work as a hitman for Orochi. His past has personal ties to the Kid Pirates.


  • Ax-Crazy: It is clear that he really enjoys murdering people, given his perpetual Slasher Smile. The truth is a little different.
  • Bandaged Face: Most of his face is covered in bandages which leave only the eyes and mouth free. Possibly to hide the fact that he's a wanted criminal whose face appears on many warnings.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He's a vile criminal and has a single, long and unkempt tail of fluffy hair coming from an opening in his bandages, differing much from the other samurai of Wano.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned by a person reading his killing on a newspaper before making a personal appearance eleven chapters later, revealing that he's on the pay-book of Orochi himself.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: On the one hand, he goes down at the very end of his own introductory chapter as soon as Zoro can rummage up a third weapon (one of his scythes) for his Three Sword Style. On the other hand, he's the first one since the time-skip who managed to inflict a serious wound on Zoro, albeit while the latter was distracted.
  • Dual Wielding: He wields two massive scythes, and attacks with lots of rotatory attacks, both horizontal and vertical.
  • Foreshadowing: His maniacal laugh upon being struck down foreshadows the side effects of SMILE and is an early clue that he was affected by it. Also, his long hair, weapon of choice, fighting style and profession name are clue to his real identity as Killer.
  • Guyliner: He wears dark lipstick on his person.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sticks one of his scythes into Zoro, only for the swordsman to take that very scythe for himself and use it as an impromptu third sword for his Rengoku Onigiri, which takes Kamazo down in one attack.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Kama" from Kamazo stands for Scythe, and he wields two of them. He even has a scythe-blade pattern on his kimono! In hidsight, his title Hitokiri is this, as it means "Killer" after all...
  • Psycho for Hire: He's a famous wandering Serial Killer, but does actually accept commissions from the Kurozumi Clan.
  • Red Herring: His hairdo is strangely similar to Denjiro's distinct ponytailnote , who is absent for most of the arc. When he's taken to the prison mines, it's revealed that Kamazo is actually Killer.
  • Rōnin: Kamazo is a wandering criminal samurai but, rather than a katana, he wields a pair of massive scythes instead.
  • Shout-Out: His lipstick and weapon of choice are a nod to Honjo Kamatari from Rurouni Kenshin, a scythe-wielding crossdresser (Ogama ni Okama in Japanese) whose whole shtick was suggested by Oda himself when he worked as an assistant for Watsuki. His face covered with bandages is a nod to Shishio Makoto, a famous villain still from Rurouni Kenshin.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: He's named after a character from Adventures of Zatoichi.
  • Signature Laugh: "Fa fa fa fa!"
  • Sinister Scythe: He has two of them, oddly enough with a maki wrapping akin to those of a katana near the blade. In the hands of a serial killer, they are very sinister.
  • Slasher Smile: A perpetual one, which doesn't fade even when he's cut down and lose consciousness. However...
  • Stepford Smiler: His perpetual grin is from being fed a SMILE Fruit that failed, leaving him with a permanent grin and inability to express sadness at his situation.
  • Tragic Villain: He's a cruel assassin who was forced to eat a SMILE and became a Pleasure who can't stop laughing despite despising its own laugh. He's also Kid's first mate and Childhood Friend, Killer.
  • Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: When we first meet him in person, he's chasing two targets, which are a defenseless woman and Toko, a little girl. He doesn't care if they're defenseless.

    Mimawarigumi 

Debut: Chapter 951 (Manga)

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A special squad of samurai tasked with patrolling the Flower Capital after the city is placed on high alert. They later take part in the shogun's procession to Onigashima.


  • City Guards: They are the guards of Flower Capital, and are called in action only when the situation calls for it.
  • Dual Wielding: The most prominent member is carrying two katanas.
  • Gonk: The largest member of the group resembles a walking Jizo statue with a samurai attire. Another one has beastly ears, mouth and nose.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: After killing Orochi, Kaido threatens them to join his side or be killed. Hotei instantly accepts his offer.
  • The Leader: Hotei, the sunglasses-wearing member, is confirmed to be the leader of the Mimawarigumi.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Inspired by the Kyoto Mimawarigumi, a special police force in the employ of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the late Bakumatsu period.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Hotei is be named after one of the Seven Lucky Gods, similarly to the trend of the Oniwabanshu.
  • Samurai: In contrast to the Oniwabanshu, who are ninjas, they're an elite squad of samurai, dressed like typical ronins.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Among the shown memers, only one of them is a woman, her face covered by a black mask.
  • The Worf Effect: When Hyogoro gets infected with the Ice Demon virus, it restores his strength. Hotei however thinks they can still take him just because of his advanced age, only to immediately get knocked out in one hit when Hyogoro goes on the attack, showing him and the Mimawarigumi exactly why he was a feared yakuza boss during his prime.

Orochi Oniwabanshu

    In General 

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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From the left: Bishamon, Jigoku Benten, Hanzo, Chome, Fuujin, Daikoku, Fuukage, Raijin

Shogun Orochi's loyal elite ninja squad. Currently named members are Daikoku, Raijin, Fujin, Hanzo and their captain Fukurokuju.


  • All There in the Manual: Oda confirms their names in an SBS and also lists their specialties, though many of them aren't shown in the manga.
  • Combat Pragmatist: For the most part they act the way a true ninja should: unfair. They have no problem using surprise attacks or taking advantage of their superior numbers to attack from multiple angles and are more than happy to go for defenseless targets.
  • Evil Counterpart: They're the elite squad of Orochi, Wano's corrupted Shogun, made of ninjas in contrast to previous Shogun Oden's retainers, who are mostly samurais.
  • Face–Heel Turn: They used to work for the previous shogun family, the Kozuki, but after Orochi took over, they joined him. Implied by Shinobu that they were also disappointed by Oden seemingly giving up his attack on Orochi, which cemented their alliance with the Kurozumi.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: They used to be the royal guards of the Kozuki clan but defected to Orochi when the latter usurped the throne. In the Wano arc, when Kaido decapitates Orochi and offer them to either be loyal to him or die, Fukurokuju instantly swears their allegiance to Kaido without a second thought. The rest of his team lament Orochi's death... for a few seconds and quickly shrug him off, showing how little they thought of their former shogun. Hyogoro, seeing this, curses and despises both the Mimawarigumi and their lack of loyalty and honor.
  • Mooks: While barely seen, there are generic Technicolor Ninjas among their ranks as well who are deployed to hunt down targets alongside the more prominent members. Not as dangerous as the named, distinct members but they are competent enough at tracking and even disguising themselves to pose a threat, in addition to standard shuriken and sword attacks.
  • Ninja: They're an entire team of trained ninjas, and are stealthy enough to sneak behind Nico Robin without being noticed. Interestingly, garish colors and outfits aside, they are actually pretty close to true ninja's in terms of function. They are most effective when using stealth and employing unfair tactics, but tend to do poorly when forced into head to head combat or don't have an unfair advantage on their side.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: They take inspiration from the Oniwaban, a group of security guards and spies in the service of the Shogun during the feudal era. Fittingly, they're Orochi's (Wano's Shogun) team of personal guards.
  • Oh, Crap!: The moment Kaido kills Orochi and demands everyone present to either join him or die, they're at a loss for words.
  • Praetorian Guard: They're Lord Orochi's retainers and bodyguard.
  • Stealth Expert: As befitting a Ninja. Nine of them tail Robin, who specializes in infiltration without being followed, as she investigates the Orochi manor without her ever finding out on her own.
  • Technicolor Ninjas: To follow Wano's colorful scheme, every one of them is dressed with bright and colorful outfits despite being ninjas. That said, the fact that they dress so colorfully and are stealthy can be seen as a testament to their skills.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Of the eleven members, not counting those whose gender can't be identified, only two are female.

    Fukurokuju 

Fukurokuju

Voiced by: Masahiro Ogata (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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"The truth will only cause confusion"
Chapter 972

The captain of the Oniwabanshu. A stoic man loyal to shogun Orochi and sometimes assists him with the handling of the enemies or the delivery of informations.


  • Affably Evil: Downplayed, but he promises Nico Robin that if she answers sincerely, they'll give her a quick death instead of painful torture.
  • Bad Habits: Fukurokuju's robes resemble those of a buddhist monk, and yet he's a ruthless ninja.
  • Bald of Evil: Fukurokuju is a wicked ninja with a long and bald head. Twenty years before, it was shorter but still hairless.
  • The Dragon: Besides Kyoshiro, Fukurokuju is Orochi's closest man, as the head of his personal ninja bodyguards and as his close advisor, often being the one to calm down his master when he becomes enraged or paranoid. During the Golden Festival, Fukurokujo is also considered an equal in authority to Kaido's Three Disasters, showing his position as Orochi's highest subordinate. This is more evident after Kyoshiro is revealed to be Denjiro, and has always been loyal to the Kozuki Clan.
  • Purple Is Powerful: A skilled ninja who happens to be the captain of the Oniwabanshu, and just so happens to wear a kimono that is mostly purple.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: He's named after one of the Seven Gods of Luck of Japanese mythology, and has the same elongated head.
  • The Rival: According to the prisoners of Udon's Prison Mine, Fukurokuju has personal enmity with Raizo, who was a former member of Oniwabanshu. When some of the Akazuya Nine run into Orochi and him during the Onigashmai war, Raizo stops to personally engage him.
  • Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of shades and is the leader of the corrupted Orochi's bodyguards.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite openly swearing allegiance to Kaido the moment Orochi is seemingly killed, he retains his loyalty to Orochi, being privy to his survival and plot for revenge against Kaido. He resumes his role as his bodyguard and kills anyone that notices him.
  • Unusual Ears: His most notable feature, along with his head, is his long, dangling earlobes. He can apparently perform a secret technique with them, the "Earlobe Clacker".

    Hanzo 

Hanzo

Voiced by: Kohei Fukuhara (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. He's able to crawl on the ceiling and uses rope to catch the intruders.


    Daikoku 

Daikoku

Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. He's a large man wearing samurai armor and a katana.


  • BFS: The katana he carries is much bigger than a normal one, even when compared to someone as big as him.
  • Made of Iron: Daikoku is very tough and can recover from being hit with a giant hand.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Daikoku takes charge of the group and gives out orders when Fukurokuju isn't around.
  • Only Sane Man: Initially runs away from the "Hungry Skeleton Ghost"... but is also the first to stop and realizes that the wraith isn't actually attacking them.
  • Rapunzel Hair: He has a very long mane of wild hair.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: He's named after Daikokuten, one of the Seven Lucky Gods.
  • Samurai: Unlike the others, he's wearing a traditional kabuto and shoulderguards over his sleveless ninja shozoku, along with a katana across his back.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Word of God lists his specialty as "Transformation".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has bright pink hair.

    Chome 

Chome

Voiced by: Ayaka Saito (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. She's a short girl with long hair and a sword across her back.


  • The Baby of the Bunch: Chome is still a kid and is by far the youngest member of the Oniwabanshu, who are all grown-up adults.
  • Blade Across The Shoulder: Not that her katana is a BFS like Daikoku's it's just that she's rather short, and thus carrier her normal-sized sword on her back.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a cheerful little girl who's also one of Orochi's enforcers and one of the only two women among the Oniwabanshu.
  • Flechette Storm: When she prepares to fight Robin, she reveals a set of shurikens on her palm, ready to be thrown rapid-fire style.
  • Flowers of Femininity: To go with her child-like, feminine looks, she has flowers in her hair.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her name comes from the historical Kunoichi Chiyome Mochizuki, with a little linguistic pun in (Chi+yo is used to mean "cho").
  • The Paralyzer: An SBS lists "Paralysis" as her special technique.
  • Wild Take: Becomes grotequely scared of Brook's "Ghost" form.

    Jigoku Benten 

Jigoku Benten

Voiced by: Akiko Utsumi (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. She's a tall, well-groomed woman carrying a lute which conceals a gun.


  • Dark Action Girl: The other Kunoichi of the Oniwabanshu, though she looks less action-prone than Chome.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Benten has "Ninja Art" which allows her to attack with her lute but, as pointed out by Zoro, is just a hidden gun.
  • Instrument of Murder: Benten's lute conceals a firearm she uses to shoot bullets with her Ninja Art "Hell's Lute".
  • Odd Name Out: The only Oniwabanshu named after one of the Seven Lucky Gods who also has a surname in "Jigoku" (Hell), possibly a Red Baron.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Following the theme of the squad, she's named after one of the Seven Lucky Gods, Benten.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Downplayed, she wears small skull-shaped trinkets as hair hornament to indicate her status as an evil ninja.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has deep blue hair. The anime makes it purple.

    Raijin and Fuujin 
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Fuujin on the left, Raijin on the right.

Two of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. They seemingly work in tandem and ride large, earthbound catfish. Fuujin wears a helmet and carries a billowing bag over his shoulders, Raijin wears a metal mask and a ring with some fiery balls embedded in it.


  • Adaptation Expansion: In the manga Fuuijin's fight with Zoro is only shown at the end, with him being cut down and his squad already defeated, implying Zoro wins easily. The anime has the fight more balanced with Fuujin actually matching Zoro in a sword fight for a period, counter Zoro's Razor Wind with his own, demonstrates Armament Haki during the battle and even manages to push Zoro back with a kick before getting defeated.
  • Blow You Away: In the anime, Fuujin can summon and cast blasts of compressed air from his hands.
  • Dual Wielding: Fuujin is seen wielding two katana/ninjato swords in combat. as he's cut down by Zoro.
  • Expy: They carry on their backs the iconic items of the their namesakes (a large billowing bag and a ring of drums, only with fiery orbs in lieu of actual drums) and ride on large catfish, a nod to the Japanese thunder god Takemikazuchi.
  • Horse of a Different Color: They sit on the heads of large, land-moving catfish who carry them around. They still manage to be stealthy while moving around on them. Pink catfish, no less.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Downplayed example, Raijin wears a back ring with lit fiery torches on his person.
  • Mask Power: Raijin has his face entirely covered by a metal mask adorned with googles and a catsmile-shaped mouth slit.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Raijin doesn't have a ring of tomoe-adorned drums on his back, but some sort of torches that resembles them.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being fearsome and professional ninjas, they're scared shitless of the "Hungry Skeleton Ghost" (Brook using his powers).
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: They're named note  and themed after the gods of thunder and wind.
  • Those Two Guys: They're implied to work and act together in combat and the similar elements in their appearance make the two easy to connect.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being among Orochi's best guards, Zoro quickly proves to be too much for Fuujin to handle.

    Bishamon 

Bishamon

Voiced by: Ikuto Kanemasa (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu, a small and plump ninja wearing a round helmet, an odd smile and costantly swollen cheeks.


  • Acrofatic: Despite his fat and short build, he can move pretty fast and even walk on vertical surfaces with no discomfort.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears an ornated white helm which looks like an onion.
  • Fat Bastard: Bishamon is a short and portly supporter of the tyrannical Orochi.
  • Gonk: Bishamon is rather ugly and funny-looking with costantly swollen cheeks, similar to a daruma doll.
  • Making a Splash: According to an sss, his specialty are water-style techniques.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Has a very odd smile on his face all the time, even when he's scared away by Brook's ghostly form.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after Bishamonten, god of War and one of the Seven Lucky Gods.

    Kazekage 

Kazekage

Voiced by: Shogo Sakata (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

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One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu, a frowning man with long wild hair and typical ninja garments.


    Yazaemon 

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu, a short man with a coif-covered face hidden under a massive straw mat.


  • In the Hood: Up to Eleven, he wears some sort of straw mat on his head so big he's essentially got a portable roof on him.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Ya" from Yazaemon is written as "Arrow". His main weapons are darts shoot from his hat.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Yazaemon is the name of a ninja from the Azuchi-Momoyama period who tried to assassinate Oda Nobunaga.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: In the anime, he tries to attack Robin by shooting white ribbons from his sleeves.
  • Weaponized Headgear: The "pipe" on the top of his hat allows him to shoot arrows. The SBS confirms that it's his specialty.

    Sarutobi 

Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (JP)

Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga), Episode 925 (Anime)

One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu, a huge man with a mane of wild hair and a purple scowling mask resembling an ape.


  • The Brute: He's the most physically imposing member of the group alongside Daikoku, but doesn't seem to rely on a weapon. According to Oda, his strong suit actually are illusions.
  • Cool Mask: His face is covered by a scowling mask resembling a horned ape.
  • Killer Gorilla: His size, name and mask give him an ape motif and he's a deadly ninja.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sarutobi" translates to "Monkey/ape Jump", reflecting his apeish look.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His name comes after the famous romanticized shinobi Sarutobi Sasuke.
  • Wild Hair: Has a mass of white spiky hair which enforces his simian looks.

Wano Inhabitants

Yakuza

    Hyogoro "the Flower" 

Hyogoro "the Flower"

Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura

Age: 70

Debut: Chapter 926 (Manga)

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Click here to see him forty years ago 

"Ha ha... Let me tell you, Oden, there are times I think about what would have happened if I'd challenged Kaido with you, back at the peak of my strength! But just look at what your followers have done. They've pulled off this raid in your name!! And I too have gained a most fascinating apprentice!! I have no doubt that dawn will come to Wano!!!"
Chapter 1006

The yakuza boss of the Flower Capital and the most powerful one in Wano, as well as an ally to the Kozuki Clan. After Orochi takes over and Oden is killed, Hyogoro gets imprisoned. Twenty years later, Hyogoro is a frail old man who receives help from Luffy and, in exchange, trains him how to master Ryuo. Once freed, Hyogoro regains his title as Yakuza boss and commands the samurai during the assault at Onigashima.

Hyogoro is a wise and old men who, after twenty years, is still beloved by the population. He's also a master of armament Haki and, even if his body has gotten weaker, is still able to fight.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Shinobu says Hyogoro was so popular when he was a Yakuza boss that, even after twenty years have passed, they would be able to gather the necessary 5000 people just for having him on their side.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a good man who was beloved by everyone when he was in charge, but is still a Yakuza boss. Therefore, his methods can be extreme sometimes, like ordering a simple thug to be flayed alive.
  • Badass Cape: When he was the Yakuza boss, Hyo used to wear a large cape, showing off his position. He wears another one during the assault at Onigashima, indicating his authority as leader of the samurai force.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's first shown to be a small, timid old man in the Udon prison that Luffy gives some metal tickets to. He's later revealed to have been a powerful yakuza boss who was so popular that, even twenty years later, he could gather enough samurai for the Kozuki Clan to stand a chance against Orochi's forces.
  • Dented Iron: He's in a lot of distress and just a shadow of his former self, but not only is he able to perform Haki strikes, it's the same kind of strike Rayleigh uses, which can strike the enemy without touching them. Once he temporarily regains his old strength, he easily beats the entire Mimawarigumi.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He admits that he has gotten pretty close to hitting it before seeing that Raizo is still alive — and hears that so are Momonosuke and the rest of the Akazaya Nine.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Like a true Yakuza boss, Hyogoro firmly orders his men to execute him before the Ice Oni virus makes him attack his own allies, and he sits up, patiently waiting to get beheaded like an actual Yakuza execution. In the end, however, Hyogoro lives on thanks to Chopper who finds the cure just in time.
  • Flaming Hair: While not exactly on fire, when he was young, his hair and his beard were flame-shaped. Nowadays, he has just a tiny bit of hair that resembles a small ember. Humorously, his hair flame grows significantly after he's full.
  • Formerly Fit: Hyogoro used to have a powerful, if somewhat portly, body in his youth, while now he's a short old man. Despite this, he still keeps some of his strength and, with Luffy's help, beats a couple of wardens. After getting infected with the Ice Oni virus, Hyogoro regains his former body, explaining that the virus made his old strength resurface as it approaches death.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Once the most powerful and beloved Yakuza boss in Wano, he's now a malnourished, small elder imprisoned in Udon. Queen lampshades how pathetic the legendary Yakuza boss has become.
  • I Owe You My Life: After Luffy shows him kindness, Hyogoro is reminded of the good old days of Wano and refuses to sell Luffy out even when he is threatened. Later he even begs Queen to spare Luffy in exchange of his life.
  • I Regret Nothing: After Hyogoro gets infected by Queen's Ice Oni virus, he slowly loses control of his body and orders his own men to kill him before he attacks his own ally. As the four Yakuza bosses prepare to behead him, Hyogoro thinks he has no regrets, confident that the Kozuki revolution will win and that Luffy, his pupil, has mastered Ryuo. Thankfully for him, Chopper finds the cure just in time.
  • Ki Manipulation: Even in his old age, he's still a master of armament Haki, and can use it to hurt his enemies without even touching them.
  • Lost in Translation: His epithet Hana no Hyōgorō is an The X of Y best translated as Hyogoro "of the Flower Capital". The Viz translation misses this and calls him Hyogoro the Flower.
  • Mentor Archetype: He's an old and wise Yakuza boss and a master of Armament Haki. While they are prisoners in Udon and for the entire week before the raid to Onigashima, he trains Luffy to master it, often using extreme methods.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's an old man who's quite shorter than Luffy, to the point he can ride Luffy's back like a backpack.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: He's a notorious yakuza in the past, yet loved by all and still holds enough influence that they could easily amass the manpower needed for the rebellion.
  • Noble Demon: Hyogoro is a former yakuza but 20 years ago but he's kind to commoners, making him very popular with the populace and even admired by Oden. When the Oniwabanshu and the Mimawarigumi joins Kaido without a second thought after Orochi is killed, Hyogoro is furious by their lack of honor.
  • Old Master: He's an old ex-Yakuza boss and, after Luffy saves Hyogoro, the latter becomes interested in the former until, when forced to fight together the wardens of the Prison Mines, Hyogoro offers Luffy to teach him how to use advanced armament Haki.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He may have gotten short over the last 20 years, but Hyogoro is still a force to be reckon with and sends a Gifter flying with a single advanced Haki attack.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zigzagged. Hyogoro used to be a Yakuza boss, so he was willing to mutilate whoever defied him, but also had a strong sense of honor and was reasonable enough to be beloved by the population.
  • Shout-Out: His appearance when he was younger is a reference to the Nios, the guardians at the entrance of Buddhist temples.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Though more benevolent than the typical examples. He believes true power blooms only in life or death situations, so he forces Luffy to face an enraged Big Mom to develop his Haki techniques.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: As explained by the prison guards, a small and old man like Hyogoro isn't capable of moving so many stone blocks and thus, couldn't have earn so many food coupons, meaning Luffy indirectly gets Hyogoro into trouble by giving him his extra coupons.
  • Take Me Instead: When both Hyogoro and Luffy are taken to Queen to be executed, Hyogoro pleads for the pirate to spare Luffy's life and just kill him.
  • Tattooed Crook: Being a former Yakuza boss, he has a large tattoo with flower patterns on his shoulder. Unlike most examples, he is actually an honorable person beloved by everyone.
  • The Virus: As the war of Onigashima goes on Marco can't keep up and his flames slowly fade, making the symptoms of Queen Ice Oni virus resurface. Hyogoro gets infected and regains his old strength, but he's aware that he'll soon lose control and thus orders his former subordinates to behead him. Hyogoro is saved by Chopper, who stops the blade and announce that he's found the cure.
  • Through His Stomach: Luffy gains Hyogoro's interest and respect by giving him some of his coupons for the kibidangos.
  • Yakuza: He was once the most powerful yakuza boss in Wano and ruled its underworld until Orochi usurped the shogunate. Hyogoro's an example of the "romantic" and positive side of the Yakuza, since he was beloved by everyone when he was a boss.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The cover of Volume 93 reveals he has blue hair.

    The Yakuza Bosses 

Debut: Chapter 952 (Manga), Episode 946 (Anime)

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Tsunagoro
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Cho
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Yatappe
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Omasa

The other four leaders of the Yakuza in the Land of Wano along with Hyogoro, each of them is in charge of a specific region (Ringo, Kibi, Udon and Hakumai). They command a vast number of underlings and are fiercely loyal to Hyogoro. They are "Blood Letter" Oomasa, "Broken Hat" Tsunagoro, "Moon-flower" O-Chou and "Snake Eyes" Yatappe.


In general


  • Badass Cape: Each of them wears a cape as part of the attire to indicate their status as bosses.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When Luffy doesn't show proper verbal respect for Hyo, they hold him down and prepare to chop his fingers, pluck out his eyes or tear his fingernails out at Hyo's request.
  • Elite Four: They're the four strongest and most influential bosses who faithfully serve Hyogoro, even after all these years. During the raid at Onigashima, they lead the samurai squads.
  • Gonk: Oomasa and Yatappe are massive and have outlandish faces with odd traits. Tsunagoro has a lean angular face with a creepy black mouth.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They might be benevolent, but they're still Yakuza bosses. They're as much willing to lend a hand to fight the oppressive dictatorship of Orochi just as they are willing to mutilate anyone who doesn't show them or Hyo proper respect.
  • Red Baron: Each of them have a moniker: Tsunagoro, who wears a tattered gasa, and Yatappe, who has Facial Markings in the shape of Snake Eyes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after years of prison and forced labour, they're still ready to serve Hyogoro with all they've got. To the point that they even try to torture Luffy, their benefactor, for talking to Hyo in a disrespectful way.
  • Yakuza: Each of them is the leader of a Yakuza gang of a different region of Wano, they're tied to Hyo by honor and respect and try to mutilate Luffy when he talked too casually to Hyo.


Exclusive to Tsunagoro

Voiced by: Masaya Takastuka


  • Early-Bird Cameo: Tsunagoro's silhouette first appears as one of the prisoners seen noticing Big Mom's rampage and not long after he's revealed to be one of the Yakuza bosses referenced by Hyogoro.
  • Nice Hat: Sort of... as his nickname implies, Tsunagoro wears an half-broken strawhat on his head.
  • Oral Fixation: Tsunagoro is always seen with a straw in his smiling mouth, even when talking.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Tsunagoro is also always seen with an angular smile coupled with a creepy black mouth.

Exclusive to O-Chou

Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa


  • Animal Motif: Butterflies. Chou is written with the kanji for "butterfly" and her hair resembles the shape of a butterfly.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Chou doesn't wear the right sleeve of the kimono, leaving it hanging while her right arm and part of her chest is exposed.
  • Meaningful Name: Chou is written with the kanji for "Butterfly", and her hairstyle is in the shape of butterfly wings. Given that she looks like a dice dealer, it may be a double pun on "Cho-Han", the traditional betting game with dices.
  • Sarashi: O-Chou's kimono leaves half of her chest bare, showing that she uses sarashi bandages as a bra.
  • The Smurfette Principle: O-Chou is the only female Yakuza boss.
  • Tattooed Crook: As typical per a Yakuza, O-Chou has a glaring one on her shoulder which, along with her attire, makes her look like a Cho-Han dealer.

Exclusive to Omasa

Voiced by: Koji Haramaki


  • And I Must Scream: Omasa is one of the first victims of the Ice Oni virus but, due to his larger size, his transformation is slower and is still conscious while half-transformed body forces him to attack his own allies. He's glad that Marco manages to slow down the virus's effects with his flames.
  • Animal Motif: Omasa's perpetual grin and his whiskers make him similar to a cat.
  • The Brute: Omasa is visibly the biggest of the Yakuza bosses and, when Luffy unintentionally disrespects Hyogoro, Omasa is the one who blocks Luffy with a grab while the others prepare to mutilate him.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Omasa has a perpetual cat-like grin on his face, he only loses it when he gets infected by Queen's Ice Oni virus.
  • The Virus: Omasa falls victim to the Ice Oni virus and slowly loses control of his body as he turns into an ice demon. Thanks to Marco's flames, Omasa is able to retain consciousness.

Flower Capital

The capital and most flourishing region of Wano, and the only one not to be in misery since Orochi became shogun. This only extends to the capital itself, since the neighboring towns are in misery just like the other regions.

Ebisu Town

    Yasu "the Hedgehog" 

Shimotsuki Yasuie/Yasu "the Hedgehog"

Voiced by: Bin Shimada

Age: 71

Debut: Chapter 929 (Manga), Episode 916 (Anime)

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"Out of all the living creatures in the world, humans are the only ones who that have the ability to laugh. I Yooh! So it'd be a waste if we didn't make use of it!"

A taikomochi from Ebisu Town outside the Flower Capital beloved by all of its inhabitans because of his niceness. But later turns out that not only is he an ally of the Kozuki clan's rebellion, but he has personal ties to the Kozuki clan. He constantly helps the people of Ebisu Town.


  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Zig-zagged; according to Shinobu he used to be strict and stern. But he has always been on the side of the good guys, and he has enough people who admire him that even after he's been captured and tied up to be crucified, there are numerous citizens of the Flower Capital at his execution just to beg for his release.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Yasu is introduced as a taikomochi that follows Zoro after being saved by him and, not long after, is revealed to be a beloved inhabitant of Ebisu Town because he tries to make everyone (truly) happy. After Yasu gives himself in, the Akazaya Nine recognise him as Yasu'ie, a former Daymio and the one who inspired them to become actual samurai when they were young.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite looking like an absolute goofball and acting as expected from his appearance, to the point he annoys Zoro, Yasu is actually very perceptive and cunning. At his execution, when Yasu's true identity is revealed, he stops playing the fool and orchestrates a plan to make him the one who made the Kozuki's symbol as a "prank" to not only save the rebellion, but showcase how much of a coward Orochi truly is. His actions as a whole by doing so save the rebel forces with his sacrifice. When Orochi blames Oden for stealing money, Yasu correctly deduces Oden is not the type to do that so quietly and would have just done it out of the bloom.
  • Dare to Be Badass:
    • He gives a motivational speech to freshly exiled Kozuki Oden who clearly took it to heart, as Oden thereafter gathered the Akazaya Nine, tamed the region known as Kuri, and became respected enough to be named a daimyo himself.
    • He gave the Akazaya Nine another one when they were still snot-nosed delinquents, urging them to become the strongest samurai in the country to serve as the future guardians of Wano.
  • Defiant to the End: His last action is to insult Orochi, calling him a coward and claiming that the whole rebellion mark is just a prank by him. The humiliation is twofold: Orochi is painted as overreacting for such a simple prank, and it sows doubt among Orochi's own men for following such a cowardly lord.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: With his death he single-handedly saves the Kozuki's budding rebellion and exposes Orochi as the cowardly fraud he really is.
  • Face Death with Dignity: As expected from someone who constantly smiles, even when ready to be executed, he says he's going to leave a final speech before dying with a smile. True enough, he dies with a smile on his face. An interesting example, since he can't not smile and laugh after having been fed failed SMILE Fruits, yet it's clear that he would have done so anyway.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: With the secret of the Kozuki rebellion exposed, Yasu is "caught" stealing and revealed to have previously been a rebel leader who fought against Orochi. Before his public execution, he tells the gathered crowd that the crescent moon puzzle was all his doing, just a prank that Orochi overreacted to. In doing so, Yasu clears the names of the captured rebels, Orochi's soldiers become convinced that Orochi's Properly Paranoid suspicions are just his obsession with the 20-year-old prophecy, and Yasu was also able to give a revised meeting time and place to his allies who were captured.
  • Formerly Fit: Like Hyogoro, the twenty years following the overthrowing of the Kozuki Clan have not been kind to him. As a daimyo, he was much taller and possessed a rather solid build, compared to his current short and unimposing figure.
  • Funny Afro: It's hidden by his bandanna, but he does have a spiky, hedgehog-like afro, which is alluded to in his epithet.
  • Gonk: Sure, he's so poor he probably doesn't take much care of his appearance, but even so, he's very goofy-looking, with a large and round head. Somewhat subverted in his youth, as he was a lot less hard on the eyes and was much more stocky and healthy looking as compared to now.
  • Good Parents: While we've yet to see them interact, it's clear that Toko adores him. She sends him most of her pay from working for Komurasaki, and when she hears that he's going to be executed, she runs out of the house she was in towards the Flower Capital, screaming for him. His last thoughts before his execution are to apologize to her for dying and leaving her behind.
  • Good Samaritan: He cares for and does his best to help everyone in Ebisu Town, even if he can only do little. The inhabitants love him back and even call him a "saint".
  • Guile Hero: Although Yasuie is implied to be a strong samurai, his greatest influence in the story is when he sacrifices himself to save the Kozuki conspiration's plan and diss off Orochi with his last words.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Knowing the rebellion would not stand a chance with the allies captured by Orochi, Yasu willingly gives himself in while taking the fall for the coded message to save the allied forces, leaves a hint for a new location to meet up and before dying puts a dent in Orochi's reputation, revealing how much of a coward he is.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Yasu". Amusingly, this gets some Accidental Misnaming from Zoro, who calls him "Kasu" (meaning "scum/trash") in Japanese and "Assu" in English. This was apparently the case even back when he was known under his real identity of Yasuie, as Oden is also shown to have called him "Yasu".
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Subverted. When caught, he confesses of being the Witching-Hour Boy, who delivers money to the poor inhabitants of Ebisu Town during the nights but, before being executed, reveals he has actually lied to draw attention away from the real Witching-Hour Boy.
  • Messianic Archetype: He's an All-Loving Hero who helps everyone in Ebisu Town, to the point that they call him a saint. To make this trope even more evident, during his execution he's tied up for a Crucified Hero Shot and upon his death, everyone in Ebisu Town mourns him.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He took in a young Orochi who was living on the streets out of sympathy and gave him a job as a servant in his palace. In return Orochi steals money from him and blames Oden; takes the title of Shogun upon Oden's father's death and turns Wano into a wasteland upon his ascension to the throne. After being caught by Orochi, Yasu is publicly gunned down, which is considered a huge dishonor in Wano.
  • Pauper Patches: He is from Ebisu, a very poor town where inhabitants cannot afford the necessary food to sustain themselves, so it seems natural that he cannot buy a new kimono to replace his patched one.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Yasu's philosophy is that people should always smile because it's the only thing men can do and animals cannot, therefore he constantly has a large, teeth-bearing grin on his face. Although it's revealed to be the side effect of unknowingly ingesting failed SMILE Fruits.. This is partly why the Akazaya Nine do not initially recognize Tonoyasu as Yasuie, because when they knew him in the past he was a stern man never seen with a smile on his face.
  • The Pollyanna: He's from Ebisu Town, where the entire population have conditioned themselves to always smile and be happy despite their living conditions, justifying it because humans are the only creatures that can laugh so they make the most of it by smiling constantly. Tonoyasu himself invokes this for the entire town, helping and cheering on every inhabitant.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: His real name is Shimotsuki Yasuie, the daimyo and vassal of the Kozuki Shogunate, the man who inspired Kozuki Oden and motivated the Akazaya Nine into becoming strong warriors to protect Oden.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: While held up to a stake to be executed, Yasu mocks Orochi and his rule, claiming that in spite all of his political power, he's still insignificant.
    Yasu: Are you listening, Orochi!? The vast expanse of trees, bushes, rivers, and villages! You tainted it all with your insatiable greed, you are nothing more than a pest!!!
  • Riches to Rags: He once was a daimyo of the Kozuki family, so he was presumably quite wealthy and prosperous, but now lives in the extremely poor Ebisu Town.
  • Rousing Speech: After catching Oden's followers, who tried to steal money from him, Yasuie tells them that, if they want to become useful to Oden, they must train hard and become real samurai. He also gives them the money they wanted to steal to help them. This motivates them to train until they become the legendary Akazaya Nine they are in the present.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: He's outwardly smiling and defiant in front of his upcoming execution, but his last thoughts are him begging his daughter's forgiveness for leaving her fatherless.
  • Stepford Smiler: Those from Ebisu Town believe in smiling and laughing despite what misfortunes or pains they may suffer. It would be very hard to believe that they aren't hiding a great deal of sorrow and depression behind those grins. It's eventually revealed that he and all the rest of Ebisu's inhabitants have had this forced upon them by Orochi, who baited them into eating failed SMILE Fruits so he wouldn't have to see their unhappiness.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He pulls off a magnificent one that ends up killing three birds with one stone. By pretending to be Witching-Hour Boy and getting caught, he saves the real Boy from further persecution. By taking advantage of his high profile and pretending that the Kozuki's symbol is his "prank", he saves the rebellion, whose plan has been discovered, and taints Orochi's reputation by exposing him as a paranoid coward.
  • Undignified Death: Invoked by Orochi. In feudal Japan, a death by gunshot was dishonorable. Orochi has Yasuie captured and tied on top of a pole in the middle of a square, and then personally shoots him multiple times. This gets played with, since Yasuie gets to flip off Orochi before getting executed and causes many of Orochi's followers to doubt him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bonus points for literally having blue hair.

    Toko 

Toko

Voiced by: Kokoro Kikuchi

Age: 6

Debut: Chapter 927 (Manga), Episode 920 (Anime)

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Toko: It's Toko. But say it with the honorific "O" in front!
Robin: Otoko.
Toko: Hey, I'm not a man!! Aha ha ha ha!! Otoko's just my name!
Chapter 927

Toko is a little girl who lives in the Flower Capital. She is Tonoyasu's adopted daughter. She was sold to the Flower Capital as a kamuro for Komurasaki, and is one of the few who knows Komurasaki's true identity.


  • Cheerful Child: Exaggerated. She's a child who never drops her smile and loves making jokes, especially regarding her Punny Name. Unfortunately, it causes her trouble when she laughs uncontrollably during Orochi's speech.
  • Creepy Child: Subverted. Due to Toko's constant smiling, Sanji thinks she's weird, but then is quickly smitten by her quirky and cheerful behaviour. This is later revealed to be a side affect of a SMILE Fruit, making her unable to do anything other than smile.
  • Cry Laughing: When a member of the Kyoshiro Family knocks over her bowl of soba, she begins crying at the loss of food while loudly laughing at the same time. Franky and Sanji note and comment on it. This gets turned up to eleven when she cries after her father is killed with the same smile on her face.
  • Daddy's Girl: She loves her father so much that she immediately drops everything to join him when she hears he's gonna be executed.
  • Delicious Distraction: Despite her overall goofy and cheerful personality, Toko takes her job very seriously. However, Sanji's soba is so delicious that Toko arrives late at her job because she wanted to taste it.
  • Dramatic Irony: This is played straight because of one of the Heroes. Usopp cons people by selling them Toad Oil while undercover in Wano, Toko buys some. Her father, a hero to everyone who knew him, is executed in front of her, she then goes up to his body — crying her eyes out — trying to use Usopp's scam product to revive him and is almost shot by Orochi, only to be saved by Sanji and Zoro.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Because she displays the same, Cry Laughing reaction to her father's death, like the citizen of Ebisu Town, it's implied she's eaten one of the failed SMILES Fruits like them. Which puts her usual demeanor and behavior in a whole new light.
  • Happily Adopted: All There in the Manual reveals that she is not Yasuie's biological daughter, but rather an orphaned child he took in after her biological parents died.
  • Harmful to Minors: Poor girl watches her father riddled with bullets right before her eyes, and can't even convey her emotion properly due to being under the effect of a failed SMILE that constantly causes her to smile and laugh.
  • Ironic Name: Played with. Toko itself is not punny, but it's common to add the female prefix O- to a female's name. It then becomes O-Toko, which sounds similar to the Japanese word Otoko, which means man/male, while she notes that she's actually a girl. Of course, the pun is lost if you don't know Japanese.
  • Morality Pet: To Komurasaki, who is known as a cruel, deceitful woman, but is only ever kind to Toko and clearly cares about her a lot, even slapping the shogun and invoking his wrath to protect her. Subverted once it's revealed that Komurasaki is really Hiyori, and that her previous deceitful acts were just a facade. Toko is also one of the few people who knows Hiyori's true identity.
  • Ms. Exposition: Her main role in her first appearance is to explain who the courtesan Komurasaki is.
  • Nice Girl: Toko is a total sweet-heart to everyone around her, which makes her condition even more tragic.
  • Perpetual Smiler: There isn't a panel where Toko is not sporting a 32-teeth smile. Even when she's crying or panicking because she's late, she's still smiling. This is because Toko, and all of Ebisu town's inhabitants, actually cannot drop their smile, even if they are sad.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Toko has pink hair and is a cheerful, friendly little girl.
  • Secret Keeper: She's one of the few people who knows Komurasaki's true identity of Kozuki Hiyori.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She shares her father's round head and eyes along with his perpetual toothy smile, although the perpetual smile comes from having eaten a defective SMILE.
  • Through His Stomach: Toko becomes friends with the Straw Hats because Sanji offers her some extra soba after a Yakuza thug dropped her bowl.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light pink hair.

Kuri Region

A region located in the western part of Wano. It used to be an abandoned and lawless region populated by the worst criminals of the country, until Oden turned it into a paradise and became the damiyo of the region. After Oden's death, it became a wasteland because of Kaido's factories, which polluted the land and poisoned the rivers.

Amigasa Village

    Tama 

Tama

Voiced by: Megumi Han

Age: 8

Debut: Chapter 911 (Manga), Episode 893 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Kibi-Kibi Fruit

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"I've known pirates I like, and pirates I don't like! So it's no big deal! And I like you, cuz you're strong and nice!"
Chapter 911

Tama is a girl from the Kuri region in the Land of Wano. She is a kasa weaver (traditional Japanese straw hat), as well as a kunoichi in training who follows the Kozuki Family. Three years before the events of the Wano Arc, she met Ace and his crew when they stayed at her village, and harbors a deep admiration for him. She has eaten the Kibi-Kibi Fruit (Kibi Kibi no Mi) that allows her to create Dango from her body that she can feed to animals to tame them.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Tama calls Luffy "big brother" because of how close they are and how Luffy is protective toward her.
  • The Beastmaster: Tama doesn't have any fighting ability but the animals she tames are perfectly willing to fight on her behalf.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Tama gets very close to Luffy, to the point of almost considering him a big brother, because the first time they meet he saves her from two Animal Kingdom pirates.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tama suddenly shows up at Onigashima with her pet, Komachiyo, to save Nami from Ulti during the battle on Onigashima much to Nami and Usopp's shock. She likewise helps turn the tide of the battle by giving the pair her specialized dumplings made from her power, causing any of the SMILE users who eat them to switch sides. This ends up saving Franky during his fight with Sasaki. Later on, she ends up saving Jimbei, Franky (again) and Inurashi when Usopp and Nami finally get her to the main podium for her to announce her orders to take down Kaido. Causing all the SMILE users who were fed dumplings to change sides and start attacking the others of Kaido's forces who didn't, allowing the heroes some breathing room to finally focus on their individual fights against the Animal Kingdom officers.
  • Blush Sticker: Tama's childish and innocent look is enhanced by the two pink marks on her cheeks.
  • Call-Back: Her role as a hat weaver, coupled with the fact that her village's name translates to "Straw Hat" and her connection to Ace all imply that she's the one who taught him how to weave the hat for Oars Jr.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tama debuts as a poor girl who gets saved by Luffy and shows the ability to tame animals and SMILE users. During the war at Onigashima, Tama secretly arrives and with her power she turns the tides of the war, which initially is in Kaido's favour thanks to his numerical advantage.
  • Damsel in Distress: When Luffy meets her, she's captured by some of Kaido's goons. She's kidnapped again by other Animal Kingdom Pirates in the Leftovers Town and is rescued again.
  • Expy: Tama and her role in the Wano arc is based off the legend of Momotaro. She has the ability to tame animals with dangos, just like Momotaro does, and two of the tamed animals are a white monkey and a komainu (a kind of dog), just like two of Momotaro's three companions. The inspirations grows stronger when Tama uses her devil fruit powers to control an army of SMILE users.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Her Dango can pacify and tame any beast, no matter how nasty. She tames a giant baboon, and also has a Komachiyo as a pet. It even works on SMILE users.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Tama's Devil Fruit ability of taming beasts appears to be situational at best, until she learns it works on SMILE users as well, allowing her to turn a good many members of the Animal Kingdom Pirates, and later become the most important player during the war at Onigashima when she single-handedly turns the tables in favour of the samurai/pirates alliance.
  • Heroic BSoD: Tama falls into despair once Luffy reveals that Ace died at Marineford. She snaps out of it later on.
  • Irony: Tama is waiting for Ace to come back and is devastated to find out that he's dead. Luffy doesn't tell her that he's Ace's brother who has sworn to carry on for Ace and is helping her partially due to Ace's memory and the promise he made to her.
  • I Will Wait for You: Tama has spent the past four years waiting for Ace to return to Wano, hoping to join his crew once she grew up. Unfortunately, due to Wano being an isolated country, she doesn't find out about Ace's death until Luffy tells her.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Tama befriends Ace and hopes to meet him again in the future, as promised. Since she lives in the isolated Land of Wano, she waits for his return for four years until Luffy point-blank tells her that Ace died at Marineford. She suffers a Heroic BSoD as a result.
  • Ms. Exposition: Since she's native to Wano, she fills Luffy in on some of the details of her country.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After learning of Luffy's relationship with Ace, Tama bursts into tears and is dumbstruck that she touched a sore spot for him.
  • Necessary Drawback: The way Tama plucks out her dumplings is by pulling them from her cheek and only she can do it; if someone else tries, they'll just be pinching her cheek. However, doing so repeatedly saps at her stamina bit by bit. When she's shown stowing away to go to Onigashima, she creates a ton of dumplings during the journey and is visibly struggling to keep going, much to Speed's worry. This drawback prevents her Devil Fruit from being too overpowered against an army of SMILE users and turning nearly the entirety of Kaido's forces into her allies. In chapter 1011, while fighting Page One, Usopp comments that her Devil Fruit cannot work on natural Zoan users.
  • Nice Girl: As early as her debut chapter, Tama feeds Luffy her entire stock of rice, which she's only allowed to eat twice a year.
  • Ninja Brat: Tama claims to be a kunoichi in training, but she doesn't show any real ninja feats.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. She has the same name as a sphinx in Whitebeard's hometown.
  • Pauper Patches: To show how poor she is, her kimono is patched.
  • Spanner in the Works: When the agents of CP-0 predict that the pirate/samurai alliance will be defeated by Kaido's numerically superior force through sheer attrition, they don't count on Tama using her powers to turn the SMILE users against Kaido, dramatically shifting the power balance. She also reveals to Big Mom that the town that was nice to her while she was amnesic was burned down, causing Big Mom to break the alliance entirely.
  • Tender Tears: When Tama learns from Nami that Luffy is Ace's little brother, she gently cries as she realizes how much Luffy suffered from the latter's death.
    Tama: (With Ocular Gushers) Whaaaat?! Bi.. big.. Big Bro Luffy's... ...Ace's brother?!! Then I touched a really sore spot for him!!
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Tama's Devil Fruit ability to tame animals initially appears to be of little use, especially in the hands of a little kid. But, since it works on SMILE users as well, it becomes absolutely vital when she reaches Onigashima and single-handedly turns the tide of the battle by making a good part of Kaido's army change sides, removing their numerical advantage.
  • Through His Stomach: The reason Luffy decides that she's good is because she feeds him her entire ration of rice. Which she's only allowed to eat twice a year.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's eight years old, and cute as a button. Downplayed because there's also Toko, although Tama plays a bigger role in the Wano arc.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She starts as a frail kunoichi in training who needs to be saved and protected to being able to control a significant amount of members of one of the strongest (and largest) pirate crews of the world with her powers and sheer will. She basically turns the number of allies in favor of Luffy and the others.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark purple hair.
  • You Remind Me of X: As she continues to interact with Luffy, and especially when he uses the red hawk, Tama makes note that he's a lot like Ace. Luffy doesn't reveal to her that this is because he's Ace's foster brother.

    Tenguyama Hitetsu 

Tenguyama Hitetsu

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP)

Debut: Chapter 911 (Manga), Episode 894 (Anime)

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A swordsmith, as well as Tama's friend. He deeply cares for her, and along with Tama, is one of the only two people remaining in their village.


  • The Blacksmith: He is a Swordsmith of some renown. Zoro's Kitetsu III is one of his line's works.
  • Evil Weapon: His Ancestor made the infamous Kitetsu trio. The second of which is in his hand.
  • Famous Ancestor: His ancestor is Kitetsu, the blacksmith who created a trio of supremely powerful but cursed swords.
  • Gag Nose: As expected, he has a huge red nose that, in some panels, seems to change in length.
  • Meaningful Name: Besides the obvious one with his family name, "Hitetsu" read literally means "non-ferrous", referring to his blade-smithing.
  • Mr. Exposition: He explains Tama's history as well as the country's Kaido situation to Luffy.
  • Papa Wolf: Although not her father, he's the one taking care of Tama, and is very protective of her, like when he kicks Luffy for having eaten her rice that she can eat only twice a year.
  • Tengu: His design, in a nutshell, is heavily based off this figure.

Okobore Town

    Tsuru 

Tsuru

Voiced by: Shino Kakinuma (JP)

Debut: Chapter 912 (Manga), Episode 897 (Anime)

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A tea shop owner living in Wano. After Zoro rescues her from some of Kaido's thugs, she repays him by treating Tama's poisoning. There's more to her than what she appears to be. She is the wife of Kin'emon.


  • Animal Motifs: Tsuru is the Japanese for "crane" and, like the titular bird, Tsuru has a very long neck while her kimono presents the silhouettes of two cranes.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: While Tsuru is friendly to anyone who doesn't try to steal from her, she's very thankful to Luffy and Zoro for having saved her from Kaido's goons and prepares them a meal.
  • Berserk Button:
    • She doesn't take "no" for an answer. When Tama repeatedly declines food Tsuru offers her, Tsuru flips her lid and grabs the poor child by the collar to make her accept it.
    • She also doesn't like thieves, as not even a teenage Kin'emon can get away with so much as touching her koban. Being able to fend off her treasury from her childhood friend in his thuggish years speaks a lot about her.
  • Happily Married: It's later revealed that Tsuru is Kin'emon's wife and, despite the latter being missing for 20 years, she has remained faithful to him.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She's not drawn in the usual One Piece style, but like a Ukiyo-e painting.
  • Older Than They Look: Given that she's Kin'emon's wife, she's likely around 50, but she looks at least ten years younger. Kin'emon himeslf comments that she hasn't changed a bit after 20 years.
  • One Degree of Separation: She's actually Kin'emon's wife, and hasn't seen him since he was flung 20 years into the future by Kozuki Toki.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; she shares her name with Vice-Admiral Tsuru, though hers is written in kanji. Fans refer to her as O-Tsuru to avoid confusion.
  • True Blue Femininity: Tsuru has the appearance of a woman from an Ukiyo-e painting and wears a blue kimono to highlight her femininity and elegance.
  • Uncertain Doom: Prior to the Fire Festival, the citizens of Okobore Town took the blame for the thefts from a nearby farm to protect the rebels. As a result, the town is burned to the ground by Holdem but Tsuru's fate is unknown.

Bakura Town

    Urashima 

Urashima

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Kanuma (JP)

Debut: Chapter 913 (Manga), Episode 899 (Anime)

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"Silence, commoners! From the perspective of the warrior class, you're ALL chattel!! Whether any of you live or die, is up to ME!"
Chapter 915

A Sumo Wrestler in Wano and one of the most famous, he's proud of his status and abuses of it at the expenses of those of lower ranks, he also wants to make Kiku his wife despite the latter declining his numerous proposals. Being proud of his fame, he doesn't like being humiliated in front of others, and gets angry when Kiku cuts his topknot.

Luffy challenges him in a sumo match and, despite using dirty tricks, Urashima is easily defeated by Luffy with a single harite and sent flying to Holdem's mansion.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: He keeps proposing to Kiku who is blatantly uninterested and he doesn't get it until she cuts his topknot.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Urashima is an unpleasant sumo wrestler who brags about his social status and sumo abilities and treats lower-ranking people like trash. Yet, when he faces a strong enemy, he doesn't hesitate in using unfair attacks, making his defeat at the hands of Luffy all of the more satisfying.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Despite using straight sumo techniques, Urashima's not afraid to go for the eyes if he starts getting mad. Luffy even notes some of his attacks aren't fair tricks.
  • Curbstomp Battle: None of his attacks touch Luffy, and the latter defeats him with a Gear Third harite (a slap in the face).
  • Entitled to Have You: He believes that his position, wealth, and strength mean that Kiku is obligated to marry him. She won't be having any of it.
  • Fat Bastard: He wants to marry Kiku and is willing to destroy her life to do so. That's not even taking the way he treats people of lower social rank into account...
  • Faux Affably Evil: He likes to put on airs of being generous and honorable, but he's more than willing to destroy Kiku's life (possibly even considering rape) if she won't accept his advances. Then she cuts off his topknot, and even his pretentious airs go right out the window.
  • Gonk: He's not exactly pleasing on the eyes, justified since a sumo wrestler needs to be very fat.
  • Jerkass: Urashima is a very mean person who tries to make Kiku marry him, treats the lower-class like scum, and he is a sore loser.
  • Kick the Dog: After Mouseman tells Urashima about the influence and power he has as one of Wano's most famous sumo wrestler, Urashima orders an old couple to cook their pet racoon dog for him as a proof of how cruel and uncaring to the commoners he is.
  • Lack of Empathy: Seeing that a restaurant family happens to own a raccoon dog, which has been their faithful pet for years, he orders them to cook it up for his meal just to show off his authority. He's also insistent on having Kiku marry him even though she's refused him multiple times.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A two-fold example. Firstly, his unwanted advances on Kiku, in which he claims his right to have her thanks to his higher social rank, finally push her too far. In answer, she cuts off his topknot, which is a humiliating insult in old samurai culture. Then, after sending multiple opponents flying out of the ring during his matches, he himself is launched out of the ring by one of Luffy's Gear Third strikes.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: A variation, he can attack with multiple sumo-slaps at high speed.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When the audience of his latest match boos and jeers Kiku from coming from a lower social class, he chews them out and declares that if Kiku marries him, she'll be of a higher class than them.
  • Stout Strength: Like real-life sumo wrestlers, there's a lot of muscle strength behind his bulky frame. He's nowhere near Luffy's league, though.
  • Sumo Wrestling: His main characteristic is being a renowned sumo wrestler, and one of the strongest ones in Wano. However, he's not above using dirty tricks to win a fight.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He completely loses it when Kiku cuts his topknot off, switching his objective from marrying her to murdering her. Luffy quickly puts a stop to it.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In his case, Would Kill A Girl, just for cutting off his topknot. Good thing Luffy stops him from doing it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In contrast to what would be expected from a gigantic and unpleasant sumo wrestler, his hair is pink.

Ringo Region

A snowy region, uninhabited with the exception of Gyukimaru. There is the Northern Cemetery, in which the bodies of warriors are preserved (thanks to the cold) along with their swords, including the grave of the legendary warrior Ryuma.

    Gyukimaru 

Gyukimaru/Onimaru

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (JP)

Debut: Chapter 936 (Manga), Episode 932 (Anime)

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"An opening is the path to victory in a fight to the death!! I strike only when opportunity presents itself!!"
Chapter 937

A massive warrior monk who carries a lot of weapons on his person he stole from warriors who tried to cross the bridge. Holds a great deal of respect for Ryuuma, claiming he's known as the "sword god". His real name is Onimaru, the fox companion of the daimyo of Ringo and Kawamatsu’s friend during the time between Hiyori’s leaving and him being arrested.


  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is a gigantic naginata fitting his size, big enough to be a Bisento.
  • Combat Pragmatist: This is played straight and then for laughs: he suddenly tries to stab Zoro when he's distracted, scolding him for taking the fight too lightly. He then keeps trying to spear Zoro when the latter is fighting Kamazo, calling him out each time, much to Zoro's annoyance.
  • Due to the Dead: The man has nothing but deep respect for Ryuuma, which is why he stole Zoro's Shuusui and returned it to Ryuuma's grave. As Onimaru, he kept watching over the tombs of Ringo until Kawamatsu persuaded him that those Gravestone Weapon could be of more use in the hands of the living.
  • Irony: In his first appearence, he yells at Zoro for being distracted during a fight and tries to spear him. In his second appearence, his own distraction gets him shot by some Beast Pirates looking for revenge.
  • Kitsune: He's actually a fox called Onimaru, who takes the appearance of a human to protect the bridge.
  • Legacy Character: Kawamatsu initially took on the identity of Gyukimaru, in order to prevent grave robbers from crossing the bridge and stealing the swords. After Kawamatsu was imprisoned, Onimaru became a human and took the name Gyukimaru to protect the bridge in his place.
  • Made of Iron: He's shot by no less than three bullets from guns which are stated to be able to bring down even a rampaging wild beast: he's back on his feet and running away a few panels later.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Gyukimaru refers to the youkai Ushi Oni (Demon Bull), but is also a portmanteau of Benkei and Yoshitsune's youth names (Oniwaka and Ushiwakamaru). In this case, it refers to his real name, Onimaru, and his master's Ushimaru.
  • Mr. Exposition: After a brief clash against Zoro, he tells him (and the audience) of how Wano's country was formerly known as the Country of Gold and frequently attacked by pirates and foreign nobles, until Ryuuma's dragon-slaying feat and reputation kept everyone at bay. He also explains how swords become black if embedded with a lot of armament Haki.
  • Morphic Resonance: His true form is that of a kitsune, and both forms have the same eyebrows and a similar nose.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Anyone vaguely familiar with Japanese History/folklore will recognize him as one for Musashibo Benkei, being a massive, ogre-like Sohei with a naginata and a basket filled with many melee weapons. He's even introduced challenging another swordsman, Zoro, on a bridge, while threatening to take his swords in case of victory.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We don't see how, but after Luffy arrives in Wano, he did steal Zoro's own sword Shuusui and returned it to its proper place evading Zoro in the process.
  • Pet the Dog: In spite of all his talk about pragmatic fighting, he doesn't lift a finger when a wounded Zoro's about to fall down K.O. and is content to leave, smirking, after taking Kamazo's other scythe with him.
  • Shapeshifting: It’s revealed that he can change between a human form and fox form, with the latter being how he really looks.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Fried tofu, a typical dish traditionally associated with foxes.
  • Walking Armory: Like his inspiration, many weapons can be seen poking from the basket on his back, including swords, hammers, saws, spears, and sickles. Zoro even comments that if he defeats him, he could arm the rebels with his arsenal.
  • Warrior Monk: Being based off a famous monk, the looks and weaponry are of the typical Japanese Sohei warrior.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Fights Zoro on Bandit Bridge to keep him from pursuing Shuusui, like Benkei did to obtain 100 swords in his famous, romanced story. More poignantly, he's been defending Ringo graveyards from would-be graverobbers. He did for five years alone until Kawamatsu comes along, and other thirteen years after that until Kawamatsu comes to retrieve the swords for the samurai army.

Creatures

In the Land of Wano, lives a great variety of creatures. Many of which have a characteristic flame-like mane.

    Mountain God 

Mountain God

"The ancient scrolls say it's a white boar the size of a mountain!! That's what they call the Mountain God!!"
Denjiro (Chapter 960)

A boar so gigantic people mistake it for a mountain, which is considered a legendary creature. Forty-one years before the events of the Wano Arc, it rampages through the Flower Capital while looking for its child, destroying a good portion of the city until is stopped by Oden. A few years later, he's seen still alive and tamed by Oden.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Both the Mountain God's and its child's gender aren't specified.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Justified, since it's a wild animal. After being defeated by Oden, the Mountain God has become loyal to him.
  • Full-Boar Action: The Mountain God is an enormous boar that can destroy an entire region if enraged.
  • Giant Animal Worship: While not worshipped, the white boar is described by Denjiro as the size of the mountain, and for this reason it's also known as the "Mountain God".
  • Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: A young white boar is small enough to get mistaken for a common pig, while the adult is the size of a mountain. In a few years, the baby becomes as large as an elephant.
  • Glasgow Grin: Exaggerated. Oden cuts the Mountain God in half at its mouth's height, but it gets stitched back together, resulting in two stitches from its mouth that cross its entire body.
  • God Guise: In Wano, white boars are believed to be the heralds of the gods.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Oden stops the Mountain God by slicing it in half, freeing all the people that have been swallowed. Subverted when the Mountain God is later seen stitched back together.
  • Mama Bear: Or Papa Wolf, since its gender is unknown. The Mountain God is said to move only when its child is taken, and would've destroyed an entire city if Oden hasn't stopped it.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The Mountain God rampages through the Flower Capital simply to find its child, but still causes a lot of destruction.
  • Shout-Out: To the Kojiki, which describes the Kami of Mount Ibuki as a giant white boar slain by Yamato Takeru.
  • Swallowed Whole: While rampaging through the Flower Capital, the Mountain God swallows several people, but they're all freed after Oden cuts it in two.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Oden slices the Mountain God clean in half lengthwise, but it's later shown stitched back together and no worse for wear.
  • The Worf Effect: The Mountain God is strong enough to not feel any of Kin'emon's attacks, but is easily sliced in two by Oden, showing how strong he is.

Alternative Title(s): One Piece Wano Country, One Piece Wano Kozuki Kurozumi Clan And Allies, One Piece Wano Kurozumi Clan And Allies

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