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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.
- 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.
- 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 Kozuki Clan themselves 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". Unsurprisingly, this attitude comes back to bite them in the form of Kurozumi Orochi and Kurozumi Kanjuro who makes it his mission to make Wano 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.
- 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.
- 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 theyre 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 was forced to humiliate himself by dancing naked in the street to stop the kidnapping of Wano's citizens. The very same citizens who now 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 have this moment. 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 one in the Flower Capital, 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.
- 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: Well, considering 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. In short, three out of the Four Emperors and the Pirate King himself worked with Wano in the past, and in the present Kaidou and the World Government are having long-term relationships with Wano. A fact that ex-Fleet Admiral Sengoku himself lampshades in Chapter 957.
- World of Badass: In a World Of Badass, no less. Wano has managed to maintain its isolation thanks to this, in addition to being backed with one of the most powerful pirate fleets in the world. Their samurai, in particular, are powerful enough to kill a dragon in one hit, curb-stomp a top officer of the aforementioned pirate fleet, and in general, make the Marines not want anything to do with the country.
- 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.
The feudal family which used to rule the country until Kaido's assault twenty years before the Wano Arc. The only surviving family member is Momonosuke, Kozuki Oden's son.
- Despair Event Horizon: Kozuki supporters imprisoned in Udon have had their spirit beaten out of them, that they willingly restrain Luffy despite rooting for him as they believe they no longer have any hope left even if they break out. Luckily, Luffy breaks them out of this.
- Edible Theme Naming: Certain names within the Kozuki clan are named after food. Kozuki Oden and his father, Kozuki Sukiyaki are named after Japanese soup dishes, Oden and Sukiyaki respectively. With the various allusions to Momotarō, Kozuki Momosuke is obviously named after the titular hero whose name translates to "Peach Boy". The family name, Kozuki means moonlight but if the "o" sound is shortened, it can mean red bean. The Akazaya Nine that serves the family is called Akazaya in the original Japanese, which roughly means red scabbard/sheath. However, there is also a type of food called Akazaya Mochi, which is a red bean paste in baked mochi.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Kozuki Toki used her Devil Fruit power to send Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizo, and Kiku 20 years into the future.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Combined with Written by the Winners. The Kozuki clan is made out to be villains of the land with schools teaching their students that them trying to open the gates to foreigners was a heinous act and that Orochi is considered a "hero" for stopping them. Still, there are some rebels who don't believe Orochi's lies and are waiting for the return of the Kozuki clan.
- Holding Out for a Hero: Oden saw something during his journeys that convinced him a figure awaited by the world would appear 800 years after the end of the Void Century and 20 years after his execution, and Wano should open its borders to work with this figure. Toki used her powers to send Momonosuke and some retainers 20 years into the future to when this figure would appear and since then, the Kozuki supporters have been trying to take the country and welcome this figure.
- Lost Language: The Kozuki Clan passed down knowledge of the ancient letters on the Poneglyphs from generation to generation unbeknownst to the World Government because of Wano's isolation. Unfortunately, Oden was murdered by Kaido and Orochi before he could pass down his knowledge to Momonosuke, leaving Robin as the last person alive capable of reading the Poneglyphs.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Subverted. When Luffy joins Law in Wano, the latter shows him the Kozuki Family and its servants' graves and explains they can only come out once the sun is set. It's actually revealed the latter is true because Kin'emon suffers diarrhea during the day, while the graves are there because they are believed to be dead, but they've actually traveled twenty years into the future. Luffy then yells at Law for being so misleading.
- Time Travel: This happened to Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizo, and Kiku. They come from the Wano of 20 years ago, when it was conquered by Kaido and Orochi, and were sent forward in time to the present day by Toki, Momonosuke's mother, via her Devil fruit powers. Thus, to them, the deaths of Oden and his wife, the destruction of Oden Castle, and the conquering of Wano feels like it took place mere months ago rather than two decades ago.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: The clan is renown for their stonemasonry, that the Sea Prisms can only be refined into ammunition in Wano, and they are the ones who crafted the indestructible Ponegylphs for the Ancient Kingdom many centuries ago.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Kozukis were the ones who closed the borders of Wano 800 years before the beginning of the story, which caused the Land of Wano to grow detatched from the rest of the world, but it was to protect Wano from a strong power.
Debut: Chapter 960 (Manga)
The last Shogun of the Kozuki Clan before Orochi's usurpation, and Oden's father.
- As You Know: In his introduction Sukiyaki is given a report about his son's entire life, by a servant. Sukiyaki himself asks the servant why is he listing stuff he's already aware of.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: It's implied that he did not die of an illness as publicly claimed, but rather the Kurozumis killed him so they could impersonate him and legally pass the title of Shogun to Orochi.
- Soap Opera Disease: He died of some sort of illness while Oden was sailing the seas. Probably not though.
- Tough Love: He exiled and disowned Oden after he proved to be too unruly to be his heir, but he never stopped loving his son and welcomed him back after Oden got his act together.
Voiced by: Hiroya Ishimaru
Debut: Chapter 920 (Manga)
The previous Daimyo of the Kuri region in the Land of Wano and Momonosuke's father. He was also a former member of the Whitebeard Pirates and, later, the Roger Pirates. Oden was a carefree man who couldn't stand the strict rules of Wano and, despite having the best intentions, tended to cause troubles with his unorthodox methods. He was murdered by the Shogun Orochi, who had allied with Kaido.
- 0% Approval Rating: In his young days, before attaining 100% Adoration Rating, he was a complete nightmare to his family and the citizens of Wano, not so much out of malice but his totally carefree and reckless lifestyle- running up gambling debts, accidentally causing a flood, eating people out of house and home, constantly trying to sail away and failing due to being a terrible navigator, always getting into fights, etc. Played With in that many secretly admired him because of his carefree nature but had Wano's traditions so ingrained in their minds that they didn't have the guts to admit it.
- 100% Adoration Rating: He was such a good Daimyo that he used to be so adored by the residents of Kuri that Kuri Castle was called Oden Castle by the residents. Unfortunately, twenty years of Malicious Slander and propaganda threw that reputation down the crapper. However, the people who have lived under Oden's rule still fondly remember him. During his absence, his wife helped everyone keep faith in him. If it wasn't for her, his reputation would plummeted much sooner.
- Anime Hair: His hair has a round flat top resembling a huge mushroom, fittingly as shiitake are used in Oden.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He tamed Kuri by challenging Ashura Doji and his gang alone and won against all of them.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Was the beloved Daimyo of the Kuri region and such a skilled fighter that he managed to put a permanent scar on Kaido.
- Awesomeness Is a Force: He's a user of Conqueror's Haki, made evident by his clash with Whitebeard, another Conqueror's Haki user.
- Badass Normal: Oden didn't have any kind of devil fruit and his combat abilities depended solely on his strength and his skills, but he was among the strongest warriors in the entire world of One Piece, able to clash with Whitebeard and Roger.
- Beyond the Impossible: His scarring of Kaido is described as such In-Universe, since it's been the only time the Emperor has been scarred. The truth goes one step further: if not for the intervention of Orochi's underlings, Oden would've killed Kaido!
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His rough face had a pair of big and expressive brows.
- Blood Knight: He loved getting into fights, he even took on anyone who tried to kill him over his kidnapping of girls for his harem.
- Body Horror: A rare Played for Laughs example. After enduring for three days, tied to a rope into the sea, he emerged with is body swollen to ridiculous proportions (the result of having absorbed a lot of water) and scared away some slave traders.
- Boom, Headshot!: After enduring the boiling oil for an hour, Oden's body is so damaged that he cannot move, and Kaido finishes him off with a bullet to the head.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: In his youth, the man had great strength and was not as dumb as he looked like, as the incident with the "God of the Mountain" showcased. But Oden preferred to go at his own pace and not exactly trying to be in a position of authority despite knowing his father wanted him to succeed him. The first chance he got, he abandoned his duties to Wano to go travel the world with Whitebeard. Even when he was on Whitebeard's crew, when Whitebeard decided to start division commanders and he was suggested for a position, Oden wasn't exactly thrilled at the notion and had to be forced into taking it.
- Call to Adventure: Oden invoked this on himself. Oden had always wanted to leave Wano and see the world outside and, upon learning about the arrival of a pirate crew (Whitebeard's), he immediately asked to join them. Whitebeard refused, but Oden secretly followed them when they sailed, and Oden's determination and honor convinced Whitebeard to make Oden part of the crew. Oden then narrated his epic adventure across the world with the Whitebeard Pirates, and later the Roger Pirates, in a diary.
- Catchphrase: "This is too cramped!", which would often mark another effort to improve the region, especially regarding its isolationism.
- Character Development: At the beginning of the flashback devoted to him, Oden is a young, impulsive men with a strong wish to live free and who hates having any kind of responsibility. He doesn't care about what other people say about him and at the consequences of his actions. However, after a long experience by traveling with Whitebeard and Roger, Oden becomes much more responsible, to the point he sacrifices his honor just to save some lives and avoid to involve innocents in a fight against Kaido. His relationship with his subordinates changes as well, at first he doesn't want them to follow him but, in the end, he sacrifices himself and endures a lot of pain in the boiling oil to save their lives.
- Chick Magnet: Oden was very charismatic and good looking and, when he was fifteen, he kidnapped a bunch of women for his harem. Said women could leave whenever they wanted, but simply wanted to remain with him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: When he was 15, he took over a mountain temple (threatening the High Priest) and started kidnapping beautiful women from the capital to form his personal, giant harem. All the women apparently found him irresistible and stayed with him despite being free to leave.
- Cool Sword: He has two of them, both of which are of Great Grade. One of the famous swords he wielded is Enma, which he wielded to gave Kaido his one and only scar, is said to be able to cut through the bottom of hell. It was inherited by Hiyori before being passed down to Zoro in exchange for the return of Shuusui to the Land of Wano. It's also a Hungry Weapon which would drain your Haki with each slash. You have to be a Master Swordsman of the highest caliber just to wield it. The other sword is Ameno Habakiri, crafted by Tenguyama Hitetsu, which is said to powerful enough to cut even the heavens, which is to be bequeathed to his son Momonosuke.
- Crazy-Prepared: Before he goes off to fight Kaido, he leaves Toki a letter in case something happens to prepare for things should he not be around to help open the borders of Wano, largly going off of what Shyarly told Roger and him when she was telling their fortune. This in turn prompts her to create the "prophecy" of the return of the Red Sheathes and how, in 20 years, they'll be the ones to finally liberate Wano. Needless to say, this ends up spooking Orochi a great deal making him paranoid that it pokes holes in his grip of the island. And indeed, she likewise uses her powers to send her son along with Kin'emon, Raizo and Kanjuro into the future so as to allow the Kozuki lineage to survive. This is also twofold as it's to prepare for a much greater event past saving the island.
- Defiant to the End: Even when he facing down a gun squad and Kaido prepared to shoot him. He continues to talk smack until his final breath. Kaido and Orochi killed him, but they never broke him.
- Desecrating the Dead: Played with. He's introduced eating oden using the burned corpse of a man to heat the meal which was disrespectful from the point of view of the dead's family, but for Oden, it was a way to send off his deceased friend, by having one last meal with him.
- Destructive Saviour: He wanted to help others, but his methods often brought more problems. For instance, his father said Oden once tried to help out a region that was experiencing a drought by redirecting a river and caused a flood as a result. After growing up and maturing, Oden becomes more responsible of his actions and avoids causing as much damages as he can.
- When he asks Whitebeard to let him join his crew, Whitebeard initially doesn't want him to upon learning Oden is next in line to be a Shogun and tries to leave quietly. Oden figures he would and manages to snag his ship with a rope just as the ship is headed for the falls, dragging him behind. Despite his vassal objections to pulling him aboard, Whitebeard instead issues a challenge to Oden: Hang onto the rope for three days. If he can endure, Whitebeard will allow him to join the crew. Oden actually manages for two days and comes very close on the third but lets go ten minutes shy of the three days to follow a woman's pledge for help. Regardless Whitebeard understands Oden let go because of his desire to help and allows him on board.
- He makes a fool of himself every week for five years to protect his citizens from Orochi while being laughed at by those same citizens. Yet he keeps dragging his face in the mud, ignoring his retainers beg to stop, and fully intends to respect the deal, until Orochi breaks it.
- His execution may be the ultimate instance of his endless determination. Oden stands in boiling oil for an hour holding up all his retainer to keep them from the oil.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He was the only one to have left a permanent scar on Kaido, who has otherwise survived any execution attempt.
- Dirty Kid: Exaggerated. He had been frequenting the red light district and spending lots of money there since he was six years old. He didn't lose his perverted personality as a teenager; at sixteen years old, he kidnapped many women and brought them to a temple as part of his harem.
- Disappeared Dad: To his children, Momonosuke and Hiyori, having given his life to protect them from Kaido.
- Dual Wielding: He was a Daitō Nitōryū user, using two longswords of Great Grade in combat. He was strong enough to cut a giant boar in half with a single hit.
- Due to the Dead: He's introduced paying respect to an old friend of his... cooking and eating a whole pot of Oden on his funeral pyre and toasting at him. At least he does apologize to the traumatized family.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In his final moments, Oden stands alone in a pot of boiling oil with Orochi continuously raising the temperature for a full hour, holding his top retainers above him for the entire time. When it becomes clear Orochi is reneging on the deal, Oden throws them to safety and fearlessly faces down Kaido himself, declaring that Wano will one day be open before Kaido finishes him with a shot to the head and Oden's body falls in the boiling oil with a big grin on his face.
- Dying Wish: Before dying, he express his desire to open the borders of Wano so that the country could be more open and involved with the rest of the world.
- Establishing Character Moment: During his official introduction in Chapter 960, Oden is first mentioned as wracking up numerous crimes before he even turned 20 and is first seen cooking a hot pot over a comrade's bones. While this seems to establish him as a real Jerkass, Oden finishes the meal and thanks his friend for the hospitality, and it becomes clear to the audience that Oden intended to honor his former comrade with one last meal. This establishes Oden as someone who doesn't care at all for social norms, what other people think of him, and consequences.
- The Faceless: His face prior to his own flashback is continuously kept in shadow likely to give his first true introduction as much impact as possible.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "My name is Oden, and I was born to boil!" Points for saying it while standing in a pot of boiling oil as Kaido levies a gun at him.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. When the young Dogstorm, Cat Viper and Kawamatsu are about to be burned at the stakes, Oden doesn't share his subjects' prejudice against them and instead admonishes them for their treatment of the trio. This plays a big part in the three's loyalty to him.
- Fatal Flaw: Oden consistently tried to shoulder burdens by himself, whether it was declining the help of the Roger Pirates or never confiding in his retainers about the hostage situation. He was also fairly naive, believing that Orochi and Kaidou were sincere about eventually leaving Wano rather than just buying time, or that they would spare him and his retainers if he could endure the execution.
- Fling a Light into the Future: Oden knew that Orochi was going to kill him no matter what, so he saved his retainers so they could open Wano's borders in his stead.
- Fluffy Tamer: After cutting in half the Kaiju-like Mountain God (now sporting visible stiches, he also tamed him and his child, the latter of which he used to carry his palanquin.
- Genius Bruiser: He's primarily a fighter, yet he's also smart enough to learn the ancient script of the Poneglyphs despite having no need for the skill.
- Go Out with a Smile: After Kaido fatally shoots Oden, the latter falls into the boiling oil with a big smile. Secure in the knowledge that his friends got away and will free Wano someday in the future.
- Goo Goo Godlike: As a toddler, he had already shown absurd feats of strength, like hurling his wet-nurse across the room when he was one-year-old and killing a bear by hurling a boulder at it when he was four. Big Mom was seen doing similar feats at five years of age and she was already giant-sized. Oden only avoids being an Enfante Terrible by the fact that he generally means well, even if he can be insensitive.
- Happily Married: With Toki. Despite having the possibility to have a harem all for himself, he decided to marry her, and it was a loving marriage.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. The first is a non lethal one, in which he sacrifices his honor and his image, dancing almost naked in the streets, to save Orochi's hostages. The second is when, after losing the battle against Kaido, Oden and the Akazaya Nine are sentenced to being boiled alive. Oden, however, asks for a chance to be spared and Kaido declares that whoever is still alive after an hour in the pot of boiling oil, will be allowed to live. Oden then holds his subordinates while his body is half-submerged in boiling oil. Ultimately, when Orochi unsurprisingly goes back on his word when Oden survives the hour and is set to just shoot them all, Oden uses the last of his strength to fling all his men to safety while he stays behind.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe example. Oden in life was a good man, despite being rather rough around the edges. Twenty years later, Orochi's propaganda has changed his image from the beloved daimyo of Kuri to the villain who nearly destroyed Wano by opening its borders to the world.
- Honor Before Reason: After Oden tries to follow the Whitebeard Pirates, Whitebeard offers him a challenge: to remain tied to the rope, in the sea, for three entire days. If he won, Oden can join the crew. Only a few minutes from the end of the three days, however, Oden leeaves the rope and gives up the challenge to follow a woman's cry for help. This choice impresses Whitebeard enough for him to let Oden join the crew anyway.
- Hot-Blooded: When he was young, Oden was a very impulsive man, often taking action without caring about the consequences. At nine years old he was at war with the Yakuza, while at nineteen years old he fought and defeated all of the bandits in Kuri. After many years, however, he learned to be more responsible about the consequences.
- Hungry Weapon: His Meitou Enma is a sword of the highest quality, but also eats up your Haki whenever is used, to the point of unnaturally withering your arm with each slash. The user needs to possess an iron will to tame the weapon and have it return your Haki and arm back to normal. Even a badass like Kin'emon remarks that he'd rather not wield the blade. Oden, however, was strong enough to wield it.
- I Regret Nothing: When confronting Kaido who laughs at him for falling for his ruse to allow time to build up his forces by playing the fool via Orochi's wishes. Oden firmly states he doesn't have any regrets for what he had to do if it kept his family, men and the citizens' safe.
- Improbable Age: Before he's properly introduced, a servant makes a List of Transgressions which chronicles his infamous activities since he was barely 1 year old. Among various things, he killed a bear with a thrown boulder at 4, visited the red light district at 6, took up drinking at 8, burnt down a Yakuza casino at 9 and worked in a quarry at 10. He was also famous for having united the outlaws and transformed the wildland of Kuri into a paradise before he reached 20 years old.
- Jerkass: Subverted. After being defined as a great man by his former subordinates, in his debut Oden his shown using the heat of a burned corpse to heat his meal, right in front of said corpse's relative, but is quickly revealed that it's actually Oden's way to send off his deceased friend.
- Killed Midsentence: While Kaido holds him at gunpoint, Oden makes his speech about an upcoming war and his wishes to open Wano to the rest of the world, but is silenced when pronuncing the final line when Kaido shoots him in the head. However, the citizens watching the execution finishes the line for him.Oden: I am Oden and I was born... (gunshot)
Citizens:... to boil!!
- Lady Killer In Love: When he was sixteen he had a harem of women, all of whom preferred him to their husbands, but after meeting Toki he fell in love with her and had two children.
- Large Ham: Oden was extremely energetic and boastful. His presence was impossible for anyone near him to ignore and left a mark (literally, often by destroying something) wherever he went.
- Leeroy Jenkins: After being taken up into Whitebeard's crew he acted impulsively, mostly out of excitement to see new things, like running ahead of the rest into new strange islands and getting himself into trouble or sinking ships before they could be looted.
- Like Father, Like Son: He took a liking to the red-light districts when he was 6, to the point that he exhausted his father's coffers on it, and at 15 his efforts to build a harem caused a war. Momonosuke's clearly his father's child.
- Made of Iron: When Oden and the Akazaya Nine are sentenced to death by boiling oil, a servant of Orochi accidentally falls in the pot of oil and dies in a few seconds, while Oden survives for an entire hour, all while holding his retainers safe on a platform, afterward, however, he has no more energy to move.
- Magnetic Hero: His indifference towards Wano rules and traditions, his charisma and his lack of judgmentalism made him an inspiring person to whoever he met. He was able to recruit the Akyza Nine mainly by awing them when his chivalry and strength. Just like Luffy and his Grand Fleet, he didn't want them to follow him, but they did anyway.
- Malicious Slander: When he was the shogun, he was beloved by anyone, but his name is all but cursed by the current generation of Wano citizens due to smear campaign perpetrated for 20 years. However, those who remember his times still have a good opinion of him and his clan, but showing any sympathy toward him is illegal and would lead to being caught and imprisoned.
- Master Swordsman: He tamed Kuri by his swordplay, defeating all of the outlaws that lived there, including the infamous Ashura Dohji. He was strong enough to clash evenly with Whitebeard in his prime and leave a marking scar on Kaido. To prove it further, he wielded Enma, a Hungry Weapon that only a Master could even pick up without being killed.
- Naked People Are Funny: Deconstructed. As part of the deal he made with Orochi and Kaido, Oden is forced to dance naked in the streets once a week, which makes him look ridiculous and resulting in the citizens, except a few very close to him, losing their faith in him and earning the nickname "Fool of a lord". Ironically, the dances are all that save those very same citizen from Orochi's wrath.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: While Oden was definitely more moral, Oden's vast list of insane accomplishments and wholly uncontrollable behaviour call to mind Oda Nobunaga. And just like Nobunaga, Oden died before he could see his dream come true, leaving his subordinates to complete it for him.
- One-Man Army: Sliced a rampaging Kaiju boar singlehandedly and even challenged the bandit king Ashura Doji and his entire gang and stomped them all by himself over the course of a night. Once returned after his long journey, Oden learns of Orochi's rise to shogun and how Toki got hurt, which angered Oden enough to rush toward the Flower Capital, defeating all of the palace guards. And once more during his battle against Kaido's men when he plowed through many of them to get to Kaido himself. Even Kaido noted how fearsome he was and had to resort to trickery to bolster his forces to stand a chance against him.
- Posthumous Character: He was killed by Kaido twenty years before the events of the Wano arc. His death led to Orochi becoming the new shogun and the country of Wano, except for the Flower Capital, becoming a polluted land of poverty.
- Rated M for Manly: In a series with manliness as a recurrent theme, Oden was the epitome of manliness. He could do incredible feats of strength since he was a toddler, was an inspiring figure for many people and had women everywhere falling for him.
- Rescue Romance: How Toki and he met, he ended up washing ashore where she was after slipping from the rope he had held onto for Whitebeard's challenge and saved her from the bandits trying to capture her, while she later treated his overinflated body (because it had absorbed too much water). They ended up falling for each other not long after.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- Upon returning to Wano after sailing with the Roger Pirates, he learns of Orochi's abuse of Wano, while that angered him enough what really got him was learning that Orochi was after his family and Toki took an arrow to the knee protecting her children. After which, he instantly grabbed his swords and made a beeline for the Flower Capital, throttling all the guards that stood in his way, kicked in the door to the throne room and rushed directly at the panicking Orochi, ignoring his pleas that Kaido won't take this attack lying down and major intent to kill. He even fought evenly Kaido and was only prevented from doing so due to making a deal with Orochi to save his citizen.
- After Orochi reneged on his deal by intent on enslaving Kuri, as well as killing one of his closest ally, he and the Akazaya Nine plowed through Orochi and Kaido's forces . He would have killed Kaido as well if not for his Hypercompetent Sidekick.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Oden proceeded to go to the most lawless land in Wano and reform the outlaws there before building a farm and a village, eventually becoming Daimyo... all before 20. He earned his Daimyo position to say the least.
- Stewed Alive: True to his name (Oden is a winter dish soup) Oden got sentenced to death by boiled alive in a pot of oil. Being boiled alive was a typical execution method of ancient Japan (and thus its expy Wano) reserved for criminals. Subverted because Oden resisted for an hour and Orochi decided to just shoot him and the Akazaya Nine, until Kaido steps him and personally kills Oden with a bullet in the head.
- Sticky Fingers: A good guy, but even Yasuie was aware that he would simply take something if he wanted it, even right in front of witnesses no less.
- Taking the Heat: After the "Mountain God Incident" in which he defeated a giant white boar, everyone assumed he was responsible due to being seen with the boar's child. Kin'emon, the one who had really brought the infant boar to the Flower Capital, was perfectly willing to admit he was to blame, but Oden clonked him and allowed everyone to think he was responsible. This is what caused Kin'emon to become Oden's follower.
- Temporary Bulk Change: After three days submerged in water, Oden's body swelled up until he was a giant, round, caricature of himself, but got back to normal after a single night.
- Through His Stomach: Upon joining the Roger Pirates, they bluntly told Oden that they would've never been friends. One pot of oden later and they already partied like best buds, and after the journey to Laugh Tale, they made a toast to Oden, who was about to come back to Wano.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Oden, appropriately enough. He's even introduced wolfing down a whole pot of the stuff and often prepares it for himself and his retainers.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Exaggerated. Oden had been a troublemaker since he was an infant. He killed a bear by throwing a rock at it, visited the red light district, in which he spent most of the royal funds, began drinking, burned down a Yakuza casino and then started a war with the Yakuza. All of this before reaching the age of ten years old.
- Undignified Death: After being defeated by Kaido, he was sentenced to death by being boiled alive, just like the actual oden soup, which is not only a painful way to die but also one reserved for criminals. The Straw Hats are enraged after hearing that Oden, a good ruler beloved by everyone, met this terrible demise. In truth, Oden not only resisted an hour in the boiling oil while keeping his retainers safe, but also survived the ordeal he was put into, until he's killed by Kaido himself as a sign of respect, while the inhabitants of Wano mourned him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Oden's five years-long absence allowed Orochi's rise to Shogunate and their country's enslavement and pollution by the Beast Pirates. Once he comes back, he regrets to have allowed his country to be ruined by Orochi's reign.
- Warrior Prince: Well, not exactly a prince, but he was the son of a shogun and thus lived in the Flower Capital before he got kicked out, and was a fierce warrior who caused violent fights, tamed a lawless land into a vertible paradise and sailed with the Whitebeard and Roger Pirates, clashing almost equally with an emperor.
- The Worf Effect: After clashing roughly equally with Whitebeard, he's sent flying by Roger with one hand to demonstrate the gap in strength between even someone as strong as him and the World's Strongest Man.
- Worthy Opponent: To Kaido for managing to scar him. Kaido personally killed him instead of letting Orochi's henchmen finish the execution as a show of respect.
- Younger Than He Looks: When he was eighteen years old, he had already a toned body and a rough face that made him appear a dozen of years older. Not surprisingly, he didn't change much after ten years.
Kozuki Toki née Amatsuki
Debut: Chapter 964 (Manga)
Devil Fruit: Time-Time Fruit
Kozuki Oden's wife, Momonosuke's mother and matriarch of the family, she was killed in the fire that destroyed her home after saving her son and his retainers. The previous consumer of the Time-Time Fruit (Toki Toki no Mi), which allows her to travel forward through time.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Unlike Oden, whose retainers criticised for having continued his journey, Toki is loved by everyone because of her kindness and altruism. Their love for her is the one big reason Kuri's citizen still loved Oden during his absence.
- Face Death with Dignity: Faced her end gracefully, choosing not to use her powers to save herself from the crumbling ruins of her castle.
- Fling a Light into the Future: She used her Time-Time Fruit powers to send her son and his retainers into the future to save them from Kaido.
- Happily Married: With Oden. Especially prominent given how it's heavily implied she was born in the distant past and used her powers to skip through time. In a flashback, we see how they met (in a mutual Rescue Romance) and how they fell in love. It's quite special to where the Whitebeard Pirates found it adorable.
- Meaningful Name: In the most literal way possible. It means Crested Ibis, keeping in line with the bird theme naming of female characters in One Piece, but also reflect her abilities granted by the Time-Time fruit (literally Toki Toki no Mi in the original Japanese), which allowed her to travel to the future or send people in the future.
- Missing Mom: To Momonosuke and Hiyori. After Oden was killed, 20 years before the events of Wano, she said her fate was to die alongside him, so she sent Momonosuke to the future with others retainers and ordered Kawamatsu to run away with Hiyori while Toki remained to die.
- Opposites Attract: Toki generally ran away from dangerous situations (sometimes by time-travel) meanwhile, Oden tended to cause trouble and gleefully engaged in fighting whenever it came up. Furthermore Oden wanted nothing more than to leave Wano and explore the world beyond... Toki had always dreamed of visiting Wano, because it's where her parents came from, and asked Oden (and Whitebeard) to take her there, much to their disbelief. Despite so many differences between them, it's been stated that the marriage between Toki and Oden was a very happy one.
- Our Time Travel Is Different: The Time-Time Fruit does allow the user and people they select to travel through time, but only going forward. Going back in time is impossible. Beyond this, it's unknown if the Time-Time Fruit grants any other abilities (since she is deceased by the story and though we have not seen her use any other abilities, it could mean she doesn't know she could do it.)
- Posthumous Character: She was killed twenty years before the events of the Wano Arc, but not before sending Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizou and Kikunojo twenty years into the future and telling a prophecy.
- The Prophecy: Before her death, Toki related a prophecy that predicted the arrival of nine strong warriors who would bring an end to Orochi's reign twenty years in the future. It helps that she sent her son, Momonosuke, and four retainers twenty years in the future with her Time-Time fruit.
- Really 700 Years Old: Technically speaking, when she met Oden, Toki was 26 years old, but was actually born 800 years before and traveled through time with the Time-Time fruit. When she tells this, everyone laugh and don't believe her.
- Rescue Romance: A rare example that goes both ways. Oden and she met when he saved her from bandits, scaring them because of his inflated body after having absorbed too much water, and she treated him afterward. They ended up falling for him pretty quickly and after a couple of years they had their first child.
- Taking the Bullet: Offscreen, when Orochi sent people after her and her kids, she protected them from a volley of arrows with her body, taking an arrow to the leg in the process.
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP)
Debut: Chapter 684 (Manga), Episode 609 (Anime)
Kin'emon's apparent son, brought with the other children to Punk Hazard to be experimented on by Caesar Clown. He hid after accidentally eating an imperfect, man-made Devil Fruit made by Vegapunk and turned into a little eastern dragon as a result. Later, its revealed that he and Kinemon arent actually father and son, but master and retainer, and that Momonosukes real father is Kozuki Oden, the deceased Daimyo of Wano's Kuri region. Both of his parents were slain by Kaido, and Momonosuke and his retainers are now on the run from the Animal Kingdom Pirates who have usurped the throne. He also has the mysterious power to hear the voice of all things.
- Acrophobic Bird: Despite having the ability to turn into a dragon and fly, Momonosuke is hesitant to use this ability. When he meets Luffy in a junk-pit, the latter asks him if he could simply fly away to escape, but Momonosuke is too hesitant and flies only after being called a "coward". This fear originates from Kaido's attempt to toss Momonosuke from the Kozuki palace 20 years before.
- Baleful Polymorph: Driven by hunger, Momonosuke ate an artificial Devil Fruit and got turned into a Dragon, but has no idea how to control the transformation, keeping him into a dragon form. He manages turns back to normal at the hand of the Punk Hazard arc after learning about Kin'emon (supposed) death and has since kept switching between human and dragon forms.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Apparently comes with being a Kid Samurai. He quickly gets on the male Straw Hats' nerves but puts up a cute and innocent facade to stay in the female Straw Hats' graces.
- Cassandra Truth: Nonchalantly tells the Straw Hats that he met Roger, despite Roger dying some 16 years before Momonosuke was, supposedly, even born, so the statement is immediately dismissed as a childish lie. Then comes The Reveal that Momonosuke and his retainers jumped forward in time 20 years, meaning it is possible he met Roger at the age of four or younger. Another flashback reveals Hiyori and he weren't even born in Wano but on Whitebeard's ship and indeed during the travels, they had came across Roger.
- Color Motifs: Pink. He wears a pink kimono, when he transforms into a pink-scaled dragon, and his the "momo" in his name comes from the Japanese word for pink.
- Determinator: He spent ten days without eating anything at all, aside from the above Devil Fruit.
- Dirty Kid: Uses his cuteness to get away with hogging the Straw Hat ladies' breasts and get to sleep in the ladies' bedroom with them. And to protect him from the insanely jealous Sanji, Brook, and Kin'emon while taunting them by hogging Nami's breasts.
- Harmful to Minors: He's been terrified of Doflamingo ever since he saw him brutally torturing a gladiator for not killing his opponent and, previously, he even saw his mother get executed by Kaido.
- Hope Bringer: Even after successfully liberating the Udon prisoners, they are still skeptical of the prophecy and how the crew comes from the past. It is only after they see the still-young Momonosuke that they believe the prophecy fully and decide to join the cause.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Hasn't exactly got a hold on how his powers work, changing from a dragon to his human form and back again without even realizing. There's also the fact that the Devil Fruit was Vegapunk's man-made Devil Fruit, and the story has yet to explain its mechanics. There also seems to be some form of mind control involved as Momonosuke didn't start flying until Luffy suddenly mentioned Doflamingo, which activated some form of imagery of him in the boy's mind. Momo doesn't even remember flying when Luffy tells him later on.
- Irony: A fairly dark example - that Eastern Dragon artificial Devil Fruit that he ate? It currently looks like Kaido, the man who murdered his mother, is the possessor of the actual Eastern Dragon Devil Fruit.
- Kid Samurai: Comes with being the son of a samurai, although he has never shown any combat ability so far. It might be because he's actually the son of a deceased lord.
- Like Father, Like Son: Despite being only eight years old, he's already a big pervert, and fakes being innocent and naive to sleep (literally) with the beautiful Nami and Robin. His precocious perversion comes from his father, Oden, who frequented the red light district when he was even younger than Momonosuke.
- Living MacGuffin: Doflamingo wants to capture him because of his lineage as the heir to the clan that created the Poneglyphs, as well as being the son of a man who set foot on Raftel and learned the true history of the world. It affects him too, but for a different reason, as whenever he remembers Doffy's face, he instinctively turns into his dragon form out of fear.
- Meaningful Name: The "momo" in his name comes from the Japanese word for pink, which is reflected by his dragon form being mostly pink. His name also refers to the tale of Momotaro, an old Japanese fairy tale about a boy who was born from a peach and went on to become a great samurai. When he gets hit by Jola's powers, his head humorously changes into a peach shape.
- Not Quite Flight: As a dragon, he shows the ability to "fly" by grabbing clouds he produces.
- Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, Doflamingo is this to him. Just hearing or thinking about him causes him to get so scared that he loses control of his Devil Fruit powers; this was even a plot point the first time it happened onscreen, as it caused him to fly out of the trash bin he and Luffy were stuck in; though Momonosuke completely forgot about that flight later. This was due to him witnessing Doflamingo brutally torturing a gladiator firsthand.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Unlike the two artificial dragons seen in Punk Hazard, he's an eastern type, and quite small. Luffy also mistakes him for the user of the "Eel Eel" fruit.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Kin'emon is not his father; he's his bodyguard, and they simply play that role in order to keep a lower profile while traveling to foreign countries. In truth, Momonosuke's deceased father was the ruler of the Kozuki clan of the Land of Wano, and Momo is the heir to his throne.
- Scaled Up: Momonosuke can turn into an Eastern dragon thanks to having eaten a fake devil fruit.
- You Killed My Father: His parents were struck down by Kaido eighteen years before the beginning of the story.
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
Debut: Chapter 909 (Manga)
Hiyori is the daughter of the deceased samurai and daimyo Kozuki Oden. She is Momonosuke's younger sister, who grew older than him after Momo was sent 20 years into the future by their mother, while Hiyori was not. In the present-day, she is known as Komurasaki, the highest-ranked oiran of the Land of Wano and Orochi's courtesan.
- Adorkable: In contrasts with her initial image of a dignified and proper lady, Hiyori has the tendency to make goofy faces when trying not to cry out of her pride as the daugher of a samurai, making her more endearing.
- Ambiguously Evil: As Komurasaki, her allegiance is unclear during her early appearances. While her Establishing Character Moment is a Kick the Dog moment, her victim is actually Asshole Victim making the act morally gray at worst. During Orochi's feast, Kyoshiro and other paints her as a Gold Digger only out for herself. Then she defends poor Toko from Orochi's wrath, declaring that, as a daughter of a samurai, she has a sense of honor. After that, she shows a much more kind and grateful side and is revealed to be a member of the Kozuki Clan.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Although he still loves her, Momonosuke says Hiyori used to annoy him with her flying kicks. Since Momonosuke has traveled 20 years into the future while leaving Hiyori behind, Hiyori is now much older than him.
- Big Little Sister: Towards Momonosuke, due to time travel. Hiyori was normally two years younger than her brother, but Momo was sent twenty years forward in time while Hiyori was not. As a result, she's grown into a young woman while he's still remained a kid.
- Break the Cutie: The logical result when a young child witnesses the death of her parents, sees her brother and most of her bodyguards disappear, and her home destroyed in roughly one day. Thankfully, Kawamatsu managed to cheer her up again.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's actually the masked woman who plays the shamisen at the beginning and end of Wano's first act, but is only revealed when she plays a symphony at Orochi's castle.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She slaps Orochi, the Shogun, to stop his attempts at killing Toko and even scolds him, saying she's not afraid to stand up to him and putting a target on her back as well.
- Dude Magnet: Reconstructed. She attracts everyone, even girls. However, she manipulates the men that love her into selling everything they have to give her money so she can be freed from the red light district and live with them. Then she ditches them once they don't have any more money. But then it's been revealed that her victims are greedy assholes who had it coming, making it an example of Kick the Son of a Bitch.
- Even the Girls Want Her: The crowd that gathers to admire Komurasaki while she walks through the capital is composed of both men and women.
- Face Death with Dignity: When asked by Kyoshiro if she's ready to die, she replied she is, before promptly being cut down. Subverted when she's revealed to be alive and well because Komurasaki's execution was staged between her and Kyoshiro to make Orochi think shes dead.
- To her true identity: The same chapter that Momonosuke mentions Hiyori, Komurasaki appears as the only major named character who fits the bill. It didn't take long for the fandom to connect the dots.
- To her true nature: Despite her Kick the Dog Establishing Character Moment, her victims actually sold off their family, hinting they weren't nice people.
- Good All Along: She's presented as a greedy and manipulative woman, but then reveals some depths at Orochi's mansion, where she protects Toko from the shogun's wrath. After being saved by Zoro, she reveals she's Kozuki Oden's daughter.
- Harmful to Minors: When she was only 6, Hiyori witnessed the Animal Kingdom Pirates assaulting her house and her parents' demise. After being rescued by Kawamatsu, Hiyori was so traumatized that she didn't speak for entire days and took Kawamatsu a lot of efforts to cheer her up.
- Hate Sink: Subverted. A flashback presents her as a manipulative, greedy woman who has ruined the lives of at least three men by pretending that she wanted freedom and tricked the men into selling everything they own, their belongings, house, and even family, until they have no money left they can give her, by which point she sadistically reveals the truth and abandons them, taking enjoyment out of their suffering. However, her slap at Orochi to save Toko paints her in a more positive light, then she shows a much more gracious side after Zoro saves her and Toko from Kamazo and is revealed that the men she sucked dry were Asshole Victims who made a profit through arson.
- Heroic BSoD: After witnessing her parents' death and the destruction of her castle by Kaido's army when she was only six years old, Hiyori says she remained mute for a long time. Thankfully, Kawamatsu cheered her out of it.
- Heroic Seductress: She bankrupted the three collaborators of an arson ring out through seduction, but these guys deserved it.
- Hidden Backup Princess: She was not sent to the future along with Momonosuke due to this trope. In case Momonosuke fails to revive the clan, then it would fall on her to continue the clan's lineage.
- Hidden Depths: She is not afraid of defending Toko from Orochi's wrath, going so far as to slap the latter. When ordered to bow down and apologize, she refuses, claiming that she has a sense of honor as the daughter of a samurai.
- High-Class Call Girl: As family-friendly as it can be for a Shonen series, in her identity as "Komurasaki", she's Wano's most famous courtesan, and has been chosen by the Shogun to perform her services.
- Ironic Name / Meaningful Name: Her alias Komurasaki comes from Miura-ya Komurasaki, a real-life oiran who had a tragic love story depicted in the painting "The Lovers Miura-ya Komurasaki and Shirai Gonpachi". In the story, the man Hirai committed crimes to buy Komurasaki's freedom, but she truly loved him and was Driven to Suicide when his crimes led to his death. This Komurasaki also manipulates men into committing crimes. HOWEVER, the men were asshole criminals and she bankrupted them out of their ill-gotten gains from running an arsonist ring.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's Momonosuke's younger sister Hiyori, who has been separated from him for 20 years after he was sent to the future.
- Mama Bear: She's very protective of her young attendant Toko. When Orochi tries to kill the girl for laughing at him, she has no hesitation and starts to plead for the girl's life. It doesn't work, so she opts for bitch-slapping the freaking shogun instead.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Its revealed all her victims were greedy crooks who had it coming.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Komurasaki is in truth Hiyori, the daughter of the Land of Wano's slain daimyo and Momonosuke's sister.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's famed as the most beautiful woman in Wano and is the highest-ranked oiran, maintaining an air of elegance with her graceful demeanor and ornate kimono. This doesn't stop her from swindling men for their money and slapping Orochi for trying to kill Toko. As she states, as the daughter of a samurai she refuses to be submissive and would rather die than be Orochi's wife.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: The other oiran comments about how Komurasaki always gets off scot-free from her actions because she's Wano's most beautiful woman. This does not last, albeit only because Kyoshiro executes her without Orochi's permission. Double Subverted since Orochi himself would've forgiven her because he's in love with her.
- Statuesque Stunner: Invoked. She wears a pair of gigantic stilts during her parade and is the most beautiful woman of Wano.
- Sudden Principled Stand: She's presented as a Manipulative Bitch but then she delivers an Armor-Piercing Slap to Orochi for trying to kill Toko and refuses to back down, declaring she must have some honor because her father was a samurai.
- The Tease: She's like this with the people she's friends with or people she actually likes as opposed to her "marks" who are usually corrupt crooks she takes for all their worth. She especially likes poking fun as Zoro's flustered responses whenever she brings up how they shared a bed.
- Trying Not to Cry: Played for Laughs. Upon learning that her brother Momonosuke is still alive, she's very happy, but, she claims that, as the daughter of a samurai, she must not cry, making a very goofy face while containing her tears.
- Unexplained Recovery: It's not initially clear how exactly she has survived getting cut apart by Kyoshiro, or how she was able to make everyone think she died. Flashbacks later reveal that Kyoshiro had her keep fake blood on her person at all times just in case there was a need to fake her death.
- Used to Be a Tomboy: According to Momonosuke, Hiyori was a tomboy as a kid. Upon seeing her after many years, Kawamatsu is surprised how she has grown into a refined princess.
- Walking Spoiler: Komurasaki is actually Kozuki Hiyori, Momonosuke's younger sister and a member of the Kozuki Clan.
- When She Smiles: While she's pretty in general, her beauty really shines through after she and Toko flee the capital and are saved by Zoro when she makes a genuine smile.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: While it's still not clear if she can be a contender for the title along with Boa Hancock and Shirahoshi, she's, without doubt, the most beautiful woman in the Land of Wano and has many admirers, some of which would sacrifice everything they have, including their own family, just to be with her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has teal (blue-green) hair.
A squad of formidable samurai led by Kine'emon, who used to serve Kozuki Oden until his death. They used to be a bunch of thugs/misfits or racism victims who were inspired by Oden, and then decided to become proper samurai by Yasuie's suggestion. After Oden's death, they become protectors of Momonosuke and Hiyori.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Dogstorm, Cat Viper, Kawamatsu, and Kikunojo are significantly younger than the rest of the Akazaya Nine and when the group was founded, they were children/young teenagers while the others were in their twenties.
- Badass Crew: They consist of the two rulers of the Mink Tribe and samurai strong enough to compete with the strongest members of an emperor's crew.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: They're a group of strong samurais who sworn to protect Oden, who was by far the strongest swordsman in Wano and able to clash with the strongest warriors of the One Piece world like Whitebeard. Averted after Oden's death, since his son Momonosuke is still a kid while his daughter Hiyori doesn't have any fighting skill.
- Despair Event Horizon: The day of the Fire Festival, during which they've planned assault Onigashima to defeat Kaido and Orochi, they find out that no one has come to Port Tokage to help them and that the port has been raided, ruining their 20-years long plan and destroying their hope of dethroning Orochi. Dogstorm is desperate to the point of taking a boat and going all by himself despite the huge storm.
- Determinator: Even after seeing that none of the 4200 soldiers has come in their help, they still take a boat and head to Onigashima to fight Kaido and his crew, even if the odds are completely against them.
- Praetorian Guard: They used to be Lord Kozuki Oden's most trusted guardians and companions, they are still this for his son, Momonosuke.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: At their foundation, they were a bunch of thugs and bandits who were inspired by Kozuki Oden and followed him. Yasuie later set them straight and they evolved into the badass crew they are today. They admit that, if they had never met Oden, they wouldn't have become the samurais they are now.
- Undying Loyalty: It doesn't matter if they're scattered or have to wait 20 years for Momonosuke's return, they remain faithful to the Kozuki clan. For Ashura Doji, however, his loyalty stopped with Kozuki Oden, and, after the latter's death, he went back to his bandit lifestyle, however, he changes idea after seeing Yasuie sacrificing his life for Oden's cause. There's a particular case with Kanjuro who, while not loyal to Oden, he's actually very loyal to Orochi.
- Youkai: Not clear at a quick glance, but most of them seem to carry references to traditional Youkai of folklore: Cat Viper and Dogstorm resemble a Bakeneko and Inugami, Kawamatsu is a Fishman that looks like a kappa, Ashura Doji refers the Oni Shuten Doji, Kiku dons a Hannya mask when going all out, Kanjuro sold brushes he made out of hair he cut from other people like the kamikiri, Raizo while living in Udon's forests was thought to be a brigand kidnapping women and killing others which makes reference to the Jueyuan a legendary monkey who kidnapped women to violate them, and Kin'emon's nickname mentions the Foxfire, the wisp conjured by kitsune. As for Denjiro, his tribulations and apparent rage-induced Color Failure may call to mind a Onryou, a vengeful ghost.
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Chris Ryan (EN)
Debut: Chapter 656 (Manga), Episode 580 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Garb-Garb Fruit
A samurai from the Land of Wano that the Straw Hats meet on Punk Hazard. He is initially introduced as looking for his lost son, Momonosuke. When he arrived on the island, Trafalgar Law sliced up his body parts (head, torso, and legs), which were then scattered throughout the area. He has eaten the Garb-Garb Fruit (Fuku Fuku no Mi) which gives him the ability to create clothes for himself and others, which he erroneously believes is simply "sorcery." Later reveals himself as a retainer to the Kozuki Family posing as Monosuke's father. He's the captain of the Akazaya Nine.
- Achievement In Ignorance: From Yasuie's message, Kin'emon interprets the lines on the snake as legs and comes to the conclusion that the port for the departure will change from Habu (snake) to Tokage (lizard). Instead, Yasuie meant to cut out the middle of port Habu, turning it into Hato. Thanks to this mistake, Orochi attacks the wrong port and the assault on Onigashima can proceed. Denjiro himself congratulates with Kin'emon for his strategy, while Kin'emon remains dumbfounded.
- Action Dad: Kin'emon stormed Punk Hazard just to retrieve Momonosuke; it took a Warlord to stop him and even as a legless, headless torso he can fight Brook on equal ground. His slashes set things alight, and can cut through explosions. Subverted when it's revealed he's not Momonosuke's father but one of his bodyguards.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Speaks in a very archaic way, hinting his origin from a country based off Feudal Japan. For example he uses the Japanese Pronoun "Sessha" (lit. my humble self) for himself, a very old and now extinct pronoun used by samurai.
- Arc Symbol: The Kozuki Clan symbol on his back has also apparently appeared inside the Claw Forest's Whale Tree for hundreds of years.
- Badass Beard: Kin'emon is a badass samurai who can cut explosions, and he's got the beard to show that, just like the badass character he's based off.
- Calling Your Attacks: Tends to shout loud his attacks most of which are fire themed, like Flame Split (Homurazaki) and Flaming Flash (Karyuu Issen).
- Childhood Friend Romance: In a flashback when he was young, he referred to Tsuru as a childhood friend as an excuse to not be hurt by her. Some years later, they have become Happily Married and are still in the present. Kin'emon is deeply in love with her and Tsuru has refused to marry again after he had travelled 20 years in the future, meaning that he disappeared for that amount of time.
- Death Seeker: Downplayed in his youth. He did not seem to care for his own life, reasoning that no one else would care if he died, and when O-Tsuru was devoured and seemingly killed, he too resolved to be slain in battle with the beast that claimed her life.
- Delinquent Hair: In a flashback when he was much younger, he was thug and had the hairstyle of a typical Japanese delinquent.
- Determinator: By his admission, he's someone who does not give up, and does all he can to retrieve Momonosuke at Punk Hazard and his fellow Akazaya Kanjuro in Dressrosa, fighting anyone who would get in his way in the former case. He also attempts multiple times to bring Ashura Doji back to the Akazaya Nine, even after the latter has become a bandit again and has made pretty clear he has no intention of becoming their ally. After seeing Yasuie's death, Ashura Dohji is convinced. In a flashback, he charges a mountain-sized boar head-on when he hears that it ate his childhood friend.
- Dirty Old Man: Chastises Nami for her revealing clothes, only to admit that he doesn't mind her dressing like that, and later gives her a very skimpy ninja outfit, explaining all kunoichis dress like that, only for Shinobu, an actual kunoichi, to show up with a covering ninja suit. He also gets really jealous of Momonosuke when he uses his cuteness to not only charm Nami and Robin, but also sleep in their room.
- Dual Wielding: He fights with two swords, something rare for a samurai. He's so skilled that even as a legless-headless torso he can still fight back against Brook, using one of the swords to stand still.
- Dye Hard: In-universe example. His natural hair color is black, but he used to dye his hair when he was still a thug.
- Fights Like a Normal: Kin'emon has Devil Fruit powers, but they don't have any kind of combat application, except for the ability to create armors, which he doesn't use. All of his actual fighting prowess comes from his natural skills.
- Former Teen Rebel: In his youth, he was a delinquent who would steal from others with no remorse. In the present, he's an honorable samurai willing to do anything for the sake of the Kozuki clan and his country.
- Functional Magic: He ate a Devil Fruit that grants him the ill-defined ability of "sorcery," which is activated by saying "poof". He uses this to turn rocks into any clothing necessary like winter clothing, disguises or armors. He warns the transformation will only last so long as the clothes are being worn.
- Gasshole: And he can communicate using his farts! This gets turned up to eleven when he suffers from diarrhea.
- Gorgeous Garment Generation: His devil fruit ability gives him the ability to create any kind of clothes, including disguises, from leaves or stones. Kin'emon just has to place a leaf/stone on the head of a person and then he will turn it into clothes that perfectly fits the target and disappear when they are removed. Kin'emon uses this ability mostly to create disguises, such as when he disguises as Doflamingo to look for Kanjuro, or when he gives appropriate clothes to the Straw Hats in Wano.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Technically 1/3rd the man he used to be. For a good portion of the Punk Hazard arc, his body is separated into three: his head, his upper body, and his lower body. The head is even separated into multiple pieces until Nami builds them back together. Even as a torso with arms, his upper body is able to fight on par with Brook. After a while, Kin'emon finally gets all his body parts together and turns out he stands just as tall as Brook (8'9!).
- Happily Married: It's revealed he's married to Tsuru. He's driven to tears when he learns she's remained faithful to him after 20 years.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He can burn things and cut explosions with his Foxfire Style (Kitsunebiryu).
- Japanese Delinquents: When he was young, he was a feudal version of the classic Japanese delinquent. He used to dye his hair and keep it in a rebel hairstyle, didn't have problems with robbing the others and was infamous in the capital for the troubles he caused.
- Japanese Politeness: The Land of Wano's Japanese-ness extends to traditional social graces. He can be haughty as any aristocrat, but he also turns extremely self-effacing and even gets on his hands and knees while begging the Straw Hats' forgiveness for a rather minor slight (he assumed as pirates they were cheap thugs), or when requesting a favor.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's bad-tempered and has rather outdated views on women, but he's a noble honorable samurai and cares greatly for Momonosuke.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Katanas are a staple weapon for a samurai, and he uses two of 'em.
- Ki Manipulation: He can use Armament Haki which he used to help Zoro slow down Doflamingo's Birdcage. He's also implied to be able to use Observation Haki since he says he can feel people's "auras" and his surroundings.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's perverted and likes to flirt with and ogle beautiful women, but he has a wife, Tsuru, and his first thought to himself when he sees her again is that she's still beautiful even after 20 years.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Happened when Brook accidentally knocked him over after he was exposed to Shinokuni, though he inexplicably survives. Sanji immediately lampshades it and kicks him, saying he should be dead.
- The Leader: When telling his minions about Kozuki Toki's prophecy, Orochi mentions that Kin'emon is the captain of the Akazaya Nine. Fittingly, he's the one who tells the crew
- Losing Your Head: Before his introduction, he got himself beheaded and then his head got cut to pieces courtesy of Law. Since Law's victims are unharmed when sliced apart, he survives the ordeal and later gets fully rebuild.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Inverted. Kin'emon is not Momonosuke's father. He's a subordinate of Momo's real father, who happens to be the ruler of an influential clan in the Wano Kingdom. This is a reveal for the Straw Hats, since Momonosuke has always known that.
- Master of Disguise: The intended use of his Devil Fruit ability which allows him to create any costume he wants. He even manages to dress as Doflamingo and fool the castle guards and Gladius to find out where Kanjuro is kept.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In an event forty years before. He was horrified when he realized that by stealing the white boar and bringing it to the Flower capital, he had attracted its father, a boar as large as a mountain, in the capital, endangering the entire city and its inhabitants.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: My Name Is Kin'emon. You kidnapped my son. Prepare to Die.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Played for laughs. When he reveals his powers, he's berated for not using them earlier. He admits that he didn't do so because he liked seeing Nami in her revealing outfit.
- The Nicknamer: Refers to the Straw Hats as various things from Japanese culture. For example, he calls Usopp a Tengu and calls Robin a courtesan.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based on the late Japanese actor Nakamura Kinnosuke, who Eiichiro Oda is a fan of. More specifically, it's based on his role of a badass father, just like Kin'emon with Momonosuke. Except for the part where they aren't related.
- Papa Wolf: Protects Momonosuke at all costs and risks his life multiple times to save him. Subverted once it's revealed he's not actually his father, but his bodyguard, while Momonosuke's real dad (and Kine'mon's true master) died a long time ago. Regardless, they're still close to each other.
- Power Perversion Potential: Implies that his ability to summon up any set of clothes can extend to "topless", and this raises a rather interesting question- normally the effect wears off once someone removes the clothes. Also, when giving clothes to the Straw Hats to help them blending into Wano, he gives Nami a very skimpy ninja outfit, claiming it's normal for a kunoichi to dress up that way.
- Samurai: He's a samurai, like most warriors of the Land of Wano, and is considered among the strongest ones. He also serves the Kozuki clan, which includes Momonosuke; thus, he's an 8-year old's loyal subordinate.
- Samurai Ponytail: He has a small topknot that Sanji uses to identify him as a samurai from Wano.
- Spanner in the Works:
- His attempt to rescue Momonosuke leads to the Straw Hat-Law team up, the end of Caesar Clown's years of SAD production as well as the release of the children he kidnapped, and a bidding war between Kaido and Doflamingo.
- In Wano, his genuinely misinterpreting Yasuie's message to change meeting places while nobody else did causes the traitor among the allied forces to tip their hand and reveal themselves, all while the steps they and Orochi had taken to prevent everyone meeting up with the samurai are rendered moot because the difference in distance between where Kin'emon thought they were to meet and where they actually did meet means everyone had left and gotten into position long before Orochi destroyed the bridges and ships he thought they intended to use.
- Stay in the Kitchen: With his archaic samurai demeanor comes fairly dated views on how women should act. He criticizes Nami for her informal, direct way of talking toward him and her temper. He also believes that her revealing outfit as a result of being stripped and deems her lewd when she clarifies that she's voluntarily dressed like that, though he ultimately can't hide his lustful joy over her "breast band".
- Suicide as Comedy: Threatens to use seppuku at the slightest embarrassment.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: When Denjiro goes into a long-winded explanation about how Kin'emon purposefully deceived the traitor and by extension Orochi by deliberately misreading Lord Yasuie's message and saying that the meeting place was Tokage Port instead of the actual meeting place, Habu Wharf, Kin'emon, who genuinely thought the meeting place was Tokage Port, just gives a small affirmation and doesn't bother to explain his mistake at all.
- Taken for Granite: He's turned into a statue by Shinokuni's deadly gas but gets better thanks to Trafalgar Law.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Rages at the Straw Hats for being pirates as they rescue him (a prejudice which is justified since Kaido's crew has destroyed his country), then blatantly takes advantage of Sanji being unwilling to leave him behind to harass him further. Grows out of it when they help him put himself back together.
"Evening Shower" Kanjuro
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (JP)
Debut: Chapter 700 (Manga), Episode 629 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Unnamed Drawing Fruit
Kin'emon's samurai friend. Upon washing up on the shores of Dressrosa, he, Kin'emon, Momonosuke, and a fourth samurai were apprehended by Doflamingo's troops. Kanjuro allowed himself to be captured to give his friends enough time to escape. He has eaten a Devil Fruit that allows him to bring to life anything he draws. Regrettably, the innate usefulness his powers bring to the table is severely limited by his own lack of drawing skills.
- Art Attacker: His Weapon of Choice is a sword-sized paintbrush, and uses it to create paintings of creatures and objects that are brought to life with his Devil Fruit power.
- Art Initiates Life: His Devil Fruit ability allows him to bring anything he draws to life, including food and living creatures. Unfortunately, he can't quite take full advantage of it and many of the living being he creates with his power are weak and die after a short time.
- Damsel out of Distress: Dude in this case. After being found by Kin'emon in a dump, Kanjuro explains how he survived during that period as a prisoner, by drawing food and making it real with his devil fruit, then escapes from the dump by drawing a giant bird to ride.
- Improbable Weapon User: His sword is actually a gigantic paintbrush, which he uses to draw things to life.
- Irony: His Devil Fruit allows him to bring anything he draws to life, too bad he is also a Terrible Artist, which prevents him from getting the best out of his Devil Fruit ability.
- Ki Manipulation: Kanjuro uses Armament Haki to help Zoro with slowing down the Birdcage.
- Mundane Utility: While prisoner in Dressrosa, Kanjuro uses his devil fruit to draw food to himself, and in his debut he's eating a badly-drawn cabbage.
- Rapunzel Hair: His hair resembles that of a Kabuki-Theatre actor and goes all the way down to his feet.
- Required Secondary Powers: Or "Required Secondary Ability" in this case rather than a power, and the fact that he doesn't have them is Lampshaded; in order to fully utilize his powers, it would be much more convenient for him if he could actually draw well, unfortunately, his drawing ability are very poor.
- The Quiet One: Kanjuro is almost always calm and rarely talks, especially compared to his more eccentric fellow retainers.
- Samurai: He is one of the strogest samurai from the Land of Wano, albeit his appearance resembles that of a Kabuki actor.
- Terrible Artist: Ironically, given his ability to make real anything he draws. This results in the living beings he creates being shoddy and generally don't last long.
Raizo of the Mist
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara
Debut: Chapter 817 (Manga), Episode 768 (Anime)
A ninja from the Land of Wano, retainer for the Kozuki Family, member of the Akazaya Nine and one of Kin'emon's companions. Jack's search for him caused untold amount of devastation to the Mokomo Dukedom.
- Badass in Distress: Played with. When Jack came looking for him, he had to take refuge in the Mokomo Dukedom. And then the Minks chained him against his will, since he could not stomach seeing his Mink allies getting slaughtered and was ready to turn himself in to stop the carnage.
- Face of a Thug: Raizo has a very large and square face, with small eyes, a wide mouth and sideburns that would be appropriate for a villain, but is instead one of Oden's Akazaya Nine.
- Gonk: Raizo is drawn in a very cartoony style, with an over-sized head and short limbs; to his dismay, as he notes that not kunoichi even dares look at him and in got rejected in the past. This doesn't diminish his badass credibility at all.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has an odd scar shaped like a crescent moon on his forehead which he got during a battle with King twenty years before.
- Ninja: The first seen in the verse. At first he claims he's a "serious" one who doesn't do special tricks but, after hearing Luffy and Chopper's disappointing comments, starts performing many Naruto-style ninja arts.
- Not Good with Rejection: Exaggerated. When Raizo was part of the Oniwabanshu, he was rejected by a young kunoichi (heavily implied to be Shinobu) and took it so badly he left to live in a forest in the Kuri region, where he kidnapped any woman who passed by. After meeting Oden, Raizo found a new purpose in life and followed him.
- Self-Duplication: One of his ninja ability is to create shadow clones of himself.
- Stealth Expert: As befitting a Ninja. He sneaks in Kaido's forced labor camp to keep Luffy up to date with the plan. He also plays an important role in Luffy's escape cutting off communication in the prison, by taking out the smails and finding the keys for Kawamatsu's handcuffs.
Voiced by: Mariya Ise
Debut: Chapter 913 (Manga)
The poster girl for Tsuru's tea house in Okobore Town in the region of Kuri. When Tama gets kidnapped, she quickly reveals her true occupation as a samurai and joins Luffy and Zoro on their quest to save her. She is later revealed to be a servant of the Kozuki Clan.
- Action Girl: Played With. Tsuru describes her as a very strong swordswoman and she calls herself a samurai, but after cutting Urashima's knot, she's immediately scared of what she has done and needs Zoro to motivate her in kicking ass again. After she's motivated, she easily defeats multiple mooks. Its also later revealed that she is biologically male, but identifies as a woman.
- Badass Adorable: She's a big one, but still cute, and very skilled with her sword.
- Foreshadowing: Kiku typically uses "sessha" when adressing herself. This is an archaic Japanese personal pronoun typically used by male samurai during the feudal ages. This foreshadows that Kiku is actually biologically male. Also, in the original Japanese, the Akazaya Nine are referred to as "Akazaya Kunin Otoko", which means the "Nine Men of the Red Scabbards".
- Hime Cut: She has blunt bangs, shoulder length sidelocks, and mid-back length hair beftting for a Lady of War in a kimono.
- Horse of a Different Color: Rides Komachiyo (the komainu) to chase after one of the Gifters who kidnapped Tama.
- Katanas Are Just Better: In a Japanese-like country like Wano, they most certainly are.
- Lady of War: She's beautiful, polite, wears a kimono, and works in a tea house. This hides her true nature as a samurai who can wield a katana with great skill and precision. She's biologically male. Although she does consider herself a lady at heart and continues to present as female, so she's still a depiction of the spirit and tone of the trope.
- Lost in Translation: In Japanese, Kiku uses "sessha", an archaic masculine personal pronoun that was used typically by male samurai during the feudal ages. This quirk is generally lost when Kiku's dialogue is translated into English and requires being pointed out especially as it's a hint to Kiku's biological sex. Viz's translation has Kiku use "This One" as a substitute for "Sessha", which they also used with Kenshin Himura of Rurouni Kenshin.
- Master Swordswoman: Comes with being one of the Akazaya Nine. While often reluctant to fight, she's skilled enough to slice off Urashima's topknot as he's running towards her. While wearing her Noh mask, she becomes a fierce warrior.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Kiku's full name Kikunojo is a reference to Segawa Kikunojo, a famous kabuki actor from the 18th century renowned for their role as an onnagata (a male actor who plays women's roles in Japanese Kabuki theatre). The name Segawa Kikunojo was later adopted as a yagō by a number of onnagata over the years thus making the very name Kikunojo become closely associated with the very concept of onnagata.
- Rage Helm: Or Rage Mask. She dons a terrifying Noh mask to highlight the fact that as one of the Akazaya Nine, she's not to be messed with. It also symbolically represents Kiku hiding her "femininity" and go all out in a fight.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A kind-hearted woman who works at Tsuru's tea shop, yet is quite firm in personal boundaries as shown when she rejected Urashima's offer to make her his wife, and gave chase to one of the Animal Kingdom Pirates after they kidnapped Tama. And she will raise her katana at you if you insist on your advances after she's already told you "no".
- The Smurfette Principle: Played with. Kiku is the only female member of the Akazaya Nine ,but is revealed to be biologically male. However, Kiku claims to have the heart of a woman.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's so tall that, sitting down, Zoro (who is 5'11") only comes up to around her chest. That said, her beauty is directly proportional to her height.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The anime gives her dark blue hair, while one of the volume covers reveals her to have dark pink hair in the manga.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP)
Debut: Chapter 920 (Manga)
One of the three samurais of exceeding power, who's set as a top-priority target to be found by Kin'emon.
Originally the reigning bandit king of Kuri, he swore loyalty to Oden after his defeat in battle. After Oden's death, he returned to his former bandit lifestyle, but this time under the name Shutenmaru, and did so for the next twenty years.
Upon assisting Yasuie's sacrifice, Ashura decides to join the Akazaya Nine once again.
- Acrofatic: He can move at blinding speed despite his girth, quick enough to give Jack a fight of his life.
- Brutal Honesty: When Kin'emon tries to get Ashura Doji to rejoin, he bluntly tells the former that the Kozuki clan's disappearance has caused Wano to suffer.
- Coat Cape: He doesn't wear his coat, and instead places it on his shoulders, giving him a wandering samurai look.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At first, he comes across as another lazy and incompetent Fat Bastard in a series full of them, only to reveal himself as far more competent than that in a single panel flat.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of the Kozuki supporters who could not wait the full 20 years for the prophecy and decided to challenge Kaidou in his home turf sent him into a Heroic BSoD. Previously he believed in the prophecy and waited on it for ten years, even when life grew more difficult for his faction over time. Even when his underlings were about to go against Kaidou, he tried to rein them in, to no avail. In the present time, he shows a graveyard full of Kozuki supporters who failed in their uprising 10 years ago to Kin'Emon and Dogstorm.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Deconstructed. In his youth, he fought and lost to Oden, and became one of his loyal followers. After Oden's death, he remained faithful, but after the unsuccesfull attempt of Oden's support to kill Kaido, Ashura saw no more reason to work with the Kozuki clan or uphold his late master's ideals, and went back to his old way of life.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Ashura's eyes are always shaded to make them stand out from most mean looks and hint at how he has become disillusioned after seeing Oden's supporters going into a pointless and desperate suicide attack against Kaido.
- Fallen Hero: He was once one of Oden's beloved retainers who turned his back on the Kozuki clan and returned to his bandit life shortly after his master's death.
- Fat Bastard: He's a thief willing to kill an old woman and massively obese, after some attempts, he's finally convinced to abandon for good his life as a bandit.
- Freudian Excuse: His cynical views towards Wano as a country stems from the fact that Lord Oden was killed by Kaido during the latter's invasion and that many of Oden's supported died after an attempt to kill Kaido.
- Gonk: He's a very fat and unpleasant bandit.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: In the past, he was a notorious mountain bandit whom Lord Oden defeated, thus earning his loyalty. Once Oden is killed, he returns to his past lifestyle of banditry. Then finally decides to reaffirm his loyalty to the Kozuki clan.
- Heroic BSoD: Ashura fell into a major one when the Kozuki supporters could not wait for the prophecy to be fulfilled and decided to challenge Kaidou in Onigashima, resulting in their demise. It's what caused him to return to his bandit life. After assisting at Yasuie's death, he decides to join again the Akazaya Nine.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he doesn't know all the details, he calls out Kin'emon and Momonosuke for expecting him to help the Kozuki clan after waiting many years. A reasonable point, since the clan's disappearance caused Wano to suffer and he has long since given up hope that the clan would return.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he is a bandit willing to raid villages, he deeply cares about Kin'emon and his allies as shown when he finally accepts the latter's offer to help him take down Kaido and Orochi.
- Kick the Dog: He not only refuses to rejoin Kin'emon and his former allies, but he steals food just to make the villagers suffer. At first.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care that he is stealing food from defenseless villagers.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When the forest he and his men are living in is set on fire by the Animal Kingdom Pirates, he decides it's time to go start bashing heads together.
- Master Swordsman: Is said by Kin'emon to be one of the strongest Scabbards, and quickly prove it by effortlessly wounding Jack, who previously took on Dog Storm and Cat Viper for five days straight.
- Perpetual Frowner: His smile is always turned upside down, which at first gives his face a more thug-like appearance, since he's introduced as a bandit pillaging a village. Later, it's revealed that because he saw all of Oden's supporters pointlessly sacrificing themselves in a desperate battle against Kaido and has become disillusioned with the idea of the Kozuki clan coming back to the throne. Once he changes his mind and rejoins the Akazaya Nine, he's still grumpy, but smiles every once in a while.
- Red Herring Shirt: He initially looks like another Fat Bastard thug who will be quickly taken down by the other characters. Then you see him fight...
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: His two names, Shutenmaru and Ashura-oji, are derived from Shuten-doji, the mythical demon (called oni in Japanese)) commonly seen in Japanese folklore.
- Ronin: He's a wandering samurai and laments how Wano "no longer has any real men whom a strong samurai can follow anymore". Considering his past as Lord Oden's retainer, it may also double as Despair Event Horizon.
- Tattooed Crook: Like Hyogoro the Flower, Ashura Doji sports elaborate flower tattoos on his shoulders.
- The Worf Effect: He easily overpowers Jack at first, though they fight relatively evenly. He even calls him "small fry".
- Younger Than He Looks: Ashura's age is not clear, but he's at the very least in his late 50s, yet he can pass himself off as a man in his forties, to the point that he's remained unchanged for forty years.
Kawamatsu "the Kappa"
Debut: Chapter 924 (Manga)
One of the three samurais of exceptional power, who's set as a top-priority target to be found by Kin'emon, and a Fishman. He rescued Kozuki Hiyori and raised her after the destruction of Oden's castle. However, he was captured and has spent many years imprisoned in a cell.
- Badass Adorable: He's a cute & cuddly looking Fishman who has a kindhearted personality who can also kick ass.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He's loyal to Oden and his family because Oden was the first one in Wano to treat him nicely despite being a Fishman.
- Blush Sticker: His perpetually rosy cheeks give him a cutesy appearance compared to traditional depictions of kappas and highlight his nice personality.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Twice! He's both the unnamed figure that is seen with Momonosuke and his group before they are sent to the future by Toki, and the mysterious prisoner who Luffy sees before being sent to his jail. However, it takes a few chapters before both of these figures are revealed to be the same character: one of the missing retainers mentioned by Kin'emon.
- Determinator: Despite being fed a poisonous fish every day, he keeps on clinging to life. Even the guards note how that people who eat poisonous fish die after a few weeks, but not Kawamatsu, who explains that it has been very unpleasant. The fact he's a Fishman might justify this. After eating poisonous fish for years, one of the first things he does after being freed is throw up.
- Driven to Suicide: After young Hiyori ran away, Kawamatsu looked for her without success, believing to have failed in his mission to protect her. He went to Ringo to commit Seppuku where, fortunately, he found new purpose in in collecting and protecting Ringo's weapons for the fated battle.
- Fantastic Racism: Suffered from this as a child. He and his mother, two Fishmen, washed up in Wano from a shipwreck long ago, only to be refused help and be discriminated because they were an unknown race to the Wano inhabitants. His mother told him to identify as a kappa from then on to escape the discrimination, but it didn't work much better, because kappas are demons in Japanese folklore.
- Grave Robbing: After failing to protect Oden's daughter, he decided to use the swords embedded in Ringo's graveyard to arm the future rebellion, hiding the weapon stash in the cemetery. He acknowledged that it was wrong, but also that by using said swords again would have make their dead owners proud.
- Improvised Weapon: When chained to the walls, he resorts to spitting out fish bones to impale a prison guard's neck.
- Kappa: While in prison, he's described as a kind of "croco-shark", only to be revealed by Hiyori to be an actual kappa. He's actually a Fishman who landed ashore in Wano with his mother, and only calls himself a kappa because Fishmen are heavily discriminated against in the world, especiallly in a country as isolated as Wano, in which a Fishman is something unheard of. His kind are implied to hold a similarly frightening reputation in Wano as in real-world legends, and still suffered discrimination as a child even while claiming to be a kappa, but he nonetheless swore loyalty to Oden and took care of Hiyori after Kaido's invasion, even cheering her up with a "kappa dance".
- Nice Guy: Took care of a very young Hiyori to the point he starved himself just to feed her, and cheered her up after she was traumatized by Kaido's invasion. He also fed and took care of a Kitsune he had just met in Ringo.
- Nice Hat: Constantly wears a large bamboo hat which is reminiscent of the hole on a kappa's head.
- Parental Substitute: Seemed to have become this to Hiyori after saving her from Oden Castle during Orochi's takeover. He took care of her, made sure she was fed, and did his best to keep her spirits up for seven years, until they were separated 13 years ago, when Hiyori was 13. When they meet after many years, during which Hiyori has grown into a woman, Kawamatsu is still very apprehensive of her.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh is a punny "Kappappa", befitting for a kappa-looking Fishman.
- Stout Strength: Even after years of malnutrition in Udon's prison, he's pretty stocky and chucky as a Yokozuna's expected to be, but kicks ass as expected too.
- Sumo Wrestling: Kawamatsu is not only a samurai, but also a sumo wrestler with the rank of yokozuna (the highest possible rank for a sumo practitioner). This fact is also reflected in the name of his sword, Soto Musou, which is a type of sumo move.
- Super Spit: He's able to spit fish bones with enough power and speed that it becomes a deadly projectile.
- Undying Loyalty: In contrast to Ashura Doji, he is eager to join the rebellion against Orochi. He also saved Hiyori's life during Orochi's coup and took care of her for seven years afterwards and after Hiyori ran away, he found a new purpose by gathering weapons for the rebellion predicted by Toki. When he's freed, his first question towards Raizo is whether Momonosuke is doing well.
Debut: Chapter 960 (Manga, Flashback)
One of the Akazaya Nine, and the last one to reunite with them. In the past, he was a young boy disillusioned with the adults, the only exception was the rebellous Oden. After Oden's death, he changed his appearance and took on the new identity of "Napping" Kyoshiro and the "Ushimitsu Kozo" to bide time and protect Oden's daughter Hiyori.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in time to give the Akazaya Nine, Straw Hats, Kidd Pirates, and Heart Pirates back up along with the samurai army that Kanjuro had tried to prevent from leaving the island via warning Orochi who tried to cut off their routes to the ocean. Revealing that they have left the island before Kanjuro knew about and the ships that the Animal Kingdom Pirates destroyed were just spares.
- Con Man: When he's introduced in the flashback, he's bargaining with a pot seller and manages to talk him into taking back a 30 silver pieces-worth pot and in exchange give him a larger pot which costs twice as much. The seller realizes only when Denjiro's far enough. He pulls the ultimate con on Orochi by posing as Kyoshiro and rising to become his right hand man.
- Cool Shades: As a young man, he wore circular black shades over his eyes.
- Fan Boy: As a boy, he was disillusioned by the adults, who followed the strict rules of Wano's society, but made a special exception to Oden, who didn't care about societal norms, and Denjiro had a great admiration for him.
- The Ghost: He's only been mentioned by Hiyori and Kin'emon so far, and that's the extent of what we know about them. He makes a debut at the beginning of Oden's flashback as a young boy and at the end of the flashback, it's revealed Denjiro took the identity of Kyoshiro to get close to Orochi, meaning he has actually appeared since the first act of Wano.
- Mole in Charge: As Kyoshiro, he rose to become Orochi's chief enforcer and use him to defeat Kaido.
- Oh, Crap!: In his introductory chapter, he has one when he realizes that the white piglet in Kin'emon's possession is the beloved child of the Kaiju sized Mountain God, which proceeds to go Papa Wolf on the Capital.
- Prematurely Grey-Haired: His hair was black when he was young. It turned grey out of sheer pure rage after his master Oden was slain.
- Properly Paranoid: Reveals to his allies he always felt that Orochi had a spy within the Akazaya Nine, so he held off on revealing himself and kept an eye on Orochi for any sudden plans. His instincts turn out to be correct and he foils Kanjuro's and Orochi's attempts to stop the samurai army.
- Samurai Ponytail: His silhouette's most if not only distinct feature is his unusual hairdo. It was just a stump when he was younger.
- Something Only They Would Say: Denjiro talks about a key detail of the Mountain God incident to prove his identity, as he's disguised as Kyoshiro, to the other Akazaya. Kin'emon was the one responsible for it but everyone thought it was Oden's fault. Only Oden, Kin'emon and Denjiro know the truth, and one of the three is dead. That he, in his persona as Kyoshiro, knows it was Kin'emon is enough to prove to the latter that Kyoshiro is beyond all doubt Denjiro in disguise.
- Tranquil Fury: After Oden is killed Denjiro gets so angry his hair changes color and his face is unrecognizable. Denjiro describes himself as "possessed by a demon called rage" but, when posing as Kyoshiro, manages to remain calm, meaning he's constantly in this state.
- Undying Loyalty: He bended his knees to Orochi, playing the lap dog role to the man who ruined his Master, all the while maintaining his loyalty to the Kozuki cause.
Other Retainers and Allies
Debut: Chapter 921 (Manga)
Devil Fruit: Ripe-Ripe Fruit
A veteran kunoichi from the Land of Wano who was Kin'emon's protégé. She has eaten the Ripe-Ripe Fruit (Juku Juku no Mi) which lets her age and rot any inanimate object she touches, a power she erroneously believes is "jutsu."
- Aichmophobia: She has a fear of sharp objects, screaming loudly when the ceiling gets stabbed after she and Nami are caught spying. Nami lampshades how unfit it makes her for battle.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult her looks unless you want to receive a Ninja Art: Ball-Crusher.
- Bound and Gagged: While the Akazaya Nine go on a boat to assault Onigashima, Shinobu remains on land with Momonosuke, but Kanjuro ties her with snakes he has drawn and kidnaps Momonosuke.
- Defector from Decadence: She used to serve under Fukurokuju and the Oniwabanshu, but quits when Fukurokuju decided to throw his lot with Orochi.
- Formerly Fit: Albeit she's still as agile as always, she used to have an Impossible Hourglass Figure like most women of One Piece, now she has a round body with short limbs.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair like this.
- Gonk: She's short, stout, and has an unattractive face with large cheeks, mouth, and nose.
- Groin Attack: Parodied. One of her "Ninja Arts" is throwing an item which ricochets to hit Hanzo's groin. He questions if it's the origin of her old nickname "Man Killer".
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: As is a theme with many characters in Wano. What was once a feared member of the Oniwabanshu known for her beauty and technique is now an ugly middle-aged woman whose skills as a ninja are questionable at best.
- Insistent Terminology: She insists that her powers allow to ripen objects, not make them rot.
- I Was Quite a Looker: In the past she was a beautiful woman known to seduce and kill men, now she's so much of a Gonk Hanzo can't believe Shinobu is that same person.
- Make Them Rot: Her Devil Fruit power lets her rapidly age and decay anything she touches. She uses it to make a sinkhole under Oden Castle, saving her group from Kaido's fire breath attack.
- Meaningful Name: Shinobu means "to endure," or "to conceal oneself", and she's survived Orochi's reign for the last 20 years. It's also a variant word for "shinobi."
- Ninja: She's an experienced kunoichi. However, shes shown to be a fairly incompetent one, being unable to stay quiet, having a fear of sharp objects, and bad eyesight to spy on enemies.
- Proud Beauty: Subverted. She looked quite beautiful in the past, but in the present she's a Gonk who takes great pride in her looks, which no longer applies.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Almost a parody of the concept. She has no reservations with bathing alongside men in a bathhouse, and even seems to enjoy their lecherous stares, claiming "all young men are like that." Of course, she mistakenly believes she's the center of attention, when she's clearly not, but when you consider she was gorgeous in the past...
Hyogoro "the Flower"
Debut: Chapter 926 (Manga)
A small, elderly man in the same prison in Udon as Luffy. Before Orochi took over, he was the most powerful yakuza boss in Wano and an ally to the Kozuki Clan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: He had a powerful, if somewhat portly body in his youth, while now he's a short old man. He can still kick ass, though to a certain limit.
- 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.
- Ki Attacks: 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: He may have been a yakuza 20 years ago but was kind to commoners, making him very popular with the populace and even admired by Oden.
- 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.
- Reality Ensues: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Debut: Chapter 952 (Manga)
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.
- 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.
- 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, though so far two of them are blatant in their meaning (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
- Early-Bird Cameo: Tsunagoro first appears as one of the prisoners seen noticing Big Mom's rampage.
- 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
- 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.
Shogun Orochi and his Allies
Debut: Chapter 927 (Manga)
Devil Fruit: Snake-Snake Fruit, Model: Yamata-no-Orochi
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.
- Ax-Crazy: At first, Orochi seems like the average petty dictator ruling his land with an iron fist but otherwise being lucid. It's steadily revealed 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 civilians in mind.
- 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 couldn't care less since he is well aware of this and deliberately fermenting despair in Wano.
- 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 by Kaido, who is just the muscle to enact Orochi's plan to overthrow the previous shogun and turn Wano into a wasteland.
- 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.
- Badass Boast: Albeit with a dose of Smug Snake, since Kaido is backing him, but come on, directly antagonizing the World Government itself, even shooting one of their top agents just to make a point, has to count for something. And considering how Wano has maintained its isolation even before Kaido came into the picture, that's not an empty boast note Orochi: "I'm not asking you if it's possible or not. Celestial Dragons? The Marines? Know this: We do not fear them. Even if all of you banded together, you'd never topple this country. I have Kaido himself at my back!"
- 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 a buffon 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 behaviour, 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: He thinks himself as the hot stuff in Wano, but it's made very clear that he would have been overthrown a long time ago without Kaido's backing. Even his ascension is in part thanks to Higurashi's doing, since she impersonated Sukiyaki and used that to give Orochi the crown.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: He 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 Bari-Bari 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Foil: To Doflamingo. Both are the tyrannical rulers of countries, backed by weapons deals to the Emperor, Kaido. Both were persecuted as children because of their lineage, and because of this hold immense grudges against those who they believe caused their suffering (the general Wano population for Orochi, and the Celestial Dragons for Doflamingo). Both were adopted by surrogate parental figures who stoked their anger and sense of entitlement and who gave them the means (including their devil fruits) to put their plans for revenge into action. Both eventually manipulated the rightful rulers of the countries they control into disgracing themselves in the eyes of the populace. Their primary differences can be seen in two aspects: where Doflamingo is a dangerous, formidable fighter, Orochi has displayed no aptitude for combat, despite possessing a Mythical Zoan. Secondly, where Doflamingo has carefully constructed Dressrosa to appear as a beautiful wonderland hiding its dark secrets, Orochi makes no attempt to hide the growing wasteland that has overtaken vast amounts of Wano outside the Flower Capital, as unlike Doflamingo, Orochi wants to see the land he's charged with wither away into nothing.
- Freudian Excuse: While he is a horrible person who ruined an entire country and acts like a cowardly, murderous brat, his backstory shows thatas he grew up in abject poverty 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 asked them from Oden, and climbed on 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 sadnes 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 frightnening 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 plan make it even worse, since it means Orochi has been willingly turning Wano into a living hell for its inhabitant 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 civilians 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 mosly innocent, yet his revenge involves 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 to Oden to die by boiling in oil alive, with Kaido adding a pardon 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, succeeding where he failed albeit with some help backing him, is trying to destroy it because of his grandfather's actions resulting in him being hunted.
- 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 ultimately smacks of this. Yes, what he went through back in the past is awful and sympathetic. But, like Dolfamingo and his grudge against the World Nobles, it 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.
- 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.
- 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 attacked him, he just stood there and pissed his pants in fear, and probably would have died without someone else saving his ass.
- 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!: He 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.
- Orochi: Fittingly for his namesake, he ate a Zoan Type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a eight-headed serpent.
- 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 is 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 Onigashimai 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.
- 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: His main motivation to become shogun is to drive Wano into destruction as revenge to the entire population of Wano for his family and he having been hunted down due to his grandfather's coup attempt.
- 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 Yamato-no-Orochi type of dragon, with eight writhing, snake-like heads.
- Sins of Our Fathers: A thoroughly deconstructed example of the results of this. 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.
- Start of Darkness: While he wasn't a saint, when he was a child Orochi was told and convinced him that there was nothing wrong with his grandfathers 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 begun gathering money to pay a mercenary while poisoning the current shogun to inherit the throne, until he became the corrupted, hedonistic and evil ruler he is solely to take revenge on Wano's population.
- Tempting Fate: When we're introduced to him, 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.
- 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.
- 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 child but the latter stole money from Yasuie and blamed Oden for it. Orochi repays him with treachery and ultimately murder.
- The Usurper: 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 didnt 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.
- 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.
Debut: Chapter 965 (Manga)
Devil Fruit: Clone-Clone Fruit
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).
- Big Damn Villains: 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 could finish him, Kurozumi distracted Oden by turning into Momonosuke and having one of Kadio's men act like he was holding him hostage. Giving time for Kaido to recover and land a critical hit on Oden from behind.
- Dead Person Impersonation: She impersonated Sukiyaki to pass down the throne to Orochi in Oden's absence.
- Evil Old Folks
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She pretty much singlehandedly put Orochi on the throne by impersonating Oden and Sukiyaki, and prevented 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 to have killed her 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 seemed to just be a Kurozumi supporter with a grudge against Kozuki Sukiyaki. However she can name her devil fruit and even possesses a Mythical Zoan, both of which implied 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 Kadio'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 Kurozomi's rise to power and consequently everything bad that happened in Wano since. She also doomed 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 to a despicable Quisling to a Fallen Prince seduced by Poisonous Friend. Meanwhile, the Wano conflict was essentially instigated by outside force if her knowledge of Devil Fruit is any indication.
Debut: Chapter 969
Devil Fruit: Barrier-Barrier Fruit
A member of the Kurozumi Family, Semimaru is an extremely old, blind biwa player dressed as a monk and protects 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.
- 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 timeskip.
- 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.
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (JP)
Debut: Chapter 700 (Manga), Episode 629 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Unnamed Drawing Fruit
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 commrades 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.
- 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.
- 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 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. And 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. And 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.
- Distressed Dude: Kanjuro let himself captured by the Donquixote Pirates to allow Kin'emon to follow Momonosuke, who ended up on a ship directed to Punk Hazard. Saving him isKin'emon 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 he own.
- 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.
- 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 he 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 MacGuffin and Kin'emon spending significant time bonding with the Straw Hat, 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 theyve 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.
- Harmful to Minors: Watching his family die on stage at such a young age messed the poor guy up something fierce and 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.
- 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, lead 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.
- 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 has always lived in a theatre until his parents were killed on stage. For this reason, Kanjuro has great acting skills and has foiled 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- This Cannot Be!: After thinking he has the Akazaya Nine in check, 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.
- 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.
Debut: Chapter 919 (Manga)
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.
- 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.
- 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 saves 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 10 feet tall 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.
- 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.
Debut: Chapter 937 (Manga)
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. As of Chapter 944, his true identity is revealed to be Killer of the Kid Pirates. To see info on him, see this page.
- Axe-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 to date has been absent. Chapter 944 reveals that they are unrelated, as Kamazo is Killer.
- Ronin: One who doesn't wield a katana, but 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. And 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.
Debut: Chapter 951 (Manga)
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: In the Flower Capital.
- 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.
- 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.
- Samurai: An elite squad of them.
- The Smurfette Principle: From what we can see, one member is a woman, her face covered by a black mask.
Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga)
Shogun Orochi's loyal elite ninja squad. Currently named members are Daikoku, Raijin, Fujin, Hanzo and their captain Fukurokuju.
- 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.
- FaceHeel 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.
- 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.
- Praetorian Guard: They're Lord Orochi's retainers and bodyguard.
- Stealth Expert: As befitting a Ninja. Nine of them tail Robin 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.
Debut: Chapter 931 (Manga)250:]]
The captain of the Oniwabanshu. A stoic man loyal to shogun Orochi and sometimes assists him with the handling of the enemies.
- Affably Evil: Downplayed, but he promises Nico Robin that if she answers sincerely, they'll give her a quick death instead of painful torture.
- Purpleis 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: Not shown yet, but according to the prisoners of Udon's Prison Mine, he's one to Raizo, who was a former member of Oniwabanshu.
- Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of shades and is the leader of the corrupted Orochi's bodyguards.
- Unusual Ears: His most notable feature, along with his head, is his long, dangling earlobes.
One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. He's able to crawl on the ceiling and uses rope to catch the intruders.
- Acrofatic: He's a large and fat ninja, but that doesn't make him any less stealthy or agile.
- Giant Mook: Hanzo is visibly the largest member of the Oniwabanshu.
- Groin Attack: Shinobu is not amused to see that Hanzo doesn't consider her beautiful anymore.
- Knows the Ropes: He uses some rope to catch Robin, who is actually revealed to be a fake body.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name comes obviously from the famous samurai Hattori Hanzo, although the two have almost nothing else in common.
- Wall Crawl: Despite his size, he's constantly seen crawling on the ceiling, allowing him to move around Orochi's mansion unnoticed.
One of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. He's a large man wearing samurai armor and a katana sword.
- 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.
- 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 samurai armor and even has a katana across his back.
Two of Orochi's Oniwabanshu. They seemingly work in tandem and ride large, earthbound catfish. It has been not yet specified who is who in the duo.
- Dual Wielding: The one with the wind bag is seen wielding two katana/ninjato swords in combat. as he's cut down by Zoro.
- Expy: Though we don't know exactly who's who, 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: Again, they sit on the heads of large, land-moving catfish who carry them around. And they still manage to be stealthy while moving around on them. Pink catfish, no less.
- Incendiary Exponent: Downplayed example, one of them wears a back ring with lit fiery torches on his person.
- Mask Power: One of them (with the ring of torches) has his face entirely covered by a metal mask adorned with googles and a catsmile-shaped mouth slit.
- Non-Indicative Name: Presumambly Raijin doesn't have a ring of tomoe-adorned drums on his back, but some sort of torches. Justified, as the actual Raijin Ring appeared on Eneru before.
- 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 and themed after the gods of thunder and wind.
- Those Two Guys: They're implied to work and act together in combat.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being among Orochi's best guards, Zoro quickly proves to be too much for one of them to handle.
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.
Yasu "the Hedgehog"
Debut: Chapter 929 (Manga)
A taikomochi from Ebisu Town outside the Flower Capital. As it turns out, not only is he an ally of the Kozuki clan's rebellion, but his true identity is that of Shimotsuki Yasuie, the former daimyo of the Hakumai region who served together with Kozuki Oden (daimyo of the Kuri region) under Oden's father Sukiyaki, the shogun of Wano. 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.
- Dare to Be Badass:
- He gave 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 overracting for such a simple prank, and sowing doubt among Orochi's own men for following such a cowardly lord.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: With his death he single-handedly saves the budding Kozuki's rebellion and exposes Orochi as the cowardly fraud he really is.
- 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 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.
- 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".
- Go Out with a Smile: 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.
- Guile Hero: Although Yasuie was implied to be a strong samurai, his greatest influence in the story is in his words. See Dying Momentof Awesome.
- 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".
- The Jester: He is a taikomochi, a male geisha and the medieval Japanese equivalent of a jester.
- 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.
- 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: Constantly has a large, teeth-bearing grin on his face. It's actually part of his philosophy. Later revealed to be the side effect of unknowingly ingesting failed SMILE fruits.
- This is partly why the Nine Red Sheaths did not 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 is 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 invoke this for the entire Town helping and cheering on every inhabitant.
- Really Royalty Reveal: His real name is Yasuie, a daimyo of the Kozuki clan, the man who inspired Kozuki Oden and motivated the Akazaya Nine into becoming strong warriors to protect Oden.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 are his "prank", he saves the rebellion, whose plan has been discovered, and taints Orochi's reputation by painting him as a paranoic 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.
Debut: Chapter 927 (Manga)
Toko: Hey, I'm not a man!! Aha ha ha ha!! Otoko's just my name!
Toko is a little girl who lives in the Flower Capital. She is Tonoyasu's 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Perpetual Smiler: Go ahead and try to find a panel where she's not sporting a 32-teeth smile. Even when she's crying or panicking because she's late, she's still smiling. It's later revealed that she, 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.
- Through His Stomach: She 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.
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.
Voiced by: Megumi Han
Debut: Chapter 911 (Manga)
Devil Fruit: Unnamed Dango Fruit
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. Her unnamed Devil Fruit allows her to create Dango from her body that she can feed to animals to tame them.
- 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 implies that she's the one who taught him how to weave the hat for Oars Jr.
- 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.
- Fluffy Tamer: Her Dango can pacify and tame beasts. She tames a giant baboon, and also has a Komachiyo as a pet. It even works on SMILE users.
- Heroic BSoD: She has a major one when she finds out that Ace died in Marineford.
- Irony: Tama is waiting for Ace to come back and is devastated to find out that he's dead. Luffy hasn't told her yet 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: She 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 arrived.
- Ms. Exposition: Since she's native to Wano, she fills Luffy in on some of the details of her country.
- Nice Girl: As early as her debut chapter, she feeds Luffy her entire stock of rice, which she's only allowed to eat twice a year.
- Ninja Brat: She claims to be a kunoichi in training, but so far she has yet to show any 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.
- Through His Stomach: The reason Luffy and the audience decides that she is good is because she fed 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark purple hair.
- You Remind Me of X: As she continues to interact with Luffy and the times he's helped her and rescued her from harm, she makes note that he's a lot like Ace. He hasn't told her yet that this is because he's Ace's brother.
Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP)
Debut: Chapter 911 (Manga)
A swordsmith, as well as Tama's friend. He deeply cares for her, and along with Tama, are 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 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.
- Meaningful Name: Besides the obvious one with his family name, "Hitetsu" read literally means "non-ferrous", referring to his blade-smiting.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Luffy for telling Tama that Ace is dead in the bluntest way possible.
Debut: Chapter 912 (Manga)
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 it than what she appears to be. She is the wife of Kin'emon.
- 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.
- A flashback reveals another one from her, as not even Kin'emon could 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: To Kin'emon.
- 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 certainly doesn't look like it.
- 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 a certain Vice-Admiral, though hers is in kanji. Fans refer to her as O-Tsuru to avoid confusion.
Debut: Chapter 913 (Manga)
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, this is why he gets angry when Kiku cuts his knot.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He keeps proposing to Kiku who is blatantly uninterested and he doesn't get it until she cuts his knot.
- 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. And that's not 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. And 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 he's very fat.
- Jerkass: He is not a nice guy. He 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. 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. And 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.
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.
Debut: Chapter 936 (Manga)
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. His real name is Onimaru, the fox companion of the daimyo of Ringo and Kawamatsus friend during the time between Hiyoris 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.
- Expy: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, kinda like Benkei did to obtain 100 swords in his famous, romanced story. More poignantly, he's been defending Ringo graveyards from would-be graverobbers. 5 years alone until Kawamatsu comes along, and 13 years after that until the current story.
In the Land of Wano, lives a great variety of creatures. Many of which have a characteristic flame-like mane.
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.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In its debut, the Mountain God is attacking the Flower Capital to find its child, destroying entire building in its rampage.
- 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.
- 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 hadn't stopped it.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The Mountain God rampages through the Flower Capital simply to find its child.
- 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.
- 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.