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Artificial Devil Fruit
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Japanese Name: 人造悪魔の実
Romanized Name: Jinzō Akuma no Mi
English Name: Man-Made Devil Fruit
Meaning: Man-Made Devil Fruit
Debut: Chapter 685; Episode 611[1]
Type: Zoan
User: Momonosuke, Kaido's army

An Artificial Devil Fruit is a type of Devil Fruit created by scientific means, independent varieties produced by Vegapunk and a collaboration of Caesar Clown and Donquixote Doflamingo. So far, only Zoan-types are produced.

AppearanceEdit

An Artificial Devil Fruit is an apple shaped fruit with a long stem that curls at the end. They are rather small compared to natural Devil Fruits, and due to being man-made, its patterning is also different: instead of swirls covering the fruit, it has ring patterns. While Vegapunk's failed version is light colored all the way with a long swirled stem,[1] the SMILEs manufactured through the co-operation of Caesar and Doflamingo are dark with light ring pattern with a short stem.[2]

Unlike a natural Devil Fruit, it does not seem to have an unimaginably horrible flavor that one would describe as to the point of taking poison, as Momonosuke ate the entire fruit in bites without recoiling at the very least.

OverviewEdit

The Artificial Devil Fruit is created based on Vegapunk's research on how Devil Fruits affect the user's "lineage factors" (血統因子 kettō inshi?), making practical applications of such effects on the blood.[3]

Vegapunk's Failure Devil FruitEdit

The fruit created by Vegapunk does not have a classified name due to being a failure.[1] It allows the user to transform into a pink, serpentine dragon that bears a resemblance to the Chinese or Japanese variety.

It is later revealed that Kin'emon's son, Momonosuke, got changed into a dragon ( Ryū?),[4] shown to have a more oriental appearance than the dragons encountered earlier by the Straw Hats, and the power to produce clouds. He was found in the garbage dump by Luffy after his battle with Monet and later explained about how he ate an artificial Zoan-type Devil Fruit.

His transformed size seems to be inferior compared to a natural Zoan-class Devil Fruit user's full-form transformation, as he was barely big enough to carry Monkey D. Luffy, a normal-sized human. His clothes seemingly disappeared completely when he changed. He also gained the ability to generate semi-solid clouds that could also be used as stepping stones, giving the appearance of flight. It is currently unknown whether or not Momonosuke's size in his animal form is due to his young age or an imperfection in the fruit, nor if it permits to morph into a hybrid form like normal Zoan.

Due to being a failure, it seems to have flaws. A few moments after consuming it, Momonosuke transformed automatically, and he claimed that he does not know how to revert to human form. Later he was shown to be able to accomplish the task, albeit ending up completely naked, which is unlike that of a natural Zoan.[5] It is unknown if this fruit grants the general weaknesses as a natural Devil Fruit would.

Momonosuke originally ate the fruit on a whim to fight off hunger. He unconsciously used the ability to generate clouds to climb upwards, enough to run back up the many-stories tall garbage chute of Punk Hazard.

Momonosuke as a Dragon
Momonosuke, Kin'emon's son and the dragon Luffy found in the dump.
Momonosuke Clouds
Momonosuke in dragon form using his clouding power.

SMILEEdit

The SMILEs (SMILE(スマイル) Sumairu?) manufactured by Donquixote Doflamingo are considered a success, and the key ingredient required to concoct the fruit is SAD, a substance that only Caesar Clown knows how to manufacture. As such, to produce such Devil Fruit requires Caesar's cooperation.[2] The SAD is produced by Caesar, which then is transferred to the SMILE Factory in Dressrosa[3] and processed into SMILE, and the fruits are in turn used by Kaido of the Yonko to create an army of over 500 Zoan Devil Fruit users, forming a three-way alliance. However, as they are artificial fruits, they still have their own risks, despite being a success.[3]

Due to the Tontatta Tribe's dwarfs specializing in plants, they are forced into labor in producing SMILEs under the lie that it is medication for their sick Princess Manshelly as incentive to increase their rate of production, and the gullible dwarfs believed the lie. It appears that the Tontatta can only produce only one viable fruit out of every ten SMILEs. The bottom quarter of the fruit lacks the telltale swirls, which seems to mark the difference between a successful fruit and a failure. The manufacturing process of the SMILE Factory involves having luminescent sunflowers that provide light to the trees growing the fruits, while SAD is poured into the river. The river has irrigation on both sides that channel the river under the trees to feed them.[6]

It is unknown if this type of fruit shares any of the same weaknesses as natural Devil Fruits.

Artificial Devil Fruit Smile
Caesar and Doflamingo's SMILE.
Kaido's Artificial Zoan Army
Kaido's army of artificial Zoan-class users.
Dressrosa SMILE Factory
The SMILE factory

TriviaEdit

  • Vegapunk's failed product is the first man-made Devil Fruit shown in the series.
  • Due to the eel-shaped form Momonosuke takes on, Luffy jokingly believes the fruit allows the user to take on an eel form.
  • Doflamingo first makes mention of them to Disco just before he gives up on the slave trade.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 685 and Episode 611, Mononosuke's flashback reveals he ate Vegapunk's man-made Devil Fruit.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 689 and Episode 615, Caesar explains the primary agenda of his experiments for Joker's underworld trafficking.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 698 and Episode 625, Law explains what he knows about SAD and SMILEs to the Straw Hats.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 682 and Episode 608, Ginko says she saw Momonosuke turn into a dragon.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 696 and Episode 622, Momonosuke transforms back to his human form, without his clothes.
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 74 Chapter 738, A member of the Donquixote Pirates lies to the dwarfs about the needs for SMILEs.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 504 and Episode 398, Doflamingo states he is more interested in SMILEs than slavery.

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