|Manga - Anime|
|Official English Name:||Gladius|
|Debut:||Chapter 682; Episode 608|
|Japanese VA:||Isshin Chiba|
|Japanese Name:||Pamu Pamu no Mi|
|English Name:||Pop-Pop Fruit|
Gladius wears a full body black-colored coat in the manga, dark purple in the anime, with gold-colored metal rings on the arms and chest, and black and gold-colored metal gears on the elbows, and matching black boots. Gladius also sports a black ninja mask in the manga, chalk white in the anime, which is connected to a pair of blue goggles, covering half of his face, and a black top hat, all giving him a very steampunk theme. He has spiky hair that is light-colored in the manga, light blue in the anime, which is often stuffed inside his hat and flares out when uncovered. Also he has a scar acoss the right temple which seems to reach to his goggles. In the anime, his elbows seem to be completely mechanical. After using his Fashion Punc technique, his hairstyle became a buzz cut.
At age 17, his hair was shorter, and his mask was of a lighter color. He also wore a shorter coat, leaving it open. At age 23 his hair grew longer and spikier, and he wore a different coat, now zipped up.
Gladius is especially known for his short-temper, which causes him to trigger his Devil Fruit powers whenever he gets easily enraged. Like most of Doflamingo's underlings, he treats his "young master" with utmost loyalty as he got angry when he noticed Violet's betrayal, and did not hesitate to shoot Baby 5 while she was assaulting Doflamingo — although the latter act he did casually, possibly he was simply annoyed by the ruckus Baby 5 was causing. His ruthlessness also extends to his underlings, as he showed no concern to any of them during his fight with Cavendish and Bartolomeo and let many of them get injured by his attacks. He values punctuality as well as following and executing orders precisely, and despises those who do not live up to his standards. He seems to have a low tolerance for morbid scenes, as he nearly vomited when Law spoke of hiding within a mountain of corpses during dinner.
Gladius has great respect for his captain, as he is quick to seek revenge for Violet's betrayal against him. Gladius was possibly overprotective enough to shoot Baby 5 when she was trying to kill Doflamingo, while the other members did not seem to care; either that or he was simply annoyed by the ruckus she was causing.
Gladius and Baby 5 have a rather strange relationship. On the one hand, Gladius did not seem to hesitate to go as far as shooting Baby 5 in a casual manner, either to protect his captain or to quell her chaotic actions, and on the other, the two were seen a day later talking casually about Violet's betrayal. Baby 5 is easily scared of Gladius' outbursts, such since he trigger his Devil Fruit powers to explode his hat at the mere thought over Violet's betrayal.
Gladius seemed to trust Violet's abilities enough, in order to agree on her key role to defeat the Straw Hats. When the news about her betrayal arrived, Gladius seemed quite surprised, but was willing to act quickly and punish her for it.
Abilities And PowersEdit
As one of the officers of the Donquixote Pirates, Gladius is a powerful fighter. He possesses a great amount of durability, as he was struck by one of Luffy's Gear Second attacks, only to shrug it off and to quickly recover with no visible signs of harm at all and no permanent injuries whatsoever. He also appears to be very fast, easily capturing Kabu and Rambo, and afterwards Thunder Soldier, all known for their high speed. He was able to simultaneously fight against both Cavendish and Bartolomeo, pirates who both have a bounty of over 100 million, with moderate difficulty.
Gladius ate a Paramecia-class Devil Fruit, the Pamu Pamu no Mi, which allows him to make any inorganic object he touches rupture and explode by first causing the object to swell until it bursts. Using this power creates a grenade-like effect that sends pieces of the ruptured object flying in all directions like shrapnel. In Dressrosa, although the toys are changed people, they are still considered inorganic, thus enabling him to kill them with his ability. This was shown when he was about to blow up Thunder Soldier.
His arms appear to be equipped with a firing mechanism which he uses in conjunction with his Devil Fruit ability to shoot rupturing bullets. It also seems like his shades give him a telescope-like vision, similiar to Usopp's goggles, to increase his accuracy.
Additionally, his hair is coated in a paralyzing agent, which becomes a dangerous projectile when combined with his Devil Fruit powers.
Gladius was already a member of the Donquixote Pirates, at age 17, when Law joined the crew at age 10. After Law had been with the crew for about a week, Gladius was seen having a meal with the other members of Doflamingo's family. The crew then learned that Law was sick with the Amber Lead Syndrome and that he was a survivor form the extermination of Flevance. While out on a raid, Gladius and Lao G explained to Baby 5 about the country of Flevance and how its people were inflicted with the Amber Lead Syndrome.
After Law was made an official member of the crew, the Donquixote Pirates spread their influence as they traveled to the Grand Line. They participated in various activities such as looting, making business deals, and collecting bounties. He was instructed by Doflamingo to teach Law how to use gunnery in combat.
Six months after Corazon and Law left the crew, the Donquixote Pirates plotted to steal the Ope Ope no Mi from pirates who were going to sell it to the Marines. They later arrived at Minion Island and were informed by Vergo of Corazon's treachery.
While Doflamingo covered part of the island in his birdcage, the Donquixote Pirates raided and looted the Barrels Pirates' hideout. When they found Corazon, they viciously attacked him until Doflamingo arrived. Buffalo and Baby 5 later informed Doflamingo that the Marines stationed at the island took custody of a boy. Thinking that the boy might be Law, the Donquixote Pirates left Corazon for dead and prepared for departure. Before they left the island, they found themselves under fire by Tsuru's squadron.
Pirate Alliance SagaEdit
Punk Hazard ArcEdit
Gladius was talking with Baby 5 about Violet's betrayal and what they should do about it. His top hat began to expand as he became more angry about it, until Baby 5 told him to calm down and not explode. His hair ultimately burst through it and he angrily expressed his disgust of people who do not follow orders.
When the palace was under attack, Gladius intercepted Thunder Soldier, Kabu, and Rampo after they escaped from Lao G. The two dwarves tried to attack him, but the officer caught them and blew them up. He then went after Thunder Soldier, stating he can't outrun him as a toy. He tackled the toy soldier from behind and, while explaining his ability, inflated the soldier's head. Right before it exploded, Luffy knocked Gladius away with a Jet Stamp, saving Thunder Soldier from certain demise. Upon seeing Violet, Gladius ranted about her betrayal and exploded his helmet, hurting her with the helmet's shards.
Luffy, Thunder Soldier, and Violet escaped through a window. After losing sight of them, he ran into Kin'emon, disguised as the young master. Fooled by the disguise, Gladius informed him about Kanjuro's whereabouts.
After realizing that he was tricked, Gladius went to the second floor to search for Luffy and his group.
By the time he found Luffy's group, they already began their assault in the suit room. When Gladius arrived at the room, he was surprised to see Doflamingo's head separated from his body. After Pica entered the room in his stone form, Gladius was once again shocked to see Doflamingo still alive.
It was then revealed that the decapitated Doflamingo was only a copy made of string. After the real Doflamingo appeared and had Pica threw his enemies out of the palace, Gladius stood next to Doflamingo as he initiated his "Birdcage" plan.
After Pica relocated the palace to the Flower Hill, Gladius was seen gathered in a meeting with some of the other officers and lower-rank subordinates at the top of the palace.
He was later seen on the second level of the new King's Plateau guarding the palace alongside Machvise, Baby 5, Lao G, and Dellinger. Once Luffy's allies reached the second level, Gladius told the lower-rank troops to not lose sight of the enemy.
Gladius and his four fellow officers later joined the fray. When Chinjao tried to climb up to the third level, Gladius knocked him down with Landmine Punc.
While Robin, Rebecca, and Bartolomeo were flying over the second level, Gladius attacked them with explosives. While Robin and Bartolomeo were falling, Gladius jumped into the air after them but was caught in Robin's clutches. They later landed on the third level. Gladius and an army of giant toys then faced off against Robin and Bartolomeo.
Gladius launched rupture bullets at his foes, but Bartolomeo blocked it with his barrier. After Bartolomeo used his ability to create a stairway to the fourth level, Gladius launched explosives at Luffy as the latter was making his way up there. Bartolomeo protected Luffy by jumping into the line of fire. After Robin knocked away the toys in the vicinity, she declared that she would not allow Gladius to lay a hand on Luffy.
When the headcrackers became human and were revealed to be Family troops, Gladius was surprised that Sugar had been knocked out again. Gladius then comforted the soldiers by lying to them that they (the Family officers) were going to turn them back into humans once the battle was over, despite knowing that he had completely forgot about them due to Sugar's power.
He then prepared for a destructive explosive attack by swelling and inflating the ground around them. He then initiated the attack with no concern for his troops. However, Cavendish and Bartolomeo were unharmed due to Bartolomeo's barrier. Gladius then noticed Robin making her way up to the fourth level. He tried to gun her down, but Bartolomeo used his barrier to block the shots. Cavendish was about to strike Gladius but was interrupted when Bartolomeo came charging with his barrier. Gladius then called for Dellinger to assist him.
By the time Dellinger arrived, Gladius was witnessing Hakuba's rampage. Gladius warned Dellinger to stay away, but the latter was soon struck down by Hakuba himself.
After Hakuba was restrained by Robin above, Gladius took advantage of the commotion and started rupturing the plateau with his powers to take them both out. Bartolomeo attempted to attack him, but Gladius struck him with poisonous needles from his hair. Gladius then inflated his whole body, stating if he explodes, he will shoot out thousands of similar needles to Robin and Cavendish up above unless Bartolomeo defeats him. Bartolomeo then encased himself and Gladius in his barrier and tried to slit Gladius's throat. Gladius exploded, seriously injuring Bartolomeo in the process. Gladius survived, revealing to have been stabbed in the shoulder instead and proceeded to erupt the plateau. However, he was shocked to see they survived thanks to Cavendish using Hakuba's speed to evade the explosion. Just then, Bartolomeo took him by surprise and delivered a powerful barrier-covered punch, defeating Gladius and knocking him unconscious.
His unconscious body was later taken by the soldiers of his crew, with Bartolomeo allowing it since he's going to be unconscious for a few days.
- Gladius vs. Kabu and Rampo
- Gladius vs. Thunder Soldier (interrupted by Monkey D. Luffy)
- Gladius and Headcrackers vs. Nico Robin, Bartolomeo, and Cavendish
- Gladius vs. Bartolomeo and Cavendish
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
In the anime, the color of his mask and gloves are white, while in the manga they both are dark-colored to match his general attire.
- Gladius means sword in Latin, and usually refers to a Roman short sword roughly two feet long.
- In one SBS, Oda was asked if Gladius's penis can explode. Oda simply replied "Yes, terrifying."