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Japanese Name: 覇気
Romanized Name: Haki
English Name: Haki
Literal Meaning: Ambition
Debut: Chapter 1; Episode 4[1]
User(s): Various people
Fighting Style Focus: Willpower manifestation

Haki is a mysterious power that is found in every living being in the world. It is not that different from the normal senses. However, most people do not notice it or fail to awaken it. Broadly, there are two types of Haki common to everyone, given the proper training; however, there is a third type that only a certain group of "chosen ones" are said to possess.[2][3] In simple terms, Haki is an ability to sense spiritual energy and overpower enemies.

Overview

"Haki" is a power that lies dormant in all the world's creatures... "Presence", "fighting spirit" and "intimidation"... It is not different from the things that humans can naturally sense such as these... 'The act of not doubting'. That is strength!
— Silvers Rayleigh explaining Haki to Luffy at the start of his training.


Haki, unnamed at the time, was first seen when Shanks used it to scare off the Lord of the Coast to save Luffy when he was a child from the wrath of the Sea King.[1] The term "Haki" was first coined and used much later when Blackbeard was commenting on Luffy's bounty in Jaya,[4] and was hinted at during Shanks' visit with Whitebeard.[5]

The underlying concepts of Haki were introduced during the Sabaody Archipelago and Amazon Lily Arcs.[6] The concept was clearly explained by Rayleigh to Luffy at the start of the latter's training on Rusukaina Island.[3] Haki is dormant in every living person, but it's rare for most people to ever awaken that ability. Intense training can awaken it, as can extreme shock, such as with Coby during the Battle of Marineford. Two known people (Aisa and Otohime) were born with the ability. Due to the fact that Haki originates from an individual's spirit and not their body, even if the user's spirit is transferred into another body, they are still capable of using Haki as if they were in their original body.[7]

Types of Haki

Haki is separated into three categories, or "colors" ( shoku?): Kenbunshoku Haki, which grants users a sixth sense of the world around them and limited precognitive abilities[8]; Busoshoku Haki, which allows the user to use their spirit as armor to defend against attacks or to make their own attacks more potent; and Haoshoku Haki, a rare type of Haki only one in a million can use which grants the user the ability to overpower the will of others. Most people who can use Haki tend to have a type they are better at and as a result focus on that type. However, a person can improve their abilities with all the types of Haki, it just requires more work.[3] Furthermore, at least two types of Haki can also be used simultaneously.[9]

Known Users

See also the associated category: Haki Users.

So far the characters who have clearly shown the use of Haki or have been stated to be able to use it are:

Non-canon Users

Anime and Manga Differences

  • In the manga, those hit with Haoshoku Haki foam at the mouth after or while losing consciousness, whereas in the anime, they simply faint.
  • In the anime, use of Haoshoku and Busoshoku Haki creates a rippling or shockwave-like effect, similar to the Gura Gura no Mi, while in the manga, it is completely invisible. Also, in recent episodes, use of Haoshoku Haki causes the affected area, excluding the user, to gain a dark blue tint. However, this could just be for dramatic effect. In the One Piece Film: Z, the Haoshoku Haki's use creates a circular purple wave.
  • In the last anime episode before the time-skip, use of Busoshoku Haki as "invisible armor" was shown as a swift percussion forming a light-blue beam, similar to lightning, while in the manga, it is shown simply as an amplified impact, nothing else visible is shown.

Translation and Dub Issues

  • The term "Haki" is a word that has multiple meanings when translated into English. It can mean "ambition", "will power", "drive", "spirit", "vigor" and "aspiration" to name a few.
  • In the simulcast episodes by FUNimation, the subs provided have chosen to use the term "Haki". This is apparently Toei's decision as the subs are not created by Funimation, but are from the source itself.
  • Regarding the video games of One Piece: One Piece: Unlimited Adventure and One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, which were localized by Namco-Bandai, "Haki" was translated as "Ambition". But beginning with One Piece: Pirate Warriors, also localized by Namco-Bandai, it was left as "Haki".
  • The FUNimation dub uses the term "Haki".

Trivia

  • Haki appears to be similar in principle to common types of Qi (Chi) found in various other anime and manga series; which is based on the concept of "qi" (or "life-force") in Chinese philosophy.
  • Not only is it a Japanese term, but Haki was also the name of a Scandinavian Sea-King (a name given for powerful pirates) in Norse mythology.
  • Even if only in the anime, some animals seems to be able to learn use Haki (particularly Busoshoku Haki). This happened to be seen twice:
  • Monkey D. Luffy and Silvers Rayleigh are so far the only two people shown using all three forms of Haki.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 42) and Episode 4, the Lord of the Coast flees from Shanks.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 519 (p. 18) and Episode 413, one of the Kuja tribe members notes Luffy used Haoshoku Haki while fighting Sandersonia and Marigold.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 597 (p. 12-15) and Episode 516, Rayleigh explains Haki.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, Blackbeard is surprised at Luffy's bounty.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 and Episode 316, Shanks knocks out various members of the Whitebeard Pirates.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 503 and Episode 397, Silvers Rayleigh knocks out a large group of people in the Human Auction House.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 672 and Episode 598, Sanji is capable of using Haki in Nami's body despite the latter being unable to use it.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 Chapter 518, Boa Sandersonia is able to tell how Luffy was about to attack her.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 716 and Episode 646, Luffy and Don Chinjao uses both Buso and Haoshoku Haki simultaneously.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 597 and Episode 516, Mantra is revealed to be Haki.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 264 and Episode 173, Aisa's mantra is revealed.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 (p. 7) and Episode 511, Dr. Fishbonen states Haki is a power all vice admirals use.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 and Episode 473, The three Admirals are protecting the Execution Platform from an air quake.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 719 (p. 8-9) and Episode 649, Garp uses Busoshoku Haki to harden his fist in his fight with Chinjao.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 662 and Episode 587.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 672 and Episode 598, Vergo hardens a bamboo stick.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 680 and Episode 606, Vergo hardens his arm.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 715 and Episode 645, Boo imbues his axe with Busoshoku Haki and Chinjao uses Haoshoku Haki.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 and Episode 511, Dr. Fishbonen tells Coby that his Haki has been awakened.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 575 and Episode 484, Whitebeard injures Akainu twice despite his Logia intangibility.
  21. 21.0 21.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 74 Chapter 737, Sabo and Jesus Burgess coat their attacks in Busoshoku Haki when they clash.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 560 and Episode 469, Jozu was able to damage Crocodile with Haki without having to get wet.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 516 and Episode 410, Marguerite says that the Haki is used in the Kuja weapons.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 519 and Episode 413, the Gorgon Sisters demonstrate their Haki.
  25. 25.0 25.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 574 and Episode 483, Akainu confirms that Marco and Vista are Haki users.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 495 and Episode 389, Luffy knocks out Motobaro.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 652 and Episode 572, Pekoms uses Haki to attack Caribou.
  28. One Piece Manga — Vol. 73 Chapter 725, Rebecca using Kenbunshoku Haki.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 668 and Episode 594, Luffy confirms him as capable of using Haki to fight Caesar Clown.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 597 and Episode 516, Sentomaru's Ashigara Dokkoi is Busoshoku Haki being used.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 661 and Episode 586, Smoker makes reference to Tashigi's Haki.
  32. One Piece Manga — Vol. 73 Chapters 725 and 727, cover story: Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World Vol. 41–42, X Drake wounds and drags away Caribou, a Logia user.
  33. One Piece AnimeEpisode 578, Alpacacino shoots a cannonball imbued with Busoshoku Haki.
  34. One Piece AnimeEpisode 498, Naguri calms wild bear.
  35. One Piece AnimeEpisode 578, Shuzo states that he can use Busoshoku Haki
  36. One Piece Movie 12, Zephyr prepares to attack.

External links

  • Qi - Wikipedia article on the principle that Haki and other similar principles are derived from.
  • Battle Aura - TV tropes wiki article on the Battle Aura trope.
  • Ki Attacks - TV tropes wiki article on the Ki Attacks trope.
  • Ki - Dragon Ball Wiki article about Ki which Haki resembles in principle.

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