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Kalifa
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Kalifa Anime Infobox

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Japanese Name: カリファ
Romanized Name: Karifa
English Name: Califa (Viz Manga); Kalifa (FUNimation)
Debut: Chapter 323; Episode 230[1]
Affiliations: CP9[2] (former); Galley-La Company[3] (former[4])
Occupations: Cipher Pol Agent[4] (former); Secretary[3] (cover, former[4])
Age: 25 (debut)[5]
27 (after timeskip)[6]
Birthday: April 23[7]
Doriki: 630[8]
Japanese VA: Naomi Shindo
Funi English VA: Shelley Calene-Black
Devil Fruit
Japanese Name: Awa Awa no Mi[9]
English Name: Bubble-Bubble Fruit
Meaning: Bubble
Type: Paramecia
The subject of this article is sometimes called Califa.

Kalifa[1] was Iceburg's secretary;[3] as well as the only female member of CP9,[4] until she was dismissed from the unit by Spandam, who lied and blamed the team for the failure in Enies Lobby along with her colleagues.

AppearanceEdit

Kalifa is a slim, pretty woman with blue eyes and glasses. Like Kuro, she often pushes up her glasses. Her strawberry blonde hair was about shoulder length when she first infiltrated Water 7 [10], and she grew it out over the years she spent undercover there. She kept it tied up in a bun as a secretary,[3] but let it fall freely when she was revealed to be an assassin.[11][12]

She has small studded earrings and usually wears outfits that reveals her legs, much like Nami [3]; something Paulie, who is offended by normal women's clothing, often chided her about while she was undercover.[13] When she was Iceburg's secretary, she wore a yellow long-sleeved jacket, and high-heel boots[3], but as an assassin, she wore a long-sleeved short black dress over a fishnet shirt and stockings along with black gloves and high-heels.[11]

When attacking Iceburg's mansion she wore a musketeer mask and a long red cape with red long sleeves, as well as gloves and a light purple cloth over a light orange dress. In the anime, her gloves are dark brown, her cloth over her dress is white and her dress is yellow.[14]

In the Volume 44 SBS, it was revealed that Kalifa was very bookish as a child.

GalleryEdit

KalifaChild
Kalifa as a child.
Kalifa 7 Years Ago
Kalifa, five years before the start of the story.
Kalifa Secretary
Kalifa as Iceburg's secretary in the anime.
Kalifa Costume
Kalifa in her disguise in the manga.
SBS vol 49 Kalifa
Kalifa if she had eaten the Ushi Ushi no Mi, Model: Giraffe fruit.
Kalifa One Py Berry Match
Kalifa in One Py Berry Match.

PersonalityEdit

Galley-LaEdit

Kalifa is first seen as Iceburg's secretary. She seemed to be a serious and businesslike, and was seen to be dutifully loyal to Iceburg, accompanying him everywhere. She is known for her trademark phrase "That's sexual harassment" which she often uses in entirely inappropriate situations. She is shown to be very bright by the ease with which she anticipates Iceberg's needs, and how well she meets his difficult schedule. She is calm, and tries to diffuse situations, such as trying to calm Paulie when he was shocked at Nami's revealing outfit.

CP9Edit

During the Enies Lobby Arc, Kalifa's personality becomes sly and crafty, as she enjoys embarrassing her superior, Spandam by accusing him of harassing her, again with her trademark phrase.[15] Despite her initial impression of being completely serious and professional, she became easily flustered during her battle against Nami. She is not too bright, mistaking Monster Chopper for Nami, resulting in Kalifa being called a 'dumb blonde' by Nami. When Nami was distracted by Chopper's transformation Kalifa demonstrated attention seeking behavior and got annoyed. She is also rather vain, considering herself so beautiful and sexy that she does not need to make her skin smooth with her Devil Fruit power.

Abilities and PowersEdit

Kalifa uses a kick-based fighting style, when not using Rokushiki or Awa Awa no Mi techniques. She possesses notable leg strength, enough to be noted by Sanji, and her attack speed is fast enough to leave residual images after striking. When first introduced, her fighting style was strongly intertwined with the use of her spiked whip, but she was not seen using this weapon after she ate the Awa Awa no Mi.

RokushikiEdit

Further information: Rokushiki

Like the other CP9 members, Kalifa has mastered all six techniques of the Rokushiki style. Despite being the weakest member of CP9's assassins, with a Doriki of 630, she is still considered one of CP9's strongest assets.[8]

WeaponsEdit

In Water 7, she showed skill at using a spiked whip.

  • Ibara Road (茨ロード Ibara Rōdo?, literally meaning "Thorny Road"): Kalifa leaps in the air and thrusts her whip out to decimate a group of people.

Devil FruitEdit

Awa Awa no Mi Usage

Kalifa generating soap bubbles.

Further information: Awa Awa no Mi

After the return to Enies Lobby, Kalifa ate the Awa Awa no Mi Devil Fruit,[16], which allows her to generate bubbles to "clean" the strength off her opponents. The user can also shield themselves from attacks by condensing these bubbles into a giant bar of "soap armor".[17] However, the effect of the devil fruit can be washed away with water.[18]

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

CP9's Secret MissionEdit

Five years before the current storyline, four members of the secret organization CP9 took guises in the city of Water 7. Kalifa, as part of her mission, infiltrated the Galley-La Company by applying for a job as the personal secretary of Iceburg, mayor and former pupil of legendary shipwright Tom, in an attempt to retrieve the blueprints for Pluton.[19] Kalifa became infamous in the Galley-La Company for being fiercely loyal to Iceburg, and for violently kicking anyone who poses a threat to him.[3] Two other members Lucci and Kaku became a treenail specialist and a ship mechanic respectively, while the last member Blueno became a bartender. While gaining the city's trust and respect, they tried to get close enough to take the Pluton blueprints in Iceburg's possession. Unknown to them, a year after they began their mission, Iceburg had passed the blueprints to Tom's other pupil, Cutty Flam, better known as Franky.[20]

Water 7 SagaEdit

Water 7 ArcEdit

When the Straw Hat Pirates arrived in Water 7, they needed repairs to their ship. However, due to a tipping off from Admiral Aokiji, an opportunity in the form of "Demon Child" Nico Robin presented itself; the CP9 agents blackmailed her to attempt a fake assassination attempt on Iceburg's life to frame the Straw Hats, and leave them to be taken to Enies Lobby, under the threat of a Buster Call attack. Meanwhile, the Straw Hats themselves pleaded with the Galley-La Company to fix the Going Merry.

However, the fake attempt on Iceburg's life was blamed on the Straw-Hats, who consequently got attacked by the Galley-La company, interfering with the already ongoing battle between Luffy and Franky. That evening, the CP9 agents planned to steal the Pluton blueprints and invaded Iceburg's mansion. They wore disguises, with Kaku and Lucci pretending they were defeated by the assailants, Kalifa attacking head on as a distraction, and Blueno going to Iceberg's room. Kalifa had a brief fight with Lulu, where she quickly dispatched him. The Straw Hats confronted CP9 after they had revealed themselves to Iceburg. Kalifa, along with Kaku, attacked Luffy with Rankyaku. The agents defeated the Straw Hats; but they realized that the blueprints were not with Iceburg, and discovered they were with Franky when Lucci deduced he was Cutty Flam and one of Tom's pupils.

After this, they left the mansion; in order to leave no evidence of their attack and their identities, they set Iceburg's mansion on fire, trying to kill him in it. However, at the last minute, Iceburg and the Galley-La foremen were saved by Chopper. Since the CP9 agents had information about Franky's possible whereabouts, they invaded his secret hideout. Kalifa brutally knocked down Mozu and Kiwi when they tried to refuse them access. Franky attempted to fight Kalifa, but was blocked by Blueno. After interrogating the shipwright and his refusal to hand out the blueprints for Pluton, Kalifa captures and disables Franky with her thorn whip on Lucci's order, preparing for departure to the judicial island, Enies Lobby.

The CP9 agents boarded the sea train, with Kalifa acting as the spokesperson for the group and talking to Corgi. When the Straw Hats tried to escape with Robin, she used her thorn whip to catch the carriage before Blueno pulled them back together.

Enies Lobby ArcEdit

Despite the attempts to rescue Robin, Kalifa and the other CP9 agents arrive at Enies Lobby. They meet up with the other members of CP9 that they haven't seen in years, and their boss Spandam. Fukuro tests the Water 7 team's Doriki and reveals that Kalifa has a level of 630.[21] Kalifa and Kaku were given Devil Fruits by Spandam, and after the urging of Lucci, ate them. Both of them found the taste disgusting.[16]

Nami vs. Kalifa

Nami vs. Kalifa

During the attack on the tower, she fought against Sanji after he came to his senses (he was struck by her looks and drank tea with her at first). Kalifa told Sanji that her key was "somewhere on her body", before they engaged in a kick based battle. Even though Sanji was stronger than her, he kept withholding his attacks, and claimed he would never strike a woman. Kalifa showed no mercy, and after landing several hits on him, she turned him into a soap doll and threw him over the balcony.

Nami arrived to confront her, but she had set a bubble trap on the floor, draining Nami's power. Nami quickly deduced Kalifa's powers, much to her dismay. Kalifa used "Golden Awa" and turned Nami into a soap doll. Chopper, in monster form, appeared and attacked with Kalifa, while she mistook him for Nami.

Chopper knocked the bath down the stairwell, causing it to land on Sanji. Kalifa attacked Nami with "Shinaru Shigan" , but Nami used her Clima Tact's Rain Tempo to nullify Kalifa's ability, before following up with "Fata Morgana" to electrocute Kalifa. Kalifa, infuriated, attacked a final time, only for Nami to avoid and counter with Thunder Lance Tempo. Afterwards, Nami ripped Kalifa's outfit apart until she found the #2 key for Roronoa Zoro and Sogeking's handcuffs.

CP9's Independent ReportEdit

Blueno used his Devil Fruit's ability, Air Door, to protect his fellow CP9 agents from the Buster Call. Since her clothes had been ripped apart by Nami, Jabra lent Kalifa his shirt. After realizing that Spandam had betrayed them and lied to get them to take the blame for the failed mission, Kalifa, along with the rest of CP9, walked along the Sea Train's tracks to St. Poplar. She cleaned the streets with her Devil Fruit powers to help earn money for Lucci's medical treatment. CP9 used the rest of the money to buy clothes and other essentials; Kalifa was with Kumadori reading a book and smoking while the others wait for them to return with the shopping. She was seen smiling as Lucci, having recovered from his injuries, is discharged from the hospital. CP9 went bowling to celebrate Lucci's recovery, though her superhuman strength resulted in her essentially launching the bowling balls into the walls.

However, CP9 had to stop their bowling match to deal with the problem of the Candy Pirates attacking St. Poplar; so they became temporary vigilantes and beat them up. Kalifa is shown using her signature kicks to deal with one of the pirates, as the crowd cheer, amazed at their strength. However, after Lucci violently eliminates the captain, CP9 determines that they cannot stay in St. Poplar any longer, and so they prepare to leave; but not before Kalifa receives a flower from a small girl (to the shock of Fukuro, Jabra and Kumadori).

They travel to the island where they trained as children, where they watch a new generation of CP9 being trained. Captain Very Good arrives to capture them, but they refuse to let him disturb their old home. As CP9 battled, and eventually defeated the Marine troops led by Very Good, Lucci contacted a physically crippled Spandam using a Den Den Mushi, and promised that they would return someday. With that CP9 began their plan to eliminate their former director, by leaving their homeland and setting sail.

Major BattlesEdit

Early One PieceEdit

In One Piece Green: Secret Pieces, an early concept of Kalifa is revealed. She was supposed to have a "scarier" face and black hair instead of her current appearance. She was originally supposed to fight Robin, although this idea was dropped.

Early W7 designs
Early concept designs of Kalifa and other Galley-La Company employees.
CP9 Early
Early concept designs of Kalifa (second to the right) and the other CP9 agents.

TriviaEdit

  • Kalifa has a sheep theme, as seen in one of her attacks which involves her gathering up bubbles around her body to resemble one.
  • Kalifa's trademark phrase, "That's sexual harassment", is rather ironic, as her Golden Awa attack involves touching and coating bubbles over an opponent's body.
  • Kalifa ranked at 23rd in the 3rd popularity contest with 346 votes, but came in the 4th poll only as the 78th most popular character with only 7 votes.
  • While many female characters are named after a bird, Kalifa is indirectly named after one. With the suffix "-san", Kalifa sounds like "Kalifasan". That is the German name for the Kalij Pheasant.
  • While she is acknowledged as a Rokushiki master, Kalifa is never seen using Tekkai.
SBS-Based Trivia
Laskey Anime Infobox

Kalifa's father.

  • One of the CP9 agents that served under Spandine, Laskey was seen to bear a certain resemblance to Kalifa. When asked about it in the SBS, Oda confirmed that he is her father.[22]
  • Kalifa's birthday was revealed in a SBS Volume 43 to be April 23. This is because Secretary's Day is celebrated on this day.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 34 Chapter 323 (p. 15) and Episode 230, Kalifa debuts and her name is called by Iceburg.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 36 Chapter 345 (p. 18) and Episode 243, Kalifa is affiliated in CP9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 34 Chapter 326 (p. 11) and Episode 231, Kalifa is introduced.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 36 Chapter 345 (p. 16) and Episode 243, Kalifa is revealed to be a CP9 agent.
  5. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 47, fan question: What are the ages of the eight members of CP9?
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 and Episode 517, two years pass in the storyline.
  7. 7.0 7.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 43, fan question: What are the birthdays of the Water 7 and CP9 characters?
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 379 (p. 7) and Episode 266, the eight CP9 members' individual Doriki levels are revealed.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 408 (p. 3-4) and Episode 293, Kalifa herself reveals the devil fruit's name to Nami.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime - Chapter 358 (p. 5) and Episodes 244 & 251, Kalifa's look from 4 years ago
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 349 (p. 18) and Episode 246, Kalifa is seen dressed as an assassin after removing her disguise.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 350 (p. 4) and Episode 246, Kalifa is seen dressed as an assassin in front.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 347 (p. 9) and Episode 245, Paulie recalls commenting on Kalifa's dressing.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 36 Chapter 342 (p. 16-17) and Episode 242, Kalifa is seen wearing her costume.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 379 and Episode 266, Kalifa accuses everything said to her as being "sexual harassment".
  16. 16.0 16.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 385 (p. 2 & 6-7) and Episode 271, Spandam presents Kaku and Kalifa with Devil Fruits.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 408 (p. 2-3) and Episode 293, Kalifa encases herself in a giant bar of soap to protect herself.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 43 Chapter 411 (p. 7 & 11) and Episode 295, Sanji and Nami are returned to their normal state by water.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 36 Chapter 346 (p. 4) and Episode 244, Lucci reveals they've been concealing themselves for 5 years.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 36 Chapter 346 (p. 9-12) and Episode 244, Lucci reveals Iceburg entrusted the blueprints of Pluton to Franky, formerly known by his real name: Cutty Flam.
  21. One Piece Manga — Vol. 40 Chapter 379 (p. 3-7), After returning to Enies Lobby, Fukuro measures and tries out the four's Doriki.
  22. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 54, fan question: Is the dude with glasses Kalifa's dad?

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