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Sham, along with his brother Buchi, is a protector of the Black Cat Pirates' ship, the Bezan Black. The brothers are also known as the Nyaban Brothers (ニャーバン・兄弟ブラザーズ Nyāban Burazāzu?).[3]


Sham is a man of regular height who is very skinny. He also has a hunched back, making him look smaller than he actually is. He has green hair that is parted to the side and curls at the end, with two other parts of hair on the sides of his head, growing downwards in a curly-looking way. He also has cat ears sticking out from the top of head. He has green, cat-like eyes, and is usually seen with a grin.

He wore a navy blue shirt, with light grey buttons and a magenta bow tie. He also had light-blue shorts, brown shoes and white socks that stick out of them. He is also seen having dark brown gloves, with claws growing out at the end.


Sham Anime Concept Art
Sham's concept art from the anime.
Sham 5 Years Ago
Sham at age 18.


Sham, like Buchi, has a sneaky and devious mind. He proves this by pretending to be weak and lack confidence in his abilities, and scared of Zoro in order to have his guard down. He is also a very vicious fighter and like his appearance, Sham acts like a cat.[3]

Abilities and PowersEdit

The Nyaban Brothers try to act cowardly when first approaching an opponent, but show their true colors once their opponent's guard is down.[3] The two usually work together in order to overpower their opponents, and can surpass Jango when doing so.[4] Their primary weapons are the clawed gloves that they wear, which they use to slash their opponents. Sham is the swift one of the duo, and he usually distracts and holds down the opponents while allowing his brother to crush them.[5]

Attack ListEdit

  • Neko Baba (ネコババ Neko Baba?, literally meaning "Cat Snatch"): Sham very quickly steals a piece of the opponents equipment.[6]
  • Nekoze (ネコ背 Nekoze?, literally meaning "Hunchback"): Using his strange posture and body structure, Sham is able to quickly avoid an attack.[7]
  • Neko-Yanagi Daikoshin (ネコ柳 大行進 Neko-Yanagi Daikōshin?, literally meaning "Grand March of the Pussywillows"): Sham and Buchi team up and rapidly slash the opponent.[8]



Sham and his brother Buchi are the ship's protectors so they usually stay on the ship and guard it.[3] They were with their captain five years ago when Kuro quit being a pirate after he fought, killed, and sunk many ships, gaining strength and a reputation.[9]

Syrup Village ArcEdit

Sham's Cowardly Running

Sham acting cowardly while running to Zoro.

Jango was desperate so he called down Sham and Buchi. Sham pretended to be a coward and Zoro believed that it would be an easy fight but it turned out to be a hoax, and he ended up stealing two of Zoro's swords.[3] At this early stage, Zoro was not very experienced in one sword style, so he barely defeated them. Sham became excited and almost beat him in a frenzy, but then Kuro arrived and Sham failed at a mutiny, and they were then given five minutes to beat Zoro.[10] However, Zoro regained all his swords so Sham instantly felt Zoro's true capabilities and was wounded.[11]

Major BattlesEdit

  • Nyaban Brothers vs. Roronoa Zoro
  • Nyaban Brothers vs. Kuro
  • Nyaban Brothers vs. Roronoa Zoro (round 2)


Video GamesEdit

Playable AppearancesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary, Sham's information is revealed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 31 (p. 13-19) and Episode 13.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 33 (p. 5) and Episode 14.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 32 (p. 6-8) and Episode 13.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 31 (p. 18-19) and Episode 13.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 32 (p. 4-6) and Episode 13.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 32 (p. 11) and Episode 13.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 5 Chapter 37 (p. 10-16) and Episode 15.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 32 and Episode 13.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 33 and Episode 14.

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Black Cat Pirates
Members: Kuro  •  Jango  •  Sham  •  Buchi  •  Nugire Yainu
Ship(s): Bezan Black
Weapon Based: Cat Claws  •  Jango's Pendulum
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