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Surume[6] is a kraken which dwells in the deepest parts of the ocean,[1] and was enslaved by the New Fishman Pirates, but later became Luffy's pet. Luffy was the one who gave Surume its name.[6]

AppearanceEdit

Surume Portrait

Surume's color scheme in the manga.

Surume is a massive, boneless, orange (yellow-orange in the anime), octopus-like creature many times larger than the Thousand Sunny, enough to place the ship on its head like a small hat, and even bigger than Wadatsumi, a fishman the size of a giant. Unlike a regular octopus, it has a turtle-like head without a beak between the arms. Surume has many tentacles, at least eighteen tentacles (more than double the number of a regular octopus) can be counted.

Originally, Surume had a menacing look in its eyes and mouth, but after being tamed by Luffy, it was smiling and kind-looking.[6]

PersonalityEdit

Never knowing satisfaction where killing is concerned... It is a demon, running about the great deep and preying on ships!! The enemy of the human race!!!
— Caribou recites a story about the Kraken


When the Straw Hats first encounter it on their way to Fishman Island, several crushed pirate ships can be seen among its massive tentacles, indicating that it feeds on the ships and crews it pulls down into the ocean. Caribou found it odd that one would be living near the Red Line.[1] Surume is actually quite intelligent, knowing a threat when it sees one, such as when it attempts to attack Luffy as he was preparing his Gear Third attack, knowing that Luffy was a threat.[7]

Its personality appears to be more playful than previously believed after Luffy tamed it, such as when it placed the Thousand Sunny on top of its head, and it seems to be able to understand human language.[6] While it fears the New Fishman Pirates for taking it from the North Pole and holding its brothers, family, and its species as hostages, Luffy befriends Surume, who in turn trusts Luffy enough to help fight against its former masters. It is also caring to those dear to it as it followed the New Fishman Pirates to prevent them from killing its brothers, family, and its species and seemed conflicted when it was forced to go against its friend, Luffy, due to this situation, until Luffy promised it its brothers' safety.

While Surume seems to be smart enough to understand human language and was able to sense danger, it is described by the New Fishman Pirates as a gigantic, super-strong, super-stupid octopus; though they were rather biased from their view of fishmen alone as the superior race.

Abilities and PowersEdit

Surume Destroys Caribou Pirates' Ship

The Kraken easily crushes the Caribou Pirates' ship with one tentacle.

Due to its size, it has shown itself to be very powerful, with its tentacles long enough to crush several ships with one swipe. It was also shown destroying a ship bigger than the Thousand Sunny without any effort and knocked out Wadatsumi with just one punch.[8] It was called the "Monster of the Arctic" by captain Vander Decken IX, and Hody Jones brought it from the North Pole to be a slave, needing to use its family as hostages to get its cooperation.

Like an ordinary octopus, it can regrow severed tentacles. Apparently, this ability to regenerate seems remarkably quick, evident since Zoro reduced at least one tentacle to strips,[9] only for Surume to appear once again with all of its tentacles intact after being tamed by Luffy.

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

At some point, Hody Jones brought the kraken to Fishman Island from the North Pole by force and proclaimed it his "slave". Hody held the kraken's brothers, family, and species as hostages, threatening to kill them if the kraken did not obey.[10]

Fishman Island SagaEdit

Fishman Island ArcEdit

Straw Hats Encounter Surume

The Straw Hats encounter the Kraken.

The Straw Hat Pirates encountered the kraken at the entrance of the Downward Plume on their way to Fishman Island. The massive creature apparently had taken shelter there while feeding off of the passing pirate ships attempting to make their way through the Red Line for the past few days. Several crushed ships were clutched between its tentacles.[1] Gyro and his crew only managed to get past the kraken days before due to it being asleep.[11]

While the rest of the crew commented on the creature's sheer gargantuan size, Luffy, undeterred, expressed his wish to "tame the little guy" with excitement, much to Caribou's shock. Soon Coribou and the other Caribou Pirates arrived but the kraken destroyed their ship.

Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro left the Thousand Sunny in Flutter Kick Coating bubbles in order to fight the kraken without bursting the protective bubble around the ship. Before they began their assault, the kraken attempted to crush the Thousand Sunny with its tentacles twice, but was thwarted once by Franky's "Franky Rocket Launcher" and a second time by Chopper's new and improved "Guard Point".

Surume Knocks out Wadatsumi

The Kraken knocks Wadatsumi out.

Sanji burned one of the kraken's tentacles with Diable Jambe, Zoro severed another with Santoryu. This infuriated Luffy due to his desire tame the kraken as a pet. Luffy then used Gear Third and imbued the attack with Busoshoku Haki. The attack knocked out the kraken even while Luffy was severely weakened by the seawater. It also caused the sea monster to release Megalo, which it had swallowed earlier. The kraken was then carried by the Downward Plume into the blackest depths of the sea along with the trio.[12]

Surume Tamed by the Straw Hats

Surume, tamed and named by Luffy, assists the Thousand Sunny.

Later however, when the remaining Straw Hats were under attack by Vander Decken IX and the Flying Dutchman, the kraken appeared and took out the umibozu, Wadatsumi, saving Thousand Sunny's bubble from bursting. The Monster Trio had tamed the kraken and Luffy had named it Surume. However, as soon as the crew became acquainted with the kraken, the undersea volcano erupts.[13]

The resulting eruption caused both parties to retreat from the volcano, with Surume literally running across the ocean bed. On Luffy's command, it jumped into the ravine, but was still pursued by a rockslide created by the eruption. He and the crew were saved thanks to Usopp's Pop Greens, though Surume was knocked out by a stray boulder. When it came to, they found that they were extremely close to Fishman Island. Suddenly, the Straw Hats were surrounded by gigantic Sea Beasts as large as Surume. This caused Surume to drop the Thousand Sunny and hide, showing its fear of the New Fishman Pirates.

As the Straw Hat Pirates were launched into Fishman Island, Surume looked at them, while being surrounded by the sea beasts.

Surume Rampages

Surume sides with Luffy again and rampages on the New Fishman Pirates.

Surume and the other sea beasts assaulted Fishman Island, with the kraken draping its tentacles along the building behind Gyoncorde Plaza and awaiting Neptune's execution.

When the Straw Hat Pirates arrived and the New Fishman Pirates attacked, Hody Jones ordered Surume to attack the Straw Hats. Hody reminded it that it is his slave ever since Hody took it from the North Pole. Luffy spotted the kraken and called it by the name he gave it, Surume. Luffy reminded Surume about how he tamed it and that they are friends. Then Luffy jumped on Surume as the beast began to smile happily and attack the New Fishman Pirates, which angered Hody even further.

Wadatsumi Knocks out Surume

Wadatsumi knocks Surume out.

Luffy then appointed Surume to guarding Shirahoshi, but Hody started blackmailing Surume by telling him that he would kill its brothers, family, and its species back in the North Pole if it does not kill Shirahoshi. Surume started squeezing Shirahoshi, but Luffy stepped in and assured Surume that he will protect its brothers, family, and its species, so Surume stopped squeezing the mermaid princess.[10]

Later, when Noah arrived, Shirahoshi left Surume's protection and tried to direct Noah away from Fishman Island (since it was targeting her), but not before Wadatsumi fell out of Noah. While Wadatsumi cried over Vander Decken IX betraying and abandoning him, Surume started beating up Wadatsumi. However, after Zeo tricked Wadatsumi and gave him an Energy Steroid, he knocked out Surume with one punch.

Surume takes care of Wadatsumi

Surume carrying Wadatsumi away from Fishman Island.

After the battle for Fishman Island ended, Surume recovered behind the Thousand Sunny. When Wadatsumi was banished from Fishman Island, being too big for any of their prisons, Surume was ordered to carry him to the far ends of the ocean.

Dressrosa SagaEdit

Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the SeaEdit

At some point, Surume parted with Wadatsumi, as the giant fishman was alone when meeting Jinbe.[14]

Yonko SagaEdit

From the Decks of the World: The Five Hundred Million Man ArcEdit

From the Decks of the World The 500,000,000 Man Arc

Surume receiving news of Luffy's new bounty

Surume waved after a flock of News Coos as they delivered the news of Luffy's latest exploits to the world, a wrecked ship in its tentacle and a smile on its face.[15]

Major BattlesEdit

MerchandiseEdit

Video GamesEdit

Non-Playable AppearancesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Surume (?) is Japanese for "dried shredded squid".
  • Surume resembles the other giant octopus in the series, the Mori Dako, in both looks and fighting style; although Surume is several times larger.
  • In Norse mythology, the kraken is a sea monster of gargantuan size that is said to have dragged sailing vessels down into the ocean to devour its crew.
  • Brook sees Surume (and all octopuses by extent) as his opposite, since he is a skeleton without flesh, while Surume is flesh without bones.[16]
  • In the SBS Volume 66, Oda stated that it is possible to make enough Takoyaki for 1,250,000 people out of Surume.
  • Surume is one of the animals Luffy has given a name to, Ucy and Billy being the other.
  • Ironically, the Straw Hats were attacked by a giant squid upon entering the first half of the Grand Line,[17] and a giant kraken upon entering the second half.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 604 (p. 18-19) and Episode 524.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 606 and Episode 526, Surume tamed by Luffy.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 64 Chapter 635, Surume fights New Fishman Pirates.
  4. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 97), His birthday is revealed.
  5. One Piece 15th Anniversary: Dive to Grand World, its size is revealed.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 606 (p. 16) and Episode 526.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 605 (p. 11-12) and Episode 524.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 606 (p. 14-15) and Episode 526.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 605 (p. 13) and Episode 525.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 636 (p. 15-16) and Episode 557, Hody threatens to kill off Surume's brothers for disobedience.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 611 and Episode 530, Gyro explaining about how he got past the kraken and into Fishman Island.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 605 and Episode 524, ep2-525
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 606 (p. 14-17) and Episode 526.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 77 Chapter 772, cover story: Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the Sea Vol. 19, Wadatsumi meets Jinbe, with Surume nowhere in sight.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 805, Surume waves to the News Coos
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 605 (p. 3) and Episode 524.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 102 (p. 17) and Episode 62.

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