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A swordsman is a person trained in the art of the sword. In plural, they are referred to as swordsmen.

OverviewEdit

Nearly every crew and organization has a swordsman in it. A skilled swordsman is a valuable asset to a crew, and swordsmen are often found in positions of high respect, such as a first mate or officer, or even the captain.[citation needed]

Swordsmen from Wano Country are referred as "Samurai" ( samurai?).[2] Participants of Corrida Colosseum are known as Gladiators (剣闘士 kentōshi?),[3] warriors trained in shields and swords. However, this only applies to participants who are actually trained as gladiators, as any other participants do not necessary require a sword and shield to be referred to as "gladiators".

SwordsmenEdit

See also the associated category: Swordsmen.
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Swordsmen
Pirates
Shanks Roronoa Zoro Cabaji Silvers Rayleigh Dracule Mihawk
Hatchan Arlong Koze Packy Dorry
Yurikah Gyaro Sarkies Pickles Mikazuki
Brook Trafalgar D. Water Law Killer Heat Shachi
Shiliew Vista Atmos Fossa Haruta
Doma McGuy Squard Elmy Ramba
A.O Delacuaji Zodia Palms Bizarre
Karma Little Oars Jr. Shiki Bluejam Brownbeard
Lip Doughty Hyouzou Tamago Jeet Suleiman
Cavendish Pica Jack Charlotte Amande Charlotte Cracker
Charlotte Raisin Charlotte Kato Streusen Holdem
Marines
Helmeppo Bogard Tashigi T-Bone Momonga
Strawberry John Giant Yarisugi Issho Gion
Kin'emon Kanjuro Kiku Shutenmaru
Others
Koushirou Johnny Yosaku Miss Catherina Pell
Chaka Ohm Kaku Peeply Lulu Mozu
Kiwi Kerville Humandrills Kyros Dagama
Rebecca Riku Dold III Wanda Sicilian Inuarashi
Vinsmoke Niji Hihimaru Tenguyama Hitetsu
Deceased Swordsmen
Kuina Hyota Arrow Montblanc Noland Cyrano
D.R. Jigoro Lola Ryuma Pedro
Kozuki Oden
Spandam Kuzan Onigumo Basil Hawkins Borsalino
Caesar Clown Diamante Charlotte Linlin Charlotte Smoothie
Non-Canon Swordsmen
Billy Golass Pin Joker Heaby Geronimo
Kimmel Saga Toma Bismarck Mendo
Yukimura Nuru Dojaku Bill Psycho P
Long Long Narcie Shimoi Zappa Hakuto

  •  : the character is deceased.
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  •  : the character is non-canon.
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Abilities and PowersEdit

The swordsmen of the Straw Hat Pirates are Roronoa Zoro and Brook. Zoro who aspires to be the greatest swordsman in the world. Currently, the most powerful swordsman in the world is Dracule "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk, so Zoro will have to beat him, as well as every other swordsman in his way. Ironically, Zoro received training in swordsmanship from the very man he vowed to one day defeat.[citation needed]

A number of swordsmen in One Piece are capable of using more than two swords at once, like Roronoa Zoro (3 swords), Kaku (4 swords), Hatchan (6 swords) or Onigumo (8 swords). While this can be an indication of how powerful a swordsman is, there are exceptions. For example, Dracule Mihawk, who happens to be the strongest swordsman in the world, uses only one sword. On the other hand, Fishman Island's two strongest swordsmen, Hatchan and Hyouzou, are both capable of using a large number of swords (six and eight respectively) at once due to being part octopus. Zoro seems to be the most extraordinary case, as he is the only user of more than two swords who can do so without the aid of any extra limbs or auxiliary techniques.[citation needed]

Certain swordsmen possess the ability to channel their energy through their swords, with a number of applications:

Busoshoku Haki Swords

Swordsmen using Busoshoku Haki.

  • Imbuing the swords with Busoshoku Haki to increase slicing power, as well as protect the blade from chipping.[4]
  • Cutting things that are usually harder than the sword itself, such as certain types of stone or even steel. The substance usually splits apart a few moments after being cut.
  • By swinging the sword with sufficient force and speed, this creates strong wind in the form of a compressed air projectile, allowing the swordsman to cut at long distance. This is known as a Flying Slash Attack (飛ぶ斬撃 Tobu Zangeki?).[5] Zoro has shown that he can even turn these air projectiles in spiraling fashions, as opposed to a straightforward slash,[6] while Ryuma demonstrated that the compressed air can be launched like a piercing blast via a sword thrust.[7] In the anime, the color of these "air blades" varies between users, mostly for visual effects.
  • Cutting objects that are thicker than the length of the sword, such as buildings or ships.
  • Channeling elemental power into sword slashes, such as fire or electricity.[citation needed]

Strengths and WeaknessesEdit

Swordsmen have many advantages that most martial artists do not have. While a martial artist may try to break a wall with brute force, a swordsman can cut an opening with much less effort. When deftly used, swords can be invaluable for blocking projectiles like cannonballs and spears without getting hurt in the process. Advanced swordsmen can cut the very air to make powerful projectile attacks. It should also be noted that advanced swordsmen can use their swords to block flying cutting attacks as well as produce them. Powerful slicing attacks, physical and flying, can also be very effective at altering the terrain by destroying or breaking obstacles. This gives swordsmen an advantage both in hunting down fleeing or hiding foes, and in evading or escaping tough situations, such as when Zoro got himself stuck in a chimney.[citation needed]

As for their weaknesses, offensively, swordsmen have problems with opponents that are resilient against cutting attacks. The offensive limitations of swordsmen are seen most often when dealing with certain Devil Fruit powers. Notably, the user of the Bara Bara no Mi is completely immune to all cutting attacks (unless infused with Busoshoku Haki), as Buggy effortlessly pieced himself together even after being shredded by Dracule Mihawk, the strongest swordsman in the world. Defensively, swordsmen have to be wary of attacks that lack solid form, as well as weapon breaking abilities. A swordsman's power relies greatly on his or her swords, so weapon breaking attacks, are a problem. Notably, the Sabi Sabi no Mi, which can reduce any metal to rust, is a natural enemy of swordsmen. While less common, stealing a swordsman's swords (by force or by stealth), can also work. This technique would be most effectively used by Eustass Kid, whose Devil Fruit powers attract all metal objects due to magnetism.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 3 (p. 8) and Episode 1, Roronoa Zoro appears.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 655 (p. 7) and Episode 579, Brook explains about samurai within Wano Country.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 704 (p. 15) and Episode 634, Rebecca's info-box reveals her as a gladiator.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 779 (p. 3) and Episode 720, Mihawk speaks with Zoro on imbuing swords with Busoshoku Haki.
  5. One Piece AnimeEpisode 428, Largo calls Zoro's attack as a Flying Slash Attack.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 259 (p. 13-14) and Episode 170, Zoro defeats Braham with Sanjuroku Pound Ho.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 466 (p. 19) and Episode 362, Ryuma shoots at Zoro with a powerful thrust.

Site NavigationEdit

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Pirates: Shanks  •  Roronoa Zoro  •  Cabaji  •  Silvers Rayleigh  •  Dracule Mihawk  •  Hatchan  •  Arlong  •  Koze  •  Packy  •  Dorry  •  Yurikah  •  Gyaro  •  Sarkies  •  Pickles  •  Mikazuki  •  Brook  •  Trafalgar D. Water Law  •  Killer  •  Heat  •  Shachi  •  Shiliew  •  Vista  •  Atmos  •  Fossa  •  Haruta  •  Doma  •  McGuy  •  Squard  •  Elmy  •  Ramba  •  A.O  •  Delacuaji  •  Zodia  •  Palms  •  Bizarre  •  Karma  •  Little Oars Jr.  •  Shiki  •  Bluejam  •  Brownbeard  •  Lip Doughty  •  Hyouzou   •  Tamago  •  Jeet  •  Suleiman  •  Cavendish  •  Pica  •  Jack  •  Charlotte Amande  •  Charlotte Cracker  •  Charlotte Raisin  •  Charlotte Kato  •  Holdem
Marines: Helmeppo  •  Bogard  •  Tashigi  •  T-Bone  •  Momonga  •  Strawberry  •  John Giant  •  Yarisugi  •  Issho  •  Gion
Samurai: Kin'emon  •  Kanjuro  •  Kiku  •  Shutenmaru  •  Ashura Doji
Others: Koushirou  •  Johnny  •  Yosaku  •  Miss Catherina  •  Pell  •  Chaka  •  Ohm  •  Kaku  •  Peeply Lulu  •  Mozu  •  Kiwi  •  Kerville  •  Humandrills  •  Kyros  •  Dagama  •  Rebecca  •  Riku Dold III  •  Wanda  •  Sicilian  •  Inuarashi  •  Vinsmoke Niji  •  Hihimaru  •  Tenguyama Hitetsu
Deceased: Kuina  •  Hyota  •  Arrow  •  Montblanc Noland  •  Cyrano  •  D.R.  •  Jigoro  •  Lola (Zombie)  •  Ryuma  •  Pedro  •  Kozuki Oden
Devil Fruit Powered: Spandam  •  Kuzan  •  Onigumo  •  Basil Hawkins  •  Borsalino  •  Caesar Clown  •  Diamante  •  Charlotte Linlin  •  Charlotte Smoothie  •  Streusen
Non Canon
Pirates: Golass  •  Pin Joker  •  Kimmel  •  Nuru  •  Bill  •  Psycho P  •  Long Long  •  Narcie  •  Hakuto
Marines: Saga  •  Toma  •  Bismarck  •  Yukimura  •  Dojaku  •  Shimoi Zappa
Others: Heaby  •  Geronimo  •  Billy  •  Mendo
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Piracy
Crew Members Professions: Captain  •  Admiral  •  First Mate  •  Staff  •  Doctor  •  Navigator  •  Cook  •  Shipwright  •  Helmsman  •  Archaeologist  •  Musician  •  Sniper  •  Swordsmen  •  Martial Artist  •  Assassin  •  Mercenary
Terminologies: Jolly Roger  •  Bounties  •  Treasure  •  Epithet  •  Pirate Alliance  •  Davy Back Fight  •  Super Rookie  •  Fleet  •  Dead End Race 
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Wano Country
Citizens
Flower Capital: Kurozumi Orochi  •  Minatomo  •  Urashima  •  Kyoshiro  •  Kaku  •  Kuni  •  Suke  •  Komurasaki  •  Toko  •  Kamazo  •  Kozuki Sukiyaki 
Kuri: Kozuki Oden   •  Kozuki Toki   •  Kozuki Momonosuke  •  Kozuki Hiyori *  •  Kin'emon  •  Kanjuro  •  Raizo  •  Kiku  •  Tenguyama Hitetsu  •  Tama *  •  Komachiyo  •  Hihimaru  •  Tsuru  •  Shutenmaru  •  Jibuemon  •  Shinobu  •  Kawamatsu  •  Denjiro  •  Gorobe
Yo: Hitaki   •  Kikuhime   •  Toratsugu 
Beasts Pirates: Kaido  •  King  •  Queen  •  Jack  •  Holdem  •  Kamijiro  •  Speed  •  Dobon  •  Basil Hawkins  •  Batman  •  Gazelleman  •  Mouseman
Others: Ryuma   •  Izo  •  Kotetsu   •  Hyo  •  Lark 
Groups: Kozuki Family  •  Kurozumi Family  •  Beasts Pirates (Drake Pirates  •  Hawkins Pirates)  •  Kyoshiro Family  •  Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance (Mink Tribe  •  Straw Hat Pirates  •  Heart Pirates)  •  Hitaki Family 
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Toki Toki no Mi   •  Artificial Devil Fruit  •  Fuku Fuku no Mi  •  SMILE  •  Zou Zou no Mi, Model: Mammoth  •  Wara Wara no Mi  •  Juku Juku no Mi  •  Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Nue 
Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Kitsunebi-ryu
Weapons: Katana  •  Shusui   •  Kitetsu (Shodai Kitetsu *  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu )
Other: Voice of All Things
Related Articles
Regions: Flower Capital  •  Kuri (Kuri Beach  •  Amigasa Village  •  Okobore Town  •  Bakura Town  •  Paradise Farm  •  Mt. Atamayama  •  Oden Castle)  •  Udon  •  Habu Port  •  Onigashima  •  Yo 
Story Arcs: Thriller Bark Arc  •  Dressrosa Saga  •  Zou Arc  •  Wano Country Arc
Others: Monsters  •  Swordsmen (Samurai)  •  Poneglyph  •  Fire Festival  •  One Piece x Kyoto
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Weapons
Swords and Bladed Weapons
Named Blades: Gryphon  •  Wado Ichimonji  •  Yamaoroshi  •  Shodai Kitetsu  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu  •  Yubashiri *  •  Shigure  •  Kashu  •  Yoru  •  Terry Sword  •  Eisen Whip  •  Funkfreed  •  Shusui  •  Oto and Kogarashi  •  Soul Solid  •  Durandal  •  Kikoku  •  Same-kiri Bocho  •  Pretzel  •  Shirauo  •  Raiu  •  Kaken  •  Shichiseiken 
Other Blade Weapons: Axe  •  Cat Claws  •  Kogatana  •  Kiribachi  •  Bruiser Axe  •  Peacock Slashers  •  Heat Javelin  •  Burn Blade  •  Ten-Fold Axe  •  Kessui  •  Kirisame  •  Mogura
Related: Meito  •  Kitetsu  •  Swordsmen
Projectile Weapons
Firearms: Flintlock  •  Flintlock .44 Caliber 6 Shot Revolver  •  Lassoo  •  Yellow Gun  •  Gero Gero Gun  •  Senriku  •  Flash Gun  •  Walker
Artillery: Buggy Balls  •  Royal Drum Crown 7-Shot Bliking Cannon  •  Burn Bazooka/Flame Bazooka  •  Brachio Tank V  •  KX Launcher  •  King Cannon   •  Eagle Launcher   •  Alpacacino 
Slingshots: Ginga Pachinko  •  Kabuto  •  Kuro Kabuto
Others: Milky Arrow  •  Battle Smasher
Other Weapons
Ancient Weapons: Pluton  •  Poseidon  •  Uranus
Non-Bladed Polearms: Nanashaku Jitte  •  Clima Tact (Perfect  •  Sorcery  •  Fourth)  •  Nonosama Bo
Cyborgs: Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Pacifista (Shiro Kuma)  •  Kau Ra Kau   •  Zau Ra Zau 
Others: Poison (Shinokuni  •  Koro)  •  Dials  •  Explosive  •  Gorilla Puncher 13  •  Prometheus  •  Zeus  •  Napoleon  •  Raid Suit  •  Roba-san Kick 18   •  Senpu King   •  Dyna Stone 
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Fighting Styles
Hand-to-hand Styles: Black Leg Style (Diable Jambe)  •  Mutoryu  •  Rokushiki  •  Seimei Kikan  •  Jao Kun Do  •  Ryusoken  •  Jio-Ken  •  Combination Play 
Specie Exclusive: Fish-Man Karate (Fish-Man Jujutsu)  •  Merman Combat  •  Tontatta Combat  •  Electro
Culture Based: Okama Kenpo (Newkama Kenpo)  •  Hasshoken
Others: Haki (Kenbunshoku Haki  •  Busoshoku Haki  •  Haoshoku Haki)
Related: Martial Artist
Weapon-Based Styles
Swords Styles: Santoryu  •  Ittoryu  •  Nitoryu  •  Carnival Tricks  •  Rokutoryu  •  Yontoryu  •  Kyutoryu  •  Fencing Style  •  Hattoryu  •  Kitsunebi-ryu
Other Weapons-Based Styles: Usopp's Arsenal  •  Art of Weather  •  Man-Demon Tactics  •  Rope Action  •  Ramen Kenpo  •  Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Soul Solid  •  Merman Gujutsu  •  Kanpo Kenpo 
Related: Swordsmen