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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 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".

Abilities and PowersEdit

It was stated by Brook that there were different types of swordsmen, though the only two he named were "speed types", and "power types". While Brook describes himself as a "speed type", he states that swordsmen like Zoro and Ryuma are "power types".[4]

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.[5]
  • 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?).[6] Zoro has shown that he can even turn these air projectiles in spiraling fashions, as opposed to a straightforward slash,[7] while Ryuma demonstrated that the compressed air can be launched like a piercing blast via a sword thrust.[8] 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]

Known SwordsmenEdit

See also the associated category: Swordsmen.
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Swordsmen
Shanks Roronoa Zoro Helmeppo Koshiro Cabaji
Johnny Yosaku Dracule Mihawk Hatchan Arlong
Bogard Koze Packy Tashigi Dorry
Yurikah Pell Chaka Gyaro Sarkies
Pickles Ohm Mikazuki Kaku Peeply Lulu
T-Bone Mozu Kiwi Kerville Momonga
Strawberry Brook Killer Heat Shachi
Silvers Rayleigh Shiliew John Giant Vista McGuy
Squard Atmos Fossa Haruta Little Oars Jr.
Bizarre Karma Palms Brownbeard Shiki
Lip Doughty Hyouzou Yarisugi Kin'emon Issho
Kyros Dagama Jeet Suleiman Cavendish
Rebecca Ricky Pica Wanda Pedro
Sicilian Inuarashi Jack Amande Charlotte Cracker
Deceased Swordsmen
Kuina Hyota Arrow Montblanc Noland Cyrano
D.R. Jigoro Lola Ryuma
Spandam Kuzan Onigumo Trafalgar D. Water Law Borsalino
Diamante Bill 
Non-Canon Swordsmen
Billy Golass Pin Joker Heaby Geronimo
Kimmel Saga Toma Mendo Yukimura
Nuru Dojaku Psycho P Long Long Narcie
Gion

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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. 48 Chapter 467 (p. 3) and Episode 362, Brook describes Zoro and Ryuma are both users of the "Power of Destruction".
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 779 (p. 3) and Episode 720, Mihawk speaks with Zoro on imbuing swords with Busoshoku Haki.
  6. One Piece AnimeEpisode 428, Largo calls Zoro's attack as a Flying Slash Attack.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 259 (p. 13-14) and Episode 170, Zoro defeats Braham with Sanjuroku Pound Ho.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 466 (p. 19) and Episode 362, Ryuma shoots at Zoro with a powerful thrust.

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Swordsmen
Canon: Roronoa Zoro  •  Helmeppo  •  Kuina   •  Koshiro  •  Cabaji  •  Johnny  •  Yosaku  •  Dracule Mihawk  •  Hatchan  •  Arlong  •  Bogard  •  Tashigi  •  Dorry  •  Yurikah  •  Hyota   •  Arrow   •  Gyaro  •  Sarkies  •  Pickles  •  Ohm  •  Montblanc Noland   •  Mikazuki  •  T-Bone  •  Mozu  •  Kiwi  •  Baskerville  •  Momonga  •  Kaku  •  Strawberry  •  Cyrano   •  D.R.   •  Shanks  •  Ryuma   •  Jigoro   •  Lola (Zombie)   •  Killer  •  Heat  •  Shachi  •  Silvers Rayleigh  •  Shiliew  •  John Giant  •  Vista  •  McGuy  •  Squard  •  Atmos  •  Fossa  •  Haruta  •  Little Oars Jr.  •  Bizarre  •  Karma  •  Palms  •  Brownbeard  •  Albion  •  Lip Doughty  •  Hyouzou   •  Pekoms  •  Bobbin  •  Yarisugi  •  Issho  •  Kyros  •  Dagama  •  Jeet  •  Suleiman  •  Cavendish  •  Rebecca  •  Riku Dold III  •  Pica  •  Wanda  •  Sicilian  •  Amande
Devil Fruit Powered: Pell  •  Chaka  •  Spandam  •  Onigumo  •  Brook  •  Shiki  •  Trafalgar D. Water Law  •  Kin'emon  •  Issho  •  Diamante  •  Jack  •  Charlotte Cracker
Non-canon: Billy  •  Golass  •  Pin Joker  •  Heaby  •  Geronimo  •  Kimmel  •  Saga  •  Toma  •  Bismarck  •  Mendo  •  Yukimura  •  Nuru  •  Dojaku
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Piracy
Crew Members Professions: Captain  •  Admiral  •  First Mate  •  Staff  •  Doctor  •  Navigator  •  Cook  •  Shipwright  •  Helmsman  •  Cabin Boy  •  Archaeologist  •  Musician  •  Sniper  •  Swordsmen  •  Martial Artist  •  Assassin  •  Mercenary
Terminologies: Jolly Roger  •  Bounties  •  Treasure  •  Epithet  •  Pirate Alliance  •  Davy Back Fight  •  Super Rookie  •  Fleet
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Wano Country
Daimyo: Kozuki Oden   •  Kozuki Momonosuke
Samurai: Kin'emon  •  Kanjuro  •  Ryuma 
Ninja: Raizo
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Artificial Devil Fruit
Weapon Based: Shusui
Fighting Style Based: Kitsunebi-ryu  •  Haki
Related Articles
Story Arcs: Thriller Bark Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc  •  Zou Arc
Families: Kozuki Family
Others: Monsters  •  Katana  •  Swordsmen  •  Mink Tribe  •  Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance  •  Beasts Pirates
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Weapons
Swords and Bladed Weapons
Named Blades: Wado Ichimonji  •  Yamaoroshi  •  Shodai Kitetsu  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu  •  Yubashiri  •  Shigure  •  Kashu  •  Yoru  •  Terry Sword  •  Eisen Whip  •  Shusui  •  Oto and Kogarashi  •  Soul Solid  •  Durandal  •  Kikoku  •  Same-kiri Bocho  •  Pretzel  •  Shirauo  •  Shichiseiken 
Other Blade Weapons: Axe  •  Cat Claws  •  Kogatana  •  Kiribachi  •  Bruiser Axe  •  Peacock Slashers  •  Heat Javelin  •  Burn Blade  •  Ten-Fold Axe  •  Funkfreed  •  Kessui  •  Kirisame
Related: Meito  •  Kitetsu  •  Swordsmen
Projectile Weapons
Firearms: Flintlock  •  Flintlock .44 Caliber 6 Shot Revolver  •  Lassoo  •  Yellow Gun  •  Gero Gero Gun  •  Senriku  •  Flash Gun
Artillery: Buggy Balls  •  Royal Drum Crown 7-Shot Bliking Cannon  •  Burn Bazooka/Flame Bazooka  •  Brachio Tank V  •  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  •  Nonosama Bo  •  Perfect Clima-Tact  •  Sorcery Clima-Tact
Cyborgs: Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Pacifista (Shiro Kuma)  •  Kau Ra Kau   •  Zau Ra Zau 
Others: Poison  •  Dials  •  Gorilla Puncher 13  •  Shinokuni  •  Roba-san Kick 18   •  Senpu King   •  Dyna Stone 
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Fighting Styles
Hand-to-hand Styles: Black Leg Style  •  Fishman Karate  •  Okama Kenpo  •  Mutoryu  •  Rokushiki  •  Diable Jambe  •  Life Return  •  Newkama Kenpo  •  Fishman Jujutsu  •  Merman Combat  •  Jao Kun Do  •  Hasshoken  •  Ryusoken  •  Tontatta Combat  •  Jio-Ken  •  Electro  •  Combination Play 
Others: Haki (Kenbunshoku Haki  •  Busoshoku Haki  •  Haoshoku Haki)
Related: Martial Artist
Weapon-Based Styles
Swords Styles: Santoryu  •  Ittoryu  •  Nitoryu  •  Rokutoryu  •  Yontoryu  •  Kyutoryu  •  Fencing Style  •  Hattoryu  •  Kitsunebi-ryu
Other Weapons-Based Styles: Usopp Tactics  •  Art of Weather  •  Rope Action  •  Ramen Kenpo  •  Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Soul Solid  •  Merman Gujutsu  •  Kanpo Kenpo 
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