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Japanese Name: ベガパンク
Romanized Name: Begapanku
English Name: Vegapunk
Debut: Chapter 684; Episode 610[1]
Affiliations: Marines
Occupations: Scientist
Epithet: Dr. Vegapunk (Dr.ベガパンク Dokutā Begapanku?)
Birthday: August 9th[2]
Japanese VA: Yoshito Yasuhara
For the fansubbing group with the same name, see Vegapunk (fansubs).

Dr. Vegapunk is the leading scientist in the employment of the Marines. His work includes discovering the secrets and uses of seastone, the secrets of how Devil Fruit powers work, and various other scientific achievements that are said to be at least 500 years ahead of current technology.[3][4] He hails from the technologically advanced Karakuri Island.[5][6] Despite Vegapunk's achievements, he has yet to make a personal appearance in the current storyline.

AppearanceEdit

He has yet to make an appearance, but a G-5 Marine states that he is an old geezer, suggesting he is somewhat elderly.[7]

Personality Edit

In his youth, he was a generous person who cared very much for the inhabitants of his island, willing to help them with his inventions. He is considered the island's pride and joy, and the residents are still hoping for his return. He also respects the wishes of his colleagues, as he agreed to program Kuma with a command the Shichibukai himself requested, as part of his final Pacifista modifications.

Unlike his former fellow scientist Caesar Clown, Vegapunk was far more moral about what he would do in pursuit of achievements. He refused to involve children in the giantification process despite repeated failures as well as the creation or release of the poison gas weapon for fear of it harming innocent people.[8]

He seems to have an interest for dragons, as he created two of them on Punk Hazard,[9][10] and an artificial Devil Fruit that allows the user to transform into a dragon.[11]

Relationships Edit

Marines Edit

Sentomaru Edit

Vegapunk had a bodyguard named Sentomaru, however after the timeskip he became a marine officer. Any relationship between the two has yet to be shown in detail.

Caesar Clown Edit

Despite once being colleagues, Vegapunk and Caesar Clown had a bitter rivalry based on levels of recognition and ethics. When Caesar's erratic behavior got out of hand, Vegapunk decided to dismiss Caesar from his position. Caesar was also considered second best to Vegapunk. Because of this, Caesar holds a grudge against him.[12][8]

Shichibukai/Subjects Edit

Bartholomew Kuma Edit

Vegapunk seems to have a good enough relationship with Kuma to grant him his final wish as a human being, which was to program Kuma to protect the Thousand Sunny until the Straw Hats return.[13] It is very likely that Vegapunk highly respects Kuma's strength, as he modified Kuma to be the prototype Pacifista, and he let Kuma do things that oppose the World Government, as well as granting him his last wish by including a mission into his programming that Kuma himself had requested.

Abilities and Powers Edit

Vegapunk is a knowledgeable scientist whose scientific expertise is said to be at least 500 years ahead of his contemporaries.[14] It seems that even in his youth the scientist was a genius, but lacked the skills, funds and material to develop his inventions, although that did not stop him from creating the ideas for Pacifista cyborg, including their laser weapons back then. This is proven by the fact that Franky was able to recreate the technologies with the plans Vegapunk left behind on his home island. Regardless, the creations and blueprints that he has left behind are considered priceless, and any damage inflicted to them is considered a crime.[15]

Through his research, he discovered ways of allowing Marine ships to pass through the Calm Belts without fear of Sea King attacking by covering the bottom of the ships with Kairoseki. He also discovered exactly how Devil Fruit powers are transferred over to a user, and was the scientist behind the method of adding Devil Fruit powers to inanimate objects, such as swords or guns.[16]

He is the one who modified Bartholomew Kuma into a cyborg,[14] and has produced many Pacifista replicas of him, granting them some of the abilities of Kizaru's Devil Fruit in the process.[17] These replicas bleed actual blood. However, they lack Kuma's own Devil Fruit abilities. After the two-year timeskip, Sentomaru revealed that the latest Pacifista had been further modified, but these units have yet to be seen.[18] The lasers that are installed into the Pacifista were apparently supposed to be so advanced, that only Vegapunk knew how to create them.[19] It was also stated that the dragons found on Punk Hazard were of Vegapunk's own creation.[20]

Scientific Achievements Edit

Vegapunk's researches

Vegapunk's research on allowing objects to "eat" Devil Fruits in the anime.

  • Kairoseki usage:
    • Covering the bottom of ships for avoiding Sea Kings.[16]
  • Devil Fruit research:
  • Pacifista project:
  • Other:
    • Climate Control (unfinished, destroyed)[15].
    • Many blueprints of unmade creations (destroyed)[15].
    • Creating a variety of cyborg animals.
    • Various weapons.
    • Studying everything from battleships to human cells.
    • Artificial lifeform, dragons (at least two, one killed by Zoro, the other by Brook and Kin'emon).[9][10]
    • Giantification (Failure).[22]

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Vegapunk was born in the Future Country Barujimoa on Karakuri Island. As a child, he designed and built several devices in his lab, including robotic animals. He also had hundreds of other ideas, ranging from weapons to experimenting with cellular structures. He once tried to create an in-ground heating system for the island's people using modified animals as his labor force. Unfortunately, Vegapunk lacked the tools and the funds needed to complete his project, but he was able to touch the people's hearts.

Service to the World GovernmentEdit

After going to work for the World Government, he became famous for his Devil Fruit research and for discovering that Kairoseki can serve to counteract the effects of Devil Fruits on the user.

Vegapunk Dismisses Caesar

Vegapunk tells Caesar that he is dismissed.

Four years prior to the current storyline, he was leading chemical weapons tests in his lab on Punk Hazard. His former colleague, Caesar Clown, created an extremely powerful chemical weapon, and when Vegapunk attempted to dismiss Caesar for his reckless behavior, Caesar retaliated by detonating that weapon, turning Punk Hazard into a wasteland.[8] The island was closed off after this incident and a dragon that Vegapunk created was also abandoned. Since Vegapunk had been leading the experiments, he was blamed for the incident.[23]

Before the timeskip, he focused on developing human weapons called Pacifista, with Bartholomew Kuma as the test subject and with his research on Kizaru's Devil Fruit powers.[17] He somehow managed to synthesize them and become the only person in the world with the technological prowess to manufacture functional and tangible laser beams that cause damage, which the World Government now use in full force and mass production. Prior to the war at Marineford, he performed the final operation on Kuma, causing him to lose his free will. However, upon Kuma's request, he programmed the mission to protect the Thousand Sunny into Kuma's memory banks.[14]

Many of the inventions and blueprints in his house were destroyed by Franky during the Nightmare of Barujimoa.[15] The explosion, however, uncovered another one of his labs, in which Franky spent two years studying and upgrading his cyborg body.

Trivia Edit

  • In relation to a SBS question asked by a fan stating "How come Luffy's Devil Fruit was already in the Devil Fruit encyclopedia when he ate it?" Oda hinted that Vegapunk might know what Devil Fruits really are.[24]
  • Vegapunk is comparable to Leonardo da Vinci, who is often thought of in modern history as a man who was ahead of his time. Some historians also go so far to say Leonardo was more than 5 centuries ahead of his time, just as Vegapunk is likewise considered 500 years ahead of his time.
  • In One Py Berry Match: Treasure World the Dr.Vegapunk's Plates Laboratory (Dr.ベガパンクのプレート研究所) is the "officine" where the player can use the Plate System.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 684 and Episode 610, Vegapunk appears in Caesar's flashback.
  2. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 155), Vegapunk's birthday is stated.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 433 and Episode 315, Coby talks about Dr. Vegapunk.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 485 and Episode 377, "It is said that his scientific ability... is already 500 years ahead of our time."
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 523 and Episode 418, Franky is told that Karakuri Island is the birthplace of Vegapunk.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 549, cover story: Straw Hat's Separation Serial #3 Vol. 2 and Episode 453, Franky stumbles upon Vegapunk's old home.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 658 and Episode 582, a G-5 Marine refers to Vegapunk as a "geezer".
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 684 and Episode 610, Caesar has a flashback to the destruction of Punk Hazard four years ago.
  9. 9.0 9.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 655 and Episode 579, Vegapunk's first dragon on PH
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 675 and Episode 601, Vegapunk's second, more agile dragon
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 685 and Episode 611, Vegapunk's artificial Devil Fruit.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 664 and Episode 589, Caesar holding a grudge against Vegapunk.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 603 and Episode 523.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 485 (p. 9-10) and Episode 377, Kuma is revealed to be a cyborg modified by Vegapunk.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 592 and Episode 508, Franky destroys Vegapunk's lab.
  16. 16.0 16.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 433 (p. 4-5) and Episode 315, Coby reveals to Luffy why the marines manage to pass through Calm Belt safely.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 509 (p. 8) and Episode 402, X Drake and Kizaru speak about the Pacifistas.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 603 and Episode 523.
  19. One Piece Manga — Vol. 67 Chapter 658, Residents of Punk Hazard that laser technology was supposed to be unique to Vegapunk, and were surprised that Franky was able to reproduce it.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 67 Chapter 664, Brownbeard revealed that the dragon was one of Vegapunk's creations.
  21. 21.0 21.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 433 (p. 6) and Episode 315, Coby reveals one of his inventions to Luffy.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 688 and Episode 614, Chopper declares Vegapunk's giantification experiments failed
  23. One Piece Manga — Vol. 67 Chapter 664, Vegapunk is deemed responsible for the PH incident
  24. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 48, Fan Question: In Volume 46, Usopp's explanation that there can be no two Devil Fruits with the same powers contradicts with your explanation in Volume 45 that Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Mi was already listed in the Devil Fruit encyclopedia before he ate it. Did you make a mistake?
  25. The official page about Dr.Vegapunk's Plates Laboratory

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