|“||Whether I kick a kitten... Tear off your ears... Even slaughter innocent people... The world will never cease to forgive my actions! Why, you ask? That's right, it is because I am... Beautiful!!!||„|
|~ Hancock justifying her actions to Vice Admiral Momonga.|
|“||I amazed... I truly had no idea... that there could be such a wonderful fool left in this world. To challenge the World Nobles and risk your life. You're just like he was.||„|
|~ Boa Hancock revealing her true nature when hearing Luffy punched a Celestial Dragon.|
|“||To me... All men are alike... All but him.||„|
|~ Hancock reveal her reason when attacking the Marines.|
Boa Hancock is a former member of the Shichibukai. She is commonly referred to as the Pirate Empress or the "Snake Princess" of Amazon Lily. She rules over the Kuja tribe with her two younger sisters, Boa Sandersonia and Boa Marigold, and is the captain of the Kuja Pirates. She is the redeemed main antagonist of the Amazon Lily Arc that fell in love with the main protagonist and future Yonko, Monkey D. Luffy, and eventually pledged both her love and loyalty to him after she learned he punched a Celestial Dragon (who were previously Hancock's tormentors) and after he declared that he only despised the World Nobles, not her.
She is also one of the tritagonists of the Marineford Arc alongside Emporio Ivankov, the deuteragonist of the special movie One Piece 3D2Y and the filler Carbonic Acid King Arc. Overall, She is a major protagonist and a beloved character of the One Piece community.
She was first mentioned by the Risky Brothers at the end of the Thriller Bark Arc when comparing her legendary beauty to the beauty of mermaids. She is considered by many to be the undisputed most beautiful woman in the world. While she used to be employed within the Shichibukai, her love for Monkey D. Luffy has caused her to turn against the World Government on a number of occasions, thus putting her status as a Shichibukai in jeopardy. It was until the Levely arc where she lost her status due to the exposed nefarious actions of Crocodile and Doflamingo to the other nobles. Irrespective of that, she is unaffected by the world-breaking decision and was readily prepared for any actions by the World Government, citing that they became Shichibukai because they were strong.
19 years ago, at age 12, she and her sisters were sold and marked as slaves of the World Nobles which resulted in their hatred towards men and the World Government. They were tortured and abused by the World Nobles as well as forced fed devil fruits for entertainment by their so-called "masters" for 4 years. It was until a Fishman named Fisher Tiger whom came to the Marie Joa to free his fellow Fishmen who suffered as slaves that they were eventually freed as well, despite his personal hatred toward humans. After escaping from the World Nobles, she and her sisters met Silvers Rayleigh and Shakuyaku who contacted Gloriosa to send them back home. However, the marks on their backs could not be faded which led her to fabricate a lie to protect the dignities of her sisters.
At age 18, Hancock became the unequivocal Empress of Amazon Lily while her sisters became her seconds-in-command. She earned a bounty worth 80,000,000 berries after just one excursion, and was immediately invited to become a member of the Shichibukai. She eventually accepted the deal to not only defend her homeland and her fellow Kuja from the World Government, but to also allow her and her sisters to keep their secret clandestine as well.
After Luffy was sent flying to Amazon Lily by Bartholomew Kuma, she and the Kuja mistakenly thought he invaded their homeland and captured him for execution. He also walked in when she was bathing and it led to her being perplexed as to why he was immune to her Devil Fruit powers when she used it against him. In the interim, It was revealed that Hancock refused to accept the summon by the World Government to combat the Whitebeard Pirates. She made her decision clear by forcing Vice-admiral Momonga on his knees and petrifying his men into stone.
During Luffy's fight, Boa was surprised when Luffy covered up the mark on Sandersonia's back after he recognised the significance of it to them. To test Luffy's character, she asked for his choice to either save his petrified amazon friends or to save himself. To her astonishment, Luffy instantly asked for her to save his friends without any hints of self-preservation. Hancock then cancelled his execution to have a conversation with him after also freeing his friends.
After learning that Luffy caused an International incident at Sabaody Archipelago by punching a World Noble, she was impressed at his level of dedication to his beliefs and friends without regarding his own personal safety. Hancock promises that she will tell him everything he needs to know including the meaning behind Hatchan's mark on his forehead.
After Luffy stated that he vehemently despised the World Nobles for their selfishness and actions, Hancock felt relieved and not only pardoned his previous actions, she also befriended and fell in love with him which caused her to suffer from "Love Sickness", a real disease that previous empresses of Amazon Lily have caught, which eventually caused their deaths due to them rejecting their loves for their respective man. She displayed the highest form of trust by displaying that she was a product of the world nobles before on her back, however, she was further surprised when Luffy nonchalantly disregarded it, and had no ill-will or prejudice against her. Out of all of the men she met, Luffy was undoubtedly someone she has never come across before.
When Luffy learned that his brother Ace is going to be executed during the war against Whitebeard, Hancock easily accepted his seemingly selfish and dangerous request to help save him, despite putting herself at mortal danger. This shows the extent of her first love, as they concocted a plan to help sneak him into the most dangerous prision Impel Down before Ace was escorted to Marineford. She also went through a myriad of embarrassing predicaments due to Luffy's antiques but never once did she have any disdain against him. She filtered out the disgusting comments made by the prisoners and told Ace that Luffy was attempting to save him. Before further chaos could erupt, she was escorted to Marineford as per the deal.
As the war of the strongest began, Hancock indiscriminately started attacking both the Marines and the Whitebeard Pirates after some pirates started targeting her. She then made it clear that she doesn't considers the Navy as her allies, but rather viewed all men as her enemies, except for just one. As Luffy and the others arrived at Marineford after breaking out of Impel Down, she felt relieved to see Luffy safe and started making her intention to aid him abundantly clear to those around. As Sengoku revealed Luffy's father is none other than the Revolutionary Dragon, Hancock was unsurprised and remained undaunted in her statement that even if he was the son of Dragon the "devil", she would nevertheless love him unconditionally.
Hancock engaged with multiple enemies in the war including the likes of Smoker and multiple Pacifitas on Luffy's behalf. When Luffy was stabbed by Admiral Aokiji, she immediately ran to help although her assistance was unneeded as Marco knocked him away. Hancock also surprised Luffy when she reveals that she possessed the keys to Ace's cuffs. Luffy immediately ran and gave her a big hug, thanking her profusely and promising he would never forget what she done for him. His words and actions cause her to briefly collapse and fantasise about their future marriage before continuing on with the war. Hancock also surprised the Marine when she suddenly declared herself to be the granddaughter-in-law of the Hero of the Marines Garp before explaining further that it would be a by-product of her marriage to Luffy.
After Ace was murdered by Akainu, Hancock continues to defend Luffy as Jinbei carries him to escape. She was anxious for Luffy who was utterly destroyed and demolished by his brother's death.
She then sought to escape Marineford with a Marine's battleship, by petrifying the Marine soldiers under the disguise of capturing Luffy. She eventually met up with Trafalgar Law and the Heart Pirates who were tending to Luffy's condition. She also made acquaintance with Ivankov and his fellow Newkamas who took the ship Hancock stole as they made their way back to her island separately. Hancock orders the Kuja Pirates to shelter the Heart Pirates for Luffy's safety from the World Government and Marines. However, this was rejected by the previous empress who declared it to be unprecedented for men to enter their sacrilegious island and that only Luffy could enter.
After a compromise was reached, Hancock was utterly devastated and refused to eat until Luffy had recovered as she secluded herself in her room. She was overjoyed when Luffy woke up and ordered her people to make a big feast for him, with her also helping. When Rayleigh offered to train Luffy, she allowed them to use one of their islands and also offered giving Luffy daily feasts to eat after he finishes a day's training. Luffy was ecstatic but Rayleigh rejected the proposal so as to not spoil Luffy. This causes the Pirate Empress to snap at the Dark King though they eventually compromised as it was for the good of Luffy.
After 2 years, it was revealed that Hancock offered Luffy multiple marriage proposal however at the moment, he declined them. Although, he does clearly state that he would like to see her again in the new world. As the Straw Hat Pirates prepares to go to Fishman Island, Hancock and the Kuja Pirates prevented the Marines from getting in their way. After the Dressrosa Incident, Hancock hanged a picture of Luffy's new bounty photo in front of her palace much to the annoyance of Gloriosa.
During the Levely, Hancock and her fellows lost all their privileges and became wanted criminals and enemies to the World Government once more. The Marines led by Coby were seen on a ship trying to capture her. Boa Hancock was neither impressed nor afraid as she reassured her people that she became a Shichibukai for a reason. She then commands them to show the Marines the might of the Kujas and to display no mercy. Most if not every speculators believes that Coby is no match for Hancock.
At age 7, Hancock was one of the many seen twenty-four years before the main story commenting on Gold Roger's death (or more specifically on the Great Age of Pirates), and emphasising the need for them to grow stronger.
When Hancock was twelve years old, she and her sisters were included into the Kuja pirate crew and were sailing on their ship, when suddenly, they were captured by slavers and sold to the Tenryubito. During her time as a slave, Hancock was fed the Paramecia fruit Mero Mero no Mi as a form of entertainment by her captors. The three suffered the greatest horrors imaginable, until four years later, a man by the name of Fisher Tiger appeared, and while his goal was simply the liberation of the fishman slaves, he freed as many as he could without discrimination.
At age 16, they were freed 15 years ago prior to the story with nowhere left to go. The sisters were eventually rescued by elder Nyon, Silvers Rayleigh and Shakuyaku, and brought home, but the Hoof of the Celestial Dragon, the symbol of the Tenryubito was burned deep into their flesh. Hancock chose to hide the mark and her Devil Fruit powers, and disseminated to the fellow Kuja that it was punishment for slaying a gorgon, with her, Marigold and Sandersonia collectively gaining the nickname: the Gorgon sisters, for if the truth is revealed, the three sisters would have nowhere to go.
Unfortunately, despite being freed, the experiences and trauma that Hancock went through corrupted her innocence, and she would later grow up to distrust everyone (with the exception of her sisters), men especially. She also especially hate the World Government, in particular the Tenryubito. Over the years, despite Elder Nyon's love, mercy and attempts to open her up, Hancock became extremely cold, burying any warm feelings of kindness and sensitivity deep within her. Although she would later become the Empress of the Kuja, she portrays herself as being selfish, and uncaring towards her people. However, deep down, she cares immensely for her people and would sacrifice much for them which they themselves knew full well. Her heart was eventually thawed by Luffy as she started showing public affection for her people more openly.
When Hancock was eighteen, she became the Empress of the Kuja and quickly gained a notorious reputation despite her young age, catching the attention of the Marines and even the World Government, who were frightened of her potential, as she had earned a large bounty after only one campaign. Hancock later accepted to join the Shichibukai in order to protect her fellow Kuja, by forming a treaty to protect their homeland from the government, preventing them from entering and having her bounty frozen.
Compared to the abnormal and huge appearance of her sisters, Hancock has a well proportioned figure. She is a very tall, slender woman with long black hair past her waist with locks of hair that frame her face down to her chin, large breasts, a high forehead, and light brown (dark blue in the anime) eyes that have long, voluminous lashes.
Her 3 measurements are (according to Sanji and series creator Oda in supplemental material): B111-W61-H91 (B 43.7" - W 24.02" - H 35.83"), making her breasts a J-cup in Japan, and bigger than Nami's or Robin's breast.
Her attire changes frequently and displays her incredible fashion sense. When first introduced, she wore a revealing red blouse that showed much of her chest and a loose sarong that exposed her long, slender legs with the green symbol of the Kuja adorned on it, along with a white cape sporting epaulettes more commonly found on the jackets of high-ranking Marines, and red high heel pumps. She then wore a qipao with a hooded cloak which she used it to cover Luffy until they arrived at Impel Down and then took it off during the battle against Whitebeard. During the Whitebeard War, she wore a purple dress with Kuja designs on it and purple high heel pumps.
Upon her return to Amazon Lily, she reverted to her original outfit (with the exception of her cape). In all her outfits, she has worn a pair of golden earrings that resemble snakes and high-heeled shoes; her attire is also adorned with the emblem of the Kuja, with an exception of when Hancock fell ill due to her Love Sickness, during which she wore a red blouse. After the time-skip, her attire looks the same as when she was first introduced, except it is colored blue.
Her beauty is noted by many throughout the world: to one of the Risky Brothers, her beauty is second only to that of the mermaids, while others like Marguerite and Vice-Warden Hannyabal proclaims that she is the most beautiful woman period in the world. She is also almost always seen with Salome, her large Snake Weapon, which, despite the skull it wears, is usually smiling.
Despite Hancock normally looking either calmly, beautiful or cute (in an attempt to "apologize" for her actions), whenever she is angered, she looks very intimidating, with her eyes bulging madly and her teeth bared, as seen when Smoker nearly killed Luffy, causing the attacker to stop his assault and sweat profusely.
Before Hancock fell in love with Luffy, and whenever she is not around Luffy, her eyes tend to look emotionless, but when she is around Luffy, her eyes show much more emotion, making her look like a girl in love.
Along with her sisters, on her back is the slave mark of the Tenryubito, something that she was so intent on keeping secret and was willing to petrify anyone (other than her sisters and Elder Nyon) who saw it. In order to make sure it was never seen, she and her sisters concocted a lie that what was really on the sisters' backs were pairs of Gorgon eyes which would petrify anyone who sets eyes on them. Hancock uses this "curse" as an excuse for her and her sisters' Devil Fruit abilities.
Hancock is a very complex woman. At first glance, she appears to be selfish, pompous, spoiled and used to having her own way. She can also act arrogant and cruel, usually justifying her less-than-admirable actions with her unmatched beauty, causing her to think that she can get away with anything because the world will forgive her (and save for the handful able to resist she is largely successful in this approach, with gleeful suitors of both genders happily forgiving her every transgression). She also made it seem that she did not think much of the Kuja tribe either as she commented to Elder Nyon that she did not care if the island was destroyed or not, since everyone would forgive her anyway because she is beautiful.
For her culture, it was believed that the most beautiful is the strongest of all. Thus, her unparalleled beauty is equated to her strength and is usually the meaning behind her large claims of forgiveness for beauty.
Because of her beauty and strength, she is used to seeing men and women, young and old alike, regardless of race, fall instantly in love and lust after her. As a result, people often forgive her instantly whenever she acts cutely while apologising or after being reminded of her beauty. However, when Luffy came along and displayed complete immunity to her charms, she initially felt that she could not bear the existence of someone completely invulnerable to her powers, and would collapse dramatically whenever insulted.
Though this feeling gradually eroded away, as she now loves Luffy despite his immunity or rather loves him more because of it. Even after the two year time-skip, Hancock continues to be in love with Luffy as much as before, despite the latter openly rejecting a wedding proposal from her due to his pursuit for the One Piece and becoming the Pirate King.
It was revealed the reason for Hancock's lies and attitude towards life was that because of her horrible past, she did not want to ever show weakness again to anyone. She harboured a great fear of getting close to anyone, other than her own sisters, and would even go as far to deceive all of the other Kujas. This caused her surrogate mother, Elder Nyon, to fear that Hancock had or will eventually truly turned as cold as ice. It wasn't until Hancock confessed everything to Luffy that she finally showed emotions, breaking down in tears after reliving her painful memories and finding someone who she could share her locked away emotions and burdens with, without being frown against. She was also heartened when Luffy told them not to force themselves to tell him their story if it was too painful.
Deep down, Hancock is a rather-sensitive and vulnerable woman who is afraid and concerned about how other people (especially the other Kuja) might react to the truth of the shameful past that she and her sisters share. She is also much more soft and compassionate towards others when she opens up. That part of her was only first shown for the first time in several years in front of Monkey D. Luffy since then, she has befriended and even fallen in love with Luffy, even agreeing to venture to the land of her suffering, from her days of a slave, at his request for his brother.
Hancock has also shown to be very sly and crafty when the situation demands it. This was particularly evident when she aided Monkey D. Luffy into discreetly breaking through Impel Down's outer defences, as well as manipulating the great prison warden, Magellan, to her whims before relaying a secret message to Luffy's brother Ace, whom Luffy was trying to rescue. She has also proven to be a very skilled liar who is excellent at fabricating stories, and her confidence leads her to minimise if not outright negate the potential consequences of her actions. An example of this is when she takes advantage of her beauty in Floor 6 of Impel that harbours the world's worst prisoners and turned them mad and lustful. It made them disrespect Magellan which in turn starting killing the impertinent inmates. This caused enough havoc for her to speak with Ace freely without anyone noticing.
She was able to easily feign a confident demeanour without any hints of trepidation when Vice Admiral Momonga suspected that she was hiding something underneath her cloak. This facade duped him into believing that she was innocent after she gave him permission to search her which he rejected. After being hounded by derogatory and lecherous comments by men and women alike for years, she was unperturbed by the rudeness of the worst criminals of level 6 Impel Down as she delivered her message to Ace. Luffy is the only one whom has continuously shattered her previously thought impervious facade.
Boa Sandersonia and Boa Marigold
Hancock is very close to her sisters because they went through a lot together as slaves. The three of them have a strong bond and support each other's actions. Such was the case that when she became Empress, she allowed her sisters to rule alongside her, and entrusts them with her authority when she leaves for Impel Down. Initially, when Luffy requested for Hancock's assistance to travel to Impel Down, Marigold and Sandersonia vehemently disagreed with the idea. However, when Hancock accepted his request, they respected her wishes, as well as her infatuation with Luffy, and wished the best of luck for them.
Given the way little girls are born on their island, in that women who have traveled abroad return pregnant, it is unknown if the three share the same father, or are even blood related due to their different appearances, but it is assumed that they share the same mother.
Before the time-skip, Hancock takes the role akin to that of an ungrateful brat to Gloriosa, even though Gloriosa helped her and her sisters get back to Amazon Lily. Gloriosa tried to convinced Hancock to accept the summon but she refused. Hancock then reminds Gloriosa that her previous actions is considered traitorous to the Kuja and told to stop bossing her around since Hancock is the current Empress of Amazon Lily. After which, she threw Gloriosa out of the window. Despite their previous interactions, Gloriosa still deeply cares for Hancock as though she was her daughter. In a similar vein, Hancock values Gloriosa's experience and sagacious insights. She especially appreciates Gloriosa's romantic advices and support for her relationship with Luffy.
She's aware that had Gloriosa not been at sea at the time, she and her sisters would have nowhere to go and probably be subjected to more suffering. Gloriosa treats the three sisters as though they were her own daughters. In many of their interactions, the relationship between the two is akin to a teenage daughter and a mother, further amplified by their differences and age. Regardless, Hancock does have a degree of respect for Gloriosa as she went to seek her wisdom so as to understand her sudden and first ever feeling of love, which Hancock later thanked her for. In return, Gloriosa actively supports and is proud of Hancock's decision in helping the object of her love, instead of allowing it to consume and kill her. She is glad to see a momentous and positive change in the Empress, understanding that she is pivotal to the prosperity of their people.
Salome is Hancock's personal snake weapon. Salome is typically used as a throne for her to sit on and as a weapon for battle. No matter where Hancock is, Salome is commonly seen next to her. Hancock seems to be close to Salome as the snake was visibly worried when Hancock suddenly became ill because of her love sickness. Salome has been seen assisting Hancock in many of her heated battles with strong adversaries. Her order's are absolute and she would willingly follow any of her master's commands.
Hancock has a complex relationship with her Kuja subjects, protecting them from the World Government, but refusing to continue protecting them by working with the latter. She also destroyed a clay statue of her, made by several little girls, simply because it was made from dirt, mud and clay, and petrified three Kuja warriors (Marguerite, Sweet Pea and Aphelandra) for allowing a man (Monkey D. Luffy) to enter the island and defending his crime. However, there has been no Kuja who does not love and admire Hancock. Her people wholeheartedly agrees with every decision she makes (apart from Elder Nyon, to an extent) as they know she has their best interest at heart.
Marguerite showed no hard feelings towards Hancock after she was un-petrified. Hancock likewise actually cares what they would think of her if they knew she was once a slave, even though she is now an Empress, and fears she would bring shame onto the tribe if they were aware of her past. So she's continuously lied to them to protect herself and her sisters. She even referred to them as her brethren, as opposed to her subjects.
Ever since Hancock fell in love with Luffy, she began to outwardly treat the Kuja warriors kindly. She sometimes goes as far as offering to personally help them prepare food for Luffy's recovery. On their end, the entire tribe is fiercely loyal to her and looks to her for guidance in times of need, supporting her every decision, including her love life.
Silvers Rayleigh became very good friends with Boa Hancock and her sisters due to their long history of knowing one another. He is one of the two exceptions in regards to Boa Hancock's hatred towards men, as he helped her and her sisters escaped from the World Nobles. The other being Monkey D. Luffy (Hancock's love interest and the only man who was bold enough to punch a Celestial Dragon). They are on friendly terms as when Rayleigh told Hancock that no women are allowed during Luffy's training, Hancock scolded him by pinching his nose, but managed to calm her down because he reasoned it was all for Luffy's sake.
Initially he was perplexed as to how Luffy was able to infiltrate the infamous Impel Down though it eventually dawned on him that it was only possible through Hancock's assistance. After which, his theory was proven true when Shakky suggested that Hancock had fell in love with Luffy, overcoming her disdain for men. He was further astonished by her women's intuition after getting a good look at Hancock's and Luffy's close and apparent dynamic causing him to smile.
Monkey D. Luffy
Originally antagonistic towards him, Hancock saw Luffy as a man who, being immune to her charms despite seeing her naked, could not be allowed to exist. She refused to believe his story of being sent to the island by Bartholomew Kuma, and ordered his execution. She also thought he was just like all men in the world; selfish and arrogant, but was proven wrong and was even moved by his acts of selflessness. Luffy is actually possibly the only one (beside Rayleigh and Shakky), outside her family, that she truly considers a friend.
She quickly befriended him when he covered the back of her sister when he was fighting so nobody could see the Tenryuubito's slave mark on her. When given a choice to either save Marguerite, Sweet Pea, and Aphelandra or benefit himself, he unhesitating chose them. Moreover, he went as far as to strike one of the World Nobles, and harbored no hatred for Hancock for being a slave in the past. As such, due to Luffy's bravery, selflessness and kind heart, Hancock has fallen in love with Luffy, causing her to catch "Love Sickness", which was the cause of death of nearly all of the previous Empresses. However, Elder Nyon says that all of the previous Empresses died because they tried to suppress their feelings by distancing themselves from their object of desire, whereas Hancock will survive by being with Luffy.
Due to her feelings, Hancock has a hard time looking Luffy in the eye and tends to blush in his presence (much like a young girl with a crush). She is also prone to daydreams involving Luffy. She requested that Luffy call her Hancock, as opposed to her title, and nearly fainted the first time he called her by her given name correctly, given the fact that he had said it wrong a few times before, calling her "Hammock". Moments after, she actually did faint after believing that Luffy said "I love you" (愛してる。 aishiteru) when he actually said "Thank you" (ありがとう arigatou). She tends to faint in joy whenever Luffy says her name right and apparently is keeping count of how many times he has said her name correctly. When Luffy hugged her during the Battle of Marineford and uttered many sentences of appreciation, she thought of it as his proposal of marriage. Later though, Nyon told her that it wasn’t counted. As a result, Hancock is now set on the idea of marrying Luffy. Even though Luffy says that he is not going to marry Hancock since he is still in pursuit of his goal, she still loves him very much and is not deterred in the slightest by this.
During the Battle of Marineford, Hancock states that all men, both Marine and pirate alike, are her enemies, Luffy standing as the sole exception. Even after finding out the truth about Luffy's heritage, she cast it aside and did not care even if he is the son of the devil. She is also extremely protective of Luffy, going so far as to attack Commodore Smoker for restraining Luffy, much to the shock of the Marines watching them. She even openly declared Luffy as her beloved.
In fact, ever since Luffy's arrival at Marineford, all Hancock could do was focus her attention on Luffy's well-being, bursting out in anger whenever he was attacked and shivering in fear whenever he was attacked. Upon reaching Luffy after the war and receiving information about his critical condition from Trafalgar Law, Hancock expressed her desire to be the one who should have taken all the suffering in Luffy's place. She cares so much for Luffy that she barely ate any food upon her return to Amazon Lily until she was sure that Luffy was all right, and even then commanded that as much food as possible be given to him so that he may recover.
While at this point Luffy does not have the same romantic feelings towards Hancock that she feels towards him, he has shown that he genuinely cares for and appreciates her. During his fight with Magellan, when the warden stated that he would have Luffy tell him how he managed to break into Impel Down, Luffy protected Hancock by declaring he would not tell Magellan even if it killed him. He later showed his gratitude by hugging her and remarking afterward that she had saved him twice, both in helping him break into Impel Down and giving him the key to Ace's seastone handcuffs.
After the time-skip, he willingly listened to her advice and dons the disguise she manufactured for him. Furthermore, he thanked her for all the logistics she prepared for him. He later laments that he had to removed his disguise. They then made a promise to meet again in the new world as he wants to "see her again" and vows to "never say goodbye".
Hancock regularly keeps tracks of all of Luffy's escapades and frequently thinks about him as she leads her people.
Hancock has shown to be very distrusting towards Jinbe when they first met, but because he helped save Luffy, she allowed him to seek refuge on her island until he was fully healed. In fact, Hancock has shown to have grown respect for Jinbe protecting Luffy and even allowed him to explore her island to watch over a heart-broken Luffy, making Jinbe the second man to have ever been allowed in her country, showing Hancock has come to trust Jinbe greatly. Jinbe has shown to have a great fear of crossing her after she made her refusal clear of not letting him eat more than required of "Luffy's food" (that she prepared for Luffy only). Despite their questionable relationship, they are allies against the World Government. They also share a connected past against slavery where Jinbe's captain liberated a number of slaves with Hancock and her sisters being among them. It is unknown if Hancock is aware that Jinbe was close friends with Fisher Tiger or was a member of his crew.
Trafalgar D. Water Law
Because of Law's willingness to help Luffy during his time of need, Hancock put much of her faith in him and thanked him for saving Luffy, making Law one of the few men she's come to respect or at least endure the presence of aside from Luffy, Rayleigh, and Jinbe. She provided Law and his crew with food and shelter on her island under the terms they did not enter her city. Law also has shown to be among the few men who have has no interest in her beauty but the same could not be said about his crew. To ensure Luffy's safety she did not tell the Marines anything of their private meeting.
World Government and Marines
Despite being one of the Shichibukai, Hancock considered the World Government to be her enemy and, much like Nico Robin, she has stated that she hates the World Government and those in their complete obedience. Much of this comes from her past with the Celestial Dragons, who tortured her and her sisters from a young age, until they were rescued by Fisher Tiger. Even as a Shichibukai, she would never willingly take orders from the World Government or answers their summons, despite having an obligation to do so. This was evidenced when she lied about her agreement to wage war against the Whitebeard Pirates so as to simply get them off her back temporarily. She does not think twice about attacking her so-called "allies" in the Marines. In some cases, her friction with the World Government has reached dangerous levels, which even Elder Nyon criticizes.
She accepted to fight Whitebeard only because this allowed Monkey D. Luffy to rescue the important prisoner Portgas D. Ace (yet unknown to the World Government). Even though she agreed to fight against Whitebeard, she made it clear that the Marines are not her allies, after she started attacking without any distinction against both pirates and Marines alike during the war. Her continuous support of Luffy during the war has put further strain on her status as a Shichibukai. The upper echelons is shown to have great respect for her prowess and agreed that her assistance is pivotal if they ever hoped to defeat Whitebeard and his crew.
As for the Marines, Hancock considers Smoker a personal enemy after he pinned down and attempted to kill Luffy. Hancock swore to rip him to shreds and feed him to beasts. She also grew extremely angry at Aokiji when he stabbed Luffy with an icicle blade. After the events of the reverie, Marine Captain Coby and an entire fleet of ships was sent out to capture the now wanted Pirate Empress, though she was less than impressed by the ongoing events. Fleet Admiral Sakazuki was against making the Shichibukais their enemies, but had to obey the decision of the nations. On the other hand, Admiral Fujitora was happy that they were abolished as they now had to rely on the Marine's top secret SSG.
Due to her hellish experience with the first man she ever saw, the one who painfully burned the Hoof of the Soaring Dragon onto her back, Hancock has a bitter hatred towards all men (the only exceptions being Luffy, her love interest, and Rayleigh, who helped her and her sisters after they escaped from slavery), that caused her to indiscriminately attack pirates and Marine soldiers alike during the war. What she thinks of Ace is unknown, as he is Luffy's brother (though she was slightly surprised to find out they were not blood-related,). She did not show much antagonism towards him during their first meeting, and she even stole the key to his shackles to give to Luffy before the war.
She also made exceptions for the Heart Pirates for saving Luffy, with Jinbe receiving similar treatment. This could be due to his actions in protecting Luffy during the war which resulted in him ending up as a fellow patient of the Heart Pirates alongside Luffy, or the possibility of her cathartic rescue by Fisher Tiger which resulted in her having a better impression of Fishmen. Of course, it may also be due to the fact that Jinbe is a member and the current leader of Fisher Tiger's crew, the Sun Pirates.
Fisher Tiger freed Hancock and her sisters, along with many other slaves, during his rampage at Mariejois. Having met (or at least seen) him only once, she was shocked by his recklessness, and terrified of the brutality with which he fought. However, she has stated she owes him a debt which can never be repaid after he passed away.
Straw Hat Pirates
It is unknown how Hancock feels towards the Straw Hat crew, as Luffy is the captain of the crew. She seems to care about them (due to her love for Luffy), as she willingly protected them from the Marines and helped them set sail to Fishman Island. The Straw Hats appreciates what she did for them, as Brook and Sanji have already fallen for the Pirate Empress's beauty (with Sanji turning to stone just looking at her & Brook fainting after seeing her winked at Luffy). Usopp was also smitten by her and referred to her as the most beautiful woman he had ever seen in addition to calling her a Goddess. As for Robin, she cheerfully explains Hancock's renowned name and beauty across the world to the crew and is shown to respect her. Nami was greatly surprised to see that Luffy met such a prominent Shichibukai.
In the anime, when Luffy told Hancock about his crew, she became incredibly jealous of Nami and Robin, thinking they were her love rivals. She became determined and vows not to lose against them even though unbeknownst to her, their relationships to their captain is purely platonic.
Abilities and Powers
Hancock is widely considered to be extremely powerful by friend and foe alike. Ruling beside her sisters, Hancock has power over Amazon Lily and the rest of the Kuja tribe. As the empress and captain of the tribe, she is most likely the strongest Kuja warrior. The Kuja believe that "strength is beauty", and since all members of the tribe state that she is the most beautiful in the world, they unanimously believe that she is the most powerful, and the strongest among their entire tribe. It is to be noted that only the strongest Kuja warriors are allowed in the country's pirate crew, Hancock and her sisters were strong enough to be there when they were small children, although it is possible though unlikely that they were just apprentices like Shanks and Buggy when they were in the Future Pirate King's crew.
Her strength is so great that it has even been acknowledged by the Fleet Admiral of the time, Sengoku of the Marines. Even former Admiral Kuzan commented on her skills, stating she's not to be underestimated. Further testament to her strength is how she was one of three Shichibukais who managed to leave the war without sustaining any injuries. The fact that she can earn a 80,000,000 bounty after her first campaign as a pirate further supports her capabilities.
This is shown when she had managed to destroy an army of Pacifistas single handedly (by petrifying beforehand the incredibly tough alloy of which they are composed of) without showing signs of exhaustion or injury, where it took the whole Straw Hat crew (before their two-year training) to take down just one, which left them severely worn out. While it is true that the Pacifistas were programmed not to attack their allies, to destroy so many of them is a difficult task regardless. She was even fast enough to destroy the heads of the Pacifistas when they were still shooting lasers made of Light at Luffy, before they could even disengage.
Hancock is quite skilled in the arts of subterfuge and deception, managing to disguise Monkey D. Luffy inside her coat without eliciting much suspicion across an entire boat voyage and even inside the heavily fortified Impel Down. She was incredibly astute and prudent, as she proposed spreading the tale of the "Gorgon curse" so as to prevent her subordinates from discovering the humiliating brand of enslavement on their backs. Hancock is also very intelligent, sly, and crafty when the situation demands it, being able to buy Luffy time using her charms, after overhearing Chief Warden Magellan's plan to halt his infiltration. She effortlessly managed to manipulate the events at Level Six of Impel Down by creating a commotion between the residing prisoners and a "protective" Magellan to speak to Portgas D. Ace in private and not attract any attention. Additionally, she successfully stole the key to Ace's handcuffs for Luffy prior to his arrival, knowing it would be useful.
She has been shown to be very adept in hand-to-hand combat, often in tandem with her Devil Fruit abilities. She was able to fight through many of the New World pirates effortlessly. Similar to Sanji's fighting style, Hancock seems to prefer kicking-based attacks, whether from kicking in-the-way cute animals or her enemies. Though she's stronger in short-range combat, Hancock is also adept and proficient in long-range attacks and is capable of using her Devil Fruit powers to strike her enemies from a long distance.
Even as a child amongst adults who were all trained elite fighters, her prodigious and innate talents could not be ignored as she swiftly rose up the ranks to become the island Empress. She is shown to be perspicacious and sagacious, knowing how to keep a sense of unflappability even in the most dreadful of situations such as when she was accosted with repugnant comments from the level 6 prisoners of Impel down. She has a wealth of experience leading an army of strong fighters for more than a decade with her reputation spanning far and wide amongst all, possibly tantamount to even an Emperor of the sea.
Boa Hancock also has high pain tolerance and mental fortitude after all the tortures she sustained from the World Nobles.
Her raw strength is immense, showing obvious signs of super-human strength as she can easily break stone (in the form of petrified opponents) with a single kick, capable of breaking several modified Pacifistas without breaking a sweat (while Sanji nearly broke his leg attempting the same task, though she used her Mero Mero no Mi powers to turn them into stone first) and being able to kick Smoker in his smoke state with her Haki; although with all those examples, she could have been using Busoshoku Haki to strengthen her kicks. She is also extremely fast, being capable of blitzing Douglas Bullet in his giant form, despite the latter being fast enough to push back Gear 4 Luffy in that state.
More than 15 years ago, Hancock ate the Mero Mero no Mi, a Paramecia-class Devil Fruit given by the World Nobles who enslaved her as a form of sick entertainment.
Those who fall in love with Hancock by seduction are susceptible to a range of techniques used by the Devil Fruit which can turn people into stone, from short to long-range attacks. Anyone with "dirty thoughts" or lusts after her will also be turned into stone, even if it was by stealing just one glance at her. A possible escape route comes in the form of extreme emotions like fear, pain, or simply out of ignorance. Other than that, she has the same standard weaknesses as all Devil Fruit users. There are hints that her powers may be awakened as she was able to turn inanimate objects into stone. Mysteriously, her powers could also completely and easily destroy a Sea Prism Weapon wielded by Smoker which was suppose to render her powers obsolete.
As part of the secret to keep the shame on her and her sisters back secret, Hancock made the Kuja tribe believe that the power to turn people to stone was a curse given to her by killing a Gorgon monster.
Like Silvers Rayleigh and her love interest, Monkey D. Luffy, Hancock is one of the rare people who has demonstrated proficiency in all three types of Haki: Busoshoku Haki, which uses her spiritual energy to augment her offensive and defensive capabilities similar to an invisible armour, Haoshoku Haki, an unlearnable ability that only one in several million people can use, and Kenbunshoku Haki, which allows users to sense other's intents and feelings, as well as precognition and enhanced sensory abilities. Among the Kuja, their Haki was said to be special even amongst high level marines, with Hancock possessing the strongest of them all.
She is shown using her Busoshoku Haki to kick a Logia fruit user such as Smoker and damage him when he had Luffy pinned to the ground. In the One Piece movie Stampede, she was able to single-handedly push back awakened Douglas Bullet with just one kick, though she admitted that his body was tough. The same feat required Gear 4 Boundman Luffy to accomplish. She is expected to be able to use the advance application of it in the form of projection as her sister once used it.
As she possesses Haoshoku Haki, it can be assumed that she can knock out a large number of individuals (with the exception of strong-willed people) with a massive burst. She also has an indomitable will, being completely unaffected by Luffy's burst of Haoshoku Haki in Marineford despite many high ranking marines immediately falling unconscious. Her exact level of mastery has yet to be demonstrated, but in tandem with her beauty, it is indubitably a formidable duo. Both of her epithets has royal status in them, fitting the mould that those given are blessed by heaven.
Hancock possesses the ability to use Kenbunshoku Haki, as revealed in her vivre card.
Initially, Hancock was very bad at cooking, but now she became very good at cooking particularly meat which is Luffy's favourite food as revealed by her Vivre card.
- Beauty Immunity: Though most beings are infatuated with a just glimpse of her due to uncontrollable emotions, pure hearted individuals such as Luffy are immune to a branch of her powers. Some can momentarily closed off their hearts by inflicting pain such as Momonga, who gained temporary immunity to Hancock's petrification abilities while the pain was active. (Though also putting themselves at a disadvantage and opening themselves to her other attacks). Blind people are also immune to Hancock's charms because of their inability to see such as Sebastian and Admiral Fujitora.
- Inability to Swim: Like other Devil Fruit users, Hancock is unable to swim and could potentially drown.
- Seastone: Like other Devil Fruit users, Hancock is 'vulnerable' to Seastone due to its nature of draining devil fruit powers. (Though this weakness may not be applicable or could be negated since she was able to destroy Smoker's Seastone weapon with a kick).
- Love Sickness: Like the Previous Empresses of Amazon Lily, Hancock is vulnerable to Love Sickness (a disease that has killed Previous Amazon Empresses due to them declining their love for their man resulting in their deaths. Only applicable to Luffy). However, Hancock has accepted her love for Luffy allowing her to survive.
- The Claw of Celestial Dragons: Like her sisters, Boa Hancock's greatest weakness is the mark of the Celestial Dragons when she was enslaved. If revealed, she and her sisters might have to leave Amazon Lily to preserve the sanctity of her people despite their high ranks as rulers. However, due to Luffy's efforts of punching a Celestial Dragon, this not only relieved Hancock from her dark past, she also fell in love with Luffy as a result. This is not necessarily a physical impediment but rather a psychological one.
- Her Japanese voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, also voiced Mireille Bouquet in Noir, Peko Pekoyama in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Sailor Moon in Sailor Moon series, Kagura Sohma in Fruits Basket (2001), Cammy White in Street Fighter II, Hummy in Suite Pretty Cure, Gracia Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), Jean in Claymore, Pipimi in Pop Team Epic, Aoko Aozaki in Carnival Phantasm, Lucy Kuo in InFamous 2, Eucliwood Hellscythe in Is This a Zombie?, Murrue Ramius in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Yuka Takeuchi in Variable Geo, Arle Nadja in Puyo Puyo CD Tsu, and Mai Shiranui in Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle.
- Her English voice actress, Lydia Mackey, also voiced Cynthia in Dragon Ball Z, Kyoko Honda in Fruits Basket (2019), Kuroka in Highschool DXD, Eucliwood Hellscythe in Is this a Zombie?, Ultear Milkovich in Fairy Tail, Tsukiumi in Sekirei, Trisha Elric Fullmetal Alchemist, Shion Karanomori in Psycho-Pass, and Milena Marius in Freezing.
- Boa Hancock is an immensely popular character who has never once place outside the Top 10 in a One piece Popularity Poll.
- In the first global One Piece Popularity Poll, out of 1174 characters, she placed 7th overall with 392 951 votes. She was 7th in Africa (10 598), 7th in Asia (89 670), 7th in North America (63 996), 8th in Oceania (9 456), 8th in Europe (69 164), 8th in Latin America and the Caribbean (24 566), 9th in Japan (114 311), & 10th in the Middle East (11 190).
- When asked about the hardest character to draw, Hancock's name was put forth by Oda. Reason being that 'the amount of female faces i like are limited' & 'things are different when it comes to beautiful women'. He then explains how he purposefully crafts it so Hancock is beautiful in every page she is in so that fans would appreciate her. He is extremely pleased that she's well-liked despite her rare appearance.
Devil Fruit Users
Amazon Lily/Kuja Tribe