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|“||Call it a twist of fate. That's what brought this plague upon your ship. There's no one to blame but yourself.||„|
|~ Zoro after slicing up a Pirate Ship|
|“||If I can't even protect my captain's dream, then whatever ambition I have is nothing but talk! Luffy must be the man who becomes the Pirate King!||„|
|~ Roronoa Zoro to Bartholomew Kuma|
|“||When the world shoves you around, you just gotta stand up and shove back. It's not like somebody's gonna save you if you start babbling excuses.||„|
|~ Roronoa Zoro.|
Roronoa Zoro is the swordsman of the Straw Hat Pirates and first mate, also known as "Pirate Hunter Zoro" is a pirate, former bounty hunter and the deuteragonist of One Piece. He is one of the most versatile fighters in the series and one of the strongest four fighters in the Straw Hat Pirates beside Monkey D. Luffy, Sanji and Jinbe and considered the biggest threat by the world government in the crew after his captain and Jinbei. He is also the most loyal member to Luffy among the Straw Hats.
His first bounty was 60,000,000 Berries after he defeated 100 bounty hunters of Whiskey Peek and Daz Bones/Mr.1. His Second bounty was 120,000,000 Berries after declaring war against the World Government and defeated Kaku. His current bounty is 320,000,000 Berries after he defeated the top executive of the Spade seat Pica of the Donquixote Pirates.
He was voiced by Kazuya Nakai in the Japanese version of the anime, Mark Diraison for the 4Kids English dubbed version, and Christopher R. Sabat in the Funimation English dubbed version. As a child, he was voiced by Andrew Rannells in the 4Kids version, and Cynthia Cranz (only episode 2) and Brina Palencia in the Funimation version. In the English dubbed version of the One Piece: Unlimited Adventure game he was voiced by Aaron Dismuke. And he voiced by Brian Zimmerman in English dubbed.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 History
- 4 Abilities and Powers
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Navigation
Zoro is a relatively tall man with a muscular physique and light tanned skin. He has his distinctive spiky green hair which Sanji ridicules him for by calling him "Moss Head". He has a stitched scar on his chest which he got from his first duel with Dracule Mihawk. He also has a set of three golden earrings on his left earlobe. He also has a bandana wrapped around his left arm which he wears on his head when needs to get serious in a fight. He holds his signature three swords on the right side of his hips due to being left-handed.
His main Pre-Timeskip attire is normally a white plain shirt with three unbuttoned buttons, black trousers with a green haramaki, and black boots though his outfit varies throughout the series.
After the 2-year timeskip, Zoro has gotten notably more muscular and his hair has grown longer. He also has a new scar over his left eye, which he has closed; how he acquired it is unknown. He now wears an open long green coat, held together with a red sash that leaves his chest and his green haramaki exposed.
Zoro and Kuina making their promise to become the world's greatest swordsmen. As a child, Zoro trained at a dojo in Shimotsuki Village. Zoro stated in the Baratie, that, "Once he decided that he would become an invincible swordsman, he left his life behind".
Even as a child, Zoro was strong enough to defeat most adults, but could not defeat Kuina, the Dojo master's daughter. After their 2000th fight (and Kuina's 2000th victory) Zoro challenged her in private for one more match - with real swords. Although he had improved tremendously since their first match, he still lost and cried with frustration, telling Kuina about his dream of becoming the world's greatest swordsman. Hearing this, Kuina confided in Zoro, telling him that she shared the same dream but knew she could never attain it - her father had told her that girls could never be true sword masters, and that her fighting potential would decrease as her body matured. Zoro, annoyed by her defeatist attitude in spite of repeatedly winning against him, told her that one day he would beat her because he was more skilled, not just because she was a girl. The two made a promise - that either of them had to become the world's best swordsman.
The next day, Kuina suffered a fatal fall down the stairs of her dojo (to get a sharpening stone for her sword, something she would not have needed if she and Zoro had not fought with real swords), much to Zoro's anger and disappointment. Realizing that she would never have a chance to fulfill her dream, Zoro took it upon himself, asking his sensei, Koshiro, for her sword, Wado Ichimonji, and began working to develop his signature Santoryu, holding his own two swords in each hand, and Kuina's clenched between his teeth. Eventually, Zoro learned of Dracule "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk, who currently holds the title of the Greatest Swordsman in the world. He set off to sea, searching for him in order to challenge him to a duel. However, he lost his way, and could not find his way back home. In order to survive on his own, he took on bounties to pay for living expenses. He quickly built a famous reputation for himself as a "Pirate Hunter" in East Blue and even in Grand Line as Baroque Works had heard about him; he was even considered the greatest swordsman of East Blue, after which he met the two bounty hunters, Johnny and Yosaku.
Because of his reputation as a bounty hunter, Zoro was offered a position as a numbered agent within the Baroque Works.He replied with that he would accept only on the condition that he would lead the organization (which they refused). He then killed Mr. 7, the agent who offered him the position, to defend himself.
East Blue Saga
Water 7 Saga
Thriler Bark Saga
Summit War Saga
During the Timeskip
Fishman Island Saga
Abilities and Powers
Unarguably an extremely powerful and strong young fighter with immense potential, Zoro is one of the Straw Hat Crew's top three fighters, and his strength is considered so great that, when taking his stern personality into account, people occasionally mistake him as the captain of the Straw Hat Crew after witnessing his skills in battle. While Luffy always fights the strongest enemy and Jinbe fights the second strongest enemy, Zoro usually fights the third strongest enemy.
After two years of intense training with Dracule Mihawk, Zoro has grown much more powerful than before. It is shown during his first appearance after the timeskip that he can cut through extremely large objects with incredible ease, speed, and precision (also considering without the use of his left eye). Zoro was even able to cut a Pacifista in half with just one slash from his swords, where as two years prior he barely managed to only slightly damage one.
Zoro's newly-found strength is further demonstrated when he averts the previously mentioned formula of fighting the arc's second strongest foe when he easily defeats Hody Jones, the man in the role of the strongest adversary of the arc that typically does combat with Luffy. He accomplishes this with just a single, one-sword strike, despite being at a disadvantage at fighting a fishman underwater. He has also grown strong enough to be able to effortlessly kill a Logia user of inferior fighting ability, as he demonstrated to Monet by cutting her vertically in half without Haki, proving that she would have died if he were serious.
Even without his swords, Zoro has monstrous physical strength. At a very young age he was able to lift boulders over his head, and is now able to lift and toss an entire building. He can use some sword techniques without his swords, and has also been shown to pack powerful punches. He was even strong enough to deflect a punch from Oars before the timeskip, and has developed the ability to pump his arms up with pure muscle.
However, Zoro seemed unable to control his strength prior to the timeskip. This is shown when he tries to hold back while fighting the shipwrights of Galley-La using the dull edge of his swords, and yet still causes serious damage.
After the two year timeskip, it seems that Zoro has exponentially increased in physical strength as he was able to block an attack from the huge King Neptune's equally massive trident with ease.
Expert Hand to Hand: When not armed with his swords Zoro has shown to be skilled in hand to hand combat. He has been known to effectively knock out much larger creatures with unarmed strikes. Also he has been able to defeat opponents with massive punches and kicks. Zoro has also been shown to fight on par with Sanji during their arguments, even without his swords at times.
Enhanced Reflexes: Zoro's agility, speed, and overall reflexes are also extraordinary. He has shown that he is quick enough to keep up with Sanji, who is a master of his own leg-based style, as well as two Soru users simultaneously (Kaku and Jabra). He can move at nearly imperceptible speeds, jump to astonishing heights, and dodge bullets with ease.
Immense Speed: On numerous occasions, Zoro has shown being able to evade (or block) high-speed attacks and projectiles that move so fast that it would normally be impossible for an average human to even notice them, much less evade them. Thus, Zoro was able to dodge simultaneous pressure shots as well as a laser blast from Bartholomew Kuma, both of which travel at extremely high speed, even after being heavily injured from his previous fights with Oars and fatigued from his fight with Ryuma.
Speed Swimming: After the two years timeskip, Zoro can even move underwater at a speed faster than a fishman. This was mentioned by a member of the New Fishman Pirates, who exclaimed that it was inconceivable for the swordsman to be faster than a fishman (referring to the aforementioned battle with Hody Jones) underwater.
Immense Pain Resistance: To match his incredible strength, Zoro also has an amazing tolerance to pain and astonishing amounts of stamina and endurance, evidenced by numerous situations he has thus far endured. Several examples are:
- Dracule Mihawk's black sword slashing his chest.
- Arlong's saw-like nose stabbing into his chest.
- Cutting into his own legs to try and free himself from Mr. 3's wax creation.
- Mr. 1's two buzz saws jamming into his chest.
- Enel's massively powerful lightning based attacks.
- CP9's Kaku's many Rankyaku attacks.
- Receiving a direct kick from the giant Oars.
- Kuma's explosive Ursus Shock attack.
How can he still be standing after taking a hit from the giant? I don't even know who the real zombie is anymore!
Finally, Zoro managed to absorb all of the damage and fatigue Luffy had accumulated, besides the damage inflicted on him during fights with Oars and Ryuma. This is especially impressive as Kuma had stated to Zoro that, since he was already close to death, taking in Luffy's pain and fatigue in addition to his would definitely kill him. Zoro, however, managed to survive and later only remarked afterward that "nothing happened" when questioned by Sanji.
It is notable to mention that while Luffy fell unconscious after he defeated Moria due to his agony and exhaustion, Zoro, on the other hand, not only managed to survive but remained conscious even after accumulating all of the pain and fatigue he and Luffy had sustained, purely by sheer force of will and pride, although even he dropped into a coma shortly thereafter.
Zoro has survived numerous wounds that would easily kill normal people, showcasing his unbelievable endurance and durability, and the majority of his battles lead to him being drenched in blood and sustaining lethal injuries. Even while in an almost death-like state, he is still able to battle against very strong enemies and even fight with improved skill, tenacity and a clear head. All this demonstrates some of the greatest feats of endurance seen in the entire One Piece series, especially for one without Devil Fruit powers, proving he arguably has the highest endurance out of all the Straw Hat Pirates, who already seem inhuman themselves.
Zoro is an extremely powerful master swordsman, being able to use one, two, and three swords in varying attack styles, going from melee-type all the way to artillery. He is even able to use some sword techniques that utilize the very air itself to strike the enemy from a distance. Brook classifies Zoro as a user of the "Power of Destruction" (破壊力 Hakairyoku).
Although he is most comfortable with his Santoryu (literally: three sword style), his skills with a single sword are still quite exceptional, being able to hold off the Nyaban brothers, having bested several of the lower-ranked members of Arlong's crew, defeating Mr. 1, and the zombie, Ryuma. After his two years under Mihawk's tutelage, his skills have grown so powerful that he was able to defeat the fishman Hody Jones while underwater with just one slash from a single sword, and effortlessly defeated the best swordsman of Fishman Island, considering him to be too weak to even kill his boredom, despite the latter having went through a transformation due to the Energy Steroids.
Since no one else has been seen using anything similar to his Santoryu style (except for Jigoro while he possessed Zoro's shadow), it can be assumed that Zoro invented not only Santoryu but most, if not all, of his sword techniques. He is even seen perfecting a new technique in his fight with Braham.
If he is fighting weaker enemies (or innocent bystanders that he has no desire to injure in the first place), like the Galley-La employees in Water 7, he uses only the blunt sides of his swords. Although, as Nami and Chopper pointed out, due to his strength, even that could cause fatal injuries.
A long standing problem with Zoro was his inability to cut steel. The anime incorrectly shows him instinctively cutting steel during some of his encounters before learning how to control and master this ability during his battle with Daz Bones. After his two years of training Zoro is now able to easily cut through materials even stronger than steel. After the timeskip, he has shown the ability to slice through steel "like fruit", and is now strong enough to decapitate a legendary beast like a Dragon with ease.
While he is able to use both hands as well as his mouth in sword combat, Zoro seems to be predominantly left-handed. He keeps all three of his swords sheathed next to his right hip, an indication of being left-handed as it would be easier to pull a sword out from that side with a left hand. Also, when using one sword in combat, Zoro is usually seen using his left hand to wield the sword. His Ittoryu techniques have nearly always been executed with his left hand.
Zoro manages to unlock a new swordstyle known as "Kyutoryu", which gives him the appearance of having six arms and three heads, like the actually deity "Asura", when activating the technique "Kiki Kyutoryu: Asura". He also becomes surrounded by a dark aura while in this state and the first time he achieved it, the very ground shook and numerous holes appeared in it.
This ability also allows Zoro to utilize nine swords in combat and effectively triples his potential as a swordsman, and it is usually used as a very powerful finishing move. But what this ability is, how Zoro attained it, and the exact nature of this style is currently unknown, but Kaku suggested that it was an illusion created by Zoro's spirit.
It was stated by Luffy that Zoro possesses Haki, when discussing it in the context of members of his crew who could fight Caesar Clown, a Logia user.Law was referring to the ability to coat themselves in armor it confirms Zoro as a Busoshoku Haki user. However, Zoro did not actively display any of these abilities until the Punk Hazard Arc when he cut Monet on the cheek using Busoshoku Haki.
Although it is unknown if he can use it, Zoro does know about Haoshoku Haki, something he (along with the rest of the crew) had not shown any knowledge of during the first half of the series. But he, along with Sanji, has commented on Luffy's ability to passively knock out half of Hody's men, stating that if Luffy could not at least do that much then he would have had to have stepped down from being captain. It was also hinted at that both he and Sanji possess Kenbunshoku Haki when asked by Luffy if the pair could sense a "wild animal" in the Ryugu Palace, which they both answered that they could.
While fighting Monet, a Logia user, on Punk Hazard, Zoro was able to slash her on the cheek, displaying the use of Busoshoku Haki, after saving Tashigi.Zoro particularly specializes in Busoshoku Haki.
Later on Zoro engulfs his hands and his sword entirely in Haki while fighting Pica and successfully cuts the giant in half. He then proves his Haki's superiority by cutting Pica when the latter engulfed his entire body in Busoshoku Haki.
When using Enma (a sword capable of hurting Kaido), it forced Zoro to imbued and extracted Busoshoku Haki. But through training, Zoro managed to gain control over Enma.
Note: on the anime episode 159 Zoro is possibly revealed to be an athirst.
Zoro was able sense presences with the using of Kenbonshoku Haki as he sense Pica with inside his stone body.
- Two Original Katanas (broken by Dracule Mihawk)
- Wado Ichimonji
- Sandai Kitetsu
- Yubashiri (rusted by Shu and left it to the graveyard)
- Shusui (returned to Ryuma's grave)
- Zoro has his own jolly roger, like all the Straw Hat crew. It has Zoro's bandanna, two swords instead of crossbones, and a sword in its mouth (the white hilt suggests that it is Wado Ichimonji, which is always the one that Zoro holds in his mouth when using Santoryu).
- After the timeskip, the skull gains Zoro's three earrings and the left eye is closed with a vertical scar over it to match Zoro's own eye. The swords that make up the crossbones are more detailed: the blade pointing towards the right is dark, suggesting that it is Shusui while the other is Sandai Kitetsu.
- Another jolly roger is seen on his armor in the cover of Chapter 699. This jolly roger is a regular skull with three swords crossing behind it.
- Zoro is the only member of the crew that Luffy personally sought out to invite before they actually met.
- Zoro is the only Straw Hat Pirate to be named after a real life pirate, this being after the Japanese pronunciation of François l'Ollonais.
- Zoro is the first known person since Ryuma to kill a dragon, an act which made the latter a legend. Both of them also killed the dragon the same way, by decapitation in the air.
- Zoro and Killer share some similarities as members of the Worst Generation: they are the only members who are subordinates (with a lack of an apparent position in their crew) rather than a captain, they are both swordsmen, and they are the only ones who do not have a Devil Fruit power (although Killer has the weaknesses of a user after eating a defective SMILE).
- Zoro's reintroduction to the series after the timeskip is reminiscent of how Mihawk was introduced. Both sliced a galleon in two and both seemingly did so due to an interrupted nap.
- Zoro has had the most English dub voice actors out of all the Straw Hats (2 as an adult, 4 as a child).
- In Japanese fan polls, Zoro was consistently the second most popular character, until his position was usurped by Law in the fifth poll, but he reclaimed it in the sixth poll. Furthermore, in the attack popularity polls his Santoryu Ogi: Sanzen Sekai came in 2nd.
- Zoro is the highest bounty starter on the East Blue with 60,000,000 bounty, defeating Luffy that amounts double of his initial bounty (30,000,000).
- His Japanese voice actress, Kazuya Nakai, also who voiced Mondo Owada in Dangronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Shinjiro Aragaki in Persona 3, Hijikata Toushirou in Shinsengumi, Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima, Ryuji Suguro in Blue Exorcist, Soma Schicksal in God Eater, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Shizuka Doumeki in xxxHolic, Zaka in Valkyria Chronicles, Aquaman in DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon, Ōtsutsuki in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Raijin in Final Fantasy VIII, Illuso in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, Jan Valentine in Hellsing, Furido in Naruto Shippuden, Helbindi in Fire Emblem Heroes and Hoshiyomi in Inuyasha.
- His 4Kids English voice actress, Mark Diraison, who also voiced George Joestar I in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.
- His English voice actress, Christopher R. Sabat, who also voiced Piccolo, Vegeta, Yamcha, Guru, Jeice, Burter Nappa, Raditz, Recoome, King Piccolo, Hatchiyack, King Vegeta, Salza and Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z, All Might in My Hero Academia, Mondo Owada in Dangronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, Alex Louis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, Elfman Strauss in Fairy Tail, Kero-chan (true form) in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, William Rush in Time Crisis 4, Giroro in Sgt Frog, Ddraig in Highschool DxD, Kurogane in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Batou in Ghost in the Shell, Shep in Lumberjack Man, Yakumo Oomori in Tokyo Ghoul, VIRM in Darling In The FranXX, Arthur Watts in RWBY, Garland in Final Fantasy, Assistant Black and Colonel Silver in Dragon Ball, Azzurro Vanel in Kuroshitsuji, Vaccine Man in One Punch Man, Ushio Gasai in Mirai Nikki Sakuya Togane in Psycho-Pass, Yugo Tennouji in Steins;Gate and Syn Shenron in Dragon Ball GT.
- His 4Kids English voice actress, Andrew Rannells as a child, who also voiced Connor in Cubix: Robots For Everyone.
- His English voice actress, Cynthia Cranz as a child, who also voiced Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball.
- His English voice actress, Aaron Dismuke of the One Piece: Unlimited Adventure game, who also voiced Yusuke Urameshi (child) in Yu Yu Hakusho, Tamaki Amajiki in My Hero Academia, Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy, Oscar Pine in RWBY, Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiro Sohma and Akito Sohma (young) in Fruits Basket (2001) Kakeru Manabe in Fruits Basket (2019), Van Fanel in Visions of Escaflowne, Arslan in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Hanae Ashiya in The Morose Mononokean, Diodora Astaroth in Highschool DxD, Dave in The Walking Dead and Leon Elliott in Black Cat.
- His English voiced actress, Brian Zimmerman, who also voiced Tristan Taylor, Odion Ishtar, Pegasus J. Crawford, Rex Raptor, Weevil Underwood, Lumis, Bandit Keith, Yami Marik, Paradox Brothers, Arkana, Gansley, Lector and Nesbitt in Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Monkey D. Dragon, Gol D. Roger, Crocodile, Arlong, Daz Bonez and Wapol in One Piece.
SBS Based Trivia
- Zoro's surname, Roronoa, is the Japanese pronunciation of real-life French pirate François l'Ollonais.
- Oda has hinted that one of the reasons why Zoro uses sushi-based puns in his Nigiri attacks is because he has never tried sushi and has some sort of fascination with it. However, this can be considered one of Oda's SBS jokes.
- Zoro's favorite foods are white rice, Sea Beast meat, and anything that goes with sake. His least favorite food is chocolate because it is too sweet.
- Zoro also does not like ice cream, the same as Nami, Sanji and Franky.
- Zoro's favorite dish to cook is sashimi.
- Zoro's favorite type of island and season is autumn on a autumn island.
- Zoro's specific number is 02.
- Zoro's specific color is green.
- Zoro smells like steel.
- If the Straw Hat Pirates were a family, then Zoro would be the eldest son.
- Zoro's animal resemblance is a shark, and the cover of Chapter 3 (in which he was introduced) shows a picture of Luffy riding on the back of a shark.
- However, in the chapter 651 when all the Straw Hat Pirates, except Luffy and Nami, were represented as animals, Zoro was shown as a tiger and he was turned into a tiger in the video game, Chopper's Big Adventure. He had dragon-based attire in the video game, Unlimited Cruise.
- If One Piece was set in the real world, then Zoro would be from Japan.
- Zoro's thoughts are "Sword, Sword, Strength, Train, Sleep", and like the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates, "Friendship".
- When asked which flower Zoro resembles the most, Nico Robin's Japanese voice actress replied he most resembles a thistle.
- When Oda was later asked about what flowers he thought best represented the members of the Worst Generation, he gave an alternate answer for Zoro: Wisteria.
- Zoro bathes once a week, the same as Luffy and Brook.
- Trafalgar D. Water Law calls Zoro according to his name, Zoro-ya.
- Zoro represents the prefecture of Hokkaido.
- Other than taking naps, Zoro typically sleeps at 4:00 A.M. and gets up at 7:00 A.M.
- If the Straw Hat Pirates were not pirates, then Zoro would be a police officer.
- Zoro's hobbies are training and drinking alcohol.
- If the Straw Hat Pirates had a 50-meter race, then Zoro would come in fifth place. Oda clarifies that Zoro would be ranked higher in a shorter distance race, but Zoro would get lost in a longer race.
Devil Fruit Users