One Piece introduces viewers to Devil Fruits, but what exactly are they and do Shanks, Zoro and Kuro have one?
*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for One Piece* — In addition to being one of the most popular anime and manga series in the world, One Piece has now made the leap into live action, introducing fans to the unique world of pirates and the all-powerful Devil Fruit.
What are devil fruits in One Piece?
Devil Fruits are a mysterious and rare type of fruit, worth hundreds of millions of Belly (the currency used in One Piece), found in the world of One Piece that grants its eaters permanent superhuman powers.
In Episode 1 of the Netflix adaptation, we see Monkey D. Luffy gain his gummy stretching powers, while a flashback shows a young Luffy secretly eating the “gum-gum” fruit that Captain Shanks and his crew found had.
The abilities a devil fruit bestows on a human can range from simple powers like turning into rubber, to much more destructive abilities like causing earthquakes.
While devil fruit can bestow incredible powers on its eater, consuming the fruit involves sacrifice as the individual animals lose their ability to swim, which isn’t ideal if you’re a pirate on the open sea.
The origin of the devil fruit is unknown, but one swim by Dr.
Additionally, a person may only consume one devil fruit. If they try to eat for a second, their body will explode.
Types of devil fruit
Well over 100 devil fruits have been found in the world of One Piece, most of which fall into one of three categories.
The first is Zoan. Those who consume this type of devil fruit have the option of transforming into an animal, either fully or as a hybrid, meaning they still retain some of their human form.
Logia is the second and rarest type of devil fruit. A consumer of this fruit has the power to create, control, or transform their body into a natural element such as sand, smoke, lightning, or darkness.
Finally, there’s Paramecia, which is the largest category as it covers all abilities that don’t belong to Zoan or Logia. For example, Luffy’s rubber powers are classified under the Paramecia category.
Do Shanks, Zoro and Kuro have one?
While there are numerous individuals with devil fruit abilities in One Piece, several characters have their own abilities without the mysterious fruit.
Shanks is one of the Four Emperors, the most notorious pirate captains in the world of One Piece, but he’s the only one of them who hasn’t eaten a devil fruit.
Kuro, also known by his pirate alias Klahadore, acts as Kaya’s butler when we meet him in the Netflix series. Kuro does not have Devil Fruit abilities, although he appears to have powers, as his hands have blades protruding and he has incredible speed. In reality, Kuro’s blades are attached to the gloves he wears and he gets his power and speed from the moon, which arguably makes him even scarier.
Finally, Zoro’s incredible skill at swordplay seems to be another power of the Devil Fruit, but instead, Zoro’s ability to wield three swords at once is simply the result of years of training and dedication.
The live-action One Piece is available for streaming Now on Netflix after it sets sail on August 31, 2023.
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