Higuma was a mountain bandit. He was the head of the Higuma Bandits. In the Romance Dawn Arc, he was the first of three antagonists to be presented in the series.
First Appearance in Anime
One Piece Episode 4
Yukimasu Kishino (Japanese), Matt Hoverman (English)
At some point in his life, Higuma turned into a mountain bandit and received a bounty of 8,000,000 berries for murdering 56 people.
During Monkey D. Luffy's formative years, the Red Hair Pirates resided in Foosha Village, and Higuma and his thugs entered the Partys Bar in search of sake. Higuma assured Makino that he and his bandits were only after 10 barrels of sake and were not out to make problems after making a remark about how foolish the pirates were. Higuma was shocked when Makino informed him that they were out of sake. The last bottle of sake was offered to Higuma as an apology by Shanks, who was seated nearby after Makino acknowledged that the pirates were drinking sake and said it was all they had.
Higuma, however, was not satisfied with this amount of sake and violently crushed the bottle, scattering its contents all over Shanks before displaying his wanted poster and boasting to Shanks about his bounty of Beli 8,000,000 and his 56 murders. Shanks tried to clean up the mess, but Higuma cut the rest of his food with his sword, further contaminating Shanks, before departing the bar with his bandits and telling them they were heading to the next town in search of more sake. Higuma then cautioned Shanks not to mess with him again. Higuma and his bandits later returned, observing that it is peaceful without the pirates there while Luffy sat in the Partys Bar discussing Shanks' move with Makino.
Higuma sat down with his bandits and ordered Makino to get them some sake. As a result of Higuma's drunken remarks about wanting to kill cowards like Shanks right away and his assertion that pirates only knew how to act cool, Luffy reprimanded Higuma for grossly underestimating Shanks. Higuma became enraged by this and pulled Luffy outside before he and his bandits attempted to beat him. However, they discovered that punches and kicks would not harm Luffy. When Luffy tried to attack Higuma after being thrown away, the latter stomped on his head and knocked him to the ground before remarking that he might earn a lot of money by selling Luffy to a circus.
When Higuma questioned Luffy about whether they had offended him, Luffy instructed him to apologize right away. At that moment, Woop Slap showed up there and begged Higuma to free Luffy in exchange for money. Higuma, who detested weaklings criticizing him, said it was too late to help Luffy, noting that seniors like Woop Slap knew how to handle this kind of problem. Higuma intended to kill Luffy after learning that he was to blame when Shanks showed up but was stopped by his presence. Higuma questioned Shanks' return and warned him against getting any closer unless he wanted to be shot. Shanks declared that he would never forgive anybody who injured his buddies after Lucky Roux murdered a robber who held a revolver to his head.
An amused Higuma boasted that they would annihilate pirates like Shanks, who lounge around on a ship all day, before sending his bandits to engage the pirates, who were then easily vanquished by Benn Beckman. Higuma tensely asserted that Luffy was the one who instigated this, but Shanks said it made no difference because a reward was placed on Higuma's head. Higuma tried to explain to them that Luffy was the one who assaulted him and the bandits before realizing he was outmatched. Soon later, Higuma acquired a boat and sailed out to sea while hauling Luffy along. Higuma kicked Luffy into the water after congratulating himself on his plan to go by boat and deciding he no longer needed Luffy.
The Lord of the Coast emerged from the water behind him as he watched as Luffy struggled to swim after eating a Devil Fruit. He observed with sadistic delight. As the Sea King ate him whole, his elation rapidly gave way to terror.
Even though Higuma was a weakling who got his just punishment, his last acts finally forced Shanks to give up one of his limbs to save Luffy, even though they had not at all weakened him. As a result of the incident, Luffy decided to dedicate his life to becoming the next Pirate King, making him one of the most well-known pirates in history.
Higuma was an arrogant, cruel individual who was constantly prepared to brag about himself and brutalize the helpless, particularly children. After spending his whole life on land, he had never encountered a pirate before, therefore when he saw the Red Hair Pirates, he immediately labeled them all as "cowards" since their leader refused to be provoked into a battle. He lacked guts, as do most brutes, and responded poorly to actual danger. He could only fear and run for his life when the Lord of the Coast attacked him and when the Red Hair Pirates battled and easily crushed his minions.
Higuma had black hair, a black goatee, and an X-shaped scar over his right eye. He was a tall, tan-skinned guy. He had a black pair of slacks, golden jewelry, and a long red coat over a white shirt.
Higuma was the leader of his own gang of thieves and strong enough to get an 8,000,000 berries bounty. According to him, he had murdered 56 individuals. Even still, the strength of the Red Hair Pirates, even a little portion of it, was enough to make him flee.
He was also shrewd, carrying a smoke bomb at the ready for escapes in case of emergencies and figuring no one would suspect a mountain bandit like him hiding out at sea. He was astonishingly unaware of the ocean, and it finally cost him his life because of the savage Sea King who lived close to Foosha Village.
Higuma carried a sword, though he showed no real skill with it, only using it to threaten others.
Higuma is not only an anime character but is also a video game character.
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