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Jinbe in One Piece


Jinbe, better known as “Knight of the Sea,” is a whale shark fish-man and a great master of Fish-Man Karate. His ultimate goal is to accomplish Captain Fisher Tiger's final desire: for humans and fishmen to live in peace and equality. He was a member of the Sun Pirates. After Tiger, their first captain, passed away, he rose to the position of second captain.


Currently, Jinbe is the helmsman of the Straw Hat Pirates and Senior Officer of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. Before the timeskip, he was one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and also a former captain of the Sun Pirates. He allied with Luffy during the Impel Down arc.


Jinbe made friends with Monkey D. Luffy before and during the war at Marineford, and two years later, joined forces with him and his crew to stop the New Fish-Man Pirates from overthrowing the Neptune Royal Family of the Ryugu Kingdom. Jinbe held off Luffy's invitation to join the Straw Hat Pirates after that until he severed his relationship with Big Mom Pirates during the Whole Cake Island Arc. He officially returned to the Straw Hat Pirates during the Wano Country arc.


All About Jinbe


Name

Jinbe

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 430 "A Warlord in Prison! Jinbe the Knight of the Sea"

Voice Actors

English Dub: Daniel Baugh


Japanese: Daisuke Gōri (Episodes 430-432)

Katsuhisa Hōki (Episodes 440+)

Date of Birth

April 2nd

Age

46

Sex

Male

Status

Alive

Affiliations

Sun Pirates (resigned)

Seven Warlords of the Sea (former)

Big Mom Pirates (resigned)

Ryugu Kingdom (resigned)

Impel Down (former)

Straw Hat Pirates

Straw Hat Grand Fleet

Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance (disbanded)

Occupation

Pirate

Helmsman

Senior Officer

Captain (former)

Soldier (former)

Warlord of the Sea (former)

Prisoner at Impel Down (former)

Origin

Ryugu Kingdom, Fish-Man Island

Bounty

1,100,000,000 Berries


Jinbe’s Personality


Jinbe is a calm and contained individual, who has a great deal of pride and honor. The World Government is aware of him as a pirate who despises pirates, maybe due to the activities of the pirates in Fish-Man Island who abducted fishmen and merpeople and sold them as slaves. Despite initially loathing pirates, he did not think twice about becoming one to help his fellow Fisher Tiger.


Jinbe is highly polite and mindful of the people he serves because of his honor. Jinbe turned down the offer to join the Straw Hat Pirates because he was still connected to Big Mom's crew and could only join when he left her crew. To join the Straw Hats, Jinbe also needed permission from his former crew, the Sun Pirates, to show how considerate he is of their feelings.



Jinbe seems to place his priorities and values above his honor and is not above withdrawing from an otherwise unfinished war if it serves the greater good (even being ridiculed or openly mocked by an opponent). He also doesn't appear to think twice about urging others to support the same cause. Among the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Jinbe has shown the most incredible humility regarding his power and position.


Jinbe has shown his capacity to treat some people equally and admits when he owes someone debt. He has excellent emotional control but is sympathetic and aware of other people's suffering. When someone close to Jinbe passes away, he tends to cry out loud.


His temperament in the past is in stark contrast to his seemingly calm attitude now. In a flashback showing a battle between Sun Pirates and Marines, Jinbe was shown to use extreme violence on enemies, prompting Arlong to ask him to stop. He comes off as a no-nonsense individual who is occasionally highly passive. He did not share Arlong's belief that fish-men were constantly despised by humans, but he did see that they consistently appeared to be frightened of them.


Jinbe is sure that effort and life experience are genuine sources of strength. Jinbe is an extraordinarily sharp and strategic man due to his years spent as both a soldier and a pirate. He becomes well-aware of the danger all around him as a result. Jinbe gained great insight from his experiences and interactions with others while growing up as an orphan, a soldier, and a pirate. He later adopted Otohime's philosophy to promote racial harmony, which most people thought was unattainable.



Along with being entirely selfless, Jinbe has dedicated his entire life to assisting other fish-men and merpeople. Because of this, he gained the utmost respect from other fishmen, even the Sun Pirates. Jinbe personally begged the Sun Pirates for permission to join despite his desire to join the Straw Hats, showing his concern for his crew's opinion before himself.


Jinbe’s Appearance


The tallest member of the Straw Hat Pirates is Jinbe, an enormous blue whale shark fish-man. He resembles a sumo wrestler in his stocky form, and the oni, among other Japanese demons, is often connected with his face. Along with a bulbous nose and an upward-facing lower lip, his yellow eyebrows and sideburns have a distinct shape similar to that of such demons.



At some point, he developed a scar in the shape of lightning that extends from his left sideburn and covers his left eye. The rest of his teeth from the top and lower rows are essentially the same but much smaller. He also has two bottom fangs resembling Oni's conical tusks. He also has a pronounced underbite that allows room for his enormous fangs.


He has long, two-toned black hair tied in a topknot, with a tuft of hair on his chin with a faint green tint, and two long stripes that are colored white in the anime and gold in the manga. His shorter, more free-flowing black hair, which now trails halfway to a lighter shade focused at the back of his head, was not in a topknot when he was a Sun Pirate.


Before joining the Sun Pirates, he kept his chin clean-shaved; after that, it grew out over time. His limbs are tiny in proportion to his vast girth, and his hands and feet are similarly webbed, as is customary for a fish-man. His gills are located between his shoulders and neck, which are pale and pinkish in shade.


As a member of the Sun Pirates, Jinbe wore a karakusa and then a floral design; for his debut, he wore square designs; and during the Summit War of Marineford, he wore a simple one. Jinbe is frequently seen wearing several traditional kimonos with various patterns.


He appears to be wearing coral-colored traditional Japanese apparel under his pale red coat, which he replaces with a black one two years later. The black and white layers alternate, starting with the black outline from the edge and ending with a dark square in the middle of each one. He also fastens this outfit around the waist with a purple ribbon or obi.


Jinbe’s Important Relationships


Straw Hat Pirates

Jinbe was offered by Luffy to join the Straw Hat Pirates during the conclusion of the Fish-Man Island arc. At first, Jinbe turned down the offer since he was already allied to Big Mom Pirates. During the Whole Cake Island arc, Jinbe strongly puts forth his decision to Big Mom that he is leaving her crew to join the Straw Hat Pirates. After the wedding turned into a battlefield, Jinbe assisted the Straw Hat Pirates in escaping Totto land, and promised Luffy to join him on his adventures after he had helped them escape and settled things with the Sun Pirates properly.



Jinbe joined back the crew during the Wano Country arc right before the raid in Onigashima. He carries immense respect towards Luffy and his will power, and strongly believes that Luffy will one day become the Pirate King. He has a strong bond with each member of the crew.


Sun Pirates

Due to his noble character and compassion, Jinbe, the Sun Pirates' second captain, is well-regarded by his crew. Jinbe joined the Warlords to enable some of his crew, who had previously been slaves, to return home and rejoin with their families, and put the welfare of his crewmates above all else.



Arlong and Macro left the Sun Pirates to start their own organizations after Jinbe was accepted into the Seven Warlords. This shows that not all Sun Pirates shared Arlong's appreciation for Jinbe's humanity. The two groups made it straightforward that Tiger was the only reason they followed the Sun Pirates.


Fisher Tiger



Fisher Tiger and Jinbe were sworn brothers and very good friends. Together, they grew up in the Fish-Man District. Jinbe treated Tiger as a family member, as indicated by his tendency to refer to him as big brother Tai. He was always considerate and open to Tiger's suggestions. Additionally, he appeared to be quite concerned for Tiger's welfare. He was not opposed to using violence against the Marines who put his captain's life in danger. Fisher Tiger told Jinbe about the "demons" in his heart.


Aladine



After Fisher Tiger, Aladine took the helm of the Sun Pirates and quickly established himself as one of Jinbe's closest allies. He was familiar with Fisher Tiger's will, just like Jinbe was. Aladine and the other Sun Pirates fully supported Jinbe's decision to join the Straw Hat Pirates in the Whole Cake Island arc because it was obviously something he wanted to do.


Wadatsumi

Wadatsumi was initially an enemy to Jinbe when the former allied with Hody to take over the Fish-Man Island. Later, he became close to Jinbe after joining him on his journey. Jinbe apologized to Wadatsumi after he decided to join the Straw Hat Pirates and that he dragged Wadatsumi for nothing. However, Wadatsumi stated that it was alright, and even assisted the Straw Hat Pirates alongside the Sun Pirates and Jinbe in allowing them to escape Totto Land.


Arlong



The Sun Pirates were divided into two groups once Jinbe joined the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Jinbe felt terrible for letting Arlong go into East Blue because it was clear that he disapproved of the way Arlong was treating people. He was greatly startled when he learned that a member of Luffy's crew had suffered directly due to Arlong's rule. Still, Jinbe still cares for Arlong despite his despicable behavior.


Friends and Allies

Jinbe has allied with several people over the course of his pirate career. A few of those are:


  • Whitebeard

  • Portgas D. Ace

  • Boa Hancock

  • Silvers Rayleigh

  • Emporio Ivankov

  • Hack

  • Fish-Man Island

  • Koala

  • Trafalgar D. Water Law

  • Pedro


Enemies

  • Before being accepted to the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Jinbe was an enemy of the Marines and the World Government while he was a member of the Sun Pirates. Due to his refusal to participate in the battle against the Whitebeard Pirates, Jinbe lost his post. Jinbe once more became a willing enemy of the Marines and the World Government during the Summit War of Marineford by siding with Luffy and the Whitebeard Pirates rather than the Marines.


  • Jinbe also disrespects the World Nobles for continuing to engage in slavery despite purportedly being forbidden by the World Government. He gave an example by urging Robin to free the human pirates held captive by the New Fish-Man Pirates. He added that it was disgusting to see Hody imitating the Celestial Dragons.


  • He also appears to be familiar with Blackbeard, the most recent Warlord to resign from his position. Jinbe is enraged at Blackbeard for imprisoning and killing Ace, but he is cautious of his mindset and skills. He gave Luffy a quick warning about Teach's past.


  • The Sun Pirate survivors, including Jinbe, would join Big Mom's crew after Whitebeard's death, albeit she essentially gave them free rein. Jinbe told Big Mom during the wedding that he was leaving the Big Mom Pirates to join the Straw Hats. He claimed he had no fear of Big Mom because he was joining the crew of the future Pirate King. Thus, when she attempted to shorten his life, her power did not affect him.


  • After Whitebeard was killed, Jinbe and his crew joined forces with Big Mom to defend Fish-Man Island. He was never truly a crew member though, always wanting to quit and join the Straw Hat Pirates. Jinbe wanted to depart her crew with honor, but he eventually realized that doing so might result in his death. Jinbe publicly admitted his betrayal to the crew during the wedding by releasing Luffy from Katakuri's grip and telling Big Mom he was leaving her services. His defiance and lack of respect for their leader shocked and outraged the crew. Jinbe assisted his teammates by using his understanding of the crew's skills during the battle with the Big Mom Pirates.


Others

  • When Jinbe learns that Crocodile is being held in the cell next to his own, he becomes visibly disturbed because they appear to have some type of past.


  • Capone Bege appears to have some respect for the former Warlord. Jinbe thought it would be advantageous for Luffy to team up with him to overthrow Big Mom because he had heard from Pekoms about Bege's plan to kill Big Mom and was well aware of his past. After Katakuri questioned the Straw Hats captain, Jinbe revealed the existence of Carmel's image to Luffy to safeguard Bege.


  • The residents of Whole Cake Island have respected him much ever since he joined the Big Mom's crew, referring to him as "Boss Jinbe." When they read of Jinbe's request to leave the Big Mom Pirates only to reject it, their perspectives began to shift.


Jinbe’s Abilities


Jinbe is a formidable veteran pirate who commands much respect from his former followers and possesses enormous authority. Along with Sanji, Zoro, and Luffy, he is one of the crew's top four fighters. Jinbei is one of only two crew members, along with Sanji, who engage in battle without the aid of weapons or Devil Fruit abilities. His upbringing in the illegal Fish-Man District gave him the fighting abilities that would allow him to join the Neptune Army's elite soldiers even before he started his career as a pirate.


Jinbe possesses solid interpersonal abilities, which he uses to keep Fish-Man Island's ties to other human organizations strong. After leaving the Warlords, Neptune trusted him to carry out tasks for Big Mom after he had served as a Warlord of the Sea to strengthen ties with the World Government.



Due to their shared hatred for Big Mom, he persuaded Monkey D. Luffy, Capone Bege, and Caesar Clown to set aside their animosity and establish an alliance. Jinbe also had a keen sense of danger, as seen by his refusal to play Big Mom's roulette after detecting the game's murderous intent; Pedro and Brûlée later confirmed that the roulette had been set up so that anyone who spun it would die.


Because of his strong will-power and ability to entirely repress his fearful feelings, Jinbe is immune to Big Mom's abilities to shorten people's lives. This was demonstrated once more when Big Mom's burst of Haoshoku Haki caused him to remain aware.


Physical Abilities

Jinbe is extraordinarily strong. He is one of the most powerful fish-men, along with Jack, that has been seen so far, as evidenced by his ability to lift a large fish-man into the air, knock out a Super Rookie with a single blow, deflect a massive iron club with one hand, stop a falling ceiling, and wrestle with Big Mom, an Emperor of the Sea with enormous strength and weight, before effortlessly tossing her over his shoulder.


Being at sea significantly improves Jinbe's physical capabilities as a fish-man. He raised a large, capsized ship to the surface while submerged. While swimming, Jinbe quickly lifted one of Impel Down's enormous entrance doors, using it as a raft to carry Crocodile, Mr. 1, and Buggy across the water, with him serving as the raft's propeller underneath.


In addition to being one of the few individuals who could endure being "baptized" in boiling water in Impel Down without quivering, Jinbe could also block a direct magma punch from Akainu with his bare hand while remaining unperturbed despite being severely burned.



Even on dry land, Jinbe moves very quickly despite his bulk. His speed and maneuverability significantly increase in the water because he is a fish-man. He is a skilled swimmer; he managed to catch up to Impel Down's evacuating battleships and handled the Marines' oncoming cannonballs relatively easily.


Fish-Man Karate

With years of combat expertise and remarkable strength, Jinbe is a master of Fish-Man Karate and Fish-Man Jujutsu. He can use these arts to dispatch multiple opponents at once and battle with strong enemies several times his size. Being talented enough to earn a black belt early made him a child prodigy.



By adulthood, Jinbe's proficiency in Fish-Man Karate has advanced to the point that his attacks no longer require physical contact with an opponent because the water vapor in the air will carry them away after a short time. The water in a person's body is water that Jinbe may control thanks to his proficiency in Fish-Man Karate. He can also expel water from his body.


Jinbe can perform strong defensive blocks to halt attacks as forceful as the jabs from a shadow-strengthened Moria, one of his fellow Warlords, thanks to his amazing mastery of Fish-Man Karate and his physical prowess. He could hold off the enormous flaming blade of Big Mom's Cognac bolstered by Busoshoku Haki, suffering minor wounds.


  • Jinbe's Water Shot is strong enough to easily pierce through thick stone over a great distance and beat numerous giant corals, indicating his extreme mastery in Fish-Man Karate.


  • Jinbe can also use Buraikan, a secret technique from Fish-Man Karate. Jinbe sends a sizzling water shockwave through the target's body with these attacks. After using this devastating attack, Jinbe launches his massive opponents into the air.


He can also use Fish-Man Jujutsu to expertly manipulate water (or any other liquid, such as tea or juice), even using it to launch a distant attack. With this martial art, Jinbei can also use complex grappling moves to throw opponents using enormous force to the ground by taking advantage of their size and weight.


Tactical Skills

Jinbe is a brilliant tactician. He has a sharp eye for military tactics. He quickly determined that Magellan had ordered the battleships outside Impel Down to flee during the mass breakout after spotting a slight change in the enemy's formation. He suspected the Marines were planning something during the Summit War of Marineford when Emporio Ivankov informed him that the enemy was retreating further into the plaza.


Jinbe revealed a sneaky method for tricking Hody into thinking he and Princess Shirahoshi were caught while smuggling Luffy and his crew into Gyoncorde Plaza inside Megalo's stomach. This allowed the Straw Hats to steal the World Noble's letter and the locks that chained the Neptune Family, freeing them from the New Fish-Man Pirates' control. Another instance is when he convinced the Sanji Retrieval Team and Luffy to team up with Capone Bege to sabotage Big Mom's Tea Party after noting that they lacked a plan to carry out.


Interaction with Marines

Jinbe has a unique talent for conversing with fish, even at great distances. Crocodile thinks Jinbe's capacity to converse with fish is unusual because it is often only possessed by merfolk. To help him escape from Impel Down, he called a massive school of whale sharks to the Calm Belt (which was generally too deadly due to the Sea Kings infesting it). The whale sharks can understand and follow his directions since they can understand him.



The Calm Belt is dangerous, but Jinbe can call upon his whale-shark allies to assist him in getting across it like he did when he left Amazon Lily. This indicates that the whale sharks can outsmart the Sea Kings, which the former Warlord reveals is problematic for him personally.


Helmsmanship

Jinbe is an expert helmsman since he is a fisherman and is experienced with the water, as evidenced by the fact that he guided a stolen Marine battleship from Impel Down to Marineford with little to no damage being done to the stolen ship. On his first attempt, he successfully piloted the Thousand Sunny. He even rode the ship inside the enormous wave homie Big Mom made, known as the 'Green Room'. Nami compared Jinbe's helmsmanship abilities to having control over his own body.



When one of the Big Mom Pirates fleets was pursuing the Sunny, Jinbe could continuously maintain out-of-range because of his extensive knowledge of ocean currents. He could also smoothly operate the Thousand Sunny with fantastic speed and agility to avoid Smoothie's rocketing slash. Later, when Franky learned of these successes, he conceded that Jinbe's abilities are required to maximize the potential of the Thousand Sunny.


Haki

Jinbe has a high level of mastery in Busoshoku Haki, which he can combine with his Fish-Man Karate and Fish-Man Jujutsu skills almost effortlessly. For five days straight, he engaged Ace, a skilled Logia user, in a fair fight. Jinbe is also able to use Kenbunshoku Haki.



He held off a slash from Big Mom's Cognac for a while, taking no damage. Jinbe is one of the few Busoshoku Haki users capable enough to harden his entire body or sections. His Busoshoku Haki was sufficiently advanced to withstand the Haki-enhanced Rokushiki techniques of the Ancient Zoan user, Who's Who. The transformed Rokushiki user's firm index fingers broke against his hardened torso, proving that his Busoshoku Haki is more remarkable to Who's Who's.



Jinbe takes a defensive posture by hardening and crossing his arms. This was first used to counter Big Mom's Cognac strategy, which it briefly succeeded in blocking but ultimately failed to do. Pottery made in the kairagi style can sometimes resemble shark skin.


Negotiation

Jinbe is a skilled negotiator who can defuse tensions even Nami cannot handle. He has the negotiating skills to work out the finest arrangement for an alliance and a partnership, and he has the understanding to know when to initiate and stop one. As a result, when he was promoted to Warlord of the Sea, he took on the role of ambassador for Fish-Man Island and continued Queen Otohime's legacy.


Jinbe was frequently given charge of maintaining diplomatic ties by King Neptune while he was a Warlord. Before he became a full-fledged member of the Straw Hats, Jinbe continued to establish contacts with pirate crews like the Big Mom Pirates due to his current status.


Jinbe frequently consulted with King Neptune to discuss the best way to keep the relationship with humans in general whenever he needed to decide regarding relationships between Fish-Man Island and other factions; however, the final decision will be given to Jinbe due to his experience in negotiations and diplomacy.


Jinbe in Other Media


Video Games


Game Name

Japanese Release

English Release

One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP

January 26th, 2009

September 25th, 2009

One Piece: Gigant Battle

September 9th, 2010

One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World

November 17th, 2011

One Piece: Pirate Warriors

March 1st, 2012

September 21st, 2012

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2

March 20th, 2013

August 30th, 2013

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3

March 16th, 2015

August 25th, 2015

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

March 26th, 2020

March 27th, 2020

One Piece: Unlimited World Red

November 21st, 2013

June 27th, 2014

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X

November 13th, 2014

One Py Berry Match

One Piece: Burning Blood

April 21st, 2016

May 31st, 2016

One Piece: Thousand Storm

April 21st, 2016

January 25th, 2017

One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum

September 21st, 2016

One Piece Bounty Rush

March 2018

March 2018

One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!

One Piece Treasure Cruise

May 12th, 2014

February 4th, 2015

One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure

One Piece Odyssey


Other Appearances

  • Jinbe and Kuzan help the Straw Hat Pirates on Paradise Island in the 2013 One Piece Premier Show. They repel Doflamingo, drive off Caribou and Coribou, and defeat Lambor Bukini so that Luffy can take on the slave merchant alone.


  • In Super Kabuki II: One Piece, Jinbe makes an appearance during the account of the Summit War Saga.


  • One Piece Water Spectacle 2 features Jinbe.


  • The Hungry Days advertisements with Zoro and Marineford both include Jinbe.


  • As a part of the Kumamoto Revival Project, a bronze statue of Jinbe was dedicated.


FAQs


Q. Is Jinbe a Devil Fruit user?

A. No, Jinbe does not possess any Devil Fruit powers.


Q. Is Jinbe more powerful than Sanji?

A. Jinbe and Sanji are both powerful combatants without any Devil Fruit powers. In terms of strength, both have their distinctive abilities and strength, hence it cannot be said which one is more powerful between the two.


Q. Is Jinbe loyal to Luffy?

A. Jinbe is extremely loyal to Luffy, as seen when he stood strong in front of Big Mom with his decision to leave the Big Mom Pirates and to join the Straw Hat Pirates, and even went on to state that he isn’t afraid of a mere Emperor because he will join the “Pirate King” crew.

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