Nami, better known as “Cat Burglar Nami'', is the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, and one of the Senior Officers of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. She was born in the Conomi Islands in the East Blue, where she and her sister Nojiko were rescued by Bell-mère, who at the time was a Marine Officer. Bell-mère became their adoptive mother and raised the two girls in Cocoyasi Village.
Since she was a child, Nami was well-versed with the art of drawing maps. After Arlong killed Bell-mère and took over Cocoyasi Village, Nami’s life took a different turn and she decided to purchase back the village from Arlong. This feat compelled her to turn into a thief stealing treasures and cash. However, Arlong never intended to keep his word, and betrayed Nami. Ultimately, Luffy defeated Arlong, freeing Nami which also allowed the villagers to live in peace.
Nami is the second member to join the Straw Hat crew. She traveled with Luffy and Zoro to some islands before ditching them at Baratie, and heading towards the Cocoyasi Village. She joined back the Straw Hats after Arlong’s defeat.
Nami aspired to draw the map of the entire world since she was a child. Sailing through the seas, she has continued to draw maps of every region/island the crew came across. After the time-skip, Nami also became skilled in the knowledge of various weather conditions on the oceans.
First Appearance in Anime
One Piece Episode 1 "I'm Luffy! The Man Who Will Become the Pirate King!"
English Dub: Alison Lestor (Episodes 1–52)
Chio Su-Ping (Episodes 53–67)
Cindy Creekmore (Episodes 68+)
Japanese: Akemi Okamura
Wakana Yamazaki (Episode 70–78)
Megumi Toyoguchi (OVA)
Date of Birth
Straw Hat Pirates
Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Arlong Pirates (defected)
Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance (disbanded)
Pirate Officer (Arlong Pirates, former)
Nami is one of the smartest and tactical astute people on the Straw Hat crew. She is known to be the third smartest person from the East Blue. Nami hated all pirates at the beginning of the series as after losing a loved one to pirates, she initially believed all pirates were wicked. Only after meeting Luffy, she began to think differently.
Nami's experiences left her with many difficult memories, which she has since been able to bury. However, she still harbored a dread and mistrust of the Fish-Men race, which disappeared after she visited Fish-Man Island and declared that she only had resentment at Arlong.
Nami also doesn’t believe in certain myths and legends. However, all of those eventually turned out to be true. The crew is shown obeying Nami's orders to raise the mast or lower the sails. She will frequently attempt to convince Luffy (typically in confluence with Usopp and Chopper) not to visit a dangerous island. Still, when he insists, she will obey him.
She appears to be a coward, but various people have called her a "bold woman." She frequently receives this nickname when she speaks up for her crew and what she thinks is morally correct. She is aware of the risks they encounter every day and is much more knowledgeable about the world and its more dangerous people.
After the two-year gap, she is calmer during challenging settings which suggests that she has grown quite confident in her skills. In the presence of impending threats, Nami is nonetheless tending to panic. She turns to her previous behaviors of attacking the male crew members out of her desire for money. She also has a very high tolerance for drinking when there are parties.
Nami likes to relax and engage in everyday activities. The most frequent of them are lounging in a deck chair, frequently sunbathing, reading, or unwinding beneath a parasol umbrella's cover. She does not enjoy the ship's unruly activities of the other crew members, which tend to annoy her while she unwinds.
Nami had expressed shock when her favorite clothing was damaged, striking Luffy fiercely when she noticed the damage to her jacket after lending it to him. Similarly, if necessary, she will rip apart someone else's clothing. Nami yells at the crew when they don't appear as concerned as she is since she is quickly astonished and horrified by the more bizarre events.
Nami is greedy and will take on any challenge in exchange for wealth and treasure. Her love of money is a legacy from her early years when she struggled to make ends meet despite her adoptive mother's affection. When her mother passed away, due to her family's financial hardship, she became even more obsessive. She spent her childhood stealing money to pay for her village's independence.
She is also very proud of her thieving abilities and is rather shameless about robbing other people. Because of her lack of physical power, Nami is not the most courageous character. She has even been known to hide behind her bigger crewmates during battles. Together with Chopper and Usopp, she has openly acknowledged being a member of the "Weakling Trio."
She is also one of the most sympathetic crew members, who is quick to express condolences when informed of others' tragedies. She is undoubtedly one of the Straw Hats' most sensitive members, showing a deep understanding of and insight into emotions. Nami may also be forgiving under challenging circumstances. Even those who have wronged her for a long time can be forgiven by her.
Nami is keen to assist those in need despite the fact that doing so will bring her no financial gain since she has a strong sense of compassion and empathy. As a result of the difficulties she encountered as a child, Nami is shown to have a soft side for kids. Even when essential, Nami cannot bring herself to attack kids or people who appear to be kids.
Nami legitimately dislikes being viewed as an object by men despite her flaunting her body. At one point, she yelled at an invisible man, saying she didn't keep herself in shape for voyeurs like him and wouldn't put up with being treated like a piece of meat.
Nami is a thin young lady with brown eyes and orange hair who is about average height. On her left shoulder, where she once had a tattoo for being a member of Arlong's crew, she has a black tattoo that reads "mikan" and "pinwheels" (honouring Bell-mère, Nojiko, and Genzo, respectively). She keeps each pole of the bo staff and later the Clima-Tact in a strap around her thigh with three slots.
After time skip, Nami's face is now depicted to look younger with her eyes bigger (with the irises now showing), droopier, and set lower on her face. She has also become taller.
Her general physical development happens gradually throughout the series and drastically during the time skip (though this is most likely a simple change in the style of artwork). Her hairstyle and clothing both change frequently. Similar to a garment Bell-mère previously wore that said "MACE," several of her shirts have four-letter terms like "Gold" or "EVIL" on them.
She wears a gold bracelet gifted to her by her sister Nojiko on her left wrist in addition to the Log Pose, which she needs to serve as the ship's navigator. Nami constantly changes into various outfits for each arc. She matches her tops with skirts featuring two rings on the side, and orange gladiator sandals with high heels are her signature footwear.
Every arc features Nami wearing high heels, and although they make her taller, they don't impact her pace or speed. Despite her preference for clean hairstyles, she occasionally develops a sloppy cowlick on the top of her head.
Nami's hair has gotten quite long, reaching the middle of her lower back. She had one long hairpiece hanging on the left side of her head, and her bangs were still in place. She has also developed significantly fuller, rounder breasts. Except for the fact that her body curves and hourglass figure have sharpened, her look hasn't changed considerably.
She is wearing a light green and white bikini top with a halter top, tight low-rider jeans that show some of her hips and behind, orange high-heeled sandals, and a set of pearl-like earrings she wears all time after the time skip. Since arriving in the New World, Nami has been wearing a new belt with the Beli sign on it that is black and on which she may also keep the components of her Sorcery Clima-Tact on the right side. When she is engaged in intense combat with an opponent, Nami fastens the belt around her waist.
Nami’s maternal relationships have not been revealed in the story. She was born in the Conomi Islands, as was her sister Nojiko. Both Nami and Nojiko miraculously survived when the island came under attack by some random pirate crew. Bell-mère, who arrived with a group of Marines to defend the island, was the sole survivor among them. As Bell-mère was about to lose hopes and give up, Nojiko showed up to her holding a baby Nami.
Bell-mère took the girls to Cocoyasi Village and raised them as their adoptive mother. After Bell-mère’s death, Nami worked under the Arlong Pirates drawing maps, and a few years later, she left to collect the money to purchase Cocoyasi Village back from Arlong.
Nami was initially eager to join the crew, but as soon as she discovered that Luffy is a pirate, she became less keen because she disliked pirates. Before Luffy assembled a crew, Nami betrayed him and expressed a death wish for him. She joined the crew initially solely as an "alliance" with Luffy, which she subsequently broke to return to her town, but by that time, she had grown attached to the group and discovered it was difficult to simply leave.
She formally became a member of the crew after Arlong was defeated. At that point, she had entirely changed her mind about the other crew members. Because Nami is the navigator, the rest of the crew, including the captain, blindly obeys her commands while aboard the ship because they believe in her intuition and are confident that she will guide them clear of danger and in the direction of their destination.
The entire crew respects Nami and values her exceptional navigational abilities. She has the highest faith in "Luffy and the crew" when it has been decided that they must take action, even though she prefers that they avoid mighty opponents.
Nami is a skilled navigator, who is well-versed with various ever-changing weather. She has drawn maps since she was child making her an excellent cartographer, an ability that even Arlong acknowledged. Her dream is to draw a map of the entire world, something which appears achievable since she became the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Nami is in charge of determining the ship's course as it travels farther out to sea. When the crew travels to new places, Nami frequently serves as the crew's de facto treasurer, managing the crew's finances and allocating expenditures.
Nami is a skilled and quick polearm user. She uses her intellect and specially crafted weapons to battle superior physical enemies, even though she lacks the raw power of most of her crew members. Nami makes every effort to stay out of battle. Still, when necessary, she gives it her best and has bested some formidable opponents.
Nami is a tremendously compelling speaker, and as a result, she has established herself as a skilled negotiator in her own right. One of the main advantages of this is that Nami can typically manipulate others and gather more information on her own. With her talent, she can do a lot. Because of her love of money, Nami also handles the Straw Hats' finances mostly.
Nami has shown that she is a skilled pickpocket and a great thief. She developed the ability to steal little objects, like keys, from her victims without their realizing it. She now uses her talent to rob other pirates—as well as occasionally government workers—by sneaking onto their ship or base and stealing all of their belongings while they are preoccupied with a fight.
Throughout her early childhood to adolescence, Nami stole money from various sources, including deadly pirates, to reclaim her village from the Arlong Pirates. As a result of trying these and occasionally terrible experiences, Nami has a very high level of physical prowess. Nami is also physically very fit and strong. When she gets furious, especially because of Luffy's careless spending, she can pack incredibly powerful punches and give harsh beatings.
Nami can hold her own against weaker opponents despite having lesser fighting prowess than some of her crew members. Before learning the Clima-Tact, Nami was seen to have considerable talent with a bo staff, which she frequently used for self-defense. Yet, she often relied on her crewmates to fight in her place because she was typically outmatched by the giant enemies they encountered at sea.
Nami's physical powers and combat abilities with the Clima-Tact have significantly increased after the two years of intensive training on Weatheria, and she can now handle more difficult opponents on her own. After two years of training, Nami has also significantly improved her already remarkable agility.
Nami is an extremely talented Cartographer, which was shown when Luffy was sent flying into her room during his battle with Arlong. She earned the position of an Officer when she was recruited by Arlong for this special ability.
Although she generally has to put the equations down on a tangible medium when generating them, she can formulate complex equations in a matter of minutes to forecast a specific course of action. She has a superhuman capacity to perceive weather changes and is unaffected by a high fever.
She can even predict the arrival of allegedly unexpected storms in the Grand Line. Nami has extensive experience in navigation and cartography and is also a meteorology specialist.
Nami uses the "Art of Weather," also known as the Clima-Tact, to control the weather in her surroundings as she fights. This skill can be used destructively if combined with her enormous understanding of meteorology and weather patterns.
Usopp initially gave Nami the Clima-Tact, which allowed her to control the weather. His creation's shortcoming was that it was primarily intended for party antics. Despite this conflict, she used her experience to combine several of its abilities to perform risky and effective techniques, such as making a mirage of herself (Mirage Tempo) to distract her opponent and a strong lightning cloud (Thunderbolt Tempo).
Usopp developed the Perfect Clima-Tact by enhancing the Clima-Tact with Dials. This enhancement significantly increased her control over the weather, enabling her to effortlessly perform more powerful and advanced variations of the Clima-tricks, Tact's such as making copies of herself out of mist (Mirage Tempo: Fata Morgana).
But, there was still a problem with its application: Nami could not correctly control the lightning, and occasionally her companions would suffer collateral harm.
After the time skip, her skills have significantly improved; she can now effortlessly use lightning blasts to demolish a pub and a submarine (and hurt the people inside both). She uses the updated Clima-Tact, which she calls the Sorcery Clima-Tact because the balls vanish. Nami can now shoot a powerful wind gust she calls Gust Sword, and her "Mirage Tempo" has advanced to the point where she can make herself entirely invisible.
She can now use and create weather in more creative ways, such as launching an egg that hatches to release a large thundercloud that she can then control to defeat her opponent(s) and creating an orb at the end of one of her Clima-three Tact's segments that has enough heat to melt snow and harm a snow woman like Monet (Heat Egg).
It has also been demonstrated that this new Clima-Tact is helpful in everyday activities like taking showers (Shower Tempo) and clearing trails for travel using sea clouds in addition to combat situations (Milky Road). The latter is a success in and of itself because it was shown that sea clouds are not created in the Blue Sea.
The "culmination of all of Weatheria's weather science" is now Nami's new Sorcery Clima-Tact, further improved thanks to Usopp's Pop Greens and Franky's brilliance. The Clima-Tact is now longer or shorter, depending on the pressure used, and it is also simpler to twist and operate.
Also, when used, it appears to leave patterns in the air, giving it the appearance of a magic wand. Strangely, Usopp only failed to incorporate one Weatherian item into the updated Clima-Tact—a "magic wand" that he was unsure how to use.
Zeus, the thundercloud Homie, could be stored within Nami's Clima-Tact after being captured. She could deploy Zeus with her Clima-Tact skills to perform destructive lightning attacks when necessary. After hearing it speak to her, she discovered that Zeus' face had become linked to her Clima-Tact and later realized that the Clima-Tact now houses Zeus' soul.
Zeus can temporarily transfer his consciousness to the clouds that Nami summons, allowing him to take on a similar appearance to his former cloud form and take control of Nami's attacks, making them harder to avoid. This further enhances the abilities of the Sorcery Clima-Tact, which can now be changed into more combat-oriented forms to help aid Nami. With this strength, Nami could unleash lightning with sufficient destructive power to finish off an incredibly tough foe with a single blow (Raitei).
Nami uses a lighthearted trick to get rid of bystanders as she bathes; she just drops her towel, sending any male nearby into a severe nosebleed. She also uses this as a get-rich-quick scheme, charging anyone who witnesses her doing it 100,000 Berries.
Nami deflects attacks away from her enemies by using an impact dial.
Nami is a playable and featuring character in the following video games:
Jump Super Stars
August 8, 2005
Jump Ultimate Stars
November 23, 2006
Battle Stadium D.O.N
July 20, 2006
Nami deeply cares about Luffy, which has been shown from time to time. At times, her reactions to Luffy getting injured or knocked out hints that she has some feelings other than friendship with him.
Absalom, a member of the Thriller Bark Pirates, was about to marry Nami, while she was unconscious. However, Sanji arrived on time to save her from this.
Everyone who comes across Nami tends to love her immediately. It has been shown that a fair number of men are easily attracted towards Nami at first glance.