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Nefertari Cobra in One Piece

Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Nefertari Cobra in One Piece. Still from the anime.


Nefertari Cobra is a fictional character in the popular manga and its anime adaptation, the One Piece series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.


Disclaimer: This article will contain details revolving around Nefertari Cobra and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


Cobra, the 12th sovereign to rule over the Arabasta Kingdom, held the esteemed position as the patriarch of the Nefertari Family. He was not only the husband of the late Nefertari Titi but also the loving father of Nefertari Vivi, the princess of Arabasta.


Cobra's lineage was steeped in rich history, as he descended from Nefertari D. Lili, a prominent figure among the First Twenty monarchs who played a pivotal role in establishing the World Government. Secretly, Cobra also carried the enigmatic initial "D." in his name, a symbol shrouded in mystery and significance.


His prominence extended far beyond the confines of Arabasta. Cobra played a substantial role throughout the Arabasta Arc. He was a notable participant in the Levely, the grand assembly of world leaders, on two separate occasions.


During the latest Levely, Cobra's influence was particularly pronounced, as he played a key role in the vote that ultimately led to the dissolution of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, a momentous decision in the world of piracy and politics.


Tragically, during this very same Levely, Cobra met a grim fate. He was assassinated by the enigmatic and powerful figure known as Imu, along with the Five Elders. This shocking event transpired after Cobra uncovered crucial information about Imu's existence.


All About Nefertari Cobra


Name

Nefertari Cobra

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 91: Farewell, Drum Island! I'm Going Out to Sea!

Japanese Voice Actor

Iemasa Kayumi;

Yasuhiko Tokuyama (Grand Battle! Rush!)

Toshiya Ueda (Episode 512)

Hozumi Gōda (Episode 776-)

English Voice Actor

David Zen Mansley (4Kids)

Kyle Hebert (Funimation)

Birthday

13th February

Age

50 (at death)

Gender

Male

Status

Deceased

Affiliations

Nefertari Family

Arabasta Kingdom

Occupation

King of Arabasta Kingdom

Origin

Arabasta Kingdom

Devil Fruit

NA

Bounty

NA


Nefertari Cobra’s History


After witnessing the execution of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, at Loguetown, Cobra somberly read a newspaper detailing the events and announced with gravity that a dire era had begun. At this moment, Igaram and Vivi's mother stood by his side, sharing the weight of the news.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


In the aftermath of the execution, Cobra responded to a devastating drought that struck Koza's village. While he couldn't bring rain, he offered refuge to the afflicted villagers by allowing them to reside in Alubarna. During this period, Vivi forged a friendship with Koza.


When a kidnapping attempt targeted Vivi, Cobra intervened decisively, defeating the lone remaining kidnapper before Chaka and Pell could arrive. In the aftermath, he ensured Koza received medical treatment for his injury and engaged in a heartfelt conversation with him, asking if he loved the country. Koza affirmed his devotion, reflecting the sentiments of the people.


Igaram, observing Vivi's concerns for her friends' well-being over her own safety, worried that her compassionate nature might not be suited for rulership. Nevertheless, Cobra reassured Igaram that Vivi's disposition was appropriate for the circumstances at hand. As a token of gratitude for Koza's defense of Vivi, Cobra allowed Toto to establish a village in Yuba.


Six years before the main story, Cobra participated in a Levely, where serious discussions about the threat posed by Monkey D. Dragon took place. When Wapol dismissed the matter as irrelevant to him, Cobra reprimanded him for his disregard for global stability. Wapol's attempt to incite conflict by provoking Vivi failed when she remained composed, recognizing the potential consequences of his actions.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Three years later, Arabasta was plagued by a devastating drought, and Baroque Works manipulated events to spread rumors that Cobra had stockpiled Dance Powder in Alubarna. Around a year after the drought began, Koza confronted the king, pleading for the use of Dance Powder to save Yuba.


However, Cobra refused, emphasizing the broader needs of other towns. This refusal drove Koza to vow to regain the rain through forceful means. Unbeknownst to Cobra and the kingdom, Vivi embarked on a secret mission with Igaram to infiltrate Baroque Works, the orchestrators of the rebellion.


Arabasta Arc


Cobra expressed his gratitude when he believed Crocodile had thwarted pirates attempting to raid Nanohana, oblivious to Crocodile's true nature. However, his perspective shifted dramatically when he received a letter from Vivi, revealing the truth about the rebellion's orchestrators. In response, Cobra made the critical decision to dispatch Pell to Erumalu and Chaka to establish the Royal Army, positioning them to protect Arabasta from both Baroque Works and the Rebel Army.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


However, Cobra's efforts were soon foiled when he fell victim to the cunning tactics of Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas, who kidnapped him. Mr. 2 Bon Kurei assumed Cobra's identity in Nanohana and falsely admitted to using Dance Powder, ordering the town's destruction as a ploy to instigate the rebellion's attack. After his kidnapping ordeal, Cobra was returned to Alubarna, where he was left bound near the Eastern Gate by his captors.


Crocodile, the mastermind behind Baroque Works, confronted Cobra at the palace and demanded information regarding Pluton's whereabouts. Cobra, who genuinely had no knowledge of Pluton's location, also faced inquiries about the Poneglyph's whereabouts. In response, he agreed to lead Crocodile to the Arabasta Poneglyph to gather information about Pluton. Meanwhile, Crocodile confronted Luffy at Alubarna Palace.


Upon entering the Tomb of the Kings, Cobra allowed Miss All Sunday access to the Poneglyph chamber so she could decipher its contents. As Crocodile joined them, Cobra displayed visible surprise when Miss All Sunday claimed the Poneglyph contained historical records of Arabasta rather than Pluton's location.


His reaction hinted at his awareness that Miss All Sunday was deceiving her boss. As Crocodile and Miss All Sunday engaged in a fierce battle, Cobra seized an opportunity to destabilize the tomb by removing one of its columns.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Cobra observed the climactic battle between Luffy and Crocodile, filled with amazement at Luffy's incredible finishing attack that punched Crocodile through bedrock. Following this intense showdown, Robin provided Cobra with the antidote to counteract the effects of Crocodile's venom.


Cobra, in turn, gave the antidote to Luffy. He revealed to Robin that he knew the Poneglyph did indeed disclose the weapon's location, contrary to what she had informed Crocodile. Cobra expressed his surprise upon hearing about the "True History" that Robin had been diligently searching for. Despite their dire situation, Luffy summoned the strength to carry Cobra and Robin out of the tomb.


However, he soon lost consciousness, leaving Cobra to bear the burden of carrying both of them to safety. Cobra's innocence became evident when Kappa, who had regained consciousness and the ability to speak, disclosed that the King seen in Nanohana was an impostor.


In response to Koza's acknowledgment of the rebels' wrongdoing, Cobra emphasized that the nation had suffered great losses without gaining anything from the conflict. He implored his people to look forward and unite as they moved beyond the strife that had divided them.


Cobra graciously allowed the Straw Hats to recuperate at the palace while they recovered from their injuries, and he organized a grand feast to celebrate their victorious efforts. While Cobra initially intended for it to be a quiet affair, he quickly realized that with the Straw Hats in attendance, any celebration would inevitably turn into a lively party.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Following the feast, the group headed to the palace baths, where Cobra, along with others, attempted to catch a glimpse of Vivi and Nami as they bathed. However, their voyeuristic endeavors were met with Nami's signature "Happiness Punch," which left them reeling. Cobra expressed his gratitude to the Straw Hats, not only for their assistance in helping Vivi but also as a father genuinely thankful for their support.


The following morning, Cobra made another playful attempt to peek in on Vivi while she dressed, but Terracotta thwarted his efforts, leaving him nursing a bump on his head. Observing Vivi's striking resemblance to her late mother, Cobra shared a touching moment with his daughter.


When Vivi addressed her parents and revealed something important, she notably referred to Cobra as "Father" rather than "Papa." This shift in address hinted at her emotional struggle with the impending farewell to the Straw Hats. Cobra, deeply affected by this change, acknowledged the difficulty a father faces when his daughter no longer calls him "Papa."


Post-Enies Lobby Arc


In the wake of the Enies Lobby incident, Cobra expressed surprise at the presence of Nico Robin among the Straw Hat crew, remarking that she was "unpredictable." He also noted that Vivi seemed unfazed by this revelation, demonstrating the resilience and strength of character that she had developed during her time with the Straw Hats.


Post-War Arc


In the weeks following the Whitebeard War, Cobra received word from Chaka and Pell that a group of pirates had been driven out of the country with minimal damage. He expressed his wish that all pirates in the world could be like the Straw Hats. Cobra also kept up with the news, reading a newspaper article concerning Monkey D. Luffy.


From the Decks of the World


During this time, Cobra was shown as bedridden and in poor health. His daughter, Vivi, cared for him by bringing flowers and groceries to his room.


Zou Arc


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


When the time for the Levely approached, Cobra, accompanied by Vivi, Chaka, Pell, and Karoo, departed from Arabasta and made their way to Mary Geoise. Despite his ailing health, Cobra was determined to inquire about the Poneglyphs, a subject of great interest to him since meeting Nico Robin.


During a conversation with Vivi, he playfully attempted to convince her to consider finding a suitor, but Vivi saw through his intentions and politely declined.


Levely Arc


As the Arabasta Kingdom delegation arrived at Mary Geoise for the Levely, Cobra's role became more important. He got a letter from Admiral Fujitora with likely important matters to discuss. Cobra met with Fujitora and Riku Doldo III to talk about Levely issues and their kingdom's concerns.


Cobra also wanted to meet the Five Elders, showing he had important things to discuss with the top World Government authorities.


After all these preparations, Cobra and other monarchs went to the conference room for the Levely, where they discussed important world matters.


Wano Country Arc


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


During the Levely, Cobra and Riku Doldo III skillfully swayed the opinions of fellow royals, successfully convincing them to vote in favor of abolishing the Seven Warlords of the Sea system. This achievement showcased their diplomatic prowess and their ability to rally support for a significant change in the world's power structure.


Subsequently, Cobra embarked on his momentous audience with the Five Elders, a meeting of great importance and confidentiality. The Five Elders had granted his request to meet them alone, and this private audience took place in front of the revered Empty Throne, a symbol of authority and history within the World Government.


Cobra used this rare opportunity to delve into the annals of history. He recounted the origins of the World Government, tracing back 800 years, emphasizing the central role of the Empty Throne in this historical narrative.


His inquiries turned personal when he probed the Five Elders about his ancestor, Nefertari Lili, and her connection to the enigmatic "D." He sought to unravel the mystery surrounding her fate after she had allegedly refused to become a World Noble and chose not to reside in Mary Geoise. However, the Five Elders offered little information, claiming that knowledge of her had been lost to history.


Cobra's curiosity and determination persisted as he brought up the meaning of the "D." in his family's lineage. He disclosed that a letter written by Lili containing information about the "D." had been passed down through generations, which incurred the Five Elders' ire and disapproval. This line of inquiry unsettled the elders.


Imu's unexpected intrusion during Cobra's audience brought an eerie twist to the encounter. Imu, having overheard the conversation from their room, made an audacious entrance by sitting on the Empty Throne in front of the Five Elders and Cobra, leaving the latter astonished.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Imu proceeded to reveal some of the truth regarding the "D." They disclosed that the "D." represents the name of the World Government's enemy and that Lili played a role in releasing the Poneglyphs into the world, a revelation chronicled in her letter. Imu's inquiries took a sinister turn when they asked for Lili's full name.


Cobra, realizing that he might not leave the room alive, reluctantly divulged her full name, "Nefertari D. Lili." In a shocking turn of events, Imu transformed into an otherworldly creature and struck Cobra down with a lethal appendage resembling an arrow. This sudden act of violence left Cobra mortally wounded.


As Cobra lay dying, Sabo, who had been eavesdropping, rushed to his side. Despite Sabo's efforts to save him, Cobra knew his time was limited. In his final moments, he entrusted a crucial message to Sabo. He requested that Sabo relay to Luffy and Vivi that the entire Nefertari Family carries the name "D." With these parting words, Cobra met his tragic end at the hands of Imu.


Sabo's presence during this fateful moment would later become a central point of the investigation, as a Den Den Mushi recorded his arrival, making him a prime suspect in Cobra's death.

Legacy


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Cobra's tragic death shocked the world and had unintended consequences. It became a rallying point for those who opposed the World Government, leading to the Eight-Nation Revolution. The Revolutionary Army saw an opportunity to harness public resentment, despite Sabo's denial of involvement, and used Cobra's death as a catalyst for revolution.


The Straw Hat Pirates, who had met Cobra during their adventures, were deeply saddened and angered by his loss. Members like Chopper and Usopp mourned the death of this kind and honorable king. Cobra's passing underscored the toll of power struggles on individuals who stood for peace and justice.


Nefertari Cobra’s Personality


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Cobra was a fair and caring leader who held a deep concern for the well-being of his kingdom and subjects. Even in the midst of the rebellion, Cobra recognized that the coup stemmed from a genuine desire to protect Arabastan's welfare. His loyalty to the line of Arabastan kings and the Dynasty was unwavering, and he was willing to face death to prevent Crocodile from seizing the throne.


However, what truly defined Cobra's character was his prioritization of his people's survival and welfare above all else. He was prepared to allow the occupation and potential destruction of his capital city if it meant preventing the needless bloodshed of his citizens, viewing their lives as the true heart of his kingdom.


Cobra's personality also displayed objectivity and pragmatism. He possessed the ability to make decisions that considered the long-term consequences, such as refusing to use Dance Powder to alleviate a drought, understanding that hoarding it for themselves would not provide a genuine solution. Despite his royal status, he remained humble and charitable, willingly supporting the citizens of Koza's village with the royal family's living expenses without hesitation.


As a father, Cobra was a loving and caring figure. He raised his daughter, Vivi, with a degree of humility, allowing her to experience a somewhat normal childhood. He encouraged her freedom and independence, even permitting her to interact with commoner children.


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


His discreet checks on her well-being demonstrated his paternal concern. Additionally, Cobra had a mischievous side, occasionally displaying humor, as seen when he informed the Straw Hats about the location of the women's baths.


His fatherly concern and support for Vivi were evident in his attempts to find a suitable husband for her, a reflection of his love and care for her, even though their viewpoints sometimes clashed.


Nefertari Cobra’s Appearance


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


At first, Cobra was of average height, with wrinkles on his face, a tied-off beard, and long, curly black hair. He wore a green robe with yellow edges, an orange and beige sash, a purple coat, and black shoes. He also had a noticeable necklace.


After the timeskip, Cobra grew a gray mustache, and half of his once-black beard turned gray. His hair and sideburns also became partially gray. He wore lighter-colored clothes and stopped wearing his necklace, possibly showing changes in his life.


Nefertari Cobra’s Abilities


As the king of Arabasta and a member of the World Government, Cobra wielded full authority over his subjects and held the privilege of attending the Levely, the world conference of royal leaders.


In his younger days, King Cobra displayed reasonable athleticism. He was capable of assisting Igaram in hand-to-hand combat against members of Agotogi's gang, even though he lacked formal combat training. He had enough physical prowess to engage in physical altercations when needed.


Cobra had a rather unique method of dealing with subjects who annoyed him, a move known as the "King Chop." This was likely more of a humorous or symbolic gesture than a formal combat technique and was used on occasions, even with his own ministers.


Over time, Cobra's physical condition declined. During Operation Utopia, he was easily manhandled by opponents like Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas, as well as Miss All-Sunday (Nico Robin). This decline in physical ability was a stark contrast to his more agile and athletic youth.


Despite his physical frailty, Cobra exhibited a degree of endurance. He survived being crucified through the elbows for several hours during a particular event, indicating a certain level of resilience.


After the departure of the Straw Hat Pirates from Arabasta, King Cobra's health deteriorated significantly. He became severely ill and was confined to a wheelchair, rendering him unable to stand or walk. His health issues became a topic of concern and discussion, especially during international gatherings like the Levely, where his mortality was openly questioned.


Nefertari Cobra in Other Media


Nefertari Cobra in One Piece.
One Piece: Going Baseball Cover.


Cobra is a playable character in One Piece: Going Baseball and appears as a supporting character in One Piece: Pirates Carnival, and One Piece: Gear Spirit.


In addition to those, he also appears as a non-playable character in the following games:


  • Grand Battle! 2

  • Grand Battle! Swan Colosseum

  • One Piece: Grand Battle! 3

  • One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!

  • One Piece: Dragon Dream!

  • One Piece: Grand Adventure

  • One Piece: Gigant Battle

  • One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World


Did You Know?


  • Cobra's favorite food is knafeh.

  • His given name, along with his title, seems to be a reference to the King Cobra.

  • The stylized, upright form of an Egyptian cobra, known as an "Uraeus" (meaning "rearing cobra"), was a symbol representing sovereignty, royalty, deity, and divine authority in ancient Egypt.

  • His surname, Nefertari, could be inspired by Nefertari Meritmut, the wife of the renowned pharaoh Ramesses the Great.


FAQs

Q. Who is Nefertari Cobra in One Piece?

A. Nefertari Cobra, the 12th sovereign to rule over the Arabasta Kingdom, held the esteemed position as the patriarch of the Nefertari Family. He was not only the husband of the late Nefertari Titi but also the loving father of Nefertari Vivi, the princess of Arabasta.

Q. Who is the voice actor for Nefertari Cobra?

A. Nefertari Cobra, in the English version of the One Piece anime, was voiced by David Zen Mansley (4Kids) and Kyle Hebert (Funimation). In the Japanese version, he had various voice actors, including Iemasa Kayumi, Yasuhiko Tokuyama, Toshiya Ueda, and Hozumi Gōda.

Q. Is Nefertari Cobra dead?

A. Yes, Nefertari Cobra, the king of Arabasta, is deceased. He was assassinated during the Levely by the enigmatic and powerful figure known as Imu, along with the Five Elders. This event occurred after Cobra uncovered crucial information about Imu's existence.
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