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Nero in One Piece

Nero in One Piece.
Nero in One Piece. Still from the anime.


Nero 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 Nero and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


Nero, also known as Nero the Sea Weasel was the newest member of CP9. He first showed up on the Puffing Tom, assisting in taking Nico Robin to Enies Lobby.


All About Nero


Name

Nero

Epithet

Nero the Sea Weasel

First Appearance

One Piece Episode 257: Smash the Wave! Luffy and Zoro, The Strongest Combo!

Japanese Voice Actor

Hidenobu Kiuchi

English Voice Actor

Todd Haberkorn

Gender

Male

DOB

26th January

Age

22 (Debut)

Status

Unknown

Origin

West Blue

Affiliations

CP9

Occupation

Cipher Pol Agent (former)


Nero’s History


Nero was a member of Cipher Pol and a Marine escort during the mission to take Nico Robin to Enies Lobby. He was aboard the Puffing Tom as it left Water 7. When the criminals (Straw Hat Pirates and Franky) escaped and caused trouble on the train, Nero positioned himself on the roof to confront them. Franky then engaged in a fight with him.


Nero in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Both Nero and Franky displayed unusual abilities, but Franky managed to outsmart Nero with a surprise attack. As the fight continued, Franky used a centaur-like transformation, but Nero still gained the upper hand. Ultimately, Franky defeated Nero by restraining him with his mechanical legs and delivering a powerful blow.


Despite defeating Nero, Franky spared his life. However, Rob Lucci, another CP9 agent, deemed Nero weak and expelled him from CP9. Lucci brutally attacked Nero and threw him into the ocean during a massive storm, the Aqua Laguna. This marked the end of Nero's involvement in the Enies Lobby mission.


Nero’s Personality


Nero underwent standard training for CP9 agents, making him composed and collected. Despite his calm demeanor, he displayed emotions like anger, fear, and exasperation during his encounter with Franky. Unlike some of his CP9 peers, Nero seemed less hardened and fell for Franky's trick easily.


Nero in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


He also exhibited a level of arrogance, considering his knowledge of four out of six Rokushiki forms enough to make him a "superhuman" comparable to other CP9 agents. When expelled from CP9 by Rob Lucci with a death threat, Nero was horrified and unsuccessfully tried to escape.


Nero’s Appearance


Nero in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Nero looks different with a special hairstyle—bald on top with three mohawk-like strips. He wears a dark-brown T-shirt, orange pants, and fancy shoes.


His hat has a red plume, and he wears two necklaces, one with green beads and another with linked red jewels. Nero also has a glove on his left hand and bracelets on his wrist.


Nero’s Abilities


Nero, although not as physically powerful as his fully-trained CP9 counterparts, demonstrated intelligence during the Puffing Tom incident. He correctly anticipated the attackers using the train car roofs and identified Franky's vulnerability to back attacks.


As a new recruit with incomplete training, Nero only mastered four out of the six Rokushiki techniques: Soru, Geppo, Kami-e, and Rankyaku. His inability to use Tekkai and Shigan limited his defensive and piercing capabilities.


To compensate, he relied on evasive maneuvers and creative improvisation, using pistols for offense instead of finger-based attacks. Despite his resourcefulness, Rob Lucci deemed Nero "worthless" to CP9, leading to his expulsion.


Did You Know?


  • "Nero" means "black" in Italian and was also the name of a tyrannical Roman Emperor.

  • Nero's theme revolves around a weasel, evident in his nickname, whiskers, ear-like hair, and the habit of making a weasel noise ("shao") when he speaks.

  • His appearance is reminiscent of a Kamaitachi, a demonic weasel from Japanese folklore, possessing agility (Geppo), flexibility (Kami-e), speed (Soru), and the ability to launch air slashes (Rankyaku).

  • Unlike other CP9 members, Nero lacks a childhood picture in SBS Volume 44, and his Doriki is not stated by Fukurou.

  • In the 4th Shonen Jump Fan Poll, Nero ranked 122nd among the most popular One Piece characters.

  • Nero's favorite food is meat-stuffed habanero peppers.

FAQs

Q. Who is Nero in One Piece?

A. Nero, also known as Nero the Sea Weasel was the newest member of CP9. He first showed up on the Puffing Tom, assisting in taking Nico Robin to Enies Lobby.

Q. When does Nero first appear in One Piece?

A. Nero first appears in One Piece episode 257, titled "Smash the Wave! Luffy and Zoro, The Strongest Combo!"

Q. Who is Rob Lucci in One Piece?

A. Rob Lucci is a member of CP0 and a Cypher Pol agent for the World Government. He was first introduced as a member of CP9, widely regarded as the assassin unit's all-time strongest member. He was working undercover for the Galley-La Company's Dock 1 in Water 7 as a sawyer, treenail, and bolt specialist to get the Pluton designs from Iceburg.
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