Roronoa Zoro, better known as the “Pirate Hunter Zoro” is a fighter of the Straw Hat Pirates, and a Senior Officer of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. Zoro is the first crew member to join the Straw Hat Pirates, and is a right-hand man to Luffy. He is one of the Straw Hats' top four fighters by strength. He hails from the Shimotsuki Village at East Blue.
When Zoro was 8 years old, his mother had already passed away from illness. His father had already been murdered in a battle against pirates threatening the Village, leaving Zoro alone in a dojo in Shimotsuki Village where he learned how to use a sword.
He promised his late childhood companion Kuina that he would one day become the finest swordsman in the world, and he developed the Three Sword Style while receiving early training in Shimotsuki Village. Today, he is a master of it.
First Appearance in Anime
One Piece Episode 1 "I'm Luffy! The Man Who Will Become the Pirate King!"
English Dub: Brian Zimmerman
Japanese: Kazuya Nakai
Megumi Urawa (young)
Wataru Takagi (OVA)
Date of Birth
Straw Hat Pirates
Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Shimotsuki Family (descended)
Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance (disbanded)
Bounty Hunter (former)
Zoro is a strict and quiet man, who is also energetic, willful, and focused. Due to his grumpy and short-tempered personality, he frequently reacts in a silly and exaggerated humorous manner. He holds utmost respect and loyalty towards his captain, Luffy, and would sacrifice his own dreams in order for Luffy to get his way. He doesn’t often react to the other crew members’ opinions but when needed, he may get blunt and remind them of the harsh realities.
Zoro has a very poor sense of direction which always gets him lost in every path. He declared that he does not pray to any gods, and has never believed in anything saving himself, which makes him an atheist. As such, Zoro is always seen practicing and honing his fighting techniques since he knows his considerable unraveled potential.
He upholds the robust code of honor of a sword master, and never exaggerates or fabricates his prowess, and occasionally openly acknowledges a shortcoming, even to an opponent. However, he never tries to get out of a battle or use deception to win; he views doing so as weak and disdains those who do.
His poor sense of direction is another distinguishing attribute. He frequently gets lost, even in small, known areas or when guided by someone. Despite this, he often reacts quickly and is the first to spot an enemy or a threat. He frequently fetches an awareness of the people and potentially risky situations around him.
Zoro’s personality has remained constant before and after the time-skip. His demeanor, honor, and attributes never changed. The only thing that changed after the time-skip is the fact that Zoro became a lot stronger and versed in his techniques.
Zoro is a powerful man with average height and fair skin, and trimmed green hair. His three swords are constantly in his possession; they are wrapped in a green haramaki and slung over his right hip so that he can quickly draw them with his left hand. The Wado Ichimonji is the only one of the three swords he typically carries; the other two have changed over time due to being destroyed and then successively getting better replacements.
On his left earlobe, he adorns three similar gold earrings. While engaged in a fierce battle with an opponent, Zoro typically wears a black bandana tied around his left bicep, around his head.
Zoro's body is covered in scars from his many fights, but none more so than the enormous scar that runs from his left shoulder to his right hip and was sustained during his defeat by Dracule Mihawk, the finest swordsman in the world. The scars he caused on his ankles in a futile attempt to liberate himself from Mr. 3's Tokudai Candle Service Set by trying to cut off his feet are his other visible scars. He acquired a second scar above his left eye after the time jump, this one from an unidentified source.
When he was a child, Zoro wore a dark green bodysuit with a two-sword symbol on the upper left side of the outfit. A white band was also fastened around his waist. During the time, he also wore training shoes.
Before the timeskip, he always wore his green haramaki, black trousers with black boots tucked in, and a plain white shirt with three undone buttons at the collar. Only his shirt occasionally changed.
During and after the two-year gap, Zoro gains a fresh scar covering his left eye, which is now assumed to have suffered a severe injury because it is permanently closed. His body gets bigger, displaying noticeably increased muscle bulk, and his slicked-back hair has shaggier ends.
After the timeskip, Zoro is dressed in a long, open dark-green coat that is fastened around his waist by a red sash, into which his three swords are hidden. His left forearm is wrapped in a black bandanna. His coat reveals his bare chest, which is covered by his green haramaki. Moreover, he is notably taller. His outfit also changed with each arc.
Zoro is a matrilineal descendant of the Shimotsuki Family of the Wano Country and the renowned samurai Shimotsuki Ryuma. He is the son of Tera and Roronoa Arashi, the grandson of Shimotsuki Furiko and Roronoa Pinzoro, and the grandnephew of Shimotsuki Ushimaru.
During his childhood, Zoro battled against Kuina, a relative as well as rival, whom he lost to about thousands of times with zero wins on his side. Kuina’s death left a deep impact on Zoro, and ever since that day, he vowed to become the “World’s Greatest Swordsman.”
Before the Summit War, Zoro and his captain were among the eleven "Supernovas" who simultaneously crossed the Red Line with bounties totaling more than 100,000,000 Berries in the Sabaody Archipelago. These eleven are now infamously referred to as the twelve pirates known as the "Worst Generation," along with Marshall D. Teach.
Zoro is a renowned powerful swordsman, who was revered in the East Blue even at the time when he hadn’t yet joined the Straw Hats. Known around the globe as “Pirate Hunter Zoro”, he is a fine swordsman, who developed his own Three Sword Style technique while training in Shimotsuki Village in the East Blue. Even without possessing any Devil Fruit abilities, Zoro is considered to be a dangerous opponent, and most enemies would rather escape than facing off against him.
His skills developed over time, but when Zoro faced Mihawk, the greatest swordsman in the world, he vowed to become the strongest after getting overpowered by Mihawk’s formidable skills and sword. Zoro vowed to defeat and slay Mihawk someday once he gets stronger, and even so, during the time-skip, he trained under Mihawk’s guidance.
Zoro also has an extreme level of durability and strength to stand still even after suffering a massive amount of shock and gruesome attacks. Zoro has repeatedly fallen from rooftops and other tall entities, but none of these falls have seriously harmed him. During the Thriller Bark arc, after experiencing Luffy's pain, Zoro bled abundantly until his body was covered in blood, as were many of the rocks in the area. Zoro, on the other hand, not only survived this but also managed to stay awake until his crewmates recovered. At that point, he told them that nothing had happened.
Zoro is mighty physically and regularly spends his time at sea lifting massive objects to keep getting stronger. Zoro's strength greatly influences his swordsmanship since his blows have tremendous force and range in their cutting ability.
Thanks to his strength, Zoro can easily knock superhumanly massive and powerful opponents into the air. He can also quickly dispatch smaller opponents. Zoro is so strong that he has frequently picked up, carried, and tossed opponents of similar stature with relative ease.
Zoro used a skill called No Sword Style, which lets him use the physical might of his body to produce shockwaves that resembled his sword slashes when he was without swords during the event in the Davy Back Battle. With his forward-thrusting arms, he unleashed a whirlwind force, sending the opponent spiraling into his comrade.
Zoro has shown incredible speed and agility when pursuing enemies and dodging their strikes. He can quickly chop down opponents and draw and redraw the sword before they have time to react. He also possesses unusual quick reflexes, and jumping and climbing strength.
After the time jump, Zoro has proven he can swim underwater with great speed and can go across the ocean's depths.
Zoro has incredible levels of toughness and stamina, as he has fought and moved about after suffering several severe wounds. His unexplainable pain tolerance is one of his greatest strengths as a warrior.
Zoro is a brilliant and skillful swordsman; through his training in the Isshin Dojo in Shimotsuki Village since he was a little child, he consistently beat adult swordsmen in the duel, with Kuina being the only exception. He became a superb master swordsman after reaching adulthood and became famed for using three swords in combat.
Zoro is famed for wielding three swords, which has led to the term "Three Sword Style," yet he is also skilled enough to use two or even one, with the former being his original technique. His swordsmanship combines great strength to overwhelm opponents and inflict substantial harm on them; nevertheless, this is made possible by the quality of the swords, as weaker ones would break. Zoro is strong enough to throw flying slashes that can cut and harm objects outside his normal vision field.
Zoro has frequently used animal-like spirits, which frequently appear around him when he prepares an attack, particularly when using No Sword Style. However, this aura shows no signs of being linked to Haki before or after the time skip, the potential manifestation of Zoro's killing spirit or intent.
After the time skip, Zoro has demonstrated that he can still carry out his attacks despite losing one of his swords by using other types of blades.
Zoro created the "Three Sword Style," which inspired him to excel as a master swordsman. This is his favorite combat style against multiple strong opponents, even though it involves unconventionally using three swords, holding one in each hand and one in the mouth.
Zoro frequently uses all three swords in his Three Sword Style techniques, repeatedly slicing one or several opponents simultaneously. He can produce whirlwind-like attacks with his Three Sword Style soaring slashes that have the potential to grab and strike a large number of enemies at once. He can effectively evade attacks with all three swords and even block attacks from numerous opponents at once.
In the King of Hell Three Sword Style, Zoro goes all out with Busoshoku Haki and Haoshoku Haki, greatly enhancing the power and range of his attacks over either of his earlier styles. The King of Hell Three Style Sword is based on Zoro letting Enma use up all of his Haki, and he can't sustain this for too long before running out of Haki and would need time to replenish it.
Before learning the Three Sword Style, Zoro's preceding fighting style throughout his formative years was the Two Sword Style. Similar to the Three Sword Style, Zoro is a master of this form of swordplay, dual-wielding two of his swords with considerable strength and ability while combining soaring slashes and drawing and redrawing his moves.
Zoro is a master of the One Sword Style. He has used it frequently to execute finishing moves against various enemies. Flying slashes and other unsheathing and re-sheathing methods are used in this style, much like the Two Sword Style, mostly to defeat or harm formidable opponents with a single attack.
The Nine Sword Style is the most severe use of Zoro's spirit projection skills. When he becomes sufficiently enraged, a dark aura forms about him. He manages to build an illusion of himself with numerous heads and arms capable of slicing through the most formidable opponents and giving him the power of nine swords. Zoro's strike power triples despite the fact that it seems to have a completely spiritual character.
Zoro was initially drawn to the Foxfire Style, the distinctive sword technique used by Kin'emon, the leader of the Nine Red Scabbards. Zoro is known to have "stolen" this method. He can extinguish flames.
Zoro is known to have owned seven swords—all katanas—and occasionally borrowed numerous additional swords and weapons. He typically keeps three swords on hand simultaneously because of his Three Sword Style.
Wado Ichimonji is one of the 21 Meito of the Great Grade. It was forged by Shimotsuki Kozaburo, a renowned Wano swordsmith, and primarily owned by his granddaughter Kuina, a close friend of Zoro.
Sandai Kitetsu is A Grade Meito, considered "cursed, " which would cause its owner severe harm. It was handed to Zoro by the weapons dealer Ipponmatsu in Loguetown, before the time skip. It was forged by the legendary Wano swordsmith Kozuki Sukiyaki.
Enma is one of the 21 Meito of Excellent Grade Swords. The famed warrior Kozuki Oden was the first to use this sword. It was also crafted by Shimotsuki Kozaburo. Kozuki Hiyori, the daughter of Oden, inherited Enma, and gave it to Zoro in exchange for his vow to take Shusui back to Ryuma's grave. Enma has the unique ability to draw a significant amount of Busoshoku Haki from the user.
One of the 21 Great Grade Meito, Shusui is a potent Black Blade. The great samurai Ryuma is credited with using it, and Wano Country holds it in high regard.
Yubashiri is one of the 50 Meito of the Skillful Grade. After seeing the swordsman's enormous fortune, Ipponmatsu presented it to Zoro, which had once been a family heirloom for Ipponmatsu.
Zoro had two nameless katanas that Shimotsuki Kozaburo gave him as a kid. They were used with Wado Ichimonji for an unknown amount before being broken during Zoro's first fight with Dracule Mihawk.
Zoro used some weapons as a substitute when he had a sword missing or broken. He used these weapons to use his Three Sword Style. Here’s a list of those weapons.
Zoro used Johnny and Yosaku's Nakiri swords, which he had borrowed, to battle in Arlong Park while wielding just Wado Ichimonji.
Yubashiri was once replaced with a Marine cutlass for the battle on Enies Lobby, and it was ultimately destroyed.
Zoro used a tanto intended for him to execute seppuku to kill Toyama Tsujigiro.
Kamazo was using a scythe, which Zoro took after it stabbed him and used to kill Kamazo in place of the missing Shusui.
Being an already master swordsman, Zoro’s Haki is a formidable power during his battles. He is known to be one of the few people who wield all three forms of Haki.
Zoro can use Haoshoku Haki, a highly distinctive kind of Haki whose users are said to possess kingly traits. Zoro was unaware he possessed this power, which had lain latent within him. His three swords will all originate black lightning due to the advanced application he may use to infuse it into them.
Zoro has a high level of proficiency with Busoshoku Haki. After learning it from Dracule Mihawk, it became his primary expertise. He mastered hardening and imbuement during the two-year time gap, making both black. Despite this, hardening and Busoshoku Haki are frequently used in intense combat to injure Logia users.
Zoro is a very adept user of Kenbunshoku Haki as well.
Zoro appears in the following Video Games as a playable and featuring character:
Jump Super Stars
August 8, 2005
Jump Ultimate Stars
November 23, 2006
Battle Stadium D.O.N
July 20, 2006
Zoro appears in a special episode of One Piece X Toriko.
A. Zoro is a fighter, and master swordsman. Since he is a pirate, he cannot be considered either a hero or a villain.
A. Wado Ichimonji is considered as Zoro’s most powerful sword. However, even since he received Enma, Kozuki Oden’s sword, it is debatable which of the two is more powerful.
A. Dracule Mihawk, better known as Hawkeye Mihawk, is Zoro’s strongest enemy.
A. It is unknown what happened to Zoro’s left eye. It cannot be presumed that he may have lost it. The mystery behind it is yet to be known.