Sanji, better known as “Black Leg Sanji” is a chef and combatant of the Straw Hat Pirates, and one of the Senior Officers of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. He is a member of the Monster Trio in the crew alongside Luffy and Zoro. Sanji hails from North Blue, and is a former prince of the Germa Kingdom.
He is the third son and fourth child of the Vinsmoke Family, whom he despised since childhood. Sanji escaped during one of the Germa Kingdom’s expeditions to conquer North Blue, and has disowned them since. Eventually, after facing hardships and a life near death, he became a sous chef under Zeff at the Baratie, a sea floating restaurant.
Sanji joined the Straw Hat Pirates as its fifth member. He dreams of finding the All Blue, a place which is rumored to be a chef’s paradise, and where wildlife from East Blue, North Blue, West Blue, and South Blue meet, hence the name.
First Appearance in Anime
One Piece Episode 20 "The Famous Cook! Sanji of the Floating Restaurant"
English Dub: Joseph Murray (Episodes 20–67)
Paul Pistore (Episodes 68+)
Japanese: Hiroaki Hirata
Ikue Otani (young)
Date of Birth
Straw Hat Pirates
Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Vinsmoke Family (former)
Germa Kingdom (defected)
Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance (disbanded)
Sous Chef (former)
Cart Vendor (temporary)
Sanji is composed, carefree, and collected, and he never loses his cool under pressure. This contrasts the numerous comedic antics he engages in, such as when around women or in response to insults from crew members. Most notably, Sanji and Zoro frequently engage in physical battle due to their intense rivalry (both verbally and physically). Nonetheless, they still look for ways to support their team and those around them, even when engaged in a rant.
In many aspects, his behavior is similar to that of a covert spy. This is proven by the fact that he frequently smokes and wears suits and that soothing music with jazz undertones generally plays in the anime as he speaks. He is more insightful than he appears to be and frequently says what people need to hear rather than what they want to hear. As a result, he is considered one of the crew's more experienced members.
Even after the trauma he endured from his family as a child, he clung to the possibility that they had changed. But when this hope turns out to be utterly in vain, he was more upset than shocked, showing that even at his most optimistic, he still retains a healthy sense of skepticism.
Sanji is knowledgeable compared to his fellow crew members because he can typically think ahead in most circumstances. Moreover, he frequently isolates himself from everyone else while assisting the crew and other allies in surviving.
He generally makes flirtatious moves at any gorgeous lady he encounters, earning him the moniker of "ero-cook" by Zoro. Even as a youngster, Sanji would fall in love with beautiful female clients while working in Baratie, leading to mistakes that annoyed Zeff. Ever since and for some time after, the rest of the crew finds this romantic disposition disturbing in times of need. When other men's luck with women seems to be better than his, he is also known to act jealously towards them.
Sanji thinks of himself as charming and attractive and frequently compares himself to a prince from a fairy tale (fitting since he is actually a prince). There are occasions when women show interest in the cook, even though this quality hasn't been noted explicitly by others (similar to most male characters). At times, when Sanji is bragging about his charisma, those around him have a tendency to forcefully bring him down to earth.
Sanji frequently gets into battle to save or help those who are in need. When other people are in danger, he will not hesitate to back down, as evidenced during his conflict with Judge, when he gave up fighting after understanding his father meant to use his men as human shields. At other times, Sanji will make an effort to avoid pointless conflicts.
Sanji has pledged to never let women be insulted or hurt while he is still standing, regardless of how attractive or unattractive they may be, even in life-or-death situations, as a result of the chivalrous lectures he received from Zeff. His inability to attack female opponents in battle is still a frequent source of problems because he would rather die than harm them. All of this is a result of Zeff having taught him the "old laws of the world," according to which men should never assault women.
He doesn't have resentment towards any ladies because of his chivalry towards them, and he even understands the underlying significance of their behavior. But Sanji's excessive chivalry often taints his judgment and causes him to get into problems unnecessarily. On the other hand, he exhibits the same rudeness and disrespect for many other men throughout the series as do the men on the Baratie, though he will not hesitate to aid them if they are in need.
Sanji is extremely kind and has always had a great sense of generosity and compassion, as seen when he fed a rat and took care of a turtle despite being mercilessly tormented by his brothers and receiving punishment from his father for doing so. Sanji's experiences with his family greatly hardened him, as evidenced by the fact that he pulled a knife on his father and came dangerously close to killing Zeff for "meal." Sanji didn't completely calm down and rediscover his sympathetic side until Zeff sacrificed his leg to save him.
Sanji is known for having a deep respect for both food and the work that goes into making it in the kitchen. He is headstrong that a chef's labor must be treated as though it were sacred because food and sustenance are essential to sustaining life. This respect results from Sanji imitating his mother and honing his culinary skills.
Before spending time on the rock with Zeff, Sanji believed that food was disposable and would throw out any that had gone bad. In fact, he found it disgusting that his coworkers were eating leftovers from customers instead of following their instruction to conserve food while traveling by sea. He eventually regretted his treatment of food, though, after nearly dying of starvation on the rock. As a result, he has a tendency to get bitter towards those who throw away food or treat it in any other manner than with the respect he accords it. As a result, he has a bad habit of beating up people who steal or waste food.
Sanji is naturally fearless because he is one of the crew's strongest members and a member of the "Monster Trio," and he frequently faces off against armies and other formidable opponents without any nervousness. Although Sanji is extremely courageous, he nevertheless encounters some fear. He was horrified alongside Nami at the spiders and enormous insects, showing he may have arachnophobia and entomophobia. Sanji becomes anxious anytime Nami is not there and worries about her safety (same for Robin), and he also gets frightened when other crew members are in immediate danger of losing their lives.
Sanji is willing to become cold towards allies in order to protect those who are at greater risk since his commitment to people close to him comes first. Sanji would, for instance, commit an act of discriminating cruelty against the Straw Hat Pirates to break their links with him in order to protect his father figure, Zeff, who was in danger of death if he disobeyed.
Sanji is a thin, strong, long-legged man with blond hair which he keeps brushed over one side of his face. This was the left side prior to the time skip. He changed his hairdo to hide the right side after the two-year gap. Sanji's hair appears to be less straight and more sloppy following the time jump. Sanji's prominent eyebrows are one of his distinctive physical features. Both form a spiral but at different ends. The outer spiral of his right eyebrow is on his left, and the inner spiral is on his right. Sanji’s eyes are typically black in color, but in the anime, they appear to be gray-blue at times.
When he was a child, Sanji used to dress in white slacks, brown boots, with a light yellow bandana around his neck, and a yellow shirt with the number "3" on it. In contrast to how it is now, he had his hair styled back then.
Sanji generally wears a long-sleeved buttoned shirt in one of several colors, generally orange, blue, turquoise, or black, with or without pinstripes, along with a black, double-breasted suit with golden buttons, a tie, and a variety of cufflinks. His clothing changes on a more frequent basis than the rest of the crew.
Sanji now covers his right eye, reveals his left eye, and has significantly longer hair after the two-year time skip. He also has upper lip stubble and dark anchor-style facial hair. Sanji's neck has also grown thicker, much like Luffy and Zoro. He is now approximately the same height as Zoro. He is dressed with a brown tie, a yellow dress shirt, and a black double-breasted suit with golden buttons. Sanji's outfit frequently changes post time-skip period.
Sanji was born as the third son, and fourth child in the Vinsmoke Family. Sanji has three brothers and a sister, namely Ichiji, Niji, Yonji, and Reiju, respectively. Among all of these, Sanji has been closest to his only sister, Reiju. When Sanji planned on escaping the Germa Kingdom, she assisted him in doing so and made him swear to never come back after seeing how her brothers and father tortured him.
After escaping from Vinsmokes, Sanji became a sous chef under Zeff, a pirate turned chef. Sanji spent several years training under Zeff as a chef and as a fighter. All of Sanji’s teachings and insights are a gift from Zeff, something Sanji highly thinks of as well as respects and follows. Sanji respects Zeff in terms of a father, even though he called him names several times. While leaving Baratie, Sanji bowed down to Zeff for everything before he joined the Straw Hat Pirates.
Sanji frequently butted heads with Zoro and argued with Usopp after joining the crew. He also enjoys Nami's companionship. Sanji frequently claims that his primary concern is for the women on the crew, although this is untrue. Sanji considers his crew as the genuine family he never had as a child. His concern for his friends even crosses into his unconscious mind. Sanji holds an interesting and unique bond with each member of the crew.
Following the revelation that Sanji is a member of the Vinsmoke Family, it was made clear that his father had ordered the Marines to set the bounty requirement as “Only Alive”. After the Germa Kingdom no longer had a relationship with the World Government, the bounty condition changed back to "Death or Alive" after he joined back with his crew.
Sanji was dangerously close to getting married to Charlotte Pudding, 35th daughter of the Charlotte Family. However, after the events of Whole Cake Island, things turned out differently and the marriage arrangement itself was a hoax. Pudding fell in love with Sanji after understanding his respect and kindness towards her. Before Sanji went to save Luffy and ultimately escape from the island, she deleted all her memories inside of his head using her Devil Fruit abilities.
Sanji is one of the top combatants of the crew besides Luffy and Zoro. His role as the Straw Hat Pirates' cook is incredibly important to the rest of his crew. Zoro and Sanji are known to be the "Pirates King's Wings" since they serve as Luffy's primary support team. Together with Jinbe, Sanji is one of two crew members that engage in battle without the help of weapons or Devil Fruit abilities up until he obtained the Raid Suit, but abandoned it after his dormant genetic upgrades sprang to life.
Sanji and Zoro frequently find themselves in battles against enemies regarded as the second or third main threat, while Luffy frequently engages in combat with the toughest opponents. Yet, it might be said that Sanji and Zoro's foes frequently matched (or countered) their unique combat tactics. Sanji and Zoro have proven to be a nearly invincible force when they resolve to work together for the battle, despite the fact that they frequently let their rivalry get in the way of their fighting performances.
Sanji was raised and trained in warfare and combat with the rest of his siblings as a member of the notorious Vinsmoke Family. Their father transformed them while their mother was still pregnant in order to provide them with superhuman aptitudes. Nevertheless, Sanji's genetic changes were suppressed and he was born a regular human as a result of Sora's own attempt to ensure that her sons would maintain their emotions by using a counter-drug.
Sanji's father disowned him as a result of his inability to keep up with Germa's tough training regimen. He eventually met Zeff, a former pirate turned chef, who taught him his own kick-based martial arts and helped him develop superhuman physical prowess and talents that have worked against many strong opponents.
Sanji's strength increased dramatically after he left the Kamabakka Kingdom, where he received his training, and once he set foot in the New World. As an even more powerful opponent, he is capable of taking on some of the region's toughest pirates and fighters. It is reasonable to assume that Sanji had the same level of political and military influence as the rest of his family as a former prince of the Germa Kingdom. Sanji has, however, voluntarily forfeited any claims to these kinds of privileges as a result of his decision to do so (as well as his father's decision to expel him from the family).
Sanji was taught how to use a sword, according to his father. His ability to retain any abilities, however, is unknown because he only uses his hands while he cooks. He may still be highly skilled at using swords and/or other bladed weapons, as seen by Sanji's exceptional knife-handling prowess in battle, which he kept and continually improved via use in the kitchen.
Sanji is a culinary maestro of the greatest degree who has been self-taught since childhood and has also been personally trained by Zeff. He possesses vast knowledge and the ability to prepare practically any type of delicious food while also having a keen sense of cooking aesthetics. He frequently has the ability to quickly determine the characteristics of several elements (such as the ingredients, cooking, and preparation techniques) involved in a dish. His sense of smell is razor-sharp.
In addition to cooking, Sanji is a master recipe writer, as demonstrated by the fact that one of the recipes left behind in the Thousand Sunny enabled Nami to prepare a delicious seafood dinner. By the end of the two-year time jump, Sanji had already received the 99 recipes from the Kamabakka Kingdom's Assault Cuisine as rewards for successfully taking down the Okama Kenpo masters on Momoiro.
These are a few of Sanji’s 99 recipes revealed in the series:
Assault Cuisine is a specific form of cooking exclusively found in the Kamabakka Kingdom. Sanji claims that the food gives off a strong aura and flavor to anyone who consumes it.
It is a big pot of hormone-laced, hormone-injected pig soup. It has the power to restore the user's strength and energy.
Sanji created a particular brand of whipped cream while baking a dessert to quell Big Mom's rage. Sanji claims it is the embodiment of sweetness and describes it as the ultimate cream. Its taste is so wonderful, it can induce people who consume it to nearly die in perfect bliss.
Sanji's years of difficult training under Zeff since childhood, even before his latent genetic enhancements awoke, have given him extraordinary superhuman strength, resilience, speed, and agility. This has allowed him to use a variety of handstands for a kick-based martial art that makes him incredibly adaptable in battle.
Sanji has incredible stamina and durability. He survived the regular and harsh beatings by his three superhuman brothers even as a young child, when he was still seen as physically weak. Sanji's body has become incredibly tough because of years of extremely rigorous physical training under Zeff during his young adulthood. After the timeskip, his strength and endurance increased profusely.
Sanji is one of the crew's fastest members in addition to being powerful. He has incredible speed, agility, and reflexes. Sanji's speed and agility significantly improved after his genetic modifications were activated, allowing him to move so quickly that he was nearly invisible. Sanji made the decision to accept the transformations to his body after understanding that his genetic modifications were only activated while he was wearing his Raid Suit, but not before he destroyed the canister containing the suit to permanently sever his ties to Germa.
Once he had grasped some of his new abilities, he realized that his already amazing strength had increased to a degree far beyond what he had anticipated, and that he had become so quick that it appeared as though he could disappear without the suit. Combining all of these physical modifications with his Busoshoku Haki, Sanji was able to design fighting moves that were previously physically impractical for him. He hasn't shown the complete lack of empathy attributed to his brothers' genetic improvements because he was horrified when he believed he had hit a woman as his abilities began to take effect.
Sanji developed into a seasoned master of the Black Leg Style, a martial art he invented that only uses dynamic and well-coordinated kicks, under Zeff's stringent instruction. Black Leg Style is a variation of Sanji's that includes handstands. To increase the power and range of his kicks, he can also perform back handsprings back-to-back and one-handed handstands. With the help of this martial technique, Sanji can effortlessly defeat several opponents at once.
He learned to walk on air during the time skip, enabling him to attack from above and avoid approaching enemies. Sanji can jump to great heights and move at incredible speeds thanks to his Sky Walk. During the time jump, Sanji can use fire in his attacks, just like his Diable Jambe. Sanji's trauma from the previous two years contributed to some of his abilities; in fact, the very act of recalling that pain causes him to erupt in rage.
His training in a kick-based martial art has given him enormous leg strength, allowing him to overpower the toughest opponents and break even the hardest materials with the powerful kicks he uses. He can easily defeat enormous marine creatures and nonchalantly destroy houses and metal weaponry.
Sanji has a wide range of specialized kicks and fighting techniques in addition to his named attacks. The majority of his attacks are spoken in French, and most of them use words relating to cooking or eating that are either specifically tied to the target area of the opponent's body or to the attack itself.
Sanji's standard assaults include Mutton Shot, in which he jumps and flips before kicking his opponent in the head or midsection, and Anti-Manner Kick Course, one of his most powerful kicks that he throws in a 180-degree upwards vertical motion into the torso or back of a large opponent.
Sanji's humorous finishing technique, Parage Shot, consists of several kicks to the face of his opponent. The victim's facial structure is altered during this attack, frequently making them appear handsome or bishounen-like.
Sanji has the ability to use Diable Jambe, which makes his attack stronger, to fast spin in place while heating his lower legs to a temperature that causes them to flash brilliant red. French for "Devil," "Diable" is also the name of a cooking implement. It might possibly be a reference to the hot French sauce known as "sauce à la diable." "Jambe" means "Leg".
His resistance to fire is also astounding. This explains why he can use Diable Jambe without showing any signs of being burned while the target is being cremated. Diable Jambe has advanced since the time-skip to the point where his entire leg is now engulfed in intense flames.
Sanji has demonstrated the following techniques using Diable Jambe:
Bien Cuit: Grill Shot
Poêle à Frire: Spectre
Poêle à Frire
Ifrit Jambe is an updated variation of Diable Jambe. Sanji dramatically increases the power and stamina of his legs by combining his awakened genetic advantages with Busoshoku Haki, enabling them to withstand much hotter flames. Sanji creates bluish-white flames with this technique, giving his kicking methods a much-needed boost compared to the prior Diable Jambe.
Sanji can use two forms of Haki i.e. Kenbunshoku Haki and Busoshoku Haki. These abilities were demonstrated after the time-skip.
Kenbunshoku Haki is Sanji's specialty, and he is a master of it. Sanji put a tonne of effort into honing his Kenbunshoku Haki to a high level of his current mastery. He is able to feel the presence, power, feelings, and intentions of others.
Sanji is a master at using Busoshoku Haki. Sanji combined his strong exoskeleton and Busoshoku Haki to strengthen his legs, making them capable of withstanding far hotter flames after reawakening his dormant genetic modifications. This led to the development of Ifrit Jambe.
Sanji received a Raid Suit secretly, gifted by the Vinsmokes that had been specially made by Germa 66. Sanji received a black Germa clothing, a cape with the number 3, and boots with jet propulsion from the suit. It gives Sanji the ability to fly, strengthens his kicks with propelled boots, and acts as an armor to shield him from attacks, just like the other Vinsmokes' Raid Suits. The front of his hair is slicked into two pieces, one pointing up and one pointing down, and, in a unique addition, he is given a mask to wear over his lips and nose.
Sanji can completely blend in with his surroundings thanks to this skill, making him invisible to the human eye. He has a significant tactical advantage due to his invisibility because it allows him to surprise enemies. Sanji's outfit and skill make him resemble Stealth Black, a fictitious member of Germa 66 who appears in the Sora, Warrior of the Sea comic strip.
Stealth Black is a member of Germa 66. Sanji rejected the name because of this knowledge and gave the form the name O-Soba Mask instead. Sanji destroyed his raid suit to sever his ties to the Germa Kingdom after finding it had brought to life his dormant genetic enchantments.
Shueisha released a cookbook named One Piece: Pirate Recipes in November 2012. The book, which has a variety of One Piece-themed cooking recipes, is credited to Sanji.
In 2012, Eiichiro Oda and the French luxury company S.T. Dupont worked together to reproduce Sanji's famous "Sleeping Mermaid" gold lighter for their 140th anniversary.
Monuments have been built in Sanji's honor. As part of the Kumamoto Regeneration Project, a bronze monument of Sanji was erected in Mashiki, Kumamoto to promote healing following the region's earthquakes in 2016.
One Piece Mugiwara Store's Nagoya location features a statue of Sanji next to show-related artwork.
A statue of Sanji may be seen partaking in a meal with the rest of the crew in "Sanji's Oresama Restaurant," one of the restaurants inside the Tokyo One Piece Tower.
A. Sanji was first shown to have a liking towards Nami. He generally makes flirtatious moves at any gorgeous lady he encounters, so it is unsure who he is actually in love with.
A. Sanji is unmarried, however, he was very close to getting married to Charlotte Pudding, 35th daughter of the Charlotte Family.
A. No, Sanji does not get a Devil Fruit. Nevertheless, he is extremely powerful without one.