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Vergo in One Piece

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


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


Vergo, also known by his alias "Demon Bamboo" Vergo, was a prominent figure in both the Marine organization and the Donquixote Pirates.


Vergo held the rank of vice admiral within the Marine organization, one of the highest positions within the Marines. He was also the head of G-5, a Marine base, and unit stationed at Punk Hazard, a dangerous island in the New World.


Unknown to many, Vergo was a deep undercover agent of Donquixote Pirates, one of the most infamous pirate crews in the One Piece world. He operated under the alias "Corazon" and became one of the four elite officers of the marine. His true loyalty was to the Doflamingo, and he used his position in the Marines to gather valuable intelligence on their activities.


In the Punk Hazard Arc, Vergo played a significant role as a central antagonist.


All About Vergo


Name

Vergo

Alias

Corazon (Former)

"Demon Bamboo" Vergo

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 597: An Intense Battle - Caesar Exercises His True Ability!

Japanese Voice Actor

Junichi Suwabe

English Voice Actor

Wes Frazier

Birthday

5th July

Age

41

Gender

Male

Status

Deceased

Affiliations

Donquixote Pirates

Marines (undercover)

Marine G-5 (undercover)

Occupation

Pirate Elite Officer

Vice Admiral (undercover)

Head of G-5 (undercover)

Marine Captain (undercover, former)

Origin

North Blue

Devil Fruit

NA

Bounty

NA


Vergo’s History


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


When Vergo was 10 years old, he befriended Donquixote Doflamingo and other future officers in the North Blue. They swore loyalty to Doflamingo and treated him like royalty, protecting and training him to become the Pirate King. They were so devoted that they would do anything to defend Doflamingo's honor, even burning down a town for causing him to trip.


Vergo held the "Heart" seat in the Donquixote Pirates, with the codename "Corazon." At age 26, he joined the Marines under Doflamingo's orders, and Donquixote Rosinante succeeded him as "Corazon." Vergo climbed the ranks in the Marines for about fifteen years and eventually transferred to G-5.


About six months after the transfer, Vergo was sent to Swallow Island to retrieve the Ope Ope no Mi. There, he encountered a young boy named Trafalgar Law, who had a message for the Marines. Law asked Vergo for help to save his injured friend, not knowing that the friend was Rosinante.


Vergo discovered Rosinante's betrayal and violently beat both Rosinante and Law with Busoshoku Haki. He reported the incident to Doflamingo, but Rosinante and Law managed to escape. This event had a lasting impact on Law and traumatized him deeply.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo, a high-ranking Marine officer, rose through the ranks and became a vice admiral. He kept his true identity hidden and secretly worked for Doflamingo, one of the most dangerous pirates. When Doflamingo took over Dressrosa, Vergo posed as a helpful Marine captain, responding to the people's call for aid while serving Doflamingo's interests.


As the head of G-5, Vergo supported Caesar's research on Punk Hazard. He manipulated Marine reports to cover up the truth about kidnapped children and helped keep the true nature of Punk Hazard a secret. Monet, a deep cover agent, monitored Caesar for Doflamingo.


During the timeskip, when Smoker and Tashigi were assigned to G-5, Vergo acted friendly but was deceitful. He lied about reports of kidnapped children to give false hope to their parents.


Thirteen years after Trafalgar Law left the Donquixote Pirates, Monet informed Vergo that Law was working with Caesar on Punk Hazard. Vergo boarded a SAD Tanker to go to Punk Hazard.


Punk Hazard Arc


Law and Monet were walking through Caesar's lab when Vergo, an agent secretly working for the villain Doflamingo, approached them from the shadows. He stopped Law in his tracks by squeezing his disembodied heart, which Law had given to Caesar as part of their agreement. Vergo commented that Law had grown since their last encounter.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo then revealed Monet's undercover status, and when Law moved to attack him, Vergo responded by squeezing his heart and hitting him with his Haki-imbued staff. With Law incapacitated, Vergo and Monet imprisoned him in a cage alongside other captured characters: Smoker, Tashigi, Monkey D. Luffy, Nico Robin, and Franky, all of whom had been captured by Caesar.


Outside the lab, Vergo and Monet watched as Caesar unveiled his new weapon of mass destruction, transforming Smiley into a deadly gas known as Shinokuni. Caesar planned to kill the prisoners by releasing the gas, but the prisoners managed to escape their cage and infiltrate the lab, causing chaos.


Vergo then went to the passageway between Sections A and B, where he confronted a platoon of G-5 Marines led by Tashigi. The Marines initially thought Vergo had come to help them but were shocked when he attacked one of them using Shigan. Tashigi tried to warn the Marines about Vergo's true allegiance, but he quickly overpowered her and defeated the other Marines in denial.


Just then, Sanji rushed in and engaged in a fierce battle with Vergo. Sanji unleashed powerful kicks, but Vergo seemed unfazed, sustaining only minor injuries. As the fight continued, Shinokuni was released into the passageway, adding to the urgency of the situation.


Amidst the chaos, an announcement was made over the intercom that Law had entered the SAD Production Room, and Vergo realized the gravity of Law's intentions.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo escaped from Sanji using Geppo and headed to the SAD Production Room. He informed Doflamingo about the situation and received an order to kill Law immediately. In the room, Law tried to use his powers to retrieve his heart, but Vergo overpowered him, unaffected by Law's attempts to electrocute him. Vergo squeezed Law's heart, causing him to lose consciousness before facing Smoker.


Vergo taunted Smoker, revealing his true allegiance to the G-5 platoon. They engaged in a fierce battle, both landing blows on each other. Vergo exploited Smoker's Logia transformation and used Busoshoku Haki to deliver a powerful strike, leaving Smoker defeated on the ground. However, Law managed to retrieve his heart with Smoker's help, and he threatened Doflamingo through Vergo's Den Den Mushi.


Law attacked Vergo, cutting him in half and splitting apart the laboratory and mountain. Law then divided Vergo into smaller pieces and displayed them on a guardrail in front of the destroyed SAD production machines. Vergo warned Law about Doflamingo's past, but Law decisively ended the fight by cutting Vergo's head in half.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Later, Doflamingo contacted Vergo to inform him that he had instructed Monet to activate a secret destructive gas to kill everyone around the lab except Caesar. Despite the situation, Vergo simply smiled. The SAD Production Room exploded, and Doflamingo later claimed that Vergo had died.


Vergo’s Personality


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo is a character of intriguing depth and complexity. He possesses a multifaceted personality that often oscillates between different traits, making him both enigmatic and dangerous.


One of Vergo's defining features is his shrewdness and manipulative nature. He demonstrates a high level of intelligence and cunning, using these traits to deceive and manipulate others to serve his hidden agenda.


He is skilled at presenting himself as amiable and approachable when dealing with citizens or the Marine bureaucracy, concealing his true identity and intentions. This facade allows him to gain trust and credibility, furthering his schemes behind the scenes.


Beneath the veneer of friendliness, Vergo harbors a sense of arrogance and superiority. He firmly believes that he is above others, including powerful figures like the Warlord Trafalgar Law. He demands respect and insists on being addressed with honorifics, displaying a sense of entitlement that reinforces his position of authority.


Vergo's loyalty to the Donquixote Family is one of his most remarkable traits. He considers his comrades in the organization as his family, and this loyalty drives him to act ruthlessly and even brutally to protect and serve their interests. He is willing to go to great lengths, including committing acts of violence, to further the goals of the family and maintain their power.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Despite his perceived intelligence, Vergo is not without flaws. He occasionally exhibits moments of witlessness, where he overlooks simple details or makes foolish statements. This contrast in his behavior adds a layer of complexity to his character, making him more human and relatable despite his villainous nature.


Vergo's ability to maintain a concealed identity is a testament to his skills as a manipulator. He keeps his true self hidden from most, allowing him to switch between his amiable and cruel personas as needed. This duality in his personality makes him an unpredictable and formidable adversary, capable of adapting to various situations and challenges.


Vergo’s Appearance


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo is depicted as a tall and muscular man with a light-skinned complexion. He has short, dark hair and sports a beard, along with distinctive sideburns. His facial hair grows horizontally from his sideburns, and on his cheek, it extends downward with a pointed end, giving him a unique and somewhat rugged appearance.


In terms of attire, Vergo is often seen wearing a knee-length trench coat in white color. The coat features a quilted design that reaches just below his waist, where it transitions into a plain design. Two black pockets are located slightly above his chest on either side of the coat.


Under the trench coat, he dons a mauve-colored shirt with a purple ascot embedded with a red jewel, and the tie is outlined with a golden-yellow border. To complete his look, Vergo wears black gloves, adding a sense of formality and authority to his appearance.


Despite his authoritative and menacing aura, Vergo has a rather unique quirk that sets him apart. He tends to be a messy eater, which results in him having bits of food stuck to his face at times.


For example, residents of a certain island recall seeing him with French fries stuck to his face in a flashback, and during his introduction, he had a partially eaten hamburger patty on his left cheek. Monet points out this habit, leading Vergo to nonchalantly finish eating the food stuck on his cheek.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


In his younger days, Vergo's features remain relatively similar, but he is depicted with a bowl haircut and lacks the full beard that he later sports. As a vice admiral of G-5, he wears a Marine coat over his regular attire, showcasing his high rank within the organization.


Vergo’s Abilities


Vergo was an incredibly powerful and skilled individual, possessing a wide array of abilities that made him a formidable opponent. Let's break down his abilities:


Firstly, Vergo had an exceptionally high level of physical durability and endurance. He could withstand powerful attacks, such as Sanji's Diable Jambe-enhanced kick, which sent him through a metal wall and followed by a barrage of kicks with minimal wounds. Additionally, he was barely fazed by Law's Counter Shock, an attack strong enough to knock a giant unconscious.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Secondly, Vergo possessed immense physical strength. He could fracture a bone in Sanji's leg with a single kick, showcasing his raw power. Despite his muscular build, Vergo was remarkably fast and agile. He could easily keep up with Sanji's agility and quickly close the distance with opponents, as seen when he immediately appeared in front of Law and sent him crashing into a railing with a swift kick.


Furthermore, Vergo was an extremely skilled master of unarmed combat. He completely overpowered Tashigi, an expert swordswoman, and could match blows with Sanji, who was a powerful master of the Black Leg Style. In addition to his combat prowess, Vergo possessed considerable knowledge of Haki, particularly understanding that those who possess Haoshoku Haki have the qualities of a king.


Outside of physical abilities, Vergo demonstrated strategic deception and manipulation skills. As a former vice admiral and head of G-5, he had excellent leadership and strategic abilities. He could command his subordinates and control the entire base effectively. Moreover, he was skillful in deceiving the Marines, including Sengoku and Smoker, about his true affiliations and the crimes committed by the Donquixote Pirates.


Vergo's confidence in his abilities and superiority over opponents was evident in his confrontations with Trafalgar Law and Vice Admiral Smoker. This confidence, coupled with his deceptive nature and knowledge of Haki, contributed to his effectiveness as a powerful figure within the Donquixote Pirates and the Marines.


Lastly, Vergo displayed resistance to environmental factors. He could stay in a snowy environment on Minion Island without any signs of feeling cold, adding to his overall physical prowess and adaptability.


Rokushiki Martial Arts


Vergo was a high-ranking Marine and a skilled practitioner of the Rokushiki martial arts style. Rokushiki is a unique combat technique that allows users to perform superhuman feats, giving them a significant advantage in battle.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo demonstrated proficiency in several Rokushiki techniques, including Shigan, which he used to swiftly stab multiple G-5 Marines at Punk Hazard. He also employed Geppo to escape from hazardous situations, such as the H2S gas on Punk Hazard, which enables users to defy gravity and move through the air by kicking the air itself as a foothold.


Furthermore, he utilized Soru to stop Trafalgar Law from retrieving his heart, allowing him to move at extremely high speeds, making him appear almost teleporting.


Vergo's mastery of Tekkai was especially advanced, enabling him to withstand powerful attacks with extraordinary defense. Sanji's Diable Jambe-enhanced kicks that could destroy the body of a Pacifista were unable to harm him.


Haki


Vergo in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Vergo also demonstrated exceptional proficiency in both Busoshoku Haki and Kenbunshoku Haki.


His Busoshoku Haki was highly advanced, allowing him to harden his body and bamboo stick, enhancing his offensive and defensive capabilities. He could attack opponents with great power and withstand attacks from powerful foes, such as Trafalgar Law and Smoker.


His mastery of Busoshoku Haki was far superior to Smoker's, as he easily broke Smoker's hardened Nanashaku Jitte with his bamboo stick, severely wounding Smoker at the same time.


Moreover, Vergo had the ability to use Kenbunshoku Haki, which granted him heightened senses and the ability to predict his opponents' movements, making him even more formidable in combat.


Weapon


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo's main weapon was a long bamboo stick, which he used effectively in conjunction with his Busoshoku Haki. He was nicknamed "Demon Bamboo" due to his mastery of this weapon. The bamboo stick could double as a blowgun, shooting bamboo arrows (or bullets in the anime) that caused large explosions.


One of his signature techniques was "Oni Take" (Demon Bamboo), where he imbued his bamboo stick with Busoshoku Haki, hardening it to strike down his opponents with incredible force. This attack was powerful enough to shatter Smoker's hardened Nanashaku Jitte and create a powerful shockwave capable of damaging steel structures.


Vergo’s Relationships

Marines


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo's relationship with the Marines and G-5 was one of deception and betrayal. On the surface, he appeared to be a loyal and dedicated Marine officer, ascending the ranks and earning the admiration of his subordinates at G-5. He was successful in concealing his true identity as a pirate and engaging in criminal activities alongside the notorious Doflamingo.


Within G-5, Vergo played the role of a congenial and caring leader, endearing himself to his subordinates despite their disregard for laws and ruthless behavior. He maintained their trust by acting kindly towards them most of the time, making them believe he was a good person.


However, when it served his purposes, Vergo showed a ruthless and merciless side, willing to kill his own Marine subordinates without hesitation. This shocking revelation led the G-5 personnel, except for Smoker and Tashigi, to deny that the person attacking them was the same Vergo they knew. They firmly believed that the real Vergo could not possibly be responsible for such cruelty.


Vergo's true nature as a criminal and traitor to the Marines became evident when he abused his high-ranking position to assist Doflamingo in illegal activities, including passing vital information and orchestrating coverups. This further deepened his betrayal of the organization he had sworn to serve.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


His relationship with Smoker was particularly contentious. Vergo was extremely wary of Smoker, knowing that he was transferred to G-5 and fearing that Smoker might discover his true identity.


He expressed a desire to eliminate Smoker to avoid exposure, even contemplating killing him "by accident." On the other hand, Smoker harbored disdain for Vergo's felonies and was determined to confront him in a one-on-one battle as retribution for his treachery against the Marines.


Crew


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo had a deep and complex relationship with his crew members in the Donquixote Pirates. As one of Doflamingo's most beneficial and trustworthy officers, Vergo's loyalty and dedication to his captain were unwavering. He had known Doflamingo and the other elite officers, Trebol, Diamante, and Pica, for over three decades, and they shared a fierce bond of loyalty and respect toward each other.


Vergo's relationship with Doflamingo was especially close, almost like a mentor or older brother figure. He had enlisted in the Marines under Doflamingo's orders and saw the young boy as a friend when others tortured him for his former status as a Celestial Dragon. Vergo even accepted Doflamingo as his leader after witnessing him awaken his Haoshoku Haki, a sign of great strength and leadership potential.


Among the crew, Vergo had been with Doflamingo the longest, along with the other elite officers, and they all regarded him as their king. They addressed Doflamingo as "Doffy" and also referred to him as "Joker." Their loyalty was so strong that they were willing to destroy an entire town just because its bad pavement made Doflamingo trip.


However, despite the strong bond among the top officers, there were instances of mistrust within the crew. Caesar Clown, who worked under Doflamingo, seemed to trust Vergo, but the feeling was not entirely mutual.


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo and his group had some distrust towards Caesar, which led them to hire Monet to keep an eye on him. Caesar, in turn, saw Vergo as expendable and prioritized his experiments over Vergo's life, as shown when he leaked Shinokuni gas into the room where Vergo was engaging his subordinates.


Vergo and Monet shared a close acquaintance as they both served under the same leader. Apart from Doflamingo, Monet was the sole member of the Donquixote Pirates who was aware of Vergo's secret mission to infiltrate the Marines.


Enemies

Donquixote Rosinante


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo had a complex relationship with Rosinante, who was Doflamingo's younger brother. When Rosinante joined the Donquixote Pirates, he disguised himself as a member named "Corazon" and secretly spied on the family for the Marines. Upon discovering this betrayal, Vergo was furious and brutally beat Rosinante for infiltrating their trust. Despite the conflict, Vergo did assume the title of "Corazon" after Rosinante's death.


Trafalgar Law


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo and Trafalgar Law had a deeply antagonistic relationship. When they first met 13 years ago, Vergo initially acted congenially towards Law but revealed his true nature after finding out Law's connection to Rosinante.


Vergo demanded that Law show him respect by using the honorific suffix "-san" when addressing him, and he would brutally punish Law whenever he failed to do so. The animosity between them escalated, leading to a violent and fierce battle in the SAD production room, which ultimately resulted in Vergo's defeat and death at Law's hands.


Sanji


Vergo in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Vergo fought against Sanji during the Punk Hazard arc. Sanji intervened to protect Tashigi from Vergo's harm, expressing his disdain for Vergo's cruelty towards his Marine subordinates.


Sanji saw Vergo as the type of man his captain, Monkey D. Luffy, would detest the most. However, their battle remained unfinished as Vergo left to pursue Law in the SAD room.


Vergo in Other Media


Vergo in One Piece.
One Piece Thousand Storm Cover.


In addition to the manga and its anime adaptation, Vergo also appeared in video games.


He is a playable character in the following games:


  • One Py Berry Match

  • One Piece Thousand Storm

  • One Piece Bounty Rush


He appears as an enemy in:

  • One Piece: Burning Will

  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!


He also makes supporting appearances in:


  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3

  • One Piece: Burning Blood

  • One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum


Did You Know?


  • Vergo had the codename "Corazon," which means "heart" in Spanish, fitting the card suit motif of Doflamingo's top officers.

  • Initially, Vergo was supposed to be called "Sir Dean" according to One Piece Magazine Vol.3.

  • Unlike the other elite officers, Vergo was never stated to have eaten a Devil Fruit.

  • In the 5th fan poll, Vergo ranked 59th, making him the most popular among the Elite Officers.

  • Both Vergo and Rosinante are the only elite officers with real names, unlike the others who go by Clover, Diamond, and Spade.

  • Vergo's favorite foods include hamburgers, fries, and strawberry milkshakes (hamburger set).

  • Vergo's birthday is on July 5th, which is a play on G-5, as G is the seventh letter of the alphabet.

  • Every morning, Vergo would have breakfast consisting of a hamburger, fries, and a strawberry milkshake.


FAQs

Q. Who is Vergo in One Piece?

A. Vergo, also known by his alias "Demon Bamboo" Vergo, was a prominent figure in both the Marine organization and the Donquixote Pirates.

Q. Who voiced Vergo?

A. Vergo was voiced by Junichi Suwabe in the Japanese version of the anime. In the English version, he was voiced by Wes Frazier.

Q. Who is Trebol in One Piece?

A. Trebol is one of the top three officers within the notorious Donquixote Pirates, where he serves as a Staff Officer. His authority is demonstrated by his occupation of the Club seat within the Donquixote Family hierarchy. Additionally, Trebol takes charge of the Trebol Army subdivision, leading a group of pirates under the Donquixote flag.
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