Dr. Vegapunk is the SSG’s chief scientist and is employed by the Marines. His work includes discovering the secrets and applications of sea stone, the secrets of how Devil Fruit powers work, co-discovery of the Lineage Factor and its applications, the creation of the Pacafista and Seraphim, and a variety of other scientific achievements that are said to be at least 500 years ahead of any current technology. He is from Karakuri Island, a place which is technologically advanced, and now resides on Egghead, where his laboratory is located.
Vegapunk was a part of an outlaw scientific research team known as MADS before he got employed under the World Government. He worked alongside renowned scientists: Caesar Clown, Vinsmoke Judge and Queen while he was in MADS. After MADS was disbanded, Vegapunk was employed into the Marines, as its head scientists and the crew were eventually jailed.
He became a major ally to the Straw Hat Pirates during the Egghead Arc.
|First Appearance in Anime||NA|
|Affiliations||MADS (former) Marines (Special Science Group)|
|Origin||Karakuri Island (Grand Line)|
|Devil Fruit||Nomi Nomi no Mi|
Vegapunk was born on Karakuri Island in the Future Country Baldimore. He created and built various items in his lab as a child, including robotic animals. He also had hundreds of other ideas, ranging from weapons to cellular structure experiments. He once attempted to build an underground heating system for the people of the island using modified animals as labor. Unfortunately, he lacked the necessary tools and funding to finish his mission, but he was able to touch people’s hearts.
At a certain point of time in his life, he collaborated with Vinsmoke Judge within MADS, an illicit research organization, and uncovered the Lineage Factor, the blueprint of life. When the World Government learned of it, they declared the research a threat and imprisoned Vegapunk.
Vegapunk became famous for his Devil Fruit research after joining the World Government and discovering that Seastone may be used to neutralize the effects of Devil Fruits on the user. When Kaidou was captured by the Marines around 33 years ago, Vegapunk was able to extract a sample of his Lineage Factor to duplicate his Devil Fruit. However, the results were deemed unacceptable, and the World Government asked him to give them the fruit, but Vegapunk saw it as a failure and refused, and left it on Punk Hazard.
Vegapunk visited Ohara 22 years ago, many months after the Ohara incident, to pay his respects to the late Professor Clover, where he discovered the lake in the heart of the island filled with books. The notion that this was Ohara’s academics’ final stand moved him to tears. Before being approached by Dragon, who had also come to pay his respects, Vegapunk spotted a group of Giants retrieving the books from the lake. Dragon informed him that the giants were from Elbaf and they were aware of the importance of those books. Dragon lamented Vegapunk’s rejection of joining the Freedom Fighters owing to the lack of money, but Vegapunk stated that he felt his skills were better used by the World Government. He wished to take the volumes back to Punk Hazard, but was afraid that his superiors would learn about Ohara’s library survival, so he handed them to the Giants. Later, Vegapunk paid a secret visit to Elbaf to examine all of the retrieved books in order to continue to investigate them.
Vegapunk oversaw the chemical weapons testing in his lab on Punk Hazard four years before the current scenarios. Caesar Clown, his former coworker, produced an extraordinarily deadly chemical weapon, and when Vegapunk tried to fire Caesar for his irresponsible behavior, Caesar responded by detonating that weapon, which resulted in the destruction of Punk Hazard. Following this tragedy, the island was shut down and Vegapunk’s created dragon was abandoned. Because he was in charge of the experiments, Vegapunk was held responsible for the incident.
Before the time skip, Vegapunk concentrated on constructing human weapons called Pacifista, using Bartholomew Kuma as a test subject, as well as his research into Kizaru’s Devil Fruit abilities. He was able to synthesize them and became the only person in the world with the technological prowess to create functioning and tangible laser beams that cause damage, which the World Government is now using in full force and mass production. Vegapunk performed the final procedure on Kuma before the Summit War of Marineford, erasing the rest of Kuma’s free will. Vegapunk, however, encoded the mission to protect the Thousand Sunny into Kuma’s memory banks upon Kuma’s request.
Vegapunk met with Issho before the latter went to Mary Geoise. He disclosed an invention that Issho believed may render the Seven Warlords of the Sea system obsolete.
When Vegapunk was conducting warping experiments, it went wrong, and he became trapped inside the robot’s armor. He requested assistance and reported that his warping experiment had failed. Luffy set out to assist and release him. Vegapunk thanked and identified him as Dragon’s kid, knowing he’d see Egghead. When Bonney approached Vegapunk, he just commented on how much she had grown before shifting his attention elsewhere to demonstrate to Luffy and Chopper how to make their shoes float. However, he became too high in the air and begged for assistance.
Vegapunk is renowned to be the most genius individual in the entire series. His already genius mind has contributed a lot of inventions to the world, and his intelligence is great enough to have produced inventions that are considered to be 500 years ahead in time.
The scientist appears to have been already considered a genius in his childhood, but lacked the skills, funding, and resources to develop his discoveries. However, this did not prevent him from theorizing the construction of Pacifista cyborgs, including their laser guns back then. This is demonstrated by Franky’s ability to duplicate the technology by self-studying the blueprints left behind by Vegapunk in his home island. Regardless, the creations and designs he has left behind are regarded priceless, and any damage done to them is a crime. He has read and memorized every single book that was saved from Ohara.
Vegapunk also discovered how Devil Fruit powers are transferred to a person and was the scientist behind the method of imbuing inanimate objects with Devil Fruit powers, such as swords and firearms.
He is the one who turned Bartholomew Kuma into a cyborg and has created countless Pacifista duplicates of him, providing them with some of Kizaru’s Devil Fruit skills in the process. These dummies bleed real blood. However, they lack Kuma’s Devil Fruit abilities. Sentomaru revealed that the latest Pacifista had been further modified after the two-year time gap; these were eventually revealed to be the Seraphim, replicas of the Seven Warlords of the Sea in their youth but with Lunarian features. The lasers placed in the Pacifista were supposed to be so advanced that only Vegapunk could build them. It was also said that the dragons present on Punk Hazard were created by Vegapunk.
Vegapunk was able to survive Caesar Clown’s mass murder weapon’s explosion. It’s unclear whether his “Stella” body was present and strong enough to survive the explosion, or if one of his Satellite bodies took his place. He also discovered techniques to allow Marine ships to pass through the Calm Belts without fear of a Sea King attack by coating the bottom of the ships with Seastone during his studies.
Vegapunk consumed the Nomi Nomi no Mi (Brain-Brain) Devil Fruit, which is a Paramecia-type. The fruit's ability allows his brain to store an infinite amount of data and recall all he has ever learned. It also causes his brain and cranium to constantly expand as he gains new knowledge.
Due to his inventions, Vegapunk managed to separate his being into six different people, referred to as satellites, who share Vegapunk’s intellect via Punk Records. These satellites all identify as Dr. Vegapunk and will announce themselves as such, but they also have their own names and numbers to differentiate them. The satellites are also distinct in that they each represent a different component of Vegapunk’s personality. They also use various first-person pronouns and speaking patterns. The “Stella” is his true body.
Vegapunk is much more productive now that he has divided himself into six people because his satellites can operate independently at the same time. The fact that each of his satellites can be outfitted with guns, vehicles, and technology makes Vegapunk far more difficult to deal with in combat.
The satellites may communicate with each other via an earphone and may share senses, as Shaka was able to observe what was going on around Lilith while they were in different locations. One satellite can be assigned to perform necessary biological duties, which allows the others to avoid them. York is currently in charge of eating, sleeping, urinating and defecating on behalf of the other satellites.
There are a variety of Scientific Inventions that Vegapunk has created, each with their own specialty. The types of those inventions are divided into different categories:
Biological and Geological
Devil Fruits Researches
New Model Livestrean Den Den Mushi
A. Vegapunk appears to be an honorable human being, as he granted Kuma’s final wish to be programmed into him, which was to protect the Thousand Sunny until the Straw Hat Pirates returned.
A. Yes, Vegapunk created the artificial Devil Fruit that Momonosuke consumed. He achieved this feat by extracting the Lineage Factor from Kaidou.
A. Vegapunk was revealed to be 63 years old in chapter 1066 of the One Piece manga.