Ashura Doji is a retainer of the Kozuki Family and is one of the Nine Red Scabbards. After Oden's death, he returned to being a criminal under the name Shutenmaru and became the leader of the Mt. Atama Thieves. He initially severed his ties with the Kozuki Family, but rejoined after witnessing Yasuie's death.
Ashura Doji is a very large man with light puffy hair that is gathered into a topknot. He wears an open kimono with flowers on it that leaves his chest exposed. He has floral tattoos on his arms and upper chest.
Ashura Doji is a thief who is out to support himself and is callous towards everyone he steals from regardless of what position they are in. He has stolen both from Wano's shogun, Kurozumi Orochi, and from the most impoverished citizens through the exact same motive of self-service. He is also very aggressive and prideful, as shown when he attacked Jack and was utterly fearless about facing the Disaster. However, he would not recklessly fight someone as powerful as Kaido, though he was prepared to fight if he needed to.
He appears to greatly respect strength, as he believes that Wano will decline if no one strong enough will come to lead it. He put aside his violent ways when Kozuki Oden defeated him in battle, and contributed to Oden's peacemaking efforts as a result of this earned respect.
After Wano Country fell into ruin under the tyrannical Beasts Pirates and Kurozumi Orochi after Oden's death, Ashura patiently tried to assemble the rebel army to wait for Momonosuke and his retainers to return for the rebellion. Unfortunately, all the samurais he gathered decided to fight to the death against Kaido as they could not wait 20 years. After watching his comrades sailed to their doom and threw their lives for nothing, Ashura became disillusioned and nihilistic with the country, believing that there was no hope nor salvation for Wano due to the lack of strong and noble individuals like Oden. Thus, Ashura disdained Luffy's heroism of feeding the citizens of Okobore Town and also refused to join the Kozuki Family in their campaign to overthrow Kaido and Orochi. Despite his callous and nihilism towards the citizens of Wano, Ashura does have some compassion as he secretly felt sympathy towards the citizens of Ebisu Town who had lost the ability to express sadness and anger from eating the SMILEs that Orochi manipulated them into eating. He was also distraught when Yasuie was executed, showing that he still cared greatly for those that were his comrades.
Ashura also seems to enjoy drinking alcohol.
After he was defeated by Oden, he admired the latter and served under him. Even after Oden's death, Ashura continued to refer to him as "Oden-sama", showing an undying respect and loyalty for the daimyo of Kuri. However, after some of his comrades died in vain ten years ago, Ashura became angered at Kin'emon and the others for having vanished for so long. His feeling of resentment towards the family was so much so such that he refused to address Oden's son with any honorifics, and resulting in Kikunojo expressing disappointment at his perceived disloyalty. The closest to any camaraderie Ashura expressed was that he spared them from his banditry. However, Kin'emon made it clear that he would make Ashura their ally and had no qualms framing him for theft. Ashura got angry at Kin'emon after finding out about it, but he was still lenient enough to listen to Kin'emon's apology and pleas. After Yasuie's death and explaining to Kin’emon and Inuarashi what had happened to some of their allies after they had lost patience waiting for their return, he finally rejoined his team and become friendly with them once again.
Kaido saw some value in Ashura's strength and wanted him to join his crew. Ashura, on the other hand, had no intention of pledging loyalty towards the Beasts Pirates and he did not hesitate to attack Jack when confronted by him. However, Ashura was well aware of Kaido's strength and chose to avoid fighting him if possible.
Despite his intimidation of Kaido, he is not above picking fights with the Yonko's subordinates, as seen in his confrontation with Jack and his lack of fear at the man's reputation.
Mt. Atama Theives
All the members of Mt. Atama Thieves are extremely loyal and supportive of Shutenmaru, aiding him in stealing and robbing. When Shutenmaru decided to join the Kozuki Family's revolution, all his underlings happily agreed to join him.
Abilities and Powers
As the leader of the Mt. Atama Thieves, he has complete authority over his men. According to Kin'emon, during his time as one of the Nine Red Scabbards, he was one of the most powerful members alongside Kawamatsu and Denjiro.
Proving his skills at thievery, Ashura and his followers successfully raided Orochi's personal farm whilst not being able to be stopped by anyone serving the shogun (be it samurai or the Beasts Pirates). Furthermore, he proved his ability to be able to have hidden from them all along.
In combat terms, Ashura Doji is extremely powerful, as he was once feared as the most dangerous out of all villains that frequented Kuri in its era of chaos until he was defeated by Oden. In the present, his strength remains such that even Kaido, one of the Yonko, sought to recruit him, and Kin'emon hails him as being worth the strength of 100 men. Holdem, a Beasts Pirates headliner, surmised that Monkey D. Luffy may be Ashura's subordinate going by his power. Most impressively yet, Ashura was able to fight on par with Jack, Kaido's right hand worth a 1,000,000,000 bounty, even dealing him a serious wound, and additionally matched up to Inuarashi, one of the two strongest members of the Mink Tribe. Though as strong he may be, Ashura is well aware that he cannot defeat Kaido, preferring to retreat when faced with him a second time.
Ashura can apply tremendous physical strength to his swordsmanship, able to clash with Jack, one of the Three Disasters of the Beast Pirates, and even gave the latter a massive wound across his chest. Despite his large build, Ashura is extremely fast, being capable of charging towards Jack in an instant. He also possesses a great amount of endurance, as he was seemingly unaffected when Jack cut him on the shoulder.
Ashura Doji is a master swordsman and one of the most powerful samurai in Wano. With one slash, he was able to give Jack a large cut across his chest and break one of his shotel blades. He then proceeded to fight evenly with Kaido's right-hand man in what spectators considered to be a high-level duel.
Over 20 years ago, Ashura Doji was the most dangerous criminal in the lawless region of Kuri. However, he was confronted by Kozuki Oden and defeated, causing him to become a follower of Oden and aiding him in his efforts to bring peace to Kuri.
Sometime after the Nine Red Scabbards were assembled, Daimyo Yasuie caught them stealing money from him. Instead of punishing them, Yasuie allowed them to take the money and encouraged them to use it to become better people for the sake of Oden and Wano.
Ten years after Oden was executed by Kaido and the new shogun Kurozumi Orochi, Ashura had many friends who became too eager to fight Kaido and Orochi and did not fully believe Toki's prophecy about the return of the missing Red Scabbards. Thus, they impatiently went straight to Onigashima to fight Kaido. Ashura tried to stop them them from throwing their lives away, but these words were in vain, and his comrades ultimately perished at the hands of Kaido.
Distraught at his comrades' pointless demise, Ashura eventually lost hope went back to being a criminal and adopted the alias Shutenmaru. and formed the Mt. Atama Thieves. At some point, he encountered Kaido, in which Kaido wanted him to be part of his crew.
Wano Country Arc
Ashura and his thieves came to Okobore Town, where they stole the fresh food that Luffy had given to the residents there. He was confronted by an old woman who believed that the samurai would return to protect them, and in response, Ashura prepared to attack her. However, before he could, he was confronted by Jack of the Beasts Pirates. Jack asked about the Straw Hat Pirates and mentioned that Ashura had only been left alive because Kaido wanted him as his subordinate. He reiterated that he would never join them and then attacked Jack with a massive cut, causing the two to begin fighting. Jack managed to wound Ashura, but he was unwavering. However, their duel was interrupted when Kaido came flying in to tell Jack to bring the Straw Hats to him.
Ashura and his gang then began retreating to the forest. Kaido spotted him and asked him to become his subordinate. Ashura prepared for a fight, but Hawkins drew Kaido's attention to Oden Castle. The thief was then angry at Kaido for destroying the castle ruins, and after Luffy attacked Kaido, Ashura told his men to retreat to the mountain before watching Luffy's futile attempt to defeat Kaido. After Kaido defeated Luffy, Ashura saw the unconscious Luffy knocking out some of the Yonko's subordinates with Haoshoku Haki and realized he had the same power as Oden. He then departed from Okobore Town.
At Mt. Atama, Ashura clashed with Inuarashi, but the fight was interrupted by Kin'emon. Ashura stated that while he admired Oden, he never swore loyalty to the whole entire family. However, Kin'emon ignored this claim and emphasized that he was determined to make Ashura their ally once again.
Sometime later, Mt. Atama was set on fire by one of Holdem's subordinates. Enraged, Ashura decided to go to Bakura Town to retaliate. He and his gang later entered Bakura Town and witnessed Yasuie's execution on the broadcast. After the execution, he was the only one of the Nine Red Scabbards to hold his tears after Yasuie’s death, and thereafter asked Kin'emon and Inuarashi if they knew about the SMILE fruits.
Outside Bakura Town, Ashura learned that Kin'emon framed him for theft. He got angry and knocked Kin'emon to the ground. Kin'emon and Inuarashi apologized and once again asked Ashura to join them. Ashura then told Kin'emon and Inuarashi to follow him, wanting to show them something. When they arrived, Ashura showed them the graves of their dead comrades and explained what had happened to their allies ten years ago. He recounted how they had all lost patience and had tried to fight Kaido, but were all killed in battle. Ashura then determined that it was time for him to rejoin his comrades to avenge those who had fallen and to also overthrow Kaido and Orochi to restore the position of the Kozuki Family. Inuarashi and him then rejoiced and bragged to Kin'emon about how they had twenty years more fighting experience than him now. Upon being called a duo of geezers by Kin'emon, the three began arguing, much to the worry of Ashura's henchmen.
- Like O-Tama, he speaks in a dialect that is unique to a specific region of Japan. This area is known as Kagoshima, one of the prefectures created during the Meiji Era as the country transitioned from the isolationism enforced by the Shogunate.
- The names Shutenmaru and Ashura Doji are likely a reference to Shuten-dōji, a mythical oni leader from Japanese legends.
- The middle kanji of his alias, "天" (ten?), is the Japanese kanji for "Heaven". This same kanji is seen on the sake bottle he carries.