The Bara Bara no Mi is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows the user to be immune to slashing attacks and to be able to split their own body apart into pieces and control the said pieces however they wish, mostly by levitating them away from the user's main body, making the user a Splitting Human (バラバラ人間 Barabara Ningen?). It was eaten by Buggy, accidentally.
Its power was first demonstrated, but not clearly explained, when Buggy lifted up and choked one of his crew mates.
- "Barabara" (バラバラ/ばらばら?) is a Japanese onomatopoeia meaning disconnected/disperse/in pieces/asunder. "Barabaraninaru" (バラバラになる?) means to come/fall apart.
- More specifically in relation to the fruit's workings, it can also refer to a body in pieces: e.g. "barabarajiken" (ばらばら事件?) meaning a murder case in which the victim is chopped into pieces.
- In the Viz Manga, 4Kids, and FUNimation dubs, it is called the Chop-Chop Fruit.
The Bara Bara no Mi is an oval-shaped orange-red fruit composed of small spherical parts with swirls, and green leafage sprouting on top of it. It was small enough to be held by one hand. Its overall appearance looks like an over-sized raspberry or a miniature pineapple.
Strengths and Weaknesses
The fruit's major strength, as demonstrated by Buggy, is that the user becomes permanently immune to damage from being cut or pierced, regardless in what manner, be it vertical, horizontal, or otherwise. Instead of being wounded or even killed from such attacks, the user's body simply becomes sliced into pieces. In this state, the user is still alive and can control his sliced up body. They can then manipulate the sliced up pieces to either reattach themselves back together or execute unique attacks. In the anime, Buggy has even demonstrated being able to re-constitute himself in a Logia-like manner after literally getting reduced to fine strips by Dracule Mihawk. As part of the Devil Fruit's powers, the user can also split their body apart by themselves without the need of being chopped up by others in the first place. He is also still able to be alive without being connected to major parts and organs of his body for long periods of time, as seen with Chibi Buggy's Adventure.
Additionally, the levitation effect seems to be able to extend to things in contact with the user, allowing them to bypass gravity by lifting objects regardless how heavy they actually are for as long as Buggy has a firm grip on them. With this aspect of the Fruit's power, Buggy has shown to be able to easily lift individuals much larger (and probably heavier) than himself, such as the Blue Gorillas and Jinbe.
Though the user is immune to slashing and piercing attacks, they are still susceptible to other forms of engagement. This can be a major weakness even when the user is split up as an enemy can do all sorts of things to the other body parts. This includes groin kicks and tying up most of the user's body parts.
The user can only control his separated pieces from and up to a certain distance. There is a cutoff point as to how far the user can use his separated parts. If a part goes any further from the cutoff point, the user loses all control of that part. This includes levitation and the user consciously using that body part altogether. This distance is a 200 Bara Bara diameter circle around the point where the person touches the ground. This situation was best seen during Buggy's mini adventure when he was separated a great distance from the rest of his body. In relation to this, for the user to be able to levitate any of his body parts, their feet must be on the ground as they are the only body parts of the user that cannot levitate. Because of this limitation, the user's ability to levitate cannot be used to traverse across oceans as it is not true levitation in a sense. This can be rectified a bit if someone else carries their feet as it serves as a foothold for them to stand on. However, Buggy has been seen running in midair while separated at the waist. Whether or not this is a continuity error is unknown. Additionally, in Impel Down, Buggy's head was drawn toward his body once his feet left the ground and his body fell down the hole to the second floor, as though his parts are connected by an invisible force. This somewhat conflicts with the mechanisms of his power when his head and body were separated and Luffy blasted his body away, but his head did not follow. This may be because his feet were with his head, not his body, at the time.
Other than that, the user is also affected by the standard Devil Fruit weakness.
Originally, Buggy intended to use the fruit in order to fund his search for an undersea treasure. However since accidentally eating the fruit, Buggy has since used the fruit's bestowed powers to help him obtain as much treasure as he can. Buggy notably uses the fruit's powers to fight. During the aftermath of his defeat at Luffy's hands, Buggy was forced to travel around East Blue in a chibi-like form of sorts consisting of only his head, hands, and feet. The rest of his body remained motionless until he found it again. Because of this ability, Buggy is completely fearless towards any and all swordsmen, contrary to his usual cowardice against more powerful enemies.
After the timeskip Buggy is shown using his devil fruit powers in conjunction with a oversized cloak to make himself appear much taller and more threatening, likely to better fit his new image as a member of the Shichibukai and leader of the Pirate Dispatch Organization.
The named techniques that involve the Devil Fruit powers are as follows:
- Bara Bara Ho (バラバラ砲 Bara Bara Hō?, literally meaning "Split Split Cannon"): Holding a weapon, Buggy shoots his hands at the enemy. This was first seen being used against Zoro after he learned of Buggy's powers. This is called Chop-Chop Harpoon in the Viz Manga and 4Kids dub (and sometimes the FUNimation dub) and Chop-Chop Cannon in the FUNimation dub (and sometimes the Viz Manga).
- Chi o Hau Bara Bara Ho (地をはうバラバラ砲 Chi o Hau Bara Bara Hō?, literally meaning "Earth-Crawling Split Split Cannon"): A variation of Buggy's Bara Bara Ho, Buggy shoots his hand across the ground in order to grab an opponent's legs. This was first seen being used against Zoro in an attempt to aid Cabaji's attack. Before it could reach its target, however, it was stopped by Luffy when he stomped on Buggy's hand. This is called Low Flying Chop-Chop Cannon in the Viz Manga and 4Kids dub, and Ground Hugging Chop-Chop Cannon in the FUNimation dub.
- Bara Bara Ho Kirihanashi (バラバラ砲切り離し Bara Bara Hō Kirihanashi?, literally meaning "Split Split Cannon Dismember"): A variation of the Bara Bara Ho, Buggy adds 1/3 of his forearm to his fist, so that if the opponent attempts to stop the attack by grabbing the forearm, Buggy can simply detach his fist and continue the attack. Between his fingers, Buggy holds four knives in this attack. This was first seen being used to battle against Luffy. This is called Chop-Chop Harpoon-Separate in the Viz Manga and the 4Kids dub, and Chop-Chop Cannon-Separate in the FUNimation dub.
- Bara Bara Senbei (バラバラせんべい Bara Bara Senbei?, literally meaning "Split Split Rice Cracker"): Buggy first stomps on his shoes to make knives appear out of them before he performs this technique. He then throws his lower half cartwheeling on the ground towards an opponent, though in some forms of media, his whole lower half is able to actually levitate for a set amount of time. This was first seen being used against Luffy. This is called Chop-Chop Buzzsaw in the Viz Manga and 4Kids dub (and sometimes the FUNimation dub), and called Chop-Chop Rice Cracker in the FUNimation dub.
- Bara Bara Kinkyu Dasshutsu (バラバラ緊急脱出 Bara Bara Kinkyū Dasshutsu?, literally meaning "Split Split Emergency Escape"): When there is an incoming attack aimed at his head, Buggy quickly separates his head from the rest of his body to avoid harm. This was first seen being used to escape from one of Luffy's attacks. This is called Chop-Chop Quick Escape in the Viz Manga and the FUNimation and 4Kids dubs. It was at one point called Chop-Chop Quick Dodge in the Viz Manga and is later called Chop-Chop Emergency Escape in the Funimation dub.
- Bara Bara Festival (バラバラフェスティバル Bara Bara Fesutibaru?, literally meaning "Split Split Festival"): Buggy's ultimate attack, he separates all his body parts into tiny chunks and spins them around. Then he can either surround his enemy to block their escape, or pummel his enemy with his body parts at intense speeds. This attack also makes it difficult to hit Buggy while he is using it, however his feet remain on the ground during this move, leaving them open for attack. This was first seen being used to attack Nami for stealing his loot. This is called Chop-Chop Festival in the Viz Manga, 4Kids, and FUNimation dubs.
- Bara Bara Car (バラバラカー Bara Bara Kā?, literally meaning "Split Split Car"): Buggy uses a set of wheels and a bomb for a motor and uses his powers to reconfigure himself into become a small car for quick getaways. Buggy seems to be able to go about as fast as Alvida's Sube Sube Spur. This was first seen being used to chase after Luffy in Loguetown. This is called Chop-Chop Car in the Viz Manga and Chop-Chop Buggy in the 4Kids and FUNimation dubs.
- Kuchu Kirimomi Dai Circus (空中錐揉み大サーカス Kūchū Kirimomi Dai Sākasu?, literally meaning "Midair Tailspin Big Circus"): Buggy detaches his hands and grabs onto an opponent with them before lifting them high into the air. He then turns them so that they are facing the ground before sending his hands flying in a corkscrew pattern back down to earth, throwing them on the ground with high impact. This was first seen being used against a Blugori in Impel Down. In the Viz Manga and FUNimation subs, this is called Aerial Tailspin Big Top.
- Bara Bara Hade ni Gattai (バラバラ派手に合体 Bara Bara Hade ni Gattai?, literally meaning "Split Split Flashy Union"): A "flashier" attempt at recalling all his body parts, Buggy starts to chant "Bara Bara" ("Chop Chop" in the FUNimation dub) endlessly while performing this move. The way that Buggy reassembles himself in this technique resembles the lengthy mecha combining sequences commonly found in Super Sentai series. This was first seen in the anime adaption of Buggy's Cover Story, where it was apparently used to escape from the Kumate Tribe. In the FUNimation dub, this is called Chop-Chop Flashy Reassemble.
- Bara Bara Punch (バラバラパンチ Bara Bara Panchi?, literally meaning "Split Split Punch"): Buggy detaches his fist and punches the opponent. This was first seen being used against the Kumate Tribe in the anime adaption of Buggy's Cover Story. This is called Chop-Chop Punch in the FUNimation dub.
- Bara Bara Kick (バラバラキック Bara Bara Kikku?, literally meaning "Split Split Kick"): Buggy detaches his lower half and simply kicks at the opponents. This was first seen being used against the Kumate Tribe in the anime adaption of Buggy's Cover Story. In the FUNimation dub, this attack is called Chop-Chop Kick.
- Bara Bara Carnival (バラバラカー二バル Bara Bara Kānibaru?, literally meaning "Split Split Carnival"): Buggy detaches his upper half and clasps both hands together, then slams them down onto the opponent's neck. This was first seen being used against the Kumate Tribe in the anime adaption of Buggy's Cover Story. This technique is called Chop-Chop Carnival in the FUNimation dub.
Many years before the beginning of the main storyline, when Buggy was a member of the Roger Pirates, the crew came across the Bara Bara no Mi. Shanks told Buggy about Devil Fruits, how they granted superpowers in exchange for the user's ability to swim. Buggy, having recently taken a treasure map from another pirate ship that showed treasure at the bottom of the sea, showed no interest in eating one, but Shanks then informed him that they could sell for 100,000,000 Belly. Hearing this, Buggy took the Bara Bara no Mi and made a fake fruit resembling it, and consumed the fake before the entire crew. Later, in one of the ship's life boats, he gloated to himself about his plan: selling the fruit for enough money to go after the treasure. Shanks then appeared, startling Buggy, who hid the fruit in his mouth to avoid Shanks seeing it. He expressed relief before Shanks immediately came back and startled him again, making him accidentally swallow the fruit whole. Realizing what had happened, Buggy raged at Shanks, only to be horrified when the latter pointed out his treasure map falling into the ocean. He dove in to retrieve it, only to find that he was unable to move beneath the ocean's surface due to his Devil Fruit. He was saved thanks to Shanks diving in and getting him back on board. From thereon, Buggy decided that if he couldn't get the treasure under the sea, he would use his new powers to gather all the treasure on land instead.
- A fan asked Oda if Buggy can also split his private parts. Oda responded that his penis can fly too.
- According to Oda in response to a fan, if Buggy bled while being split apart, he would be too scary looking with all the blood gushing out everywhere.
- Oda claimed early on in the manga's publishing that if he could eat any Devil Fruit, it would be the Bara Bara no Mi. However, when a fan asked what Devil Fruit Oda would want to eat, and suggested that it was the Suke Suke no Mi, Oda said he was right.
- According to Oda, Buggy is immune to Donquixote Doflamingo's Torikago, as he can easily use his powers to slip past the slicing threads to escape unharmed.
- The Bara Bara no Mi can be considered the opposite of the Gomu Gomu no Mi and the Beri Beri no Mi. While Luffy and Very Good are immune to blunt attacks (unless imbued with Busoshoku Haki in Luffy's case), Buggy is immune to slicing attacks. Furthermore the Ope Ope no Mi can be considered an inversion of this fruit, as it can divide other people while the Bara Bara no Mi divides the user; however, Law has been seen using his fruit's power to remove his own heart.
- This is the second fruit to be seen before usage (the first being the Gomu Gomu no Mi).
- A plushie was made of Buggy in his Bara Bara Car form.