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"Shark Cutter" Bastille is a Marine Vice Admiral who took part in the Summit War of Marineford. He later appeared in Dressrosa under the command of Admiral Fujitora.[2]

Appearance

Bastille is a tall man, around twice the height of an ordinary human.[1] He wears a gray metal mask with fourteen (ten in the anime before the timeskip) eye-holes and two long, curved bull horns and his face has never been fully exposed. His long orange hair falls to the front of his chest and the rest of his hair can be seen going down his back. As with many high-ranking officers, he wears a double-breasted suit with a blue shirt and black tie, and the military overcoat draped over his shoulders, and a chain around the neck area.

In his youth, his hair was much shorter. He also wore a different mask with equally shorter horns and only twelve eye-holes on the mask, unlike the more imposing one he now uses.[4]

Bastille's first present-day mask was destroyed after Sabo used Ryusoken to initially crack it, then plucked it from Bastille's face upon defeating him and crushed it in a display of power before other Marines.[5] He replaced it with a similar mask that had a different pair of horns which are more angular and have ridges.[6]

Gallery

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Bastille in his youth as a Marine.
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Bastille's concept art from the anime.
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Bastille in the Digitally Colored Manga.
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Bastille's replacement mask.

Personality

As a Marine, he likely holds a strong belief in justice. Whether he believes in moral justice or absolute justice, however, is not known as of yet. He is also rather displeased with junior colleagues who he believes to act rashly. He also has a tendency to end his sentences with "-dara".[2]

Abilities and Powers

As a Marine vice admiral, Bastille has authority over lower-ranking subordinates.

He has strength that surpasses an average human, showcased when he could wield his gigantic sword with one hand.

Weapons

Bastille carries a large sword with a Japanese hilt wrapped in a pink material, similar to Vice Admiral Strawberry's. It has an elongated hand-guard decorated by a red jewel, like the pommels, and a blade with a rounder curve than those of katanas. However, he has not been seen using it.

After the time skip, in Dressrosa, he carries a large zanbato, with a design similar to a cleaver,[2] called the Same-kiri Bocho. It was broken by Sabo.[5]

While confronting Franky at the Toy House in the anime, he was shown using a Flying Slash Attack against him, although the cyborg easily blocked it. Then before he was defeated by Sabo, he attempted to strike him and his sword swings alone easily sliced through nearby buildings.

Haki

Like all vice admirals, Bastille is capable of using Haki.[7] He possesses the ability to use Busoshoku and Kenbunshoku Haki.[3]

History

Summit War Saga

Marineford Arc

When the execution of Portgas D. Ace was announced, Bastille reported to the summoning of the Marines to reinforce Marineford. Later, he and his fellow vice admirals lined up, ready to fight the Whitebeard Pirates.[1]

When the Blackbeard Pirates arrived, Bastille and the other Marines were shocked to see Marshall D. Teach's new crewmates, the prisoners from level 6 of Impel Down.[8]

After Shanks arrived and called for a ceasefire, Bastille stood down along with the other Marines.[9]

Dressrosa Saga

Dressrosa Arc

Bastille and a large assembly of Marines gathered outside Corrida Colosseum, waiting to ambush and arrest criminals as they left. He was confused as to why none of the losers from blocks A and B had left yet. When a Marine told him that Vice Admiral Maynard was undercover as a fighter inside but could not be contacted, Bastille criticized the junior vice admiral for acting on his own and concluded that something strange was probably going on in the Colosseum.[2]

A Marine reported that a suspicious-looking man they had seen before was indeed "Pirate Hunter" Zoro and the other man with him was most likely "Straw Hat" Luffy. Bastille concluded that the reason the fighter Lucy is so powerful is because he is in fact Luffy, realizing the pirate is in the country after all. Rather than go after them, Bastille decided to leave them alone for the time being, saying that if they made a move now, all the other criminals in the colosseum would make a mad dash for the door, and they could lose their target amidst the chaos. However, they forget for whom they were looking and did not recognize the names on their list[10] because the combatants had been transformed into toys.[11]

A destructive fight nearby caught Bastille's attention, and he and his subordinates watched in shock as Donquixote Doflamingo shot Trafalgar Law multiple times in the chest.[10] When Zoro and Kin'emon rushed Doflamingo to save Law, Bastille was about to take action, but Issho arrived on the scene. Once Issho and Doflamingo left with an unconscious Law, the Marines began pursuing Luffy, Zoro, and Kin'emon.[12]

When Block D reached its conclusion, Bastille told his troops about the story of the Kamaitachi of Rommel, which is Hakuba, Cavendish's alter-ego that surfaces whenever Cavendish falls asleep. He also informed them that Hakuba would be chased out to sea after committing his crimes, but Cavendish was the one who became a pirate himself. Bastille told them not to pity him since Cavendish enjoys all the fame he received. He commented that Hakuba is even stronger than Cavendish, but his predisposition to fall back asleep was quite unsuitable for a contest-style match.[13]

While Franky was battling against Senor Pink and Machvise, Bastille and his men surround the Toys House in an attempt to arrest Franky.[14][15] After Franky had been defeated,[16] Bastille joined Issho outside the Toys House and listened to reports about the chaos erupting from all the toys transforming back into their original forms.[17]

After Doflamingo trapped Dressrosa in his "Birdcage", a Marine reported to Bastille that they were unable to contact headquarters. During the added chaos of Marines and civilians being forced to attack each other, Bastille was startled by Pica altering the island's layout.[18] After Doflamingo forced everyone into a survival game, Issho ordered Bastille to not capture Doflamingo and to tell all squads to focus on stopping the civilians from hurting each other. Issho clarified that the Straw Hats and Law were their main targets.[19]

When Maynard left the colosseum to report to his colleagues, Bastille scolded him for acting on his own before Maynard explained about discovering Doflamingo's connection with the underworld.[20]

Sabo defeats Bastille and crushes his mask.

Bastille, Issho, and an army of Marines were later stationed at the base of the new King's Plateau apparently to hinder the Straw Hats from reaching Doflamingo. However, while Luffy and his allies from the colosseum were charging up the new King's Plateau, the Marines were confronted by Sabo.[21] As Sabo fought and overpowered more Marines, Bastille ordered them not to attack Sabo head on. Bastille then charged at Sabo himself, but the revolutionary effortlessly shattered his sword right before dealing the finishing blow to the vice admiral, grabbing his mask and then crunching his skull with his Ryusoken. Sabo claimed Bastille's mask and then shattered it in his grip.[22]

Three days after Doflamingo's defeat, the Marines were mobilized to pursue Luffy and his allies. By then, Bastille had been healed of his injuries and had a new mask. After hearing that the Straw Hats were heading for the eastern port, Bastille tried to contact the surveillance squad already stationed at the port. However, Abdullah, Jeet, and Ideo had already beaten up the Marines there and stolen one of their Den Den Mushi, with Abdullah and Jeet answering Bastille's call. When they denied the need for reinforcements, Bastille grew suspicious and angrily demanded a Marine code and name. When Jeet was unable to respond, Bastille realized the port had been taken and ordered a squad sent to the eastern port. When he received a report that the Marines pursuing Luffy had collapsed, Bastille questioned if it was Haoshoku Haki, and ordered all forces to converge on the eastern port.[23]

To Bastille's frustration, the Marines were unable to send reinforcements due to complications such as stolen weapons, ships stitched together, and troops collapsing. His anger grew when a Marine reported that civilians blamed such strange occurrences on faeries. Upon seeing Issho using his gravity ability to lift all the rubble from Dressrosa, Bastille called off the reinforcements to the eastern port and ordered everyone to evacuate to a safe location.[24] As civilians began swarming the port, Bastille wondered why Issho was taking so long.[25]

Bastille was later displeased to hear that Issho decided to drop the rubble but not on Luffy and his allies.[26]

Major Battles

Filler Battles

  • Bastille vs. Franky

Trivia

  • Bastille was a fortress in Paris, known formally as the Bastille Saint-Antoine. It played an important role in the internal conflicts of France and for most of its history was used as a state prison by the kings of France.
    • One of the prisoners at Bastille famously wore an iron mask.
    • Bastille's birthday, July 14, is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and is known as Bastille Day.
  • Bastille was erroneously stated to be a giant in the One Piece Blue Deep databook. He is never referred to as one in the series itself, and his size is inconsistent with all giants shown thus far, being no larger than tall humans such as the Kairiki Destroyers. Oda later confirmed in an SBS that the minimum height for giants is 12 meters.[27]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 10) and Episode 462, Bastille is seen next to Dalmatian and the other vice admirals.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 717 and Episode 647.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0887), Information about Bastille is revealed.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 70 Chapter 691 (p. 1), a younger Bastille is seen in the color spread.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 751 (p. 7) and Episode 687.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 797 (p. 2) and Episode 741, Bastille has donned a new mask.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 (p. 7) and Episode 511, Dr. Fishbonen states Haki is a power all vice admirals use.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 2) and Episode 484, Bastille sees the Blackbeard Pirates with new recruits.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 12) and Episode 489, Bastille stands down.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 729 and Episode 661.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 728 and Episode 660.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 730 and Episode 662.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 734 and Episode 666.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 735 and Episode 667.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 740 (p. 17) and Episode 674.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 742 (p. 16) and Episode 676.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 743 and Episode 677.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 745 and Episode 680.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 746 and Episode 682.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 747 (p. 3) and Episode 682, Bastille scolds Maynard.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 750 (p. 18-19) and Episode 687, Bastille is defeated by Sabo.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 751 and Episode 687.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 797 and Episode 741.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 798 and Episodes 742743.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 799 (p. 12) and Episode 744.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 800 and Episode 745.
  27. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 (p. 88), Oda talks about the height of giants and tall humans.

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