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Blackback, also known by his initials BB, is a gorilla mink and a Guardian of the Whale Forest.[2]


Blackback is a large, gray-skinned[3] gorilla mink with large canine teeth, small eyes, a mustache, and a black afro. He is very thickset and wears a suit with a dark-colored cravat.[1]

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Blackback's color scheme in the manga.
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Blackback in his Sulong form.


Blackback is a loyal Guardian and will attack any intruder.[4] He does not like it when someone jumps into someone else's fight, as demonstrated when he bodyslammed Jean Bart after the latter tried to break up Roddy's fight with Monkey D. Luffy.[5] Like a stereotypical ape, he loves bananas.[6]

Abilities and Powers

As a member of the Guardians, Blackback is a very powerful warrior even by mink's standards and can use Electro and, during the full moon, activate a Sulong transformation.[7][8] He possesses very high levels of physical strength, having easily picked up and slammed the massive Jean Bart into the ground with only one hand while still recovering from considerable injuries, a feat which shocked the other members of the Heart Pirates.[5]

When Jack claimed victory over the minks, he tortured the strongest warriors; Blackback was among those who are targeted, which is indicative of his strength.[9]



When the Beasts Pirates, led by Jack, invaded Zou in search of Raizo, Blackback and the other Guardians fought against them.[10]

The battle against the Beast Pirates lasted for five days. On the fifth day of the battle, Jack lost his patience and unleashed Caesar Clown's Koro gas, which left the minks poisoned and drastically weakened. As one of the strongest mink warriors, Blackback was crucified and tortured for information regarding Raizo, though he denied having any knowledge of the ninja and his whereabouts. The following day, Jack left Zou after hearing about Donquixote Doflamingo's defeat and capture,[11] and the minks were later saved when Sanji and his group came to Zou.[12]

When Sanji was taken away from Zou by Capone Bege after giving his crewmates the opportunity to escape, Blackback released the chains restraining Brook.[13]

Zou Arc

When Monkey D. Luffy entered the Whale Forest, Roddy and Blackback attacked him despite Bepo's assurance that he was a friend. As Luffy clashed with Roddy, Blackback wondered why Roddy's Electro did not work on Luffy before slamming Jean Bart into the ground when the latter attempted to break up the fight. After Wanda arrived and pacified him with bananas, which he happily ate, Blackback retreated on Pedro's command.[14]

That night, when the Straw Hat Pirates arrived at the Whale Forest to see Nekomamushi after visiting Inuarashi, Blackback and Roddy apologized to Luffy for attacking him.[15] Later, upon hearing Trafalgar Law expressing his concern that Zou and its inhabitants would not be safe if the pirates remained on the island, Blackback was touched by his words and shortly afterward took part in a party which lasted throughout the night.[16]

The following day, as Bariete rang the bell and spoke of the arrival of samurai, Blackback and the rest of the minks rushed to Kurau City. When Kin'emon and Kanjuro revealed themselves, Blackback and the minks welcomed them and revealed that Raizo was on Zou before standing proudly at having kept his presence a secret.[17]

When Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, the samurai, and the pirates returned from the Whale Tree with Raizo, Zou began shaking as Zunesha started crying out, throwing Blackback and the others into a state of panic.[18] Jack had returned and was attempting to destroy Zou by killing Zunesha, who retaliated on Kozuki Momonosuke's command and sank Jack's fleet with one blow, calming down Blackback and the others in the process.[19]

Later on, he requested to go with the Sanji Retrieval Team because he had fought with Luffy, but was told to stay behind on Zou by Nekomamushi.[20]

Wano Country Arc

The Guardians accompanied Nekomamushi on his quest to search for Marco. They later arrived at the island where Marco was working as a doctor. The Guardians were asked to wait at the coast while Nekomamushi spoke to him.[21]

On the day of the Fire Festival, the Guardians arrived at Wano along with Marco and Izou.[22] After infiltrating Onigashima, the minks waiting on the roof of the Skull Dome until Kaido arrived there with the Scabbards. When Jack and a platoon arrived, Blackback and Roddy urged Nekomamushi to focus on Kaidou. With the full moon in view, the minks then transformed into their Sulong forms.[8]

When Luffy's defeat was announced, Blackback became discouraged. The minks then looked for an escape route when they were surrounded by flames and other minks asked them what to do. He replied, however, that they will not be defeated by the fire and wondered who the madman was who set everything on fire, however at that point they were hit by an immense amount of water.[23]

Major Battles


  • A blackback is a young male gorilla, between 8 and 12 years old. In a troop of gorillas, the blackbacks are subordinate to the adult silverback.


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 805 (p. 9) and Episode 754, Blackback debuts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 805 (p. 11) and Episode 754, Blackback's infobox reveals that he is a gorilla mink Guardian of the Whale Forest.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 81, Blackback's color scheme is revealed on the cover.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 814 (p. 11) and Episode 765, Blackback states that he and Roddy will attack all intruders.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 805 (p. 9) and Episode 754, Blackback slams Jean Bart into the ground for trying to interfere with Roddy's fight.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 805 (p. 11) and Episode 754, Blackback happily grabs and begins eating bananas upon seeing them.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 808 (p. 9) and Episode 757, Monjii states that all the minks are natural-born warriors.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 988 (p. 4-5) and Episode 997, The mink forces activate Sulong.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 810 (p. 9) and Episode 760, Blackback is tortured for information as one of Zou's strongest warriors.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 810 (p. 4) and Episode 759, Blackback is present for the Guardians' battle with the Beasts Pirates.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 810 (p. 6-11) and Episode 760, Wanda and Inuarashi reveal the outcome of the battle between the minks and the Beasts Pirates.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 811 (p. 13-15) and Episode 761, Sanji's group saves the minks from the effects of the Koro gas.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 814 (p. 2) and Episode 764, Blackback releases the chains binding Brook.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 805 (p. 9-11, 13) and Episode 754, Confronting Luffy alongside Roddy, Blackback attacks Jean Bart for trying to interfere, but is pacified by Carrot and retreats on Pedro's command.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 814 (p. 11) and Episode 765, Blackback and Roddy apologize for attacking Luffy.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 815 (p. 14) and Episode 766, Blackback is touched by Law's concern and parties with the Straw Hats and minks.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 816 (p. 16) and Episode 767, Blackback is present for the reveal of Raizo's presence and safety on Zou.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 820 (p. 17) and Episode 773, Zou begins shaking, causing Blackback and the others to begin panicking.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 17) and Episode 774, Blackback and the minks calm down after Zunesha wipes out Jack's fleet.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 822 (p. 10) and Episode 776, Blackback tries to join the Sanji retrieval team, but ends up staying behind.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 909 (p. 2-3) and Episode 890.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 982 (p. 11) and Episode 989.
  23. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1046 (p. 12).

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