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Borsalino, more commonly known by his alias Kizaru, is an admiral in the Marines. After Aokiji resigned from the Marines and Akainu was promoted to fleet admiral, Kizaru is now the only remaining admiral from the previous trio.
He was first mentioned by Nico Robin during the Straw Hat's initial encounter with Aokiji. Because of his actions, Kizaru can be considered the secondary antagonist of the Sabaody Archipelago Arc and one of the major antagonists of the Marineford Arc.
Kizaru is an incredibly tall, relatively slim man, roughly the same size as the other two ex-admirals Aokiji and Akainu. He is of middle age with a moderate amount of wrinkles on his face, black hair, and a very thin beard. He is older than the other two admirals, a fact that reflects on his looks.
Kizaru's standard outfit consists of a yellow striped suit with a Marine coat draped over his shoulders like a cape, his arms not in its sleeves. Kizaru also wears pure white shoes, gold-amber tinted sunglasses, and a dark green shirt with a mauve tie under his yellow suit. There is a tiny Black Den Den Mushi on his left wrist, like a wristwatch, underneath the sleeve of his suit. He is generally seen wearing a relaxed grin on his face.
As a child he wore a large yellow striped hat, much like his older self's suit, a yellow vest and he still had his grin that he maintained throughout his life. In his early days as a Marine he wore a knit cap with the Marine emblem on it, sunglasses and also a normal Marine jacket with a striped undershirt.
In his youth, he wore a Marine skull cap and he had no facial hair.
Twenty-seven years before the start of the series, he wore a typical Marine cap and his beard was not as full as it is currently. He also lacked the gold amber-tinted sunglasses, shirt, and tie, which he was last seen wearing.
When he was seen stationed at Marineford as a vice admiral thirteen years before the start of the series, he was sporting a large dark grey hat, dark gloves and had a cigarette in his mouth. His trademark pinstriped suit was light grey, matching his tie, while his thin beard was not yet present.
For a time, his appearance after the timeskip in the anime deviated from that in the manga, as his character reappeared in the anime before being reintroduced in the manga, where he was given a different design that what Eiichiro Oda eventually decided to use for the manga. In One Piece Film: Z, he was shown wearing a different pinstripe suit, and instead of a collared shirt and tie, had on a viridian green turtleneck. The appearance he had here was also seen on his half-completed wax likeness made by Diego in Episode of Luffy and used for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 and One Piece: Unlimited World Red. This served as his acting post-timeskip appearance, until he made his first actual appearance after the timeskip in the manga in Chapter 802, which saw him in a pinstripe suit similar to the one shown for his anime appearances, but not entirely sharing the same design, nor was it the one he had worn before the timeskip. He also continued wearing a collared shirt and tie instead of a turtleneck.
Kizaru comes off as a very laid-back, easygoing man who seems to take most things lightly no matter the severity of the situation. He talks in a calm voice suiting this demeanor, in a sarcastically intonated, slow manner with the last syllable of a sentence often drawn out (usually the sentence-final particles "ne" (ね?) or "yo" (よ?) for emphatic effect). He is prone to beginning sentences with a stressed "ooh", such as when observing something surprising or that piques his interest. Still, his register is quite formal (compared to Aokiji's more colloquial or Akainu's rougher, more derogatory speech patterns), using the polite "desu"/"masu" and taking care to address certain people with an honorific (such as his superior or even a pirate of high status).
With an ever-relaxed air in or out of combat, Kizaru is almost never shown losing his cool under stress, raising his voice, or getting excited to prompt action. With his Logia invulnerability, he can afford remaining apathetic to most enemy attempts to harm him, paying extremely sudden or surprisingly potent attacks little to no mind if they come from much weaker opposition; to the point of not visibly reacting at all when shot in the head.
Such attitude of the admiral often lapses into outright absentmindedness, if not carelessness, that has him do things like repeatedly speak into a black Den Den Mushi meant not for talk but wiretapping (which had been explained to him multiple times) or politely asking fleeing pirates that just shot at him if they could help him find his acquaintance. He has also been shown irresponsibly using his strength with no regards for collateral damage, acting oblivious to the mass destruction that he threatens to bring on; this is seen when he felled a Yarukiman Mangrove on Sabaody on self-admitted accident, then simply brushed it aside. Additionally, Kizaru's casual attitude about whatever occurs around him may give way to the man leaving himself open to unsuspecting assault, such as watching his opponents unleash attacks without readying himself.
Kizaru has been seen mid-battle remarking that it is "scary" or "shocking" when he encounters someone powerful, bold, or who unleashes a surprising move or ability; however, he typically retains a nonchalant face and tone, making him sound facetious. In fact, Kizaru has been shown acting fearlessly around the strongest of pirates — the likes of Silvers Rayleigh, Benn Beckman, Marco, or even Whitebeard, an Emperor. While acknowledging their strength, Kizaru has no issue with battling them one-on-one and, should they get in his way, will simply make an attempt at circumvention. Even after Shanks came to Marineford to end the war, Kizaru tried one last attack on Monkey D. Luffy right after Beckman had held him at gunpoint just to prevent him from so doing. Two years later, the admiral volunteered to personally go break up a potential meeting between Emperors Big Mom and Kaido, which would entail going to the independent Wano Country of which even Akainu is wary.
In battle, Kizaru can be condescending toward those he deems weak, mocking them or those associated with them. During the Marineford war, he would initially go out of his way to strike down Luffy, seeking to illustrate their gap in strength. He would go on to reproach Luffy for his inadequate strength and taunted Whitebeard for rallying behind the weaker pirate.
Not much a leader and preferring to follow orders, even accepting ones from close subordinates, Kizaru has never been shown expressing sympathy for or against the philosophy of Absolute Justice, instead going by his own motto of "Unclear Justice" (どっちつかずの正義 Dotchitsukazu no Seigi?). With no qualms about carrying out whatever orders given to him, he has acted more callous than the highly moral-bound Aokiji and Fujitora, while not going out of his way to achieve justice to as thorough an extent as the extremist Akainu. He seems inclined toward missions that do not require significant work, as he went to deal with the issue on Sabaody due to believing it would be over quickly and became annoyed when Rayleigh interfered.
He may shift objectives on a whimsical basis, shown when on Sabaody, he went from initially looking for Sentomaru, to follow the original goal of his mission, to then committing to an unrelated fight with four Supernovas, yet once defeating them simply disregarded their capture upon being given a new instruction. Regardless, Kizaru acts disdainful toward pirates on a default basis and will not show them mercy; for example, he sees the Seven Warlords of the Sea as no more than pirates and claimed that a man like Rayleigh, despite having retired from piracy over 20 years earlier, could not have his crimes forgiven as a someone formerly of the Roger Pirates. After failing to capture Luffy on Sabaody, Kizaru instead went through with capturing 500 other pirates, showing that he may sway between either a more thorough or remissive execution of justice.
Of all the admirals, Kizaru has displayed the most casual relationship with his fellow Marines, if not genuine leadership qualities, from how he mentioned in passing to the Giant Squad to watch out for attacks from the sky after everyone witnessed him being kicked down by Marco, as well as giving advice to shoot through the head after volunteering to help the troops subdue the recently awakened Little Oars Jr..
Kizaru's behavior is just as relaxed with his fellow admirals as it is with his subordinates but still commands a great deal of respect upon his interactions with them.
Sentomaru seems to have a high level of respect for him and calls Kizaru "Uncle" (黄猿のオジキ Kizaru no ojiki?, a Japanese word commonly used to refer to a yakuza family "father" boss), but he has also chastised Kizaru for his absent-minded behavior.
Upon Akainu's rise to Fleet Admiral, Kizaru became a confidant to share his counsel, often offering helpful advice and being someone for him to share his personal frustrations over the growing threat of piracy, especially the Straw Hats. Kizaru has shown to be the closest thing Akainu has to a friend among the Marines.
Seven Warlords of the SeaEdit
Even if the Seven Warlords were on the World Government's side, Kizaru, like Smoker, Sengoku, and Fujitora, believed the group to be nothing more than pirates and not be trusted, saying as much when Bartholomew Kuma came to Sabaody.
He was suspicious of the Warlords, even Kuma who was said to be the most loyal of the seven. Kuma stated that his pact and loyalties were with the World Government and, as such, he did not have any obligation to explain his motives to the Marines.
Though being neutral to any absolutist ideology, Kizaru has shown little to no mercy to any kind of pirates, as seen when he tried to capture the long-retired Silvers Rayleigh, and when he interrupted his mission to fight Basil Hawkins. It is later revealed that, in his frustration over this loss, Kizaru rounded up 500 pirates and sent them to the notorious Impel Down prison. This was shown again during the battle of Marineford, where he was merciless against the Whitebeard Pirates and their allies. When the Impel Down prisoners arrived on the scene, Kizaru accepted Fleet Admiral Sengoku's request to execute every single one of them.
Kizaru was a major player of the Marines during the Battle of Marineford, causing large number of casualties for the Whitebeard Pirates and their allies from the New World, along with the intervening Impel Down prisoners. He initially went down to strike Whitebeard, but got intercepted and drawn into combat against 1st Division Commander Marco, whose strange Mythical Zoan regenerative capabilities largely negated Kizaru's Pika Pika no Mi, and forced the Admiral into a stalemate.
When Whitebeard is critically injured by Admiral Akainu, the event is enough to allow Kizaru an opportunity to catch Marco off-guard, preventing his phoenix-based regeneration from kicking in fast enough to avoid injury. With the aid of Vice Admiral Onigumo, Kizaru manages to place a pair of seastone handcuffs onto Marco, nullifying his Devil Fruit powers.
Straw Hat PiratesEdit
He targeted the Straw Hats, but he was forced to combat the "Dark King" Silvers Rayleigh, and he finally lost his prey when the Warlord Kuma teleported the pirates across the four corners of the world.
Kizaru was also a major hindrance to Luffy's rescue attempts of his brother and at one point, mocked Luffy for not having the power to save Ace. He kept Luffy from his goal multiple times and even destroyed the original key to Ace's handcuffs. He is noticeably the most impressed Admiral when Luffy shows his ability to use Haoshoku Haki and the one who most enjoyed his fight with Luffy. Overall, Kizaru kept hounding Luffy while he was within his grasp, first at Sabaody Archipelago and then at the Whitebeard War, due to the demands made by the World Nobles.
After the incident where Luffy punched a World Noble, Rayleigh fought Kizaru to prevent him from capturing the Straw Hats. He told him that if he were to get rid of his wanted poster, he could go into a peaceful retirement. Kizaru replied that Rayleigh's bounty cannot simply be forgotten, as being a pirate carries the crimes throughout the entire life, especially a Roger Pirate.
Abilities and PowersEdit
As an admiral, Kizaru ranks second only to fleet admiral Sakazuki (formerly Sengoku) in the Marines, holding power over the many thousands of junior personnel. His authority entails commanding whole fleets, having sway on the overall strategy of headquarters, and issuing special-purpose orders, like the enactment of a Buster Call on an island he judges a threat and temporarily passing on to others such privilege. The admiral being able to exercise these authorities duly and efficiently bespeaks a great deal of military leadership and coordination skills on his part.
Combat-wise, Kizaru is among the strongest characters to appear in the story, as his admiral rank sees him (with his two compeers) being not only reckoned as the strongest active Marine officers but crowned the "Greatest Military Force" of the World Government at large.
Kizaru's mere presence was enough to cause a mass panic on the Sabaody Archipelago, inducing its entire pirate population (including the Eleven Supernovas present at the time) to flee. While on the island, Kizaru was able to overwhelm four of said Supernovas (albeit individually) with absolutely minimal effort, dealing each defeat in single blow after none had been able to so much as touch him (sans one of them with two invisible surprise attacks that, nonetheless, proved completely ineffectual at hurting the admiral). Thereafter, Kizaru entered into one-on-one sword combat with an old Silvers Rayleigh, the former "Right Hand of the Pirate King". Though Rayleigh held the admiral's entire focus by Kizaru's own admission, with Kizaru further conceding that were he to make an honest attempt at capturing the pirate legend, even he would require reinforcement, both men ended their duel in at least conjecturally fine condition (Kizaru unharmed beside a small cut on his cheek). Kizaru would go on, before leaving Sabaody, to capture a total of 500 pirates off-panel.
The Summit War saw Kizaru battling, if only briefly, several of Whitebeard's division commanders, including the Emperor's "right hand" Marco, as well as Whitebeard himself (whom he was able to seriously injure) on equal footing, Whitebeard and Marco being the only pirates to prompt the admiral to fight seriously in any measure. Also, despite his more or less constant involvement in the fighting that went on, Kizaru would ultimately be one of the few people to emerge from the war wholly unscathed, not a mark to show for it.
Befitting his rank of admiral, Kizaru's physical prowess is immense, his raw strength sufficing for him to trade equal blows with an elder (yet still extremely powerful) Rayleigh and engage Whitebeard himself (whose bodily might, even in his old age, vastly exceeded a giant's) face-to-face, even pinning down the latter's huge naginata underfoot with what seemed casual ease. Generally, Kizaru's physical style of attack empathizes incredibly potent, heavy kicks via his ability to move at the speed of light.
In terms of durability, Kizaru could shrug off being kicked out of the sky by the Haki-using Marco (which broke his one-armed guard and sent him crash into the ground with immense force) without a scratch, though his transforming into light prior to impact may have allowed for this.
While most of Kizaru's feats pertaining to speed derive from his below-explained ability to transform into light, the admiral's coordination of his lightspeed movements (from his kicks to traveling from place to place) with nonchalance yet unerring precision suggests a high level of natural perception and reflex speed. The same applies to the strength observed from most of Kizaru's physical (kicking) attacks that come drastically enhanced in their weight and force by the admiral's power to move as light, making what the theoretical power of his natural kicks would be difficult to gauge.
Otherwise, the admiral has shown impressive dexterity, able to balance himself on a shot, flying cannonball well enough to casually stand upon it, as well as rather acute hearing, able to notice underwater activity from hundreds of meters away.
Kizaru has exhibited very notable swordsmanship skill, specifically in wielding his large light sword. He could duel Rayleigh, still an immensely powerful swordsman despite being old and out of shape, to a draw despite having his intangibility negated by his foe's powerful Haki.
- Further information: Pika Pika no Mi
Kizaru has eaten from the Pika Pika no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit that made him a "Light Human" capable of creating, controlling, and transforming into light. In becoming said element, the admiral achieves a state of intangibility, with nigh all physical attacks not Haki-infused (short of the most intense) failing to even move him, simply phasing through rather than disrupting his light-made form; if his body does somehow get taken apart he can easily reconstitute from the scattered pieces. Further, Kizaru has shown himself able (more so in the anime) to stay afloat midair for extended periods, possibly by reducing his weight to nil due to light's negligible mass.
In combat, Kizaru's means of attack are varied, his most often seen offense (at mid-to-long range) being the firing of immensely fast, concentrated light "beams" from his fingertips, palms, or feet that can easily pierce flesh and set off massive, heat-based explosions. Kizaru can shoot off singular lasers with pinpoint accuracy (e.g. using a finger beam to cut through a small object held in someone's hand far away), spear-ended beams meant to pierce even more debilitatingly, as well as grenade-like bundles of light launched in enormous volleys, which can effect huge and wide-scale destruction. Otherwise, the admiral has been seen emitting bright flashes to stun and blind opposition as well as, for close-quarters combat, forming a giant sword of pure, "solid" light with which to clash against a real, Haki-powered steel sword evenly.
Arguably the most formidable facet of Kizaru's ability is that, by fully dispersing himself into light, he can move about at lightspeed, enabling him to close large gaps of distance within mere moments, disappear from the sight of others instantly, and by isolating the transformation to his legs (while retaining solidity) kick at supposedly the same speed, allowing for an overwhelming offense at close range.
For mid-to-long-distance travel, the admiral can either move himself instantly along linear paths without preliminary action (other than transforming) or, following preparatory light rays, reflect himself off surfaces in a mirror-like fashion to move in zigzag. Generally, those lacking sufficient mastery of Kenbunshoku Haki stand little, if any, chance of even spotting the admiral in battle, as was seen with the Supernovas fought by Kizaru on Sabody, all four of whom barely managed to catch sight of the admiral's attacks as they occurred, let alone being anywhere near able to move themselves in time to dodge. Even a Gear Second-using Luffy was casually outsped by Kizaru and mocked for his comparative slowness. Regarding his kicks, with his light-transformed legs allowing him to connect them at (supposedly) lightspeed, Kizaru can strike blows so strong and heavy as to send enemies flying with immense force, even crashing through multiple concrete buildings or into single, multistoried ones with enough force to make them collapse, as well as incapacitate powerful people.
As a weakness, however, some of Kizaru's acts of lightspeed movement require a long enough startup time to be interruptible by those fast and perceptive enough; it is also worth noting that enemies have been to some degree able to react to Kizaru's lightspeed attacks, even if not able to dodge. Further, Kizaru himself (like his beams) can only move in straight, thus predictable paths while transformed (not to mention that his mental speed seems to remain at a human level, leaving him unable to control his course mid-travel).
- Further information: Haki
During the Summit War, Kizaru was seen using advanced-grade Busoshoku Haki to negate a long-distance quake shockwave sent out by Whitebeard, by generating, alongside his fellow admirals, an emitted shield combination of their three Haki to disperse said shockwave.
Joining the MarinesEdit
Concludes non-canon section.
A Storm in the Edd WarEdit
Not much is shown about Borsalino's past. He is briefly seen 27 years ago in the background when Garp and Sengoku were discussing how to deal with the Edd War battle between Gol D. Roger and Shiki. His position at that time is unknown, but it can be said that he was already among high rank officers, as he was wearing the Marines coat and his trademark yellow suit.
Fisher Tiger's TimeEdit
While the Sun Pirates were wreaking havoc on the seas, Strawberry reported to Vice Admiral Borsalino that Rear Admiral Kadar's ship had been sunk. Borsalino commented on how troublesome and scary the Sun Pirates were while acting calm as usual.
After learning that the people of Foolshout Island sold out Fisher Tiger, Arlong went to that island to avenge him. Borsalino, who happened to be there, effortlessly defeated him. He then taunted Arlong and was surprised to hear that Fisher Tiger was dead, before saying that he was going to take him somewhere. He then brought Arlong to G-2 for interrogation.
Summit War SagaEdit
Sabaody Archipelago ArcEdit
Kizaru took a Marine battleship to Sabaody, and made landfall by riding on a shot cannonball. He unsuccessfully tried to call Sentomaru, and a pirate attempted to shoot him through the head. The bullet passed through Kizaru, and he came up to the pirates to ask them if they had seen Sentomaru. They ran away, and Kizaru shot a beam of light at them, creating an explosion that toppled an entire Yarukiman Mangrove. Still searching for Sentomaru, he then confronted Basil Hawkins. Hawkins did not know about Sentomaru, and Kizaru decided to take the time to attack him. Hawkins survived Kizaru's attacks by transferring the damage to straw dolls, and the two of them were interrupted when Urouge was sent crashing in by a Pacifista. Kizaru watched as X Drake and Urouge fought two of the Pacifistas, and when Urouge was left standing around, Kizaru came up to him and kicked him at light speed, sending him crashing through several buildings.
Hawkins then turned into a giant straw man to attack Kizaru, but the admiral easily dealt with the pirate, who could still be damaged in his new form. Before he could finish Hawkins off, however, Kizaru was confronted by Scratchmen Apoo from a faraway rooftop. Apoo played "Combat Music" that cut off Kizaru's arm and made his body explode, but Kizaru quickly reformed his body. As Apoo was jumping from rooftop to rooftop, Kizaru quickly approached him by reflecting himself through mirrors and then kicked the Supernova down into a building, demolishing it. He then kicked Drake away in the blink of an eye before shooting Hawkins, but before he could attack Hawkins further, he received a call from Sentomaru, who told him to go after Luffy, Eustass Kid, and Trafalgar Law.
Kizaru arrived at Grove 12, where he encountered the fleeing Roronoa Zoro, Usopp, and Brook and took out the fatigued Zoro with one blast. Before he could finish Zoro off, however, his kick was blocked by Silvers Rayleigh. Kizaru wondered what to do with the legendary pirate, and got insulted when the Straw Hats used Rayleigh's arrival to run away. He tried reflecting himself toward the Straw Hats, but Rayleigh stopped him with a sword. Kizaru created a sword out of light, and the two of them clashed. During the fight, Kizaru noticed in shock that Bartholomew Kuma had come to confront the Straw Hats, and watched as the Warlord teleported them away one by one. Kuma then went up to Rayleigh to tell him something in private, and Kizaru requested to know what he said, but Kuma refused to tell him. Kizaru remarked that Kuma's actions were troublesome as the pirate finished removing all of the Straw Hats from the island.
Amazon Lily ArcEdit
Kizaru sat alongside his fellow admirals Aokiji and Akainu below Ace's execution platform as the Marines and Seven Warlords of the Sea prepared for war on Marineford. They watched as the Whitebeard Pirates arrived to save Ace, and Kizaru got a bad feeling before Whitebeard summoned two tsunamis with his Devil Fruit powers. The Marines and pirates then rushed into battle, and Kizaru attempted to shoot light beams at Whitebeard, but his attack was blocked by Marco. Kizaru shot beams at Marco as the pirate transformed into a phoenix and flew toward him, but Marco regenerated from the hits and the two clashed. Kizaru blasted Marco away with an explosion, and told the Giant Squad to be prepared for an aerial attack.
Later, a group of Impel Down escapees led by Luffy landed in the bay, and Kizaru was surprised to see Luffy again so soon. He then asked Sengoku for permission to execute all the new arrivals, which was granted. When Luffy charged toward the plaza, Kizaru shot a beam at him, but the beam was intercepted by Emporio Ivankov, and Kizaru urged on his subordinates to go and capture Luffy. Later, he was seen attacking some of the Whitebeard Pirates before he kicked Luffy away when the pirate came charging in. Some of the Whitebeard Pirates came in to stall Kizaru for Luffy, and he watched as Whitebeard was betrayed by his subordinate Squard.
Whitebeard recovered from Squard's attack and entered the fight, sending a shockwave at Ace's execution platform. However, Kizaru, Aokiji, and Akainu stopped it with their Haki. The Marines put up the encircling wall around the bay to trap the Whitebeard Pirates, but the fallen giant Little Oars Jr. blocked part of the wall and tried heading for Ace. Kizaru prepared to shoot Oars Jr. through the head, when Luffy suddenly flew over the wall and confronted the three admirals. Kizaru, Aokiji, and Akainu easily avoided Luffy's attacks with their Logia powers, and Luffy tried running past them with Gear Second, but Kizaru easily caught up to him and kicked him far away. Aokiji went to deal with Luffy, and Kizaru and Akainu watched as Oars Jr. brought the Whitebeard Pirates to the plaza and Whitebeard resumed his assault.
Luffy tried mounting another charge toward Ace, but Kizaru shot him, saying he would need more than willpower to rescue Ace. He then kicked Luffy toward Whitebeard, and mocked Whitebeard's choice to rally behind someone like Luffy. He then avoided an attack from one of Whitebeard's crew members before shooting him. Whitebeard briefly struggled with the effects of his age, and Marco ran toward him, allowing Kizaru to catch the pirate off-guard and shoot him in the back. Onigumo then placed seastone handcuffs on Marco, and Kizaru shot the defenseless pirate twice more.
Luffy managed to stop Ace's execution by knocking out the guards with Haoshoku Haki, and Kizaru was astounded by his power. Luffy got closer to the execution platform, and Kizaru tried to go to him, but he was stopped by Whitebeard. However, Kizaru shot Whitebeard through the chest before destroying Luffy's key to Ace's handcuffs with a beam of light. Although Luffy ultimately succeeded in rescuing Ace, the latter was killed by Akainu, and the Blackbeard Pirates arrived to kill Whitebeard and take his power. The Whitebeard Pirates and Impel Down escapees worked to save Luffy, and as Buggy tried bringing Luffy and Jinbe to Trafalgar Law's submarine, Kizaru shot through the pirate's collar. When Luffy and Jinbe made it onto Law's ship, Kizaru attempted to shoot them again, but was stopped as the Marine Koby pleaded for an end to the fighting. Kizaru tried to attack regardless, but was held at gunpoint by Benn Beckman as Shanks and the Red Hair Pirates arrived to end the war. When Law's submarine submerged and departed from Marineford, Kizaru went ahead with his attack and assaulted the bay with several beams of light, but unbeknownst to him, he did not hit the submarine. The battle then concluded as each faction went their own way.
The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.
One Piece Film: ZEdit
Two years later, when the Neo Marines attacked Firs Island to steal the Dyna Stones, Kizaru arrived to defend the island's Marine Base. He began attacking the ships and the Neo Marines trying to escape when the former admiral and instructor, Z, joined the battle and deflected his attacks, giving the needed time for his subordinates to escape. Kizaru asked why he was there, to which Z told him that he relied too much on his Devil Fruit abilities. Kizaru simply replied that he was still hard like a rock and formed a light sword to battle with.
The two had a fierce clash, with Z telling him that he became cocky since becoming an admiral. Kizaru told him he did not come to dwell on the past, firing a finger beam at him. Z blocked the blast and charged at him, overwhelming the admiral in a great explosion. Kizaru reformed behind him and attacked, with Z blocking his attack with his great mechanical limb. Kizaru told him that he could not match his speed with that heavy weapon, and then asked what he wanted the Dyna Stones for. Z told him that he could never get along with him while charging him. Kizaru effortlessly dodged and kindly asked for him to give back the Dyna Stones. Z then grabbed a Dyna Stone that had been dropped and crushed it. Terrified, Kizaru tried to flee the incoming blast but Z hurled it at his face as soon as he reformed. The blast engulfed the entire island, destroying the Marine Base.
Kizaru managed to survive and he later joined the summit about the return of "Black Arm" Z, where Sakazuki and the others were briefed on the destruction of the Marine Base and theft of the Dyna Stones. Kizaru chimed in that there was no way Z survived the explosion. Tsuru responded that Z was still alive, because he was too stubborn to die. Sakazuki lamented on their former teacher turning on them, but ordered Kizaru and six present vice admirals to kill their former instructor.
While the final battle between the Straw Hat Pirates and the Neo Marines progressed, Kizaru and his fleet landed on Piriodo and when the fight ended, he appeared to capture both Z and Luffy's crew. Z then went alone to fight against the whole Marine fleet, letting his comrades and the Straw Hat Pirates escape. During Zephyr's last stand, Kizaru said goodbye to his former teacher and shot a full Yasakani no Magatama against him, leaving him seriously injured. However, Z yet did not fall and continued to fight. Z later died, but it is unknown if by Kizaru's attacks.
Concludes non-canon section.
Four Emperors SagaEdit
Kizaru was at Marine Headquarters when he received a report of the Warlord Edward Weevil attacking another one of Whitebeard's former subordinate crews and destroying the surrounding area. He remarked that Weevil's strength resembled Whitebeard's regardless of whether or not the Warlord is indeed the son of the late Emperor.
After the Marines intercepted a communication between Big Mom and Kaido, Kizaru asked if he should go to handle the situation. Sakazuki told him to wait since they did not know the strength of the forces at Wano Country.
- Borsalino vs. Arlong
- Borsalino and a Pacifista vs. Basil Hawkins, Urouge, X Drake, and Scratchmen Apoo
- Borsalino vs. Roronoa Zoro
- Borsalino vs. Silvers Rayleigh
- Marines and Seven Warlords of the Sea vs. Whitebeard Pirates and allies
- Kizaru is shown during the One Piece Premier Show 2012 as an admiral of the Marines.
- One Piece: Unlimited Cruise
- One Piece: Gigant Battle
- One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
- One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- One Py Berry Match
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
- One Piece Treasure Cruise
- One Piece Thousand Storm
- One Piece: Burning Blood
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
- One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors
- One Piece: Unlimited World Red
- One Piece: World Seeker
- The model of Kizaru's face is the Japanese actor, Kunie Tanaka. Along with that, Kizaru's clothes, real name, Borsalino, and birthday, are apparently based on a movie character that Kunie Tanaka played in his youth. The character Borsalino from the old Japanese film Truck Yarō (トラック野郎), wore a suit and sunglasses similar to Kizaru's design.
- When first mentioned by Robin, Kizaru's silhouette was seen wearing an unusual deerstalker hat, which he wore during his time as a vice admiral. It is likely a reference to the Italian hat company Borsalino, from which Kizaru's real name is apparently derived.
- Kizaru's lazy and easy-going demeanor is something of a reference to the main characters' approach to crime from the 1970s French film Borsalino.
- His epithet, along with the other admirals' (Aokiji, Akainu, and Kizaru), are taken from Momotaro legends (Momotaro met Pheasant, Dog, and Monkey as friends to accompany him on his journey).
- Kizaru's techniques, Yata no Kagami (八咫鏡), Ama no Murakumo (天叢雲劍) and Yasakani no Magatama (八尺瓊曲玉) are taken from the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan.
- In the 6th Japanese Fan Poll, Kizaru ranked 77th.
- When he appeared on the Sabaody Archipelago, he was riding on a cannonball, which could be a reference to the fictional character Baron Münchhausen's tall tale of riding on one.
- Similarly to Akainu, Kizaru was also depicted in non-canon sources with a post-timeskip appearance that later proved inaccurate to his actual appearance, including Episode of Luffy, One Piece Film: Z, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, One Piece: Unlimited World Red and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. In these sources, Kizaru is seen wearing a turtleneck under his suit rather than his usual shirt and tie, which he continued wearing after the timeskip in the manga. However, unlike with Sakazuki, this design came from a sketch drawn by Oda for the movie.
- Borsalino's favorite foods are miso ramen, ginger, and bananas.