CP9, more properly known as Cipher Pol Number 9 (サイファーポールNo.9 Saifā Pōru Nanbā Nain?), is a secret Cipher Pol organization, formed of people able to use the Rokushiki techniques. They are the main antagonist group of the Water 7 Saga, specifically the Water 7 and Enies Lobby Arcs. The organization's members are also the central characters from CP9's Independent Report Cover Page Serial.
Unlike the eight official Cipher Police groups, CP9 members are not centered on intelligence gathering, but instead specialized in covert assassination of targets deemed a threat to the World Government. Members are gathered at childhood, and are trained both physically and mentally to become powerful killers, discarding emotions in order to become more efficient in missions. Rob Lucci, the most powerful member in the organization's history, had become almost incapable of mercy or accepting weakness due to this; However, younger members such as Kaku have demonstrated a wider array of emotions and even compassion, proving the mind-molding is not always successful.
CP9 had been subdivided into two teams when the whole group was not needed for a mission. One group consists of Kaku, Blueno, Kalifa, and the leader, Lucci; this group was sent to Water 7 to retrieve the blueprints of the Ancient Weapon Pluton from Iceburg. The other group was sent to crush certain Revolutionary Army members, led by Jabra and having Fukurou and Kumadori under him.
The CP9 are based in Enies Lobby's Tower of Justice, where they act as the final guardians of the Gates of Justice. It has been said that Enies Lobby's reputation of being impossible to conquer is due to the generations of CP9, and their strength. It was also stated that this generation of CP9 is the strongest in its history. Due to their extreme power, it seems that they all have rather arrogant and pompous attitudes; because of this, members of CP9 absolutely refuse to believe that "pirate scum" (no matter how powerful) could defeat them, which ultimately caused their downfall at the hands of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Failure is unacceptable for CP9 and any member who does fail or is defeated will face harsh punishment. They will be fired then either killed or arrested. Part of the reason for this is to prevent information leaks.
Privileges of CP9
CP9 has special privileges not available to normal Cipher Pol squadrons, such as the authorization to kill any person perceived as a threat to world stability. They are also trained since childhood in the martial arts style Rokushiki, a style that few others know of. During their eponymous saga, CP9 was also given the ability to initiate a Buster Call, under the authority of Admiral Aokiji, but only once.
|Spandam ‡||Spandine ‡|
|Rob Lucci ‡||Kaku ‡||Jabra ‡||Blueno ‡||Kumadori ‡|
|Fukurou ‡||Kalifa ‡||Nero ‡ ?||Laskey ‡||?????? ‡|
|Hattori ‡||Funkfreed ‡|
Allies and Affiliates
- Spandine: Left group and succeeded by his son Spandam.
- Laskey: Left group, unknown.
- Who's-Who: Imprisoned for failing a mission to guard the Gomu Gomu no Mi, but broke out of prison; later became a pirate captain and then a member of the Beasts Pirates' Tobiroppo.
- Spandam: Devastatingly injured by Usopp, Franky, and Nico Robin. Later became a member of CP0.
- Funkfreed: Unknown.
- Rob Lucci: Defeated by Monkey D. Luffy, fired from the group and became a fugitive; later became a member of CP0.
- Hattori: Fired from the group and became a fugitive; later became a member of CP0 along with his master, Rob Lucci.
- Kaku: Defeated by Roronoa Zoro, fired from the group and became a fugitive; later became a member of CP0.
- Jabra: Defeated by Sanji, fired from the group and became a fugitive.
- Blueno: Defeated by Monkey D. Luffy, fired from the group and became a fugitive.
- Kumadori: Defeated by Tony Tony Chopper, fired from the group and became a fugitive.
- Fukurou: Defeated by Franky, fired from the group and became a fugitive.
- Kalifa: Defeated by Nami, fired from the group and became a fugitive.
- Nero: Defeated by Franky, fired from the group and thrown into the ocean by Lucci.
It's not known for exactly how long CP9 has been around, but it is known that they existed 20 years ago. When they took part in the Ohara Incident, they were lead by Spandine, Spandam's father. In 1507, Lucci joined the CP9 at age 13 after completing his training in the Cipher Pol homeland and gained immediate notoriety after killing 500 royal guards and the pirates that tried to take over the unnamed kingdom. In 1514, Spandam became the new CP9 director, replacing his father who still lives in the present storyline.
12 years ago, CP9 was once again involved in another incident. Who's-Who, an agent of promising talent, was tasked to escort a specific Devil Fruit, but because of a mistake, he failed to accomplish this mission and had the fruit stolen from him by the Red Hair Pirates, leading to his subsequent imprisonment. Who's-Who eventually escaped and became captain of his own pirate crew, before joining the Beasts Pirates, led by Kaidou of the Four Emperors.
Undercover at Water 7
In 1517, Spandam sent four agents to work undercover to spy on Iceburg. Kalifa became Iceburg's secretary, Blueno became a bartender, and Lucci and Kaku became Dock One foremen at the Galley-La Company.
However, Iceburg knew that the World Government was still spying on him. After he heard from Kalifa that Franky was alive and wanted to see him, Iceburg turned him away. Kaku even remembered Franky entering the Galley-La Headquarters. Later, Iceburg gave the blueprint to Franky for safekeeping and hid the fake blueprint in his safe vault.
5 years later, before the Water 7 Arc, Aokiji informed Spandam of Robin's coming, and gave him permission to use the Buster Call with the Golden Den Den Mushi. At this point, Spandam almost had his unit in Water 7 finish the mission, but was forced to postpone completion until an agent reported Robin's arrival.
Water 7 Arc
Incident on Dock One
Before the Straw Hat Pirates sets out to explore Water 7 and search for the shipwrights, there was a problem in Dock One. A pirate captain named Mikazuki refused to pay the Galley-La shipwrights for fixing his ship. He was planning on fighting and robbing them. Kalifa informed Iceburg calmly about the ruckus and said her trademark line, "sexual harassment".
Finally, one of the shipwrights "accidentally" slammed Mikazuki with a huge log. Kaku slashed one of the pirates' backs with a huge saw, while Lucci knocked down some pirates.
After this incident, the people would crowd the foremen as if they were heroes. Lucci can be seen flexing his muscles.
While Robin and Chopper are shopping, Chopper went into a bookstore while Robin waits outside. While waiting, a masked man (who is Blueno in disguise) walked past her and said only "CP9" before disappearing in the crowd. Robin was frightened, recalling the members of CP9 who participated in the invasion of Ohara 20 years ago. Following this, she is absent for a prolonged period without word.
Meanwhile the Straw Hat Pirates begin their search for shipwrights to repair the Going Merry and arrive at Dock One, where the three members of CP9 were undercover.
Galley-La Headquarters Attack
The assault on the Galley-La headquarters signaled the completion of the mission requiring the four members of CP9 to be undercover, thus ending their mission of five years.
During this time, there was a brief standoff where it was revealed that Nico Robin had engaged in a contract with the government to aid CP9 in recovering the blueprints to (and later reactivating) the ancient weapon Pluton.
The blueprints alleged to be in the Galley-La headquarters supposedly possessed by the leader of the company Iceburg were a forgery, though Rob Lucci decided after inspection that the only possible location of the real blueprints would be in the hands of Tom's only other apprentice, Cutty Flam.
Following the revelation that Franky was keeping the real blueprints for Pluton, the CP9 agents - now unmasked - located the Franky Family and unveiled their leader's location: an old warehouse formerly owned by Tom that Franky was maintaining. Here, he was holding Usopp in hopes of attracting the Straw Hats attention, to exact vengeance for what happened to the Franky House and many of Franky's subordinates.
However, these notions were halted when CP9 knocked the Square Sisters unconscious and invaded the warehouse. Unable to locate the real blueprints, Franky and Usopp were accosted.
Departing to Enies Lobby
After arresting and incapacitating Franky and Usopp, the CP9 members in Water 7 headed for the Sea Train to return to Enies Lobby with Nico Robin in tow.
Sanji - detached from the rest of the Straw Hat crew - took note of this and boarded the Sea Train as well. The train then departed, leaving the rest of the crew behind.
While Robin, Franky, and Usopp were taken onto the Sea Train, Sanji slipped on board and freed the latter two. After Usopp adopts his alter-ego, Sogeking, the three proceeded to fight through the Sea Train to save Robin. Franky encountered CP9's newest agent, Nero, who only mastered four of the six Rokushiki techniques. After a harsh battle at the Puffing Tom's rooftop, Nero was defeated by Franky, and killed by Rob Lucci for being useless to the unit.
Enies Lobby Arc
Blueno was the first CP9 member to fight the Straw Hat Pirates at Enies Lobby, specifically against Luffy. Although he initially gained control of the battle using Rokushiki and his devil fruit, Blueno was outmatched when Luffy revealed his new Gear 2nd ability. With Gear 2nd, Luffy was able to easily keep up with Soru and heavily damaged the confident Blueno. Luffy then proceeds to defeat him as Blueno's last ditch effort, attempting to take Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Jet Bazooka with his Tekkai Gou, fails while he collapses shortly afterwards.
The remaining members of CP9 faced the Straw Hats in battle. Franky defeated Fukurou after replenishing his cola supply. Kumadori was too powerful for Nami to defeat, but Chopper intervened. He was initially outmatched, but after resorting to Monster Chopper, he easily defeated Kumadori. Sanji, despite being stronger than Kalifa, was unable to defeat her because he could not kick a woman. Instead, Nami fought Kalifa and managed to defeat her. After being freed from his handcuffs to Sogeking, Zoro defeated Kaku. Sogeking was unable to defeat Jabra, but Sanji fought on Usopp's behalf and defeated Jabra. Luffy managed to defeat Lucci after a long and difficult battle, something none of the other Straw Hats could do. The defeated CP9 agents are left behind as the Buster Call begins to ravage the island. Spandam and his guards were sniped from a distance by Sogeking, Franky entered the battle and used Funkfreed's size against Spandam severely injuring him. Afterwards, Spandam's spine was snapped in half by Robin as the Straw Hats escaped Enies Lobby on the Going Merry.
CP9's Independent Report
- Further information: CP9's Independent Report
Blueno managed to protect the other CP9 members with his Air Door. Lucci, however, was badly in need of medical care. To make the situation even worse, Spandam sent Marines after the CP9, as he blamed them for the fall and defeat of Enies Lobby. The CP9 managed to evade the Marines and thus are considered fugitives by the World Government. The CP9 then crossed the sea train tracks to St. Poplar where they use their Devil Fruit abilities to perform on the street in order to raise money to treat Lucci's injuries. Upon acquiring the necessary funds, Rob Lucci was operated on, and while he was recovering the other members of the CP9 enjoyed normal activities such as shopping and sitting in the cafe. Lucci later regained consciousness, upright but looking still weakened, with an elated Hattori at the windowsill. Lucci was subsequently discharged from the hospital, to the joy of all his colleagues.
While bowling using their superhuman strength, Blueno noticed trouble in the town. The Candy Pirates appeared in the town causing problems for the citizens, so the CP9 stopped their bowling match and went to deal with the situation. Lucci kicked the captain of the Candy Pirates and another pirate while the rest boarded the ship and beat the Candy Pirates up much to the excitement and amazement of the townspeople. However, the townspeople are later horrified when Lucci kills the captain by crushing his skull. With all the negative attention, the CP9 decide that they cannot stay in St. Poplar. A little girl offered Kalifa a flower of thanks which Kalifa accepted while Fukurou, Jabra and Kumadori are so touched at the gesture that they are crying.
The CP9 agents set sail on the Candy Pirates' ship, and returned to their home island, where children who will eventually become CP9 members were being trained. A group of Marines, commanded by Very Good, followed them there. CP9 refused to allow the Marines to disturb their homeland, and proceeded on fighting the Marines, and easily defeated them all.
Afterwards, Spandam was in the hospital in horrible shape from the beatings he took from Nico Robin and Franky. He received a call from Lucci, warning him that he and the other members of the CP9 will eventually return. Afterwards, his father, Spandine, appeared and Spandam called for him to help in a plan to destroy the CP9. With that, the CP9 departed on their ship, surrounded by Very Good's body parts, and leave the flower of friendship given to Kalifa growing in the ground of their homeland.
Sometime during the two year time skip, former CP9 members Lucci, Spandam, and Kaku were promoted to CP0, with Spandam now being Lucci's subordinate.
One Piece Green: Secret Pieces revealed an early concept of the CP9 and their fight match-ups with the Straw Hat Pirates. Originally, the match-ups were supposed to be:
- Lucci vs. Luffy
- Kalifa vs. Robin
- Fukurou vs. Nami
- Kaku vs. Sanji
- Shakiin (Jabra) vs. Zoro
- Apollo (Kumadori) vs. Chopper
- Blueno vs. Usopp
- Most of CP9 members are orphans raised by the World Government, the only exceptions being Kumadori, Spandam, and Kalifa.
- Lucci, Jabra, and Blueno are the only CP9 agents to appear in Chapter 0: Strong World. In Episode 0, however, Fukurou and Kumadori appeared alongside the three aforementioned.
- The top three fighters of the Straw Hat crew each developed new techniques in their respective fights against the top three fighters of CP9: Luffy developed Gear Third against Lucci, Zoro developed Asura against Kaku, and Sanji developed Diable Jambe against Jabra.
- Also, two of the three weakest members of the Straw Hats showed off new gadgets during their battles against CP9: Nami showed off the Perfect Clima-Tact and Usopp showed off the Kabuto, while the third weakest member Tony Tony Chopper revealed his uncontrollable Monster form, a dangerous side-effect produced by consuming three Rumble Balls in under six hours.
- Despite the fact they are supposed to be a secret group, it would appear that most of the Marines are aware of CP9's existence as well as its members' identities. The group's signature martial arts style, Rokushiki, has also somehow leaked into the Marines to the point that even a Petty Officer knows how to use it, and many higher-ranked marines being able to perform at least one of its six techniques.
- CP9 is the first villain group whose leader does not fight Luffy, though this is due to the CP9 director being the weakest member of the group, being far outclassed by Rob Lucci.
- Every member also has an animal theme, much like the Seven Warlords of the Sea and the Worst Generation:
- The tower in the background of the CP9's unnamed homeland is based off of the East Tower on the Jiang Xin Yu (River Island) in Wenzhou, China. Oda took a cue from this landscape because he grew up watching Kung Fu movies.