"Wet-Haired Caribou" is an infamous rookie pirate who was at the Sabaody Archipelago around the time of the Straw Hat Pirates' reunion. He has earned a bounty of 210,000,000, making him part of the new generation of rookie pirates with bounties over 100,000,000.
He is the big brother of "Blood Splatterer" Coribou, another infamous rookie, and the two of them are co-captains of the Caribou Pirates. Both brothers gained their reputations for killing Marines. As both of them have bounties over 70,000,000, they both fulfilled the requirement of the Fake Straw Hat Crew, but they left upon discovering the crew's fraudulence.
He is a minor antagonist during the Fish-Man Island Saga, and the central character of the Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World cover story. Later, he became an ally of Luffy during the Wano Country Arc.
Caribou is a tall man with dark skin and dark hair reaching down to his shoulders, a distinctive wet-looking tuft giving him his epithet, and a beard in the shape of a whirl going upwards on his chin. He has intimidating eyes with many circles around the pupils (with dark and medium green central heterochromia in the anime), pointed ears, and long limbs. He has a long tongue which is often seen sticking out.
He wears a coat which appears to be made of fur, dark on the outside and lighter and spotted on the inside (similar to a leopard's), draped over his shoulders like a cape, dark pants and shoes, and an extremely long-sleeved shirt (which at Sabaody was covered in blood) with a Cross fleury-like design on the chest. With the way he wears his shirt, concealing his arms under his long sleeves, it resembles an unbuckled straitjacket.
After being found and looked after by an old woman on a winter island in the New World, Caribou is seen wearing a coat, which has a darker color than his previous one and a fluffy collar, draped onto his shoulders. He is also wearing plaid pajamas and thick winter boots. He soon went back to wearing his old long sleeved attire, but now wears a revolutionary uniform jacket draped over his shoulders, along with a beret with a star on it.
After becoming a prisoner in Wano Country, Caribou kept his long sleeve shirt, but acquired standard prisoner striped pants and tattered trousers, as well as handcuffs and sandals.
Caribou is an insanely violent man who is well-known for killing people, most prominently Marines, by burying them alive. Caribou believes in God, and frequently justifies his murders by claiming to do it for the sake of his god. He will also ask his god to forgive enemies that work against him, showing a very egotistical personality. Caribou seeks the fame of killing important people, and is constantly plotting ways to target his next victim; he joined what was seemingly the Straw Hat Pirates in order to kill their members from within, and sought to attack the real Straw Hats as soon as they appeared. He is extremely prideful, as he decided to shoot a Marine rather than use him as a shield like the Fake Straw Hat Crew commanded because the Marine had lied to him. He also seems to be overconfident in his Logia Devil Fruit power, as he dismissed Pekoms' Zoan ability and attacked him with no caution, causing Pekoms to defeat him with one blow.
Caribou is very greedy and loves to get money and treasure by any means necessary. He has no problem with selling captives on the slave market, and upon reaching Fish-Man Island he immediately took the opportunity to kidnap as many mermaids as possible to sell them, only releasing them once he managed to steal the Ryugu Palace's entire treasury. When he saw Pekoms and Tamago walking away with his stolen treasure, Caribou immediately became angry and rushed to attack them, causing him to be quickly defeated. Caribou is also rather lecherous, as he immediately started ogling Nami upon seeing her, contemplated hiding in the women's quarters on the Thousand Sunny, and took great pleasure when talking to the group of mermaids he captured. He likes to use his Devil Fruit abilities to move around in disguise and listen in on conversations that reveal things he can take advantage of.
Caribou prioritizes his own safety at all times and will almost always attempt to escape whenever he encounters a situation that he recognizes is too dangerous for him. He will even abandon his comrades to get to safety, as shown when he left his crew behind to fight the Marines at the G-5 base. When he is surrounded by enemies with no way of escape, Caribou will try to stay alive by pledging to serve them, although people typically know his oaths of fealty are lies. Caribou will use other people around him to his advantage whenever possible, as he tried teaming up with Monkey D. Luffy in the Prisoner Mine to work toward escaping and get more meal tickets. However, he was much less willing to help Luffy in his quest to take down the Yonko Kaido himself, and when he and the Straw Hats encountered a kraken on the way to Fish-Man Island, he begged for them to flee from it. When his pleading was unsuccessful, he gave the Straw Hats the idea to send fighters out in bubbles to keep the kraken from attacking their ship and dooming him.
During his cover story, however, Caribou appeared to grow more conscientious of others. When a granny nursed him back to health, he was initially willing to let her be beaten by Scotch, but he had a change of heart and returned to the island with his crew to save her and the factory workers; this culminated in him protecting the granny from X Drake at all costs.
Like many other characters, he has a distinct laughter style, starting with "Kehihihi".
Caribou values his co-captain and brother Coribou and the rest of his crew, but mainly due to their unwavering loyalty to him and willingness to aid him in combat. He counted on them to rescue him from the Straw Hats' captivity and was devastated when they were attacked by the kraken, and was elated to see them work to rescue him from Jinbe and the G-5 Marines. However, he was very quick to abandon his crew at the G-5 base in order to make his escape. While at the Sabaody Archipelago, he berated Coribou for looking in the wrong direction when talking to him and insulted him, with Coribou repeatedly apologizing to him in response.
Caribou was initially fearful upon reuniting with his crew, but in spite of his betrayal, Coribou and the crew were still very loyal to him, as Coribou had no intention of ever fighting with his brother to honor the wishes of their grandmother. The Caribou Pirates immediately worked with Caribou to free the residents of a nearby village. Notably, they made no effort to save their captain after he was defeated and captured by X Drake, although they wept and saluted him as he was dragged away.
Caribou is well-known for killing Marines during his pirating voyage. When he found a Marine soldier at Sabaody, Caribou attacked him and tried to have him buried alive, calling him a sinner in his prayer to God. Upon finding out that the Marine had lied to him about not calling reinforcements, Caribou took this very personally and shot him, despite having received orders to use him as a human shield. The Marines hate Caribou, having assigned him a very large bounty for his actions. When he was dropped off at the G-5 base, the Marines there quickly raced to execute him tortuously by burning him at the stake.
Fake Straw Hat CrewEdit
Caribou and Coribou joined the Fake Straw Hat Crew under the impression that they were the real Straw Hats, intending to kill them from within for fame. Demaro Black, who was posing as Luffy, was glad to have the two infamous brothers join his forces. Later, Black ordered Caribou to lead the charge against the Marine forces by using one of their men as a shield, Caribou flouted his orders and shot the Marine to satisfy his pride. Caribou was not seen fighting the Marines with the rest of the crew, and after the Straw Hat actors were exposed as fakes, Caribou rounded them up and had them buried alive. He degraded them and called them fools, and they pleaded for him to spare their lives, but Caribou had no mercy and did what he had planned to do.
Upon reaching Fish-Man Island, Caribou sought to kidnap mermaids to sell them as slaves, and he also stole the royal family's entire treasury. No bystanders witnessed these actions, so they were unaware of Caribou's existence and initially blamed his actions on the Straw Hats. Caribou sought to kidnap the mermaid princess Shirahoshi to sell her for the highest price of all, but was stopped by Luffy. After having his treasure taken away and unsuccessfully trying to get it back, Caribou immediately resumed kidnapping mermaids, but this time was spotted and stopped by Jinbe. Jinbe immediately took Caribou to turn him in to the Marines, resulting in much fanfare from the residents when the pirate was taken away.
Caribou became an enemy of the Beasts Pirates when he came to an island controlled by the crew and decided to lead the residents of one town in a revolt against being forced to work in a weapons factory. Caribou defeated Scotch and destroyed the factory by putting them into his body, and this was met with swift retribution from the Beasts Pirates as X Drake immediately defeated and captured Caribou. He was then sentenced to work in the Prisoner Mine until his spirit broke and he joined Kaido's crew, though he has aided in efforts by other people to break out of the prison, albeit with little desire to make more of an enemy out of a Yonko and his crew.
Straw Hat PiratesEdit
Caribou wanted to kill the Straw Hat Pirates to become more infamous, and joined the Fake Straw Hat Crew to try to get the opportunity to do so. After finding out who the real Straw Hats were, Caribou raced to attack them and boarded their ship while they were traveling to Fish-Man Island. However, his crew was unable to go with him, and since he knew he could not take on the Straw Hats alone he begged them to let him join them. They did not believe that he wanted to help them and so tied him up, and when the three strongest Straw Hat members left their ship to battle the kraken, Caribou immediately started plotting to take advantage of this and kill the rest of them. However, he was spotted hiding and plotting by Franky, who trapped him in the barrel he was hiding in. The Straw Hats saw Caribou again when he was trying to kidnap Shirahoshi; this immediately enraged them and Luffy quickly defeated Caribou.
Caribou reunited with Luffy many weeks later when they were both imprisoned in the Prisoner Mine. He offered to become Luffy's servant in order to break out of the prison and get more meal cards, but Luffy wanted nothing to do with him. Caribou was later freed by Raizo after the ninja had accidentally stolen the key to his handcuffs, and helped Raizo work to free Luffy and the other prisoners. He promised to become Luffy's subordinate if Luffy let him work with him, even saying he would join Luffy's crew. As usual, he did not really mean that, but to his surprise Luffy agreed because he did not consider Caribou to be a bad guy anymore. This baffled Caribou, and he became more fearful of Luffy because he wondered if the pirate was tricking him.
Gaburu's grandmother was very kind to Caribou, as she took him to her house to rest and recover after being shipwrecked and gave him food for his journey. Caribou thought little of her at first and stole her jewelry while she was sleeping, but his attitude changed after the granny told him to run away while she took on the powerful pirate Scotch. Not long afterwards, Caribou returned with his crew to save the granny and the townspeople from Scotch. When Caribou was defeated by X Drake, he made sure to protect the granny from him, and she gave him her last meat pie in return. Caribou was under the impression that the granny believed him to be her grandson Gaburu, as they look alike and she called him by that name when saving him from Scotch. Unbeknownst to him, the granny knows that he is not Gaburu, as Gaburu is dead.
Abilities and PowersEdit
As co-captain of the Caribou Pirates, Caribou has authority over his crew alongside his brother Coribou. Caribou is a strong pirate, gaining Super Rookie status while successfully traversing Paradise, the first half of the Grand Line. With his Devil Fruit powers, he has become well-known as a menace to the Marines by killing many of them, allowing him to gain a 210,000,000 bounty. Caribou and his crew were able to easily round up the members of the Fake Straw Hat Crew aside from their captain, and they were powerless to stop Caribou. Additionally, he led his crew and freedom-fighting citizens to a swift victory against Scotch of the Beasts Pirates primarily by overwhelming the enemy with his Devil Fruit power. Along with his crew, Caribou also showed the ability to tame the large sea beast Momoo and get it to pull their ship down toward Fish-Man Island.
When engaging in physical combat, Caribou relies almost solely on his Devil Fruit power and has no knowledge of Haki. His real body is not very durable, as he has frequently been defeated in one blow by opponents who can use Busoshoku Haki such as Luffy, Pekoms, Jinbe, and X Drake.
- Further information: Numa Numa no Mi
Caribou ate the Numa Numa no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a swamp at will. Caribou is capable of storing a massive number of objects inside his body by having them sink into his swamp, and can hold them in until he chooses to release them or he loses consciousness. Caribou can fit very large objects inside his body, including an entire weapons factory, and can also store people, allowing him to capture others with greater ease; if someone is caught in his swamp and tries to resist being pulled in, they only sink faster. Caribou stores a large amount of weapons in his body, allowing him to pull them out whenever he wishes and use them unexpectedly. He can also smother people with his swamp, and transform his entire body to sneak around places undetected.
Caribou used some sort of spear or polearm to stab the Marine who was spying at the Fake Straw Hats meeting point. He was also seen wielding a flintlock pistol. During his battle with Pekoms on Fish-Man Island, he used a Gatling gun and a scythe, hiding them within the infinite space of his swamp body.
When Caribou and Coribou were young children, their now-deceased grandmother told the two to always stick together and love each other no matter what. Caribou and Coribou would later form the Caribou Pirates, and while he was still a rookie, Caribou would earn a 210,000,000 bounty for his activities which included prominently killing Marines.
Fish-Man Island SagaEdit
Return to Sabaody ArcEdit
At the Sabaody Archipelago, Caribou and Coribou were recruited by Demaro Black, who was posing as Monkey D. Luffy, to join the Fake Straw Hat Crew who were masquerading as the famous Straw Hat Pirates. Caribou and Coribou joined in order to kill the Straw Hats from within, and gathered with the other recruits in Grove 46. Caribou noticed a Marine hiding out nearby reporting the pirates' presence, and the Marine lied that he had not yet alerted his superiors. Caribou stabbed him, and the Fake Straw Hats arrived before Coribou could bury him alive. A battalion of Marines arrived shortly into the gathering, and Demaro Black ordered for Caribou to use his Marine captive as a shield, but Caribou decided to shoot him instead for lying to him. The pirates then charged to fight the Marines, but were quickly overwhelmed when several Pacifistas arrived. Caribou saw as the Pacifistas exposed the Fake Straw Hats and then witnessed the real Luffy become involved in the conflict.
Fish-Man Island ArcEdit
The Caribou Pirates managed to escape and round up the Straw Hat impersonators except for Demaro Black, who had been captured by the Marines. Caribou had his crew dig graves to bury the impostors in, and used his Logia ability to overwhelm them. Afterwards, the Caribou Pirates began pursuing the real Straw Hats and used the giant sea cow Momoo to pull their ship the Numabou underwater to Fish-Man Island. When they caught up to the Thousand Sunny, Caribou boarded the ship to lead the raid, but before the rest of the crew could do the same, Momoo recognized the Straw Hats and swam away in fear, leaving Caribou alone with the Straw Hats. Caribou lied that he was a menial worker and wanted to join the Straw Hats, and they tied him up, not knowing he was a Logia user.
The Straw Hats later encountered a kraken, and Caribou was delighted as his crew returned to save him, only to watch as the kraken destroyed their ship. Luffy decided to take on the kraken, and Caribou told him, Roronoa Zoro, and Sanji to put on bubbles that would allow them to move underwater and fight the sea monster away from the Sunny. As the trio of Straw Hats defeated the kraken, the crew of the Sunny was sent plummeting down toward the Underworld of the Sea. At this point, Caribou escaped from his ropes and hid inside a barrel, plotting to kill the remaining Straw Hats onboard. However, Franky spotted him inside the barrel and bolted it shut, preventing him from escaping.
The Straw Hats eventually made it to Fish-Man Island, and a few mermaids found Caribou's barrel in Mermaid Cove. They loosened the bolts to see what was inside, allowing Caribou to break out and trap them in his swamp body. Caribou was ecstatic that he was able to sneak onto the island, and plotted to kidnap more mermaids so he could sell them on the slave market. Caribou later captured two more mermaids on the south beach before going to Coral Hill, where he saw the giant mermaid princess Shirahoshi with the Straw Hats. He became very interested in Shirahoshi, believing he could sell her for an enormous price.
Caribou later broke into the Ryugu Palace, where he freed the mermaids he captured and stole the country's entire treasury, including their national treasure the Tamatebako He then overheard a conversation between King Neptune and Nico Robin and found out that Shirahoshi was Poseidon, one of the three Ancient Weapons that could destroy the world. Caribou proceeded to find Shirahoshi and pull her into his body, but Luffy found him while he was doing this. Luffy attacked Caribou and sent him flying all the way to the main island, and he fell unconscious upon landing, causing the treasure he stole to be ejected from his body.
After regaining consciousness, Caribou raced around near the Candy Factory to try to find his missing treasure. He spotted Pekoms and Tamago of the Big Mom Pirates carrying away the treasure in large bags, and brought out a gatling gun to shoot Pekoms. However, Pekoms emerged unscathed by transforming into a turtle, and before Caribou could strike him with a sickle, Pekoms defeated him with a single Busoshoku Haki-imbued punch.
Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New WorldEdit
Caribou later regained consciousness after Pekoms' attack and started capturing mermaids in Mermaid Cove again, but was quickly stopped by Jinbe. Jinbe took Caribou to the G-5 Marine Branch, and the Caribou Pirates encountered the duo, but were unable to rescue their captain. Jinbe successfully dropped Caribou off at the G-5 base, and the Marines had him burned at the stake. However, the Caribou Pirates arrived at the base, and Coribou beat back the Marines and freed his brother. Caribou then escaped on the Numabou, leaving his brother and crew to be captured by the Marines.
Caribou was forced to abandon the Numabou on a life raft during a storm and washed ashore on an unknown island, where a granny found him and took him to her home to recover. After Caribou and the granny woke up, she sent him off to the harbor, where a group of armed men mistook him for their revolutionary commander Gaburu. The granny arrived and chased the men away, but Caribou got curious and decided to look around the town. He found that many of the residents were working in a weapons factory, and after spotting him, the residents believed that Gaburu had returned and started a revolt.
The revolt was quickly quelled by Scotch, who set the town ablaze. Caribou found the granny laying on the floor next to a picture of Gaburu, whom he discovered was her grandson. Scotch then confronted the two of them, and the granny got up and told Caribou, whom she called Gaburu, to run away while she took on the pirate. Caribou did so and ran to the harbor, where he encountered his crew who had commandeered a Marine ship. However, Coribou and the crew were happy to see Caribou again as Coribou heeded his grandmother's desire for them to always get along. Caribou then dressed up as Gaburu and his crew pretended to be Gaburu's revolutionaries as they sailed to confront Scotch, who had defeated the granny. The Caribou Pirates then battled Scotch and his men and Caribou trapped Scotch and the weapons factory inside his body, making the revolt a success.
However, right as the revolutionaries started celebrating, X Drake arrived and quickly defeated Caribou. Caribou protected the granny from Drake, and she gave him the last of her meat pies as Drake dragged him onto his ship and sailed away.
Wano Country ArcEdit
Caribou was taken to Wano Country and imprisoned in the Prisoner Mine in Udon. There, he witnessed Luffy and Eustass Kid's confrontation with the deputy warden. After that event, he tried to talk to Luffy with the intention of allying and escaping from the prison, but Luffy rejected him, telling Caribou to go ally with Kid. Caribou began to tell Luffy about the rumors of how Kid lost an arm, until Kid appeared and interrupted him. Caribou got scared on the spot as Luffy and Kid argued over who would defeat Kaido.
Later, he was released from his cuffs by Raizo. Caribou hid Raizo inside his body and went up to the sumo ring where Luffy and Hyogoro were. Caribou told Luffy that he wanted to become his subordinate, promising that he had changed and would be good with him. When Luffy quickly accepted his help, he was surprised. During the night, Caribou and Raizo stole Queen's oshiruko supply and fed it to Luffy and Hyogoro. The next day, Caribou and Raizo hid in the shadows and noted that Luffy and Hyogoro were obviously going to stand out after eating too much food. Caribou later told Raizo how Wano Country's communication network operates and helped him disable Udon's communications. After Luffy and his allies successfully took over the prison, Caribou commented on how well it went and expressed eagerness for the day of the decisive battle against Kaido.
- Fake Straw Hat Crew and new recruits vs. Marines
- Caribou vs. Drip and Mounblutain
- Caribou vs. Pekoms
- Caribou Pirates vs. Scotch
- "Caribou" is another word for reindeer (which is referenced on his ship's figurehead).
- Caribou is the first new Devil Fruit user and first Logia type user to be revealed after the timeskip, as well as the second known Super Rookie with the powers of a Logia Devil Fruit, the first being Ace.