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Daruma is a cookie cutter shark fish-man, being the smallest one amongst the officers of the crew by far, as well as one of the smallest fish-men that appeared so far in the series. He has circular eyes, a flat nose and sharp teeth; his arms are notably larger than his hands and his skin is red. On his right arm is a tattoo of the New Fish-Man Pirates' Jolly Roger.
He sports a distinctive head gear composed of a hat similar to an aviator's, with two massive protrusion on both sides of his head, pointing upwards, and decorated on the front, paired with a plumed crest on top of it, similar to those found on ancient Roman and Greek helmets. He also wears a dark, sleeve and zipperless open jacket with a fur collar and a pair of Bermuda shorts.
As a teenager, he wore a large, dark top hat with a strange creature imprinted on the front, somehow reminiscent of both a mollusk and a standard Jolly Roger's skull, a simple A-shirt with spots on the upper part, just below the neck, and dark shorts.
After being arrested and put in prison, his body heavily aged due to the negative effects of the Energy Steroids, with his face covered in wrinkles and his arms and legs becoming really skinny. He now wears a prison jumpsuit but still sports his aviator helmet.
He appears to be violent and hungry as he says they should "gnash up" the escaping humans' meat. Like Hody Jones and the other officers, he follows Arlong's ideals and despises humans as well as Otohime's ideals. He is not above using threats to force the Fish-Man Island citizens to comply and follow the New Fish-Man Pirates. He seems to have a carnal urge to bite things, as he gets restless when he has not used his jaws for a while, and even says they ache; this leads him to despise sweets and snacks, and instead wants hard fish bones to gnaw on.
Abilities and PowersEdit
As an officer of the New Fish-Man Pirates, Daruma has control over his lower-ranked subordinates.
Daruma possesses tremendous willpower being completely unfazed by Luffy's Haoshoku Haki burst.
Despite his small size, Daruma is still a fish-man, and thus possesses ten times the strength of an average human, and even more underwater. Being an officer and a shark fish-man, he is probably even stronger than that.
Daruma has shown himself as having very powerful jaws that are rapidly able to pulverize stone walls. He was also able to intentionally combust by unknown means.
However, after the negative effects of the Energy Steroids took effect, he became weak and old, stripping him of all his strength.
- Cookie Cutter (クッキーカッター Kukkī Kattā?): Daruma uses his powerful jaws as a way of travelling, by swiftly eating out tunnels underground.
- Daruma Otoshi (ダルマ落とし Daruma Otoshi?, literally meaning "Daruma Fall"): During the fight against the Straw Hat Pirates, he burrowed underground and created numerous pitfalls in Gyoncorde Plaza, which quickly proved successful in stopping the fierce assault from the Kurosai FR-U IV and the Brachio Tank V. This attack can be indiscriminate as Daruma caused many of his comrades to fall into the massive pit he created. This is called Daruma Drop in the Viz manga and FUNimation sub. The name of this attack is a pun, as Daruma Otoshi is a traditional Japanese children game played with a Daruma doll.
- Hi-Daruma Cutter (火ダルマカッター Hi-Daruma Kattā?, literally meaning "Ablaze Daruma Cutter"): Daruma engulfs himself in fire by unknown means and then jumps towards his opponents, trying to bite them. This is called Fireball Cutter in the Viz manga and FUNimation sub. The name is a pun on hi-daruma (火だるま "man on fire"?).
Like the rest of the crew, Daruma consumed Energy Steroids during the battle against the three princes of Ryugu Kingdom, who are crowned the strongest soldiers in the entire island, and was able to overpower them due to this. The drug doubles his strength per pill, but shaves off a portion of his lifespan. This also had another side effect of making him old and weak after he was arrested, which lost him the strength he naturally had.
When Daruma and the future officers were children, they witnessed human oppression against fish-men. While they were growing up in the Fish-Man District, they only learned one thing: to hate humans. When they were teens, they read about Fisher Tiger's exploits at Mary Geoise. They cheered the Sun Pirates on thinking that their goal was to destroy humans.
After Hody joined the Neptune Army, the officers became a terrorist group that would kill any fish-men who sympathized with humans, especially those who willingly donate blood to them. After the assassination of Otohime, the officers celebrated.
Fish-Man Island ArcEdit
The New Fish-Man Pirates' Coup d'ÉtatEdit
He was first seen in Noah along with the rest of the officers and Hody Jones. As Gyro and his crew were attempting to flee Fish-Man Island after swearing loyalty to the New Fish-Man Pirates upon entry to Fish-Man Island, Daruma suggested they "gnash up" the escaping humans. He was later seen when Hody and Vander Decken IX formed an alliance, saying two very powerful people had just teamed up.
As Hody Jones and Vander Decken IX went to the Ryugu Palace, Daruma and the other officers went to spread terror at other locations. Daruma went to Candy Factory Town on the northwest side of the island. As the invasion of Fish-Man Island commenced, Daruma forced the citizens to step on a fumi-e of Queen Otohime. The citizens reluctantly complied and Daruma commented on how boring it was.
Daruma then chewed on the wall of the candy factory. He then scolded the lower-rank subordinates for bringing him cappuccino and sweets for his snack and angrily reminded them to give him his favorite food. Daruma then told his comrades to gather at Gyoncorde Plaza at the appointed time. He then went on ahead to the plaza by burrowing through the ground.
Battle for Fish-Man IslandEdit
The New Fish-Man Pirates soon gathered at the plaza and the Neptune Army's attempts to save the king were thwarted by the Sea Beasts. Zeo pointed out that a soldier was doing something with dynamite and Daruma asked where the soldier was. Hody stopped the soldier's attempt with Water Shot. After the three princes arrived and defeated the Sea Beasts, Daruma and the other officers prepared for battle.
Initially, the princes had the upper hand, but the officers turned the odds against them by taking Energy Steroids. They then defeated the princes and captured them. The New Fish-Man Pirates celebrated as the princes were placed right next to their father. After Jinbe and Shirahoshi had been captured as well, Hody revealed to everyone that he was the one who truly killed Otohime, shocking the royal family, the citizens, and the lower-rank subordinates. The officers already knew the truth. Daruma laughed at the surprised people for not noticing.
When Hody prepared to kill Neptune, Luffy (who had been hiding inside Megalo) suddenly appeared and kicked Hody away. Daruma was shocked at Luffy's unexpected appearance. When Hody's Water Shot was intercepted by Jinbe's, Daruma was surprised that Jinbe would be able to match their captain after his transformation.
After the Straw Hats showcased their abilities and defeated several of the New Fish-Man Pirates' subdivisions, Daruma made his move, burrowing underground and creating pitfalls to take out Franky's vehicles. The Brachio Tank V quickly fell into a pitfall, and Daruma commented that he would next take out Franky. However, he was shocked when Franky and the Black Rhino FR-U IV fell into the same pitfall, and called Franky a moron. Going back underground, he was surprised to hear someone else digging around nearby, and was knocked back onto the surface by Chopper. As the two face each other, Daruma told Chopper that he would rip him to shreds.
Later on, he tried to catch up with Chopper, claiming that he could not be beaten in digging. Chopper suddenly smelled Dosun near Usopp and covered him by knocking out Dosun. Usopp shot an exploding Pop Green inside the tunnels while Daruma was still inside. When the Pop Green exploded, Daruma burst out of the ground. Daruma then prepared to face off against Usopp.
In his fight against Usopp, Daruma lighted himself on fire and attacked Usopp, who dodged and tried to snipe the fish-man. Daruma taunted Usopp for firing duds, but Usopp stated that in three shots, he would snipe Daruma.
Defeat and ImprisonmentEdit
Daruma started to get mad when Usopp ignored their fight to talk to Chopper, but was knocked away from the sniper by the latter's first shot, and then sent skyward by the second. After Usopp fired his third shot, the Impact Wolf, Daruma claimed that he could just bite through it but was quickly knocked out by the shockwave released by the Pop Green. After the battle for Fish-Man Island ended, the officers of the New Fish-Man Pirates were locked up in the palace prison.
- Daruma and the other New Fish-Man Pirates' Officers vs. Fukaboshi, Ryuboshi and Manboshi (unseen)
- Daruma vs. Tony Tony Chopper
- Daruma vs. Usopp
- His name comes from daruma-zame (ダルマザメ), the Japanese name for cookie-cutter shark.
- A Daruma is a traditional Japanese round, hollow doll.
- Cookiecutter Shark – Wikipedia article about the species of fish-man Daruma is.