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Epoida[4] is an infamous New World pirate captain who was once a member of the Whitebeard Pirates,[2] before forming his own crew subordinate to Whitebeard.[1]

Appearance

Epoida is a massive, rotund man with long, curly orange hair reaching down to his waist that constantly covers his eyes. He has a round nose that is orange-pinkish in color. His arms are relatively long and thin in comparison to his build. He wears a white brimmed hat on his head and a green and turquoise striped shirt with an elaborate collar. His body shape also resembles that of a caterpillar, with different sections for each stripe of his shirt.

When he was still a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, he wore a polka-dotted shirt and a vertically-striped shirt on various occasions.

Gallery

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Epoida 30 years ago.
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Concept art of Epoida.
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Anime concept art of Epoida.
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Epoida in the Colored Manga.

Personality

Epoida is a bold pirate who does not lose his bravery when faced with a difficult situation, as seen when he smiled defiantly and charged forward even though he was going up against Marine Headquarters. Furthermore, Epoida highly values loyalty and friendship, since he was willing to answer the call of Whitebeard to put his own life on the line to save Ace. Additionally, he possesses high respect and care for Whitebeard, as he could not hold back his tears when the Emperor was killed by Blackbeard.[5][6]

Relationships

Whitebeard Pirates

As early as thirty years ago, Epoida joined the Whitebeard Pirates and was one of its original members.[2] Even after he formed his own crew, he chose to remain loyal to Whitebeard and chose to fight alongside them during the Summit War of Marineford.

Abilities and Powers

Epoida is a fearsome pirate who has managed to make himself an infamous reputation in the New World. As the captain of his crew, he has authority over his men.

Devil Fruit

Epoida in his caterpillar form.

Epoida ate a currently unnamed Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a caterpillar. In this form, he can retain his human head and hands, but grows caterpillar-like sections on his chest, with the colored stripes on his shirt seemingly merging with them, and also larger, more rotund forearms.[7]

The main strength of this fruit is we infer that it gives Epoida an immeasurable resistance, that according to the resistance of the Zoan.

Weapons

Epoida wields a double sided jousting lance, similar to the one Speed Jiru possesses. It can be assumed that he is proficient at using it since it was his main weapon during the battle against the Marines. He wields it by holding both of his hands on its handle and pointing it onwards with his arms above him as he charges.[8]

Epoida can also use two swords to an extent as he armed himself with a pair of swords when he prepared to descend off of Whitebeard's paddle ship.[9]In the anime he is replaced by another ordinary pirate.

History

Past

Early Years

Thirty years ago, Epoida was still an immediate member of the Whitebeard Pirates when they arrived for the first time at Wano Country. The crew was shipwrecked and, before going into the island to gather supplies, they encountered Kozuki Oden, who, after a brief clash, asked Whitebeard to let him join their crew.[10]

The Whitebeard Pirates later had a feast with Oden and his retainers where Epoida was seated next to Oden as he continuously asked to join the crew. Two weeks later, the Whitebeard Pirates tried to leave Wano without Oden but, as they were leaving, Oden wrapped a chain around the Moby Dick's mast and was dragged off shore with Izou clinging onto him, the sight of which caused Epoida and the rest of the crew to exclaim out in surprise. After they only pulled up Izou, Epoida gathered around him as Whitebeard challenged Oden to hold on for three days before he could join the crew. For the next three days, the crew watched how Oden withstood his ordeal and cheered for him when there was just an hour left. After Oden was accepted, Epoida and the crew went on many journeys with him and, on one occasion, they partied and danced alongside each other in celebration.[11]

Two years later, Epoida was present at the meeting when Whitebeard decided that it was time for him to split the crew into five divisions. Upon hearing this, he and Vista raised their hands in agreement at what they thought was a wonderful idea.[12]

Epoida and the crew charge into battle.

Another two years later, the Whitebeard Pirates arrived at an island and noticed a commotion that frightened even the animals. Upon Whitebeard engaging in battle with Gol D. Roger, Epoida and the crew then took up arms and fought against the Roger Pirates as well. The skirmish was fought for three days and three nights, but ultimately ended in a gift exchange, where Epoida found a nice looking shirt and asked where they had gotten it from. Afterwards, when Oden decided to join Roger for a year, Epoida and the crew happily bid Oden and his family farewell and stated that they hoped to hear about his journey when he returned.[13]

Rise to Infamy

Epoida later became the captain of his own crew and chose to remain subordinate to Whitebeard and the Whitebeard Pirates. He then established himself as an infamous pirate captain in the New World.[14]

Summit War Saga

Marineford Arc

When Portgas D. Ace was to be executed at Marineford, Epoida and his crew joined forces with the Whitebeard Pirates in order to save him from execution. While the Marines were bracing for the arrival of the pirates, Epoida and the allied fleet of the 43 subordinate captains caught them by surprise when they suddenly appeared out of nowhere just off the shores of Marineford.[14] Whitebeard then arrived and sent a tsunami crashing down on Marineford, but the ocean is then frozen over by Aokiji. Taking advantage of the frozen sea, Epoida and the other allied captains then charged across the frozen terrain to reach the bay.[1]

Later, Epoida continued to fight alongside Karma and Amadob. When Sengoku revealed that, not only was Monkey D. Luffy the adoptive brother of Portgas D. Ace, but was also the son of the Revolutionary, Monkey D. Dragon, Epoida exclaimed in shock about what he had just heard.[15] Soon after, Whitebeard gave commands to the allied forces and Epoida agreed to attack the right side of the bay.[16]

Epoida and the other allied captains charge into battle with Luffy.

After the siege wall was raised and Akainu melted the ice with his magma powers, Epoida boarded Whitebeard's hidden ship and entered the plaza with the help of Oars Jr. Epoida then jumped off the paddle ship and prepared to continue the fight to save Ace.[9] During the charge, Whitebeard gave the order for all the pirates to backup Luffy. Hearing this, Epoida and the other captains created a barrier of protection around him and ran alongside him as the latter ran towards the execution platform.[8] After Ace was freed, Epoida watched as Squard crashed into the paddle ship into the bay and announced that he would take over the battle.[17]

Later, Epoida cried alongside his comrades when Whitebeard was killed by the Blackbeard Pirates.[5] Soon after, the Red Hair Pirates arrived onto the battlefield and a grieving Epoida watched on as Shanks demanded for the war to end. Sengoku then declared that the battle was over and allowed the pirates to leave.[6]


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


Post-War Arc

After the war, Epoida and the rest of the allied crew attended Whitebeard and Ace's funeral on an undisclosed island somewhere in the New World.[18]


Concludes non-canon section.


Anime and Manga Differences

In the manga version of Whitebeard and Ace's funeral in Chapter 590, Epoida cannot be seen among those in attendance. However, the anime version of the exact same scene in Episode 505 explicitly shows Epoida alongside the other attendees.[18] Although it can be assumed that Epoida was at the funeral, there is no visual evidence of his attendance in the manga to support this assumption and, as such, his attendance can only be considered non-canon.

Major Battles

Trivia

Epoida's ship.

  • Epoida's ship was seen among the other vessels of the New World pirates allied with Whitebeard. It is a massive, heavily armed ship with a caterpillar figurehead, mirroring the captain's Devil Fruit power and overall theme. The crew's Jolly Roger, a green and turquoise caterpillar with a skull head and a pair of crossed swords behind it, is represented on the largest sail.
  • His fruit along with the Shari Shari no Mi is one of the two Devil Fruits that appear only in the manga.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 13) and Episode 467, Epoida makes his debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 963 (p. 14-15) and Episode 962, Epoida is shown as a member in the Whitebeard Pirates thirty years ago.
  3. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 26), Epoida's birthday is given.
  4. One Piece Green: Secret Pieces (p. 337), Epoida's name is revealed.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 17) and Episode 485, Epoida cries at the death of Whitebeard.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 12) and Episode 489, Epoida grieves as Shanks ends the war.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 13), Epoida is seen in his caterpillar form.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 570 (p. 6) and Episode 479, Epoida defends Luffy from the Marines.
  9. 9.0 9.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 566 (p. 18) and Episode 475, Epoida reaches the bay on the paddle ship.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 963 (p. 14-17) and Episodes 962963.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 964 (p. 2-5, 7-9, 14-16) and Episodes 963964, Epoida and the crew welcome Oden into their family.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 965 (p. 5) and Episode 964, Epoida agrees with the forming of divisions.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 966, Epoida and the crew bid farewell to Oden.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 551 (p. 12-13) and Episode 460, The allied fleet appears off the shores of Marineford.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 558 (p. 15) and Episode 467, Epoida reacts to Sengoku's words about Luffy's father.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 559 (p. 8) and Episode 468, Epoida heads to the right side of the bay.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 572 (p. 12) and Episode 481, Epoida watches on as Squard tells them to escape.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Anime — Episode 505, Epoida attends Whitebeard and Ace's funeral.

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