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Gin the "Man-Demon" is a pirate and the Combat Commander (戦闘総隊長 Sentō sōtaichō?) of the Krieg Pirates. He is initially introduced as a mere combatant of Krieg before his actual rank and abilities are made clear.
Gin is a relatively lanky, average-sized man with short, scruffy hair and slight stubble. His eyes are surrounded by dark rings, possibly stemming from the terror and exhaustion he experienced during and after the Krieg Pirates' disastrous voyage into the Grand Line.
His clothes consist of an open gray-white jacket lined with twin red sea-serpent designs, a green undershirt, gray trousers, a gray headband with blue stripes, and two round earrings on each ear. While posing as Don Krieg, he overlaid these with a large dark coat to mimic Krieg's cape.
Gin is fiercely loyal to Don Krieg, carrying out whatever orders he may be given from him no matter how inhumanly brutal or ruthless without protest or hesitation, thus earning himself the epithet of "Gin the Man-Demon". His respect for Krieg is so great, he obeys Krieg's orders to throw away his gas mask and breathe the deadly MH5 poison gas because he is ashamed to have failed Krieg.
However, unlike Krieg, Gin has a sense of honor, being unable to bring himself to kill Sanji, the first person to show him kindness (by saving him from starvation).
Gin is fiercely loyal to Krieg, respecting him and fearing his power. However, he also wishes to escape from such followings. To this point, he was willing to risk his life to save Krieg, and to throw away his gas mask allowing himself to be poisoned by Krieg when ordered. After Krieg's defeat, Gin decides to start afresh and no longer follow Krieg.
As for the rest of the Krieg Pirates, they respect Gin for his cruelty and strength amongst the crew. They were horrified when Krieg cruelly poisoned him. Even though Pearl is arrogant about his own strength, he acknowledges Gin as superior. In turn, Gin does show care for his crew, as he was horrified at the destruction of the fleet and the loss of his comrades.
Sanji is the first person to ever show kindness to Gin, by giving him free food when the pirate was starved and penniless. As such, Gin ultimately could not kill Sanji, despite his own reputation as a "Man-Demon", and Krieg's orders.
Monkey D. Luffy
At first seeing Luffy as a simple young pirate, he advised Luffy to not enter the Grand Line, but Luffy does not heed the warning. After Gin takes Zeff hostage, Luffy argues against such a dirty tactic, to which Gin rebukes that is how the world works. After Gin showed his redeeming traits, Luffy stated that Gin should not follow Krieg anymore. When Luffy defeated Krieg, he earned Gin's respect, and Gin stated that he wishes to meet Luffy once again in the Grand Line.
Abilities and Powers
Gin is a skilled warrior and a match for even an experienced martial artist like Sanji (although Sanji was severely injured during their fight due to the beating he received from Pearl and Gin was still feeling the effects of starving to near death and 3 days of holding in a prison cell upon Fullbody's ship). The Baratie cooks' first impression of him was due to him being starved and weakened; they believed him to be a mere lower-ranking subordinate, until he revealed his true strength later in battle, which led to the surprise of many. Having earned a bounty of 12,000,000 is considered impressive for an East Blue pirate.
Gin was a man who was captured by Marines upon his first appearance, but after being starved to near death and 3 days of holding in a prison cell upon Fullbody's ship, he was still able to escape and take down 7 of Fullbody's men. He was also able to pin down Red Leg Zeff, a retired yet still powerful former pirate, and broke his peg leg.
- Further information: Man-Demon Tactics
Gin's primary fighting style, known as Man-Demon Tactics, utilizes a special pair of tonfa weighted with metal spheres. These can be used as direct bludgeons, or spun in place like flails for extra momentum and power; combined with Gin's natural strength and agility, they become highly deadly weapons capable of smashing Pearl's iron shields in a single blow (a feat even Sanji could not achieve with multiple blows).
Gin has been seen carrying two different firearms: a single-barreled pistol that he used to shoot Lines from behind, and a double-barreled, shotgun-esque pistol that he used to take Zeff hostage. Despite this, he appears to favor his tonfa in open combat.
Most of Gin's past is unknown. He claims that, up until he met Sanji, no-one else ever showed any kindness towards him. At some point, he joined the Krieg Pirates and became fiercely loyal to its admiral, Don Krieg, and gained a fearsome reputation as a destructive killer.
Gin accompanied Don Krieg on his voyage to the Grand Line. After seven days in stormy weather Krieg's fleet came across one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Dracule Mihawk. To the horror of Gin, Mihawk quickly destroyed Krieg's fleet with ease, leaving only their flagship to escape, under the cover of an unexpected storm. This incident left a scarring image in Gin's memory, as he lost his comrades.
While retreating from the Grand Line, Gin left the fleet disguised as Krieg in order to draw Fullbody away. He was eventually captured and a prisoner aboard Fullbody's ship when it docked at the Baratie.
East Blue Saga
After being starved for three days on board of the Marines ship, Gin defeated the seven guards and even killed Seaman First Class Lines by shooting him in the back. Then, walking into Baratie, where the prison ship so happened to be docked, Gin demanded food, only to be beaten and thrown out by Patty for not having any money. However, Gin was given a plate of food by Sanji for free. Gin also advised Monkey D. Luffy, who was working there as a Chore Boy, not to go to the Grand Line, due to the terrifying experience Gin himself suffered.
Gin eventually returned to the Dreadnaught Sabre, where the starving remnants of the Krieg Pirates waited for their battle commander to return. Gin brought them to Baratie to replenish their strength. However, after Krieg regained his strength, he attacked Sanji and ordered the chefs to give food for the 100 men on board of the ship, and then revealed his intentions to take over Baratie as his new flagship. Gin was horrified by Krieg's lack of gratitude, but the Pirate Admiral simply struck Gin in the shoulder, causing him to collapse from pain. After Zeff gave Krieg the food, due to the head-chef understanding how starving in the sea feels, Gin revealed to the staff of Baratie how the the Pirate Armada fell to Mihawk.
After Mihawk showed himself in his attempt to wipe out the remnants of Krieg's crew, but left after a satisfying battle with Roronoa Zoro, Krieg began his attack on Baratie. Eventually, after Pearl was taken down by Luffy and Sanji, Gin suddenly took Zeff as a hostage with a shotgun and by breaking his peg leg. He tried to offer Sanji an ultimatum: Zeff's release in exchange for Baratie. Sanji, owing a debt to Zeff, could not allow either to be harmed. Due to this, Sanji was at the mercy of Pearl, who got back up, and brutally attacked the now-disabled Sanji while Zeff was at risk. However, even when Luffy threatened to destroy the highly sought Baratie, Gin could not bring himself to kill Zeff, despite Krieg's orders.
Eventually, Gin could take no more, and struck down Pearl in one strike. While this angered Krieg, Gin stated that the right to kill Sanji belonged to him alone. At this stage, Krieg revealed to the rest of the chefs that Gin is the Combat Commander of the crew, and was held at high regards. He ordered Gin to kill Sanji, and the two combatants started to fight. At this stage, Krieg also revealed that Gin is nicknamed the "Man-Demon" for his cruelty and ruthlessness in combat, torturing any- and everyone to death under Krieg's orders. While gaining an upper hand due to Sanji being weakened from his fight with Pearl, and even pinning down the chef, Gin ultimately could not kill Sanji, as Sanji was the only person to ever treat Gin with kindness of any kind.
Gin absolutely refused to kill Sanji, and even begged Krieg to spare Baratie and its chefs. For this, Krieg was severely disappointed with his subordinate, disowned Gin from his crew, and ordered him to drop his gas mask into the sea. Despite the rest of the crew's thinking of how Gin is valuable to Krieg due to his immense loyalty and strength, Krieg fired the "Deadly Poison Gas Bomb MH5", releasing a fatal wave of poison to anyone who was not protected. Even though Luffy grabbed two masks from the crew members, he failed to grab one for himself; as a result, Gin threw back that mask to Luffy, who donned it on without knowing where it came from until after the gas dispersed. As a result, Gin was severely poisoned. Furious at Krieg's cruelty at Gin, Luffy charged in to fight, while telling Gin not to follow such a man anymore; even Sanji noted that Gin had chosen the wrong person to follow. Sanji requested for antidotes from his fellow chefs, and Zeff told them that the antidote should be in the gas masks.
Gin was notified by Patty and Carne that Krieg was defeated by Luffy, which brought Gin to tears. The Pirate Admiral went into an insane rampage, refusing to acknowledge defeat, but Gin punched him in the stomach, knocking the man out, stating that they must admit defeat, and start over. He then carried away Krieg and the crew in a small boat given by Baratie. Before leaving, however, Gin gave his regards to Sanji, stating that he followed Krieg for his power but always wanted to escape from it, but Krieg did teach him that victory is necessary by any means possible, and hoped to see Luffy again in the Grand Line. It is unknown whether he survived from the MH5 gases or not, for after inhaling the poisonous gases he noted that he may not live for much longer.
Anime and Manga Differences
While Gin immediately accepts Sanji's pilaf in the manga, he at first refuses in the anime, insisting that charity from a stranger is worse than starvation; this leads to Sanji cajoling him into accepting, assuring him that he can "choose" to die after eating.
Translation and Dub Issues
His name is a katakana rendition of the Japanese term for silver (銀 Gin?), alluding to his secondary status under the gold-armored Krieg. Two competing romanizations exist for it:
- Both 4Kids and Funimation romanize it as Ghin, presumably to avoid connotations with the alcoholic beverage gin (and to clarify its pronunciation, as it - unlike the beverage - begins with a "hard" g-sound).
- The Viz manga, and most if not all fan translations, use Gin.
Gin's title within the Krieg Pirates is properly "Pirate Armada Combat Commander" (海賊艦隊 戦闘“総隊長” Kaizoku Kantai Sentō "Sōtaichō"?). While 4Kids, Viz, and Funimation all faithfully translate this, some fans - whether out of confusion or convenience - instead label him a First Mate.
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