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The Hobi Hobi no Mi is a Paramecia-class Devil Fruit that allows the user to transform living people into toys, and erase memories of their existence from others.[3] It has a secondary side effect of granting the eater eternal youth. It was eaten by Sugar.[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

  • "Hobi" comes from hobī (ホビー?), the Japanese way of pronouncing the word "hobby". The word reflects on how playing with toys is a hobby.
  • In the Viz Manga and FUNimation subs, it is called the Hobby-Hobby Fruit.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Strengths[edit | edit source]

The main strength of this fruit's power is that it allows the user to transform people into toys by touching them, while also erasing people's memories of their existence. The erasure effect is instantaneous, as even spectators who witness the transformation first hand instantly forget the victims' existence, instead believing the toy suddenly appeared out of nowhere.[4]

No matter how famous the victim was or how close they were to other people, the victim will be completely forgotten by everyone. The toys are still able to remember their own identities, but they will not remember anyone else who has been turned into a toy as well. They also appear to lose their physical strength in the process, being limited to the capacities of whatever body they now may have, although their fighting knowledge is still retained.

Upon transforming a person into a toy, the user can create a contract with the victims, forcing them to follow every order given at that point, against their will.[3][5] The victims who became toys are considered inorganic, being vulnerable to the likes of the Pamu Pamu no Mi,[6] as well as suffering from deterioration caused by continuous strain to their bodies, leading to easier breakdown.[7]

Another effect of this fruit is that it halts the user's aging process upon consumption, effectively granting eternal youth.[2] This effect applies to those turned into toys as well as they do not age beyond the point of transformation; Kyros remained the same age and state he was when first transformed, despite 10 years having passed since then.[8]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Knocking the user unconscious will cancel out all the transformation and memory modification effects.[2] Depending on the number of victims as well as their strength, the backfiring effect can be enormous since the state of being a toy and forgotten by others can fuel sentiments of rage and revenge on them. The purpose of Operation SOP was to exploit this in order to make a rebellion against the Donquixote Pirates easier to start.

Despite the memory erasure being powerful, it does not affect physical evidence of those transformed such as an inscribed name[9] or an engraved statue,[10] and highly perceptive individuals can pinpoint that something is amiss, even if they cannot acknowledge what it is. Mukkashimi Tower was able to remember Kyros' fighting style when Ricky demonstrated it during Block B, but not the fighter himself,[11] and Riku Doldo III felt that there was a gap in his memories, having met and conversed with several Corrida Colosseum gladiators before they were eventually transformed and thus erased from his mind.[5]

As the contract must be manually created after the transformation, the toy can retain their own free will if they manage to escape Sugar before it is issued.[12] Also, despite being bound by the contract, the toys can circumvent it via loopholes, allowing them to act against certain conditions. Esta, for example, was pestered by a toy who managed to find a way around his contract, allowing him to express his human side and Milo could still reveal his true identity to others as long as he was directly asked about it by someone else. As a way to counter those, any loophole-abusing toy would be branded as "defective" and then discarded away into an underground scrap heap.[3]

On top of that, the opponent will not transform unless the user touches them with their hand and their hand only.[13] The user has to deliberately make people they touch transform too.[14]

Another possible weakness is since the aging process stops the moment the fruit is consumed, the user's age at the moment of consumption may be taken into consideration for the rest of their lives. The current user, Sugar, is consistently underestimated due to her little girl stature despite being an adult in terms of mental age.[2] 

Other than all that, the user is also susceptible to the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Sugar used her powers to transform the citizens of Dressrosa and losers of the Corrida Colosseum into toys, with Trebol acting as her bodyguard and assisting her in general. This was an essential part of Donquixote Doflamingo's Underworld trade business as it not only allowed Doflamingo to erase inconvenient people from existence, but also gave his crew a continuous flux of slaves to work for them. As a central figure in those operations, Sugar was granted the role of special officer within the crew, with her safety being of utmost priority.

The toys, in turn, have all memories of their existence forgotten by any who knew of them, even of each other. As such, the power is known by its victims as the Hobi Hobi Curse (ホビホビの呪い Hobi Hobi no Noroi?).[8]

Sugar also gained eternal youth, not having aged for twelve years since age ten.[3][2][15] This gave her a method to pass herself off as a harmless little girl, being able to approach and almost trick Monkey D. Luffy and Trafalgar D. Water Law into becoming toys if Usopp hadn't interfered.[16]

Named Techniques[edit | edit source]

Little Black Bears.

  • Little Black Bears (小熊玩具リトルブラックベアーズ Ritoru Burakku Beāzu?, literally meaning "Little Bear Toys"): Sugar moves her hands with great speed to touch multiple targets, transforming them into black teddy bears. This was first seen used against many Tontatta Kingdom Dwarves.[4]
  • Keiyaku (契約 Keiyaku?, literally meaning "Contract"): After transforming a target into a toy, Sugar sets specific rules that the toy must obey. This was first seen binding Cavendish to her command.[17][4]

Atamawari Ningyo.

  • Atamawari Ningyo (頭割り人形 Atamawari Ningyō?, literally meaning "Headcracker Doll"): Sugar transforms her victims into giant nutcracker dolls. Their large size comes from the fact that each one is made up of eight people: one for the head, one for the jaws, one for each arm, two for the body and one for each leg. They possess tremendous durability, as seen when one was first punched by Monkey D. Luffy and later decapitated by Cavendish, with the toy simply standing back up, picking up its head and putting it back on its neck. They also possess great biting power thanks to their enormous jaws, with one bite easily crushing Farul's skull.[18] They first appeared blocking the road past Level 2 of the royal plateau,[19] and were named when Sugar turned a soldier into one.[20]

History[edit | edit source]

After joining the Donquixote Pirates, Donquixote Doflamingo gave Sugar and her sister Monet Devil Fruits. Sugar was given the Hobi Hobi no Mi.[21] At age 10, Sugar ate the Hobi Hobi no Mi, which ceased her aging process, remaining at such a youthful body for 12 years to come.[15]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This Devil Fruit is one of only two known to grant multiple, completely unrelated abilities: the ability to transform people into toys, erasing memories, bounding people to contracts, and halting the user's aging process. The first is the Hito Hito no Mi that grants the three usual Zoan transformations, and the ability of human language.
  • The orders Sugar issues after transforming a target into a toy may be a reference to Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
  • It is currently unknown whether the user's memories of the ones that he or she turns into toys are erased, but it is known that literally everybody else's are, even if they watched the transformation themselves.
  • The Hobi Hobi no Mi is one of three known devil fruits that can create a race, in this case Toys. the others are the Kage Kage no Mi with Zombies, and the Soru Soru no Mi with Homies.
  • This is the second of three Devil Fruits that allow its user to use memory manipulations. The other two are the Nemu Nemu no Mi and Memo Memo no Mi.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 701 and Episode 630, toys that were once humans are seen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 731 and Episode 663, Kyros explains Sugar's abilities.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 717 and Episode 647, Kyros shows Franky the toys of Dressrosa.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 738 and Episode 671, Leo and his comrades instantly forget their transformed comrades in front of them.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 728 and Episode 660.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 740 (p. 7) and Episode 673, Gladius nearly killed Kyros with his ability.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 733 (p. 16) and Episode 665, Kyros' body is breaking down as he is made of tin.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 743 (p. 5) and Episode 677.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 729 and Episode 661, a list of criminals held by the Marines contains the names of people whose existence have been erased from the memories.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 704 and Episode 604, Kyros' statue is the one thing that proved he existed despite memories of him were erased.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 707 (p. 13) and Episode 637.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 739 (p. 18-19) and Episode 672, Sugar failed to make a contract with Kyros, leading him to act as he pleases.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 740 (p. 18) and Episode 674, Robin is turned into a toy only when Sugar brushed her fingers against her sprouted hand
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 742 (p. 17) and Episode 676, Sugar forces the Tatababasco-laced grape down Usopp's throat instead of transforming him.
  15. 15.0 15.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 75, Sugar's biological and chronological ages are revealed.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 758 (p. 9) and Episode 697, Luffy thinks Sugar is just a kid.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 737 (p. 15) and Episode 669.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 759 (p. 3) and Episode 698, Sugar faints again, causing the Headcrackers to revert to humans.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 754 (p. 11) and Episode 694, Headcrackers make their appearance, blocking Level 4 of the plateau.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 756 (p. 11-15) and Episode 694, Sugar turns a soldier into a Headcracker, and the other Headcrackers showcase their powerful strength.
  21. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 77 (p. 116), Oda reveals that Sugar and Monet are given Devil Fruits one year after joining Doflamingo.

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