- 1 Personality
- 2 Relationships
- 2.1 Family
- 2.2 Kozuki Family
- 2.3 Friends and Allies
- 2.4 Enemies
- 2.5 Other
- 3 References
- 4 Site Navigation
During his youth, Kin'emon was a rather brash and rude thug who partaked in thievery and assault in order to get rich quickly. He was irresponsible with money, frequently falling into financial debt due to endless gambling and stealing from his childhood friend, Tsuru. At the time, he was seemingly fine with dying, ignoring Tsuru's advice to leave his involvement with the yakuza and find a normal job otherwise he could get killed (he happily claimed no one would miss him). Still, he had a conscience, which acted once he witnessed the chaos and destruction caused by the Mountain God due to his actions, especially after learning that Tsuru, who had backed him all this time and suffered from the troubles he caused, had fallen victim to the gigantic beast. He was going to confess for his crime until Kozuki Oden stopped him.
Kin'emon already showed great courage and a desire to protect those dear to him in his early years, something that earned him recognition from Oden. After witnessing Oden taking the blame for the Mountain God Incident, Kin'emon became a devout follower of the shogun's son, claiming that he would die for him. After being encouraged by Yasuie to reform himself for Oden's sake, Kin'emon adopted a proper samurai etiquette and a very old fashioned manner of speech. Due to his reformed outlook, Kin'emon now expects women to walk three steps behind men and talk gracefully and quietly. He, on many occasions, referred to Nami as a shameless, violent and obscene woman due to her careless behavior and felt disgraced when he got hit on the head by her.
Kin'emon seems to follow the code of bushido, claiming he would commit suicide if he could, for the shame of being dismembered without dying. Even after being completely dismembered by a "mysterious ability", Kin'emon still maintained his pride as a decapitated, talking head. Like Momonosuke, Kin'emon is very stubborn, constantly refusing the help of others and claiming he does not need it while also denying conditions like hunger and pain out of warrior's pride. Only after nearly freezing to death did he finally forsake his pride and ask for help. Kin'emon is greatly honorable, bowing before Sanji for saving his torso (which was separated from him at the time) and thanking him for his help, stating that he was now indebted to him.
As shown by his constant refusal to accept help from Sanji and own claims, he holds a strong dislike for all pirates. This is most likely due to his master Kozuki Oden's death at the hands of Kaido and the Beasts Pirates. Similarly, Kin'emon once stated that he cannot stand the sight of dragons due to Kaido himself being a dragon Zoan Devil Fruit user, considering them detestable creatures and violently harming one at Punk Hazard as a result. He also seems to be very quick to judge things, believing Zoro to be the one who robbed Ryuma's grave after seeing his sword Shusui, a national treasure from his country, sheathed at his waist.
Kin'emon has a tendency to be quite perverted in spite of his sexist ideals. Though he seemed to be outraged at Nami's sense of fashion, he still greatly enjoyed ogling at her cleavage and has used his own Fuku Fuku no Mi to manifest revealing outfits for her to wear. He showed his anger and jealousy at Momonosuke bathing with Robin and sleeping in the same bed with the women of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Since Oden's and Kozuki Toki's deaths, Kin'emon now dutifully serves Kozuki Momonosuke, heir to the Kozuki Family, protecting him from any harm or threat. Kin'emon cares deeply for Momonosuke, traveling to the dangerous Punk Hazard island and challenging the Warlord of the Sea Trafalgar Law in order to find his young master. Even after being chopped to pieces, Kin'emon's torso and legs still attempted to search for Momonosuke and attacked anything that got in the way. When Kin'emon learned that Momonosuke could have been left behind during an escape sequence, he recklessly rushed through a mass of deadly gas just to rescue him, with little regard for his own safety as a demonstration of fierce loyalty.
By his own admittance, Kin'emon is the type of person who does not give up easily when it comes to a certain matter. He was adamant in making Ashura Doji their ally once again, despite the bandit's initial refusal to join Kin'emon's cause. To this end, Kin'emon was not above framing him for stealing from the Beasts Pirates. However, after being confronted by Ashura, Kin'emon realized this error and that he was ignorant of the suffering his comrade had endured for the last 20 years. As the leader of the Nine Red Scabbards, Kin'emon knows how to take charge in times of war and rally his soldiers to victory. Still, he may think of himself as smarter than he truly is, which can lead to embarassing situations as others praise his accidental leadership and strategic feats.
Kin'emon seems to have no knowledge of Devil Fruits, which he considers a form of sorcery (including his own). The same applies for stranger, unusual abilities, classifying them as either ninjutsu or the work of a creature from folklore. He is also unaware of other modern things that are commonplace outside Wano, including dishes like pizza.
Kin'emon is married to a woman from Wano Country called Tsuru. They have known each other since childhood. During their younger years, Tsuru would threaten Kin'emon if he tried taking her money, but she did it to make him change his ways. She was deeply concerned with Kin'emon's well-being, begging him to quit living as a thug and find a normal job, becoming upset when Kin'emon disregarded her advice by claiming that no one would care if he were to die.
During the Mountain God Incident, once Kin'emon learned that Tsuru had been devoured by the Mountain God, he remembered all the times Tsuru stood up for him and paid for his antics, furiously attacking the beast so it would release her and showing no concern for his own life if Tsuru were to die.
Even after being separated for 20 years, Kin'emon is still loyal to Tsuru and was relieved to hear about her safety from Kikunojo. Tsuru herself is faithful to her husband, never once losing hope that he would return someday even after 20 years, as evidenced by the fact she did not seek another husband. Kin'emon was concerned for her well-being when Kaido started rampaging around Kuri, rushing to her rescue once he learned about her presence at Okobore Town. Kin'emon was happy to see Tsuru again from afar, though restrained himself from reuniting with her because it was not the appropriate time. During the start of the raid to Onigashima, Kin'emon ended up learning about Okobore Town being razed to the ground by Holdem and expressed sorrow and despair.
Kin'emon held absolute admiration and respect for Kozuki Oden, the daimyo of Kuri. It began with the Mountain God Incident that caused destruction at the Flower Capital. When Oden defeated the Mountain God, he saved Kin'emon's childhood friend Tsuru in the process and also took the blame for the beast's rampage. This convinced Kin'emon to dedicate his life to Oden. His loyalty to his lord was so immense that he and the other retainers attempted to steal money from another daimyo, Shimotsuki Yasuie, in order to support Oden, who was facing financial difficulties at the time.
That being said, Kin'emon disliked Oden's insistence in trying to sail away from Wano. When the Whitebeard Pirates landed in the country, Kin'emon seemingly knew his lord well enough to suspect he was trying to leave with the pirates instead of driving them off the country, and panicked when Oden indeed attempted to sneak away with the future Emperor. Years later, when Oden returned to the country as one of the Roger Pirates, he remained resolute in his desire to finish Roger's quest in spite of their imploring, which elicited a rude response from Kin'emon and the other Scabbards.
Kin'emon cared dearly for his master and was deeply saddened by his brutal execution at the hands of the Beasts Pirates, being constantly driven to tears when he recalled Oden's demise in spite of his samurai pride. Alongside his fellow retainers, Kin'emon is willing to risk his life to avenge Oden and fulfill his last wish, which is to open the borders of Wano Country. When Oden was alive, Kin'emon refused his offer to teach his personal swordsmanship style out of absolute respect. During the Scabbards' decisive confrontation against Kaido during the Fire Festival, Kin'emon decided to imitate his master's swordsmanship to honor him, and succeeded in performing his most powerful technique on Kaido.
Momonosuke is his master's son and the heir of the Kozuki Family. As a loyal retainer of the Kozuki Family, Kin'emon cares deeply for him and always shows massive concern for his well-being; he traveled to Punk Hazard, challenged Trafalgar Law, a Warlord of the Sea and braved through a cloud of deadly poisonous gas to rescue his young master after they got accidentally separated. They both pretended to be father and son in order to protect Momonosuke's identity, so the boy would not be targeted by their enemies, the Donquixote Pirates and the Beasts Pirates. Despite stating that he detests dragons, Kin'emon's staunchness for his young lord was greater, not rejecting Momonosuke for being able to turn into a dragon. At Zou, Kin'emon recognized that Momonosuke, despite his young age, did not want to be treated as a child and was glad that Luffy thought of the youngster as an equal.
Despite being master and servant, Kin'emon can become jealous of Momonosuke and is not afraid of reprimanding him for his perverted antics. After finding out that Momonosuke was bathing with Nico Robin, he became enraged towards the young lord, telling him to cut off his topknot as repentance, proclaiming him as the worst kid, and cursing him out in his thoughts. Although the two were not related, the Straw Hat Pirates noted that they both looked alike and shared the same perverted traits, which made the lie about being father and son believable.
As the daughter of his master, Oden, Kin'emon naturally cares for the welfare of Kozuki Hiyori, Momonosuke's younger sister.
Kin'emon learned about Kozuki Hiyori being alive from Kawamatsu, feeling tearful relief as he had just assumed the worst due to Kawamatsu's capture. He was even more surprised to learn that Hiyori had grown from a misbehaving tomboy into a well-mannered lady.
Friends and Allies
Out of the fellow members of the Nine Red Scabbards, Kin'emon has known Denjiro the longest, having been close friends even before meeting Oden. When Kin'emon recklessly attacked the Mountain God for swallowing Tsuru, Denjiro expressed great worry, telling him to stop endangering his life. Like Denjiro, Kin'emon shared his immense admiration for Oden and pledged to serve him together. Kin'emon also had the utmost respect for Denjiro's strength, believing him to be a powerful ally for the Kozuki Family's revolution to overthrow Orochi. He had full faith that Denjiro was still alive after 20 years and was sure that he would join them in the final battle.
Indeed, when they met again for the raid on Onigashima, Kin'emon was surprised to see Denjiro again once the latter discarded his guise as Kyoshiro. Denjiro took advantage of Orochi's trust and joined Kin'emon after freeing the imprisoned rebels in the Flower Capital. Denjiro blindly looks up to Kin'emon and admires his craftiness and leadership skills to the point of not realizing that those tend to be a result of Kin'emon's dumb luck.
Raizo is a ninja and Kin'emon's comrade. He accompanied Kin'emon, Momonosuke, and Kanjuro on their journey to Zou, but got shipwrecked and separated due to their lack of sailing skills. He and Kanjuro were relieved when the Minks reassured them that Raizo was safe and later happily reunited with the ninja.
Unlike Denjiro, Raizo correctly guessed that Kin'emon misunderstood Yasuie's message, and while he was not angry at his leader due to it working out in their favor, he was annoyed that Kin'emon refused to admit it.
Inuarashi and Nekomamushi
When Oden first brought Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Kawamatsu to Kuri Castle, Kin'emon was shocked and surprised at the sight of talking animals, and even questioned his lord about why he would let what were considered to be monsters to enter their domain.
However, as fellow retainers of Oden, Kin'emon views the two minks as trustworthy comrades. In fact, when Kin'emon's group left Wano after traveling through time, their first move was to head to Zou, the homeland of Inuarashi and Nekomamushi, in hopes of finding help for their revolution (following Oden's advice that the Mink Tribe were the biggest allies the Kozuki Family had). Upon reuniting with the two minks, Kin'emon commented that he was happy to discover they were alive and later cried once he found out about the extent of the destruction the Mink Tribe endured for Raizo's safety.
Unlike Denjiro, Inuarashi correctly guessed that Kin'emon misunderstood Yasuie's message, and while he was not angry at his leader due to it working out in their favor, he was annoyed that Kin'emon refused to admit it.
They appear to be on good terms, as Kikunojo respectfully refers to Kin'emon as Kin-sama. Kin'emon trusted Kikunojo to keep watch of the enemy as he, Kanjuro, Raizo and Momonosuke left the country. After a long period of separation, Kikunojo was so overjoyed to see Kin'emon again that she tightly hugged him on sight and blushed in his presence, making him uncomfortable (something Sanji compared to flirting). Kikunojo stayed under Tsuru's employment while Kin'emon was absent, updating her comrade about his wife's well-being.
As fellow followers of Oden, Kin'emon has tremendous respect for Ashura Doji's strength, believing that he was the equivalent of a hundred men and an invaluable asset in their revolution against Orochi and Kaido. However, when Ashura (under the alias of Shutenmaru) reunited with Kin'emon, the bandit leader rejected rejoining their campaign to overthrow Kaido and Orochi, stating that he did not share the same loyalty the Red Scabbards held for the Kozuki Family since he only admired Kozuki Oden. He became disillusioned with Kin'emon and the others for vanishing for 20 years, having lost several of his subordinates to Kaido.
Regardless, Kin'emon refused to give up and tried to force Ashura to become their ally by framing him for theft. However, Ashura became even angrier after discovering what Kin'emon had done, but was still lenient enough to listen to Kin'emon's apology and pleas due to Yasuie's execution. Ashura then showed Kin'emon and Inuarashi the graves of his fallen comrades, explaining the fate of their allies after they had lost patience in waiting for their return. Ashura then decided to rejoin his former team, taking on a friendlier attitude towards Kin'emon.
Unlike Denjiro, Ashura correctly guessed that Kin'emon misunderstood Yasuie's message, and while he was not angry at his leader due to it working out in their favor, he was annoyed that Kin'emon refused to admit it.
When Oden first brought Kawamatsu, along with Inuarashi and Nekomamushi, to Kuri Castle, Kin'emon was just as shocked and surprised at the sight of the young fish-man as he did to the talking dog and cat. However, as fellow retainers of Oden, Kin'emon views Kawamatsu as a true companion, comparing his strength to that of a hundred men. Kin'emon also felt sympathy to hearing his plight as an orphan.
In fact, when Kin'emon spoke to him after 20 years, he was more than happy to learn he was still alive and kicking. The comrades soon reunited and were pleased to see each other after so long. Unlike Denjiro, Kawamatsu correctly guessed that Kin'emon misunderstood Yasuie's message, and while he was not angry at his leader due to it working out in their favor, he was annoyed that Kin'emon refused to admit it.
Shinobu considers herself Kin'emon's protégée. She contributed to the Red Scabbards' escape after the events of the Legendary Hour, much to Kin'emon's appreciation. Saddened by Oden's sacrifice and death, Shinobu asked Kin'emon if she could become a retainer of Oden, to which the Scabbard leader did not object.
Straw Hat Pirates
Even though he initially scorned them after finding out that they were pirates (having stated his strong dislike for them), Kin'emon started to view the Straw Hat Pirates as different from most. However, despite knowing this, he was not willing to break his pride and ask for their help at first. As they further adventured together, Kin'emon came to view the Straw Hats as his biggest allies to free Wano, and by the time they reached his homeland, Kin'emon had become friendly enough to tell them his whole background, as well as share various stories about his late master, Kozuki Oden.
Kin'emon and Sanji have an interesting relationship, as the Straw Hat cook took pity of Kin'emon's situation as a helpless severed head and decided to bring him along despite frequently bickering with the samurai. Kin'emon was too proud to beg for help, but at the same time did not repudiate Sanji's uncalled kindness, pushing his luck too far at one point (which earned him a beating). After nearly freezing to death when his torso fell into a frozen lake, Kin'emon finally forsook his pride and gratefully accepted his aid. When Sanji saved his torso from being eaten by sharks, he bowed to and thanked him, stating that he was now in debt. Kin'emon has since come to greatly respect and trust the Straw Hats, immediately choosing to eat Sanji's food and telling his "son" Momonosuke that they were legitimate allies.
Zoro and Brook have developed a respectful attitude towards the samurai as not only are they all swordsmen of honor, but also due to Kin'emon's very own skill and fighting style, of which Zoro shows interest in learning about. The three of them work quite well together in combat, being described as a "reliable trio of musketeers" by Usopp.
After the Punk Hazard incident, Kin'emon developed some hostility towards Zoro after noticing that he held the sword Shusui, a sacred treasure from his homeland. He wrongly believed that Zoro was the one who had desecrated Ryuma's grave years ago (when in truth, that was Gecko Moria's doing). He intended to challenge Zoro to a duel after their mission was complete so he could take the blade to its rightful place at Wano Country. However, Kin'emon did praise Zoro for his victory against Pica and aided the pirate against the birdcage during the climactic moments of the Dressrosa Arc. Likewise, Kin'emon agreed to Hiyori's decision to give up one of Oden's Meito heirlooms, Enma, to Zoro in exchange for Shusui, but not before warning the Straw Hat about the extreme difficulty in handing Oden's blade.
Kin'emon has a somewhat sexist opinion on women. Having been raised in the country of Wano, he expects women to be modest and quiet. Nami's behavior, being the complete opposite to what he is used to, comes as a reality shock to him. Kin'emon looked down on the females around him, referring to Nami and Robin as "breast-banded lady" and "courtesan" respectively. Due to Kin'emon's perversion, he attempted to give the women promiscuous outfits when disguises for them were needed. Nami often beats up Kin'emon for his lecherous attempts, not unlike how she usually does to Sanji.
Monkey D. Luffy
|— Kin'emon's faith in Luffy.|
Monkey D. Luffy technically first met Kin'emon after defeating the Punk Hazard dragon. Kin'emon's legs were stuck to the dragon's skin, which piqued Luffy's curiosity. Luffy was so impressed by the pair of talking legs that he wished to have them join his crew, constantly playing "centaur" by sticking them to his back.
After the events of Punk Hazard, Luffy let Kin'emon and Momonosuke travel with them to Dressrosa in order to search for their comrade Kanjuro. Kin'emon assisted Luffy throughout the Dressrosa Arc in various ways, from providing disguises to helping push against the string birdcage summoned by Doflamingo that threatened the whole country.
Upon realizing they shared desire to defeat Kaido, Kin'emon requested Luffy to allow the samurai to join their alliance, showing that his trust for the crew had increased. Kin'emon was glad that Luffy viewed Momonosuke not as an important child, but as the leader of a group of great warriors.
When the Nine Red Scabbards assaulted Kaido at Onigashima, Kin'emon affirmed his utmost faith on Luffy defeating Kaido in their place should they fail to do so, declaring that the Straw Hat captain would in fact become Pirate King someday.
However, he apparently decided to forget his grudge and temporarily cooperated with him to defeat Caesar Clown. Afterwards, he seems to have completely gotten over it, as they traveled to Dressrosa.
Kin'emon held immense respect for Yasuie, not only for being one of Oden's greatest allies, but also for his past generosity in the sponsorship of grooming him and his fellow members of the Nine Red Scabbards into fully fledged samurais. Kin'emon took to heart Yasuie's advice and completely changed his brash and vulgar ways.
Even after 20 years, Yasuie still had complete trust in Kin'emon and his friends. When he came across the secret message Kin'emon was spreading through the country, Yasuie showed his willingness to join him. Once the meaning of the message leaked and Orochi started cracking down on the rebels, Yasuie let himself get captured so he could claim in front of the population that the message was nothing more than a prank that he had invented, saving Kin'emon's plan from failure and giving them a chance to continue the revolution.
Kin'emon was shocked to learn that Yasuie was still alive and tearfully expressed his gratitude for the former Hakumai daimyo's final sacrifice. Kin'emon heavily cried when witnessing Yasuie getting shot down, heartbroken by the death of his second benefactor after Oden. After learning that Yasuie had prepared a second rendezvous point for his allies to set sail for Onigashima in Tokage port, Kinemon became even more determined to succeed in the Kozuki Family's revolution, regretful that he had caused trouble for Yasuie once again and believing that it would be a major shame as a samurai to not live up to his last expectations.
Because of his role in the Kozuki Family's downfall, killing Kozuki Oden and turning Wano into an industrialized wasteland, Kaido is Kin'emon's archnemesis and the reason for his hatred of dragons. After hearing that Luffy and Law's Pirate Alliance were targeting him, Kin'emon was horrified, but withheld his knowledge about him.
Kaido initially held interest in Kin'emon and the Red Scabbards due to the possibility of them knowing something about Laugh Tale from Oden, only to later learn they knew nothing. During his confrontation with the Scabbards at Onigashima, Kaido admitted he had overlooked Kin'emon and the Scabbards' threat since he had never expected them to join forces with pirates. He tried to disencourage the Scabbards by citing the treacherous nature of pirates, but Kin'emon dismissed Kaido's words, responding that Luffy would outlive the Emperor and become Pirate King.
While Kaido considered Kin'emon and his fellow Scabbards to be inferior to Oden in terms of strength, he expressed admiration for their courage and unwavering resolve, and decided to personally kill them as a sign of respect. Kin'emon expressed disdain in response, claiming that dying at his hands would bring only dishonor.
Kin'emon harbors great hatred for Orochi due to the latter collaborating with Kaido to execute Kozuki Oden and bringing ruination to Wano Country by setting up countless weapon factories, causing immense industrial pollution to its regions, and monopolizing food supply for himself and the Beasts Pirates. Kin'emon vows to overthrow the shogun to avenge Oden and fulfill his dream of opening Wano.
Orochi deathly feared Kin'emon and the Scabbards, due to his belief and paranoia about Kozuki Toki's prophecy involving the retainers of Oden overthrowing him and Kaido. As such, Orochi ruthlessly hunted after them, with the intent of defying her foretelling.
During the Kozuki revolution on Onigashima, Kinemon met Orochi face to face for the first time in twenty years, Orochi underestimating the Nine Red Scabbards from their heavy injuries from Kaido attempted to kill them himself, Kinemon and his fellow samurais ruthlessly decapitated all of Orochi's head, telling the dead tyrant shogun, they do not have time to deal with him, he will face judgment for all his sins in Wano in hell.
Kin'emon once believed Kanjuro to be one of his most trusted friends and allies. At Dressrosa, Kanjuro left himself behind to let Kin'emon and Momonosuke escape to Punk Hazard. Upon Kin'emon's return, he prioritized Kanjuro's rescue over everything else, looking for leads about his whereabouts and searching everywhere for his comrade. Kin'emon was tearfully overjoyed to be reunited with his peer after finding him.
Kanjuro, however, was not who Kin'emon thought he was, being in fact a spy of Orochi. After all their time spent together, Kin'emon never suspected Kanjuro to be a traitor and was shocked at the revelation. Kanjuro admitted that he did not harbor hatred for either Kin'emon or his peers, but fed Orochi continous information about their strategies and whereabouts as early as 30 years ago, when Kuri was reformed. Kin'emon became murderous towards the traitor and attempted to behead him only to fail. Upon seeing Kanjuro's true mastery in painting that contradicts the atrocious scribbles he contributed to the Kozuki Family, Kin'emon expressed more hate for his former friend's extensive deception.
After Kanjuro's defeat, Kin'emon only looked upon the traitor with a sullen expression while reminiscing their time together as companions. Despite being enemies, Kin'emon still paid his respects to his former comrade and left his kasa behind, over Kanjuro's body.
However, while their sentiments led them to spare Kanjuro, Kanjuro did not return such feelings, as he went onto creating a clone of Kozuki Oden and acted out his personality with such astounding success it caught the Scabbards off guard. This act of cruelty led to Ashura suffering from a devastating explosion, which turned Kin'emon into a murderous rage.
Kin'emon considered Doflamingo an enemy due to his role in pursuing him, Kanjuro and Momonosuke after they got stranded at Dressrosa after fleeing from Wano and separating from Raizo. Doflamingo had managed to capture Kanjuro (as the latter purposefully left himself behind to allow Kin'emon and Momonosuke to escape), which prompted Kin'emon to search all over Dressrosa for his friend upon his return with the Straw Hats and Law. Like several other allies, Kin'emon took part in slowing down Doflamingo's Birdcage, which contributed to the Warlord's downfall.
Kin'emon was recognized by several of Doflamingo's subordinates, who had become familiar with him through the footage televised by Caesar Clown at Punk Hazard. At a later point of the arc, Kin'emon was attacked by Doflamingo himself when the former attempted to rescue Trafalgar Law from the latter's clutches outside the Corrida Colosseum. Doflamingo considered Kin'emon one of his targets after the success of Operation SOP, branding him with an one-star rank. This meant that anyone who managed to capture the samurai would be rewarded with 100,000,000.
Kin'emon has great respect and admiration towards the great samurai Shimotsuki Ryuma, the legendary hero of Wano Country. He stated that the day his body was stolen from his grave by Moria, the country fell in uproar. When he saw Shusui, Ryuma's sword, on Zoro's possession, he immediately attacked the pirate swordsman, believing that he was the one who desecrated Ryuma's grave and refusing to listen to Zoro's explanation.