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For the mermaid quintuplet of the same name, see Medaka Mermaid Quintuplets.

Nika was a mythical warrior that was once revered as the Sun God by slaves from ancient times. He was first mentioned by Who's-Who, who heard about the legend from a prison guard during his imprisonment by the World Government.[1]

There exists a Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit called the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika that allows the consumer to gain Nika's traits and abilities. The World Government is extremely interested in this fruit, and has even covered up its identity by renaming it to the "Gomu Gomu no Mi", preventing other parties from garnering special interest to the fruit and seeking it out themselves, such that not even members of the Four Emperors and their respective crews seem to be aware. Currently, the fruit's power is in the possession of Monkey D. Luffy.[4]

Appearance

Based on his single, silhouetted appearance, Nika seemed to be a lanky, warrior-like figure with noodly limbs and flame-shaped hair. He apparently wore something on his thighs, but nothing else.

Personality

According to the legend heard by Who's-Who, Nika was a heroic, benevolent figure who was a friend to slaves. It was said that Nika would one day come for the slaves to liberate them from their oppressive masters and bring smiles to their faces.[1]

Powers and Abilities

The legend states that Nika was a great warrior. In his silhouette appearance, he was seen holding a sword and a spear.[1]

Nika's signature trait was his body having the composition of rubber, which allowed him to fight in just about any manner he could think of. The variety of ways one could fight with this ability can be seen with Monkey D. Luffy and his usage of the fruit modeled after Nika.

History

Legend

Nika has been worshipped since ancient times by slaves who believed that he would eventually come to free them from their suffering. It is, however, unknown if such a figure actually existed or not.

Who's-Who, a former member of CP9 who was once imprisoned for failure, heard about the legend from an unnamed prison guard and then started giving his prayers for Nika with the intent of easing his own suffering. When Who's-Who noticed that the same prison guard who told him about the legend suddenly vanished from duty, he suspected that the story was not meant to be shared and that the World Government had done something to the guard. He then decided to break out of prison in order to escape a potentially worse punishment for knowing too much.[1]

Who's-Who mentioned Nika to Jinbe during their fight, as the former associated the fishman race with slavery, and asked Jinbe about the legend. Angered with the assumption of the relationship between fish-men and slavery, Jinbe chose not to respond and instead delivered a critical blow upon Who's-Who.[1]

Devil Fruit

Luffy, the user of the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika.

Although it is unknown whether a "true" Nika has ever existed, there exists a Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit called the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika that allows the consumer to gain Nika's abilities. Ever since then, the World Government had been extremely interested in this fruit for centuries, and for unknown reasons, this interest is of a nature that has led them to erase the fruit's existence and original name from all historical recordings, renaming it to the "Gomu Gomu no Mi" and reclassifying it as a Paramecia.[4] Despite the government's efforts to seek after it, the fruit managed to elude them, to the point where one of the Five Elders in the present day questioned if the fruit itself was nothing more than a legend as well.[5]

Luffy leaps through the sky in a pose identical to Who's-Who's description of Nika.

The government finally acquired this fruit around 12 years before the present day, but it was stolen from one of their ships by the Red Hair Pirates. Ironically, it was Who's-Who that was stationed on the ship and it was his failure to prevent the fruit's theft that led to him being imprisoned and learning about Nika.[1] The fruit was later eaten by a 7-year-old boy named Monkey D. Luffy who found it lying around with the Red Hair Pirates and mistook it for dessert, and he has possessed this power ever since. While the Red Hair Pirates were aghast when they discovered Luffy had eaten the fruit, it remains unclear if they were aware of the fruit's true nature.[6]

Trivia

  • While Nika's concept does take references from a few real world myths, it is also currently the first and only original deity in the One Piece world with its own original powers. The real world references include:
    • The concept of a Sun God is very common across several real world cultures. Because of the sun's importance to life as a whole, most solar deities were often recognized as symbols of power and prosperity.
    • Nika is another name for Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.
    • The name Nika may be partly inspired by the Nika Tree, the name for the Banyan Tree in Maldives. They are closely related to the rubber plant.
      • Banyan trees are said to be the home of the Kijimuna in Okinawa. They are mischievous childlike spirits similar in appearance to the Nika silhouette. They are said to prefer picking out and eating the left eyes of fish, paralleling Luffy stabbing himself under his left eye in Chapter 1.
  • According to Who's-Who's words, there is a connection between Nika, who is claimed to be a sun god, and the Sun Pirates, though it is unknown if there actually is one.
    • Technically speaking, Fisher Tiger may fit the description, as he freed the slaves of Mary Geoise and was the first captain of the Sun Pirates.
  • Some cultures within the world have been shown worshiping the sun or a deity related to it:
  • The word "Nika" is similar to a Romanized Japanese word that roughly translates to "toothy grin," which is a nod to Nika's carefree and mischievous nature.
  • During a radio program in December 2021, Japanese comedian Sanma Akashiya, who is a friend of Oda's, speculated that Nika may be based on himself. Oda quickly messaged him to refute this, and stated that Nika would show his face the next time he appeared, a statement that proved to be true.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1018 (p. 11-14), Who's-Who tells Jinbe about the legend of Nika, the Sun God.
  2. One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 Chapter 1018 (p. 13).
  3. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1044 (p. 5).
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1044, The Gomu Gomu no Mi's original name is revealed.
  5. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1037 (p. 16-17).
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 287 (p. 8) and Episode 187.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 860 (p. 12-15) and Episode 830.
  9. Sandman on Twitter

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