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Nika is the name of a mythical warrior revered as the Sun God by slaves from ancient times and whose existence is tied to Elbaf mythology. 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]

According to Dr. Vegapunk, Nika's existence is only recorded in the most ancient of texts, having been otherwise erased in more modern documents.[4] Nika's legend has also been passed down for generations in the nearly extinct Buccaneer race, and a form of his legend appears to have been passed down among Elbafian giants.[5][6]

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. For unknown reasons, 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" such that not even members of the Four Emperors and their respective crews seem to be aware of its true nature. During the Void Century, this power was held by Joy Boy, the world's first Pirate who led the Great Kingdom in a Great War against the Twenty Kingdoms. Currently, the fruit's power is in the possession of Monkey D. Luffy,[3] himself sometimes addressed as "Nika" or "Sun God".[7][5][8]

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In the One Piece series, the character Who's-Who first introduced the legend of the 'Sun God' Nika. This occurred in Volume 101, Chapter 1018 and Episode 1040, where he shared the story with Jinbe.
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Nika, a mythical warrior from ancient times, was worshipped as the 'Sun God' by slaves. His existence is documented only in the oldest texts, with modern records omitting him. The name 'Nika' is synonymous with victory, echoing the Greek goddess Nike. It may also derive from the 'Nika Tree', linked to Kijimuna spirits in Japanese tales. Furthermore, Nika has ties to the legendary 'Joy Boy'.
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Nika, revered as the Sun God, is a mythical warrior from ancient times. This title is rooted in the concept of a solar deity, symbolizing power, strength, and prosperity. The legend, first mentioned by Who's-Who during his World Government imprisonment, is preserved in ancient texts and passed down among the dwindling Buccaneer race.
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The Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, or Human-Human Fruit, Model: Nika, is a Devil Fruit that allows the consumer to embody Nika's traits. Nika, named after the 'Sun God', grants the user a rubber-like body and the ability to inspire joy. This fruit, of great interest to the World Government, has been passed down in the Buccaneer race.
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Nika, a mythical warrior and Sun God, is primarily documented in ancient texts, as modern documents have largely erased his legend. This information was first relayed by Who's-Who, who learned about Nika during his World Government imprisonment. The legend is also preserved within the nearly extinct Buccaneer race.
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Gear 5 Infobox

It is said that Nika looked like the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika's awakened form, known as Gear 5 by the current user, Monkey D. Luffy.

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. According to Dr. Vegapunk, Luffy's awakened form looks like Nika as he was described in ancient texts.[4]


According to the legend heard by Who's-Who, Nika was a heroic and benevolent figure, a friend of slaves and adored by them. It was said that Nika would one day come to free the slaves from their oppressive masters and bring smiles to their faces, while spreading joy wherever he went.[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.[9] 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.



Egghead Nika Dance

Bartholomew Kuma, a believer of the legend, mimics Nika's dance along with his friends and family.

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, although Dr. Vegapunk has confirmed the existence of ancient records that mention him, and the legend of Nika was passed from father to son in the Buccaneer race for several generations. The Giants are also aware of the legend as the entity is revered as a Sun God in Elbaf. Those legends include an all-white appearance, the ability to stretch like rubber and a personal rhythm known as the "Drums of Liberation".

Who's-Who, a former member of CP9 who was once imprisoned for his failure to safeguard the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, 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 fish-man 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[]

Main article: Gomu Gomu no Mi
Gomu Gomu no Mi Infobox

The Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, now known as the Gomu Gomu no Mi.

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.[3] 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.[10] Considering that Zoan-type Devil Fruits have a will of their own and they have failed to obtain it for 800 years, some of them even wondered if the Devil Fruit itself could actually be running away from them.

The government finally acquired this fruit around 13 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.[11]

Luffy as Nika

Luffy in a pose identical to Nika.

After his last defeat against Kaidou,[12] Luffy managed to awaken the fruit's powers,[13] the first time after centuries.[10] When Luffy realized his new powers, he leaped through the sky in a pose identical to Who's-Who and Clapp's description of Nika.[3][14] Years prior, when Bartholomew Kuma was informing Jewelry Bonney about Nika, he also took the pose when teaching his daughter about the rhythm that Nika laughed to.[15] The two took a similar pose alongside Sentomaru, Vegapunk and Kizaru during Egghead's Fabiriophase's construction.[16] Later, Bonney also used her power to imitate Nika.[17][18]


  • "Nika" is a nonstandard onomatopoeia in Japan for "smiling" or "grinning" (more commonly spelled as niko (ニコ?)); this may be a nod to Nika's carefree and mischievous nature.
  • While Nika's concept is referenced from real-world myths, he is currently the only deity original to the One Piece world with his own original powers. Some real-world references include the following:
    • Nika's epithet, "Sun God" (太陽の神 Taiyō no Kami) is based on the concept of a solar deity, a common mythos across several real-world cultures that represent the sun or aspects of it. Because of the sun's importance to life as a whole, most solar deities are often recognized as symbols of power, strength, and prosperity.
    • Nika's name is an alternate spelling for Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, and can be used as a term meaning to win/conquer.
    • Nika's name may be based on the "Nika Tree", the alternate name used for the banyan tree in Maldives, which is closely related to the rubber plant.
      • According to Japanese folklore, the Nika Tree is said to be the home of the Kijimuna, a race of mischievous childlike spirits native to the island of Okinawa, who are similar in appearance to Nika's silhouette.
    • Luffy's defeat and subsequent awakening into Nika occurred on the roof of the Skull Dome, just as the Crucifixion of Jesus occurred on Golgotha, named from the Hebrew word for "skull" and sometimes described as "skull-shaped".
  • According to Who's-Who, there may be a connection between Nika, who is claimed to be a sun god, and the Sun Pirates, though any potential details of it are unknown.
  • Some cultures within the world have been shown worshiping the sun or a deity related to it:
  • 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.[21]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1018 (p. 11-14) and Episode 1040, Who's-Who tells Jinbe about the legend of Nika, the Sun God.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1018 (p. 12) and Episode 1040.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1044 (p. 5) and Episode 1071, The Gomu Gomu no Mi's original name is revealed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1069 (p. 8-9) and Episode 1100, Vegapunk reveals more info about Nika's historical recordings.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1106 (p. 15-17), Dorry and Brogy refer to Luffy as the Sun God.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1111 (p. 8-9).
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1094 (p. 17), Saturn calls Luffy Nika.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1107 (p. 10), Bonney refers to Luffy as Nika.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1101 (p. 16), Kuma informs Bonney that Nika was said to have a rubbery body and that there was no limit to what he could do in a fight.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1037 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1064.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1043 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1070.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1044 (p. 2-6, 10-17) and Episode 1071.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1095 (p. 12), Clapp talks about Sun God Nika.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1095 (p. 9), Kuma tells Bonney about wanting to be a hero just like the warrior of liberation Nika.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1100 (p. 11).
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1101 (p. 16-17).
  18. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1118 (p. 12-13).
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 860 (p. 12-15) and Episode 830.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 287 (p. 8) and Episode 187.
  21. Sandman on Twitter

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