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The Punishers are Killer's primary weapons.[1]

Appearance

This weapon consists of a pair of gauntlets equipped with a curved, sickle-like blade on each. The blades are mounted on axels that Killer can grip, allowing them to rotate.

When not in use, Killer keeps the blades in a holster worn around his hip, although the gauntlets usually remain attached to his hands.

Abilities

Killer spinning the Punishers around while attacking.

The blades are capable of spinning around like buzzsaws or simply being used as hand scythes. While spinning, they create shockwaves at the speed of sound; hence causing internal damage to the opponent.[2] These weapons can also be used to block other weapons, leaving the foe open for Killer to kick the enemy's flank or other exposed areas. This, combined with the agility he has so far displayed in combat and the notion that he is not afraid to kill, makes him a formidable foe.[3]

Killer claimed that if he had access to his Punishers when he fought Roronoa Zoro as "Kamazo the Manslayer", he would have won that fight,[1] implying that he is far stronger with his Punishers than with a different weapon, such as the pair of scythes he used at Ringo.

This weapon also aids Killer in climbing vertical surfaces.[4]

Attacks

  • Zanshu Claw (斬首クロー Zanshu Kurō?, literally meaning "Beheading Claw"): Killer rushes towards a target and slashes them around their neck while his Punishers are spinning, with the intent of decapitating them. It was first used against Kaidou, but had little to no effect.[1] Its first successful use was demonstrated later against Basil Hawkins's Straw Man's Card entity, destroying it in an instant (a feat not even Zoro was able to perform).[5] In the Viz translation, this is called Beheading Claws.

Kamaa Sonic

  • Kamaa Sonic (カマ音撃ソニック Kamaa Sonikku?, literally meaning "Scythe Shadow Sound Beating"): Killer spins the sickles on his Punishers at the speed of sound, seemingly creating a soundwave slash that bypasses external defenses and damages his opponent from the inside. It also creates an illusion that the sickles have increased in size and slicing through the opponent. It was first used against the nigh invincible Kaidou, successfully damaging him.[6] In the Viz translation, this is called Scyther Sonic.
  • Jin Sonic (刃音撃ジンソニック Jin Sonikku?, literally meaning "Blade Sound Beating"): Killer rushes towards his target and slices them vertically through their face and torso while performing a somersault. It was first used against Hawkins, as a finishing move.[7] The name of the attack is likely a pun on the cocktail gin tonic. In the Viz translation, this is called Spin & Sonic.

Anime and Manga Differences

Before the timeskip, the gauntlet portion of the Punishers are golden in the manga, and gray in the anime. Post timeskip, they are gray in the manga, and dark blue in the anime.

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Punishers pre-timeskip in the manga.
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Punishers pre-timeskip in the anime.
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Punishers post-timeskip in the manga.
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Punishers post-timeskip in the anime.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 1001 (p. 10-11) and Episode 1016, Killer claims he would have won the fight against Zoro at Ringo with his Punishers.
  2. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0517).
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 505 (p. 11-12) and Episode 399, Killer displays his fighting capabilities.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 99 Chapter 1002 (p. 8-9), Worst Generation vs. Kaidou and Big Mom.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 102 Chapter 1029 (p. 14-15).
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 99 Chapter 1002.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 102 Chapter 1029 (p. 16-17).

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