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Overview

Sanji is one of the crew's top four fighters along with Luffy, Zoro, and Jinbe. He currently has the third highest bounty in the crew after Luffy and Jinbe.[20]

While Luffy usually fights the strongest enemies, Sanji and Zoro usually end up fighting with the enemies considered second or third to the primary threat. Occasionally, Sanji will take on an opponent weaker than Zoro's. An example of this is when Sanji fought Jabra of CP9, who had a slightly lower power level than Kaku, who lost to Zoro. The introduction of Douriki during the CP9 Arc is one of the only times in the series that opponents' strengths have been measured numerically. However, Sanji and Zoro's opponents can often be characterized as matching (or countering) their particular combat styles, such as how Sanji fought another leg-style combat user, Mr. 2, during the Arabasta Arc while Zoro fought the blade-focused Mr. 1.

Alongside Jinbe, Sanji was one of two members of the crew who fight while relying solely on pure might and skills without any weapons or Devil Fruits in combat, prior to receiving his raid suit.

Although Sanji and Zoro would usually let their rivalry impede their fighting performances, they have proven to be a near-unstoppable force if they agree to cooperate for the battle.[23]

As a member of the infamous Vinsmoke Family, Sanji was raised and trained from an early age (along with the rest of his siblings) in the ways of warfare and combat. Similar to his siblings, he also received genetic enhancements from his father, designed to endow him with superhuman abilities. However, due to his mother Sora's intake of a counter-drug, Sanji's genetic modifications were repressed, thus preventing him from receiving these modifications, and he was born as a normal human. Consequently, he could not keep up with his siblings, and his strength did not rise from training. As a result, Sanji could not keep up with the extremely grueling Germa training, but he gained and developed a different style of combat and strength thanks to Zeff's training. His genetic modifications would awaken much later in his life, during the battle against Queen after using his Raid Suit.

As a former prince of the Germa Kingdom, it can be implied that Sanji would have had the same political and military power possessed by the rest of his family. However, due to his decision to renounce his title and status as a royal (as well as his father's decision to cast him out of the family), Sanji has willingly given up any and all claims to these kinds of advantages which is similar to what Sabo has done. Despite this, it has been shown that he still retains political authority over the Germa Kingdom's subjects as shown during his childhood, where the rest of the kingdom treated him with the same respect as they treated the rest of his family (despite his family's own poor treatment of him), and upon his return to the kingdom after 13 years, they continue to do so.

Culinary Expertise

Self-taught since childhood and also personally trained by Zeff, Sanji is an exceptional culinary master of the highest caliber, possessing immense knowledge and the capability of preparing almost any kind of delicious food with a strong sense to the aesthetics of cooking. He cooks with amazing speed and dexterity, particularly in his use of knives. His sense of taste is also not lacking. Often, he is able to deduce the qualities of aspects (i.e. ingredients, and method of cooking and preparations) involved in a prepared dish in a very short period of time. He has an extremely sharp sense of smell, as he correctly figured out all the ingredients Streusen used for the wedding cake and even perfectly figured out Streusen's secret recipe solely by its fragrance, a feat that completely shocked Chiffon and the 31 Head Chefs of Whole Cake Island.[24]

By the end of the two year timeskip, it has been shown that Sanji has already won the 99 recipes of Kamabakka Kingdom's Attack Cuisine as prizes for managing to defeat the Okama Kenpo masters on Momoiro.

In addition to preparing food, Sanji is also extremely skilled in writing recipes, as one of the recipes left behind in the Thousand Sunny allowed Nami to cook a perfect seafood dish.

According to Chiffon, Sanji's cooking skills has surpassed even Streusen, the finest chef of Totto Land. He was able to completely remake the giant Wedding Cake in less than twelve hours, where it took Streusen several days to make the first cake. The cake was so delicious, it made Big Mom, a sweets enthusiast who had spent her entire life eating all sorts of sweets from all over the world, fall into a state of absolute bliss that she had not known since her sixth birthday party.

While in Wano Country, Sanji worked as a soba chef and his cooking is immensely popular with the citizens.

Attack Cuisine

Sanji's culinary skills.

Attack Cuisine (攻めの料理 Seme no Ryōri?) is a special kind of cooking only found in the Kamabakka Kingdom. According to Sanji, the cuisine emanates a powerful aura and flavor to the one consuming it. It is said by Emporio Ivankov that it builds up the physical side of the human body; he even vouches for it as the reason why the inhabitants of the Kamabakka Kingdom have fit and powerful physiques. While "Attack Cuisine" is not denied to outsiders, and is in fact freely offered, only the people who have gone through the "Bride Training" and have become users of the Newkama Kenpo are told the 99 vital recipes of the Attack Cuisine. Exceptions to this rule may occur, as seen when Ivankov gave Sanji a challenge to earn the recipes. The challenge was to defeat the 99 Newkama Kenpo masters who are in possession of the 99 recipes while avoiding becoming an okama. Sanji accepted the challenge and eventually conquered it.

As of yet, only two of the 99 recipes have been revealed in detail:

  • Hormone Soup with Sea Pork (海ブタ肉入りホルモンスープ Umibuta-niku iri Horumon Suupu?): A large pot of soup made from pork and with laced hormones. It is able to rejuvenate the consumer's energy and strength.[25]
  • Simsim Cream (シムシムクリーム Shimushimu kurīmu?): A special type of whipped cream Sanji made while making a cake to calm Big Mom's rage.[26] According to Sanji, it has the ultimate sweetness. Its taste is so delicious, it can cause people who ate it to nearly die in utter bliss as shown with Buche and Capone Bege. Bege described the sensation as being hypnotized.

Physical Abilities

Blueno, don't underestimate that guy! He doesn't have a bounty... But he's likely one of their main fighters!
— Kaku on Sanji's strength[27]


Due to years of extremely hard training under Zeff since childhood, Sanji has gained extraordinary superhuman physical prowess, speed, and agility, which enables him to use an array of handstands for a kick-based martial art, which makes him immensely versatile in combat.

Strength

Sanji has immense physical strength. In his very first appearance, he held Fullbody up by the neck unsupported with one hand before even displaying his lower body strength. In the Arlong Park Arc, he was able to stop Kuroobi from killing Genzo and Nojiko in the water by grabbing onto his leg despite the natural advantage and strength a fish-man receives when submerged. At Little Garden, he hauled a dead Tyrannosaurus Rex through the jungle and back to the Merry with little effort. In the anime Ocean's Dream Arc, Sanji was able to carry the Beli.png300,000,000 worth of solid gold in a sack over his shoulder, something Nami could barely drag across the ground. In Skypiea, when Gan Fall was explaining the Dials, Sanji was shown to be able to lift a huge sledgehammer that appeared to weigh several tons and used it to test the Dial. If the Dial had not absorbed the impact, Sanji would likely smash a hole through Merry's deck.

After Luffy and Usopp dueled in Water 7, Sanji was able to easily restrain Chopper in Heavy Point from going to treat Usopp's injuries, in Enies Lobby Sanji alongside Zoro could catch three cannonballs (using Luffy's body) and throw them back with enough strength to destroy a Marine battleship. Sanji could hold Nami above his head and keep her balanced while receiving countless attacks to his body from Absalom. In Zou, Sanji was shown lifting a huge pile of wounded minks with little help. Another example of his physical might is seen when he was able to hold Absalom in place by gripping onto his leg, despite the latter's reinforced and heavy muscular structure and being struck multiple times while doing so.[28]

Durability and Endurance

Sanji's endurance is immense. Even as a child when he was still considered physically weak, he was able to survive the brutal beatings by his three super-humanly strong brothers on a regular basis. Combined with the years of extremely intense physical training under Zeff into his young adulthood, Sanji's body became tremendously tough. He was able to survive decompression when Kuroobi forced him down through the water in Arlong Park's very deep swimming pool as well as taking head-on attacks like Kuroobi's Fish-Man Karate punches. Sanji was able to survive Enel's "El Thor", an attack so powerful it disintegrated a normal man earlier in the arc and took out the great snake Nola, but Sanji withstood the lightning blast at point-blank range and was still able to stand and mock the Logia user before collapsing.

He was caught off guard and almost beaten to death by Kalifa after being affected by her Devil Fruit powers, but later when he was set free from them, he could still fight against Jabra to the point of even receiving half of the later's "Gekko Jushigan" just before counter-attacking them with his kicks and even winning the face-off. He was stabbed in the back by Absalom with a knife long enough to go through his chest and still manage to defeat him with relative ease (something Zoro in a similar situation was not able to do when he was stabbed by Buggy).

Along with Zoro, he has also shown himself to be resilient enough to be able to take Bartholomew Kuma's "Ursus Shock" attack head-on, despite having just endured an exhausting battle with the giant zombie Oars, and still remain conscious afterward, before being knocked out by Zoro. Later at the Sabaody Archipelago, Sanji survived a Pacifista laser beam being shot through his chest.

After the timeskip, Sanji's endurance also increased. He is also now able to withstand pressures of over 5000 feet underwater without a coating, a depth that would have crushed a submarine. He was also seen being able to take direct punches from both Jinbe and Luffy to the head, from both sides simultaneously, with relatively minor injuries (though left bleeding on the ground). While Nami was inside his body, it also displayed enough endurance to withstand a direct explosion from Caesar's Gastanet, and moments later after recovering his body, he could still fight on par with Vergo.

During his confrontation with Donquixote Doflamingo near Green Bit, Sanji only suffered minor injuries from the Warlord's initial attacks. Sanji is more recently shown to be able to withstand the powerful attacks from his family, as seen by his recovering quickly from Judge's spear attacks as well as his enduring Niji's electrical blows. Sanji can tolerate a massive amount of pain, having learned to withstand relentless beatings by his brothers during his childhood. Even when injured; as seen when his right fibula was fractured by Vergo and, despite initially reacting to the pain, he continued fighting him with his injured leg and did not show any more signs of discomfort afterward.[29]

Another example was when his swollen face was veiled by a gelatinous mask, and he remained unfazed when Nami had slapped his unhealed face.[30] Sanji even shrugged off a bullet wound to the arm while protecting Luffy from Charlotte Oven's army on Cacao Island and did not notice it until Chopper pointed it out. Even after getting tortured by Black Maria, Sanji was able to recover and reenter the main fray, surviving the combined onslaught of All-Stars King and Queen, only commenting it was difficult fighting both of them at once.

Speed and Agility

Sanji's speed, agility, and reflexes are tremendous. In fact, his speed rivals that of Brook and even Luffy's Gear Second. In his first fight against the Krieg Pirates, Sanji moved so fast he appeared like he was disappearing and reappearing. At Little Garden, Sanji avoided machine gun fire from Miss Friday and in Jaya, he dodged Mont Blanc Cricket's gunshot at point-blank range. Even when up against the lightning-fast CP9 and their formidable Rokushiki techniques, Sanji proved his mobility by countering Kalifa's Soru with ease and forced her to the ground, causing the assassin to marvel at how fast the cook was, and he mustered up enough centrifugal force to slightly breaking through the guarding power of Blueno's Tekkai with a single kick to the side. Sanji was able to dodge an onslaught of blows from Oars, causing Luffy's shadow to get annoyed.

Due to fleeing from the Okamas in the Kamabakka Kingdom for two years, Sanji's already impressive speed increased massively. Sanji was able to dodge Vergo's kick when it was centimeters from his face and in Dressrosa, he took out a sniper (who had Sanji in his crosshairs) who was 16 meters above the ground and claimed it was "nothing" to Viola. Sanji was confident that he could avoid a point-blank shot from Pudding and he proved fast enough to dodge Charlotte Katakuri's jelly bean projectile from several meters away, an exceptional feat as Katakuri is an extremely skilled Kenbunshoku Haki user and could not foresee Sanji being swift enough to dodge his shot and was surprised by Sanji's reaction.

Additionally, had Katakuri not interfered with the natural flow of events, Sanji would have dodged a point-blank gunshot from the priest, which is a further testament to his speed.[31] While Pound was trying to defend Chiffon from Oven, Sanji was able to instantly kick Oven away and grab Chiffon with neither Pound nor Oven noticing.[32]

Black Leg Style

Further information: Black Leg Style

Under Zeff's strict tutelage Sanji became an extremely powerful master of a kick based martial art he created named the "Black Leg Style" which is a unique combination of Brazilian Capoeira, French Savate and Korean Taekwondo, able to use powerful kicks with supreme versatility. He has also stated that the reason he fights using is that he does not want to risk damaging his hands as he needs them to cook, thus instead of punches, Sanji incorporates handstands into the Black Leg Style. He is also able to use one-handed handstands, and execute consecutive back handsprings (as seen during his fight with Jabra) to augment the force and range of his kicks. He could easily overpower numerous enemies at once, such as pirates, Marines, and Government agents.

During the time he spent constantly running away from the Okama on the Momoiro Island, he developed both the "Blue Walk" and "Sky Walk", techniques similar to the Rokushiki's technique Geppo, enabling him to swim at great speeds (making him the best swimmer of the crew) and to move through the air (similar to flying), respectively. With "Blue Walk", Sanji can momentarily run underwater. Not only is he not slowed down by the weight of water (as he was during the Arlong Park Arc), Usopp stated that Sanji's speed underwater is on par with a fish-man, who are at their physical prime while underwater. Through the use of "Sky Walk", Sanji can leap to great heights and travel at incredible speed as he makes sonic booms in the air behind him. Sanji used Sky Walk to travel from downtown Dressrosa all the way to the edge of Green Bit to intercept Doflamingo in no time at all. In the Wano Country Arc, Sanji could carry Nami, Carrot, Chopper, and Brook simultaneously using Sky Walk.

Also after the timeskip, it has been shown that he can now utilize fire in his strikes similar to his Diable Jambe. This is partially due to the trauma Sanji endured from the last two years, so much so that simply reminding himself of it causes him to burst out in flames through sheer anger. He demonstrates this by easily defeating the gigantic fish-man Wadatsumi, using "Hell Memories" while in this mental state to engulf the massive foe in flames.

Sanji defeating Jabra, one of the strongest Rokushiki masters.

Due to his tremendous mastery of the Black Leg style, Sanji can defeat extremely strong and dangerously skilled martial art masters, such as Kuroobi of "Fish-Man Karate", Bon Kurei of "Okama Kenpo", Wanze of "Ramen Kenpo", and even Jabra an extremely powerful Rokushiki master of the "Tekkai Kenpo" and during his time on Kamabaka Kingdom, he managed to defeat all 99 Newkama Kenpo masters to steal the recipes of the Attack Cuisine. After two years of intensified training, Sanji is strong and skilled enough to hold his own against Vergo, whose own fighting style matched Sanji's easily, although he still had a hard time. While he was completely powerless against his genetically enhanced superhuman brothers in the past, he could now viciously overpower them without using his full strength. With a crescent kick, he sent Charlotte Oven, an extremely large man and one of the strongest members of the Big Mom Pirates, flying and crashing into a nearby building. He also knocked down Page One, an Ancient Zoan Devil Fruit user and one of the strongest Shinuchi. When donning his Raid Suit, Sanji could match a kick from All Star King with his own leg.

Sanji's tremendous kicking power is his greatest weapon.

His training in a kick-based martial arts also grants him colossal leg strength, enabling him to break even the hardest materials and defeat the strongest enemies using the tremendous power of his kicks. He can easily destroy boulders and metal weapons and effortlessly overpower giant sea monsters such as Bananawani and Momoo. Sanji even managed to topple Oars, a monstrous giant, by kicking him in the foot. In an SBS, Oda stated that Sanji's kicking power is 21 Bats (the power to break 21 wooden bats in one kick).[33]

After his two years of extremely rigorous training on Momoiro Island, which consists mainly of constantly running away from the Okamas for days regardless of the harshest weather, his leg strength vastly increased. He could break the neck of a Pacifista with only a kick, critically damaging it, and not showing any trouble afterward (something he was not able to do before the timeskip) or being able to break a Seastone cage just with kicks (as seen in Episode of Luffy). He could even smash the exoskeletons of genetically enhanced superhumans such as his brothers Niji and Yonji. His new strength was also shown when Sanji manages to fight on par and briefly overpower Vergo, a Marine Vice Admiral who was able to overpower and defeat Smoker, for a short period of time even after being wounded by attacks from Caesar Clown and having one of his legs broken. His physical power was later recognized by one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Donquixote Doflamingo, who was forced to restrain Sanji's movements after the Straw Hat member landed several blows.

During the Whole Cake Island Arc, Sanji easily overpowered his brother Vinsmoke Yonji, a genetically enhanced Germa Commander, and emerge from the conflict without a scratch which is notable as their father stated Yonji's strength was formidable.[34] Sanji was also able to match his father Vinsmoke Judge, the leader of Germa 66, in a duel before he was overwhelmed by the latter's advanced technology and underhanded moves. His sister Vinsmoke Reiju was in awe at how strong he had become since she last saw him, describing him as a "beast".[35] When he kicked his older brother Niji in the face, the force of the kick not only dislocated his jaw but also sent him crashing into a wall. Sanji's attacks are even strong enough to make his captain, Monkey D. Luffy, briefly pass out when struck by them, something only Rob Lucci has accomplished before; albiet, he wasn't fighting back and Sanji has improved a significant amount since their clash against CP9. Later during the escape from the Tea Party, Sanji was able to counter an attack from Big Mom one of the strongest Pirates in the world with a Diable Jambe-enhanced kick alongside Luffy.

He could even lift a gigantic carriage carrying the giant-sized wedding cake along with the WC31, Chiffon, and Pudding and launch it to the top of the Nostra Castello. He also blocked Daifuku's genie naginata strike when the genie was half the size of the Sunny. At Wano Country, Sanji smashed Page One into the ground with a kick, while the latter was in his massive Spinosaurus form. He also managed to block a kick from the All Star King an enormous man while using his Raid Suit. He could kicked the All Star Queen with such overwhelming force to rotate his brachiosaurus neck at high speed, easily shattering Perospero's extremely hard candy arrows, and knocked out the latter on impact, whereas not even Chopper's Monster Point could inflict any significant damage.

As for using his actual "attacks", Sanji has a very large number of specific kicks and techniques he uses to fight with. It should be noted that he does not call out an attack name whenever he kicks someone or something, but for important events and fights, he usually will. Most of his attacks are said in French and are usually cooking/food terms related in some way to the specific portion of the opponent's body that he's targeting or to the nature of the attack itself. In the 4Kids English anime, the attacks are changed to be funny sounding, non-existent food items that have something to do with the target area of the attack.

Common attacks are "Mutton Shot" (Sanji jumps and flips, and kicks with all his might into the foe's mid-region or head) and "Anti-Manner Kick Course" (one of Sanji's most powerful kicks where he delivers a 180 degree vertical kick upward into a giant foe's torso or back).

Sanji's comedic finishing move "Parage Shoot", is a series of kicks directed at his opponent's face. This results in a rearrangement of the victim's facial structure, often turning them handsome or bishounen-like, as seen with Wanze and Duval.

Diable Jambe

Further information: Black Leg Style/Diable Jambe

Sanji using Diable Jambe.

In the Enies Lobby Arc, Sanji reveals a new ability - Diable Jambe, the power to heat his lower legs to a temperature so high that they glow bright red, by spinning rapidly in place, which causes his attack to be more powerful. "Diable" means "Devil" in French and it's also the name of a kitchen tool. It's probably also a reference to the "sauce à la diable", a French spicy sauce. "Jambe" means "Leg". The kanji used, 悪魔風脚, mean devil wind foot (風脚 - wind foot - is a play on the term kazaashi, meaning wind speed). The aforementioned attacks also have the word Diable Jambe preceding it (ex. "Diable Jambe: Flambage Shot"). The heat of his attacks is so high that contact for even a second could set a person ablaze. Sanji used this ability during his fight with Jabra, in which his normal attacks were not as effective due to his active usage of Tekkai. With the heat of his new ability, Sanji overcame his inability to smash through Tekkai by burning through it instead. By using the technique "Frit Assorti" in Diable Jambe against Oars, Sanji was able to effectively deflect his direct "Gomu Gomu no Bazooka" in order to protect Robin with a single kick.

His tolerance against fire is also astonishing, which would make sense since he is a cook. This would explain why he is able to utilize Diable Jambe without showing any signs of getting burned himself while the opponent gets incinerated at the receiving end. However, Oda has said that it does not damage him because while the Diable Jambe burns hot, Sanji's heart burns hotter.

As revealed during the crew's battle against PX-4, it appears that Diable Jambe puts extreme stress upon Sanji's legs. After several uses of the technique and during the confrontation against PX-1, Sanji himself comments that if he were to use the attack one more time, his legs would break.[36] After his two-year of training and experience in "hell", Sanji's kicks became significantly more powerful, as seen in his fight with PX-7, where he critically damaged the Pacifista's neck with a single kick.

Diable Jambe has improved to the point that his entire leg is now enveloped in large flames. It is now so powerful and hot that even underwater, he is able to scorch one of the Kraken's tentacles with "Bien Cuit: Grill Shot", severely injuring it. Later at Gyoncorde Plaza, as he was airborne (Sky Walk), he executed another new move called "Poêle à Frire: Spectre", where he stomps his opponents repeatedly with high accuracy and speed.

Sanji's Diable Jamble was also able to counter his father's advanced battle gear (which is flame resistant) with ease and when Sanji was about to use "Poêle à Frire" against Judge, the Germa King was forced to resort to using a human shield to overpower his son. Later when forced to fight off his captain, Sanji's Diable Jamble "Concasse" was strong enough to make Luffy pass out when Sanji struck him with it. Later Sanji used "Crosse Strike" along with Luffy's Elephant Gun to counter a lightning attack from Charlotte Linlin.

Genetic Modifications

Further information: Modified Humans

Sanji's broken body repairs itself.

When Sanji was a child, he was weaker than his siblings (who always outpaced him) to the point that he was considered a disappointment and a failure to his family. This is due to the drug that his mother took during her pregnancy to ensure Sanji would still have his humanity, thus resulting in him without any apparent genetic enhancements much to Judge's fury.[37]

Queen's blade shatters against Sanji's skin.

However, during the Raid on Onigashima, Sanji noted after several uses of the Raid Suit that his body began to feel different, and even in some cases "better", which perplexed him early on during his fight with Queen.[38] Later on in his fight with Queen, after surviving almost being crushed to death, Sanji stood back up, even with all of his bones broken, shocking everyone. After his body snaps back into place and reforms, Sanji angrily realizes that he might have possibly awakened the same genetic enhancements as his siblings, a theory that's further reinforced after Queen strikes Sanji with his sword, only for the sword to shatter against Sanji's head, with Sanji only feeling minor pain and annoyance as a result.[39]

Haki

Further information: Haki

Kenbunshoku Haki

Kenbunshoku Haki is Sanji's speciality concerning Haki.[40] During his stay on Kamabakka Kingdom, Sanji has trained his Kenbunshoku Haki to become a proficient user of this Haki. He can sense the presence, strength, emotions, and intent of others, and was even able to dodge a jelly bean shot by Charlotte Katakuri despite Katakuri having a higher level of Kenbunshoku Haki.

Sanji's mastery at using this form of Haki is evident in the following examples:

  • During the Fish-Man Island Arc, Sanji could sense Caribou in the Ryugu Palace alongside both Luffy and Zoro.[41]
  • He helped Kin'emon recover his torso from within the lake on Punk Hazard, actively using Kenbunshoku Haki in order to locate the samurai's torso within the dark water.[42]
  • He was able to perceive Tashigi being beaten by Vergo, despite the considerable distance between them.[43]
  • He detected a sniper on a rooftop 16 meters above the ground, and intercepted him before he was able to shoot.[44]
  • He found the Thousand Sunny (with some of their crewmates aboard) in the middle of the sea.[45]
  • He was even able to tell people's true intentions the first time they meet (as with Kin'emon or Viola, though it did not help with Pudding due to her superb acting skills).[46][47]
  • He was also able to sense Nekomamushi's aura from within Capone Bege's body castle.[48]
  • He dodged a jelly bean bullet that was aimed at him by Katakuri. Sanji's ability to both sense the bullet and dodge it left even the Sweet Commander surprised. Additionally, had Katakuri not interfered with the natural flow of events, Sanji would have dodged a point-blank gunshot from the priest, which is a further testament to his speed.[49]
  • He was able to dodge multiple bullets being fired at him by Pudding, all from point-blank range.[50]

Busoshoku Haki

It was stated by Luffy that Sanji possesses Busoshoku Haki after Law asked who could fight Caesar Clown, who is a Logia user.[51] During the fight with his father, Sanji blocked his spear by enhancing his right leg, much to Judge's surprise.[52] Sanji was able to damage Luffy's rubber body when they fought on Whole Cake Island.

Weapons

While Sanji's policy as a chef is to preserve his hands for the sole purpose of cooking, he has been known to fight with an assortment of different items.

Swordsmanship

Sanji's sword training.

According to his father, Sanji was trained to use swords.[52] However, due to Sanji's policy of only using his hands for cooking, it is unknown as to the extent of any skills he may retain. He may still retain a high level of skill at wielding swords and/or other bladed weapons, as shown by his superb skills in wielding knives for combat and on par with the most skilled swordsmen, a skill Sanji retained and continuously honed through use in cooking.

Hocho Sabaki

Hocho Sabaki.

There has only been one time that Sanji has made an exception to his rule of never using knives (and other kitchen tools) or his hands to fight, though this was a very special case since his foe's armor was made of food (ramen to be exact) and they were fighting in a kitchen. Sanji "borrows" a pair of Wanze's kitchen knives during their battle aboard the Puffing Tom. He has demonstrated excellent precision and quick dexterity in wielding knives, proving himself a highly skilled swordsman. According to Sanji, the way he performs this style is a first class cook special Hocho Sabaki (包丁捌き Hōchō Sabaki?, literally meaning "Kitchen Knives Method").[53]

  • Epluchage (皮剥作業エプリュシャージ Epuryushāji?, literally meaning "Peel Skin"): The only attack Sanji showed while fighting this style. He uses a pair of kitchen knives to peel away an opponent's armor. This is first seen being used against Wanze's ramen armor.[54] Epluchage is a French cooking verb which means "to peel away skin".

Raid Suit

Sanji in his Raid Suit.

Germa 66 had created a Raid Suit specifically designed for Sanji to use, which was secretly hidden and given to him as a parting gift during the Vinsmokes' assistance in his and Luffy's escape from Cacao Island. Sanji initially refused to put it on due to his hatred for his family,[55] but ultimately donned it while at Wano Country.

The suit gives Sanji a black Germa outfit and cape with the number 3 on it, as well as jet-propelled boots. Uniquely, it also gives him a mask to wear over his nose and mouth, and slicks the front of his hair into two parts, one pointing up and one pointing down. Like the other Vinsmokes' Raid Suits, it grants Sanji the ability to fly and strengthen his kicks with propelled boots, and serves as an armor to protect him from attacks.

The invisibility power of the suit.

Its unique ability is that it allows Sanji to blend in perfectly with his environment, leaving him invisible to the human eye. This invisibility gives him a great advantage in battle, being able to land surprise attacks on opponents without them seeing him coming.[56] He later uses this ability to sneak into a bathhouse and assist Nami, Robin, and Shinobu in escaping,[57] and was also instrumental in rescuing Kozuki Momonosuke from the crucifix he was chained to during the raid on Onigashima.[58]

The suit and its ability apparently cause Sanji to resemble a character known as Stealth Black, who is a member of the fictionalized version of Germa 66 in the comic strip Sora, Warrior of the Sea. Knowing that, Sanji rejected the name and named this form as O-Soba Mask (おそばマスク O-Soba Masuku?) instead.[56]

Other Weapons

Sanji using Zoro to hit a Gifter.

  • Usopp's Special Salt Ball (ウソップ特製”塩星”ソルトボール Usoppu Tokusei Soruto Bōru?): Sanji was given salt balls by Usopp during the crew's adventure on Thriller Bark, for use in Zombie attacks. He used them to reveal Absalom's position after the zombie commander became invisible through the powers of the Suke Suke no Mi.[59]
  • Sanji was seen pointing a pistol at Miss All Sunday during her first meeting with the Straw Hats, but he did not fire it (likely due to his chivalry).[60] Later in Zou, he stole a rifle off one of the Fire Tank Pirates and used it to hold Caesar Clown hostage.[61]
  • During the raid on Onigashima, Sanji used the bandaged Zoro as a blunt weapon against members of the Beasts Pirates.[62]

Tactical and Informational Wit

Besides his strength, Sanji is also a skilled tactician. This was particularly evident in the Arabasta Saga, where he was responsible for both posing as Mr. 3 and fooling Crocodile into believing that he had killed the Straw Hats on Little Garden.[63] Later, he posed as "Mr. Prince" to lure Crocodile out of Rain Dinners, where the Straw Hats were being held captive, so that he could break in and release them.[64]

In the Skypiea Arc, when he and Usopp snuck onboard the Maxim in order to save Nami, Sanji took a detour and destroyed the ship's main engine. While the backup engines prevented the flying vessel from being crippled, Sanji's actions distracted Enel and bought Usopp time to get Nami off the ark.[65]

During the Water 7 Arc, Sanji went off on his own and waited patiently at the train station, having discovered that only one train was due to depart before Aqua Laguna struck; he also deduced that, if Robin were to leave the island, the train would be the only means of doing so. With his instincts confirmed, Sanji left Nami a Baby Den Den Mushi and a letter of his intentions, though most of the letter was just some babble of his love for her, and even worse, the hiding place of the letter was very obvious marked with red paint, with large hearts for Nami and a threat for anyone else not to read it.[66]

During the Enies Lobby Arc, he took over Usopp's fight with Jabra, reminding the unconfident Usopp that he was not useless and he can help protect Robin via sniping enemies from a distance, while Sanji himself was better suited for front-line fighting.[67] Later, he shut the Gates of Justice to give the crew an opportunity to escape the overwhelming Marine forces gathered for the Buster Call.[68]

In the Dressrosa Arc, he was the only one to figure out Law's true objective in establishing the Pirate Alliance, noting that Law was focusing too much on personally defeating Doflamingo instead of executing their plan to starve Kaidou of SMILES.[69]

On Zou, when the Curly Hat Pirates were captured by Capone Bege and the Fire Tank Pirates, Sanji was able to release the others by sensing Nekomamushi was outside and throwing his friends out of Capone's body castle. He also ensured that the Fire Tank Pirates would not pursue the other Straw Hats by holding Caesar Clown hostage at gunpoint, after deducing that the new condition of capture on his second bounty ("Only Alive") guaranteed that the Fire Tank Pirates would not risk harming him in order to get Caesar off him, effectively outsmarting the extremely cunning master strategist Capone Bege.[70]

Sanji also had a fondness for reading books when he was younger and knows of many legends, albeit mostly "Fairy-Tale" like in nature as opposed to Robin's "Historic" recollection of legends. He had already heard of the legendary ingredient, the Blue-Finned Elephant Tuna, before he even saw it, and he was also familiar with the tale of Mont Blanc Noland through the book King of Liars, Noland that he read as a child in North Blue. Furthermore, through reading an encyclopedia on Devil Fruits, he learned of the Suke Suke no Mi; however, since he was only interested in that particular fruit, what else he knows on Devil Fruits is currently unclear but he was shown not to be aware that Devil Fruit users would lose their ability to swim until Zeff told him.[71]

Chivalric Sense

Sanji has demonstrated several times that he takes chivalry to such an extent that he can sense when a woman is in danger even when he is nowhere close to being within earshot, such as when Brogy approached Nami in Little Garden or when Tashigi was in tears after the betrayal of Vergo in Punk Hazard. However, this can be a weakness, as he refuses to attack a woman even at the cost of injury. This led to him sustaining serious damage against Kalifa until Nami showed up, and being at the mercy of Viola and her henchmen in Dressrosa. As a possible extension of this however, he seems to also be able to detect sincerity (or lack thereof) in women. In the latter example for instance, Sanji was able to tell that Viola truly felt despair under Doflamingo's control, despite her earlier boasting. When Nico Robin tried to leave the crew and discourage Sanji from chasing after her, he was able to tell that she was holding something back, later telling Chopper that "When a woman lies, a real man forgives her".[72] Despite discovering the brutal deception and mockery that Charlotte Pudding put him through, he was able to see through her cruelty as a front to hide her own past misery, and confronted her of it the next day which caught her off guard.

Stealth Mastery

Sanji is immensely skilled at sneaking, rivaling that of Nami and Robin. After leaving the Germa Kingdom at a tender age, he was able to avoid detection for 13 years. As an adult, Sanji's skill was still prominent as he was the only Straw Hat to avoid detection from Baroque Works until the final battle in Alubarna. In the anime-only G-8 Arc, Sanji showed no trouble sneaking around the base and was forced to help his far less stealthy captain to avoid detection. At Water 7, Sanji infiltrated the Puffing Tom right under the noses of CP9, who were masters of espionage and stealth. Even Rob Lucci exclaimed his amazement at this feat. Sanji also moved around the heavily guarded Whole Cake Chateau with no difficulty (avoiding detection from Pudding) and successfully broke into the infirmary to speak with his sister, Reiju, by tying up the guard.

After acquiring the Raid Suit and the ability that came with it, Sanji was able to make great use of this new invisibility for direct combat, being able to land heavy strikes on Page One without being detected.[56] At Onigashima, Sanji used his Raid Suit to sneak onto the Live Stage without being detected and freed Momonosuke after Shinobu's attempt failed.

Facial Reconstruction

Sanji is capable of reconstructing someone's face simply by kicking them. This ability of his debuted when Sanji was facing off against Wanze. During his fight with Wanze, he did not seem to have any control over that ability. In fact, it was discovered by accident. The kicks he inflicted to Wanze's face unintentionally reshaped it little by little until he looked entirely different, and it was reversed when the kick Sanji used to defeat him hit so hard it knocked his face back to normal. However, when Sanji reconstructed Duval's face, he clearly states that he did it on purpose, which in term means he has mastered that ability.[73]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 5 Chapter 43 and Episode 20, Sanji is introduced.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 68 and Episode 30, Sanji joins the Straw Hats.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 840 (p. 10) and Episode 803.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 87 Chapter 870 (p. 11-12) and Episode 840, Sanji renounces his allegiance to his homeland and disavows his birth name.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 926 (p. 9) and Episode 919, Sanji is in charge of running a Soba Noodle Shop Cart as his cover while infiltrating Wano Country.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 435 (p. 16-17) and Episode 320, Sanji's bounty for attacking Enies Lobby is revealed.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 19 Chapter 174 (p. 3) and Episode 108, Sanji's alias in Arabasta is revealed.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0005), San-gorou and Osoba-mask are romanized.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 724 (p. 10) and Episode 655, Momonosuke refers to Sanji as San-gorou.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 931 (p. 5) and Episode 925, Sanji's second alias in Wano is revealed.
  11. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 (p. 162), Oda explains the blood types of the world and reveals the Straw Hats' blood types.
  12. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 7 (p. 46), Fan question: How old is Sanji-san?
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 and Episode 517, two years pass in the storyline.
  14. 14.0 14.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 69 (p. 66), Sanji's profile is given.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 84 (p. 150).
  16. 16.0 16.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 15 (p. 90), Sanji's birthday is revealed.
  17. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 (p. 186), Birthday Calendar.
  18. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 10 (p. 46), Sanji's pre-timeskip height is given.
  19. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 57), Sanji's post-timeskip height is given.
  20. 20.0 20.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 (p. 4-5) and Episode 878, Luffy and Sanji's new bounties after Whole Cake Island.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 801 (p. 15-17) and Episode 746, The Straw Hats are given new bounties after Dressrosa.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 435 (p. 16-17) and Episode 320, The crew members' bounties for attacking Enies Lobby are revealed.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 312 and Episode 212, Sanji and Zoro defeat the Groggy Monsters together.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 88 Chapter 880 (p. 5-7) and Episode 852.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 696 and Episode 622, Sanji cooks food from one of the recipes.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 88 Chapter 885 (p. 16) and Episode 858, Sanji finishes his secret ingredient
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 374 (p. 9) and Episode 262.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 464 and Episode 359, Sanji holds Absalom by the leg
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 681 and Episode 607.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 844 and Episode 808.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 862 and Episode 832.
  32. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 88 Chapter 886 (p. 8-10) and Episode 859.
  33. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 8 (p. 44), Sanji's kicking power is given.
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 83 Chapter 832 (p. 19) and Episode 793.
  35. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 83 Chapter 833 (p. 5-6, 9-17) and Episodes 793794.
  36. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 43 Chapter 415 and Episode 298, Sanji vs. Jabra.
  37. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 840 (p. 10-15) and Episode 803.
  38. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1023.
  39. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1028 (p. 16-17), Sanji starts to develop the same enhanced abilities as his siblings.
  40. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 71, Oda states Sanji's specialty is Kenbushoku Haki
  41. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 650 and Episode 570, Sanji uses Kenbunshoku Haki to sense Caribou.
  42. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 672 and Episode 598, Sanji searches for Kin'emon's torso with Kenbunshoku Haki.
  43. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 680 and Episode 606, Sanji saving Tashigi from Vergo.
  44. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 705 and Episode 635, Sanji protecting Viola from the sniper.
  45. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 723 and Episode 654.
  46. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 657 and Episode 582.
  47. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 712 and Episode 640, Sanji confronts Viola about her true intentions.
  48. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 813 (p. 12) and Episode 764.
  49. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 862 (p. 13-14) and Episode 832.
  50. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 864 (p. 6) and Episode 834, Pudding tries unsuccessfully to shoot Sanji.
  51. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 668 and Episode 594, Luffy confirms him as capable of using Haki to fight Caesar.
  52. 52.0 52.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 83 Chapter 833 (p. 9) and Episode 794, Sanji uses Busoshoku Haki for the first time.
  53. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 370 (p. 13-15) and Episode 259.
  54. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 372 (p. 10-12) and Episode 260.
  55. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 (p. 2) and Episode 878.
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 931 (p. 2-10) and Episode 925.
  57. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 936 (p. 15-16) and Episode 932, Sanji enters the bath house.
  58. One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 Chapter 988 (p. 8-9), Sanji uses his Raid Suit to free Momonosuke.
  59. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 463 and Episode 358, Sanji uses Usopp's salt balls to find Absalom.
  60. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 114 and Episode 67.
  61. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 813 (p. 13) and Episode 764, Sanji holds Caesar hostage to allow his friends to escape from Bege.
  62. One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 Chapter 1005 (p. 3), Sanji uses Zoro as a blunt weapon.
  63. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 127 and Episode 77.
  64. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 19 Chapter 175 and Episode 109.
  65. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 30 Chapter 284 (p. 13-18) and Episodes 185186.
  66. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 38 Chapter 361 (p. 15-17) and Episode 253.
  67. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 43 Chapter 414 and Episode 297.
  68. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 429 and Episode 311.
  69. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 724 and Episode 655.
  70. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 813 and Episode 764.
  71. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 464 and Episode 359.
  72. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 38 Chapter 359 (p. 18) and Episode 251, Sanji reassure Chopper after Robin's departure.
  73. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 496 (p. 5) and Episode 390, Sanji talk about Duval's new facial features.

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