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For the anime-only Marine commander, see Shepherd.

Saint Shepherd Ju Peter[3] is one of the Five Elders who publicly head the World Government,[1], holding the title Warrior God of Agriculture.[3]

Due to his actions and role, and along with the other Elders, he is one of the main antagonists of the Egghead Arc and the Final Saga overall, and one of the overarching antagonists of the One Piece series.

Appearance[]

Peter is a tan-skinned man of lean build and incredible stature, being the second tallest of the Five Elders after Marcus Mars (and noticeably taller than Fleet Admiral Sakazuki, hence well over 3 m tall).[4][5][6] Among the Elders, Peter stands out as the youngest-looking, with a full head of blond hair and little in the way of facial wrinkles. Said hair is kept in a short taper cut while linking to a chin curtain beard and mustache.[1]

For attire, Peter dons a plain suit jacket and pants of dark-maroon color, paired with a white, buttoned-up, tieless dress shirt that has a wingtip collar low enough to expose a scar above his chest, which reaches from his lower cervical area down toward his right armpit.[1]

Personality[]

Like the other Elders, Peter cares about the world's balance upheld by the Three Great Powers and wishes to protect it, expressly seeking to prevent the chaos that would arise from its breakdown.[1] He has been shown to give great thought to the impact of vacancies created among both the Seven Warlords and Four Emperors. He also wishes to preserve the image of the World Government by keeping the events of the Void Century a secret at all costs, and he and the other Elders will immediately have anyone destroyed who is found to be studying it; notably, Peter was the one who frantically gave the order to kill Professor Clover of Ohara, doing so to prevent the latter from uttering the Great Kingdom's name.[7]

Like his fellow Elders, Peter is knowledgeable regarding the true nature of the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika and takes said Devil Fruit's threat quite seriously. When Warcury made note of its legendary status, Peter responded by questioning why the government made the effort of renaming a Devil Fruit.[8]

Although he will totally obey Imu's orders, he did not shy away from questioning the reasoning behind eliminating an entire country, though he did proceed the process regardless of the question and executed Imu's orders.[9]

Abilities and Powers[]

As one of the Five Elders, the highest-ranking Celestial Dragons, Peter and his four peers are considered the "Highest Authority of the World Government",[2] though in secret are subservient to Imu, the occupant of the Empty Throne.[10] Peter thus controls every part of the government, including but not limited to the Cipher Pol agencies and Marine HQ, with even the Fleet Admiral unable to challenge the Elder's power.[5] Like anyone of, or above, the rank of Marine Admiral, the Five Elders can declare a Buster Call to destroy any island deemed a threat, as well as deploy the Mother Flame on behalf of Imu to annihilate islands without a trace.[11] The Elders can also channel their tremendous power to manipulate the media, such as to withhold facts from the general public or outright erase segments of history, most notably regarding the Void Century.[7] Peter, along with the other Elders are endowed with total authority over the Pacifista and Seraphim (above even their creator, Dr. Vegapunk's, though due to Vegapunk's secret meddling, their authority over all Kuma-formed Pacifista is second to Jewelry Bonney).

Unique Powers[]

As one of the Five Elders, Peter has demonstrated some esoteric abilities. Which of these, if any, stem from his Devil Fruit is currently unclear:

  • Peter appears to have some form of telepathy, at least with his other Elders. The Elders were able to communicate with Saturn who was as far away as Egghead, while they were at Mary Geoise.[12]
  • Peter arrived on Egghead by being summoned through a "magic circle" (魔法陣, mahōjin?) on the ground as if through a portal; said circle had a pentagram in its middle and five unknown numbers in-between its jags. It is unclear if Peter can make use of these portals on his own as Saturn did when he arrived on Egghead, or if Saturn's presence is required to invoke the portal.[13]
  • At least in his Zoan form, Peter can heal from injuries. He survived being decapited by Dorry and Brogy and was able to reform his severed body parts, with Monkey D. Luffy describing him and the other Elders as being immortal.[14]

Devil Fruit[]

Ju Peter Beast Form
Peter's Awakened Beast Form.
Shepherd Vortex Ability
Ju Puter sucking up his surroundings.

Peter acquired the power of a Mythical Zoan-type Sandworm (サンドワーム, Sandowāmu?) Devil Fruit, which lets him transform into a giant sandworm and a human-sandworm hybrid at will. Peter appears to have "awakened" this ability while maintaining his personality, as indicated by the ribbon of dark, flaming smoke around his head and torso when he is transformed.[15] In this form, he could withstand a point-blank fire blast from Sabo without trouble,[16] and utilizing the immense size of his full Beast Form, Peter can swallow his opponents whole.[17]

This fruit also grants him a powerful vacuum breath ability that can encompass a whole island and its surroundings, with such force that even giants could not escape from it, although sufficiently large objects can be shoved into Peter's mouth to neutralize the ability.[18] Additionally, he can spit out everything he previously sucked into his mouth high into the air onto the ground, potentially lethally injuring whoever was sucked in unless they are caught by someone.[19] Furthermore, he can dig through the earth with ease, emerging whenever he wants and catching anyone above him unguarded and unprepared.[20] The massive mouth he gains also enables him to bite through even the hardest of substances, even those such as the Iron Giant.[21]

Haki[]

Further information: Haki

Like the other Elders, Peter possesses powerful Haki. His arrival on Egghead was accompanied by a massive burst of Haki which resembled black lightning. His and the other Elders' Haki was sensed by Roronoa Zoro and Rob Lucci.[22]

Kenbunshoku Haki[]

Peter is a very skilled user of Kenbunshoku Haki, as he was able to sense Luffy's and Bonney's transformations into Nika.[23]

Weapons[]

Peter carries a flintlock with him, which he intended to use to execute Nefertari Cobra for seeing Imu.[16]

History[]

Past[]

As recognition for his genius inventions in MADS, Dr. Vegapunk was invited to Mary Geoise for an audience with the Five Elders.[24]

Twenty-two years ago, the Five Elders spoke via Den Den Mushi to Professor Clover, an archaeologist from Ohara who was revealed to have been studying the Poneglyphs. Clover revealed that he knew too much about the Void Century, and Peter immediately ordered for the Cipher Pol unit on Ohara to eliminate him. The Five Elders then gave the command for a Buster Call to destroy Ohara and its historians.[7]

Less than fourteen years ago (over ten years since Gol D. Roger's execution), Spandam persuaded the Five Elders to give him the authority to seek out the blueprints for Pluton.[25]

Sky Island Saga[]

Jaya Arc[]

A Marine came to the Room of Authority to report that Shanks had made contact with Whitebeard. However, the Five Elders' top priority was finding a replacement for Crocodile in the Seven Warlords of the Sea, with Peter saying that they could not allow the Three Great Powers to crumble.[1]

Water 7 Saga[]

Long Ring Long Land Arc[]

The Five Elders got a call that Marine Admiral Aokiji had gone off on his own without informing anyone, to their dismay.[26]

Post-Enies Lobby Arc[]

The Five Elders received a report that the Emperor Shanks had successfully met with fellow Emperor Whitebeard, to their shock.[27]

Summit War Saga[]

Post-War Arc[]

The Five Elders spoke about the aftermath of the Summit War of Marineford, and said to wait for pirates to emerge in the changing New World when considering potential new Warlord candidates. They then talked about Blackbeard's rise to power, and Peter said that little could likely stop him aside from the other Emperors and the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates.[4]

Dressrosa Saga[]

Dressrosa Arc[]

Fleet Admiral Sakazuki came to the Room of Authority to question the Five Elders about why they let Donquixote Doflamingo use the World Nobles' authority to misinform the entire world. The Elders reminded Sakazuki of his place and reprimanded his insolence, with Peter stating that the matter had been entrusted to Cipher Pol. A Marine then came in and revealed that Monkey D. Luffy and Trafalgar Law's alliance had taken down Doflamingo, and that their victory had been broadcast to the entire world, shocking the elders and Sakazuki alike.[5]

Whole Cake Island Saga[]

Levely Arc[]

Imu Sits on the Empty Throne

Peter and the other Elders kneel before Imu.

As the Levely was beginning, the Five Elders were approached by Shanks. Because of his position, they reluctantly allowed him to talk to them about a certain pirate.[6] After meeting with Shanks, the Elders headed toward the Empty Throne, and talked about how King Nefertari Cobra of Arabasta had requested to meet with them. Upon reaching the Empty Throne, they knelt before its occupant Imu as they requested that Imu tell them the name of the "light" that needed to be extinguished from history.[10]

Wano Country Saga[]

Wano Country Arc[]

Sabo Attacks Elders

The Five Elders are attacked and ambushed by Sabo.

Shortly following their meeting with Imu, the Elders granted Cobra the audience he requested at the Empty Throne. Cobra brought up his ancestor, Nefertari Lili who was one of the First Twenty founders of the World Government, and explained how she disappeared following her decision to abdicate living in Mary Geoise; he asked if the Elders had any records of what became of her. The Elders claimed to have no answer for this, and Cobra then asked about the meaning of the initial D., revealing to the Elders' shock that a letter from Lili had been passed down through the Nefertari Family. Imu then entered the room and sat on the Empty Throne, and the Elders were shocked at Imu's decision to be revealed to Cobra.[28] Imu talked with Cobra about Lili and the D., and the Elders drew flintlocks as they intended to execute Cobra for seeing Imu. Imu was the first to strike Cobra, but then along with the Elders was attacked by Sabo using Hiken. Following the attack, the Elders and Imu transformed into beastly forms and pursued Sabo as he fled the room with Cobra. Following another strike by Imu, Cobra sacrificed himself to allow Sabo to flee and was promptly killed; the Elders then noticed that Wapol had been spying on the affairs in the room through a small peephole.[16] Following the Levely's conclusion, the Five Elders were in the Room of Authority discussing Sabo and the growing issues with Vegapunk on Egghead when they received a call from Imu, who wished to test out Vegapunk's Mother Flame invention; Nusjuro advised to test it on a forested area rather than in the sea. Imu told them to test it on the Lulusia Kingdom, and Nusjuro and Peter both noted how useful the weapon could be to quell a long conflict if they could one day use it freely. Imu also gave them the command to find and seize Nefertari Vivi.[29]

They later discussed the Raid on Onigashima, namely the orders they had given to eliminate Nico Robin and prepare to have the Marines assume control of Wano Country in the aftermath of the battle. The Elders then discussed the potential of the Gomu Gomu no Mi, which was consumed by Monkey D. Luffy, actually being the renamed "Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika" and awakening; a course of action they did not wish to occur. Warcury dismissed the existence of the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika as a legend, but Peter countered by asking why the World Government had bothered to change its name if it was, saying the objective was likely to erase the fruit from history.[8] The Five Elders commanded Guernica to interfere in the battle between Luffy and Kaidou to eliminate the former, and Guernica sacrificed himself to allow Kaidou to inflict a deadly blow on Luffy.[30]

The Five Elders' attempt to eliminate Luffy proved a failure, as they later came to learn that the Gomu Gomu no Mi had indeed been awakened and Kaidou and Big Mom had both fallen in battle. Because Wano's borders were not opened as was initially expected, the Elders called off the Marine invasion but maintained the order for Robin to be captured.[31]


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


One Piece Film: Red[]

The Five Elders watched Uta's concert in Elegia from the Den Den Mushi. They discussed Uta being the daughter of Shanks, a serious threat that was opposed to the Great Pirate Era, and how to stop her rebellion, though there was some hesitation among them to carry out her elimination as they worried she may have been related to the Figarland Family. Also, they were very concerned about Uta's connection with Tot Musica and they could not afford to be cautious if she summoned that as a threat. The Five Elders did not fall asleep to Uta's powers as they already muted her songs. They were later informed by Lucci about an estimate being 70% of the world's population would be pulled into the Uta World.

The Five Elders, horrified, witnessed Uta turning everyone including Saint Charlos into inanimate objects. As they could not afford more casualties, they needed to make a decision even if a Celestial Dragon would get caught in the crossfire. They witnessed Tot Musica, finally summoned by Uta, attacking the Marine ships. Lucci tried to turn off the Den Den Mushi to cut the sounds, but Peter stated there was no point to mute it as the reality and the song of Tot Musica had already been linked. After Tot Musica was defeated by Luffy and Shanks, the Five Elders witnessed Uta releasing everyone from the Uta World through singing.[32]


Concludes non-canon section.


Final Saga[]

Egghead Arc[]

Having received their orders from Imu, the Elders then received a call from Marine Headquarters revealing they had traced Sabo to Lulusia, and the Elders took note of this stroke of fortune as the Lulusia Kingdom was completely annihilated by the Mother Flame soon afterward with Peter declaring it never existed in the first place.[33]

The Five Elders also received a call from one of Vegapunk's satellites, York, who was aspiring to become a Celestial Dragon; Peter and the other Elders subsequently learned that Vegapunk was doing forbidden research on the Void Century and decided to send a squad of CP0-Agents to assassinate Vegapunk and all his satellites, including York.[34][35]

Following Saturn departing to Egghead, the remaining elders in the Room of Authority were contacted by York a second time. While their conversation was overheard by Saturn and Kizaru, York asked them why they intended to kill her as well, with Mars replying she was still a Vegapunk after all. Upon the elders negotiating a deal with her, York revealed that she needed saving from Luffy before he kills her, much to Peter's shock.[36]

After hearing Luffy declare that he will become the Pirate King over the Den Den Mushi and demanded that the Marine fleet retreat if they valued York's life, Marcus Mars tried to fish for information on the current situation of the Labophase. Luffy revealed that there were some injured on his side, but was interrupted by another voice and the call was cut before Luffy could divulge any more information. Peter commented that the other voice belonged to a woman, and wondered aloud if it belonged to Nico Robin.[37]

Sun Saw

Peter is decapitated by Dorry and Brogy.

As the Egghead Incident went on, the situation did not play into the World Government's favor. While Vegapunk had been successfully eliminated by Saturn and Kizaru, but his death triggered a global broadcast that would reveal much of the World Government's top secrets to the entire planet. Peter and the other Elders were unnerved by the very idea, and eventually contacted Saturn to summon them all to Egghead in order to stop the broadcast before it could be completed.[38] Saturn complied with their request, with Peter and his fellow Elders were able to successfully touch down on Egghead by means of Magic Circles. As Peter and the other Elders arrived, they transformed into their beast forms and stood in unison against Luffy, before going off on their separate tasks. Peter joined Saturn and Warcury in focusing on Luffy, with Peter utilizing his Devil Fruit ability to burrow into the ground to try and ambush Luffy by surprise. Moments later, he reemerged directly under Luffy and devoured the pirate whole; however, Peter was almost immediately decapitated by the newly arrived giants Dorry and Brogy, freeing Luffy in the process.[39]

Luffy Stops Shepherd

Peter is stopped by Luffy.

Despite the severe damage, Peter was able to regenerate a bit later alongside his other Elders.[14] After making a quick recovery, Peter realized that Luffy and his Giant allies were attempting to make an escape. He moved into action, using a suction ability to generate a vortex and preventing them from making any progress in escaping. In response, Luffy used his own abilities to break a building in half, followed by throwing it straight into Peter's mouth, leaving his ability effectively neutralized.[18] However, Peter later managed to get rid of the building and telepathically conversing with the Elders about Vegapunk's intention behind his broadcast and Mars being unable to stop the broadcast.[40]

Peter Inhales Cipher Pol Agents

Peter rescuing the trapped Cipher Pol agents.

Sometime later, Nusjuro bisected the Labophase, resulting in all of the trapped Cipher Pol agents and Seraphim falling down to the Fabiriophase. As a result of Mars' previous order to exterminate all life on the island in order to stop Vegapunk's broadcast, Peter used his ability to suck up many Cipher Pol agents. Moments later, he and his fellow Elders would receive a transmission from York, stating her realization that the Iron Giant was protecting the Broadcast Den Den Mushi.[41] Upon hearing this theory, Peter abandoned his previous goals and reconvened with his fellow Elders(sans Nusjuro) around the Iron Giant. As the group got a clear look at the robot, they came to the realization that it was the very same machine that had attacked Mary Geoise 200 years prior. After hearing Vegapunk begin to make his announcement on the meaning of the letter "D.", Peter watched as Warcury quickly dispatched the Iron Giant, knocking it to the ground, and apparently stopping Vegapunk's broadcast.[42]

Peter Prevents Escape

Peter uses his ability to stop the Giant's ship from escaping.

Wishing to continue with their success, the Five Elders moved on to the next most pressing issue: killing off the remaining Vegapunks. After figuring out the locations from York, each of the Elders proceeded with their new task. Whilst Mars got a lead due to his flight ability, Peter and Warcury quickly made their way toward the coastline in order to target Atlas, the Giants, Bonney, and the Straw Hats.[43] After arriving at the coast, Peter ejected the debris and Cipher Pol agents that he had sucked up earlier, and instead began to attempt to suck up the Giant's ship, preventing it from leaving. In response to this, Luffy made his way back onto the island and fought with Peter, punching him in order to stop his attack.[44]

Peter Eats Emet Arm

Peter bites off the Iron Giant's arm.

Due to the reemergence of the Iron Giant from the ocean, Luffy retreated back to the Giant's ship, allowing the machine to confront the Elders instead. The Iron Giant attempted to use one of its weapons against Peter, but failed, due to its advanced age making them inoperable. In response, Peter used his abilities to bite the machine's arm off, although it remained operational. While this was happening, Peter received orders from Saturn to quickly destroy it entirely.[21]

Major Battles[]

Merchandise[]

Video Games[]

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Trivia[]

  • Peter's name is based on Jupiter, the fifth planet in the real-life Solar System, keeping in relation with the planet-themed names of the Five Elders.
    • Peter's given name features the written characters, (ジュウ?) and Pītā (ピーター?); when combined, they make up the Japanese-English pronunciation of "Jupiter" (jupitā, ジュピター?).
    • Peter's title as the Warrior God of Agriculture references how in classical East Asian astrology, the planet Jupiter is considered the "Wood Planet" (Japanese: 木星, Mokusei?) representing "Wood" among the Chinese Five Elements, where wood represents the plants used in agriculture and farming.
      • Peter's sandworm Devil Fruit can be considered both fitting and ironic to his title, as real-life earthworms tend to be very important for soil fertilization, yet the mythical sandworm is stereotypically associated with deserts and other barren wastelands.
  • The second portion of Peter's given name and his surname, Shepherd (along with his status as "saint"), reference Saint Peter, one of the first leaders of the early Christian Church, where the term "shepherd" is commonly used as a religious analogy for God.
    • Additionally, the first portion of Peter's name is represented by the kanji for the number "ten" (?), which is also used in the word "cross" (十字架, jūjika?), referring to the Christian cross.
  • The sandworm, the creature Peter's Devil Fruit is based on, is usually depicted in popular culture as a desert-dwelling monster that is capable of easily digging through the sand in spite of its gigantic size.
    • The 1965 novel Dune is believed to be where the modern concept of colossal worm-like beings known specifically as "sandworms" originates. Peter's Beast Form in particular may be inspired by artist John Schoenherr's illustrations of the book.
    • The concept of giant worm creatures is rather common in real-life folklore around the world, as is the case of the Mongolian death worm, the Greek Indus worm and the Brazilian Minhocão. However, it is unknown if any of those creatures had any influence on Peter's abilities.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 (p. 16-17) and Episode 151, Peter appears with the Five Elders.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 907 (p. 8) and Episode 886, The Five Elders are confirmed to be the most prominent Celestial Dragons.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1086 (p. 9), Peter's name and title/position are revealed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 (p. 2-3) and Episode 511, The Five Elders discuss the results of the war.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 79 Chapter 793 (p. 4-6) and Episode 736, The Five Elders meet with Sakazuki.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 907 (p. 16-17) and Episode 887, The Five Elders meet with Shanks.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 395 and Episode 277, The Five Elders order the destruction of Ohara.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1037 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1064.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1086.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 908 (p. 14-17) and Episode 889, The Five Elders talk about the decline of the world's balance as they meet with Imu.
  11. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1086 (p. 7-9).
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1109 (p. 4-5, 8-15).
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110 (p. 4-7), Saturn summons the other Elders.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1111 (p. 17-18), The Elders regenerate and display their immortality.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110 (p. 5), Peter's ability is identified as a "Sandworm"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1085 (p. 2-12).
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110 (p. 12-13, 16-17).
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1112 (p. 12-13).
  19. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1119 (p. 10,11).
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110 (p. 12-13).
  21. 21.0 21.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1120 (p. 14-15, 18-19).
  22. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110 (p. 14), Five Elders' Haki.
  23. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1118 (p. 12-13), Warcury and Peter sense two Nikas.
  24. One Piece Manga — Vol. 106 Chapter 1075, cover story: Germa 66's Ahh... An Emotionless Excursion Vol. 31.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 355 (p. 9-10) and Episode 249.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 303 (p. 19) and Episode 225.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 433 (p. 19) and Episode 316.
  28. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1084.
  29. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1086 (p. 6-10).
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1044 (p. 4-5) and Episode 1071.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1052 (p. 2-3) and Episode 1079.
  32. One Piece Movie — One Piece Film: Red.
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1060 (p. 11-16) and Episode 1089.
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 107 Chapter 1078 (p. 10-15) and Episode 1111.
  35. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1089 (p. 14), York learns that the Five Elders still want to eliminate her despite her tip
  36. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1089 (p. 13-17).
  37. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1090 (p. 2-3).
  38. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1109 (p. 4-5, 14-15).
  39. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110 (p. 4-8, 12-13, 16-17).
  40. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1113 (p. 11).
  41. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1116 (p. 11).
  42. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1117 (p. 14-17).
  43. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1118 (p. 12-13).
  44. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1119 (p. 10-13).

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