Despite her stout silhouette, Shinobu is quite tall, standing at 180 cm. As a middle-aged woman, she is considered rather ugly with her broad eyebrows, fat nose, and overall chubby face. She has brown hair tied in pigtails and wears over-the-top makeup, as well as a pink-colored kunoichi attire.
She also seems to panic easily and she said that she is afraid of sharp objects. However, she apparently did not have a fear of sharp objects twenty years ago as she did carry a sword and used throwing kunais.
She is extremely serious when it comes to overthrowing Orochi as she became frustrated when Kin'emon's plans began falling apart. When suspecting that the captured Heart Pirates were responsible for leaking the plans, she went as far as to say that the captured should be silenced.
She is sympathetic towards the suffering of Wano citizens who were cruelly oppressed by Orochi, being driven to tears when she recalled how the impoverished people of Ebisu Town were driven by uncontrollable hunger to eat the faulty SMILE fruits given to them by Orochi.
Shinobu is very loyal to the Kozuki Family and she supports Kin'emon's efforts to overthrow Orochi. She fought alongside Oden and his allies before they were captured. Shinobu was spared from death, due to Oden claiming not to know her. The main reason she ceased being Fukurokuju's subordinate was because he betrayed Oden. When the citizens of Wano were insulting Oden during his execution, Shinobu was quick to tell them the truth about the reason for Oden's behavior.
Straw Hat PiratesEdit
Shinobu trusts the Straw Hats and she works well with them on multiple occasions. She and Nami even went on a mission together.
Trafalgar D. Water LawEdit
When Law's crewmates were captured by Orochi's forces, Shinobu became angry from the plan being ruined and suspected Law's crewmates leaking the information. When Shinobu suggested to silence and kill his comrades to prevent an information leak, Law became angry at her and decided to rescue his crewmates himself to prevent Shinobu from killing them and told her that he would not forgive her for doubting his comrades. When Law had not shown up prior to beginning the raid on Onigashima, Shinobu did not care whether he joined the fight or not. Their relationship between each other is strained due to Shinobu's extremist thinking for killing Orochi and would use any means necessary to make sure the plan to kill him succeeds, even if it means silencing allies to prevent an information leak.
Because of his tyranny, Shinobu developed immense resentment and hatred for Orochi and she tirelessly supports the Kozuki Family in their efforts to overthrow him. Her disgust for him increased when seeing him execute Shimotsuki Yasuie and his delight in the citizens of Wano being under the effects of SMILE.
Formerly, Shinobu deeply respected Kanjuro as one of Oden's closest retainers, respectfully referring to him as Kan-sama. However, Kanjuro was secretly working as a spy for Orochi and jeopardizing the Kozuki revolution that Shinobu had anticipated for twenty years. Because of her trust in Kanjuro, she never considered the possibility of him being a traitor. Shinobu eventually learned of Kanjuro's true colors after he dropped the charade.
Abilities and PowersEdit
- Further information: Ninjutsu
As a veteran kunoichi, Shinobu is highly skilled in ninjutsu, stealth, and infiltration techniques. She easily defeated Hanzo of the Orochi Oniwanbanshu.
Shinobu has shown great skill in shurikenjutsu, being able to make an object ricochet off the ground to strike at Hanzo's groin. During her youth, she showed remarkable marksmanship with kunai throwing knives, taking out a Beasts Pirate sniper aiming at Oden.
- Further information: Juku Juku no Mi
Shinobu has the ability to make anything she touches rapidly mature and rot. As other residents of Wano, she is unaware of the existence of Devil Fruit, and calls her abilities "Jutsu", and calls her techniques "Sexy Ninpo".
She served under the Kozuki Family's ninja squad known as the Kozuki Oniwabanshu, but when Kurozumi Orochi usurped the shogunate 28 years ago, all of the ninja except Shinobu eventually decided to serve him as the Orochi Oniwabanshu.
25 years before the present, Shinobu spied on the confrontation between Kozuki Oden and Orochi as Oden unsuccessfully attempted to take down his usurper. The kunoichi witnessed as Oden made a deal with Orochi to dance naked in the street every week to prevent the shogun from sending 100 kidnapped citizens to his ally Kaido, with the impression that Orochi and Kaido would build ships to eventually leave Wano.
Five years later, Oden and his Nine Red Scabbards battled Kaido and the Beasts Pirates in Udon, and Shinobu joined the battle as their ally. The Beasts Pirates eventually emerged victorious, and Oden claimed to not know Shinobu to allow her to go free.
Oden and the Scabbards were sentenced to execution by boiling, and Oden lifted his retainers on a piece of wood while standing in the boiling oil. As the citizens commented derisively about Oden, Shinobu attacked one of them and told them about the deal he made with Orochi. Fukurokuju and the Orochi Oniwabanshu then confronted her, and as Orochi decided to have Oden and his servants shot to death instead, Oden threw his retainers away from the execution site. Shinobu then broke free from Fukurokuju and ran away with them as Oden was executed. Shinobu gave the Scabbards their weapons as they were chased by an army of pursuers.
For the next 20 years, the Kozuki Family and all its allies were persecuted by Orochi and Kaido. However, when Oden's son Kozuki Momonosuke and a contingent of the Scabbards led by Kin'emon returned to Wano after being sent forward in time, Shinobu joined their effort to recruit allies for a raid on Onigashima during the Fire Festival to take down Kaido and Orochi.
Wano Country ArcEdit
Kin'emon summoned Shinobu to the ruins of Oden Castle to train their ally, Nami of the Straw Hat Pirates, to become a kunoichi. Kaido then came to Kuri to look for Monkey D. Luffy and Trafalgar Law and obliterated the alliance's hideout with a blast of fire breath, but Shinobu saved herself and her comrades by using her Devil Fruit ability to sink them into the ground.
Shinobu took Nami to the Flower Capital, and and guided her in spying on two officials discussing a governmental weapons purchase. However, the two men spotted Nami peeking from the attic and pierced through the floor with a blade, making Shinobu scream in fear. Shinobu then brought out a big kite and glided outside with Nami. They then infiltrated Orochi Castle in order to protect Nico Robin while she looked for information. When Robin was caught by the Orochi Oniwabanshu, she contacted Shinobu and Nami and they went to find her. As Robin and Brook fought the Oniwabanshu in Orochi's banquet hall, Oniwabanshu member Hanzo crawled into the attic above and found Shinobu and Nami. Shinobu became enraged when Hanzo recognized her but then second-guessed himself, causing her to strike him in the groin. Shinobu then broke through the floor into the chaotic banquet hall, crashing down onto one of Orochi's heads, and she was shocked as she saw the yakuza boss Kyoshiro cut down the oiran Komurasaki for defying Orochi. As Orochi was chasing Robin, Nami struck him with a thunderbolt.
Shinobu, Nami, Robin, and Brook managed to escape from Orochi Castle and go to the Northern Cemetery in Ringo with Kanjuro. Robin and Brook shared the information that they had found, and Nami, Robin, and Shinobu decided to return to the Flower Capital to go to a bathhouse. When they got to the bathhouse, they talked about Kyoshiro, and Shinobu told the two Straw Hats about Wano's former yakuza boss Hyogoro. However, X Drake and Basil Hawkins then led a platoon of Beasts Pirates into the bathhouse to capture anyone with the crescent moon symbol on their ankle, which the Wano administration had discovered was a symbol of loyalty to the Kozuki Family. Nami tried to hide behind Shinobu, and when Hawkins tried to get her out in the open he accidentally disrobed her, causing Sanji to reveal his presence with a nosebleed. Sanji then flew Shinobu, Nami, and Robin out of the bathhouse, and as they moved through the air he revealed that Law's crewmates had been captured.
Sanji took the three women to Ebisu Town, where Shinobu confronted Law, believing that his crewmates had given away the Kozuki Family's secret call to arms. Despite Law being enraged by the accusation, Shinobu insisted they eliminate his imprisoned comrades instead of rescuing them; however, Kanjuro told her to stop antagonizing their allies. A man named Tonoyasu then came in with the call to arms message and offered his help in the final battle; he referred to Shinobu and Kanjuro with familiarity, but they could not figure out who he was. The next day, the alliance members found out that Tonoyasu had been captured, and as they watched a broadcast of his impending execution, Shinobu and Kanjuro realized that he was the former daimyo Yasuie.
They raced into the Flower Capital to save him, but he was executed before they could reach him. They watched as the Ebisu Town citizens laughed in response to his death, and Shinobu revealed that Orochi had put defective SMILEs in their food supply to force them to smile and laugh at all times. The Straw Hats then started fighting Orochi's forces to retrieve Yasuie's body, and after the fighting dispersed, Shinobu and Sanji examined the Flower Capital from a roof. The city was under lockdown and wanted posters of the alliance members were posted all over it, but Shinobu noted that the only thing left to do here was rescuing the people with the crescent moons on their ankles who had all been imprisoned in Rasetsu Town.
Shinobu later went to Amigasa Village in Kuri, where she took part in a meeting with the Nine Red Scabbards—save for Denjiro and Nekomamushi— and the Straw Hats to discuss their strategy for the final battle. There, Kin'emon revealed that in his sacrifice, Yasuie had changed the alliance's meeting place to Port Tokage to circumvent Orochi's discovery of their plot. Three days later, on the day before the raid, Momonosuke, the Scabbards, and Shinobu departed for Port Tokage, where they planned to meet their allies the next day. However, when they got to Port Tokage, none of their allies were there. With no ability to postpone the raid, the seven Scabbards decided to take a usable ship and take on Kaido by themselves, leaving Momonosuke in Shinobu's care.
Kanjuro stayed behind on the coast in secret, sending a drawing clone onto the boat with the other retainers. By the time Kanjuro revealed that he was the one who was leaking information to Orochi, he had tied up Shinobu using snakes.
After Kanjuro fled to Onigashima with Momonosuke in tow, Shinobu was freed and she joined the Scabbards on the Polar Tang. She apologized to Kin'emon for allowing Momonosuke to be captured. As the alliance was attacked by a Beasts Pirates ship with long ranged cannons, Jinbe came to aid the rebels.
- Shinobu means "to endure" or "to conceal oneself" and is the verb form for "shinobi".
- Shinobu's favorite food is hanpen.
- In the SBS, Oda was asked if Shinobu had been modeled after Jane from the series Jungle King Tar-chan, written by one of his masters, Masaya Tokuhiro. Indeed, both Jane and Shinobu were pretty in their youth but aged badly. Instead, Oda revealed that she was inspired from famous Japanese comedian and actress Naomi Watanabe.