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Smoker the White Hunter is a Marine officer and the Commander of the G-5 Marine Base, following the treason of his former superior Vergo. He was first introduced as a captain in Loguetown, where he made it his mission to capture Luffy, and was later promoted to the rank of commodore, due to the events in Arabasta. At some point during the timeskip, he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. He is also since his debut the superior of Tashigi, serving as her mentor as well.
He is a recurring adversary of Luffy. Due to his actions against Luffy at Loguetown, Smoker can be considered as the primary antagonist of Loguetown Arc, and acts as a minor antagonist during the Marineford Arc. Despite his rivalry with Luffy, they ended up helping each other during the Arabasta Arc, and forming a temporary alliance during the Punk Hazard Arc, and the movie One Piece: Stampede. These temporary alliances, only last long enough for the two groups to defeat their common enemies. As it typically goes between pirates and the Navy, they of course go right back to being enemies again as soon as their common enemy is defeated in each of these story arcs.
Smoker is a muscular, white-haired (light blue-green in the pre-timeskip anime) and brown-eyed man, with a distinct trait of always being seen smoking two cigars at once. His eyes sometimes appear red, such as during the Punk Hazard arc. He wears a large thick white and blue specialist marine jacket which he keeps open, with greenish fur lining the neck, wrists, and hem. The jacket bears the kanji for "justice" (正義 Seigi?) written on the back of it. Many cigars are strapped to the jacket. He carries a Seastone-tipped jitte as his weapon, although it has been broken twice: once during the Summit War of Marineford by Boa Hancock, and once on Punk Hazard by Vergo. He also wears brown leather gloves, blue jeans with a brown belt, and large military-issue brown leather boots. Furthermore, during his time in Arabasta, he also sported goggles. The fact that he rides a custom made motorbike gives off the impression of a delinquent marine.
In the manga, his hair has a white tone and the fur on his coat was initially blue, later changed to dark green, and ultimately modified to follow the anime, albeit with a much lighter green tone, and with green zips as well.
During his stay on an unknown island of the Grand Line, he was seen without his jacket, which he had a subordinate carry for him. During this time, he was seen keeping his jitte strapped to his back via a series of belts. A scar was visible on the right side of his chest.
After the timeskip, his hair is now longer, slicked back, and the sides have been shaved. He now sports a pair of sunglasses. He has a scar that extends from his forehead to his right eye and tapers off to the side of his face. He also added the traditional Marines' military coat over his attire, draped over his shoulders like a cape with his jitte, which has either been replaced or repaired since the Summit War of Marineford, hanging on the back; he is one of the few high-ranking marines (more specifically, a vice admiral) to not wear a conventional suit.
As a child, he sported the same hairstyle as his pre-timeskip appearance. His face is depicted as being dirty, with a runny nose and a bandage on his forehead, looking as if he just had a brawl with someone. He wore a plain blank white shirt and had a pair of goggles around his neck. He wore a pair of simple black pants and a pair of simple black boots. He also wore a pair of mittens or boxing gloves and carried around a baseball bat with nails in it, and was accompanied by an exhausted-looking dog.
During his time as a cadet, his hair was styled into a classic military buzz cut, and he was already smoking cigars, though only had one in his mouth at a time.
In One Piece: Stampede, he wears an unbuttoned white shirt, black pants with a pink sash tied around his waist, and brown boots. He also wears a black pirate captain jacket, with the red inside.
Smoker is a seasoned Marine soldier, infamous among his organization for his loose cannon tendencies and obstinate, rebellious attitude towards even his superiors. Many times in the series, Smoker comes in conflict with his higher ups, usually due to disagreeing with their methods of upholding peace and justice by covering up the truth or not crediting those who deserve it. Even something beneficial to his reputation, such as an award or promotion, will cause Smoker to lash out against the top brass, especially if he feels like he did earn it at all. However, Smoker does show interest in climbing up the ranks, if only to widen his authority to act freely.
Unlike many other marines in One Piece, Smoker does not follow the rule of Absolute Justice, following his own personal code of justice instead, which he later preaches to his subordinate Tashigi. This perception of justice allows Smoker to be flexible regarding who he can view as an ally or not, depending on the circumstances and what he witnesses during them. The Straw Hat Pirates are perhaps the biggest example of this, as whenever they meet, the Marine and the pirates often have a greater enemy in common, so Smoker lets them run free or even outright joins forces with them for the sake of saving innocents. However, as a Marine, Smoker frequently warns the Straw Hats that he will arrest them at any other time, in accordance to his duty.
Smoker is an extremely serious and gruff man, and has very rarely been shown to smile, if at all. He is often sharp and caustic towards people who come off as nuisances to him, and gets irritated at silly or stupid antics that disturb his peace. However, he is profoundly dedicated and driven to protecting innocent people and his subordinates from harm. Smoker treats his underlings with the same respect as his peers and never abuses his position for selfish purposes, unlike several high-ranking marines. Despite his somber manners, Smoker does seem to have a benevolent personality, particularly regarding children and civilians.
|— Smoker to his G-5 soldiers|
Smoker is merciless against pirates, usually taking a straightforward but efficient approach in capturing them. He is dedicated to the pursuit of global justice against criminals, and never forgets those who forsake the law and manage to escape his grasp, though he recognizes that not all Marines are as noble as their image suggests, nor should all allies be trusted blindly. Smoker holds a rather cynical worldview that makes him question even the Marines, considering the existence of traitors within their ranks a likely possibility. He also does not trust the Seven Warlords of the Sea despite their status as employees of the World Government, as he believes them to be nothing more than pirates (according to him, "once a pirate, always a pirate"), meaning that Smoker rarely leaves them to their own devices. This is exacerbated by the fact that Smoker has confronted no less than four different warlords for various reasons, often for knowing too much about their machinations.
Smoker tends to hold grudges toward pirates who have escaped him, to the point of ignoring other notable pirates in his way. For example, he recognized Portgas D. Ace, a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, and was ready to confront him in battle, but after Monkey D. Luffy unexpectedly interrupted them, Smoker, as soon as he saw Luffy, barely acknowledged Ace's presence and started chasing the Straw Hat captain, who he considers his primary target ever since their scuffle at Loguetown. It is worth noting that Smoker's interest in Luffy goes deeper than just that; Smoker has witnessed parallels between Gold Roger and the young pirate, such as a defiant smile in the face of death as well as seemingly miraculous luck.
As can be deduced from his name, Smoker is an avid smoker, almost never being seen without at least one cigar on his mouth. He also instinctively prefers to walk around with his chest bare, doing so even after having his mind transferred to the body of a woman. Smoker seems to have a hobby in rock balancing. As such, he does not seem to like when people make too much noise around him, as he claims that it breaks his focus.
Smoker's reputation among the Marines is rather notorious, although not entirely in a positive manner. This generally stems from his disrespectful attitude, problematic history, and intimidating looks. For those reasons, civilians and even some lower-ranked Marines can become nervous at his presence, especially when he starts berating them.
Smoker is not afraid to openly challenge the higher-ranking echelons within the Marines or the World Government, going as far as to use a brutal insult in an attempt to reject a promotion that he did not want, showing no fear for any potential backlash.
Smoker has a close relationship with his subordinate Tashigi, who is always dutifully at his side. Tashigi is a protégé of Smoker. However, he appears to react very harshly to her mistakes (usually caused by her clumsiness or poor vision) and sometimes thinks of her as a sorry excuse for a soldier. Despite this, Smoker has shown that he trusts her judgment, encouraging her to just follow her own sense of justice in times of doubt. When Smoker needs to absent himself during a mission, he puts Tashigi in charge of his other subordinates, also putting trust in her strength.
After the events of the Arabasta Arc, Tashigi could not contain her frustration for needing the aid of the Straw Hat Pirates in order to apprehend Crocodile, especially after Smoker praised her efforts through the whole ordeal. Smoker thought Tashigi was brave for being able to acknowledge her own weakness, urging his other subordinates to follow her example. It is worth noting that Tashigi's powerlessness regarding her encounter with Crocodile was one of the reasons Smoker declined the promotions and awards meant for them for the Warlord's capture (something they had little involvement in), as Smoker felt this was an insult to her honor.
Tashigi usually refers to her superior as "Smoker-san" (a simple Japanese honorific) as opposed to by his rank that other soldiers call him (i.e. "Vice Admiral Smoker"). Tashigi always follows Smoker's directives, rarely questioning them. However, during the events of the Punk Hazard Arc, Tashigi demonstrated some defiance towards her superior when she begged for her life in spite of Smoker's protests, berating the vice-admiral for being too prideful in a situation where the lives of his subordinates and the innocent children Caesar Clown had captured for his experiments were in massive danger.
Smoker has close ties with Hina, as she is a personal friend from their days of training. She has stood up for Smoker in situations that could have gotten him fired, which were apparently numerous. This was further established in present time when Smoker talked back to the higher-ups who wanted to promote him, with Hina desperately reminding Smoker of the potential consequences for insubordination.
Because they have known each other for a long time, Hina calls him Smoker-kun (a Japanese honorific used usually for younger peers) while Smoker addresses Hina by her name alone (which, in Japanese, shows either a sign of disrespect or closeness). Hina already seems to be used to Smoker's signature obstinacy, arguing with him in a casual, somewhat vitriolic manner. She is also aware of Smoker's softer side, to which Smoker just told her to "mind her own business".
Smoker seems to be on good terms with Kuzan, as he requested Aokiji to pass a message to Monkey D. Luffy at some point after the Arabasta Arc, and later convinced the then Admiral to negotiate with Sengoku for a transfer to the more dangerous G-5 station in the New World. Although both Sengoku and Aokiji resigned before either could grant Smoker his request, the new Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki, was benign enough to transfer Smoker there.
Even after Kuzan's departure, he would later save Smoker from being killed by Donquixote Doflamingo on the basis that they were still friends, all while comforting Smoker about certain negative rumors that were surrounding the former Admiral, and ensuring that he had not changed his ways after leaving the Marines.
Smoker appears to have become well acquainted with Fujitora, as he, like Kuzan, believes the Seven Warlords of the Sea system should be dissolved. He later expressed both his shock and gratitude to have learned that Fujitora did not let the government cover up the ordeal in Dressrosa as they did in Arabasta to which Smoker was grateful for and even admitted that if he were in Fujitora's position, he would not be able to do what Fujitora did.
Currently, as the base commander in charge of G-5, Smoker has authority over the personnel stationed there. The soldiers are known to be sadistic, prone to torturing, and ignoring regulations, but obey Smoker with no problem. Smoker, in turn, shows contempt for them due to their blatant disregard for laws. Still, Smoker is protective of his troops, ordering Tashigi to make sure they are kept safe when he is not around, and the G-5 soldiers, likewise, care for Smoker's well-being, relying on him for leadership. When Smoker learned that Vergo had attacked their subordinates, he told his former superior he had no right to even lay a finger on his men.
Monkey D. Luffy
Smoker has a strong desire to arrest Luffy dating back to when the pirate was about to be executed by Buggy in Loguetown. Smoker saw the smile Luffy gave off to mirror that of Gold Roger's twenty-two years ago, and considered Luffy to be a potential danger to the world. Smoker has always wondered why Dragon would rescue Luffy in Loguetown, until Sengoku made it public that Dragon is Luffy's father, which intensified Smoker's thought about Luffy's dangerous potential.
Ever since witnessing Luffy's smile during his aborted execution, Smoker has been relentless in trying to pursue Luffy and arrest him. Despite Luffy ordering Zoro to save Smoker from drowning after escaping the Rainbase Casino, Smoker still had the ambition to someday capture Luffy, only recouping him by letting him go that one time. Smoker is even willing to go as far as to the New World to capture Luffy, and has waited two years for Luffy to finally arrive. Smoker is Luffy's longest running Marine adversary to date.
Due to Smoker's desire to apprehend Luffy for such an extended period, he seems to have learned of Luffy's habits based on the various encounters with him as well as information from news reports. Smoker was able to correctly predict Luffy's desire to go to Raijin Island due to the Log Pose pointing at the island being the most turbulent, fitting Luffy's reckless nature. Indeed, Luffy was originally planning to go there, were he not diverted by a distress call from Punk Hazard. Smoker was also willing to enter Punk Hazard to pursue Luffy, despite the Government placing the island off-limits. When he finally saw Luffy for the first time in two years, he immediately attacked him despite Smoker being stuck in Tashigi’s body due to Law’s abilities. He was also very embarrassed when Luffy laughed at him because of his peculiar situation, and became infuriated when Luffy refused to battle him in that condition. Due to the situation, when Trafalgar Law and Luffy allied with each other and defeated Caesar Clown, Smoker once again let Luffy go.
Luffy himself does not appear to hate Smoker. In fact, he even admitted that he liked the Marine, much to Smoker's annoyance. During the Arabasta Arc, the Straw Hat captain ordered Roronoa Zoro to save him when they were escaping the flooded Rain Dinners secret chamber, solely because he did not want the Marine to drown (knowing that Devil Fruit users are helpless underwater). Still, Luffy used to be rather afraid of Smoker due to having no reliable way to counter his Logia abilities, leading to several pursuits where Luffy desperately attempted to shake off Smoker and his forces.
After learning Haki, Luffy does not seem to fear Smoker anymore, having proclaimed his desire to have a rematch with the Marine vice-admiral someday, postponing it due to Smoker's "handicap" at the time. He also appears to view Smoker as more of a friend than an enemy now, even showing concern for his well-being after witnessing his unconscious body laying around right after the Marine's fight with Trafalgar Law.
Portgas D. Ace
Smoker made an enemy of Ace during the Arabasta Arc. Smoker simply stated that he could not let a pirate such as Ace go so easily, but when Luffy showed up, the Marine captain started prioritizing the Straw Hat while ignoring the Whitebeard pirate.
Smoker clashed with Ace when the latter stood in his way in order to protect Luffy, with Smoker cursing Luffy's brother for interfering on his chase.
Monkey D. Dragon
Smoker only met the Revolutionary Army leader, Monkey D. Dragon, once, during the Loguetown Arc. However, the revolutionary's sudden appearance left a lasting impression on Smoker's mind, since the Marine could not fathom why someone like Dragon would assist Luffy in escaping his clutches, which contributed to Smoker's desire to venture into the Grand Line after the Straw Hat Pirates.
Smoker would eventually learn about the connection between Dragon and Luffy during the Summit War of Marineford, finally getting an answer to the events of that day.
Seven Warlords of the Sea
Smoker is known to hate the Seven Warlords of the Sea, viewing them as nothing more than pirates, and thus not worth trusting. Smoker involved himself in Warlord-related schemes at least twice, and has confronted several of them either because he meddled into their affairs or attacked someone they cared about.
Smoker indirectly contributed to the dissolution of the Warlord system when he told admiral Fujitora about the Arabasta incident, inspiring the admiral to elaborate a plan of his own to let the world witness the chaos the Warlords were creating.
Crocodile imprisoned Smoker along with the Straw Hat Pirates in a Seastone Cage at Rain Dinners. The Baroque Works leader planned to silence the marine captain by killing him alongside the Straw Hats while covering up his death. Later on, Crocodile stumbled into a badly wounded Tashigi and mocked the fact Smoker was not around to help her, thinking he had fled Arabasta.
During the Summit War of Marineford, Smoker was very surprised to see Luffy cooperating with Crocodile.
Hancock considers Smoker a personal enemy after he pinned down and attempted to kill Luffy. Hancock swore to "rip him to shreds and feed him to beasts". Hancock intercepted Smoker when he tried to attack once more Luffy, breaking his jitte in the process. Smoker warned Hancock that her actions might lead to her Warlord of the Sea status being revoked, something that Hancock was convinced would not happen due to her beauty.
When Donquixote Doflamingo arrived at Punk Hazard looking for Law and the Straw Hats after the events that had transpired there, he began attacking the G-5 Marines that were still doing rescue work in the island. Doflamingo demanded Smoker to reveal the whereabouts of the newly formed Pirate Alliance, to which Smoker refused while derisively bringing up Vergo's involvement in the whole episode. Figuring that Smoker had learned a lot about his underworld operations, Doflamingo was left with no choice but to try silencing the vice-admiral.
Trafalgar D. Water Law
When Smoker encountered Trafalgar Law at Punk Hazard, he demanded answers from the then Warlord of the Sea about the mysteries surrounding the island, some regarding on who Law was working for, indicating a hidden agenda. They battled each other, and Law managed to gain the upper hand by stealing Smoker's heart with his Mes attack. While Smoker yielded in defeat, Law commented that he did not have to tell him anything, switching Smoker and Tashigi's personalities in their bodies so they would be unable to get in his way again.
However, once Law, Luffy, Smoker and Tashigi all got captured by Caesar Clown, they formed a temporary alliance in order to defeat the evil scientist and his ally Vergo. Smoker was reluctant about joining forces with Law due to the conditions he had set for him to change back his and Tashigi's bodies (which was to not mention his or Luffy's involvement in subsequent reports), but was convinced by a desperate Tashigi to accept his terms for the sake of his men. Law also reaffirmed that Smoker was under his debt since he could have just killed him instead.
Later on, in the SAD Production Room, Smoker inadvertently saved Law by taking over his fight with Vergo, managing to swipe back Law's heart from Vergo's possession and thus getting even with the Warlord. With Vergo having been dealt with, Law and Smoker worked together to find a means of escaping the island for the others to use. Afterwards, while everybody else partied over Caesar's defeat, Smoker had a small chat with Law and showed curiosity about what kind of plan he had in mind while allying with the Straw Hats. Law left Smoker with only a small cryptic clue about his next steps, which Smoker seemingly noted in his mission report to New Marineford.
Caesar viewed Smoker as a threat to his operations at Punk Hazard. Describing the vice-admiral as a "pain-in-the-neck", Caesar was seemingly aware of Smoker's reputation as a stubborn and meddlesome marine. When Law stole Smoker's heart and handed it to Caesar as a gift, Caesar became pleased.
When he was still base commander, Vergo put a friendly front to soldiers and civilians in order to avoid suspicion. He admitted to have been concerned about Smoker's transfer to G-5, mentioning that he had to put up the largest possible guard to prevent the newly-transferred Marine from finding out his true affiliation. Vergo also expressed the desire to murder both Smoker and Tashigi "by accident", since they now knew about his secret identity. After being released from his confinement, Smoker expressed disdain for his colleague's felonies and intended to battle him alone in retribution for his treason against the Marines.
Daddy is apparently very close to Smoker, with the latter being familiar enough with Daddy's daughter Carol (Daddy refers to Smoker as "Uncle Smoker" to Carol). Daddy often hands over the pirates he catches for Smoker to imprison. Smoker claims that it is unfortunate that the Marines' best sniper was reduced to a common bounty hunter, demonstrating his respect for Daddy's skills.
Abilities and Powers
Smoker is a formidable combatant, as on top of his sheer strength, his Logia Devil Fruit abilities set him apart from most Marines of his rank. In Loguetown, he was on the verge of arresting Luffy during their first encounter, and would have succeeded had it not been for Luffy's father, Monkey D. Dragon, interfering. Before Luffy came, it was said that pirate activity in Loguetown had dropped down significantly since Smoker's arrival, a testament to his competency.
After the Enies Lobby events, Smoker was shown unsatisfied in capturing a pirate with a bounty of 50,000,000 and already considered moving to the New World. During the Summit War of Marineford, Luffy commented that Smoker had gotten far stronger since their last meeting, before being pinned to the ground. However, the Warlord Boa Hancock seemingly had the upper hand against the then Marine commodore when she stood in his way, thanks to her knowledge and mastery of Haki letting her bypass Smoker's defenses.
By the end of the Summit War of Marineford, Smoker's overall strength had granted him enough confidence to request a transfer to the G-5 Marine Branch in the New World. It was said that the soldiers of this branch were insane, cruel, and merciless, regularly torturing pirates through various methods. They were known for not following orders, but Smoker, who is very much similar, managed to earn their loyalty and obedience, to the point of worship. With Vergo's treason and death, Smoker took over as base commander, effectively becoming the highest authority within the branch.
Smoker is one of the few Marines who has ever beaten Luffy, the others being the two high-ranking Admirals Aokiji and Kizaru as well as Sentomaru (although Luffy was injured at the time). As a result, Luffy resorted to running away from Smoker every time he spotted him, however, Luffy could not use Busoshoku Haki yet in those times. Smoker's skills in pursuing and ensnaring enemies are regarded as top-notch, being the source of his "White Hunter" moniker. Luffy being the first person to ever escape his clutches is what sets him to fearlessly tackle more dangerous seas.
After the time skip, Smoker and his crew managed to capture several pirates who were liberated from Hody’s control at once. During his time on Punk Hazard, he managed to give Trafalgar Law, a Warlord of the Sea and part of the Worst Generation, a hard time in combat before he was ultimately defeated. He also fought his peer, Vergo, on relatively equal terms, despite Vergo's superior mastery of Haki. It is worth noting that, in this particular confrontation, Smoker was focused primarily in retrieving Law's heart from Vergo's possession instead of defeating him directly.
Even after having his mind switched to Tashigi’s body, Smoker managed to strike Luffy, to the point of surprising the Straw Hat captain, who wondered how "Tashigi" had gotten so strong since two years ago. Also, despite not being in his original body, Smoker easily defeated some of Caesar’s subordinates through his normal skills alone.
Smoker has both excellent hearing and memory, best shown during the Arabasta Arc, where he was able to identify a certain Bananawani from a whole pack solely by memorizing its growl. While he may not look like it, Smoker is a clever and intelligent interrogator, easily tricking Mr. 11 into revealing his affiliation to Baroque Works through deceit. Being highly observant, Smoker was the only one who noticed during their trip to Punk Hazard, the unusual icebergs that blocked their path, as well as being suspicious of the ever present gas that lingers around the island, both of which were being manipulated by the enemy. As a leader and strategist, Smoker is extremely efficient at his job, mobilizing his forces in a clear and concise manner during times of crisis.
As evident of his strong build, Smoker possesses incredible physical strength: during their confrontation in Loguetown, he was able to jump about two stories high without difficulty while holding Luffy and pin him down while he was unable to retaliate, a noteworthy feat, considering Luffy's inhuman physical power.
He also has vast endurance and resistance. Smoker was able to stand back up with no visible damage and without effort after receiving a Haki-enhanced kick from Boa Hancock, whose attacks were strong enough to shatter stone and Pacifistas armor (though Hancock's kick was primarily to get him off Luffy).
After the 2 year timeskip, Smoker has become significantly more powerful in both physical strength and fighting skills, which is reflected by his new rank. As a Marine Vice-Admiral, Smoker could survive against the fearsome dangers of the New World, hold his own against the Warlord of the Sea Trafalgar Law in battle and also, supplemented with his Devil Fruit powers, fight against Vergo, one of the strongest members of the Donquixote Pirates, even sending the latter flying with Haki enhanced strikes.
- Further information: Moku Moku no Mi
Smoker ate the Moku Moku no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit that allows him to create, control and transform his body into smoke. He can manipulate the smoke's density, even to the point of solidifying it, allowing him to hold and constrict others within it. Like most Logia users, he can fly by turning his lower body into smoke and propelling himself like a rocket.
He can uses his smoke to surround his opponents to trap and/or bind them. Due to smoke being a gas, it has high maneuverability and irregular movements, allowing him to easily cover the battlefield in smoke as his opponents pointlessly try to escape it. Once his smoke is surrounding his enemies, he can increase its density, turning it solid and restraining his victims.
He can also use his smoke as a blunt weapon. He can shoot powerful jets of smoke at his opponents to strike them with great force.
Using his smoke powers, Smoker can power up the engines of his motorbike, the Billower Bike, for on-land transportation.
- Further information: Nanashaku Jitte
Smoker's main weapon is a large jitte that is quite long and is tipped with Seastone, a material that affects Devil Fruit users in a similar way to the sea (a person who consumes a Devil Fruit becomes weak and unable to move his or her body in the water, and Seastone is, in Smoker's own words, "a solidified form of the sea"), which he uses to subdue criminal Devil Fruit users.
Since only the tip is Seastone, it does not affect Smoker himself. He keeps the tip hanging in the air at all times, and his thick clothing provides further protection. When he turns into smoke, the weapon does not turn into smoke with him because of the Seastone. Instead, he carries it with him while in smoke form.
Smoker seems to be very proficient in wielding the jitte, taking enemies by surprise and using the weapon to deliver strong blunt attacks. The jitte was broken in half when Boa Hancock kicked it, which led it to crumble. After the timeskip, the jitte has shown to have been repaired. Its hilt is white in the manga, but red in the anime. Also, in the manga and its related merchandise and products, it seems to be much longer than in the anime, almost reaching down to Smoker's feet.
- Further information: Billower Bike
The Billower Bike is used for in-land transportation. It is a wide bike with three wheels (two big ones in the rear, and a smaller one in front) and its engines are powered by his Moku Moku no Mi powers. Additionally, Smoker can traverse water with the bike.
- Further information: Haki
Before the timeskip, Smoker was not able to use Haki, although he had some knowledge of it. This put him at a disadvantage against the Warlord of the Sea Boa Hancock, who had mastery of the ability and could counter his Logia abilities.
During the timeskip, Smoker was promoted to vice admiral, confirming that he can use the ability.
Smoker possesses the ability to use Busoshoku Haki. During his battle with Vergo, he landed a punch where his hand and part of his arm were completely black, demonstrating the use of Hardening. He later did the same with his elbow when striking Vergo in the face. He can also imbue his Nanashaku Jitte with Haki, enhancing the strength of its strikes.
- Smoker vs. Buggy Pirates and Alvida
- Smoker vs. Monkey D. Luffy and Sanji (interrupted by Monkey D. Dragon); Luffy fights Smoker by himself in the anime.
- Smoker vs. Portgas D. Ace
- Smoker and Tashigi vs. Unnamed Pirate with a 50,000,000 Bounty (unseen)
- Marines and Seven Warlords of the Sea vs. Whitebeard Pirates and their allies
- G-5 Unit 01 Marines vs. the Freed New Fish-Man Pirates' Slave Pirates
- G-5 Unit 01 Marines vs. Trafalgar Law
- G-5 Unit 01 Marines vs. Centaurs
- Smoker (in Tashigi's body) vs. Monkey D. Luffy
- Smoker (in Tashigi's body), Tashigi (in Smoker's body), Nico Robin, and Franky vs. Caesar Clown (unseen)
- Smoker vs. Vergo
- Smoker vs. Donquixote Doflamingo (interrupted by Kuzan)
- Smoker vs. Gally
- Smoker vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Town Square; Loguetown)
- Smoker vs. Sanji
- Smoker vs. Sabo
- Smoker, Luffy, Law, Sabo, Boa Hancock, Crocodile, Buggy, and Rob Lucci vs. Douglas Bullet
Anime and Manga Differences
In the manga, his hair color is pure white; the anime initially tinted it a greenish-grey color, but changed to match the manga from the Punk Hazard Arc on. His jacket's fur trim also differs between mediums, with the manga portraying it as a bluish color and the anime a deep green; in this case, the manga eventually changed its color scheme to follow the anime.
Additionally, his cigar-bands are labeled "MARINE" in the manga, implying they come from a specialty supplier. This, like most of the manga's small-print details, is omitted from the anime.
In the anime, the subplot on Smoker's backstory he mentions about Gold Roger is expanded on in Loguetown, showing that he was in Roger's execution when he was a child. However, in the manga, Smoker's comments on Roger were merely just a passing comment and only Roger's face is seen.
Instead of learning about Luffy when he was about to be executed by Buggy and Alvida, Smoker learns about him earlier. He is informed that some pirates are creating havoc in the harbor. Thinking that this crew is the Straw Hat Pirates, Smoker goes to investigate. There he finds an elderly pirate called Crescent Moon Gally who has a bounty of 3,450,000. He and his crew are seen raiding buildings at Loguetown before being captured, however he is notably disappointed when he finds out that Gally was not the man he was looking for. Luffy then appears and asks Smoker where the execution gallows are. Using his smoke, he guides Luffy to the gallows without having any idea who he was. It wasn't until he was in Raoul's bar that he figured out who the boy he helped was. He raced through town to the gallows to intercept and challenge him. Even without using his Devil Fruit powers, Smoker manages to gain the upper hand against Luffy, who then manages to accidentally send himself flying into another part of town.
Later, Daddy Masterson is seen talking to then-Captain Smoker and asking him to sign a release. Smoker asks him about his daughter and claims it is sad how the Marines' best sniper is reduced to a common bounty hunter. Just as he is about to leave, Smoker tells him to say hi to Carol for him at which Daddy replies; "I'll tell her Uncle Smoker said hello." Immediately after he leaves the room Tashigi asks him if the man was Daddy Masterson and Smoker replies with great praise and from there he refers to him as an equal. In the anime during the race back to the Going Merry, Luffy fights Smoker alone and the Marines attack the ship forcing Nami to pull the Going Merry away from the docks. Sanji's role is placed here rather than the fight with Smoker as he fights the Marines attacking the ship.
During Episode 488, Smoker was shown using his jitte, even though Hancock had destroyed it earlier.
Translation and Dub Issues
Per its standard editing policies, the 4Kids-dubbed anime - in addition to renaming him Chaser - removes all of his cigars and the "justice" (正義 Seigi?) kanji on his jacket; however, it usually leaves the smoke-trails around his face unedited, excusing them as a side-effect of his abilities. Localizations of contemporary video games such as Grand Battle! and Unlimited Adventure typically leave his jacket unedited as well, removing only his in-use cigars.
Finally, 4Kids' localization of Pirates Carnival uses him to host a mini-game originally hosted by Paulie (as it had made no preparations for dubbing the Water 7 Arc), his smoke abilities substituting for Paulie's Rope Action. The mini-game's overall setup - to retrieve several suitcases from a lumberyard - is unchanged, apart from the lumberyard's Dock 1 label being painted over with a "NAVY" emblem.
Smoker has been the choice character in many forms of merchandise. He has been featured in the series of models Portrait of Pirates.
- Set Sail Pirate Crew!
- One Piece: Treasure Wars
- Grand Line Dream Adventure Log
- Aim! The King of Berry
- Dragon Dream!
- Treasure Wars 2 Welcome to Buggyland
- One Piece: Pirates Carnival
- One Piece: World Seeker
- Smoker appears in One Piece Premier Show 2012 as one of Chameleone's transformations.
- In One Piece Premier Show 2013, Smoker leads a group of Marines to investigate a number of kidnappings on Paradise Island.
- Smoker appears in the 2018, Segment 1 show of One Piece Water Battle. He also appears the 2013 One Piece Pirate Sweeping Operation show.
- In the second version of One Piece Live Attraction: Phantom, Buggy forces Ann to create a mirage of Smoker to capture the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Smoker appears in Straw Hat Pirates vs. Marines vs. Seven Warlords Holographic Battle Theater.
- An image of Smoker appears in the first One Piece Water Spectacle show.
- Smoker appears in the Nami and Marineford versions of the "Hungry Days" commercials.
- He was the first major character to be recast in the anime, with his original voice actor Ginzō Matsuo (who died on August 25, 2001 of an acute sub-arachnoid hemorrhage, making this his final role) being succeeded by the anime's narrator Mahito Ohba from Episode 94 on.
- Smoker has cornered Luffy on three occasions before the time-skip, each time the latter was saved by a relative or ally; Dragon, Ace and Hancock. This is similar to how Garp cornered Roger multiple times but was unable to capture him.
- In the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th popularity polls of most popular characters, Smoker was ranked the 12th, 14th, 20th, 24th, 33rd and 27th, respectively.
- His birthday is on March 14, a Japanese holiday called White Day (alluding to the "white" theme in all his attack names).
- Smoker is the first Logia-type Devil Fruit user the Straw Hats meet, as well as the first Devil Fruit user in the Marines.
- Along with Tashigi, Smoker has appeared in more sections of the overall storyline than any other character outside the Straw Hat Pirates, making at least token appearances in all except the Sky Island, Thriller Bark and Four Emperors Sagas.
- Smoker shares some similarities with fellow vice admiral Monkey D. Garp:
- Both of them had lived in the East Blue.
- Both of them are often accompanied by a swordsman (Tashigi for Smoker and Bogard for Garp).
- Both of them have a scar on their face next to one eye.
- Both of them have joined forces with pirates to challenge a bigger threat (Caesar Clown for Smoker and Rocks D. Xebec for Garp).
- Both have declined promotions to higher ranks, although for different reasons (Smoker out of pride, Garp out of desire for less responsibility).
- Smoker's favorite food is smoked chicken, which is also a reference to his abilities.
- In the spin-off manga One Piece: Kobiyama Who Looks Like Koby - Two Piece in a Pod, one of the characters, Sumoshige, is a high school student who resembles Smoker.