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: ''The subject of this article is sometimes called [[Name Variants#Smoker|"Chaser"]]''.
 
: ''The subject of this article is sometimes called [[Name Variants#Smoker|"Chaser"]]''.
   
{{Nihongo|'''Smoker the White Hunter'''|白猟のスモーカー|Hakuryō no Sumōkā}} is a [[Marines|Marine]]. He was first introduced as a {{Nihongo|captain|大佐|Taisa}} in [[Loguetown]], where he made it his mission to capture [[Monkey D. Luffy]], and was later promoted to the rank of {{Nihongo|commodore|准将|Junshō}}, due to the events in [[Alabasta]]. At some point during the timeskip, he was promoted to the rank of {{Nihongo|vice admiral|中将|Chūjō}}. Due to his actions, Smoker can be considered the main antagonist of [[Loguetown Arc]].
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{{Nihongo|'''Smoker the White Hunter'''|白猟のスモーカー|Hakuryō no Sumōkā}} is a [[Marines|Marine]]. He was first introduced as a {{Nihongo|captain|大佐|Taisa}} in [[Loguetown]], where he made it his mission to capture [[Monkey D. Luffy]], and was later promoted to the rank of {{Nihongo|commodore|准将|Junshō}}, due to the events in [[Alabasta]]. At some point during the timeskip, he was promoted to the rank of {{Nihongo|vice admiral|中将|Chūjō}}. Due to his actions against Luffy at [[Loguetown]], Smoker can be considered as the main antagonist of [[Loguetown Arc]].
   
 
==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
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===CP9 Saga===
 
===CP9 Saga===
 
====Davy Back Fight Arc====
 
====Davy Back Fight Arc====
=====A message to Aokiji=====
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=====A Message to Aokiji=====
 
He later gave Admiral Aokiji a message for Luffy, which Aokiji forgot until after he had beaten Luffy. Aokiji claims that Smoker's message was too stupid to tell (Luffy would not have heard it anyway as he was frozen at the time), but the actual message has yet to be heard.
 
He later gave Admiral Aokiji a message for Luffy, which Aokiji forgot until after he had beaten Luffy. Aokiji claims that Smoker's message was too stupid to tell (Luffy would not have heard it anyway as he was frozen at the time), but the actual message has yet to be heard.
 
====Post-Enies Lobby Arc====
 
====Post-Enies Lobby Arc====
=====The Bounties Go Out To the World=====
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=====The Bounties Go Out to the World=====
 
After the Enies Lobby incident on an island somewhere in the Grand Line, Smoker has just caught a pirate worth {{B}}50,000,000, although he did not find it that hard and just wishes he could get some rest. Tashigi, who is now called a sergeant, comes up to him and tells him that Headquarters called, telling him about their award ceremony for the Crocodile incident at Alabasta or so she thought. She is actually talking to a random marine soldier because she did not have her glasses on. Smoker doesn’t seem to care, saying that what the marines need is blood; they need a group stronger than the Straw Hat pirates. Then he bets his pride that he will crush them, in "The New World"!
 
After the Enies Lobby incident on an island somewhere in the Grand Line, Smoker has just caught a pirate worth {{B}}50,000,000, although he did not find it that hard and just wishes he could get some rest. Tashigi, who is now called a sergeant, comes up to him and tells him that Headquarters called, telling him about their award ceremony for the Crocodile incident at Alabasta or so she thought. She is actually talking to a random marine soldier because she did not have her glasses on. Smoker doesn’t seem to care, saying that what the marines need is blood; they need a group stronger than the Straw Hat pirates. Then he bets his pride that he will crush them, in "The New World"!
   
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While Caesar is giving out his broadcast to the underworld brokers about his experiment with his chemical mass destruction weapon, Smoker and the other captives then witness the destructive effects of the poison cloud released by Smiley. Caesar proceeds to move the cell outside of the facility so the captives can die.
 
While Caesar is giving out his broadcast to the underworld brokers about his experiment with his chemical mass destruction weapon, Smoker and the other captives then witness the destructive effects of the poison cloud released by Smiley. Caesar proceeds to move the cell outside of the facility so the captives can die.
   
[[File:Punk Hazard Counter Attack.png|thumb|left|250px|The counter attack begins.]]
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[[File:Punk Hazard Counter Attack.png|thumb|left|250px|The counterattack begins.]]
   
 
Smoker then watches as Law begins their escape plan, directing [[Franky]] to launch his Franky Fireball at the segregated battleship down below. Setting the wood ablaze, the smoke then rises up to the cage allowing for them to discreetly take action, Law quickly reveals that he had replaced some of the [[Kairoseki|Seastone]] Chains with regular ones allowing him to escape easily. Once Luffy and the others are free, Smoker and Tashigi are then coerced by Law into cooperating after he returns them to their own bodies.
 
Smoker then watches as Law begins their escape plan, directing [[Franky]] to launch his Franky Fireball at the segregated battleship down below. Setting the wood ablaze, the smoke then rises up to the cage allowing for them to discreetly take action, Law quickly reveals that he had replaced some of the [[Kairoseki|Seastone]] Chains with regular ones allowing him to escape easily. Once Luffy and the others are free, Smoker and Tashigi are then coerced by Law into cooperating after he returns them to their own bodies.
   
They are then later teleported into the laboratory thanks to Law's ability. They open the shutters, allowing everyone outside to escape the poison gas.<ref name="Counter attack">''One Piece Manga'' - [[Chapter 677]], The Marines, Straw Hats and Law begin their counter attack.</ref>
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They are then later teleported into the laboratory thanks to Law's ability. They open the shutters, allowing everyone outside to escape the poison gas.<ref name="Counterattack">''One Piece Manga'' - [[Chapter 677]], The Marines, Straw Hats and Law begin their counterattack.</ref>
   
 
Once everyone is together, Law tells Smoker and Tashigi not to get in his and Luffy's way. Law then tells everyone present about a way off the island but will have two hours to escape. Smoker orders the G-5 Marines to go rescue the abducted children and search for the "R Building 66". He says that they will seize the tanker at the harbor and escape. Everyone splits up, but Smoker goes alone to confront Vergo. Tashigi wants to go with him, but Smoker tells her to look after the G-5 Marines and help everyone escape.
 
Once everyone is together, Law tells Smoker and Tashigi not to get in his and Luffy's way. Law then tells everyone present about a way off the island but will have two hours to escape. Smoker orders the G-5 Marines to go rescue the abducted children and search for the "R Building 66". He says that they will seize the tanker at the harbor and escape. Everyone splits up, but Smoker goes alone to confront Vergo. Tashigi wants to go with him, but Smoker tells her to look after the G-5 Marines and help everyone escape.
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* Smoker vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Town Square; Loguetown)
 
* Smoker vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Town Square; Loguetown)
   
==Anime and Manga differences==
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==Anime and Manga Differences==
 
===Appearance===
 
===Appearance===
 
[[File:Youngsmoker.jpg|thumb|220px|Young Smoker witnesses [[Gol D. Roger|Gol D. Roger's]] execution, as seen in the anime.]]
 
[[File:Youngsmoker.jpg|thumb|220px|Young Smoker witnesses [[Gol D. Roger|Gol D. Roger's]] execution, as seen in the anime.]]

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The subject of this article is sometimes called "Chaser".

Smoker the White Hunter (白猟のスモーカー Hakuryō no Sumōkā?) is a Marine. He was first introduced as a captain (大佐 Taisa?) in Loguetown, where he made it his mission to capture Monkey D. Luffy, and was later promoted to the rank of commodore (准将 Junshō?), due to the events in Alabasta. At some point during the timeskip, he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral (中将 Chūjō?). Due to his actions against Luffy at Loguetown, Smoker can be considered as the main antagonist of Loguetown Arc.

Appearance

Smoker is a muscular white-haired (light blue-green in the anime) man, who carries the very distinct trait of always being seen smoking two cigars at once. He wears a large thick white and blue specialist marine jacket which he keeps open with greenish fur lining the neck, wrists and hem. Many cigars are strapped to the jacket which has the kanji for "justice" (正義 Seigi?) written on the back of it. He used to carry a Seastone-tipped Jutte as his weapon, until it was destroyed during the Battle of Marineford by Boa Hancock. He also wears brown leather gloves, blue jeans with a brown belt and large military issue brown leather boots. The fact that he also 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 jutte 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 cut short. He is also wearing sunglasses and 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 jutte, which has either been replaced or repaired since the Battle of Marineford, hanging on the back.

Gallery

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Smoker in Volume 20's cover with white hair and blue fur linings on his jacket.
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Smoker in the 2007 calendar, with green linings on his jacket.
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Smoker as he appears shirtless during the Post-Enies Lobby Arc.
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Smoker as he appears during the Battle of Marineford.
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Smoker's post-timeskip color scheme in the manga.
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Smoker as he appears in Tashigi's body during the Punk Hazard Arc.
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Smoker in the We Are! opening.
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Smoker with Tashigi in the One Day opening.
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Personality

Smoker is a seasoned Marine, who when first introduced, was trying to track down Luffy in Loguetown. Unlike many other Marines in One Piece, Smoker does not follow the rule of Absolute Justice and follows his own code of justice, which he later preaches to Tashigi. Smoker's perception on justice also allows the Straw Hat Pirates to remain at liberty despite being pirates during the Alabasta Incident. He let Luffy go after he found out that Zoro was ordered by Luffy to save him from drowning. However, he quickly lost his temper after Luffy made a stupid comment. He warned Luffy that as a marine, he would have to try and capture him the next time they meet.

Smoker also did not like taking credit in Alabasta for the Straw Hats' work in defeating Crocodile, telling the World Government to eat shit when they attempted to reward him for it. On the other hand, Smoker is dedicated to the pursuit of global justice against criminals and pirates and will not forget those that forsake the law and manage to escape his grasp, though he appears to share Garp and Aokiji's "moral justice" and recognizes that not all marines are as noble as their image suggests, nor should all allies be trusted blindly.

He also tends to hold grudges toward pirates who have escaped him. For example, he prepares to capture Portgas D. Ace and is prepared for a difficult battle. However, after Luffy unexpectedly interrupts them and throws them through several walls, Smoker, as soon as he sees Luffy, barely acknowledges Ace. He merely shoves him into the ground and prepares to go after Luffy, who is his primary target.

Smoker's disposition of being obstinate comes out when he decides he will abandon what he is doing and go after Luffy no matter the cost. Smoker has the tendency to not adhere to the standard idea of justice but rather lives up to his own code of justice. The unique aspect about the encounter with he and Luffy is this is first time Luffy actively flees as opposed to fighting.

Smoker seems to have a hobby in rock balancing,[1] and does not seem to like people who make too much noise around him, as he claims that it breaks his focus.[2] Smoker also does not trust the Shichibukai as he believes them as nothing more than pirates. In fact, he has been betrayed by Shichibukai thrice so far in the series.

Despite his sober manner, he does seem to have a benevolent side. In Loguetown, when a little girl bumped into him and dropped her ice cream on his trousers, he takes it in good heart. He even gives her money to buy a new cone.[3] He also shows respect and even protective kindness to his subordinate, Tashigi.

Relationships

Marines

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. He has close ties with Hina as she is a personal friend from their days of training. 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.

He has a close relationship with his subordinate Tashigi. However, he appears to act very harshly to her mistakes, such as confusing another soldier for Smoker due to her not wearing her glasses. Despite this, he has shown that he trusts her judgement, as seen when he tells her to follow her own sense of justice when she goes to Alabasta. In turn, she calls him Smoker-san (a simple Japanese honorific) as opposed to by his rank that other soldiers call him (i.e. Vice Admiral Smoker). Recently, she has shown to have some backbone towards her superior, Smoker. When Smoker scolded her for begging for her life, she retorted at Smoker because it was the only way they could save their subordinates and the abducted children from Vergo. She later glares at him angrily for wearing her shirt unbuttoned, when he was in her body. [4]

Smoker also seems to be on good terms with Aokiji, as he requested Aokiji to negotiate with Sengoku for a transfer to the more dangerous G-5 station in the New World.

G-5

Currently, as the commanding officer in charge of G-5 Unit 01, Smoker had command of the marines stationed there. The soldiers were sadistic and cruel, ignoring rules and regulations, but obeyed Smoker. Smoker, in turn, shows contempt for them due to their blatant disregard for laws.[5]. After Smoker was captured by Caesar, they tried to break into Caesar's research facility to save him. Smoker was shocked when some of his men were blown up because of Smiley's power and he orders Tashigi to make sure they are kept safe and escorted to safety after reuniting with them in research facility.

Vergo

Vergo seemed to be concerned about Smoker's transfer to G-5, as he mentions that from the day Smoker was transferred, he had to put up the largest possible guard to prevent Smoker from finding out his true affiliation. Vergo also expressed the desire to murder both Smoker and Tashigi "by accident", since they now know his true identity. After being released from his confinement, Smoker expresses disdain for his colleague's felonies and intends to battle him alone in retribution for his treason against the Marines.

Enemies

Monkey D. Luffy

He has a strong desire to capture Luffy dating back to when Luffy was about to be executed by Buggy in Loguetown. Smoker saw the smile Luffy gave off to mirror that of Gol D. 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 seeing Luffy's smile during his aborted execution, Smoker has been relentless in trying to catch up to 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 repaying 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 capture Luffy for such an extended period of time, he seems to have learned of Luffy's habit based on the various 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 and would fit Luffy's reckless nature.[6] Indeed, Luffy was originally planning to go there,[7] 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 saw Luffy, 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 current status.

Portgas D. Ace

He has also made an enemy of Ace during the Alabasta Arc while Smoker was trying to capture Luffy. Smoker simply states that he could not let a pirate such as Ace go so easily. However, after Ace assists Luffy's escape from him, it is possible that he may have held a grudge against Ace.

Shichibukai

Even though the Shichibukai have allied with the World Government, Smoker, like Sengoku and Kizaru, thinks they are nothing but pirates and cannot be trusted. Indeed, Smoker made an enemy of Crocodile after seeing Operation Utopia, Boa Hancock after she defended Luffy, and Trafalgar Law on Punk Hazard.

Crocodile

Crocodile incarcerated Smoker along with the Straw Hat Pirates in a Seastone Cage. Also, Crocodile called Smoker a coward when he met Tashigi, who was struggling to stand up. During the Battle of Marineford, Smoker was very surprised to see Luffy cooperating with Crocodile.

Boa Hancock

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 defeat Luffy and she also broke his jutte. During the Battle of Marineford, Smoker warned Hancock that her actions might lead to her Shichibukai status being revoked.

Trafalgar Law

When Smoker encountered Trafalgar Law at Punk Hazard, he demanded answers from Law, some regarding on who Law was working for, indicating hidden motives. They battled each other, 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 does not have to tell him anything. Law also switched Smoker’s and Tashigi's personalities in their bodies. However, Smoker and Tashigi form a temporary alliance with the Straw Hat Pirates and Trafalgar Law in order to defeat Caesar Clown and Vergo on the condition that they do not mention Law's or Joker's complicity to the Marines.

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. 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.

After the Enies Lobby events, he was shown unsatisfied in capturing a pirate with a bounty of Beli50,000,000. When Luffy confronts him again in Marineford, he comments that Smoker has gotten far stronger before being pinned to the ground. Smoker's overall strength has granted him enough confidence to request a transfer to G-5 in the highly fearsome New World. It is said that the marines of this branch are insane, cruel, and merciless who stick needles into pirates, feed them to sharks, or use them for kindling. They are known for not following orders, but Smoker managed to earn their obedience.

He is one of the few marines that has ever beaten Luffy, the others being the two high-ranking Admirals Aokiji and Kizaru as well as the brutish Sentomaru. As a result, Luffy resorts to running away from Smoker if he ever sees him. As evident of his strong build, Smoker possesses incredible physical strength: during their confrontation in Loguetown, he was able to hold down Luffy with him being unable to retaliate, a noteworthy feat, considering Luffy's own inhuman physical power.

He also has great endurance and resistance, as he was able to stand back up with no visible damage and without effort after receiving a kick from Boa Hancock, whose attacks are strong enough to shatter stone and Pacifistas armor (though Hancock's kick was primarily to get him off Luffy). After the timeskip, Smoker was able to easily cross the New World entrance and to arrive at Punk Hazard. Smoker and his crew managed to capture some pirates who were freed by Hody’s control. During his time at Punk Hazard, he managed to give Trafalgar Law a hard time before he was ultimately defeated. Even when he was switched to Tashigi’s body, he managed to strike Luffy. Also, despite him not being in his original body he easily defeated some of Caesar Clown’s subordinates.

Smoker has both excellent hearing and memory, as shown during the Alabasta Arc when he tells Sanji to attack the third Bananawani that entered the room, since "that growl just now was the same as the one who ate the key". He has also shown great strategic capabilities, as he was able to plan in mere minutes the efficient assault on the pirates in the plaza during Buggy's attempt to execute Luffy.

Devil Fruit

Further information: Moku Moku no Mi
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Smoker has eaten the Moku Moku no Mi, a Logia type Devil Fruit which allows him to create, control and become smoke. He can manipulate the smoke's density to make it thick or thin, 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.

At this point, he does not appear to have any exploitable weakness (aside from the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses), due to his ability to be intangible. With his current mastery over his powers, the only reliable way to injure Smoker is through the use of Haki, as Hancock did during their short battle, or through the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses.

Using his smoke powers, Smoker can power up the engines of his motorbike, the Billower Bike, for on-land transportation.

Weapons

Further information: Nanashaku Jitte
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Smoker's main weapon is a large jutte 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.

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Smoker seems to be very proficient in wielding the jutte, taking enemies by surprise and using the weapon to deliver strong blunt attacks. The jutte was broken in half when Boa Hancock kicked it, which led it to crumble. After the timeskip, the jutte has shown to have been repaired. Its hilt is white in the manga, but red in the anime. Also, in the manga and in its related merchandise and products, it seems to be much longer than in the anime, almost reaching down to Smoker's feet.

Haki

Smoker is aware of the existence of Haki, though his exact knowledge in the area is unclear. It was stated that all Marines of at least vice admiral rank possess Haki, so presumably Smoker can also use the ability since he was promoted over the time-skip. During the fight with Trafalgar Law, he comments to Tashigi that her Haki is not on a level that would allow her to stand against Law's powers. Claiming he's the only one present who can do so, it can be implied that he is capable of using Haki to counter a Devil Fruit's abilities. However, he has not yet been shown using it.

History

Past

Early Life

Very little has been said about Smoker's past; what is known is that he joined the Marines at the same time as Hina. However, it appears that Hina has had to help Smoker before in situations where he was almost kicked out of the marines.

Some time prior to the current storyline, Smoker managed to become Marine Captain (大佐, Taisa), and was charged with the protection of Loguetown, the city in which the Pirate King was born, and then executed.

East Blue Saga

Loguetown Arc

Mission at Loguetown

Some citizens as well as some of his subordinates were apparently afraid of him, most likely because of his smoke powers, his imposing appearance and his sharp manners; the captain however seemed to care deeply for the inhabitants of the city. This is seen when he did not get angry when a little girl accidentally bumped into him, spilling her ice cream on one of his pant legs. He instead gave the girl money to buy a bigger ice cream.Ippon- Matsu (the weapons store owner where Zoro bought his new swords) however complained to Tashigi on how her new Marine captain Smoker has ruined his business with pirates.

In the Marine base, Captain Smoker of the marines get informed about the chaos being caused by the pirates at the execution platform. He orders the Marines to close all the roads that lead to the execution platform and to surround the port. Soon, Tashigi , sergeant of the Marines meet up with Smoker and they head to the execution platform. The marines got report of three wanted pirates in the execution platform, one being Alvida the Iron Mace, the other being Buggy the Clown and finally Luffy. Smoker has never heard of Luffy but he thinks that it could be a tough job

When Buggy is preparing Luffy's execution, he reaches the plaza with his men. The Marines are not sure what to do, as the pirates are fighting each other. Smoker tells the marines to let them fight each other that way they will have strength to capture Alvida and Buggy as soon as they cut Luffy's head off. Buggy about to cut Luffy's head off when Zoro and Sanji show up to save Luffy. Smoker and Tashigi are surprised to hear that Pirate Hunter Zoro belongs in the same crew of Luffy. Luffy apparently saying is last words to his crew because he will not survive the execution, smiles and accepts his fate. Shocked, Smoker recalls Gold Roger's execution 22 years ago. Suddenly, a lightning strucks Buggy when he was about to kill Luffy. Smoker asks Tashigi if she ever seen somebody laugh at the execution platform knowing they will die. He remembers Gold Roger being the only one laughing right before his death.

Why did he smile...? Why? Did he know he would be saved? No. In that instant, he must have understood that his life was going to end. Death. He accepted it. He was fully prepared for it and smiled.
— Smoker commenting on Luffy's smile.


Realizing Luffy is escaping, he orders the first unit to take care of them, however, their gun powder is wet because of the sudden storm, leaving the port free for them to escape. Smoker in anger decide to capture Luffy even if it's the last thing he can do. Buggy uses his car mode and heads off to the harbour, closely followed by Alvida who takes off her sandals, and slide down a ramp to follow. However, they are caught by Smoker before they can get too far. The Marine has succeeded in catching the Buggy Pirates and Alvida. He chases after Luffy, while Alvida comments on how her Devil Fruit powers do not work on the net they are in.

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Smoker catches up to Luffy and Sanji and blocks the way to the harbour. Smoker grabs Luffy causing Sanji to leap into action, but with no effect to Smoker because of his Devil Fruit, the Moku Moku no Mi. Smoker uses White Blow and hits Sanji to a building, Luffy tried to fight back with one blow but he ultimately failed, due to Smoker's ability. Losing very easily, as Smoker goes to throw the finishing blow, a mysterious man called Dragon appears. The World Government is apparently looking for him. Stating the world is "waiting for our answer", a gust of wind breaks out. Everyone are blown away from where they were, including Luffy with Zoro and Sanji.

As the crew escape, Smoker demands to know why, Dragon states he sees no reason to stop a man's destiny. Nevertheless, Smoker set out after Luffy (along with his subordinate, Tashigi), abandoning his post in Loguetown. From witnessing Luffy's near-execution at the hands of Buggy, he believes there is something special about him, since he was smiling and seemed happy (just as Gol D. Roger had) even though he was about to die. Because he is convinced of Luffy's uniqueness, Smoker is determined to see that the "Straw Hat pirate" faces justice.

Baroque Works Saga

Alabasta Arc

War in Alabasta

Smoker manages to intercept the conversation between Mr. 0 and Sanji and plans to go to Alabasta. Smoker and Ace are confronting each other in the restaurant. Smoker starts to make a move to arrest Ace, when suddenly; a starving Luffy bumps into the restaurant, propelling both Smoker and Ace away in the process. While Luffy is starting to eat in front of a bemused assembly, Smoker and Ace realize that the guy who hit them is the one they are looking for. Smoker reacts first and confronts Luffy.

After an abnormal amount of time, Luffy realises his situation and flees the restaurant, hence not realizing the presence of Ace. While the marines are pursuing Luffy, the rest of the crew has bought some local clothes (much to Sanji's delight) in order to remain anonymous. Unfortunately for them, their captain soon gives them out, forcing everyone to flee. While Smoker is about to catch Luffy thanks to his Moku Moku no Mi, Ace interposes. Ace has the Mera Mera no Mi Logia type Devil Fruit, and when matched against Smoker's smoke abilities, the two men fought to a draw, though this is due more to the fact that their powers have no real effect on the other as they naturally go hand in hand, then them being of equal strength.

Back in Nanohana, Smoker looks concerned, but not because he was not able to catch the Straw Hat, rather because he saw that the princess of Alabasta was among them. The Straw Hats finally arrive at Rainbase. Unfortunately, while they are buying some water, Luffy and Usopp bump into Smoker and Tashigi. The marine captain was suspicious about Crocodile’s activities and decides to come to Rainbase as well. A pirate hunt starts. Cornered by the marines, the Straw Hat Pirates (except Chopper who left for a personal break) decide to split and meet up at Crocodile's casino. After the chase, Luffy, Usopp, Nami, and Zoro arrive at the casino followed by Smoker. Making a ruckus into the casino, Luffy, Usopp, Zoro, and Nami are invited to a V.I.P. room by Crocodile. Smoker is chasing them, but the end up being locked a very annoying prison. Smoker reveals to them that the cell they are shut into is made of Seastone, a material that has the power to drain devil fruit power like the sea does. Then, a sarcastic Crocodile shows himself mocking their helplessness.

When Vivi appears, she cannot control herself at the sight of her enemy and tries to attack him. But she is powerless against the sand man who ate the Suna Suna no Mi. Crocodile announces the beginning of his plan in order to destroy Alabasta: Utopia starts at 7 o' clock. Crocodile tells Vivi that he and Miss All Sunday are about to meet her father. Sanji, nicknamed as Mr. Prince, fools Crocodile by letting him go outside of the casino by pretending to be dead. Usopp and Luffy yell at Smoker asking why he was so calm in such a situation, but Smoker responds by asking how much of Crocodile's plan the Straw Hats know. He tells them that Crocodile and Miss All Sunday pairing up may shake the entire world, but Luffy says that no reasons are needed to beat Crocodile up. When Smoker asks how they are going to escape, the Straw Hats remember their situation and start panicking again, and Luffy starts to feel faint because of the seawater touching him.

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Sanji finally appears, defeating a Bananawani with a single kick, to everyone's surprise. As more Bananawani’s close in, Smoker tells the Straw Hats that the third Bananawani that came in is the one that ate the key. When Luffy asks how he knows, Smoker says the voice is the same. Mr. 3 who has survived into the Bananawani stomach by putting himself into a wax ball is ejected thanks to one of Sanji's kick. Thanks to his power, they are able to force him creating a key that open the gate. When they are about to escape, the room collapses but everyone managed to swim to the surface safely. Even Smoker has been carried by Zoro. When the captain asked the swordsman about the reason for his action, Zoro tells him it was an order from Luffy. Surprised by the Straw Hat captain illogical behavior, Smoker does not arrest them. Instead he orders for his subordinates to radio for reinforcements.

While Luffy is fighting Crocodile for the first time in Rainbase, people talk about the sandstorm they see. Tashigi tells Smoker about it, which he simply looks on at. Smoker tells Tashigi to go straight to Alubarna by herself and do whatever she feels is her own justice there. Smoker tells her to watch closely how this place will end up, whether it gets destroyed or not, and drives away. After the Alabasta arc, and the fall of Baroque Works Smoker has been rejoined by another captain Hina and ask her to bring the captured Crocodile to the marine in his place and when Tashigi rejoins them and report of her failure to capture the Straw Hat, instead of blaming the swordswoman, he asks her to become stronger. The Marines and the World Government officially declare Smoker as the one who defeated Crocodile, one of the Shichibukai. This was done to suppress the fact that Crocodile had, in fact, been defeated by a pirate. Smoker, however, angrily and on bad terms, refuses both the medals and promotions the marines offered him and Tashigi. He even openly admits that it was Luffy and his crew that truly defeated Crocodile and Baroque Works, but they refuse to listen to him.

CP9 Saga

Davy Back Fight Arc

A Message to Aokiji

He later gave Admiral Aokiji a message for Luffy, which Aokiji forgot until after he had beaten Luffy. Aokiji claims that Smoker's message was too stupid to tell (Luffy would not have heard it anyway as he was frozen at the time), but the actual message has yet to be heard.

Post-Enies Lobby Arc

The Bounties Go Out to the World

After the Enies Lobby incident on an island somewhere in the Grand Line, Smoker has just caught a pirate worth Beli50,000,000, although he did not find it that hard and just wishes he could get some rest. Tashigi, who is now called a sergeant, comes up to him and tells him that Headquarters called, telling him about their award ceremony for the Crocodile incident at Alabasta or so she thought. She is actually talking to a random marine soldier because she did not have her glasses on. Smoker doesn’t seem to care, saying that what the marines need is blood; they need a group stronger than the Straw Hat pirates. Then he bets his pride that he will crush them, in "The New World"!

Whitebeard War Saga

Marineford Arc

War Against Whitebeard

When the execution of Portgas D. Ace is announced, Smoker reported to the summoning of the marines to reinforce Marineford.[8] Three hours before Ace's execution, he is seen with Tashigi listening to Sengoku's speech about Ace's past. He is stunned along with Tashigi to see Crocodile amongst the members of Luffy's newly-gathered expedition to save Ace. Sengoku's revelation of Luffy being Dragon's son has finally made Smoker understand why the Leader of the Revolutionaries saved the Straw Hat pirate in Loguetown.

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Later, Smoker decides to confront Luffy. As Luffy continues to battle marine soldiers, Smoker bursts towards him, intent on settling the score. Smoker manages to strike Luffy with his Seastone Jutte, dealing more damage than Luffy would usually take. Luffy strikes back with Gomu Gomu no Jet Gatling, but the attacks slip right through Smoker's smoke. As Smoker and Luffy comment on how the other has become stronger, the former pins the latter to the ground with his jutte.

Smoker muses on how he finally understands why Dragon saved Luffy back at Loguetown, while Luffy struggles to free himself from Smoker's restraint. Hancock suddenly kicks Smoker away, her Haki allowing her to make contact with Smoker. When Smoker asks why Hancock is not fulfilling her duty as Shichibukai, Hancock states that she has never felt that angry in her life, and that she would not let anyone harm her beloved Luffy. Onlooking marines confuse the interaction as Luffy knocking Hancock down. Smoker, however, is not deterred, preparing to take chase after Luffy again; Hancock interfered once more, though, with a Perfume Femur kick, causing Smoker's jutte to snap in two. Hancock then looks down on Smoker to the point of looking up, telling him that she will not let him pass. When Smoker asks if Hancock realizes the consequences of getting in the way of the marines, she says that whatever she do she will be forgiven.

Smoker and Tashigi are later seen retreating to the plaza as Sengoku was about to execute the final stages of his plan. After the death of Portgas D. Ace, he is seen condemning the marines still fighting against the pirates as their objective had been completed. After the arrival of Shanks, Smoker is seen standing down with the other marines.

Post-War Arc

The Request
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After the war, he is seen in Aokiji's office, talking with him and asking about his reassignment to G-5 Marine Base in the New World, in order to keep track of his target, while brushing off the recent news of Luffy infiltrating Marineford to ring the Ox Bell16 times.

New World Saga

Fishman Island Arc

The Perfect Opportunity Arrives

After the timeskip, Smoker (promoted to vice admiral) and Tashigi (promoted to captain) are now in charge of G-5. They are seen capturing some pirates who came up from Fishman Island after they were freed from Hody's clutches. As Tashigi scolds her subordinates for goofing off during a battle, Smoker tells her to be quiet as he is in the middle of an interrogation. Smoker turns toward his prisoners, reiterating that pirates were being enslaved by Hody Jones, citing that as the explanation why no rookies came through Fishman Island in the last month. But now, they are coming out of the sea practically non-stop. The captured pirates then go on to say that there was a pirate who stopped the New Fishman Pirates' uprising, ultimately liberating them. One pirate says that he will not tell Smoker about the man who freed them. Another pirate then urged him to talk, saying that they are dealing with G-5 and explains rumors of their torture methods. When the other marines ask Smoker if they could have the prisoners, one pirate blurts out that it was the Straw Hat Pirates who saved them. Smoker tells them that he already knew that.

Punk Hazard Arc

Trouble at Punk Hazard

Later, Smoker and Tashigi are wondering why the Straw Hats have not chosen one of the three islands near Fishman Island that the needles point at, which are Raijin Island, Mystoria Island, and Risky Red Island. Instead, the Straw Hats chose to go to Punk Hazard. Tashigi briefly tries to tell him that the island is basically deserted since the "incident" that occurred four years ago, but Smoker does not seem to notice. Afterwards, Smoker decides to go to Punk Hazard as well. After arriving there, Smoker comments on how the island turned out to be a wasteland from one of Vegapunk's failed experiments four years ago and how this was the island that Akainu and Aokiji fought on for the position of fleet admiral and how their powers changed the weather on Punk Hazard. After arriving on shore on the frozen side of the island, the group finds a facility called PH-006. Before Smoker enters the building, Trafalgar Law come out of the entrance, and Smoker identifies him as a new shichibukai. Smoker tells him that this island is off limits even to the government and Law just replies that the same rule applies to Smoker also.

Smoker then plays the conversation between Luffy and the man who was cut down by a samurai. He also says that he knows that him and Luffy fought alongside each other at Sabaody against the marines, and that he saved Luffy during the war two years ago. Law insists that he had nothing to do with the distress call. Smoker then asks to see inside the research facility, but Law will not let Smoker in, saying that the facility is just his vacation home. Then, a group of the Straw Hats and giant children bust out of the facility, surprising Law, Smoker, and the G-5 marines. After seeing who they ran into, they immediately flee back into the building. Smoker, clearly under the impression that he was been deceived, asks Law why he told them that he was "alone". Law could only reply that he also was not aware that the Straw Hats were there. As the marines from G-5 are about to chase after the Straw Hats, Law stands in their way and tells them that they cannot be allowed to leave the island. After Law lifts the marine battleship with his "Room", Smoker gets ready to fight him.

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Law destroys the battleship and drops it on the marines. Smoker then attacks him with his Devil Fruit powers. Law evades and attacks the marines, whom Smoker had told to retreat outside the range of the Ope Ope no Mi. Tashigi charges at Law, and Smoker tells her that with Haki of her level, she cannot withstand Law's strength. After Tashigi was cut in two, Smoker prevents Law from further attacking her. The vice admiral then clashes against the Shichibukai. As they fight, Smoker demands answers from Law. However, Law manages to remove his heart with his "Mes" technique. While Smoker kneels down, Law comments that he does not have to tell him anything right before Luffy arrives at the scene.

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When Tashigi returns to where Law and Smoker were fighting after the G-5 marines help reassemble her, she is horrified to see her superior lying unconscious and defeated on the ground. She notices a hole in his chest, and realizes that his heart was stolen by Law, just like he did to a hundred pirates before. Enraged, she tries to attack Law again, but he responds by switching her "heart" with Smoker's, putting Smoker into Tashigi's body. After Luffy's group leaves the scene, Smoker and Tashigi are then brought to safety in a nearby cave. While resting, Smoker tells his men that he saw the initials "CC" and explains about a former collegue of Vegapunk's known as Ceasar Clown.

Tashigi mentions about incidents of children kidnappings that happened in the seas close to Punk Hazard, but these incidents were not correctly stated in the newspaper. Smoker then suspects a mole within G-5 that is trying to cover up these incidents. Smoker states that he cannot leave the island until he gets his heart back and that he intends to expose the mastermind. He then talks more about Caesar Clown. Smoker explains that Vegapunk and Caesar were rivals and he suspects Caesar to be the cause of the "accident" on Punk Hazard. Smoker then tells his men that Caesar needs to be stopped before another incident occurs.

Caesar Clown and a Conspiracy

Later on, Smoker, Tashigi and the rest of the G-5 Marines were fighting some satyrs and centaurs. Tashigi recognizes some prisoners and asks Smoker how they can be here, since the survivor count is zero. Smoker tells her that he does not know and that they have to send a ship to report what is happening on Punk Hazard.

Smoker, still in Tashigi's body, is seen fighting alongside Tashigi and the G-5 marines in an attempt to break into the front of the research facility. While she is struggling to control the Devil Fruit powers, Smoker scolds her and comments on how he could easily infiltrate the facility in his own body. When Luffy arrives with Robin and Franky, Smoker appears to be aggravated by their presence.

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Tashigi attempts to attack Luffy, finally managing to make a conscious transformation with Smoker's Logia abilities. However, Luffy easily dodges her attack, grabs her arm, and then pins her to the ground, questioning how 'Smoker' had become so weak after the time-skip. Annoyed that Tashigi is losing while in his body, Smoker (in Tashigi's body) quickly moves in to strike Luffy, hitting him with a barrage of attacks using his Seastone-tipped Jutte. Confused, Luffy does not understand how 'Smoker' became so weak, while his second-in-command (to whom Luffy has forgotten the name of) has become so powerful. Declaring himself as the real Smoker, the Marine again lunges towards Luffy who narrowly dodges the blow, stunned at this claim. Robin then interjects, explaining the possibility of Law having something to do with the change which helps Luffy understand. He then breaks into laughter right after realizing the situation. Not impressed by the pirate captain's attitude, Smoker attacks out of anger. Luffy manages to dodge again, enters Gear Second, and quickly moves in front of Smoker, stating that he will postpone their fight until the Marine is in his original body and at full strength. After the brief scuffle with Luffy he notices the [[|Smiley|slime]] appearing on the Marine warship and asks one of the G-5 marines what it is. Some marines try to burn the slime and Smoker then witnesses it explode killing the marines onboard the warship. Tashigi then suggests that they go find a safe place with a roof, to which Smoker agrees too. As more pieces of slime fall from the sky, Caesar Clown reveals himself to both the G-5 Marines and Luffy's group. Smoker and Tashigi then watch the battle between Luffy and Caesar. He was rather surprised when Luffy suddenly fainted after taking down Caesar. Smoker, Tashigi, Robin, and Franky later fall into unconsciousness even without Caesar touching them.

Smoker is then locked up in a cell alongside Luffy, Robin, Franky, Tashigi, and Law. Smoker yells at Vergo, telling him that all the marines outside are also his subordinates. Robin asks if it feels nostalgic, since Luffy and Smoker were locked up in a cell at Alabasta, but Smoker then tells her to shut up. Tashigi asks Smoker about the feeling she is experiencing due to the Seastone weakening her. Smoker starts talking about Joker and how he let Vergo slip right under his nose. Vergo tells Smoker that ever since he transferred to G-5, he had his guard up the entire time and now that he knows his true identity, he plans to eliminate both him and Tashigi, while making it look like an accident. Smoker then listens in on Luffy and Law's conversation and hears Law reveal that Joker is actually Doflamingo.

While Caesar is giving out his broadcast to the underworld brokers about his experiment with his chemical mass destruction weapon, Smoker and the other captives then witness the destructive effects of the poison cloud released by Smiley. Caesar proceeds to move the cell outside of the facility so the captives can die.

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Smoker then watches as Law begins their escape plan, directing Franky to launch his Franky Fireball at the segregated battleship down below. Setting the wood ablaze, the smoke then rises up to the cage allowing for them to discreetly take action, Law quickly reveals that he had replaced some of the Seastone Chains with regular ones allowing him to escape easily. Once Luffy and the others are free, Smoker and Tashigi are then coerced by Law into cooperating after he returns them to their own bodies.

They are then later teleported into the laboratory thanks to Law's ability. They open the shutters, allowing everyone outside to escape the poison gas.[9]

Once everyone is together, Law tells Smoker and Tashigi not to get in his and Luffy's way. Law then tells everyone present about a way off the island but will have two hours to escape. Smoker orders the G-5 Marines to go rescue the abducted children and search for the "R Building 66". He says that they will seize the tanker at the harbor and escape. Everyone splits up, but Smoker goes alone to confront Vergo. Tashigi wants to go with him, but Smoker tells her to look after the G-5 Marines and help everyone escape.

Smoker and Luffy then pass Building B and reach Caesar's location. Before entering Caesar's broadcasting room, Smoker assures Luffy that he will not get in the way of his fight with Caesar, as he wishes to defeat Vergo. Smoker observes Luffy's initial assault on Caesar and remembers that before Law freed him from his chains, he ordered Smoker not to touch Caesar since he still has his heart. Smoker leaves the room to search for Vergo and finds him in the SAD room where Law is also present. He then prepares to fight Vergo, saying that he cannot stand to look at trash for too long.

Major Battles

Filler Battles

  • Smoker vs. Galley
  • Smoker vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Town Square; Loguetown)

Anime and Manga Differences

Appearance

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In the manga, his hair color is pure white, as opposed to his greenish-grey color in the anime. The fur on his jacket was initially blue, but was later changed to green to follow the anime.

Loguetown Arc

In the anime, the subplot on Smoker's backstory he mentions about Gol D. Roger is expanded on in Loguetown. 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 prepares to go there. There he finds an elderly pirate called Crescent Moon Galley who has a bounty of 3,450,000. He and his crew are seen raiding buildings at Loguetown before being captured by Captain Smoker, who was disappointed that Galley was not Luffy since that was the pirate Smoker was hoping to find. Luffy then appears, asking Smoker where the execution gallows are. Not knowing who he is, Smoker shows him the way. Figuring out his true identity later, he heads to the execution platform where he challenges Luffy to a fight. 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.

Translation and Dub Issues

In the 4Kids version of the anime, Smoker's cigars are removed, and smoke comes out of his mouth due to the power of the Smoke-Smoke Fruit, although his mouth is almost always opened a little where the cigars should be. Because of this, he is renamed 'Chaser'. However, Smoker in the English video games One Piece: Grand Battle and One Piece: Grand Adventure has his cigars strapped to his coat, despite the previous editing. Additionally, his power was changed from smoke to steam.

Another change made to Smoker in the 4Kids dub was removing the kanji for "justice" on the back of his jacket, which is also left in the video games.

Merchandise

Smoker has been the choice character in many forms of merchandise. He has been featured in the series of models Portrait of Pirates.

Trivia

  • In the Japanese anime, Smoker was originally voiced by Ginzo Matsuo. However, Matsuo died on 25 August 2001 of an acute sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. Subsequently, Mahito Oba (the voice of the Narrator) took over the role of Smoker, beginning with episode 94.
  • During Episode 488, Smoker was shown using his miraculously-repaired jutte, even though Hancock had destroyed it earlier.
  • 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 4th Japanese Fan Poll, Smoker is ranked the 20th most popular character.
  • His birthday is March 14, a Japanese holiday called White Day (coinciding with his smoke powers, and "white" theme to his attack names).
  • Smoker is the first Logia-type Devil Fruit user to be introduced in the series.

References

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 98 and Episode 52, Smoker is seen placing stones on top of one another.
  2. One Piece Anime — Episode 49, Smoker expresses his disdain for loud noises.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 98 and Episode 48, Smoker shows his good heart for Yu.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 68 Chapter 677.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 Chapter 655, Smoker talks down on the G-5 soldiers.
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 Chapter 655, Smoker guessed Luffy's original dedication to go to the most turbulent island after Fishman Island.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 Chapter 653, Luffy wanted to go to the island based on one of Nami's new Log Pose pointing at the most unstable island.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 524 and Episode 421, Smoker is seen gathering alongside his fellow marines.
  9. One Piece Manga - Chapter 677, The Marines, Straw Hats and Law begin their counterattack.

External Links

  • Smoker - Wikipedia article about smokers in general, in which Smoker's name is derived from.

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