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A swordsman is a person trained in the art of the sword. In plural, they are referred to as swordsmen.

OverviewEdit

Nearly every crew and organization has a swordsman (?) in it. A skilled swordsman is a valuable asset to a crew, and swordsmen are often found in positions of high respect, such as a first mate or officer, or even the captain.[citation needed]

Swordsmen from Wano Country are referred to as "Samurai" ( samurai?).[2] Participants of Corrida Colosseum are known as Gladiators (剣闘士 kentōshi?),[3] warriors trained in shields and swords. However, this only applies to participants who are actually trained as gladiators, as any other participants do not necessarily require a sword and shield to be referred to as "gladiators".

SwordsmenEdit

See also the associated category: Swordsmen.
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Swordsmen
Pirates
Roronoa Zoro Shanks Dracule Mihawk Silvers Rayleigh Brook
Cabaji Hatchan Arlong Koze Packy
Dorry Yurikah Gyaro Sarquiss Ross *
Pickles Mikazuki Trafalgar D. Water Law Killer Heat
Shachi Candy * Shiryu Vista Atmos
Fossa Haruta Doma McGuy Squard
Elmy Ramba A.O Delacuaji Zodia
Palms Bizarre Karma Little Oars Jr. Shiki
Bluejam Chadros Higelyges Lip Doughty Hyouzou Tamago
Jeet Suleiman Cavendish Pica Jack
Charlotte Amande Charlotte Cracker Charlotte Raisin Charlotte Kato Charlotte Dosmarche
Charlotte Tablet Charlotte Snack Holdem Alpacaman
Marines
Helmeppo Bogard Tashigi T Bone Momonga
Strawberry John Giant Yarisugi Issho Bastille
Gion
Kin'emon Kanjuro Inuarashi Hihimaru Tenguyama Hitetsu
Kikunojo Kyoshiro Kozuki Momonosuke * Ashura Doji Kawamatsu
Hyogoro Mimawarigumi
Spandam Kuzan Onigumo Basil Hawkins Borsalino
Caesar Clown Diamante Charlotte Linlin Charlotte Smoothie Streusen
Others
Koushirou Johnny Yosaku Miss Catherina Pell
Chaka Ohm Kaku Peepley Lulu Mozu
Kiwi Kerville Humandrills Kyros Dagama
Rebecca Riku Doldo III Wanda Sicilian Koncelot
Giovanni Vinsmoke Niji
Deceased Swordsmen
Kuina Hyota Arrow Mont Blanc Noland Cyrano
D.R. Jigoro Lola Ryuma Pedro
Kozuki Oden Shimotsuki Ushimaru
Non-Canon Swordsmen
Billy Golass Pin Joker Heaby Geronimo
Kimmel Saga Toma Bismarck Mendo
Yukimura Nuru Dojaku Bill  Psycho P
Long Long Narcie Shimoi Zappa Hakuto Charlotte Mondée

  •  : the character is deceased.
  •  *: the character's status is unknown. Hovering the symbol may give further details.
  •  : the character is non-canon.
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Abilities and PowersEdit

There are two different types of swordsmen, the Strong Blade (豪剣 Gōken) type swordsmen which emphasis strength such as Roronoa Zoro, Ryuma and Kawamatsu, and the Gentle Blade (柔剣 Jūken) type swordsmen which emphasis speed such as Tashigi, Kaku, and Brook. Dracule "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk, the greatest swordsman in the world uses swordsmanship, which is a perfect balance between the Strong and Gentle Blade styles, being able to slice through battleships with supreme power and deflect bullets with graceful speed.

A number of swordsmen in One Piece are capable of using more than two swords at once, like Roronoa Zoro (3 swords), Kaku (4 swords), Hatchan (6 swords), or Onigumo and Hyouzou (8 swords). In normal situations, it can be an indication of how powerful a swordsman is, there are exceptions. For example, Dracule Mihawk, the current strongest swordsman, uses one sword. On the other hand, Fish-man Island's two strongest swordsmen, Hatchan and Hyouzou, are capable of using a large number of swords (six and eight respectively) at once due to being an octopus fish-man/merman respectively. Zoro seems to be the most extraordinary case, as he is the only user of more than two swords who can do so without the aid of any extra limbs or auxiliary techniques.[citation needed]

Certain swordsmen possess the ability to channel their energy through their swords, with a number of applications:

Busoshoku Haki Swords

Swordsmen using Busoshoku Haki.

In Wano, the power is transfered from the body to the blade. When we wished to cut, we can cut through even steel. When we do not wished to cut, the blade will not scratch even paper, a fully mastered Sword becomes one with the Swordsman's Will!!!
— Hyogoro on the principles of the advanced application of Busoushoku Haki into swordsmanship
  • Imbuing their swords with Busoshoku Haki can increase slicing power, as well as protect the blade from chipping.[4] As confirmed by Hyogoro, advanced skill in Busoshoku Haki can allow swordsmen to cut only what they want and not everything their swords are swung towards to. With the Wano Country Haki principles of Ryuou being that "A true master swordsman can perfectly wield their sword as extensions of their will, able to have enough force to cut through steel if they wished while retaining delicate precision and control enough to refrain from cutting even a piece of paper". If the Haki is strong enough, they can cut through materials harder than their swords themselves and with enough skill, the Haki infused blade can pushed objects away without the sword directly touching it, thus prevent it from even scratching.
  • By swinging the sword with sufficient force and speed, this creates a powerful pressure in the form of a compressed air blade, allowing the swordsman to cut at long distance. This is known as a Flying Slash (飛ぶ斬撃 Tobu Zangeki?).[5] Zoro has shown that he can even turn these air projectiles in spiraling fashions, as opposed to a straightforward slash,[6] while Ryuma demonstrated that the compressed air can be launched like a piercing blast via a sword thrust.[7] In the anime, the color of these "air blades" resemble more like waves of light, displayed in several colors depending on the user, most to visual effects. Flying Slash attacks which are powerful enough allow swordsmen to cut through objects that are larger and thicker than the length of the sword, such as buildings or ships as demonstrated by Mihawk and Zoro after the timeskip.
  • Sheath and resheath their swords with speed enough to be unseen by the human eye.
  • Channeling elemental power into sword slashes, such as fire or electricity.[citation needed]

Strengths and WeaknessesEdit

Swordsmen have many advantages that most martial artists do not have. While a martial artist may try to break a wall with brute force, a swordsman can cut an opening with much less effort. When deftly used, swords can be invaluable for blocking projectiles like cannonballs and spears without getting hurt in the process. Advanced swordsmen can cut the very air to make powerful projectile attacks. It should also be noted that advanced swordsmen can use their swords to block flying cutting attacks as well as produce them. Powerful slicing attacks, physical and flying, can also be very effective at altering the terrain by destroying or breaking obstacles. This gives swordsmen an advantage both in hunting down fleeing or hiding foes and in evading or escaping tough situations, such as when Zoro got himself stuck in a chimney.[citation needed]

As for their weaknesses, offensively, swordsmen have problems with opponents that are resilient against cutting attacks. The offensive limitations of swordsmen are seen most often when dealing with certain Devil Fruit powers. Notably, the user of the Bara Bara no Mi is completely immune to all cutting attacks (unless infused with Busoshoku Haki), as Buggy effortlessly pieced himself together even after being shredded by Dracule Mihawk, the strongest swordsman in the world. Defensively, swordsmen have to be wary of attacks that lack solid form, as well as weapon breaking abilities. A swordsman's power relies greatly on his or her swords, so weapon breaking attacks, are a problem. Notably, the Sabi Sabi no Mi, which can reduce any metal to rust, is a natural enemy of swordsmen. While less common, stealing a swordsman's swords (by force or by stealth), can also work. This technique would be most effectively used by Eustass Kid, whose Devil Fruit powers attract all metal objects due to magnetism.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 3 (p. 8) and Episode 1, Roronoa Zoro appears.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 655 (p. 7) and Episode 579, Brook explains about samurai within Wano Country.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 704 (p. 15) and Episode 634, Rebecca's info-box reveals her as a gladiator.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 779 (p. 3) and Episode 720, Mihawk speaks with Zoro on imbuing swords with Busoshoku Haki.
  5. One Piece AnimeEpisode 428, Largo calls Zoro's attack as a Flying Slash Attack.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 259 (p. 13-14) and Episode 170, Zoro defeats Braham with Sanjuroku Pound Ho.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 466 (p. 19) and Episode 362, Ryuma shoots at Zoro with a powerful thrust.

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Others: Koushirou  •  Johnny  •  Yosaku  •  Miss Catherina  •  Pell  •  Chaka  •  Ohm  •  Kaku  •  Peepley Lulu  •  Mozu  •  Kiwi  •  Kerville  •  Humandrills  •  Kyros  •  Dagama  •  Rebecca  •  Riku Doldo III  •  Wanda  •  Sicilian  •  Koncelot  •  Giovanni  •  Inuarashi  •  Vinsmoke Niji  •  Hihimaru  •  Tenguyama Hitetsu
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Pirates: Golass  •  Pin Joker  •  Kimmel  •  Nuru  •  Bill  •  Psycho P  •  Long Long  •  Narcie  •  Hakuto
Marines: Saga  •  Toma  •  Bismarck  •  Yukimura  •  Dojaku  •  Shimoi Zappa
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Citizens
Flower Capital: Kurozumi Orochi  •  Urashima  •  Kyoshiro  •  Kuni  •  Kaku and Suke  •  Fukurokuju  •  Daikoku  •  Fujin and Raijin  •  Hanzo  •  Minatomo  •  Kumagoro  •  Kobe  •  Kisegawa  •  Tokijiro  •  Rakuda  •  Shimotsuki Yasuie   •  Bingo  •  Bongo  •  Bungo  •  Saki  •  Han  •  Kozuki Sukiyaki 
Kuri: Kozuki Oden   •  Kozuki Toki   •  Kozuki Momonosuke  •  Kozuki Hiyori   •  Kin'emon  •  Kanjuro  •  Kikunojo  •  Tenguyama Hitetsu  •  Tama  •  Bunbuku  •  Komachiyo  •  Hihimaru  •  Tsuru  •  Ashura Doji  •  Gorobe
Ringo: Ryuma   •  Onimaru  •  Cho  •  Shimotsuki Ushimaru 
Yo: Hitaki    •  Kikuhime   •  Toratsugu 
Beasts Pirates: Kaido  •  King  •  Queen  •  Jack  •  X Drake  •  Page One  •  Holdem  •  Kamijiro  •  Speed  •  Babanuki  •  Daifugo  •  Solitaire  •  Dobon  •  Basil Hawkins  •  Batman  •  Gazelleman  •  Mouseman  •  Alpacaman  •  Madilloman  •  Numbers
Others: Izo  •  Raizo  •  Jibuemon  •  Kotetsu   •  Kawamatsu  •  Denjiro  •  Shinobu  •  Hyogoro  •  Omasa  •  Tsunagoro  •  Yatappe  •  Toko  •  Lark 
Abilities
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Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Orochi Nitoryu  •  Daito Nitoryu  •  Kitsunebi-ryu  •  Ninjutsu  •  Kappa-ryu
Weapons: Katana  •  Shusui   •  Kitetsu (Shodai Kitetsu *  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu )  •  Soto Muso  •  Enma  •  Ame no Habakiri
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Kurozumi Family: Orochi Oniwabanshu  •  Kyoshiro Family  •  Mimawarigumi
Beasts Pirates: Drake Pirates  •  Hawkins Pirates
Other: Hitaki Family 
Regions
Flower Capital: Red-Light District  •  Rasetsu Town  •  Orochi's Castle  •  Sakyo  •  Bath House  •  Mt. Fuji  •  Ebisu Town
Kuri: Amigasa Village  •  Okobore Town  •  Bakura Town  •  Abandoned Village  •  Kuri Beach  •  Kuri Castle  •  Paradise Farm  •  Mt. Atama
Udon: Prisoner Mine (Rock Quarry)
Hakumai: Habu Port
Ringo: Northern Cemetery  •  Oihagi Bridge
Onigashima: Kaido's Residence
Yo: Capital  •  Mountain Temple
Other: Kibi
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Swords and Bladed Weapons
Named Blades: Gryphon  •  Wado Ichimonji  •  Yamaoroshi  •  Shodai Kitetsu  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu  •  Yubashiri   •  Shigure  •  Kashu  •  Yoru  •  Terry Sword  •  Eisen Whip  •  Bamboo  •  Funkfreed  •  Shusui  •  Oto and Kogarashi  •  Soul Solid  •  Durandal  •  Kikoku  •  Same-kiri Bocho  •  Pretzel  •  Shirauo  •  Raiu  •  Enma  •  Ame no Habakiri  •  Shichiseiken 
Other Blade Weapons: Axe  •  Cat Claws  •  Kogatana  •  Kiribachi  •  Bruiser Axe  •  Peacock Slashers  •  Heat Javelin  •  Burn Blade  •  Ten-Fold Axe  •  Murakumogiri  •  Kessui  •  Kirisame  •  Mogura  •  Soto Muso  •  Napoleon
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Projectile Weapons
Firearms: Flintlock  •  Flintlock .44 Caliber 6 Shot Revolver  •  Lassoo  •  Yellow Gun  •  Gero Gero Gun  •  Senriku  •  Flash Gun  •  Walker
Artillery: Royal Drum Crown 7-Shot Bliking Cannon  •  Burn Bazooka/Flame Bazooka  •  Brachio Tank V  •  King Cannon   •  Eagle Launcher   •  Alpacacino 
Slingshots: Ginga Pachinko  •  Kabuto  •  Kuro Kabuto
Ammo: Buggy Balls  •  Milky Arrow  •  Pop Green  •  KX Launcher  •  Candy Jacket  •  Excite Bullets
Others: Milky Arrow  •  Battle Smasher
Other Weapons
Ancient Weapons: Pluton  •  Poseidon  •  Uranus
Non-Bladed Polearms: Nanashaku Jitte  •  Clima Tact (Perfect  •  Sorcery)  •  Nonosama Bo
Cyborgs: Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Pacifista (Shiro Kuma)  •  Kau Ra Kau   •  Zau Ra Zau 
Others: Poison (Shinokuni  •  Koro)  •  Dials  •  Explosive  •  Gorilla Puncher 13  •  Prometheus  •  Zeus  •  Raid Suit  •  General Franky (Kurosai FR-U IV  •  Brachio Tank V))  •  Roba-san Kick 18   •  Senpu King   •  Dyna Stone 
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Fighting Styles
Hand-to-hand Styles: Black Leg Style (Diable Jambe)  •  Mutoryu  •  Rokushiki  •  Seimei Kikan  •  Jao Kun Do  •  Ryusoken  •  Jio-Ken  •  Combination Play 
Species Exclusive: Fish-Man Karate (Fish-Man Jujutsu)  •  Merman Combat  •  Tontatta Combat  •  Electro
Culture Based: Okama Kenpo (Newkama Kenpo)  •  Hasshoken  •  Ninjutsu
Others: Haki (Kenbunshoku Haki  •  Busoshoku Haki  •  Haoshoku Haki)
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Weapon-Based Styles
Swords Styles: Santoryu  •  Ittoryu  •  Nitoryu  •  Carnival Tricks  •  Rokutoryu  •  Yontoryu  •  Kyutoryu  •  Fencing Style  •  Hattoryu  •  Kitsunebi-ryu  •  Kappa-ryu
Other Weapons-Based Styles: Usopp's Arsenal  •  Art of Weather  •  Man-Demon Tactics  •  Rope Action  •  Ramen Kenpo  •  Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Soul Solid  •  Merman Gujutsu  •  Kanpo Kenpo 
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