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The Toge Toge no Mi is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows the user to grow spikes on any part of their body, and turn any body part entirely into a spike, making the user a Spike Human (棘人間 Toge Ningen?).[1] It was eaten by Zala, better known by her Baroque Works alias Miss Doublefinger.

Etymology

  • "Toge" (?) means "spike" in Japanese.
  • In the Viz Manga and 4Kids and Funimation dubs, it is called the Spike-Spike Fruit.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

The main strength of this fruit is that it allows the user to sprout long and sharp spikes from their body. This means that the user can transform any of their body parts, be them their arms, feet, facial features or even hair, into a deadly spear and quickly impale anything in their way.

Zala piercing Nami from behind a rock wall.

The spikes are very strong, enough to pierce solid rock with ease. This means that it is nearly impossible for an opponent to just hide or protect themselves behind a wall, as the user's spikes will just penetrate through the barrier and hit them anyway. Moreover, the spikes shoot out nearly instantly, making it hard to react and avoid them in time.

Aside from amazing offensive applications, the fruit's ability also grants great defensive power to the user, especially at close range. If the foe attempts to struggle against the spikes, they will likely get injured by them; Nami ended up with her foot impaled and bleeding heavily when she tried to force Zala back at the end of her fight.[2]

Zala anchoring herself to a ceiling through spikes on her soles.

For speed and mobility, the user can spawn long spikes on the soles of their feet to make greater and quicker steps or to attach themselves to the surface of a ceiling, allowing them to gain a high foothold for sneak attacks.[3][4] Moreover, the user can curl themselves into a spiked ball and roll around after a target.

Weaknesses

Nami demonstrated that it is possible to hinder a Toge Toge no Mi user by getting them tangled into cloth or something similar, as the spikes will be stuck, forcing the user to call them back.[5]

Other than that, the user is affected by the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses.

Usage

Zala primarily uses this fruit's abilities for combat and assassination. Her basic attacks mainly involves stabbing her enemies with her spiked hands or fingers, although, as Zala herself claims, any part of her body can be turned into an effective weapon. An experienced assassin herself, Zala's attacks tend to be quick and apparently lethal, although she was tricked into hitting illusions of Nami several times during their fight, never managing to truly hit her vitals.

Zala has displayed various smart uses of her fruit's capabilities, especially when dealing with a fleeing or hiding foe. She can puncture holes in a wall to form a makeshift doorway for her to walk through or grow spikes under her feet to walk faster or stand upside-down from the ceiling.

Aside from a vast repertorium of assassination techniques, Zala can somehow "dope" herself with her own spiked fingers to greatly increase her muscle mass temporarily, gaining extra physical strength to break even stone columns.[6]

Techniques

Double Stinger.

  • Double Stinger (ダブルスティンガー Daburu Sutingā?): Zala turns her hands into single, large spikes before stabbing at her opponent multiple times in rapid succession. In the anime, the attack was not named. This was first seen during Zala and Nami's battle.[7]
  • Stinger Finger (スティンガーフィンガー Sutingā Fingā?): Zala turns her fingers into long spikes and slashes her opponent with them. This is called Finger Stinger in the Viz Manga and 4Kids and Funimation dub. This was first seen during Zala and Nami's battle.[8]

Stinger Hedgehog.

  • Stinger Hedgehog (スティンガーヘッジホッグ Sutingā Hejjihoggu?): After rolling her body into a ball, Zala sprouts spikes in all directions, giving her the appearance of a sea urchin. In this form, she can attack by either dropping straight down on top of her opponent or by rolling along the ground and leveling everything in her path. In the Viz Manga and 4Kids and Funimation dubs, this is called Hedgehog Stinger. This was first seen during Zala's fight against Nami.[9]
  • Sewing Stinger (ソーイングスティンガー Sōingu Sutingā?): Zala sprouts a long spike from the bottom of each foot before running along the ground, using the spikes as stilts to trample and shred anything in her path. The way she walks makes the spikes look like needles on a sewing machine, hence the name. In the 4Kids dub, this is called Stilleto Stinger. This was first seen during Zala's fight against Nami.[3]
  • Stinger Step (スティンガーステップ Sutingā Suteppu?): Miss Doublefinger sprouts dozens of spikes on the bottom of her foot and stomps her opponent with them. This is called Stinger Stomp in the Viz Manga and 4Kids dub. This was first seen during Zala's fight against Nami.[10]

Sea Urchin Stinger.

  • Sea Urchin Stinger (シー・アーチンスティンガー Shī Āchan Sutingā?): After turning her hair into a ball of spikes, Zala charges at her opponent. This technique is strong enough to easily make a perfectly circular hole in a stone wall, although Nami was able to stop the attack with her injured left leg. This was first seen during Zala's fight against Nami.[11]

Miss Doublefinger using Stinger Flail after 'doping'.

  • Toge Toge Doping (トゲトゲ針治療ドーピング Toge Toge Dōpingu?, literally meaning "Spike Spike Acupuncture"): Zala turns her fingers on both hands into spikes before stabbing herself in the shoulders. This causes her arms to enlarge and become extremely muscular, like some kind of doping. This is called Spike-U-Puncture in the Viz Manga and 4Kids dub and Spike-Spike Doping in the Funimation dub. In the 4Kids dub, the scene where she stabs herself is cut out, and her arms simply bulk up for no apparent reason. This was first seen during Zala's fight against Nami.[6]
  • Stinger Flail (スティンガーフレイル Sutingā Fureiru?): Sprouting spikes along her enlarged arms, Zala swings them around as clubs. This is called Stinger Rampage in the Viz Manga and 4Kids dub. This was first seen during Zala's fight against Nami.[12]

Trivia

  • In a response to a fan, Oda explained why Miss Doublefinger's powers look like they were coming from her clothes. He replied that if the spikes that she produced had ripped through her clothes like they could, the story would become unnecessarily "erotic".[13]

References

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 190 (p. 16) and Episode 117, Miss Doublefinger explains her Devil Fruit ability.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 193 (p. 4) and Episode 118, Nami skewers her foot on Zala's spikes while trying to force her back.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 14) and Episode 117, Zala uses Sewing Stinger against Nami.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 6) and Episode 117, Zala stands on the underside of a bridge by producing spikes on her feet.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 9) and Episode 117, Zala gets entangled in Nami's mantle.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 192 (p. 13-14) and Episode 118, Zala uses Toge Toge Doping.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 2) and Episode 117, Zala uses Double Stinger against Nami.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 5) and Episode 117, Zala uses Stinger Finger against Nami.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 6-8) and Episode 117, Zala uses Stinger Hedgehog against Nami.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 191 (p. 15) and Episode 117, Zala uses Stinger Step against Nami.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 192 (p. 12) and Episode 118, Zala uses Sea Urchin Stinger against Nami.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 192 (p. 14) and Episode 118, Zala uses Stinger Flail against Nami.
  13. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 24 (p. 166), Fan question: How is it that the spikes from Miss Doublefinger's "Toge Toge no Mi" powers come out of her clothes?

External Links

  • Nail – Wikipedia entry about items created by Miss Doublefinger's Devil Fruit.
  • Acupuncture – Wikipedia entry about one of Miss Doublefinger's abilities.
  • Blood doping – Wikipedia entry about one of Miss Doublefinger's abilities.
  • Anabolic steroid – Wikipedia entry about one of the abilities of the Toge Toge no Mi.

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