Tonjit is an elderly man, with wrinkles and a round white beard. He has small round eyes, a round nose, and is missing one tooth. He has a purple-brown hat, with brown fur lining, and brown cloth on the sides. He wears a yellow tunic, with green lining with a circle design on the end of the sleeves, and side of the chest. He has a purple sash, with a red string hanging down. He wears purple shoes, held on by white strings, and grey on the toe area. He also wears vertical zigzag striped purple and tan pants.
Twenty two years ago, he wore the same clothes, but had a less wrinkled face, and a shorter beard, which was black. He also had not lost his tooth yet.
Tonjit is a very kind yet equally eccentric old man, as he claimed to remember Luffy from a long time ago when he first met him, and calmly accepted the truth once Luffy and Chopper said that they haven't seen him before. He has a tendency to have no consideration of the consequences of his actions, as he wound up getting himself stuck on a pair of bamboo stilts for ten years while attempting to break a world record for the tallest pair of stilts. He loves his horse Shelly very much and she also feels the same about him.
Abilities and Powers
Though demonstrating no combat ability, Tonjit is markedly durable for a man of his age, surviving an extremely long fall with no injuries beyond a nosebleed. He also appears strong enough to haul a wooden cart several times his size without issue.
Having loved stilts his whole life, Tonjit spent much of his adulthood obsessed with mastering the world's tallest set. So deep was this obsession that he even disregarded news of Gol D. Roger's execution as unimportant.
In his early fifties, he pursued his dream with a set of stilts hand-crafted from Long Ring Long Land's bamboo. While climbing them, however, he realized that he had severe acrophobia, leaving him too scared to dismount. In the process, he wandered away from the rest of his tribe, who eventually conducted their regular migration without him; only his beloved horse Shelly stayed behind.
As time passed, the bamboo stilts continued growing, trapping Tonjit higher and higher up. However, he managed to survive by eating fruit from equally tall trees scattered around the landscape.
Long Ring Long Land Arc
Initially mistaken for the bamboo's kami, Tonjit soon befriended the Straw Hats, sharing all he knew about Long Ring Long Land (as well as some long-curdled milk). He was further heartened to be reunited with Shelly, celebrating by taking her on a joyous ride around the prairie. This reunion, however, was cut short by Foxy the Silver Fox, who callously shot Shelly on a whim.
While Shelly was quickly mended by Tony Tony Chopper, a furious Tonjit threatened to retaliate with his own gun. Concerned for his safety, Luffy warned him down, almost simultaneously accepting a Davy Back challenge against Foxy's crew. Though supportive of the Straw Hats, Tonjit took no part in the ensuing Davy Back Fight, even patronizing the food stalls set up by the Foxy Pirates.
After the Foxy Pirates were defeated and sent off, Tonjit and the Straw Hats encountered Admiral Aokiji of Marine Headquarters. To their amazement, Aokiji used his Devil Fruit powers to freeze a solid path around Long Ring Long Land. Overjoyed, Tonjit immediately gathered Shelly and all his possessions onto a cart, and - after bidding a final, grateful farewell to the Straw Hats - caught up with his tribe in a matter of weeks.
From The Decks of the World
Anime and Manga Differences
In the anime's expanded version of the Long Ring Long Land Arc, Tonjit's involvement with the Davy Back Fight is increased, as the Foxy Pirates actively abduct Shelly into their crew; correspondingly, the Straw Hats accept Foxy's challenge as a means of retrieving her for Tonjit. Afterwards, he sits in on two of the anime-original games:
- During the Run Roller Around event, he gives Luffy a kiwifruit, which attracts the catlike Chiqicheetah; this later inspires the Straw Hats to distract Chiqicheetah from racing by dropping a kiwi tree across his path.
- For the Dodge Touch Daruma-san (Red Light/Green Light) event, he serves as referee; his eccentricities keep both the Straw Hats and Foxy Pirates off-balance, most notably forcing Chiqicheetah to eliminate himself by sneezing in his face.
In addition, the anime creates a grandson for Tonjit named Rittonto, a "champion hole-digger" who has trained moles to tunnel beneath all of Long Ring Long Land. He, rather than Aokiji (whose introduction was moved to a separate island), helps Tonjit catch up with the rest of the nomads.
- Tonjit's clothing, nomadic lifestyle, his horse, and his dwelling in a yurt seems to be based on the lifestyles of the nomadic peoples of Mongolia.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 304 and Episode 207, Tonjit is introduced.
- Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0338), Information about Tonjit is given.
- One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 118), Tonjit's birthday is given.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 0.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 306 (p. 3) and Episode 208, Tonjit threatens the Foxy Pirates with his musket, but is talked down by Luffy.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 305 and Episode 208.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 306 and Episode 208.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 34 Chapter 319, Aokiji demonstrates his powers for Tonjit and the Straw Hats. (The anime has Tonjit instead rescued by his grandson Rittonto, as Aokiji's introduction was moved to a different island.)
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 Chapter 650, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 33.
- One Piece Anime — Episodes 213–214.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 216.