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York, also designated as Punk-06 (PUNK-06パンク シックス, Panku-Shikkusu?), is one of the six satellites of Dr. Vegapunk, embodying his aspect of "greed".[2]

She acted as an ally to the Straw Hat Pirates at first, but was later revealed to be a traitor responsible for instigating the Egghead Incident and many of the events prior during the Egghead Arc. Due to her actions, she is a major antagonist in the aforementioned arc.

Appearance[]

York is a young-looking woman of incredible size, standing twice the height of Brook.[3] She has long and wavy blonde hair, aqua eyes, and patches of freckles under her eyes. Her mouth is very broad, and she has rosy, chubby cheeks. She wears a purple top cut off just below her breasts with her designation Punk-06 written on the front. She also wears an orange hooded jacket over her top, a pair of purple bikini bottoms, black gloves, orange DOM shoes with cyan and black-striped socks that go up past her knees, an earpiece enabling communication with the other satellites, and a pair of red goggles on her forehead.[1]

When she eats a lot, she becomes immensely obese, but can instantly return to her original figure after going to the bathroom.

Gallery[]

York Color Scheme
York's color scheme in the manga.
York Anime Concept Art
York's anime concept art.
York Portrait
A close-up of York's face.
Fat York
York after eating a lot of food.
York Brook Height
York in comparison to Brook in height.

Personality[]

Being designated the “greed” satellite of Vegapunk, York is a very gluttonous and lazy individual. Her primary task seems to be to eat, sleep, and relieve herself for the other satellites so they can perform their own duties unimpeded.[1] She seems to have a vapid personality with her head in the clouds, rarely speaking except for yawning or remarking about sleeping or eating, but wantonly approached a dangerous Seraphim because she found it cute.[4] However, this was later shown to be a façade.[5]

In truth, York is a highly selfish and arrogant schemer who possesses lofty ambitions, willing to betray her fellow Vegapunks solely for the chance to become a World Noble. She believes that only one Vegapunk is necessary in the world and is not against eliminating her peers if needed,[6] betraying the Satellites' purpose of ensuring Stella's safety even at the cost of their lives.[7] York also shows no signs of mercy or remorse should casualties arise due to her actions, as she was willing to accept all of them should it serve her ultimate goal.[5]

York's desire to become a Celestial Dragon despite seeing their abhorrently immoral behavior shows her own disregard for humanity for the sake of power and status, thus reflecting her nature as a manifestation of Vegapunk's greed, albeit in a far darker manner than originally depicted.[6] When defeated, York is shown to be quite cowardly, spiteful and insensitive, and will use any opportunity to gloat about herself or mock others.[8]

Relationships[]

Satellites[]

Vegapunks at work

York laughs off Vegapunk's, Edison's and Atlas' attempts to crack her code.

While Vegapunk's satellites all refer to themselves as Vegapunk, they each exemplify only one portion of Vegapunk's personality, and all have their own wills and desires and are therefore effectively six unique people. While York initially appeared to be a helpful contributor to the other satellites experiments, she secretly plotted their demises as part of her scheme to become a World Noble, believing that the world only needed one Vegapunk. Once her treachery was revealed, she was effectively treated as an enemy by Vegapunk and the other satellites.

Five Elders[]

In order to achieve her dream of becoming a World Noble, York cooperated with the Five Elders in exchange for said position, offering them her scientific skills and accesses such as the Mother Flame and Punk Records. While aghast at first when she saw the monstrous Itsumade that is Marcus Mars, she worked diligently with him in order to silence Stella's prerecorded broadcast, and even had to scold him for attacking too recklessly around the area. She became worried that the Elders may not elevate her to a Celestial Dragon if the broadcast could not be stopped in time, and upon figuring out where it was coming from, she swiftly reported it to them, feeling relieved that they stopped it in time. Likewise, the Elders see her as valuable due to her access to Punk Records and capability to manufacture the Mother Flame, thus would gladly grant her the position of Celestial Dragon and personally partook the mission to rescue her from the Straw Hat Pirates.

Abilities and Powers[]

Being a satellite of Vegapunk, York has likely been a contributor to the genius scientist’s numerous technological developments.[2] She is responsible for eating, sleeping and defecating on behalf of all the other satellites. As such, she consumes large quantities of food to the degree of attaining a BMI of 600 (20 times the amount considered obese), expels the waste, and sleeps for their sakes, doing so multiple times per day, but this does not seem to negatively affect her body.[1]

In spite of her rather passive role as a scientist, York is very cunning, deceptive, manipulative and skilled at keeping a low profile, having orchestrated most of the incidents that have happened during the Egghead Arc without ever arousing suspicion of herself or being detected by either Vegapunk or the other satellites. This includes prior, arc-leading events such as contacting the Five Elders about Vegapunk's history research or kidnapping several Cipher Pol agents multiple times, occurrences even Vegapunk admitted he was completely unaware of.[6]

York is capable of replicating the Mother Flame, which makes her valuable to the World Government.[9]

Weapons[]

York Weapon

York wields a bazooka.

York is a skilled gunwoman, having shot Shaka in the head with a simple, ordinary pistol (albeit a very large one, befitting her size) and from a considerable range.[10] After being freed by Mars, York wielded some form of bazooka.[11]

History[]

Past[]

During a visit to Mary Geoise, either in person or as a memory of Vegapunk, York experienced the cruelty of the World Nobles. Whereas the other Vegapunks looked down on the Nobles' actions as despicable, York desired to become one of them.[12]

Three months before the Egghead Incident, York contacted the Five Elders and leaked information that Vegapunk was conducting forbidden research on the Void Century. While dispatched Cipher Pol agents never found evidence of illegal research, York used the opportunity to abduct said agents before they could leave Egghead and report their findings, keeping them locked underground in the old laboratory. This served to increase the World Government's suspicion that Vegapunk was indeed rebelling against them.[6]

At a later date, York secretly disconnected from the other satellites and delivered a sample of the Mother Flame to the Five Elders. Two weeks later, the Lulusia Kingdom was destroyed by one of the Ancient Weapons, powered up by York's sample.

Final Saga[]

Egghead Arc[]

As Edison and Pythagoras were working and needed to attend to bodily functions, York ate, went to the bathroom, and slept on their behalf, allowing them to keep working without a break.[1]

York Instructs Seraphim

York instructs the Seraphim about her plan.

Summoned with the rest of the satellites (except Atlas), York continued eating while wondering if something fun would happen, but she promptly fell asleep.[13] After CP0's and the Seraphim's attacks on the lab were quelled, York, having deduced she had been betrayed by the World Government, snuck down to the Seraphim and gave them new orders: for the four of them to kill everyone else, except her, Stella, and the captured Cipher Pol agents, and for S-Snake to temporarily petrify her to dispel any suspicion of her, while also ordering S-Snake to protect a certain part of the lab.[5] Around this time, York locked the Frontier Dome with a password to impede anyone from escaping.

S-Snake Petrifies York

S-Snake petrifies York.

Afterwards, York returned to the control room and joined in the search for Stella with the rest of the SSG and the Straw Hats.[3] Alongside Lilith, Usopp, and Franky, York went to the third floor of Building C, where they found that Pythagoras had been attacked by S-Snake. As part of the plan, York "carelessly" approached S-Snake and allowed herself to get caught by the latter's petrification abilities. S-Snake then kicked her aside and attacked the rest of the search group, who were forced down the building and, as a result, became separated from York.[14]

York Reveals Her True Nature

York reveals her duplicity.

Shortly afterwards, York was unpetrified by S-Snake while no one was looking and secretly followed Shaka to Vegapunk's prison. She then shot Shaka in the head with a pistol as he tried to free Vegapunk,[15] and revealed herself as the traitor to the latter, proclaiming that she would be the sole Vegapunk from now on, as well as a future World Noble.[6] Throughout the rest of the night, York would use the Seraphim to engage the Straw Hat Pirates for her.

York Captured

York being held captive by the Straw Hats and CP0.

However, York was proven to be outmatched by the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies, who subdued and chained her to the ground while Usopp arranged a call between her and the Five Elders by the next morning. While on the call, York agreed to construct another Mother Flame for the Five Elders, so long as they did not harm her or destroy her lab, as well make her a World Noble. After the Elders agreed to her terms, York then broke down her composure, hysterically begging to be rescued from the Straw Hats.[8] After being assaulted by Nami, York gloated that nobody could escape the lab as long as the Frontier Dome was active, having admitted to encrypting its access with a passcode beforehand.[16] Despite her claim, Vegapunk, Edison, and Atlas managed to crack the code, much to her anger.[17]

York Meets Mars

York is located by Mars.

As the Straw Hats and remaining satellites made their escape from Egghead, they left York behind in the Labophase. She was eventually found by Marcus Mars, who asked her for the location of the room where Vegapunk's broadcast was coming from.[18] After being freed from her shackles, York and Mars made their way further into the lab. Upon locating the room where Vegapunk made his recording, York was horrified when Mars used an energy beam in an attempt to stop the broadcast. York immediately warned Mars that such destruction carried heavy risks, as many valuable and potentially explosive objects were present in the lab. During her explanation, Mars noticed a "voice" far above, leading him to discover that the broadcasting Den Den Mushi they were looking for was up in Punk Records. York then informed Mars of the appearance of the Den Den Mushi, before sending him on his way upward.[11] When this Den Den Mushi was discovered to be a decoy, Mars returned to York, who struggled to think of where Vegapunk would have hidden the real one.[19]

While listening to the broadcast, York was shocked to learn that Vegapunk knew that a sample of the Mother Flame was stolen and used to destroy the Lulusia Kingdom, but was confused about how, as she had disconnected from the other Vegapunk satellites prior. After piecing together that Vegapunk likely already knew how the government would respond to his supposed betrayal, York contacted the Five Elders and informed them that she had discovered where the broadcasting Den Den Mushi was coming from; the Iron Giant.[20] Once the Five Elders attacked the Iron Giant and ended the broadcast, York fell to her knees in relief.[21]

With the Iron Giant seemingly defeated, the Five Elders asked York for the whereabouts of the remaining Vegapunk satellites. Using Punk Records, she informed them that only Lilith and Atlas remained active and gave out their locations.[22]

Upon seeing both Atlas and Lilith losing connection to Punk Records, York excitedly proclaimed herself to be the last Vegapunk and began to celebrate.[23]

Trivia[]

  • The kanji used for York's name (欲 yoku) is nominally translated not just to "greed", but also "Desire" in general. This can be considered as a tie-back to the failure of Lilith to control Mecha-Shark's primal desire.
    • The kanji is also used to describe three interrelated concepts of attachment and desire in Buddhism: Chanda, Kama, and Kamacchanda. Additionally, in Christianity, the kanji is applied to the Japanese words for two of the seven deadly sins: Lust (色欲しきよく, shikiyoku?) and Greed (強欲ごうよく, gōyoku?)
  • York's name may be based on the Cape York meteorite, a large iron meteorite that fell thousands of years ago and landed on Cape York, the southern cape of Greenland.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1065 and Episode 1095, York makes her debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1062 and Episode 1092, York is first mentioned.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1074 (p. 8-9) and Episode 1106, York's height is shown
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1075 (p. 7-10) and Episode 1107.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 107 Chapter 1079 (p. 2-3) and Episode 1112.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 107 Chapter 1078 (p. 13-15) and Episode 1111, York reveals her treachery.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1071 (p. 6-7) and Episode 1102, Shaka believes the Satellites' duty to ensure Stella's safety, even at the cost of their lives.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1089.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1089, York makes a deal with the Five Elders
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 107 Chapter 1077 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1110.
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga — Chapter 1112 (p. 6-8).
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 107 Chapter 1078 (p. 14-15) and Episode 1111.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1071 (p. 6-8, 10) and Episode 1102.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1075 (p. 7-11) and Episodes 11071108.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 107 Chapter 1077 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1110.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1090.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapters 10911092.
  18. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1111 (p. 18).
  19. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1113 (p. 16-17).
  20. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1116.
  21. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1117 (p. 17).
  22. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1118 (p. 5).
  23. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1120 (p. 18-19).

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