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Yama is a Birkan and the commander of the Divine Soldiers under Enel.[2] He is a supporting antagonist during the Skypiea Arc.


Yama is an obese man with a triple chin. He has a round body shape with long wavy black hair and tanned skin. He has bags under his eyes and thick lips. He wears a white toga with black vertical stripes, three on each side. Over his toga he has an orange sash, connected by strings, and has red lining and dark orange vertical stripes on it. Yama wears gold bracelets on both his wrist, and has wings on his back, like other Birkans.[2]


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Yama's concept art from the anime.
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Yama is fanatically loyal to Enel, going so far as to reprimand Shura, Ohm, and Gedatsu for fighting in his presence.[5] He displays quite an amount of brutality in battle.[6] His ruthless fighting style gives him little respect for the world around him, as seen when he destroyed the ruins of Shandora during his fight with Robin.[7]

He has a habit of often exclaiming "Baa!" and "Meriya!"[6]

Abilities and Powers

Physical Abilities

Despite his massive build, Yama is very acrobatic, agile, and fast. His comparatively tiny limbs are very strong as well. He was able to simply kick an iron ball fired from Genbo's Bazooka back to him,[8] and was able to smash right through the ruins of Shandora with ease.[7] Aside from his crush and slice method, he also uses powerful punches, kicks, and normal body slams combined with acrobatics to inflict heavy damage, courtesy of his immense weight and figure.[6]


  • Stomach Mountain (腹部満点ストマックマウンテン Sutomakku Maunten?, literally "Stomach Perfect Score"): Yama does a simple body slam which, given his weight, can be devastating.[9] This is called Mountain Belly in the Viz Manga.
  • Punch Mountain (拳満点パンチマウンテン Panchi Maunten?, literally "Fist Perfect Score"): A simple punch, that again, can be quite powerful due to Yama's strength and weight.[10] This is called Mountain Punch in the Viz Manga.
  • Drop Mountain (落下満点ドロップマウンテン Doroppu Maunten?, literally "Falling Perfect Score"): Yama leaps into the air, flips several times, and delivers a flying drop kick to the enemy.[11] This is called Mountain Drop in the Viz Manga.


Further information: Ten-Fold Axe

The Ten-Fold Axe on Genbo.

Yama wields the Ten-Fold Axe, a sash with ten Axe Dials sewn on to it, which he uses to augment his belly drop on his opponents, adding cutting damage to the crushing.[6]



After destroying Birka, Enel and his army came to Skypiea. They defeated Gan Fall, his Divine Squad, and the Shandians and then took over the Upper Yard.[12]

Sky Island Saga

Skypiea Arc

In God's Shrine of the Upper Yard, Yama stood next to Enel's throne and told off Shura, Ohm, and Gedatsu for fighting in Enel's presence.[1] Yama later took the Divine Soldiers to combat the invading Shandian army and the Straw Hat Pirates.[13][14]

Later in the Survival Game, Yama fought against Genbo. After Genbo easily defeated Yama's underlings, the commander himself stepped into the fray. Though Genbo fought hard, Yama effectively crushed Genbo by deflecting the cannonball fired from his own weapon back to him. Yama finished the fight by stabbing Genbo with his Ten-Fold Axe. While wandering through the forest, he came upon Nico Robin, who was studying the ruins of Shandora.[15]

Yama wrecks the ancient city.

Yama attacked Robin[16] and did not notice (or did not care) that he was destroying the ruins.[17] She ran from him in an attempt to limit the damage he would cause to the ruins, but he still damaged much of it in his rage at chasing her. When she reached a clearing and stopped running, Yama tried to jump kick her, so she grabbed his feet with thirty hands and swung him into a tree. When he tried to use his Ten-Fold Axe on her, she covered his eyes and flipped over his sash of dials so they would cut into him as he slammed into a tree.

Robin defeats Yama.

After this beating, Yama begged and apologized to Robin, saying that he now understood the value of history. Robin ignored his plea, stating that what he did was still inexcusable. When Yama tried to grab Robin, she broke his fingers with her extra arms and used Cien Fleur: Delphinium to hurl the commander off a cliff and down to a lower level of Upper Yard and held him in a lock position to increase the potential impact. She then used Doce Fleur: Clutch to snap him before he crashed into the ground.[18]

Once the war ended, Yama and the other priests (excluding Gedatsu) were banished to a desert cloud.[19]

Major Battles


Video Games

Enemy Appearances

Non-Playable Appearances


  • Yama continues the tradition of naming the enemies of Skypiea after ideas from Dharmic religions. As well as being the Japanese word for "mountain" ( yama?), it is also the name of the lord of death in Hinduism and vedic mythology, and the judge of the dead in Buddhism and related belief systems.
    • A yama is also a code of conduct described in various Hindu scriptures.
  • All of Yama's techniques include the word "Mountain" (マウンテン Maunten?), which sounds very similar to the Japanese word for "Perfect Score" (満点 Manten?), the pun being the kanji of his attack names includes "Manten" as a transliteration.
  • Yama's favorite food is sky olive flounder meunière.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 254 (p. 7-15) and Episode 167.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 254 (p. 10) and Episode 167, Yama is introduced.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0301), Information about Yama is revealed.
  4. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 194), Yama's birthday is given.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 254 (p. 7) and Episode 167.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 261 (p. 7-11) and Episode 171, Yama duels Genbo.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 265 (p. 8) and Episode 174.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 261 (p. 8) and Episode 171.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 264 (p. 7-9) and Episode 174, Stomach Mountain is first used.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 264 (p. 10) and Episode 174, Punch Mountain is first used.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 265 (p. 11) and Episode 174, Drop Mountain is first used.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 255 (p. 10) and Episode 168.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 256 (p. 9) and Episode 169.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 257 (p. 9) and Episode 169.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 261 (p. 7-11, 14) and Episodes 171172.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 263 (p. 19) and Episode 174.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 264 (p. 7-10) and Episode 174, Yama destroys Shandora.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 265 (p. 8-19) and Episode 174, Yama apologizes to Robin.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 300 (p. 6) and Episode 193.

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