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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.
Yama is fanatically loyal to Enel, going so far as to reprimand Shura, Ohm, and Gedatsu for fighting in his presence. He displays quite an amount of brutality in battle. 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.
He has a habit of often exclaiming "Baa!" and "Meriya!"
Abilities and Powers
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, and was able to smash right through the ruins of Shandora with ease. 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.
- Further information: Ten-Fold Axe
- Axe Mountain (
斬撃満点Akkusu Maunten?, literally "Slicing Attack Perfect Score"): Yama stretches the Ten-Fold Axe out in front of him and flies toward his opponent. When the axe makes contact, the opponent is stabbed by a sharp burst of air. This attack's flaw is that the dials must be on the side of the sash facing the opponent, otherwise, they can injure the user as well. This is called Mountain Axe in the Viz Manga.
- Stomach Mountain (
腹部満点Sutomakku Maunten?, literally "Stomach Perfect Score"): Yama does a simple body slam which, given his weight, can be devastating. This is called Mountain Belly in the Viz Manga.
- Punch Mountain (
拳満点Panchi Maunten?, literally "Fist Perfect Score"): A simple punch, that again, can be quite powerful due to Yama's strength and weight. This is called Mountain Punch in the Viz Manga.
- Drop Mountain (
落下満点Doroppu Maunten?, literally "Falling Perfect Score"): Yama leaps into the air, flips several times, and delivers a flying drop kick to the enemy. This is called Mountain Drop in the Viz Manga.
Sky Island Saga
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. Yama later took the Divine Soldiers to combat the invading Shandian army and the Straw Hat Pirates.
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.
Yama attacked Robin and did not notice (or did not care) that he was destroying the ruins. 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.
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.
Once the war ended, Yama and the other priests (excluding Gedatsu) were banished to a desert cloud.
- Yama continues the tradition of naming the enemies of Skypiea after ideas from Dharmic religions. As well as being the Japanese word for "mountain" (山 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.