One of the greatest appeals of One Piece comes from its power system. Naruto has Ninjustu, Bleach has Bankai, and One Piece has Devil Fruits; which, when eaten, give its respective eater a special ability. Some of the fun of the fights just comes down to seeing how characters will creatively use their powers!
While Devil Fruit powers started off relatively simple, One Piece has also been running for 20 years. That is to say, things inevitably got a little weird. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite weird Devil Fruit Powers!
5. Nikyu Nikyu no Mi (Bartholomew Kuma)
All the Nikyu Nikyu no Mi does is give paws to whoever eats it. That’s it. And, just as you would expect, these new paws allow their new owner to repel anything that touches them. Punches, swords, bullets, emotions… you know, the normal stuff!
Okay, all joking aside, the Nikyu Nikyu no Mi is the power of rejection taken to its most absurd level. The addition of paws is just a visual gag to drive home Kuma’s bear-like appearance. However, even for rejection powers, the Nikyu Nikyu no Mi has some truly bizarre uses, including sending a victim to travel to a distant island at high speeds, removing the pain and exhaustion from someone just to put it into a more willing individual, and creating a shockwave of pure rejection energy.
4. Hito Hito no Mi: Model Daibutsu (Sengoku)
Not all weird powers necessarily have to be weak. Sengoku is one of the strongest characters in all of One Piece, being one of the only marines that can claim to be stronger than Akainu. Most of that is due to how ridiculously powerful the Daibutsu Devil Fruit truly is, allowing its wielder to grow to several times their own size and blast anyone with mighty shockwaves.
It’s just that the world of One Piece takes place outside the realm of reality, yet “Daibutsu” quite literally translates into “Great Buddha” from Japanese. Within Buddhism, a Buddha is merely someone who has become enlightened. Buddhas are not exactly fantastical beings, which makes the Hito Hito no Mi: Model Daibutsu feel all the stranger!
3. Beri Beri no Mi (Very Good)
If you’re a manga-only fan, you may not even realize that the Beri Beri no Mi is canon. It’s featured in a single panel where Franky struggles against Very Good (its user) during the Buster Call on Enies Lobby. The anime fleshed out the fight, explaining that the Beri Beri no Mi allows the user to split up their body into a bunch of balls that make its wielder resistant to blunt attacks.
This one’s just odd because it feels like it was created for the sole sake of upping the ante during the Buster Call and nothing more. Devil Fruits are used as shorthand to communicate “strong opponent” to the audience. The fact that even Devil Fruit users are showing up to blow up Enies Lobby shows just how dire the situation is. However, it’s essentially a retread of Buggy’s power but somehow stranger by the fact that the pieces of him are round.
2. Hobi Hobi no Mi (Sugar)
Okay, so, not only does the Hobi Hobi no Mi turn whoever the wielder wants into a toy, but it also forces said person to make an unbreakable contract? And then that person is removed from the public consciousness, effectively making the world forget that person existed? And then also makes whoever eats the fruit turn into a child?
While there’s no denying how all these powers (striking the last one) makes Sugar so vital to Doflamingo, it’s actually unfair just how many unique, completely unrelated abilities this gives Sugar. The inconsistency with everything that the Hobi Hobi no Mi can do alone puts it on this list.
1. Woshu Woshu no Mi (Tsuru)
Look, when Tsuru says she’s going to hang you out to dry, you need to take that threat seriously. The Woshu Woshu no Mi grants whoever eats it the power to turn anybody into literal laundry, flattening their victim out and leaving them to be washed like actual clothes. On the plus side, if you get a cleansing, you may feel a little less burdened by the weight of the world. You won’t only feel squeaky clean, but have the evil in your heart scrubbed out as well.
We don’t need to explain why this one is weird, right? No one in the history of the world has ever once thought to themselves “I want the power of laundry!” when reflecting on awesome superpowers. Yet One Piece has inexplicably included it as a legitimate supernatural technique and left it to one of the strongest members of the marines to boot!
Honestly, we could probably make a list of 20 entirely bizarre and strange Devil Fruit abilities, but these best reflect the wild creativity at hand in One Piece. And that’s why we read One Piece, right? Not just for the narrative, but just to be taken aback by something we never thought we could ever see!
Of course, there’s no shortage of weird powers in One Piece. Got your own favorite? Please let us know in the comments below!