Explore Your Favorite One Piece Character “Sanji” – The Cook of Straw Hat Pirates!

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Live Vicariously Through The Life of Sanji

Early Childhood

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Sanji was born in the North Blue on the same day as his three brothers into the Vinsmoke Family, the reigning royal family of the Germa Kingdom, with Sanji being the third son of the family and thus the kingdom’s third prince. Vinsmoke Judge, Sanji’s father, planned to genetically enhance all of them before birth to give them superhuman abilities and no emotions, turning them into perfect soldiers in the future.

Vinsmoke Sora, his mother, as opposed to the practice, and while she was still pregnant, she took a drug that ensured they would grow up as normal humans with emotions. This intent was only successful on Sanji, at the expense of severely weakening her health beyond recovery. Sanji once cooked a meal for Sora while she was still alive. Even though the meal was ruined while Sanji was delivering it to her hospital, it made her smile, and she decided that she would only eat what he had prepared for her, sparking an interest in cooking for Sanji. Vinsmoke Judge revealed to his children at a young age that he had endowed their bodies with genetic enhancements and his plan for Sanji and his four siblings to lead their kingdom’s military arm Germa 66, and began training them to capitalize on their genetic potential. While Sanji’s siblings excelled at their exercises and their bodies evolved, Sanji’s body remained human as a result of the drug.

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This made him an easy target for his brothers, who regularly bullied him, and Judge did not intervene because he despised Sanji’s weakness. When Judge caught him serving food to a rat in his room, he yelled at him that if he wanted to catch up with his siblings, he needed to stop cooking and train even harder. He then threw the food and rat out of the palace, which made Sanji cry. Sanji was regularly beaten up by his brothers, with his sister Reiju occasionally tending to his injuries. The judge eventually decided that Sanji would never develop superhuman abilities and decided to remove his son from his plans by putting an iron mask on him and locking him in a Vinsmoke castle dungeon. Simultaneously, he held a state funeral for his son, informing onlookers that Sanji had died in a tragic accident.

During the next six months, Sanji’s mask was only removed when he received meals from the guards. He learned about the All Blue from a cookbook he received at some point. His brothers eventually discovered he was still alive and returned to the dungeon on occasion to continue bullying him. Reiju arrived at the dungeon to treat her brother’s injuries, but she informed him that she was not on his side. Sanji told Reiju that he wanted to run away and become a chef after the Germa Kingdom crossed the Red Line into the East Blue. 


Reiju smashed open Sanji’s cell door, allowing him to flee. During the next six months, Sanji’s mask was only removed when he received meals from the guards. He learned about the All Blue from a cookbook he received at some point. His brothers eventually discovered he was still alive and returned to the dungeon on occasion to continue bullying him. Reiju arrived at the dungeon to treat her brother’s injuries, but she informed him that she was not on his side. Sanji told Reiju that he wanted to run away and become a chef after the Germa Kingdom crossed the Red Line into the East Blue. Reiju smashed open Sanji’s cell door, allowing him to flee.

The Dream of Two Fools

Sanji was ten years old when he left the Vinsmoke Family and worked as a ship’s cook on the Orbit two years later. A pirate named “Red Leg” Zeff and his crew attacked the ship one day. Both ships, however, were caught in a sudden storm and sank. 

Zeff saved the young Sanji from drowning. Before the storm ripped the boats apart, Sanji had cried out his desire to find the All Blue, which is why he was later saved by Zeff. The two were washed onto a rocky outcropping high above the sea after the storm.

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Despite their good fortune, they had little food: a few rations had washed up on the rock, but there was no vegetation, no animals, and no way to reach the water to fish. Zeff sent Sanji to the other end of the island to look for a ship, splitting up what few rations remained. Sanji objected to Zeff keeping a large sack for himself, but Zeff dismissed him, saying that his stomach was larger as an adult. Sanji had run out of food, but there was still no sign of a ship. Many weeks later, an emaciated Sanji decided to take a risk and kill Zeff for food. He did not kill the old man, but when he slashed open the old man’s sack in a fit of rage, he discovered no food, only treasure. To his horror, he discovered that Zeff had given him all of the rations and had eaten his leg for him to survive.

Zeff admitted that he frequently ran out of food on the high seas and intended to open a restaurant there. Sanji, feeling guilty for plotting to kill Zeff, agreed to assist, but Zeff pointed out that he was too weak. Soon after, a ship appeared, and they were saved. Because of this ordeal, Sanji vowed never to refuse food to a hungry person, no matter how evil or poor they were. [36] In the manga, Sanji began smoking shortly after starting work at the Baratie to impress Zeff, despite Zeff’s warnings that it would ruin his taste buds. To which Sanji replied, “Now, I am a man!” Sanji then spent the next nine years as the Baratie’s sous-chef, during which time he vastly improved his cooking skills under Zeff’s tutelage while also developing tremendous physical abilities and his signature kicked-based martial arts style.

A Trip Down Memory Lane - The Love Interests of Sanji

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Sanji has piqued the interest of many women in the series due to his chivalry yet somewhat outspoken nature.


Sanji meets Nami while working as a sous-chef in Baratie. He thought she was attractive. He flirts with her as he does with all women. Nami frequently exploits Sanji’s undying devotion to her by ordering him to do her bidding, which Sanji enjoys. However, she is frequently irritated by his womanizing behavior in serious situations and will not hesitate to beat him up.

When Sanji left a note for Nami before boarding the Puffing Tom at Water 7, she was irritated that the first half of the note was a pointless love letter before Sanji mentioned the more important details last.

Nico Robin

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When Sanji met Robin, he fell in love with her, and he and Luffy were the only ones who welcomed her into the crew. He treats her similarly to Nami, though Robin is always calm and polite to him. When Robin informed Sanji and Chopper of her intention to leave the crew due to her dark past, Sanji was surprised, but later told Chopper that something was holding her back and that a true man always forgives a woman’s lies.

After discovering Robin’s true intentions of fleeing with CP 9, Sanji became even more determined to save her and beat anyone who disparaged her, including Wanze, for calling her evil. After rescuing Robin, Sanji attempted to hug her before being shoved aside by Nami and Chopper. During the anime’s battle against Oars, while the crew attempted the “docking” technique in which they all combined, similar to a “Mecha Robot,” Sanji realized that if Robin performed the “docking,” he could see up her skirt. While he was thinking this, Robin shot him a deadly look.


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Sanji met Viola, a flamenco dancer with a grudge against a certain sniper while exploring the island of Dressrosa. Naturally, Sanji offers his assistance without hesitation and falls head over heels in love with her beauty. Not long after, it was revealed that Violet was one of Doflamingo’s underlings, but despite being beaten up, Sanji believed she was being forced to serve and still wanted to help her.

She initially does not believe him, but after using her Devil fruit abilities to peer into his mind, she realizes he is telling the truth. After being moved by Sanji’s sincerity and kindness, she eventually betrays her subordinates and urges Sanji to leave Dressrosa, using her powers to demonstrate that he has fallen into a trap. She sobbed and thanked Sanji for believing in her even though she was his enemy. She later gives him a Den Den Mushi to warn Law, as well as a map to the hidden SAD factory.

The Striking Powers and Undying Abilities of Sanji


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Sanji possesses tremendous physical strength. Before even displaying his lower body strength, he held Fullbody up by the neck unsupported with one hand in his very first appearance. Despite the natural advantage and strength a fish-man gains when submerged, he was able to stop Kuroobi from killing Genzo and Nojiko in the water in the Arlong Park Arc by grabbing onto his leg.

He hauled a dead Tyrannosaurus Rex through the jungle and back to the Merry with little effort at Little Garden. In the anime Ocean’s Dream Arc, Sanji was able to carry 300,000,000 worth of solid gold over his shoulder in a sack, which Nami could barely drag across the ground. When Gan Fall was explaining the Dials in Skypiea, Sanji was shown lifting a massive sledgehammer that appeared to weigh several tonnes and using it to test the Dial. Sanji would have smashed a hole through Merry’s deck if the Dial hadn’t absorbed the impact.

Durability and Endurance

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Sanji has incredible stamina. Even as a child, when he was considered physically weak, he was able to survive the brutal beatings delivered regularly by his three superhumanly strong brothers. Sanji’s body became extremely tough as a result of years of extremely intense physical training under Zeff into his young adulthood.

He was able to withstand decompression when Kuroobi dragged him through the water in Arlong Park’s very deep swimming pool, as well as head-on attacks like Kuroobi’s Fish-Man Karate punches. Sanji was able to survive Enel’s “El Thor,” an attack so powerful that it disintegrated a normal man earlier in the arc and took out the great snake Nola, but Sanji was able to stand and mock the Logia user before collapsing.

Speed and Agility

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Sanji has incredible speed, agility, and reflexes. His speed is comparable to Brooks and even Luffy’s Gear 2. Sanji moved so quickly in his first fight against the Krieg Pirates that he appeared to be disappearing and reappearing. Sanji avoided machine gun fire from Miss Friday at Little Garden and Mont Blanc Cricket’s gunshot at point-blank range in Jaya. 

Even when confronted with the lightning-fast CP9 and their formidable Rokushiki techniques, Sanji demonstrated his mobility by easily countering Kalifa’s Soru and forcing her to the ground, causing the assassin to marvel at how fast the cook was, and he mustered enough centrifugal force to slightly breaking through the guarding power of Blueno’s Tekkai with a single kick to the side. Sanji was able to avoid an onslaught of blows from Oars, which irritated Luffy’s shadow.

Black Leg Style

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Under Zeff’s strict tutelage, Sanji became an extremely powerful master of the “Black Leg Style,” a kick-based martial art he created that is a unique combination of Brazilian Capoeira, French Savate, and Korean Taekwondo, allowing Sanji to use powerful kicks with supreme versatility. 

He has also stated that he fights on his feet because he does not want to risk damaging his hands, which he needs to cook; thus, instead of punches, Sanji incorporates handstands into the Black Leg Style. He can also perform one-handed handstands and back handsprings in succession (as seen during his fight with Jabra) to increase the force and range of his kicks. He could easily defeat a large number of enemies at once.

Sanji - The Character with Numerous Phases


Sanji can also think one step ahead in most situations, making him extremely intelligent in comparison to his crewmates. The first example is when dealing with Baroque Works, he tricked Crocodile into thinking he was Mr. 3 and lying about killing the Straw Hats, allowing the crew to sail unhindered until they arrived in Alabasta. 


Later, when the Shichibukai kidnapped the rest of the crew, Sanji (with the help of Chopper) outwitted him with a Den Den Mushi. This was particularly impressive given Crocodile’s reputation for cunning. Another example is when Nico Robin was apprehended by the CP9, he somehow knew (or deduced) that the CP9 was going to take Robin to the station. He was seen hiding at the station before the CP9 arrived. He has a habit of saying ‘Bingo!’ when these events go as planned.

Desire for Invisibility

One of Sanji’s deepest desires was to gain the ability to disappear. He claimed to want the power to be a superhero, but this was constantly punctured by his true desire to peep at women bathing. As a result, he desired the Suke Suke no Mi, the only Devil Fruit he was willing to consume to lose his ability to swim. As a result, he despised Absalom for eating the fruit, because it meant the end of Sanji’s dream of gaining invisibility.

He claims to have lost interest in the fruit at that point and would instead peep at women bathing in another way. Non-canonically, when Sanji saw the Iro Iro no Mi’s camouflage abilities were so similar to the Suke Suke no Mi, he became angry at Psycho P for the same reason he was angry at Absalom, though it also slightly revived his dream about other Devil Fruits granting such powers.


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Non-canonically, when Sanji saw the Iro Iro no Mi’s camouflage abilities were so similar to the Suke Suke no Mi, he became angry at Psycho P for the same reason he was angry at Absalom, though it also slightly revived his dream about other Devil Fruits granting such powers.


Sanji’s loyalty to those close to him comes first, and he is willing to turn cold towards comrades for the sake of those in greater danger. When he knew that his father figure, Zeff, was being threatened with death if he was disobedient, Sanji would commit an act of bigoted cruelty against the Straw Hat Pirates to sever ties with them, to protect Zeff, and to keep the crew from chasing him down any further.

Nami was heartbroken and angry at his alleged change and slapped him for his words, so this ploy was tragically successful. Luffy, on the other hand, refused to believe Sanji, of all people, would abandon their crew after all their adventures and declared he will not leave until Sanji returns, as Luffy could tell Sanji’s words were forced and fake, and that he felt pain himself for kicking Luffy. In response, Sanji sobbed as he recalled his time with the crew. Later, he bargained with Big Mom to spare the Straw Hats’ lives in exchange for his cooperation in the political wedding, demonstrating his willingness to give up his freedom with his friends in exchange for their safety.


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As one of the crew’s strongest members and a member of the “Monster Trio,” Sanji is naturally fearless, often fighting armies and powerful opponents with barely a worried expression. When his crew was threatened by undead denizens of Thriller Bark, Sanji didn’t hesitate to fight a Shichibukai in mid-air and even fired at an Emperor’s ship despite the risks.

Enemies, Fights, Conflicts & Drama

Because of Sanji’s principles, anyone who treats women and food disrespectfully will incur Sanji’s wrath. Sanji allegedly has many people who hold grudges against him from his time at the Baratie, as revealed during his first encounter with Duval.


During the crew’s siege of Enies Lobby to save Robin, Jabra became Sanji’s adversary. After injuring his friend Usopp and engaging in battle, the then-CP9 agent earned Sanji’s wrath. With his superhuman strength, claws, and ability to use the Tekkai technique while moving, Jabra proved to be a formidable opponent for Sanji. Sanji was finally able to defeat Jabra after developing a new technique that could scorch and critically injure his opponent at the same time.



Absalom was considered Sanji’s arch-nemesis, and he is the only villain in the series to make Sanji angrier than he has ever been (until he met his family again). First, the Invisible Man crept onto the Sunny and molested Robin and knocked Sanji around, then accosted Nami while she was bathing and stalked her relentlessly through Thriller Bark, only to be blocked by Sanji’s own shadow, enraged Absalom.

When Absalom finally stole Nami from Usopp and Chopper, Sanji burst into flames of rage, swearing he would kill the invisible man and rushing off to save Nami. Interrupting the marriage and brutally beating Absalom to a pulp, Sanji also revealed that he hated Absalom because he ate the Suke Suke no Mi, which Sanji wished to use to spy on girls. Absalom also despises Sanji for keeping Nami from him and “touching his bride,” but after witnessing the invisible man’s shady tactics, Sanji declares that he no longer desires the fruit (since he could just peep on his own). Sanji then imprinted Absalom on a stone wall, weakening him to the point where Nami could finish him off with a single attack.

Big Mom Pirates

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Sanji, as a member of the Straw Hats, is a foe of the Big Mom Pirates. Sanji personally requested permission to return fire on their ship at Dressrosa. Tamago tried to persuade Sanji to go ahead with the wedding and join the crew after he was taken from Zou, but Sanji refused.

Tamago even provided the Judge with explosive wristlets to keep Sanji in line. When Charlotte Pudding imprisoned his sister, she revealed her true nature as well as her family’s plans to murder his family. Sanji was devastated by these revelations and nearly committed suicide. However, when Bobbin attempted to steal food he had prepared for his friends, Sanji attacked him and fled to rejoin his crew.

The Big Mom Pirates were ready to slaughter Sanji and his family during the Tea Party, but when Pudding faltered after Sanji complimented her, their plans went awry. Pudding’s brother Charlotte Katakuri attempted to kill Sanji himself when he realized he would avoid a shot from the priest, but the plan failed when Sanji also avoided the shot and glared at his surprised would-be assassin. He later clashed with Charlotte Daifuku, who decided to kill Sanji himself after Pudding’s failure. Sanji attempted to save his family after the Big Mom Pirates held them at gunpoint, but Daifuku stopped him.

However, after Luffy made Big Mom scream, Sanji was able to free his family from their grasp. Sanji later attacked Charlotte Oven to protect Charlotte Chiffon, who had been helpful to his crew. After Katakuri was defeated, Sanji fought through dozens of their forces to protect a weakened Luffy from their vengeful nature. Sanji was nearly overwhelmed, but his siblings aided him and he was able to flee the enemy crew.

Charlotte Linlin

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When he first learned that Big Mom was planning to destroy Fish-Man Island due to a lack of a candy tribute, Sanji, along with Luffy and Zoro, expressed his displeasure with the Emperor’s ruthlessness. Initially agreeing with Zoro that Big Mom is not being manly by being impatient.

Sanji’s opinion changed slightly when he learned that Big Mom is a woman, fantasizing about her as an attractive redhead. Big Mom regards Sanji as a valuable figure because of his central role in securing the political alliance reached between herself and Sanji’s father.

She is prone to thinking of Sanji in terms of his Vinsmoke ancestry, referring to him as “the German boy” and ordering her children and subordinates to ensure that no harm comes to him. She and her children also hold his royal heritage in high regard, especially because it comes from the powerful Germa Kingdom; in fact, Charlotte Cracker uses this status to try to persuade Luffy that Sanji would not want to return to a “lowly pirate crew.” Big Mom admires Sanji’s cooking skills and experience, as well as his pirating exploits with the Straw Hat crew, aside from his political value.

She had Baron Tamago offer Sanji a position in her crew if he helped with the wedding, but Sanji turned it down right away. Sanji later met with Big Mom in person and was surprised and grateful to learn that Big Mom would spare his friends if he agreed to marry Pudding. He later learned of Big Mom’s plot to murder him and his family, with Big Mom gleefully plotting for Pudding to shoot him between the eyes. After learning this, Sanji nearly resigned himself to death, but quickly regained his composure and rushed to regroup with his captain to ruin the Tea Party and save his family from her.

While discussing the assassination plot on Big Mom with Bege, Sanji recognized her as a powerful threat and even mentioned how slim the chances of bringing her down were. Sanji foiled Big Mom’s plans at the wedding by surviving an assassination attempt. He was able to save and free his family from her clutches with the help of his crew. When Big Mom tried to murder his sister Reiju, Sanji and Luffy stopped her. Linlin prepared to execute Sanji and his allies after the Big Mom Pirates routed them, but the Tamatebako decided to drop to the base of the Whole Cake Chateau and exploded, having caused the castle to collapse. Despite her attempts to kill him, Sanji was vehemently opposed to Bege’s plan to poison or blow up Big Mom’s substitute wedding cake. Sanji was also confident that the delicious flavor of his cake would impress the Emperor.

Kurozumi Orochi

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Sanji is an ally of the Kozuki Family and an enemy of Orochi. When Kin’emon told Sanji about Orochi’s atrocities in killing Oden, he was shocked. Later, when he learned from Shinobu about how Orochi fed his impoverished citizen’s faulty SMILE fruits to rob them of their emotions, forcing them to only smile, he developed an intense hatred for the shogun. He openly stood up to Orochi alongside Zoro by defending Toko.

X Drake

Drake was one of two people sent to punish Sanji for his transgression against the Kyoshiro Family. After Page One failed to kill Sanji, Drake continued his hunt for him and relentlessly attacked him in Rasetsu Town. Drake was surprised to learn he was a Vinsmoke during their one-on-one conflict, which made him angry for being referred to as one.

Meet The Family & Friends of Sanji!


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Despite being enemies, Gin considered Sanji to be a friend because he performed the only act of kindness he had ever witnessed. Gin couldn’t bring himself to kill Sanji and left with the promise that the two would try to meet again on the Grand Line if it was ever possible. Sanji is the first person to ever show Gin kindness, providing him with free food when the pirate was starving and penniless. As a result, despite his reputation as a “Man-Demon” and Krieg’s orders, Gin is ultimately unable to kill Sanji.

Nefertari Vivi

Sanji, like the first six Straw Hats, became good friends with Vivi. Sanji, like Nami and Robin, liked to cater to Vivi’s every whim, but unlike Nami, who reacted to his advances with a combination of manipulation and annoyance, and Robin, who reacted with politeness, Vivi usually responded with confusion as to what he was doing or simply mistook his infatuation for kindness. 

Vivi only realized Sanj was perverted when Sanji bought her a dancer outfit. Vivi was embarrassed, explaining that it was impractical, but Sanji was too excited to care, leading Vivi to exclaim with frustration that she couldn’t get through to him. Sanji, like the others, was saddened when she decided to stay in Alabasta, threatening to kill Zoro.



Duval initially despised Sanji because he resembled Sanji’s first, hand-drawn wanted poster, which resulted in him being relentlessly pursued by bounty hunters as well as Marines. Someone who mistook him for Sanji shot him in the back. However, after losing to him in a fight, Duval became friends with Sanji because Sanji reshaped his face to make him look more attractive.

The downside is that Duval’s adoration for his new handsome face, as well as his addressing Sanji as a “young master,” irritates Sanji. Despite preferring not to see him or his men again after their initial parting, Sanji decided to call in the Flying Fish Riders when Camie was kidnapped and sent to a Human Auction House, knowing that their experience in dealing with human auction houses would be useful.


Sanji eventually met Princess Shirahoshi while exploring Fis h-Man Island. Despite Chopper’s protests that he was losing blood at the sight of other mermaids, he was instantly turned to stone when he looked at her. After that, Sanji seemed to adjust well to her presence.

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Reacting to her in the same way he does to Nami and Robin. Shirahoshi appeared unsure and afraid of his feelings for her, but because she was friends with Luffy, she trusted him implicitly. Sanji was quick to save her during the battle with the New Fish-Man Pirates, and she thanked him for his actions. He was one of the Straw Hats members who promised to take her to the surface when they saw her again as the Straw Hats prepared to leave Fish-Man Island.


Sanji met Viola, a flamenco dancer with a grudge against a certain sniper while exploring the island of Dressrosa in search of a fairy who stole Zoro’s Shusui. Without hesitation, Sanji offers his assistance. Not long after, it was revealed that Violet was one of Doflamingo’s underlings, but despite being beaten up.

Sanji believed she was being forced to serve and still wanted to help her. She initially does not believe him, but after using her Devil Fruit abilities to peer into his mind, she realizes he is telling the truth. As a result, she betrays her subordinates and urges Sanji to leave Dressrosa, using her powers to show him that he fell into a trap and giving him a warning.

Mink Tribe

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Sanji and his crew are regarded as mink saviors due to their efforts in saving the Mink Tribe after they were devastated by an attack by Jack. As a result, they formed a harmonious relationship. Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, Pedro, and Pekoms owe a lot to Sanji, and Wanda even tried to track down Capone Bege after he kidnapped Sanji from his crew. Sanji fell in love with the female minks while staying with the Mink Tribe.


During a conversation with Charlotte Pudding, Carrot expressed her affection for Sanji after the latter claimed to be in love with the cook. When Sanji felt guilty after discovering Pedro had sacrificed himself to ensure their escape, Carrot (patting Sanji on the back) refused to let him, saying Pedro decided to come to Whole Cake Island. Carrot burst into tears as she said this, prompting Sanji to hug her. Carrot loved Sanji’s cooking so much that she gluttonously cheered when she got the chance to taste it again.

Interesting Fan Theories about The Character of Sanji

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One of the most popular and long-running One Piece theories revolves around the Straw Hat’s cook Sanji. For many years, various versions of a theory claiming that Sanji is a prince have circulated. This theory is supported by his “Mr. Prince” alias from the Alabasta arc.

His extremely rare blood type, and the fact that his wanted poster after the Dressrosa arc stated that he was wanted “only alive.” This theory was finally confirmed in Chapter 812 when Sanji is revealed to be the third son of the Vinsmoke Family, who rule the Germa Kingdom.

The Creators & Inspiration of Sanji

Hiroaki Hirata as an adult and Ikue tani as a child voice Sanji in the original Japanese version of the One Piece anime series. Sanji was voiced by Joseph Murray and Paul Pistore in Odex’s dubs of the first 104 episodes of One Piece in Singapore.

Sanji was voiced by David Moo as an adult and Veronica Taylor as a child in the 4kids Entertainment dub of the first 104 episodes of One Piece. Eric Vale voices adult Sanji in Funimation Entertainment’s dubs of the entire One Piece franchise, while Christen Auten voices child Sanji.

Time for Some Trivia!!!

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  • Sanji’s favorite food to prepare is seafood.
  • Robin-chan on a Nami-san island is Sanji’s favorite type of island and season (considered idiotic by Usopp).
  • Sanji’s numbers are 05, 32, (3=San – 2=ji), and 59 (5=Ko – 9=kku, or cook).
  • Sanji’s favorite color is blue.
  • Sanji has a strong odor of cigarettes and seafood.
  • Sanji would be the second son if the Straw Hat Pirates were a family.
  • A duck is Sanji’s animal resemblance.
  • Sanji’s massive nosebleeds are caused by the joke that Japanese people have high blood pressure. As a result, when sexually aroused, they experience nosebleeds. This is a popular cliche in manga and anime.
  • Sanji has been observed smoking two types of cigarettes: King Ground and Death.
  • There is a plot hole in the series when Sanji is unaware of a Devil Fruit user’s inability to swim in the Baratie Arc, but he claims to have discovered this as a child during the Thriller Bark Arc.

Are You A Sanji Head?!

Many critics consider Sanji to be one of the most complex characters in One Piece. Murphy Napier described him as “a character that you’ve been traveling with and knowing and really feeling like you understand this chapter for a thousand chapters or nine hundred chapters, and suddenly get a second backstory on them and all of a sudden everything you knew about them is still consistent but recontextualized and all of a sudden you know this character on a level you didn’t even realize you were missing!” 

“Sanji is the most complex character in One Piece,” wrote Jason Klum. The numerous nuances in his character, the back-and-forth mental struggles, his character development, and how [Whole Cake Island] highlighted his humanity after giving him more characterization.” 

Sanji possesses all of the characteristics necessary to be one of the series’ undisputed best characters. His origin, abilities, and style make him a popular choice among One Piece fans. Nonetheless, his strange obsession with women drives away other fans. The lecherous hero is as essential to the shonen manga genre as ostentatious transformations. “Sanji is the most visible of a long line of problematic and perplexing characters who express this irritatingly immature personality type.”

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