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15 Things You Didn't Know About Shanks in 'One Piece'

June 16, 2021 3.5k votes 591 voters 51.9k views15 items

Without Shanks, Luffy would probably have never started his pirating journey. He inspired him to hit the open seas, and brought the Gum-Gum Fruit into his life, even if he didn’t intend for him to eat it. He saved him from a Sea King and lost his arm in the process. Later on, he proves to be an even more important part of the overall story. 

Even his biggest fans don't know everything there is to know about him. With that in mind, let’s get into some things you didn’t know about Shanks. One interesting detail is the fact that out of all of his characters, Eiichiro Oda said that he’s most similar to Shanks. But while he might relate to him, he’s content to let the fans pick out some of the details surrounding him - his birthday was decided by a fan. 

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    He’s The First Character To Use Haki

    Shanks is the first character seen using any sort of Haki, which is an ability that involves manipulating one’s own spiritual energy. But he isn’t just the first - he’s also among the best. He’s one of the only characters to master all three forms, including Kenbunshoku Haki, Busoshoku Haki, and Haoshoku Haki.

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    His Crew Is The Only One With No Devil Fruit Users

    In nearly every pirate crew, there’s at least one member who has Devil Fruit powers. The Red Hair Pirates are an exception. Not one of them has eaten a Devil Fruit. This means that they must rely on things like swordsmanship and Haki to fight - and it also means they don’t have to worry about, say, drowning if they happen to fall overboard while at sea. 

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    He Stands Out From The Other Emperors

    Alongside Kaido, Charlotte Linlin, and Marshall D. Teach, Shanks is one of the four Emperors. He’s the only one of them who isn’t from the Grand Line, the only one who hasn’t eaten a Devil Fruit, the only one who isn’t the admiral of a fleet, the only one who isn’t associated with the Rocks Pirates, and the only one who doesn’t have a tattoo.

    Incidentally, he's also the only member of the Red Hair Pirates to hail from West Blue - the other three members come from East Blue, North Blue, and South Blue. 

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    His Bounty Amount Is A Reference To His Name

    Shanks has a massive bounty of 4,048,900,000 berries on his head. This number may not have been chosen at random.  4-8-9 can be read as shi-ya-ku (シヤク), which may be a nod to his name: "Shanks" (シャンクス Shankusu).

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