One Piece Explained: Who are the Eleven Supernovas?

One Piece Explained

Since its debut in 1997, One Piece has not only established itself as a monumental titan in the world of manga and anime but also left an indelible mark on pop culture.

Eiichiro Oda’s masterful tapestry intertwines epic adventures, intricate characters, and sprawling lore, capturing the hearts of millions and epitomizing the very essence of storytelling in the modern age. There are profound themes of friendship, ambition, and the pursuit of dreams here, ideas that have resonated across cultures, making One Piece an iconic testament to the power of animation.

The world of One Piece is vast and deep, filled with mysteries, histories, and intricacies that mirror our own societal challenges and triumphs. To the uninitiated, it offers an exciting adventure on the high seas; to the veteran fan, a poignant exploration of humanity’s shared values and conflicts.

Being the geeks that we are over here, we’ll be diving deep into the rich mythos and lore of One Piece, shedding light on the elements that make this anime such a cultural phenomenon.


What Are Supernovas In One Piece & How Do You Become One?

Also referred to as “Super Rookies,” Supernovas is a title given to novice pirates who received a bounty of over 100 million berries before arriving at the New World. These consist of the top rookies of nine separate pirate crews who chose a specific Grand Line route. 

Below you’ll learn who the Eleven Supernovas are. 


Monkey D. Luffy

First Appearance: Episode 1

Monkey D. Luffy is the leader of Straw Hat Pirates and happens to be One Piece’s main protagonist. The legendary Red-Haired Shanks encouraged him to pursue a life of piracy and become the Pirate King. Luffy is known for his comical personality, strong ambition, and for having a strong sense of justice and friendship. 

Although Luffy isn’t the smartest captain in the One Piece world, he’ll do everything in his power to protect the innocent and to make evil-doers pay for their misdeeds. Luffy’s rubber-like abilities stem from the Gomu Gomu no Mi Devil Fruit. Not only can he extend his limbs, but he has access to multiple nifty forms and defensive maneuvers, making him a powerhouse amongst the Supernovas. 


Roronoa Zoro (Zolo)

First Appearance: Episode 2

Roronoa Zoro (or Zolo) is an honorary member of Monkey D. Luffy’s Straw Hat Pirates crew. He strives to become the greatest swordsman in the One Piece mythos. To do so, Zoro wields three swords and dabbles in a unique sword style called Santoryu (Three-Sword Style). Zoro is extremely loyal to Luffy and will do everything in his power to make sure he becomes king.

Although he’s not great with directions and has a bitter rivalry with another crewmate named Sanji, Zoro is a compelling and hard-working Straw Hat Pirates member. With a past rooted in tragedy and a drive for success, it’s no wonder Zoro managed to become one of One Piece’s most noteworthy Supernovas. 


Capone Bege

First Appearance: Episode 392

Capone “Gang” Bege is a former mafia don who went on to become the captain of the Fire Tank Pirates. He’s a tall, stout gentleman who set up a temporary alliance with the Straw Hat Pirates during the Whole Cake Island story arc to overthrow Big Mom, one of One Piece’s Yonko. He’s determined to utilize his wit and strategies to rise in power within the pirate hierarchy. 

He’s known for his cunning and ruthless nature, which served him well in the Grand Line. Bege’s abilities derive from his paramecia-type Devil Duit called the Shiro Shiro no Mi. This allows Bege to transform into a giant fortress-like structure to provide him and his crew with solid protection and marksmanship.


Jewelry Bonney

First Appearance: Episode 392

Jewelry Bonney is the captain of the Bonney Pirates. She’s often referred to as “Big Eater” due to her poor table etiquette and gluttony. Unlike many pirates, Bonney isn’t motivated by wealth or power. She seeks revenge against the World Government and happens to be the daughter of the former Shichibukai member, Bartholomew Kuma. 

Furthermore, Bonney possesses the paramecia-type Devil Fruit called the Soru Soru no Mi. This allows her to manipulate and control age. She can make herself, her foes, or allies older or younger. This ability grants her incredible versatility in battles. Also, Bonney has great hand-to-hand combat skills from her strength to her agility.  


Basil Hawkins

First Appearance: Episode 392

Basil Hawkins is the captain of the Hawkins Pirates. Known as “The Magician,” Hawkins is a dangerous pirate known for establishing alliances with pirates like Eustass Kidd and Kaido. He became a notable antagonist during the events of the Wano Country arc. Hawkins possesses the paramecia-type Devil Fruit called the Wara Wara no Mi. 

This allows Hawkins to create and manipulate straw-like substances. He can use these straw creations for a variety of purposes, like creating voodoo dolls to transfer injuries onto his enemies or forming protective shields. His ability also grants him enhanced durability, making him more resilient in battles. 

Additionally, Hawkins has incredible foresight and divination capabilities. With his tarot cards and fortune-telling prowess, he can predict outcomes for various events and make calculated decisions. 


Scratchman Apoo

First Appearance: Episode 392

Scratchman Apoo is a quirky character and happens to be the Captain of the On Air Pirates. He primarily wants fame and to become a renowned pirate in the One Piece world. This drives him to engage in a variety of battles with powerful foes. His ambition is often overshadowed by his carefree nature, making him somewhat puzzling.

After consuming the paramecia-type Devil Fruit, the Shiro Shiro no Mi, Apoo gained the power to control sound waves. He can transform his body into musical instruments, turning his limbs and mouth into weapons that generate sound. From explosive sonic blasts to sound barriers, Apoo is a formidable opponent despite his looks.  


Eustass Kid

First Appearance: Episode 392

Captain of the Kid Pirates, Eustass Kid is a formidable Supernova in the One Piece mythos. He’s recognized for his heavy metal-inspired outfit and metallic arm. His primary goal is to become the Pirate King, the one who will rule over the Grand Line. Additionally, he aspires to surpass the Yonko to establish his dominance over all. 

His paramecia-type Devil Fruit, the Mera Mera no Mi, grants him the ability to manipulate and control metal objects. From producing magnetic fields to using his surroundings as weapons, Eustass has all he needs to deliver a beatdown. On top of being a skilled individual at hand-to-hand combat who fearless and determined, Eustass is a pirate you don’t want to cross paths with in One Piece. 


X Drake

First Appearance: Episode 392

X Drake is a unique Supernova. He used to be the captain of the Marine Secret Special Unit SWORD. However, he left his rear position to become the Captain of the Drake Pirates for undercover purposes. Drake possesses the paramecia-type Devil Fruit called the Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Allosaurus. This allows him to become an actual Allosaurus, giving him enhanced strength, speed, and durability.

From his sharp teeth to his powerful tale, this is a reptilian-powered man you don’t want to tamper with. Additionally, Drake’s an exceptional swordsman with a dual-wielding sword style. Despite his shady past experiences, Drake is known for being a helpful ally to people he feels have earned his help like Monkey D. Luffy. 


Urouge

First Appearance: Episode 392

Captain of the Fallen Monk Pirates, Urouge is a mysterious pirate who likes to smile. He’s known for being extremely fearless, even when up against pirates that can defeat him in a heartbeat. As for his abilities, he possesses an unnamed paramecia-type Devil Fruit that lets him convert damage inflicted onto him into physical strength. 

This results in him having expanding muscles and an enlarged body side. With this power, he exceeded a Pacifista’s body size and damaged it. While not much can be said about Urouge as of late, he’s a Supernova worth keeping your eye on.


Killer

First Appearance: Episode 392

“Massacre Soldier” Killer is the vice-captain of Eustass Kidd’s pirate crew, the Kid Pirates. He’s shown to be a loyal adversary to Kidd and hopes to help his captain accomplish his goal of becoming the Pirate King. Together with Kid, he ventures into dangerous territories, engaging in battles and seeking treasure and power to achieve their ambitions. 

Killer is a great swordsman and wields dual-scythe blades with great proficiency. His superhuman durability allows him to withstand powerful blows from formidable opponents like Urouge. With his impressive swordsmanship and unwavering loyalty to Kid, audiences can see how he earned his spot like Zoro. 


Trafalgar Law

First Appearance: Episode 392

Trafalgar Law is an exceptional doctor and pirate. He’s the captain of the Heart Pirates and possesses great wit and skill. Additionally, Law became one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea after One Piece’s time skip. However, he lost that position when he aligned himself with Monkey D. Luffy’s crew. He wants to find the One Piece and learn more about the fabled Will of D. 

In the past, he developed a close connection with Donquixote Doflamingo’s brother, Rosinante, and an undying hatred for Doflamingo himself. Law’s unique Devil Fruit, the Ope Ope no Mi, lends him the ability to create a spherical barrier called “Room.” He can manipulate objects and people within this barrier from slicing them up to performing useful procedures. 

In addition to being a skilled tactician and loyal ally to people he trusts, Trafalgar Law is an incredible Supernova. 


In Conclusion

Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, and the rest of the Supernovas have unique qualities that help them stand out in the One Piece world. Whether it be through Devil Fruits or the stipulations that drive them, these warriors are a force to be reckoned with and have earned their spot. 


Are you a big One Piece fan? Who is your favorite among the Eleven Supernovas? Let us know in the comments below!

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