Sabo (サボ) is a fictional Japanese character, second in command of the Revolutionary Army, and a member of the Dadan Family in the renowned series One Piece, created by the editor and mangaka Eiichiro Oda. The anime adaptation by Toei Animation premiered in October 1999.
Chief of Staff Sabo, simply known as Sabo was born on 20th March (age 10 years; debut, and age 22 years; post time skip) in Goa Kingdom, South Blue. His zodiac sign is Pisces, and his blood type is X. Sabo always harbored a strong desire to become a renowned pirate, prompting him to set sail at a young age and escape from his family’s grasp. For a significant portion of the story, he was believed to be deceased. However, during this time, he suffered amnesia and unknowingly joined the Revolutionary Army under the leadership of Monkey D. Dragon. Through his dedication and training, Sabo emerged as one of the most formidable members of the Revolutionary Army, showcasing his strength and determination.
Height (approx): 3’ 3″ (flashback), 6’ 1″ (time skip)
Weight (approx): 80 kg
Accessory: Hat and Staff
Devil Fruit: Mera Mera no Mi (Flare Flare Fruit)
Sabo was born into a noble family which had high influence in the Goa Kindom and wanted to raise their children to become the next rulers of the country.
Parents and Siblings
Sabo’s father, Outlook III, embodied the typical noble mindset, treating Ace and Luffy poorly. He restricted Sabo’s freedom of choice, threatening his friends’ lives if he didn’t comply. Despite wanting Sabo back, Outlook lacked confidence in him and adopted a higher-status stepson as a backup heir. When Sabo appeared to be killed, Outlook showed shock, possibly due to the potential repercussions from a World Noble.
Didit, Sabo’s biological mother, shares the typical personality traits of a noble. Her main focus is on elevating her family’s social status. This is evident in her actions when her son engaged in a fight with a boy of higher status who used a weapon against Sabo. Rather than showing concern for her injured son, she apologized to the other boy’s family and comforted him, disregarding Sabo’s well-being. When Sabo was forcibly brought back after running away, Didit welcomed him back in a somewhat rude and insensitive manner. Similar to Outlook, she appeared distressed when Sabo appeared to die, though her reasons for being upset may have been more self-centered.
Sabo held a strong disdain for his adopted brother, Sterry, who hailed from a higher noble lineage and possessed an arrogant and cowardly nature. Their stark differences in character made them complete opposites. In his determination to gather information about the plan to burn down the Gray Terminal, Sabo even resorted to assaulting Sterry. Twelve years later, during the Levely, Sabo encountered Sterry once again, disguising himself as a guard. Sabo found amusement in Sterry’s fear of the outside world and maintained his secret identity without revealing his true self.
Sabo and Monkey D. Luffy share a deep bond as brothers, although they are not blood-related, they consider each other as true brothers. Their relationship originated during their childhood when they were both members of the Gray Terminal scavenger group in the kingdom of Goa. Sabo’s departure and presumed death left a lasting impact on both Luffy and Ace. However, when Sabo reappeared in the Dressrosa arc, his reunion with Luffy was filled with joy and emotional moments. Sabo’s return strengthened their brotherly bond, and they continue to support and care for each other. Sabo has shown great concern for Luffy’s well-being and has gone to great lengths to protect him. Similarly, Luffy holds deep affection for Sabo and considers him a trusted ally and family member. Their shared dream of freedom and adventure, as well as their unwavering loyalty and love for each other, have solidified their relationship as brothers.
Portgas D. Ace and Sabo cared deeply for one another, supporting each other through thick and thin. They shared dreams of adventure and freedom, and their bond only grew stronger over time. Sabo’s temporary amnesia caused him to forget about Ace and Luffy, but upon regaining his memories and learning about Ace’s death, Sabo was overcome with grief and regret for not being there to save his brother. Determined to inherit Ace’s power, he consumes the Mera Mera no Mi and uses Ace’s signature move, Hiken. Sabo takes on the responsibility of protecting Luffy in Ace’s absence and vows to live without regrets, believing it to be what Ace would want. He fiercely defends Ace’s honor and unleashed a fiery attack on those who insulted him. As a member of the Revolutionary Army, Sabo fights for his ideals and the cause of freedom.
Love Interest- Girlfriend
Sabo and Koala first met when they were both members of the Revolutionary Army. They worked together, fought side by side, and shared common goals in their fight against the World Government. Over time, their friendship evolved into a deep emotional connection and mutual understanding. The exact nature of their relationship is left open to interpretation, but it is clear that Sabo and Koala care for each other on a deep level. They trust and rely on one another, supporting each other in their endeavors. Their bond is rooted in shared experiences, a strong sense of camaraderie, and a common cause. While the romantic aspect of their relationship is not explicitly stated in the series, fans have speculated and portrayed them as a couple in fan art and fan fiction.
Sabo, originally born into a noble family in Goa, grew tired of their lifestyle and frequently ran away. One day, he met Ace and the two became friends, engaging in thefts together. On another occasion, Sabo encountered Luffy, who accidentally discovered their hiding spot. Initially considering eliminating Luffy, they were interrupted by a member of the Bluejam Pirates. To protect their secret, Sabo and Ace rescued Luffy from kidnapping and hid their treasures elsewhere. Following the incident, Sabo chose to live with Ace and Luffy on Colubo Mountain. They trained together and formed a close bond. Eventually, Sabo revealed his noble heritage to Ace and Luffy after being spotted by his father in a city. The three brothers discussed their dreams of becoming pirates and staying together. Unfortunately, Sabo was later captured by the Bluejam Pirates and forcibly returned to his noble family.
After witnessing the arrogance and cruelty of his noble family, Sabo finally escapes and learns about their plan to burn down the Grey Terminal, where his true brothers, Ace and Luffy, reside. Despite his efforts to warn them, Sabo is dismissed by a guard. Fortunately, he is saved by Monkey D. Dragon, who shares Sabo’s disdain for the Nobles. Sabo decides to set off as a pirate to fight against the injustice in his homeland.
However, during his journey, Sabo is caught in an explosion caused by a Celestial Dragon. Badly injured and losing his memories, he is rescued by Dragon and taken to the Revolutionary Army Ship for medical treatment. For the next ten years, Sabo trains with the Revolutionary Army, becoming incredibly powerful under Dragon’s guidance and eventually becoming the second-in-command.
Unaware of his true identity, Sabo does not participate in the Marineford War to save Ace. But upon learning of the war’s outcome and Ace’s tragic death at the hands of Admiral Akainu, Sabo sees a newspaper picture of Ace, triggering the return of his memories. Overwhelmed with grief, Sabo has a mental breakdown but eventually recovers.
Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, often finds inspiration for his characters from various sources. Sabo’s appearance shares similarities with Arthur Dodger, a character from Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist. Arthur, like Sabo, was a member of a gang of child thieves. He had a distinct style, wearing a top hat and an oversized coat with rolled-up sleeves, giving off an air of maturity beyond his years. Oda may have drawn inspiration from Dodger’s iconic look while designing Sabo’s appearance in One Piece.
The development of Sabo as a character in One Piece is a significant and intriguing aspect of the series. Initially introduced as a childhood friend of Luffy and Ace during the Dressrosa arc, Sabo’s backstory and growth have unfolded gradually over time. Sabo’s character development begins with his apparent death as a child, which adds a layer of mystery and tragedy to his story. However, it is later revealed that he survived and lost his memory, becoming a member of the Revolutionary Army under Monkey D. Dragon’s tutelage. This twist introduces a complex dynamic and raises questions about his true identity and past.
As Sabo regains his memories and reunites with Luffy and Ace, his character arc explores themes of brotherhood, sacrifice, and the pursuit of freedom. He is portrayed as a fiercely loyal and determined individual, fighting against the oppressive World Government alongside the Revolutionary Army.
Throughout the series, Sabo’s growth as a character is marked by his increasing strength, both in terms of his combat abilities and his conviction to fight for justice. He assumes the role of the Chief of Staff within the Revolutionary Army, showcasing his strategic thinking and leadership qualities. Sabo’s development is also intertwined with his relationship with Luffy and Ace. He feels a deep sense of responsibility towards them, especially after Ace’s tragic death during the Marineford War. This loss fuels Sabo’s desire to protect Luffy and continue Ace’s legacy, leading to his acquisition of Ace’s Flame-Flame Fruit powers.
Overall, Sabo’s character development in One Piece encompasses themes of personal growth, resilience, and the pursuit of a just cause. His journey from a presumed-dead childhood friend to a powerful revolutionary showcases his transformation and the impact he has on the overarching story.
Story and Mission
Sabo made his first appearance at the Dressrosa Colosseum, where he approached Luffy, Bellamy, and Bartolomeo with the intention of claiming Ace’s Mera-Mera no Mi. Sabo revealed his true identity to Luffy, who initially did not recognize him due to his disguise. He recounted the details of their past and their bond as brothers, prompting a joyful reunion between the two. With Luffy’s permission, Sabo impersonated himself as “Lucy” and participated in the final battle of the Colosseum alongside Bartolomeo and Rebecca. Facing off against Diamante and Jesus Burgess, Sabo ultimately emerged victorious by destroying the battle arena and obtaining the Mera-Mera no Mi. He consumed the fruit, rescuing Rebecca and regrouping with Bartolomeo, Koala, and Hack in the former underground toy workshop. During their gathering, Sabo revealed his connection to Luffy, expressing his belief that his brother would become the Pirate King. Unbeknownst to them, Doflamingo’s men were eavesdropping and reported this information to Doflamingo himself.
Following Doflamingo’s bounty announcement, Sabo discovers that he is now on the list due to his possession of the Mera-Mera no Mi. As chaos ensues in Dressrosa, Sabo confronts Admiral Fujitora to prevent him from reaching Luffy. He shocks Fujitora and his men by revealing his connection to Luffy before engaging in a battle. The fight ends in a draw as Fujitora chooses to join King Riku instead. Sabo receives a scolding from Koala for his recklessness but asserts that he must protect his brother. Amidst the ongoing battles between the Donquixote Pirates, the Coliseum competitors, and the Straw Hat pirates, Sabo assists the citizens and frees prisoners from the Coliseum. Informed by Koala that Luffy’s life is in danger, Sabo heads toward the palace. When Luffy needs to retreat to face Donquixote Doflamingo, Sabo intercepts Jesus Burgess, who aims to kill the weakened Luffy for his devil fruit. Sabo reveals his status as a sworn brother to Luffy and Ace, vowing to stop Burgess and the Blackbeard Pirates. After confirming that he is the Lucy who consumed the Mera-Mera no Mi, Sabo has a conversation with Luffy, who is overjoyed to see him again. Sabo entrusts Luffy’s safety to Gatz and confirms his intention to take down Doflamingo.
After engaging in a fierce battle with Burgess, Sabo realizes that the rumors about the Blackbeard Pirates hunting devil fruit users are true. Despite being defeated, Burgess is surprised when Sabo decides to spare his life. However, Burgess’s attempt to mock Ace incites Sabo’s anger, and he uses his new devil fruit powers to send Burgess flying. Koala informs Sabo that she has found the list they were searching for. During the night following the battle, Sabo encounters the Straw Hat crew at Kyros’ house, and his connection to Luffy is revealed to them. He has a brief conversation with Zoro, Franky, and Robin, explaining that he must leave soon as CP0 is returning to pursue him and the Revolutionary Army. Sabo advises the Straw Hats to leave the island as well. He shares his story about what has happened since he last saw Luffy, expressing his relief at seeing Luffy safe and his strong desire to meet him. Before departing, Sabo gives the Straw Hats a Vivre Card and entrusts Luffy’s safety to them, reminiscent of how Ace entrusted his safety to them in Alabasta two years prior. He contacts Hack and informs him that he will be joining their location to leave the island together.
After the Revolutionary Army relocated their base to Momoiro Island following the destruction of Baltigo, Sabo read about Luffy’s exploits in Totto Land with pride. One of the revolutionary commanders, Lindbergh, contacted Sabo through a Den Den Mushi to inform him of their delayed arrival for Dragon’s meeting. As they awaited the commanders’ arrival, Dragon and Sabo discussed their plan to declare war on the World Nobles during the Levely. Later, Sabo, along with Lindbergh, Morley, and Karasu, infiltrated Mary Geoise. Sabo disguised himself as a guard and found himself on a gondola with Sterry and the Neptune Family. Sabo reassured Sterry when he became terrified after encountering a group of crows. While hiding underground with the revolutionary executives, Sabo was determined to save Kuma from his enslavement to the World Nobles. Together with the commanders, Sabo launched an assault on the Celestial Dragons. They destroyed the symbol and food storage house, freeing the slaves held captive by the Celestial Dragons. During the chaos, Sabo crossed paths with Bonney, who shared a common goal of saving Kuma. Sabo provided Bonney with information on how to locate Egghead, where Vegapunk resided.
During the Reverie, Sabo and his group engaged in a battle against Fujitora and Ryokugyu to rescue Kuma. Despite successfully executing their plan, Sabo became separated from his companions. During this time, he encountered Jewelry Bonney and caught a glimpse of Im sitting on the Empty Throne. Soon after, news spread that Sabo was allegedly responsible for the assassination of Alabasta’s King Cobra, leading to tears from the Dadan Family and Makino. This false accusation enhanced Sabo’s reputation, inspiring many kingdoms to rise against their corrupt leaders. However, it also made him more notorious than even his father, Dragon. Later, while in the Lulusia Kingdom, Sabo intended to reveal his discovery of Im on the Empty Throne to his comrades, but the Marines intercepted his transmission after realizing he was not using a White Den-Den Mushi. As Sabo noticed a white light in the sky, Im proceeded to obliterate Lulusia Kingdom, leaving his fate unknown and causing Koala to repeatedly call out his name in distress.
- Sabo and Portgas D. Ace vs. Porchemy
- Sabo vs. Portgas D. Ace (multiple times)
- Sabo vs. Monkey D. Luffy (multiple times)
- Sabo, Portgas D. Ace, and Monkey D. Luffy vs. a giant tiger
- Sabo, Portgas D. Ace, and Monkey D. Luffy vs. Bluejam Pirates members
- Sabo vs. Rob Lucci
- Sabo vs. Smoker
- Sabo, Luffy, Law, Smoker, Boa Hancock, Buggy vs. Douglas Bullet
- Lucy (Sabo) vs. Fighting Fish
- Lucy (Sabo) vs. Diamante
- Lucy (Sabo) vs. Jesus Burgess
- Sabo vs. Marines
- Sabo vs. Bastille
- Sabo vs. Admiral Issho
- Revolutionary Army vs. Blackbeard Pirates
Sabo, a powerful character in One Piece, has been involved in several memorable battles throughout the series. Here are a few notable fights featuring Sabo:
- Sabo vs. Admiral Fujitora (Issho): During the Dressrosa arc in One Piece, Sabo engages in a battle against Admiral Fujitora. The clash occurs when Sabo, disguised as Lucy, confronts Fujitora to protect his brother Luffy and their allies. The fight showcases Sabo’s mastery over his Devil Fruit powers.
- Sabo vs. Jesus Burgess: During the Dressrosa arc, Sabo faces off against the notorious pirate Jesus Burgess in the final battle of the Colosseum. With the Mera-Mera no Mi powers at his disposal, Sabo unleashes his fiery attacks, showcasing his combat skills and determination.
- Sabo vs. Bastille: In the Dressrosa Arc, Sabo engages in a battle against the Navy’s Vice Admiral Bastille. Sabo, disguised as Lucy, showcases his mastery over the Flame-Flame Fruit powers and overwhelms Bastille with his fiery attacks. Despite Bastille’s efforts, Sabo emerges as the victor, demonstrating his growth as a powerful fighter. This fight solidifies Sabo’s position as a formidable force within the world of One Piece.
Sabo, a prominent character in One Piece, has achieved several notable victories and accomplishments throughout the series. Some of his most significant victories and achievements include:
- Withstanding the Battle against Admiral Fujitora: During the Dressrosa arc, Sabo engages in a battle against Admiral Fujitora to protect his brother Luffy and their allies. Although the details of the fight are not fully depicted, Sabo’s skill and determination enable him to hold his own against the powerful Admiral, resulting in a draw.
- Obtaining the Mera-Mera no Mi: Sabo’s acquisition of the Mera-Mera no Mi, the Flame-Flame Fruit, is a significant achievement. This Devil Fruit grants him the ability to manipulate and control fire, enhancing his combat abilities and making him an even more formidable fighter.
- Liberation of Dressrosa: Sabo plays a crucial role in the liberation of Dressrosa from the tyrannical rule of Donquixote Doflamingo. Alongside the Straw Hat Pirates and other allies, Sabo helps defeat Doflamingo and his crew, freeing the people of Dressrosa from their oppressive reign.
- Ranking in the Revolutionary Army: As the Chief of Staff of the Revolutionary Army, Sabo holds a prominent position within the organization. His strategic thinking, combat prowess, and dedication to the revolutionary cause make him an influential and respected figure among his comrades.
- Inspiring Rebellion against Corruption: Sabo’s actions and reputation inspire many kingdoms and individuals to rise against corrupt leaders and fight for justice. His efforts contribute to the growing movement of rebellion against the World Government and the oppressive system in the One Piece world.
While Sabo is a formidable character, he has also faced failures and setbacks throughout his journey. Some notable failures include:
- Inability to Save Ace: Sabo was not present during the Marineford War, where his brother Ace was tragically killed. Despite his deep desire to protect Ace, Sabo’s absence prevented him from intervening and preventing the devastating outcome. This failure haunted Sabo, leading to feelings of guilt and regret.
- The accusation of Assassinating King Cobra: After the Reverie, he was falsely accused of assassinating Alabasta’s King Cobra, which tarnished his reputation and led to widespread belief in his guilt. This accusation caused emotional distress for the Dadan Family and Makino, who shed tears upon hearing the news.
- Infiltration Interception: During the events of the Reverie arc, Sabo’s attempt to reveal his discovery of Im on the Empty Throne was intercepted by the Marines. This interception resulted in the destruction of the Lulusia Kingdom and the unknown fate of Sabo, leaving his situation uncertain.
These failures highlight the challenges and obstacles that Sabo has faced in his journey, demonstrating that even powerful characters can encounter setbacks and face circumstances beyond their control. However, it is through these failures that Sabo’s character is further developed, showcasing his resilience and determination to overcome adversity.
As a member of the Revolutionary Army, Sabo clashes with the Marines and the World Government, most notably when he stops Admiral Fujitora from pursuing Luffy, revealing their brotherly connection. Despite their enmity, Sabo surprisingly wishes Fujitora luck in his risky decision to entrust Doflamingo’s defeat to the pirates. Their paths cross again during the Levely, where Sabo and his comrades attempt to rescue Bartholomew Kuma from the World Nobles, leading to a confrontation with Fujitora. The Marines eventually become aware of Sabo’s connection to Luffy following the chaos in Big Mom’s territory, further complicating their relationship and deepening the conflicts between them.
Having witnessed the cruelty and indifference of the nobles in the Goa Kingdom, Sabo bears a deep-rooted hatred toward them. Upon learning of their plot to exterminate the people living in the Gray Terminal, Sabo was the sole individual who took a stand to save them, appalled by the nobles’ knowledge of the situation yet refusal to act. This experience filled him with shame for his noble heritage and solidified his resolve to never become like them. Despite his grudge, Sabo shows the capacity for empathy and cooperation with nobles who genuinely care for their subjects, exemplified in his conversation with Rebecca during the Corrida Colosseum tournament. His discernment allows him to distinguish between compassionate nobles and those who perpetuate cruelty, guiding his interactions and motivations.
Sabo’s disdain for nobles extends to the World Nobles as well, as evidenced by an incident during his departure twelve years ago when Saint Jalmack attempted to kill him simply because their paths crossed. This encounter solidified his animosity towards the privileged class. He wholeheartedly supports Dragon’s decision to declare war on the World Nobles during the Levely, demonstrating his fearlessness in openly opposing them despite their ability to summon Marine admirals for protection. He is incensed by the Celestial Dragons’ cruel treatment of Bartholomew Kuma as a slave. Alongside his comrades, Sabo launches an audacious attack on Mary Geoise, aiming to both declare war on the World Nobles and rescue Kuma from their clutches. This act of defiance showcases Sabo’s unwavering determination to confront and challenge the oppressive power of the World Nobles.
During an unexpected encounter, Sabo stumbled upon the revelation of Imu, the hidden ruler of the world, while in the chamber with the Empty Throne. Shocked and disgusted by the existence of such a sovereign, Sabo’s anger grew. In response, Imu and the Five Elders made ruthless attempts to eliminate Sabo. Escaping from Pangaea Castle, Sabo fled to the Red Port, but he was later framed for the murder of King Cobra. Realizing that he possessed the government’s greatest secret, Sabo became Imu’s primary target, leading to drastic measures. Imu orchestrated the eradication of an entire kingdom in their relentless pursuit to silence Sabo.
Sabo’s disdain for the rule of Dressrosa stemmed from its resemblance to the injustice he had witnessed in his hometown. He sought to acquire the Mera Mera no Mi from the ruling family and assumed the identity of Lucy, participating in the Corrida Colosseum tournament. His ultimate goal was to fight against Diamante and claim the Devil Fruit for himself. However, his decision to consume the fruit, against the crew’s plans, angered them. As a result of his actions and other factors, Sabo found himself included in Doflamingo’s list of “criminals” during the Birdcage game, which led to the citizens being tasked with hunting down these individuals. Sabo was taken aback upon discovering his inclusion in the list, highlighting the unexpected consequences of his pursuit of the Mera Mera no Mi and his clash with Doflamingo’s crew.
Due to Jesus Burgess’s involvement in Ace’s capture and the events of the Marineford War, Sabo holds him responsible for his brother’s death. While Sabo claims to not bear a personal grudge against Burgess or his crew, he adamantly vows to protect Luffy at all costs. In an intense clash, Burgess attempts to kill Sabo and obtain the Mera Mera no Mi but fails and is severely injured by Sabo’s Fire Fist attack. Despite his injuries, Burgess manages to escape and stow away on a ship bound for the Revolutionary Army’s base at Baltigo. He later informs Laffitte and Shiryu about the location of the base, leading to an eventual attack by the Blackbeard Pirates as a form of retaliation against Sabo’s actions and his possession of the Mera Mera no Mi.
Monkey D. Dragon, the leader of the Revolutionary Army and Luffy’s father, played a significant role in Sabo’s life. Initially, Dragon was moved by Sabo’s moral compass and sympathized with him for rejecting his noble heritage. When Sabo’s boat was destroyed by a World Noble named Jalmack, Dragon rescued him and brought him to the revolutionaries for medical treatment. Unaware of Sabo’s connection to Luffy and Ace due to his memory loss, Dragon allowed him to join the Revolutionary Army after Sabo pleaded not to be sent back to his parents. Dragon personally trained Sabo, and he quickly rose through the ranks to become the chief of staff of the Revolutionary Army. Although Dragon is referred to as “Dragon-san” by Sabo, their relationship is characterized by loyalty and trust. Even after regaining his memories, Sabo remained dedicated to the Revolutionary Army’s cause and did not pursue his dream of becoming a free-sailing pirate. Following Doflamingo’s defeat, Sabo personally informed Dragon about Luffy’s well-being during his report, showcasing their ongoing connection and communication.
Sabo shares a friendly relationship with his subordinate Koala, having worked together since their teenage years. When Sabo regains his memories and expresses thoughts of leaving the revolutionaries, Koala becomes emotional and upset, knowing about his history with Luffy and Ace and his regrets regarding the Summit War of Marineford. Koala is genuinely happy for him when he reunites with his remaining brother and offers comfort over any lingering feelings of guilt he may have about his inability to protect Ace, indicating a sense of closeness between them. She also accompanies him to the battle at the Corrida Colosseum. However, Koala often becomes frustrated with Sabo’s tendency to disregard orders, especially when he risks drawing the attention and anger of the Marines by engaging in combat with one of their Admirals.
Sabo collaborates closely with Hack in the Revolutionary Army, although they occasionally clash over Sabo’s tendency to deviate from assigned tasks. After being rescued by Dragon, Hack trains Sabo briefly before Dragon takes over personally, recognizing Sabo’s pre-existing skills and potential.
Sabo maintains a casual relationship with the commanders of the Revolutionary Army, despite holding a senior position. When informed by Lindbergh that the commanders would be late for Dragon’s conference, Sabo shows no worry and expresses concern for their safety instead. After his mission at Mary Geoise, Sabo excludes the other commanders from his meeting with Dragon and Emporio Ivankov, fearing that their lives would be endangered if they were to know about witnessing Imu’s presence at the Empty Throne.
Initially, Curly Dadan had a negative impression of Sabo and seemed annoyed by his presence. She made remarks about hearing bad things about him, and Sabo responded in kind, mentioning that he had also heard negative things about her. However, Dadan eventually grew fond of Sabo and accepted him as part of the family, living together with Ace and Luffy. Dadan was deeply affected by the news of Sabo’s presumed death. Years later, when Dadan learned that Sabo was still alive and a member of the Revolutionary Army, she was distressed to read allegations that he had killed King Nefertari Cobra of the Arabasta Kingdom. This news caused great concern and turmoil for Dadan, adding to the complicated and emotional bond she shared with Sabo.
Initially, Bartolomeo displayed hostility towards Sabo when he refused to let Luffy have the Mera Mera no Mi, but was pushed aside. However, when Sabo revealed his true identity as Luffy’s brother, Bartolomeo’s attitude towards him shifted, showing great respect and addressing him as “great senpai.” While Sabo acknowledges Bartolomeo’s support and aid, he finds Bartolomeo’s obsession with the Straw Hats to be irritating. Despite Doflamingo’s bounty on Sabo’s head and the survival game, Bartolomeo remains loyal to the revolutionary and continues to provide assistance.
Sabo showed sympathy towards Rebecca and her family upon witnessing the atrocities committed by Doflamingo on Dressrosa. However, he refused to let her have the fruit that belonged to his late brother, and Rebecca noticed that he was not the same person as the “Lucy” she had encountered before. Yet, Sabo instructed Bartolomeo to protect Rebecca from Diamante during the final match and came to her rescue after destroying the arena. He then introduced himself and unveiled his true identity as the person she had known as Lucy, leaving her surprised by this revelation.
After Doflamingo’s defeat, Sabo encountered some members of the Straw Hat crew, who were initially shocked to learn about Luffy having another brother. Sabo shared his story of losing his memories, and before departing, he entrusted Luffy’s well-being to the crew, which they readily accepted. Zoro even noted the similarity between Sabo’s words and those of Ace. Although some crew members had not yet met Sabo due to being on a separate journey, they became aware of his existence and his connection to Luffy.
Sabo and Nico Robin have developed a close and friendly relationship. After Robin was rescued by the revolutionaries before the time skip, they shared warm greetings upon reuniting in Dressrosa. Their connection suggests a strong bond and mutual respect between them.
Sabo, an ENTP personality type, is a devoted and caring individual who is driven by his dreams and values. Despite initially agreeing with Ace to kill Luffy, his kind and diplomatic nature shines through as he mediates conflicts between his brothers and supports Luffy’s growth. As an ENTP, Sabo’s dream of becoming a pirate and documenting his adventures reflects his thirst for freedom and exploration. He rejects the values of his noble upbringing, feeling ashamed of his status and distancing himself from the arrogance of others. Sabo’s protective streak towards Luffy is fueled by his regret of not saving Ace, showcasing his strong sense of loyalty and personal responsibility. While retaining his ENTP traits, Sabo has also adopted some of Luffy’s mannerisms. Overall, his personality as an ENTP adds a dynamic and curious nature to his character, shaping his interactions and choices throughout his journey.
Fighting Skills: 9/10
Leadership Quality: 8/10
Bounty: 602 Million berries
Sabo’s outfit in One Piece is a unique and consistent representation of his character. It features a black top hat with blue goggles, a blue jacket with rolled-up sleeves, a white cravat, light blue cyan shorts with a decorative belt buckle, and black boots with brown soles. The outfit has a historical and noble aesthetic, reflecting Sabo’s interest in history and his rebellious nature. The details, such as the goggles and flower-shaped brooch, add distinctive elements to his attire. Overall, Sabo’s outfit is iconic and exemplifies how clothing can contribute to character development in the One Piece series.
As the chief of staff of the Revolutionary Army, Sabo is a highly respected and dangerous figure with a bounty of 602 Million. His reputation as the “Flame Emperor” has made him a legend, surpassing even Dragon. Even without a Devil Fruit, Sabo displayed exceptional combat prowess, effortlessly taking on powerful adversaries like Diamante and Burgess. After consuming the Mera Mera no Mi, his power increased, enabling him to face Admirals and defeat Burgess with ease.
Sabo possesses exceptional fighting skills, honed from intense training since childhood. He displayed great physical capabilities, defeating opponents like Porchemy and surpassing Luffy and Ace in combat. After joining the Revolutionary Army, he received training from Hack and Monkey D. Dragon, further enhancing his abilities. Sabo’s agility, strength, and endurance are remarkable, as seen in his clashes with powerful adversaries like Jesus Burgess and Vice Admiral Bastille. He also possesses impressive stealth skills, maneuvering through dangerous situations undetected.
- Busoshoku Haki (Armament Haki): Sabo’s mastery of Busoshoku Haki is exceptional. He can imbue it into his arm and his pipe, displaying superior skills compared to Burgess. He shattered Burgess’s Haki-infused arm armor and even destroyed the Corrida Colosseum’s fighting ring with his Haki-infused fists. Sabo’s proficiency in Busoshoku Haki demonstrates his formidable strength and combat prowess.
- Kenbunshoku Haki (Observation Haki): Sabo has the ability to use Kenbunshoku Haki. He has demonstrated remarkable proficiency in this form of Haki, as he was able to sense the weakening of Luffy’s Haki during the fight against Doflamingo. Additionally, Sabo showcased his keen perception by effortlessly dodging a barrage of bullets aimed at him. His skill in Kenbunshoku Haki enhances his awareness and makes him a formidable combatant.
Ryusoken (Dragon’s Claw)
Sabo has become a master of the Ryusoken fighting style, utilizing powerful grips referred to as “claws.” His fingers possess immense strength, capable of effortlessly breaking armor, swords, artillery, and even skulls. By channeling Haki into his fingers, he further enhances their destructive force. Unlike Luffy, Sabo prioritizes disarming his opponents before engaging in direct combat. This tactic allowed Diamante to discern that “Lucy” was not actually Luffy during their battle in the Coliseum. With the addition of the Mera-Mera no Mi, Sabo’s attacks have gained even more potency, combining fire with his formidable hand-to-hand skills.
Mera Mera no Mi Devil Fruit
After consuming the Mera Mera no Mi, Sabo gained the ability to manipulate and transform into fire. Although initially struggling to control his newfound powers, he quickly adapted through training and practice. Similar to his late brother Ace, Sabo can unleash a devastating technique called “Hiken,” transforming his arm into a powerful blast of fire. This attack has incredible destructive force, capable of shattering structures such as the Corrida Colosseum. Sabo also incorporates his flames into his Ryusoken style and can imbue his weapons with fire, further enhancing his combat abilities.
Sabo possesses several powerful attacks that demonstrate the full extent of his abilities. Here are some of his strongest attacks:
- Ryu no Ibuki (Dragon’s Breath): Ryu no Ibuki, a powerful Ryusoken technique, showcases Sabo’s immense strength and mastery over his fighting style. By infusing his fists with Armament Haki, Sabo delivers a devastating blow to the ground, unleashing a destructive force that causes widespread damage to his surroundings. The attack exploits the concept of striking at the core or center of objects and individuals, making it a formidable and versatile technique in battle. As Sabo continues his journey, he may unveil further variations of Ryu no Ibuki, demonstrating the full extent of his skills and enhancing his combat capabilities.
- Hiken (Fire Fist): Sabo’s strongest attack is his own version of the Hiken or Fire Fist technique, similar to his late brother Ace. By channeling the power of his Mera Mera no Mi Devil Fruit, Sabo can engulf his fist in flames, enhancing the strength and impact of his punches. This attack showcases his mastery over fire and can deliver devastating blows to his opponents. Sabo’s version of the Hiken is a testament to his incredible power and serves as a powerful symbol of his connection to his brother and their shared legacy.
- Ryuken (Dragon Claw): Sabo’s formidable attack, known as the Three-Clawed Style, combines his mastery of Ryusoken and his exceptional Haki skills. By forming a three-fingered claw, Sabo delivers a powerful strike that is further enhanced by the infusion of Haki. This devastating move proved its potency when Sabo employed it against Burgess, effectively countering the Yonko commander’s elbow strike and overpowering his Armament Haki-coated armor. The immense force behind Sabo’s attack shattered Burgess’ defense, showcasing the lethal combination of his physical prowess and Haki’s mastery.
- Fire Dragon King’s Breath: This attack showcases Sabo’s mastery of his Devil Fruit powers. He generates a massive, dragon-shaped stream of fire that engulfs his surroundings, incinerating everything in its path. The Fire Dragon King’s Breath is an incredibly powerful and devastating attack that can overwhelm multiple opponents.
Sabo possesses a multitude of strengths that contribute to his formidable abilities and character:
- Exceptional Combat Skills: Sabo is an incredibly skilled fighter, having undergone intense training from a young age. He is proficient in various combat styles, including his own Ryusoken technique, which combines powerful strikes with his dragon-like claw grips.
- Devil Fruit Power: After consuming the Mera Mera no Mi, Sabo gained the ability to create, control, and transform his body into fire at will. This Logia-type Devil Fruit grants him enhanced offensive capabilities and versatile combat strategies.
- Haki Mastery: Sabo has displayed mastery in both Busoshoku Haki (Armament Haki) and Kenbunshoku Haki (Observation Haki). His Armament Haki allows him to imbue his attacks with incredible power and break through formidable defenses, while his Observation Haki enhances his senses and perception, enabling him to dodge attacks and sense the presence of others.
- Tactical Intelligence: Sabo possesses a sharp and strategic mind. He is capable of analyzing situations swiftly, adapting to different combat scenarios, and making calculated decisions in the heat of battle. His tactical acumen enables him to effectively lead the Revolutionary Army and plan intricate operations.
- Strong Willpower: Sabo possesses a strong sense of determination and unyielding will. He remains steadfast in his beliefs and principles, never backing down from a fight or compromising his values. His indomitable spirit allows him to overcome obstacles and inspire others around him.
- Emotional Resilience: Despite enduring significant hardships, Sabo has shown resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks. He has coped with the loss of his memories, the burden of his noble heritage, and the tragic death of his sworn brother, Ace, demonstrating his ability to channel his emotions into strength and maintain his resolve.
- Strong Sense of Justice: Sabo is deeply committed to fighting against injustice and oppression. As a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Army, he actively opposes the World Government and champions the cause of freedom and equality. His unwavering dedication to justice drives him to protect the innocent and fight for a better world.
- Loyalty and Obedience: Sabo holds a strong sense of loyalty towards his loved ones and comrades. He deeply values his relationship with Luffy and Ace and was willing to sacrifice his own dreams and safety for their sake. Sabo’s strong bonds and camaraderie extend to his fellow revolutionaries, as he remains dedicated to the cause and protects his comrades fiercely.
While Sabo possesses numerous strengths, he also has certain weaknesses that can affect him:
- Traumatic Past: Sabo’s traumatic experiences, including the loss of his memories and witnessing the death of his brother Ace, can leave emotional scars and impact his mental and emotional well-being. These past traumas may resurface during critical moments, affecting his focus and decision-making.
- Lack of Control: Despite his mastery of the Mera Mera no Mi, Sabo initially struggled with controlling his newfound powers. His inexperience with the Devil Fruit led to difficulties in managing the intensity and scope of his fire-based attacks, causing collateral damage or unintentional harm to his surroundings.
- Sense of Responsibility: Sabo’s strong sense of responsibility towards his comrades and the Revolutionary Army can sometimes burden him. He may feel the weight of the movement’s goals and the lives depending on him, which can lead to moments of self-doubt or internal conflict.
During his childhood, Sabo displayed remarkable skill in stick fighting using metal pipes, incorporating elements of bo-staff styles. Even after the time skips, he continues to wield a similar metal pipe as his weapon of choice. This pipe proves to be effective in both offense and defense, allowing him to hold his ground against formidable opponents such as Diamante and Burgess. Furthermore, after consuming the Mera Mera no Mi, he gained the ability to ignite the two ends of his pipe, further enhancing his combat capabilities.
Sabo’s signature move is the “Hiken” or “Fire Fist” technique which was inspired by his late brother, Ace, who used it as his own signature move. This powerful attack involves Sabo engulfing his fist in flames, using the fiery energy granted by the Mera Mera no Mi Devil Fruit. With a swift and forceful punch, he releases a concentrated blast of fire toward his opponent. The Hiken is a destructive move that showcases Sabo’s mastery over fire and his ability to channel its intense heat into his attacks. It is a symbol of his connection to his late brother, Ace, and has become one of his most renowned and feared abilities.
Appearance in Popular Media
Sabo made his first appearance in the Anime in Episode 494: “Enter Sabo! The Boy From Gray Terminal”
He made his debut in the manga in Chapter 583: “Gray Terminal – The Final Destination of the Uncertainty”
Sabo appeared in the following One Piece movies:
- One Piece Film: Gold (2016)
- One Piece 3D2Y (2015)
- One Piece: Stampede (2019)
- One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- One Piece: Bounty Rush
- Jumputi Heroes
- One Piece: Treasure Cruise
- One Piece: Burning Will
- One Py Berry Match
- One Piece: Bon! Bon! Journey!!
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
- One Piece Thousand Storm
- One Piece: Burning Blood
- One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum
- One Piece: World Seeker – Episode 2: Where justice lies
- Jump Force
- One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World
- One Piece Odyssey
- One Piece Premier Show
- Super Kabuki II: One Piece
- Hungry Days commercials
The Japanese Voice actors of Sabo are Takeuchi Junko and Furuya Toru.
The English Voice actors are Johnny Yong Bosch and Vic Mignogna.
- Portuguese (BR): Lucindo, Fábio
- French: Crépet Alexandre and Solis Adrien
- German: Mayer Felix
- Italian: Calatroni Jacopo and Andreozzi Ruggero
- Spanish: Nogueras Jordi and Suárez Luis Leonardo
Reviews and Receptions
Sabo is an incredible character in One Piece. His deep connection with Luffy and Ace brings a powerful emotional resonance to the story. People love his determination and his growth as a head member of the Revolutionary Army. His fight scenes are always exciting, and his use of the Mera Mera no Mi adds a unique dynamic to his abilities. Sabo’s backstory and his journey of self-discovery make him a compelling and relatable character. Fans can’t wait to see more of him in the series.
A few people also believe to have mixed feelings about Sabo. While his backstory and his bond with Luffy and Ace are intriguing, his character is a bit underwhelming compared to other major characters in One Piece. His role in the story sometimes feels forced, and his abilities, especially after eating the Mera Mera no Mi, seem a bit overpowered. Additionally, his personality and mannerisms are less captivating compared to other characters in the series. Overall, Sabo is an acceptable character, but he could have been developed and utilized better.
- Food: Ramen
- Comrade: Koala
- Pirate: Monkey D. Luffy
Facts and Trivia
- During Sabo’s childhood, the talented voice actor Takeuchi Junko lent her voice to bring the character to life, and interestingly, she is also known for her iconic portrayal of Naruto Uzumaki, the beloved protagonist of the Naruto series. With her incredible range and expressive delivery, Takeuchi Junko skillfully captured the essence of both Sabo and Naruto, leaving a lasting impression on fans of both series with her remarkable talent.
- In the cover image of Chapter 596, Sabo was depicted as a mature young man, resembling his brothers Ace and Luffy. He retained his childhood attire, albeit in a larger size, and carried a bo staff, showcasing his martial prowess. Notably, Sabo appeared shirtless, showcasing his muscular build akin to his siblings. Additionally, Ace’s tattoo was altered to read “ACE” instead of “ASCE,” suggesting a homage to Sabo’s presence in the hypothetical scenario of the three brothers growing up together. However, when Sabo made his official adult appearance, he sported a different outfit, consisting of a shirt, long pants, and gloves, while his hair had grown longer than the previous portrayal.
- Sabo’s fate was subtly foreshadowed on two occasions. The first hint occurred during a conversation between Ivankov and Dragon in Episode 504, implying that something significant awaited Sabo in the future. The second clue appeared on the cover page of Chapter 668, where three cups of sake were respectfully placed in front of Ace’s grave, accompanied by a newspaper article featuring Luffy. It was later revealed that Sabo was the one responsible for this gesture, suggesting his continued presence and connection to his brother’s legacy.
- Sabo’s animated debut in the present storyline occurs in the 3D2Y special rather than the anime. This special showcases his introduction and involvement in the ongoing narrative, allowing viewers to witness his character development firsthand.
- Sabo’s popularity among fans is evident in the 6th and 7th Japanese fan polls, where he ranked as the ninth and tenth most popular character in One Piece, respectively. His consistent high placement showcases his appeal and popularity among viewers, solidifying his position as the most popular character from the Revolutionary Army.
- Among the three brothers, Sabo stands as the tallest, with a height of 187 cm (6’1½”). This makes him 2 cm (½”) taller than Ace, who measured 185 cm (6’1″) before his untimely demise. The height difference adds another distinctive aspect to Sabo’s physical appearance in comparison to his siblings.
- Sabo’s storyline in the series parallels that of his late brother Ace in several ways. Both characters are introduced during arcs where a Warlord of the Sea serves as the main antagonist, and both are involved in deceiving a kingdom (Arabasta and Dressrosa, respectively). Additionally, both Ace and Sabo protect Luffy from powerful opponents that he is unable to fight at the time (Smoker, Fujitora, and Burgess, respectively). Before their departures, both Ace and Sabo leave Vivre Cards as a means to ensure Luffy’s safety, although the specific details differ slightly. Ace gives Luffy a Vivre Card to locate him in the future, while Sabo provides Luffy’s crew with a Vivre Card to help them find Luffy while keeping one for himself.
- Sabo and Sanji, the Straw Hat Pirates’ cook, share similarities in their backgrounds. Both were born into noble families but chose to leave due to neglect from their parents. In both cases, their parents attempted to retrieve them with the help of pirates, but their reunions were short-lived and they continued on their respective paths.
- Sabo stands out among the nobles for embodying the “dragon” motif both literally and figuratively through his Ryusoken fighting style.
- According to Gorosei (The Five Elders), Sabo’s life is intricately intertwined with individuals bearing the middle initial “D.”
- Sabo’s reaction upon learning of Ace’s death mirrored that of Luffy’s, as both were left in a state of shock. However, it is worth mentioning that Sabo eventually regained his lost memories.
- He coincidentally shares his birthday with the powerful and legendary character “Golden Lion” Shiki in the One Piece universe.