Vinsmoke Sanji (ヴィンスモーク・サンジ) is a fictional French character and a chef in the One Piece series, who inspires to find the place called All Blue and has gone on a journey to fulfill his dream. He is a major character in the popular anime One Piece, created by the editor and author/mangaka Eiichiro Oda, and the anime was adapted by Toei Animation.
Vinsmoke Sanji, also known as Sanji, was born on March 2 (age 19 years; debut; 21 years; post-time skip) in the Germa Kindom, North Blue. His zodiac sign is Pieces and his blood group is S RH-. Sanji was inspired to become a top-class chef and wanted to find a place where all the oceans meet from North, South, East, and West. He sets sail after meeting Luffy in order to work as a chef and fighter in the Straw Hat Crew and fulfill his dream of discovering All Blue.
Height (approx): 5’10″
Weight: 80 kg
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Yellow
Built: Skinny muscular
Special Feature: Curly Eye Brows, Goatie Beard
Sanji has always been a womanizer and loves to think about women all the time. He loves to cook for women and treats them with love but hates men. He is gentle, elegant, and charming just like a Prince, and is highly loyal to his captain and his friends. His MBTI personality type is ENFJ, people with such personalities love to care for others and provide support.
Fighting Skills: 7/10
Leadership Quality: 6/10
Bounty: 1.032 Billion berries (Post Wano Arc)
Sanji belongs to the family of the most famous legends of military power suppliers of the North Blue, Germa Kindom who are well known for the use of high-level scientific tools and developments. Sanji hated his family and ran away at the first chance he got to find a better life and his suffering.
Parents and Sibling
Sanji is the son of the famous villain of comic series and the ruler of the Germa Kingdom, Vinsmoke Judge who modified his kids in order to make them war machines and forget their emotions. Sanji’s mother was named Sora (meaning Sky) who was gentle and kind. Sanji would care for her and try to cook for her but his father disapproved of it and would treat him badly.
Sanji has three brothers Ichiji Vinsmoke, Niji Vinsmoke, and Yonji Vinsmoke who were made with genetic enhancement technology and do not possess any humanity, and are mindless warriors. But Sanji’s elder sister, Reiju is someone who loves him and has a resemblance to his late mother.
With the agreement of Big Mom and Vinsmoke Judge, Sanji was arranged to get married to one of the members of the Charlotte Family, Charlotte Pudding who was the youngest daughter of Big Mom (Charlotte Linlin). She was the arranged fiance of Sanji but later due to various events of conflict during the ring ceremony, they both couldn’t get married and Sanji had to leave her.
Relationships and Affairs
Sanji has always been in love with women and keeps flirting with every woman he can. He has a craze for women and his nose starts to bleed after having a good moment with any woman. Throughout the story, Sanji keeps falling for girls and tries to get them to give him attention, but mostly is left waiting and tossed around. He loves being around ladies and considers it to be his biggest fantasy.
Nami was the first person Sanji fell in love with and is totally into her. He loves to cook for her and protects her while trying to get her attention every time but ends up getting beaten or ignored. Sanji is obsessed with Nami and calls her Nami-Swan, to show his love.
Nico Robin joined the crew after Albasta and became the second female member of the crew. Sanji has been in love with her since the beginning and cooks her favorite meals to impress her. He feels a strong attraction toward her and refers to her as Robin-Chwan.
The Straw Hats had a temporary member named Nefetari Vivi, who got rescued by the crew and helped her free her country from the control of Sir Crocodile (one of the Warlords of Sea). Sanji liked her and would try to flirt with her at every chance he would get.
During the adventures in Dressrosa, Sanji met Viola, who was a member of the Don Quixote family, and saved her from bandits. She was his mind with her ability and started liking him until Sanji had to leave the place and fight.
After discovering Sanji was alive, his father wanted him to get married to a girl from the Charlotte family so that they can acquire more power and get the support of Big Mom (Charlotte Linlin) and her crew. Sanji was forced to marry Charlotte Pudding, the youngest daughter of the family to which he agreed at the first sight of her photo. She hated him and made fun of him but eventually ended up falling in love with him but Sanji had to leave her to continue his journey.
Sanji was found and reduced by Zeff who was his mentor, teacher, and caretaker at the Baratie in East Blue. He sacrificed his leg in order to save Sanji and taught him everything to make him a great human being.
While working at the Bartie, Sanji met Monkey D Luffy and fed his crew. During an attack at the place, Luffy and the crew helped Sanji in fighting the pirates and helping the owner of the place. Luffy asked Sanji to join his crew as the chef to which Sanji agreed and left Bartie. Luffy believes Sanji is the best cook and without his help, Luffy can never become “King of The Pirates”.
Sanji is the third in command of the Straw Hat Pirates and a member of the Demon Trio. He has a rivalry with Roronoa Zoro who keeps amusing and fighting with him. Together these two keep on arguing and never come to a subtle decision. Zoro calls Sanji by various names such as Stupid Cook, Prevert Cook, Curly Brows, etc.
The first impression of Straw Hats was not pleasant for Sanji but after he met Nami, he got instantly attracted to her and tried to flirt with her. She is a good companion for him on the crew and both of them care for each other.
Usopp is the sniper of the Straw Hat crew and a great friend of Sanji who considers him to be his bodyguard and protect him. Though Sanji shows that he doesn’t care about him, he has fought for Usopp many times and saved his life.
Chopper (Tony Tony Chopper) considers Sanji to be like his elder brother and looks up to him and thinks of him as “awesome”. Initially, Sanji considered Chopper to be an emergency food supply but soon considered him to be an essential part of the crew as a doctor.
Nico Robin joined the crew out of nowhere by herself and was instantly approved by Sanji as he has a soft spot for her and loves to cook gourmet dishes for her.
Brook (Soul King) has a close relationship with Sanji as a fellow pervert and women lover. They both love to ask silly things from women and get their attention. They both are referred to as the “Pervert Duo” and try to get more and more affection from Nami and Robin.
Sanji had a grudge against Boss Jinbe for letting Arlong rampage which caused a lot of suffering for Nami. Sanji would oppose Jinbe and the idea of him joining the crew until he would properly apologize to Nami for all the suffering that she went through.
Sanji believes in God and thinks that “God created the food, and the devil created the spices”. As a chef, he hates people wasting food and thinks it is a sin to waste food and God shall punish the ones who do so.
Sanji started cooking for his mother initially when she was sick. He wanted to be a chef so that he can serve food to his mother. When he left his home, he met with Zeff, who is a chef and a former pirate, who taught Sanji how to cook and be a real man. After meeting Luffy, Sanji became the chef of the Straw Hat crew and is onboard with them to sail the world and fulfill his dream. Sanji had gained various fighting skills over the years and during his training in the Kamabaka Kingdom, he got trained to learn various new techniques which would help him get stronger for his friends. He has been victories in various fights that got him high recognition such as his fights with CP9 agents Blueno and Jabra, Elite Officer Vergo, members of the Animal Kingdom Tobbi Roppo- Queen, Page One, and X Drake.
Due to his family, he had to leave the crew in order to get married in a political scenario. He left his friends behind without saying much and had to sacrifice himself for their safety, but Luffy came in order to help him and stop the marriage and the agreement between the corrupt families. Luffy needed Sanji and helped him to come back in the crew after a big fight on the Whole Cake Island and the Big Mom Pirates.
During the events of Wano, it was revealed that Sanji had a raid suit of Germa 66 just like his family which he despised. He used it to hide his identity and fight the bad guys in Wano to save people. He refused to use his powers anymore due to the negative side effects that it was causing and he started to lose his humanity in exchange for inhuman feats of strength.
One Piece (ワンピース Wan Pisu) is an animated series based on the manga One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, produced by Toei Animation and had its first broadcast by Fuji Television on 20 October 1999. In 2004, the company 4Kids Animation acquired the rights to Dub and provide One Piece for the English dub audience. Sanji first appeared in the Anime Episode 20: Famous Cook! Sanji of the Sea Restaurant!
The One Piece manga was written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda as his first big manga series. One Piece has been serialized by Shueisha in the shonen jump manga collection, Weekly Shonen Jump on July 22, 1997. Sanji made his debut in the Manga Vol. 5 Chapter 43: Introducing Sanji (also called Enters Sanji).
The first One Piece movie was launched on March 4, 2004, and was produced by Toei Animation. To date, One Piece has 15 Movies in total with “Film Red” being the latest in addition. The movie 6 “Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island” was an experimental movie with the first time having a CGI version of the anime.
List of all One Piece movies:
- One Piece: The Movie (2000)
- One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure (2001)
- One Piece: Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (2002)
- One Piece: Dead End Adventure (2003)
- The Cursed Holy Sword (2004)
- One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005)
- One Piece: The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle (2006)
- One Piece – Episode of Arabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates (2007)
- One Piece – Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura (2008)
- One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)
- One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase (2011)
- One Piece Film: Z (2012)
- One Piece Film: Gold (2016)
- One Piece: Stampede (2019)
- One Piece Film: Red (2022)
The first One Piece game was released in Japan on the console of WonderSwan in 2000 July- Become the Pirate King! (めざせ海賊王！ Mezase Kaizoku-Ō!) – Bandai. Over the years, multiple games have been released on various platforms such as Gameboy, Nintendo, Play Station, Mobile Phones, etc.
List of Top One Piece Games
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors
- One Piece: World Seeker
- One Piece: Unlimited Adventure
- One Piece: Burning Blood
- One Piece: Grand Battle
- One Piece: Grand Adventure
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
- One Piece Treasure Cruise
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
- One Piece Odyssey
Live Shows and Performances
One Piece shows have been a great tourist attraction and were taking place in the One Piece Tower in Tokyo, Japan since 2015 and lasted till 2020 when the Tower was closed. The show involves various actors in cosplay to perform various scenes from the One Piece show.
TV Drama/Web Series
The One Piece series will be released on Netflix in 2023. Sanji will be played by the actor Taz Skylar. The show is developed by Matt Owens and Steven Maeda and produced by Tomorrow Studios and Shueisha.
Voiced and Portrayed By
Hiroaki Hirata (平田 広明) is the voice of Sanji and various other characters in One Piece Japanese dub.
Eric Vale, Joseph Murray, David Moo, and Veronica Taylor (4kids version). In the fall of 2023, Taz Skylar will portray Sanji in Netflix live-action series.
Noe Velazquez andAlfredo Martinez
Hubertus von Lerchenfeld
Josep Maria Mas
Powers and Abilities
Sanji is a strong warrior and a pirate who is well-known in the One Piece story. He is the third in command of the Straw Hat Pirates and has defeated various powerful foes such as Jabra, Page One, Queen, etc.
Inhuman Physical Body
Sanji is a skilled fighter with extraordinary levels of strength, speed, endurance, and durability. He has shown feats of immeasurable strength by defeating various foes with high levels of abilities and powers. He can easily deflect cannons, destroy ships and take huge amounts of damage. He can move faster than a normal person can see and use his legs to hit large objects.
Raid Suit and Genetic Modifications
Sora Vinsmoke, Sanji’s mother used to take drugs during the birth of Sanji in order to avoid him from becoming a genetically mutilated human and his heart would still have humanity. During the events of Wano Arc, Sanji used the raid suit of Germa 66 which gave him powers of Stealth Black and flying. But after a few uses of the Raid Suit, Sanji realized that it was making him awaken the powers which were lying dormant within him and in exchange would destroy his humanity. He destroyed the power of raid suit and delayed the changes of Genetic Modifications.
Black Leg Style
During his stay at Baratie, Sanji learned the art of Black Leg from his mentor Zeff who was also known to teach his students by kicking them. Sanji’s fighting style is a distinctive blend of Brazilian Capoeira, French Savate, and Korean Taekwondo. He prefers to fight with his legs to avoid injuring his hands, which he needs for cooking. As a result, he incorporates handstands into his Black Leg Style instead of punches. He can perform one-handed handstands and consecutive back handsprings. Some of the attacks he uses are Collier, Côtelette, Anti-Manner Kick Course, Tendron, Concassé, Bouquetière Shot, Escalope, and Parage Shot.
Sanji learned his Haki forms during his stay in the Kamabaka Kingdom where had to constantly fight to protect himself. He majorly learned two types of Haki –
- Observation Haki: Also known as Kenbunshoku Haki, this type of Haki allows Sanji to sense the presence and intentions of others. Sanji has demonstrated mastery of this ability, allowing him to anticipate and dodge attacks even from opponents with exceptional speed and strength.
- Armament Haki: Also known as Busoshoku Haki, this type of Haki enables Sanji to harden his body and attack with an invisible armor-like substance. Sanji has shown exceptional skill in using this Haki, enabling him to augment his physical strikes with incredible power and even bypass the defenses of Logia-type Devil Fruit users.
Sky Walk and Blue Walk
During his stay of 2 years at Momoiro Island, Sanji used to run so fast to escape the dangers that he discovered how to walk on air. This evolved into him learning the Sky Walk technique which allows him to run in the air and float in mid-air to avoid attacks and send attacks from heights. He can also use this technique to walk on water which is called Blue Walk.
Sanji unveiled a new ability called Diable Jambe, which allows him to enhance the power of his attacks by spinning his lower legs rapidly in place until they heat up to a scorching temperature and look like flames. The name “Diable” comes from the French word for “Devil” and is also a reference to a kitchen tool, possibly alluding to a spicy French sauce called “sauce à la diable”. He uses this technique to fight various enemies and set them ablaze by charging his legs effortlessly to emit flames. He uses various attacks such as Hell Memories, Diable Jambe: Mutton Shot, Flambage Shot, Well-Cooked Grill Shot, Concassé, and Collier Strike.
During his fight with Queen on the Onigashima Island, Sanji used the technique called Ifrit Jambe in order to burn his flames hotter than normal. This changed his flame color to blue using his haki and Diable Jambe combined which increased the damage power inflicted by him.
During the fight on the Puffing Tom train, Sanji made an exception of not using his hands in combat and used a pair of knives to fight the chef who was using noodles as his shield. Sanji used the technique of Hocho Sabaki (peeling knives) in order to defeat the chef. In movies and a few scenes, Sanji is shown wielding guns which he used only a few times.
Leaving the Crew
Sanji had to leave the crew due to his family which most people believe to be wrong and unjustified as his family is nothing but a bunch of heartless warriors and hired guns famous throughout the seas for all their malpractices. He should have counted on his crew instead and asked them for support. During the Dressrosa Arc, Sanji was about to leave his crew for one of the Donquixote Family members, Viola (Violet).
Extreme Level of Pervertness
Among all the characters of One Piece, Sanji is the most pervert and always tried to get onto women in anyways possible. He tries to flirt with every girl and gets nosebleed after looking at them. This has caused him to mess up plans and get hospitalized due to over-attraction. He even misused his powers to get into the women’s bath to see the women bathing.
Not Fighting Against Female Characters
Sanji is a man of ideals who believes in never hitting a lady, but due to this principle, he has caused his crew and the action plans to suffer. Irrespective of how evil the opponent is, he would never hit her and keep taking the damage until someone comes to rescue him. This becomes a problem for most of the Straw Hats as they have to rush in aid of Sanji who himself is one of the strongest in the crew.
Utterly disrespectful to the Kamabaka Kingdom members
During the 2-year time skip, Sanji had been trained under the member of the Kamabaka Kindom who were men pretending to be live women. They kept hitting on Sanji and almost made him lose his personality as a man, which made him hate them even more. Though apart from their behavior, the people took care of Sanji and taught him how to use Haki and Geppo to order to fight, for which Sanji was never grateful to them and hated them with all his heart and never wanted to see them again.
Grudges with Jinbei
Sanji had a grudge against Jinbei for letting Arlong wreak havoc in the East Blue in exchange for the title of Warlord of the Sea. Due to this reason, Arlong was able to take over the whole city where Nami was born and made her work for all her life. He blames Jinbei for all the mishappenings that ever occurred to Nami until Luffy came and defeated Arlong.
Vulgar Gestures in Nami’s Body
While the adventures of Punk Hazard were going on, some of the members of the Straw Hat Crew had a switch of hearts and bodies amongst each other and Sanji got into the body of Nami. Until the time he was inside the body, he was continuously doing vulgar and inappropriate gestures which made it seem very ungentlemanly for his character.
Changes made by 4kids Animation
The signature style of Sanji is holding a cigarette every time, but the 4kids Animation decided to change it to a lollipop which was inaccurate due to his character and the further adaptation of his name being Vinsmoke.
Awards and Honours
- Global Awards for Best-Selling Manga- Best-Selling Manga Series
- Anime Awards (2022)- Most Viewed Series of All Time
- 46th Japan Anime Awards (2023)- Best animation category
- Food: Spicy Seafood Pasta
- Drink: Tea
- Addiction: Smoking
- Hobby: Cooking
- Crew Member: Nami
- Color: Blue
- Numbers: 05, 32, 59
Facts and Trivia
- Sanji once claimed that 98.72% of the reason for him joining the Straw Hat crew was due to Nami and her beauty.
- Apart from his real name, Sanji is also referred as Mr. Prince (Mr. プリンス, Misutā Purinsu), San-gorou (サン五郎, Sangorō, English versions: Sangoro), Osoba-mask (おそばマスク, O-Soba Masuku, English versions: “Soba Mask”), Black Leg” (黒足, Kuro Ashi) and Black Foot Sanji.
- The initial name of Sanji was supposed to be Naruto but was changed to due a similar anime named Naruto and his protagonist having the same name. He was also supposed to be a gunslinger rather than a martial artist.
- He learned a technique called Geppo, a Rokushiki technique from the Kamabaka Kingdom which allows him to walk in the Sky and water.
- In the manga, Sanji was saved by Zeff in a different way than in the anime version, where Zeff did not cut his leg off to save Sanji from drowning but instead had to cut off his leg and eat it to survive.
- In the manga, when the Okamas express their desire to meet Sanji again, he responds by showing them his middle finger as a sign of disrespect. However, in the anime, although his words remain the same, his gesture is toned down to a less offensive hand sign.
- A book called One Piece: Pirate Recipes was published by Shueisha in November 2012 which features all the dishes and food made by Sanji and his special attributes as a cook.
- In the One Piece Tokyo Tower, a restaurant has been made which provides all the dishes that Sanji cookies in the series.
- Among his other brothers and sister, only Sanji got the hair color from his parents which was due to a lack of genetic modifications in him and inherited the blonde hair color.
- Oda states in an SBS that if Sanji was not a pirate, he would have been working in a Salon.
- Sanji has the ability to instantly measure and analyze the chest-waist-hip ratio of any woman.
- In the One Piece Pirate Warrior game series, Sanji cannot hit any female character and a dialogue box appears with a warning that this character cannot hit the female characters.
- According to Oda, many people believe that Sanji’s character is designed after Leonardo DiCaprio but instead, it was inspired by Steve Buscemi’s look from “Reservoir Dogs”.
- A common belief is that if Sanji were to become the President he might pass laws that heavily favor women while discriminating against men. As a consequence, the men would feel oppressed and might form a rebellion against him, leading to Sanji’s removal from office.
- Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki, of Shokugeki no Soma saw the popularity of Sanji’s character and decided to make a full spin-off series featuring him in a 6 chapter adventure during his time in The Baratie.
- Oda stated that if Sanji was to be given a Devil Fruit, it would be Sui Sui no Mi, which would give him the ability to swim on any surface.
- Among the crew, Sanji is the one who has never fallen sick in his whole life and does not know how sickness or being ill feels like.
- For the Kumamoto Revival Project, a bronze statue of Sanji was made on December 7, 2019, in the town of Mashiki.