Robin is the daughter of Nico Olivia, one of the prominent scholars of Ohara. When Robin was very young, she was left to live with relatives when Olivia left on the Ohara research vessel. She was already treated poorly by her family, and became more of an outcast after she found and ate the Bloom-Bloom Devil Fruit. She didn't have any friends, except the few scholars of the island. Robin educated herself, and graduated as a scholar at a young age. She hoped that she could join her mother on an expedition if she ever returned. However, the scholars, led by Professor Clover, refused to let Robin join them in their forbidden research on the Poneglyphs.
One day, Robin found a giant washed ashore named Saul. The two became friends, but he warned her of an impending attack on the island once he learned he was on Ohara. Robin rushed back to find the towns already being shelled by the Navy ships. She found Clover and scholars, and an unknown woman with white hair being held by Spandam. As Spandam started to drag the woman away, something triggered in Robin. She called out asking if she was her mother Olivia. Olivia denied it to avoid implicating Robin, but she only pushed the issue and declared to everyone's surprise that she could read the Poneglyphs. Spandam ran from the Buster Call he initiated and left Olivia behind. The two finally had their reunion, but it was short lived. Olivia passed Robin onto Saul to escape the island as she stayed behind to help save the research of the island.
Robin and Saul's escape was cut short by Kuzan. Before Saul died, he told Robin that one day she would come across friends that would protect her. Robin ran, but Kuzan found her. Oddly enough, he provided her an escape off the island. From her small boat, she watched as Ohara was destroyed by the Navy. Through her tears, she tried to laugh in the way Saul had taught her. She was the island's only survivor.
The World Government had placed the blame of Ohara's destruction on the scholars, and a bounty of 79 Million was placed on her at the age of six. Robin spent the rest of her years on the run. Everywhere she went, she was quickly betrayed for the bounty. At 8, she joined a pirate crew, at 16, she joined some organization, and she betrayed all of them before they could turn on her. When she was twenty-four, she joined Baroque Works for Sir Crocodile, one of the Seven Warlords, with the hope of finding a poneglyph on Alabasta. Robin's goal was to find he Rio Poneglyth and complete the Ohara scholars' research into the the thousand year void in the world's history.
Nico Robin (ニコ・ロビン, Niko Robin) is a main character of the series One Piece, that was created by Eiichiro Oda. The series first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 4, 1997. She first appeared during the Whiskey Peak Arc that began in Volume 12. She would later appear in Volume 13. She was initially introduced as an antagonist of questionable loyalties who later joined the Straw Hat Pirates.
Her first appearance is in One Piece Volume 13, CH. 114 "The Course",
Oda has described the crew as a family unit, and Robin was referred to as the matured mother figure, he's described her as looking like a crane, represented by the color purple, and smells of flowers.
" The things you have destroyed back there were priceless artifacts. Precious treasure whose importance cannot be measured.... History may always be repeated, but humans cannot go back in time... You wouldn't understand that would you? "
Nico Robin "One Piece" in Skypiea
Robin is first introduced to the series as a twenty-eight year old, mature woman who is highly intelligent. She has a deep love for history and knowledge. Her initial appearance was that of an antagonist, but her loyalties to the Baroque Worlds was put into question almost immediately. She had lived most of her life in the shadows in order to survive and achieve her goal of discovering the truth about the 100 year Void in the world's history. She was initially using the Straw Hats but quickly found herself attached to the small crew. She even attempted to sacrifice herself to save them from the wrath of the World Government, but they came after her. This was when she truly felt she was a member of their crew.
An aspect of her character that wasn't explored as much in the English publication was the level of emotional distance Robin kept. When she first joined the crew she never used the crew's names but addressed them by their crew positions. (i.e. Luffy was "Captain" and Nami was "Miss Navigator"). It was only after the Enies Looby Arc that Robin began using their names. This personality change was a subtle touch that Eiichiro Oda used to show her attachment to her new friends. This loyalty was shown at Sabaody Archipelago where they met Silvers Rayleigh, the first-mate of Gold Roger. He had offered to tell her what they had learned about the lost century, but she turned it down since her journey with the Straw Hats was just as important to her.
After the two year time skip in the series, Robin is now 30 years old, but much of her appearance has not changed. The most dramatic difference is in those two years her hair has grown dramatically longer, and the extend of her evolved powers has yet to be revealed.
Major Story Arcs
Baroque Works Saga - Whiskey Peak Arc
Robin held the name of "Miss All Sunday" while being an agent and vice-president of the Baroque Works organization. During that time, she allowed Princess Vivi of Alabasta infiltrate the organization to learn Crocodile was the leader, and the one instigating the civil was in her country. When Robin traveled to Whiskey Peak, she found Vivi with the Straw Hat Pirates.
She tried offering them an Eternal Pose to follow a safer path to Alabasta. However, Luffy broke it, saying that he would not allow her to decide their destination. They rejected any aid she was offering, so she left without further incident.
Baroque Works Saga - Alabasta Arc
Robin preformed her duties of the Baroque Works and organized the officers, but she wasn't aiming for the same goal of taking over the nation. When the Straw Hats invaded Crocodile's headquarters in Rainbase, Robin defeated Pell to abduct Vivi, she later remained silent as she watched Sanji slip in to save the crew as Crocodile had been detracted into leaving, and she rescued Luffy from the sandy grave he had been left in after his defeat to Crocodile. She left him with Pell as she headed for Alubarna.
She forced Cobra, the king, to the tombs where the Poneglyph was hidden, but she had to defeat a group of Navy, led by Tashigi, after one had recognized her. While reading the Poneglyph, she learned it was just the location of another weapon, but she lied to Crocodile and told him it was just the nation's history. She tried to kill Crocodile, but stabbed her first with his hook. Luffy defeated Crocodile but had been infected with a poison. Robin passed the cure to Cobra to give to Luffy. Robin was ready to die in the collapsing tombs, but Luffy grabbed her up, along with the king, and escaped despite her protests to be left.
Robin then stowed away aboard the Going Merry, and stayed hidden until the Straw Hats had escaped the Naval pursuit. As retribution for saving her life despite her wish to die, she asked Luffy to let her join his crew. Luffy accepted, despite the objections of most of the crew.
After the St. Briss fell from the sky and their log pose pointed upward, Robin convinced her Straw Hats of the existence of a Sky Islands. While she investigated the is;and of Jaya for clues, she found information about a man named Montblanc Cricket. He aided the Straw Hats to modify their ship to use the Knock-Up Stream to launch them into the Sky Islands.
Their impromptu vacation on Skypiea was cut short as they became wanted by the forces of God Eneru. Robin was abducted with much of the crew aboard the Going Merry and taken to an sacrificial alter in Upper Yard. She investigated the island with Zoro and Nami, and they discovered that Upper Yard was originally a part of Jaya, shot into the sky by the the Knock-Up Stream. Which meant the legendary city of gold of Jaya must be there. The crew planned to raid the city, but they got separated as the Shandians were fighting Eneru's forces. After defeating Yama, Robin was the first to find the city stripped of all the gold. She also discoverd Eneru there, and she was struck down by his lightning powers, along with Zoro, Wyper, and Gan Fall.
Robin woke up just before Luffy defeated Eneru and stopped him from destroying the island. As Robin wondered the island, the day after the party, she discovered the Belfry Bell had a Poneglyph attached to it. Though it was just about another weapon, what caught her attention was a message from Gold Roger, the pirate king, written in the language of the Poneglyph. It was then that she realized that the Rio Poneglyth could very well be out there, and she may find it if she kept traveling with the Straw Hats. The crew then returned to the Blue Sea with a load of treasure.
Davy Back Fight Arc
At Longring Longland, the crew was blocked from escape by the Foxy Pirates and got drawn into he Davy Back Fight. Robin took part in the water race around the island, but they lost due to Foxy's intervention with his Slow-Slow Beam. The crew lost Chopper to the Foxy crew, but gained him back by winning the next round. As Robin watched the fight between Luffy and Foxy, she saw that Luffy truly was the kind of person who would rather die than leave any of his crew behind. It was then she realized that this crew was unlike any she had ever seen before.
Water Seven Arc
With the Davy Back Fight over, the crew were confronted by Kuzan, now known as Admiral Aokiji. She lashed out at him as he was revealing too much about her past, and he in turn nearly killed her by freezing her. Luffy was also frozen in the act of saving her. She was safely thawed out by Chopper, and Aokiji didn't follow. However on Water Seven, she was confronted by the CP-9. She'd normally run and hide, but she agreed to help them in order to protect the Straw Hats. The plan to assassinate Iceberg, mayor of Water Seven, failed in the first attempt, but she confessed to Iceberg that she was trying to protect her crew during the second attack.
The Straw Hats arrived to stop her, but she left with the CP-9 to leave for Enies Lobby. She knew this would only lead to her death, but it was to allow her friends to leave the island safely. During the ride on the sea train, Sanji, Usopp, calling himself Sogeking; and Franky tried to save Robin. Though they nearly succeeded, she turned on them to leave with the CP-9. Usopp told her to believe in Luffy.
Eneis Lobby Arc
Luffy and the rest of the crew invaded Enies Lobby to rescue Robin, and Spandam, son of Spandine, betrayed their deal to let the Straw Hats go. Shackled by sea prism stone, she couldn't fight back. When Luffy appeared, she shouted at him for following her because she wanted to die. As Spandam mocked Luffy and the crew for defying the World Government, Luffy ordered Usopp to burn the World Government flag, in bold act to prove he would be willing to declare war on the world to save Robin. Robin was over come. These were the people that Saul told her about. They would risk anything for her, and she finally declared her wish to live and leave with them.
Spandam dragged Robin, escorted by Rob Lucci, toward the Gates of Justice. The Straw Hats had to fight the CP-9 to find the one with the key to her cuffs, and she tried resisting to buy them time. In return, she was beaten by Spandam. Was they were nearing closer, she was saved by Usopp and Franky, with the key to the cuffs. Robin helped the crew fight off the Buster Call that arrived to destroy the island as they waited for Luffy to defeated Lucci. They all escaped aboard the Going Merry, but Robin used her powers to break Spadam's back before the escaped. Sadly, the Going Merry broke in half on the way back to Water Seven, and they were forced to give the Going Merry a viking funeral.
During the party at Water Seven to celebrate their victory, Aokiji approached Robin in secret. He revealed that Saul had been a friend of his, and that's why he let her escape as a child. Though he had become concerned by her string of betrayals and involvement in Baroque Works. Aokiji noticed that she had changed now, and he left. Soon after, the Straw Hats were now all wanted, and Robin's bounty was raised to 80 million. Franky was encouraged to join the crew by Robin forcing the issue with her powers on him, and the crew sailed off on their new ship, the Thousand Sunny.
Thriller Bark Arc
While sailing through the Florian Triangle, the crew ran across a ghost ship with a talking skeleton named Brook, and the ship was captured in the gates of Thriller Bark, a floating island ship. The crew investigated the island to find Nami, Usopp, and Chopper, and they found it swarming with zombies and other odd creatures. Much of the crew was captured and had their shadows stolen by Gecko Moria, one of the Warlords. Franky and Robin fought with Taralan but were saved by Brook.
The Straw Hats all united to fight the giant Oars, who was powered by Luffy's shadow; and he was further boosted by Gecko Moria's powers. During this fight, Moria stole Robin's shadow stolen. Together, they defeated Oars, and Luffy defeated Moria to put everyone's shadows back. While Luffy was out, the crew was knocked out by a shock wave of Bartholomew Kuma, another Warlord. Robin listened in to a later conversation and learned that Zoro had offered his own life in place of Luffy, but she kept the secret of his injuries.
Sabaody Archipelago Arc
Upon reaching the Red Line, the crew ran across a young mermaid named Camie. They rescued her friend Hatchan, then he led them to Sabaody Archipelago to find a coating engineer, so they could travel to Fish-Man Island. Robin and Nami were shopping when they received word that Camie had been abducted to be sold into slavery. Robin arrived as the slave auction had turned into a brawl, thanks to Luffy. They escaped with Silvers Rayleigh, the first mate of Gold Roger. He told them the truth behind Roger's capture, and he offered to tell her what they had learned about the void century. However, Robin elected to continue her journey with her friends. and Rayleigh had suggested that they may have moved too fast and she may come to a different solution.
The crew tried going into hiding while they waited for the ship to be coated, but they were cut off by a cybernetic copy of Bartholomew Kuma. It took the combined efforts to stop it, but more arrived with Sentomaru and Admiral Kizaru. They were completely overwhelmed, but the it only got worse when the true Bartholomew Kuma appeared. He used his powers to cast away each one of the Straw Hats, despite Luffy's attempts to stop him.
Lost Friends Mini Arc
Robin landed on an giant bridge that was being constructed in the East Blue called Tequila Wolf. She was captured, cuffed with sea stone, and they knew who she was. Though they had no idea how she suddenly arrived. They tortured Robin to try and get information about her crew, but she refused to talk. One night, she was able to escape as the Revolutionary Army was attacking to free the slaves that were being forced to construct this bridge.
Dawn Island Arc
The Revolutionaries revealed they've been looking for her for about ten years and informed her that Luffy had taken part in the Paramount War alone, and he had witnessed the death of his brother, Ace. They wanted her to join the Revolutionaries, but she declined.
Robin wanted to find Luffy, but she later saw a picture in the paper of him with a code on his arm. She figured out that it meant the crew should reunite after two years. Robin agreed to go with the Revolutionaries to Baltogo and meet with Monkey D. Dragon, their leader and Luffy's father.
Fish-Man Island Arc
After two years with the revolutionaries, Robin comes back to Sabaody to reunite with her crew. Once gathered, they sailed underwater and ran across a random pirate crew, a kraken, and a crew of fish-men who wanted to force the Straw Hats to join them. They sailed away into Fish-Man Island, but were separated when they lost their bubble coating. Robin washed ashore with Nami and Franky, but they separated on their own tasks. Robin traveled to the Sea Forest and found a Poneglyph. It read as an apology from someone named Joy Boy.
When Robin walked back to the ship, she found Luffy fighting with Jimbei, and she ended the fight with her powers. When the New Fish-Man Pirates were trying to take over the island and kill the royal family. Robin fight in the battle with the Straw Hats, and she aided Jimbei in freeing the human slaves on Jimbei's request. Once the battle was over, there was a huge celebration for the crew. She met with King Neptune in private and and confirmed that his daughter, Princess Shirahoshi, possessed the power of one of the great weapons, Poseidon.
Punk Hazard Island Arc
Once entered in the New World, the crew was distracted by a distress call that led them to Punk Hazard Island. Robin was among the crew who joined Luffy to investigate the island covered in fire. After a clash with a giant dragon, they received word that the rest of the crew had been abducted. Halfway through the island, they discovered the other half was covered in ice. They were attacked while crossing the lake, but the made it to the other side and stole their attackers' coats.
Once at the other side, Robin and the crew found the others, but their minds and bodies had been switched by the powers of Trafalgar Law, and they had several giant children with them. Law would eventually approach them to form an alliance to kidnap the villain Caesar Clown. Robin joined Luffy to attack Caesar, but he defeated them by removing the oxygen from the area. They were chained with sea prism stone then thrown into a cell with Law, Smoker, and Tashigi. Caesar tried to kill them by putting them out into the poisonous gas he was covering the island with, but they escaped to return into the facility to once again try to kidnap Caesar and save the kidnapped children.
Robin helped Nami in trying to calm the drugged children so Chopper could help them. They chased after them after Zoro distracted Monet from attacking. Once the children were subdued and calmed with a sedative, they were all gathered to escape the labs wither everyone else. The children were given to the Marines for care, and Traflagar Law joined the Straw Hats leaving for Dressrosa with the kidnapped Caesar Clown.
As part of the alliance to destroy the artificial devil fruit factory, The new pirate alliance was going to distract Don Quixote Doflamingo by handing over Caesar on Green Bit while the others searched for the factory. Robin was teamed with Law and Usopp to drop off Caesar. The group fought through the fighting fish along the bridge, but they found Navy on Green Bit and Little People. Robin got captured and taken to the underground Tontatta Kingdom. She convinced them she wasn't an enemy, but they were going to strip her for refusing to give them weapons. She was saved due to her association with Usopp, who had convinced him he was a great hero.
Powers & Abilities
As a child, Robin ate the Bloom-Bloom Devil Fruit (ハナハナの実, Hana Hana no Mi). This enables her to cause any part of her body to bloom anywhere within her line of sight. She isn't a physically strong person, but her abilities allow her to strike from a distance and requires a certain level of concentration. She also feels the pain that is inflicted on these grown limbs. When using any of her abilities there are flower petals floating in the air, and when her grown limbs disappear they normally evaporate into flower petals. She uses these powers to more often bind her enemies or break bones from a safe distance.
During Robin's two years with the Revolutionaries, Robin was able to train and grow her powers to the point of being able to quickly grow enormous segments of her body, such as hands, arms, and legs, to strike at her opponents. Later, she revealed that she could even copy her entire body from flowers and use as a decoy.
The patters in the names of Robin's attacks always start with a word in Spanish. Normally, meaning the number of limbs she wishes to produce. The suffix is the word Fluer, French for flower. Often times followed by a certain command of the attack.
Robin has a genius level intellect that allowed her to graduate at the age of eight to the level of an archaeologist. She has traveled over much of the world, and she can speak and read an unknown amount of languages.
One of the major weakness that comes with Robin's Paramecia-type fruits is that the limbs she grows can be injured, and they are limited by her own level of strength. If these extra limbs and struck or wounded, she will feel the pain in her own body. Robin avoids this by canceling her attacks before they can be hit.
All Devil Fruit users share one similar weakness. That is the ocean. The incredible power of the devil fruit renders the user a complete inability to swim. Once in water, they will sink like a stone. In sea water, a devil fruit user will also lose all strength in in their body.
Sea Prism Stone
Sea Prism Stone is a naturally occurring metal fund in the world. Minerals from the sea are embedded into the metal. It's said that sea prism stone is as hard as diamonds, and contact to the skin will both weaken the body and cancel out all Devil Fruit powers. they'll be as vulnerable as any other human. This is often found crafted into shackles.
Haki (覇気, Haki) is a unique skill that all devil fruit users are vulnerable. Armament Haki has the ability to cancel out any devil fruit power, however, the Haki of the attacker must be stronger than the target. Robin hasn't been shown to use any of the Haki techniques.
Age: 28 (pre-time skip); 30 (post timeskip)
Hair : Black
Height: 6' 2" (188cm)
Measurements: 39-23-35 (99-59-89cm)
Distinguishing Marks: Bird shaped eyes/Pointed nose
Favorites: Historic sites/books/coffee
Crew Position: Archaeologist
Devil Fruit: Hana-Hana Fruit (Paramecia)
Dream: Find the Rio Poneglyph
First Bounty: 79,000,000 (Beli)
Current Bounty: 130,000,000 (Beli)
One Piece (1999)
The One Piece animated series is a direct adaptation of Oda's original manga.. It's produced by TOEI Animation and first began airing in October 20, 1999. Robin's first anime appearance is in One Piece - Episode 67 "Deliver Princess Vivi! Luffy Pirate Fleet Sets Sail", which aired on April 29, 2001 in Japan. A change to the anime from the manga is that they altered her eyes from brown to blue for the anime.
She has had two separate voice actresses for her adult version and another for her child version, told in the flash back story in the Japanese anime series. Her standard Japanese voice actress is Yuriko Yamaguchi, but while on maturity leave was filled in by Yuko Kobayashi (Ep. 299-319). The child version of Robin was voice by Anzu Nagai. For the U.S. dub produced by FUNimation, her voice is done by Stephanie Young.
One Piece Jidaigeki Special: Luffy Oyabun Torimonocho
The One Piece Jidaigeki Special: Luffy Oyabun Torimonocho (ONE PIECEワンピース時代劇スペシャル「麦わらのルフィ親分捕物帖」, Wan Pīsu Jidaigeki Supesharu Mugiwara no Rufi-oyabun Torimonochō) is a special anime spin-off, but are not a part of the One Piece main story line. This series began as end of the year specials of an alternate universe for One Piece. The setting took place in a land called Grand Jipang and in a time line of the Japanese Edo period. Luffy is no longer a pirate but the local officer of the law, but still retains his Devil Fruit powers. Robin's role in these episodes is limited. She is a member of the royal family's guard who watches over Vivi and other events.
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special (2013)
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special (ドリーム9 トリコ&ワンピース&ドラゴンボールZ 超コラボスペシャル!!, Dorīmu Nain Toriko ando Wan Pīsu ando Doragon Bōru Zetto Chō-Korabo Supesharu!!) is an anime cross over special was created by Toei Animation. It was the first multi-series cross over between the franchises of Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Toriko. Part was was in Toriko Episode 99 "Run, Strongest Army! Toriko, Luffy, Goku!" and Part 2 was in One Piece Episode 590 "History's Strongest Collaboration vs. Glutton of the Sea" . Both of these episodes aired back to back on April 7, 2013. Nami appeared in this special, and she is voiced by Yuriko Yamaguchi.
Dragon Ball x One Piece: Cross Epoc (2006)
Cross Epoch (クロスエポック, Kurosu Epokku) is an example of the rare times manga series have performed story cross-overs with another series. The Cross Epoch story is a collaboration of Eiichiro Oda and Akira Toriyama of their One Piece and Dragon Ball universes. The cross-over was for a single chapter that was published along with One Piece Ch. 439 in the Weekly Shonen Jump on December 25, 2006. The events held no canon to either story, and it had characters from both worlds intermingled in a humors short story of them all gathering together for a party. Robin is a member of Vegeta's Sky Pirates and all the members have horns wearing Chinese-style clothing. The abandoned their battle with Dr. Gero's Sky Pirates to attended Shenlong's tea party.
One Piece x Toriko Crossover (2011)
One Piece x Toriko Crossover (One Piece x トリコ 実食! 悪魔の実!, One Piece x Toriko: Jisshoku! Akuma no Mi!) is the second cross-over for the One Piece series, and it brought together Eiichiro Oda with one of his friends Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, the creator of Toriko. The cross-over was for a single chapter that was published along with One Piece Ch. 619 in the Weekly Shonen Jump on April 4, 2011.
Several movies have been adapted based from the popular manga and anime series known as One Piece. Nearly all have been created by TOEI Animation, the same production company has the anime.
Her first anime appearance was in the fifth anime movie One Piece - The Movie: Dead End Adventure (2003). Her first anime appearances was retold in the ninth One Piece movie that was a retelling of the Alabasta Arc, One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (2007). She was also added into another remake movie remake of the Drum Island story where Chopper joined the crew. One Piece- Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura (2008). In the original anime, Robin joined after Chopper.
Though most of these films are considered non-canon, Eiichiro Oda had often done some design work and signed off on the stories. That had been the extent of his involvement until the tenth year anniversary film One Piece Film: Strong World (2010). This is the first of the film series that is considered canon to the time line by Oda, and he held the title of executive producer for the movie. He designed all the characters, costumes, and created the screenplay. The timeline of this film is set between the Thriller Bark and Sabaody Archipelago Arc.
Robin has made appearances in many of the video games in the One Piece series. Her first video games appearance was in the Jump Super Stars for the Nintendo DS.
(For a full list of games that feature Nico Robin, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)