Who Are the Seraphim in One Piece? Explained

In Short
  • Seraphims are the advanced version of Pacifista weapons developed by Dr. Vegapunk.
  • They were created in order to fill the gap left by the Seven Warlords of the Sea among the Three Great Powers in One Piece.
  • Dr. Vegapunk considers the Seraphim, who are based on the Seven Warlords, to be the "strongest form of humanity."
  • Gorosei (the Five Elders), Dr. Vegapunk, Sentomaru, and those with an authority chip can command the Seraphim.

The Seven Warlords of the Sea were a threatening force during their era. Ever since this system was abolished, there has been a missing piece in the three great powers of the One Piece realm. But just as always, author Oda sensei surprised us with the introduction of mighty new beings in the recent Egghead arc. One such group was the Seraphims, who were highly regarded as the replacement for the Warlords. Their recent introduction in the anime blew everyone’s minds, and if you are curious to learn about these mind-boggling, destructive clones, you are in the right place.

Spoiler Warning: This article contains heavy spoilers for each and every seraphim in the One Piece lore. So, we highly recommend you to watch the anime and read the manga (up to the latest chapter) in order to avoid ruining your intended experience.

What Are Seraphim in One Piece

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As fans might recall, the introduction of Pacifistas during the Saboady Archipelago arc turned out to be traumatic. Fast-forward to the present day, and we have the upgraded version of those Pacifistas, who are referred to as the Seraphim.

Seraphims are regarded as a unique kind of Pacifista that were developed to fill the vacant position left by the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Dr. Vegapunk, the head of the Marine’s Special Science Group (SSG), is credited with Seraphim’s invention and perfection.

You must have noticed by now that each of these Seraphim bears an uncanny resemblance to the original warlords. That is because they are produced as the synthetic clones of the former Seven Warlords of the Sea, similar to how Pacifistas were made out of Bartholomew Kuma.

However, there are some surprising additions to the Seraphims as their creation was incorporated with King’s Lunarian lineage factor (similar to DNA). Furthermore, they were also enhanced with green blood, which allows them to replicate the power of the strongest devil fruits in One Piece.

Different Models of Seraphim

7 different models of Seraphim
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According to their creator, Dr. Vegapunk, the Seraphims are highly regarded as the most powerful form of humans in the annals of history. Furthermore, there is not just one model of Seraphim, as seven unique models were meticulously created to restore the Seven Warlords of the Sea. The distinct units of seraphim are as follows:

  • S-Snake: Based on Pirate Empress Boa Hancock
  • S-Hawk: Based on the World’s Greatest Swordsman, Dracule “Hawk Eyes” Mihawk
  • S-Shark: Based on Knight of the Sea, Jinbe
  • S-Bear: Based on the Tyrant, Bartholomew Kuma
  • Untitled unit: Based on Sir Crocodile
  • Untitled unit: Based on the Heavenly Yaksha, Donquixote Doflamingo
  • Untitled unit: Based on Gecko Moria

Who Can Control the Seraphim?

Who Are the Seraphim in One Piece? Explained
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Well, seraphim is the most powerful living weapon we have seen in One Piece until now. However, a few people have absolute authority over them. This basically means that these people can order the Seraphim to act according to their will, and they will follow. Those who can command the Seraphim are (in hierarchical order):

  • Gorosei (The Five Elders)
  • Dr. Vegapunk
  • Sentomaru
  • Anyone with an authority chip

So, the control over these cyborg monsters lies with the highest-ranking people in the world of One Piece. The person with an authority chip does not have absolute control over it, like the above three sets of commanders. That’s the reason why Koby struggled to control them in Amazon Lily.

How Powerful are the Seraphim?

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Dr. Vegapunk stated that Seraphims are the pinnacle of science and that they are “the strongest form of humanity.” So let’s analyze how strong they are:

Powers from Pacifista

Since they are the upgraded versions of Pacifista, they are also cyborgs capable of utilizing advanced levels of built-in laser weaponry. They also inherit incredible levels of strength and endurance.

Lineage Factor of the Seven Warlords

The Seraphim are based on the Seven Warlords of the Seas in One Piece, and that doesn’t just apply to their appearances.

According to Pythagoras, one of Dr. Vegapunk’s satellites, the Seraphim acquire the innate skills and abilities of the people they were based on due to the lineage factor. For example – S-Hawk was able to replicate the exceptional swordsmanship of Mihawk. However, they can’t replicate the 100% skill of their originator.

The Seraphim also benefit from the perks of the formidable races they were based on. For example – S-Bear inherits the perks of Buccaneer’s race.

Powers of the Devil Fruit using Green Blood

The Seraphim’s bodies are infused with green blood. It is a synthetic blood made from devil fruit user’s lineage factor by Dr. Vegapunk.

This is what helps the Seraphim mimic the power of devil fruits. For example – S-Bear is capable of imitating the powers of Nikyu Nikyu no Mi.

Lineage Factor of Lunarian Alber

The powers of the Seraphim were further amplified by the linear factor of King aka Alber, a Lunarian. As a result, they were bestowed with the gift of being an inherently strong and resilient body.

Behavioral Pattern of Seraphim

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Before we wrap up, there is one important thing to be addressed about the seraphim. That is, while Vegapunk is certain that he didn’t program them to have emotions like the people they were based on, one of the seraphim, S-Snake started expressing her emotions like Boa Hancock, possibly due to the lineage factors.

S-Snake had huge affection towards Monkey D. Luffy, the leader of the Straw Hat Pirates, and even started obeying his commands irrespective of her controlling functionality.

Maybe all of the seraphim retain the emotions of their originals in the future, but we don’t know for sure. But this is something that everyone should remember!

Now, it’s just the start of the domination by the Seraphim, and I’m sure we will be able to see more of their true powers in the upcoming manga chapters. With that said, tell us which is your favorite seraphim in the comments below.

Who are Seraphim in One Piece?

The seraphim are the upgraded version of Pacifistas and are considered to be a special unit of Pacifisita. It was created by Dr. Vegapunk, and there are a total of seven different seraphim.

Who is the strongest Seraphim in One Piece?

Not all the powers of the seraphim were revealed at this moment. However, S-Hawk stands tall for now with his incredible swordplay.

Who created Seraphim?

Dr. Vegapunk, the chief scientist of Marine’s Special Science Group is the creator of seraphim.

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