While the backstory of most Straw Hat Pirate members was revealed in the past, Zoro’s family identity has been kept under wraps for the longest time. Nevertheless, One Piece author Eiichiro Oda has finally disclosed Zoro’s family tree and all the information on his ancestors in an SBS. The main manga and anime detailed the backstories of all the Straw Hats, but poor Zoro had to read an SBS to learn about his past. Whether or not this is the proper approach to depict Zoro’s family tree is still up for debate. Yet as things are, we’ve compiled all the information on Zoro’s past to give you a better understanding of the Shimotsuki family. So, keep reading to discover all there is to know about Zoro’s mother and father, his grandparents, ancestors, etc., as well as any unanswered questions about them.
Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers about Roronoa Zoro and his family tree. So we suggest you watch the anime (Wano Country arc) or read the manga to avoid ruining your experience.
To give you a quick recap about Roronoa Zoro, he is from a village in East Blue and began his career as a bounty hunter. Later, he accepted Luffy’s request to join the Straw Hat Pirates and is his right-hand man. Zoto also serves as the Vice Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, along with being the swordsman of the group.
He has mastered the three-sword style (Santoryu), and you can read about the list of swords Zoro has used right here. Zoro is confirmed to be a part of the Shimotsuki family, and we have explained the family tree right below.
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Note: All this information was revealed in an SBS with the author Eiichiro Oda. It is in ONE PIECE SBS Volume 105: ZORO’S FAMILY TREE. We have summarized all that information in a much more detailed way for you.
Do you remember the legendary samurai Shimotsuki Ryuma who fought as a zombie swordsman against Zoro in the Thriller Bark? (one of the best pirate ships in One Piece) Many fans pointed out the striking resemblance between him and Zoro. He is an unforgettable character in the hearts of One Piece fans.
Ryuma is a famed swordsman who is respected by everyone in the lands of the Wano country. He is the origin point of the Shimotsuki family, and they are one of the highly respectable families in One Piece. A lot of popular people in the One Piece world are the descendants of this illustrious family.
The Shimotsuki family continued to rise as a wealthy family in the Wano country. As a result, two of Wano country’s regions were entrusted to them. While most Shimotsuki people ended up staying in Wano, a group of people decided to leave the country in a mysterious change of fate.
After several generations (exactly 55 years ago), Shimotsuki Kozaburo (a renowned swordsmith of Wano) and 25 other people left the Wano country. They luckily ended up in a village in East Blue. They saved the village from bandits who threatened them and settled down finally. Thus, the Shimotsuki family started to branch out of Wano and the village was also known as Shimotsuki Village.
Who Are Roronoa Zoro’s Parents in One Piece?
Note: The dotted lines in the below picture represent the many generations of the Shimotsuki Family in between Ryuma and Ushimaru’s generations. We don’t know much about Ushimaru as of now, but let’s learn about Zoro’s family, the name of his mother and father.
A fellow One Piece fan created an accurate representation of Zoro’s family tree based on the information revealed by Oda on SBS. So, as you can see here, Shimotsuki Ryuma started the Shimotsuki family. The dotted lines here indicate the many generations in between Ryuma and the birth of the siblings — Shimotsuki Ushimaru and Shimotsuki Furiko.
Furiko is the elder sister of Ushimaru (shown in the anime recently). While Ushimaru stayed in the Wano country, Furiko departed Wano country and went to a village in East Blue, as we mentioned above. Furiko married Roronoa Pinzoro (a guy from the village they settled in) and gave birth to Roronoa Arashi (Father of Zoro). Later on, Arashi went on to marry a girl named Terra (mother of Zoro and the daughter of a criminal), and thus, our beloved Roronoa Zoro was born into this world.
A glimpse at the life of Zoro’s parents was shown off in the SBS. It stated that Zoro’s father Roronoa Arashi was killed in a battle with the pirates. After some time, Zoro’s mother died due to an unknown illness. Therefore, that was the unfortunate past of Zoro.
Additionally, it should be noted that Shimotsuki Furiko is Zoro’s grandmother; making Shimotuski Ushimaru his great-uncle. And as you can already guess, Zoro is confirmed to be a descendant of the Shimotsuki family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Roronoa Arashi is confirmed to be the father of our beloved swordsman, Roronoa Zoro.
Yes! Roronoa Zoro’s family was revealed in an SBS with Eiichiro Oda specifically in the One Piece Volume 105: Zoro’s Family Tree.
Roronoa Arashi and Terra are the parents of our Zoro. It was revealed recently in an SBS with author Oda.