Even Before Channeling Gear 5, Kuma May Have Always Been Aware About Luffy’s Biggest Secret in One Piece

Kuma's backstory uncovered mysteries and made him a crucial character in One Piece.

Even Before Channeling Gear 5, Kuma May Have Always Been Aware About Luffy’s Biggest Secret in One Piece

SUMMARY

  • Kuma knew a big secret about Luffy— the fact that he ate the Nika devil fruit.
  • The connection might have been confirmed when Kuma saw Luffy's devil fruit powers long before he set sail.
  • Kuma decided to protect the Straw Hats and their ship, possibly because he believed Luffy is Nika after having made the connection between the two.
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In the latest chapter (Chapter #1101) of One Piece, it’s hinted that a character named Kuma might have known Luffy’s secret connection to Sun God Nika, even before Luffy himself was aware of it. This sheds light on a significant mystery involving Kuma and the Straw Hats.

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Bartholomew Kuma in One Piece

This event possibly confirmed Kuma’s doubts, which also provides a reason for his peculiar behavior at Sabaody and why he went to great lengths to protect Luffy, his crew, and their ship. In essence, Kuma’s awareness of Luffy’s secret may have influenced his actions throughout the story.

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Kuma Knew Luffy’s Major Secret From the Start

In One Piece Chapter #1101, it’s revealed that Kuma visited Foosha Village years ago and saw Luffy using his devil fruit powers. Kuma already knew about Nika’s rubber body from his father’s stories. He later tells Bonney that Nika has a rubber-like body. This suggests that Kuma might have connected Luffy to Nika when he saw Luffy’s stretchy powers.

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Kuma in One Piece chapter 1101
Kuma in One Piece chapter 1101

Kuma’s suspicions could have been confirmed when Luffy punched a Celestial Dragon on Sabaody. This might explain Kuma’s strange behavior and why he went to great lengths to protect Luffy, his crew, and their ship.

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One Piece Reveals Why Kuma Saved the Straw Hats in Sabaody

Chapter #1101 of One Piece hints that Kuma saved Luffy and the Straw Hats at Sabaody because he thought Luffy might be Nika. This explains why Kuma protected the Thousand Sunny for two years until the Straw Hats returned, a wish he made to Vegapunk. Kuma’s strong desire for Nika’s return, rooted in childhood stories, drove him to safeguard Luffy and maintain hope.

Kuma saved Luffy and his crew in Sabaody arc
Kuma saved Luffy and his crew in Sabaody arc

Although Kuma knew Luffy was Dragon’s son, it’s doubtful he went to such lengths just because of their friendship. While Luffy’s connection to Dragon might have influenced Kuma, the key factor was Luffy’s resemblance to Nika.

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In summary, Kuma’s backstory provides crucial information and reopens major mysteries in One Piece. The revelation that the Buccaneer race revered Nika raises anticipation for an explanation about this mysterious god. Kuma emerges as a pivotal character in One Piece, and his connection with Luffy and Nika suggests he will play a significant role in the upcoming Egghead Arc.

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Written by Tanmay Jha

Tanmay writes about anime for FandomWire. He's currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a passion for animation and graphics, he has authored over 240 articles on anime, sharing insights and reviews with fellow fans, seamlessly combining his love for animation with journalism.