Captain Coby (コビー大佐 Kobī Taisa?) is a Marine captain who trained together with Helmeppo under Vice Admiral Garp's supervision. He was formerly a Cabin Boy for the Alvida Pirates until he was liberated by Monkey D. Luffy, and was one of the first people Luffy befriended on his travels.
In his first appearance, Coby was a small, timid, chubby boy with pink hair and round-frame glasses.
Due to the passage of time and Garp's training, Coby has grown thinner and taller, standing close to Luffy in height. He also has gained a cross-shaped scar above his right eye, presumably earned under Garp's heavy-handed tutelage. His hair has grown longer and shaggier since his growth spurt, but it has retained its p
Coby wears standard-issue Marine jacket, pants, and neckerchief as well as a brightly patterned bandanna worn tied across his forehead. Coby's glasses are still present, but he has adopted the habit of wearing them pushed up on his forehead and has not been seen using them since his appearance in the Post-Enies Lobby Arc. He also gained an X-shaped scar on his forehead.
After the timeskip, Coby now wears a scarf, a Marine coat with the word "justice" on it, a merit on his jacket, and a bandanna.
Coby was first introduced as the Alvida Pirate's hapless chore boy who lived in fear of both the ship's crew and captain. Two years of forced servitude had robbed him of all hope of escaping as well as his dream of becoming a Marine, leaving him with few goals other than avoiding being bludgeoned to death by Alvida's iron mace. Luffy was less than impressed with Coby's cowardice, describing him as "pretty stupid and useless...and kinda wimpy too". However, Luffy's boundless optimism and single-minded pursuit of his dream rekindled a similar conviction in downtrodden cabin boy, allowing him to defy his captors even under the threat of a brutal death by Alvida's mace.
As the pair continued in their travels, Coby remained timid and cautious, often relying on Luffy to perform dangerous tasks and becoming alarmed by his companion's reckless behavior.
He also was shown to be perceptive, noting that it was "strange" for the citizens of Shells Town to be afraid of a Marine Captain and telling Luffy that he had "a bad feeling about this". Coby's naïve belief in the blanket integrity of the Marines was dashed when he witnesses the actions of Axe-Hand Morgan and his son, but it only strengthened his resolve to become, in his words, "a real Marine."
Under Garp's instruction, Coby's timidity has been replaced with confidence, although he remains polite, self-effacing, and apologetic if he feels he has done something overly ambitious (such as publicly stating his goal to become a Marine admiral). He continues to be an emotional, compassionate person who can easily be driven to tears for a variety of reasons, jokingly referred to as a "crybaby" by Zoro during their reunion at Water 7.
Coby does not act with the reckless bravery that many characters in the series exhibit, but rather on moral compunction. He has put his life on the line at least twice for the sake of what he feels is right, most notably at the Battle of Marineford where he brought fighting to a standstill and bought the precious seconds needed for Luffy to escape.
Abilities and Powers
n his first appearance, Coby lacked any fighting skills. According to Alvida, the only reason why she kept him on was because he happened to be good at navigation. He is seen during his mini-arc training alongside Helmeppo and Vice Admiral Monkey D. Garp.
He also has some knowledge of swordsmanship, as he was seen practicing with Helmeppo, as well as Garp's attendant.
After two years, it's unknown how powerful Coby has become, although he progressed to the point where he reached the rank of Captain, making him skilled enough to enter the New World with the relocation of the Marine HQ.
During the Whitebeard War, Coby awakened an ability known as Kenbunshoku Haki. Coby was shown hunched over and crying on the battlefield, saying the voices in his head were disappearing one by one as the combatants around him were slain, much like what Aisa felt during the Skypiea Arc.
Since his training with Garp, Coby has become strong enough to use Rokushiki or, at the very least, the Soru technique. He has used Soru against Monkey D. Luffy twice: once at Water 7 and once at the Battle of Marineford, although the technique did not help him win either fight.
In One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World he is also capable of using the Geppo and Rankyaku techniques.
- ↑ SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 68 (p. 229).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 47, fan questions on Coby's and Helmeppo's age, and how Coby's appearance changed.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 2 and Episode 1, Coby's dream and his life with Alvida.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 1 Chapter 2, Alvida states Coby's reason for stay is purely because of his navigation skills.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 59 Chapter 579, "The voices... they are disappearing... from inside my head... one... by one...!!!"