While the Seraphim are thought to be the best humankind type in One Piece, what do they look like and what can they do for humanity?
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One Piece has recently solved one of the long-standing mysteries surrounding the mysterious Dr. Vegapunk. The renowned genius behind the Marines’ technologically-advanced weaponry is quite infamous in the series, largely because his inventions enable the Marines to maintain their foothold against many powerful criminal forces. Vegapunk continues to perfect his craft and creates powerful weaponry. He also studies the past and how the world functions. He loves seeking knowledge so he has created six satellites that he likes to aid him in achieving his goal. They are not his most significant invention. It’s the Seraphim.
Recently just recently, the Seraphim made their first appearance in the series. They represent human evolution, and of course, the most effective killers that the World Government has available to them. Their predecessors and the Pacifista, can’t even come close to them in a fight and they give Luffy and the others a good run for their money. They are the most convincing evidence of the genius of Vegapunk proving that even the impossible is possible. This raises the issue of what the Seraphim are and what their materials are.
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The World Government’s purgings of the Seven Warlords saw the first appearances of the Seraphim. The Marines have brought S-Snake as well as S-Hawk over to Amazon Lily, as they try to take down the former Warlord Boa Hancock. The remaining Seraphim were only seen during the “Egghead” Arc when Cipher Pol 0 arrive at the island. S-Bear was brought by Seraphim in the hopes of killing Vegapunk, and his Satellites and putting it in the disguise of a delivery. As the arc progresses, S-Shark is also introduced. Edison One of Vega punk’s Satellites competes with the Seraphim against Straw Hat Pirates to collect information about battles.
There are currently there are only four Seraphim who have been added to the show, but it won’t be a surprise if there are many more in hiding. They are, after all, akin to the Warlords of the past, and there have been several notable characters who have been awarded the title. While they have the same appearance, Seraphim appear younger than their elder counterparts. They’re only just recently developed and do not have much combat experience. This is the main reason Edison pits S-Shark with the Straw Hat Pirates. This also means that the Seraphim are still far from reaching their peak.
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The reason that the Seraphim appear like old Warlords is that they are themselves. They are clones of the former Warlords similar to how Stussy is a clone of Miss Buckingham Stussy. However, unlike the former Seraphim, the Seraphim aren’t just clones of their former selves. Vegapunk also added other vital components to their arsenal that increased their power in combat. The Seraphim are the Warlord’s clones. They also possess the Lineage Factor, which is for the Lunarian Alber. Also called King of Beast Pirates, The Seraphim have blazing flames at their backs, a dark complexion, and white hair.
The Seraphim also have undergone an increase in growth rate, making them look like youngsters despite only being a couple of months old. Furthermore, the blood flowing through their veins isn’t normal red blood that is found in all animals. It’s Green Blood that also contains the Lineage Factor of Paramecia Devil Fruits, which allows Seraphim to benefit from the similar Devil Fruit power. In addition, they have the same technology as the Pacifistas. They are also able to fire laser beams whenever they want. This variety of components gives Dr. Vegapunk the confidence to call them the strongest human being. This is because Seraphim is composed of many different elements, making it expensive and time-consuming to build and maintain them. There is only a handful of them.
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The Seraphim have many abilities.
The Seraphim being the ultimate form of humanity isn’t just because the process of making them is extremely complex. Because each one of them has different abilities as well as combat abilities extraordinary. Lunarian genetics confers one of these abilities, the body. Lunarians are renowned for their endurance, and King’s battle with Zoro during the “Wano Country” Arc is proof of that. Having inherited Alber’s bloodline, the Seraphim are capable of being impervious for brief periods for a short period. As long as they have a flame, they are immune to harm.
It’s not only for fun that the Seraphim resemble Warlords. Each Seraphim is equipped with the same ability to fight as the original Warlord. For instance, S-Shark, which is an emulation of Jimbei, is also proficient in the use of Fish-Man Karate. Similar to S-Snake, she is as charming as Boa Hancock, especially when she uses her appearance to entice her opponents. Since they are also more advanced versions of Pacifista and the Seraphim are also masters in the use of laser beams that they will only employ against their opponents.
Finally, there is the Green Blood. The Green Blood is another ingenuity of Vegapunk. It’s infused with the Lineage Factor of Paramecia Devil Fruit users, which allows the Seraphim to harness certain Devil Fruit Powers without eating said Devil Fruit. Seraphim that have been modeled on Devil Fruit users, S-Snake or S-Bear, have similar Devil Fruit powers. But those who are originally not equipped with one — such as S-Shark and S’Hawk have Devil Fruit powers compatible with their combat abilities. S-Shark has Senor Pink’s Swimming-Swim Food while S-Hawk has Mr. 1’s Dice-Dice fruit.