Bartholomew Kuma is a member of the World Government's Shichibukai. Altered into a cyborg, this man ate the Paw-Paw Fruit.He is the one sent flying the straw hat pirates to different places
Kuma is an enormous man and he is over 5 meters tall and he is usually seen carrying a Bible. He resembles that of a bear because of his hat and the paw prints on his shirt,though there are a few key differences.His eyes are strangely covered by either a pair of glasses or clear-mirrored lenses. While initially he will give the impression of wearing glasses, it seems that, based on his clones that were destroyed, those are actually his own eyes. His hat features a pair of rounded ears, and, along with the fabric of his pants, is covered in brown spots. His jacket contains a large white design reminiscent of a target crosshair. There are also several paw prints lining the bottom hem of his coat. He also has a long protruding chin. There were differences in the manga and and anime in manga he was originally supposed to have and orange coat and a yellow hat with green spots. But they changed the color to more resemble the anime version.
Despite his imposing figure and his past reputation, Bartholomew Kuma is a very calm and quiet person. In addition to his demeanor, he can also be seen as somewhat of a benevolent character, especially compared to the other shichibukai. This assumption can be reached through some of his actions, specifically when he spared the lives of the Luffy and his crew on two separate occasions. Although he obeys the commands of the World Government, Kuma disagrees with what his superiors deem "good" and "bad" in the world. Instead, Kuma strives to uphold his own ideals (described as moral justice) whenever possible. He even goes so far as to imply that allowing Blackbeard into their group had been a poor decision by the government, despite the fact that Blackbeard filled the position left by Crocidile's defeat.
However, Kuma's loyalty does not extend to the Marines. This can be seen when he refuses to answer a direct question from Admiral Kizaru during the Sabaody Archipelago Arc. Due to his unwillingness to aid the Marines without a direct order, Kuma didn't hesitate to lie when it came to his victory over the Straw Hats at .When talking, Kuma customarily uses the word "target" in his sentences. He also tends to ask a person where they would like to before he sends them away with his Devil Fruit's power.
Little is known about Kuma's history. One thing that is known is that he was called "Tyrant" Kuma. Another is that Kuma somehow knows Ivankov the okama. Nothing else is known. It was recently discovered that Kuma was a revolutionary along side Ivankov and Dragon, Luffys father.
It is unknown when Kuma became a shichibukai. but over the years kuma earned a bounty of $294,000,000. after some time the government must have approached Kuma and offered him a spot on the shichibukai. out of all the Warlords, Kuma is the only one who shows up to all the meetings.
When Crocodiles status of Shichibukai was taken, there was a meeting to talk about his replacement. Those who went to the meeting were Doflamingo, Kuma, and to every ones surprise, Mihawk. When they started, Sengoku wanted to know of any potential that could fill the spot. Then, a tap-dancing man came in saying that they should nominate Blackbeard. No one knew who he was, so the man said in time he will prove his strength.
When the Straw hats had been taken on by Moria, another Shichibukai, Kuma had shown up to give Moria a message. But first he was attacked by Perona, Moria's crew-mate. When she attacked him, Kuma made her mysteriously disappear. Nami saw it happen, and Kuma moved in front of her. He simply asked her "does straw hat Luffy have a brother?" she replied yes, saying he was Ace. He then left her to meet with Moria.
The two Shichibukai began to talk in Moria's room. Kuma begins saying "If you were to go on a trip, where would you go?" but Moria just responds that he knows his power and asks if he came to fight him. Kuma says no and that he came to bring a message. He tells Moria that the spot open in the Shichibukai
has been filled by Blackbeard. Moria asks what his bounty was and Kuma tells him zero. Moria says at least the balance is filled again. But Kuma says he thinks it is still unbalanced. Then Moria understands that Kuma was sent there to help fight the Straw hats. Kuma offers a helping hand but Moria grows angry, thinking he can do it on his own. He tells Kuma to watch him defeat the Straw Hats and leaves.
When Moria has been taken down by Straw Hat Luffy, who is unconscious after the battle, the shadows return to everyone who's was taken. Having just remembering Kuma, Nami alerts the others that another Shichibukai on the island. When she did, the group could see Kuma on top of a building. he had contact Marine HQ. he tells them of Moria's defeat and that he doesn't know if he is still alive. the unknown man tells Kuma to take Mora if he is still alive and to exterminate all witnesses. Kuma responds "no problem".
The crew looks on at Kuma knowing full well they aren't strong enough to fight another Shichibukai right after fighting with one and barely making it. but Kuma appears out of no where and challenges Zoro. Zoro being a man of honor, despite his heavy injuries, accepts the challenge. Zoro attacks first with a Rashomon, which Kuma teleports out of the way of. Kuma teleports over Zoro and launches a strange but powerful attack that Zoro just dodges in the nick of time. He launches it again at Zoro this time at a distance and it grazes his head. This hurts Zoro badly. Zoro attacks with a flying blade attack which he
reflects away. He shows how he has the devil fruit paw-paw fruit which can repel anything and everything at the speed of light, including the air. the move he uses is called air canon. Franky thinks the attack may not be all that until Kuma shoots him with it through the stomach. Zoro makes another attempt at attacking Kuma, but is sent flying backwards. Kuma starts to make a giant paw shaped bubble, which gets smaller every second. Robin says that when air is that tightly compressed, it becomes a bomb. Kuma gives them a chance saying he will spare all there lives if they hand Luffy's head to him on a platter. the crew and the people he saved all shout "We Refuse!" Kuma says what a shame and releases his bomb that's explosion is bigger than the ship.
When the explosion is over, Kuma searches the debris for Luffy. When he finds him, knocked out, Zoro jumps in and cuts Kuma with Shishi sonson. But Zoro looks back and sees that Kuma is a cyborg and was unable to cut him. when he sees this Kuma begins to light up in his mouth and beep. Kuma shoots a great laser from his mouth and Zoro barely dodges it. Zoro's body stops functioning well and he is on his knees. Zoro offers himself instead of
Luffy, to Kuma's surprise. He tells Kuma that he would soon be the worlds greatest swordsman and that it would be a fair trade. Kuma says that even with those ambitions he would sacrifice himself? but Zoro says there is no crew without a captain and that Luffy will become the Pirate King. Then Sanji comes in and says to take him instead of Zoro. He tells Zoro to tell the guys to look for a new cook and goodbye. Zoro then knocks him out so that he will not be taken. Kuma then decides that if he took Luffy, he would be without honor. He will take Zoro instead and says " in turn, I will show you Hell". Kuma picks up Luffy and repels all his pain and fatigue out of him. he tells Zoro that to take Luffy's place, he must also take his pain. he gives Zoro a
feel of it with a tiny bubble. this greatly hurts Zoro who falls to the ground in pain. He asks Kuma to let him do it somewhere else, and takes in all the pain, later found by Sanji covered and surrounded by blood. Kuma looks on and says "What loyal crew your son has... Dragon."
After the defeat of Moria, the Straw Hats moved on to the Red Line to move on to the new world. there they meet a mermaid and her starfish named Caime and Papagg. the crew saves her from being eaten by a sea king, so she says that she will give them free takoyaki. She then finds out her friend is in trouble and asks the crew for help. the crew goes to find him and find him, turning out to be an old enemy. they decide to help him anyways and fight with a bounty hunter who has a grudge against Sanji because his wanted poster was drawn and looked exactly like him. Sanji kicks him so hard in the face he rearranged it to look "handsome", which makes duval grateful to them. then Hachan leads them to Sabondy Archipelago.
Apparently, he has answered to the call of Shichibukai to battle Whitebeard and is joining the war, later shown dining with the other Shichibukai, except for Jinbei and Boa Hanock . He was last seen at Marineford alongside Mihawk , Doflamingo, Moria, and Hancock ready for the battle ahead.
When Oars Jr. arrived and began causing destruction in his wake, Kuma hit him with an Ursus Shock, wounding Oars Jr. badly.
Kuma took on a solemn appearance after seeing Luffy in the battle field. During the battle, he fired a laser at Ivankov for which the okama questioned why. When Sengoku reveals that Dragon is Luffy's father he is the only one of the Shichibukai to not voice his thoughts. Ivankov is then fighting him personally, though Doflamingo says it's no use talking to Kuma, cryptically saying that the Kuma Ivankov knew is already dead. Doflamingo then reveals about Kuma's modifications and what made Kuma into what he is now, making it clear about why Kuma went to Sabaody in the first place. Ivankov, outraged at such a revelation, decides he won't hold back any longer, having launched several attacks at Kuma right before saying this.
Kuma later went to the plaza with the other Shichibukai when Sengoku begins the final stages of his plan.
After the arrival of Shanks, Kuma is seen standing down along with everyone else.
Kuma appears again at the Sabaody Archipelago in front of the Rosey Life Riders , holding his trademark bible. Shakky isn't afraid of him, believing him to be an ally, unaware that he lost his free will and became a weapon for the World Government. However, Kuma did not attack but joined them into protecting the Thousand Sunny instead.
One year after the separation of the Straw Hat crew, the Marines tried to destroy the ship but Kuma fought against them. Even when Duval and Hatchan retreated from the battle after receiving too many injuries, Kuma continued protecting the Thousand Sunny.
His reason to do so remains unclear; nevertheless, Franky stated that Kuma had Vegapunk input a special mission into his body before losing his personality, to protect the ship even if it means the cost of his life until a Straw Hat returns.
After the Straw Hats meet again and escaped the Sabaody Archipelago, Franky told the group that they owe a debt to Kuma for protecting the Thousand Sunny, for saving them from Admiral Kizaru, and sending them to different islands two years ago and because he protected, as so did Hachi and Duval, the Thousand Sunny from the marines. Franky adds that if they ever encounter him again someday, he will already have become a heartless "human weapon".
Kuma contains the paw paw fruit that has the ability to repel anything and everything. his attacks consist of him repelling the air.
Pad Cannon- Kuma uses the atmosphere around him and repels it at the speed of light. its a straight on shock wave that can pierce anything it hits.
100 Pad Cannon- same move except he shoots it rapidly at his opponent. it is hard to avoid, since moving at light speed
Urusus Shock- Kuma uses the atmosphere around him and starts to compress a giant paw of air that gets smaller every minute. when its small enough to fit in his palm, he releases it, creating a great bomb. this move so far is his strongest.
He can also push himself and this will allow him to move extremely fast without running making it look like he is teleporting.
Kuma is a cyborg made from the Marine genius Dr. Vega Punk. like Franky, his body is modified, but stronger. Kuma's body is made of a metal harder than steel, this is seen when Zoro attempts to cut him but fails. He is also able to shoot Lasers from his mouth like the other PX's, this was shown after Zoro tried cutting him. He also seems to have a targeting system in eyes which allow him to see a pirates bounty and their name so he knows who to attack, this usually makes his eyes glow red.He is under direct control of the government but has his own moral code. This is shown when he spares Luffy and his crew twice. He is currently the only known known person to beat Luffy and his team twice by himself even though both times they were exhausted.