Tashigi is a sword-loving member of the Marine forces and second to Smoker. She's determined to defeat Roronoa Zoro and claim his swords.
Much of Tashigi's past is unknown. She's trained from a small child in using the sword, and has a fascination with the famous swords in the world. By the age of twenty-one, she reached the rank of Sergeant Major in the Marine forces and stationed in the East Blue at Loguetown, under the command of Commodore Smoker. Her goal is to take many of the famous Meitou blades away from those who would use them for evil.
Tashigi is a supporting character in the One Piece series that was created by Eiichiro Oda. The series first began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 4, 1997. She would later appear in the Lougetown Arc that began in Volume 11.
Her first appearance was in One Piece Volume 11 CH. 96 "Greatest Evil of the East", and her first anime appearance was in One Piece - Episode 48 "The Town of the Beginning and the End! Landfall at Loguetown". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Junko Noda, and the U.S. dub produced by FUNimation is performed by Monica Rial.
Similar to Kuina, Tashigi's name comes from the name of a flightless bird called the Common Snipe (田鴫, Tashigi) found in Northern Europe and Northern Asia. This reflects her frustration of not being able to reach her dream. However, Oda has stated, "Though a bird cannot fly, it does not mean it never will.".
To a question: "Why does Tashigi look like Zoro's old friend Kuina?", Oda answered: "It's just a coincidence. There's no backstory like Tashigi turns out to be Kuina's sister or something...[laughs]".
" No matter what happes. I will use Shigure to practice and get stronger! Then I will travel around the world and get those swords from bad people. Either they're the twelve Saijō Ō Wazamono or the twenty-one Ō Wazamono. I will risk all my life! "
Tashigi "One Piece" Vol.11 Ch. 97
Two of Tashigi's most pronounced personality quirks are both her love and admiration for finely crafted katanas, but also her nearsightedness. Without her glasses, she will often look in the wrong direction when talking with someone. She's a young woman who has a strong sense of pride in her skill, but her loyalty is mainly toward protecting the helpless. She's trained in sword fighting from a young age, but faces a level of prejudice that women can't be as strong as a man. She's often insulted when someone treats her as weak or if she believes someone holds back in a fight against her.
Age: 23 (21 pre-time skip)
Hair : Black
Specialty: sword fighting, nearsighted
Dream: To take away the famous swords from those who would use them for evil.
While stations in Loguetown, Tashigi met a fellow sword enthusiast after she had defeated a band of pirates in town. She dropped her glasses and he accidentally broke them in his hand after seeing her face. Though angry with him, she took him to a local sword dealer in town, and she already had a spare pair of glasses. The green-haired man was looking for two swords to go along with his Wado Ichimonji. When she said how having three swords reminded her of the Pirate Hunter Zoro, he asked if she was going to try and take his swords. They parted ways after he purchased the Sandai Kitetsu and was given the Yubashiri by the store owner.
While watching with Smoker's forces as pirates battled among themselves in the town square. Tashigi learned that man she had met earlier was Zoro. Feeling tricked by the pirate, she challenged him to a duel as he was trying to escape with the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates. He won easily, and she was offended that he let her live. She accused him of going easy on her since she's a woman, but this only irritated him. He yelled at her for acting like a childhood friend. She was further insulted that he accused her of imitating his friend. Zoro and the rest of his crew escape Loguetown thanks to a sudden storm, and Tashigi joined Smoker to follow them to the Grand Line.
It was during their hunt that Tashigi and Smoker captured a man called Mr. 11, who was a member of a secret organization called Baroque Works. Tashigi took Mr. 11's Kashu katana, and they learned that the Straw Hat Pirates were heading for the kingdom of Alabasta, after intercepting a call.
To their surprise, Tashigi and Smoker ran into the Straw Hats' captain, Monkey D. Luffy, in harbor town Nanohana. The pirates once again eluded capture, but they trailed them to Rain Base, the home to the casino of the Sir Crocodile, a member of the Seven Warlords. Tashigi found Zoro there, but he only covered his eyes and yelled at her to stop using that face before running off. When Tashigi later found Smoker, he let the crew go for saving him from drowning in one of Crocodile's traps. He gave her command of the forces to follow them to the capital city, Alubarna.
In Alubarna, Tashigi was witness to the civil war between the royal guard and rebels that had been maliciously orchestrated by Crocodile. Working her way through the war zone with her troops, Tashigi ran into the wanted criminal Nico Robin with her hostage, king Nefertari Cobra. Robin easily defeated Tashigi and her men with her Devil Fruit powers and left them beaten. She was followed by Crocodile, who mocked her for her weakness; then Luffy ran by and asked her where Crocodile went. She directed him to follow the villain, and instructed her troops to help the Straw Hats in trying to stop the war before too many more died. This was her first time witnessing a war, and how it changed people.
After Luffy defeated Crocodile, Tashigi found all the Straw Hats collapsed in the street from exhaustion. She refused to let her men capture them, and returned to Smoker's ship. Captain Hina had already arrived, and Smoker complimented her on her hard work. She was ashamed that she wasn't strong enough to do more and had to depend of those pirates. Smoker told her that if her tears were so painful she needed to train to get stronger. Tashigi vowed to work hard as tears ran down her face, and she went back to her room to be alone. She later learned that high-command was crediting Crocodile's defeat to Smoker and herself. They continued their hunt of the Straw Hats, after they had eluded Hina.
Some time later, Smoker and Tashigi were on an island after defeating a band of pirates. News arrived that the Straw Hats were being blamed for the destruction of the World Government island, Enies Lobby. Luffy's bounty was raised and Zoro now had his own wanted poster and bounty.
It was before the conflict that Tashigi listened as Fleet-Admiral Sengoku announced to the world that Ace was the son of Gold Roger. She was among those present to face off against Whitebeard's entire armada that was coming to Ace's rescue. In the middle of the war, Luffy and other pirate escapees from Impel Down fell in from the sky on a ship. Smoker and Tashigi tried to capture him, but his escape was aided by the Warlord, Boa Hancock.
Though Luffy eventually got past everyone to free Ace, he was still executed by Admiral Akainu while he was shielding Luffy. Whitebeard was later killed by Blackbeard and his crew. Tashigi was again witness to the craze that came in war. Despite Ace being killed, both sides were fighting like mad to wipe out the other. No one was tending to the injured and dying. The war only ended when Red-Haired Shanks, another member of the Four Emperors, arrived with his crew, and he threatened to become involved if the Marines continued to press.
With the Marine HQ still under repairs, Smoker met with Admiral Aokiji to request his team be stationed in the New World, the second half of the Grand Line. They were given permission, but the Straw Hats had gone missing for two years and were presumed dead.
In the two years that had passed since the war on Marineford, Tashigi reached the rank of Captain, and is a member of the G-5 Branch, along with the now Vice-Admiral Smoker. While on their patrol near the Red Line, several pirate ships began popping out of the water. Tashigi deflected the cannon fire as Smoker interrogated some of the pirates they captured. They had all been freed from slavery on Fish-Man Island by the Straw Hat Pirates.
Tashigi and Smoker waited at a nearby island, but the Straw Hats never appeared. They intercepted a call that the Straw Hats were heading to Punk Hazard, an island that was suppose to be off limits. When they went to investigate, they found a lab still in use, and were greeted by the new Warlord, Trafalgar Law. A battle erupted when several of the Straw Hats came running out of the lab surrounded by children. Law defeated both Tashigi and Smoker, and he used his powers to switch their minds and bodies. Tashigi was in Smoker's body but couldn't control his Smoke-Smoke powers.
They tried to attack later, but the leader Caesar Clown defeated the Marines, Straw Hats, and Trafalgar Law. While captured, they learned that Vice-Admiral Vergo was a spy for the Warlord, Don Quixote Doflamingo. Caesar put Tashigi and all the others outside to die from a poison gas that Caesar was covering the island with. Law escaped his chains, put Tashigi and Smoker back, and they agreed to help defeat Caesar, Vergo, and save the children they were experimenting on. Once inside, Tashigi was saved from the poison gas by the G-5 members, then eventually fought with Roronoa Zoro against the powerful Snow-Snow abilities of Monet.
Zoro carried the injured Tashigi as the labs were filling with the poisonous gas. After catching up with the children and everyone, the group escaped the mountain labs on a giant rail cart. With Caesar Clown captured, there was a huge celebration. She met with Nami and pleaded to let her care for the kids. Tashigi then escorted the children back to the base to be taken care of as Smoker stayed behind.
Tashigi is a trained sword fighter of extraordinary skill in combat. It's unknown how long she has been training to use the sword, but she aims to be a strong sword fighter, despite the gender bias women are often faced with. Tashigi trains relentlessly to always improve and get stronger. She can even deflect a cannonball with her sword.
The Six Powers (六式, Rokushiki) is a style of martial arts that was developed partly to counter the incredible powers of Devil Fruit users. There are six basic attacks that are taught in the Six Powers, and it's unknown just how many Tashigi has been trained to use.
Haki (覇気, Haki) is a power that is possessed by all people, but few can actually use it. It's often unique to those with a strong enough will to control. This power is even strong enough to cancel out the powers of Devil Fruit users, but even they can use this skill. There are three basic forms of Haki, and Tashigi has only been seen to be able to use one.
Tashigi's weapon of choice is the katana, and she's been training to use the sword since she was a little girl. It's part of her dream to be a great sword fighter. Her sword of choice is named the Shigure (時雨, Shigure "Autumn Rain"). It's unknown where she obtained this blade, but she also has captured other meitou blades from other pirates during her missions. They include the Yamaoroshi (山颪, Yamaoroshi), one of the fifty Ryo Wazamano, from Billy the Orca Killer, and the Kashu (花洲, Kashū), another of the Ryo Wazamano, from Mr. 11 of Baroque Works.