For all those who read One Piece, you know that Eiichiro Oda presented three distinct types of Devil Fruits that grant specific powers to their users. The Paramecia fruits are the most common and give their users superhuman abilities or traits such as generating endless amounts of wax or a rubber physique. The Zoan fruits grant the user the ability to change into an animal or animal-hybrid form. This fruit also includes the subcategories of “Ancient Zoan” and “Mythological Zoan”. The Logia fruits are considered the rarest (aside from “Mythological Zoan”) as they allow the user to transform into an element or force of nature such as light, fire, or ice. While the three fruit categories have been distinct in the past, lately they have been starting to blend. This started with the “Mythological Zoan” fruits and now continues with “Special Paramecia”.
“Mythological Zoan” fruits allow the users to turn into mythological creatures. This gives them an animal transformation as well as qualities that resemble Logia and Paramecia fruit users. There are only two canon “Mythological Zoan” fruits to date, the Human-Human Fruit: Model Great Buddha which was eaten by Inspector General Sengoku and an unnamed fruit eaten by 1st Division Commander, Marco, of the Whitebeard Pirates. This gives Sengoku and Marco the ability to transform into a Buddha and a phoenix respectively. In addition to turning into animals — a human and a phoenix — they gain additional super-powers not present in normal humans and birds. Sengoku gains a solid gold body and can summon shockwaves from his palms while in Buddha form. Marco gains the ability to heal and summon blue flames while in phoenix form.
“Special Paramecia” is a new subcategory of Devil Fruit introduced in chapter 863. Originally introduced as a Logia type, the Mochi-Mochi Fruit was retconned to be “Special Paramecia” by Eiichiro Oda in One Piece: Volume 86, which covers chapters 859 – 869. The Mochi-Mochi Fruit was eaten by Charlotte Katakuri and allows him to create, control, and transform into mochi. Normal Paramecia fruit users cannot transform into or reform from the element they control. However, this is normal for a Logia types. Although the details have not been explored, it is possible that Katakuri is considered a “Special Paramecia” because mochi is not an element or force of nature, but a man-made product. Therefore, technically the fruit does not fit into the Logia category.
Other Possible “Special Paramecia” Fruits
So far in the series, two other devil fruits have shown the possibility to be “Special Paramecia”. These are the Egg-Egg Fruit and the Arms-Arms Fruit. The Egg-Egg Fruit was eaten by Baron Tamago and allows the user’s body composition to change into that of an egg, which if cracked open will cause the user to regenerate into a stronger body that gains additional chicken-like features each time. This gives the fruit features of a Paramecia — as the user can regenerate and evolve as well as Zoan as the user gains a chicken-like form. The Arms-Arms Fruit was eaten by Baby 5 and allows the user the ability to change their body parts or full body into weapons. This fruit has features of a Paramecia — as the user can create any type of weapon from her body and Logia as the user can reform after being totally destroyed when transformed into a missile.
Using the information presented in the manga we can conclude that there are at least two types of “Special Paramecia” fruits. The “Para-Logia” resemble Logia fruits in that they allow the user to create, control, and transform into a substance, but said substance is man-made and not an element or force of nature. The “Para-Zoan” resemble Zoan fruits in that they allow the user to gain an animal-hybrid form at will, but not a full animal form. Interestingly enough, the parazoa are a sister subkingdom of animals, literally translated as “beside the animals” and paralogia is defined as “involving self-deception”. Considering that the Egg-Egg Fruit allows the user to resemble an animal and the Mochi-Mochi Fruit deceives others into thinking the user has a Logia ability, I think the aforementioned names fit.
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