The Love-Love Fruit (メロメロ実, Mero Mero Mi) is a Paramythia-type Cursed Fruit that allows a range of attacks which use emotions of lust or perversion to transform opponents into stone. "Mero mero" is an onomatopoeia of "to fall down drunk", including being overcome with emotion such as love or lust. It was eaten by Hancock Boa, who was force-fed it by a World Noble.
Strengths and WeaknessesEdit
The major strength of the fruit, as demonstrated by Hancock Boa, is that the user is able to transform those who lust or love after the user into stone in varying degrees by using their "dirty thoughts". Victims that have been completely turned to stone are incapable of consciousness and susceptible to physical damage unless the user de-petrifies them. Petrification can also be achieved through physically striking an opponent, although the only area that is turned to stone is the contacted area, as opposed to the entire body. Inanimate objects are also susceptible to the fruit's power.
While the fruit's powers, specifically the aforementioned technique, use the focused lust of a user's victim to fuel the petrification, if the intended targets have no lust towards the user, then the powers are nullified. This can be achieved either by being distracted by other emotions, such as pain and fear, or by simply lacking lust to begin with. Luffy D. Monkey is the only character seen immune to the effects, though he initially believed the attack aimed at him to be an attack from Foxy's Slow-Slow Fruit. Apparently, once the petrification takes effect, the victim(s) experience a state of suspended animation where their subjective sense of time is completely halted by the fruit's power, effectively making it look to them as though time itself has stopped from the victim's point of perspective, and will last this way until Hancock chooses to relinquish their petrified states.
Other than that, this fruit does not seem to have any specific weaknesses outside the standard Cursed Fruit weaknesses.
Hancock uses this Cursed Fruit power to petrify her victims. However, the contradictory story that her fellow Kuja are given is that she and her sisters killed a Gorgon and were "cursed". The Gorgon gave each sister a set of eyes on their backs. Whenever anyone sees the back of her and her sisters, they turn to stone. This story is actually a lie, concocted to hide her shameful past as a slave at the hands of the Celestial Dragons. Hancock's Cursed Fruit was originally fed to her for entertainment purposes only.
Hancock uses her ability, within a conjunction of any feelings held about her, by whomever she wishes to attack. As long as her opponent is not distracted by any other emotions or feelings (such as fear or pain), she can cause anyone of either gender to fall for her, upon which she can activate the full extent of her abilities. This fruit's power is extremely effective, especially given the fact that Hancock is virtually unmatched in beauty, which makes just about everyone easily attracted to her.
Even without the use of any kind of special technique, Hancock can use her great physical prowess to attack in hand-to-hand combat; her Cursed Fruit gives her the ability to turn anything she strikes to stone, and also does not need the victim to lust after her. This allows her to take down opponents that possess little to no thought (like the Pacifista).
- Love-Love Beam (メロメロメロウ, Mero Mero Merrow): Hancock's signature technique, she forms a heart shape with her hands and launch a beam of the shape. Anyone with "impure thoughts" (lust) hit by this beam will be turned into a stone statue. The beam's effect can be blocked if the target does not have any lust for Hancock, either by focusing on other emotions (as Momonga) or simply being ignorant (as Luffy). Love-Love Beam reminds Luffy of Foxy's Slow-Slow Beam. This attack seems not to kill targets, but rather put them in a form of stasis, as when Hancock revived the soldiers on the Navy Warship, they kept uttering the end of the sentence they spoke when they were petrified and even carried the same momentum. Any affected persons' body can be destroyed, due to the fact that it is stone. The pun in this technique is that those who are vulnerable to this technique essentially become slaves to it.
- Awaken (目覚めよ, Mezameyo): Hancock blows a kiss at a person or people previously turned to stone by Love-Love Beam, which causes small hearts that wash over them and restore them to their normal state. The pun here is that all accounts from former real-life slaves refer to freedom as an "awakening"; so too are the "slaves" of the Love-Love Beam essentially "awakened" from the "slavery" of petrifaction stasis. The added imperative at the end of this phrase is not unlike an order being given; another back reference to Hancock's dark past.
- Pistol Kiss (ピストルキス, Pisutoru Kisu): Hancock is able to use a projectile-like move by blowing a kiss, creating a heart-shaped bullet to fire at her victim by aiming it with her index finger, which she uses together with her Armament Haki to hurt the foe. The pun here is that the kanji for gun (銃) is part of the phrase "jū no tsutsu" (銃の筒), meaning "gun barrel", which Hancock's index finger is essentially serving as, in order for this technique to work. It is unknown if this attack would petrify the opponent if it worked, since it's only been used once, against Luffy, who has no lust towards Hancock.
- Slave Arrow (スレイブ･アロー, Sureibu Arō): Hancock breathes in deeply and kisses out a heart; similar to her Pistol Kiss, but much bigger. She then pulls the heart back with a hand and, with a pop like that of a bubble, hundreds of arrows (all of them tipped and fletched with a stylized heart design) are fired and barrage her opponent(s) before petrifying them; the sheer number of arrows unleashed makes this move particularly difficult to evade. This technique not only petrifies anyone and anything that it hits, but somehow manages to freeze them in place, regardless of whether or not they were in motion or not, to the extent that she even stopped cannonballs in their tracks. The pun in this technique is that, although the kanji used here (虜) may mean "imprisonment", it can also mean "captive", as in someone being captivated by love.
- Perfume Femur (パフューム･フェムル, Pafyūmu Femuru): Hancock does a handstand and spins around in order to deliver a series of kicks. Anything she hits, including inanimate objects like swords and animate objects such as people, instantly turn into stone and, in turn, break from the sheer force of her kicks. Unlike her other attacks, only the immediate area around the point of contact turns to stone, not the entire object. The pun here is that when Hōkō, the actual pronunciation of the first two kanji symbols, is written another way (奉公), it can mean "apprenticeship" in the sense of "indentured servitude".
- Not knowing that it is actually the power of a Cursed Fruit, the Kuja of Amazon Lily attribute Hancock's ability to turn people to stone to a curse that she and her sisters supposedly got from defeating a monster called a Gorgon, hence their title, the Gorgon Sisters.
- The ability of the Love-Love Fruit to turn people to stone is similar to that of the mythical creature, the Gorgon Medusa, who was able to turn her victims to stone simply by looking directly into her eyes.
- Aside from "Pistol Kiss", all of Hancock's techniques have a pun referring to captivity of some kind and have many idioms about love capturing someone. This is ironic considering Boa Hancock's own past and her dislike of slavery and captivity.
- As a gag, Sanji was turned to stone when he first saw Hancock even though she had not used her power on him. This is because Sanji already had impure thoughts when he saw her. He returned to normal moments after. This repeated when he saw Shirahoshi.
- Love - Wikipedia article on love.
- Lust - Wikipedia article on lust.
- Medusa - Wikipedia article on the mythological creature Hancock becomes similar to with her abilities.
- Petrification - Wikipedia article on petrification.