Oda’s One Piece series has introduced us to a variety of great and strong characters. Some of them had a short run in the series, some had a longer one. Some were more interesting, some were less. In this article, we are going to talk about a lesser-known character who only made a brief appearance but has sparked the interest of fans. The character we are going to talk about is Meadows, the fat warrior who appeared in the tournament to win the Mera Mera no Mi. In this article, you’re going to find out everything we know about Meadows in One Piece.
Meadows is a warrior who participated in the tournament for the Mera Mera no Mi in the Corrida Colosseum. He is a gladiator who wanted to win the fruit but was ultimately knocked out, losing at the conclusion of D Block. He is a secondary character and has not been featured since, nor does he seem to be relevant enough to be featured in the first place.
The rest of this article is going to focus solely on the character of Meadows, as we bring you everything you need to know about him and his actions. We are going to tell you some information about the history of the character, as well as his role in the whole story. We are also going to answer a series of relevant questions about Meadows.
Who is Meadows in One Piece?
Meadows is a swordsman and a gladiator who participates in the Corrida Colosseum tournament to try to win the Mera Mera no Mi. Meadows is a tall, fat man with a black mustache and beard. He wears feline skin as a coat and hat as well as a sleeveless brown jacket. We never saw his eyes. He appears only during the Dressrosa Arc and made his debut in Chapter 706 of the manga, titled I Won’t Laugh at You, i.e., in Episode 659 of the anime, titled “A Horrible Past! The Secret of Dressrosa”.
Meadows entered the Corrida Colosseum tournament to win the Mera Mera no Mi. He was assigned to Block D. When there were only twenty fighters left in the ring, he was, like all the other participants if we exclude Rebecca, beaten by Hakuba’s lightning attack. When the twelve criminals of Dressrosa were awarded their bounties by Doflamingo, a former celestial dragon. Meadows set out to capture them to obtain the reward promised by the Flamingo.
But when he discovered Doflamingo’s true intentions, he sides with Luffy along with dozens of other warriors in order to hold Doflamingo back while the Straw Hat recovers from Gear Fourth’s side effects, apologizing to him for not having helped him before. Despite the number of gladiators and soldiers facing Doflamingo, Meadows and Luffy’s other allies were defeated by the Warlord of the Sea very quickly. However, they managed to buy enough time for Luffy to recover and defeat Doflamingo.
Meadows is quite “greedy”, as when he preferred to capture the Straw Hats to earn the bounty rather than help them. However, he later admitted that he was blinded by money. However, he can be humble and selfless, as he shows by apologizing to Luffy for trying to capture him and promising to protect him from Doflamingo.
How strong is Meadows in One Piece?
The most obvious thing we have to state here is that Meadows’ combat abilities are not very well known, but if he decided to participate in the tournament, it is because he must be quite confident in his skills. He possesses a weapon with four short curved claws in his left hand. In the anime, he is seen wielding an ax to fight. But, aside from that, not much is known about him.
Comparatively, though, Meadows is really not that strong, as he did not even come close to winning the tournament. He was beaten – in the manga – by Cavendish’s alias Hakuba. Cavendish is a formidable fighter, that cannot be denied. His skills in fencing are recognized even by a vice-admiral of the Navy, Bastille, who describes him as a “Genius with the Sword”. It appears that Cavendish possesses, as evidenced by his impressive musculature, a good amount of physical strength. We can also note that he has considerable reflexes coupled with impressive flexibility and speed.
Still, Cavendish isn’t even in the upper echelon of the Supernovae, which means that he is not among the strongest of fighters in One Piece, yet he was able to defeat Meadows easily. In the manga, he was knocked out by Acilia, who should be somewhere on his level, i.e., she is also not among the strongest characters in the One Piece series.
Acilia is confident in her abilities and is quite powerful, as she defeated several gladiators in the Corrida Colosseum tournament. She was powerful enough to free Rebecca from Logan’s grasp by hitting him only once and with her shield, she was able to defend herself against his extremely powerful blows despite the latter’s massive physical strength. Still, she isn’t a top-tier fighter.
It is also noteworthy that Meadows was trashed by Doflamingo and that he was significantly weaker Luffy at that point in the plot. Meadows is more looks than anything else. He is not a weakling, we cannot say that, but he looks stronger than he actually is. He is fat and large, which makes him look terrifying, but a relatively skilled fighter could easily defeat him in a fight.
If you look a bit at the structure of Block D in the Corrida Colosseum – which had the characters of Suleiman, Orlumbus, Cavendish, Rebecca, Mummy, Agyo, Damask, Rolling Logan, Acilia, Doerena Kingdom Noble, and Gardoa – these characters aren’t overly strong, yet Meadows wasn’t able to defeat all of them, which is a good comparative insight into his powers and abilities. As we have said, he would be able to defeat your neighborhood bully, but that’s about it.
Any stronger One Piece character would easily defeat Meadows in a fight, which is why he is not as strong as people perceive him to be due to his looks.