Why Can Sanji Use Fire in One Piece? Diable Jambe Explained!

Why Can Sanji Use Fire in One Piece? Diable Jambe Explained!

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Vinsmoke Sanji is best known as the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates in Oda’s One Piece manga. He is the fifth member of the crew and the fourth to join, doing so at the end of the Baratie Arc. Now, Sanji is an indispensable part of Luffy’s crew and throughout the decades, he has shown some amazing powers and abilities. His kicks are known throughout the pirate world of Oda’s One Piece and he has developed numerous powerful techniques with his kicks. One of them is the Diable Jambe and in this article, we are going to explain that technique to you.

The Diable Jambe is Sanji’s most powerful fighting style. In this style, Sanji heats up his leg through friction and adds heat to his kicks, creating a small flame with which he is able to attack his opponents. In this form, Sanji has the ability to burn, and even ignite, his opponents. Sanji is able to use the Diable Jambe on one of his legs or both at the same time.

In the rest of this article, we are going to talk about Sanji and his technique. You’re going to find out about the Diable Jambe and how Sanji is able to use it in battle. The article is going to explain how and why Sanji is able to use the Diable Jambe and how he can use fire in the series, but it is also going to contain some spoilers so we needed to warn you beforehand.

What is the Diable Jambe?

Sanji has learned a martial art known as the Black Leg Style that the pirate Zeff apparently taught him and all of his special kick techniques, including the Diable Jambe, stem from this style, which is why we wanted to introduce it to you. All of his maneuvers come from his legs and feet, with the exception of the time when he used knives to fight Wanze. This unusual martial art apparently has some inspiration from the Brazilian martial art, Capoeira, Korean martial art, and Taekwondo, and may have some from the Chinese art, Tan Tui.

Inspiration may also point to a French fighting style now known as Savate. Originally developed by French sailors, Savate consists of similar techniques that use the hands to support the body and give kicks greater power and is especially useful on a rocking ship.

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Perhaps for this reason most of Sanji’s main opponents throughout the series so far were all martial artists with their own style (such as Kuroobi from “Fish-man Karate”, Bentham from “Okama Kenpo”, Wanze from “Ramen Kenpo” and Jabra from Tekkai Kenpo). As for his current attacks, Sanji has a large repertoire of kicks and specific techniques that he uses to fight. It should be noted that he doesn’t call out the name of an attack every time he fights someone, except for important events and fights.

Most of his attacks are spoken in French and are usually food/cooking terms that are related in some way to the specific part of the opponent’s body he is attacking or the nature of the attack itself.

The most common attacks are the Mutton Shoot (Sanji jumps and flips and kicks with all his might in the middle area or the enemy’s head) and the Anti-Manner Kick Course (one of Sanji’s most powerful kicks with which he attacks vertically or horizontally in a straight line to a usually giant enemy, a typical finishing move).


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Apart from the Black Leg Style, during the incident in Enies Lobby, Sanji demonstrated a new technique called Diable Jambe (French for “Devil’s Leg”, although it can also be interpreted as Devil’s Wind), which consists of spinning his right or left leg at high speed, to the degree that it turns red due to friction and becomes firey. In this mode, whatever he hits with his leg will instantly receive, apart from the force of the kick, an intense burn.

Sanji used this ability in his fight against Jabra, in which his attacks were not as effective due to Tekkai (a defensive technique that consists of turning the body as hard as steel). With the heat of this new ability, Sanji overcame his inability to break the Tekkai by burning Jabra in addition to the powerful kick. According to Oda, Sanji can use this technique due to his fiery passion, which is hotter than even his own attacks. After the time skip, Sanji is able to heat his legs without the apparent need for rotation and can set them on fire even in the depths of the ocean. Likewise, he can set his entire body on fire to power up his attacks even more.

What are Sanji’s known Diable Jambe techniques?

Prior to the time skip, Sanji would spin rapidly to activate the Diable Jambe, which caused friction to heat up his leg. This method has been proven to have negative effects, and Sanji risks suffering major physical harm if he employs it too frequently or for an extended period of time. The following is a list of the methods that Sanji has employed:

Premier Hachis

Sanji leaps into the air and uses the Diable Jambe to increase the force with which he strikes the opponent’s stomach. He first applies it to Jabra.

Flambage Shot

Flambage Shot

In the air, Sanji uses the leg of the Diable Jambe to strike the opponent’s head, increasing the force with which he is thrown down and causing him to spin till he lands on the ground. He first destroys Jabra with it.

Extra Hachis

Sanji leaps into the air and begins a series of lightning-fast kicks that give the impression of being a fireball. This technique was first used in his fight against Gecko Moria, as he was trying to recover Robin’s shadow.

Frites Assorties 

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Sanji leaps into the air and kicks three times at once, one to the right, one to the left, and one to the center, but the Diable Jambe causes a great explosion of fire when it strikes. He first uses it to block an Oars’ Gomu Gomu no Bazooka punch.

Diable Mouton Shot

Sanji uses the Diable Jambe to kick the adversary directly and horizontally. He initially used it in Sabaody Archipelago against the PX-4.


Sanji has demonstrated a considerably stronger mastery of the Diable Jambe after two years of training in the Kingdom of Kamabakka, utilizing it frequently without experiencing any negative consequences. He also appears to use shot instead of strike in the names of his attacks. Sanji no longer needs to turn to do the Diable Jambe; he can now turn on his legs on command. He can even lift his leg underwater with strength. The trauma Sanji endured over the course of the two years, which the memory of causes him to erupt in wrath, is somehow connected to this new power.

Even his father’s cutting-edge technology can collide with Sanji’s new Diable Jambe. It was later revealed that despite Monkey D. Luffy’s rubber body, he had enough strength to briefly knock him out. The Diable Jambe’s improved design differs from its original design in that when it is activated, a flash of light can be seen on the ball of its foot. Sanji may now concurrently activate the Diable Jambe on both legs, as evidenced in his battle with Doflamingo. Sanji can now use his Diable Jambe to launch brand-new, more potent assaults. They are:

Bien Cuit: Grill Shot

Sanji Kicks the Kraken

Sanji uses the regular Diable Jambe through this new technique, but the kick-affected area is burned. This burn displays the appearance of a grate (relating to the meat when it is grilled on a grill), and it was used against one of the Kraken’s tentacles for the first time, demonstrating its potency by burning it even as it was submerged in water. Sanji looks to be using simply the flaming leg of Diable Jambe: Extra Hachis in this move, seemingly improving upon it. He used it against a few of the New Fishman Pirates for the first time. In the anime, the kicks seem to pop the fishman’s bubbles to unleash fireballs and produce rainbow rings.


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Poêle à Frire: Spectre


After two years of training in the Kingdom of Kamabakka, another Sanji developed yet another new technique. Sanji frequently knocks his opponents to the ground with his flame leg after utilizing Sky Walk. The reason why the technique is called Spectre appears to be because of how Sanji moves his flame leg, which is quite similar to how Ivankov moves his head when using Ganmen Spectrum. The first time it was utilized, it was against several New Fish-Man Pirates. When the Fish-bubbles men’s rupture in the anime, the kicks seem to shoot fireballs and produce rainbow rings.

Collier Strike

Collier Strike

Sanji rushes towards the enemy’s neck after burning his leg in flames. Caesar Clown’s servants, the Satyrs, were the first targets.

Flanchet Strike

Sanji ignites his Diable Jambe before kicking his adversary in the chest, knocking him to the ground. He employs this tactic when battling Vergo.

Joue Shoot

Sanji approaches his adversary while lifting his leg carrying the Diable Jambe above the ground. Then he leaps up and strikes his foe in the face with a kick. Its initial use was directed at Monkey D. Luffy, and its power was sufficient to knock him back a fair distance.


Sanji Attacks Luffy

Sanji ascends to a considerable height utilizing the Sky Walk before employing the Diable Jambe to land with his leg extended. Then he delivers an ax kick to his opponent’s top of the head. When it was initially used on Luffy, it briefly knocked him out.

Crosse Strike

Sanji strikes with a strong, fiery front kick. It was employed in an effort to save Vinsmoke Reiju from Big Mom’s onslaught while working in tandem with Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gun. Crosse de porc is the source of the French word “crosse,” which means “paddle.”

Party Table Kick Course

The modified version of Diable Jambe’s standard Party Table Kick Course strike. As he stands on his hands and circles around, Sanji heats up both of his legs. This is a great technique for huge enemy groups, much like the usual form of him is. It was initially employed in a number of Beasts Pirates to open a path for Luffy as he headed toward Kaido during the raid on Onigashima.

Rotisserie Strike 

Rotisserie Strike

Sanji launches a fiery kick, sending the opponent spinning and slamming into the surrounding environment. he. This was initially utilized against Queen to cause his long neck to turn and deflect Perospero’s candy arrows while he was in her Brachiosaurus form. The blow was powerful enough to shatter Queen’s artificial teeth, which resembled needles.

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