I have noticed something rather strange: Why do devil fruit users abilities nullify when they are knocked unconscious but not when they fall sleep?

Take Moria for example. Moria had control of all the shadows when Luffy knocked him out, allowing the shadows to escape, so why does sleeping not do the same? Certainly he had to have fallen asleep at some point in time before Luffy had knocked him out.

Same is the case with Sugar. She was scared unconscious by Usopp and all the toys turned back to their human forms. Is there something about being knocked unconscious and falling asleep that is different in the One Piece Universe?

  • It may be worth noting that "unconscious" and "sleeping" are not the same states in the real world. Sleep is considered to be a state of consciousness. Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 21:44

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Not all Devil Fruit powers stop working when the user is unconscious.

Luffy was knocked unconscious and nearly drowned during the Arlong arc when he was submerged in Arlong's pool. Despite this his neck was stretched far enough to give him air. This was also seen when he was on Amazon Lily. There... parts... of him were stretched by the tribe while he was unconscious and that is all I'll say on that.

It would appear that if conscious or reflexive control is required to operate the user's power (such as Robin or Crocodile), the power will not work if they are unconscious. If the power causes a permanent change in the physiology of the user, the ability probably still works while they are unconscious.

Sugar is the perfect example of all of this because her fruit also makes her look very young. This is not reversed when she is knocked unconscious because that is not consciously controlled.

However, if it were that simple, Moria (or others) could never sleep. We are forced (whether it makes sense or not) to assume that the limited awareness a person has when asleep keeps some activated powers active. Specifically, ones that generate some conscious minion. In Perona's and Sugar's cases though, this obviously doesn't work if they are knocked unconscious. This makes sense as when someone is unconscious by force or alcohol, they do not dream (until they are mostly recovered) and sometimes lose control of subconsciously controlled faculties (such as bowels or, more seriously, breathing).

All of these rules seem to change fruit to fruit so it is impossible to tell if, say, Law's body switches or Van Decker's marks would revert if they were knocked unconscious.

Please note: Moria did not lose control of his zombies because he was unconscious but because he took all of their shadows into himself at the end of the fight. He did, however, lose control of the shadows when he was knocked unconscious. Most likely though he would have lost control of zombies in this situation anyways. You didn't make this mistake but I did several times while writing this.


In simple terms, Paramecia and Zoan type devil fruit users lose control over their power when they are unconscious. Losing control means powers no longer work while unconscious.

Logia type devil fruit users don't lose control over their powers even when they are unconscious just like Luffy. Logia users don't take much physical damage except for Haki because they have their body's materialistic structure changed like Fire Fist Ace [fire], God Enel [electricity], Luffy [rubber], Smoker [smoke].

But users like Nico Robin, Trafalgar Law, Boa Hancock, Foxy of Foxy Pirates, Brook, Chopper, Rob Lucci of CP9 are Paramecia and Zoan type respectively. Zoan type can only transform but can't change the materialistic structure of the body. Paramecia type can create elements like hands, room, stone, door [door door fruit] but their body structure is the same.

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    Luffy's devil fruit Gomu Gomu no Mi is a Paramecia type fruit and not Logia type, so you might want to correct that..
    – Ashishgup
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 20:05
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    An easy way to see that Luffy is not Logia is that he perminently is Rubber. Logia turn their body into the other elements at will but are not made of their element if they do not want to be. Also, do you have any examples of Logia type fruits working when the person is unconscious?
    – kaine
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 21:04
  • Enel, Ace, Smoker, Teach (Blackbeard), Kizaru, Aokiji, Akainu and Caesar are all logia class. Paramecia meaning taking on a superhuman property or using a property to manipulate your body or something around you. Zoan meaning transformation on a physical level and logia is transformation on an elemental level. More can be found here link
    – Callat
    Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 4:26
  • Ohh! I thought it was the other way round. I should have referred the wiki before answering :P Thanks for correcting me.
    – sketch_TF2
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 4:54
  • Should I delete my post or let it be?
    – sketch_TF2
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 4:58

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