Dr. Vegapunk has been mentioned many times throughout the One Piece series, but we never got to meet him until chapter 1061. From there, it is revealed that there are actually seven unique versions of the scientist, and there is a good reason for this.
Vegapunk’s intelligence is second to none. Having eaten the paramecia-type Nomi Nomi no Mi (brain brain fruit), his brain is able to expand infinitely as he learns new things. This is certainly ideal for someone who was born a genius.
However, that alone wasn’t enough for Vegapunk. In order to maximize his productivity, he decided to split his personality into different beings, which he calls satellites. They each have their own name, number, and purpose. On top of that, their minds are all connected through a hub called Punk Records. Let’s explore the different satellites and what they represent!
Shaka, the Good
The first satellite is Shaka, the good. As you could probably guess, Shaka represents the good within Vegapunk. He is one of the first satellites we meet, introduced in chapter 1062.
Shaka is very calm, collected, and thoughtful. This is shown by the way he observes the abilities and demeanors of the Straw Hats. He knew that it would be best to take a passive approach with them right off the bat, demonstrating his calm and reasonable nature. He also values having a strong moral compass, proven by the way he disagrees with harming and stealing from others.
Now, when it comes to the satellites, the idea of what makes something “good” or “evil” is entirely up to Vegapunk’s ideals. From that, we can tell that his idea of a “good” person is someone who remains calm, morally sound, and logical.
Lilith, the Evil
Of course, Vegapunk doesn’t just want to have a “good” side. He sees the value of every aspect of his personality. That is why he also created Lilith, the evil. Lilith introduces herself in chapter 1061, making her the first satellite we encounter.
Lilith has a lot of traits that many of us might consider “bad”. For one, she is impulsive and has a very narrow way of thinking. The Straw Hat crew met her when she tried to attack them and steal their treasure. As stated by Shaka, she had no knowledge of their identities or abilities. If it weren’t for Shaka’s reason, she would have been utterly defeated by them.
She is the type of person to dive head-first into a pool without knowing how deep the water is. She lacks the ability to carefully observe, preferring to act without a plan. She is also morally bankrupt, since she steals from anyone she finds near Vegapunk’s home, Egghead Island. Of course, she justifies it by saying it is necessary for the research budget.
Essentially, Vegapunk’s idea of evil is not considering the consequences of your actions. However, he obviously deems this as an important quality to have. When you think about it, impulsiveness and low morals allow one to make difficult decisions quickly. If Lilith hadn’t tried to pillage Luffy’s crew, Vegapunk would have never gotten to meet the Straw Hats, who ended up defending him from Cypher Pol later on. He clearly thinks of Lilith as a necessary evil, rather than a needless one, as her short-sightedness and moral standards open new doors.
Edison, the Thinker
Now, putting the touchy subject of “good vs. evil” aside, let’s talk about Edison, the thinker. There isn’t as much information about him as there is about Shaka and Lilith, but we know enough for his role to make sense.
You would think that Vegapunk’s idea of thinking would relate more to the calm and logical nature of Shaka, but it’s almost the opposite! Edison is very energetic and imaginative. His defining trait is how his mind overflows with new ideas. He gets so involved in his train of thought that he often doesn’t want to eat. Vegapunk’s idea of “thinking” is the unhinged pursuit of new ideas.
Pythagoras, the Wisdom
While Edison has made many important scientific discoveries, it is important to ground his racing thoughts with an anchor. That anchor would be Pythagoras, the wisdom.
Similar to Shaka, Pythagoras is very calm and logical. He finds joy in recording and parsing through data, and he usually analyzes the research that Edison provides, as shown in chapter 1065. Furthermore, he is responsible for testing Vegapunk’s inventions.
Pythagoras clearly represents the ability to think critically and thoroughly. He and Edison have a special dynamic since they are opposite ends of the same spectrum. Edison’s contributions come from within his mind, while Pythagoras uses external data to refine those ideas.
Atlas, the Violence
Next up is Atlas, the violence. This satellite is somewhat similar to Lilith. As her title suggests, she is generally violent and short-tempered.
Atlas often throws punches in response to problems. She gets angry when someone attacks her or uses her inventions incorrectly. She will often start a fight she can’t win, like when she tried to fight CP 0.
In Vegapunk’s mind, the concept of “violence” isn’t just physical. Atlas has a tendency to give lengthy explanations, shown by how she explains her inventions to the Straw Hats. You could say she’s “attacking” them with her knowledge. This shows how Vegapunk’s idea of violence is having a tendency to act and speak aggressively with no inhibition.
York, the Greed
Every satellite works very hard to contribute to Vegapunk’s research, except for York, the greed. York is very lazy and gluttonous. She eats and sleeps so the other satellites don’t need to. There are 6 satellites, so that is definitely a LOT of eating and sleeping. She doesn’t really do much other than that.
Of course, Vegapunk understands the importance of relaxation and a good meal. York’s existence allows him to rest and work at the same time! This might be the most important satellite when you think about it.
We would love to hear your thoughts on which satellite is most important in the comments!