Along with Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro, Sanji forms the Straw Hats' infamous Monster Trio and is, arguably, the crew's third strongest member. Considering that Sanji spends most of his time preparing food for his crewmates, it is quite remarkable how powerful he is. It was first revealed in chapter 812 of "One Piece" that Sanji is a member of the notorious Vinsmoke Family, a royal family originating in the North Blue. So far, we have not seen much of the Vinsmokes' true powers but they will, undoubtedly, play an important role in this arc. Since chapter 864 of the popular manga series won't be released until May, let's take some time to look at the Vinsmoke family instead.

The Vinsmoke family and the Germa 66

Sanji's father, Vinsmoke Judge, is the leader of the so-called Germa 66, a warmongering army made up of genetically enhanced clones who follow the Vinsmokes' orders without a second's hesitation. Furthermore, it was revealed that Sanji and his siblings, Reiju, Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji, were genetically modified by their father with the purpose of creating superhuman commanders for his army. This genetical modification, however, made them devoid of emotion. In order to prevent her children from becoming apathetic supersoldiers, Sanji's mother, Sora, took a drug that ultimately killed her. Thanks to her efforts, Sanji was able to feel emotion but lacked the genetic enhancements of his siblings. Subsequently, his father locked him away until Reiju helped her brother escape.

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In the current arc, the Vinsmoke family have joined up with the Big Mom Pirates in order to secure a powerful political ally. To seal this alliance, Big Mom insisted that one of Judge's children must be married off to her 35th daughter, Pudding. Not wanting to sacrifice his beloved children, Judge instead opted to summon his castaway son, Sanji, for the marriage. Unbeknownst to the Vinsmokes, however, Big Mom is actually planning to assassinate the entire family and take over the Germa 66 for herself.

Are the Vinsmokes really that powerful?

So far, Sanji has picked a fight with three of his family members, including a quick sparring session with his father, an offscreen battle with Yonji, and another scuffle with Niji. Presumably, Sanji disposed of Yonji without too much effort but struggled against Judge, particularly because he hesitated to attack the Germa soldiers whom his father used as human shields. Sanji's battle with Niji, on the other hand, was very one-sided. His brothers threatened to harm Sanji's benefactor, Zeff, so Sanji had no choice but to take a severe beating from Niji.

All in all, we have not seen much of the Vinsmokes' true powers, but Sanji demonstrated that he was strong enough to send both Yonji and Niji flying. With just one powerful kick, Sanji managed to severely deform Niji's face, although he did recover quickly. Thanks to their genetical modification, Reiju, Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji are much more durable than the average person. Nonetheless, Pudding was able to injure Reiju with a modified revolver. Perhaps, the most impressive feat that the Vinsmokes have shown so far was Niji's ability to turn invisible and emit electricity from his body. Judge, on the other hand, seems to rely solely on his advanced weaponry, which is sort of reminiscent of Skypiea's technology. Even so, Judge failed to inflict any long-lasting damage on Sanji. It remains to be seen how strong Sanji's family really is, but with the Big Mom assassination plan underway, the Vinsmokes will surely get involved sooner or later.