Theory Shimotsuki Onimaru aka Roronoa Zoro

#1
I have a theory about how Zoro got his name as "Zoro". I do think as many people in this forum Zoro belongs to the fabled Shimotsuki clan, as this was clear from Zoro's home village name and his birth month November (which is called Shimotsuki in Japanese) and Zoro's father was Shimotsuki Ushimaru, the daimyo of Ringo.

Here is my theory, Shimotsuki Ushimaru planned to name his unborn son as Onimaru after his trusted partner and pet Onimaru, the fox. His wife is also aware of his wish to name their son Onimaru. During the Kaido invasion of Ringo, Ushimaru was busy fighting the beast pirates and hence he asked his trusted retainers to escort his pregnant foreign wife out to east blue to his clansmen's place. But Kaido's forces found the entourage before they escape and Onimaru (still a fox btw) stayed back with rest of the retainers to protect his master's wife. Hence, Zoro's mom called him Zoro which means fox in Spanish and Roronoa is her family name to keep him safe even though his true name is Shimotsuki Onimaru.

How it will be revealed? I think Zoro will use Ashura in his battle that will attract the attention of Wano Samurai. I believe it will unfold as something like this. The home territory of Shimotsuki clan is Ringo and they were given other lands to govern because of their just and loyal nature. The branch that governs Ringo is the main house of the clan. Only a few members of the clan can exhibit the full power of the sword god (Ashura) and everyone who wielded Ashura were from the main house. His green hair and Ashura will make Wano samurais to associate Zoro with Shimotsuki Ushimaru.

Lately, I was reading through Wano and I found that Zoro's name could be Shimotsuki Gyuukimaru too, because that is the reason why Kawamatsu used that name. What would be the ideal name than the name of the heir to Ringo.

I want to add that Chapter 999 will be the one which reveals Zoro's lineage and we will get a proper intro box of Zoro with his Shimotsuki name, as heir to Ringo.

On a side note, both Oni and Gyuuki are a type of demon. I added that Gyuuki could be possible because his father has name Ushi which mean cow and Gyuuki means cow demon. Fun thing Zoro used attacks with names Oni and Gyuuki. XD

Hope you enjoyed the reading :)
 
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#5
this is very interesting theorie my friend I like it well done !
Thanks for the feedback
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I never knew Zoro meant fox in spanish
Yes and one thing you should note, Zoro didn't use Asura for many Arcs. To be precise not in the presence of Kinemon and Momo. This has something to do with his lineage as I said above, it is "Shimotsuki's" trump card.
 
#9
Having said that if im not mistaken zoro never had an offical intro box as roronoa zoro.
Yes Indeed. The box will be something like this "Shimotsuki Onimaru, The sword god and the
daimyo of Ringo"
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It's kinda groundbreaking reveal that the real name of the second main character is different from the name we have been used to know for 1000 chapters

I don't know, it's risky since that it may cause an uproar among fans

Humans don't like sudden changes
Yes, he will be still called Zoro within the crew. The world and even the heavens will know him by the name Zoro :)
 
#11
Yep, Zoro's so far only introduction box is his Wano style Zorojuro one, which we know is not a "true" introduction because the other Wanohats got one with their alias as well.

And that is odd because the overwhelming majority of characters have had one. And I mean overwhelming majority- really minor characters that have like two lines of dialogue and disappear have had them.

Curiously enough, one of the other few characters not to get one was Ryuma.
 
#12
I dont think Ushimaru would name his son same as his Pet but
maybe it was Zoro's mother that named him Zoro after the Loyal pet of the household who protected her against Kaido's forces .... but I like the idea of Ushimaru sending his wife and son away to Shimotsuki Village
Yes I too believe, that it was his mom who named him Zoro after the fox but Zoro is not a wanoish name.
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Yep, Zoro's so far only introduction box is his Wano style Zorojuro one, which we know is not a "true" introduction because the other Wanohats got one with their alias as well.

And that is odd because the overwhelming majority of characters have had one. And I mean overwhelming majority- really minor characters that have like two lines of dialogue and disappear have had them.

Curiously enough, one of the other few characters not to get one was Ryuma.
I think we might see ryuma once again as flashback and he will be introduced as Shimotsuki Ryuma the Sword God.
 
#18
I have a theory about how Zoro got his name as "Zoro". I do think as many people in this forum Zoro belongs to the fabled Shimotsuki clan, as this was clear from Zoro's home village name and his birth month November (which is called Shimotsuki in Japanese) and Zoro's father was Shimotsuki Ushimaru, the daimyo of Ringo.

Here is my theory, Shimotsuki Ushimaru planned to name his unborn son as Onimaru after his trusted partner and pet Onimaru, the fox. His wife is also aware of his wish to name their son Onimaru. During the Kaido invasion of Ringo, Ushimaru was busy fighting the beast pirates and hence he asked his trusted retainers to escort his pregnant foreign wife out to east blue to his clansmen's place. But Kaido's forces found the entourage before they escape and Onimaru (still a fox btw) stayed back with rest of the retainers to protect his master's wife. Hence, Zoro's mom called him Zoro which means fox in Spanish and Roronoa is her family name to keep him safe even though his true name is Shimotsuki Onimaru.

How it will be revealed? I think Zoro will use Ashura in his battle that will attract the attention of Wano Samurai. I believe it will unfold as something like this. The home territory of Shimotsuki clan is Ringo and they were given other lands to govern because of their just and loyal nature. The branch that governs Ringo is the main house of the clan. Only a few members of the clan can exhibit the full power of the sword god (Ashura) and everyone who wielded Ashura were from the main house. His green hair and Ashura will make Wano samurais to associate Zoro with Shimotsuki Ushimaru.

Hope you enjoyed the reading :)
An interesting theory. Would be interesting if this is how it truly is.
I do believe Zoro has some connection with the Shimotsuki clan, what it is exactly I don't know
 
#19
Good theory. I just know that zoro mean fox. But if zoro was born in shimotsuki village(SV) or east blue (not shimotsuki village), why hide his name from shimotsuki people?

But here's what I think:
1. Following your theory. But zoro never made it to SV and grew older little bit then moved to SV alone
2. He was not came from important family/ordinary folk/might be irrelevant to story and later on he'll get honorary ephitet "shimotsuki" like ryuma

Personally i prefer the second because background contrary from sanji who is prince of germa, zoro might come from ordinary people. Like contrary about sanji would not attack a girl, but zoro won't underestimate a girl who is ready to fight

P.S. : While zoro get "shimotsuki", i like usopp get "usotsuki" ephitet XD
 
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