Unlike the majority of Marines, Ernest is a man who underwent considerable modifications on his body and, in the process, has become a Cyborg, albeit one that still retains his identity. He was a part of a secret project within the World Government that intended to extend the Pacifista worked on by Vegapunk and take them to new heights. The severity of the experiment on its subjects left Ernest the unlikely survivor of the project.
He was placed into the Marines like all other recruits and grew from the bottom-up. As a result of his cybernetic modifications, Ernest had a considerable advantage compared to his fellow Marines, excelling in the Marine's combat training and rising meteorically through the ranks. He was eventually placed in expeditions, where he proved his true worth as an incredibly potent adversary towards all Devil Fruit users. Ernest's continued rise in strength eventually lead to him being feared by the World Government's enemies as "The Devil's Bane" (魔王の滅人 Maō no Metsujin?).
Ernest is a dutiful man that follows his orders, irrespective of whether they follow standard protocol or not. He is calm, meticulous and serious in his work, ensuring the survival of all his allies and maximizes opportunities for future success over risky short-term gain. Willing to go to any extreme in order to fulfill his directives, he can be frightening persistent if forced to undertake tasks beyond what is asked for him.
When directly confronting a given enemy, Ernest has found himself to be non-complacent with listening to flawed ideologies. As a victim of being bombarded by ideologies against the World Government, he is quick to point out the logical fallacies in his adversary's ideals. Whether this is an attempt to resolve conflict peacefully or simply out of spite is unknown. Notably, Ernest does not support the World Government out of fanciful reasons such as abiding by Absolute Justice, instead, it is purely an outlet to validate his strength and pay back his debts. This simple-minded ideology was soon taken advantage of by the scheming God of Destruction, who would soon find that there is a deeper layer to his loyalty to the World Government: his inability to betray it.
When forced into a state where his conscious cognitive processes have been shut down, Ernest is robotic and merciless. His voice becomes monotonous and his actions are all instilled with the purpose to eradicate the World Government's enemies. His movements lack forethought and are executed instantly, making them exceedingly difficult to predict. Overall, in this state, Ernest is truly a dangerous machine in the World Government's hands.
The Vice Admiral also finds himself taking failure quite seriously. Despite being aware that Dao was overpowered by his actions as a robotic agent of the World Government, he found himself disappointed that Dao was able to escape, believing this was weakness on his part.
Abilities and Powers Edit
As a Vice Admiral, Ernest is a highly capable agent of the Marines and comprises the top bracket of its fighting force. He possesses the authority to command any soldiers lower than him in rank and can partake in Buster Calls should the situation demand it.
Among those of a similar rank, however, Ernest is noted to possess peculiar duties that lead him to only be deployed when faced against specific types of opponents or situations, those being when the primary culprit possesses a substantially powerful Devil Fruit. Although not normally sent on reconnaissance, Ernest has demonstrated highly capable skills in the task, easily tracking the likes of Munakata Shinji despite his cautious nature.
Ernest appears to be a capable teacher, having taught the likes of Herculean Leo quite competently despite other instructors such as Bambina and Valentine B. Carter being in his circle of acquaintances.
Within combat, when Ernest looses his inhibitions, he proves himself to be a merciless opponent with great power behind him, outpacing and overwhelming the likes of Dao with little difficulty or opposition, although he ultimately failed to kill the man.
Physical Abilities Edit
Being a cyborg and a Vice Admiral, Ernest has considerable physical prowess that is expressed both within and out of combat. He boasts strength that enables him to use any of the Rokushiki techniques with strict ease. Not only that, he is capable of landing blows that can put pressure on even the likes of Busoshoku Haki barriers made by an opponent of Dao's caliber. Moreover, under the influence of his cybernetic mind, Ernest managed to display a hefty amount of durability and endurance when dealing with injuries and exhaustion, which was further displayed as he returned to his normal self.
Ernest likewise possesses enhanced mobility and reflexes. One of his signature forms of attack is through using barrages of relentless attacks from different angles. Complimenting his base speed with his cybernetic enhancements and keen reflexes, it becomes a significant challenge to try and move a battle's flow away from the Vice Admiral.
There is also a considerable amount of self-control in the way Ernest expresses his physical abilities. This is best displayed through his proficiency in swimming, where he is able to regulate his swimming speed to match the ocean waves to mask his presence on a physical level.
Fighting Style Edit
Ernest is noted to possess two distinct types of fighting styles that he integrates seamlessly in order to combat a given enemy. He has formally undergone instruction in the Rokushiki like numerous Marines, while simultaneously making use of his body modifications and his own physical powers to significantly bolster the effectiveness of these techniques.
Rokushiki (六式, Six Powers) is a superhuman martial arts style practiced by the World Government, in particular, the Cipher Pol. Ernest boasts considerable skill within the techniques and, within combat, tends to make use of them wordlessly.
Body Modifications Edit
Ernest during an unnamed point in his life obtained the body of a cyborg, which has bolstered his base power as a human significantly. Combined with his proficiency with Haki and Martial Arts, he has secured a position as Vice Admiral and even obtained recommendation from more than one fellow Marine on the possibility of being a candidate for Admiral. His body modifications are his main venue of combat, integrating them with other styles seamlessly in order to create an explosive enemy that many could not dream of following.
Seastone Alloy Edit
The alloy that makes up the majority of Ernest's physical body is noted to be infused with a high quantity, and high quality of seastone. As such, when enemies with Devil Fruits come closer to Ernest, they feel physical exhaustion and find their Devil Fruit abilities more difficult to use. In some cases, Ernest's proximity may mitigate a Devil Fruit's abilities to the extent where they are incapable of performing the desired function, despite the fruit normally having lethal capabilities.
Baldifuel Armaments Edit
The fuel source that Ernest is powered by is called Baldifuel. It is unclear what this form of fuel consists of, but it appears to empower all of his actions. Ernest can make use of Baldifuel to supplement many armaments in his body. These include the ability to project powerful lasers, ferocious flames, gather incredible quantities of wind and make use of powerful electric attacks.
So far, Ernest has made use of his lasers from his mouth. They appear akin to those projected by Kizaru's Pika Pika no Mi, no doubt due to his connection to the Pacifista project. They are able to move at incredible speed and was suggested to be powerful enough to completely incinerate any target it landed upon.
Ernest's flames can be projected from virtually any part of his body. He can keep the flames concentrated and release them as jet streams for propulsion or offense, otherwise he is capable of using them as waves in order to empower air-based attacks such as the Rankyaku. Although his flames are seemingly quite powerful, their direct impact on a person has not been seen. Notably, Ernest's own body is immune to the flames he creates.
As a Vice Admiral, he is capable of using both Busoshoku and Kenbunshoku Haki. He has shown to employ both with a great degree of mastery even while he was technically unconscious. Notably, as a cyborg, Ernest is capable of analyzing the direct strength of Haki used by his opponents and can actually match, if not surpass their Haki's strength through his automated Haki use, which proves to be an incredibly potent tool in intense combat.
Ernest bears a notable degree of skill in Busoshoku Haki, being capable of coating even projectile attacks such as Rankyaku in a layer of translucent Busoshoku Haki. The density of his Busoshoku: Koka is enough to break solid spherical barriers of Busoshoku Haki, creating thunderous sounds as his fists clashed with the barrier.
Ernest makes use of Kenbunshoku Haki in a manner similar to a sonar. As opposed to predictive value, his primary use is to scan for an enemy's location. However, he is shown to read his enemies' intentions competently and react accordingly. Combined with his own sensors as a cyborg, Ernest's Kenbunshoku Haki is very difficult to break through.