Yohneff is a tan-skinned man with a very tall and brawny stature, along with well-developed muscles. Aside from some wrinkles (a sign of his advanced age), his face is quite youthful. He has a scar on the left side of his neck, which he presumably obtained in a battle. He has short and wavy light grey-colored hair, which used to be dark brown in his youth. His most prominent facial features are his steely blue eyes, which are almost always half-closed and glaring; he usually opens his eyes completely only while watching a movie.
He usually wears simplistic, dark-colored turtlenecks and matching trousers, along with black boots. He also wears capes and cloaks, with their colors ranging from indigo, crimson, basil and grey; these capes and cloaks are tied together with golden latches or ropes. Sometimes, he is seen wearing golden or white gloves, which contrasts his usually dark-colored clothing.
Yohneff can be described as an strange, bizarre or perhaps even a "weird" person. While he is usually quite stern and grumpy, he can also be extremely cheerful and energetic. His erratic personality often confuses others, leaving them unable to form an opinion about him. Because of this, several people around him, even the members of his crew, never manage to fully understand him. King, one of Yohneff's closest comrades, once even noted that if a single word must be used to describe Yohneff, it would be "eccentric", which is a quite perfect description indeed, because he is very unpredictable in his choices and actions. While he sometimes seems to be some sort of enigma, preferring solitude, keeping his feelings close to his chest, and being distant from others, he also doesn't usually hesitate to express his opinions and speak without filtering his words, even going as far as to unexpectedly share some of his most private feelings, which he never shared with even his closest companions, with a complete stranger. Due to this, O-Ren describes him as a cryptically-written "open book".
He is infamous among his crew for his extremely questionable sense of priority. Notably, he preferred to attend a movie premiere rather than lead his crew on a quest, and prioritized obtaining the original recording of his favorite movie trilogy over the safety of Bill (however, this was partially because he was fully confident that he could rescue Bill later). He is also known for his equally surprising placement of interest. While he can be excited over something as trivial as waking up early in the morning to go for an early morning boat ride, he considered King's remarkable swordsmanship skills to be "lame". He also deemed Doug's murder at the hands of Django to be a "dull" incident, but gets excited about simple things, such as arranging stuff parallel to each other.
He is also very volatile when he is bored, and frequently destroys the ship's mast (partially or fully) for the sake of entertainment. His ferocity during boredom is a source of gigantic annoyance for the members of his crew. His actions usually depend solely on his mood; he is tremendously uncompromising and habitually acts impulsively without consulting others or contemplating the consequences. However, he genuinely cares for his crew, and treats his mates like family. Though he is very cheerful, his comrades do not believe him to be very friendly, probably due to his preference of solitude, and therefore, he does not have many close friends. Yohneff is also rather shy and can be quickly embarrassed. For this reason, he is often the butt of jokes for the members of his crew; even his status as the captain does not immune him from this.
Another noteworthy trait of Yohneff is his enormous love for movies. His early days at the Apule Temple resulted in an extreme lack of contact with the outside world for a long period in his life, followed by a lack of sociability and some sort of emotional detachment from the outside world even after Yohneff ran away from the temple. Perhaps due to this, he found solace only in movies, and discovered getting lost in the world of movies to be a heavenly feeling. He hates to be interrupted while watching a movie and might react violently if he is. His colossal passion for movies causes him to not only quote movie dialogues and pick up mannerisms of certain characters, but also prioritize movies over most things, so much so that he devotes six to twelve hours in his day solely for watching movies.
In battle, he indiscriminately fights men and women of all ages, though he is reluctant to hit children. He usually doesn't like killing, but will kill ruthlessly when he needs to or when he is in the mood. He prefers to finish fights quickly by not exercising restraint and going all-out right off the bat, but also likes to use very fancy attacks to show off and look formidable. To seem impressive, he often tries to seem like a genius tactician and use strategies, despite the fact that his combat brilliance instead lies in his instincts and intuitive cunning. Likewise, he often attempts to be a graceful and elegant warrior, even though his excellence truly lies in fierce and wild style of fighting.
- Magic Capes: The sources of Yohneff's power. Yohneff wears capes of different colors, presumably to match the rest of his clothing. These capes allow him to perform sorcery, which can be be utilized in combat. It is unknown if different capes give different powers to Yohneff. While Yohneff is capable of performing some sorcery attacks and magic spells even without his capes, he needs them to avail himself of his maximum power.
Abilities and PowersEdit
As a younger man, Yohneff was not very physically formidable due to being a victim of artificially-induced cerebral palsy, turning him into a wheelchair-bound cripple. However, his left leg was quite functional, and so he trained it to be self-dependent to a large extent (gaining amazing muscle control and being able to perform various tasks with just his foot) before training to regain the ability to move. After achieving partial mobility, he trained at beaches to attain strength and sturdiness. He trained himself to withstand sea waves and even try to split them with punches and kicks. By the end of his training, which took several years to complete, he not only achieved improved mobility, but could also bear the force of huge waves without even budging, and create gales by just spinning.
Yohneff's physical capabilities are exceptional. He possesses immense strength, with King being the only one in the crew who is physically more powerful than Yohneff. He is capable of crushing steel in his bare hands, lifting and throwing boulders (often with a single hand), shattering constructs with ease, and tossing a number of individuals with minimal effort on his part. He can lift King's weapon, though unlike King, he requires both of his hands to do so. He also possesses great endurance and durability, being able to take a bullet to the face with only minor wounds. He can also survive cannon fire, grenades and falls from extraordinary heights (albeit with major wounds) and even withstand multiple blows from King himself. However, he is not invulnerable to pain, as King's punches frequently cause him to scream in great agony.
His most notable physical attribute, however, is his incomprehensible speed. He is the fastest member of his crew and believes himself to be one of the fastest men in the world. He acquired his speed thanks to his training at the Apule Temple. Since a very young age, Yohneff was trained at run and act at superhuman speeds. Due to his exposure to numerous exercises and training regimes at the temple, as well as performance enhancing food items, ritual-like experiments, etc., he not only attained phenomenal speed, but also incredibly fast perception and metabolism, and resistance to effects of friction, reduced oxygen and kinetic impact. Yohneff was the fastest individual in the entire temple. He was so fast that he was essentially omnipresent throughout the huge temple. He also managed to outrun the temple's rogue-hunting squad, who were known for hunting rogues in less than a month, for over seven months. He lost his ability to move (and the ability to do so at superhuman speed) when he was crippled, but even after regaining his mobility and becoming much stronger, Yohneff is not as fast as he once used to be.
Nevertheless, Yohneff is still spectacularly fast, being faster than the speed of sound. He is also capable of engaging multiple opponents at once, catching a large of bullets with a single hand, and attacking at supersonic speeds (which result in tremendously powerful impacts). His fighting style utilizes his outstanding speed and reflexes, and relies on his instincts and savage offense to overwhelm his opponent or wear them down. Although he has not received much formal training in martial arts, he is quite skilled at kick-boxing, and while he possesses the ability to punch at a blindingly quick pace, he specializes in the use of his legs, especially his left leg, which he can manipulate to great effect and kick with enough force to briefly stun even King (who claimed Yohneff's kick to be stronger than a cannon).
However, as physically formidable as he is, he lacks stamina. While he can hang around in a fight even after being fatigued or injured, he is at his best only for a short while during the initial moments of a fight, which is why he prefers to end fights quickly, or use other tricks on his sleeve.
Yohneff's most significant power is his mastery of mystical arts. He seems to draw his magical powers from the energy of supernatural entities. The full extent of his magical powers is unknown, but he uses them to achieve a wide variety of effects. He can use sorcery to unleash powerful attacks, often in form of slashes, lightning bolts, invisible shock-waves and explosions. He can conjure flames, winds and water out of nowhere and even control them to a minor extent. He is also capable of conjuring shields and binds that are very difficult to break. He is capable of rendering himself invisible and/or intangible, but doing so requires a tremendous amount of concentration on Yohneff's part.