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"I've always... loved listening to you talk about your dreams. This is a contract. I'll give you my heart. In exchange... show me your dreams."

Pochita (ポチタ?) is the titular overarching protagonist of the Chainsaw Man manga and anime series. He is the Chainsaw Devil (チェンソーの (あく) () Chensō no Akuma?) who embodies the fear of chainsaws. He was the original Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン Chensō Man?) prior to becoming Denji's heart.

Appearance[]

Devil Form[]

Near-death State[]

After disappearing from his battle with the Four Horsemen and Weapon Devils, Pochita is reduced to a “near-death state”. In this state, he appears to be a small orange canine-like Devil with a chainsaw-like appendage protruding from the center of his head. Handles emerge from his body allowing him to be wielded like a chainsaw, and his short tail is in the shape of a chainsaw's pull cord.[1]

Normal[]

Pochita's true Devil form is of a large, humanoid Devil with four arms and a chainsaw protruding from each, with another chainsaw coming from the front of his head, similar to Denji's Hybrid form. He towers over regular-sized humans and possesses dark armored plates or scales that cover his entire body. An intestine still connected to his stomach is wrapped around his neck, resembling a scarf or a collar. It can also be used to carry people like Kobeni Higashiyama.[2][3]

Hybrid Form[]

After making a contract with Denji, Pochita assimilates himself with him, fusing with his heart and becoming part of Denji's anatomy, thus creating a hybrid. This allows Denji to become Chainsaw Man by pulling the chainsaw cord in his chest.

In this state, Pochita is smaller, has lost the chainsaw on his head, all his appendages and both handles. Pochita also has blood vessels connected to Denji. Pochita however still retains his trademark cute canine face. Denji's chainsaw cord is also directly connected to the top of Pochita's head.

When preparing to fight Makima, Denji removed Pochita from his body. Pochita then took on a Hybrid form similar to Denji's to fool Makima, with the only difference being that his arms were covered in the armored plates or scales he has in his true Devil form.[4]

Personality[]

Unlike most Devils, Pochita communicated solely through barks and whines like an actual dog.[5] However, after fusing with Denji, he is able to communicate telepathically with him. He continuously communicates with Denji through dreams, warning him to not 'open the door'.

Pochita deeply cared for Denji after his life was saved by the human, despite the Devil's general hatred toward humankind. He willingly gave up his heart to Denji so that he could fulfill his dreams which Pochita loved hearing about.[6] He also showed that he knows Denji very well and is able to mimic Denji's personality and behavior to fool Makima.[7]

Pochita exhibits a more erratic personality when in his true Devil form, as shown when he quickly murders anyone who expressed even the slightest bit of hostility towards him in the burger joint. However, even in this state he remembers his friend Denji's wish of trying a hamburger that isn't rotten and going on a date with a girl, which leads him to kidnap Kobeni Higashiyama.[8] Later, he tells Denji that he always dreamed of being hugged, but his strength made that impossible, implying that his murder spree at the burger joint was accidental due to him being unable to properly control his strength around others.

He also seems to answer the calls of help from humans and Devils alike, proven when he saved both Makima and Kobeni from their problematic situations, though he later brutally assaulted the former after completing his task.[8][9] Despite this, his love for Denji remained, as he was keen to fulfill his friend's dreams, and later even sacrificed himself to save Kobeni.[10][11]

In spite of being a devil, Pochita appears to have a form of attachment or respect for humanity. This can be supported by the fact he has consumed various devils that are dangerous to humanity, such as the AIDS Devil, Arnolone Syndrome Devil, Light of a Star That Breaks Children's Minds Devil, Mount Hio Eruption Devil, Nazi Devil, World War II Devil and the Sixth Sense Devil.[12] By consuming the Nuclear Weapons Devil & partially consuming the War Devil, he also prevented any more wars from rising and the risk of nuclear armageddon.[10]

Furthermore, when Pochita disguised himself as Denji to fight Makima, he asked her whether she would eliminate bad movies from the new world she planned to create. After replying that she believes a world without bad movies would be better, Pochita realizes that he has no choice but to kill Makima, demonstrating that he does not use his erasure ability lightly and that he only uses it against devils representing very deadly concepts.[13]

Abilities[]

Being regarded as the Devil that Devils fear the most, the Chainsaw Devil is considered one of the most powerful entities in the series after the Primordial Devils, being able to fend off hordes of Devils in Hell unscathed. The hunt for his heart alone was enough to cause an international conflict, and even Makima, one of the Four Horsemen, considered herself inferior to him, needing the public's adoration to weaken and defeat him.

As a Devil, the Chainsaw Devil possesses all of the standard Devil abilities. These include the ability to make contracts with humans, restore his health by consuming blood and revival into hell after his death. However, unlike most of the Devils, certain aspects of his personality have never changed. No matter how many times he was killed, he would always come back to killing other Devils.

His first contract with Denji was that, in exchange for consuming his blood, Pochita assists him to pay his debts. It is confirmed later on as a real contract rather than the "promise" presented by a young Denji. Later on, after Denji is fatally injured by the Zombie Devil, Pochita became the heart of Denji in exchange for Denji living a "normal life."[14]

Physical Prowess[]

  • Immense Speed: As noted by Beam, the Chainsaw Devil was renowned for his amazing speed. When fighting Makima and the hybrids, he effortlessly assaulted them before they could even react. He moves almost instantly, making it look like he is teleporting to his opponents. When the Hell Devil was summoned to defeat Chainsaw Man, it couldn't even attack before being effortlessly dismembered.
  • Immense Durability: The Chainsaw Devil's body is incredibly tough, being able to survive sonic lashes, explosions, piercing attacks, massive concussive blasts capable of sending him into space and atmospheric entry burns with little to no major repercussions. He was also able to survive the onslaught of Makima's Thousand Year Spear attack, even when weakened by public adoration, though he was in critical condition thereafter.
  • Immense Strength: As stated by Pochita himself, when he was Chainsaw Man, he was so strong that he couldn't do basic social interactions like receiving or giving a hug. This is even more highlighted on his visit to the Burger Shop, where even small movements of his arms were enough to kill several locals, probably accidentally. To avoid unintentionally injuring Kobeni Higashiyama with his force, he had to carry her using his intestine scarf. Later, while fighting the hybrids, his attack on Quanxi and Miri Sugo was so powerful that it destroyed several buildings and effortlessly decapitated both of them.
  • Immense Healing Factor: As a full Devil, Pochita's regenerative abilities are enhanced to the point that he completely regenerated his body from just his heart after throwing it from space without needing blood, even when suffering intense atmospheric entry burns.[7] Later on, this ability of Pochita was used cleverly by Denji that he removed Pochita from his body by leaving his body without a heart and let Pochita regenerate completely to mimic Denji and fool Makima.

Devil Powers[]

  • Devil Erasure: The Chainsaw Devil is infamously able to consume other Devils, causing the "name" they represent to vanish from public consciousness while also erasing their physical existence. Kishibe was unable to recall historical events or things such as the Holocaust, Nazis or nuclear weapons, meaning that the Chainsaw Devil at some point consumed their respective Devils.[12] The specifics of this ability are unclear; Makima was able to recall numerous erased names, and the War Devil wanted to make the Chainsaw Devil "puke" the Nuclear Weapons Devil up. The erasure process can be partial: after the War Devil was partially devoured, the concept of "war" has remained, but no more wars have broken out in the human world.[15]
Chainsaw Man using his chains

Chainsaw Man using his chains.

  • Chainsaw Appendage: As an embodiment of fear of chainsaws, protruding from Pochita's head is a chainsaw shaped appendage that functions as an actual chainsaw.[1] This ability is activated when the cord in his tail is pulled. As a full Devil, besides his head, he has four arms with chainsaw appendages. He can also generate chainsaws from his legs.
    • Chain Entanglement: Pochita is able to disconnect his chains from his chainsaws to wrap around his opponent's body. He uses this to pull them closer to him. He's able to capture multiple opponents with it. Beam claimed that the Chainsaw Devil could use his chains to hook around buildings to move around quickly in the past, but this has yet to be seen currently.
  • Body Assimilation: Pochita can fuse with a human body, restoring it to full health in the process. It was done on Denji, turning him into a hybrid. It is later revealed by Makima that this fusion occurred as a result of the contract. In exchange for Denji living a "normal life", Pochita becomes the heart of Denji.[14]
    • Devil Transformation: Should Denji's contract with Pochita ever be broken, Pochita can possess Denji's body and return to his original form. Makima stated that he has killed her 26 times in this state. The form seems to be under the control of Pochita as it is shown that he remembers Denji's dreams and tries to fulfill the requirements of their contract by eating a hamburger and going on a date with a girl. After being defeated by Makima to save Kobeni Higashiyama and later being rescued by Power, Denji's contract was restored and Pochita reverted back to his heart form while Denji transformed back into his normal hybrid. Pochita still can transform into his Devil form if Denji removes the heart from his body, in this form, Pochita has retain a calmer personality and has two arms similar to Denji`s hybrid form, however his arms are still covered with an armor.

Chapter Appearance[]

Public Safety Saga[]

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Intro arc
1. Dog & Chainsaw Debut
2. The Place Where Pochita Is Flashback
3. Arrival in Tokyo Absent
4. Power Flashback
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Bat Devil arc
5. A Way to Touch Some Boobs Absent
6. Service Mentioned
7. Meowy's Whereabouts Flashback
8. Chainsaw vs. Bat Absent
9. Rescue Absent
10. Kon Absent
11. Compromise Absent
12. Squeeze Absent
13. Gun Devil Absent
v  e
Eternity Devil arc
14. French Kiss Absent
15. Endless 8th Floor Absent
16. The First Taste Absent
17. Kill Denji Mentioned
18. Chainsaw vs. Eternity Absent
19. Nobel Prize Absent
20. Drinking Absent
21. Taste of a Kiss Flashback
22. Cola-Flavor Chupa Chups Mentioned
v  e
Katana Man arc
23. Gunfire Absent
24. Curse Absent
25. Ghost, Snake, Chainsaw Absent
26. The Gun is Mightier Absent
27. From Kyoto Absent
28. Secrets & Lies Absent
29. Perfect Score Flashback
30. Bruised & Battered Absent
31. The Future Rules Absent
32. Over and Over Again Absent
33. Mission Start Absent
34. Full Team Absent
35. Minor Absent
36. Katana vs. Chainsaw Absent
37. Train, Head, Chainsaw Absent
38. Easy Revenge! Mentioned
v  e
Bomb Girl arc
39. Tearjerker Absent
40. Love, Flower, Chainsaw Absent
41. Before the Storm Absent
42. Teach Me How to Swim Absent
43. Jane Fell Asleep in the Church Mentioned
44. Boom Boom Boom Absent
45. A Fine Day for Explosions Absent
46. The Melody of a Massacre Absent
47. Luck With Women Absent
48. Kaboom Kaboom Kaboom Absent
49. Shark Hurricane Mentioned
50. Sharknado Absent
51. Dark Diving Absent
52. Lost Love, Flower, Chainsaw Absent
v  e
International Assassins arc
53. In a Dream Voice
54. To Go to Enoshima Absent
55. Let's Go Absent
56. A Curse and A Fist Absent
57. Suddenly Absent
58. Yutaro Kurose Absent
59. Mess Absent
60. Quanxi and Fiends' 49-Person Massacre Absent
61. News Reporter Absent
62. Super Mess Absent
63. Trip To Hell Absent
64. Welcome To Hell Mentioned
65. The Darkness Devil Absent
66. Woof! Absent
67. The First Devil Hunter Absent
68. Dark Power Absent
69. Shining Power Absent
70. Pinch Absent
v  e
Gun Devil arc
71. Bath Mentioned
72. All Together Absent
73. Everyday Life No More Mentioned
74. What the Waves Say Absent
75. 9,12 Absent
76. Don't Open It Voice
77. Ring Ring Ring Absent
78. Snowball Fight Absent
79. Play Catch Absent
v  e
Control Devil arc
80. A Dog's Feelings Mentioned
81. Paw Voice
82. Always Eat A Hearty Breakfast Mentioned
83. Death, Resurrection, Chainsaw Appears
84. Hero Of Hell Appears
85. Bloody Good Gut Feeling Appears
86. Date Chainsaw Appears
87. Chainsaw Man vs. the Horrifying Weapon Humans Appears
88. Star Chainsaw Appears
89. Go Get 'Em, Chainsaw Man Appears
90. Super Power Appears
91. Power, Power, Power Appears
92. Zombie, Blood, Chainsaw Absent
93. You & Crappy Movies Appears
94. Chainsaw Man vs. the Weapon Humans Appears
95. Chainsaw Man vs. Control Devil Appears
96. This Kind of Taste Appears
97. I, Love, Chainsaw Appears

Academy Saga[]

v  e
Justice Devil arc
98. Bird & War Absent
99. Two Birds Mentioned
100. How to Walk Shoeless Absent
101. Afterschool Devil Hunters Absent
102. Save the Cat Absent
103. Denji Dream Absent
104. Spoiler Mentioned
105. Red Hot Absent
106. Bonfire Absent
107. School Attacker Absent
108. Something Important to Asa Absent
109. The Easy Way to Stop Bullying Absent
110. A Ring in the Night Absent
111. Aha Ha Ha Ha Absent
v  e
Chainsaw Man Church arc
132. Protection Absent
133. Chainsaw Man Protest Absent
134. Ordinary Happiness Mentioned
135. Sentimental Drive Absent
136. Normal Life Absent
137. Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Absent
138. Sword Man Absent
139. A Chair's Feelings Mentioned
140. Scales Absent
141. Normal Life Plus Absent
142. Denji Fan Club Absent
143. Rawr Absent
144. Guns, Nails, Katana Absent
145. Kumbaya Absent
146. Chainsaw Man War Absent
147. Cremation Absent
148. Room 606 Sword Absent
149. Devil's Choice Absent
150. Dream’s Next Stage Appears
151. The Return of Chainsaw Man Appears
152. Massage Mentioned
153. Chainsaw Man Hunters Absent
154. All Pets Absent
155. The Old Me Mentioned
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Current arc
156. Whup Whup Whup Whup Bzzz Split Split Appears
157. College Fund Mentioned
158. Gyohnee Guillotine Absent
159. Attack on Samurai Absent
160. That for Which the Heart Beats Mentioned
161. Chainsaw Man Puzzle Appears
162. Fearsome Absent
163. Dream Balls Absent
164. Charred Remains Absent
165. Everyday Scenery Mentioned
166. Rain, Brothel, Removal Absent
167. Super Smooch Absent
168. Kiss, Love, Sperm Absent
169. Hands and Adaptation Mentioned
170. How to Eat Sushi Mentioned
171. Special Division 5 Appears

Anime Appearances[]

v  e
Season 1
1. Dog & Chainsaw Debut
2. Arrival in Tokyo Mentioned
3. Meowy's Whereabouts Flashback
4. Rescue Absent
5. Gun Devil Absent
6. Kill Denji Absent
7. The Taste of a Kiss Flashback
8. Gunfire Mentioned
9. From Kyoto Absent
10. Bruised & Battered Flashback
11. Mission Start Absent
12. Katana vs. Chainsaw Voice

Trivia[]

Makita Chainsaw (3)

An orange-colored Makita chainsaw, which Pochita/Chainsaw Man was inspired from.

  • Pochita's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Pochita ranked 9th in the First Popularity Poll with 9,527 votes.
    • Pochita ranked 9th in the Second Popularity Poll with 26,722 votes.
  • Pochita's dog form bears a heavy resemblance to the Makita brand of chainsaws.
    • In fact, his name might be a play of Pochi (a common dog name in japan) and the suffix "Ta" (from Makita).
  • Pochita seems to embody both Kanayaphobia, the fear of chainsaws, and Trionigophobia, the fear of saws in general.
  • Pochita's true form was likely inspired by the Black Gauna from the manga series Abara, by Tsutomu Nihei. A series that Tatsuki Fujimoto said served as one of his inspirations for Chainsaw Man.[16]
    • Coincidentally, the protagonist of Abara is named Kudou Denji (albeit the "Denji" in Kudou's name is spelled differently.)
  • The Angel Devil's conversation with Aki Hayakawa implies that all of the Public Safety Devils and Fiends (at least the ones who work as Devil Hunters) were all killed by the Chainsaw Man.[17]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 1-3
  2. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 83, Pages 16-19
  3. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 86, Page 4
  4. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 93, Page 12
  5. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 10-17
  6. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 1, Pages 32-36
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 96
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 86
  9. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 86, Page 8
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 86, Page 16
  11. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 89, Page 18
  12. 12.0 12.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 84, Pages 11-12
  13. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 93, Pages 15-16
  14. 14.0 14.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 82
  15. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 104, Page 3
  16. Chainsaw Man Manga Shreds Through 3 Million Copies in Circulation
  17. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 53, Pages 12-16

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