Basil Hawkins is a fearesome pirate from North Blue known as the “Magician” and the captain of the Hawkins Pirates. He is one of twelve pirates who are referred to as the “Worst Generation”.
A clear testament to his strength is the fact that he was able to injure Zoro, a person who barely got himself injured after his timeskip training, a feat only a few were able to do.
Hawkins often speaks like a fortune teller and has been noted to mention reading “signs”. He can use tarot cards to apparently assist him in determining the outcome of any event, as well as the likelihood of his own success. This proves to be very helpful in many situations, as it allows him to determine the outcome of a battle and act accordingly.
Hawkins is shown using a deck of 72 Tarot Cards. He also uses his cards in combat by drawing them and whatever effect they have on them. However, doing so is a double-edged sword, with the results as likely to be detrimental to him and his forces as being beneficial to them. He claims that the more risk he bears, he’ll have a greater chance of being granted a good card.
Hawkins ate the Wara Wara no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows him to create and manipulate straw.
He can cover himself in straw and make scarecrow-like straw avatars to aid his offense, and these creations also gain nail-based weapons.
By using the straw to create straw voodoo dolls, he is able to redirect any instances of physical damage inflicted upon him to another person, leaving him unharmed but forcing his victim to take the damage amounting to what he would have.
He was able to consecutively withstand a kick and a laser blast from Kizaru, the former having knocked him through a building. After bodily damage is taken, voodoo dolls that represent the people who took the damage are shed from his body, showing the effects of the attack.
Hawkins has great skill in swordsmanship supplemented with his Devil Fruit powers. He wields a sword created out of the straws produced by his power, allowing him to form a flexible yet sharp whip-like single-edged blade.
He can also use the pommel as a medium to produce his “Straw Man’s Card” puppet, and to guide the puppet’s movements.