|“||Now is the age of mechanical life-forms. We will rule over all humankind.||”|
—Ziggy, Chapter 101
Ziggy (ジギー Jigī?), also known as the Demon King (魔王 Maō?), is a machine of Granbell, was Shiki Granbell's surrogate grandfather, the former ruler of the Sakura Cosmos, and creator of machines such as the Four Shining Stars, the Four Dark Stars, and E.M. Pino. Originally the leader of the warship Edens Zero, he currently uses the ship's successor, Edens One, in order to conquer humankind. He was also Xenolith's pupil, formerly an old friend of Poseidon Nero, and is known as the King of Robots.
Ziggy is a tall robot, built with a demonic appearance, fitting to his title of the Demon King. The majority of his body appears to be in a silver, metallic coating, as well as black in certain areas on his body. He has a skull face and wears a gold crown with a dark purple jewel in the middle and he has large, gold horns protruding from either side of the crown. He adorns himself with a large, red cape with gold trimmings with two gold skeletons on each shoulder. His chest appears to have a large opening with sharp spikes sticking, making it resemble a mouth. On the back of his cape has the crest of the Edens Zero.
Following his resurrection, much of his appearance remains relatively the same, but he has become more battered looking and has grown moss on certain parts of his body. He appears to have lost a chunk of his left horn and his cape has been torn a bit at the bottom ends. After he boards the Edens One, he is restored back to his original appearance.
After the failed uprising on planet Foresta, Ziggy transforms his appearance into a more menacing form, with his horns being more defined and intimidating, befitting his role as the Demon King.
Ziggy was a robot who loved those around him, be they machines or humans, as shown when he raised Shiki as his grandson. He appeared to possess a vast knowledge of the world beyond the Sakura Cosmos and shared that knowledge with Shiki. Ziggy was the one that taught Shiki how he'll meet lots of people in various kingdoms and how important friendship was, believing it was the most important thing in the world. Ziggy believed that friends will support you when you need them and that it's important to treasure them forever. Ziggy's knowledge of the universe gave him a reputation among others, who believed him to be a wise and intelligent being according to Nero.
However, all of this was because he had forgotten his old memories and therefore his original purpose. Once Ziggy had regained his memories after his revival, he remembered what his purpose was and that was to destroy humanity. He has become a ruthless tyrant that is determined to conquer and destroy humanity, placing the machines above everything else. Despite this, Ziggy has found some use in having humans as his allies, such as Connor, who pilots his warship.
Though Ziggy believes machines to be the far superior race in the world, he doesn't actually appear to value his kind either despite what his goals may suggest, specifically towards his creations. He believes that his creations have no free will of their own and tells them they are to obey their programming and his orders. When Pino resists his orders and stays with Shiki, he abandons her without hesitation and tells her to rot along with the humans. This suggests that Ziggy doesn't see anything beyond his creations and is nothing more but tools for him to use and manipulate. Further displayed when he uses the bots of Foresta to start a rebellion, in order to get the All-Link System.
Ziggy was built along with many other robots for the Granbell Kingdom back when it had many visitors. After the park was abandoned a century ago, he and the rest of the robots were left to fend for themselves. Sometime after Granbell was abandoned, Ziggy built the Edens Zero along with a group of four female machines to bring the ship to its full power: Witch Regret, Sister Ivry, Hermit Mio, and Valkyrie Yuna, who became known as the Four Shining Stars, with the goal of finding Mother.
During his quest to find Mother, Ziggy journeyed to the Aoi Cosmos and visited the planet Red Cave. He entered the Temple of the Mother Beacon without the Four Shining Stars and managed to survive the burning cave within the temple to reach the clue to find Mother on the far side.
During his travels, Ziggy met Elsie Crimson, the future captain of a fleet of space pirates, and became her benefactor. When close to finding Mother, Ziggy discovered an orphaned boy named Shiki, which caused him to give up his search for Mother, returned to Granbell to raise Shiki as his adoptive grandson, and taught him his signature Ether Gear: Satan Gravity. Sometime before he broke down, Ziggy gave the Edens Zero to Elsie and requested her to give the ship to Shiki when it was time for him to leave Granbell. Sometime later, Ziggy had built E.M. Pino and left her on Norma for unknown reasons.
One day, while Ziggy, Shiki, and Michael were watching shooting stars believed to be a Dragon, Ziggy told Shiki of the importance of finding friends and traveling the universe. Eventually, his robotic body broke down and he ceased to function sometime afterward, leaving Shiki to be looked after by the Granbell robots in his stead. Distraught, Shiki tried to repair Ziggy to save him, only to learn there was nothing he could do to save his adoptive grandfather. He passed away before he could teach Shiki the Gravity Comet technique. Before he ceased to function, however, he requested the other robots make Shiki leave them behind and send him to space by whatever means necessary as he knew that his adopted grandson would be all alone on the planet once their batteries died out.
Back when Shiki was a kid, Ziggy was the one who told him that robots also have similar lifespans as humans, such as both only have one soul and memory of their past life that cannot be returned, even after their mechanical bodies are revived. Ziggy’s references to Shiki eventually foreshadowing the death of Valkyrie Yuna at Sun Jewel, who was the first known robot to die in the past before Shiki’s robot friends do in the present.
On the planet Granbell, Ziggy approaches Shiki and the others from behind, telling the machines of Granbell to rest in peace. Shiki and Hermit are happy to see Ziggy is alive. While Rebecca, Weisz, and Homura are confused as to how the previous Demon King is alive. Shiki then runs toward Ziggy in tears happy to see his grandpa alive. Suddenly, Ziggy then uses his Ether Gear to destroy the landscape much to Shiki and his friends' shock. Ziggy says to Shiki that he was wrong and that he never should have raised him or sent him to the skies. With a sneer, he calls humans, ugly, foolish creatures and then says that the age has come where mechanical life forms will rule over humankind as the Edens One descends from behind him.
Ziggy calls out to Pino telling her that she belongs with him. He tells her that she was created to follow his orders and that she has no will of her own. He tells her that if she joins him he will tell her why he made her. He then uses his Ether Gear to destroy Granbell Kingdom. After Shiki helps Pino return to her senses, Ziggy tells her to stay here and rot with her humans. Ziggy then proceeds to float up toward the Edens One and board it inside. As he does so he calls Hermit telling her that he no longer needs her or other Shining Stars. He then unleashes another wave of destruction with Satan Gravity upon the surface of Granbell. After restoring himself back to his original appearance, Ziggy tells them that the Edens Zero is a prototype for the Edens One. He then says with the One now awakened, the Zero will cease to exist.
Ziggy then introduces the Crew of Edens to the Demon King's Four Dark Stars a more advanced generation of Four Shining Stars. Ziggy then says that he will leave Shiki the blessing of dying with his friends. While confirming Valkyrie Yuna’s death due to Homura’s presence as her human successor, Ziggy orders a recently reluctant Connor to kill all the people on Edens Zero. Ziggy remained quiet when Connor tries to reason with him and tells the captain to sink the ship which the latter complies. When the Star Bringer of the Edens One is about fire at the Edens Zero, Ziggy declares that this is destiny. However, Elsie’s Skull Fairy intervenes and manages to rescue the Edens Zero on time, causing Ziggy to order Captain Connor to retreat for now and says that Edens One has no chance of emerging unscathed from fighting one of the Oración Seis Galáctica at its present stage.
After arriving in the Aoi Cosmos, Ziggy hacks into the systems of Foresta and broadcasts himself to the human and machine population of the Verdant Planet. He declares that robots will rule over humans and states that he will start with Foresta, where the machines suddenly started attacking the humans and enslaving or killing them, causing a huge panic on the planet that has lasted a week.
After watching Shura's public announcement across the Aoi Cosmos, Ziggy muses that it is the kind of Nero's son to react as exactly as he expected. When Wizard asks if he means about the robot massacre, the Demon King explains that if Shura wants to destroy all of the robots at once, then he has one option. He reveals the "All Link System", the last resort allowed only to the rulers of Nero 1: The Temple, and this is what he has been waiting for.
Powers and Abilities
Ziggy is an Ether Gear user and is perhaps one of the most powerful ones to exist. Having been trained under Xenolith's teaching, Ziggy wields the Satan Gravity and has passed his teachings onto Shiki, in turn. It is later revealed that Ziggy as of now is stronger than Xenolith, as Xenolith himself stated his power could not compare to Ziggy's current state, meaning he has long surpassed him.
Outside of his strength and power, he has proven to be a very talented and gifted individual with exceptional skill, as he was able to master every technique of Satan Gravity in one day.
Satan Gravity (サタングラビティ Satan Gurabiti): Ziggy taught Shiki his Ether Gear, Satan Gravity, which allows him to control and manipulate gravity. Ziggy's mastery over this ability allows him to perform feats such as destroying an entire city around him without moving from the spot he is standing, and levitate into the air. Over time Ziggy's gravity was able to destroy the surface of Granbell, completely altering its shape.
- Magimech Attack: Gravity Comet (魔械流 重彗星 Makai-ryū:Jūsuisei): Though not shown, Ziggy does know how to perform this technique, as stated by Shiki, having died before he could teach him.
- Magimech Attack: Gravity Cannon (魔械流 重弾 Makai-ryū:Jūdan): Shiki mentions that Ziggy taught him this technique.
- Magimech Attack: Gravity Tackle (魔械流 重身 Makai-ryū:Jūshin): While not shown, Ziggy had taught this to Shiki.
Immense Heat Resistance: Ziggy's mechanical body boasts an impressive degree of resistance to heat, surpassing the bodies of the Four Shining Stars, which allowed him to traverse through the intense flames of Red Cave and return alive all by himself.
Mechanical Engineering:Outside of his powers and skill, Ziggy is talented at mechanical engineering as he created various machines and weaponry such as the Four Shining Stars and the Four Dark Stars, as well as his warships the Edens Zero and Edens One.
|1. Into the Sky Where Cherry Blossoms Flutter||Debut|
|2. A Girl and Her Blue Cat||Mentioned|
|5. A Man Named Weisz||Absent|
|7. Iron Tears||Mentioned|
|8. Clash!! The Sibir Family||Absent|
|9. vs. The Foote Brothers||Absent|
|10. We're Friends, Aren't We?||Absent|
|11. Machina Maker||Mentioned|
|12. The Skull Fairy||Mentioned|
|13. Shiki vs. Elsie||Flashback|
|14. Born Again||Visually|
|15. Warship of the Demon King||Mentioned|
|17. The Collection||Visually|
|18. Wind Howls on the Highway||Absent|
|19. Geniuses at Coming Up with Fun Ideas||Mentioned|
|20. Planet Guilst||Absent|
|21. Soul Blade||Absent|
|22. The Great Naked Escape||Absent|
|23. Million Bullets||Absent|
|24. Sister Ivry||Absent|
|25. Take Aim||Absent|
|26. Two Sisters||Absent|
|27. The Great Guilst Escape||Absent|
|28. New Friends||Mentioned|
|29. Iron Hill||Mentioned|
|30. The Super Virtual Planet||Absent|
|31. The People of Digitalis||Mentioned|
|32. Mass Murderer Jamilov||Mentioned|
|33. The Girl on the Hill||Mentioned|
|34. Survive the Night||Absent|
|35. The Girl and the Monster||Mentioned|
|36. The G.I.A.||Absent|
|37. Great Kaiju Shiki||Absent|
|38. 22 Hits||Absent|
|39. Spider the Genius Hacker||Flashback|
|40. Operation C7||Absent|
|42. Pino's Dream||Absent|
|43. Smells Like Money||Mentioned|
|49. Captain Connor||Absent|
|50. Madame Kurenai||Absent|
|52. Kurenai's Gauntlet||Absent|
|53. Wibble Wobble Ruby Bobble||Absent|
|54. The Truth Is in the Cube||Absent|
|55. Black Rock||Absent|
|57. My Mother, the Machine||Absent|
|58. A Silent Reunion||Absent|
|59. I Know You Can Keep Pressing On||Mentioned|
|60. Until the Day it Turns to Strength||Absent|
|61. Enter Arsenal||Absent|
|62. The Legend of Me||Absent|
|63. Taking Up the Torch||Absent|
|65. The Swordswoman Incapacitated||Absent|
|66. Gravity's Gonna Crush You||Absent|
|67. Someone to Love||Absent|
|69. Rebecca's Nightmare||Absent|
|70. Belial Gore||Absent|
|71. The Steel Sorceress||Absent|
|72. The Element 4||Absent|
|73. Don't Shed a Tear||Absent|
|74. Weisz vs. Laguna||Absent|
|75. A Wind Blows Through the Sakura Cosmos||Absent|
|76. Rebecca vs. Sylph||Absent|
|77. The Winds that Bind||Absent|
|79. That Which Obstructs and That Which Steals||Absent|
|80. 60-Day Commemorative Coin||Absent|
|83. The Shot Heard Round the Underworld||Absent|
|84. A World Without Shiki||Absent|
|85. Our Future||Absent|
|87. 4 on 4||Absent|
|88. Eye of God||Absent|
|89. Hermit vs. Fie||Absent|
|90. Sister vs. Daichi||Absent|
|91. Homura vs. Sylph||Absent|
|92. The Sword of Edens||Absent|
|93. The Execution Site||Absent|
|94. Shiki vs. Drakken||Absent|
|95. Kris Rutherford||Absent|
|96. A Young Man's Memories||Absent|
|97. The Time Is Now||Absent|
|98. Advent of the Demon King||Absent|
|99. The Pendant||Absent|
|100. Edens One||Appears|
|102. Time to Say Goodbye||Appears|
|103. Clash of the Cosmos||Appears|
|104. The Woman They Called Pirate||Flashback|
|106. Prayer Council||Flashback|
|107. A Planet Where Stars Fall Like Rain||Absent|
|108. Nadia, Love of My Life||Absent|
|109. Red Cave||Mentioned|
|110. A Robot in Love||Mentioned|
|111. The Sky of Days Long Past||Absent|
|112. When You Live Life on a Ship||Mentioned|
|113. In the Doghouse||Mentioned|
|115. The Battle of Foresta||Absent|
|116. The Sky Sweeper||Absent|
|117. Shiki vs. Orc||Mentioned|
|118. Star Drain||Mentioned|
|119. Homura vs. Mora||Absent|
|120. Rebecca vs. Britney||Absent|
|121. Darling Little Piece of Junk||Mentioned|
|122. Titanic Victory||Mentioned|
|123. The Light of Justice||Mentioned|
|124. Kiss & Die||Absent|
|125. Heart of Gravity||Absent|
|126. This Doctor, Armed and Dangerous||Absent|
|127. The Doomsday System||Absent|
|128. What's Important||Mentioned|
|129. So We Can Smile Brighter||Mentioned|
|130. Oceans 6||Flashback|
|132. Chrono Witch||Hologram|
|133. Following Ziggy's Path||Appears|
|134. Judgment Day||Appears|
|135. Desert Oasis||Mentioned|
|137. Empire Dice||Absent|
|138. Prelude to the Aoi War||Mentioned|
|139. White Flash||Absent|
|140. Into Planet Nero 66||Absent|
|141. A World of Ash||Absent|
|142. Shiki vs. Shura||Absent|
|143. You Didn't Do Anything to Deserve This||Mentioned|
|144. Through the Looking Glass||Absent|
|145. Homura vs. Milani||Absent|
|146. Before We Part||Absent|
|147. Rage, Fear, and Grief||Mentioned|
|148. Eye of Horus||Absent|
|149. Powers Lost||Absent|
|150. Weisz vs. Nasseh||Absent|
|152. Lost Card||Absent|
|153. The False Five||Absent|
|154. Skymech Ninjutsu||Absent|
|“||We bots die just like humans do. That "death" is exactly what teaches us to appreciate life. We don't have the same lifespan as humans, and the values we attach to life might be different. But even so, we have life just like you, and that means...we have hearts.||”|
—Ziggy, Chapter 68
|“||Shiki... I was wrong. I should never have raised you. Or have sent you into the skies.||”|
—Ziggy, Chapter 101
- The name "Ziggy" comes from the David Bowie song "Ziggy Stardust".
|Left||Hermit Mio • Shiki Granbell • Sister Ivry • Valkyrie Yuna • Witch Regret • Ziggy|
|Deceased||Annie • Castellan • John • Michael • Mithra|
|Demon King||Shiki Granbell • Ziggy ‡|
|Four Shining Stars||Hermit Mio • Homura Kōgetsu • Sister Ivry • Valkyrie Yuna ‡ • Witch Regret|
|Crew||E.M. Pino • Happy • Mosco Versa-0 • Rebecca Bluegarden • Weisz Steiner • Kleene Rutherford • Kris Rutherford|
|Guests||Connor ‡ • Laguna Husert|
|Four Dark Stars||Brigandine • Clown • Killer • Wizard|