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The Four Emperors (四皇, Yonkou
) are the most notorious pirate captains in the One Piece
world, who rule over pieces of the New World like overlords, but none of their bounties are known, and they're all independent of one another (neither friends nor foes). Amongst the four, Shanks is the nicest, while it's a toss-up between Linlin and Kaido for the meanest.
The once-dreaded power of the Emperors has been challenged by newer, bolder generations of pirates: Whitebeard lost his life in a War Arc
with the Marines, and his killer, Blackbeard, has officially replaced him; Kaido had one of his islands attacked by Drake (a Supernova); Linlin lost two of her ally ships to Kidd (another Supernova) who has formed an alliance with Hawkins and Apoo (two more Supernovas) to bring one of them down; Monkey D. Luffy (one more Supernova) publicly challenged Linlin for authority over Fishman Island; and Trafalgar Law (both a Supernova and
a former Warlord of the Sea) is hatching a scheme to take down Kaido.
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Tropes associated with the Four Emperors as a whole:
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Although the Four Emperors are just one of the three military superpowers of the world, the other two exist solely to oppose them. To put that another way, the Warlords and the Admirals together balance the power of the Emperors who are all independent of one another. This is why when an Emperor declares that a country is their territory, the World Government and even other pirates keep out, hence their titles.
- When the Marines declared that they were going to execute the 2nd Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, they unleashed 5 Warlords, 3 Admirals, dozens of Vice Admirals, the man who once cornered the Pirate King, a platoon of Giants, the Fleet Admiral himself, at least a dozen Pacifistas, and all available rank and file Marines. This was considered just enough to possibly survive against Whitebeard. Odds are they never would've even attempted it without a trump card.
- On top of that, at the climax of the war, when Akainu wanted the Marines to continue to kill the pirates at all costs, all it took was Shanks to show up and threaten to get involved for everyone, including Blackbeard, to walk away.
- Badass: All Emperors have the strength to compete with Whitebeard. Although most of their abilities have only been hinted at, it's safe to assume all of them possess island-shattering amounts of badassery.
- The Dreaded: They're the four most powerful pirates of the world, each of them alone capable of challenging the might of the World Government. It's kind of a given.
- Enemy Civil War: The natural state of their relationships, which is required to maintain the balance of power on the world. The Marines start freaking out at the news that two Emperors were having a face-to-face talk.
"Listen up... you can pour drinks on me, you can throw food at me... you can even spit on me; I'll just laugh that stuff off. But... good reason or not, nobody hurts a friend of mine!"
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda
(JP), Tom Souhrada (EN, 4Kids), Brandon Potter (EN, Funi)
Shanks is Luffy's idol, inspiring him to take up a pirate life, and one of the Four Emperors that rule over the New World. Unlike Whitebeard (or presumably Kaido) he doesn't lord this status over everyone else, preferring to travel to different stops and party, with a special fondness for drinking. When Shanks was younger, he and Buggy were both apprentice pirates in the Jolly Roger Pirate Crew, the crew of the late Pirate King, "Gold" Roger, and clashed with Whitebeard's crew several times. They were subordinate to Silvers Rayleigh, the first-mate of the crew, and spent their time fighting each other. Both of them attended their captain's public execution, where they parted ways to form their own crews. Sometime afterward he became the rival of Dracule Mihawk, and their duels are now legend throughout the Grand Line, remembered even by Whitebeard.
During Luffy's youth, The Red-Haired Crew stopped at his town, and usually went to the town bar. Luffy always used to plead with him to join the crew. Shanks not only refused, but teased Luffy about not being able to swim, and that he's just a kid. Shanks saved his life when a bandit tried to drown him, which cost him his dominant arm, but Shanks said that it didn't matter as long as Luffy was safe. Shanks then gave Luffy his favorite hat, telling him to return it once he surpasses him, and set sail.
- Art Evolution: Very drastically. The Straw Hats' changing designs can be chalked up to the fact they're still at a young enough age to physically grow, but it's bizarre to see Shanks become so hunky if you're more familiar with his earlier look.
- Awesomeness Is a Force: People faint and ships literally start to crumble in his presence.
- Awesome McCool Name to Run Away From Really Fast: You DO know what it means to shank someone, right?
- Badass: Scaring a Sea King by staring at it? Check. Crossing blades with Whitebeard, the World's Strongest Man, and walking away from it? Check. Stopping a war just by threatening to take down anyone on either side who wants to continue? Check.
- Badass Normal: The fact that he can swim automatically excludes him from being a Devil Fruit user, meaning his Badassery is nothing more than a combination of Charles Atlas Superpower.
- Badass Cape: Wears one, as does the rest of his crew.
- Bash Brothers: He wanted to be this with Buggy. Buggy refused.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Higuma learned this the hard way, as he hit Shanks' Berserk Button by threatening Luffy.
- Big Brother Mentor/Parental Substitute: To Luffy. Shanks was honestly the closest Luffy had to a real father, seeing as his actual father was out being a revolutionary and his grandfather was a well-intentioned yet terrible parental figure. They were so close, many honestly thought they would be revealed as father and son.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he saved Luffy. Does it again during the Whitebeard War arc, showing up in the middle of the battle to end the war then and there, rescuing both Coby and Luffy (the latter indirectly) in the process.
- Big Good: With Whitebeard's death and Sengoku's retirement, he is the most powerful benevolent character in the series in terms of influence.
- Death Glare: Even sea monsters are afraid of an angry Shanks staring at them.
- Deus Exit Machina: Got one off-screen. Even though he hasn't been in the story lately, he did meet Whitebeard in his last appearance. So when the Whitebeard Pirates go off to save Ace, and Kaidou attempts to take more of a piece of the New World, Shanks blocks him, allowing Whitebeard's rescue attempt to go uninterrupted.
- The Dreaded: His appearance at Marineford is enough to make EVERYONE react with a mixture of shock and alarm, and his threat to fight anyone who wants to keep the battle going is enough to instantly end the violence. Let's put it this way: when Akainu decides to call it a day rather than even attempt to deal with you after having previously demonstrated that he had no interest in stopping the battle, you have earned this title.
- Generation Xerox: Luffy is becoming more and more like him, rather than Roger, although Shanks notices the similarities in the two's personalities. However, Luffy is more passive while Roger had a violent temper in battle that led (indirectly) to the deaths of both his Friendly Enemy Whitebeard and his own son.
- Genre Savvy: Identifies Blackbeard as a worrying threat well before his rise to power.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scars across his eye? Blackbeard gave Shanks those scars before Shanks lost his arm and before Blackbeard gained his Devil Fruit powers.
- Handicapped Badass: Even with only his right arm, he's strong enough to stand up to the most powerful pirates in the world. Bear in mind that, by all indications, he's left-handed. Because of this, he doesn't interest Mihawk in sword fights anymore, though Mihawk at least visits him from time to time when there's news that may interest him. And according to Word of God, he's still as strong as he was before he lost his arm.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He sees Buggy as this. Buggy sees him as a Sitcom Archnemesis. As a result, it's best to define them as Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: When you're known to be Mihawk's former sparring partner and said spars are said to have shaken the Grand Line...
- When he and Whitebeard crossed blades, they cut the sky in half. The sky!
- He blocks Akainu's fist full of lava with his sword.
- A quick reminder: He only has ONE ARM, and it's not his good arm.
- Ki Attacks: He's the series first-seen Haki user.
- Kid Hero All Grown Up: Along with Buggy, he was a cabin boy on Gold Roger's ship.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Takes losing his arm very well.
- Master Swordsman: Repeat; just as strong as he was when he was whole, with only his bad arm remaining.
- Mr. Fanservice: Really handsome.
- More so when we see him after his introduction.
- Nice Hat: Luffy's straw hat was originally Shanks', and he was likewise known for wearing it. Rayleigh, in a flashback, revealed that the Straw Hat was originally Roger's.
- No Badass to His Valet: Despite being widely feared across the seas, there's one active pirate who is absolutely not afraid of him. And that is Buggy. Despite the huge gap between their abilities, it's just like the old times on the Oro Jackson as far as he's concerned.
- Noodle Incident: To this day, we still don't know what happened during the battle between Shanks and Blackbeard that would scar Shanks's left eye. All we do know is that whatever happened caused Shanks to be weary of Teach long before he gained any renown as a pirate — which is why he warned Whitebeard against allowing Ace to continue going after him.
- One-Man Army: Come on. He's one of the Four Emperors.
- Only a Flesh Wound: When you've saved the life of a little friend, what's losing an arm to a Sea King anyway?
- Papa Wolf: Don't threaten Luffy or you will pay.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: His red to Mihawk's blue.
- He's also the blue to Buggy's red.
- The Rival: To Mihawk before he lost his arm, though the two are on relatively good terms. He was also The Rival to Buggy as kids, but not so much anymore.
- Token Good Teammate: The Four Emperors don't work together, but with the death of Whitebeard, Shanks is the only Emperor who's not a villain.
- Tranquil Fury: Considering how cheery Shanks usually is, it's scary when he gets angry.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The relationship between Shanks and Buggy is still this, no matter how much time has passed and no matter how much Buggy continues to deny it.
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe
(JP, episode 4), Aruno Tahara (JP, episodes 151+), Sean Hennigan (EN, Funi)
Shanks' second-in-command and the First Mate of the Red-Haired Pirates. His skills were displayed in the first chapter where he defeats the gang of mountain bandits using only a cigarette and a rifle (used as a club). In his following appearance he looks older and has more scars, but he hasn't lost the edge.
- Badass: He's Shanks' second-in-command. It's sort of required. Also, remember when he got Admiral Kizaru to cease his offense by simply pointing a regular gun at him?
- Combat Pragmatist: Using a hot cigarette butt to blind your opponent definitely counts.
- Cool Old Guy
- Genius Bruiser: According to Word of God, he's the smartest guy in the East Blue Saga (smarter than Nami and Kuro).
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In his later appearance, he's obtained a scar.
Other Red-Haired Pirate Members
The crew of Shanks, and the first pirates to be seen in the series. Among their ranks are Lucky Roo, Usopp's father Yasopp and several (as-yet-unidentifed) elite members
seen at Dawn Island and again at the finale of Marineford as well as Rockstar
, a rookie who just recently joined. Their antics and talk of freedom on the seas are what inspired Luffy to be a pirate.
- Animal Motif: The crew uses a red dragon as tattoos and the figurehead of their ship.
- Badass Cape: They all seem to wear one.
- Badass Crew: The first seen.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Underestermating these guys because of their partying nature can a huge mistake, as a bunch of no-account mountain bandits found out. Lucky Roo is a fat, jovial guy who's constantly smiling and eating. He's also the first person to score a killing in the entire series.
- Big Damn Heroes: Whenever they're not partying, it's this, apparently, having saved Luffy at childhood and at Marineford, ending the war with their presence alone.
- Big Eater: Lucky Roo is always seen eating a piece of meat on a bone. Even when he headshots a mountain bandit!
- Big Fun: Lucky Roo.
- Elite Mook: Rockstar the Rookie. A former solitary pirate with a bounty of 97 millions. And still considered a Rookie among the crew.
- Honor Before Reason: Subverted. When Rockstar feels insulted by the Whitebeard Pirates he's told by Shanks to ignore honor and come back alive instead.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Yasopp claims he can shoot the whiskers off an ant. This was after he shot an apple sitting on a table in the distance.
- Lightning Bruiser: Lucky Roo is quite fast in spite of his bulk.
- One-Man Army: Beckman alone managed to annihilate the mountain bandits by using a cigarette and a rifle. No, he didn't shoot them, he used said rifle as a club.
- Small Name, Big Ego: When Rockstar arrives on Whitebeard ship as a messenger, he boasts about his days as a lone wolf. Marco quickly tells him that they never ever heard of him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Lucky Roo is spelled as Roux in the Viz translations.
Kaido "of the Beasts"
Voiced by: N/A
Kaido is the third of the Four Emperors to be mentioned, and the only one who hasn't made an appearance to date. Consequently, he's one of the more enigmatic figures of the series. The deepest insight we have to his character comes from Trafalgar Law, who called Kaido the
strongest "creature" in existence. Not man, "creature," so he's at least
on the same level as Whitebeard.
The first thing we learned about Kaido is that he's the one who sent Moriah over the deep end, so he's far from a pleasant fellow. As a testament to his strength, he tried to make a grab for power by attacking Whitebeard
before he arrived at Marineford, but Shanks prevented him from doing so.
Following the Whitebeard War, Kaido's coming into conflict with a bunch of younger, ballsier pirates. Drake attacked one of his favorite islands just after the War Arc
, while Law's allied with Luffy in order to take him down. At least in part because of that, Kaido's assembling an army of Zoan Users from the artificial SMILE fruits developed by Caesar. Doflamingo, under the alias of Joker, is the one supplying the SMILE fruits to Kaido.
- Badass: According to Law, he's on the same level of power as Whitebeard, and it took Shanks to keep him away. Granted, Shanks emerged unscathed, but details are scarce.
- He also slaughtered Gekko Moriah's crew, completely destroyed his spirit, and did God knows what with his chin.
- Doflamingo is arguably the strongest member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (barring perhaps Mihawk), but even he is scared of Kaido. Note that when placed in a Sadistic Choice where he would either have to face the wrath of the Admirals or the wrath of Kaido, he almost immediately chooses the Admirals.
- Badass Army: One made of artificially-created Zoan fruit users numbering 500, in short an army of beastmen, which may be the reason for his moniker.
- Bigger Bad: He was originally this during the Thriller Bark Arc, as it was his actions that were responsible for making Moriah the villain he had become. He's also been this for much of the conflict since the Straw Hats entered the New World (after Fishman Island), as both Caesar and Doflamingo, the two most prevalent antagonists post timeskip have both been working for him, thus making him the driving antagonistic force of the saga thus far. However, as the story progresses, a battle with him seems inevitable: Trafalgar Law is determined to piss him off so much that Kaido'll have to step in personally.
- Doom Magnet: Every time he's mentioned, something bad will happen (or is happening).
- The Dreaded: Doflamingo would rather face the wrath of the Admirals than that of Kaido. Let that sink in for a moment.
- Evil Overlord: Kaido seems to have dozens of underlings, allies, and islands under his control, like most of the Emperors. What separates him from all of the others, including Linlin, is that it's implied he's very much a traditional one.
- Evil Versus Evil: Kaido vs. Moriah, though it's implied Moriah wasn't so bad back then.
- Jerkass: The more we learn of him, the worse he seems to be. For comparison, Shanks is friendly as long as you don't piss him off, Whitebeard operates under a Jerkass Fašade, Blackbeard genuinely cares about his crew (sans the Level Six guys), and Big Mom transferred her wrath from Fishman Island to Luffy at his behest, and doesn't give a damn about grabbing more power as long as she gets her candy. This guy was willing to disrupt the state of the world at a chance of grabbing power from Whitebeard; threw Moria past the Despair Event Horizon by murdering his entire crew, turning Moria into the Jerkass he is today; and has a temper so legendary that Doflamingo gives everything up in order to survive. There hasn't been one redeeming thing mentioned about him, at all. In fact, unless his official appearance goes in the opposite direction, he might be in the running for the biggest Jerkass in the entire series.
- Kill 'em All: He massacred Moriah's entire crew back in the day, hence why Moriah is the way he is now.
- Meaningful Name: His name can translate into "Church" or "Temple". This may or may not be subverted, as we don't know whether or not he has a preacher/knight/temple theme about him.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Look at his moniker. How many of those "beasts" does he have, exactly?
- Noodle Incident: What went down when Shanks confronted Kaido? What happened when Kaido fought Moriah back in the day?
- Slasher Smile: He's the lower of the two silhouettes when the Emperors are first mentioned, though it's entirely possible they weren't accurate, given Oda's track record with them. From what we've heard of Kaido, though, it's a pretty safe bet to assume he does have one anyway.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Quite literally. The next Emperor shown tends to be more antagonistic than the last. Everyone else has some redeeming qualities, even if slightly. Kaido doesn't appear to have any.
- As far as his power level is concerned, he was once described as the strongest "creature" in the world; defeating him is 30% at best if you're Law and Luffy. You'd have to be if you indirectly make the Admirals look like the friendlier option in a Sadistic Choice.
- Straw Vulcan: Subverted. Official translations show that he wasn't concerned about logic or emotion. He saw an opportunity to grab power, and he tried to take it by attacking and claiming Whitebeard's territories while he was busy, causing Shanks to intervene and stop him.
- Superpowered Mooks: He has an army of Artificial Zoan Devil Fruit users numbering around 500.
- There Are No Coincidences: Kaidou doesn't take ANY chances with threats against his rule. All conspirators, real or perceived, to be rebelling against his will are killed as examples, and there is no grey area in this line of thinking and this trope may work against Kaidou because, while currently the Straw-Heart Alliance's actions are being enacted to deliberately push Kaidou's berserk button, at the same time as the Dressrosa arc is going down, Caribou poses (well, is forced to pose as, really) as a Revolutionary Comander, Gaburu, to destroy another one of Kaidou's Factories (this one is a weapons factory on KAIDOU'S FAVORITE ISLAND) - In other words, when Kaidou gets the bad news, look out World, because NOBODY seemingly conspires together to bring Kaidou down and gets away scot-free... which will force the targeted parties to band together against him to try and not die.
- World's Strongest Man: Law describes him as the strongest "creature" in existence, and that his chances of defeating him, even with his alliance with Luffy, are 30% at best.
- You Don't Look Like You: You see his picture, right? The anime has two, both of which are completely different not only to themselves, but to the original silhouette. The first gives him an upturned black collar, a cross-shaped nose and crescent eyes◊. The second adds wavy hair, V-shaped eyes, a pointier nose and an elongated chin/forehead◊. Considering, however, that Kaido hasn't even appeared in the manga yet, let alone the anime, we can't determine how accurate the silhouettes are.
Big Mom Pirates
Charlotte Linlin — "Big Mom"
Charlotte Linlin — "Big Mom".
The third introduced of the Four Emperors, Big Mom is the only female member. She offers her protection to islands if they provide enough candy to feed her sweet tooth, but watch out
if she's not satisfied.
Her notoriety is not
enough to deter Eustass Kid from destroying two of her allied ships after the Time Skip
. Nor was it enough to deter Monkey D. Luffy from personally challenging her for control over Fishman Island, which she accepted. This does NOT mean she isn't as dangerous as the other 3. On the contrary, out of the emperors shown, she's by far the most crazy and ruthless, and overall terrifying
, and among other things, is introduced by showing her eating some of her own men like snacks.
- A Mother to her Men: Subverted. Her men call her "mama", but she clearly doesn't give a shit about them.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: She's honestly like something out of a horror movie.
- Bad Boss: She ATE one of her subordinates for no real reason.
- Boku Kko: Uses "ore" to refer to herself in the original Japanese.
- Cephalothorax: Looks to be one because her head looks too big to be supported by her body.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: During the Dressrosa arc, half of the Straw Hats are infiltrating the castle, while the rest are on the ship with a captive Caesar Clown to use against Doflamingo if necessary. Cue Big Mom's ship showing up right out of nowhere, its crew intent on capturing Caesar because he swindled research funds from them. This forces the Straw Hats on the ship to flee to the next island with Big Mom hot on their tail, leaving the Straw Hats still on Dressrosa with no backup plan.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She's infamous for decimating entire islands just for not providing enough candy for her. She considers this a perfectly reasonable reaction to someone who failed to hold up their end of a bargain.
- Establishing Character Moment: It was implied she's not exactly the nicest person around before her proper introduction. What do we see of her in the chapter when she's actually introduced? She's an utterly massive behemoth, eats her henchmen, and casually has countries torched over not getting her candy.
- Evil Overlord: Inverted. As long as her Sweet Tooth is satisfied, she'll leave you alone. If not, you're dead.
- Gag Lips: Possibly. They're on her Jolly Roger, at least.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Not a real queen, but still one of the most powerful pirates in the world. Even her own crew-mates are afraid of her!
- Gonk: Very much so.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She seems frighteningly easy to piss off, considering that she'll decimate entire islands if they don't give enough candy to her.
- Hollywood Acid: Her spit/churned-up stomach acid literally smokes and dissolves the ground when it falls on it which may or may not mean she's eaten a Devil Fruit relating to acid.
- Humanoid Abomination: From what has been seen so far, she has an oversized head even by One Piece standards, sports entirely pink eyes and produces acid from her mouth.
- I'm a Humanitarian: She's been known to eat her crew members.
- Large and In Charge: While not nearly as big as San Juan Wolf, she is at least significantly bigger than Whitebeard.
- Misplaced Retribution: She ate one of her subordinates because he happened to be nearby when he gave her bad news.
- Nightmare Face: She has a rounded witch-like face with a permanent Slasher Smile and pink eyes.
- Ore Onna: Uses the masculine pronoun ore.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A pink variety, which is an oddity since One Piece characters focus more on completely white eyes with small black dots.
- Slasher Smile: Seems to be a requirement if you're a villainous Emperor.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only one of the Four Emperors to be female.
- Sweet Tooth: One of the first things we learn of her. Now that Whitebeard is dead, she's taken over protecting Fishman Island in exchange for lots and lots of candy. Their issues with Hody Jones and Vander Decken halted their supply of sweets to her, so she makes her debut by appearing at Fishmand Island so she can destroy it for missing their scheduled payment of candy.
- Villainous Glutton: Infamous for it.
- Worthy Opponent: When Luffy stands up to her in defense of Fishman Island, she decides to pursue him instead, despite being fairly sure that he's just taking the blame to spare them. The fact that he's willing to do so at all impresses her, so it shows that she's not without a bit of honor from time to time.
- You Don't Look Like You: Her initial silhouette◊ looks incredibly different from what we've seen of her final design. There's a possibility that this is due to different perspectives, one from the front and the other from the lower side.
Other Big Mom Pirate Members
The Big Mom Pirates
A very powerful pirate crew serving the great Charlotte Linlin of the Four Emperors. So far, only a handful of members are seen and only three named: Bobbin, Mr. Pekoms and Baron Tamago of the Longlegs tribe. The latter members were sent to Fishman Island to collect the tribute of sweets and met Luffy.
- Badass Adorable:
- Pekoms, whose eyes are ridiculously tiny and utterly defuse any seriousness when he's trying to threaten people. He also has a bounty of 330.000.000 Berries.
- The unnamed three-eyed girl as well. We haven't seen her in action yet, and don't know her position in the crew, but she's a crew member of one of the Four Emperors and is rather nice to look at.
- BFS: Bobbin carries a very massive sabre on his back.
- Big Eater: Both Bobbin and Pekoms are implied to enjoy eating.
- Funny Animal: Mr. Pekoms is a lion in a nice suit and sunglasses armed with a sword.
- Gonk: Bobbin.
- Gratuitous French: Tamago says French words at the end of statements.
- Jerkass: Bobbin is seen laughing after burning down a country.
- Ki Attacks: Pekoms can at least use the Color of Armor style of Haki.
- Meaningful Name: "Tamago" means Egg, which is quite fitting considering his body shape.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Pekoms casually dodges a scythe attack from Caribou. It only takes two panels and Pekoms only makes the minimum effort necessary for Caribou to miss.
- One-Man Army: Apparently, Bobbin alone was enough to burn down a whole country by himself.
- Only Sane Man: Tamago, compared to the other members seen so far, seems to be the most reasonable and calm.
- Ornamental Weapon: Pekoms' sword.
- Punny Name: Pekoms may come from "Peko Peko", a Japanese expression for hunger.
- Baron Tamago has long legs, an egg-shaped body, and a mustache, like Dr. Eggman. Even his name (see above) translates to 'Egg Baron'!
- Pekoms is a Lion-Turtle. It could also refer to the mythological creature.
- One still unnamed member is a cute girl with three eyes. It could be a Shout-Out to Yuzo Takada's 3 x 3 Eyes, to Tenshinhan from Dragon Ball, or to Hosuke Sharaku from The Three Eyed One.
- Simple Staff: Baron Tamago.
- Talking Animal: Pekoms is a talking lion.
- Third Eye: The yet-to-be-named three-eyed girl.
- Turtle Power: Pekoms has a Turtle Zoan, making him a Lion-Turtle man.
Marshall D. Teach — "Blackbeard"
Shiliew "of the Rain"
"My future here is no future at all. I've been waiting to meet a man like you."
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugou (JP)
Shiliew was once the Head Gaoler of Impel Down. He was stripped of his rank, was sentenced to execution, and was placed in Level 6 of Impel Down. Magellan, desperate for help, temporarily releases Shiliew to crush the riot. Instead, Shiliew attacks the workers and cuts off communications. Shiliew saved the Blackbeard Pirates from Magellan's poison and promptly joined the team.
- Ax-Crazy: Very much so. One wonders how someone this psychopathic earned the position as Head Gaoler of the most important prison in the world.
- Badass: Unquestionably. He apparently has no Devil Fruit, and yet was basically an equal to Magellan, though Magellan defeated him. He was one of the most dangerous people in the damned prison.
- BFS: His sword is a type used to kill cavalry, but he wields it like a normal sword.
- Of course, he's much, much taller and larger than normal humans, so for him, it probably is a normal sword.
- Cape Wings: Possibly. He is seen sporting devil wings when confronting Magellan, but they are not present afterward.
- Evil Counterpart: To Zoro. Note his swordsmanship, being put on death row prior to joining Blackbeard, and calling Blackbeard out after Magellan's crushing attack. The fact that he used to be a jailer nicely parallels Zoro's past as a pirate hunter, too.
- The Fatalist: Seems to be a reason for joining Blackbeard.
- Gag Nose: As seen in the picture above.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes a large cigar almost all the time.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Used to work for the World Government, but defects and joins Blackbeard.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Well, once believed in Justice. See Gag Nose for his massive features.
- Large and In Charge: Not as tall as Magellan, but much bigger than normal people.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He killed prisoners for fun, claiming them to be "just trash". Then, he gets arrested, and sent to Level Six.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His name translates to "Death Dragon".
- Putting on the Reich: Like all who work at Impel Down. His uniform seems to look more like the SS, which fits his personality.
- Psycho for Hire: It's implied that he took the job as Gaoler of Impel Down to torture and kill prisoners.
- Sixth Ranger: Joined Blackbeard's crew.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Up until Chapter 595 gave us his official name, many refered to him as "Shiryuu".
- Tailor-Made Prison: Gets placed on Level Six, after losing to Magellan.
Other Blackbeard Pirate Members
The Blackbeard Pirates
The small yet mighty pirate crew of the evil pirate Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard. Despite their small size, they're powerful enough to take on a whole kingdom, like Drum. First met at Jaya, they later reappear on Banaro Island where they capture Ace. After the events of Impel Down, the crew is now strengthened by several legendary criminals and is heading to the New World. His members are Van Augur the marksman, Jesus Burgess the fighter, Doc Q the doctor, Laffitte the navigator, and from Impel Down, Shilliew the swordsman, Catarina Devon, Avalo Pizarro, Vasco Shot and Sanjuan Wolf, all former Level Six prisoners.
After the Time Skip
, they have replaced the Whitebeard Pirates as one of the Four Emperors as confirmed in Chapter 650. And also that they have expanded in size now into "Fleets" as confirmed in Chapter 704.
- Affably Evil: Especially Laffitte.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Sanjuan Wolf really earns his nickname (Colossal Battleship).
- Badass Crew: Undeniably.
- Beast Man: Avalo Pizarro seems to be some sort of cat-man hybrid.
- Because Destiny Says So: They're all a bunch of fatalists.
- BFG: Van Augur has a very big, long rifle.
- Blood Knight: Burgess has shades of this.
- Boobs of Steel: Catarina Devon is said to be the most dangerous female criminal in the world, and her bust is surprisingly big.
- Butter Face: Catarina Devon has a wonderful body, coupled with a hideous face. Originally, she was going to be a pretty samurai lady from Wano and a counterpart for Zoro, but eventually Oda decided to make her this way.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Burgess can lift a whole inn and toss it while he's jumping.
- Dark Action Girl: Catarina Devon.
- Dirty Cop: Laffitte was a policeman in West Blue until he was thrown off the force for his brutality and sadism.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Laffitte, whose looks is based off a Bifauxnen musician. In other words, he's a guy that looks like a girl that looks like a guy that looks like a girl.
- Dull Surprise: The typical expression of Van Augur, except for a tiny instance of Slasher Smile while fightning Ace.
- Dumb Muscle: Burgess is not really smart and neither is Wolf or Vasco possibly.
- Establishing Character Moment: Van Auger is introduced sniping seagulls too far away to be seen by the naked eye. Doc Q, even more tellingly, is giving out apples in town... some, but not all of which are poisoned.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Straw Hat Pirates. But unlike them, is shown that they don't really think at each other as nakama.
- Well, the original members seem to do, but not so much the new ones. Probably because at least 4/5 of them were infamous Captains now serving a relative upstart.
- Fat Bastard: Vasco Shot.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Indeed, while they have skills when we first meet them they're relative unknowns and didn't even have a proper pirate ship (it was just a raft tied together with heavy logs with a sail). But after Blackbeard manages to pull off his gambit and kill Whitebeard, they're taken seriously as a threat and after the time skip, are now even The Dreaded since Blackbeard is now a Pirate Emperor.
- Gag Nose: Vasco Shot and, on a lesser degree, Blackbeard and Devon.
- Gonk: Many of them. This seems to be in contrast to the Straw Hat Pirates, who are either pretty, cool, or cute. Meanwhile, the Blackbeard Pirates are deliberately ugly. The only exceptions being Van Augur (who's simply average looking) and Laffitte (who's more creepy-looking than ugly). This was actually meant to be a character trait by Oda, who believes that real pirates should be rough and ugly-looking.
- Guns Akimbo: Some of them have pistols on them. Avalo Pizarro appears to have guns attached to his forearms. Or drills, hard to tell.
- Hollywood Cyborg: Pizarro, when first introduced hand Drill-like hands and then back to normal. If it's not a limb-weapon Paramecia, he may be this.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Van Auger can snipe down seagulls when they're not even in sight and can easily tell if the shot was fatal or not.
- Kamehame Hadoken: A weird variant; Burgess has a technique called "Hado Elbow" where he fires a shockwave out of his elbow.
- Ki Attacks: Post Time Skip, Burgess can employ Armament Haki.
- Lean and Mean: Van Auger.
- Made of Iron: In a Anime-only scene, Burgess takes a solid punch from Monkey D. Garp, the guy who went toe-to-toe with Roger, with surprisingly little pain.
- That's nothing compared to the shockwave Sengoku delivered to them in Buddha form which sent them flying. All of them, even Doc Q and freakin' Stronger got up almost immediately.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: A pretty common attitude among the crew.
- Non-Indicative Name: Catarina and Pizarro's titles (Crescent Moon Huntress and Corrupted King) are yet to be explained.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: It should be noted that when the crew captured Jewelry Bonney (someone who worries friggin' Akainu), Blackbeard declared her as too weak for the crew and offered she'd be his woman instead. Bonney, mind you, is one of the Eleven Supernovas with a bounty of 140,000,000 belli. This means that Blackbeard considers Doc Q is more deadly than even one of the eleven rookies the WG fears.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: HOLY SHIT, is Sanjuan Wolf ever. Remember how big Oars was? Wolf towers over him. The guy is so huge that he's roughly the same size as the Marine headquarters themselves, and that's no exaggeration.
- Being too big for the Blackbeard's ship, he decides to stand in the Grand Line. Literally. He can walk on the bottom of the ocean and have his head still above water.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Sanjuan Wolf does not seem to have much of a grasp on reality.
- Sinister Scythe: Doc Q's weapon, usually carried in a bag. It has two blades to boot.
- Sissy Villain: Laffitte. Heck, he's even wearing make up!
- Spell My Name with an "S": Thankfully, chapter 595 gives their names with the right spelling.
- The Starscream: Avalo Pizarro has shades of this, but he may be kidding. Shiliew does not seem to have that much loyalty, and he has betrayed others before.
- Unexpected Character: Burgess makes an unexpected appearance in the Corrida Colosseum.
- Villainous Valor: Averted, at least Shiliew would split up if Blackbeard's plans regarding the Gura Gura Fruit would have failed.
- Wicked Cultured: Van Augur.
Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard"
Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard"
"I am only one man with one heart... call me a demon, call me a monster... but I can't be the strongest forever!"
Whitebeard, real name Edward Newgate, is the most powerful of the Four Emperors ruling over the New World (the second half of the Grand Line), and the only person to ever battle the Pirate King to a draw. With Roger's death he became the "Strongest Man in the World
", and this reputation makes him the most feared and respected person in the world.
However, 22 years have passed since the Pirate King's death and, although Whitebeard is still greatly feared, the world is slowly changing and there are those in the Grand Line are looking to rise to the top and take Whitebeard's place. Whitebeard believes that pirates should have at least some sense of morality and honor, and every member of his crew is treated as his child, and they in turn treat him as their own father.
When people say that he has the power to shake the world, they mean it literally, as he ate the Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi
), which has the power to generate massive shockwaves and cause earthquakes.
The Whitebeard pirates are considered to be the strongest pirate crew in the One Piece
world, as their captain, Whitebeard, is one of the Four Emperors and literally called the World's Strongest Man
. Whitebeard's crew is segmented into divisions and a lot of the New World Pirates are also allied with him. Both his own crew and the New World Pirates are shown to be fiercely loyal to the pirate captain, and he, in turn, considers every single one of them to be his sons
- Achilles in His Tent: For the large majority of the Marineford arc, Whitebeard was content to watch things progress until he was absolutely needed. It was probably to save his strength, given that he was dying from disease at the time.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In his first few appearances in the series, Whitebeard comes off as seeming to think that any decision he makes is the correct one regardless of potential consequences, even brushing off warnings from fellow Emperor Shanks. However, this later turns out to be a Jerk Ass Facade, as Whitebeard demonstrates that he isn't nearly as full of himself as he would like you to believe. Most likely he wanted to make sure he had a reputation for being fearsome and unreasonable to help keep the islands under his protection safe.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Definitely the strongest person alive. Not anymore, though. Alive, that is.
- Badass: Indisputably the most Badass character in the series. Each and every character in the entire series pales in comparison to this man when it comes to sheer awesomeness.
- Badass Boast: "I. AM. WHITEBEARD!" Let's face it, it's all he needs.
- Badass Grandpa: 72 years old, but still capable of tearing an Admiral several new assholes.
- Badass Longcoat: Almost as Badass as his moustache.
- Badass Moustache: Look at that thing! It's wider than his face, perfectly curved, and looks as sharp as a sword. Clearly not a moustache to be trifled with. It's also why he's called "Whitebeard" (the Japanese words for moustache and beard are the same). Also, look at the titular Turn-A Gundam. There's a reason the most powerful Gundam to date shares a mustache with him.
- Bald of Awesome: In his later years, though he covers it with a bandanna.
- Brought Down to Badass: Blackbeard attacks Newgate with his darkness power, gloating about how it will nullify his earthquake ability... quite forgetting that he is facing the 18 foot tall World's Strongest Man with an even longer bisento.
- Just before Blackbeard and his crew decided to gun him down, Whitebeard just before attempting to lay a blow, his skin went reddish and steamy, in a very similar way to Luffy's Gear Second
- Big Good: Considered as much of a threat as "The Revolutionary" Dragon, Whitebeard was known as "The World's Strongest Man" for being the only one that fought on par with the Pirate King Roger. However he's generally less active nowadays compared to the other two (especially given that one of them is dead). That aside, since pirates are one of the two biggest threats to the World Government, his moral foundation counters and conflicts with the WG's ruthless control.
- Blade on a Stick: He wields a bisento even taller than he is.
- Call Back: A Devil Fruit with the power to make tsunamis was first mentioned by Morgan in the very first explanation of Devil Fruits we ever got in-series.
- Captain Colorbeard: Whitebeard.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He blocked a two-handed downward swing from John Giant with only one hand on his bisento. He threw Vice Admiral Ronse, another Giant, several feet away. He extinguished the flames of one of Akainu's molten rocks with just a single breath. He prevented a massive paddle ship (captained by Squard) from further advancing using only one hand. When they say strongest man, this is what they mean.
- Cooldown Hug: After his ally, Squad, stabbed him and accused him of selling out his allies thanks to the Marines leaking false information to him, Whitebeard gives him one, reassures him he would never abandon a single one of them, then charges into the fray to kick major ass.
- Covered with Scars: Whitebeard is covered with scars on every part of his body. Except his back: He never showed it to an enemy once.
- Death by Irony: All he wanted was a family, and one of his "sons" kills him. Admittedly he had already basically disowned the guy, but the point still stands.
- Determinator: Here's the best example. Half his face burned off? Doesn't matter. Akainu must die.
- Died Standing Up: To further prove how badass he is.
- The Dreaded: Pretty much a given. Whitebeard when he was still alive truly was the World's Strongest Man - all while being an old, half-dead, sickly shadow of his former self. Angering him was something that no one, not even the World Government, wanted to do. However, Blackbeard forced their hand, and they had to pool in all their resources, including the Admirals and the Seven Warlords of the Sea, just to ensure that they would compete in a war against him.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: His final action, after spending the previous several chapters being stabbed, shot, bombarded, and having half his face melted off by lava, was to fight Blackbeard one-on-one and own him so thoroughly that the entire Blackbeard Pirates crew had to jump in before he stomped their captain like a bug. And even though all of that finally killed him... it still wasn't enough to make him fall.
- He even gets one last moment of awesome in his last moments. Even though he cannot move and is seconds from death, the very last thing he says, broadcast to the entire Sabaody Archipelago, is "One Piece exists!" This one phrase has the exact opposite effect that killing him was supposed to have.
- End of an Age: As the pirate who stood at the top of the Golden Age of Piracy, Whitebeard himself states that there is no ship to carry him to the next era.
- Evil Power Vacuum: While he wasn't evil at all, his death disrupted the Balance of Power in the world, causing a newer and much more vicious generation of pirates to hoist their jolly rogers. The man who benefited the most out of the vacuum? Blackbeard.
- Expy: Let's see. One-Man Army? Check. Massive? Check. Blade on a Stick as a primary weapon? Check. Rasputinian Death? Check. Died Standing Up? Check. Whitebeard is literally Pirate Benkei.
- Face Death with Dignity: Overlaps with Dying Moment of Awesome and Died Standing Up.
- Facepalm Of Doom: In the entire Marineford Arc, Whitebeard unleashed his Face Quake Attack on 2 giants, Akainu, and Blackbeard. None of them came close to successfully tanking it.
- Facial Horror: In the manga, the left side of his face is destroyed by one of Admiral Akainu's magma attacks.
- Family of Choice: With him as the "father" and his crew as the "children." As a dying Whitebeard's life flashed right before his very eyes, he expresses that in the end, this is all he ever wanted.
- Famous Last Words: "One Piece exists!"
- A Father to His Men: Every pirate in his crew is considered his son, and they consider each other brothers.
- At least one of his captains, Haruta, seems to be a tomboysh girl. And since this habit extends to his allies as well, there are definitely "daughters" like White Bay.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: The Marines learn the hard way that Zerg Rushing him doesn't work, as he wades through anyone not on the level of admirals.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Roger. plenty of dialogue troughout the series implies they had plenty of encounters in the past, and Ace was worried that Whitebeard would be angry once he discovered he was Roger's son. Yet we discover that Whitebeard not only shared a drink with Roger at least once, Roger actually offered to tell him how to find Raftel and what the "Will of D." was.
- From Bad to Worse: For the Marines. This line after Ace's death from one of his crew should be a clue: "Oh man, Pops is pissed! EVERYONE GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!!"
- Genius Bruiser: Turns out Whitebeard's no slouch on chess playing. He saw half of Sengoku's moves during the Marineford Arc coming; had he not, the Whitebeard Pirates and allies would have been finished far earlier than expected. It could also be said that both Sengoku and Whitebeard consider the other their Worthy Opponent in strategy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Whitebeard's final command was to order his allies to fall back, willing to take down the Marines all on his own.
- Homage: His moustache, which is near-identical to the one sported by◊ the Turn A Gundam. The fact that they're both the strongest in their respective categories is probably another one.
- Honor Before Reason: Goes to great lengths to avenge murdered crew members that would be downright insane were it not for the fact that he's, you know, Whitebeard.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Due to his advanced age, and presumably from all of the injures he's taken over the course of a particularly long lifetime of piracy.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The most recent flashback shows he was a pretty handsome guy when he was young. Of course, he's not so much ugly today as his handsomeness has been replaced by pure Badass.
- Ki Attacks: A confirmed Haki user.
- Knight Templar Parent: His wrath for hurting his men is infamous in-universe. As in, he not only comes in Marineford, but also brings a whole armada of allied pirates just to save Ace.
- Large and In Charge: Whitebeard is literally three times larger than the average man, and unlike the other over-sized characters in One Piece he's properly proportioned.
- A slight subversion in that Oars Jr. makes him look absolutely tiny by comparison.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When Whitebeard stands up, you know the shit has hit the fan. When he starts walking towards you... RUN.
- Lightning Bruiser: Whitebeard was able to get behind an Admiral without being noticed and turned the guy into paste. If not for the fact that all the Admirals at the time were Logia devil fruit users he'd be dead.
- Manly Tears: Whitebeard gets especially saddened when he realizes that Ace is really going to die.
- Meaningful Name: His death was the gate to a new era.
- Newgate is also the name of a pair of (both long defunct) prisons in the London and the US (the first state prison in the country). Real life pirate William "Captain" Kidd spent some time in the London one.
- Megaton Punch: His powers allow him to punch the air so hard it CRACKS.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The only way to describe what he did to Akainu after he killed Ace in the anime. It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for the bastard.
- Older Than They Look: This man does not look 72 years old.
- One-Man Army: Let us be blunt. This man did more damage to the Marines than his entire crew and his allies combined.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Refers to his stab wound by Squad, after the latter tries to pull a Redemption Equals Death, as "a little scratch", and having nearly half of his head burnt clean off by Akainu merely gets him to speak one sentence in Tranquil Fury mode: "I'm just getting started".
- Parental Abandonment: Implied, because even though even as kid he was still amazingly strong◊, and could take anything he wanted, he eventually decided the greatest treasure he could own is a family
- Papa Wolf: Never kill or threaten to kill a member of his crew, unless you want a war you have a high probability of losing.
- "High probability" if you have the entire planet's military force backing you up. Otherwise It's a guarantee
- Person of Mass Destruction: The Tremor-Tremor Fruit grants him the power to create shockwaves powerful enough to "break the Earth apart". That means earthquakes on land, tsunamis at sea, and god help you if he wants to give your face a taste of that power.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His demise saw the birth of a new era of piracy.
- Rasputinian Death: Half his face melted off, slashed and stabbed 267 times, hit by more than 152 bullets and 46 cannon shots, all in one battle... but when the jacket came off, there was not a single scar on his back, as he never showed it to the enemy.
- Technically, there were a few wounds on his back... where the swords went clean through his front! Said swords had been stuck in there for the past ten or so issues. Annoying Arrows are nothing compared to Annoying Swords.
- Rated M for Manly: Up to Eleven
- Red Baron: He's either "Whitebeard" or "Pops", never "Edward Newgate".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Ace's death.
- Rule of Symbolism: Being an "Emperor of the Seas" and having a Devil Fruit that causes massive tsunamis and earthquakes are obvious references to the Greek god Poseidon.
- His bisento may be another one, being a possible parallel of Poseidon's trident.
- So is his extreme Papa Wolf mannerism, as Poseidon was quite possibly the most fiercely protective father in the Greek Pantheon.
- He was known to be Childhood Friends with Neptune, the ruler of Fishman Island.
- Poseidon was also known as the Earth Shaker. Quite suggestive, no?
- The people of the One Piece world fear him because of his earthquake powers. Just like the Japanese themselves have a deep-rooted fear of earthquakes and tsunamis, for obvious reasons.
- Sacrificial Lion: One of the few characters to die in One Piece outside of a flashback, and his death was a turning point in the pirate world.
- Shockwave Clap: Thanks to his devil fruit power, he can even create quakes in the air. He creates shockwaves by punching the air, causing it to crack.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Teach tries to run his mouth when they meet at Marineford. Whitebeard responds with a spear to the shoulder.
- Sphere of Destruction: He can create a "Quake Bubble" around his fist or the blade of his bisento For Massive Damage.
- Super Drowning Skills: As with all Devil Fruit users he would sink like a stone in water, but he's not stupid enough to allow himself to be put in such a situation.
- Superpower Lottery: Word of God is that the powers of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit, a Paramecia-class, are no less than those of a Logia. Even excluding that, the man is downright impressive.
- Super Toughness: For this man, There Is No Kill Like Overkill is the minimum amount of force required to even make him flinch. Sword to the gut? That tickles. Several more? Tch. Cannon to the face? A pebble. Half his fucking face melted off!? Minor annoyance.
- Sword Beam: He can infuse his bisento with the Tremor-Tremor Fruit's powers to send a massive shockwave towards anything he swings it at. You do not want to be in the way.
- That's Gotta Hurt: Getting a face full of his Devil Fruit powers.
- True Companions: For the World's Strongest Man, who could have had anything this world had to offer...this is all he ever wanted. He succeeded.
- Unstoppable Rage: When the twenty-three Marine ships watching him are instantly annihilated after the news that Ace is about to be executed, you know the World Government fucked up, right? And after Ace is killed, he proceeds to beat the shit out of Akainu and cut the entire damn island in half!
- Unwitting Pawn: Sengoku tries to make him one by turning his beloved sons against him. It backfires magnificently.
- Blackbeard played it straight, though...
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The unbuttoned-top kind.
- World's Strongest Man: Literally referred to as such, and he more than lives up to it.
- Worf Had the Flu: Since the beginning of the war, Whitebeard was already foot-and-a-half in the grave thanks to his illness. Reason why he took his time to join the fight: his movements were extremely slow and measured, his dodging abilities non-existent as put by Marco; it should have been impossible for Squard to stab Whitebeard, and in several instances he had to stop to catch his breath, his heart barely working right. That rampage was done by a half-blind, half-deaf, arthritic 72 year old shadow of its former self. World's Strongest Man indeed.
- You may now shit yourself as you imagine what this guy would have looked like in his prime at full strength and pissed off.
- Worthy Opponent: To Sengoku. Also, the commander-in-chief of the Marines says he was the best of the pirates.
Marco "The Phoenix"
Marco "The Phoenix"
The commander of the first division, he is first seen when one of Shanks' subordinates delivers a message to Whitebeard, and then later when Shanks himself visits their ship, the Moby Dick. Marco is depicted as being a patient and mild-mannered man, often looking rather sleepy and bored. In the past, he helped Ace get acclimated to the Whitebeard Pirates when he was first brought on board.
By eating a Devil Fruit he has gained the powers of a phoenix. His short confrontations with Aokiji and Kizaru indicate that he may also possess a certain amount of Haki. This was later confirmed by Akainu.
- Badass: Other than Whitebeard himself, he's the only one to take on all three of the Admirals on separate occasions during the war, with two of them being Big Damn Hero moments for Luffy. This is partly due to his Devil Fruit, which is of a type that's even more rare than the Logias.
- There's also the fact that the Five Elder Stars believe even with Blackbeard stealing Whitebeard's power to add to his already devastating abilities, Marco is one of the only people in the world that has a chance to stopping him.
- Lets put it this way, when you make Portgas D. Ace look weak in comparison, you're this trope.
- Big Brother Mentor: Marco seemed to fill this position towards Ace. Being the one of the crew members to reach towards Ace and the one that explained the True Companions family dynamic the Whitebeard Pirates. He also has shades of Big Brother Instinct as when a dismayed Ace screamed at his family why where they virtually sacrificing themselves for him, Marco, normally The Stoic, roars back everyone needed to know that NOBODY messed with a member of their family, and the Marines would learn that lesson, the hard way.
- Extremity Extremist: Every one of his attacks so far have been kicks.
- Faux Flame: Word of God states that his flames don't burn or spread like normal flames, instead they're what allow him to heal.
- Flight: Thanks to his Devil Fruit, and one of the very few characters in One Piece who can.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Taking hits and instantly recovering is a large part of his fighting style.
- Ki Attacks: A confirmed user of Haki.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast enough to catch Kizaru off-guard and strong enough to kick him square into a wall from a lengthy distance.
- Nigh Invulnerable: He's not a Logia, but this power is kind of a given when you're a phoenix... although, unlike a Logia, he can't heal himself automatically; he needs to use his blue flames actively for it.
- Number Two: He appears to be Whitebeard's right-hand man, giving and relaying orders to everyone until Whitebeard himself entered the fight and then assuming leadership of the Whitebeard Pirates after their Captain's death.
- Older Than They Look: He's probably in his late 40s at least, although he looks like he'd be in his 20s.
- The Phoenix: His Mythical Zoan devil fruit lets him turn into one.
- Slasher Smile: He's seen sporting one at the beginning of the war.
- The Stoic: Usually. He did lose his cool however, when Whitebeard got stabbed by Squad, and later when Ace got mortally wounded.
- Submissive Badass: Despite being one of the strongest characters in the series, he was completely devoted to Whitebeard.
- Superpower Lottery: A clear winner, in that a Mythical Zoan fruit is even rarer than a Logia.
- Tattooed Crook: He has Whitebeard's sign tattooed across his chest.
- Technicolor Fire: Blue (and yellow in the anime).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The unbuttoned-top kind.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite the Elder Stars considering him to be a dangerous force in his own right, there's been no mention of him or the rest of Whitebeard's crew post time skip so far.
- You Shall Not Pass: After Ace dies, Marco leads all of the remaining Whitebeard Pirates Commanders into an epic example of this trope against Akainu, in order to protect a mentally-shattered Luffy.
"Fire Fist" Ace
"Fire Fist" Ace
Portgas D. Ace is Luffy's older brother by way of adoption, and the commander of the second division of Whitebeard's pirate crew, the strongest in the world. Like his younger brother, he is a Big Eater
and a Heavy Sleeper
, but unlike his brother, he is intelligent, polite, and gracious, much to the surprise of the Straw Hats when they first met him. He is somewhat protective of Luffy, and looks forward to meeting him on the high seas as pirates. However, his different family name hints at something else... times TWO. As it turns out, Portgas D. Rouge was his mother only, and his father was actually Gold Roger. He ate the Flame-Flame Fruit (Mera Mera no Mi
), allowing him to create, control and transform into fire.
He had a bounty of 550,000,000 Berries- the largest
one revealed thus far.
- The Ace: Aside from the obvious, pretty much every character he's been shown interacting with, from the Straw Hats, to Whitebeard, to Jimbei, and even Blackbeard, have mentioned what an exceptional and great guy he is. At the same time, he could be considered a...
- Aloof Big Brother: You wouldn't know it at first, but he is this to the young Luffy.
- Always Someone Better: To Luffy until his death. Luffy never resented him for it — if anything, he idolized his big brother, seeing as Ace served as his protector and caretaker soon after they first met until Ace left to become a pirate.
- Art Evolution: While his body remained surprisingly consistent (considering the amount of proportion changes many other characters went through over the years as Oda's style became less cartoony), Ace's face in his modern appearances is drastically different from early One Piece. His jaw is less angular, his eyes aren't as slanted, his mouth is smaller and more realistic, his ears are smaller, and most significantly, his bushy eyebrows (which were once a noticeable and defining trait) were entirely trimmed down.
- Badass: Even as a rank noobie he had the balls to try to kill Whitebeard. He put up a good fight against Blackbeard, who's shaping up to be the Big Bad of the series, and is a high ranking member of the Whitebeard Pirates.
- Badass in Distress: After getting captured by Blackbeard and handed over the the World Government, he becomes the focal point for a huge battle as the government publicly announces his execution and provokes Whitebeard into attacking them. Luffy and others also get involved, thus invoking an epic Rescue Arc as Luffy journeys to Impel Down to rescue him.
- Bash Brothers: Ace and Luffy in Marineford kicking ass together. Admit it, you always wanted to see this since he was introduced.
- One the fillers in the anime (the episode just after Ace was introduced) had the two briefly busting heads against some of the Billons.
- Also in Chapter 584, a young Ace and Sabo took on the Bluejam Pirates to rescue a young Luffy.
- Berserk Button: Insult or harm anyone he cares about about and he won't hesitate to drop you. Unfortunately this trait leads straight to his downfall, wasting the effort Luffy and his comrades put into saving him.
- Big Brother Instinct/Knight Templar Big Brother: While he was going to kill Blackbeard anyway for killing Thatch, it was his plan to kill Luffy as well that really ticked him off.
- Big Brother Mentor: Fills this role exceptionally.
- Blood Brothers: With Luffy and Sabo. None of them were related of course, but they were very close and even made a ceremony of drinking sake and became brothers. Ace made it his mission in life to adhere to Sabo's last wishes and protect their mutual younger brother, eventually to the cost of his own life. Heartbreakingly, he died without ever knowing that his other brother was alive.
- Born Winner: Ace had incredible potential, even awakening Conquerer's Haki as a child, due to being the son of the Pirate King, Gold Roger. Luffy also had this potential due to his own heritage, but it took longer to show. On the other hand, Luffy was also far more emotionally stable than Ace.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Ace's belt has the letter A on the buckle.
- Character Development: There's a lot behind that friendly face that you wouldn't expect. Just trace his backstory from him as a child to a rookie on Whitebeard's crew to how he is now.
- Cool Big Bro: He's Luffy's adoptive older brother, and they're very close friends.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Other than the obvious death of Sabo, Ace had a ton of angst over whether or not he should have been born, just because he had the blood of the Pirate King running through his veins. Ultimately, the answer to this question is what he desired in this life.
- Determinator: Other than continuing to fight Blackbeard, he tried to kill Whitebeard. And even when most people wouldn't even go after his sons, he made at least a hundred attempts on his life. Granted, he failed every time, but it sure takes balls to do that. He later became one of Whitebeard's most loyal commanders.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Luffy's arms.
- Driving Question: Not for the plot, but for him. Ace's angst over his bloodline lead him to keep on living in order to find the answer to this one question: Did he deserve to be born?
- Dub Name Change: Known as "Trace" in the 4Kids dub.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He was quite strong even as a child, to the point of taking down Bluejam with only Dadan at his side. The Flame Flame fruit only made him more of a badass.
- Fatal Flaw: Just like Luffy, it's wrath. He couldn't stand Blackbeard getting away with murdering Thatch, so he left to hunt him down against the advice of all of the other crew-mates, which resulted in his capture. Immediately after being rescued, Ace once again ignores everyone else's wishes by stopping to fight Akainu, simply because Akainu had insulted the Whitebeard Pirates. At that point, it's a literally fatal flaw.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Even if this wasn't always the case, Ace fits firmly in the latter category.
- Foreshadowing: His name and the fact he was captain of the Spade Pirates: the "Ace of Spades", which means death. Guess what happens to a certain major character?
- Generation Xerox: Funny how even though he has stated to hate his father, he became an infamous and powerful pirate by himself, even turning down the offer of Warlord of the Sea. Subverted that he wasn't continuing Roger's legacy, but rather serving under Roger's rival, Whitebeard as a commander.
- According to Garp, Ace is more similar to Roger than Luffy, of all people, who's constantly compared to him!
- Also, the fact that Ace never backs down from a fight was revealed to be a trait that Roger also had, and for the same reasons. Guess it really is In the Blood.
- Go Out with a Smile: As any true D. would. He died happy knowing that despite the bad blood in his veins, despite being a "good-for-nothing", he was truly loved. Heartwarming, yet utterly tearjerking.
- The Gwen Stacy: Could be this for Luffy, as Akainu's Rocket Punch was meant for him and the reason why he got handed over to the Marines is because Blackbeard was coming for Luffy, but Ace got to him first.
- Heroic Bastard: Considering who his father was, it didn't pay for his mother to announce who her baby daddy was.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: If you cut out all the angst he had about being Roger's son, his childhood was this if Luffy's was anything to go by. Note that Ace is just as scared of Garp as Luffy is, and would only stand up to him when it came to Luffy and his dream of being of a pirate. Not that anyone can blame him.
- Hot-Blooded: Played with. Contrary to what one might expect, despite his ample firepower he is one of the more cool-headed characters in the story. That is, unless, you murder one of his True Companions or threaten to hurt his little brother...
- I Have No Son: Inverted. Ace totally disavows his birth father, using his mother's name and claiming Whitebeard is the only father he has. His dad was dead before he was born, anyway.
- Ki Attacks: Capable of using the King's Ambition Haki.
- Killed Off for Real: With a Really Dead Montage to boot.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: As many fans theorized, Ace is NOT directly related to the Monkey family. He is in fact Gold Roger's son. It is somewhat a variant from the standard deliverance in that Ace already knew who his biological father was, and so did Luffy for that matter. In fact, the only reason this face hadn't come out earlier is because nobody bothered to ask.
- Men Don't Cry: Ace would always try to remind the young Luffy of this trope, but couldn't back his own tears when he read Sabo's last letter to Luffy and himself.
- Mr. Fanservice: Permanently shirtless. Permanently.
- In the anime his fight with Blackbeard includes some pretty gratuitous shots of his toned back and chest.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Ate a Logia Devil Fruit, so natch. Too bad he had to face someone who could nullify that, then someone with a superior element.
- Nice Guy: Although he didn't start that way.
- Nom de Mom: He uses his mother's name instead of his father's, feeling he owes her greatly while the fact of who his father is has caused him nothing but grief. It also served the purpose of protecting himself from his father's enemies.
- One-Man Army: He took out multiple Marine ships with one attack, with no effort.
- Ornamental Weapon: He carries dagger on his belt that he's never actually been shown using outside of a flashback.
- Parental Abandonment: Though not by choice. His mother, Portgas D. Rouge, held him in her womb for twenty months in order to hide the identity of his father, none other than the Pirate King Gold Roger, who would be long dead by the time he was born. The act would ultimately cost Rouge her life, but would allow Ace to live and have a relatively safe childhood. It didn't come with some adverse affects, however; Ace had some major angst over his bloodline, struggling with the fact that in the eyes of the world, he wasn't supposed to exist. This left him somewhat bitter and jaded as a kid, and he only really begun to heal when Luffy came into his life. Still, by the time of his death Ace had already disavowed his birth father and declared that Whitebeard was his father and no one else.
- Playing with Fire: He's known as "Fire Fist" for a reason.
- The Promise: He made one with Luffy when they were children to go out to sea and live their lives free of regrets.
- The Reveal: Him being Roger's son is a shocker.
- Royal Blood: The Marines believe he has it, and Sengoku is convinced that Whitebeard thinks so as well.
- Running Gag: His Sleepyhead trait, plus constantly pulling a dine-and-dash.
- Sacrificial Lion: Ace was the first major character to die on screen. His death served, literally, as the turning point of the series.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He is the son of Pirate King Gold Roger and was hunted by the World Government even before he was born in an attempt to rid the world of the bloodline. To the world, Ace's first and greatest crime was being born. No wonder he had so much angst about it.
- Sleepyhead: He's got a Running Gag of falling asleep at random intervals and making everyone around him panic. Even if he isn't related by blood, this trait probably runs in the family.
- The Starscream: Ace used to be this to Whitebeard. In all fairness to Ace, though, Whitebeard did recruit him by outright kidnapping both him and his crew. Now he's totally loyal to Whitebeard, who apparently has been grooming Ace to be his successor.
- :Taking the Bullet: Take a very fatal hit from Akainu, meant for Luffy.
- Tattooed Crook: His arm has "ASCE" inked on it, with the S crossed out. Apparently, the tattoo artist couldn't spell. On a non-embarassing note, his back proudly displays the Whitebeard Pirate crossbones (formerly a Manji before editors told Oda to change it).
- It was later revealed that the crossed-out S in the ASCE tattoo wasn't a mistake. An S with an X through it was Sabo's Jolly Roger. Oda later drew a "what if" picture of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo together as adults, and Ace's name was spelled correctly on his tattoo.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Played with, as he had a troubled childhood due to being the child of Roger and the world hating his father, with the World Goverment's Absolute Justice doctrine stating that even the child of a world-renowned criminal is a threat. He even took up a life of piracy because of it. However, if you'd met him, he was a well-meaning, easy-going, polite and friendly guy (if a little mischeivous). He was arguably kinder than even Luffy. The world he lived in didn't give him much of a chance to live.
- What Could Have Been: In-universe: He was given an invitation by the World Government to join the Seven Warlords Of The Sea. He, of course, declined.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely, if every, wears a shirt.
- Walking Spoiler: If you're new to One Piece and get curious about what's happened as of late and decide to peek ahead a little, it's almost impossible to dig too deep into the Straw Hats separation and the Time Skip without piecing together that Ace dies.
- When He Smiles: You know that it's a big step forward for him when he cracks that big, adorable grin at Luffy and Sabo when they were kids (keeping in mind that Ace didn't have much reason to do so to anyone else).
- The Worf Effect: Despite being hailed as one of the greatest warriors in the world (see above) his main role in the series has boiled down to being a stepping stone for Blackbeard and a convenient excuse to demonstrate Blackbeard's power. Then after being set free and kicking ass for about two chapters, he's instantly defeated by Akainu by jumping in front of him to protect Luffy, taking the worst injury ever seen in the series so far.
- His Back Story has him essentially beating up an entire town for mocking Gold's Roger's son unknowingly, and defeating a vicious pirate captain at age 10. There's also the fact that he fought with Jinbei for five days straight to a standstill. Unfortunately, the main storyline saddles him with a surprising amount of bad luck in this.
- Worth Living For: Ace's angst over his bloodline was so bad that the only reason he kept on living was to find out whether or not he deserved to be born. He found his answer when his brother and eventually, the Whitebeard Pirates came into his life, having finally realized where his place in life is. That just makes his death all the more tragic.
- Youthful Freckles: He actually doesn't fall into any of the archetypes though he fit the Bratty Half-Pint type like a glove when he was a kid.
Jozu, the commander of the third division, first made his appearance when Shanks' subordinate delivered a message to Whitebeard. When Shanks later came to meet them in person, Jozu commented on his immense Haki, but is shown being unaffected himself. He is a very calm man that seems to care a lot about his crewmates and his captain.
It is later revealed that Jozu ate a Devil Fruit himself. Because of that, he is able to turn his entire body into diamonds, making him very difficult to hurt.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: While he does have Devil Fruit powers, they should not affect his physical strength. Despite this, he is shown lifting and tossing a huge ass iceberg many hundreds of times his size (estimated to weigh around a million tons).
- Harmless Freezing: Averted. Poor guy lost an arm to Aokiji.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's well over 20 feet tall, but is incredibly fast.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Not to the same extent as other characters, but he is literally made of diamond, so...
- Spell My Name with an "S": Jozu? Jose? Joss? Jaws? The One Piece Green: Secret Pieces book finally confirms this with just Jozu.
- The Worf Effect: Despite showing capable of blocking one of Mihawk's slashes and wounding Crocodile with a punch, he is quickly 'controlled' for a period by Doflamingo and then quickly removed from the Marineford War in quick order to Aokiji, as the battle moves to the plaza.
- That said, he still has more impressive feats than most Worfs, most notably being the first character to prove that, yes, the World's Strongest Swordsman indeed has limits.
"Flower Sword" Vista
"Flower Sword" Vista
Vista, the commander of the fifth division makes his appearance during Ace's flashback, and subsequently during the Marineford arc. Always calm and polite, he doesn't have a Devil Fruit but is one of the most skilled swordsman in the world, so much so that his prowess is acknowledged by Dracule Mihawk.
- Almighty Janitor: Although his rank is fairly high, he is quite modest, and it's quite surprising to see him fight on par with Mihawk, strongest of all swordsmen.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't appear to have any Devil Fruit abilities, but he's still an extremely powerful swordsman, enough so that Mihawk acknowledges his skill.
- Berserk Button: He is not happy when Blackbeard comes to Marineford, and has to be pushed back from going after him.
- Number Two: Seems to be this to Marco. Though by this point in the story, he was the highest level Division Commander that was still in fighting condition besides Marco.
- Petal Power: In the anime, rose petals appear when he attacks.
- Red Baron: Subverted as "Flower Sword" isn't much for intimidation.
- You Shall Not Pass: Alongside his fellow Commander and Captain allies on making sure Akainu does not go kill Luffy.
Other Whitebeard Pirate Members
The rest of the Whitebeard Pirates and allies
Other members of the Whitebeard Pirates
, the following characters listed are the less-important Division Commanders like Thatch (4th), Blamenco (6th), Rakuyou (7th), Namur (8th), Blenheim (9th), Curiel (10th), Kingdew (11th), Haruta (12th), Atmos (13th), Speed Jiru (14th), Fossa (15th) & Izou (16th)
Other members listed below are more prominent allied Captains like "Bohemian Knight" Doma, "Thunder Lord" McGuy, "Little" Oars Jr., Epoida, the Decalvan Brothers & Whitey Bay the "Ice Witch". For "Maelstrom Spider" Squardo, a prominent ally, please see Others
After the Time Skip
, the Blackbeard Pirates have succeded them among the Four Emperors, but the exact fate of the crew was not elaborated on.
- Action Girl: Haruta.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Oars Jr.
- Badass Crew: Very, very Badass! They're subordinates of Whitebeard, so you can expect nothing less.
- Bishōnen: Izo.
- Blade on a Stick: Speed Jiru uses a Lance. Also Epoida amongst the allied captains.
- Cat Boys: The Decalvan Brothers.
- Creepy Centipedes: It seems that Epoida ate a Devil Fruit that allow him to become a caterpillar man.
- Curb-Stomp Battle / Family-Unfriendly Violence: Oars Jr is shot with cannonballs several times in a row, is hit by Kuma's Ursus Shock, has his leg sliced by Doflamingo and is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Moria's shadow spear. However, he still has enough strength to get back on his foot one last time in order to help Whitebeard.
- Death by Origin Story: Thatch
- Drop the Hammer: Blamenco is only seen wielding a massive wooden Hammer than anything else from his pockets.
- Dual Wielding: Many people seems to indulge into this fighting style. Apparently Thatch did so.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Izo. Maybe Haruta too.
- Epic Flail: Rakuyou sports a Ball-and-Chain that (seems) to be a Living Weapon like Lassoo & Funkfreed.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: One of the few human pirate crews shown to have a fishman crewmate in their ranks, And as a commander on top of that.
- Flaming Sword: Fossa can set his sword on Fire & McGuy can also channel Lighting into his.
- Gag Nose: McGuy.
- Gratuitous Italian: Fossa means "Pit", and is also a colloquial/informal term for "grave". Among the lesser captains we have also Brocca (Jug).
- The Gunslinger: Curiel & Izou.
- Hammerspace: This is literally Blamenco's power, as he has pockets on his body, he can pull stuff out of, like, you guessed it, a Hammer.
- Head Pet: Doma has a pet Monkey that can use a Pistol to help him fight.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Izou managed to snap a sword in half while it was about to cut him with a single blow.
- Large and In Charge: Blenheim, Atmos and Little Oars Jr.
- Lightning Bruiser: Speed Jiru earns his nickname: in the anime he managed to keep up with Kizaru's attacks with ease.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Speed Jiru also uses a Shield with his Lance to fight.
- Made of Iron: Curiel took a point-blank attack from Admiral Akainu and lived.
- Master Swordsman: Quite a few of them are quite skilled in swordsmanship. Haruta can even cut Steel like Zoro can with ease. Special mention to 'Flower Sword' Vista, who's master enough to cross swords with Mihawk, and even Mihawk made a remark that he'd be a fool if he did not know Vista.
- Mighty Glacier: Oars Jr. is very strong, but his size puts him at a disadvantage.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: One of the lesser captains, Karma, is a octopus-themed pirate with six arms. Probably a fishman-hybrid of some sort.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rakuyou looks a lot like a muscular Jack Sparrow & Kingdew looks like He-Man.
- Also Rakuyou's flail resemble one of the Chain Chomps from the Super Mario series.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: Namur, in a Anime-only scene, destroyed a Marine's Battle Axe by grabbing it with his teeth and crushing the head.
- Power Fist: Kingdew wields massive gauntlets.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Izo.
- Red Baron: Many pirates have a nickname.
- Reverse Grip: Doma wields his two swords like this.
- Sacrificial Lion: The circumstances around Thatch's death wil be felt even to the end of the series.
- The Smurfette Principle: Among 16 Captains the only woman seems to be Haruta. There are a little more of female captains among the allies, including Whitey Bay.
- Stout Strength: Both Atmos, Blamenco & Oars Jr. are pretty hefty, but strong.
- Threatening Shark: Namur the Tigershark fishman.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Whitey Bay is never seen after her introduction for the rest of the Arc.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Izo is dressed as a geisha.
- Wolverine Claws: The Decalven Brothers.
- Your Size May Vary: Speed Jiru is shown tall and slim in one panel and fatter in another one. It's unknown if it's a simple mistake or if he has some powers.