Characters: One Piece: The Marines
aka: One Piece-The Marines
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Tropes Used To The Marines As A Whole
- Anti-Villain: They typically end up opposing our heroes, but, at their best, they are often hero-antagonists trying desperately to preserve law and order in a world where outlaws routinely prey on those weaker than them. At their worst, well...
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Standard attire for high ranking marines.
- Badass Long Coat: Standard issue for any marine of Ensign and higher is a long white coat with the Japanese characters for "justice" on the back.
- Coat Cape: How the officers wear their coats.
- The Dreaded: A marine of significant reputation can easily become this for lower level pirates (Smoker). However, once a marine hits the admiral rank, they're automatically this to every pirate barring the Four Emperors and their respective crews.
- Everyone Has Standards: Though all the marines are tough on pirates, there's still a variety of lines they don't cross. In terms of standards, there's the moral and relatively merciful (Aokiji and Smoker), the more ruthless but ultimately neutral (Sengoku), and the ones utterly driven to exterminate evil (Akainu).
- For Great Justice: Though their ideas of justice tend to diverge greatly.
- Four-Star Badass: Expect everyone from Marine HQ above Captain rank to be crazy tough and every Admiral is shown to be a Person of Mass Destruction.
- The Fettered: Played straight, but often deconstructed: How far they take "Justice" is shown as completely acceptable, no matter how far down the Moral Event Horizon you have to go. This is expressed in the "Absolute Justice" philosophy.
- Hero Antagonists: If you're lucky, you'll encounter one of them that are this.
- Hero of Another Story: Nearly all of them. Most have interesting backstories or hints thereof, even — as this◊ Continuity Porn-filled color spread indicates — the minor ones.
- Knight Templar: The other side of the argument, some of them are so extreme that they consider that disobeying the law means not only your execution, but every last living relative or associate to be hunted down and exterminated along with their entire island; even the people who are not in any way involved with the issue get caught in the gunfire.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even the nastier marines usually have the best of intentions for the innocent civillians of the World. Usually.
Tropes Used To The G-5 Marines
- Cowboy Cops/Military Mavericks: Led by THE Cowboy Cop of the Marines: Vice-Admiral Smoker.
- The Dreaded: Read below and you'll see why they're feared by most pirates.
- Enemy Mine: With the Straw Hat Pirates and Trafalgar Law during the Punk Hazard arc, to 1) defeat Caesar Clown, 2) rescue the kidnapped children, and 3) get out of the island safely. And in Smoker's case, 4) stop corrupt Vice-Admiral Vergo.
- Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: The things they do to captured pirates are infamously crazy and cruel.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They are cruel towards pirates, and overall rowdy. But when they mistakenly assumed Smoker was accusing them of covering up cases of child kidnappings, they got pissed, saying that even though they are army rejects, they still have their pride as Marines.
- Fire-Forged Friends: They can never admit it to the world but working to save the giant children, saving each other, defeating Caesar, and taking down the corrupt Vergo has made them this with the Straw Hats. They are forced to play up the idea they hate them to keep from admitting the truth.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Despite all their cruelty, they are one of the few branches in the New World able to defend innocent lives from suffering EVEN WORSE under pirates, most of whom are absolute monsters who probably deserve what G-5 throws their way.
- Hero with an F in Good
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite all their faults, they truly and honestly mean well for the civilians of the New World, and absolutely adore their commanders.
- Might Makes Right: It's the New World, so they basically adopted this policy just to survive.
- Police Brutality: G-5 is basically a group of ridiculously powerful thugs. There's no other way to describe how they treat pirates, and even civilians.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Practically the entire Marine Branch. To elaborate, nearly all the mooks are powerful thugs who mean well, led by quirky commanding officers such as the sword-obsessed Tashigi, who they have a Subordinate Excuse with, and Smoker, who is the shirtless badass that scares the crap out of them while smoking two cigars and obsessing over catching Luffy. There's also the other two commanding officers as well, who are as every bit as quirky as the other two are.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Almost every marine in G-5 was rejected from the main branches, either because they were too brutal, too crazy, or too insubordinate. Which obviously leads to...
- Reassignment Backfire: ... with someone like Smoker in G-5, they really turn things around. Or at least, they aren't quite as rowdy.
- Scenery Gorn: The G-5 Base. Seriously, that thing is so battered and shoddily repaired it looks like a strong wind would destroy the entire thing.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite all their faults, they truly are loyal to their commanding officers. To the point of being willing to die for them.
(Former) Fleet Admiral Sengoku "The Buddha"
"A fortress... can always be rebuilt. However... this is Marineford, an island situated almost exactly in the center of the entire world. To the people of the world, who live in fear of evildoers coming and going amongst them, the true meaning lies in our position in this place! Our universal justice will never fall!"
Sengoku, also known as the Great Buddha, was the supreme commander of the World Government's military force, the Marines. One of the few who still know the seas from the olden days, he's even respected by Whitebeard. He is stern and business-like, which often puts him at odds with his old friend Garp, whom he occasionally bickers with. He ate the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Great Buddha (Hito Hito no Mi, Daibutsu Model
), a Mythical Zoan-class fruit which allows him to turn his body into a giant, golden, Buddha-like entity.
After the battle at Marineford, he resigned from his position because of doubts about the World Government's actions and nominated Aokiji as his successor. Two years later, he's a General Inspector◊ for the Marines, so he hasn't totally retired from business yet.
- Afro Asskicker: When his hat comes off, its this.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His Buddha form.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The chain starts with him.
- Badass Grandpa: He's around Garp's age. His hair even turned gray during the time skip.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Sported an awesome suit back when Roger was still around.
- Berserk Button/Even Absolute Justice Has Standards: His idea of what constitutes an "innocent" is apparently somewhat warped (given that he was implied to be at least complicit in the slaughter of Ohara and the murder of babies and pregnant woman to find the son of Roger), but Heaven help you if you do put someone he considers innocent at risk. When the Five Elder Stars do so just to cover up their own incompetence, Sengoku freaks out and resigns very fast.
- This was more to do with the collateral damage he was prepared to accept and the hypocrisy of his bosses: He apparently considered the bombardment of Ohara acceptable, and presumably it was the same with pregnant women killings in an effort to find the child of Roger, because he believed that it was a relatively small price to pay at the cost of the world's safety. The Level Six prisoners situation was a cost far too high as the world is definitely not safe with them running around, but it's been covered up for utterly flimsy reasons, so he quit in disgust.
- Bling of War/Chest of Medals: His uniform is adorned with dozens of medals. And a purple-red honour sash from left shoulder to his right waist.
- Call Back: When the Human-Human Fruit first came to the story in Chopper, an SBS asked what would happen if a human ate one. Oda responded they would be enlightened.
- The Chains of Commanding: It really sucks to be head of the military arm of the World Government when you have constant reports of crazy and powerful pirates, forced to deal with disloyal privateers, an irritating comrade laughing it up (occasionally) about the constant disregard for the law shown by his own grandson, and your corrupt and/or incompetent superiors telling you not to handle serious global threats simply to save face for their own fuck-ups.
- It seems to have finally gotten to be too much for him, as he stepped down shortly after the Marineford arc.
- The Chessmaster: For all the Oh Crap and Not So Stoic moments he's had, when he actually gets involved, he turns out to be a rather brilliant strategist. In Marineford, he almost immediately turned a losing battle for the Marines into a damn-near complete victory by trapping the Whitebeard Pirates and allies around the bay, forcing the Marine warships in and sending powerful Artificial Humans in pushing them in the center, destroying morale by disseminating a lie about Whitebeard to his allies who had their own grudges about Gold Roger, activating a massive blockade impenetrable even to Whitebeard himself, and cut the video feed at some point after he revealed Portgas D. Ace was Gold Roger's son all so that Ace will be executed, ahead of schedule if need be given the confusion, attaining victory for the Marines.
- In the end, however, the most he achieves is a Pyrrhic Victory. The point of the war was to discourage piracy by stopping the bloodline of the Pirate King and removing Whitebeard (himself content with what he had and strictly concerned about his crew) from power. Instead, Whitebeard's Famous Last Words inspired an entire generation of new pirates, the exact opposite of Sengoku's objective. Sengoku is pissed. Furthermore, that new generation includes Blackbeard, the man who killed Whitebeard, took over most of his territory, stacked his crew with many of the worst criminals in history, stole Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, continues to steal Devil Fruits with damn-near impunity, and became the next member of the Four Emperors. At this point, Ace and Whitebeard's deaths are hardly a consolation prize for Sengoku.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gravely injured Blackbeard's entire crew with one attack. Didn't stop anything, but holy hell!
- Four-Star Badass
- Funny Afro: Has one hidden under that hat of his. Hilarious because he's The Comically Serious. It becomes truly epic when he uses his powers. And then after the timeskip it finally turns grey◊
- Genius Bruiser: Well in this latest arc, he's definitely got the genius down. He gets the "bruiser" part when he transforms.
- Given that he held down an enraged Garp, after they witness Akainu punch through Ace, it could be said he probably doesn't need to transform to have the "bruiser" part.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His Buddha form makes his entire body golden.
- Hero Antagonist: While Sengoku is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, everything's he's done is ultimately out of his desire and duty to protect the rest of the world. And it becomes clear that he's been suffering for it for quite some time. The last straw was when the World Government covered up a mass breakout of level six Impel Down prisoners in order to save face, instead of sending out wanted posters and warnings like he wanted to do in order to protect the public. After that, he decided to step down, having had enough of the World Government and their bullshit.
- Ironic Nickname: He's titled "The Buddha", but he's comfortable with eliminating whoever he feels necessary, and takes orders from the WG without question.
- Doflamingo actually calls him out on this in his first appearance.
- The nickname turns out to be a fair bit more literal: He fights by turning into a giant statue of Buddha with superhuman strength.
- Large and in Charge: Very tall, even when he isn't in Buddha form.
- Let's Get Dangerous: At the end of chapter 566. This shit right here? It just got real.
- Light Is Not Good: He's pretty harsh for a Buddha.
- Living Statue: This is what the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Great Buddha (Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu) allows him to become. Very bizarre, as Zoan fruits are supposed to be about transforming into animals. It seems Mythical Zoans can be an exception to this rule so long as they're still about transforming into some kind of being (a daibutsu is a giant Buddha statue).
- Nice Hat: It's got a stuffed seagull on top of it!
- Non-Human Sidekick: His pet goat.
- Oh Crap: After his introduction during the Jaya arc, practically every scene he's been in, including flashbacks, has involved him going "Oh Crap" on some level, as the plot keeps shoveling poorly-timed crisis after poorly-timed crisis on him.
- He has another epic one in chapter 569, when Luffy unconsciously reveals his Supreme King Haki.
- One-Man Army: He had the entire Blackbeard pirate crew (including the probable Big Bad of the entire series, a woman said the be the most powerful female pirate, and a man equal to Magellan with none of the morals) spitting up blood with one attack.
- Opt Out: He requested he be allowed to stand down from the Marines in the aftermath of the Whitebeard War.
- Person of Mass Destruction: When you can take out a crew led by one of the most dangerous men in the world and filled with a bunch of the worst criminals that the world has ever seen in one attack, you are this.
- Poke the Poodle: Eats Garp's crackers in an attempt to find at least some way to punish him for not taking things seriously. (It works.)
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Garp. Sengoku seems to be the blue oni with himself being stern and serious, while Garp is the red oni being Hot-Blooded and a Rebellious Spirit within the Marine ranks. However, Sengoku tends to lose his cool more often than Garpï¿½
- Sphere of Destruction: In his Buddha form, he can launch large spherical shock waves from his palms; probably a reference to the Buddhist Palm technique.
- Superpower Lottery: A clear winner. He is a Mythical Zoan, a type that is even rarer than Logia.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: One of the few Marines that truly does fit this. He genuinely wants to make the world a better place but can do some bad things to help this goal. Though he leans more on the well-intentioned side than the extremist side what with his resigning when the government refused to announce that the Impel Down prisoners escaped so as to keep face.
Fleet Admiral Sakazuki / Admiral Akainu ("The Red Dog")
"We have to be thorough! If even one of those scholars made it onto that ship, all of the sacrifices we've made would be for nothing! We must eliminate the very possibility of this "evil" existing!"
Real name Sakazuki, Akainu is one of the three Admirals, the strongest fighters in the Marines. Akainu is apparently the most hard-line of the Marines, following the doctrine of Absolute Justice. During the destruction of Ohara, he destroyed an evacuee ship on the chance that one of their targets was aboard, saying that if one is to do a job it must be done properly. He has eaten the Magma-Magma Fruit (Magu Magu no Mi
), a Logia Devil Fruit based around magma
During the two years that Luffy was training, he battled Aokiji for the rank of Fleet Admiral and won. He then moved the Marine HQ to the east coast of the Red Line to put more Marine presence in the New World.
- Arch-Enemy: Likely one to Luffy, for killing Ace and leaving a permanent X-shaped scar on his chest.
- Definitely this to the Whitebeard Pirates for killing Ace as well as manipulating Squard into stabbing Whitebeard.
- Ax-Crazy: In a series loaded with violent psychopaths, Akainu STILL stands out as one of the most unhinged. To him, even the smallest threat is something that merits the maximum amount of force; this includes people challenging his word.
- Badass: He may be a complete and utter dick, but you have to admit he's the most badass Admiral of the Marines. Most notably, he kills Ace, in a manga where almost no one dies in the present. Other hits include melting off half of Whitebeard's face, and not only surviving Whitebeard's counterattack of two earthquake punches, but also getting back up and setting his sights on killing Luffy. It takes Crocodile and pretty much the entire remaining Whitebeard crew just to slow this guy down.
- How badass is he? In chapter 595, when the Blackbeard Pirates, including the Captain who wanted to face the toughest and most asskicking Marines in Garp and Sengoku, realize that the Marines aren't going to agree to trade a Marine vessel for Jewelry Bonney since Akainu's on the ship, they run like hell.
- He is also strong enough to fight Aokiji for ten days straight, in a battle that completely fucked up Punk Hazard's climate, causing it to become two-sided. One side is burning hot, the other is completely frozen.
- Badass Grandpa: The guy's 55, and as mentioned above, still remains one of the series' strongest characters.
- Badass Moustache: Grew one over the Time Skip. Seems to be a requisite for the Fleet Admiral position.
- Beard of Evil: After the time-skip.
- Big Bad Ensemble: As the current Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki is now one of the top antagonists for the series, alongside Blackbeard.
- Black and Gray Morality: For all his bastard actions, it's easy to forget that in most instances, the Marines are actually the good guys, 9/10 pirates being Selfish Evil, and his actions probably saved the world from becoming a worse place to live. It's ambiguous who is the Black and who is the Grey with him.
- Breaking Speech: An extremely effective one to Ace by insulting Whitebeard enough to distract him, allowing him to kill him.
- The Brute: Fits the trope perfectly among the three Admirals.
- Conscription: After the Battle of Marineford, Sakazuki's issued a mandatory draft to bolster the forces of the Marines. To his credit, two sitting Admirals were recruited from conscription.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Just like Mihawk, he realized just how dangerous Luffy's ability had become, especially after having won Whitebeard's respect, regardless of how "weak" he is at the moment. In fact, his unwavering hunt of him, even after Blackbeard appeared and Ace's death marking him as the greatest threat, shows one of the few foresight moments during the War of Marineford.
- Determinator: Utterly unstoppable during the Marineford arc. The strongest Emperor's best lieutenants, former warlords, main characters, and a large quantity of mooks and transvestites (yeah...) all team up against him and they don't even succeed at slowing him down, forcing Whitebeard himself to step in. Whitebeard then gets half of his head blasted for his efforts.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Formerly. Though he was the main antagonist during the Marineford arc, he still serves under Fleet Admiral Sengoku, who didn't take much action during the arc, until the last act.
- Even Absolute Justice Has Standards: During the timeskip, he had a huge battle with Aokiji over who would be the new Fleet Admiral. He won, but spared Aokiji's life.
- He also surprised everyone by not killing Jewelry on the spot when he had an easy chance.
- The same man that goaded Ace to his death, hunted down Luffy just for being the son of the government's most dangerous enemy and killed a man who just wanted to go home to his family because he was understandably outclassed finds Z to be extreme in his methods.
- The Dreaded: Blackbeard with all his new shiny powers and crewmen orders the Marines around, or else! The Marines answers by sending Akainu. Blackbeard flees the second he's spotted.
- Fictional Counterpart: It's more subtle than most, but go to Oda Nobunaga's page and see how many similarities you can find, we'll wait, you'll be there for a while. He's even paired with two commanders who are very similar to Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
- Fan Nickname: Devil, Terminator (T-1000 more specifically), and Kenpachi Sakazuki.
- Flower Motifs: He wears a pink rose on his suit, and has a large tattoo featuring many flowers on his left shoulder.
- For Great Justice: Son of a bastard, is he ever.
- General Ripper: His relentless crusade against pirates reaches some rather frightening lengths.
- And then there's him killing a captain who tried to flee the Marine HQ battle, mentally scarring Coby and Helmeppo, who were also thinking of fleeing.
- He also tries to murder Coby for pointing out that, by trying to kill a few pirates with no guarantee that they'll be able to do it, they're letting many more injured Marines die when they could easily be saved. The reason Akainu tried to murder him? Because during the minute or so Coby was talking, pirates weren't dying.
- The reason he wants to kill Luffy and Ace so badly is solely because of who their fathers are. Sure, them being Pirates is part of the reason, but he would probably still want them dead if they were civilians, or even Marines.
- Godzilla Threshold: As noted, he's kind of a dick but considering how bad everything got after thé Paramount war, you could see why there were people wanting him for Fleet Admiral. Being able to terrify Blackbeard by your presence alone speak volumes of how appropriate he seems to be for the new era.
- Hero Killer: Let us be blunt. He did more damage to the Whitebeard Pirates than every other Admiral or Warlord, combined. He's easily one of the most feared characters in the series, to the point where Blackbeard would rather haul ass than fight him.
- He Who Fights Monsters: While most of the pirates seen so far have been assholes or utterly inhuman, Akainu is just as brutal and arguably more monstrous than the criminals he hunts down
- Hidden Eyes: During the Ohara flashback, he is shown with his Marine baseball cap and a hood covering his face. When he shows up in the present, he still has the cap obscuring his eyes until the scene is dramatic enough to show them.
- Insane Admiral: He will go to the extremes to protect the World Government. No crime should be overlooked and anything with even the hint of pirates should be purged for the greater good. When he was a Vice-Admiral, he chose to kill over one hundred refugees to ensure none of his targets escaped from the attack. As an Admiral, he killed his own men for deserting in a battle they had no chance of doing the enemy harm. The fact they were flies against the enemy only the Admirals and above could actually harm didn't factor in. They were deserting and so had to die.
- Jerkass Knight Templar: Big time. At best, he treats his allies at expendable, and is all too willing to kill any pirates or allies who are insufficiently dedicated to his brutal version of justice, while insulting their viewpoints.
- Kick the Dog: Insulting Whitebeard in order to goad Ace resulting in his death. He also kills a cowardly marine for fleeing his post.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not only is played more seriously than any antagonist before, but he breaks the Status Quo by killing Ace
- Lack of Empathy: Perhaps the standout example in One Piece. When Coby screams that the charge being led by Akainu to finish off the Whitebeard Pirates is piling up needless casualties, Akainu doesn't even blink, he simply tells Coby that "a few seconds have been wasted" and tries to murder him on the spot.
- Large and in Charge: Like his fellow Admirals he's incredibly tall, but much more broadly built than the other two.
- Magma Man: One of the reasons he's so feared.
- Convection Schmonvection: He's made out of and attacks with lava, but nothing takes any damage unless it actually comes into contact with something. Even then, it acts more like a solid projectile than something that should vaporize everything around it. We'll forgive this one though, since if it was actually treated realistically, no one would be able to beat him. Also, proper Logia users affect only what they want with their power.
- Actually gets played with in the anime: Ivankov attacks Akainu with a weaponized kiss, getting his face burned. He then pulls his usual "it was just thick make-up" joke, showing an undamaged face... and then collapses from having his lungs burned by the heat and fumes.
- Also, both in the Anime and the Manga, he can melt and move through solid rock as if it was air, again showing his control.
- Elemental Fisticuffs: Barring the Hell Hound technique, Akainu is much less flashy in his use of his powers than other Logia users. His whole game plan is: 1. Take arm; 2. Turn it into lava; 3. Make it as large as necessary; 4. Punch until target is
Deader than Dead vaporized. Since he's living lava, it works quite well (and is probably one of the few where this is a good idea in the first place).
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: As it turns out, lava beats fire.
- Hell Hound: One of his techniques creates one out of lava.
- Rocket Punch: His powers allow a particularly nasty approximation.
- Shaping Your Attacks: "Inugami Guren" attack.
- Superpower Lottery: He's made out of lava. Not only does that mean that you can't get anywhere near him without being vaporized, but it's also superior to (as in, can outright kill) at least two other Logias (up until now, we've only seen Logias either mutually nullify or have no effect on each other).
- Manipulative Bastard: His choice words to Squad and Ace in the Marineford arc did as much if not more damage to the Whitebeard Pirates than his Devil Fruit powers.
- Meaningful Name: His name, like his fellow Admirals, is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- His real name as well. A "sakazuki" is a small ceremonial sake cup like the one Luffy and Ace used when they swore an oath of brotherhood. Ironic, isn't it?
- The "Inu" meaning Dog in Akainu, thus automatically making him Monkey D. Luffy's enemy by default since there is a common myth that dogs and monkeys are mortal enemies
- Moral Sociopathy: His desire and methods are perfectly acceptable to the World Government, it's the extremes he goes to do so is what gets him in trouble.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Is the most muscular of the three pre-timeskip admirals, as a cover image of him shirtless shows.
- Necessary Evil: It has been said that his adherence to Absolute Justice has actually strengthened the morale of the Marines.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He took four direct, Haki-imbued punches from Whitebeard, who was in his prime a rival too Roger and shrugged off most of them.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based on famous Japanese actor Bunta Sugawara. His real name, Sakazuki, seems to be derived from a series of films featuring Sugawara.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Suffers one from Whitebeard for killing Ace
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike most of previous villains, he does not play around with his enemies and mostly lacks a sense of humor.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's drawn in a much more realistic style compared to all of the other characters in the manga.
- Which may very well be Oda's way of intentionally plunging him into Uncanny Valley to make him creepier.
- One-Man Army: He did more damage during the Marineford Arc than his fellow Admirals, Sengoku, the Vice Admirals, and the Seven Warlords combined. This can be attributed largely to his being far less touchy about using the maximum amount of force possible, but it's still incredibly impressive.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Even more than his fellow Admirals, if only because he's so dedicated to the job.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He got the position of Fleet Admiral, by challenging Aokiji and defeating him.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Beside his Logia, he has shown to have enough strength to stop Whitebeard Gura Gura Bisento with his foot and Punch Parry Whitebeard.
- Because of this trait, he takes little damage even from Haki attacks known to devastate normal Logia users and the ground cracks when he prepared to kill Ace.
- Determinator: Even after Whitebeard attacked him, even after Blackbeard arrived with numerous Level 6 escapees, Akainu still will not give up on killing Luffy.
- Implacable Man: When you plow through a whole Badass Army and effortlessly shrug off everything but punches from Whitebeard in the pursuit of your enemy, you definitely deserve the title.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He is a living volcano capable of launching huge gobs of lava on top of his enemies.
- Oh Crap: The look on his face the entire time, especially in the anime, when he's getting a first-hand demonstration of just why Whitebeard is called "The Strongest Man in the World".
- Out of the Inferno: After getting blasted by the Whitebeard Pirates' counterattack after he punched through Ace. In the anime, it's rather terrifying.
- Pet the Dog: When the time came to have a new Fleet Admiral, it came down to Akainu and Aokiji. Aokiji was utterly against Akainu becoming Fleet Admiral, and opposed his potential promotion any way he could. Eventually the conflict reached a boiling point, with the two engaging in a death match to decide who becomes Fleet Admiral. After a massive battle that lasted for 10 days, Akainu won. Rather than killing him for opposing his ideals and trying to stop him from becoming Fleet Admiral to the point of having a death match for the position, Akainu spared Aokiji and the latter left the Marines.
- Also during the Marineford war, Akainu saved a marine from Whitebeard by stopping his bisento attack with his foot.
- Real Men Wear Pink: As seen here◊, though it's actually red when the episode in question comes up. He's also got a flowery tattoo on his left shoulder, which does have pink.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: That is a damn fine suit.
- Flower Motifs: He has what looks like a rose pinned to his suit, and sports a floral pattern on his both his shirt and a chest tattoo.
- Say My Name: From Episode 484: WHIIIITEBEEEEAAAARRRRD!!!!
- Shout-Out: Fans of G Gundam should instantly recognize the God/Burning Gundam's legendary Finishing Move during some of Akainu's fights.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: It's doubtful that he even knows the concept of overkill exists.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: And the One Piece world just got bleaker.
- Undying Loyalty: For the Marines, nothing will stop him. Not even the strongest man of the world.
- Villain-by-Proxy Fallacy: The first thing we see him do is blow up a ship full of evacuees that the Marines had promised to spare on the grounds that there might be the slightest possibility that there is a scholar on board who could read the Poneglyphs.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: There is nothing he will not do to preserve the peace of the world, but the lengths to which he will go to preserve that peace ironically make him as bad as the pirates he's trying to stop, if not worse.
Admiral Kizaru ("The Yellow Monkey")
Real name Borsalino, Kizaru is the only pre-timeskip Admiral to have retained his position, after Akainu was promoted and Aokiji left. He has somewhat of an absentminded and out-there personality, committing such acts as mistaking his snail wiretap for his phone, and politely asking the pirates who just shot at him if they knew someone he was looking for. Despite this, he follows Absolute Justice, and believes that every pirate, no matter what their crimes or actions, however severe, are sinners, and will mercilessly pursue them. He ate the Glint-Glint Fruit (Pika Pika no Mi
), which allows him to turn his body into light, fire laser beams, and travel at the speed of light.
- Affably Evil: Makes polite small-talk with pirates right before he roundhouse kicks them into oblivion. In Japanese, it should be noted he rarely speaks in any style that is impolite.
- Badass: Let's put it this way. He's the only Admiral to attack Whitebeard during the war, and come out unscathed afterwards.
- Big Entrance: After some background and off-screen moments before, how does he arrive at Sabaody Archipelago? Riding a cannonball.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Very much "out-there" when without a specific quarry, and apparently was unaware of the trail of mass destruction he was creating. Some of it may be Obfuscating Stupidity, but at least some of it is genuine.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His proper introduction consisted of asking pirates where his subordinate is. When they wouldn't answer and ran away instead, he showed everyone why he's a Marine Admiral by blasting down a mangrove tree the size of a city with a kick.
- Extremity Extremist: With the exception of Rayleigh, he never attacks anyone physically with anything except a single kick.
- Fictional Counterpart: To Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a unifier of Japan, who was nicknamed 'monkey' and was known for being crafty, polite and resourceful, while working with a man who was known for utterly destroying anyone who stood in his way and another guy who was known for his cooldheadedness, general laziness and knowing when (or not) to strike.
- Hero Antagonist: Yes, he is brutal, merciless, and incredibly destructive (sometimes unintentionally)... but his enemies are pirates that, excluding Straw Hat, are either Selfish Evil or absolute monsters, and all his actions are for the protection of civilians.
- Lean and Mean: He's tall, skinny, and serves as an antagonist. Just like his co-workers.
- Light 'em Up: The Glint-Glint Fruit gives him power over and turns him into light.
- Beam Spam: His Yasakani no Magatama technique is classic Beam Spam.
- Blinded by the Light: He once attacked Hawkins with a bright flash of light.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Can fire them from either his fingertips or his foot, with their power varying between "pierce someone's body" and "blow up buildings".
- Hard Light: The only way to explain how he can kick someone when his leg is transformed into light.
- Laser Blade: His Ama no Murakumo technique creates a literal lightsaber.
- Light is Good/Light Is Not Good: Depending very much on who he's up against and whose side one is on. Against most of the pirates, good. Against the Straw Hats, not so much.
- Reflecting Laser: His Yata no Kagami technique, he usually uses it to get from point A to point B, which is usually right up in some pirate's face.
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- Also applies to the 3 techniques he's used so far, each is named after (and has traits that relate to) one of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. Yata no Kagami is a mirror, Ama no Murakumo is the shortened form of Ama no Murakumo no Tsurugi (more commonly known as the Kusanagi no Tsurugi), and his beam spam Yasakani no Magatama is (believed to be) a necklace made of jade magatama stones.
- This applies to the video game also. While he has not shown off the move that gives him his epitet (Akainu and Aokoji have already done so), he has one in One Piece: Gigant Battle. He shoots a powerful massive laser beam from his feet in the form of a monkey head; the technique named Ama no Iwato, from the cave of Shinto mythology.
- Also extends to his real name, Borsalino: which comes from 1) A role the person he was based on, Kunie Tanaka played; 2) A French film called Borsalino where the title character takes the same approach he does while fighting crime (read: laid-back and care-free); and 3) An Italian hat company. As of Chapter 622, all of the above has been referenced in the character.
- Nice Hat: In a silhouette shown in Chapter 319/Episode 217, and shown he used to have one 15 years ago.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based off of Japanese actor Kunie Tanaka.
- The Brazilian fanbase met his appearance with certain confusion, since his face (and thanks to his glasses) also looks quite a lot like old-school rockstar Marcelo Nova.
- Same can be said for the French fanbase, looking suspiciously like a formerly famous comedian named Ramzy.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Similar to Akainu, although he seems more like a caricature.
- One-Man Army: Outside of Rayleigh and Whitebeard, no one has managed to make him fight seriously. Hell, he literally mowed down members of the Whitebeard Pirates with impunity during the Marineford arc.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As an Admiral, he's one of the most powerful characters in the series.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Sabaody Archipelago Arc basically amounts to Kizaru absolutely annihilating every Pirate in his way. Fortunately for our protagonists, Rayleigh can hold him off.
- Hero Killer: There is a reason every pirate, good or bad, shit themselves at his presence. He effortlessly defeats Drake, Urouge, Apoo, Hawkins and Zoro in the Sabaody Archipelago arc, for starters, and he managed to fight more or less evenly with Rayleigh, who was considered to be so dangerous that Garp ordered his men to not engage him or notify Sengoku of his presence because he was that afraid of the possibility of the Marines having to deal with both him and Whitebeard at the same time.
- Perma Stubble: Seems to go with this look. even after the timeskip◊, he hasn't changed a lot.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: You wouldn't think so when he was first introduced, but after observing him for a while, you'll see why every pirate on Sabaody was terrified of him. Made even more literal when he uses his Devil Fruit powers to utterly curb stomp everyone in his way.
- Shoot Everything That Moves: But to his credit, he hasn't hurt neither civilians or Marines so far.
- Shaping Your Attacks: The Ama no Murakumo sword is entirely made of light. In one of the Video Games, he has a move named "Ama no Iwato" (Heavenly Cave Entrance) which consists of a massive laser shaped as a monkey head.
- Smoking Is Cool: In Chapter 622, a flashback reveals even he pulled this off pretty well.
- Superpower Lottery: His power is extremely powerful even among Logias. It is often regarded as the most broken Logia in the entire series.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Even when compared to the other Admirals: At least lava and ice are part of an established Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors. Good luck trying to figure out how to harm light without using Haki.
- While not canon, Pirate Warriors 2 shows that Kizaru is surprised when Ener's lighting manages to block his light. The game might be onto something here.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He blasted a mangrove tree the size of a city with a kick. Even more unnerving is that he seems not to be fully aware of the destruction he is capable of.
- Super Speed: Can move close-to or at the speed of light in his elemental form.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: One example has him giving an almost literal One-Hit Kill to Basil Hawkins several times. The "almost" bit comes from Hawkins' Devil Fruit abilities to fall back on.
- Unfortunate Names: At least according to The Other Wiki, "yellow monkey" is also an obscure ethnic slur. It's... doubtful this was what Oda had in mind when naming him, given the Momotaro theme the Admirals share.
Admiral Fujitora ("The Wisteria Tiger")
"In this world... There are many horrible things that you do not want to see."
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP)
Real name Isshô, Fujitora is one of the admirals who replaced Aokiji and Akainu after the timeskip, and the first new admiral to be introduced after the timeskip. He follows Blind Justice.
- A Father to His Men: Sort of — It's a weird relationship, considering that his men act as spotters for his DF's Area-destroying capabilities (think of it like Heavy Artillery), but he makes sure that they are out of his own immedeate combat zone and cares about their well-being more than you would expect a Akainu-promoted Admiral to.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Let's face it, when you're the only one sent to deal with a renegade Warlord who has shown himself to be one of the single strongest non-Emperor combatants in the entire series and who very nearly killed Smoker and would have if Kuzan hadn't shown up just in time, along with said Warlord's treacherous reality-warping former underling who happens to be a Warlord himself, you are this.
- Badass: He is on par with his other Admirals and able to kick ass with the best of them.
- Berserk Button: Being swindled or ripped off. It resulted in a bunch of Doflamingo's mooks getting yanked into a gravity well with enough force to blow a huge hole in the floor that they were standing on.
- Blind Justice: It seems to be his theme.
- Blind Weaponmaster: He is an Marine Admiral and blind.
- Colony Drop: Can apparently make giant meteors fall out of the sky at will!
- Conscription: How he entered the Marines during the time-skip, along with Ryokugyu.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
- Evidently, he doesn't give a damn over whether or not Doflamingo is a Warlord or an aristocrat (or even a World Noble). Issho's throwing meteors at him anyway.
- He likewise states right to his face that he knows Doflamingo had forcefully taken over the Dressrosa kingdom from the Riku Family and that he plans to do something about it once the business with the Straw Hats is finished.
- Enemy Mine: With Doflamingo, as he wants to end the Shichibukai system but considers preventing Luffy from rampaging around Dressrosa to be more important, at least for now.
- Gravity Master: Appears to have some sort of control over it due to a Devil Fruit.
- Hell Is That Noise: Being blind, he relies upon his Observation Haki and his hearing to get around and fight, and while it allows him to hear things such as Nami's thunder attacks from halfway across Dressrosa, it also means he can't see the aftermath, which makes him vulnerable to certain tricks like Law using a Marine's heart to get one of Fujitora's subordinates to have a literal heart-attack, which immediately got Fujitora's attention because something just happened to his subordinates — which in turn allowed Law to "Room" out of Fujitora's relapsed "gravity" due to Fujitora's concentration being momentarily broken.
- Hero Antagonist: There's nothing really villainous or evil about him; he just happens to oppose the protagonists by default just like Kuzan.
- Humble Hero: When being heckled by Doflamingo about his power, he admits he's still a rookie compared to the other admirals.
- Mêlée à Trois: He was locked into a three-way duel between himself, Trafalgar Law and Donquixote Doflamingo.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Just like the rest of the admirals. He's based on Shintaro Katsu and his famous role as the blind samurai Zatoichi.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Like Sakazuki, his definition of "reasonable force" generally means "wide-scale destruction". Unlike Akainu, he tries to cause as few other casualties as possible and will make sure that any collateral damage is repaired or paid for.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He doesn't waste time making small talk or starting with weaker attacks that would make it a more even fight. If you come into conflict with him, he will pull out all the stops to end it as quickly as possible.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Drawn just as realistically as Akainu.
- Paying for the Action Scene: Compensates the owner of a restaurant for blowing a massive hole in the floor.
- Person of Mass Destruction: So far, we've seen him blow a massive hole in the floor of a restaurant with what appeared to be a gravity well and summoning a fucking meteor to flatten Law. Given that he's an Admiral, it's kind of to be expected.
- Power Incontinence: Apparently only recently got his Devil Fruit. Which is somewhat frightening, considering how powerful it is and how proficient he is with using it already. He's yet to get the "I probably should warn people of incoming meteors" bit down, though, and it doesn't help that he can't see the size of the meteors he is bringing down or the collateral damage it could do.
- Purple Is Powerful: Fitting to his admiral name, he wears purple attire under his marine coat.
- Ramen Slurp: While riding on a ship he's using his gravity powers to propel through the air, no less! And his reaction to Law redirecting one of his own meteor attacks back at him is to keep eating the noodles.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- His reaction to finding that Dressrosa is full of New World Pirates and there's probably going to be a fight later? Call in lots of medics for the inevitably wounded, and make sure to count how many civilians there are in Dressrosa so the Marines know who to protect and how many need that protection. He seems to have taken Kuzan's place as the resident example of this trope among the Admirals.
- One of his goals that he can pursue now that he is an Admiral? Remove the Seven Warlords from their seats of power by ending the system.
- Spanner in the Works: Potentially. He has outright stated that his desire to end the Seven Warlords of the Sea system, and remarks that there's no way to know how that will affect the Balance of Power until it's been done. And he also claims he has other plans as well, and given what accomplishing the only one we know of could cause...
- Worthy Opponent: He compliments Zoro on his Razor Wind, stating that although he was able to No Sell it, it's still very strong.
Admiral Ryokugyu ("The Green Bull")
The other new Admiral introduced after the timeskip. He/she is a enigmatic character yet to be physically introduced to the story, but he/she has already been referenced.
- Conscription: Like Fujitora, he/she was one of the many conscripted by Akainu, and was strong enough to land himself/herself the Admiral position to replace the spots left by Akainu and Aokiji.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: We don't know much about this person yet, but given the theme the Admirals seem to be following, odds are good he/she will abide by this too.
(Former) Admiral Aokiji ("The Blue Pheasant")
"The thing called "justice" changes its shape… Depending on where you stand…"
Real name Kuzan, Aokiji is one of the three Admirals, the strongest fighters in the Marines. Aokiji follows a form of justice that he calls "Lazy Justice", resulting in a very relaxed, almost self-assured attitude. When he first met the Straw Hats, he showed no intention to fight, calmly discussing things like their bounty increase and even making a pass at Nami, leading the group to initially wonder if he really was an Admiral or not. He ate the Chilly-Chilly Fruit (Hie Hie no Mi
), a Logia with power over ice. Overall he's a pretty chill guy.
During the two years Time Skip
, he battled Akainu for the rank of Fleet Admiral and lost, leading to him leaving the Marines.
- All Men Are Perverts: Played for Laughs – Upon first meeting the Straw Hats, his first reaction to Nami is to point out her bust and ask if she's free that evening.
- An Ice Person: The Chilly-Chilly Fruit allows him to turn into living ice.
- Harmless Freezing: Averted. The dangers of him freezing you solid are mentioned and shown several times. One character even lost an arm because of this. On the other hand, Buggy survives being frozen with no harm done to him.
- Human Popsicle: A common application of his power.
- Kill It with Ice: His standard method of attack.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Like all Logia powers. Though his ice can be shattered, doing so is little more than a brief inconvenience to him.
- Artificial Limbs: Lost his leg, presumably during his duel with Akainu, but due to his Logia power he has an ice prosthetic.
- Atop a Mountain of Corpses: A brief scene in the anime has him sitting atop a frozen version of one of these.
- Badass: This should really go without saying, but Aokiji fought Akainu for over ten days even when Akainu had an advantage over him. BAD. ASS.
- Big Damn Heroes: He showed up on Punk Hazard in the nick of time to save Smoker from being killed by Doflamingo.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Being an Admiral, he's part of the World Government's "Ultimate Assault Force". They are the strongest combatants the WG has to offer. However, Aokiji himself is a very carefree and lazy person. He even upholds what he dubs as "Lazy Justice". This philosophy does not mean you can take him lightly, however.
- Cooldown Hug: Weaponized as his Ice Time attack.
- The Drifter: a SBS reveals◊ he spent his childhood as a vagrant. After leaving the Marines, this is the life he returns to.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Rides a giant penguin named Camel to Punk Hazard.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While not exactly "evil" in the traditional sense, Kuzan was nonetheless a marine — and one you wouldn't call soft. Yet he was utterly disgusted when Akainu (then known as Vice-Admiral Sakazuki) blew up a ship of innocent evacuees on the off chance that ''one'' criminal managed to get on board. So much so that twenty years later, when the Fleet Admiral position opened up, he did whatever he could to ensure that Akainu did not become Fleet Admiral, despite that originally he had little interest in the position himself (Sengoku originally nominated Aokiji for the position; Akainu only became a candidate due to the support of several high-level government officials), to the point that the two had a death match just to fill the position. Then when he lost, he was so adverse to serving under his rival that he ditched the Marines and gave up his position as an admiral.
- Fictional Counterpart: Of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The lazy justice mentality is just one of MANY similarities.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Post-Time Skip, he wears a glove on only one hand presumably to hide the burn scars covering it.
- Hero Antagonist: There's nothing really villainous or evil about him; he just happens to oppose the protagonists by default, since he's a Marine.
- Post-Time Skip, he's dropped the Antagonist part.
- Homeless Hero: The timeskip hasn't treated him well after he left the Marines.
- Honor Before Reason: His honor was the only reason he didn't capture the Straw Hats when he first met them, as he agreed to fight Luffy one-on-one and not harm Luffy's crew.
- Lean and Mean: He's tall, skinny, and serves as an antagonist. Just like his co-workers.
- Lennon Specs: He used to wear them back when he was a Vice-Admiral. After the timeskip, he wears them again.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Aokiji's Ice-Ice fruit turns him into ice; he shatters when hit, but he can simply pull himself together like the T-1000.
- He also threatens to do this to Robin. Fortunately, the others are both fast and gentle enough to get her out of the way.
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based off of late Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda.
- Oh Crap: When Aokiji realizes that he can't freeze Whitebeard's shockwave-based Tremor-Tremor powers.
- Also, likely the audience when it turns out that Kuzan is for some reason contacting Blackbeard.
- Older than They Look: Was already tall as a Vice Admiral 20 years ago, implying that he is at least in his mid-to-late forties, despite looking like he's around thirty. He also doesn't appear to age much between the attack on Ohara and the present story.
- He's 49 after the Time Skip. That makes him only three years older than Crocodile, who looks way older than he does.
- One-Man Army: This is a guy who can freeze over a hundred miles of ocean without strain. Or nonchalantly stop a 300 foot-tall tsunami.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Goes with being an Admiral.
- Hero Killer: While somewhat more reasonable than the other admirals, he is still one of the Marine's feared "Ultimate Assault Force".
- Person of Mass Destruction: He could start an ice age all by himself if he wanted to.
- To put it in perspective, his battle with Akainu changed Punk Hazard's weather permanently. His half is a frozen wasteland with frequent blizzards.
- The Other Darrin: In the English dub of Unlimited Adventure, Aokiji was played by Bob Carter. In the actual series, he's played by Jason Douglas.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he does follow orders, he also follows "lazy justice", only going after those who he deems a legitimate threat. When a line's been crossed, he's willing to disobey orders, and of the three Admirals, he represents the Lawful Good in tandem with Kizaru's Lawful Neutral and Akainu's Lawful Evil. It also seems that of the three, he values the lives of civilians more than they do.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a few nasty burn scars from his duel with Akainu
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ditches the Marines after Akainu becomes Fleet Admiral.
- Shaping Your Attacks: "Ice Block: Partisan" (makes ranseurs out of ice) and "Ice Block: Pheasant Peck" (creates a giant pheasant).
- Sleep Mask: Is often seen wearing one, like as seen in the picture.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: His logia powers usually render the battlefield a Arctic wasteland — He even turned the entire Marineford Bay into a giant ice rink.
- Super Drowning Skills: Averted. He can use his Devil Fruit powers to freeze the sea below him, giving him a massive advantage over other Devil Fruit users.
- Superpower Lottery: Even among his colleagues in the Admirals, he stands out as a clear winner. In addition to the standard benefits of a Logia fruit, his freezing power is unique in that it lets him harmlessly cross the open ocean — negating the one weakness all devil fruit users share.
- Not only can he do things like ride his bike from island to island, he can also prevent others from doing so by freezing the ocean. In a world of water where pretty much everyone travels by ship, entire armies are less effective than him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Carries out his orders as his morals interpret, even if it involves destroying an island of people. He was willing to let everyone else go, however... until Sakazuki eliminated them.
- To be exact, he was only ordered to kill the scholars of said island, but this trope still counts, as he's genuinely well-intentioned.
- Wild Card: After having left the Marines and realizing just how truly corrupt the world is, government and marines, it becomes clear that Kuzan seems to be only looking after his friends. He also seems to have contacted Blackbeard for unknown reasons.
(Former) Vice-Admiral Garp "The Fist"
"So what if I dropped you off a few cliffs, tossed you into the midnight jungle, and tied you to a balloon and set you to fly away...? It was to make you a stronger man!"
Monkey D. Garp is a Marine famed for pursuing Gold Roger back during the olden days. He's also Ace and Luffy's grandfather (adoptive in Ace's case
) and, ironically enough, the father of the world's most-wanted criminal, Dragon the Revolutionary
. Garp is a cheerful, affable fellow, and is a friend of Sengoku and apparently Bartholomew Kuma as well. While he is happy that his grandchildren are making their way in life, he is also sorely disappointed in both of them for becoming pirates instead of Marines, in particular blaming Shanks for influencing Luffy in becoming a pirate. Garp was been offered promotions to Admiral several times, but refused them all.
After the battle at Marineford, he resigned from his position, but stayed in the Marines as an instructor, training and teaching younger Marines.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: It became clear during the Marineford War that despite the fear Luffy has for his grandfather, he does indeed love him. As Luffy was mere feet away from Ace, Garp stood in his way out of duty, stating that if Luffy wanted to get to Ace, he would have to kill him. Ultimately, Luffy told him he couldn't do it, but Garp forced his hand — and then he falters, allowing Luffy to punch him and clear the way to Ace, showing that his love for his grandchildren outweighed his duty. In fact, Garp's reasoning for his harsh training is shown in a flashback, with this heartwarming line.
Garp: You probably hate me for being so strict. But the reason I give you such hard training, and want you to become a Marine, is because I don't want you to go down the wrong path. That is my wish.
- Abusive Grandpa: Played for Laughs, with respect to the training of his grandchildren.
- Almighty Janitor: Played with. Vice Admiral is no "Janitor", but you would think the guy who rivaled the Pirate King Gold Roger would be at the top of the chain. Garp, however, is perfectly content with his current rank and has refused numerous promotions to Admiral, despite arguably being the strongest marine next to Sengoku (and perhaps even stronger than that).
- Fully played straight after the Time Skip, where he becomes a marine instructor.
- Badass Grandpa: The man throws cannonballs like they're baseball pitches, for Christ's sake! He can throw them with more force than an actual cannon. Literal in this case too, seeing as he is Luffy's grandfather. Him and Whitebeard are about the only two people who could fully deliver on a promise to kill Akainu. It took the entire Blackbeard crew to stop Whitebeard, and Garp had to be restrained by Sengoku.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears the exact same suit as Sengoku back when Roger was still around. Makes sense, as they kicked ass as a team.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The crap he was able to get away with, including arguing with the Fleet Admiral (both 20 years prior and recently, the former when he's asked for a promotion) and going wherever he wants to without his superior's permission, is balanced by his amazing service and legendary status among the Marines, as "Garp the Hero", who alongside Sengoku, in Kong's words, "carried the Marines on their backs". He is considered one of legendary figures during the era of Roger, having been the only one to corner him and battle as his equal. So that would give him a little lee-way amongst their ranks which he still holds even after retirement.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: This guy was offered a position as an Admiral despite having no Devil Fruit powers. Every Admiral that we've seen has been a Person of Mass Destruction with Story Breaker Powers. That is one hell of a Charles Atlas Superpower.
- When he was about to face Don Chinjao, he said that he crushed eight mountains in place of sandbags in preperation. Damn!
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's a legend of the Marines, while his son is "The World's Most Wanted Man" and his grandsons are powerful pirates.
- Cool Mask: Eiichiro Oda used the same design for Garp as he used for Luffy's unnamed grandfather in the Romance Dawn pilot stories, but didn't want readers to realize this too quickly. So he gave Garp a bulldog mask in his initial appearances. He wasn't revealed as Luffy's grandfather until Chapter 431 of the manga and Episode 313 of the anime.
- Cool Old Guy
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During the Whitebeard War, he loses to Luffy. In one punch. Despite being the only person in the series who has ever genuinely scared Luffy. He obviously took a dive, though.
- The Dreaded: He was this to pirates, and with good reason, as he is remarked to have cornered the Pirate King several times prior to the Golden Age of Piracy. He's also this to his grandchildren due to the Training from Hell he subjected them to during their Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
Sanji: Luffy, is your grandfather really...?
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears (relatively) early in the series as an officer who takes Coby and Helmeppo under his wing, though his face and importance are not revealed until hundreds of episodes later.
- He also appears (with a different backstory) in one of the Romance Dawn chapters, making his Early Bird Cameo arguably earlier than the series itself.
- Epic Flail: It's the size of a Goddamn battleship!
- Generation Xerox: Aside from his similarities with Luffy, Smoker's relationship with Luffy is extremely similar to the relationship Garp had with Roger. While Smoker chases after Luffy because he was the first pirate to ever escape him, it becomes clear that Smoker can't find it in himself to hate Luffy — an issue that also plagued Garp, as he was never able to hate Roger. In fact, by the time of the Pirate King's execution, the two had pretty much become Fire-Forged Friends (even if Garp would never admit it), so much so that Roger entrusted Ace's safety to him.
- Grandpa Wolf: He would have killed Akainu for killing Ace if Sengoku hadn't stopped him.
Garp: You better not let me up Sengoku. Cause if you do, I'm gonna kill him!
- Heavy Sleeper: Often spontaneously and without warning, which is where his grandchildren get it.
- Hero Antagonist: Well, he is "Garp the Hero". He could be a personal embodiment of the Straw Hat Pirates' relation with the Marines.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Subjected both his grandchildren to this. There is a reason why Garp is the only person who genuinely scares Luffy.
- I Let You Win: Against Luffy in Marineford. There's a reason why a guy titled "The Hero", who cornered and fought Gold Roger on many occasions, went down so easily. The reason? His grandchildren. Sengoku even realized what had happened: "You're some father yourself, Garp".
- I Was Quite a Looker: He looked remarkably hunky as a young Marine◊, very much resembling a mixture of Ace and Luffy.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Grandfather, actually, though he did deliver the more traditional version, too.
- Older and Wiser: To Luffy.
- Opt Out: He wishes to step down from his position in the Marines, after all that's happened in the Whitebeard War.
- Parental Hypocrisy: Garp is about to beat on Luffy when they both fall asleep. When Garp wakes up later, he then wails on Luffy for falling asleep despite having done so himself.
- Parental Substitute: He tries to be this for both Luffy and Ace. He doesn't succeed.
- The Power of Love: He claims that he can punch through Luffy's rubber defenses because he uses a "Fist of Love!"
- Punny Name: When his name is translated into Japanese, garp means koi. Koi is a decorative fish, but in other context with different kanji it means love. Garp's signature attack Fist of Love (Ai yaru Kobushi) is a hidden reference to his name as it uses another word for love instead of koi.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Sengoku. Garp is the red oni, being Hot-Blooded and a Rebellious Spirit within the Marine ranks. Sengoku is the blue oni, being calculated and serious. The dynamic is upset somewhat when Sengoku gets impatient with Garp's family, yet Garp always brushes him off with a laugh.
- Refuge in Audacity: Can brag about the achievements of his criminal grandson in front of Sengoku, and the only punishment he gets is Sengoku stealing and eating his crackers.
- Subverted at the end of the Water 7 arc. He made an official report that he let Luffy go because he's his grandson. Predictably, Sengoku pulled rank and sent him back to do the job properly.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: Seems to feel that throwing a child into a bottomless ravine, among other things, was an appropriate way to train him to be a strong Marine. Luffy's endless will to live has been attributed to this training, though.
- He then realized that his endless amount of time away from home was not working towards his goal of making Luffy a marine, so he left him with a friend and her underlings to raise into being a marine alongside Ace. Said friend was a mountain bandit. He was asking for it, really.
- The Slow Walk: In the anime Once Akainu kills Ace he is seen walking towards the Admiral with a preaty brutal snarl in his face, all too willing to rip Akainu apart. He would gladly have done so as well, but Sengoku stopped him
- The Coats Are Off: Does this sometimes during his Let's Get Dangerous momemts, such as chasing the Straw Hats, or fighting alongside Sengoku against Shiki. See above to see the type of wear he had.
- There Was a Door: Invoked Trope. He reveals himself to the Straw Hats on Water 7 by punching through a wall explicitly because it looked cool. He was nice enough to repair it afterward, though.
- Tough Love: Garp is the way he is because of this concept. No matter how harsh he was on Luffy and Ace with their training as he desperately attempted to impose onto them the lives of marine soldiers, he only wanted to protect them from a world that would only ever want to see them dead. The trade-off was that he made a poor Parental Substitute, and, if anything, made them want to become pirates even more, if only to get away from him. The brothers do recognize that their grandfather loved them, and they do love him in return, but ultimately it's not enough to sway them from pursuing the lives they wanted.
- Training from Hell: Which is why Luffy's so afraid of him. Comes in handy, though, as it turned Coby and Helmeppo from wimps to MEN OF DESTINY!
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Played straight and subverted. He laments the choices his grandsons made in life, having wished they would become strong Marines. However, this is not out of disappointment, but because he never wanted to be put in the position of having to arrest and potentially execute them. Regardless of their behavior, he has always been proud of them, and expresses this sentiment aloud — in front of Sengoku, no less.
- Worthy Opponent: He was this to Gold Roger. So much so that Roger, knowing he would soon die, entrusted Garp with the life of his unborn child, Ace.
- Your Size May Vary: Goes from roughly a head above Helmeppo (which is tall but not excessively so) in his introductory mini-arc to almost twice Luffy's size at Marineford.
- Zero-Effort Boss: At Marineford, to Luffy, because of an I Let You Win scenario: Garp didn't want to fight his grandson, especially when said grandson was trying to save his other, older, adoptive grandson from execution.
Vice-Admiral Tsuru "The Great Tactician"
Vice-Admiral Tsuru is a Marine known from the era of Gold Roger, that is famed for her brilliant tactical mind. She's rather soft-spoken and doesn't say much these days, but she continues to have a uniquely special importance in the Marines, besides Garp and Sengoku. She's rather considerate to the pain of her colleagues, as shown during Ace's execution, she told Garp that he's not to blame as Sengoku began a speech to reveal that Ace is Gold Roger's son
. She ate the Clean-Clean Fruit (Woshu Woshu no Mi), which grants her the ability to literally hang people to dry if they have a certain amount of evil in them
- I Was Quite a Looker: This◊ is her way back when she was just a Mook.
- Kid with the Leash: She seems the only one who can order Doflamingo around and be obeyed without fault.
- Never Mess with Granny: Or you might find yourself "hung to dry".
- Stay in the Kitchen: Averted. One of her Marine colleagues warns her to stay back, but she notes that if the Marines fail, there won't be anywhere safe in the world.
- Though considering the other female Marines present at the war, it seems likely that the sentiment was due more to age or her importance to the Marines than her gender.
- Theme Naming: Tsuru is Japanese for "crane".
Boa Hancock: "Your crew is down to one."
Momonga: "One is not the same as none."
A marine Vice Admiral who's the go-to Vice Admiral
of the series. He's been an HQ marine since the days of Roger
. He's also a stand out among the high ranking marines in that he seems to care about his crew. He can also use Rokushiki
Vice-Admiral Vergo "The Demon Bamboo"
"Correct yourself, it's Vergo-san to you."
A marine vice admiral and head of G-5, secretly working for Joker, aka Donquixote Doflamingo.
He has the ability to change the density of himself and objects in his possession, using Armament Haki. He's a Rokushiki user as well, being shown so far to be able to use Geppo and Shigan.
- Badass: He is a Vice-Admiral and Doflamingo's strongest ally. The fact that he is renowned and feared in the New World should tell you how fearsome he is.
- Badass Beard: ... Of Evil.
- Badass Normal: He has no Devil Fruit powers: he got as high-ranking as he did through sheer Charles Atlas Superpower.
- Bait the Dog: In universe example, to his own men and Tashigi.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Ceasar Clown.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He was the respected commander of the G-5 Base, to the point that he was the go-to Marine in the island the G-5 base was located, particularly with missing children reports. All the while, he was covering up the kidnappings of the children for Ceasar Clown's experiments.
- Broken Pedestal: He is this to G-5 after his status as a mole is revealed.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yeah, he's kind of a weird guy and has some bizarre quirks. He's also very, very good at what he does, ESPECIALLY when he's on someone else's payroll.
- Charles Atlas Superpower
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mild example, but he doesn't realize he has food stuck to his face until it's pointed out to him.
- A better example: He claimed to Caesar Clown that he was enjoying coffee and cookies while waiting for his return, only to be reminded that there had never been cookies to begin with.
- He starts looking for his sword to deal with the intruders, only to be reminded that 1) He never brought a sword, and 2) He's not even a swordsman.
- He told Doflamingo that he would kill Law and take pictures of his corpse with the camera he brought. Doflamingo reminds him that he didn't bring a camera. Vergo confirms and says he'll take an ear instead.
- Co-Dragons: In Chapter 732, he's revealed he was a "super executive," essentially having the same rank as Pica, Diamante, and Trebol within the Donquixote Family.
- Cool Shades
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered one to Law years ago that was so severe it traumatized him. He suffers from Law's payback after the time skip.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: What followed after Law cut him in half. He sliced up the rest of his body parts and left him hanging helplessly on a railing.
- Dirty Cop
- Double Jump: He can use Geppo.
- Evil All Along
- Father to His Men: His patience with G-5 is the stuff of legends — even they respect him for being so kind to them. Too bad it was just a facade.
- Finger Gun: He can use Shigan.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Law is really fond of this, it seems.
- Improbable Weapon User: Thanks to his mastery of Busoshoku Haki, he can make any object a deadly super-weapon, effective against even Logia Devil Fruit users. He seems to prefer bamboo sticks as a favored tool, to the point of it being an epithet based on his usage.
- Insistent Terminology: Toward Law who wants him to call him Vergo-san (Mr. Vergo in the English translation) and gets more annoyed when he doesn't. Ironically the one time Law does is shortly before he cuts Vergo in half.
- Jabba Table Manners: Implied. At the very least, whenever he eats, he leaves food on his face. That thing on his cheek? It's a leftover hamburger. Some citizens even remember him having french fries stuck to his cheek instead.
- He can't even drink tea right as he later has a tea bag on his face while having lunch.
- Ki Attacks: One of the most proficient users of Armanent Haki seen so far. He completely no-sold a kick to the face by Sanji (which to put in perspective, broke the neck of a Pacifista), and broke Sanji's leg the next second by blocking a kick from him. When he gets serious, he can cover his entire body in Armanent Haki, and had apparently left Law utterly helpless against him using this in the past.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Made of Iron: See Ki Attacks above.
- The Mole
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Vergo is amazingly ripped underneath that overcoat of his, and he can imbue his ENTIRE BODY with Busoshoku Haki.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Busoshoku Haki is considered the ultimate armor in One piece world for a reason. He can coat himself in any part of his body or object he desire so fast that not even Warlords of the Sea can hurt him. Until Law cuts him in half.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: For all his quirks, Vergo doesn't play around when he goes to work. Going straight for the kill and even then he never smirks or gloats. It's all business to him.
- Punny Nickname: His nickname, "Kichiku", is written with the kanji for "Demon Bamboo", and is an homophone for "Brute" (written with a slightly different kanji).
- Police Brutality: One of the other translations for his title (due to the pun nature of it) is 'The Brute'. Considering how badly he trounces Law, he definitely lives up to that title.
- Spell My Name with an S: Initially mistranslated on some English manga sites as "Welgo".
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers, as evidenced by the giant (almost whole) piece of leftover hamburger on his chin in his first appearance. When someone (inevitably) notices, he admits that they're his favorite.
- Undying Loyalty: He is absolutely loyal to Doflamingo. Apparently, Vergo has been at Doflamingo's side longer than anyone else and Doflamingo considers him and the rest of his executives his family, and he deeply regretted his death, all but calling him his oldest friend.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The citizens on the island G-5 is located all look up to him after he saved the town from pirates. The same citizens that have had their children stolen and are marked as lost in a shipwreck by him.
Vice-Admiral Smoker "The White Hunter"
"You think you're dealing with run-of-the-mill pirates and then they do something extraordinary. Well, on these seas, it's either shape up or ship out. Grow strong or perish. Whose idea was it to come here anyway?"
Smoker is a tough Marine, who, when first introduced, was tasked with catching pirates that visited Loguetown before sailing for the Grand Line. After Luffy evades him (with some help), Smoker decides to leave Loguetown to pursue the Straw Hats. Unlike many other Marines in One Piece
, Smoker does not follow the rule of Absolute Justice and follows his own brand of justice, which he later preaches to Tashigi. Smoker's view on justice also allows the Straw Hats to remain free even being pirates during the Alabasta arc, warning Luffy that as a Marine, next time, he will have to try and capture him. He doesn't care for those who make too much noise around him, claiming that it disrupts his pace. He ate the Smoke-Smoke/Plume-Plume Fruit (Moku Moku no Mi
), a Logia-type allowing him to turn into smoke.
Despite his stern, businesslike manner, Smoker is a good man with a soft side. In Loguetown, when a little girl bumped into him and dropped her ice cream on his trousers, he takes it in good heart, even giving her money to buy a new cone with more ice cream. He also shows respect and even protective kindness to his subordinate, Tashigi, as well as letting Luffy go after Zoro was ordered to save Smoker from drowning.
During the time skip, he achieved the rank of Vice-Admiral, two ranks above his previous position of Commodore, and is still Tashigi's superior as he runs G-5's Unit 01.
- Almighty Janitor: It's heavily implied that Smoker's Cowboy Cop tendencies are the main reason why he had the rank he had at that beginning of the series, despite being a massively skilled combatant with Logia powers. He was extremely under-ranked, even compared to a captain from Marine HQ. Even his promotion to commodore is still somewhat under-ranking. It was finally subverted after the Time Skip when he became a Vice-Admiral, a rank that accurately assesses his abilities.
- Anti-Villain Type IV/Hero Antagonist: See Reasonable Authority Figure, Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist and Inspector Javert.
- And Show It to You / Beat Still, My Heart: By courtesy of Trafalgar Law. Ouch.
- Badass: So badass he can openly defy orders and jurisdiction and get away with it, albeit only because he has a few higher-ups covering for him.
- Bowdlerize: The 4Kids dub renamed him "Chaser" and removed his cigars.
- Combat Pragmatist: Fights with Seastones infused in his weapons, which is essentially Kryptonite to anyone who's eaten the Devil Fruit.
- Despite being trapped in a weaker body than his own and thus unable to use his smoke-powers, he has no trouble whatsoever to keep fighting like nothing important happened.
- Cool Shades: Post-Timeskip. Dude, quit hogging the Bad Ass.
- Cowboy Cop
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Post-timeskip, he parked his ship off the most dangerous of the three islands in the New World closest to Fishman Island, reasoning that Luffy would undoubtedly pick it. Had it not been for the Thousand Sunny getting caught in a Whiteström sea current, and a timely distress call, he would have been right.
- He also reasoned that something must be off on the island simply because the amount of gas still lurking around was too great for it still being remnants of the accident 4 years ago and quickly figured out that Ceasar Clown must be behind it.
- The Dreaded: Smoker has become every bit as infamous as Luffy has (to pirates, at least), and with good reason: Luffy has never actually beaten him (though he could now, but it would be extremely close)
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Smoker's devil fruit abilities gives him a distinct advantage over most others, and even allowed him to fight Ace to a stand still. note
- Enemy Mine: During Alabasta, he and Tashigi ultimately refused to arrest the Straw Hats due to the situation involving the country (and because Luffy ordered Zoro to save Smoker's life), and they eventually ended up helping them. Ironically enough, during the Punk Hazard arc, he's stuck in this situation again with Luffy, and with current Warlord of the Sea Trafalgar Law along for the ride as well. He seemed rather pissed off about it, but considering him, it was to be expected.
- Establishing Character Moment: See Pet the Dog, as proof that he's not a corrupt or over-zealous Marine.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Smoker carries what is basically a quarter-staff-sized blunt sword with Devil-Fruit-Kryptonite mounted on the tip of it. The reason it's only at the tip is so that Smoker can hold the thing and still use his own Devil Fruit powers.
- Face Palm: He is seen doing one at the end of chapter 697 when the G-5 Marines admit, with tears in their eyes, they love the Straw Hats for helping save the children and all they went through together.
- A Father to His Men: The fact that he went against Doflamingo, despite obviously knowing that he stood no chance attests to this as it was to protect his men. Said men even begged Doflamingo to spare his life, as he would be the only one to take care of "riff raff" like them. Smoker may be harsh, but he cares more than he is willing to admit, and it shows.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Tashigi in chapter 663, courtesy of Law's DF powers.
- Friend to All Children: Has a huge soft spot for children, as seen on his very first appearance.
- Honor Before Reason: He openly insults his superiors when they try to give him credit for saving Alabasta rather than admitting it took a group of pirates to fix things. Earlier on, he also gives Luffy a slight reprieve in exchange for Luffy saving his life.
- Hyper Awareness: When stuck in Rainbase, he was able to identify which gator ate the key by remembering exactly what its growl sounded like.
- I Let You Win: In the latter half of the fight against Vergo, he purposely lets himself get trounced, largely as a distraction so Law can regain his heart (Vergo even noticed something was off about his fighting style as he was making himself a bigger target by turning into smoke). Before then though, Smoker was beating the stuffing out of him.
- Inspector Javert / Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Really, it matters on your perspective. Sure, he may be chasing after Luffy, who obviously isn't evil, but that is justified by Luffy being a pirate, and a rather chaotic one at that. It also helps that unlike most marines in the series, he isn't a complete and utter dick, he clearly cares about civilians a lot more than they do, and is extremely protective of the subordinates under him.
- Generation Xerox: Smoker's current relationship with Luffy is extremely similar to the one that Luffy's grandfather, Garp "The Hero," had with the previous Pirate King, Gold Roger. Surprisingly (or rather unsurprisingly, seeing as how Luffy and Smoker's relationship has been leading towards this as well), the two ended up becoming Fire-Forged Friends, and Roger trusted Garp as much as he did his own crew. Garp, though unwilling to admit this, proved him right by taking in his son, Ace, as his adoptive grandson in order to protect him from the World Government and the Marines.
- It's Personal: Let's just say he took Vergo's betrayal of the Marines rather badly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Smoker can be harsh at times, but there's no denying that he cares.
- Ki Attacks: Now that he's a Vice-Admiral, he can use Haki. Like Luffy, he can use Armament Haki to harden his fists making it look like it turned into iron.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Medal of Dishonor: Smoker is furious at his promotion given for Alabasta's salvation when it is the Straw Hat Pirates who were the country's saviors; his participation in it was negligible at best compared to even Tashigi. The Government was basically cornered at this point; either cover up the truth with this sham of a medal, or openly admit that pirates saved a country from one of their own rogue privateers, so what do they do? They give the credit to the highest-ranked marine closest there, who just so happens to be far stronger than his current rank and is just getting a more accurate one.
- Mr. Exposition: Whenever he is around, he's the one to inform the reader of until-then unknown information, most recently by anticipating the involvement of Caesar Clown in the events on Punk Hazard.
- Mr. Fanservice: A shirtless badass that constantly smokes with white hair and is super protective of his subordinates? No idea why he'd be popular.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Like all Logia Devil Fruits, he is difficult to injure. In Smoker's case, he's Made Of Air.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket
- Oh Crap: Gets an epic one in the anime on the side lines after Vergo is enraged and imbues his entire body with haki.
- Get another, more subdued one when Doflamingo appears at Punk Hazard.
- Out of Focus: Deliberately for the first half of the Grand Line and the manga after the Alabasta arc. Smoker's logia abilities meant that Luffy didn't stand a chance in hell at beating him since he had no idea about haki at the time. Since that's no longer a problem, he and Tashigi are bound to get their roles expanded.
- Papa Wolf: Orders Tashigi and his men to keep away from Law, knowing full well that they don't stand a chance against him and looks close to shedding a tear for the men that got blown up on the ship.
- Chapter 684 can attest to that as well, as Smoker lays a beat down on Vergo.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Strangely, Smoker is the only canonical Logia user who subverts this. He has the least destructive Logia power in the entire series. It's great for catching pirates, though.
- Pet the Dog: We know he's not such a bad guy after he buys ice cream for a little girl who accidentally spilled her original cone on his pants, and even gives her enough to pay for a larger scoop.
- Rank Up: Went from Captain to Commodore, much to his ire. He got over it eventually (perhaps due to the fact that the rank was more accurate concerning his strength level) and used the perks the new rank entailed to go chasing after the Straw Hats. After the Time Skip, he became a Vice-Admiral.
- Rated M for Manly
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the very few Marines who isn't either incompetent or a sociopathic, dog-kicking asshole.
- Shaping Your Attacks: Including "White Vine" and "White Snake".
- Smoking Is Cool: Often seen chomping on two cigars at once. In the 4kids dub, this was edited to display him breathing smoke, instead.
- Spanner in the Works: Smoker's obsession with capturing Luffy in the New World is what lead to his appearance in Punk Hazard. More specifically, Law taking his heart is what allowed him to trick Caesar into taking back Monet's heart, an act that would prevent her from blowing up Punk Hazard to stop the protagonists, via her death from the unknowing Caesar stabbing her heart (which he thought was Smoker's).
- Super Drowning Skills: Would've met his end at Rainbase if Luffy hadn't told Zoro to save him.
- Super Smoke
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Really hates the idea of working with Luffy and Law to form a counter-attack to Caesar Clown.
- The Rival: You can argue this concerning his relationship with Luffy. However, it isn't so much as competing as it is Luffy running away trying not to get caught by him.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears a jacket, but leaves it constantly open. It leads to a bit of awkwardness when he ends up in Tashigi's body and decides to keep the look.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Smoker was literally the third strongest character in the East Blue Saga, after Mihawk and Dragon. He was the first person in the entire series to hand Luffy his ass, which was to be expected considering that he was a logia and Luffy had no idea what Haki was at the time. He was also far stronger than his original rank implied, and his strength made the Straw Hats wary when they had to face over a hundred of the same rank in the Enies Lobby arc.
- Where It All Began: Smoker's Stern Chase after Luffy was a combination of this and Go Out with a Smile. He noted Luffy's similarities to Roger, down to the smile at death, and was the first person to realize that Luffy would become a major threat. The anime expands on this by showing that as a child Smoker saw Roger's execution, and after seeing the similarities in Luffy's own near-death experience, most likely came to the realization that if Luffy left Loguetown, he would undoubtedly become the Pirate King.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's actually a subversion. While Smoker is an antagonist, he does not have a black heart. See Pet the Dog for more.
- Wild Card: Apparently, over the Time Skip he earned infamy as the marines' "stray dog". Considering his personality and past actions, it doesn't take an idiot to figure out that his rebellious nature hasn't changed in the least.
- The Worf Effect: Gets this quite a bit.
- After nearly capturing Luffy, he was easily blown away by the powers of the newly introduced Monkey D. Dragon.
- After defeating Luffy again at Marineford, was beaten down by Hancock to demonstrate her usage of Haki.
- Was defeated, and has his heart removed by Law.
- Was beaten to near death by Vergo who was (and him) holding back quite a lot.
- Was easily defeated and almost killed by Doflamingo.
- Worthy Opponent: He's actually managed to beat Luffy handedly in each of their fights (if only because of his Logia powers though, Luffy can't exactly fight what he can't hit), but despite that, he has a certain level of respect for Luffy because he's the one pirate who's always managed to escape from him. This is to the point that even when Ace, one of the most infamous pirates and Whitebeard commander is in front of him, he opts to chase Luffy.
- In fact, Smoker's decision to leave his post to chase Luffy was in itself an acknowledgement of Luffy's Worthy Opponent status, as it serves as one of the first real endorsements after Shanks that Luffy has the potential to be the Pirate King.
- Not to mention that Luffy has saved his life before.
- Luffy seems to feel the same. When he met Smoker after the Time Skip, currently stuck in Tashigi's body, he wanted to postpone their fight until Smoker was back to full strength. Smoker was rather annoyed.
Vice-Admiral Maynard "The Pursuer"
Voiced by: N/A
AKA "Capman". He infiltrates Dressrosa as one of the gladiator competitors in the Corrida Colosseum. After identifying many big-names among the New World pirates, he discusses it with his fellow marines.
- Badass: He dealt with a pirate with 67 million bounty without effort. Unfortunately, that didn't save him from said pirate's boss.
- Cool Shades
- Heroic Build
- Meaningful Name: He's named after the real-life Royal Admiral John Maynard, who killed the real Blackbeard.
- Nice Hat
- The Worf Effect: Gets KO'd offscreen (before his match up no less) by Bartholomeo, after his trouncing of his subordinate.
Vice-Admiral Bastille "Shark Cutter"
Voiced by: N/A
A Marine Vice-Admiral. He was sent to Dressrosa in order to ambush and capture the various criminals who were participating in The Corrida Colosseum tournament.
- BFS: His weapon is a huge cleaver-like sword.
- Chained by Fashion: Wears a chain over his Marine coat.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He was first seen during the Marineford War arc, but only got a proper introduction and role later during the Dressrosa arc.
- Cool Mask: Wears an iron, horned mask that covers half of his face.
- Informed Attribute/Our Giants Are Bigger: One of the databooks actually refers to him as a giant, even though he's much shorter than the average One Piece giant and is not part of the Marines' very own Giant Squad.
- Shout-Out: To the Man in the Iron Mask, as evidenced by his own iron mask and being named after the fortress where the legendary prisoner was being held at one point.
- The Worf Effect: Sabo effortlessly KO's him when they go toe-to-toe, breaking both his signature mask and sword. Though, to be fair to Bastille, Sabo IS the right-hand man of Dragon and had just eaten the Mera Mera no Mi, so presumably almost EVERYONE below Admiral-level is incapable of fighting Sabo and having any chance of winning.
Captains and other high-ranked Marines
A marine based in Marine Headquarters who issues the bounties to criminals and give briefings to the high-ranking Marines at HQ.
Captain Hina "The Black Cage"
Another marine captain who has is a close friend of Smoker from their training days and is the object of Jango and Fullbody's affections. She is quite competent at restraining criminals due to her Bind-Bind/Cage-Cage Fruit (Ori Ori no Mi
) powers, which allow her to create iron shackles.
Science Captain Sentoumaru
"He's late. The battleship should've already arrived. Strange... why haven't you contacted me, Uncle Kizaru? If we don't hurry... all of the rookies are going to be wiped out!"
Captain of the Marines' Science Unit, personal bodyguard of the brilliant Dr. Vegapunk, and now a fully fledged member of the Marines. "Broadaxe" Sentoumaru rarely uses his epynomous weapon
, though when he does it means he's either fighting seriously
or just pissed off
. He claims that he has the "strongest defense in the world
", and his mastery of Armaments Haki serves to back up that claim.
He refers to Kizaru as "uncle" (in this connotation, it's like referring to him as a Mafia boss), as he is the Admiral that he is most affiliated with. He initially had a great deal of respect to Kuma, what with him being the test dummy for building the Pacifista, but after the incident at Sabaody, his trust in him has weakened greatly and he refers to him in a derogatory manner, despite Kuma having lost his free will during his conversion to a Pacifista
. He claims that he has nothing against pirates, but will still stop at nothing to crush them if that's what his higher ups command.
- Almighty Janitor: Pre Time-Skip, he was able to Curb Stomp Luffy ala the same style Mihawk did to Zoro. And he didn't even have a rank back then to hammer the fact.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice, though he rarely uses it unless he feels the need to.
- Badass: Able to curb-stomp the main character in a manner that two Warlords and Vice-Admiral Garp were able to? Check.
- Cross-Dressing Voices
- Expy: He heavily resembles the Japanese folk hero, Kintaro.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: A running gag with with him.
- Ki Attacks: Can use Haki to hurt Devil Fruit users, and can do so without actually landing a hit.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite having the body build of a sumo wrestler, he's quite fast on his feet, being able to catch up with a running Luffy during their first clash.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to Momotaro, in whose tale the dog, pheasant and monkey appear (Akainu, Aokiji and Kizaru).
- Nothing Personal: Says to Luffy that he hasn't anything against pirates, but will follow orders as a Marine.
- Odd Name Out: For some weird reason, he's possibly the only character in the whole series whose name is fully written with kanji. Every other character, even those with Japanese names like Sengoku have their name written in katakana.
- Wolfpack Boss: He never shows up to a fight without a Pacifista or two on hand.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Luffy to be this, as seen when he bashes the fake Luffy's skull in for using his name in vain.
"Why don't you kill me? Is it because I am a woman? In a real fight, there is no man or woman. If you don't fight with your real power, that will be the most shameful thing. You will never understand my feeling to be born as a woman. I didn't become a swordman just for fun!
Tashigi was first introduced when the Straw Hat Pirates docked in Loguetown, where she was stationed. Smoker, her superior officer, seems to regard her as a protege; the two work very well together. While adept at sword fighting, she is unusually clumsy
, which tends to get on Smoker's nerves. She is also very well-versed in katana
, knowing their names and origins. Zoro often feels highly uncomfortable around her due to her striking resemblence to his late friend Kuina, who she fights like and even shares philosophies with.
Like Smoker, Tashigi has her own view of "Justice" which differs from the Marines' own definition, and will fight for what she sees as the right thing to do. Tashigi's stated goal is to remove all Meido, a class of famous swords, from the hands of those who would use them for their own selfish ends.
During the Time Skip
, she Took a Level in Badass
and achieved the rank of Captain, which means she received five promotions in the span of two years and now runs G-5 along with Smoker. She's also revealed to be a user of Haki.
"If I succeed, that's fine. If I die, that's fine also."
Coby is first introduced as a cowardly Chore Boy on board Alvida's ship. Through fear of being smashed by her Iron Mace, whenever she asked him who was the loveliest on the sea, he would reply, 'You are, Miss Alvida'. Eventually with the help of Luffy he found the courage to pursue his dream of leaving her and becoming a Marine.
- Big Damn Hero: If it wasn't for him, Kizaru would have killed Luffy and Law too probably.
- Bishōnen: Grew up from a half-pint to this under Garp's training.
- Butt Monkey: Until he became a Marine.
- Competence Zone: This guy reached the rank of Marine Captain before he reached twenty!
- Flash Step: By the time he meets Luffy in Water 7, he's been taught Soru. It's the only Rokushiki form he's been taught, however. In the special Luffy episode, he was shown using what seems to be Rankyaku and Shigan though it could have simply been punching and kicking at a flash-step pace
- The Empath: Bordering on Telepathy. He is able to sense people dying around him during the Marineford War, thanks to Haki.
- Friendly Enemy: With Luffy. They're good friends, but they just happen to be on the opposing sides of the law.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has recieved a scar on his forehead during his Training from Hell. After the timeskip, it seems to have gotten bigger.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Helmeppo.
- I Got Bigger
- Only Sane Man: Is the first one to call out everyone at the Battle of Marineford for their behavior. In front of a raging Knight Templar psychopath who has shown absolutely no reluctance to use extreme force. Talk about badass.
- Power Incontinence: During the Whitebeard War, he spontaneously develops Haki powers, specifically Observation Haki. The only problem? He can't stop hearing "voices". It severly freaked him out when he continually felt people dying during the War and others thoughts immediately after.
- Shrinking Violet: A male version.
- To Be a Master: Wants to become an Admiral.
- Took a Level in Badass: After some Training from Hell, this former wimp can Flash Step and kick really hard.
- And he takes another one when he stands up to Akainu. Let's think about this for a second: Coby stood up to the guy who killed Ace, melted half of Whitebeard's face, and mortally wounded Jinbe and Luffy for the sake of all the Marines that were getting murdered because he and the other high-ranking officers couldn't stop their petty massacre of pirates that didn't even want to fight anymore. Coby my boy, you have balls.
- And now, as some concept art revealed, he's a freaking Captain. He took even more levels in badass than Tashigi did (She went from Master Chief Petty Officer to being a Captain, while Coby went from not being a Marine at all to being a Captain as well)!
- Training from Hell: He and Helmeppo went through some. Under Vice-Admiral Garp, no less.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives an absolutely epic one to the bloodthirsty Marines who are letting the casualties pile up during the war with the Whitebeard pirates, stopping the entire war for the duration. Nearly gets him vaporized by Akainu after the act.
- Vague Age: Nobody knows exactly just how old Coby is. When we first see him, he looks much younger than the 17 year old Luffy, appearing no older than about 12. Yet, despite the fact that the first half of One Piece takes place over a course of no more than 6 months or so (or, at least, definitely less than a year), he appears to age by several years the next time the crew sees him in Water 7; he looks about the same age as Luffy! Oda says that he "went through a growth-spurt and tightened his muscles with Garp's training"; regardless, it's still doesn't make much sense that he appears to age from 10-17 THAT quickly. And after the two-year Time Skip, it's even weirder; now he looks older than the 19 year old Luffy, appearing to be about 21-24.
- Overall, this could could be justified by the laws of the One Piece world, however. Humans don't follow the same growth patterns nor DNA patterns as real humans do; several adult characters in One Piece were shown as normal sized 10 year olds only to grow to be 8+ feet s adults, such as Crocodile and Doflamingo; Gekko Moriah was even shown completely average sized as a child only to grow to 22 foot 7 as an adult! Like Oda said, Coby just may have had some insane, yet normal growth spurt.
- Worthy Opponent: Now that he's managed to become a Marine, his new goal is to become this to Luffy. He still has quite a ways to go.
(Former) Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan
Other Marine Officers
Lieutenant Commander Helmeppo
Helmeppo was a coward who hid behind his father's wealth and power. Having a father who was powerful and greatly feared, he came to shun other people and see them as lower then himself. Whenever someone disagreed with him, he'd threaten to tell his father on them and have them killed. He thought his father also cared about him, until his father hit him after he gave him a order to kill Luffy who had punched him.
- Berserk Button: Though a minor one, he is pretty upset by the fact that neither Luffy or Zoro, both of whom he put through a lot of trouble, recognize him despite his attempts to remind them.
- Can't Catch Up: Afraid that he's going to lose out to Coby, especially after he learns that Coby has spontaneously developed Haki.
- Cool Shades: After he leveled up, signifying his newfound badassary.
- Dual Wielding: His favored weapons are a pair of large kukri knives.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He bullies people and acts like an ass, but he would never murder a kid (even when he's literatelly holding a gun to a kid's head, he's shaking and ultimately can't go through with it.) Probably why he eventually has a...
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Coby.
- Kick the Dog: In his first appearance, he orders a marine soldier to throw a little girl over a high wall just because she's tresspassing. Turns into a sort of retroactive Pet the Dog when it's revealed that his fathers' orders would have called for the girl's execution, child or not.
- Kukris Are Kool: Zoro even remarks on his choice of weapon when they fight.
- Nice Hat: Has one after the time skip.
- The Other Darrin: In the Funimation dub, Troy Baker was for some reason replaced by Mike McFarland.
- Punch Clock Villain: Although he later changed his ways.
- Smug Snake: Originally was this, until he...
- Took a Level in Badass: Along with Coby.
- Took a Level in Kindness
- Overlord Jr.: Started out as this.
- Princely Young Man: The Spoiled Brat type.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Got over this issue with his and Coby's cover mini-arc, when his father kidnapped him, and Helmeppo stood up to him and showed him up for the bastard he truly is.
Seaman Recruit Jango
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao
(JP), Pete Zarustica (EN, 4Kids), Kenny Green (EN, Funi)
Originally Kuro's first mate
for the Black Cat Pirates, he joined the Marines
after Luffy defeated his former Captain.
- Almighty Janitor: Though less than "Almighty", he is far tougher than a typical Seaman recruit, as he was formerly a high-ranking pirate (as far as East Blue pirates go, anyway).
- Badass Longcoat
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As a Marine, he and Fullbody have mutual fondness for both dancing and Captain Hina that occasionally gets in the way of their missions. Hina just manages to put up with it, though.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: In his cover story, he uses the confusion of a sudden pirate attack to escape capture from Fullbody. However, when the pirates gain the upper hand by taking a hostage, he comes back to help his new friend Fullbody out.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Day in the Limelight: Is the focus of one of the specials.
- Heel-Face Turn: Somewhat subverted. Even though he switched sides to the Marines following Kuro's defeat, he's still on a side that opposes the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Pirates and Marines have a broad variety of members in terms of morality. His views on justice aren't easy to pin down, only that he's still opposing the Straw Hat pirates.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fullbody.
- Hypno Fool: He accidently hypnotizes himself repeatedly.
- Hypocritical Humor: Kicks off his onscreen introduction as a Marine by stating that he hates pirates. Fullbody is quick to point out that he used to be one himself.
- Nice Hat
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Very obviously based off of the King of Pop.
- Rings of Death: He uses the same discs the uses to hypnotize people as throwing weapons.
- Silly Walk: Moonwalk à la Michael Jackson.
- Spell My Name with an S: His name is sometimes spelled "Django" in translations.
- Subordinate Excuse: Doesn't even try to hide that he joined Hina out of an infatuation with her.
- Sunglasses at Night: Heart-shaped sunglasses, to be exact. He even has heart-shaped eyes.
- Would Hurt a Child: Threatens to do this to get Kaya to sign the will.
Seaman Recruit Fullbody
Introduced as Marine Lieutenant "Iron-Fist Fullbody"
with a liking for beautiful women
and drinking fine wine
, he also served to show off the abilities of a newly introduced Sanji by provoking him until finally receiving an epic ass-kicking
In events unrelated to his encounter with the Straw Hats, Fullbody is later demoted to a Seaman Recruit, and he, along with his new friend Jango, join up with Captain Hina
- Almighty Janitor: Though "Almighty" is a bit of a strong word for him, he is considerably tougher than his current rank would imply. It helps that Hina seems to treat him as if he still had his old rank, giving him duo missions with Jango against entire pirate forces, giving him his own ship to command, and basically treating him and Jango as Co-Dragons.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: A sort of subversion, as he's way tougher than an average Seaman Recruit, but because he used to be a Lieutenant. However, it is also implied that he's much tougher than he was back when he was a Lieutenant.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Post-demotion, he seems to have become this.
- Break the Haughty: His entire first appearance.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He and Jango have mutual fondnesses for both dancing and Captain Hina that occasionally gets in the way of their missions. Hina just manages to put up with it, though.
- Characterization Marches On: Has a completely different persona after befriending Jango and getting demoted.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His cover story proves that the Straw Hats aren't the best barometers of determining which Marines are competent (as they are all monstrously strong). He proves himself extremely dedicated to his job when it counts (and actually seems to value civilian lives much more than other Marines), and is more than capable of kicking ass. After joining with Hina, he and Jango take over fully-manned pirate ships completely on their own.
- In the manga, he easily beats down Yosaku and Johnny in his introductory scene, but it was cut from the anime.
- Cultured Badass: At least preferred to give off the image of one in his first appearance. One trick he was shown to use was to give a restaurant instructions to serve a specific wine, so he can pretend to identify it by wine tasting. However, Sanji saw through this and served him something else entirely.
- He drops this image completely after being demoted, though.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Voluntarily accepts a demotion to Seaman Recruit rather than allow his new friend Jango to be convicted for being a pirate.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jango.
- Jerk Ass: His first appearance, though to keep appearances he seemed to try and keep it mostly hidden.
- Meaningful Name: He's introduced as a self-styled wine connoisseur.
- Nice to the Waiter: He wasn't. Unfortunately for him, the waiter had a Hair-Trigger Temper and was completely capable of giving at least as good as he got. Oh, and he wasn't a waiter.
- Red Baron: "Iron-Fist" Fullbody. After joining Hina's crew, he upgrades to "Double Iron-Fist" Fullbody.
- Series Continuity Error: A filler scene in the anime shows that he fell out of grace with the Marines after the events of the Baratie, and got Reassigned to a shitty-fleet-in-the-ass-end-of-nowhere. However, his cover story in the manga indicates that his position with the Marines remained unchanged right up until his demotion all the way down to Seaman Recruit.
- Smug Snake: In his first appearance.
- Subordinate Excuse: Doesn't even try to hide that he joined Hina out of an infatuation with her.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though he hasn't been shown fighting anyone personally since joining Hina, his tougher-looking appearance and upgraded nickname indicates that he has in fact done this.
- Unlike Jango and pretty much half of the remaining mooks present at Marineford, he actually managed to withstand Luffy's outburst of Conquerors' Haki just fine.
Voiced by: N/A
A mysterious scientist who, despite having yet to make an appearance, is a huge figure in the One Piece
world. Acclaimed as a genius 500 years ahead of his time, he is the designer of the Pacifista series and various other key inventions. According to Oda
, he is also the one person in the series who knows the true nature of Devil Fruits
- Evil Genius: Well, he IS working for the World Government, but we can't be too sure that he's "evil" yet. After all, he agreed with installing in Kuma the one mission to protect the Thousand Sunny, a Pirate Ship, and his first inventions aimed to help his home island, so he might be more neutral than evil.
- Frame-Up: In his past, he was set up by Rival scientist Caesar Clown to take the fall for the Punk Hazard incident. He publically took responsability so that the world goverment could investigate and arrest Caesar.
- Mr. Exposition: Being the only man who understands certain aspects of the One Piece world, he's hinted to eventually fill this role.
- (Possibly) Reluctant Mad Scientist: Responsible for truly bizarre inventions and discoveries, such as having weapons "eat" Devil Fruits, turning Kuma into a cyborg, then making an army of cyborgs based on Kuma, which use Frickin' Laser Beams based on Kizaru's Glint-Glint Fruit ability, and turning the animals of his island into cyborgs. However, he is the pride and joy of his home island. It is also said when he was young, his heart always longed to make his island better and warm from the freezing cold. So, he started to create a massive device for this very purpose, albeit unfinished.
- A flashback of Caesar's showed that, while he covered up most of Caesar's immoral experiments from the World Government. He refused to make a weapon of mass destruction or kidnap children to make them into super soldiers (something Caesar would do later on). Eventually he got fed up with Caesar and fired him from his staff.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist
- One-Man Industrial Revolution
- Schizo Tech: He's the source of quite a bit of it.
- Shrouded in Myth
The Pacifista are a series of Human Weapons
developed by Marine head scientist Dr. Vegapunk. They are cyborgs
built in the mold
of the Warlord of the Sea Bartholomew Kuma, who was the prototype for the project. As stated by Sentomaru
, the funds required for the construction of just one Pacifista are roughly equal to that of a Marine-issued battleship. Sentomaru noted that after the timeskip period, PX-5 and PX-7 were outdated models from two years ago, meaning that the Pacifista project has been updated and modified.