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The small yet mighty pirate crew led by the evil pirate Marshall D. Teach, aka Blackbeard. Despite their small size, they're powerful enough to take on a whole kingdom, like the Drum Kingdom (now known as the Sakura Kingdom). First introduced in Jaya, they later reappear on Banaro Island where they capture Ace. After the events of Impel Down, the crew is now strengthened by several legendary criminals and is heading to the New World. Blackbeard's initial crew members were Van Auger the marksman, Jesus Burgess the fighter, Doc Q the doctor and his horse Stronger, and Lafitte the navigator. Following the crew's breakout from Impel Down, they recruited Shiryu the swordsman, Catarina Devon, Avalo Pizarro, Vasco Shot, and San Juan Wolf, all former Level Six prisoners and highly feared individuals. They are one of the main antagonist groups in the series.
After the Time Skip, Blackbeard has replaced Whitebeard as one of the Four Emperors, as confirmed in Chapter 650. He has since expanded his crew greatly, to the extent that it is now divided into ten divisions, each led by one of his Ten Titanic Captains. Burgess, Shiryu, Augur, Pizzaro, Lafitte, Devon, Wolf, Shot, and Doc Q are all confirmed to be 9 of the 10 captains. They have also established a headquarters on Fullalead, a pirate island community similar to Jaya, where Blackbeard lures powerful pirates with the intent of recruiting them, or killing them and stealing their powers should they refuse.
- Badass Crew: Half of its members are criminals so dangerous and infamous that have been put in Level 6 of Impel Down, and this is before it gets so big to have entire divisions. During the time-skip, they even defeat Whitebeard's former crew, just to get how strong they are.
- Because Destiny Says So: They're all a bunch of fatalists and so believes that their actions are already written, making a nice contrast with the Straw Hats Screw Destiny attitude.
- Chekhov's Gunman: When the Straw Hats reach the Drum Kingdom, it's explained to them that the kingdom has been recently attacked by a group led by a certain Blackbeard. The Straw Hats will meet this group much later in Jaya. Over the course of the story Blackbeard and his pirates become more important, until they become one of the four most dangerous crews in the world and a candidate for the main group of villains of the story.
- The Dreaded: All of the new recruits from Impel Down are infamous for having commited atrocious crimes and considered among the most dangerous people of the world. After the timeskip, all of the crew gains this status by default after Blackbeard becomes an Emperor.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: Their silhouettes from Dalton's memory are different from their debut; among other things, two characters have bicone hats rather than just Augur, there appears to be a swordsman in the crew and Blackbeard has a captain's hat before he gets one in canon.
- Establishing Character Moment: Van Auger is introduced sniping seagulls too far away to be seen by the naked eye. Doc Q, even more tellingly, is giving out apples in town... some, but not all of which are explosive.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Straw Hat Pirates, as nearly every member is a direct evil counterpart to a straw hat. To make the contrast more apparent, they're all ugly while the Straw Hats are all good-looking.
- The Fatalist: Along with nihilism, this is a pretty consistent attitude among the crew.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Indeed, while they have skills when we first meet them they're relative unknowns and doesn't even have a proper pirate ship (just a raft tied together with heavy logs and a sail). But after Blackbeard manages to pull off his gambit and kill Whitebeard, they're taken seriously as a threat and after the time skip, are now even The Dreaded since Blackbeard is now a Pirate Emperor.
- Gonk: Most of them. This seems to be in contrast to the Straw Hat Pirates, who are either pretty, cool, or cute. Meanwhile, the Blackbeard Pirates are deliberately ugly. The only exceptions being Van Augur (who's simply average looking) and Lafitte (who's more creepy-looking than ugly). This is actually meant to be a character trait by Oda, who believes that real pirates should be rough and ugly-looking.
- Greater-Scope Villain: When the Straw Hats reach the Drum Kingdom, it's recently been invaded and pillaged by the Blackbeard Pirates, at the time still relatively unknown. This mean they are the catalysts of the situation at the beginning of the Drum Arc. However, they don't appear and interact with the Straw Hats until much later.
- Made of Iron: That's nothing compared to the shockwave Sengoku delivers to them in Buddha form which sends them flying. All of them, even Doc Q and freakin' Stronger gets up almost immediately.
- The Psycho Rangers: Much of the crew are direct evil counterparts to the Straw Hats, with Blackbeard being the most obvious.
- Quantity vs. Quality: Blackbeard only lets the best of the best join his crew, even among the terribly strong Impel Down's Level 6 criminals, he lets them fight to the death for freedom to recruit only the four last standing ones.note He also says that Jewelry Bonney is too weak for his crew, but offers to let her tag along as his "woman". After Blackbeard become an emperor, it seems the crew has gotten many more members, as it's now composed of multiple divisions.
- Superpower Lottery: Invoked, thanks to Teach's usage of the Dark Dark Fruit he's hunting notorious, powerful Devil Fruits for his men to increase their powers to the top.
- Un-person: The crimes of the Impel Down recruits were horrific enough for the World Government to turn them into this, storing them in a secret level of the prison to be forgotten from history.
- Villainous Valor: Averted; at least Shiryu would split up if Blackbeard's plans regarding the Tremor-Tremor Fruit would have failed.
- We Have Reserves: Loyalty and bonds are not their strength. It is stated in chapter 904 when his subordinate Peeachbeard is defeated by civilians with the Revolutionary Commanders acting as support and will be handed over to the Marines for his bounty, Blackbeard won't retaliate against the people who did it.
The Ten Titanic Captains
- All There in the Manual: A fair bit of information, including which of the currently known members were captains, was revealed through the Vivre Card collection.
"Champion" Jesus Burgess
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Phil Parsons (EN)
Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 222 (Manga), Episode 146 (Anime)
One of the original five members of the Blackbeard Pirates and the helmsman of the crew, Burgess is a large, muscular man and a powerful hand-to-hand fighter with a love of combat. Burgess would become a member of the Ten Titanic Captains and the Captain of the Blackbeard Pirates' 1st Ship upon their ascension to Emperor-hood, and arrived at Dressrossa with the intention of winning the Flame-Flame Fruit for his crew in the Corrida Colosseum tournament.
Before the timeskip, his last known bounty was 20,000,000 berries.
- Badass Beard: Post-Timeskip, he's grown a rather sizable, flowing beard.
- Blood Knight: Loves fighting, to the point he basically spends his free time in Jaya challenging anyone strong there to a fight. He also relishes the chance to fight Luffy in the Corrida Colosseum.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A very loud and cheerful brawler prone to flashy displays and poses.
- The Brute: Generally serves this role, though he is shown to be capable of cunning and deceptive feats of intelligence.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Given his looks and his boisterous Blood Knight personality, one might mistake him for a simpleton. However, on more than one occasion he's shown to be quite canny, with the biggest example so far being sneaking aboard a Revolutionary Army ship and giving Blackbeard and his comrades a way to find the Revolutionary Army's home base.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Throws buildings around like sandbags in the battle with Ace and doesn't have a Devil Fruit power.
- Combat Pragmatism: In spite of his love for fighting, when the situation calls for it Burgess is all too willing to put it aside for the bigger picture. Examples include his use of guns when the Blackbeard Pirates killed Whitebeard, when he watches and waits during Luffy and Doflamingo's fight for Luffy to be left vulnerable before leaping out and trying to kill him, and, as mentioned below, using Sabo's guilt over Ace's death to try to get him to act irrationally and leave an opening for him to attack with a dagger.
- Cool Mask: A particularly badass-looking luchador-esque mask.
- Determinator: Despite being pretty much destroyed by Sabo (a bone is sticking out of one of his legs!), he still manages to board Sabo's ship and reach the Revolutionary's headquarters in Baltigo, where he manages to remain hidden and conscious for ten days.
- Dumb Muscle: He's definitely strong, as he stomps the entire block A of Corrida Colosseum's tournament, but being smart is not among his qualities, although he's quite pragmatic.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first appearance he stands on top of a house shouting and looking for a fight.
- Evil Counterpart: His position as helmsman and attribute as a powerful hand to hand fighter puts him as one to Jimbei, though his Boisterous Bruiser attitude more greatly echoes Franky.
- Fan Disservice: A nearly-naked Burgess in his gladiator armor. No thank you.
- Hidden Depths: He may be a violent brute, but when Shiryu calls the crew out for traveling on a raft, he says the raft had sentimental value.
- In a Single Bound: He can leap down several hundred meters without difficulty.
- Kamehame Hadoken: A weird variant; Burgess has a technique called "Shockwave Elbow" where he fires a shockwave out of his elbow.
- Ki Manipulation: Shown to have learned Armament Haki over the timeskip, though his Haki still isn't as powerful as Sabo's which destroy his armor.
- Line-of-Sight Name: To enter the Dressrosa gladiatorial tournament, Burgess puts a paper bag on his head emblazoned with the words "HAPPY STORE." The name he enters into the tournament under: Mr Store.
- Made of Iron: While his second battle with Sabo doesn't go too well for him, he takes a huge amount of punishment before going down. In the anime, he even shrugs off a direct hit from Garp.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name resembles that of the real-life pirate, Samuel Burgess.
- Nerves of Steel: In the anime, he faces down Garp and Sengoku without fear.
- One-Man Army: Defeats the entire Block A in the Corrida Colosseum in an instant. After revealing that he's the commander of an Emperor's division, this is expected.
- Power Fist: An elbow variation. He wears armor on his right arm, which helps him make really strong attacks from his elbow. However, Sabo destroys it with ease.
- Razor Wind: His Galleon Lariat technique is a unique variant, in that it's his forearm that causes a massive slice rather than a blade.
- Signature Laugh: "Wi-hahaha!"
- Slasher Smile: His default expression, particularly when he is about to enter combat.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He's so ripped that his legs look tiny in comparison and this difference in proportion has only gotten bigger after the time-skip.
- Troll: Burgess does this to Sabo in Chapter 792; specifically, he mocks Ace in front of him, trying to make him mad enough to get close as he prepares for a sneak attack to take his fruit. Unfortunately, Sabo is quick to react and Burgess gets Fire Fisted right in his face.
- Villainous Valor: Drags Doc Q and Stronger away from the battle between Ace and Blackbeard to save them from being caught in the crossfire, and is fiercely loyal to Teach.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He is topless in the Corrida Colosseum tournament.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lavender hair, to be specific.
Shiryu "of the Rain"
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugou (JP), Matt Thurston (EN)
Age: 42 (Pre-Timeskip), 44 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 538 (Manga), Episode 440 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Clear-Clear Fruit
Shiryu was once the Head Jailer of Impel Down. A skilled swordsman, he wields a nodachi named Raiu. He was stripped of his rank, was sentenced to execution, and was placed in Level 6 of Impel Down. Magellan, desperate for help, temporarily releases Shiryu to crush the riot. Instead, Shiryu attacks the workers and cuts off communications. Shiryu saved the Blackbeard Pirates from Magellan's poison and promptly joined the team, eventually becoming the Titanic Captain of the Blackbeard Pirates' 2nd ship.
He possesses the powers of the Clear-Clear Fruit (Suke Suke no Mi), having stolen it from Absalom after killing him, allowing him to turn himself or anything he touches invisible.
- Ax-Crazy: Very much so. One wonders how someone this psychopathic earned the position as Head Jailer of the most important prison in the world, to begin with.
- BFS: His sword Raiu is a type used to kill cavalry, but he wields it like a normal sword. Of course, he's much, much taller and larger than normal humans, so for him, it probably is a normal sword. It's one of the Famous Swords (Meito), the legendary swords.
- Cape Wings: Subverted. He is seen sporting devil wings when confronting Magellan, but they are not present afterward as they are part of his Impel Down's uniform.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Is mentioned several times in the Impel Down Arc as the psychotic former Head Jailer imprisoned on Level 6 before he's eventually freed by Blackbeard and joins his crew, becoming one of its most prominent members.
- Cigar Chomper: Never seen without a cigar.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Shiryu is powerful enough to be Head Jailer of the world's most important prison, to the point of being considered equal with Magellan, even before nabbing himself the Clear-Clear Fruit.
- Establishing Character Moment: Cuts down all of his old coworkers as "thanks" for freeing him before siding with Blackbeard, which says everything that needed to be said about his selfishness and relentlessly violent nature.
- Evil Counterpart: To Zoro. Note his swordsmanship, being put on death row prior to joining Blackbeard, and calling Blackbeard out after Magellan's crushing attack. The fact that he used to be a jailer nicely parallels Zoro's past as a pirate hunter, too.
- FaceHeel Turn: Played with. He used to work for the World Government, which is quite corrupted, as the Head Jailer of Impel Down but defects and joins Blackbeard. Still, his personality doesn't change at all.
- The Fatalist: Seems to be a reason for joining Blackbeard.
- Foreshadowing: A very subtle example from Expanded Universe material. In Ace's novel, Thatch jokingly brings up the Clear-Clear Fruit during a discussion about Devil Fruit, to which Teach says he'd like it. Sure enough, the power ends up in the hands of the Blackbeard Pirates after they kill Absalom.
- From Bad to Worse: What's worse than an ultra-violent, mass-murdering, openly treacherous psychopath? An invisible ultra-violent, mass-murdering, openly treacherous psychopath. The Clear-Clear Fruit was the absolute last thing that Shiryu needed.
- Gag Nose: As seen in the picture above, although he's far from the worst offender.
- Godzilla Threshold: The only reason why he is released. It works out real well for Magellan.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes a large cigar almost all the time.
- Invisibility: Chapter 925 reveals that he is the new user of the Clear-Clear Fruit, having killed Absalom off-screen.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kills Absalom and steals his Devil Fruit power for himself. But since Absalom was a loathsome pervert who all but tried to rape Nami while she was taking a shower, Shiryu's murder of him isn't necessarily one of his biggest sins.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Well, once believed in Justice. See Gag Nose for his massive features.
- Large and in Charge: Not as tall as Magellan, but much bigger than normal people.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He killed prisoners for fun, claiming them to be "just trash". Then, he gets arrested and sent to Level Six.
- Master Swordsman: He's an extremely skilled swordsman, killing several Impel Down officers in a split second.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: A downplayed case, but still present. Upon being freed by Magellan to deal with Blackbeard, he tries to gain sympathy from Magellan by explaining how horrible his imprisonment was, then cautiously asks him if he will be a free man after he fulfills his job. Magellan coldly responds that he will only postpone his death sentence and won't receive any more chances. After that response, it's unsurprising Shiryu would join Blackbeard, lampshading his only other option was death.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name translates to "Death Dragon".
- Putting on the Reich: Like all who work at Impel Down. His uniform seems to look more like the SS, which fits his personality.
- Psycho for Hire: It's implied that he took the job as Head Jailer of Impel Down to torture and kill prisoners.
- Samurai: After cutting down the guards that just freed him, he says "Kiri-sute gomen" ("authorization to cut and leave [the body of the victim]") as a Bond One-Liner, referring to the samurai's right to kill commoners for perceived affronts.
- Sixth Ranger: Joined Blackbeard's crew in between Blackbeard and his original members along with the Level Six prisoners he freed.
- Smoking Is Cool: When he is released from jail, the first thing he asks for is a lighter so he can smoke his cigar.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Even the manga flip-flops on this as he's called "Shiliew" in previous chapters but "Shiryu" in chapter 925.
"Supersonic" Van Auger
Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (JP), Barry Yandell (EN)
Age: 25 (Pre-Timeskip), 27 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 222 (Manga), Episode 146 (Anime)
One of the original five members of the Blackbeard Pirates and the group's marksman, Van Auger is a masterful sharpshooter who lives up to his role and epithet, sniping with a large ornate rifle. Auger is typically reserved and stoic and defers to his Captain. After the timeskip, he becomes one of the Ten Titanic Captains and the captain of the Third Ship.
Before the timeskip, his last known bounty was 64,000,000 berries.
- BFG: Van Auger has a very big, long rifle named Senriku.
- Cold Sniper: Calm, stern, and deeply believes in fate. Also a very capable sniper, able to shoot down seagulls from miles away.
- Cool Gun: A large rifle as with detailed carvings on it, as long as he is tall (and Auger is very tall).
- Cool Hat: Wears a large one resembling a typical pirate's hat that is one of his distinguishing features.
- Dull Surprise: The typical expression of Van Auger, except for a tiny instance of Slasher Smile while fighting Ace.
- Establishing Character Moment: Van Auger is introduced sniping seagulls too far away to be seen by the naked eye, and letting those who have survived live on as he believes this is the path fate has chosen for them.
- Evil Counterpart: Seems to be being set up as one for Usopp, as the sniper of their respective crews. Granted, their personalities could not be more different.
- The Fatalist: Chalks up the result of his sniping to fate in Jaya.
- Homage: Van Auger is way too similar to Adolphus from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Van Auger can snipe down seagulls when they're not even in sight and can easily tell if the shot is immediately fatal or not.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name resembles that of the real-life pirate, John Auger.
- Quick Draw: Considerably impressive considering he does this with a long bulky rifle. He shoots Ace in the forehead and heart the moment he turns down Blackbeard's offer to join their crew, although as the latter is a Logia user it has no effect. In the anime, it's shown when invading Impel Down he could also shoot through the bullets shot off by some of the prison guards to destroy their guns.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Van Augur" is how his name is spelled in the original manga, while the Viz and edited Funimation versions use "Van Ogre", and the uncut Funimation release uses "Van Auger".
- The Stoic: The quietest member of the original Blackbeard Pirates, he even shows only a hint of a smile once.
- Super Speed: Displays this when dodging Ace's attacks.
- Villainous Valour: Genuinely praises and admires Ace's ability to continue fighting Blackbeard even with the latter's ability to nullify his Devil Fruit.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: Usually seen holding his rifle this way, presumably due to its size.
"Corrupt King" Avalo Pizarro
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (JP), Greg Silva (EN)
Age: 40 (Pre-Timeskip), 42 (Pre-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 575 (Manga), Episode 484 (Anime)
One of the criminals sentenced to Level 6 of Impel Down, Pizarro was a king of a country in the North Blue but was overthrown by his subjects due to his corruption. He's the most cheerful of the Blackbeard Pirates, and desires to become the leader, despite none of the crew wanting to be his subordinates. He becomes a member of Blackbeard's crew after he frees him. After the timeskip, he still seems to be loyal to Blackbeard as the Titanic Captain of his fourth ship.
- 0% Approval Rating: According to the Vivre Card he was once the king of a country in North Blue. However, he was such a corrupt and twisted ruler that he was overthrown by his people.
- Animal Motifs: Cats, as demonstrated by his Verbal Tic, bushy hairstyle resembling a lion mane and general feline appearance.
- Badass Beard: Has a bushy blue beard that resembles a mane.
- Badass Mustache: He has an impressive one that resembles whiskers.
- Beast Man: With his narrow irises, his whiskers-like mustache and his habit of saying "nya", he seems to be some sort of cat-man hybrid.
- Cool Crown: After the timeskip, he wears an elaborate crown, a reference to his epithet and his former title as king of an island in the North Blue.
- Institutional Apparel: Averted. Despite being among the level 6 prisoners escaped from Impel Down, he's not seen wearing the striped prisoner outfit.
- Insult Backfire: In this anime-exclusive exchange after Bonney rejects Teach's offer to join their crew as his "woman" with a kick to the face:Teach: Women ought to have more decency! This lousy crew is indecent enough to begin with!Pizarro: That's nice of you to say, Captain! *laughs*
- Named After Somebody Famous: "Avalo" is similar to the Spanish surname Ávalos, such as the d'Avalos family of condottieri. Avalo also shares his name with the Pizarro brothers, four Spanish conquistadors.
- Perpetual Smiler: He's constantly seen smiling in what borders on a Cheshire Cat Grin with all his similarities to a cat, although he lacks some teeth.
- The Starscream: Played with. He asks Blackbeard if he can be the captain, although he might not be serious, but has never shown any actual intention of usurping him. Besides, the other crewmates have made clear that they would remain loyal to Teach.
- Verbal Tic: Usually ends his cutscenes with "Nya", the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meows.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is light blue.
"Demon Sheriff" Lafitte
Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)
Age: 39 (Pre-Timeskip), 41 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)
One of the original 5 Blackbeard Pirates. The crew's staff officer, Lafitte is also the navigator and one of the more enigmatic members. An effeminate man resembling a mime, he seems to possess powers of hypnosis and has wings that make him capable of flight just like a Skypeian. He is the man responsible for sneaking into Marine HQ to recommend Blackbeard as the next Warlord, and the one who hypnotized the guards to allow for their infiltration into Impel Down. After the timeskip, he's granted the position of Titanic Captain of the crew's fifth ship.
Before the timeskip, his last known bounty was 42,200,000 berries.
- Affably Evil: Calm and mostly polite, but he was also fired from his job as a policeman for viciously beating suspects and civilians.
- Agent Peacock: Very camp. Not a reason to underestimate him, though.
- Cane Fu: Wields a long cane that, like Nami's, one would assume factors into his combat ability.
- Catchphrase: "We are called the Blackbeard Pirates. Please remember that." This was first used to inform Sengoku they were going to be highly significant in the future, and next to warn Avalo Pizzaro not to overstep his bounds.
- Charm Person: Lafitte is capable of hypnotizing people, which he uses to allow the Blackbeard Pirates to infiltrate Impel Down.
- Cloudcuckoolander: When Blackbeard and Ace threaten to bring island-wrecking carnage on each other, the other Blackbeard Pirates scramble for their lives. What is Lafitte doing? Humming while strolling away.
- Dirty Cop: Lafitte was a policeman in West Blue until he was thrown off the force for his brutality and sadism.
- The Dragon: Confirmed to be Blackbeard's Staff Officer in the Vivre Card databook. Lafitte is the man appointed with the most important and dangerous tasks and the one who threatens to kill anyone in the crew who would challenge Teach's authority.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His looks are based off a Bifauxnen musician. In other words, he's a guy that looks like a girl that looks like a guy that looks like a girl.
- Evil Counterpart: Seems to be being set up as one for Nami as the navigator of their respective crews. Like Nami, he is one of the most intelligent members of the crew.
- Fur and Loathing: After the timeskip, he's added a cape to his attire, collared with fur.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Subverted. Despite having angelic wings, he is a core member of the core antagonist pirate crew in the series.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Jean Lafitte, a famous pirate.
- Nice Hat: Wears a top hat to go with his mime-esque design.
- Noiseless Walker: He's incredibly stealthy despite wearing tapping shoes. He once infiltrated the high-security Marine headquarters in the middle of a meeting and wasn't noticed until he decided to speak.
- Police Brutality: Originally he was a police officer somewhere in the West Blue, but his career ended in a scandal when it was revealed that he engaged heavily in this.
- Sissy Villain: Heck, he's even wearing makeup!
- Undying Loyalty: His catchphrase says it all. He threatens to kill Avalo Pizzaro when he jokingly suggests usurping Blackbeard. Keep in mind Avalo is one of the most feared Level 6 criminals in history.
"Crescent Moon Hunter" Catarina Devon
Voiced by: Kimiko Saito (JP), Natalie Hoover (EN)
Age: 34 (Pre-Timeskip), 36 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 575 (Manga), Episode 484 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Nine-Tailed Fox
The most dangerous female pirate ever to be imprisoned in Impel Down, Devon is infamous for hunting and decapitating beautiful women to add their heads to her collection in her twisted pursuit of beauty. She has a sense of fashion, as she dislikes her prisoner outfit. She joins Blackbeard's crew after she is freed by him, and after the timeskip, she has become the Titanic Captain of his sixth ship.
She has eaten the Dog-Dog Fruit (Inu Inu no Mi), Model: Nine-Tailed Fox, a Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit that allows her to transform into a nine-tailed fox, granting her the abilities of the legendary beast, one of which is shapeshifting.
- Ax-Crazy: She's quite possibly the most psychotic and outright evil member of Blackbeard's crew. Unlike Shiryu, who at least limited most of his carnage to condemned prisoners, Catarina slaughters innocent women out of nothing more than petty envy.
- Badass Cape: Catarina wears a bright pink cape on her prison uniform as she has a sense of fashion.
- Boobs of Steel: Catarina Devon is said to be the most dangerous female criminal in the world, and her bust is surprisingly big even by this stories' standards.
- Butter Face: Catarina Devon has a wonderful body, with an especially large bust, but is coupled with a hideous face with a long nose. Despite this, she has many women who fawn and cheer for her at Pirate Island.
- Classy Cravat: Wears a huge dark cravat after the timeskip.
- Creepy Souvenir: She collects the severed heads of beautiful women who catches her attention, to the point of being locked up in Impel Down's darkest level to be forgotten.
- Dark Action Girl: Catarina Devon is the crew's only female member, and she was imprisoned in Level 6, reserved only to the most dangerous pirates.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Uses her Devil Fruit powers to briefly impersonate Absalom to play a cruel trick on Moria, making him believe his crewmate is alive while he's been killed for his devil fruit.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tells the Marines that she "likes them too" upon being recognized.
- Dressed to Plunder: As you can see, her post-timeskip outfit is that of a traditional pirate captain.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Against all odds, her appearance before Moria on Beehive island is welcomed by a cheer from a group of women, with the anime adding plenty of hearts.
- Fantastic Foxes: She has eaten a Mythical Zoan fruit that allows her to turn into a nine-tailed fox spirit, and even take the appearance of other people.
- The Fashionista: Despite being a pirate, Catarina has a sense of fashion, as she wears a cape and pink pants to make the uniform more fashionable, and complains that she wants to get rid of it. After the time-skip, she sports a new piratesque look.
- Gag Nose: Just to make her even uglier, Catarina has a long witchlike nose.
- Institutional Apparel: Like the other Level 6 escapees, she still has the prison uniform, although with some changes. She doesn't like it and asks when she can steal some new clothes. In her post-timeskip appearance, she has some new clothes.
- Kavorka Man: Rare Female Example. Despite her hideous face, Katarina has a lot of female suitors.
- Kick the Dog: Mockingly tells Moria that he should be pleased that she and Shiryu murdered Absalom due to his "liking" corpses.
- Multi-Melee Master: During her introduction, she uses a spear to finish off Whitebeard with the rest of the crew, then post timeskip she's ready to take on Moria with a cutlass. That being said, According to the Vivre Card her main weapon is a whip.
- Off with His Head!: She's infamous for decapitating beautiful women and adding their heads to her collection.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Her pirate outfit has a corset that highlight her hourglass figure, although Catarina is far from sexy.
- Pirate Girl: Catarina Devon's appearance after the timeskip is like that of a stereotypical pirate.
- Red Baron: Her title is "Crescent Moon Hunter", due to killing beautiful women for their heads.
- Signature Laugh: Her laugh is a lady-like "Murunfuffuffu!"
- The Smurfette Principle: Catarina Devon is the only female member of the crew. She's also the only (known) female prisoner seen in Impel Down.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Having eaten the Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Nine-Tailed Fox, she can transform into other people, and is shown impersonating the dead Absalom to taunt Moria.
- World's Strongest Woman: Although this title very likely belongs to Charlotte Linlin, she's considered the most dangerous female prisoner of Impel Down.
"Great Battleship" San Juan Wolf
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (JP), Jason Bunch (EN)
Age: 97 (Pre-Timeskip), 99 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 575 (Manga), Episode 484 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Unnamed Gigantification Fruit
A member of the giant race, and one of the infamous criminals sentenced to Level 6 of Impel Down. He has eaten an unknown Devil Fruit that makes him enormous, even bigger than other giants. Despite his absurd size, he's very shy, to the point of being embarrassed when the Marines notice him hidden behind Marineford's base, and has a mind like a child's. He is freed from prison by Blackbeard and becomes a member of the Blackbeard Pirates, later becoming the Titanic Captain of the crew's seventh ship.
He has eaten a Devil Fruit that makes him larger than normal giants.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: San Juan Wolf really earns his nickname Great Battleship, as he even towers over the already gigantic Oars. He's so big that the only place where he can hide is behind Marineford's base!! This is due to having eaten a Devil Fruit, so much that he isn't in danger of drowning due to his sheer size.
- Foreshadowing: A very subtle one following the Marineford War. While sitting in the water, Wolf complained that he was exhausted. At first, it was believed he was tired from walking from Marineford to the New World, but it was actually due to his Devil Fruit weakness.
- Institutional Apparel: Having just escaped from Impel Down, he wears a black and white striped prison suit. One has to wonder where have they found a suit larger than a sailing ship's canvas.
- Irony: The raft only had room for four more people, hence why Blackbeard only recruited the four survivors in his battle royale. One of said survivors, Wolf, is a giant who does indeed break the raft by being too big.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Remember how big Oars is? San Juan Wolf towers over him. The guy is so huge that he is roughly the same size as the Marine headquarters' tallest building. In fact, he's introduced in the flesh hiding behind that building. Afterward, being too big for the Blackbeard's ship, he decides to stand in the Grand Line. Literally. He can walk on the bottom of the ocean and have his head still above water.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He does not seem to have much of a grasp on reality, and when he's stranded in the sea because his sheer size destroyed the ship, he keeps complaining like a child.
- Shrinking Violet: When the Marines spot him, he feels embarrassed, and remains "hidden" behind Marineford's base without taking part in the assault with his crewmates.
- Superpower Lottery: Has the Devil Fruit ability that allows him to increase his size. Combined with his already large size due to being a giant, he's able to grow so big that he makes even giants look a gecko in comparison. What's truly significant about this power, however, is that it allows him to bypass the standard Devil Fruit weakness of the inability to swim since he can become huge enough to walk on the ocean floor with plenty of his body still above water. As he's big enough that he's not completely submerged in water, he is not rendered immobile, allowing him to traverse the ocean waters freely without a ship, and is more than huge enough that even the largest and most ferocious sea monsters would likely be little more than pests to him. The only weakness is that being submeged still weakens him and saps him of his strength as he notes that he's exhausted walking from Marineford to the New World.
"Heavy Drinker" Vasco Shot
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (JP), Clint Ford (EN)
Age: 36 (Pre-Timeskip), 38 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 575 (Manga), Episode 484 (Anime)
One of the criminals given a life sentence in Level 6 of Impel Down. True to his name, Vasco Shot is often seen drinking from a gourd he always carries and appears to perpetually drunk. He is freed by Blackbeard and is currently the Titanic Captain of the crew's eighth ship.
- The Alcoholic: Vasco Shot has only been shown drunk so far, and even asks to invade a city when he's running out of booze. They don't call him the Heavy Drinker for nothing.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He looks like a goofy drinker but is a very dangerous criminal who was imprisoned in Level 6 of Impel Down for his brutal crimes.
- Dumb Muscle: Seems to be quite strong, as he's second in size only to San Juan Wolf (who would put an actual giant to shame), but doesn't look quite smart. The fact that he's constantly drunk doesn't help.
- Evil Counterpart: Seems to be one for Franky, being a top-heavy Big Guy with Drink-Based Characterization.
- Gag Nose: Vasco Shot has a huge nose beginning above his eyes.
- Guns Akimbo: Surprisingly from a drunk man, he uses two guns to aid the crew in killing Whitebeard.
- Happy Harlequin Hat: Wears a jester's hat, although his personality doesn't seem Harlequin-like at all.
- Institutional Apparel: Being newly escaped, besides the gourd and the jester hat, he's seen wearing only the prisoner suit.
- Maniac Tongue: His tongue it's always sticking out, giving him more of a drunk appearance.
- Meaningful Name: Of course, when your given name is "Shot", you are destined to be an alcoholic.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Vasco's name is similar to Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa, a Spanish explorer and conquistador.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Unlike his fellow prisoners, relatively little information is given about Shot in the Vivre Card databook. What we do know though is that his crimes were apparently horrifying even by Level 6 standards.
- Savage Piercings: He has three rings on each side of his neck.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh is "Toputoputopu.". One of the strangest ones in the series, too.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His legs are very short for his large torso.
"Grim Reaper" Doc Q
Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (JP), Kenny Green (EN)
Age: 26 (Pre-Timeskip), 28 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 223 (Manga), Episode 146 (Anime)
One of the original 5 Blackbeard Pirates and the ship doctor, Doc Q is a Deadly Doctor who is constantly sickly and weak, just like his horse, Stronger. Like most of the crew, he is a fatalist, believing that fate is the measure of a person's worth. After the Timeskip, he becomes one of the Ten Titanic Captains and the captain of the Ninth Ship.
Before the timeskip, his last known bounty was 72,000,000 berries.
- Deadly Doctor: It's in his damn epithet. Which kind of doctor goes around giving out explosive apples and carries a scythe around anyway?
- Evil Counterpart: To Chopper, being the doctor of the crew and being tied to an animal (though Chopper is an animal while Doc Q just rides one), while having a completely opposite view of medicine. His severe illness also neatly mirrors Hiriluk, strengthening the connection.
- Evil Old Folks: Subverted, as while he is definitely as evil as the rest of the Blackbeard Pirates, the Vivre Card collection revels that he is only 26 Pre-Timeskip. He just looks old because of his illness.
- The Fatalist: Believes fate to be the measure of a man's existence, which he uses to justify his giving out apples, some explosive, some normal. When Luffy gets a good apple, he says fate has considered him worthy of survival.
- The Grim Reaper: He wields a Sinister Scythe, rides a pale (and sickly) horse, and his epithet is 'Grim Reaper', a Japanese equivalent.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Seems heavily ill, though this has been played for laughs thus far, but don't let his ill appearance fools you. Stronger, his horse, is just as sick as him.
- Nice Hat: Wears a feathery, bowler-esque one.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: It should be noted that when the crew captures Jewelry Bonney (someone who worries friggin' Akainu), Blackbeard declares her as too weak for the crew and offers she'd be his woman instead. Bonney, mind you, is one of the Eleven Supernovas with a bounty of 140,000,000 berries. This means that Blackbeard considers Doc Q is more deadly than even one of the eleven rookies the WG fears. As well, it is later revealed that Doc Q had the highest bounty of the original five members of the crew before the timeskip.note
- Odd Name Out: He's the only one of the original crew not named after a real pirate.
- One-Letter Name: It's unknown what Q stands for.
- Sinister Scythe: Carries a large one around with him in a bag, showing that he is indeed capable of combat. It has two blades to boot.
- Slasher Smile: Packs one when he reveals some of the apples he is giving out are explosive.
- Team Pet: His equally sick horse, Stronger.
- Tempting Apple: The basis of his 'give out explosive apples' shtick. He puts some normal apples in them to see who is lucky and who's not. Luffy, of course, picks a normal one.
- Younger Than They Look: He is only 28 (26 before timeskip) but can pass for a man in his fifties! This probably because of his illness.
Subordinate Crews and Allies
Voiced by: Kotaro Nakamura (JP)
Captain of the Peachbeard Pirates, a crew subordinate to the Blackbeard Pirates. He's seen pillaging a town for Blackbeard, until he's stopped by the Revolutionaries.
He has a bounty of 52,000,000 berries.
- Captain Colorbeard: Of all colors, he's named Peachbeard.
- Dressed to Plunder: His overall appearance is like that of a stereotypical pirate, with a large bicorn, a coat worn as a cape, long hair and a goatee. He makes his debut by plundering a town, too.
- Faux Affably Evil: When Moda explains that the townspeople are poor because they gather gold for an offering to the king and the Celestial Dragons (lest they are killed), Peachbeard appears visibly concerned. Then he slaps Moda and orders his men to look for that offering.
- Hate Sink: Hides under Blackbeard's name to commit atrocious crimes and shows no positive qualities, making his defeat at the hands of the townspeople and the revolutionaries all of the more satisfying.
- Only Known By Their Nick Name: He presents himself as Peachbeard, claiming it's a name he received from Blackbeard, while his true name is never revealed.
- Red Baron: Blackbeard gave him the name of Peachbeard... although that's far from a scary name.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh is "Momohahaha", which is a pun on his name in Japanese, Momohige.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Uses the fame of the Blackbeard Pirates to plunder villages in their name. Not only does Blackbeard not care at all for him, but the Peachbeard Pirates are easily overpowered by the townspeople motivated by Belo Betty's Pump-Pump fruit. Peachbeard himself is defeated by Moda, a young girl, in a single hit.
- The Worf Effect: The main role of his crew is to be easily defeated by the commanders of the Revolutionary Army and show how strong they are.
- Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Moda, a young girl. After being motivated by Belo Betty's power, Moda batters him with a large stick.