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Four Emperors
Clockwise from bottom left: Charlotte Linlin, Kaido, Marshall D. Teach, Shanks
"When a person with overwhelming power threatens you, the future is set in stone... Who can resist it? That is the meaning of the Four Emperors! There is simply no other option!!"
Pekoms, Chapter 815

The Four Emperors (四皇, Yonkou) are the most notorious and feared pirate leaders in the One Piece world, who, alongside their powerful crews and numerous allies, each rule over large territories of the New World like overlords. They are widely considered to be the strongest pirates in the world, as well as the candidates closest to becoming the Pirate King, and a single Emperor's crew (plus allies) is strong enough to challenge the World Government's forces. Thankfully for the world at large, the Four Emperors operate independently from each other, sometimes fighting each other in power struggles mainly contained within the New World half of the Grand Line. However, while this balance of power is carefully maintained by the World Government, it is not set in stone, as most of the Emperors seek to expand their power, influence, and territory at all times. The smallest possibility of war or an alliance among the Emperors is considered a terrifying crisis for the Marines.


Among the original four, only Shanks and Whitebeard are seen to be benevolent, while Big Mom and Kaido were far more immoral and nefarious. Each member has an absolutely massive bounty, all of which clocking in at ten figures — a level of bounty reserved for people whom the government and onlookers consider to be near-unstoppable monsters.

The once-dreaded power of the Emperors has since been challenged by newer, bolder generations of pirates: Whitebeard lost his life in a War Arc with the Marines, and his killer, Blackbeard, officially replaced him over the course of the following year after he took over the former's territories and defeated the remnants of his crew; Linlin lost two of her ally ships to Kid (another Supernova), who formed an alliance with Hawkins and Apoo (two more Supernovas) to bring down Red-Haired Shanks (only for their alliance to be attacked by Kaido, who inducted Apoo and Hawkins as allies and captured and brutalized Kid); Monkey D. Luffy (one more Supernova) publicly challenged Big Mom for authority over Fish-Man Island; and Trafalgar Law (both a Supernova and a former Warlord of the Sea), is actively working with Luffy to take down Kaido.


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    In General 
  • The Ace: All the Emperors are rulers of their own section of the New World and are pretty much immune from the law, since it takes the entire military forces of the World Government and the Seven Warlords to match just one Emperor's crew. The Emperors alone are among the strongest people in the One Piece world, and their crews number in the thousands, and that's not counting their allied members like Doflamingo, one of the Warlords, who worked under Kaido before his downfall.
  • Artifact Title: With Luffy now being counted among their ranks for his actions in Whole Cake Island, there are now actually five Emperors, and the original Japanese term Yonkou (literally meaning "four emperors" in Japanese) is no longer applicable. It's unclear how much the other four actually agree with Luffy's status, but Big Mom at the very least is furious.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: All Emperors have the strength to compete with Whitebeard. Although most of their abilities have only been hinted at, it's safe to assume all of them possess island-shattering amounts of badassery. Luffy is declared the 'Fifth Emperor' simply because the act of 'raiding' Big Mom's turf, doing significant damage to her operation, achieving his goal, and surviving is considered such a massive feat of badassery only an Emperor is capable of achieving it, even if he wasn't nearly strong enough to actually beat her yet.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant:
    • Although the Four Emperors are just one of the three great superpowers of the world, the other two exist solely to oppose them. To put that another way, the Warlords and the Marines together balance the power of the Emperors, who are all still independent of one another. This is why when an Emperor declares that a country is their territory, the World Government and even other pirates keep out, hence their titles.
    • When the Marines declare that they were going to execute the 2nd Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, they unleashed 5 Warlords, 3 Admirals, dozens of Vice Admirals, the man who once cornered the Pirate King, a platoon of Giants, the Fleet Admiral himself, at least a dozen Pacifistas, and all available rank and file Marines. This is considered just enough to possibly survive against Whitebeard, only one of them, and his crew. Odds are they never would've even attempted it without a trump card. On top of that, at the climax of the war, when Akainu wants the Marines to continue to kill the pirates at all costs, all it takes is for Shanks to show up and threaten to get involved for everyone, including Blackbeard, to walk away.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: With the exception of Blackbeard, every Emperor in the series is a confirmed user of Conqueror's Haki, including Luffy. More than that, all of them are capable of imbuing their attacks with Conqueror's Haki, which is what sets them apart from everyone else. It makes sense, as those who possess Conqueror's Haki are said to have the qualities of a king, and the Four Emperors essentially rule the New World as kings. Big Mom in particular is an actual queen.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Kaido and Big Mom form their own pirate alliance in Wano, reasoning that they can always kill each other after they Take Over the World together. Also, this is not an entirely new arrangement, as both Big Mom and Kaido were members of the same pirate crew 40 years in the past, before both became Emperors.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Blackbeard, Kaido and Big Mom compete with Sakazuki and Imu for the series overall spot.
  • Broken Ace: For all their power and influence, the Emperors are also some of the most screwed up individuals in the series. Big Mom is a psychotically insane glutton with a Big, Screwed-Up Family, Kaido is an alcoholic, chronically suicidal nihilist who wants to start a world-destroying war just to see if someone can finally kill him, and Blackbeard is a conniving, backstabbing Dirty Coward. Even Shanks has his flaws (like Kaido, he's alcoholic, and also a massive party animal). The only one that seems to actual subvert this is Whitebeard; despite his tendency to disregard medical advice and his unshakable pride, he's one of the most well-adjusted individuals in all of One Piece. Physically, while he is still the World's Strongest Man, he is terminally ill and a shadow of what he once was.
  • Connected All Along: The Wano Arc reveals that all of the Four (or Five) Emperors are personally connected to each other. Whitebeard, Kaido, and Big Mom served together in the Rocks Pirates and fought against Gol D. Roger and Garp 38 years ago. Shanks would later serve under Roger while fighting against Whitebeard, while Blackbeard served under Whitebeard and personally scarred Shanks during this time, until he made his move. Of course, and many years later, Shanks personally influenced Luffy to pick up the path of piracy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The ability to give these is very much a requirement to become an Emperor. All of them have been giving these out willy-nilly every since Chapter 1 with Shank's first appearance.
  • The Dreaded:
    • They're the four most powerful pirates of the world, each of them alone capable of challenging the might of the World Government. It's kind of a given. And as Pekoms illustrates, their demands become "inevitable fate" because of their sheer power, whether in person or in influence.
    • This trope directly plays into Luffy's own ascension to Emperor status. The Emperors are so feared that the mere idea of defying any one of them is unthinkable; all those who've tried have been brutally swatted down, with few lucky to escape with their lives. The Straw Hats getting away with as much they did during the Whole Cake Island arc is so unprecedented and outrageous that it only takes some extra information and a bit of twisting the truth for the media to declare Luffy the fifth member of their number.
  • Elite Four: They're the top four pirates of the One Piece world and are on a completely different level compared to almost anyone.
  • Enemy Civil War: The natural state of their relationships, which is required to maintain the balance of power in the world. The Marines start freaking out at the news that two Emperors were going to have a face-to-face talk.
    • In the Reverie arc, it's hinted that Big Mom and Kaido once had their own form of pirate alliance in their younger days (later revealed as their being part of the same crew), and the mere fact that they're even talking about relaxing hostilities on an unsecured line terrifies the Marine HQ and Five Elder Stars.
    • Then later, Big Mom and Kaido team up.
  • Klingon Promotion: The obvious way to become an Emperor is to challenge and kill one. This is the route Blackbeard takes, although he still isn't thought of as an Emperor until he has crushed the remainder of Whitebeard's crew who came looking for revenge during the two years time-skip. Turns out, causing a big enough ruckus in their territory and escaping (relatively) unscathed does the trick as well — and having numerous affiliated pirate crews and several thousand subordinates doesn't hurt your chances.
  • Large and in Charge: With the exception of Shanks, they're titanic. Even the shortest after Shanks, Blackbeard, is over 11 feet tall, and Shanks himself would be hardly considered short either at 6'6.5" feet tall. Also averted with Luffy's possible inclusion into the ranks of the Emperors.
  • Lensman Arms Race: The Four Emperors minus Shanks have spent the last two years after Whitebeard's death building up their forces just like the Marines have. Big Mom is making alliances with powerful pirates and factions with Altar Diplomacy, Blackbeard is hunting down Devil Fruit users to steal powers, and Kaido is creating artificial Zoan Devil Fruits for his crew.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Big Mom, Kaido, and Blackbeard effectively replace the Seven Warlords as the New World's all-powerful pirate antagonists. Just to drive the point home, the Straw Hat weakling's reaction when Luffy challenges Big Mom when he first arrives to the New World is virtually identical to when he challenges Crocodile when they first enter the Grand Line.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: Each of the Four Emperors alone could challenge the entire military might of the World Government — in fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say they could probably rule the world if they hadn't isolated themselves to just the New World. It even applies to their interactions; as the Whole Cake Island arc shows, the games the Emperors play (both with each other and with the Marines) are about politics as much as they are about power. They rely on both reputation (see Slave to PR below) and money, and essentially act just like the World Government by taking countries under their banner for protection. The only difference is that the World Government is concerned with maintaining order (and catering to the World Nobles), while the Emperors are solely concerned with their own personal desires.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Kaido, Big Mom, and (before age and disease claimed him) Whitebeard have been known to be ridiculously durable. At the Paramount War, Whitebeard takes everything from stabbings to magma bursts, and it's as much the damage from the war that claims him, as it's the fact he's already terminally ill. It's implied that the World Government wouldn't have dreamed to clashing with a healthy Whitebeard — let alone one in his prime. Big Mom has been described as an "iron balloon", and can tunnel through the earth easily — yet a bout of severe grief can strip this away, and she becomes vulnerable enough to scrape her knee. Kaido is described as nearly unkillable, and even a 10,000 metre drop can give him little more than a headache, with the ground apparently more injured than him; however, he can be injured: he still has an old scar on his body from his bout with Oden, who might have outright killed him if not for a distraction; then again, it is his only scar.
  • The Notable Numeral: They are collectively called "Four Emperors", or "Yonkou" in Japanese. In Japanese, the term "Yonkou" puts an emphasis that the emperor isn't the only one to be called like that, and that there are three other people who share the same title.
  • Not Hyperbole: Whitebeard, Blackbeard, and Red Hair all have the corresponding appearance. Large and in Charge Big Mom has 85 children and Kaido “The King of the Beasts” has an army of 500+ beastmen (alternatively, Kaido “the king of beasts” is a dragon.)
  • One-Man Army: The response of the Marines to any of the four making a move is to rally everyone to the area they're expected to show up. Each of them is capable of razing an entire kingdom to the ground single-handedly.
  • Only Sane Man: Red-Haired Shanks, a.k.a Luffy's idol, became this after the death of Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate. Not only is he the only Pirate Emperor that isn't crazy, ruthless, power-hungry, nor bloodthirsty, but he has proven to be quite the diplomat when he last talked to Whitebeard about Ace going after Blackbeard, as well as at the Battle of Marineford when he single-handedly stopped the war.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Whitebeard and then Blackbeard had the power to destroy the world if he wanted to, Kaido has been known to sink entire prison ships specifically meant to hold him and can level whole cities with a single fireball in his dragon form, and Big Mom goes on Kaiju-like rampages when in one of her 'urges' and has the power to rip out people's souls. Shanks's Conqueror's Haki is so strong that his very presence threatens the structural integrity of Whitebeard's ship and a clash between him and Whitebeard splits the sky.
  • Scars Are Forever: Shanks, Kaido, and Whitebeard all have scars on their body as reminders of past battles, indicating that they've earned their title of strongest pirates of the world.
  • Slave to PR: Being an Emperor is just as much about projecting an image of invincibility as it is about actually being invincible, and anything that would threaten that image must be dealt with immediately. It's mentioned in the Marineford Arc that Whitebeard will try to save Ace as much out of love for one of his "sons" as out of wanting to send a clear message that he and his crew are untouchable, and it is the main reason the Big Mom Pirates are so desperate to capture and kill the Straw Hats after their attempt on Big Mom's life. Luffy and his allies not only publicly screwed up their plan to murder the Vinsmokes, but also got closer to killing Big Mom than anyone had been in decades. If they were to escape on top of that, it would be an irreversible and unmistakable sign of weakness that would open them up to possible attacks from the other Emperors, the Marines, or anyone else with a bit of power. The only reason the Big Mom Pirates don't take a massive hit to their reputation is because the incident was so outrageous (and the Emperor's reputation had been so carefully maintained up to that point) that the media thought only another Emperor-level crew could have pulled it off, massively boosting the Straw Hat Pirates' own reputation and declaring Luffy the Fifth Emperor in the process.
  • Superpower Lottery: All of them are big time winners, besides Shanks. Whitebeard can create earthquakes and tsunamis, Big Mom rips out people’s souls and eats them, and Kaido can transform into a freaking giant dragon. Blackbeard specifically gunned for one of these in his search for Devil Fruit powers, and it was only after acquiring the power of Darkness that he made his move. All of them are also incredibly strong and tough, which Big Mom at least has had since early childhood.
  • Super Strength: All of them are ridiculously strong, to the point that the sky will be split in half whenever they cross swords.
  • Super Toughness: They're this by One Piece standards. Things like impalement or losing an arm are minor inconveniences to them. And that's if you actually hurt them, which is in and of itself a huge task. The exception is Blackbeard, who actually takes more damage than a Logia would be expected to take, but he's still very tough regardless and has probably grown even tougher during the time-skip to compensate.
  • With Us or Against Us: Essentially how the New World works, as shown by the Eleven Supernovas after the time skip. The Emperors are so freaking powerful and territorial that your only shot at surviving is to a) fly under their radar (unlikely if you're a pirate), b) become subordinate to an existing Emperor (and thus set yourself against the others, since they for the most part hate each other), or c) overthrow them and become an Emperor yourself (as most Supernova alliances are trying to do). Scratchman Apoo and X. Drake chose B and joined Kaido's crew, while Blackbeard went for option C by killing Whitebeard. Luffy also goes for the third option accidentally by being declared the 'Fifth Emperor' after managing to survive Big Mom.
  • World's Strongest Man: Being an Emperor is essentially saying you're one of these. The novels discuss this, noting that it means something different depending on the person. Whitebeard is the "Strongest Pirate", Big Mom has the "Strongest Family", and Kaido is the "Strongest Creature." Shanks, the youngest Emperor, is hinted to have the strongest Haki in all of One Piece. In addition, each of the Emperors has a special ability which goes beyond ordinary strength and cements their status. While the Emperors seem to all be able to clash relatively evenly, as seen with Whitebeard and Shanks, and Kaido and Big Mom, others can also fight competently with them, such as the Admirals and Kozuki Oden. Whitebeard has the Quake-Quake Fruit which allows him to destroy the world, Kaido has his nightmarish invincibility and his seeming inability to die, Big Mom has connections and political might extraordinaire to gain unparalleled intelligence about other factions, and Shanks is somehow able to get an audience with the Gorosei themselves with them explicitly making time for him during the Reverie.

Four Emperors at the Start of the Story

    "Red-Haired" Shanks 

"Red-Haired" Shanks

Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (JP), Christian J. Lee (EN, Odex), Tom Souhrada (EN, 4Kids), Brandon Potter (EN, Funi), Raúl Anaya (Latin American Spanish)

Age: 37 (Pre-Timeskip), 39 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)

"Listen up... You can pour drinks on me, you can throw food at me, you can even spit on me. I'll just laugh that stuff off. But, good reason or not, nobody hurts a friend of mine!!!!"
Chapter 1

Shanks is Luffy's idol who inspired him to partake in a life of piracy, captain of the Red Hair Pirates and one of the Four Emperors that rule over the New World. Unlike The other Emperors, he doesn't lord this status over everyone else, preferring to travel to different stops and party, with a special fondness for drinking. When Shanks was younger, he and Buggy were both apprentices in the Roger Pirates, the crew of the late Pirate King, "Gold" Roger, and clashed with Whitebeard's crew several times. They were subordinate to Silvers Rayleigh, the first-mate of the crew, and spent their time fighting each other. Both of them attended their captain's public execution, where they parted ways to form their own crews. Sometime afterward, he became the rival of Dracule Mihawk, and their duels are now considered legendary throughout the Grand Line, remembered even by Whitebeard.

During Luffy's youth, The Red Hair Pirates stopped at his town and usually went to the town bar. Luffy always used to plead with Shanks to let him join the crew. Shanks not only refused, but teased Luffy about not being able to swim and that he was just a kid. Shanks saved his life when a bandit tried to drown him, which cost him his dominant arm, but Shanks said that it didn't matter as long as Luffy was safe. Shanks then gave Luffy his favorite hat, telling him to return it once he surpasses him, and set sail, later becoming an Emperor 4 years before the start of the story.

Shanks currently holds a bounty of 4,048,900,000 Berries, making his bounty the third highest known active in the series to date.

  • Achey Scars: Shanks says that the three scars across his left eye, made years ago by Blackbeard, have started to ache at the same time that Ace is dueling with Blackbeard on Banaro Island.
  • All-Loving Hero: Downplayed. Shanks is well aware of how killing and death are a part of a pirate's life and is not afraid of committing said action in defense of his friends, but he is a major Nice Guy who is also against needless bloodshed.
  • Art Evolution: Very drastically. The Straw Hats' changing designs can be chalked up to the fact they're still at a young enough age to physically grow, but it's bizarre to see Shanks become so hunky if you're more familiar with his earlier look, however, it can be justified by the fact seven years have passed.
  • Author Avatar: In one of the SBS questions, Oda answered that Shanks is the character who resembles him the most.
    "Shanks is the one character that resembles himself the most out of all the One Piece characters, because of his fun-loving partying nature and cheerful personality".
  • Awesome McCoolname: Although there's no second name, Shanks, combined with his epithet "red hair", forms a really cool name for a pirate.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: Shanks' Conqueror's Haki is likely the strongest known in the series, to the point that, when he meets up with Whitebeard on the Moby Dick, the lowest member of the crew faints and the ship literally starts to crumble in his presence. For comparison, when Luffy knocks out 50,000 Fish-men in one burst, Oda says that Shanks could do twice that.
  • Badass Cape: Shanks wears a large brown cape that covers his missing arm and gives him a simple but more badass appearance.
  • Badass in Charge: Leader of the Red Hair Pirates, with accomplishments that include scaring a Sea King by staring at it, crossing blades with Whitebeard and walking away from it, forcing Kaido to back off when he wanted to catch Whitebeard by surprise, and stopping a war just by threatening to take down anyone on either side who wants to continue.
  • Badass Normal: With no Devil Fruit, the loss of his sword arm, and a single ship at his command, Shanks is still considered to be one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the entire world. As one of the Four Emperors, he's considered the equal of Whitebeard, Big Mom, and Kaido, who each have monstrously powerful Devil Fruit abilities and armies of thousands at their command. He's one of the world's best swordsmen, and the threat of his intervention alone led the entirety of Marine HQ to stand down during the Paramount War, preventing the deaths of Whitebeard's allies.
  • Badass Pacifist: Shanks is one of the four strongest pirates in the world, but he, along with Whitebeard, doesn't intend to start any conflict, and Shanks even tries to prevent them, acting as some sort of mediator between the world's biggest powers. When some bandits mock him, Shanks shrugs off the insults and doesn't reply. He also intervenes to stop Paramount War, threatening to fight anyone who is willing to continue the battle.
  • Bash Brothers: He wanted to be this with Buggy. Buggy refused.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: He looks like a normal human, and is fairly handsome. The other Emperors are various degrees of inhuman-looking, from Whitebeard and Kaido's exaggerated physique to Big Mom and Blackbeard's Gonk. Unsurprisingly, he's also the nicest of the group (Whitebeard is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and the rest are outright villains).
  • Benevolent Boss: He seems to generally get along with his crew, and they look up to him with respect as their captain. Shanks looks out for the well-being of the entire crew, from refusing to take a child (Luffy) on board his ship to denying permission to take on Whitebeard's men who had insulted Rockstar's honor.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Higuma learned this the hard way, as he pissed Shanks off by threatening Luffy. He's normally one of the most carefree and kind characters in the series, but he's an Emperor and stops an entire war by just showing up for a reason.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he saved Luffy. Does it again during the Whitebeard War arc, showing up in the middle of the battle to end the war then and there, rescuing both Coby and Luffy (the latter indirectly) in the process.
  • Big Good: After Whitebeard's death, Shanks and Dragon share this role in different ways. While Dragon through the Revolutionary Army acts as a check on the World Nobles and their rotten behaviour, Shanks instead is able to temper the machinations of the malevolent Emperors (especially Teach) and keep them from gaining too much influence in an already bleak world.
  • Color Motifs: Red. His famous epithet, "Red-Haired Shanks", comes from his hair color. He also wore the same hat that belonged to Gol D. Roger and is now in the custody of Luffy, both who are also associated with the color red.
  • Cool Sword: Shanks is one of the most skilled swordsmen of the world and wields a saber named Gryphon.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Shanks saw the possible damage that could be inflicted by Blackbeard, and encouraged Whitebeard not to poke him... but Whitebeard refused to do so. It later turns out that Whitebeard did tell Ace not to go after Blackbeard, with his protests falling on deaf ears, but he wasn't about to concede to Shanks (who is somewhat of an enemy) that he's right.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: In the anime. He is well-known for his red hair as in the manga, and his skin is tanned.
  • Death Glare: After saving Luffy from the Lord of the Coast, Shanks scares away the sea monster with a single, angry glare.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Got one off-screen. He isn't in the story much after Luffy's backstory, until he meets with Whitebeard shortly before the Paramount War.
  • The Dreaded: His appearance at Marineford is enough to make everyone react with a mixture of shock and alarm, and his threat to fight anyone who wants to keep the battle going is enough to instantly end the violence. Let's put it this way: when Akainu decides to call it a day rather than even attempt to deal with you after having previously demonstrated that he had no interest in stopping the battle, you have earned this title. Furthermore, while it's unknown just how things went down when Shanks intercepted Kaido on his way to ambush Whitebeard while he was en route to Marineford, the end result was that even Kaido didn't want to deal with Shanks and abandoned his original plan.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction in the very first chapter shows him as a fun-loving, genuinely Nice Guy who loves to party and is willing to humble himself. That said, don't threaten his friends or it will end very badly for you and your crew.
  • Friendly Pirate: Shanks and his crew have always been friendly and easygoing, seeing piracy as a means to go on adventures, explore the world, and party until you drop. It was Shanks and the Red Hair Pirates that set Luffy's standard for piracy.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was merely a cabin boy just before the Great Age of Pirates (for the Roger Pirates, mind you, but still a lowly position). However at some point between Roger's death and the start of the series, he became an Emperor of the Sea. Even around the time he met Luffy, his crew was no joke: His Number Two Benn Beckman boasted to some bandits dumb enough to pick a fight with them, that they should've brought nothing less than a warship to take them on. Chapter 957 reveals he became an Emperor just 6 years ago. Given the time skip, that puts it at only about 4 years before Luffy began his journey, 6 years after losing his arm.
  • The Gadfly: In the first chapter, Shanks playfully mocks a young Luffy and laughs when he gets angry.
  • Generation Xerox: Luffy is becoming more and more like him, rather than Roger, although Shanks notices the similarities in the two's personalities. Shanks himself subverts this by refusing to take a child onto his ship despite his and Buggy's own young start on Roger's crew.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In a series where permanent death is exceedingly rare, his Establishing Character Moment includes him not batting an eye when one of his crew outright murders a bandit. Mistaking his general happy-go-lucky and live-and-let-live attitude for softness is a bad idea.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scars across his eye? Blackbeard gave Shanks those scars before Shanks lost his arm and before Blackbeard gained his Devil Fruit powers.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even with only his right arm, he's strong enough to stand up to the most powerful pirates in the world. Bear in mind that, by all indications, he's left-handed. Because of this, he doesn't interest Mihawk in sword fights anymore, though Mihawk at least visits him from time to time when there's news that may interest him. According to Word of God, he's still as strong as he was before he lost his arm.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite how simple-minded he appears at first, Shanks is a complex person with some rather difficult to understand views; for example, he believes if two people share very different views, it is better they go their separate ways.
    • Despite being one the four Pirate Emperors and one of the most notorious pirates in the world, he's apparently on speaking terms with the Five Elders.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers:
    • When you're known to have dueled with Mihawk in the past, and said duel is said to have shaken the Grand Line...
    • When he and Whitebeard crossed blades, they cut the sky in half. The sky!
    • He blocks Akainu's fist full of lava with his sword. A quick reminder: He only has one arm, and it's not his good arm.
  • Idiot Ball: Despite being one of the strongest pirates of the world, Shanks falls for a simple smoke bomb trick, allowing a simple bandit like Higuma to flee with Luffy. Shanks himself points out how careless he got in that moment.
  • Ki Manipulation: He's the series first-seen Haki user and is strongly implied to be one of the best.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: Along with Buggy, he was a cabin boy on Gold Roger's ship.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Takes losing his arm very well.
  • Master Swordsman: In the past, Shanks was strong enough to have challenged Mihawk, the world's strongest swordsman, in a duel. In the present, while is not as able with a blade since he lost his dominant hand, Shanks is still one of the strongest characters of the series.
  • Mellow Fellow: Shanks is one of the most laid back characters in the world of One Piece, preferring to take his time as he and his crew travels around the world rather than rushing from one place to another.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Really handsome. More so when we see him after his introduction.
  • Mysterious Past: Despite being one of the first characters introduced, Shanks's rise to power is one of the most mysterious aspects of One Piece's mythology, with only mystifying tidbits to draw on. What's known is that he rose incredibly fastnote  without a Story-Breaker Power. Yet he's well connected to the point that he can walk into Mary Geoise, talk to the Gorosei, and walk out unharmed.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Shanks. Subverted that his first appearance established him as a genuinely nice guy, and then Double Subverted when you learn that he's one of the Four Emperors, one that neither Marines, Warlords, or other Emperors want to directly antagonize. When he shows up late in the Marineford War and threatens to join the brawl if they don't stop fighting, both sides decide to run away from him really fast.
  • Nice Guy: Shanks is not cruel like many other pirate captains, nor does he rule over his crew with fear to gain respect. His friendly nature means he will not purposely seek to harm others, and he is able to make serious characters like Dracule Mihawk join in with his fun.
  • Nice Hat: Luffy's straw hat was originally Shanks', and he was likewise known for wearing it. Rayleigh, in a flashback, reveals that the Straw Hat was originally Roger's.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Despite being widely feared across the seas, there's one active pirate who is absolutely not afraid of him. It's Buggy. Despite the huge gap between their abilities, it's just like the old times on the Oro Jackson as far as he's concerned.
  • Noodle Incident: For the longest time, readers were unaware of what had happened during the battle between Shanks and Blackbeard that would scar Shanks's left eye, just that it caused Shanks to be wary of Teach long before he gained any renown as a pirate — which is why he warned Whitebeard against allowing Ace to continue going after him. Blackbeard's Vivre Card entry in the sixth databook eventually filled in some detail: since he'd hidden his true strength when he was with the Whitebeards, Shanks underestimated Blackbeard until Blackbeard hit him with a surprise attack, using a claw grip weapon. When and where the fight happened, and what prompted it, remain unknown.
  • One-Man Army: Come on. He's one of the Four Emperors.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: When you've saved the life of a little friend, what's losing an arm to a Sea King anyway?
  • Papa Wolf: Don't threaten Luffy or you will pay. In fact, don't hurt his friends, period. He even lampshades this.
    Shanks: (To Higuma) Listen up... You can pour drinks on me, you can throw food at me... You can even spit on me. I'll just laugh that stuff off. But... Good reason or not... Nobody hurts a friend of mine.
  • Parental Substitute: To Luffy. Shanks was honestly the closest Luffy had to a real father, seeing as his actual father was out being a revolutionary and his grandfather was a well-intentioned yet terrible parental figure. They were so close, many honestly thought they would be revealed as father and son.
  • Passing the Torch: Saving Luffy's life was a form of this to him; when Whitebeard asks how he lost his arm, Shanks replies that he "bet it on a new generation".
  • Red Is Heroic: Easily the most moral among the Emperors, and he is "Red-Haired" Shanks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He's the red to Mihawk's blue. Shanks being the warm-hearted, party-loving one, and Mihawk being the cold, serious one (though he can enjoy parties, just not to the same extent as Shanks).
    • He's the blue to Buggy's red. Buggy being the easily angered and more emotional one while Shanks is more laid-back and composed.
  • The Rival: To Mihawk before he lost his arm, though the two are on relatively good terms. He was also The Rival to Buggy as kids, but not so much anymore.
  • Shock and Awe: How Shanks fights in One Piece Pirate Warriors 3.
  • Signature Laugh: "Dahahahahaha!"
  • Situational Hand Switch: Shanks wears his sword on his right hip, indicating that he was left-handed before he lost his left arm. Since then, naturally, he's been using his right arm, but it's been said his sword skills aren't as strong as before.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His appearances are infrequent and usually brief, but always important.
    • In the first chapter, Shanks inspires Luffy to become a pirate, then saves him and gives him his hat as a keepsake for the promise to become a good pirate, starting off the entire plot of the series.
    • Arrives at the Summit War just in time to save Coby, and then ends the entire war by threatening to join the fight, along with his crew, if anyone wants to continue fighting.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: In the first chapter, after saving Luffy from the Lord of the Coast, Shanks scares the sea monsters with a simple glare. Subverted when it's shown that the Lord of the Coast isn't very strong and Shanks is one of the strongest pirates of the world.
  • Sword and Gun: While he can't wield them both at the same time for obvious reasons, One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 depicts him as being skilled in the usage of some large fire arm resembling a rifle or a shotgun.
  • Threatening Mediator: Near the closing of the Whitebeard War, he shows up in Marineford and then threatens both the Whitebeard Pirates and the Marines to stop fighting by declaring that anyone who still wants to fight will have to fight against his side. The war promptly stops, with Shanks taking Whitebeard and Ace's corpses to be given proper burials.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Four Emperors don't work together, but with the death of Whitebeard, Shanks is the only Emperor who's not a villain.
  • Tranquil Fury: Whenever he gets angry, he maintains a stoic composure.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The relationship between Shanks and Buggy is still this, no matter how much time has passed and no matter how much Buggy continues to deny it.
  • Wild Card: To the world at large, Shanks stands out as being an utter enigma. While Whitebeard lives the life of a classic pirate and keeps much of the more brutal aspects of the world in check, Kaido is a vicious warmonger, and Big Mom wants to unite the world through conquest, no one is quite sure of what Shanks wants or even does. The fact that he is apparently allowed to enter Mary Geoise to speak with the Gorosei only raises further questions.
  • You Remind Me of X: When asked by Rayleigh about his missing hat and arm, Shanks replied he met this boy who talked just like their captain Roger — "the very same words". Shanks also thinks Ace's strong pride and recklessness that resulted in his death were the same as Roger's and wishes Luffy to be different and let himself run away and cry without shame, for he can always overcome his hardships later.

    Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard" 

Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard"

Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto (JP), R. Bruce Elliott (EN)

Age: 72

Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Tremor-Tremor Fruit

"I'm just one man with one heart. They call me a fiend and a monster, but I can't remain the strongest forever! If I can help one young pirate achieve his destiny, my life will be complete. Isn't that enough?!"
Chapter 563

Edward Newgate, better known as Whitebeard, was the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates and considered to be the most powerful of the Four Emperors ruling over the New World (the second half of the Grand Line), and the only person to have ever battled the Pirate King to a draw. With Roger's death he became the "Strongest Man in the World", and this reputation made him the most feared and respected person in the world. However, 22 years had passed since the Pirate King's death and, although Whitebeard was still greatly feared, he was getting old and the world was slowly changing and new and ambitious individuals were looking to rise to the top and take his place. He has eaten the Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi), which allows to generate massive, destructive vibrations and trigger tsunamis and earthquakes.

Despite his stubborn and prideful attitude and fearsome reputation, Whitebeard has a strong sense of morality and honor and believes that all pirates should follow a moral code. He regards every member of his crew and of his 43 allied crews as a son or daughter; in turn, he is regarded as a father figure by all of them as well. As such, there is a strong sense of camaraderie and kinship amongst his crew, and Whitebeard is willing to go to great lengths to protect his "sons".

Prior to his passing, Newgate held the second highest bounty in recorded history at 5,046,000,000 Berries.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Since he literally adopts his mates, Whitebeard is called "Pops" or "Old Man" (Oyaji, an informal variation of "father") by his crew.
  • All for Nothing: Whitebeard mobilizes his crew and all his allies together to rescue Ace from the Marines and all thier forces and is prepared to die to save Ace. In the end, he loses all his ships, thousands of his allies and crew members die in the process and Ace himself stops running and confronts Akainu, ending up killed, leading everything Whitebeard did to save him in utter vain. Worse is that Blackbeard, the man who's responsible for the war in the first place, shows up afterwards and kills Whitebeard and steals his powers for himself. Whitebeard himself even acknowledges this in his final moments appologizing to his sons for being responsible for Blackbeard's current position.
  • Always Second Best: Discussed. When Ace is running from Marineford, Akainu purposefully mocks Whitebeard to provoke Ace, saying Whitebeard will always be remembered as the number 2 compared to Roger. Whitebeard never denies that, but he personally doesn't care about the title Pirate King, while his rivalry with Roger was on mostly friendly terms.
  • Anime Hair: In spite of all his badassery, under his bandana his hair is half moon shaped just like his moustache.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In his first few appearances in the series, Whitebeard comes off as seeming to think that any decision he makes is the correct one regardless of potential consequences, even brushing off warnings from fellow Emperor Shanks. However, this later turns out to be a facade, as Whitebeard demonstrates that he isn't nearly as full of himself as he would like you to believe. Most likely he wanted to make sure he had a reputation for being fearsome and unreasonable to help keep the islands under his protection safe.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Definitely the strongest person alive. The "alive" part is not anymore, though.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: While it is true that the Tremor-Tremor Fruit has incredibly fearsome power, it only adds to Whitebeard's awesomeness that he could use its power so effectively. To say it simply, this fruit transforms you into a walking natural disaster. Were it in anyone else's hands, the fruit's overall effectiveness diminishes greatly as you basically become the epicenter of a disaster so you would need great strength and competence just to make sure that the fruit won't end up killing yourself in its own shockwaves.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Edward Newgate has a kickass ring to it, doesn't it?
  • Badass Boast: "I. AM. WHITEBEARD!" Let's face it, it's all he needs.
  • Badass Longcoat: Whitebeard wears nothing on the upper side of his body except the coat on his back, which indicates his authority.
  • Badass Moustache: Newgate's most known characteristic is his mustache: it's wider than his face, perfectly curved, and looks as sharp as a sword. Clearly not a moustache to be trifled with. It's also why he's called "Whitebeard" (the Japanese words for moustache and beard are the same). It's also a reference to the titular Turn-A Gundam.
  • Benevolent Boss: Whitebeard considers every single member of his crew, as well as his allies, his "sons". His strong love for his crew and allies traced all the way back to before he even had a crew, when he stated that the one thing he wanted more than anything was a family.
  • Big Good: While there isn't an alliance of "good" directly opposing the World Government (aside of the Revolutionary Army, whcih plays a minimal role in the first half of the story), Whitebeard, known as "The World's Strongest Man" for being the only one that fought on par with the Pirate King Roger, is the biggest threat to the World overnment aside of Dragon. Unlike the latter, he doesn't directly antagonizes it, but his moral foundation, which is wholly on the side of good and altruism, counters and conflicts with the World Government's ruthless control.
  • Blade on a Stick: Newgate wields a bisento even taller than he is, named Murakumogiri (which can be translated as "cloud cutter") as a nod to Musashibo Benkei . It is one of 12 supreme quality swords in the world, as with Mihawk's Night.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Blackbeard attacks Newgate with his darkness power, gloating about how it will nullify his earthquake ability... quite forgetting that he is facing the 18 foot tall World's Strongest Man with an even longer bisento. Before Blackbeard and his crew decides to gun him down, just before Whitebeard attempts to lay a blow, his skin went reddish and steamy, in a very similar way to Luffy's Gear Second.
    • Whitebeard himself is this, compared to when he was in his prime. In his clash with Roger, their respective Haki alone was enough to shake an entire island, something not seen before or since in One Piece.
  • Call-Back: A Devil Fruit with the power to make tsunamis was first mentioned by Morgan in the very first explanation of Devil Fruits we ever got in-series, that is, in the earliest anime episodes.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Edward Newgate is known as Whitebeard. Ironically, he has no beard but has a white moon-shaped moustache. This is because in the original Japanese he's known as shirohige and "hige" means any kind of facial hair, in this case referring to his moustache.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He blocked a two-handed downward swing from John Giant with only one hand on his bisento. He threw Vice Admiral Ronse, another Giant, several feet away. He extinguished the flames of one of Akainu's molten rocks with just a single breath. He prevented a massive paddle ship (captained by Squard) from further advancing using only one hand. When they say strongest man, this is what they mean. Note that he does most of this after being stabbed right through the chest.
  • Coat Cape: Whitebeard drapes his coat over his shoulders and it only falls off when he dies, revealing his scarless back.
  • Cooldown Hug: After his ally, Squard, stabbed him and accused him of selling out his allies thanks to the Marines leaking false information to him, Whitebeard gives him one, reassures him he would never abandon a single one of them, then charges into the fray to kick major ass.
  • Cool Old Guy: More like coolest old guy in the series!
  • Covered with Scars: Whitebeard is covered with scars on every part of his body. Except his back: He never showed it to an enemy once.
  • Death by Irony: All he wanted was a family, and one of his "sons" kills him. Admittedly he had already basically disowned the guy, but the point still stands.
  • Declaration of Protection: Fish-Man Island used to be a Crapsack World, preyed on by pirates left and right, and the populace living in constant fear. All it takes is for him to declare the Island as his territory, and all the preying stopped there and then.
  • Dented Iron: Even being the World's Strongest Man doesn't stop Newgate from getting his fair share of injuries. His years of pirating shows on his chest, which is almost literally more scar-tissue than skin. But not his back.
  • Determinator: Here's the best example. Half his face burned off? Doesn't matter. Akainu must die.
  • Died Standing Up: After enduring for the entire Summit War and facing off against some of the strongest fighters of the world, Edward Newgate is assaulted by the Blackbeard Pirates, who attack him until his death. However, his body remains still and prideful, refusing to falling back.
  • The Dreaded: Pretty much a given. Whitebeard, until his death, truly is the World's Strongest Man — all while being an old, half-dead, sickly shadow of his former self. Angering him is something that no one, not even the World Government, wants to do. However, Blackbeard forces their hand, and they have to pool in all their resources, including the Admirals and the Seven Warlords of the Sea, just to ensure that they would compete in a war against him.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: His final action, after spending the previous several chapters being stabbed, shot, bombarded, and having half his face melted off by lava, is to fight Blackbeard one-on-one and own him so thoroughly that the entire Blackbeard Pirates crew has to jump in before he stomps their captain like a bug. And even though all of that finally kills him... it still in't enough to make him fall. He even gets one last moment of awesome in his last moments. Even though he cannot move and is seconds from death, the very last thing he says, broadcast to the entire Sabaody Archipelago, is "One Piece is real!" This one phrase has the exact opposite effect that killing him was supposed to have.
  • End of an Age: As the pirate who stood at the top of the Golden Age of Piracy, Whitebeard himself states that there is no ship to carry him to the next era. His death specifically marks the end of the Golden Age of Pirates.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: While he isn't evil at all, his death disrupted the Balance of Power in the world, causing a newer and much more vicious generation of pirates to hoist their jolly rogers. The man who benefited the most out of the vacuum? Blackbeard.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Double Subverted. Before going to Marineford, Whitebeard has rid of all of his medical equipment, because he was aware that he wouldn't survive the Summit War. After Ace is rescued, Whitebeard remains behind to allow his men to flee, without any regret. Then Ace falls for Akainu's taunts and is killed, but Whitebeard uses his remaining forces to get revenge on the Admiral and is finally killed by the coordinated efforts of the Blackbeard Pirates, against which he dies without flinching, while his body refuses to fall.
  • Facepalm of Doom: A variety. Whitebeard can grab his opponent's face with his hand and unleash his Face Quake Attack, hitting the opponent with an earthquake directly to the face. He uses this move on multiple characters, including strong ones like Blackbeard and Akainu, but no-one comes even close to fully enduring it.
  • Facial Horror: The left side of his face is destroyed by one of Admiral Akainu's magma attacks, but the details are never shown and always kept in the shadown.
  • Family of Choice: With him as the "father" and his crew as the "children." Oden's flashback arc shows that Whitebeard regarded him as a younger brother, despite again there being no blood relation at all. As a dying Whitebeard's life flashed right before his very eyes, he expresses that in the end, this is all he ever wanted.
  • Famous Last Words: Before dying, Whitebeard screams: "THE ONE PIECE... THE ONE PIECE IS REAL!". With these last words, he confirms the existence of Roger's treasure and opens the gate for a new age of piracy.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Whitebeard took in a young Teach when he was an orphan and gave him a home like the rest of his crew. However, Teach was just using him to gain knowledge and power while hiding under Whitebeards name and once he got his hands on the Dark-Dark Fruit, he kills Thatch and runs away forming the Blackbeard Pirates, defeats Ace and during the Paramoun War takes Whitebeard's life at the climax of the war, steals his Devil Fruit power and takes his place as one of the Four Emperors.
  • A Father to His Men: Every pirate in his crew is considered his son, and they consider each other brothers. And since this habit extends to his allies as well, there are definitely "daughters" like White Bay.
  • Feeling Their Age: Whitebeard was renowned as the World's Strongest Man prior to his death. He is an extremely powerful man with ridiculously powerful earthquake based Devil Fruit powers who has proved more than enough that he is worthy of his title in the Marineford arc. However, the moment he starts coughing up blood in the middle of battle, it's made clear that the man is no longer in his prime and that old age hasn't been kind to him. Based on his remaining strength though, it's less that he's significantly weaker, and more like that the monstrously strong old man was even more of a monster in the past. He even once stated "I may be a monster... but I'm not gonna be the strongest forever!" His first appearance on-panel showcases both his monstrous strength (he's a huge muscular giant of a man) and his declining health (he's hooked up to life support while being monitored by nurses).
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: The Marines learn the hard way that Zerg Rushing him doesn't work, as he wades through anyone not on the level of admirals.
  • Foil: To fellow Emperor Big Mom:
    • Whereas Whitebeard was an orphan who became a pirate to bring together money he would send back to his poor home, Big Mom was cast out by her birth parents and took to piracy solely for her own interests.
    • Whitebeard was considered the strongest of the original emperors, inducting men into his crew by adopting them as his sons. He is the first known pirate to claim Fish-Man Island as his territory. Big Mom struggled to compete with the other Emperors by arranging marriages to pump out children to serve as her army. She only laid claim to Fish-Man Island after Whitebeard had died.
    • Whitebeard and his crew aren't biologically related, but consider themselves a family and would lay down their lives for each other. Big Mom's crew is itself a heavily dysfunctional biological family, with half-brothers and half-sisters that have little love for each other, and fear Big Mom more than they love her.
    • Whitebeard's Devil Fruit gives him the physical might of an earthquake, which he only uses in combat. Big Mom's Devil Fruit gives her the power to manipulate souls, and she uses this to her advantage for the ruling of her domain.
    • Whitebeard's physique stays incredible even as his health appears to deteriorate with his age. After her physique improved when she reached adulthood, Big Mom seems to have let herself go as she approached her golden years while she appears to be in good health, chronic eating frenzies notwithstanding.
  • Formerly Fat: An SBS reveals that he was chubby — but muscular — as a child. As an adult, however, he was nothing but pure muscle.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Roger. Plenty of dialogue throughout the series implies they had plenty of encounters in the past, and Ace was worried that Whitebeard would be angry once he discovered he was Roger's son. Yet we discover that Whitebeard not only shared a drink with Roger at least once, Roger actually offered to tell him how to find Raftel (Whitebeard rejected it) and told him the meaning of "Will of D." In the flashback to Oden's past, Whitebeard and Roger's last battle was basically a friendly spar; the only time he actually got angry was when Roger wanted to take Oden along for his final voyage.
  • From Bad to Worse: For the Marines. This line after Ace's death from one of his crew should be a clue: "Oh man, Pops is pissed! EVERYONE GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!!"
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A benevolent version in-story. He was once an abandoned orphan child who lived in a nation too poor to even be a member nation of the World Government and grew up to be one of the most powerful pirates in history and one of the only men who could combat the late Pirate King and live to tell about it.
  • Genius Bruiser: Turns out Whitebeard's no slouch on chess playing. He sees half of Sengoku's moves during the Marineford Arc coming; had he not, the Whitebeard Pirates and allies would have been finished far earlier than expected. It could also be said that both Sengoku and Whitebeard consider the other their Worthy Opponent in strategy.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Whitebeard may be a pirate with one of the strongest codes of honor, but he can be stern when the situation calls for it. Oden constantly pestered him to take him along for the voyage, but Whitebeard refused because he was unsure Oden would be willing to show subservience to anyone (and Wano might misinterpret his leaving with pirates as a kidnapping). He had his crew quietly slip away while the retainers kept their master distracted, and when Oden still went after them by hooking a chain around the Moby Dick's mast, Whitebeard forbade anyone from pulling the future daimyo up, saying they would solve this like pirates now: If Oden could hold onto the chain in the water for three days, then he could be a member of the Whitebeard Pirates. If not, tough luck. To be fair, though, he helped and welcomed Oden in the crew despite him letting go prematurely to aid Toki.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: We don't fully appreciate how massive his influence was until after he dies, but it quickly becomes clear that he was the only thing preventing the dominance of either the World Government or much, much worse pirates.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Whitebeard's final command was to order his allies to fall back, willing to take down the Marines all on his own.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: More of a "tough man facade", but he put this up after Ace went to search Blackbeard by himself. Whitebeard actually didn't want Ace to, but as he's already gone, he had to cover it by claiming that his family code reinforced what Ace did.
  • Homage: His moustache, which is near-identical to the one sported by the ∀ Gundam. The fact that they're both the strongest in their respective categories is probably another one.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Goes to great lengths to avenge murdered crew members that would be downright insane were it not for the fact that he's, you know, Whitebeard.
    • Before going to Marineford, he refused to continue wearing his heart support because he believed everyone there would pity him. His heart problems become an impediment on several occasions during the war.
  • I Have No Son!: When Blackbeard shows up at Marineford, Newgate makes it abundantly clear that Blackbeard is no longer a part of his “family” for his treachery.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: As he put it himself in his younger days, he didn't care too much for treasure; instead, he wanted a family.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Due to his advanced age, and presumably from all of the injures he's taken over the course of a particularly long lifetime of piracy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Whitebeard can be very brusque to people outside of his main crew and/or his close allies. Despite this, he's a very good man with good intentions (that is, having a family and generally staying out of trouble), and he is fiercely (if not murderously) protective of his crew and allies.
  • Ki Manipulation: A confirmed user of all three types of Haki.
    • With his Observation Haki, he was able to predict Ace's attacks in his sleep. And, he was able to sneak up on and strike Akainu, who himself was able to avoid Armament Haki-infused strikes by Marco and Vista, something replicated only by Katakuri against Luffy and Aokiji against Whitebeard. This shows that he probably had Future Sight not unlike Katakuri.
    • In his prime, Whitebeard's Armament Haki was so powerful that coupled with his Conqueror's Haki, a clash of blades (though technically the weapons weren't even touching each other) with his arch-rival, Roger, could unleash island-wide shockwaves. And Whitebeard didn't use his Devil Fruit ability.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Although a pirate, he's a good person and has a really prominent and manly chin.
  • Large and in Charge: Whitebeard is literally three times larger than the average man, and unlike the other over-sized characters in One Piece he's properly proportioned.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When Whitebeard stands up, you know the shit has hit the fan. When he starts walking towards you... RUN.
  • Light Is Good: Edward Newgate is known as "Whitebeard" and is, along with Shanks, the most honorable of the Four Emperors.
  • Manly Tears: Whitebeard gets especially saddened when he realizes that Ace is really going to die.
  • Meaningful Name: His death was the gate to a new era. Newgate is also the name of a pair of (both long defunct) prisons in the London and the US (the first state prison in the country). Real life pirate William "Captain" Kidd spent some time in the London one.
  • Megaton Punch: His powers allow him to punch the air so hard it CRACKS.
  • Mighty Glacier: Due to his age and illness, he's rather slow on foot, and occasionally has to catch his breath after running. Marco implied that he was once a Lightning Bruiser in his youth, and the current Whitebeard can at least still sneak behind Akainu to attack him. Let's not forget him intercepting a man who can move at the speed of light as said man was charging straight at Luffy.
  • Mook Horror Show: Causes one of these while he rampaged across Marineford. You can see it here, in which we get to look from a soldier's point of view while he flies in the atmosphere after being tossed by Whitebeard.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The only way to describe what he does to Akainu after he killed Ace in the anime. It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for the poor bastard.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Or nickname, in this case. Despite being named "Whitebeard", he has no beard. This is averted in the original language since, in Japanese, "beard" and "moustache" are spelled with the same word, so his name fits his moustache.
  • Not Afraid to Die: In an SBS, it is revealed that, before Marineford's war, he ripped off all the medical devices that had been keeping his health stable and left his medical team in a safe place, to not allowing it to fight, because, by this point, he's ready to die.
  • Number of the Beast: It is revealed in an artbook that he stands at 666 cm tall.
  • Older Than They Look: This man does not look 72 years old.
  • One-Man Army: Let us be blunt. During the battle in Marineford, this man does more damage to the Marines than his entire crew and his allies combined.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Refers to his stab wound by Squad, after the latter tries to pull a Redemption Equals Death, as "a little scratch", and having nearly half of his head burnt clean off by Akainu merely gets him to speak one sentence in Tranquil Fury mode: "I'm just getting started".
  • Papa Wolf: Never kill or threaten to kill a member of his crew; his wrath over hurting his men is infamous in-universe. Doing so will get you a war you have a high probability of losing... if you have the entire planet's military force backing you up. With anything less it's a guarantee.
    • Usually when a rival asks one of his crewmembers to join the rivals crew, he'll let it slide — as shown when Shanks asked Marco to join him. Probably because he knows it's a joke, and of the sheer devotion of his men. However, when Roger decided to recruit Kozuki Oden in the past, Whitebeard was so outraged he caused an island to shake!...but grudgingly allowed to loan him for a year once Oden himself begged him.
  • Parental Abandonment: Implied, because even though even as kid he was still amazingly strong, and could take anything he wanted, he eventually decided the greatest treasure he could own is a family.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Tremor-Tremor Fruit grants him the power to create shockwaves powerful enough to "break the Earth apart". That means earthquakes on land, tsunamis at sea, and god help you if he wants to give your face a taste of that power.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His demise causes the birth of a new era of piracy.
  • Rasputinian Death: Half his face melted off, slashed and stabbed 267 times, hit by more than 152 bullets and 46 cannon shots, all in one battle... but when the jacket comes off, there is not a single scar on his back, as he never showed it to the enemy.
  • Rated M for Manly: Up to Eleven. He's not just the World's Strongest Man, he's also A Father to His Men, even towards the one who stabbed him.
  • Red Baron: He's always referred as "Whitebeard", never as "Edward Newgate".
  • Refusal of the Call: Whitebeard can easily be the next Pirate King if he really wants but is not interested in the title and is content with having a family. Before Gold Roger set off to get captured by the Marines, he offered Whitebeard the information on how to get to Laugh Tale, but Whitebeard refused, bluntly telling Roger that he's not interested in going there.
  • Required Secondary Powers: The reason he's able to make such good use of the Tremor-Tremor fruit is because he was already strong and tough enough to survive being on ground zero for an earthquake every time he uses his abilities.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Ace's death, Whitebeard beats the every loving crap out of Akainu and nearly sinks Marineford into the sea. He then nearly splits Blackbeard in half for having betrayed him, killed Satch, and indirectly killing Ace by turning him in to the Marines.
  • Rule of Symbolism: To the Greco-Roman deity Poseidon/Neptune.
    • His status as one of the Emperors of the Sea is one to how the God’s main domain is the sea. In the lead up to the Marineford War, Garp even tells an imprisoned Ace that they have angered "The King of the Sea".
    • His Tremor-Tremor’s ability to create earthquakes and tsunamis is a reference to the god’s epithet of "Earth-shaker".
    • His bisento may be another one, being a possible parallel of Poseidon's trident.
    • So is his extreme Papa Wolf mannerism, as Poseidon was quite possibly the most fiercely protective father in the Greek Pantheon.
    • He was known to be Childhood Friends with Neptune, the ruler of Fish-Man Island. He also named Fish-Man Island his territory to protect it.
    • The people of the One Piece world fear him because of his earthquake powers. Just like the Japanese themselves have a deep-rooted fear of earthquakes and tsunamis, for obvious reasons.
  • Sacrificial Lion: One of the few characters to die in One Piece outside of a flashback, and his death was a turning point in the pirate world.
  • Shockwave Clap: Thanks to his Devil Fruit power, he can even create quakes in the air. He creates shockwaves by punching the air, causing it to crack. As Oden's flashback shows, Whitebeard could make these shockwaves with Haki alone while battling Gol D Roger.
  • Shout-Out: Whitebeard dies remaining on his feet, while his body has been wounded by multiple weapon, very smilarly to Musashibo Benkei's iconic one. To add more similarities, Whitebeard wields a bisento just like Benkei.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Teach tries to run his mouth when they meet at Marineford. Whitebeard responds with a spear to the shoulder.
  • Signature Laugh: "Gurararara!"
  • Sphere of Power: He can create a "Quake Bubble" around his fist or the blade of his bisento.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: When Oda was asked in an SBS why there were no female members of the Whitebeard Pirates who fought at Marineford, he explained that the crew's only females were nurses because Whitebeard's set of morals led him not to allow women on his ship as fighters. However, in the past Whitey Bay appears as a member of the Moby Dick’s crew before becoming the captain of her own crew.
  • Strong Empire, Shriveled Emperor: Zigzagged to hell and back. He's leader of one of the most powerful crew in the world who controls and protects a lot of territory, but we first see him hooked up to various life support equipment while being attended by nurses. During the Paramount War, he insists on taking all that stuff off so as to not engender pity and derision from the enemy, and his subordinates note that this man is but a pale shadow of his former self. On the other hand, he's still a towering bulk of muscle, and even at death's door he still deals more damage than his entire crew combined.
  • Super Drowning Skills: As with all Devil Fruit users he would sink like a stone in water, but he's not stupid enough to allow himself to be put in such a situation.
  • Superpower Lottery: The Tremor Tremor Fruit is, put simply, the power to break things, and there is no meaningful upper limit on what it can break. There's a reason it's got a reputation as one the world's most powerful and sought-after fruits — whoever can harness its might is quite literally destruction incarnate and, according to Sengoku, with this Devil Fruit Whitebeard could destroy the world. Blackbeard takes the first opportunity to kill Whitebeard for the specific reason to steal the Tremor Tremor Fruit power.
  • Super Toughness: Despite being old and sick, Whitebeard is still tough enough to shake off cannonballs and slashes like they were nothing. During the war, he takes a lot of hits, including a magma punch that destroys half of his face, but rarely flinches. One of the few times Whitebeard genuinely feels pain, is when Akainu punches him with a magma punch in his chest right after Whitebeard has been struck by his sickness.
  • Sword Beam: He can infuse his bisento with the Tremor-Tremor Fruit's powers to send a massive shockwave towards anything he swings it at. You do not want to be in the way.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Four Emperors don't work together, but Whitebeard was the most outwardly benevolent of the Four besides Shanks due to his philanthropic care of his homeland, his selfless protection of territories against malicious pirates like Fish-Man Island using his influence, and his overall considerate familial camaraderie among his crew members. He is also the only known former crewman of the Rocks pirates to not be a villain.
  • Torso with a View: During the Summit War, Akainu blows off half of Whitebeard's face, but his blown off face is never shown in detail.
  • Tranquil Fury: Goes into this state after Ace is killed by Akainu and then proceeds to return the favor.
  • True Companions: For the World's Strongest Man, who could have had anything this world had to offer... this is all he ever wanted. He succeeded.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When the twenty-three Marine ships watching him are instantly annihilated after the news that Ace is about to be executed, you know the World Government fucked up, right? And after Ace is killed, he proceeds to beat the shit out of Akainu and cut the entire damn island in half!
  • Unwitting Instigatorof Doom: His decision to adopt a young Teach would cause him to rise as Blackbeard many years later and become one of the Big Bad of the series and take Whitebeard's life later.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Akainu tries to make him one by turning his beloved sons against him. It backfires magnificently.
    • Played Straight with Blackbeard since him giving Ace to the Marines lured Whitebeard out and weakened him to the point that Blackbeard could kill him and take his power.
  • Vibroweapon: Thanks to his power, he's able to weaponize vibration itself, like how he can cause a "hypocentrum" inside John Giant's body with his punch. He can also use it the more traditional way, by imbuing his bisento with his power to increase its power tremendously, such that with one swing of it he can mow down dozens of Marine mooks at once.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The unbuttoned-top kind.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Since the beginning of the war, Whitebeard was already a foot-and-a-half in the grave thanks to his illness. Reasons why he took his time to join the fight: his movements were extremely slow and measured, his dodging abilities non-existent as put by Marco; it should have been impossible for Squard to stab Whitebeard, and in several instances he had to stop to catch his breath, his heart barely working right. That rampage was done by a half-blind, half-deaf, arthritic 72-year-old shadow of its former self. World's Strongest Man, indeed. You may now shit yourself as you imagine what this guy would have looked like in his prime at full strength and pissed off.
    • It's stated that the only reason he didn't end Blackbeard then and there was because his body just couldn't go any further, forcing him to pause instead of landing the finishing blow before his target could recover. Had he been in a little better shape, Blackbeard would be dead.
  • World's Strongest Man: Literally referred to as such, and he more than lives up to it. Back when Roger was alive, the two were contenders for the title. Though it's noted that being the "Strongest Pirate" isn't exactly the same thing as being literally the most physically powerful.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Sengoku. Also, the commander-in-chief of the Marines says he was the best of the pirates.
    • There was also definitely mutual respect between him and Roger. As for his fellow Emperors, Shanks shared his former captain's respect for Newgate (and Whitebeard in turn called him a "brat," but was aware of his strength), Big Mom at least implies that she wouldn't have considered fighting him without an alliance with the Giants, and Kaido sounds at least impressed with how he died.

    Kaido, "The King of the Beasts" 

Kaido, "King of the Beasts"

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP)

Debut: Chapter 795 (Manga), Episode 739 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Fish-Fish Fruit, Model: Azure Dragon
Click here to see his dragon form 

"I love the way of the samurai... Now, Roger and Whitebeard... they did it right!!! It may not be the way of the times anymore, but death is what completes a person!!"
Chapter 994

Kaido is the Supreme Commander of the Animal Kingdom Pirates and the third of the Four Emperors to be mentioned, and the last one to make an appearance. Consequently, he's one of the more enigmatic figures of the series. The deepest insight we have to his character comes from Trafalgar Law, who called Kaido the strongest "creature" in existence. Not man, "creature," so he's at least on the same level as Whitebeard. Even so, Kaido is regarded as human. It is also revealed that he and Big Mom knew one another in the past and that he owes her a debt from back then. He has the Fish-Fish Fruit (Uo Uo no Mi), Model: Azure Dragon, an immensely powerful Zoan-type Devil Fruit which allows him to assume the form of a dragon, a king among beasts. In this form, Kaido's threat level becomes maddening.

The first thing we learned about Kaido is that he's the one who sent Gecko Moria over the deep end, so he's far from a pleasant fellow. As a testament to his strength, he tried to make a grab for power by attacking Whitebeard before he arrived at Marineford, but Shanks prevented him from doing so.

Following the War of the Best, Kaido's coming into conflict with a bunch of younger, ballsier pirates. Drake attacked one of his favorite islands just after the War Arc, while Law's allied with Luffy in order to take him down. At least in part because of that, Kaido's assembling an army of Zoan Users from the artificial SMILE Devil Fruits developed by Caesar. Doflamingo, under the alias of Joker, is the one supplying the SMILE fruits to Kaido.

He's allied with Kurozumi Orochi, the shogun of the Land of Wano, and currently resides in Onigashima, an island in the country.

Kaido currently holds the highest known active bounty in the series,note  clocking in at 4,611,100,000 Berries.

  • A Good Way to Die: Discussed. While fighting the Akazaya Nine, Kaido comments how Roger and Whitebeard had a good death, showing his desire to die in a just as memorable way in an all out war.
  • Abusive Parent: Kaido considers his son Yamato as little more than an object for his means. He's brutally injured him many times for his insolence, and rigged explosive shackles on his wrists to stop him from leaving Onigashima, meaning he's not afraid to blow up his own son. He also wants Yamato to rule over New Onigashima once he's fully taken over the island, which understandably does not sit well with him.
  • Achey Scars: As the Akazaya Nine wound him with their blades, Kaido remembers the time Oden wounded him twenty years before, and the scar he got that hurts him, leading Kaido to actually scream from the pain, a feeling he never felt for years.
  • Affably Evil: When he's in a good mood, Kaido can be a surprisingly friendly guy.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: When sober, Kaido is a fairly honorable man who treats both opponents and subordinates with respect, and is quite capable of meticulous planning. Unfortunately, he spends most of his time getting himself drunk, which then leads to make stupid choices like rampaging through a town inhabited by his factory workers. Even as a fighter, Kaido is much more effective when sober, although he still remains almost invincible.
  • The Alcoholic: Kaido is a heavy drinker and prefers being drunk most of the time as a coping mechanism, as he appears sad when he realizes to having sobered up. When he's drunk, Kaido is wildly emotional, switching from tearful sorrow to blind rage in a heartbeat, and tends to make poor decisions.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: More like, "the other half of your base belongs to us" as he's granted the island Onigashima for his operations by Orochi. When he annouces his big plan, however, he reveals it's to take over all of Wano and completely convert it into it a lawless pirate paradise region. Citing the waves and remote location, the World Government won't reach it and his son Yamato will rule it. Both Orochi and Yamato naturally aren't happy about hearing this. The former as he still rules the Flower Capital... which Kaido responds to by cutting him in half. The latter wanting nothing to do with his plans at all out of respect for Oden.
  • Ambiguously Human: He's the World's Strongest Creature, and is spoken of by other characters as if he isn't human. What we do know is that he's a Zoan user with two forms — an immense horned, oni-like giant who somewhat resembles the Oars family, although he's a bit smaller and more humanoid than they are.
  • Animal Motif: Carps. Kaido's left side features a tattoo that is patterned after fish scales, stretching from the top of his shoulder to his forearm. He also possesses a Badass Mustache made up of two long strands of hair, designed to evoke the image of a carp's "whiskers". This comes to a head when the Devil Fruit that granted him the ability to turn into a dragon is revealed to be Fish-Fish Fruit, making his real animal motif one of Legendary Carps.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: During the fight against the supernovas, Kaido gets angry that Zoro attacks him with a sword techinque with Dragon Twister in the title. So he unleashes his own with the same title which is much more devestating than Zoro's.
  • Arch-Enemy: Due to his actions, Kaido has made a lot of enemies.
    • Kaido is, alongside Orochi, the archenemy of the Kozuki clan (Which include just Momonosuke, his sister Hiyori, and the Akazaya Nine because he killed the previous shogun, Kozuki Oden).
    • He's Gecko Moria's main adversary for killing his beloved crew two decades before the beginning of the story; all of Moria's actions during the Thriller Bark arc are driven by his desire to get his revenge on Kaido.
    • His child Yamato, after years of abuse and utmost respect and admiration for Oden, is still hesitant to get action against him when he meets Luffy but, after finding out Kaido is willing to blow him off, Yamato cuts any ties with him.
  • Arc Villain: He is one of the main antagonists of the Four Emperors Saga alongside Big Mom and one of the primary antagonists in the Wano Arc, along with Orochi and Big Mom. Later in the arc, it's reduced to just Kaido and Big Mom.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Kaido is so confident in his power that he refuses to take Law and Luffy seriously even after they destroy his SMILE operation. He also goes so far as to call Doflamingo of all people "weak"; to be fair though, from what we've seen, Kaido is likely justified in how he views himself. After defeating a 100% healthy, Gear Fourth Luffy in one-shot, it's clear that he's justified in how he views himself.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Following Doflamingo's defeat and thus the cessation of producing artificial Devil Fruits, Kaido can't build up his army any stronger than it is already — so he's preparing to unleash it in a worldwide war. In an almost-literal example, Luffy sucker-punching him and laying into him with everything Gear Fourth can dish out only serves to sober him up. His retaliation is swift, brief and brutal.
  • Badass Army: Kaido leads an army made of artificially-created Zoan Devil Fruit users numbering 500, in short an army of beastmen, which is partially the reason for his moniker.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a Fu Manchu that hangs to his belt.
  • Bad Boss: At least he is while drunk. One of his men merely suggesting that they should take Law and Luffy seriously was enough for Kaido to literally send him flying off the island in a rage. Later, he also drunkenly vaporizes several of his men with his dragon breath (along with half of the town around them, for that matter) while attempting to hit Luffy.
  • Basso Profundo: Tessho Genda provides the deep, booming voice of Kaido in the anime.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In part of his establishing monologue, Kaido notes how dull things can be if no one can really hurt him and seeks a foe that can actually threaten his life. In the Wano Arc, Kaido learns that Akazaya Nine, the loyal retainers of Kozuki Oden, each know their master's sword technique to hurt him, and while the cuts aren't deep, each one will be a ferocious fighter seeking to kill him.
  • Benevolent Boss: When sober, Kaido seems to treat his higher ranked subordinates with much more respect than his rank and file grunts. When he speaks with the Tobi Roppo, King and Jack he talks to them very casually and respectfully. He expresses interest to drink with Sasaki later when he asked, takes Ulti’s rude comments and annoyance towards him with stride and acceptance, allows Black Maria to slack off and hang on him during a party, lets them address him without any titles or honorifics and even asks King and Jack’s permission to let the Topi Roppo fight them for their Lead Performer spots. Overall it seems he’s a very receptive and honest leader when he isn’t as drunk as a fish. During the raid on Onigashima, when Jack gets overpowered by Dogstorm and Cat Viper in their sulong, Kaido actually rushes into to save him. Then, when Jack laments how he has failed him, Kaido reassures him that he fought well and that the pair were just too strong, before telling Jack to leave to tend to his wounds.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Big Mom form an alliance after a fierce clash as they put aside their differences and plan for world domination.
  • Blood Knight: While he never shows visible excitement for a fight, Kaido seeks to cause, and of course, participate in, the war to end all wars. He's also visibly annoyed that Kurozumi Higurashi steps in his battle with Oden, one of the very few who are able to fight on par with him. After Luffy damages him in their second match, Kaido is initially stunned at the sheer level of progress Luffy has attained in such short time. Rather than being shaken or giving into rage, Kaido instead smiles in anticipation of a good fight.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Orochi hires Kaido as a muscle to protect his rule over the Land of Wano, however Kaido reveals he plans to turn Wano into his own Pirate Paradise and, before Orochi can object, he swiftly decapitates him.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: After Oden's execution, he lifts Momonosuke by his neck from high up on Oden's castle but, disappointed by Momonosuke's lack of courage, instead of just dropping him to his death, Kaido considers the boy unworthy of being killed by himself and just throws him back into the castle with the intent of having him burn inside it, and flies off without making sure he's ended Oden's bloodline.
  • Breath Weapon: His dragon form can breathe a powerful burst of flames that doesn't just incinerate, but totally obliterates Oden Castle from quite a distance away. He has also lightning and wind breaths as well, going with the chinese dragon's air elemental motif.
  • Bring It: After Luffy official declares war on him and Big Mom, Kaido accepts the challenge and boasts that he'll show him the strongest army of the world.
  • Broken Pedestal: Kaido's callous treatment towards Yamato eventually ends up killing the reverence his son once had for him. By the time Luffy removes the explosive handcuffs from his wrists, Yamato is so upset to learn that Kaido was willing to blow him up that he turns on his father for good.
  • Carry a Big Stick: He wields a kanabo, and he's able to send a Mook flying off an island with one swing... through the roof... of what appeared to be a cave. He oneshots Luffy's Gear Fourth using the same mace.
  • Create Your Own Hero: By approving Oden's execution of being boiled alive and then accepting his deal, Kaido allowed Yamato to look at Oden's impressive feat, which would inspire her into following Oden's ideals and inherit his will. Thus, Kaido is the reason Yamato, his own daughter, opposes him.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Inverted Trope in his first fight with Luffy. Luffy manages to land some good hits on him at the beginning of their battles rather than the end, but is still one-shotted later.
  • Death Glare: He gives one to Luffy after he declares his intention to be pirate King.
  • Death Seeker: In his life, he has survived forty execution attempts and over ten thousand methods of torture. At this point, he attempts new ways to kill himself simply to find out if he can be killed, and his initial in-person introduction comes in the form of him throwing himself off of a Sky Island and surviving mostly uninjured.
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted. Kaido ultimately does not go through with sparing Oden despite his promises, but it is solely because of Orochi's will and Kaido being bound to it. Before reluctantly carrying out the execution, the two share some amicable parting words with Kaido sincerely apologizing and mentioning he killed Kurozumi Higurashi while Oden encourages Kaido to grow stronger.
  • Doom Magnet: Every time he's mentioned, something bad will happen (or is happening).
  • Draconic Humanoid: Kaido's hybrid form turns him into a human-dragon hybrid. It has his humanoid body but partially covered with scales, reptilian limbs and an extra pair of horns.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Kaido of the Four Emperors, known as the strongest "creature" in the world, takes the form of a massive East Asian dragon (ironic given their usual benevolent god-like portrayal; Western Dragons are more in line with his brutality and greed), and rules his territory as a near merciless Evil Overlord.
  • The Dreaded: While it comes with being an Emperor, Kaido's strength is renowned in the entire world and everyone is wary of having him as an enemy. Gecko Moria isn't willing to fight him again for Revenge until he has ammassed a thousand-strong zombie army and has a trump card in the zombie of one of the most powerful giants in history on his side. Doflamingo, who has such political power and knowledge that he doesn't fear anyone, would rather face the wrath of the Admirals than that of Kaido. Kid and his alliance plan to take on Shanks, showing they aren't afraid to take on one of the Emperors. When Kaido literally drops out of the sky onto their island, they are immediately terrified by his presence, making him dreaded even by the standards of other Emperors. Even fellow Emperor Charlotte Linlin refers to Kaido as "that thing" and laughs at the idea of Luffy being able to defeat him. And she says this in spite of the fact that she knows Luffy beat Cracker and has the strength to clash with her own haki-enhanced elbow strike, although she doesn't fear Kaido and, when they meet, they begin a days-long fight.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: It's shown multiple times his drinking habits are a coping mecanism and he's displeased when he gets sober after his fight with Luffy.
  • Dub Name Change: In the official VIZ Media translation, his nickname is the "The King of the Beasts".
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: How his Death Seeker tendencies translates into an actual plan: Transforming Wano into a lawless paradise and waging war on the rest of the world in hope of finding something to kill him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Kaido debuts effortlessly surviving an attempted suicide by jumping off a Sky Island, then yelling for war after he rises up. It shows his abnormal resistance, his tendency to attempt on his own life and failing every time and his main goal in a single scene.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In general, Kaido is a highly honorable warrior and respects the laws of fair combat. He despises underhanded tactics and rarely takes advantage of opportunistic situations instead of earning his spoils fairly. In the one instance he ever exploits an assisted cheap shot to defeat Oden, he's incredibly disgusted and kills the perpetrator after his battle. This is played with in regards to Orochi. Kaido states he finds Orochi a sick individual and is clearly displeased with some of his actions, namely reneging on sparing Oden. However, not only does Kaido never object to his desires and protect him, he finds the sheer depths of his twistedness to be highly amusing. However it become obvious he's just putting up with him until he feels he has enough manpower for his plans. Once he enters into an alliance with Big Mom, he doesn't see any further use for Orochi and dispatches him after revealing his actual plan. He finds Oden going through with his punishment of dancing naked in the Flower Capital to be utterly disgusting, claiming he has no dignity. Also, at Oden and his companions's execution, Kaido promises to spare anyone who enters the pot and survives for 1 hour. Oden then jumps into the pot, grabs its lid, and makes his companions stand on top of it; this way, they're technically inside the pot, but out of the boiling oil. Kaido allows it because He Gave His Word and he is amused by Oden's actions. When Momo is captured and set to be executed, he's willing to allow him to live if he says he isn't the son of Oden and Toki as he feels Momo was being too cowardly when he originally confronted him 20 years back in the past (keep in mind Momo is only eight) and didn't want to kill an innocent child.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Kaido considers Oden's choice to save the hostages rather to fight him immediately a very stupid one, and claims that Oden, like Roger and Newgate, is too soft.
    • During his fight with the Akazaya Nine on top of Onigashima, he declares his respect for the samurai because of his belief that death completes a person. While it is one aspect of the samurai way of life, he neglects to understand the other aspects of the Samurai, including discipline, loyalty, and an unconditional respect for all life.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He calls Orochi's execution of Tonoyasu a sick display while laughing at it.
  • Evil Laugh: Worororo.
  • Evil Overlord: Kaido seems to have dozens of underlings, allies, and islands under his control, like most of the Emperors. What separates him from all of the others, including Linlin, is that it's implied he's very much a traditional one. In his main territory of Wano, everyone outside of the Flower Capital ruled by Orochi is forced into slave labor to make weapons, and even the Flower Capital doesn't escape untouched once Kaido moves on with his plans.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Kaido and Moria thought twenty years before the beginning of the story, and both are heinous pirates, though it's implied Moria wasn't so bad back then.
  • Expy: Kaido bears a frighteningly uncanny resemblance to Kiba Daio of Fist of the North Star fame (which Oda admitted to enjoying in his youth) with his crew following the animal theme.
  • Fatal Flaw: Kaido has two: his first flaw is his alcoholism and his second flaw is his arrogance. As the undisputed World's Strongest Man and a Nigh-Invulnerable Tank with enough power to put billion-bounty pirates down in one swing (read: Luffy), Kaido himself is pretty much the only thing standing in the way of his ambitions.
  • Floating Continent: After defeating the Akazaya Nine, Kaido lifts Onigashima up to the air using fire clouds created by his dragon form and plans to move it in place of the Flower Capital.
  • Foreshadowing: His Establishing Character Moment has him casually jump off a Sky Island with no damage upon hitting the ground. The fact he has reached such an high place and the narration that states that he is unbeatable in land, sea and air, are hints to his ability to become a dragon.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Unlike fellow emperors and ex-crew mates Whitebeard and Big Mom, Kaido was just an apprentice in the Rocks Pirates, similar to Shanks' status on Roger's crew. In the decades since, however, his terrifying strength, expanding entourage of brutal underlings, and takeover of the Land of Wano has made him a looming threat to the World Government and earned him the infamous honor of the highest active pirate bounty in the series, at just over 4.6 billion.
  • Functional Addict: Despite being a raging alcoholic, he's managed to actively and effectively rule over Wano with an iron fist for over 20 years without interruption. It helps that he's way too stupidly strong for anybody to hurt him even when he's drunk, though. Luffy learns this the hard way when he launches a barrage on a drunken Kaido, doing no damage and earning himself a non-lethal One-Hit Kill for his troubles.
  • Genre Blind: Kaido decides to break the spirit of Luffy, whose most defining trait is to never give up, and he's thrown in the same jail cell with Kid who Kaido also failed to break which would guarantee an alliance between the two. Possibly invoked, as Kaido wishes to die and wants the two to become worthy opponents for him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While Kaido doesn't appear, his actions are responsible for making Moria the villain he has become, meaning he's the main cause of the Thriller Bark arc. Then becomes the main driving force of the narrative after the Straw Hats enters the New World, as Caesar Clown, Doflamingo, and Jack, three of the most prevalent antagonists post-timeskip, all work for him, the latter being one of his executive officers. As of the Wano Country Arc, Kaido fully takes over as the main antagonist of the narrative. This is even lampshaded by Shinobu who notes that Orochi isn't the main threat between the two and taking him out would solve nothing. Kaido has always been the bigger problem that needs to be addressed.
  • Hidden Depths: For as much of a Jerkass as Kaido comes across most of the time and as much of a Bad Boss as he initially seemed when he was drunk off his ass, during the Raid on Onigashima, he actually goes out of his way to save Jack who suffers a Curb-Stomp Battle from a sulonged Dogstorm and Cat Viper and then reassuring a defeated Jack that he has nothing to be ashamed of, instead urging him to get his wounds treated. That sort of compassion towards one of his subordinates is especially notable after seeing how his fellow Emperor Big Mom doesn't care about the well-being or safety of her own crew/children in the slightest.
  • Horned Humanoid: Once we see him in the flesh he has horns not unlike those we've seen on Oars. They're also a part of his pirate emblem.
  • Hypocrite: His constant belittling and dismissing of younger pirates as wannabes playing games is a bit unwarranted since Kaido himself started out as an apprentice on the ship an even greater pirate.
  • Irony: Is considered the most brutal and dreaded among Four Emperors with an Island Base that has a demonic motif. In real life mythology, Eastern Dragons are usually considered divine in the benevolent sense and killing them is considered an act of sacrilege, to add more irony to his Devil Fruit, many of Kaido's high-ranking officers use varying models of the Dragon-Dragon Fruit, which allows them to turn into dinosaurs (as the kanji for "Dragon" makes up part of the Japanese term for "Dinosaur"). Despite his fruit allowing him to turn into a dragon, Kaido's is actually a mythical model of the Fish-Fish Fruit.
  • Island Base: Kaido resides in Onigashima, the "Oni island" located next to Wano. It even has a giant mansion shaped like a horned skull which resembles him.
  • Jerkass: All of his traits define him as a very unpleasant person whose reedemable qualities are overshadowed by his worst ones. Compared to his fellow emperors, Shanks is friendly as long as you don't mess with his friends, Whitebeard hides his good side under a jerkass persona, Blackbeard genuinely cares about his crew, and Big Mom is violently unstable and prone to Disproportionate Retribution, but is legitimately psychotic and unable to understand that her actions are beyond the pale, as well as having a truly tragic backstory. Kaido is willing to disrupt the state of the world at a chance of grabbing power from Whitebeard; threw Moria past the Despair Event Horizon by murdering his entire crew, turning Moria into the Jerkass he is today; and has a temper so legendary that Doflamingo gives everything up in order to not face his rage. Upon his first in-the-flesh appearance, he's demanding a war to end all wars to destroy this "mundane world" and find something capable of killing him. Kaido doesn't care one wit about Yamato's dreams and is abusive in several ways from regularly beating her, to attaching shackles that will result in a powerful explosion if removed or she leaves the island base. And where she wants to open up Wano in a benign fasion for the people, he wants to turn the land into his own war machine and sends literally floats Onigamshmi over to Wano to place it in the Flower Capital. Despite knowing full well dropping it in the middle of the city will kill hundred of citizens within, but not caring since he figures they can always get more slaves.
  • Join or Die: This is his M.O. if he sees a strong pirate: he tries to force them to be work under him, otherwise won't hesitate to kill them if they refuse. A good majority of his crew in fact are former captains who he conscripted. He even pulls this on Orochi's followers after he cuts down Orochi when he objects to his plan to take over the Flower Capital.
  • Just Toying with Them: After receiving multiple wounds from the Scabbards and Izo that actually make him bleed and briefly open his scar again, Kaido grunts in disappointment that, while he acknowledges they are strong, they aren't even close to Oden's strength. From that point on, Kaido is done holding back and takes the fight seriously, starting with him cutting Kiku's left arm off with blasts of Razor Wind. He then reverts to his human form and defeats them with ease, leaving all nine of them a bloodied and beaten mess with him suffering only superficial wounds from the aftermath.
  • Kaiju: His Zoan form is a huge Eastern Dragon. Luffy in Gear Fourth form, which is much larger than a normal human, is smaller than his eyeball.
  • Kick the Dog: During their raid at Oden's castle, Kaido cruelly mocks Momonosuke over his father's death calling him a "foolish lord", chokes the poor boy over a ledge, threatening him to throwing him down the cliff only to throw him into a burning building instead, and leaves Momonosuke for dead with his sister and mother and flies away.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kaido brutally kills Higurashi after taking out Oden due to her interfering with his fight with him. Considering how manipulative she is and Wano is turned into a wasteland also thanks to her help, its hard not say she didn't have it coming. Then, after revealing his New Onigashima Project, Kaido shocks everyone and beheads Orochi when the latter disagrees with his plans. This is completely satisfying as Orochi is absolute asshole to everyone around him and turned Wano into a hellhole for more than 20 years out of petty revenge. Aside from his own men, no one would mourn his death. Even they barely mourn Orochi and reveal to hold no loyalty to him when immediately joining Kaido after being offered the chance.
  • Kill 'Em All: He massacred Moria's entire crew the Gecko Pirates when they clashed in Wano about 20 years before the beginning of the story and one year after Roger's execution, hence why Moria is the way he is now.
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: Kaido has rigged Yamato's handcuffs to explode should he ever leave Onigashima. When he finds this out, Yamato turns against his father for good.
  • Large and in Charge: Kaido is absolutely massive, far larger than any of his underlings, including the already big Calamities.
  • Large Ham: So far, all of Kaido's screen time has featured him shouting in a rage at some point, especially when he's drunk and swings from sadness to anger in a few seconds.
  • Legendary Carp: The basis of his Fish-Fish Fruit. Kaido doesn't become an actual fish, but a dragon, in reference to the folktale of a carp swimming up a waterfall to become a dragon.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Perfectly demonstrated during his first fight with Luffy. Kaido, in his dragon and humanoid form, takes no damage from Luffy's barrage of techniques in Gear Third and Gear Fourth, and he takes all these attacks because he's drunk. Once he sobers up, Kaido speedblitzes Luffy and takes him out with one swing of his mace. Or during his duel with Oden, when he's stunned by the slash delivered by the samurai and is seen collapsing into a mountain range. The next moment, he's already in human form, delivering the finishing blow to (an admittedly distracted) Oden. When Luffy confronts him a second time, he just barely manages to dodge Kaido's mace thanks to his improved Observation Haku, commenting even when he saw ahead, Kaido still attacked much faster than he anticipated.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: They've tried to execute him 40 times, including by hanging. It didn't work; his intro says that the ropes and chains broke, and the spears and guillotines shattered.
  • Meaningful Name: His name can translate into "Church" or "Temple", and wears a Shimenawa for a belt. He also shares (part of) the name with a Oni of folklore, "Kaidomaru", which is appropriate to his other Oni motif.
  • Mood-Swinger: When drunk, he can very easily go from weepy and sorrowful to violent and abusive to whimsically friendly and cheerful at the drop of a hat.
  • Mysterious Past: It seems he's had an arrangement with Big Mom in the past, to the point that she claims he has a debt to her. Kaido claims that the debt was from long ago, but she insists it's a life-long debt. We later learn that they used to be in the same pirate crew, and that the debt comes from her giving him his Devil Fruit on the day their captain, Rocks D. Xebec, fell.
  • Mythical Motifs: Eastern Dragons. He has a massive black dragon tattoo on his person and the general invincibility associated with them. He's eaten a Devil Fruit that turns him into a giant eastern dragon.
  • Named After Someone Famous: Kaido's name comes from the name of the famous Mongol general Kaidu Han, who tried to conquer Japan with his fleet. Kaidu Han had a daughter who was famous because of her strength.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: His first onscreen appearance has him jump off of a Sky Island. The ground is more hurt than he is. In fact, he's so invulnerable, he considers suicide attempts a hobby. Dude had been captured and executed numerous times to no avail and survived, and has shrugged off thousands of different forms of torture. Though, he has been defeated (seven times, in fact) and he can be injured, as the x-shaped scar on his body shows, albeith he received it from Kozuki Oden, who in life was one of the strongest men of the world. In his first encounter with Luffy, a barrage of Elephant Gatling and a barrage of Kong's Organ only sobers him. During the Onigashima War, Kaido tanks attacks from the Red Scabbards, Luffy, Zoro, Killer, Kid and Law one after another and still doesn't fall down, despite them having managed to bypass his invincibility. During their fight, Luffy learns that the secret of Kaido's durability is that he covers himself with Conqueror's haki.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Played with. After Big Mom is taken prisoners to Onigashima, Kaido orders his men to feed her because he wants to fight his fellow Emperor at her fullest strength.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Even at his drunkest, he doesn't play games. As soon as he reaches Luffy and Law, he tries to incinerate them with a blast of fire, and when Luffy manages to punch him out of his stupor and forces him to revert to his base form, Kaido simply knocks him out with one kanabo swing without saying any word until Luffy's defeat.
  • Not Even Human: While Kaido is presumably is a human, he's been referred to several times by dehumanizing terms, such as Big Mom calling him "that thing", and his being known as the strongest 'creature' in the world, instead of the strongest 'man' (although it's unknown if he could have beaten Whitebeard). He's also a Horned Humanoid, and it's never been explained why.
  • Not Hyperbole: There is a very good reason Kaido carries the title of "King of the Beasts": he's eaten a Devil Fruit that turns him into a dragon, which is generally considered the strongest beast.
  • Not Me This Time: Caesar Clown boasts that Kaido is backing his experiments and that he's interested in SMILE — The Artificial Devil Fruits, to build his army with it. Does that mean he's also behind the gigantification experiments on children? Nope. Clown outright said that the experiments were to see if he could do it as a triumph to his own brilliance in succeeding in the World Government's incomplete pet projects. It later turns out that the gigantification experiments were financed by Big Mom. Caesar Clown later admits to himself that the results Big Mom wanted are practically impossible.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Despite his incredible strength and seemingly indestructible body, not only he's been captured (and so probably beaten) a few times already, he has received one scar from Kozuki Oden, and it's still visible after twenty years since their clash. During the raid at Onigashima, the Akazaya Nine actually manage to wound him in their surprise combined attack, much to his shock, albeit their wound is much smaller than the one inflicted by Oden. As they fight on the top of Onigashima, Kaido grows more and more surprised by how much the samurai hurt him, despite noting they're much weaker than Oden. And when Luffy reaches the rooftop, he manages to actually hurt him using advanced Armament Haki. It only gets hammered in further as the fight goes on, with each of the other currently present Supernovas revealing that they have developed their own techniques that can bypass Kaido's absurd durability. This comes to a head when Luffy figures out Kaido's secret to his power: "Coating" himself with the Conquer's Haki, that doesn't even need physical contact to hit their opponent. Luffy then proceeds to incorporate it into his attacks, finally inflicting some heavy damage to the Emperor and even the playing field in their battle.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • As he's about to execute Momonosuke, Kaido is caught by surprise by the Akazaya Nine who rush the stage to save Momonosuke and attack him head-on. He even sees an image of Oden as they do. Even moreso when their attacks actually pierce him, revealing to him that just because Oden's dead, the techniques to harm Kaido didn't die with him.
    • When Luffy confronts him a second time, along with Zoro, Law, Kidd and Killer. Big Mom and Kaido are shocked when Luffy starts the fight attacking him and manages to actually hurt him with a single punch.
  • One-Hit Kill: To date, no one has gotten back up from a direct hit from his club. Not even Luffy, who endured countless brutal beatdowns from both Doflamingo and Katakuri, nor Kozuki Oden, a samurai powerful enough to be considered a valuable fighter in both the Whitebeard and Roger Pirates, albeit the latter was still conscious after the blow.
  • One-Winged Angel: While fighting Luffy, Zoro, Law, Kidd and Killer, the five Supernovas prove to be such a though fight for Kaido to force him into using his hybrid form, which combines the strength of his human body as well as his dragon abilities.
  • The Only One Allowed To Kill You: After their first fight, Kaido has developed such animosity toward Luffy to the point that he won't even let Big Mom have first crack at him.
  • Oni: Invoked in his design, as he has two big horns, carries a huge club, loves his booze, is much smarter than his brutish look suggests, and makes his stronghold in Onigashima (lit. Island of the Ogres). Given that he's Ambiguously Human, he may be an actual oni.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Downplayed. He gave Yamato a beating after the latter told Kaido she wanted to literally become Kozuki Oden. But apart from that, Kaido apparently took it relatively in stride, considering that he still refers to Yamato as "his son".
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He's a Mythical Zoan user who can take the form of a gigantic East Asian dragon. The fruit in question, however, is a model of the Fish-Fish Fruit.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Whenever the Emperors are mentioned early on, his various prototype silhouettes always sport Slasher Smiles; however, when he makes his official debut, Kaido constantly has an angry grimace instead.
  • Pet the Dog: At Oden's execution, although Kaido goes back on his word to spare Oden and his men, Kaido does give a sincere apology to Oden for Higurashi's interference and killed her himself for what she had done. The two part words with each other as Kaido kills him with a bullet to the head (which may also count as a mercy kill). During the raid at Onigashima, after Jack takes a beating holding off the Sulong Minks, Kaido praises his subordinate for managing to hold out for so long even though he ultimately failed in beating Cat Viper and Dogstorm. He even steps forward to protect Jack from them, specifically stating that he refuses to see one of his most valued crewmates killed and that Jack did an excellent job in holding out against such strong opponents.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Kaido prefers to recruit any powerful adversaries into his crew rather than go the route of killing them, as that would be a complete waste of their power. He has found allies in various Supernovas and tries recruiting Luffy and Kid, as well as offering all of Orochi's former allies to join him after he kills Orochi. While he immensely enjoys fighting a Worthy Opponent fairly, he still knows how to prioritize. Defied during his climactic fight with Oden, which is brought to a swift end because Higurashi disguises herself as Momonosuke to distract Oden, which Kaido doesn't waste. However, Kaido dislikes having to retort to a cheap trick and kills Higurashi afterward for interferring with their fight in an underhanded way.
  • Razor Wind: As the Akazaya Nine put Kaido on the edge, the latter roars in his dragon form, creating many air blades, one of which cuts off Kikunojo's left arm.
  • Red Baron: Kaido, "King of the Beasts", doesn't sound like the type of guy you want to trifle with.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Many of Kaido's higher officers are former pirate captains of other crews, such as X Drake. He sends Luffy to the prison mines, along with Kid, with the intention to break their spirit until they want to become his allies.
  • Sadist: Has shades of this, which isn't surprising given his crew is made up of sick sadists. He gets a lot of kicks out of Orochi's evil deeds and collaborated with Doflamingo and Caesar on naming SMILEs.
  • Scaled Up: He's eaten a dragon-model Zoan-type Devil Fruit, as he appears at the end of Wano's first act as a truly massive serpentine dragon.
  • Scars Are Forever: Despite being notorious for his invincibility, he has a cross-shaped scar on his right side, inflicted by Kozuki Oden, wielding the Meitou Enma and Ame no Habakiri, twenty years before the events of Wano. To date, it's also his only scar.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Before fighting Oden, Kaido mocks his choice of solving problems without harming anyone, noting how this soft side is similar to Roger's and Whitebeard's, and considers it stupid since neither Kaido nor Orochi had any intention of respecting the deal.
  • Slasher Smile: After seeing Yasuie's execution, Kaido shows a huge grin for the first time, making it incredibly unsettling. Later, on top of Onigashima, Kaido gets on at the start of his second battle with Luffy, actually pleased the young pirate has managed to harm him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: During the Marineford Arc, Kaido attempts to attack Whitebeard and his territories by taking advantage of him focusing on rescuing Ace. While this causes Shanks to (indirectly) ally with Whitebeard, it also keeps the former busy long enough that by the time Shanks arrives, the damage is done with Whitebeard and Ace's death.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Quite literally. The next Emperor shown tends to be more antagonistic than the last. Everyone else has some redeeming qualities, even if slightly. Kaido doesn't appear to have any; even when he is at his most well-behaved and respectful, he will never shy away from any chance to advance his agenda. As far as his power level is concerned, he is frequently described as the strongest "creature" in the world; defeating him is 30% at best if you're Law and Luffy, and that's after slamming him and Doflamingo into each other. Just to make everyone crap their pants, the novels explain that Kaido might be able to beat Whitebeard in a one on one fight. Luffy's strongest attacks mostly just sobers him up and pisses him off, and one kanabo strike has Luffy out for the count.
  • Sparing the Aces: He'll accept anyone into his crew as long as they are strong enough. Those that accept his initial offer will get a pardon for all offenses committed against him. Those that don't will receive an educational course.
  • Speed Blitz: His "Thunder Bagua" attack is so fast that Luffy claims to have barely dodged it even after predicting it with his Observation Haki.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His villainous appearance is accentuade by the spiked bands he wears around his wrists.
  • Suddenly Sober: A good thrashing is all that's needed to instantly snap him out of a drunken sober, much to his disappointment though since he'd rather stay drunk.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Kaido's actions amount to die by involving the entire world. He wishes to die but survived dozens of execution attempts and is not even able to kill himself. This being the case, he's decided to start the biggest world war ever just in the hopes that someone strong enough to kill him will show up and give him a glorious death.
  • Super Toughness: Kaido is considered the strongest "creature" in the entire One Piece world and has survived countless execution attempts. In his debut, he jumps off a Sky Island and lands unscathed, and in combat he shows a huge level of resistance tanking as if it's nothing an entire barrage of Gear Fourth gatling and then the combined attacks of the Akazaya Nine.
  • Tattooed Crook: His left arm is covered in scale-like tattoos that stretch all the way up to his chest, though it's hard to tell if it reaches his back too through all his hair.
  • This Cannot Be!: After the Akazaya Nine reveal their present at Onigashima and hurt Kaido with a sneak attack, the latter decides to fight them on top of Onigashima. However, Kaido, aware of his status as "invincible", gets more and more frustrated and surprised that the samurai are able to hurt him.
  • To Create a Playground for Evil: Kaido plans on turning all of Wano into New Onigashima, a lawless paradise for pirates, and seemingly kills Orochi when he tries to object it. Then he wants to find the One Piece and the Ancient Weapons so he can spread fear and do the same for the world.
  • 2 + Torture = 5: Kaido makes people he considers potential underlings into slaves then forces them to do grueling labor in an attempt to break their spirit and make them join his crew.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kaido is unfailingly loyal to Orochi despite Orochi's personality being an affront to his sense of honor. He protects him at all times and never objects to or attempts to betray him despite being easily able to do so and being visibly uncomfortable with some of his orders. When musing about Orochi's personality, Kaido has even stated he finds his madness highly amusing. Subverted since Kaido is only using Orochi for his own plans and has been planning to replace him with his own son, Yamato. The exact moment Orochi starts objecting to his true plans, Kaido casually decapitates him and moves on with his speech.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Averted when it comes to Oden: in the flashback, Kaido says that he knows full well even with his powers, the samurai of the country would be a though match for him, so Orochi resorts to trickery to buy time for Kaido to bolster his forces. Even then, Oden and his men plows through the lot of them and Oden himself wounds Kaido in their face off. If Kurozumi Higurashi hadn't pulled off her Shapeshifter Guilt Trip ploy, Oden would've likely killed him.
    • However, Kaido does underestimate the Akazaya Nine: after Oden has freed his samurai, he tells Kaido to not underestimate them. However, for the next twenty years, Kaido acts like they've all been killed, not realizing they've been acting and planning in the shadows until they wound him with a surprise attack.
    • As the battle at Onigashima starts getting into full swing, Kaido believes to have broken Luffy from the first fight and that he'll turn tail first chance he gets but Kine'mon rebukes that claim, warning Kaido to underestimate Luffy at his own peril. Later, when Luffy reaches the top of Onigashima to fight Kaido and Big Mom. The two mock him for his declaration to be king of the pirates with Kaido daring him to say it again. Luffy, after making sure the Akazaya Nine are okay and having Law move them away from the battle, responds with a new Gear Three move that actually knocks Kaido down and, unlike last time, he feels it!. To which Luffy tells the two of them, straight to their faces with no fear whatsoever, that he's going to be king of the pirates. Then Luffy, Kid, Law, Zoro and Killer prove to be much tougher than Kaido expected as the fight goes on. So much so that Kaido has to go to his hybrid form when he notes he can't easily take them out in his dragon form.
  • Unwanted Rescue: During his fight with Oden, Higurashi changes herself as Momonosuke to distract Oden and allows Kaido to strike him from behind, thereby defeating him. Has she not done that Kaido likely would have been killed. However, Kaido is pissed off over her interference in his fight with such a worthy opponent and has her killed her for giving him a dishonorable victory and as an apology to Oden.
  • Villain Respect: Kaido has a certain deal of respect for Oden and executes Higurashi for being responsible for his dishonorable victory over the samurai. Later, when Oden is left without strength due to holding his retainers for an hour while in a pot of boiling oil, Kaido personally kills him as a sign of respect. Later, after Zoro seriously injures him, Kaido rejoices at finding another person capable of leaving guaranteed scars, and seems dismayed at the fact that he took him out immediately after. Lastly, while he was disdainful of Whitebeard's moral code, he respected his strength and career, and praised him for dying on his feet in a blaze of glory.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Kaido is particularly impressed with those who have Conqueror's Haki. Though he is thoroughly unimpressed by Luffy's inability to hurt him, he is impressed enough by his indomitable fighting spirit and his Conqueror's Haki to send him to the prison mines in Udon, where he previously sent Kid for the same reasons, with the intention to break his spirit and have Luffy join his ranks. During the battle on the roof of Onigashima, Kaido only really takes notice of Zoro when he realizes Zoro has Conqueror's Haki as well, right before Zoro injures him. Right after taking Zoro out, he laments the fact that none of his opponents joined him, as he feels they could have ruled the world together.
  • Villain Team-Up: Despite not wanting Big Mom in his territory to the point they actually fights for days once they meet, the two eventually reach a compromise and figure to take over the world together and fight each other later.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Kaido acknowledges that Roger and Newgate were mighty pirates, but lambasts them for being too nice and honorable and tells Oden he thinks the same of him, since the latter has decided to save the hostage in exchange of his honor rather than fight him head-on. Kaido is willing to say anything if it could grant him the upper hand. That isn't to say he has a sense of honor, it's just he's so obscenely strong that it's pretty much impossible for him to not get his way in one way or another. He's willing to write off things or be merciful to people if they impress or amuse him, not out of any virtuousness.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He only wears a furry cape or Coat Cape and his spiky bracelets on his torso. Oddly enough, he actually does put a (barely fitting) shirt when he goes out to meet Big Mom.
  • Weredragon: Kaido has eaten the Fish-Fish Fruit, model Eastern Dragon. It allows Kaido to become a dragon or a human-dragon hybrid, giving him the power over clouds and to shoot a powerful breath from his mouth.
  • The Worf Barrage: When Kaido uses his Flame Breath, it gives the chance to demonstrate his opponents's Kin'emon's Firefox style, which he already used in Punk Hazard, and Raizo's Ninjutsu.
  • Worf Had the Flu: During his very first fight with Luffy, Kaido is so drunk off his ass that at one point, he passes out and gives Luffy the opportunity to score some free hits... and then Kaido gets up and smacks Luffy once, knocking him out cold. And he uses a blunt weapon while Luffy is in Gear Fourth, which combines Haki's hardness with his rubber body.
  • World's Strongest Man: Law describes him as the strongest "creature" in existence, and that his chances of defeating him, even with his alliance with Luffy, are 30% at best. This moniker of "Strongest Creature" is also used in the narration upon his first appearance in the flesh. The novels explain that this comes in reference to his own raw strength and durability, implying that even Whitebeard could lose to him. The only person who is known to have given him pause is Shanks, who made him back off and drop his plan to ambush Whitebeard as he traveled to Marineford, and even that was more likely a matter of Kaido just not wanting to go to the trouble of dealing with him and then being too worn-out to tackle Whitebeard after him. This is reinforced by the reveal that he currently has the highest bounty of all the Emperors, meaning that he is considered the greatest threat among them by the World Government.
    Narrator: People say, "In a one-on-one fight, always bet on Kaido." Land, sea and air — out of every living thing in the world, this pirate is said to be the strongest creature alive!!!
  • Worthy Opponent: Kaido appreciates powerful warriors who are able to wound him, which are very few:
    • After Oden scars him, Kaido gains a lot of respect to him, and is not happy to have won thanks to a cheap trick by Higurashi and has her killed. Later, Kaido personally executes Oden by himself to prove how much he respects him, and is disappointed to find out that Momonosuke doesn't have his father's badassery.
    • Naturally, Kaido considers Whitebeard a worthy opponent and attempts to challenge him after Ace's capture — and his comments after he's introduced making a 10km high suicide attempt, implies he's annoyed that Whitebeard died during the Paramount War.
    • In the third act of the Wano Arc, after the Akazaya Nine throw all they can at him and get ready to attack again, he remarks that he wouldn't have minded if they had managed to kill him and that seeing them together prompted his old scar from Oden to ache. That said, he still makes it clear to them that they are far too weak compared to their deceased Lord to be any match for him.
    • Notably, after getting hurt from Luffy's attack, Kaido compares him to the people who were capable of challenging him: Roger, Whitebeard, Oden, Shanks, and his former captain, Rocks, and wonders how high Luffy's ceiling will go. Then, after Law leaves them to fight each other on their own, after Luffy has figured out how to imbue his attacks with Conqueror's Haki, both of them are visibly grinning as they clash.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As Lady Speed and Tama can attest, he has no issues with beating up a girl, even if still a child. The fact he was drunk when he beat them probably has made things easier. Later, he shows no reservations whatsoever fighting Big Mom, his fellow Emperor, all out. Even his own son (who was born as a woman) isn't exempt as Yamato mentions Kaido beat him up when he claimed to take up Oden's mantle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Right after Tama, an eight year old girl, has escaped with Speed, they run into a drunken Kaido who attacks both of them. Fortunately though, while he leaves her bloody and unconscious on the ground as a result, he clearly seems to have taken it very easy on her given the fact that she somehow managed to survive his beating without major injury. While sober, Kaido does appear to be slightly more lenient towards children as long their deaths serve no purpose towards his plans. While he's still very much willing to execute Momonosuke, even if Orochi's grudge towards the Kozuki family means nothing to him, Kaido does try to give the boy an out, albeit a humiliating one; if he renounces his father Kozuki Oden and his name, Kaido would be willing to let him go. After Momonosuke proudly declares to be a Kozuki, Kaido prepares to kill him). It's also implied that Kaido began beating Yamato when he was around Momo's age..
  • You Don't Look Like You: Before his proper appearance, Kaido is shown in silhouettes very different from his final design. The first gives him an upturned black collar, a cross-shaped nose and crescent eyes. The second adds wavy hair, V-shaped eyes, a pointier nose and an elongated chin/forehead.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Thanks to Orochi, Kaido could get all the weapon factories to gather a huge army but, once Kaido allies with Big Mom, he decides to put his plans in motion, which are starting a huge war all over the world, turning Wano into a lawless pirate paradase and replacing Orochi as Shogun with Yamato. Therefore he has no more need for Orochi, who he promptly decapitates before he could even voice his own opinion.
  • Zigzag Paper Tassel: Going along with his name being translated to temple, he wears a Shimenawa adorned with these as a belt.

    Charlotte Linlin — "Big Mom" 
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New Emperors

    Marshall D. Teach — "Blackbeard" 

Marshall D. Teach — "Blackbeard"

Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (JP), Cole Brown (EN, pre-timeskip), Chris Rager (EN, post-timeskip)

Age: 38 (Pre-Timeskip), 40 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 223 (Manga), Episode 146 (Anime)

Devil Fruits: Dark-Dark Fruit, Tremor-Tremor Fruit
Click here to see his Post-Time Skip appearance 

"The new age they spoke of is rubbish! The age of pirate dreams is over?! People's dreams don't ever end!! Ain't that right?!"
Chapter 225

Captain, later Commodore of the Blackbeard Pirates and an ambitious former member of the Whitebeard Pirates under the second division led by Portgas D. Ace, whose fate seems entwined with Luffy's, and currently one of the Emperors. He has eaten the Dark-Dark Fruit (Yami Yami no Mi), a Logia which affords him the power of darkness. All-in-all, he's a somewhat difficult man to read. Like others with the initial "D." in their names, he's kind of a big deal.

Beginning as a no-name pirate who made an impact on Luffy in Jaya, Marshall D. "Blackbeard" Teach's relevance to the story and the One Piece world took a dramatic turn when he defeated Ace and turned him over to the Marines, securing a position as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. However, his newfound status was merely a means to an end, as he entered Impel Down during the Marineford war and recruited some high-bounty pirates into his crew, then then headed to Marineford during the climax of the Whitebeard war, and with his crew finished off a weakened Whitebeard, somehow taking Whitebeard's Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi) power for his own before departing after Shanks' arrival. Two years later, it's revealed that he took over Whitebeard's territory and is now one of the Four Emperors, having taking over Whitebeard's vacant spot. He and his crew are now searching for high level Devil Fruit users to kill so they can steal their powers.

After the timeskip, Blackbeard doesn't make his first real appearance until Chapter 925, a good 8 years removed from his last in-the-flesh appearance. Additionally, his henchmen, old and new, regularly appear to wreck havoc on anyone they cross paths with.

He was notable for becoming a Warlord with a former bounty of 0, having been almost completely unknown beforehand. However, after becoming an Emperor, he's revealed to have racked up a bounty of 2,247,600,000 berries, the lowest bounty of the Four Emperors.

  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Teach was in the service of Whitebeard for over 22 years, and was offered the spot of 2nd Division commander when it was vacant, due to his strength, durability, and knowledge of Haki, but he declined, saying he had no such ambitions, giving his support to Ace. Long story short, he lied...or perhaps rather, his ambitions went far above being under an Emperor.
    • In addition, he becomes a Warlord with a former bounty of 0, being an absolute unknown before then. This changes when his post-timeskip status comes with a staggering bounty of 2,247,600,000, which is easily the biggest jump in bounty in the series, the first bounty revealed that crosses into 2 billion, and the first Emperor to have their bounty revealed, showing that Blackbeard has become not just a credible threat with ease, but one who everyone worth their salt is now aware of.
  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin is darker than most of the characters, and according to Oda his nationality in the real world would be Somalia.
  • Ambiguously Human: The story has been hinting that Teach is not a normal human, even by the more expansive standards of the show. For one he can tank hits pretty easily, even with the drawback of the Dark-Dark Fruit sucking projectiles at him. He'll cringe at the pain but be no worse for wear if allowed to recover (see his fight with Ace, Luffy in Impel Down and against Whitebeard at Marineford). He manages to recover from extreme poison in less then a hour after being given an antidote when it took Luffy a full day and some special hormones to do so (though Luffy fought off the poison while Teach has it cured). During the Oden flashback it's noted by Shanks and Buggy that Teach has apparently never slept a day in his life. However the greatest evidence of this is the fact that his body can somehow absorb more than one Devil Fruit, a feat thought impossible without dying. Marco himself even notes that Teach's unusual body makes it possible for him to do many things thought impossible. There is also the time in Mock Town where Luffy and Zoro says Blackbeard is not a "him" but a "them", a statement which remains ambiguous.
  • Angry, Angry Hippos: He happens to look like a hippo, being fat with missing teeth, and despite his silly appearance and demeanor, Blackbeard is one of the world's most dangerous pirates.
  • Animal Motifs: Not particularly obvious as such (was approved by the creator) but an edition of the warlords figures came with animal themes. What was Blackbeard?... A hippo. Though initially seeming a little goofy this is in fact a very apt choice as hippos are known for deceptive appearances being described as truly unpredictable and one of, if not THE most dangerous animals in the world. This also is somewhat accurate around his sheer size and his ability to appear both harmless, stupid, clever and terrifying (not to mention his stout body and broken and missing teeth making him look like a hippo in a way.)
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Luffy himself; who holds Blackbeard chiefly responsible for Marineford and all that went wrong there, most of all Ace's death, regardless of Blackbeard having not physically sealed the matter. It may be mutual, given in their first conversation since then in Dressrosa, Blackbeard seemed unsettlingly delighted that Luffy was back in the game.
    • From his first appearance to his eventual imprisonment at Impel Down, Ace considered Blackbeard this due to his murder of Thatch. Even with Whitebeard himself telling Ace not to go after Blackbeard, he felt personally responsible as Thatch was a close friend while Teach was a member of his division.
  • Arc Words: At the conclusion of his duel with Ace on Banaro Island, which is where Blackbeard reveals the true extent of his powers and ambitions, Blackbeard says this: "The sun or the darkness - there will only be one winner!" following the theme of "Dawn of the World" that is very persistent in the series, particularly in the last arcs, and a foreshadowing to Teach's conflict with Luffy.
  • Badass Beard: One of the most straightforward examples of this trope. True to his epithet, he has a black beard which gets longer in every appearance, reflecting his current status and power. In his first appearance, when he's still a no one, he has barely a Perma-Stubble, then, after he becomes a Warlord, he has a short black beard. After the two year time-skip, during which he has become one of the Four Emperors, he has a long braided beard, just like the real life Blackbeard.
  • Badass Boast: "THIS IS MY ERA!"
  • Bait the Dog: He seemed nice to Luffy and his crew, but the Marineford Arc gave us a true idea of his personality as someone who is more concerned with power than True Companions.
  • Batman Gambit: Successfully playing off of Whitebeard's familial protectiveness of his 'children'? Using the war to infiltrate Impel Down and double his crew size knowing the whole world's attention would be on Marineford? Certainly qualifies.
  • Benevolent Boss: As a dark reflection of Luffy's affection for his crew, Teach is very compassionate and caring for those in his core crew, earning Undying Loyalty from most of them. However, it's stated that while he's not exactly a Bad Boss to crews allied with him, he does not care for them at all.
  • Beard of Evil: It has taken three costume changes, but he has finally gotten one. It's even tied up in singular strands like his real life namesake.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Big Bad of the Whitebeard War saga, having kick-started the Whitebeard War, became an Emperor after killing Whitebeard himself, and currently ties with Sakazuki and Imu as the primary antagonist of the series.
  • Big Eater: He debuts in a seemingly throwaway scene in which he attempts to match Luffy pound for pound in food. They just happen to have opposite tastes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His first encounter with Luffy, Zoro, and Nami has Teach agree with them that the era of dreams in piracy is still worth living towards and gives a speech that embodies one of the series' main themes of dreams, while his interactions, aside of arguing with Luffy over food, are exclusively benevolent. At the end of the Jaya arc, he's revealed to be Blackbeard, the one who pillaged the former Drum Kingdom and whom Ace is hunting, as well as an associate of Doc Q., Jesus Burgess and Van Augur, who have shown a much more malicious side. Not much after, Blackbeard is revealed to be a hedonistic murderer who has aims to take over the world and become Pirate King.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • His Dark-Dark powers have some drawbacks. It's unique among the Logias in that it doesn't make him immune to physical strikes (he in fact speculates that it might even make them hurt more) and projectiles are slightly drawn to him. In fact, the only way he can protect himself with his power is if he sees the attack coming first and then absorbs it with his darkness powers. This wouldn't be much of a drawback if he was a more serious fighter but he often lets down his guard and will even talk to his opponents in the middle of a fight leaving himself open to attack.
    • When Teach's inability to sleep is discussed by a young Shanks and Buggy, Shanks is envious that Teach can live twice as much as other people, but Buggy argues having such a monstrous attribute can't be that simple. Also, the first glimpse of a young Teach readers had, in supplementary material, was him crying on his lonesome at night...
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Blackbeard will step on anyone to achieve his goals, and appears incapable of understanding the concept of "grudges" (to the point that he doesn't seem to hold any grudges himself). For example, when Ace confronts him about killing Thatch, he pretty much brushes off the issue and invites Ace to join his crew, despite it being painfully obvious that Ace has come for vengeance.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's big, cheerful, idealistic, Affably Evil, cares for the well-being of his men, is a Big Eater matching Luffy, and loves a good fight. If anything, what makes his actions unnerving is that he doesn't seem to have an "off" switch for his friendliness, as seen when he cheerfully addresses Ace and tries to recruit him while planning to murder Luffy.
  • Born Lucky: Although he is much smarter than he looks, the success of his many extravagant plans have been helped by many external factors, of which Blackbeard has taken full advantage. The first step in his plan to gain the Warlord position is by killing Luffy and gain the Government's approval, but Ace happens to be tailing Teach at the time, saving him the trouble of hunting down anyone and having a prize so valuable that it would skyrocket his notoriety immediately. Not only does capturing Ace give him the position, but it also places Whitebeard in a compromising position which would not have happened were it have been Luffy. The second phase of his plan, breaking in to Impel Down and finding recruits, mostly works because Luffy is already wreaking havoc. Even still, his crew is easily put down by Magellan alone, and Teach and his crew are only saved from death from Shiryu, who is free due to Luffy's presence. Finally he arrives in Marineford at a time when Whitebeard and the Marines are at their weakest, allowing him to kill Whitebeard and steal his Devil Fruit. As Shiryu gripes, Teach has no regard for contingencies and plans on the seat of his pants, but somehow, destiny has continuously chosen to favor him.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Mocks Whitebeard to his face, insulting his inability to save Ace and the fact that his Devil Fruit is useless against Blackbeard's own. Whitebeard responds by feinting to stab him with his bisento and then use a quake attack to Blackbeard's face.
  • Cain and Abel: As the Whitebeard Pirates consider each other their captain's adopted children and call him "father", Teach killing Thatch for his Devil Fruit makes him the Cain to the latter's Abel.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Just like his namesake, the most famous example of this trope.
  • Carpet of Virility: A Type 2 example — he's an obese man with a hairy chest. Also, he's evil.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: You know that bar patron who ate cherry pies, and told Luffy to follow his dreams? He's that guy who laid waste to the Drum Kingdom, and scared King Wapol away. He's also the guy who Ace is after, and murdered Thatch — one of the world's strongest man's top commanders: You know, Blackbeard. Even one of the early databooks called him "Cherry Pie Man".
  • The Chessmaster: One particularly adept at Xanatos Speed Chess. At this point, he's likely on par with Crocodile's cunning. His plan to become the Pirate King has so far included throwing his former commander to the World Government to detract attention away from himself. Using that feat in order to become a Warlord of the Sea to gain access to Impel Down. Relying on the whole world being too focused on the Marines' war against Whitebeard (over the aforementioned commander) to notice him breaking into Impel Down and recruiting the worst criminals held there into his crew. Finally, showing up in the middle of said war to kill Whitebeard and steal his Devil Fruit power.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Whenever he makes a big speech, all of the attention is gathered around himself. In his debut scene, Blackbeard makes a speech about how pirates' dreams never ends and the direction remains concentrated on him, to the point that the scenery disappears when Blackbeard utters the final words.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Did this to every superior he encountered in his pirate career. Second Commander Ace and Captain Whitebeard of the Whitebeard Pirates (it's even implied that he did this literally to Thatch in the anime), and the World Government as he renounced his Warlord title, after freeing several Level 6 Impel Down prisoners. Although, it seems one of his new crewmembers may have this.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Not only is he Made of Iron and capable of wielding the anti-gravity powers of the Dark-Dark Fruit, but he can also absorb other Devil Fruit Powers. He uses this particular ability to access the powers of the late Whitebeard's Tremor-Tremor Fruit.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: His overarching plan to confront Whitebeard, and steal his Devil Fruit power to conquer his territory was grand, ambitious and truly bold. So how was he to do it? Well, capture Luffy — who had just beaten a Warlord and is the son of the world's most dangerous man. This later became more crazy when he decided that turning in Ace was better — a trusted commander of the fleet of the strongest pirate alive who is fiercely protective of his "children", and the son of the late Pirate King. Given that Teach at this time had no bounty, and was traveling on basically a mast strung together by rope; this plan seemed completely idiotic. But he caught Ace and got a Warlord position from it. Yet, he still needed strong crewmembers to overthrow Whitebeard — So his plan was to break into Impel Down: The world's worst prison,which is likely to be heavily fortified in anticipation of Ace's public execution. Since Luffy did most of the chaos, it works, and they even together bring down Whitebeard, and took over his territories.
  • Cultured Badass: The SBS for Volume 82 mentions that Blackbeard enjoys reading history, and it shows with the great knowledge he has over the One Piece world which, combined with the power of his two Devil Fruits, makes him one of the most dangerous men for the World Government.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In spite of all the power he wields and the threat level that he was shown to pose, he still lost badly to Whitebeard with very little effort on Whitebeard's part (a Whitebeard that was about one step away from death, to boot) and would have been killed if his crew hadn't stepped in to save his ass.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Considering how his Devil Fruit actually draws attacks towards him and after he's taken direct hits from Whitebeard of all people he still can stand and fight without much trouble, it speaks volumes about his levels of endurance. Then again, he needs it with a Devil Fruit like that.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In spite of every trait described about him making him a completely immoral and ruthless man this drawing by Oda for an idea of what the Warlords were like as children implies that he's not as simply evil as we thought him to be. And out of all of them, he's the only one looking miserable, meaning he must've suffered a great deal before he became the way he is now. When joins the Whitebeard Pirates as a child, Oden mentions he's an orphan.
  • Dark Is Evil: Blackbeard is a contender as the main villain of the series, his color palette is mostly black and has eaten the Dark Dark Fruit, making him closely associated with dark colors. Blackbeard himself goes out of his way to claim his darkness powers are the most evil of all Devil Fruits. Considering he can completely nullify other Devil Fruit powers, there might be more to this claim than it being a simple boast...
  • Death Glare: Surprisingly for Teach, he pulls off a murderously angry death glare on Sarquiss when the latter harasses and threatens him for no reason.
  • Declining Promotion: Despite being as strong as one of Whitebeard's commanders, Blackbeard turns down the opportunity to become one, saying that 'he didn't have that ambition'. In truth, he did it to remain an unknown among Whitebeard's crew until he was ready to take the world by storm.
  • Dirty Coward: Surprising, given how he carries the Will of D. and yet faces death with cowardice. When Whitebeard is about to kill him, he has the audacity to cry about Whitebeard killing his own son. This is right after Teach mocked him and killed his subordinates. He then adds on by wimpering and cowering before him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Blackbeard now possesses the Tremor-Tremor Fruit, stolen directly from Whitebeard, and can make earthquakes and destroy or change entire landscapes. Just by laughing, he can shake the entire islands he stands on.
  • Dressed to Plunder: He's one of the characters who best represents the stereotype of the pirate: it helps that he's based off of the real-life Blackbeard. His ugly face is like the "brute" type of pirate and he wears a bandana since the beginning. While he mostly averts it in his first appearance, following his joining of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, he starts wearing a trenchcoat and a bicorn hat over his bandana, which become even more luxurious after he becomes an Emperor.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: He's always been a Large Ham, but when he gets the powers of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit he goes full-blast into this trope.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Before we ever learn his name, Teach is met in a bar acting just like Luffy in their reactions to the pie and drinks in said bar. The chief difference is their opinion on what's good and bad are opposite, a subtle hint that Blackbeard is one of Luffy's Evil Counterparts.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Another one to Luffy, and also the best fit for the trope. In addition, the rest of his crew also shadow other members of Straw Hats.
      • Just take a look at Teach's Black Hole stance — it's almost picture-perfect for Gear Second's stance, save for the open palm as opposed to closed fist. Now, contrast the black "smoke" of the Yami Yami no Mi to the white steam that comes off of Luffy. If this doesn't set off some parallel alarms, nothing's gonna.
      • This becomes even more clear with the addition of Shiryu who, being a master swordsman, is a pretty obvious shadow of Zoro.
      • Another similar trait is his own talent to get powerful pirates to join him. And at least in his original crew (if not necessarily his expanded one) Evil Is One Big, Happy Family.
      • As a parody of this trope, his parallels to Luffy even go down to their choice of food. Even the Big Eater that he is, Luffy absolutely detests cherry pie (or at least the one he had at the shop they were both at). Blackbeard, though? It's his favorite. He also apparently didn't like the same drink that Luffy enjoyed.
      • Also both Blackbeard and Luffy were recognized by Shanks as having great potential; he saves Luffy's life at the cost of his own arm, and he warns Whitebeard to not let the powerful Ace tangle with Blackbeard.
      • Another one is how both of them were influenced regarding piracy since a young age with the Wano Arc showing he joined the Whitebeards as a child.
    • His name and appearance also parallel his former captain Whitebeard. This is best seen in his first full appearance post-timeskip, which has him framed similarly to how Whitebeard was framed in his first appearance. This, along with his usurping of Whitebeard's position, territories, and powers, cements Blackbeard as the evil version of Whitebeard.
  • Evil Laugh: "Zehahahah" is pretty much the most common thing to come out of this guy's mouth, almost to the point of a Verbal Tic.
  • Evil Overlord: When he became one of the Four Emperors, he gained the territory, manpower and plain power to match, and he's definitely evil.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Akio Ōtsuka, he has a rich, booming voice befitting of a pirate. Downplayed with his English voice, which was less deep and more guttural, but still very pirate-like.
  • Exact Words: When Ace asks him why he turned down the offer to become one of Whitebeard's commanders, he explains he didn't have the ambition to be one. While it seemed that he meant that he preferred to remain a laid-back, unmotivated pirate, in truth, he meant he had much grander ambitions than being a mere commander for Whitebeard.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He mocks the idea of fearing death, positing that life and death are decided by fate. This seemingly puts him in line with other known bearers of the Will of D, who do not fear death and face it with a smile. This is subverted however in Marineford, where he screams and begs for his life when Whitebeard has him at his mercy and is visibly shaken (literally) after his attack.
  • The Fatalist: This is his crew's central motif and belief. He also believes that fate plays heavily to his plans — see Xanatos Speed Chess below.
  • Fat Bastard: He has a noticeable gut, and is very much an asshole. For bonus points, Whitebeard flat-out calls him this in the Funimation dub in the most scathing voice possible.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He'll appear friendly at first, but then he could quickly switch to mocking and killing people in a heartbeat. All while still wearing the same smile.
  • Foil: Teach and Luffy are both powerful pirates with the same goal, but they are complete opposite to each other in more ways than one:
    • Teach is a big, overweight Gonk. Luffy is a short and leanly muscular Keet.
    • Teach, for all his bravado, is a Dirty Coward deep down while Luffy isn't afraid of death.
    • Their Devil Fruit powers also notably contrast each other. Teach's Dark Dark Fruit is a Logia without the Nigh-Invulnerability that normally comes with this type of DF and its abilities possibly make Teach even more vulnerable to physical damage. Luffy's Rubber Rubber Fruit on the other hand give him resistance to physical (specifically blunt) damage, something rather rare for a Paramecia type. Teach's powers also work mostly by attraction and by manipulating his surroundings or his opponents' bodies, while Luffy's powers work by expansion and by changing his own body.
    • Teach is a Manipulative Bastard that plays Xanatos Speed Chess. Luffy is a Nice Guy, a Bad Liar, and prefers a Leeroy Jenkins approach.
    • Teach's rise to power was quiet, staying below the radar for years without receiving a bounty, before finally instantly emerging to the world by defeating Whitebeard and claiming his title as Emperor. Luffy's reputation was monitored as he quickly rose the ranks in infamy with ever increasingly large incidents.
  • For Want of a Nail: Everything that happened that lead to him becoming an Emperor was connected to his killing of Thatch and capture of Ace.
  • Foreshadowing: Ace once made a strange comment about Teach living "twice the life of people" which had seen a variety of interpretations at the time. In a flashback many chapters later, Shanks makes this same remark when Buggy tells him Teach supposedly hasn't ever slept since he was born.
  • Friendly Enemy: For the most part, anyway. He had nothing but encouragement and praise for Ace and, later, Luffy and Whitebeard. It's definitely one-sided, though, as all of them utterly despise him. On the other hand, he brutally dismissed Hannyabal's belief in the pursuit of justice while beating him down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a Giant Mook with no bounty to Warlord of the Sea to an Emperor. It's practically an invoked trope by him; he let everyone think of him as a nobody in a deliberate ploy to make sure no one knew how ambitious his plans were until it was too late, even turning down a promotion as a commander under Whitebeard because secretly, his goal was much, much higher.
  • Genius Bruiser: Doesn't seem like it at first, but he is a rather cunning planner. So much so that he's able to manipulate the World Government, and use them to find new crew mates.
  • The Ghost: Despite Teach's importance to the story, after the Time Skip, there are numerous signs of his influence, but the only appearance he makes is a brief cameo reacting to Luffy being declared an Emperor, until his proper appearance after Wano's act 1, where he plans to get in action.
  • Gonk: Blackbeard is designed to be very ugly, in contrast to the more good-looking Luffy, and has a long, pointy nose and lacks a few teeth.
  • Gravity Master: One of the central powers of the Dark-Dark Fruit, is his ability to manipulate gravity. A favorite tactic is to draw in his opponents close to neutralize their powers and wail on them. However, because of his increased personal gravity, projectiles are slightly drawn to him and physical blows hit harder as a result of the gravitational pull bringing stuff towards him.
  • Gun Nut: Despite his Devil Fruit powers and incredible fighting prowess, Teach often wears a sash with multiple flintlocks tied to his waist, in line with his stereotypical pirate's look. While he's rarely seen using them as Teach fights mainly with his Dark-Dark Fruit power, they come in hand when Whitebeard corners him and he fatally unloads his pistols into him as a last resort.
  • The Heavy: Teach is the closest Main Villain One Piece has due to its extensive use of Arc Villains. It's his actions that trigger the Marineford war, Ace and Whitebeard's deaths, the New Age of Piracy, and Luffy's decision to wait two years before entering the New World. Even after that, he's rapidly amassing power in the New World and has even come into conflict with Luffy's other brother due to Burgess's actions. Overall, Teach's presence has had more impact on the overall direction of the story than any other villain.
  • Hidden Depths: From the first moment he's introduced, and before his name is revealed, there's clearly something more to him than he appears at a glance. It's even more so when we learn that he gave Shanks (who had both arms then) a scar in a direct confrontation. And that was before Blackbeard had his Devil Fruit abilities. He may seem friendly, but he's almost never what he appears to be. SBS 82 reveals that one of his hobbies is Historical research... That alone leaves much to question considering the “Void Century”. One massive one is the revelation of the name of the Blackbeards' ship; The Sabre of Xebec, named after the legendary Rocks D. Xebec himself. Given how he is practically forgotten by all but the old guard, that leaves massive questions on what Blackbeard knows about him and his connection with him, especially since they share a massive interest in historical research...
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He does this to Jewelry Bonney after he defeats her crew and captures her. Her response? A kick to the face, after which he expresses that's a very unlady-like thing to do.
  • Image Song: Got his own in Nippon Judan! 47 Cruise in the form of "NOW MY HANDS GET!!!!".
  • Irony: The man who so passionately espouses dreams of the idealistic kind has never had one in the somniative sense.
  • It's All About Me: To him, it doesn't matter how many died in the Paramount War, or from the various problems afterwards, like a release of who knows how many evil Pirates from Level Six or the surge in new Pirates, all directly or indirectly from his own actions. As long as he becomes Pirate King, it's all good.
  • Jerkass: Downplayed. His amoral and genuinely friendly demeanor makes him hardly meanspirited in attitude, but he enjoys teasing his foes on their greatest misfortunes.
  • Just Between You and Me: Inverted. He doesn't tell you phases of his plans until after they played out. This is confirmed when fellow schemer and predecessor Crocodile asks him why he would throw away his Warlord title so soon, only for him to reply it's none of his business. He would later reveal that the only reason he had the title in the first place is to break into Impel Down and take the world's worst criminals as his crewmembers, while his former captain prepares for battle with his former allies.
  • Karma Houdini: He committed major atrocities over the course of the series (i.e. years of piracy and backstabbing, invading Drum Island, etc.) and somehow managed to not rack up a bounty. It gets even worse later on when he creates one of the greatest battles in history and walks away with everything he wanted without consequence. Of course, as he becomes one of the Four Emperors, it's likely that he'll get one. He did. 2.247 billion berries, an impressive amount even if it is the lowest of the Emperors.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he went to Impel Demon to get a new crew he had the Level 6 prisoners kill each other in order to find the remaining members for his crew. But, considering they're all unrepentant criminals who were implied to be rotten to the core...
  • Klingon Promotion: He became one of the Four Emperors by killing his predecessor Whitebeard. As we see further, it's not the murder of Whitebeard that cemented his seat, it was rather his conquering of Whitebeard's protectorates and staunchly defeating his former crew brutally, that gave him the official seat of the Four Emperors.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The tone of the story tends to get more dramatic and dangerous whenever he gets involved, case in point being he essentially set off the events of Marineford single-handedly.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Even if you get Whitebeard's powers, if you don't know much about it yet, like he has admitted to, it wouldn't do much against a guy like Shanks, not to mention Sengoku, the rest of the Warlords, the Admirals, and the rest of Whitebeard's crew. Probably why he wisely withdrew from Marineford.
    • This happened again much later on when he attempted to make a prisoner trade with the World Government. After he noticed that they sent Akainu, he immediately called it off and got the hell out of there. He may have been able to take him, but when you're dealing with a homicidal maniac like Akainu who would be more than happy to wipe out your entire crew, you don't leave anything to chance.
  • Large and in Charge: Subverted. Although he is 11'3", he's not the biggest member of his crew. Vasco Shot, who seems to be around the range of Kuma/Moria, i.e. 22 feet, towers over Blackbeard. And that's not even getting started on San Juan Wolf, who looks to be as tall as the Sears Tower.
  • Large Ham: When he can get time to tell someone of his thoughts and plans, he explodes with it, like the quote above.
  • Made of Iron: He is very capable of taking huge amounts of damage. This comes in handy given that his Devil Fruit passively makes anything slightly drawn toward him because of its gravtitional properties. However, even he has his limits as he and his crew are nearly killed by Magellan's poison.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Notice how he often talks to his enemies in a calm and friendly manner? That's to get someone's guard down before he attacks.
    • And how he's been in wait during the whole Paramount War, but only reveals himself once both sides are very much weakened?
    • Forcing the inmates of Level Six to kill each other in order to get a chance to escape as members of his crew can count.
  • Man of Kryptonite: To any Devil Fruit users. His powers don't work like seastone or a body of standing water though. These things weaken Devil Fruit users and prevent the conscious use of their powers on contact but they don't completely shut down the Devil Fruit abilitiesnote . Teach on the other hand can turn off the Devil Fruit abilities of his adversaries entirely, but he has to do that willfully and it doesn't weaken the affectednote .
  • Mighty Glacier: Insanely durable and strong, powerful enough to send Ace flying with a punch. He has also never been seen to actively dodge attacks, a fact made worse by his fruit's powers, thus qualifying for this trope. This is not as troublesome for him though, thanks to his ability to pull enemy combatants to him.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Someone who shares a name with the infamous Real Life pirate who may very well be the first name that comes to mind when the word is mentioned should've been a clue to his danger.
  • Necessary Drawback: His gravity powers can suck in Devil Fruit powers and drag opponents closer to him. They also subtly attract projectiles toward his body, making him reliant on his own toughness.
  • Never My Fault: Teach's own form of the Will of D involves subscribing to the idea of fate, that what will be will be, and was always meant to be so. In other words, in his eyes, every atrocity he commits in his quest for power simply is a work of fate, and there's no point in holding it against him in that it was "supposed to" happen.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His invasion of Drum Island ousted its tyrannical king and liberated its people.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Subverted. Despite the Dark-Dark Fruit being a Logia-type, which had thus far featured this trope as a standard feature of its power-sets, its abilities actually make Teach more vulnerable to physical damage than normal. Of course, being an incredibly powerful individual as he is, he's still not easy to put down, despite this handicap.
  • Ninja Looting: His standard MO, which is fitting since his main power is to draw everything into him. Why bother doing all sorts of hard work when you can let others do it for you then swoop in afterwards to take the fruits of their labor? He's done this so many times that everything he now has was stolen from someone else.
    • He joined the Whitebeard Pirates hoping they would find the Dark-Dark Fruit for him, then murdered Thatch to take the Fruit for himself. Post timeskip, he reuses this plan by finding Devil Fruit users to steal their powers.
    • He decides to capture a big name pirate then hand them over to the Marines to boost his own reputation, rather than going committing many crimes in hopes of being noticed by the Marines and getting a high bounty. He targets Luffy at first but later settles on Ace.
    • Instead of taking on Whitebeard and his crew himself, he lets them fight the Marines in a battle to the death, only stepping in once both sides are exhausted. In the aftermath of Whitebeard's death, he uses his knowledge from when he was a member to take over Whitebeard's territories.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Received one from a very nearly dead Whitebeard that would have resulted in his death if his crew hadn't stepped in.
  • Nothing Personal: Says this about killing Thatch. He had nothing against him, it was just the only way to get his Devil Fruit. This is also his general attitude about Ace, Luffy, Whitebeard, and anyone else he screws over. While he did turn Ace in to the World Government, that was only because Ace refused his offer to join his crew and attacked him. And though he originally intended to capture Luffy and turn him instead, it was simply because of his bounty. Otherwise he encourages Luffy to follow his dreams and even wished him luck in rescuing Ace. As far as Whitebeard, he even admits that he admired him, it's just that he feels Whitebeard's time is over. Whitebeard however sees the murder of Thatch as a very personal insult.
  • Not So Different: Seems to think he and Luffy are on a similar level with their powerful ambitions and huge dreams. Luffy seems to agree since he's very disturbed by Blackbeard's Black-and-Gray Morality and the implications it presents.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Someone really should have taken a closer look at this guy after he managed to give Shanks a permanent scar in a head-on clash, before eating his Devil Fruit.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, this guy took on Shanks and gave him three scars, and that was before he has eaten the Dark-Dark Fruit. After his betrayal, he defeats Ace, one of Whitebeard's division leaders, with little effort. Then, through a combination of strength and shrewd planning, he assembled a crew from Impel Down, the most dangerous prison in the world, culminating in killing Whitebeard and stealing his Devil Fruit power! (Did we mention that he's the only one known to combine two Devil Fruit powers and survive?) Put simply, there's a damn good reason he was able to replace Whitebeard as one of the Four Emperors. And this came from a guy who claimed that he didn't have that much ambition.
  • Orcus on His Throne: After the time skip, he's been steadily amassing influence and power in a fairly subdued manner whilst the Marines, members of the Seven Warlords, and two of his fellow Emperors become embroiled in conflicts that severely compromise their standings on the world stage.
  • Overarching Villain: He spent several arcs (most of the time offscreen) planning to become a Pirate King, which involves recruiting powerful people to his pirate crew and, with his power, he obtains Whitebeard's Fruit power and then takes over Whitebeard's position as one of the Four Emperors. And after the Time Skip it’s said that his crew has gained more Devil Fruit powers and has expanded into fleets.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He's rarely seen without a smile on his face. The anime has him frown a bit when he and Luffy are arguing about having opposite tastes in food, and he momentarily loses his smile when he's terrified by the prospect of Whitebeard beating him to death (and Akainu coming after him on a warship), but otherwise, he's always smiling, even when clearly shouldn't be. As a child, however, he was more of a Perpetual Frowner.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His darkness powers can engulf half an island by himself, and now he's stolen Whitebeard's power to create earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • Power Nullifier: His power allows him to cancel the abilities of other Devil Fruit users while he remains in contact with them. Unfortunately, as Whitebeard is all too happy to teach him, this does nothing to reduce the power of an unaided physical attack.
  • Power of the Void: The Darkness can absorb anything into it, literally erasing it from our world. Of course, he can also expel it.
  • Power Parasite: In the final stages of the Battle of Marineford, Blackbeard steals Whitebeard's Devil Fruit. Post-timeskip he goes after even more.
  • Psycho Rangers: His crew serves as this to the Straw Hats. To wit, there are similarities between Luffy and Blackbeard (similar belief in dreams, the Will of D, so on), Zoro and Shiryu (both master swordsmen), Chopper and Doc Q (doctors), Van Augur and Usopp (snipers), and Jesus Burgess and Franky (helmsmen, strongmen, etc.). The other members of the crew have not demonstrated their abilities much, but it's fairly likely that they will compliment the Straw Hats in some way as well.
  • Race Lift: Marshall D. Teach is heavily based off the real life pirate Blackbeard, where he gets his title and part of the name. However, Edward Thatch was British, and therefore caucasian, while Marshall D. Teach, according to an SBS, if he were in the real world he would be from Somalia, and his dark skin tone makes clear that he's of black ethnicity.
  • Rags to Royalty: As much as "royalty" as being one of the Four Emperors goes, anyway; a drawing of him as a kid shows he used to be a sad street brat in his childhood and it's later revealed that he joined the Whitebeards at that age. He is now living the high-life as a powerful imperial pirate.
  • Rousing Speech: To the Straw Hats on their first meeting. He compliments them on sticking up to their beliefs and assures them that some fights aren't worth it with fools like Bellamy. It's enough to leave Luffy speechless.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His first name (Teach) comes from the first name for the Real Life version (Teach). Whitebeard's last name (Edward) was also the Real Life Blackbeard's first name. Thatch was an alias used by the real Blackbeard sometimes. By killing them both, stealing the Devil Fruit found by Thatch, and absorbing Whitebeard's powers, Blackbeard has truly become... Blackbeard.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Luffy, Teach is a friendly, personable pirate who dreams of becoming King of the Pirates. But Blackbeard represents what Luffy could be if he prioritized that dream above everything else.
  • Shockwave Clap: The Quake Punch at a longer distance.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: His outfit gets fancier after he becomes a Warlord and once again after he captures Ace, to show that he's moving up in the world. Once he becomes an Emperor, Teach has changed his outfit into the one fitting for a stereotypical pirate captain.
  • The Sleepless: According to Buggy, it was rumored that Teach has never gone to sleep once since he was born. Given the real-life consequences of not sleeping, his behavior and characteristics now makes even more sense...
  • Sphere of Power: After stealing Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, he can also use the Quake Bubble now too.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Subverted. In an SBS, Oda draws a sketch of his mother and two younger sisters (who have yet to be shown in the series proper). While his mother slightly resembles him with his broad face and shaggy hair, his sisters look cute and delicate and are said to be well-mannered, something that cannot be said for Teach. Ace is shown floored by the disparity.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He has Dark powers which turns him into a Man of Kryptonite, even if it comes with certain drawbacks. Problem is, he then somehow managed to violate the established convention of having only 1 power per person, and took Whitebeard's Quake powers as his own, a Story-Breaker Power in its own right.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: One of the things that allowed him to slip under the radar despite being part of the Whitebeard Pirates for close to 20 years is that, in appearence and demeanor, Blackbeard seems no different from any run of the mill thug. This obscurses just what a dangerous, cunning and ambitious man he really is.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cherry pies. Every time we see him eating it's always cherry pies, with some ale to wash it down. He is also stated by Oda to love kebabs.
  • Übermensch: He rejects the increasing Pirate beliefs of not believing in the future, seeks to bring a New Age, is a firm believer in personal strength and morals (primarily dreams, in his case), is very charismatic, and incredibly good at shaping the world to his will.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Teach is described as a ungrateful man by Marco. Considering he spent decades on Whitebeard's crew only to exploit them, this is spot on.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His initial plan at Marineford was to kill Whitebeard himself, having grossly overestimated how much of a toll that Whitebeard's illness and fatigue had taken on him. If Blackbeard's crew hadn't jumped in at the last minute, Whitebeard would have killed him effortlessly.
  • Unintentional Backup Plan: He was originally going to capture Luffy to try and get a position as a Warlord, but the Straw Hats got shot up into the sky when he approached them and then an even bigger fish — Portgas D. Ace — came right to his doorstep instead. Even better for him, both Luffy's Impel Down invasion and the Marineford War that directly ensued thanks to Ace's capture proved even better for his plans than what he originally had in mind (that is, to break into and out of Impel Down with new crewmates by himself and then attack Whitebeard on his own).
  • Villain Has a Point: After Whole Cake Island src, he laughs at the idea of Luffy being the Fifth Emperor, saying that it is too soon for him to be called that. Luffy's first clash with Kaido has the latter defeating him in Gear 4 with one hit from his club. And that happened after Kaido shrugged off multiple hits from Luffy's most powerful techniques.
  • Villainous Rescue: Twice.
    • During the Impel Down arc, Luffy is having a tough time getting Hannyabal to stay down. Blackbeard then shows up and knocks him out in one shot.
    • He also pulls a spectacular one just as Whitebeard is going to town on the Marines after Ace's death. He even recruited several new crew members from Impel Down. His crew descends on Whitebeard and kills him.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • When Ace shows up to punish him for murdering his crewmate, Blackbeard offers to let him join his crew. Ace already isn't going for it, but when Blackbeard mentions that his plan involves turning Luffy over to the government, Ace gets straight to the fighting.
    • In Chapter 925, Blackbeard makes the same offer to Moria, immediately after he just found out from Blackbeard's crew that they killed Absalom for his Clear-Clear Fruit ability.
  • Wolverine Claws: When he was a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, he used this kind of weapon. The Vivre Card Vol. 6 confirms that these claws are the cause of Shanks's eye scars.
  • The Worf Effect: Happens twice. First time was when he and his crew encounters Magellan, who doesn't even bother asking them just what the hell they are up to (considering that he's already dealing with a riot and a mass escape attempt that involves some incredibly dangerous people, that is probably the wisest course of action) and just floods all of them with poison, Blackbeard included, and the second time involves Whitebeard demonstrating just how many fucks he gives about Blackbeard's Devil Fruit by absolutely pulverizing him, and if it hasn't been for Blackbeard's crew stepping in in the latter case, he definitely would have been killed.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Both the Dark-Dark Fruit compared to other Logias, since it don't give the user intangibility, and his ability to possess multiple Devil Fruit powers, when it has previously been stated that someone would die if they were to eat a second Devil Fruit.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He claims to be playing Speed Chess; in his own words, he has a plan, but circumstances keep changing and he's adapting the plan to fit the bumps along the way. For example, he wasn't going to bother following his original plan to bring in Luffy for a bounty until Ace caught up with him. Once the plan is fully laid out, it looks a lot more like a roulette with all of the things that went his way since then being probably just luck, and his fortunes may change in the future. Considering that he needed the Warlord position to break into Impel Down and release the Level 6 prisoners eventually, he had probably been planning to confront Whitebeard at some point anyway. Realizing that Ace is hounding him made things go even faster and everything fell into place easier.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: His power covers the domain of Gravity Master, but his Kurouzu move is this, where he pulls his target into melee range. The worst part is there's no known way to defend against it, and once you're in contact, your power's gone and he can counter with his powerful melee attacks. You can counter while getting pulled, but good luck doing enough damage to fell a Mighty Glacier like him, unless your name is Whitebeard.

    The Fifth Emperor 
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Alternative Title(s): One Piece The Four Emperors


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