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Four Emperors

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"A threat...a demand...when issued by one with absolute, overwhelming power becomes simply inevitable fate...after all, who could possibly oppose it? That is the existence known as the Yonko! And this is what it means to be driven to your very wit's end...!"
Pekoms

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 and alliance is strong enough to challenge the World Government's forces. Thankfully for the world at large, the Four Emperors function independently from each other, sometimes fighting each other in power struggles mainly contained within the New World part of Grand Line.

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Amongst the original four, only Shanks and Whitebeard were seen to be benevolent, while Big Mom and Kaido were far more immoral and nefarious. While only Blackbeard's (absolutely massive) bounty has been revealed thus far, they are all undoubtedly among those whose bounties go up to at least 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 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 ally 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 is now actually five Emperors and the title "Yonko" (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 military 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 independent of one another. This is why when an Emperor declares that a country is their territory, the World Government and even other pirates keep out, hence their titles.
    • When the Marines declared that they were going to execute the 2nd Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, they unleashed 5 Warlords, 3 Admirals, dozens of Vice Admirals, the man who once cornered the Pirate King, a platoon of Giants, the Fleet Admiral himself, at least a dozen Pacifistas, and all available rank and file Marines. This was considered just enough to possibly survive against Whitebeard. Odds are they never would've even attempted it without a trump card. On top of that, at the climax of the war, when Akainu wanted the Marines to continue to kill the pirates at all costs, all it took was Shanks to show up and threaten to get involved for everyone, including Blackbeard, to walk away.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Blackbeard, Kaido and Big Mom compete with Sakazuki 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 nihilist who wants to destroy the world in a massive war, 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The ability to give these is very much a requirement to become an Emperor. All of them has been giving these out wily nily 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.
  • 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, and the mere fact that they're even talking about relaxing hostilities on an unsecured line terrifies the Marine HQ and Five Elder Stars.
  • Klingon Promotion: The obvious way to become an Emperor is to challenge and kill one. This is the route Blackbeard took, although he still wasn't thought of as an Emperor until he definitively crushed the remainder of Whitebeard's crew who came looking for revenge. Turns out, causing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 they are three other people who share the same title.
  • Not Hyperbole: Whitebeard, Blackbeard and Red Hair all have the corresponding appearance. Big Mom has 85 children and Kaido “of the hundred beast” has an army of 500+ beast men (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 Big Mom goes on Kaiju-like rampages when in one of her 'urges' and has the power to rip out people's souls. Shanks hasn't shown much, but a clash between him and Whitebeard split the sky. It's safe to say being this is a requirement to be an Emperor.
  • Slave to PR: During the Whole Cake Island arc, it turns out that the Emperors play a political game as much as they do a power one. Part of being one of the Four Emperors is maintaining an air of invincibility and a degree of unreasonableness, enhancing their status as The Dreaded. Much like the World Government, who tend to cover-up their failures and corruption to present themselves to the world at large as competent and just, the Emperors are dependent on never showing any sign of weakness, and do so by either killing or (usually forcibly) recruiting any who challenge them. This is the main reason why the Big Mom Pirates are so desperate to capture and kill the Straw Hats and the Firetanks during the latter half of the Whole Cake Island arc. Their name was already damaged enough when the two groups screwed up their plan to murder the Vinsmokes. If they were to escape, it would be an irreversible and unmistakable sign of weakness that would open them up to possible attacks from the other Emperors or even the Marines. When the Straw Hats and Firetank pirates do escape, the only reason the Big Mom Pirates don't take a massive hit to their reputation is because the incident was so outrageous 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.
  • Super Power Lottery: All of them are big time winners, besides Shanks. Whitebeard can create earthquakes and tsunamis, Big Mom rips people’s souls and Kaido’s a freaking giant dragon. Blackbeard specifically gunned for one of these in his search for devil fruit power and only after acquiring the power of Darkness that he made his move.
  • 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 Made of Iron regardless and might have even grown tougher to compensate.
  • With Us or Against Us:
  • 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 person. Whitebeard is the "Strongest Pirate", Big Mom has the "Strongest Family" and Kaido is the "Strongest Creature".

Four Emperors at the Start of the Story

    "Red-Haired" Shanks 

"Red-Haired" Shanks

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

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

Birthday: March 9th

Bounty: Unknown

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

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"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!"

Shanks is Luffy's idol, has 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 Whitebeard (or presumably Kaido) he doesn't lord this status over everyone else, preferring to travel to different stops and party, with a special fondness for drinking. When Shanks was younger, he and Buggy were both 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 legend 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 him to join the crew. Shanks not only refused, but teased Luffy about not being able to swim, and that he's just a kid. Shanks saved his life when a bandit tried to drown him, which cost him his dominant arm, but Shanks said that it didn't matter as long as Luffy was safe. Shanks then gave Luffy his favorite hat, telling him to return it once he surpasses him, and set sail.


  • Achey Scars: Shanks says that the three scars on 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.
  • 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 McCool" Name: You DO know what it means to shank someone, right? Also see Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force:
    • People faint and ships literally start to crumble in his presence.
    • Shanks' Conqueror's Haki is easily the strongest known in the series. When Luffy knocked out 50,000 fishmen in one burst, Oda said that Shanks could do twice that.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one, as does the rest of his crew.
  • 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: The fact that he can swim automatically excludes him from being a Devil Fruit user, meaning his badassery is nothing more than a combination of Charles Atlas Superpower and Haki. He's also the only one of the four emperors (past and present) to be a normal sized human, yet his strength is just as renowned as any of theirs. In fact, he could even match Whitebeard's power in a clash with just his one arm!
  • Badass Pacifist: Downplayed. He managed to end the Marineford War with only a few words, and while he did threaten to use violence (see the Threatening Mediator below for more details), everyone decided to not fight Shanks and his crew.
  • 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's exaggerated physique to Big Mom'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 stopped 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: With Whitebeard's death and Sengoku's retirement, Shanks and Dragon share this role in different ways. While Dragon acts as a check on the World Nobles and their rotten behaviour through the Revolutionary Army, 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.
  • "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: Even sea monsters are afraid of an angry Shanks staring at them.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Got one off-screen. Even though he hasn't been in the story lately, he did meet Whitebeard in his last appearance. So when the Whitebeard Pirates go off to save Ace, and Kaido attempts to take more of a piece of the New World, Shanks blocks him, allowing Whitebeard's rescue attempt to go uninterrupted.
  • The Dreaded: His appearance at Marineford is enough to make everyone react with a mixture of shock and alarm, and his threat to fight anyone who wants to keep the battle going is enough to instantly end the violence. Let's put it this way: when Akainu decides to call it a day rather than even attempt to deal with you after having previously demonstrated that he had no interest in stopping the battle, you have earned this title. Furthermore, while it's unknown just how things went down when he intercepted Kaido on his way to ambush Whitebeard while he was en route to Marineford, the end result was that even he didn't want to deal with Shanks and abandoned his original plan.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction in the very first chapter showed him as a fun-loving, genuinely Nice Guy who loves to party and willing to humble himself. That said, don't threaten his friends or it will end very badly for you and your crew.
  • 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.
  • The Gadfly: It's clearly implied when Luffy was still very young, that he liked screwing with Luffy in harmless ways, just to get a chuckle from Luffy's reaction.
  • Generation Xerox: Luffy is becoming more and more like him, rather than Roger, although Shanks notices the similarities in the two's personalities. However, Luffy is more passive while Roger had a violent temper in battle that led (indirectly) to the deaths of both his Friendly Enemy Whitebeard and his own son.
  • 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 murdered one of the local riffraffs. And of course, 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. And 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 Gorosei.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers:
    • When you're known to be Mihawk's former sparring partner and said spars are said to have shaken the Grand Line...
    • When he and Whitebeard crossed blades, they cut the sky in half. The sky!
    • He blocks Akainu's fist full of lava with his sword. And a quick reminder: He only has ONE ARM, and it's not his good arm.
  • Ki Attacks: He's the series first-seen Haki user and 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: Repeat; just as strong as he was when he was whole, with only his bad arm remaining.
  • 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 some of the most mysterious aspects of One Piece's mythology with only mystifying tidbits to draw on. What's known is that he rised incredibly fast note  without Story-Breaker Power. Yet he's well connected to the point that he can walk into Marie 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 get in 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, revealed that the Straw Hat was originally Roger's.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Despite being widely feared across the seas, there's one active pirate who is absolutely not afraid of him. And that is Buggy. Despite the huge gap between their abilities, it's just like the old times on the Oro Jackson as far as he's concerned.
  • Noodle Incident: 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!"
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His appearances are infrequent and usually brief, but always important.
  • The Southpaw: He was left handed before the Sea King changed that. This is implied by Mihawk when he states that they used to duel each other with their swords, but it's become a thing of the past since Shanks has lost his good arm.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Has scared a Sea King by staring at it.
  • Threatening Mediator: Near the closing of the Whitebeard War, he shows up in Marineford and then threatens Whitebeard Pirates and the Marines to stop fighting by declaring that anyone who still wants to fight will have to fight against his side. And then the war promptly stops, with Shanks taking Whitebeard and Ace's corpses to be given proper burial.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Four Emperors don't work together, but with the death of Whitebeard, Shanks is the only Emperor who's not a villain.
  • Tranquil Fury: Considering how cheery Shanks usually is, it's scary when he gets angry.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The relationship between Shanks and Buggy is still this, no matter how much time has passed and no matter how much Buggy continues to deny it.
  • Wild Card: To the world at large, Shanks stands out being an utter enigma. While Whitebeard lives the life of 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, no one is quite sure of what Shanks wants or even does. The fact that he is apparently allowed to enter Mariejois to speak with the Gorosei only raises further questions.

    Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard" 

Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard"

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

Age: 72

Birthday: April 6th

Bounty: Unknown

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

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"I am only one man with one heart... call me a demon, call me a monster... but I can't be the strongest forever!"

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".


  • Affectionate Nickname: He was called "Pops" or "Old Man" (Oyaji, an informal variation of "father") by his crew.
  • 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 Jerkass Façade, 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: Almost as badass as his moustache.
  • Badass Moustache: Look at that thing! It's wider than his face, perfectly curved, and looks as sharp as a sword. Clearly not a moustache to be trifled with. It's also why he's called "Whitebeard" (the Japanese words for moustache and beard are the same). Also, look at the titular Turn-A Gundam. There's a reason he shares a mustache with what has been objectively stated to be the most powerful Gundam to date.
  • 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: Considered as much of a threat as "The Revolutionary" Dragon, Whitebeard is known as "The World's Strongest Man" for being the only one that fought on par with the Pirate King Roger. However he's generally less active nowadays compared to the other two (especially given that one of them is dead). That aside, since pirates are one of the two biggest threats to the World Government, his moral foundation, which is wholly on the side of good and altruism, counters and conflicts with the WG's ruthless control.
  • Blade on a Stick: He wields a bisento even taller than he is.
  • 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
  • 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: Whitebeard. Ironically, he has no beard.
  • 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.
  • 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 this guy 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: To further prove how badass he is. Not even death can bring him down.
  • 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 exists!" This one phrase has the exact opposite effect that killing him was supposed to have.
  • End of an Age: As the pirate who stood at the top of the Golden Age of Piracy, Whitebeard himself states that there is no ship to carry him to the next era. 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: Overlaps with Dying Moment of Awesome and Died Standing Up.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: In the entire Marineford Arc, Whitebeard unleashed his Face Quake Attack on 2 giants, Akainu, and Blackbeard. None of them came close to successfully tanking it.
  • Facial Horror: In the manga, the left side of his face is destroyed by one of Admiral Akainu's magma attacks.
  • Family of Choice: With him as the "father" and his crew as the "children." As a dying Whitebeard's life flashed right before his very eyes, he expresses that in the end, this is all he ever wanted.
  • Famous Last Words: "One Piece exists!"
  • A Father to His Men: Every pirate in his crew is considered his son, and they consider each other brothers. And since this habit extends to his allies as well, there are definitely "daughters" like White Bay.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: The Marines learn the hard way that Zerg Rushing him doesn't work, as he wades through anyone not on the level of admirals.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • A Good Way to Die: Standing straight up, having (nearly) avenged his "son's" death, and using his last words to keep the dreams of piracy alive.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: His utterly amazing rampage during Marineford? Yeah, remember that he did all that while terminally ill.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Whitebeard's final command was to order his allies to fall back, willing to take down the Marines all on his own.
  • Homage: His moustache, which is near-identical to the one sported by the ∀ 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 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The most recent flashback shows he was a pretty handsome guy when he was young. Of course, he's not so much ugly today as his handsomeness has been replaced by pure badass.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Façade: 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.
  • Ki Attacks: A confirmed Haki user.
  • 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: If their names and appearances hadn't been any more apparent, Whitebeard is the complete opposite of Blackbeard.
  • 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 in the foot, and occasionally have 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.
  • 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. Unless you want a war, you have a high probability of losing... if you have the entire planet's military force backing you up. If not, it's a guarantee.
  • 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".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Ace's death, he beats the every loving crap out of Akainu and nearly sunk Marineford into the sea. He then nearly splits Blackbeard in half for killing one of his sons and indirectly killing Ace by turning him in to the marines.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Being an "Emperor of the Seas" and having a Devil Fruit that causes massive tsunamis and earthquakes are obvious references to the Greek god Poseidon. In the lead up to the Marineford War, Garp even tells an imprisoned Ace that they have angered "The King of the Sea."
    • 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.
    • Poseidon was also known as the Earth Shaker. Quite suggestive, no?
    • The people of the One Piece world fear him because of his earthquake powers. Just like the Japanese themselves have a deep-rooted fear of earthquakes and tsunamis, for obvious reasons.
  • Sacrificial Lion: One of the few characters to die in One Piece outside of a flashback, and his death was a turning point in the pirate world.
  • Shockwave Clap: Thanks to his Devil Fruit power, he can even create quakes in the air. He creates shockwaves by punching the air, causing it to crack.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Teach tries to run his mouth when they meet at Marineford. Whitebeard responds with a spear to the shoulder.
  • 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.
  • Super Drowning Skills: As with all Devil Fruit users he would sink like a stone in water, but he's not stupid enough to allow himself to be put in such a situation.
  • Superpower Lottery: Word of God is that the powers of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit, a Paramecia-class, are no less than those of a Logia. Even excluding that, the man is downright impressive.
  • Super Toughness: For this man, There Is No Kill Like Overkill is the minimum amount of force required to even make him flinch. Sword to the gut? That tickles. Several more? Tch. Cannon to the face? A pebble. Half his fucking face melted off!? Minor annoyance.
  • Sword Beam: He can infuse his bisento with the Tremor-Tremor Fruit's powers to send a massive shockwave towards anything he swings it at. You do not want to be in the way.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: Getting a face full of his Devil Fruit powers.
  • 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 Fishman Island using his influence, and his overall considerate familial camaraderie among his crew members.
  • 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 Pawn:
    • Sengoku 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 foot-and-a-half in the grave thanks to his illness. Reason why he took his time to join the fight: his movements were extremely slow and measured, his dodging abilities non-existent as put by Marco; it should have been impossible for Squard to stab Whitebeard, and in several instances he had to stop to catch his breath, his heart barely working right. That rampage was done by a half-blind, half-deaf, arthritic 72 year old shadow of its former self. World's Strongest Man indeed. You may now shit yourself as you imagine what this guy would have looked like in his prime at full strength and pissed off.
    • 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.

    Kaido "of the Beasts" 

Kaido "of the Beasts"

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP)

Birthday: May 1st

Bounty: Unknown

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

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"Joker! You better hurry the hell up! I don't care if this boring world is destroyed! Let's start the greatest war the world has ever seen!"

Kaido is the general of the Beasts 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 an immensely powerful 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 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 Wano Country, and currently resides in Onigashima, an island in the country.


  • The Alcoholic: A very emotional example, as his temperament can swing from sorrowful to jolly and friendly, or enraged while drunk, which is unfortunate for any mooks of his who say something wrong. He is also constantly swigging down a massive jug of sake and guzzling the booze to a truly inhuman degree.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Kozuki clan (well, just Momonosuke at this point considering that Kaidou killed his parents). He's also more than likely this to the Mink Tribe by virtue of one of his Co-Dragons, Jack, trashing Zou. He's also this to Gecko Moria for killing his beloved crew; when Moria was running Thriller Bark and created Oars, Kaido was his primary target.
  • Arc Villain: One of the main antagonists in the Wano Country Arc, along with Orochi.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Is so confident in his power that he refuses to take Law and Luffy seriously even after they destroyed 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. And 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 anymore stronger than it is already - so he's preparing to unleash it.
  • Badass Army: One made of artificially-created Zoan fruit users numbering 500, in short an army of beastmen, which may be the reason for his moniker.
  • 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.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Of the Emperor Saga, with Big Mom. As of the Wano Country Arc, he has become the main antagonist of the story in it's current state.
  • Blood Knight: Seeks to cause, and of course, participate in, the war to end all wars.
  • Breath Weapon: His dragon form can breathe a powerful burst of flames that doesn't just incinerate, but totally obliterate Oden Castle from quite a distance away.
  • Carry a Big Stick:
    • He wields a very large mace, 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 oneshoted Luffy's Gear Fourth using the same mace.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Inverted Trope in his first fight with Luffy. Luffy managed to land some good hits on him at the beginning of their battles rather than the end. He was still one-shotted later.
  • Death Glare: He gave Luffy one near the end of chapter 923. He was furious that Luffy declared himself a 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.
  • Doom Magnet: Every time he's mentioned, something bad will happen (or is happening).
  • 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, and rules his territory as a near merciless Evil Overlord.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: He has a Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit that lets him shapeshift into an Eastern Dragon.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Gecko Moria wasn't willing to fight him again for Revenge until he amassed a thousand-strong zombie army and had a trump card in the zombie of one of the most powerful giants in history on his side.
    • Doflamingo would rather face the wrath of the Admirals than that of Kaido. Yes, the same Doflamingo that, as a kid, swore to an angry crowd that was shooting arrows at him that he was going to survive and kill them all one by one. Let that sink in for a moment.
    • Kid and his alliance had plans to take on Shanks, showing they weren't afraid to take on one of the Emperors. When Kaido literally dropped out of the sky onto their island, they were immediately terrified, making him dreaded even by the standards of other Emperors.
    • If it weren't clear enough, even Big Mom- yes, BIG MOM- refers to Kaido as a "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, so it really speaks volumes on Kaido's power even in relation to the other Emperors.
      • Though to be fair, she is still completely confident that Luffy and the alliance have no chance of beating her either and states unequivocally she could have defeated Kaido, Shanks, and Whitebeard with the armies of Elbaf behind her so how she views Kaido is up for debate. That and later interactions seem to show a bit of No Badass to His Valet between the two of them probably because they were members of the same crew.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: A frequent coping strategy of his.
  • Dub Name Change: In the official VIZ Media translation, his nickname is the "King of the Beasts"
  • Establishing Character Moment: Having effortlessly survived trying to commit suicide by jumping off a Sky Island, then yelling for war after he rises up.
  • 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.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Kaido vs. Moria, though it's implied Moria wasn't so bad back then.
  • Fatal Flaw: Alcoholism and 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.
  • Foil: To fellow Emperor Big Mom: They are Emperors with the least personal connections to Luffy and the last to be shown. They play roughly the same role in the story. They are both epitome of Morganian pirates. However, they contrasted each other in important ways:
    • Visually, Kaido is extremely muscular, the idea of an alpha male turn Up to Eleven. Big Mom is obese and radiates an air of decadence.
    • Kaido has a drinking problem and his Establishing Character Moment is drunken rampage laced with Black Comedy. Big Mom has an eating disorder and her rampage was Played for Drama.
    • Kaido is a Perpetual Frowner while Big Mom is a Perpetual Smiler.
    • Big Mom is (when sane) Pragmatic Evil with a capitalistic mindset. Kaido is all about destruction and death to sate his boredom and find something that can kill him.
    • Big Mom is hedonistic while Kaido is a Death Seeker.
    • Totland, especially Whole Cake Island is a trippy Crapsaccharine World while most of Wano, especially Onigashima is straight up Crapsack World.
    • In term of influence, everything about Big Mom is an Alice Allusion, a Western Literature. Everything about Kaido is distinctively traditional Japanese: from the Wutai setting, to his Eastern dragon power, to the Whole Plot Reference to Japanese classics such as Momotaro and 47 Ronins.
  • 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:
    • Breaking the spirit of a Stock Shōnen Hero whose most defining trait is The Determinator? An impossible task. Throwing him in the same jail cell with his less moral Stock Shōnen Rival who Kaido also failed to break which would guarantee an Enemy Mine situation? Yeah, Kaido just sabotaged himself.
    • He also decides to just let a seastone-weakened Law go (Luffy's strongest and most cunning remaining ally) because he'd rather go get wasted and doesn't consider Law enough of a threat to bother with him at the moment. While he's not wrong in assuming that he could easily destroy Law at any point, you've got to think that just letting him go is gonna come back to bite him in the ass very quickly.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is originally this during the Thriller Bark Arc, as it was his actions that were responsible for making Moria the villain he had become. He's also been this for much of the conflict since the Straw Hats entered the New World (after Fish-Man Island), as Caesar Clown, Doflamingo, and Jack, three of the most prevalent antagonists post-timeskip, have both been working for him, the latter in fact being one of his executive officers. This makes him the driving antagonistic force of the saga thus far. As the story progresses, a battle with him seems inevitable: Trafalgar Law is determined to piss him off so much that Kaido will have to step in personally.
    • As of the Wano Country Arc, he has fully taken over as the current Big Bad of the narrative.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: This man's temper and stubbornness is so legendary that even Doflamingo fears him.
  • 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.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: He can transform into a massive Eastern Dragon, allowing him to fly and filling the sky with dark clouds wherever he goes.
  • Jerkass: The more we learn of him, the worse he seems to be. For comparison, Shanks is friendly as long as you don't mess with his friends, Whitebeard operates under a Jerkass Façade, 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. This guy was willing to disrupt the state of the world at a chance of grabbing power from Whitebeard; threw Moria past the Despair Event Horizon by murdering his entire crew, turning Moria into the Jerkass he is today; and has a temper so legendary that Doflamingo gives everything up in order to survive. There hasn't been one redeeming thing mentioned about him, at all. Upon his first in-the-flesh appearance, he's demanding a war to end all wars to destroy this "mundane world" and possibly find something capable of killing him.
  • Kaiju: His Zoan form is a huge eastern dragon. In Chapter 922 it's shown that Luffy in Gear Fourth form is smaller than his eyeball.
  • Kill ’Em All: He massacred Moria's entire crew back in the day, hence why Moria is the way he is now.
  • Large and in Charge: Absolutely massive and may or may not be a giant or have giant blood, going by a slight resemblance to Oars.
  • Large Ham: The polar opposite of his right hand man Jack when it comes to how they express their anger. So far, all of Kaido's screen time has featured him shouting in a rage at some point.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Perfectly demonstrated during his first fight with Luffy. Kaido, in his dragon and humanoid form, took no damage from Luffy's barrages of techniques who was using Geard 3rd and Gear 4th. It is then shown that Kaido could have easily dodged those attacks when he speedblitz'd Luffy and took him out with one swing of his mace while Luffy was still using Gear 4th.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mythical Motifs: Eastern Dragons. He has a massive black dragon tattoo on his person and the general invincibility associated with them. It’s also his Zoan type.
  • 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 if the rather large scar on his right-side is any indication, he can be injured. The circumstances concerning both of these situations are still unknown, however.
    • In his first encounter with Luffy, a barrage of Elephant Gatling (which nearly destroyed the Fish-Man Island-sized Noah ship) and a barrage of Kong's Organ (Gear Fourth's version of the above) only sobered him up and made him angry.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Even at his drunkest, he doesn't play games. As soon as he reached Luffy and Law, he tried to incinerate them with a blast of fire, and when Luffy managed to punch him out of his stupor and forced him to revert to his base form, he simply knocked his ass out with one kanabo swing. No exposition, no small talk, no bullshit, just action.
  • Noodle Incident: What went down when Shanks confronted Kaido? What happened when Kaido fought Moria back in the day? How was anyone able to try and hang him?
  • Not Even Human: While he presumably is a human, he's several times been referred to 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 a DRAGON.
  • 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.
  • One-Hit Kill: He effortlessly defeats a Gear Fourth Luffy in one blow from his mace, treating Luffy's most powerful form as a mild annoyance at best.
  • The Only One Allowed To Kill You: Has developed this animosity toward Luffy to the point that he won't even let Big Mom have first crack at him!
  • One-Man Army: According to Law, he's on the same level of power as Whitebeard, and that was the guy said to be able to destroy the entire world.
  • Oni: Invoked in his design, as he carries a huge club, loves his booze, much smarter than his brutish look suggests, and makes his stronghold in Onigashima (lit. Island of the Ogres).
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He's a Mythical Zoan user who is able to take the form of a gigantic East Asian dragon... if that isn't his true form in the first place.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Whenever the Emperors were mentioned early on, his various prototype silhouettes always sported Slasher Smiles; however, when we see his final design in person, he constantly has an angry grimace instead.
  • Person of Mass Destruction:
    • During his introduction it's said he's destroyed 9 ships built specifically to hold him and it's been shown that Doflamingo would rather face the Admirals instead of him.
    • His dragon form can destroy cities with ease.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He doesn't kill opponents who are exceptionally strong, as that would be a waste of their power, and instead he has their will crushed so they can be made into formidable soldiers for his crew.
  • Red Baron: Kaido Of The Beasts (Or King Of The Beasts in the English translation) doesn't sound like the type of guy you want to trifle with.
  • Scaled Up: He apparently has a dragon-model Zoan-type devil fruit, as he appears at the end of Chapter 921 as a truly massive serpentine dragon.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil:
    • Quite literally. The next Emperor shown tends to be more antagonistic than the last. Everyone else has some redeeming qualities, even if slightly. Kaido doesn't appear to have any.
    • As far as his power level is concerned, he 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 could beat Whitebeard in a one on one fight. Luffy's strongest attacks mostly just sobered him up and pissed him off, and one kanabo strike had 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.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Wears spiked bands around his wrists.
  • Stupid Evil: He's actually pretty smart but unfortunately spends most of his time getting himself drunk which then leads to stupid choices like rampaging through a town inhabited by his factory workers.
  • 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 basically amount to this. He's a Death Seeker who has 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.
  • Superpowered Mooks: He has an army of Artificial Zoan Devil Fruit users numbering around 500.
  • Super Toughness: Doflamingo redefined One Piece's definition of the concept over the course of some thirty chapters with all the punishment Luffy and Law put him through. Kaido redefined it in one chapter by jumping off a sky island. Justified given that was just the latest in a long strong of things that should have killed him and didn't. Luffy attacked him with a barrage that probably could have fucked up an Admiral and was only able to sober him up and piss him off. It didn't do a damn thing to him otherwise.
  • Tattooed Crook: His left arm is covered in scale-like tattoos that stretch all the way up to his chest, though its hard to tell if it reaches his back too through all his hair. Exactly how a needle got through his skin when spears and other bladed weapons can't is unclear.
  • 2 + Torture = 5: He makes people he considers potential underlings into slaves then force them to do grueling labor in an attempt to break their spirit and make them join his crew.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Though Kaido is thoroughly unimpressed by Luffy's inability to hurt him, he is impressed enough by his indomitable fighting spirit and raw strength that he decides to try breaking his will and making him one of his soldiers.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He only wears a furry cape or Coat Cape and his spiky bracelets on his torso.
  • Weredragon: His Zoan form is an Eastern Dragon.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Seems to be this sort of relationship with Big Mom, as a conversation they had over Den Den Mushi indicates that at one time or another, those two ruled the seas together, but for some reason, they parted ways, generally leaving each other alone to their own devices. However, there is immense friction when one deals with the other and what they want interferes with the other's wishes, causing tension so bad that it makes the Marines panic because they know any clash between an Emperor is almost impossible to stop and is sure to cause huge waves throughout the New World.
  • 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 he gets up and smacks Luffy once, knocking him out cold. Keep in mind, he was using a blunt weapon and Luffy was in Gear 4.
  • 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.
    Narrator: People always say if you fight one-on-one, Kaido will win. Because by land, air, or sea... he is the strongest creature alive!
  • Would Hit a Girl: As Lady Speed and Tama can attest.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Poor Tama...
  • You Don't Look Like You: You see his picture, right? The anime has two, both of which are completely different not only to themselves, but to the original silhouette. The first gives him an upturned black collar, a cross-shaped nose and crescent eyes. The second adds wavy hair, V-shaped eyes, a pointier nose and an elongated chin/forehead.
  • 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" 
See her page.

New Emperors

    Marshall D. Teach — "Blackbeard" 

Marshall D. Teach — "Blackbeard"

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Cole Brown (EN, pre-timeskip)

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

Birthday: August 3rd

Bounty: 2,247,600,000 Berries

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

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Click here to see his Post-Time Skip appearance 

"This "New Era" they keep rambling on and on about is a load of crap! The era where pirates dream of treasure will come to an end!? Yeah, right! Zehahahahahahahaha! The dreams of pirates will never end!!! Am I right?"

Captain, later admiral, of the Blackbeard Pirates and an ambitious former member of the Whitebeard Pirates, specifically in 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 as a no-name pirate who made an impact on Luffy in Jaya, Marshall D. Teach "Blackbeard"'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 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 path 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, currently the largest yet shown in the series.


  • Almighty Janitor: He 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 maybe 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 Yonko 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.
  • 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 chief responsible for Marineford and all that went wrong there, most of all being 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.
  • Badass Beard: One of the most straightfoward 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 noone, 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.
  • 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 as the primary antagonist for the series.
  • Big Damn Villains: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Blackbeard will step on anyone to achieve his goals, and appears incapable of understanding the concept of "grudges". 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.
  • 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 with a spear to the shoulder and a quake-punch that has Teach begging for his life.
  • 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.
  • Casting a Shadow: The concept of the Dark-Dark Fruit seems to be turning the user into a living black hole.
  • 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. Damn...
  • Chewing the Scenery: The quote above, among others.
  • 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.
  • Curbstomp 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
  • Dark Is Evil: He even went 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...
  • 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: He now posseses the Tremor-Tremor Fruit, he can make earthquakes and destroy or change entire landscapes.
  • 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 for 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 Shiliew 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.
    • 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 Ohtsuka, 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: Subverted. One of the biggest indicators that he isn't a true inheritor of the mysterious "Will of D" is that when he is in immediate life-threatening danger and has a legitimate chance of dying, he starts begging for his life like the Dirty Coward that he is.
  • 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: He is the complete opposite to Luffy in more ways than one:
    • Teach is a really big, fat Gonk. Luffy is a short and leanly muscular Bishounen.
    • Teach, for all his bravado, is a Dirty Coward deep down and he cares only about himself. Luffy would give his live for his friends without a second thought.
    • Their Devil Fruit powers also notable contrast each other. Teach's Dark Dark Fruit is a Logia without the Nigh-Invulnerability that normaly comes with this kind of DF type and its abilities possibly make Teach even more vulnerable against physical damage. Luffy's Gum Gum Fruit on the other hand gave him enhanced vulnerability against physical (blunt) damage, something rather rare for a Paramecia type. Teach powers also work mostly by contraction while Luffy's powers work by expansion.
    • Teach is Jerk Ass, a Manipulative Bastard and plays Xanatos Speed Chess. Luffy is Nice Guy, a Bad Liar and prefers a Leeroy Jenkins approach.
    • Teach loves cherry pies, Luffy detests these.
  • 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.
  • 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: Becomes this after the Time Skip. We frequently hear and/or see signs of his influence, but the only appearance he's made was a brief cameo reacting to Luffy being declared an Emperor, and even that was in silhouette.
  • Giant Mook: See Almighty Janitor above. Because he kept his head down a lot, he served this role to Whitebeard instead. Until the Dark-Dark Fruit came along, that is.
  • Gonk: For starters, he looks middle-aged, has missing teeth and usually puts a Slasher Smile.
  • Gravity Master: One of the central powers of the Dark-Dark Fruit, and a staple of his attack pattern thus far.
  • The Heavy: The closest to one 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 we see the guy, and before we even learn who he is, 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”.
  • 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!!!!".
  • 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: Hints of this are given in his fight with Ace, but he fully becomes one once he meets Luffy again.
  • 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, to be exact.
  • 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: It takes a lot to bring him down, and it's easy to do it, him being so slow. Too bad for him Magellan exploited his weakness by flooding out his pain neuroceptors.
  • 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.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Extracting a Devil Fruit from another Fruit user for his own use, as well as being able to survive having two Devil Fruits in the first place, the latter of which is stated to be because of Blackbeard himself, not his Devil Fruit. The story implies there's more to this later, but he had already broken the established rules of the Devil Fruits.
  • 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.
  • Obviously Evil: He has a mouth filled with gaps for starters.
  • 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 he has gained more fruit powers, and he has expanded his pirate crew 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.
  • 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 Copying: It seems that because of his own unique body structure, he can absorb the powers of at least one other Devil Fruit from corpses, and he was after Whitebeard's Tremor-Tremor Fruit power. Post-Time Skip, he's said to be hunting after others to do the same to them.
  • Power Nullifier: His power allows him to cancel the abilities of other 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 Shilliew (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.
  • 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, while now he enjoys the life in a pirate-like island.
  • 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) was also the same for the Real Life version. 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 and taking Whitebeard's powers, Blackbeard has truly become... Blackbeard.
  • 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.
  • Sphere of Power: After stealing Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, he can also use the Quake Bubble now too.
  • 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.
  • Stout Strength: Is a very fat man, but incredibly strong and durable.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 were 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 they don't give the user intangibility and his ability to possess multiple Devil Fruit powers, when it has previously been stated that if someone were to eat a second devil fruit, they would die.
  • 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 catch 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. Though a lot of that was probably just luck, and his fortunes may change in the future. Considering that he needs the Warlord position to break into Impel Down and release the Level 6 prisoners eventually, he has been probably planning to confront Whitebeard at some point, anyway. Realizing that Ace is hounding him make things go even faster and everything falling 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.

Alternative Title(s): One Piece The Four Emperors

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