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The Marine Admirals (the ranks of Commander-in-Chief and Fleet Admiral being bundled with the former) are the second-highest ranking members of the Marines, and are the strongest fighters they can offer, aside from the Fleet Admiral himself (who's usually confined to desk work most of the time anyway). The Marine Admirals are the very definition of Authority Equals Asskicking, being feared by pirates and criminals everywhere, and are among the strongest individuals in the entire One Piece universe. On top of their fearsome combat abilities, they also have the authority to command whole fleets with the many Marines ranked under them, have a say on the overall strategy of the organization, and can issue special orders, such as enacting the Buster Call at any time while also granting anyone else such an ability. There are only 3 Admirals at any given time, all acting under a single Fleet Admiral.
The Admirals and other higher ranked Marines weren't shown at all until the Water 7 Saga, and weren't all revealed until the Paramount War, taking a central role in battling the Whitebeard Pirates. After the Paramount War, the higher ranks were shuffled, following several resignations and promotions.
Most Admirals tend to use an alias, consisting of a color plus an animal. The color aspect is often relevant to the ability they possess and their choice of attire. The animal aspect is usually incorporated into their named attacks in one way or another.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As said in the description, the Marines' top brass are the ones that kick the most ass. However....
- Asskicking Equals Authority: To get to the very top — the Fleet Admiral position — one of the options laid out for Admirals competing for the spot is to have them fight for it, just so long as nobody "hears" about it. Kuzan and Sakazuki had roughly equal support in the World Government (though Kuzan's support came mainly from the Marines, particularly Sengoku, who personally selected him as his successor), and it turned out they had roughly equal power as well. But Sakazuki overcame him, and won the Fleet Admiral position. This is actually more problematic than it sounds: the losing Admiral may be too injured (or dead) to continue his/her duties, or simply resigns if they feel that strongly about their opposition, and the newly promoted Fleet Admiral becomes a desk jockey until an emergency. For that reason, the aforementioned conflict between Kuzan and Sakazuki is the only instance this option was used; in fact, it's likely this option was created specifically for them, as by the time it was implemented, their feud over the position had become extremely vicious.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The admirals (except Fujitora, who wears a ronin-like robe) wear suits of their color-codename when on the job and are the strongest force of the World Goverment.
- Beef Gate: Rare non-video game example. Each of the three Admirals all hands Luffy a crushing defeat, which proves to him and the other Straw Hats that the New World is too much for them to handle, convincing him to take two years for him and his crew to get stronger.
- Co-Dragons: Non-Villainous example (for the most part). The three Admirals are the second highest authority in the Marine besides the Fleet-Admirals himself and are the ones sent in action when there's a crisis.
- Color Animal Codename: The Marine Admirals all have this as their Nom de Guerre. The first one we meet in the story is Aokiji (Blue Pheasant), the second is Kizaru (Yellow Monkey), and the third is Akainu (Red Dog). The animal halves of their codenames are a reference to the three animal companions of the Japanese folktale Momotaro, which adds an extra layer of Religious and Mythological Theme Naming. After the timeskip, there are new replacement Admirals for the now-resigned Aokiji and the now-promoted Akainu. They are Fujitora (Wisteria Tiger) and Ryokugyu (Green Bull). Even two vice-admirals who were considered for the promotion to Admiral received their admiral aliases, despite ultimately not getting the job.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: The 3 Admirals seen prior the Time Skip have Devil Fruit abilities roughly corresponding to this, with Akainu's Magma-Magma Fruit (fire), Aokiji's Chilly-Chilly Fruit (ice), and Kizaru's Glint-Glint Fruit (light — although the Fricking Laser Beams that can rain on you and strike you dead).
- The Heavy: A non-villainous example. Although they are not technically the highest rank within the World Government or the Marines, Admirals are still generally considered the strongest combatants that the World Government has to offer. It has another reason: however strong the Fleet Admiral might be, he's ultimately bound to the desk and sees no action unless it's an absolute priority, like a war against an Emperor, while the three Admirals are the forces sent to do the job and thus have more direct influence on the world than the Fleet-Admiral.
- Large and in Charge: The Admirals are second only to the Fleet Admiral among the marines, and all of the admirals seen in the story are about twice as tall as a normal person, showcasing their authorities among the Marines.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: All of the admirals' appearances are caricatures of famous Japanese actors. Vice admirals Gion and Tokikake, who were considered for the title of admirals, are physically based off two famous Japanese actors (Michiyo Kogure for Gion and Kiyoshi Atsumi for Tokikake, who has similar clothes to those worn by Atsumi in the Tora-san film series)
- Sakazuki is based on famous Japanese actor Bunta Sugawara and his name comes from a series of films starring Sugawara.
- Kuzan's appearance is based off of late Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda, particularly the mans role of drifter P.I. Shuichi Tsujiyama in Detective Story. Kuzan even wears the same sleeping mask as this role.
- Borsalino's look is based off of Japanese actor Kunie Tanaka.
- Issho is based on Shintaro Katsu and his famous role as the blind samurai Zatoichi.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Justified since the Marines work on Asskicking Equals Authority, and therefore to become an admiral, a marine must be impressively strong and experienced. All of the admirals seen in the series have extremely powerful and destructive powers, such as the ability to freeze entire portions of the sea, give destructive light-kicks, rain down magma from the sky, as well as summon meteors from outer space.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Admirals that Luffy encountered are not progressively more powerful, but progressively more ruthless: Aokiji was a Nice Guy who did nearly kill him and Robin, but spared their lives as a part of an unknown debt to Garp (probably to do with his rank) — and simply warned Luffy not to get tangled with Robin's affairs. Kizaru isn't a bad guy per se — just doing his job, and he had to respond to the Celestial Dragon incident at Sabaody Archipelago: although there's quite a lot of Moral Sociopathy in his approach, and he ultimately causes more damage than the ruckus the Eleven Supernovas caused via his reckless fighting style and sheer obliviousness to his own strength and the level of collateral damage he brings with him. Akainu, however, is a complete psychopath who kills even members of his own team on the spot if he sees them deserting the battlefield, seems to have a barely suppressed bloodlust geared towards pirates and other enemies of the Government, and was utterly relentless in his attempts to kill Luffy, even killing Ace in between. His fanaticism was such that he wanted to continue a war even though the Marines' objectives (execute Portgas D. Ace and eliminate Whitebeard as a threat) were achieved and his comrades were dying by the boatload, just for a chance at exterminating more pirates. All of them dealt Luffy crushing defeats that affected his confidence in his abilities to varying degrees of severity. Subverted thusfar post-timeskip, as Fujitora fills Aokiji's role: a decent, honorable man who is aware that they are fighting for a corrupt system, and bends the rules as much as possible in order to do the right thing. That being said, little has been shown of Ryokugyu, so it isn't clear whether they are also a decent person like Aokiji or fill Akainu's old role as the resident psycho.
- Superpower Lottery: If you're facing an Admiral — even the Fleet Admiral — chances are that said Admiral would have a very rare and very powerful Devil Fruit power. Having a powerful Devil Fruit is not a hard requirement for being an Admiral though (as with Z, who has since been de-canonized, and Garp who, while not an Admiral, is easily Admiral-level and has been offered the promotion many times) — said Marine just needs to have a ridiculous Charles Atlas Superpower to fall back on.
- World's Best Warrior: The Admirals are the "Ultimate Attack Force" of the World Government i.e. The strongest personnel that they have to offer. Only the most elite of the New World pirates can even hope to tango with them (and likely the top brass of the Revolutionaries, going by Sabo's performance). Garp, though not an admiral, was given the title the "Hero of the Marines" for capturing big names like Don Chinjao, and his repeated clashes with the Pirate King Gold Roger, and is implied to still be as powerful as the current generation of Admirals even in his advanced age. Sengoku, who alongside Garp, Kong described as "the two that carried the Marines on their backs" is assumed to be at least as powerful.
(Former) Fleet Admiral Sengoku "The Buddha"
Voiced by: Takkou Ishimori (JP, 1st voice), Toru Okawa (JP, 2nd voice), Ed Blaylock (first voice), Philip Weber (second voice) (EN)
Age: 77 (Pre-Timeskip), 79 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Human-Human Fruit, Model: Buddha
Fleet Admiral Sengoku, also known as "Sengoku the Buddha", was the supreme commander of the World Government's military force, the Marines. One of the few who still knows the seas from the olden days, he's even respected by figures like Whitebeard. He is stern and business-like, which often puts him at odds with his old friend Garp, whom he occasionally bickers with. He has eaten the Human-Human Fruit (Hito Hito no Mi), Model: Buddha, a Mythical Zoan-class fruit which allows him to turn his body into a giant, golden, Buddha-like entity. He is one of the few people in the world that can use all three forms of Haki, and is the only Marine among them.
After the battle at Marineford, he resigned from his position because of his doubts about the World Government's actions, and thus personally nominated Admiral Aokiji to be his successor. Two years later, he's a General Inspector◊ for the Marines, so he hasn't totally retired from business yet.
- Afro Asskicker: When his hat comes off, it's revealed to have a big afro uderneath, which looks even more badass in his buddha form.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His Buddha form is very large.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The chain starts with him, and is strong enough to hold his own against all of the Blackbeard pirates.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Sported an awesome suit back when Roger was still around.
- Call-Back: When the Human-Human Fruit was first introduced in the story through Chopper, an SBS asked Oda what would happen if a human ate one. Oda responded that they would just become enlightened. Sengoku's fruit lets him turn into a giant buddha.
- The Chains of Commanding: It really sucks to be head of the military arm of the World Government when you receive constant reports of crazy and powerful pirates, are forced to deal with disloyal privateers, have an irritating comrade laughing it up (occasionally) about the constant disregard for the law shown by his own grandson, and your corrupt and/or incompetent superiors telling you not to handle serious global threats simply to save face for their own screw-ups.
- It seems to have finally gotten to be too much for him, as he stepped down shortly after the Marineford arc. When we next see him two years later, he maintains a position of lesser responsibility within the Marines, and is a great deal more relaxed and pleasant.
- The Chessmaster: When he actually gets involved, he turns out to be a rather brilliant strategist. In Marineford, he almost immediately turns a losing battle for the Marines into a near-victory by trapping the Whitebeard Pirates and allies around the bay, forcing the Marine warships in and sending powerful Artificial Humans in pushing them in the center, destroying morale by disseminating a lie about Whitebeard to his allies who had their own grudges about Gold Roger, activating a massive blockade impenetrable even to Whitebeard himself, and cut the video feed at some point after he reveals Portgas D. Ace is Gold Roger's son all so that Ace will be executed ahead of schedule if needed. In the end, the war is won by the Marines in part thanks to Sengoku's strategy.
- Chest of Medals: His uniform is adorned with dozens of medals. And a purple-red honour sash from left shoulder to his right waist.
- Cool Old Guy: Had shades of it in the first half of the series, but embraces it after the Time Skip.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's willing to do some very extreme things for what he views as the greater good, such as the slaughter of Ohara or the prosecution of newborn infants and pregnant woman to find the son of Roger. However, when the Five Elders decide to put people at risk just to cover up their own incompetence (i.e. cover up the escape of Level Six prisoners from Impel Down simply to save face), Sengoku freaks out and resigns very fast.
- Foil: He adopted Donquixote Rocinante in the same manner Garp adopted Ace. Although it worked out differently in that Rocinante actually grew up to become a loyal marine. However, leading back to similar circumstances, he would find out that Rocinante gave his life to save the life of someone he loved.
- This also adds depth to Sengoku and Garp's friendship, remaining friends despite the headache Garp's family has given him. Also further adding that despite announcing on behalf of the World Government that Ace was to be executed for being the son of the Pirate King, Sengoku didn't truly believe this and remained professional in his Fleet Admiral status, considering he adopted a former Celestial Dragon and is an adoptive grandfather to a Supernova.
- Four-Star Badass: As the (previous) Fleet Admiral, and a regular Admiral before that, he's an extremely powerful fighter.
- Funny Afro: Has one hidden under that hat of his. Hilarious because he's The Comically Serious. It becomes truly epic when he uses his powers. And then after the timeskip it finally turns grey◊
- Genius Bruiser: In the Paramount War arc he's definitely got the genius down. He gets the "bruiser" part when he transforms. Given that he held down an enraged Garp, after they witness Akainu punch a hole through Ace's chest, it could be said he probably doesn't need to transform to have the "bruiser" part.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His Buddha form makes his entire body golden.
- Good Is Not Nice: Well, he is the head of the entire Marines after all.
- Hero Antagonist: While Sengoku is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, everything's he's done is ultimately out of his desire and duty to protect the rest of the world. And it becomes clear that he's been suffering for it for quite some time. The last straw was when the World Government covered up a mass breakout of level six Impel Down prisoners in order to save face, instead of sending out wanted posters and warnings like he wanted to do in order to protect the public. After that, he decided to step down, having had enough of the World Government.
- Ironic Nickname: He's titled "The Buddha", but he's comfortable with eliminating whoever he feels necessary, and takes orders from the WG without question.
- Doflamingo actually calls him out on this in his first appearance.
- The nickname turns out to be a fair bit more literal: He fights by turning into a giant statue of Buddha with superhuman strength.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While at times Sengoku can come off as exceedingly proud and stern because of his duties as a Marine, he is actually very kind and compassionate as his drastic actions at the Battle of Marineford were motivated by the desire to protect innocent civilians from getting embroiled in conflict out of fear that when the secrets held in One Piece are discovered, it would turn the world on its head and lead to total war. Furthermore, learning about Donquixote Rocinante's death, a man he considered like his own son, was enough to break his heart and drive him to tears. He's also more than willing to emotionally comfort Law, who despite being a pirate, is also the child Roci gave up his life to protect.
- Karma Houdini: As decent a guy he turned out to be, he still oversaw the bombing of Ohara, and maybe more atrocities during his time in the Marines. He retires, but he's never actually received a proper comeuppance for it.
- Ki Manipulation: As shown in the Vivre Card Booster Pack, Sengoku is the only member of The Marines who is capable of all three types of Haki- Observation, Armament and Conquerors.
- Large and in Charge: Very tall, even when he isn't in Buddha form.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: At the end of Chapter 566. This stuff right here? It just got real.
- Light Is Not Good: Averted. He's pretty harsh for a Buddha, but "Buddha" also in the original Sanskrit means "the awakened one", which can be taken to mean he is very intelligent, cunning, and wise, which he showed in spades during the Whitebeard War. Even more so when he called out the WG for covering up arguably a bigger threat to the world than Whitebeard. In Sengoku's case, Light Is Good, but Good Is Not Nice.
- Like a Son to Me: How he views Donquixote Rosinante after taking him in.
- Living Statue: This is what the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Buddha (Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu) allows him to become. Very bizarre, as Zoan fruits are supposed to be about transforming into animals. It seems Mythical Zoans can be an exception to this rule so long as they're still about transforming into some kind of being (a daibutsu is a giant Buddha statue).
- Master of All: He's got ludicrous amounts of Charles Atlas Superpower under his belt in addition to being a skilled tactician, a rare Marine master of all forms of Haki according to Word of God, and he has the power of a Mythical Zoan Fruit, a type that is even rarer than Logia.
- Nice Hat: It's got a stuffed seagull on top of it. It's a sign of his station, but he dumped it during battles and the moment he retired.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His plan to orchestrate the public execution of Ace mostly on the grounds of him being the son of the late Pirate King and using Ace as bait to lure in and destroy the Whitebeard Pirates leads to a power vacuum which allows Blackbeard to take Whitebeard's Devil Fruit powers, Emperor status, and territories and throwing the world in bigger turmoil than ever.
- Not So Different: For all their Odd Couple moments, Sengoku is far more like Garp than he would ever admit. Especially noticeable once he returns during Dressrosa, where Sengoku's personality is far more like Garp's, thanks to no longer having the burden of Fleet Admiral on his shoulders. They also have (allied) pirate grandsons who give them no shortage of headaches, too.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: He engages in an off screen fight with Jack, one of the the 3 top Beast Pirates and the right hand of Kaido. Jack was presumed dead afterward.
- Oh, Crap!: After his introduction during the Jaya arc, practically every scene he's been in, including flashbacks, has involved him going "Oh, Crap!" on some level, as the plot keeps shoveling poorly-timed crisis after poorly-timed crisis on him.
- He has another epic one in Chapter 569, when Luffy unconsciously reveals his Conqueror's Haki.
- His next Oh, Crap! moment was one that was so serious he couldn't help but to curse out loud. Whitebeard had declared that One Piece is in fact real and Sengoku knew in that instant that everything the marines fought for, paid for, and even DIED for was All for Nothing because now a new age of piracy would begin which would be even larger than before. He literally yelled "Damn You!" at Whitebeard when the later basically took everything Sengoku had done and took a massive shit on it.
- Older Than They Look: You see that image of him, right? According to Word of God, he was apparently 77 years old, even older than Garp. He shows more signs of aging after stepping down (grey hair), but he still overall counts.
- One-Man Army: He had the entire Blackbeard pirate crew (including the probable Big Bad of the entire series, a woman said the be the most powerful female pirate, and a man equal to Magellan with none of the morals) spitting up blood with one attack.
- Opt Out: He requested he be allowed to stand down from the Marines in the aftermath of the Whitebeard War. He doesn't exactly go out, instead becoming a General Inspector with much less to work on.
- Parental Substitute: Was this to Donquixote Rocinante after Doflamingo murdered their father and Sengoku took him in. That also makes him Law's pseudo-adoptive grandfather if you think about it, which has layers of irony considering their relationship with certain members of the Monkey family. Law meets Sengoku himself in Chapter 798 to have a talk about Rocinante.
- Person of Mass Destruction: When you can take out a crew led by one of the most dangerous men in the world and filled with a bunch of the worst criminals that the world has ever seen in one attack, you are this. Sengoku is also revealed to possess Haoshoku Haki, making him the only Marine revealed so far, who has mastery of all forms of Haki.
- Pet the Dog:
- He adopted Donquixote Rocinante who, at the time, was a crying child left orphaned by his brother without anyone to help him.
- Years later, when he meets Law, the child Roci died to save, he tells him that Roci didn't save him because of his name. Rather, he says not to sully Roci's love with such thoughts and to continue living free, as Roci would have wanted him to.
- Poke the Poodle: Eats Garp's crackers in an attempt to find at least some way to punish him for not taking things seriously. (It works).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For all of his extreme measures, Sengoku truly does believe that what he's doing is for good, and he believes in protecting the lives of the people over the reputation of the Marines, shown when ending the Paramount War the moment Shanks offered an out and saving Rocinante. There's also the bit where he nominated Aokiji, another Reasonable Authority Figure as his replacement in place of Akainu.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Garp. Sengoku seems to be the blue oni with himself being stern and serious, while Garp is the red oni being Hot-Blooded and a Rebellious Spirit within the Marine ranks. However, Sengoku tends to lose his cool more often than Garp.
- Retired Badass: After the Time Skip, he's semi-retired, though he still acts as a General Inspector and is still a force to be reckoned with.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He retired from the Marines after discovering that the government planned to cover up the Impel Down breakout.
- Sphere of Destruction: In his Buddha form, he can launch large spherical shock waves from his palms; probably a reference to the Buddhist Palm technique.
- Superpower Lottery: A clear winner. He gets a Mythical Zoan, a type that is even rarer than Logia.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Two years after his resignation from the position of Fleet Admiral, Sengoku seems far more laid-back and cheerful, laughing often and offering to donate blood to Mansherry's healing powers with a smile. It seems that much of his bitterness pre-Time Skip came from the heavy weight of his position, rather than his own personality.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He may often get irritated by his antics, but it's clear that Garp and Sengoku are genuinely close friends, and have been for decades.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: One of the few Marines that truly does fit this. He genuinely wants to make the world a better place but can do some bad things to help this goal. Though he leans more on the well-intentioned side than the extremist side what with his resigning when the government refused to announce that the Impel Down prisoners escaped so as to keep face.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Wanted Rocinante to drive Buffalo, Baby-5, and Law (16, 10, and 12 respectively) out of the Donquixote pirates while spying on the crew. Ironically, Corazon had to take the Would Hurt a Child facade just for it.
Fleet Admiral Sakazuki / (Former) Admiral Akainu
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Andrew Love (EN), Osvaldo Trejo Rodríguez (OP Gold) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 53 (Pre-Timeskip), 55 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 397 (Manga), Episode 278 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Magma-Magma Fruit
Real name Sakazuki, Akainu was one of the three Admirals (before being promoted to Fleet Admiral), the strongest fighters in the Marines. Akainu is apparently the most hard-line of the Marines, following the doctrine of Absolute Justice. During the destruction of Ohara, he destroyed an evacuee ship full of civilians on the small chance that one of their targets was aboard, saying that if one is to do a job it must be done thoroughly. He has eaten the Magma-Magma Fruit (Magu Magu no Mi), a Logia Devil Fruit based around magma.
During the two years that Luffy was training, he battled Aokiji for the rank of Fleet Admiral and won. He then moved to the Marine HQ to the other side of the Red Line to put more Marine presence in the New World.
- The Alleged Boss: Since the Dressrosa Arc he has continuously lost face as Fleet Admiral and been unable to keep a grip on Fujitora and Ryokugyu, who have used technicalities to get around his orders or have outright ignored them while Sakazuki is powerless to do anything about it. Fujitora's latest stunt infuriated Akainu so much that Sengoku popped in just to troll him over it.Sengoku: The job is difficult, isn't it... Fleet Admiral?Sakazuki: Shut up, you semi-retired old man!!!
- Likely one to Luffy, for killing Ace and leaving a permanent X-shaped scar on his chest, as a reminder of that.
- Definitely this to the Whitebeard Pirates for killing Ace as well as manipulating Squard into stabbing Whitebeard.
- Aokiji, from an ideological standpoint — the resulting feud over the Fleet Admiral position was so bad that the higher-ups went ahead and had them fight a Duel to the Death just to get the position filled already. Subverted in that Akainu still holds some level of care towards his comrades to not kill Aokiji.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: After Sengoku retires, the Five Elders suggest Akainu as the next Fleet Admiral, while Sengoku himself nominates Aokiji as his successor. To decide the matter, the two contenders fight for ten days on Punk Hazard, until Akainu emerges victorious and earns the promotion.
- Badass Beard: Grows a beard over the Time Skip to indicate his promotion to Fleet Admiral, making him appear older and stricter.
- Bad Boss: He killed his own men for wanting to retreat from a battle they had no chance of winning, and that's just for starters. In fact, he's so horrible to work for that after he became Fleet Admiral, Aokiji chose to resign from the Marines rather than work under him. Then, on top of that, Fujitora flat-out defied him because if things were done Akainu's way after the Donquixote Pirates were rounded up and arrested, the World Government would have received another ill-gotten pat on the back for a job well done in a situation where an entire country was anything but okay in the aftermath of a huge and bloody battle.
- Beard of Evil: After the time-skip, Akainu grows a short but menacing beard.
- Big Bad Ensemble: As the current Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki is now one of the top antagonists for the series, alongside Blackbeard and Imu.
- Black and White Insanity: Sakazuki hates pirates with a passion and considers every single one of them scum not worthy of mercy, as shown in the Summit War where he brutally kills multiple pirates. While for the most part pirates are indeed evil, there are also some exceptions like the Straw Hats, and Sakazuki's methods and obsession to eradicate the pirates make him as cruel as them, if not moreso.
- The Brute: Among the three Admirals, Sakazuki has the devil fruit with the most destructive power which, combined with his absolute justice, makes him the most dangerous admiral.
- The Chains of Commanding: After being promoted to Fleet-Admiral, Sakazuki is constantly busy because of the troubles caused by other marines and doesn't like that he has to either take merits he has nothing to do with or hide the atrocities and troubles made by the World Government. Former Fleet-Admiral Sengoku even mockingly asks Sakazuki if he's having fun with his new position.
- Charles Atlas Superpower:
- Besides his Logia powers, he has shown to have enough strength to stop Whitebeard's quake-enhanced Bisento with his foot and Punch Parry Whitebeard. Because of this trait, he takes little damage even from Haki attacks known to devastate normal Logia users. The ground even cracked when he prepared to kill Ace.
- According to Oda, Akainu is so goddamn powerful that if he was the protagonist of the series, he could find the One Piece within a year! Remember that this is a sacred treasure that pirates spend their entire lives searching for, so for someone to find it in this short of a timeframe means that they are one of the strongest humans alive. This really speaks endless volumes about the sheer magnitude of strength that he possesses.
- This is thrown into a new light by the revelations of what it takes to actually get to the One Piece. Considering that to gather the Poneglyphs to find Laugh Tale, one would have to go through the Mink tribe, break into Big Mom's room of treasure and likely fight into Kaido's own residence in Wano, as well as finding the last Road Poneglyph, Akainu power must be off the charts if he could get through all of that within a year by himself.
- Cigar Chomper: After the timeskip, Sakazuki is often seen smoking a cigar, possibly as a way to deal the stress that comes with his new position as Fleet-Admiral.
- Conscription: After the Battle of Marineford, Sakazuki issued a mandatory draft to bolster the forces of the Marines, since two Admiral spots were now empty. To his credit, two sitting Admirals were recruited from his conscription.
- Convection Schmonvection: He's made out of and attacks with lava, but nothing takes any damage unless it actually comes into contact with something. Even then, it acts more like a solid projectile than something that should vaporize everything around it. We'll forgive this one though, since if it was actually treated realistically, no one would be able to beat him. Also, proper and trained Logia users affect only what they want with their power.
- Actually gets played with in the anime: Ivankov attacks Akainu with a weaponized kiss, getting his face burned. He then pulls his usual "it was just thick make-up" joke, showing an undamaged face... and then collapses from having his lungs burned by the heat and fumes.
- Also, both in the Anime and the Manga, he can melt and move through solid rock as if it was air, again showing his control.
- Cultured Warrior: The cover page for Chapter 592 shows Akainu calmly trimming a bonsai tree.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in an SBS with Oda, which shows a drawing of him as a child, armed with a knife and in bloodstained clothes.
- Death from Above: His "Ryuusei Kazan" (Meteor Volcano) move has him launching multiple fists of lava into the air, which then fall down like a meteor shower from above.
- Determinator: Utterly unstoppable during the Marineford arc. The strongest Emperor's best lieutenants, former warlords, main characters, and a large quantity of mooks and transvestites (yeah...) all team up against him and they don't even succeed at slowing him down, forcing Whitebeard himself to step in. Whitebeard succeeds in kicking his ass, but not before getting half his face taken off.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Formerly. Though he was one of the main antagonist during the Marineford arc, he still served under Fleet Admiral Sengoku, who didn't take much action during the arc, until the last act.
- He's still this for the Five Elder Stars; while they're implied to have some Asskicking abilities, it's unlikely any of them are on Akainu's level.
- The Dreaded: Blackbeard effortlessly kicks the ass of every Marine sent by the Navy. The Marines then decide to send Akainu. Blackbeard flees the second he's spotted.
- Elemental Punch: Barring the Inugami Guren technique, Akainu is much less flashy in his use of his powers than other Logia users. His basic game plan is: 1. Turn arm(s) into lava; 2. Enlarge it as necessary; 3. Punch until target is vaporized. Since he's literally living lava, it's pretty damn effective (and is probably one of the few times where this is a good idea in the first place). This attack is even just simply named Dai Funka (Big/Great Eruption).
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: As it turns out, lava beats fire. Not only is it hotter than fire, it also cuts off the air supply of it.
- Establishing Character Moment: Sakazuki first appears in Robin's flashback, as one of the vice admirals summoned for the Buster Call of Ohara. Although the order is to destroy the island so to get rid of the archeologists, Sakazuki orders to blow up a boat full of Ohara's innocent citizens, despite the Marines promising they would be allowed to leave, just in case one of the scholars stowed away on the ship, thus rendering the entire campaign pointless. It immediately settles Sakazuki as a man wholly devoted to eradicate the enemies of the World Government at any cost.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- During the Time Skip, he had a huge battle with Aokiji over who would be the new Fleet Admiral. He won, but spared Aokiji's life.
- He also surprised everyone by not killing Bonney on the spot when he had an easy chance. The same man that goaded Ace to his death, hunted down Luffy just for being the son of the government's most dangerous enemy and killed a man who just wanted to go home to his family because said man knows a Mook like him would simply get hurt or worse in this battle. He also finds Z to be extreme in his methods.
- He also calls out the Gorosei for the stunt Doflamingo did involving his faking out of his resignation as the King of Dressrosa and makes it clear that he hates how the Marines are essentially attack dogs for the corrupt Celestial Dragons due to their influence.
- The Fettered: Deconstructed. Refuses to bend his devotion to achieving absolute justice even slightly, and will ruthlessly exterminate anyone who threatens his ambition to do so, regardless of their being friend or foe. This is best shown during Coby's What the Hell, Hero? speech to him during the Summit War, where he is notably the only person who isn't even slightly stunned by the young Marine's reckless actions and heartfelt speech, and simply responds by telling Coby that the Navy is no place for someone who doesn't believe in righteousness before trying to kill him.Akainu: "You've wasted several seconds of my time. The Navy has no use for soldiers who aren't righteous!" (raises his magma fist to punch him)
- Flaming Meteor: Akainu can use his Magma Man abilities to fire fist-shaped lava projectiles upwards. They rain down like burning meteors. The attack is appropriately named Ryusei Kazan, literally meaning "Meteor Volcano".
- Flower Motifs: He wears a pink rose on his suit, and has a large tattoo featuring many flowers on his left shoulder.
- For Great Justice: He wants to eradicate the pirate plague in the name of justice, but he's definitely a villain who goes way too far in trying to preserve peace, making him as bad as (if not worse than) the very pirates he's trying to stop.
- General Ripper: His relentless crusade against pirates reaches some rather frightening lengths.
- And then there's him killing a captain who tried to flee the Marine HQ battle, mentally scarring Coby and Helmeppo, who were also thinking of fleeing.
- He also tries to murder Coby for pointing out that, by trying to kill a few pirates with no guarantee that they'll be able to do it, they're letting many more injured Marines die when they could easily be saved. The reason Akainu tried to murder him? Because during the minute or so Coby was talking, pirates weren't dying.
- The reason he wants to kill Luffy and Ace so badly is solely because of who their fathers are. Sure, them being Pirates is part of the reason, but he would probably still want them dead if they were civilians, or even Marines.
- Godzilla Threshold: As noted, he's kind of a dick but considering how bad everything got after the Paramount war, you could see why there were people wanting him for Fleet Admiral. Being able to terrify Blackbeard by your presence alone speak volumes of how appropriate he seems to be for the new era.
- Hate Sink: Akainu is the admiral most devoted to the extirpation of the enemies of the World Government, brutally killing pirates, even if they have surrendered, and doesn't care if his actions kills innocents, as long as he estirpates evil. However, after becoming Fleet Admiral, Akainu has shown to be taken off by some choices of the World Goverment.
- Hell Hound: His signature move and the one that gave him the moniker 'Red Dog' is the Inugami Guren (Dog Biting Crimson Lotus) technique, making a giant doghead made of magma. He also has it in name with his Meigou (Dark Hound) technique.
- Hero Killer: While not a conventional "hero", Akainu is the one who kills Ace by provoking him into a fight, and then attempts to kill Luffy but Ace's Heroic Sacrifice stops him.
- He Who Fights Monsters: While most of the pirates in the One Piece world are genuinely terrible and dangerous criminals, Akainu's obsession with eliminating tham makes him just as brutal and arguably more monstrous than the criminals he hunts down.
- Hidden Eyes: During the Ohara flashback, he is shown with his Marine baseball cap and a hood covering his face. When he shows up in the present, he still has the cap obscuring his eyes until the scene is dramatic enough to show them.
- Implacable Man: When you plow through a whole Badass Army and effortlessly shrug off everything but punches from Whitebeard in the pursuit of your enemy, you definitely deserve the title.
- Insane Admiral: He will go to the extremes to protect the World Government. No crime should be overlooked and anything with even the hint of pirates should be purged for the greater good. When he was a Vice-Admiral, he chose to kill over one hundred refugees to ensure none of his targets escaped from the attack. As an Admiral, he killed his own men for deserting in a battle they had no chance of doing the enemy harm. The fact they were flies against the enemy only the Admirals and above could actually harm didn't factor in. They were deserting and so had to die.
- I Shall Taunt You: While Ace is escaping from Marineford, Akainu purposefully insults Whitebeard to goad Ace into attacking him. It works: Ace gets angry at Akainu's insult to his foster-father and faces Akainu, getting killed shortly after.
- Jerkass: At best, Akainu treats his allies at expendable, and is all too willing to kill any pirates or allies who are insufficiently dedicated to his brutal version of justice, while insulting their viewpoints.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While his jabs at Whitebeard are really low blows, and purposely so in order to taunt Ace, Sakazuki is right that history will always remember Whitebeard as a loser compared to his rival Gol D. Roger, who became the Pirate King.
- Kick the Dog: Akainu insults Whitebeard's honor in order to goad Ace resulting in his death. He also kills a cowardly marine for fleeing his post.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not only is played more seriously than any antagonist before, but he breaks the Status Quo by killing major character Ace.
- Knight Templar: Akainu is the most prominent guy for the "Absolute Justice" ideal for the Marines. While his intentions of eliminating the criminals are good, his methods and his dedication are too extreme.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He may be a bloodthirsty maniac with a near-fanatical zeal for exterminating pirates, but even he's smart enough to know to back off and call it a day when Shanks shows up to the party. It didn't matter that there were still pirates that needed to go; when someone like that shows up when everyone else is worn out and bloodied and tells you that he'll personally fight anyone who wants to continue the violence, you have to stop.
- When the Shichibukai system is abolished years later, he absolutely refuses to interfere in Kaido and Linlin's activities in Wano. Even Sakazuki knows warring with the former Warlords and two Emperors simultaenously will spell the end of the Marines.
- Lack of Empathy: When Coby screams that the charge being led by Akainu to finish off the Whitebeard Pirates is piling up needless casualties, Akainu doesn't even blink, he simply tells Coby that "a few seconds have been wasted" and tries to murder him on the spot.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Despite his current position, Sakazuki has repeatedly been left uninformed about the higher World Government's actions and activities.
- First, he got duped by Doflamingo's fake resignation from the Warlords and acted on it while CP-0 handled the real situation. When confronting the Five Elders about why Doflamingo could pull stunts like that and demanding that it not happen again, they brushed him off and dismissed his reputation as Fleet Admiral as a trivial matter.
- Later on, Sakazuki is unwilling to send Kizaru to the Wano Country due to not knowing anything about the country's forces... Then CP-0 are shown having an audience with its shogun, Orochi, on the matter of buying weapons "from pirates to fight pirates" as he puts it. Not only that, but CP-0 was aware of Doflamingo being the underworld broker Joker (something the Marines were ignorant about) and used him as a middle man for this business.
- Magma Man: Sakazuki has eaten the Magma-Magma fruit, which gives him the ability to turn himself into a literal magma-man, which is the origin of his epithet "Akainu". His devil fruit is among the most destructive ones shown in the series, and he uses it mainly to create huge magma punches or giant meteors.
- Manipulative Bastard: As Ace is fleeing, Sakazuki intentionally provoke him by insulting Whitebeard, hurting Ace's honor. Despite the situation calling for an escape, Ace falls for it and ends with Akainu piercing Ace's with a magma punch.
- Meaningful Name: The "Inu" meaning Dog in Akainu, thus automatically making him Monkey D. Luffy's enemy by default since there is a common myth that dogs and monkeys are mortal enemies.
- Moral Sociopathy: His desire and methods are perfectly acceptable to the World Government; it's the extremes he goes to do so that makes him unsettling.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Is the most muscular of the three pre-timeskip admirals, as a cover image of him shirtless shows. It is also a sign of him being the strongest of the three.
- Necessary Evil: It has been said that his adherence to Absolute Justice has actually strengthened the morale of the Marines while, at best, Akainu believes his actions to be this.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He took four direct, Haki-imbued punches from Whitebeard, who was in his prime a rival to Roger and shrugged off most of them.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: It's more subtle than most, but go to Oda Nobunaga's page and see how many similarities you can find, we'll wait, you'll be there for a while. He's even paired with two commanders who are very similar to Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Suffers one from Whitebeard for killing Ace.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike most of previous villains, he does not play around with his enemies and completely lacks a sense of humor.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's drawn in a much more realistic style compared to all of the other characters in the manga. Which may very well be Oda's way of intentionally plunging him into Uncanny Valley to make him creepier. Although he and his fellow admirals follow this, he's the most intricately drawn and meant to resemble the actor mentioned above.
- Oh, Crap!:
- The look on his face the entire time in the Marineford Arc, when he's getting a first-hand demonstration of just why Whitebeard is called "The Strongest Man in the World".
- Happens again not long after when Shanks introduces himself and his crew by blocking a magma fist with his sword. Up to that point, Akainu was still very much for killing every surviving pirate he could find, but once that happened, he quickly realized that the battle was effectively over.
- One-Man Army: He did more damage during the Marineford Arc than his fellow Admirals, Sengoku, the Vice Admirals, and the Seven Warlords combined. This can be attributed largely to him being far less touchy about using the maximum amount of force possible, but it's still incredibly impressive.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted. As he became a Fleet Admiral, he's mostly referred to by his real name. While his nickname "Akainu" is still there, he's almost never called by it nowadays.
- Out of the Inferno: After getting blasted by the Whitebeard Pirates' counterattack after he punched through Ace. In the anime, it's rather terrifying — he has chunks of him torn off with lava dripping from his body.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He is a living volcano capable of launching huge gobs of lava on top of his enemies.
- Pet the Dog:
- When the time came to have a new Fleet Admiral, it came down to Akainu and Aokiji. Aokiji was utterly against Akainu becoming Fleet Admiral, and opposed his potential promotion any way he could. Eventually the conflict reached a boiling point, with the two engaging in a death match to decide who becomes Fleet Admiral. After a massive battle that lasted for 10 days, Akainu won. Rather than killing him for opposing his ideals and trying to stop him from becoming Fleet Admiral to the point of having a death match for the position, Akainu spared Aokiji and the latter left the Marines.
- During the Marineford war, Akainu saved a marine from Whitebeard by stopping his bisento attack with his foot, though his primary concern was stopping Whitebeard's earthquake powers from further damaging Marineford.
- Perpetual Frowner: Akainu only seems to know two emotions: frowning and anger, and even the latter is just him frowning even more intensely than usual! His SBS picture as a child even shows him frowning, also looking pissed off.
- Punch Parry: Meets Whitebeard's quake punch with his magma fist at the start of his duel with Whitebeard.
- Real Men Wear Pink: As seen here◊, though it's actually red when the episode in question comes up. He's also got a flowery tattoo on his left shoulder, which does have pink.
- Rocket Punch: His powers allow a particularly nasty approximation.
- Say My Name: From Episode 484: WHIIIITEBEEEEAAAARRRRD!!!!
- Scars Are Forever: He received a nasty scar from the left side of his face to his neck, and a chipped ear, courtesy of Kuzan/Aokiji. What's scarier is while his power leaves obvious fire burns, Aokiji's scarred him through ice burns.
- Shaping Your Attacks: His "Inugami Guren" attack where creates a Hell Hound out of magma. Notable for being the only move that he does this with considering most of the time, he just relies on explosive bursts of magma as a punch.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: His Red Baron name, like his fellow Admirals, is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- Signature Move: Apparently, every Admiral has one that is associated with, if not the source of, their epithet so they count as this most likely. Akainu's is the Inugami Guren, making a giant dog head out of magma.
- Superpower Lottery: He's made out of lava. Not only does that mean that you can't get anywhere near him without being vaporized, but it's also superior to (as in, can outright kill) at least two other Logias (up until now, we've only seen Logias either mutually nullify or have no effect on each other).
- Theme Naming: As with the other three admirals, he's named after a companion of Momotaro, specifically the dog ("Inu" means dog in Japanese).
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: It's doubtful that he even knows the concept of overkill exists.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: And the One Piece world just got bleaker.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: His go-to method for dealing with any threat or annoyance. He outright tried to kill Luffy because he knew hed be a formidable threat in the future, constantly berates others for doing otherwise, and loudly laments not being able to kill him when he had the chance after the timskip. The only reason anyone survives an encounter with him is if they can flee or have someone powerful enough to stand between Akainu and his target.
- Undying Loyalty:
- For the Marines, nothing will stop him. Not even the strongest man of the world.
- Sakazuki is an interesting case in that while he is unshakably loyal to the Marines, it is nuanced by the lack of Blind Obedience he has towards the World Government. Others who follow Absolute Justice like him have deferred to this on some fashion, but not him, and he's already starting to chafe with his superiors over it. On some level, even he recognizes how corrupt the World Government and the Celestial Dragons are, and hates it as much as those who ideologically opposed him do, such as Kuzan, Issho, and Smoker.
- Villain-by-Proxy Fallacy: The first thing we see him do is blow up a ship full of evacuees that the Marines had promised to spare on the grounds that there might be the slightest possibility that there is a scholar on board who could read the Poneglyphs.
- Villain in a White Suit: Although Sakazuki wants to get rid of pirates and criminals, he's so extremist in his views he's terribly brutal and doesn't hesitate to involve innocents if he could eliminate a pirate. After becoming Fleet Commander, Sakazuki begins wearing an all-white suit similar to Sengoku's, which contrasts heavily with his blood red outfit from Marineford.
Borsalino / Admiral Kizaru
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka, Ryotaro Okiayu (Episode 881 onwards) (JP), Ray Hurd (EN)
Age: 56 (Pre-Timeskip), 58 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 504 (Manga), Episode 398 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Glint-Glint Fruit
Real name Borsalino, Kizaru is the only pre-timeskip Admiral to have retained his position after the timeskip, after Akainu was promoted and Aokiji left. He has somewhat of an absentminded and out-there personality, committing such acts as mistaking his snail wiretap for his phone, and politely asking the pirates who just shot at him if they could help him find his acquaintance. Befitting this, his Justice is "Unclear Justice", a purposely unspecified type of justice that allows him to simply do what is ordered of him. He has eaten the Glint-Glint Fruit (Pika-Pika no Mi), which allows him to manipulate, create, and turn into the element of light. Several of his abilities include being able to fire laser beams and traveling at the speed of light.
- Achilles' Heel: His light powers can only go in straight lines, and despite his powers themselves moving at the speed of light, several of his attacks have been shown to have slow start up times.
- Affably Evil: Makes polite small-talk with pirates right before he roundhouse kicks them into oblivion. In Japanese, it should be noted he rarely speaks in any style that is impolite.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: That is an awesome suit.
- Beam Spam: His Yasakani no Magatama technique is classic Beam Spam.
- Big Entrance: After some background and off-screen moments before, how does he arrive at Sabaody Archipelago? Riding a cannonball.
- Blinded by the Light: He once attacked Hawkins with a bright flash of light.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has his share of quirks (riding on cannon balls, asking fleeing pirates if they've seen his subordinate, talking into a black transponder snail he's been repeatedly told isn't capable of outbound communication, etc) but he's also one of the most powerful and effective marines in the series.
- Catchphrase: "Ooh, how terrifying!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Very much "out-there" when without a specific quarry, and apparently was unaware of the trail of mass destruction he was creating. Some of it may be Obfuscating Stupidity, but at least some of it is genuine.
- Cool Shades: Kizaru always sports a pair of amber-shaded glasses that go along with his yellow outfit.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His proper introduction consisted of asking pirates where his subordinate is. When they wouldn't answer and ran away instead, he showed everyone why he's a Marine Admiral by blasting down a mangrove tree the size of a city with a kick.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Sabaody Archipelago Arc basically amounts to Kizaru absolutely annihilating every pirate in his way. Fortunately for our protagonists, Rayleigh can hold him off.
- Also delivers one to Arlong in a flashback.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: A non canon example but in Pirate Warriors 2 it's shown Enel's lightning manages to block his light much to Kizaru's surprise.
- Extremity Extremist: With the exception of Rayleigh, he never attacks anyone physically with anything except a single kick.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: During the Sabaody Archipelago arc, while he is preparing to execute Basil Hawkins, Scratchmen Apoo uses him as a guinea pig to showcase his powers. Apoo attacks with a sharp cymbal strike and cuts Kizaru's right hand clean off of his body! Then, he uses a much more powerful percussive blast and blows apart Kizaru's body, turning him into Ludicrous Gibs for a moment.Kizaru: "Ooh, how terrifying! That was quite the shock!"
- Finger Gun: Can fire lasers from his fingertips.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Can fire them from either his fingertips or his foot, with their power varying between "pierce someone's body" and "blow up buildings".
- Hard Light: His Devil Fruit lets him shape light into weapons like swords.
- Hero Antagonist: Although is brutal, merciless, and incredibly destructive (unintentionally), his enemies are pirates that, excluding the Straw Hat or Sun pirates, are either Selfish Evil or absolute monsters, and all his actions are for the protection of civilians.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He's not a borderline suicidal Blood Knight like Akainu is; when he's told to stand down at gunpoint by a rifle-toting Benn Beckmann during the armistice negotiations between Shanks and Sengoku, he gracefully puts his hands up and surrenders.
- Laser Blade: His Ama no Murakumo technique creates a literal lightsaber.
- Lean and Mean: He's tall, skinny, and serves as an antagonist. Just like his co-workers.
- Light 'em Up: The Glint-Glint Fruit gives him power over and turns him into light.
- Light Is Good: Even if he's an antagonist to the Straw Hats and more morally neutral than most Marines, Kizaru is only seen beating evil pirates and avoids involving innocents.
- Meaningful Name:
- Applies to the 3 techniques he's used so far, each is named after (and has traits that relate to) one of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. Yata no Kagami is a mirror, Ama no Murakumo is the shortened form of Ama no Murakumo no Tsurugi (more commonly known as the Kusanagi no Tsurugi), and his beam spam Yasakani no Magatama is (believed to be) a necklace made of jade magatama stones.
- This applies to the video games also. While he has not shown off his signature move that presents his epitet (Akainu and Aokoji have already done so), he has one in One Piece: Gigant Battle. He shoots a powerful massive laser beam from his feet in the form of a monkey head; the technique is named Ama no Iwato, from the cave of Shinto mythology.
- His real name, Borsalino: which comes from 1) A role the person he was based on, Kunie Tanaka played; 2) A French film called ''Borsalino'' where the title character takes the same approach he does while fighting crime (read: laid-back and care-free); and 3) An Italian hat company. As of Chapter 622, all of the above has been referenced in the character.
- Mellow Fellow: He is very laid-back and easygoing, speaking rather slowly and occasionally drawing out the last word of his sentences, which is strange considering this behavior is very contradictory with his Devil Fruit power. No matter what happens he never gets angry or raises his voice. Ever. Nor does he ever lose his cool under stress.
- Moral Sociopathy: He fully understands the letter of the law, but couldn't care less about the spirit of the law and looks at hunting and killing pirates like nothing more than some kind of game. He has absolutely no regards for collateral damage, and, as shown in the Fisher Tiger flashback, will target civilians, like Koala's home village, if he thinks doing so will make the pirate, or criminal, take the blow instead. Fisher Tiger's death was a direct result of this kind of tactic.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Basically what his Justice type entails. He has zero qualms about doing anything, as long as its what his superiors wish of him.
- Nice Hat: In a silhouette shown in Chapter 319/Episode 217, and shown he used to have one 15 years ago.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Even when compared to the other Admirals: At least lava and ice are part of an established Elemental RockPaperScissors. Good luck trying to figure out how to harm light without using Haki.
- Even when Marco does manage to hit him and send him flying, the impact causing an explosion the size of several battleships, he pretty much shrugs it off without a scratch.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- His appearance is based off of Japanese actor Kunie Tanaka.
- The Brazilian fanbase met his appearance with certain confusion, since his face (and thanks to his glasses) also looks quite a lot like old-school rockstar Marcelo Nova.
- Same can be said for the French fanbase, looking suspiciously like a formerly famous comedian named Ramzy.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: To Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a unifier of Japan, who was nicknamed 'monkey' and was known for being crafty, polite and resourceful, while working with a man who was known for utterly destroying anyone who stood in his way and another guy who was known for his coolheadedness, general laziness and knowing when (or not) to strike.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Similar to Akainu, although he seems more like a caricature.
- No-Sell: Standard for a Logia user. His debut shows him taking a bullet THROUGH HIS HEAD, and later an explosion in his midsection without as much as reacting.
- One-Man Army: Outside of Rayleigh and Whitebeard, no one has managed to make him fight seriously. Hell, he literally mowed down members of the Whitebeard Pirates with impunity during the Marineford arc.
- Only Friend: Implied to be this to Sakazuki, being the only one who isn't shown to carry some level of disdain towards his ruthless tactics and disregard towards life. All There in the Manual notes they also joined the Marines at the same time, and them both being from the North Blue hints they may go back farther than that.
- Oh, Crap!: If Film Z is taken as canon, he gets one when Z throws the Dyna Stone right in his face.
- Perma-Stubble: Seems to go with this look. Even after the timeskip◊, he hasn't changed a lot.
- Perpetual Smiler: He has a resting Troll-face.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He blasted a mangrove tree the size of a city with a kick. Even more unnerving is that he seems not to be fully aware of the destruction he is capable of.
- Reflecting Laser: His Yata no Kagami technique; he usually uses it to get from point A to point B, which is usually right up in some pirate's face.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: You wouldn't think so when he was first introduced, but after observing him for a while, you'll see why every pirate on Sabaody was terrified of him. Made even more literal when he uses his Devil Fruit powers to utterly curb stomp everyone in his way until Rayleigh showed up.
- Shoot Everything That Moves: But to his credit, while he has caused enormous property damage, he hasn't hurt either civilians or Marines so far.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: His name is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- Shaping Your Attacks: The Ama no Murakumo sword is entirely made of light. In one of the Video Games, he has a move named "Ama no Iwato" (Heavenly Cave Entrance) which consists of a massive laser shaped as a monkey head.
- Smoking Is Cool: A flashback reveals even he pulled this off pretty well.
- Superpower Lottery: His power is extremely powerful even among Logias and is one of the most broken powers in the entire series. He can move at the speed of light (He even mocks Luffy as being "too slow," even in Gear Second). Tanking a kick to the face at (near) the speed of light is just not gonna happen, as Hawkins and Luffy found out. He notably has no conventional weaknesses outside of seawater and Haki. And even then, unless you're on the level of Rayleigh or Whitebeard, good luck.
- The only time his powers have been the closest to being countered was in one of the video games; turns out that Enel's lightning powers are capable of standing up to Kizaru's light, much to the latter's shock. Given that both powers are quite broken, it's no surprise. However, the canonicity is disputed for the time being.
- Super Speed: Can move close-to or at the speed of light in his elemental form.
- Theme Naming: As with the other two admirals, he's named after one of Momotaro's companions, specifically the monkey. His attacks are also named after Japan's Three Sacred Treasures.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: One example has him giving an almost literal One-Hit Kill to Basil Hawkins several times. The "almost" bit comes from Hawkins' Devil Fruit abilities to fall back on.
- Unfortunate Names: At least according to The Other Wiki, "yellow monkey" is also an obscure ethnic slur. It's... doubtful this was what Oda had in mind when naming him, given the Momotaro theme the Admirals share.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: His arrival makes it clear that that the Straw Hats were not ready to take on the New World, and him and his underlings cause the bleakest ending to any One Piece arc up till that point.
Isshô / Admiral Fujitora
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP), Charles C. Campbell (EN)
Debut: Chapter 701 (Manga), Episode 630 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Stomp-Stomp Fruit
Real name Isshô, Fujitora is one of the new admirals who replaced Aokiji and Akainu after the timeskip, and is the first new admiral to be introduced after the timeskip. He follows Blind Justice. He has eaten the Stomp-Stomp Fruit (Zushi Zushi no Mi), which is a Devil Fruit that allows him to manipulate gravitational forces at will, granting him truly destructive combat abilities.
Fujitora was enlisted into the Marines through a World Government draft alongside fellow newcomer Ryokugyu, and was promoted to the rank of admiral within two years. He has shown to be kinder than most marines, and follows his own sense of morality and justice when carrying out his duties, which oftentimes causes conflict with his superiors.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When he asked why Luffy would announce where he would attack him (and then attacks him exactly in that place), Luffy answers by stating how he can't help but doing it because he, in his own way, pities Fujitora. He's so baffled at his response that he can barely hold his chuckle.
- Always Need What You Gave Up: He voluntarily blinded himself because he was so disgusted and fed up with the things he's seen in the world. But when he hears the thoughts of the Dressrosan citizens regarding Luffy, he thinks that the young boy may not really be a bad person after all, and gets curious enough to want to see what he looks like. Predictably, he then laments the fact that he took his own eyes.
- Animal Motifs: The tiger, of course.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In Chapter 792, he says to King Riku that the entire mess that happened in Dressrosa is the responsibility of the World Government (specifically, how they made the Warlord system and how easy it is to exploit by less-than-well-meaning pirates), and on behalf of the World Government, he and his subordinates kneel down in front of the king, begging for forgiveness.
- Anti-Villain: He, like Smoker, ultimately is a good man who, despite being a Marine, is willing to ally himself with pirates and the Revolutionaries for the greater good. And due to his moral code, he immediately — and without consulting Sakazuki — informs the public about the corruption of the Doflamingo family in Dressrosa due to the machinations of the Celestial Dragons and the Five Elders, specifically because Smoker, who's been in a similar situation with their corrupt practices, correctly predicts that they just might try and cover it up again like they did in Alabasta two years prior. Sakazuki is pissed when he finds out.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Let's face it, when you're the only one sent to deal with a renegade Warlord who has shown himself to be one of the single strongest non-Emperor combatants in the entire series and who very nearly killed Smoker and would have if Kuzan hadn't shown up just in time, along with said Warlord's treacherous reality-warping former underling who happens to be a Warlord himself, you are this.
- Berserk Button:
- Being swindled or ripped off. It resulted in a bunch of Doflamingo's mooks getting yanked into a gravity well with enough force to blow a huge hole in the floor that they were standing on.
- Don't hold back in a fight with him, or pity him because of his blindness. It gets him angry enough to try and kill Luffy for the first time.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As some of Doffy's henchmen would testify.
- Blind Justice: It seems to be his theme.
- Blind Weaponmaster: He is a blind Marine Admiral and is proficient with a sword.
- Brain Bleach: Of a sort; he's had enough of the evils he saw in the world, which led him to blind his own eyes.
- Combat Pragmatist: Lampshades this to Luffy when he realises Luffy is pitying him by announcing his blows, saying Luffy's ideals are illogical and there is no place for love, hate, and sympathy in a fight.
- Colony Drop: Can apparently make giant meteors fall out of the sky at will!
- Conscription: How he entered the Marines during the time-skip, along with Ryokugyu.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at. Apparently, he was so distraught by something or things he saw in the past to the point of slicing out his own eyes, saving himself from gazing at the world's evils any longer.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
- Evidently, he doesn't give a damn over whether or not Doflamingo is a Warlord or an aristocrat (or even a World Noble). Issho's throwing meteors at him anyway.
- He likewise states right to his face that he knows that Doflamingo had forcefully taken over the Dressrosa kingdom from the Riku Family and that he plans to do "deal with him later" after the business with the Straw Hats is finished.
- And his second example leads off into the third, where after Luffy defeats Doflamingo, Fujitora promptly starts a broadcast where he bows to King Riku in a grand apology for all the trouble the World Government put him through — which includes saying pirates took down Doffy in front of the whole damn world, then going on to chew out his Fleet Admiral and the Five Elder Stars because he knew they'd change the story and cover it up like they did with Alabasta.
- He shows up for the Reverie at Mariejois despite Sakazuki making a point that he wasn't allowed because he was technically a marine exile until he capture the Straw Hats. He's willing to use the Exact Words mentioned just below on a man who can turn into magma and has the temper to match, knowing that he was in the right, and that Sakazuki, with his absurdly destructive powers, couldn't do a damn thing to punish his insolence in the most sacred place in the world.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Gets pretty pissed off when he realizes that Luffy is calling his attacks because he's blind.
- Enemy Mine: With Doflamingo, as he wants to end the Seven Warlords system but considers preventing Luffy from rampaging around Dressrosa to be more important, at least for now. At least until Chapter 760, where he stated that like King Riku, he'd be "betting" on Luffy to beat Doflamingo.
- Exact Words: Fujitora enters Mariejois, despite Fleet-Admiral Sakazuki's orders to not return and enter a Marine base until Fujitora brought him Law's and Luffy's heads. Technically, Mariejois isn't a Marine base, though, so the Marines didn't deny him entry, which makes Sakazuki furious.
- Expy: Issho is based off the title character of Zatoichi.
- Eye Scream: The X-shaped scar covering both his eyes doesn't leave the most comfortable implications about the cause of his blindness, until it turns out he did it himself on purpose. He was just that disgusted by the things he'd seen in the world and decided he was better off not seeing anything at all.
- A Father to His Men: Sort of — It's a weird relationship, considering that his men act as spotters for his DF's Area-destroying capabilities (think of it like Heavy Artillery), but he makes sure that they are out of his own immediate combat zone and cares about their well-being more than you would expect a Sakazuki-promoted Admiral to.
- Flaming Meteor: His gravity abilities can bring down meteors from outer space, and they're all predictably fiery.
- Friendly Enemy: A downplayed example but still there. Luffy regards him as this, and if their bout is any indication, it's clear that the feeling is not one-sided, his comments about having to put aside feelings in the middle of this may also be an example, he clearly doesn't like to fight someone as kind as Luffy, especially considering the fact that he just saved all of Dressrosa.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Fujitora tries to break through Doflamingo's Birdcage with a meteor. Not only does it fail, but it reduces the meteor into smaller, spread-out chunks, worsening the damage when they land on the ground. Only made worse when you realize that the Birdcage is made out of Doflamingo's strings, which were demonstrated to be able to slice through the meteors easily... though since Fujitora didn't actually see that happen, his mistake can be at least partially excused.
- Gravity Is Purple: He follows the tradition of Admirals having names and being dressed according to the colors of their Elemental Powers.
- Gravity Master: His Devil Fruit power allows him to manipulate gravity in a certain area. This power is obscenely strong, as he's capable of pulling down meteors, and that just as a test of his abilities. He can also decrease gravity, allowing him to stand and float on rock platforms, as well as change the gravity in an area to any direction he wants, such as sideways.
- Guttural Growler: Has a very deep voice in the anime.
- Handicapped Badass: And he does it all while blind. Recent chapters reveal that this was self-inflicted. Thanks to Observation Haki, he's able to stay fairly sharp in battle, though his handicap does still leave him vulnerable to certain tactics and trickery.
- Hell Is That Noise: Being blind, he relies upon his Observation Haki and his hearing to get around and fight, and while it allows him to hear things such as Nami's thunder attacks from halfway across Dressrosa, it also means he can't see the aftermath, which makes him vulnerable to certain tricks like Law using a Marine's heart to get one of Fujitora's subordinates to have a literal heart-attack, which immediately got Fujitora's attention because something just happened to his subordinates — which in turn allowed Law to "Room" out of Fujitora's relapsed gravity due to Fujitora's concentration being momentarily broken.
- Hero Antagonist: There's nothing really villainous or evil about him; he just happens to oppose the protagonists by default, just like Kuzan.
- Honor Before Reason: After leaving Dressrosa, Sengoku notes that Fujitora could resolve all of his issues with Sakazuki, namely being forbidden from entering any Marine base in the world until he defeats both Luffy and Law, by simply apologizing to him. But Fujitora refuses, citing his pride and principles as reasons he can't do so in this instance.
- Humble Hero: When being heckled by Doflamingo about his power, he admits he's still a rookie compared to the other admirals when it comes to marine politics.
- Kneel Before Frodo: Invoked and played with. While King Riku has higher authority than an admiral, Fujitora is also a representative of the World Government and bows before Riku, both as an apology for not having freed Dressrosa during the 10 year tyranny of Doflamingo, and to symbolically have the World Government bend before him, an action Fujitora is aware would piss off the higher ups of the World Government.
- Loophole Abuse: He is quite adept at using these when facing To Be Lawful or Good situation:
- He can't refuse a direct order from his boss, Sakazuki. But he also knows that if he reports to his boss of how Doflamingo laid waste to his own country until Luffy stopped him, they'll give an official report deviating from the truth of what happened. So he broadcasts the ruined state of Dressrosa, and makes a public apology to the deposed king, Riku Dold III, on the World Government's behalf. Sakazuki is furious, but gives him one last chance to fix it by going after Luffy and Law like he was ordered to in the first place.
- As mentioned under Metaphorically True below, too busy engaging the Revolutionaries is a legit excuse for not rescuing Doflamingo.
- Likewise, Mariejois is not a Marine base, so Sakazuki's order is irrelevant there.
- Mêlée à Trois: He's locked into a three-way duel between himself, Trafalgar Law and Donquixote Doflamingo.
- Metaphorically True: Uses this as justification for engaging Sabo. Yes, Fujitora is personally sick of Doflamingo's bullshit (and his treatment of Fujitora's marines), but he can't officially admit that as an Admiral... so he has the Revolutionaries blamed for their clever, dastardly plan of playing on Fujitora's justice to make him choose between protecting the country (which means protecting Doflamingo, his assigned job), or protecting the country's people (which is what Fujitora actually wants to do).
- Mundane Utility: It's implied, if not outright stated at some point, that Issho likes to use his gravity-based powers to secretly manipulate dice-results, which would explain how he was always calling the correct results when gambling (he was only losing money because the others at the table were lying to his face). He even states, when rolling a die to determine whether or not to pursue Luffy and Law, that he is not using his powers on it this time.
- Nice Guy: Overall a nice, polite guy. Doesn't mean you can't piss him off, though.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Just like the rest of the admirals. He's based on Shintaro Katsu and his famous role as the blind samurai Zatoichi.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis:
- He doesn't waste time making small talk or starting with weaker attacks that would make it a more even fight. If you come into conflict with him, he will pull out all the stops to end it as quickly as possible.
- Subverted in that he was actually playing around for nearly the entire arc (likely because of the whole Birdcage situation), only seriously intending to take down his targets come the arc's end.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Drawn just as realistically as Akainu.
- No-Sell: Blocks attacks from both Zoro and Doflamingo with no visible effort, though he did acknowledge the power of Zoro's attack.
- Not So Stoic: Although usually stern and reserved, his battle with Luffy has him becoming pretty emotional, breaking into an absurd chuckle when he realises how sily Luffy is, and showing deep frustration and anger due to his conflict in fighting the savior of Dressrossa.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he realizes Sengoku overheard his thank-you to the Straw Hats for their help.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike his fellow admirals, both before and after the Time Skip, his title doesnt follow the pattern of color + animal when translated into English literally. Fujitora actually translates to "Wisteria Tiger".
- Paying for the Action Scene: Compensates the owner of a restaurant for blowing a massive hole in the floor.
- Person of Mass Destruction: So far, we've seen him blow a massive hole in the floor of a restaurant with what appeared to be a gravity well and summoning a meteor to flatten Law. Given that he's an Admiral, it's kind of expected.
- When he gets truly serious, it is quite a sight to behold. Issho reveals he can manipulate gravity on a country-wide scale, with Pica's mountain-sized golem looking like an ant to his powers as he levitates the destroyed remnants of the country's buildings all at once to use as artillery. He uses it to annihilate an entire fleet of ships owned by New World pirates and brokers.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: For the Dressrosa arc: 3 days after Doflamingo is defeated, Fujitora comes down, trying to apprehend Luffy and co. Not only that, Luffy actually attacks him first. Though it comes to a halt when Hajrudin grabbed Luffy to force him to get away from the island quickly.
- Power Incontinence: He's yet to get the "I probably should warn people of incoming meteors" bit down, though, and it doesn't help that he can't see the size of the meteors he is bringing down or the collateral damage it could do.
- Purple Is Powerful: Fitting to his admiral name, he wears purple attire under his marine coat. His Gravity Master powers are also given purple coloring in animation.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a lot more reasonable and intelligent than most high-ranking Navy officers, but alas, he is still a Navy officer. Once Doflamingo is beaten, he goes after Luffy and Law, although he gives them 3 days to recover first.
- Ramen Slurp: While riding on a ship he's using his gravity powers to propel through the air, no less! And his reaction to Law redirecting one of his own meteor attacks back at him is to keep eating the noodles.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- His reaction to finding that Dressrosa is full of New World Pirates and there's probably going to be a fight later? Call in lots of medics for the inevitably wounded, and make sure to count how many civilians there are in Dressrosa so the Marines know who to protect and how many need that protection. He seems to have taken Kuzan's place as the resident example of this trope among the Admirals.
- One of his goals that he can pursue now that he is an Admiral? Remove the Seven Warlords from their seats of power by ending the system.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Fujitora knows that once Navy HQ learns of Doflamingo's defeat at the hands of Luffy, they'll twist the truth into something that helps the Navy save face in a similar vein to Alabasta. Fujitora has none of it and broadcasts the truth to the whole world at the first opportunity before the Navy HQ even has a chance to learn of it, then proceeds to call out his own boss Sakazuki on the Navy and the WG's tendencies to tell lies to its people.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Like his fellow Admirals before and after the Time Skip, Fujitora has its roots in the Momotaro legends.
- Spanner in the Works:
- Potentially. He has outright stated that his desire to end the Seven Warlords of the Sea system, and remarks that there's no way to know how that will affect the Balance of Power until it's been done. And he also claims he has other plans as well, and given what accomplishing the only one we know of could cause...
- By begging for forgiveness in front of King Riku for what the World Government had (indirectly) done to Dressrosa and then broadcasting the country's current state and the fact that the Warlord Donquixote Doflamingo is defeated by the alliance of Straw Hat and Heart Pirates, he already becomes one for the Marines' and World Government's practices of truth-twisting for the public.
- Superpower Lottery: His fruit powers allows him to control one of the fundamental forces in the universe, with what he can do with that it would be staggering with what he can do if he wasn't blind.
- Sword Cane: As part of his Zatoichi reference, he carries his sword in a blind man's stick.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Fujitora makes it crystal clear that he hates working with Doflamingo and will put and end to his machinations at the first opportunity.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Like Sakazuki, his definition of "reasonable force" generally means "wide-scale destruction". Unlike Akainu, he tries to cause as little casualties as possible and will make sure that any collateral damage is repaired or paid for. He also has his men identify civilians who might end up in the battle's fray and get them to safety.
- Tiger vs. Dragon: First, with Doflamingo. Because he's a Celestial Dragon. Though subverted since Fujitora needs to side with him against the Straw Hats to ensure Dressrosa's safety. Second, with Sabo, who has many dragon themes. Naturally, the two clash directly with each other.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He seems very fond of ramen and other noodle dishes.
- When He Smiles: After several chapters giving a (mostly) stern expression, he finally gives a wide smile in Chapter 800 as he thanked Luffy for what he did in Dressrosa.
- Worthy Opponent: He compliments Zoro on his Razor Wind, stating that although he was able to No-Sell it, it was still pretty brutal.
- Would Hit a Girl: At least in the anime, where there's at least one woman among Doffy's henchmen he took out at the restaurant. After all, justice is blind, as is he.
- "X" Marks the Hero: Downplayed. He has an X-shaped scar on his forehead that goes to his eyes and despite acting as a Hero Antagonist to Luffy and his crew, Fujitora is one of the most noble members of the Marines.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara
Debut: Chapter 905 (Manga), Episode 882 (Anime)
The other new Admiral introduced after the timeskip. Ryokugyu is an enigmatic character who makes his debut in the Reverie Arc at Mariejois as a security detail and Isshô's keeper. He's an easygoing man who's on an extreme fast that has persisted for three years, and has a close connection with "old man Vegapunk". He has yet to make a full appearance beyond a brief shadowy figure.
- Ambiguously Human: Apparently hasn't eaten anything in 3 years. Whether or not this is the result of a Devil Fruit power remains to be seen.
- Beware the Silly Ones: From what's been seen so far, Ryoukugyu is an easy-going man to the point that he flat out ignores Sakazuki's orders, both out concern for the damage his fight would cause, and the fact that it would be too much trouble for him. Mind you that he's been on a fast for three years, and given that Aokiji/Kuzan resigned two years ago, that means that even without any food in his system he still made it to Admiral rank and is considered a beast in terms of power.
- Conscription: Like Fujitora, Ryokugyu was one of the many conscripted by Akainu, and was strong enough to land the Admiral position to replace the spots left by Akainu and Aokiji.
- To Fujitora. Unlike Fujitora's formal and polite demeanor, Ryokugyu's personality is very laid-back and informal. He also has a Willfully Weak stigma for an unspecified but meaningful reason in that he refuses to eat anything (or may not have a choice in the matter anyhow), much like how Fujitora willingly blinded himself.
- He also might be one for Aokiji due to sharing a similar relaxed personality and their polar opposite in their respective generations of Admirals being a staunch and stubborn force of might.
- Messy Hair: The only feature we really know Ryokugyu has is a big mess of curly hair.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: We don't know much about Ryokugyu yet, but given the theme the Admirals seem to be following, odds are good they will abide by this too. All signs point to him being modeled on Yoshio Harada and his role in the movie Ronin-gai, sharing his Signature Laugh, love of woman and, from the silhouette shown, hairstyle.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Same as the above trope, Ryokugyu will most likely be one of these as well. He lampshades this possibility when he and Fujitora are lounging outside the Mariejois palace and what destruction may take place in the holy land if Fujitora were actually his enemy and they had to throw down, and that would be REALLY bad considering how precious and revered that place is.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Ryokugyu's name is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- Signature Laugh: "Rahaha!"
Kuzan / (Former) Admiral Aokiji
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Jason Douglas (EN, Funi), Bob Carter (EN, Unlimited Adventure)
Age: 47 (Pre-Timeskip), 49 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 303 (Manga), Episode 225 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Chilly-Chilly Fruit
Real name Kuzan, Aokiji was one of the three Admirals before the timeskip (before he resigned), the strongest fighters in the Marines. Aokiji follows a form of justice that he calls "Lazy Justice", resulting in a very relaxed, almost self-assured attitude. When he first met the Straw Hats, he showed no intention to fight, calmly discussing things like their bounty increase and even making a pass at Nami, leading the group to initially wonder if he really was an Admiral or not. He has eaten the Chilly-Chilly Fruit (Hie Hie no Mi), a Logia fruit that allows him to turn his body into ice, as well as produce limitless amounts of ice and manipulate it. Overall he's a pretty chill guy.
During the two years Time Skip, he battled Akainu for the position of Fleet Admiral and lost, leading to him leaving the Marines.
- All Men Are Perverts: Played for Laughs Upon first meeting the Straw Hats, his first reaction to Nami is to point out her bust and ask if she's free that evening. And when they meet in One Piece Film: Z, he laments the fact that Nami isn't very busty anymore.
- Always a Bigger Fish: In the end of Punk Hazard arc, Doflamingo takes vice admiral Smoker down easily, but opts to leave without a fight when the former Admiral arrives.
- Arch-Enemy: Akainu, from an ideological standpoint; Aokiji got off his lazy ass for once and fought vehemently against allowing Akainu being appointed as Fleet Admiral, despite originally having little interest in the title himself. So against it that he was willing to fight a Duel to the Death over it.
- An Arm and a Leg: He lost his leg, evidently from fighting Akainu.
- Artificial Limbs: Lost his leg, presumably during his duel with Akainu, but created an ice prosthetic from his Logia powers.
- Atop a Mountain of Corpses: A brief scene in the anime has him sitting atop a frozen version of one of these.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Goes with being an Admiral.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a nice suit during his time in the marines.
- Big Damn Heroes: He showed up on Punk Hazard in the nick of time to save Smoker from being killed by Doflamingo.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Being an Admiral, he's part of the World Government's "Ultimate Assault Force". They are the strongest combatants the WG has to offer. However, Aokiji himself is a very carefree and lazy person. He even upholds what he dubs as "Lazy Justice", leading to people not believing at times he is such a powerful fighter. This philosophy does not mean you can take him lightly, however.
- Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. He wasn't exactly blind to the flaws of the World Government pre-Time Skip but after resigning he tells Smoker that he has become much more aware of how corrupt those he once served under really are.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Luffy. When the young pirate attacks him with his up-to-this-point strongest attack, the Logia user just shrugs it off by shattering into ice shards and reforming himself, then taking him down with Ice Time. He also performed one on Jaguar D. Saul 22 years ago, who fled at his mere sight, taking the giant down with three attacks.
- The Drifter: a SBS reveals◊ he spent his childhood as a vagrant. After leaving the Marines, this is the life he returns to.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Rides a giant penguin named Camel to Punk Hazard.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While not exactly "evil", Kuzan was nonetheless a marine — and one you wouldn't call soft. Yet he was utterly disgusted when Akainu (then known as Vice-Admiral Sakazuki) blew up a ship of innocent evacuees on the off chance that ''one'' criminal managed to get on board. So much so that twenty years later, when the Fleet Admiral position opened up, he did whatever he could to ensure that Akainu did not become Fleet Admiral, despite that originally he had little interest in the position himself (Sengoku originally nominated Aokiji for the position; Akainu only became a candidate due to the support of several high-level government officials), to the point that the two had a death match just to fill the position. Then when he lost, he was so opposed to serving under his rival that he ditched the Marines and gave up his position as an admiral.
- FaceHeel Turn: He has apparently allied himself with the Blackbeard Pirates for reasons thusfar unknown.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Post-Time Skip, he wears a glove on only one hand presumably to hide the burn scars covering it.
- Harmless Freezing: Averted. The dangers of him freezing you solid are mentioned and shown several times. One character even lost an arm because of this. On the other hand, Buggy survives being frozen with no harm done to him.
- Hero Antagonist: There's nothing really villainous or evil about him; he just happens to oppose the protagonists by default, since he's a Marine.
- Hero Killer: While somewhat more reasonable than the other admirals, he is still one of the Marine's feared "Ultimate Assault Force".
- Honor Before Reason: His honor was the only reason he didn't capture the Straw Hats when he first met them, as he agreed to fight Luffy one-on-one and not harm Luffy's crew.
- Human Popsicle: A common application of his power.
- An Ice Person: The Chilly-Chilly Fruit gives Aokiji a large variety of strong ice-related powers. He can turn himself into ice, freeze an entire chunk of sea, his own enemies and create ice attacks of all shapes and sizes.
- Kill It with Ice: His standard method of attack.
- Knight of Cerebus: Right after the relatively light-hearted and humour based Davy Back Fight, the Straw Hats bump into Aokiji, who causes Robin to freak out and the admiral almost kills Luffy in a fight, sparing him only because of a debt he owes to Garp. As a whole, Aokiji's debut provides dour warning for things to come.
- Kill the Ones You Love: He makes it fairly clear to Robin that Saul was a good friend of his. Judging from what he says, he didn't like having to kill him, but he was under orders.
- Lean and Mean: He's tall, skinny, and serves as an antagonist. Just like his co-workers.
- Lennon Specs: He used to wear them back when he was a Vice-Admiral. After the timeskip, he wears them again.
- Literally Shattered Lives:
- Aokiji's Chilly-Chilly fruit allows him to turn into ice; he shatters when hit, but since his Chilly-Chilly fruit is a Logia class, he can simply pull himself together like the T-1000.
- Is also part of his fighting style, in which he freezes his enemies and threatens to shatter their fragile bodies. He makes a half-hearted attempt to do this to Robin the first time he meets the Straw Hats. Fortunately, the others are both fast and gentle enough to get her out of the way.
- Then, when facing Diamond Jozu, the only person capable of hardening his body to a degree that can outdo this, he catches Jozu while his guard is down and his powers aren't shielding his skin, and causes him to freeze. Jozu crashes to the ground in a way that snaps off his entire arm. This shows just how frightening Aokiji's powers can be, because all it takes is one misstep to instantly disfigure his opponent.
- Meaningful Name: His given name, Kuzan — if written in Kanji, it can mean "Nine Mountains" (九山), which in One Piece is a phrase that stands for "all the land (of the world)".
- Nigh Invulnerable: Like all Logia powers. Though his ice can be shattered, doing so is little more than a brief inconvenience to him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based off of late Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda, particularly the mans role of drifter P.I. Shuichi Tsujiyama in Detective Story. Kuzan even wears the same sleeping mask as this role.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The lazy justice mentality is just one of MANY similarities.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: For all his playfulness and lazy ways, he doesn't toy around much once he decides to take action, trying to defeat any opponent in as few strikes as possible.
- Oh, Crap!: When Aokiji realizes that he can't freeze Whitebeard's shockwave-based Tremor-Tremor powers.
- Older Than They Look: He's pushing 50 but looks like he's in his 30's. He's actually three years older than Crocodile, who looks much older than he does.
- One-Man Army: This is a guy who can freeze over a hundred miles of ocean without strain. Or nonchalantly stop two 300 foot-tall tsunamis simultaneously.
- Opt Out: He leaves the Marines after Akainu becomes Fleet Admiral.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He could throw the world into an ice age all by himself if he wanted to. To put it in perspective, his battle with Akainu changed Punk Hazard's weather permanently. His half is a frozen wasteland with frequent blizzards.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he does follow orders, he also follows "Lazy Justice", only going after those who he deems a legitimate threat.
- Resign in Protest: After losing to Akainu, the latter became the new Fleet Admiral and Aokiji decided to leave the Marine rather than following Sakazuki's orders.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a few nasty burn scars from his duel with Akainu.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He was strongly opposed to Akainu becoming Fleet Admiral, so much so that they ended up having a fight to the death for the position that went on for ten days!note Ultimately, Akainu won, but spared Aokiji's life. Aokiji was so averse to serving under Akainu that he ended up ditching the Marines and giving up his position as an admiral.
- Shaping Your Attacks: "Ice Block: Partisan" (makes ranseurs out of ice) and "Ice Block: Pheasant Peck" (creates a giant pheasant).
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Like all the other admirals, his name is derived from the Momotaro legends.
- Sleep Mask: Is often seen wearing one before the timeskip. Post-timeskip, ditches the sleeping mask and goes back to wearing a bandana like his pre-admiral days.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: His Logia powers usually render the battlefield into an Arctic wasteland — He even turned the entire Marineford Bay into a giant ice rink.
- Super Drowning Skills: Averted. He can use his Devil Fruit powers to freeze the sea below him, giving him a massive advantage over other Devil Fruit users.
- Superpower Lottery:
- Even among his fellow Admirals, he stands out as a clear winner. In addition to the standard benefits of a Logia fruit, his freezing power is unique in that it lets him harmlessly cross the open ocean — negating the one weakness all devil fruit users share.
- Not only can he do things like ride his bike from island to island, he can also prevent others from doing so by freezing the ocean. In a world of water where pretty much everyone travels by ship, entire armies are rendered less effective than him.
- There's only a handful of fruits that have any kind of advantage over his (and all of those do have Super Drowning Skills): the Flame-Flame, the Magma-Magma, the Tremor-Tremor, and the Dark-Dark — and maybe the Rumble-Rumble Fruit, and Glint-Glint. Unfortunately for Kuzan, all of those fruits belong to some of the only people he would actually need to fight seriously against.
- He can freeze entire bodies of sea if he needs to, creating platforms for a whole army to fight on water without worry of drowning if they have Devil Fruit powers.
- His powers are so strong that continued and excessive use can permanently alter the surrounding landscape and climate. This is a trait shared with Akainu, and possibly evidence of an Awakened Devil Fruit.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's quite the looker for someone who's going on fifty.
- Theme Naming: Like his companions, he's named after one of Momotaros' allies, specifically, the pheasant.
- Verbal Tic: Prone to saying "arara" ("Wait just a moment").
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He is the first opponent the Straw Hats face who causes a major outmatch in power and they have NO chance of defeating whatsoever at their current levels. Even Robin, normally the most well-composed and immovably calm among the bunch, is absolutely terrified on the sight of him because she's seen firsthand his ability to freeze even a giant to death. Then, without even engaging in combat, he freezes her solid, causing an enraged Luffy to engage him, who also eventually gets frozen. Aokiji is merciful enough to leave them capable to live if made to thaw out because of his past history with Robin and his dislike for brutal methods, using this as a warning to the Straw Hats to clear out and to make Robin be that much more impassioned to break ties with them before they get swept into her mess and killed... but demonstrates that if this were an all bets were off scenario, the entire crew would be dead. And not just in mere moments. In an instant. Just as long as it takes him to blanket the area in subzero ice and shatter them to bits.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Carries out his orders as his morals interpret, even if it involves destroying an island of people. He was willing to let everyone else go, however... until Sakazuki eliminated them. To be exact, he was only ordered to kill the scholars of said island, but this trope still counts, as he's genuinely well-intentioned.
- Wild Card: After having left the Marines and realizing just how truly corrupt the world is, government and marines, it becomes clear that Kuzan seems to be only looking after his friends. He also seems to have contacted Blackbeard for unknown reasons.
- Would Hit a Girl: Almost killed Robin in his first appearance.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Let a young Robin escape Ohara instead of killing her, which was the Government's orders.