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"The World Government calls these three the 'Greatest Military Powers'...and he is one of them!"
Nico Robin describing Aokiji, Chapter 319

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.

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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.


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    In General 
  • Animal-Motif Team: Each Admiral is given a title based on a different animal, with each one fitting their personality in some way. Aokiji is a pheasant, Akainu is a dog, Kizaru is a monkey, Fujitora is a tiger, and Ryokugyu is a bull.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As said in the description, the Marines' top brass are their main force. Justified because the admirals are chosen for their strength.
  • 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, and Aramaki, who is shirtless) 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. Before the timeskip, 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-Admiral himself, and they're usually the ones sent into action to deal with situations.
  • 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 Momotarō, which adds an extra layer of Religious and Mythological Theme Naming. After the timeskip, there are replacement Admirals for Aokiji and 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.
  • The Dreaded: The vast majority of people in the world are terrified at the prospect of having to deal with an Admiral, and even the threat of one showing up in person is enough to get the vast majority of criminals to run away. Even the people who can hold their own against them seldom willingly do so - anyone short of an Emperor who can trade blows with one will still usually bail on the fight if it's an option.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: In the first half of the story, the 3 Admirals have Devil Fruit abilities roughly corresponding to this elemental trio, with Akainu's Magma-Magma Fruit (fire), Aokiji's Chilly-Chilly Fruit (ice), and Kizaru's Glint-Glint Fruit (light). This is averted after Akainu is promoted and Aokiji leaves the Marines, with the two new Admirals possessing different abilities.
  • 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, such as a war against an Emperor. On the other hand, the three Admirals are the forces sent out in the field and thus have more direct influence on the world than the Fleet-Admiral.
  • Ki Manipulation: All of the Admirals have the ability to use Armament and Observation Haki, since these are requirements to become a Vice-Admiral. Sengoku is the only known admiral to be stated to also possess Conqueror's Haki. During the Paramount War, the three Admirals project their energy in front of them to deflect one of Whitebeard's most massive attacks, indicating they know advanced Armament Haki as well.
  • 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, who tend to be drawn much smaller by comparison.
  • Nice Mean And In Between:
    • The Admirals of the pre-timeskip fall into a specific moral dynamic: Aokiji is the Nice of the trio, as the one most likely to show leniency to non-dangerous pirates (such as Nico Robin), Kizaru is the In-Between of the trio, as he doesn't bother to carry out brutal actions but he will do so if ordered or pressed, and Akainu is by far the Mean as a devoted follower of the Absolute Justice who emotionlessly executes pirates and anyone else who dares to try and stop him.
    • The Time Skip brings the new trio of Fujitora, Kizaru, and Ryokugyu: Fujitora shows himself to be the Nice, as his chief priority is protecting civilians and isn't afraid to game the system and use Exact Words to do it, Kizaru remains the In-Between, and Ryokugyu is absolutely the Mean - and perhaps even moreso than Akainu - because not only is he a ruthless pirate killer like Akainu, he's violently racist and classist.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: With the exception of Fujitora, who ate a Paramicia, all of the admirals ate Logia Devil Fruits, which not only gives them massively destructive powers, but also an untouchable body that can be bypassed only through Armament Haki or an elemental advantage. This makes them even harder to defeat, especially for the pirates outside of the New World. Even Fujitora, while not a Logia user, is more than capable of warding off attacks from most assailants. Zigzagged with Ryokugyu, as he's significantly more vulnerable to harm than most Logia users, but he is well aware of this and knows how to work within its limitations, and he still has the classic Logia regenerative abilities.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: All of the Admirals' appearances are caricatures of famous Japanese actors while the look and/or personality is taken from one of their roles.
    • 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 man’s role of drifter P.I. Shuichi Tsujiyama in Detective Story. He 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.
    • Aramaki is based on Yoshio Harada, having the signature laugh: Rahaha, and is even named after a character Harada played
    • Vice-Admirals Gion and Tokikake, who were considered for the title of Admirals, are also 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).
  • One-Man Army: With their experience and powerful abilities, the admirals are the Marine's strongest powerhouses, and are usually enough to defeat an entire non-Emperor pirate crew by themselves.
    • During the Paramount War, Akainu deals more damage to the Whitebeard pirates than an entire army of marines, and defeats multiple strong fighters like Curiel and Jimbei.
    • At Sabaody, Kizaru easily defeats multiple Supernovas, despite the latter being among the strongest pirates of Paradise.
    • Ryokugyu takes on Momonosuke,the Scabbards and Shinobu, alone. He only runs away after Shanks threatens him with his Conqueror's Haki.
  • 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 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, summon meteors from outer space or tear up an entire battlefield by creating a forest.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: All the epithets of the Admirals (except Sengoku) have roots in the Momotaro legends.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Admirals that Luffy encounters are not progressively more powerful, but progressively more ruthless:
    • Aokiji is relatively nice but nearly kills Luffy and Robin, sparingd their lives as a part of an unknown debt to Garp (probably to do with his rank) — and simply warns Luffy not to get tangled with Robin's affairs.
    • Kizaru isn't malicious — he's just doing his job, and he has to respond to the Celestial Dragon incident at Sabaody Archipelago. However, there's quite a lot of Moral Sociopathy in his approach, and he 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 strict follower of Absolute Justice who kills even members of his own team on the spot if he sees them deserting the battlefield and has an insane hatred geared towards pirates and other enemies of the Government. In the Paramount War, he's utterly relentless in his attempts to kill Luffy, even killing Ace in between. His fanaticism is such that he wants to continue a war even though the Marines' objectives (execute Portgas D. Ace and eliminate Whitebeard as a threat) are achieved and his comrades are dying by the boatload, just for a chance at exterminating more pirates.
    • After the Time-Skip, the algorithm is retooled. Luffy encounters Fujitora firsts, who's a decent, honorable man aware that they are fighting for a corrupt system, and bends the rules as much as possible in order to do the right thing.
    • The other new admiral, Ryokugyu, displays murderous enthusiasm for the oppressive ways of the World Government and Akainu's Absolute Justice, to the point where he'd unflinchingly kill thousands of innocent Wano citizens to get to his objective. Unlike Akainu, who questions the World Government's actions Ryokugyu is a blind follower.
  • Superpower Lottery: Each Admiral has a very rare and very powerful Devil Fruit power that makes them one of the strongest fighters of the world. Having a powerful Devil Fruit is not a strict requirement for becoming 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.
  • Worf Had the Flu: During the Reverie, Sabo and the officers of the Revolutionary Army successfully rescue Kuma and escape despite Fujitora and Ryukogyu confronting them. Kurouma speculates afterwards in a meeting with Sakazuki and Kizaru that the two Admirals were holding back on account of their surroundings, but the Fleet Admiral grumpily tells him not to make excuses for them.
  • 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.
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    (Former) Fleet Admiral Sengoku "The Buddha" 

(Former) Fleet Admiral Sengoku "The Buddha"

Voiced by: Takkou Ishimori (JP, 1st voice), Tōru Ōkawa (JP, 2nd voice), Ed Blaylock (first voice), Philip Weber (second voice) (EN), Gerardo Vásquez (LatAm SP)

Age: 77 (Pre-Timeskip), 79 (Post-Timeskip)

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

Devil Fruit: Human-Human Fruit, Model: Buddha

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"The fortress... can always be rebuilt. But the island of Marineford is the hub of our world! For all the citizens of the world who fear an invasion of evildoers... this is an ominous day! But justice and righteousness will never be defeated! Don't you dare speak lightly of sinking this island, you fiend!!"

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.


  • The Ace: Implied. By the main series, his service as the Fleet Admiral ensures that he never gets into a fight save for extremely rare situations, but between his very rare Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit - Human-Human Fruit, Model: Buddha, powerful enough to take on the Blackbeard Pirates; his reputation within the Marines and even among legendary pirates like Roger, the Vivre Card Dictionary confirming at he has mastery of all forms of Haki (Observation, Armanent, and Conqueror): the only Marine to do so, and an SBS showing Sengoku as a kid in karate gi with a black belt as well as being skilled in calligraphy, showing even in his youth, Sengoku has been honing his mind and body. He has two main epithets: "The Resourceful General", and "The Buddha". He's even implied to be at least as strong as Garp, "The Hero of the Marines".
  • Action Dad: To his adoptive son, Rocinante. It eventually led to him following in Sengoku's footsteps as a Marine, although it's shown that Rocinante was more suited to undercover work given his personality and Devil Fruit powers.
  • Afro Asskicker: When his hat comes off, it's revealed to have a big afro underneath, which looks even more badass in his Buddha form.
  • Armchair Military: During the Paramount War, Sengoku remains on the platform and doesn't join the battle since, as the strategist, he has to control the battlefield and keep note of everything that happens. However, by remaining idle, Sengoku allows Luffy to reach Ace and tries to stop him when it's too late.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His Buddha form is very large, both in height and width, and imposing.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Sportsan awesome suit back when Roger is 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 steps down shortly after the Marineford arc. When he appears two years later, Sengoku maintains a position of lesser responsibility within the Marines and is a great deal more relaxed and pleasant.
  • The Chessmaster: Sengoku is also known as "the 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. However, said strategy is quickly foiled and the lie about Whitebeard only works on Sguardo, while Sengoku doesn't notice that Galdino has reached the platform, right under his nose, in disguise.
  • 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.
  • Enlightened Antagonist: As a human who ate a version of the Human-Human Fruit he should theoretically have some sense of enlightenment. Aside from his physical form this is more of an Informed Attribute.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Sengoku is 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.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In spite of being known as "The Strategist" of the Marine, and thus having everything in check during a war, Sengoku fails to notice that Galdino has disguised himself as a guard and reached Ace, all right under Sengoku's nose. Because of this mistake, Galdino makes the key that frees Ace.
  • 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 the adoptive grandfather of a Supernova.
  • For Great Justice: Sengoku adheres to "Reigning Justice." It seems to be closer to Absolute Justice, except practiced honestly: mercilessly destroying pirates (and even their children), but also defending the innocent, and resigning rather than help cover up the World Government's own crimes.
  • 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.
  • Idiot Ball: In spite of being known as "the strategist", Sengoku's first true action during the Paramount War is to lose his temper and switch into his giant Buddha form to attack Luffy. By doing so, Sengoku destroys the platform over which Ace should've been executed, causing a lot of collateral damage.
  • Ironic Nickname: He's titled "The Buddha", but he's comfortable with eliminating whoever he feels necessary, and takes orders from the World Government 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 had adopted as 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: Sengoku is the head of the Marine for the first part of the story and he's also very tall, especially in his buddha form.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After the Whitebeard Pirates gets through the barrier, Sengoku rolls up his sleeve and claims that it's time to join the action... only to do absolutely nothing until Luffy is right under his nose.
  • 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 World Government 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 Oda, and he has the power of a Mythical Zoan Fruit, a type that is even rarer than Logia.
  • 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.
  • 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 is 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: At least pre-Time Skip, he doesn't look like a 77 year old man, although this ends up no longer being the case after the Time Skip as his hair has turned grey and he is actually showing signs of his age.
  • 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: Sengoku requests Kong to 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 and, the next time he appears, Sengoku is much more relaxed.
  • 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.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's made clear at their first meeting that Sengoku despises Doflamingo and would prefer not to work alongside any of the pirate Warlords. This blatant hatred from a usually stoic man makes far more sense when it's later revealed that Doffy murdered his own biological brother and Sengoku's adopted son, Rocinante.
  • 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.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Downplayed. After Ace is on the platform, ready for his execution and Sengoku reveals that Ace is the son of Gol D. Roger, Whitebeard shows up to save Ace. Instead of killing Ace right then, Sengoku engages a war with Whitebeard's crew and allies. Sengoku does order Ace to be killed a couple of times, with the execution being prevented both times, but for the most part Sengoku remains next to Ace and doesn't do anything, allowing Luffy to reach the platform and free Ace.
  • 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 ("The Red Dog") 

Fleet Admiral Sakazuki/(Former) Admiral Akainu

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Andrew Love (EN), Osvaldo Trejo Rodríguez (OP Gold), Mario Castañeda (Latin American Spanish)

Age: 53 (Pre-Timeskip), 55 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 397 (Manga), Episode 278 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Magma-Magma Fruit

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Click here to see his Pre-Time Skip appearance 

"If you're gonna do it, finish the job!! If, by chance, even a single scholar is hiding out in that ship, all this sacrifice will be for naught. You must destroy "evil" at its very roots!"
Chapter 397

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. During the Paramount War, he's the Marine most invested in destroying both Luffy and Ace because of their heritage. He has eaten the Magma-Magma Fruit (Magu Magu no Mi), a Logia Devil Fruit allowing him to possess the power of magma.

During the two years that Luffy was training, he battles Aokiji for the rank of Fleet Admiral and wins. He then moves 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 continuously loses face as Fleet Admiral and is unable to keep a grip on Fujitora and Ryokugyu, who use technicalities to get around his orders or have outright ignored them while Sakazuki is powerless to do anything about it. Fujitora's stunt at Mariejoa infuriates Akainu while Sengoku pops 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!!!
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • He's likely one to Luffy for killing Luffy's adopted brother Ace and leaving a permanent X-shaped scar on Luffy's chest as a reminder of that.
    • He's definitely one to the Whitebeard Pirates for killing Ace as well as for manipulating Squard into stabbing Whitebeard.
    • Also, to 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.
  • Arc Villain: He's one of the two major antagonists alongside Blackbeard during the Marineford Arc, with Akainu being the person most persistent in trying to kill Luffy and succeeding in killing Ace.
  • 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. Akainu emerges victorious and earns the promotion.
  • Bad Boss: He kills his own men for wanting to retreat from a battle they had no chance of winning and doesn't really care much about their lives compared to ensuring the destruction of all pirates. 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 defies 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.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: As the Fleet Admiral after Sengoku and as the man responsible for killing Luffy's adopted brother Ace, Sakazuki is one of the top antagonists for the entire 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 Paramount 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 shows 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 cracks when he prepares to kill Ace because of his raw strength.
    • 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.
    • Later revelations of what this would actually entail show Sakazuki's strength in an entirely new light. To get to Laugh Tale, you have to decipher the four Road Poneglyphs. One of these is in possession of the Minks, a tribe of born warriors capable of fighting off an Emperor's crew. Another is in the possession of Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors herself, the third is Kaido's, and the fourth is missing. So not only would he have to track down the lost Poneglyph, he'd have to fight or sneak his way past two of the Four Emperors plus their crews (who certainly aren't pushovers themselves), fight off the Minks, and find someone who can read the language. Sakazuki would manage all that in less than a year.
  • 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 issues a mandatory draft to bolster the forces of the Marines since two Admiral spots were now empty. To his credit, two sitting Admirals are 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 to have one 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: He is absolutely determined to bring the end of all pirates under his absolute justice, especially Luffy and Ace for their heritage, to the point where just about nobody else during the Paramount War can waver him. Not even getting his ass kicked by Whitebeard stops him at all, with him continuing to hunt down Luffy as if nothing had happened. He's also so determined to hunt down and kill Luffy that he ignores Blackbeard's assault on Marineford despite Blackbeard being the more dangerous threat at that moment.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At Marineford, he decides to punish a deserting captain who was only trying to save his own life and see his family again by murdering him. He also decides to execute Koby for trying to prevent any more needless bloodshed at Marineford after Whitebeard's death.
  • Dragon-in-Chief:
    • Before the Time Skip, Akainu is only subservient to the Fleet Admiral Sengoku in terms of authority within the Marines. Unlike his boss, he’s completely psychotic and without remorse and he manages to cause more damage to the Whitebeard Pirates than Sengoku does during the Paramount War by succeeding in murdering Ace.
    • After being promoted to Fleet Admiral he still keeps this role, this time to the Five Star Elders, the ruling council of the World Government, who don't bother getting involved in the wars fought on their behalf and whose ability to put up any sort of fight is completely unknown. Given that Akainu is a madman and basically a walking volcano, it's likely that even if they can fight he's still more dangerous than all five of them combined.
  • The Dreaded: He's feared enough to where after Blackbeard learns that the Marines sent Akainu after him, he decides to flee rather than stick around. Note that at this point, Blackbeard was in possession of Whitebeard's insanely powerful Devil Fruit in addition to his own and has five incredibly dangerous Level 6 Impel Down prisoners on his crew, and he still decided to flee.
  • 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 Rock-Paper-Scissors: As it turns out from his battle with Ace, 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:
    • He calls out the Five Elder Stars 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.
    • In One Piece Film: Z, even he finds Z's plan to turn the entire Grand Line into a fiery wasteland too extreme because of all the Marines and civilians who would die in the crossfire.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It’s implied that he has some attachment to his old instructor, Z, as he wishes to have no desire to kill him.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Downplayed. Akainu's intentions are not evil, but he's the Marine most devoted to Absolute Justice; he's fine with killing innocents people without any hesitation if it ensures that an enemy of the World Government dies as well and, with the Magma-Magma fruit, he inflicts a terrible death to any criminal he encounters.
  • The Fettered: Akainu draws his strength from his complete belief in absolute justice and refuses to bend his devotion to achieving it even slightly. However, as a result of following this justice so closely, Akainu will exterminate anyone who threatens it regardless if they're a friend or foe. This is best shown during Koby's What the Hell, Hero? speech to him during the Paramount 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 Koby 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".
  • Flaw Exploitation: When Luffy and Ace attempt to escape Marineford during the Paramount War, he exploits Ace's devotion towards Whitebeard by verbally insulting his captain. Sure enough, Ace falls for Akainu's bait, allowing Akainu a successful opportunity to kill him.
  • 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 and other enemies of the World Government reaches some rather frightening lengths, as he's willing to blow up innocent civilains just to ensure his enemies are eliminated.
    • And then there's him killing a captain who tried to flee the Marine HQ battle out of fear for his life simply becaue he isn't devoted towards finishing off the pirates at Marineford.
    • He also tries to murder Koby 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 tries to murder him? Because during the minute or so Koby 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.
  • Genius Bruiser: Akainu is just as clever as he is strong, best showcasing his intelligence on two occasions:
  • Hate Sink: Akainu is the Admiral most devoted to the extirpation of the enemies of the World Government, brutally killing pirates even if they surrender, and doesn't care if his actions kill innocents so long as he extirpates evil. He's also fully willing to murder his own men if he feels they aren't upholding his justice, which includes any deserters scared for their own lives or Koby when he attempts to prevent any more needless Marine lives being wasted during the Paramount War after Whitebeard's death. And finally, he ends up killing Luffy's adoptive brother Ace right after Luffy finally frees Ace from execution and is dead-set on trying to kill Luffy as well. And the reason why Akainu was so insistent on killing both of them wasn't because of them being pirates but simply because of who their fathers are. However, after he becomes Fleet Admiral, it's downplayed when Akainu is shown to be put off by some of the choices made by the World Government, and hates the Celestial Dragons as much as everyone else does, making it clear even he has standards when it comes to enforcing his ideas of justice.
  • 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 his similarly named Meigou (Dark Hound) technique, which is a simple claw-thrust with his magma powers.
  • Hero Killer: While Ace isn't a conventional "hero", Akainu still manages to kill him by provoking him into a fight, leading to Ace performing a Heroic Sacrifice to prevent Akainu from killing Luffy as well.
  • 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 them and willingness to sacrifice anyone necessary to stop them 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 during the Paramount War 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 any extreme to protect the World Government and any extreme to ensure the extermination of their enemies, no matter how little of a crime said enemies may have committed. This includes killing over one hundred innocent Oharan refugees to ensure none of the Oharan scholars escaped from the attack and killing his own men during the Paramount War for deserting a battle they had no chance of doing the enemy harm in.
  • 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, with Akainu easily killing him 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 in saying that history will always remember Whitebeard as a loser compared to his rival Gol D. Roger, who became the Pirate King.
  • Kick the Dog: Even though the Marines were focusing on taking down Whitebeard and his forces at the start of the Paramount War, Akainu still decides to go out of his way to kill a deserting Marine captain.
    • He also doesn't pay attention to a single word that Koby says during his speech, only caring that Koby wasted a few seconds that could have been used to kill more pirates before trying to murder him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not only is he played more seriously than any antagonist before, but he breaks the Status Quo by killing major character Ace. Up until that point, no major named characters outside of flashbacks were killed off before.
  • 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 since he's willing to kill innocents for the sake of assuring justice.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Sakazuki 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 Warlord system is abolished, 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: He has little to no care about the lives of innocent people or his own subordinates compared to carrying out Absolute Justice. This is best shown when Koby screams that the charge being led by Akainu to finish off the Whitebeard Pirates was piling up needless casualties. Akainu doesn't even blink in response and simply tells Koby that "a few seconds have been wasted" before trying 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 gets duped by Doflamingo's fake resignation from the Warlords and acts on it while CP-0 is sent to handle the real situation. When confronting the Five Elders about why Doflamingo could pull stunts like that and demanding that it not happen again, they brush him off and dismiss his reputation as Fleet Admiral as a trivial matter.
    • Later on, Sakazuki is unwilling to send Kizaru to the Land of Wano 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 is aware of Doflamingo being the underworld broker Joker (something the Marines were ignorant about) and use him as a middle man for this business.
  • Made of Iron: Even without his logia intangibility, Akainu is extremely durable. During the Paramount War, he's struck twice by an enraged Whitebeard, with the second blow managing to heavily damage a whole fortress. It only manages to make him go out of commission for a short while before he gets back up to resume his chase on Luffy, fending off a dozen powerful pirates and revolutionaries in the process.
  • Magma Man: Sakazuki has eaten the Magma-Magma Fruit, which gives him the ability to turn himself into a literal magma-man and provides part of 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:
    • During the Paramount War, Sakazuki presses on Squad's hatred for Roger to manipulate him into attacking Whitebeard.
    • As Ace is fleeing, Sakazuki intentionally provokes him by insulting Whitebeard, hurting Ace's honor. Despite the situation calling for an escape, Ace falls for it, and their fight ends with Akainu piercing Ace's chest 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. He is also overzealously loyal to the government like a dog to its master.
  • Moral Sociopathy: He always strives to do what he believes is right. Unfortunately, he also doesn't have any mercy towards criminals and doesn't care about who he has to kill to ensure his justice is carried out. He's even willing to kill innocent civilains without remorse so long as it ensures that the World Government's enemies are properly disposed of.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He takes four direct, Haki-imbued punches from Whitebeard (who in his prime was a rival to Roger) and shrugs off most of them.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After he kills Ace, Akainu suffers a complete beatdown by Whitebeard, including an earthquake being sent straight to his face.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike most of previous villains, he does not play around with his enemies and tries killing them as quickly as possible. This type of attitude is what helps him successfully kill Ace.
  • 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 he's based on.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He gets the mother of all "Oh fuck, I'm screwed" completely with wide beady eyes, his expression stiffening and a thick drip of cold-sweat as Whitebeard appears directly behind him, ready to hand out first-hand demonstration of just why he is called "The Strongest Man in the World" for Akainu having killed Ace.
    • He has another one 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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted. After he becomes the Fleet Admiral, he's mostly referred to by his real name. While his nickname "Akainu" is still there, he's rarely called as such.
  • Out of the Inferno: After punching through Ace and the Whitebeard Pirates' blast him with a counterattack in response, he emerges from a set of flames without much reaction. In the anime, it's rather terrifying — he has chunks of him torn off with lava dripping from his body.
  • 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 and also looking pissed off.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Thanks to his Devil Fruit, he's a living volcano capable of launching huge gobs of devastating lava on top of his enemies. His lava is proficient enough to where he permamently changed the climate of half of an island into a blazing inferno after his fight with Kuzan.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Considering that Kuzan directly opposes Akainu's ideals and fights in a battle to the death with him to prevent him from becoming Fleet Admiral, it would be in-character for Akainu to kill him after winning their fight. Instead, in a rare act of mercy, Akainu decides to spare Kuzan's life instead.
    • During the Marineford war, Akainu saves 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.
  • The Peter Principle: Sakazuki's main strength as Admiral is that he's an Implacable Man that can clear out the battlefield by himself, something he can't do after he becomes Fleet Admiral since he has to read reports and decides where the Marine should focus their attack when he'll rather fire from all front if he could. He also has a bad time ordering Admirals around as he can't just melt them like his rank and file.
  • Punch Parry: He meets Whitebeard's quake punch with his magma fist at the start of his duel with Whitebeard.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As seen here, he has a pink flower he wears on his uniform. He's also got a flowery tattoo on his left shoulder, which does have pink, and apparently enjoys gardening during his free time.
  • Rocket Punch: Some of his techniques involve him throwing his magma fists like a giant rocket.
  • Say My Name: During the Paramount War, Sakazuki screams Edward Newgate's nickname: "Whitebeaaaard!!".
  • Scars are Forever: He receives 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 scars him through ice burns.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: His "Inugami Guren" attack has him creating a Hell Hound out of magma, indicating where his hepiphet (Akainu means "Red Dog") comes from. It's the only move that he shapes while most of the time he just relies on explosive bursts of magma or magma punches.
  • Signature Move: Sakazuki distinct attack is the Inugami Guren, making a giant dog head out of magma, which is where he his epithet (Akainu means "Red Dog" in Japanese) from.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Devil Fruit makes him able to convert his body into 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 seeing Akainu's powers in action, Logias are shown to either mutually nullify or have no effect on each other).
  • Tattooed Crook: Despite working for the law, Sakazuki is by far one of the most brutal and underhanded antagonists in the story, and his large floral tattoos on his left arm and shoulder evoke the appearance of a Yakuza. The marks translate to "double suicide at death river".
  • 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 given he often tries to kill people with the full extent of his overwhelming magma powers, even people who are vastly weaker than him.
  • Time-Passage Beard: He grows a beard over the Time Skip to indicate his promotion to Fleet Admiral, which makes him appear older and stricter.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He eventually replaces Sengoku as Fleet Admiral, and as a result the Marines lean more towards Sakazuki's brutal Absolute Justice and leads to the resignation of Aokiji/Kuzan.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's wholly devoted to his Absolute Justice and, by extension since they can uphold said justice, the Marines. However, 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 defer 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.
  • Viler New Villain: As the new Fleet Admiral, and as his ruthless actions during the Paramount War and Sakazuki's prior act of blowing up a ship full of innocent refugees to ensure the elimination of some of the World Government's targets show, he is much worse than his more heroic predecessor Sengoku.
  • 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.
    • The reason why he thinks that both Luffy and Ace deserve to die more than anybody else at Marineford? Not because they're pirates, but because they're the sons of two of the most wanted men in the world, thus making their existence an unforgivable crime to him.
  • Villain in a White Suit: Although Sakazuki wants to get rid of pirates and criminals, he's so extremist in his views that he doesn't hesitate to murder innocents if doing so could eliminate a pirate. After becoming the new Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki begins wearing an all-white suit similar to Sengoku's, which contrasts heavily with his blood red outfit from Marineford.
  • Villain Respect: Although he wants nothing more than Luffy's death for being Dragon's son, he isn't above giving him praise for his determination to save Ace when he comes face to face against him, Aokiji, and Kizaru during the Paramount War.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: His go-to method for dealing with any threat or annoyance is just to kill them as quickly as possible. He outright tries to kill Luffy because he knew Luffy would 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 Time Skip. The only reason anyone survives an encounter with him is if they can flee, have someone powerful enough to stand between Akainu and his target or if Akainu decides that they're more useful alive than dead.

Admirals

    Admiral Kizaru ("The Yellow Monkey") 

Borsalino/Admiral Kizaru

Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka, Ryōtarō Okiayu (Episode 881 onwards) (JP), Ray Hurd (EN), René García (LatAm SP)

Age: 56 (Pre-Timeskip), 58 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 504 (Manga), Episode 398 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Glint-Glint Fruit

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"Speed is 'weight'. Have you ever been kicked at the speed of light?"
Chapter 508

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 Rock-Paper-Scissors: A non-canon example, but in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 it's shown Eneru's lightning manages to block Kizaru's light much to his surprise.
  • Energy Weapon: Can fire them from either his fingertips or his foot, with their power varying between "pierce someone's body" and "blow up buildings".
  • 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: Kizaru can fire lasers from his fingertips as a weak but precise attack.
  • Hard Light: His Devil Fruit lets him shape light into weapons like swords.
  • Hero Antagonist: Although Kizaru is brutal, merciless, and incredibly destructive (unintentionally), his enemies are pirates that, excluding a few such as the Straw Hat or Sun Pirates, are very much evil, 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 played by the person he was based on, Kunie Tanaka; 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.
  • Nerves of Steel: Never shaken, never bothered, never surprised. It might be a product of his Logia invulnerability, but even when his hand has popped off, he’s Half the Man He Used to Be, or one of the Red-Hair Pirates has him at gunpoint, he remains as calm and spacey as ever.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: He's very though even when compared to the other Admirals: At least lava and ice are part of an established Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors and have their weakness, the same doesn't apply to 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 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.
    • Same can be said for the French fanbase, looking suspiciously like a formerly famous comedian named Ramzy.
  • 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.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: He's pretty laid-back and relaxed, in stark contrast to his aggressive, high-speed light powers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Devil Fruit 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 Eneru'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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His brutal curb-stomping of Arlong is one of the reasons Arlong ran off to the East Blue to live out his ambitions of being "the rage of all the Fish-men" — he served as a Wake-Up Call Boss for the Fish-Man and made him realize that he'd never measure up to the real monsters that sail the Grand Line, so he settled for being a Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond in the weakest sea instead. To be perfectly fair to Borsalino, he had Arlong imprisoned in Impel Down after defeating him; Jimbei is the one who used his authority as a Warlord to get Arlong released and let him loose in the East Blue.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: His arrival at Sabaody shows that the Straw Hats are not ready to take on the top fighters of the world, and he, along with Kuma, causes the bleakest ending to any One Piece arc up until that point.

    Admiral Fujitora ("The Wisteria Tiger") 

Isshô/Admiral Fujitora

Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP), Charles C. Campbell (EN), Gerardo Reyero (LatAm SP)

Age: 54

Debut: Chapter 701 (Manga), Episode 630 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Press-Press Fruit

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"Not having sight is a blessing. The world of men...is full of filthy things not worth layin' eyes upon."
Chapter 701

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 Press-Press 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 asks 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: He's a high ranking official in the world's primary police force and is also blind.
  • 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.
  • Colony Drop: Can apparently make giant meteors fall out of the sky at will!
  • 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.
  • 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?:
    • 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 captured 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.
  • The Empath: When the citizens of Dressrosa pretends to chase after Luffy for "kidnapping" Rebecca, Fujitora, despite being blind, senses no anger in their voices, and realizes that they are covering for the Straw Hats so they can escape safely.
  • 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 states 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, being a blind swordsmen who fights for justice.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To many of the more moral Marines including Smoker and Kuzan. As he was drafted during the timeskip, he doesn't have the same attachment or loyalty to the Marines or the World Government. While Smoker and Kuzan are both beginning to question the World Government, Fujitora is questioning from the getgo and has the courage to expose Doflamingo's actions and the World Government's culpability.
  • 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).
  • Meteor-Summoning Attack: Fujitora's Devil Fruit allows him to grab meteors from space and launch them down on people.
  • 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-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.
  • 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 realizes how silly 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.
  • 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: At the end of the Dressrosa Arc, three days after Doflamingo is defeated, Fujitora comes down, trying to apprehend the Straw Hats, and Luffy actually attacks him first. Though it comes to a halt when Hajrudin grabs 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.
  • 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 was defeated by the alliance of Straw Hat and Heart Pirates, he has already become 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: With the reveal Ryokugyu is actually a racist who supports the World Government's oppressive practices, Fujitora stands out as the only Admiral who behaves in a genuinely heroic fashion. He puts actually helping people over the letter of the law, is willing to form an Enemy Mine with the Straw Hats and thank them for their help, and admits the fault of the World Government in a situation.
  • 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 thanks 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.

    Admiral Ryokugyu ("The Green Bull") 

Aramaki/Admiral Ryokugyu

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Episode 882)

Debut: Chapter 905 (Manga), Episode 882 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Woods-Woods Fruit

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"So... you know how things work outside of here? The Celestial Dragons are are the gods of the world!! And here in this country unaffiliated with the World Government... you have no human rights!!"
Chapter 1054

Real name Aramaki, Ryokugyu is the other new Admiral introduced after the Time Skip. 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 remains enigmatic until finally dropping by at the end of the Wano Arc. Upon his full introduction, Ryokugyu reveals himself as a huge supporter of Akainu's brand of thorough justice and wants to bring down Luffy to get his superior's approval.

Ryokugyu ate the Woods-Woods Fruit (Mori Mori no Mi), a Logia-class Devil Fruit that gives him the power to create and command various plant life in both harmless and violent ways, depending on what goal lies in front of him. Being a Logia, he can also transform his body into various plants/wood. He is able to sprout vines and branches from his body like tentacles, which is also how gets his nutrients without eating, simply by using his vines to sap them from various sources... and sometimes from other people. His flippant personality is hard to read, because he can abruptly switch from lawful and reasonable to destructive and disobedient, which has earned him a few tongue-lashings. This makes sense when Aramaki shows his true personality: a man with no mercy to anyone who doesn't side with the World Government, even if they live in seclusion, or there is disparity imposed on them. The man takes it all in stride as if the inequality builds character and loyalty.


  • Ax-Crazy: He's perfectly willing to kill thousands just to get to Luffy, claiming that since Wano isn’t part of the World Government its people don’t have any rights.
  • Bait the Dog: His silhouetted cameo with Fujitora at Marijoa and his decision not to arrest Fujitora under Sakazuki's orders suggests he's a nice, laid-back and reasonable guy. Once he appears on Wano, he shows himself to be a ruthless monster and a dog of the World Government who has an unfair attitude toward anything outside the realm of its control, saying outright that he doesn't consider slaughtering Wano's inhabitants a crime.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Ryokugyu is an easy-going man to the point that he flat-out ignores Sakazuki's orders, both out of concern for the damage his fight would cause, and the fact that it would be too much trouble for him. Yet in his debut, he takes on King and Queen - both of whom gave a grueling fight to two of the Monster Trio - with absolutely zero effort. He then goes on to state his intention to kill Luffy — the man who just beat Kaido in a fight, by himself, and shows no fear whilst strolling toward the capital where the entire allied force that just defeated two Emperors of the sea is reveling in their victory, apparently without fear of himself potentially losing against such odds.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: With him, you're either under the law of the World Government or a menace to society. There is no middle ground, even if you are an upright person.
  • Blind Obedience: He's such a devout follower of both Sakazuki (which explains their shared views) and the World Government that he believes that anyone not under the law of the World Government is its enemy and deserves to be destroyed, even if said people are innocent otherwise.
  • Body Horror: The people who get their nutrients sucked out by his roots become empty and emaciated husks unable to move.
  • Conscription: Like Fujitora, Ryokugyu was one of the many conscripted by Akainu, and is strong enough to land the Admiral position to replace the spots left by Akainu and Aokiji.
  • Energy Absorption: Ryokugyu can grow roots and vines from his finger to suck nutrients from people and get stronger. Before heading off to catch Luffy, Ryokugyu sucks energy from the Animal Kingdom Pirates to get ready for the fight.
  • Exact Words: At Marijoa, he states that he hasn't 'eaten' anything in three years, but his Devil Fruit allows him to grow plant roots from his body to attack with, allowing him to drain moisture and nutrients through them without eating or drinking anything, or achieving such through photosynthesis. He remarks upon the taste of a barrel of alcohol he drained with one such root as not having aged enough, confirming that he is feeding through them.
  • Fertile Feet: With his Devil Fruit, even in the desolation of Wano, he leaves behind a veritable patch of grass and flowers wherever he treads. Whether this is a passive or active ability of the fruit remains unknown.
  • Foil: 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. Also, while both Fujitora and Ryokugyu have a habit of disobeying Sakazuki; Fujitora does it due to his own sense of justice clashing with Sakazuki's orders, while Ryokugyu aims to surprise and impress Sakazuki with a great feat, like capturing or killing Luffy. Lastly, while both pull out all the stops to end fights as quickly as they start, Fujitora uses extremely large and destructive attacks that cause vast amounts of destruction, while Ryokugyu uses simple, direct and localized attacks with damage that is limited to his targets.
  • From a Single Cell: He's capable of regenerating from a single sapling even if the rest of his body is incinerated.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: His Woods-Woods Fruit lets him create life and enrich the earth in even the driest and most inhospitable places in the world. Too bad he mostly uses it to indiscriminately slaughter anything and anyone not under World Government control.
  • Green Thumb: His Woods-Woods powers allow him to wrap up and drain his enemies with Combat Tentacles, fly around on a helicopter rotor seemingly made out of large leaves, and transform his body into a giant tree-like form.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Downplayed. He doesn't actually 'eat' people, but he can use the plant roots that he grows from his body to drain their blood and body fluids and leave them as shriveled-up dried husks. With his commentary about the flavour of an alcohol barrel he drains with one such root, he makes it clear that this is how he eats, and that he can taste what he absorbs through his roots, and has no compunctions performing such an act on an entire prison full of enemy pirates.
  • Insane Admiral: He's a brutal and cruel marine, in a different way than Akainu, but not less dangerous or terrifying. Aramaki seems to be almost fanatical in his loyalty towards the most brutally racist and dehumanizing dogmas that the World Government endorses because in his mind “discrimination creates solace” and he’s perfectly willing to kill thousands of people in order to get to Luffy. The way he sees it, since Wano is outside the World Government, they don’t count as having human rights in the first place.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In his first appearance, Aramaki attacks the remnants of the Beast Pirates, and flat out admits he only dares step foot in Wano because Kaido was beaten. However, after a short fight with the Scabbards, Yamato, and Momonosuke, Aramaki feels a blast of Shanks's Conquerors Haki, and immediately decides to leave rather than potentially fight an Emperor.
  • Large Ham: When he faces off against Wano's samurai, Momonosuke and Yamato, Aramaki loudly boasts about his Woods-Woods Fruit and his philosophy, dominating the entire scene.
  • Logical Weakness: Subverted. As the user of the Woods-Woods Fruit, he'd normally be vulnerable to fire. However, he's aware of this weakness and went out of his way to develop a technique to make himself more resistant to fire. However, it has its limitations, as powerful enough fire attacks can still overwhelm it and harm him even without Haki. Momonosuke's Blast Breath completely overpowers it and incinerates most of his body, forcing him to regenerate from a sapling.
  • Made of Iron: Even taking his Logia powers into account, Ryukogyu can take some serious punishment, such as getting a Conqueror's Haki-enhanced conk to the head from Yamato or multiple fire blasts from Momonosuke's dragon form, and keep fighting without any real issues.
  • Messy Hair: Ryokugyu's most prominent part in his silhouette is a big mess of curly hair.
  • Odd Friendship: Ryokugyu gets on surprisingly well with fellow recent admiral appointee Fujitora despite their radically opposing views on justice, though it is unknown how open either one is about their true beliefs.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He has a visible one when Momonosuke's Blast Breath overpowers his fire resistance and incinerates his giant tree form.
    • He's all set to keep plowing on through Wano's defenders when a massive burst of Conqueror's Haki from Shanks makes him freeze up.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He justifies the rampant discrimination the World Government endorses as a completely necessary part of human existence, saying that the world runs off creating and defining "the inferior". And that's right after he declares that anyone not part of the World Government falls in the category of “non-human” and lacks any form of human rights.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: After Kaido is defeated on Wano, he shows up to wreak havoc for Momonosuke and the remaining Scabbards. It doesn't last long, though—he bails once he senses Shanks' Haki.
  • Removed Achilles' Heel: Downplayed. Ryokugyu developed a technique specifically to counter his obvious weakness to fire attacks, but an extremely powerful one can still hurt him.
  • Signature Laugh: "Rahaha!"
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Downplayed- He only appears near the end of the Wano Arc for a few chapters, but his actions cause Yamato to decide to stay in Wano rather than go out to see like he initially wanted to. He states that the way Wano is, they have very little manpower since the war on Onigashima and resolves to stay in Wano to protect it and explore the country before he decides to go to sea on his own adventures.
  • Tattooed Crook: While he's a powerful man of justice, Ryokugyu has a large kanji tattoo ("死川心中") that means "double suicide at death river". The tattoo underlines his brutality and racist philosophy.
  • Treants: When he transforms his body using his Logia power, he takes on an appearance highly reminiscent of a humanoid tree.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Ryokugyu assumes he all by himself can take on the alliance that defeated Kaido and Big Mom, but Yamato outright says that Luffy and his crew can take him down. And sure enough, Luffy with Zoro, Sanji and Jinbe are watching Aramaki's confrontation with Momonosuke and the samurais from afar in a relaxed mood, ready to step in and slightly disappointed when they don't need to get involved.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He doesn't wear a suit as part of his attire and goes shirtless instead, hinting at his confident and rebellious personality.
  • The Worf Effect: After defeating the remnants of the Animal Kingdom pirates, including King and Queen (though they were still recovering from the battle), and holding his own against the Scabbards, Shinobu, and Momonosuke (plus Yamato, briefly) by himself without any serious issue, Aramaki immediately decides to cut and run after Shanks blasts the area with his Haki and threatens to get involved, showing how powerful the Emperor is.

    (Former) Admiral Aokiji ("The Blue Pheasant") 

Kuzan/(Former) Admiral Aokiji

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Jason Douglas (EN, Funi), Bob Carter (EN, Unlimited Adventure), José Gilberto Vilchis (One Piece: Z, LatAm SP), Carlos Hernández (Netflix Dub, LatAm SP)

Age: 47 (Pre-Timeskip), 49 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 303 (Manga), Episode 225 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Chilly-Chilly Fruit

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"But justice changes shape depending on one's standpoint. That is why I won't criticize your idea of justice."
Chapter 397

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. When he lost the fight but was spared, he was so adversed to the idea of serving under Akainu that he left the Marines and gave up his position as an Admiral.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost his leg in his fight with Sakazuki and replaced it with a prostethic ice leg.
  • 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 mountain of frozen corpses.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Aokiji wears an elegant jilet under his Marine uniform..
  • 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 World Government 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.
  • Character Development: In the past, his philosophy was "Burning/Fired Up Justice" and he was more loyal to the World Government. It took Saul's own rebellion and his fellow Marines' excessive actions to make him start questioning the World Government, though it's a long while before he decides to leave the Marines.
  • Cool Shades: He used to wear round shades back when he was a Vice-Admiral. After the timeskip, he wears them again as a hint to his affiliation with the Blackbeard Pirates.
  • 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.
    • When he saves Smoker from Doflamingo, he freezes the latter solid as a warning and makes him surrender.
  • Deliberately Non-Lethal Attack:
    • Aokiji easily defeats the Straw Hats but doesn't kill them, he just incapacitates them and give Robin a message.
    • It's revealed that his "Time Capsule" attack on Jaguar D. Saul wasn't lethal but simply froze him.
  • The Dreaded: As an Admiral, he's incredibly feared as one of the Marines' most powerful forces, terrifying the normally unflappable Robin into a frenzy. This fear becomes Harsher in Hindsight when you realize she's afraid of Kuzan specifically because he participated in the Marines' destruction of her home and her family, and (apparently) killed her protector Saul in front of her. Even after leaving the Marines, anyone who knows of him, including the irreverent Doflamingo, is rightly anxious of his presence.
  • The Drifter: An SBS reveals he spent his childhood as a vagrant. After leaving the Marines, this is the life he returns to.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Although more reasonable compared to other Marines, Kuzan's relationship with the Straw Hats varies over time. Although he spares Robin as a favor to Saul, he explains it's out of favour to Garp and would hunt her down if she turns out to be a threat. He also gives Spandam the authority for a Buster Call and intends for Robin's story to end at Enies Lobby. But he does not anticipate that the Straw Hats would go to such lengths to rescue Robin, and shows some optimism for her future.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Rides a giant penguin named Camel to Punk Hazard.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Kuzan 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Despite being the nobles, morally wise, of the three admirals in the first part of the story,once Akainu becomes Fleet Admiral, Aokiji leaves the marine and allies himself with the Blackbeard Pirates.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: After the timeskip, 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". During the Paramount War he flash-freezes Jozu, which led to Jozu permanently losing one of his arms, and nearly kills Luffy numerous times.
  • 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: Aokiji can freeze entire people with his ice powers.
  • 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: Aokiji's standard method of attack is his ice Devil Fruit power.
  • 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. Chapter 1066 indicates he didn't actually kill Saul but rather staged his death via freezing so Saul could go into hiding.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Logical Weakness: Having eaten the Chilly-Chilly fruit, Aokiji is weaker to fire and magma attacks. It allows the weaker Ace to block one of his attacks completely, and during the timeskip he loses to Akainu, even though Jinbei explains that he put up an immense fight.
  • 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)".
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He's based on 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 30s. He's actually three years older than Crocodile, who looks much older than he does.
  • Opt Out: He leaves the Marines after Akainu becomes Fleet Admiral because he doesn't want to work under him. Instead, he becomes a member of the Blackbeard Pirates.
  • 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).
  • 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: While he can't swim, Kuzan can use his Devil Fruit powers to freeze the sea below him, giving him a good advantage over other Devil Fruit users.
  • Verbal Tic: Prone to saying "arara" ("Wait just a moment").
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: While previous villain Enel could one-shot most of the Straw Hats, Luffy's rubber body gave him a chance. Aokiji is even stronger and doesn't have that problem. Even Robin, normally the most well-composed and immovably calm among the bunch, is absolutely terrified at the sight of him because she's seen firsthand his ability to freeze even a giant to death. In short order, he freezes an entire sea, beats Zoro and Sanji just by touching them, freezes Luffy and Robin's whole bodies and almost breaks both of them. The Straw Hats only survive because he has history with Robin and he wants to thank them for beating Crocodile. They still take four days to recover from his "play-fighting", and nothing would have stopped him from freezing Going Merry in the water and finishing the job if he wanted to. Also, he isn't beaten in the arc he first opposes the Strawhats.
  • 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: He almost kills Robin in his first appearance.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He let a young Robin escape Ohara instead of killing her, which was the Government's orders.


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