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The Marines are the most prominent antagonist group in the series. The Marines (or the Navy in the English dubs; with 4Kids outright replacing "Marines" and Funimation referring to the Marine army itself as "Navy" interchangeably with "Marine") are the World Governments law-enforcement military, being among the largest organizations in the world of One Piece. Their main job is to enforce the law, and thus they mainly hunt down pirates and criminals and act as peacekeepers, but sometimes they can be called in for more ruthless operations, like decimating whole islands whose population is tied to a notorious threat to the World Government. Not unlike the pirates they hunt, a number of its members are corrupt or power-hungry, or at the very least morally questionable, but there are also some that are genuinely heroic and good and uphold the ideals of "Justice" of the Marines.
The Marines maintain a presence all over the world and are considered one of its "Three Great Powers", alongside the Warlords and the Emperors. Although the Marines do not have the sheer military might of one of the Emperors, they have greater discipline, are allied to the Warlords, and have a better worldwide presence (which means they are also too spread out to combat the pirate threat effectively).
Following the Paramount War and the dreadful losses they suffered, the new Fleet Admiral Sakazuki has rebuilt the organization in the two years Luffy was absent, introducing more aggressive policies toward the pirate threat and conscripting people among the populace to refill their ranks.
- Ascended Extra: Attach the photographer, who was originally an SBS joke, has become part of the One Piece character cast, occasionally making appearances from time to time in the story or background scenes. Because of repeated instances of leaving the lens cap on the camera, he gets kicked out of the marines and he is later under the employ of "Big News" Morgans.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Rank is given based on fighting power, and the title of Fleet Admiral can be contested in a duel.
- Badass Army: As the premier military arm of the World Government, even with the threat of pirates that can literally destroy the world, they stand between global order and basically pirate Armageddon. Putting aside the circumstances behind his capture, even after the late Pirate King — Gold Roger inspired a generation of piracy with his last words, for over twenty years they've kept the world largely stable. The power of the top brass is enough to scare even the most brutal of pirates, or at least those less than an Emperor.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Standard attire for high ranking Marines.
- Badass Long Coat: Standard issue for any Marine of Ensign and higher is a long white coat with the Japanese characters for "justice" on the back.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A lot of the Marines have really weird personalities, look very strange and have strange quirks. Vergo continued being promoted despite always having food on his face. Maynard doesn't wear a shirt. Kizaru makes really weird faces when fighting pirates. Aokiji wears a sleeping mask. Sengoku wears a hat with a life sized seagull on top and brings a pet goat to work.
- Cape Busters: The Marines essentially serve as this in the One Piece world, staffed by various Badass Normal people with extreme cases of Charles Atlas Superpower levels of physical stats, various Devil Fruit Users, and a nearly endless number of loyal mooks, for the purpose of protecting the common populace and World Government Kingdoms from marauding pirates and criminals with Devil Fruit Powers of their own. They have entire prison facilities and military weaponry made of Seastone to nullify Devil Fruit Powers and lock them away when needed and are the only ones seen capable of actually dealing superhuman criminal threats in an orderly manner.
- Coat Cape: How the officers wear their coats.
- Custom Uniform: Zigzagged. As explained by Oda in an SBS, lower ranked Marines have a standard uniform they must wear. Starting with the rank of corporal, Marines have the option of wearing other types of uniforms or even their own personal clothes as long as it's clear that they're Marines.
- The Dreaded: A Marine of significant reputation can easily become this for lower level pirates (Smoker). However, once a Marine hits the Admiral rank, they're automatically this to every pirate barring the Four Emperors and their respective crews.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As corrupt as the Government is and given their scorched earth policy on all matters involving the Blank Century, theres something to be said about the fact that even they want to prevent anyone from learning how to awaken the legendary weapons. As in they wouldnt dare to use them either.
- Everyone Has Standards: Though all the Marines are tough on pirates, there's still a variety of lines they don't cross. In terms of standards, there's the moral and relatively merciful (Aokiji and Smoker), the more ruthless but ultimately neutral (Sengoku), and the ones utterly driven to exterminate evil (Akainu). That being said, even the latter is exasperated with the Five Elder Stars' antics, as their obsession with image and appeasing the corrupt World Nobles hampers the Marines' ability to do their jobs effectively.
- Evil Running Good: Though most of the Marines are made up of volunteers dedicated to protecting the public from dangerous criminals and enforcing law and order on the seas, the top brass is mainly run by Ax-Crazy Knight Templar officials who are more than happy to wipe out entire islands or slaughter innocent bystanders to get their targets or simply remove a potential threat to their agenda. Not to mention being subservient to egocentric aristocrats like the World Nobles, really not liking it notwithstanding.
- For Great Justice: Official policy, as what the Marines do is for justice. Though their ideas of justice tend to diverge greatly:
- "Absolute Justice" is the belief that any pirate or criminal, no matter the motives or intentions, are not just sinners who must be hunted down and killed without remorse, but that people associated with them, such as people who built things for criminals (like Tom being executed for building the Oro Jackson) and even their families (such as Luffy and Ace being targeted for being the sons of Monkey D. Dragon and Gold Roger, respectively). This is the philosophy that members like Sakazuki believes in and the one most endorsed by the Government.
- "Moral Justice" is the belief that a criminal's motives and intentions should be taken into account when considering whether to punish them or let them go. This is the philosophy that Garp and Tashigi follow.
- And then you have the personal definitions of Justice, which represent the Marine's individual personality. While some, like Sengokunote and Tsurunote tend to have a foot in both philosophies, most personal definitions of Justice tend to fall into either the "Absolute" camp (Borsalinonote , Rob Luccinote ) or "Moral" camp (Isshonote , Kuzannote , and Smokernote ).
- Four-Star Badass: Expect everyone from Marine HQ above Captain rank to be crazy tough and every Admiral is shown to be a Person of Mass Destruction.
- The Fettered: Played straight, but often deconstructed: How far they take "Justice" is shown as completely acceptable, no matter how many despicable things you have to do. This is expressed in the "Absolute Justice" philosophy.
- Giant Mook: Literally, and also overlaps with Elite Mook. During the Paramount War, they deployed the Giant division to take on Whitebeard and his allies. Though given their Coat Cape, it may be safe to assume that the giants rank around Vice-Admiral rather than outright Mooks.
- Good Is Not Soft: While the morality of the Marines often differs, it should be noted that even "good" Marines and those who believe in "Moral Justice" aren't soft towards pirates, even good pirates. Aokiji, Smoker, and even Koby recognize that Marines and pirates like the Straw Hats will have to clash eventually.
- Hero of Another Story: Nearly all of them. Most have interesting backstories or hints thereof even — as this Continuity Porn-filled color spread indicates — the minor ones.
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: After the Onigashima War, in Chapter 1056, it's revealed that the Cross Guild has started issuing bounties on the Marines just like they do on pirates, making them targets of bounty hunters as well.
- Knight Templar: The other side of the argument, some of them are so extreme that they consider that disobeying the law means not only your execution, but every last living relative or associate to be hunted down and exterminated along with their entire island (not helped by the fact that the Fleet Admiral himself once ordered an island of pregnant women and newborns to be brought into their custody, presumably killing the ones who refused to comply, all on the slim chance that Gold Rogers son was among them); even the people who are not in any way involved with the issue may get caught in the gunfire (such as the ship carrying the civilians of Ohara during its destruction being shot down on the even slimmer chance that a criminal managed to get onboard). This is a large part of the "Absolute Justice" idea spouted by their higher ups.
- Morality Kitchen Sink: Marines in this story run the gamut from Hero Antagonists to Well-Intentioned Extremist to Punch Clock Villains to Knight Templars to selfish Jerkasses. The majority are fairly decent people, though.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
- Right at the beginning of the story, with Roger's execution: they have the Pirate King executed in front of the entire world, allowing him to send a message that would eliminate the threat of piracy, only for his last words to ignite an even greater pirate age than before.
- Not necessarily villainy, but their announcement of Ace's execution in Marineford, and subsequently the war, results in the deaths of Whitebeard and Ace but also give Blackbeard the chance to steal Newgate's Devil Fruit power and take his place as one of the Four Emperors. Meanwhile, the various decisions made by the higher-ups after the war results in the resignation of Garp, Sengoku, and Aokiji, removing a large part of the Marines' overall power. There's also the fact that, like Roger before him, Whitebeard confirms with his last words the existence of One Piece and causes an even greater age of piracy to begin. This new era threatens to engulf the world because, after the defeat of Doflamingo, every major power is making moves: Blackbeard is gaining the most powerful devil fruit powers he can and is either using them himself or giving them to his crew, Kaido is making an army of artificial devil fruit users to "destroy" the world and has allied with the Big Mom pirates, the Warlord system has been annulled, which means they now have to contend with some of the strongest pirates in the world that used to work for them as well, and to cap things off, the ones connected to all of this are the Straw Hat Pirates, who they continually antagonize directly and indirectly and end up the worse for it. The two direct catalysts are trying to execute Ace and start the Paramount War, and going after the Straw Hat crew. If they hadn't hunted the Straw Hat Pirates and sent Kuma, none of them would have been separated and their decision to take time off in which they have become much stronger might not have occurred.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: By having a monopoly on the bounty system, the Marines ensure that all pirates in the world live on a knife's edge. By the end of the Wano arc, however, the pirate-led Cross Guild has issued bounty posters on various Navy officials, which makes the Marines enticing targets to bounty seekers as much as the pirates they have pursued.
- Tautological Templar: The more extreme members of the organization believe that since the Marines stand for "Justice", everything they do, no matter how despicably and indisputably evil, is justified if it's in pursuit of "justice". Even genocide is fine if it's to eliminate a small number of criminals that could possibly undermine their authority. The idea that anyone else could vanquish evil is by large an unacceptable one, since anyone not supporting them stands against justice.
- Token Evil Teammate: Most Marines are ordinary people who believe in protecting the public from pirates, but there are some notable hardliners that push the cause to Knight Templar levels. By "notable", we mean "Vice-Admirals and up" — which means they're likely to assert the overbearing "Absolute Justice" idea to the lower ranks, thus making them look worse than they actually are.
- Villain Has a Point: They're one of the biggest antagonist faction in the setting, but when we look at the behavior of the pirates other than the Straw Hats (raiding, pillaging, kidnapping royalties for ransom, etc), perhaps such a heavy-handed approach is indeed, necessary.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Combines with Asskicking Equals Authority, because G-5 Marines are tougher than your average mook, and they just keep getting tougher the higher up the command ladder you go.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Explains their loyalty towards Vergo. Actually a deconstruction in that Vergo revealed his kindness was only an act and started attacking his former men immediately after dropping the act, while they refused to acknowledge the Vergo attacking them as the real one despite all evidence to the contrary.
- Cannon Fodder: Vergo even calls them that! They're relatively more badass than other Marine goons, though.
- Cavalry Betrayal: When Vergo comes to Punk Hazard, he brutally wounded them with Shigan. Right in front of Tashigi. Ouch.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Most of their acts of cruelty and barbarism towards pirates has been Played for Laughs.
- Cowboy Cop: Led by THE Cowboy Cop of the Marines: Vice-Admiral Smoker.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Infamous for dealing these out to Pirates.
- The Dreaded: Their cruelty towards captured pirates makes them notorious and feared, even among other Marine branches.
- Enemy Mine: With the Straw Hat Pirates and Trafalgar Law during the Punk Hazard arc, to 1) defeat Caesar Clown, 2) rescue the kidnapped children, and 3) get out of the island safely. And in Smoker's case, 4) stop corrupt Vice-Admiral Vergo.
- Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: The things they do to captured pirates are infamously crazy and cruel.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They are cruel towards pirates, and overall rowdy. But when they mistakenly assumed Smoker was accusing them of covering up cases of child kidnappings, they got pissed, saying that even though they are army rejects, they still have their pride as Marines.
- Fire-Forged Friends: They can never admit it to the world but working to save the giant children, saving each other, defeating Caesar, and taking down the corrupt Vergo has made them this with the Straw Hats. They are forced to play up the idea they hate them to keep from admitting the truth.
- Go Out with a Smile: The Marines who die to save Tashigi from Caesars gas are petrified with huge grins and thumbs-up.
- Gonk: Probably to highlight how uncivilized and thuggish they are compared to the average Marine, G-5's members aren't actually easy on the eyes, other than their leaders.
- Grey-and-Gray Morality: Despite all their cruelty, they are one of the few branches in the New World able to defend innocent lives from suffering EVEN WORSE under pirates, most of whom are absolute monsters who probably deserve what G-5 throws their way.
- Hero with an F in Good: They're known for doing hideous things that on surface are hardly considered "good", but they have a good heart and they do things that they did to help the populace.
- Heroic Sacrifice: All for their lovely Captain-chan, complete with Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Informed Ability: They're supposedly stronger than your average Marine soldier, but they still get mowed down by the dozens every time they face off against a named character.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite all their faults, they truly and honestly mean well for the civilians of the New World, and absolutely adore their commanders.
- Might Makes Right: It's the New World, so they basically adopted this policy just to survive.
- Military Maverick: They are known for disobeying orders.
- Police Brutality: G-5 is basically a group of ridiculously powerful thugs. There's no other way to describe how they treat pirates, and even civilians.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Practically the entire Marine Branch. To elaborate, nearly all the mooks are powerful thugs who mean well, led by quirky commanding officers such as the sword-obsessed Tashigi, who they have a Subordinate Excuse with, and Smoker, who is the shirtless badass that scares the crap out of them while smoking two cigars and obsessing over catching Luffy. There's also the other two commanding officers as well, who are as every bit as quirky as the other two are.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Almost every Marine in G-5 was rejected from the main branches, either because they were too brutal, too crazy, or too insubordinate. Or any combination of the three. Which obviously leads to...
- Reassignment Backfire: ...with someone like Smoker in G-5, they really turn things around. Or at least, they aren't quite as rowdy.
- Scenery Gorn: The G-5 Base. Seriously, that thing is so battered and shoddily repaired it looks like a strong wind would destroy the entire thing.
- Selective Obliviousness: They refuse to acknowledge the Vergo attacking them as the real one. Tashigi doesn't have the heart to tell them otherwise.
- Subordinate Excuse: A lot of them seem to have a crush on Tashigi.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite all their faults, they truly are loyal to their commanding officers. To the point of being willing to die for them.
(Former) Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp "The Fist"
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (JP), Brian Mathis (EN, Funi), Eduardo Liñan (Netflix)(Latin American Spanish)
Age: 76 (Pre-Timeskip), 78 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 92 (Manga), Episode 68 (Anime)
Monkey D. Garp is a Marine famed for pursuing Gold Roger back during the olden days. He's also Ace and Luffy's grandfather (adoptive in Ace's case) and, ironically enough, the father of the world's most-wanted criminal, Dragon the Revolutionary. Garp is a cheerful, affable fellow, and is a friend of Sengoku and apparently Bartholomew Kuma as well. While he is happy that his grandchildren are making their way in life, he is also sorely disappointed in both of them for becoming pirates instead of Marines, in particular blaming Shanks for influencing Luffy in becoming a pirate. Garp has been offered the promotion to the position of Admiral several times, but rejected all of them, as he believes the responsibilities that come with being an Admiral would severely limit his freedom.
After the battle at Marineford, he resigns from his position in active fleet service, but stays in the Marines as an instructor while still retaining his rank, training and teaching younger Marines.
- 100% Adoration Rating: As explained in Chapter 957, this is pretty much the one reason why the World Government hasn't been able to have him fired. His reputation as both a war hero and a mentor to new generations of Marines is big enough to outweigh his continual resistance to any orders given to him in favor of his own judgement, up and to including continually refusing promotions just so doesn't become one of the pawns used to protect the Celestial Dragons.
- Abusive Parents: Played for Laughs, with respect to the Training from Hell he subjected his grandchildren to.
- Action Dad: He's the father of Dragon, the leader of the Revolutionary Army which is ironic as Garp is one of the best fighters of the Marine.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is white in the manga but grey in the anime.
- Almighty Janitor:
- Played with. The rank of Vice-Admiral is no "Janitor", but you would think the guy who rivaled the Pirate King Gold Roger would be at the top of the chain. Garp, however, is perfectly content with his current rank and has refused numerous promotions to Admiral, despite arguably being the strongest Marine next to Sengoku (and perhaps even stronger than that).
- Fully played straight after the Time Skip, where he becomes a Marine instructor. He's still important and strong enough to be assigned as an escort to the Reverie, a post worthy of an Admiral.
- As revealed by Sengoku, Garp had a very good reason to not become an Admiral, namely because he realized that accepting the position would make him essentially a pawn of the World Government and the Celestial Dragons, hardly a good thing.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: It became clear during the Marineford War that despite the fear Luffy has for his grandfather, he does indeed love him. As Luffy was mere feet away from Ace, Garp stood in his way out of duty, stating that if Luffy wanted to get to Ace, he would have to kill him. Ultimately, Luffy told him he couldn't do it, but Garp forced his hand — and then he falters, allowing Luffy to punch him and clear the way to Ace, showing that his love for his grandchildren outweighed his duty. In fact, Garp's reasoning for his harsh training is shown in a flashback, with this line:Garp: You probably hate me for being so strict. But the reason I give you such hard training, and want you to become a Marine, is because I don't want you to go down the wrong path. That is my wish.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears the exact same suit as Sengoku back when Roger was still around. Makes sense, as they kicked ass as a team.
- Badass Normal: The only Marine able to ever fight against the Pirate King Roger did NOT have a Devil Fruit, and yet he's still one of the most badass characters in the series.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: What hes known for when it comes to fighting prowess.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's as loud and brash as he's powerful.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The crap he was able to get away with, including arguing with the Fleet Admiral (both 20 years prior and recently, the former when he's being offered a promotion) and going wherever he wants to without his superior's permission, is balanced by his amazing service and legendary status among the Marines as "Garp the Hero", who alongside Sengoku, in Kong's words, "carried the Marines on their backs". He is considered one of the legendary figures during the era of Roger, having been the only one to corner him and battle as his equal. So that would give him a little lee-way amongst their ranks which he still holds even after retirement.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Garp can easily punch through rock and metal, throw cannonballs with his bare hands at speeds higher than if they were fired from a cannon, carry and lift an iron flail that is several times larger than a battleship and, according to himself, pulverize EIGHT MOUNTAINS by using them as sandbags in preparation for his fight against Don Chinjao.
- Hell, bear in mind that he was repeatedly offered the position of Admiral despite having no Devil Fruit powers. Every Admiral that we've seen has been a Person of Mass Destruction with Story Breaker Powers. Imagine how strong Garp must be to be considered on their same level without any special powers at all, only physical prowess.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears (relatively) early in the series as an officer who takes Koby and Helmeppo under his wing, though his face and importance are not revealed until hundreds of episodes later.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A trait he shares with Luffy.
- The Coats Are Off: Does this sometimes during his Let's Get Dangerous! moments, such as chasing the Straw Hats, or fighting alongside Sengoku against Shiki. His taunt action in the Pirate Warriors series of video games is actually him removing his Marine coat. See above to see the type of wear he had.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He's a legend of the Marines, while his son is "The World's Most Wanted Man" and his grandsons are powerful pirates.
- Cool Mask: Eiichiro Oda used the same design for Garp as he used for Luffy's unnamed grandfather in the Romance Dawn pilot stories, but didn't want readers to realize this too quickly. So he gave Garp a bulldog mask in his initial appearances. He wasn't revealed as Luffy's grandfather until Chapter 431 of the manga and Episode 313 of the anime.
- Cool Old Guy: He doesn't like his grandson being a pirate, but he isn't exactly in a hurry to arrest him either. He also took Koby and Helmeppo under his wing and turned them into badasses.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During the Whitebeard War, he loses to Luffy. In one punch. Despite being the only person in the series who has ever genuinely scared Luffy, because he let him win intentionally.
- Declining Promotion: He has been offered the promotion to the rank of Admiral multiple times, and rejected all of them, claiming that the rank would only keep him from having the freedom he already has. Chapter 957 reveals that part of the reason is because he doesnt want to be a pawn of the Celestial Dragons, a group whom he dislikes.
- Didn't Think This Through: Pretty much everything he does. Like say, having to fix a wall after smashing through it because he wanted to make a cool entrance. Or how about raising his grandson to be a good Marine by leaving him around bandits after he spent some time idolizing pirates instead of raising Luffy himself? Surely hanging around a bunch of criminals will fill this pirate worshiper with a sense of justice!
- The Dreaded: He was this to pirates, and with good reason, as he is remarked to have cornered the Pirate King several times. He's also this to his grandchildren due to the Training from Hell he subjected them to during their Hilariously Abusive Childhood.Sanji: Luffy, is your grandfather really...?
Luffy: He is. Don't try to fight him!
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears (with a different backstory) in one of the Romance Dawn chapters, though he had No Name Given then.
- Enemy Mine: He had to team up with Gol D. Roger of all people, in order to take on the Rocks Pirates 40 years ago.
- Epic Flail: It's the size of a Goddamn battleship!
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he has disdain for the World Nobles, refusing to serve them and openly calling them shitbags in public despite the possible repercussions. Being forced to defend them during the God Valley Incident put quite the sour taste in his mouth, and it's one of the reasons why he doesn't speak about that battle at all.
- Failure Knight: On a personal level he's one of these. He's one of the greatest Marines in history and hailed as a hero who vanquished dangerous pirates on the seas, but his son is "The World's Most Wanted Man" and a revolutionary plotting to overthrow the system he upholds, something he's implied to consider a great failure despite his pride in his family. Despite his rather backwards efforts to cause otherwise, his grandsons became powerful pirates due to his training to make them great Marines and he was eventually forced to hunt them down. He failed to protect his family during the Battle of Marineford which ended in Ace being killed and Luffy being injured and traumatized before his eyes. He also failed to fulfill his promise to Roger and Rouge to protect Ace from harm, specifically because of his own backwards method of raising him.
- Generation Xerox:
- Visually speaking, in his youth he resembled a cross between Ace and Luffy. As the series goes on and the readers learn more about Garp, it gradually becomes clear that despite being on opposite sides of the law, Garp is the person Luffy resembles the most, even more so than Shanks or Roger (something Aokiji noted when he first met Luffy). They share similar personalities and quirks, similar fighting styles, and even similar senses of morality, as they both hate the World Nobles. This is only reinforced when Oda released drawings of an older Luffy at ages forty and sixty, revealing that (in an ideal future) Luffy will grow up to be a dead ringer for Garp.
- Aside from his similarities with Luffy, Smoker's relationship with Luffy is extremely similar to the relationship Garp had with Roger. While Smoker chases after Luffy because he was the first pirate to ever escape him, it becomes clear that Smoker can't find it in himself to hate Luffy — an issue that also plagued Garp, as he was never able to hate Roger. In fact, by the time of the Pirate King's execution, the two had pretty much become Fire-Forged Friends (even if Garp would never admit it), so much so that Roger entrusted Ace's safety to him.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Garp has thrown cannonballs like baseballs and a seriously massive flail for long range, but when it's up close and personal, he starts swinging with his bare knuckles. Most likely the reason why his epithet's "The Fist."
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar over his left eye.
- Heavy Sleeper: Often spontaneously and without warning, which is where his grandchildren get it.
- Hero Antagonist: Well, he is "Garp the Hero". He could be a personal embodiment of the Straw Hat Pirates' relation with the Marines.
- Hypocrite: He hates pirates and considers Shanks a bad influence on Luffy, yet he sends his grandchildren away to be raised by mountain bandits.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The stress of having to oppose one grandson trying to rescue the other one while also fighting between his loyalty to family versus duty basically broke him when he tried to Take a Third Option by doing both and failing miserably. Even though he puts on a cheery facade, deep down he feels guilty about not doing enough to save Ace and refused to defend himself when Dadan beat him up for being a fence-sitter.
- I Let You Win: Against Luffy in Marineford. There's a reason why a guy titled "The Hero", who cornered and fought Gold Roger on many occasions, went down so easily. The reason? His grandchildren. Sengoku even realized what had happened: "You're some father yourself, Garp"
- Informed Flaw: He says he's gotten significantly weaker with old age. Um, he still lifted and threw a giant cannonball that weighs well into the billion of tons, sent Marco flying back with a punch, and wasn't affected at all by Morgan slashing him or Luffy punching him while in Gear Second. Also, unlike Rayleigh, Whitebeard, and Sengoku, he was still active after Roger's death, so he probably didn't significantly weaken too much compared to those three, despite what he says to the contrary. But considering that he can flatten Don Chinjao's head while in his 30s and he had flattened 8 small mountains just before it, it says something about his strength at his prime.
- Insane Troll Logic: His idea of turning his pirate-loving grandsons into good, strong Marines? Have mountain bandits raise them. Even the bandits are aghast at his thought process.
- Irony: The very incident that earned him the epithet "The Hero", is the one he dislikes talking about the most. This is because he had to team up with a pirate — Gol D. Roger, no less, to stop the Rocks Pirates. He also was forced to save the Celestial Dragons, who he despises.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He looked remarkably hunky as a young Marine◊, very much resembling a mixture of Ace and Luffy.
- Ki Manipulation: He is a master of Armament Haki. He's so masterful with it that when he clashes with Don Chinjao in the past, Garp with his Haki fist and Chinjao with his Haki continent-splitter drill head, Garp not only won, he flattened Chinjao's drill head. Also, his usage of Armament is so extensive it reaches the point of instinct: If he wants to hit (and hurt) something or someone, he'll damn well will hit it. Its implied that hes capable of using Observation Haki as not only is it stated that anyone whos at least a Vice-Admiral is capable of using the standard versions, but also Koby is recommended to ask Garp to teach him how to use it.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's as fast as he is strong; i.e. a lot.
- Like a Son to Me: Ace is the son of Gol D. Roger, Garp's greatest rival, but the latter has come to genuinely love the boy as his own surrogate grandson, to the point he remains conflicted between his marine-side and fatherly-side during the entirety of the Summit War.
- Like Father, Like Son: Grandson in this case, as both he and Luffy both share narcolepsy and a tendency to say secrets without knowing the consequences of saying them until after its done.
- Living Legend/Famed In-Story: To the people of the One Piece world he is THE Marine, even decades after his heyday. Of course he's done several legendary things, like fighting Roger several times, but what he's most famous for is saving the world from the Rocks Pirates that came one generation before Roger.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Grandfather, actually, though he did deliver the more traditional version, too.
- Manly Tears: When feeling helpless to stop Ace's execution, and when Ace is killed by Akainu.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The D in his name, shared with his son and grandson, is part of the Will of D, a mysterious legacy that somehow connects them all to the World Government and the Celestial Dragons.
- Opt Out: He wishes to step down from his position in the Marines, after all that's happened in the Whitebeard War. He doesn't exactly go out, instead becoming a Veteran Instructor.
- Papa Wolf: He would have killed Akainu for killing Ace if Sengoku hadn't stopped him.Garp: You better keep holding me down, Sengoku! Cause if you don't, I'm gonna kill him!
- Parental Hypocrisy: Garp is about to beat on Luffy when they both fall asleep. When Garp wakes up later, he then wails on Luffy for falling asleep despite having done so himself.
- Parental Substitute: He tries to be this for both Luffy and Ace. He doesn't succeed.
- The Power of Love: He claims that he can punch through Luffy's rubber defenses because he uses a "Fist of Love!"
- Punny Name: When his name is translated into Japanese, garp means koi. Koi is a decorative fish, but in other context with different kanji it means love. Garp's signature attack Fist of Love (Ai yaru Kobushi) is a hidden reference to his name as it uses another word for love instead of koi.
- Red Baron: He has two: Garp the Fist and the Legendary Marine Hero. The first was earned because he's a Badass Normal who fights mostly through punching, and the second was earned when he (alongside Gol D. Roger) defeated the captain of the dreaded Rocks Pirates thirty-eight years ago.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Sengoku. Garp is the red oni, being Hot-Blooded and a Rebellious Spirit within the Marine ranks. Sengoku is the blue oni, being calculated and serious. The dynamic is upset somewhat when Sengoku gets impatient with Garp's family, yet Garp always brushes him off with a laugh.
- Refuge in Audacity: Can brag about the achievements of his criminal grandson in front of Sengoku, and the only punishment he gets is Sengoku stealing and eating his crackers.
- Subverted at the end of the Water 7 arc. He made an official report that he let Luffy go because he's his grandson. Predictably, Sengoku pulled rank and sent him back to do the job properly.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: Seems to feel that throwing a child into a bottomless ravine, among other things, was an appropriate way to train him to be a strong Marine. Luffy's endless will to live has been attributed to this training, though.
- He then realized that his endless amount of time away from home was not working towards his goal of making Luffy a Marine, so he left him with a friend and her underlings to raise into being a Marine alongside Ace. Said friend was a mountain bandit. He was asking for it, really.
- Sins of Our Fathers: An often overlooked downside of his famous reputation is that Garp has a number of enemies from his heyday that would love nothing more than to get back at him through his descendants. Don Chinjao straight up admitted during his fight with Luffy that if he had known Dragon was Garp's son, he wouldn't have lived long enough to have Luffy in the first place. The only reason this isn't more of a problem is because Garp is seen as a hero by the public, and the fact that he had any descendants at all wasn't well-known until recently.
- Slasher Smile: Gives a devious toothy grin when he is about to start raining the Thousand Sunny with cannonballs.
- The Slow Walk: In the anime, once Akainu kills Ace he is seen walking towards the Admiral with a pretty brutal snarl on his face, all too willing to rip Akainu apart. He would gladly have done so as well, but Sengoku stopped him.
- There Was a Door: Invoked Trope. He reveals himself to the Straw Hats on Water 7 by punching through a wall explicitly because it looked cool. He was nice enough to repair it afterward, though.
- Tough Love: Garp is the way he is because of this concept. No matter how harsh he was on Luffy and Ace with their training as he desperately attempted to impose onto them the lives of Marine soldiers, he only wanted to protect them from a world that would only ever want to see them dead. The trade-off was that he made a poor Parental Substitute, and, if anything, made them want to become pirates even more, if only to get away from him. The brothers do recognize that their grandfather loved them, and they do love him in return, but ultimately it's not enough to sway them from pursuing the lives they wanted.
- Training from Hell: Which is why Luffy's so afraid of him. Comes in handy, though, as it turned Koby and Helmeppo from wimps to MEN OF DESTINY! And he practices what he preaches, considering his training regimen for his fight against Don Chinjao was to essentially punch mountains to death.
- Turn Out Like His Father:
- He tries so very hard to make his grandson, Luffy, a Marine like himself. However, he fails and Luffy becomes a highly-wanted pirate, much like his own father, who is the leader of a revolutionary army and the most wanted man in the world. Ironically, in the Water Seven Arc, Luffy and his crew proclaim war against the world government, much like his father did. This is ultimately averted, however, in that Garp loves both his son and his grandson and is in fact quite proud of them. He just didn't want Luffy to be a pirate because it meant, as a Marine, he'd have to oppose his own grandson.
- The same goes for preventing Ace from ending up like his father, Gol D. Roger.
- Veteran Instructor: Not long before the Time Skip, he resigned from active service and became an instructor for teaching young Marines. Even before that, he also turned cabin boys Koby and Helmeppo into hardened Marine officers.
- Vetinari Job Security: His son is the most dangerous man in the world, his grandson is an infamous pirate and his adoptive grandson was a member of the Whitebeard Pirates and the son of Gold Roger but despite this, and despite being able to brag about these facts to his boss (albeit who is also his best friend), he retained his position as Vice-Admiral, even turning down several promotions, because he's a legendary Marine hero who cornered Gold Roger numerous times and defeated the Rocks Pirates.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Him (acts like an older version of Luffy) and his son, Dragon (who is always shown as serious).
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Played straight and subverted. He laments the choices his grandsons made in life, having wished they would become strong Marines. However, this is not out of disappointment, but because he never wanted to be put in the position of having to arrest and potentially execute them. Regardless of their behavior, he has always been proud of them, and expresses this sentiment aloud — in front of Sengoku, no less.
- World's Strongest Man: During his younger days he was a contender for the title, personally cornering Roger on many occasions. In fact, Garp and Roger teamed up to defeat Rocks, a very powerful pirate in his own right. So powerful that 3 of the Emperors trace their origins to him.
- Worthy Opponent: He was this to Gold Roger. So much so that Roger, knowing he would soon die, entrusted Garp with the life of his unborn child, Ace.
- Would Hit a Girl: Like his grandson, Garp has no problem with hitting women (i.e., giving Dadan a smack on the head).
- Wrestler in All of Us: A few of Garp's attacks in the Pirate Warriors games involve him grabbing enemies and swinging and tossing them around.
- You Never Asked: Sengoku gives this as the reason why so few have heard the reason why Garp became the hero of the Marines. He's not the kind of person to lie about what happened battle at God's Valley if asked to tell the story but because he is ashamed of the event he will never bring it up on his own.
- Your Size May Vary: Goes from roughly a head above Helmeppo (which is tall but not excessively so) in his introductory mini-arc to almost twice Luffy's size at Marineford.
- Zero-Effort Boss: At Marineford, to Luffy, because of an I Let You Win scenario: Garp didn't want to fight his grandson, especially when said grandson was trying to save his other, older, adoptive grandson from execution.
Vice-Admiral "White Chase" Smoker
Voiced by: Ginzo Matsuo (JP, episodes 48-79), Mahito Oba (JP, episodes 94+), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex, episodes 48-77), Paul Pistore (En, Odex, episodes 78-104), Russell Velázquez (EN, 4Kids), Greg Dulcie (EN, Funi); Juan Carlos Tinoco (4Kids), Dan Osorio (Netflix)(Latin American Spanish)
Age: 34 (Pre-Timeskip), 36 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 97 (Manga), Episode 48 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Plume-Plume Fruit
Smoker is a tough Marine, who, when first introduced, was tasked with catching pirates that visited Loguetown before sailing for the Grand Line. After Luffy evades him (with some help), Smoker decides to leave Loguetown to pursue the Straw Hats. Unlike many other Marines in One Piece, Smoker does not follow the rule of Absolute Justice and follows his own brand of justice, which he later preaches to Tashigi. Smoker's view on justice also allows the Straw Hats to remain free even being pirates during the Alabasta arc, warning Luffy that as a Marine, next time, he will have to try and capture him. He doesn't care for those who make too much noise around him, claiming that it disrupts his pace. He has eaten the Plume-Plume Fruit (Moku Moku no Mi), a Logia-type allowing him to turn into smoke.
Despite his stern, businesslike manner and appearance, Smoker is a good man with a soft side. In Loguetown, when a little girl bumped into him and dropped her ice cream on his trousers, he takes it in good heart, and even gives her money to buy a new cone with two extra scoops. He also shows respect and even protective kindness to his subordinate, Tashigi. He even went as far as letting Luffy go after Zoro was ordered to save Smoker from drowning.
During the time skip, he achieved the rank of Vice-Admiral, two ranks above his previous position of Commodore, and is still Tashigi's superior as he runs G-5's Unit 01.
- Almighty Janitor: It's heavily implied that Smoker's Cowboy Cop tendencies are the main reason why he had the rank he had at that beginning of the series, despite being a massively skilled combatant with Logia powers. He was extremely under-ranked, even compared to a Captain from Marine HQ. Even his promotion to commodore is still somewhat under-ranking. It was finally subverted after the Time Skip when he became a Vice-Admiral, a rank that accurately assesses his abilities.
- Badass Baritone: In both Japanese and English, his voice is equally as deep and badass as he is. Inverted in French, where his voice would be appropriate for an anti-tobacco PSA.
- Badass Biker: It spouts smoke and can cross the ocean! And it runs on him!
- Badass Longcoat: Adds this on top of his regular jacket post-Time Skip.
- Bowdlerize: The 4Kids dub renamed him "Chaser" and removed his cigars.
- Cigar Chomper: Smoker (at least his pre-Time Skip version) is part of the trope page image. He is often seen smoking a cigar... or even two at the same time!
- Combat Pragmatist: Fights with Seastones infused in his weapons, which is essentially Kryptonite to anyone who's eaten the Devil Fruit.
- Cool Shades: Post-Timeskip. Dude, quit hogging the badass.
- Cowboy Cop: For the most part, the only book he goes by is his when it comes to rules.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. This picture of Child!Smoker shows him as a aggressive young boy carrying a nail-studded bat and covered in bruises and scrapes, while a mangy dog sits next to him.
- Determinator: No matter what, he must capture Luffy. His obsession has brought him to quite a few compromising situations on occasion (to world-saving degrees).
- The Dreaded: Smoker has become every bit as infamous as Luffy has (to pirates, at least), and with good reason: Luffy has never actually beaten him (though he could now, but it would be extremely close).
- Dub Name Change: His name is "Chaser" in the 4Kids dub.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: Smoker's Devil Fruit abilities gives him a distinct advantage over most others, and even allowed him to fight Ace to a standstill. note
- Enemy Mine: During Alabasta, he and Tashigi ultimately refused to arrest the Straw Hats due to the situation involving the country (and because Luffy ordered Zoro to save Smoker's life), and they eventually ended up helping them. Ironically enough, during the Punk Hazard arc, he's stuck in this situation again with Luffy, and with current Warlord of the Sea Trafalgar Law along for the ride as well. He seemed rather pissed off about it, but considering him, it was to be expected. Either way, he clearly respects Luffy and co. more than he would ever be willing to admit.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his debut, a little girl accidentally bumps into him and drops her ice cream onto his pants. Her fearful father expected Smoker to get angry...but he instead gives the girl enough money for a larger scoop to make up for the wasted dessert. Even earlier, it's established that despite his scary attitude, he doesn't unnecessary yell at a subordinate for distracting him from making a tower made of stacked stones and blames it on himself.
- Face Palm: He is seen doing one at the end of Chapter 697 when the G-5 Marines admit, with tears in their eyes, they love the Straw Hats for helping save the children and all they went through together.
- A Father to His Men: The fact that he went against Doflamingo, despite obviously knowing that he stood no chance attests to this as it was to protect his men. Said men even begged Doflamingo to spare his life, as he would be the only one to take care of "riff raff" like them. Smoker may be harsh, but he cares more than he is willing to admit, and it shows.
- Foil: To Vergo in Punk Hazard. While Vergo is renowned for his patience towards his men in the G5, Smoker is much more strict and harsh with them. However, it is revealed that Vergo had been faking his fondness for his men the entire time, and viciously turns on them, while Smoker genuinely cares for his men underneath it all and fights for their lives. And if he ever gets promoted to Admiral, he will become one to Sakazuki and/or Kizaru, due to having a color-themed moniker like all the other Admirals and being a good-natured Marine.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Tashigi in Chapter 663, courtesy of Law's DF powers.
- Friend to All Children: Has a huge soft spot for children, as seen in his very first appearance. Later, on Punk Hazard, despite his aversion to working with pirates, he's persuaded by Tashigi to work together with the Straw Hats and Law when she points out the lives of the children kidnapped by Caesar Clown are at stake.
- Generation Xerox: Smoker's current relationship with Luffy is extremely similar to the one that Luffy's grandfather, Garp "The Hero," had with the previous Pirate King, Gold Roger. Surprisingly (or rather unsurprisingly, seeing as how Luffy and Smoker's relationship has been leading towards this as well), the two ended up becoming Fire-Forged Friends, and Roger trusted Garp as much as he did his own crew. Garp, though unwilling to admit this, proved him right by taking in his son, Ace, as his adoptive grandson in order to protect him from the World Government and the Marines.
- Hero Antagonist: He may be rather tough and hardcore regarding pirates, but at his core, he's a good man who does what's right and follows Moral Justice as opposed to the Absolute Justice favored by more hardline Marines and their higher-ups like Akainu or Kizaru. He also doesn't go too far in the process of this justice; he only antagonizes the Straw Hats because they're pirates, and if doing the right thing means taking their side, he'll do it without a second thought and worry about the rest later.
- Honor Before Reason: He openly insults his superiors when they try to give him credit for saving Alabasta rather than admitting it took a group of pirates to fix things. Earlier on, he also gives Luffy a slight reprieve in exchange for Luffy saving his life.
- Hyper-Awareness: When stuck in Rainbase, he was able to identify which gator ate the key by remembering exactly what its growl sounded like.
- I Let You Win: In the latter half of the fight against Vergo, he purposely lets himself get trounced, largely as a distraction so Law can regain his heart (Vergo even noticed something was off about his fighting style as he was making himself a bigger target by turning into smoke). Before then though, Smoker was beating the stuffing out of him.
- I Owe You My Life: After Zoro saves his life at Rainbase on Luffy's orders, he considers himself indebted to the Straw Hats, though he immediately pays them back by letting them run away instead of arresting them on the spot.
- It's Personal: Has a moment of this during the Punk Hazard Arc. Let's just say he took Vergo's betrayal of the Marines rather badly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Smoker can be harsh at times, but there's no denying that he cares. The "Heart of Gold" part comes out more when around children.
- Ki Manipulation: Now that he's a Vice-Admiral, he can use Haki. Like Luffy, he can use Armament Haki to harden his fists making it look like it turned into iron.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's rough and harsh to everyone, but he follows his own more moral kind of "justice" unlike the typical Marines.
- Lawman Baton: He wields a big Jitte tipped with Seastone to better fight Devil Fruit-powered opponents.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's a big, strong man who can use Armament Haki, and he's also quite fast on his feet even without his Devil Fruit. With his Devil Fruit, he's got an incredible mobility advantage over most of the cast, and even over most other Logia users aside from Eneru and Kizaru.
- Medal of Dishonor: Smoker is furious at his promotion given for Alabasta's salvation when it is the Straw Hat Pirates who were the country's saviors; his participation in it was negligible at best compared to even Tashigi. The Government was basically cornered at this point; either cover up the truth with this sham of a medal, or openly admit that pirates saved a country from one of their own rogue privateers, so what do they do? They give the credit to the highest-ranked Marine closest there, who just so happens to be far stronger than his current rank and is just getting a more accurate one. Thus, an immense weight is lifted from his heart when he learns that Fujitora manages to prevent it from happening again with Dressrosa. As it turns out, one of the main motivations for Fujitora's actions was Smoker's own laments over what happened in Alabasta, as he admits to Fujitora that the only reason he didn't reveal the truth is because he lacked the power and influence to do so.
- Mr. Exposition: Whenever he is around, he's the one to inform the reader of until-then unknown information, most recently by anticipating the involvement of Caesar Clown in the events on Punk Hazard.
- Mr. Fanservice:
- A shirtless badass that constantly smokes with white hair and is super protective of his subordinates? No idea why he'd be popular.
- Turns into Ms. Fanservice when he gets switched into Tashigi's body and still decides to keep an open shirt. Naturally, Tashigi wasn't too thrilled about this. He even tore her bra off.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Like all Logia Devil Fruits, he is difficult to injure. In Smoker's case, he's Made of Air.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: In almost all his outfits, he wears a Badass Longcoat or jacket, but no shirt to go with it. Not even while in Tashigi's body; he opens her outfit as much as is allowable. Hell, he even tore her bra off.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Gets an epic one in the anime on the side lines after Vergo is enraged and imbues his entire body with Haki.
- Get another, more subdued one when Doflamingo appears at Punk Hazard.
- Only Sane Man: During the Marineford arc, Koby, Tashigi and him were this, as the only Marines who had realized that their comrades had lost it and were going on a blood-fueled petty massacre of pirates who no longer wanted to fight when other Marines were dying and they still had the belligerent Blackbeard Pirates causing chaos all around Marineford.
- Out of Focus: Deliberately for the first half of the Grand Line and the manga after the Alabasta arc. Smoker's logia abilities meant that Luffy didn't stand a chance in hell at beating him since he had no idea about Haki at the time. Since that's no longer a problem, he and Tashigi are bound to get their roles expanded.
- Papa Wolf:
- Orders Tashigi and his men to keep away from Law, knowing full well that they don't stand a chance against him and looks close to shedding a tear for the men that got blown up on the ship.
- Chapter 684 can attest to that as well, as Smoker lays a beatdown on Vergo for allowing the G-5 children to be kidnapped and experimented on by Caesar Clown, and passing it off as a shipwreck.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Strangely, Smoker is the only canonical Logia user who subverts this. He has the least destructive Logia power in the entire series. It's great for catching pirates, though.
- Pet the Dog:
- We know he's not such a bad guy after he buys ice cream for a little girl who accidentally spilled her original cone on his pants, and even gives her enough to pay for a larger scoop.
- In the Alabasta Arc, when he finds Luffy eating, he decides to patiently wait until he's done... which causes Luffy to recognize him and run away. Again.
- Rank Up: Went from Captain to Commodore, much to his ire. He got over it eventually (perhaps due to the fact that the rank was more accurate concerning his strength level) and used the perks the new rank entailed to go chasing after the Straw Hats. After the Time Skip, he became a Vice-Admiral.
- Rated M for Manly: He's a badass Cowboy Cop who smoking cigars, has Cool Shades, and is damn powerful.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the very few Marines who isn't either incompetent or a sociopathic, dog-kicking asshole. While he still hates pirates and still obsessively pursues Luffy, he practices Moral Justice instead of the Absolute Justice that most of his bosses spout, and will help out civilians if needed instead of bulldozing through them just to get at a wanted criminal. He is also furious with how the World Government handles things, particularly the Alabasta event coverup that got him a Medal of Dishonor (even though his new rank matches his power level accurately than before).
- Red Baron: "The White Hunter" (has white hair, and is extremely persistent with his targets, especially if it's pirates).
- Secret-Keeper: Hancock attacked him when he started going after Luffy at Marineford, and she flat-out told him that she loves him when he asked why. He aparently does nothing with this information.
- Shaping Your Attacks: Including "White Vine" and "White Snake".
- Smoking Is Cool: Often seen chomping on two cigars at once. In the 4kids dub, this was edited to display him breathing smoke, instead.
- Spanner in the Works:
- Smoker's obsession with capturing Luffy in the New World is what led to his appearance in Punk Hazard. More specifically, Law taking his heart is what allowed him to trick Caesar into taking back Monet's heart, an act that would prevent her from blowing up Punk Hazard to stop the protagonists, via her death from the unknowing Caesar stabbing her heart (which he thought was Smoker's).
- Smoker's anger over the Alabasta coverup would later inspire Fujitora, chapters later, to reveal, to the entire world, that it was pirates who stopped Doflamingo and ended his reign of terror over Dressrosa, not the World Government or the Marines. This busted the World Government wide open on its ass, with no way to cover it up or save face in light of such incompetence, not after so many people found out.
- All of this makes Smoker just as responsible for the abolishing of the Warlord System as the Straw Hats. On top of the Fujitora situation, Smoker's aid in the Punk Hazard arc (including the Monet situation) allowed Luffy and Law to survive and make it to Dressrosa, where they would defeat Doflamingo and expose his treachery to the inhabitants of the island. And, in the Alabasta arc, Luffy would have never been able to find and defeat Crocodile without the help of Tashigi, who had been sent to Alubarna by Smoker to take control of the situation when the civil war broke out (something Smoker only thought necessary when, during one of his chases after Luffy, he found out about Crocodile's plans for Alabasta). Tashigi would then be the one to publicly expose Crocodile's crimes and arrest him. Both of these events would cause Cobra and Riku to motion for the end of the Warlord System at the Reverie — a motion that ultimately passed with a majority vote.
- Stalker Without A Crush: Downplayed: Smoker is obsessed with capturing Luffy for being the first pirate to escape under his watch, being saved by Dragon and smiling when he was about to die, a trait shared by Gold Roger during his execution. To chase him, Smoker goes as far as to abandon his post and follow him to the Grand Line, all the way to Alabasta, and even the new world, believing Luffy could be a potential threat. However, he doesn't let his fixation on Luffy get in the way of his other marine duties, such as hunting down other pirates and partaking in the Paramount war, though he won't hesitate to attack Luffy when he discovers his arrival, disregards all other criminals around him who are more in some ways even dangerous than straw hat, and becomes even more determined to catch him when he discovers he's Dragon's son. Although whenever the two face a bigger threat Smoker would be forced to put his hunt on hold to work with Luffy in order to defeat the respective arc's Big Bad, much to Smoker's chargin After the Time Skip, he tracks Luffy to Punk Hazard by deducing where he might go based on his personality.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: A man named "Smoker", who chain-smokes cigars like Duke Nukem chews bubblegum, and is a Logia user who can use and turn into smoke.
- Super Drowning Skills: Would've met his end at Rainbase if Luffy hadn't told Zoro to save him.
- Super-Persistent Predator: For Luffy who reminds him of Gol D. Roger, ever since they first met in Logue Town. As mentioned before, his obsession with capturing Luffy and turning him in to the World Government has made him the right man in the wrong place, such as the Punk Hazard Arc.
- Super Smoke: Can create, control, and turn into smoke thanks to his Devil Fruit.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Sure, he may be chasing after Luffy, who obviously isn't evil, but that is justified by Luffy being a pirate, and a rather chaotic one at that. It also helps that unlike most Marines in the series, he isn't a complete and utter dick, he clearly cares about civilians a lot more than they do, and is extremely protective of the subordinates under him.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Really hates the idea of working with Luffy and Law to form a counter-attack to Caesar Clown.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears a jacket, but leaves it constantly open. It leads to a bit of awkwardness when he ends up in Tashigi's body and decides to keep the look.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Smoker was literally the third strongest character in the East Blue Saga, after Mihawk and Dragon. He's the first Logia-eater that Luffy fights at a time when Luffy didn't know what Logias were, and gets soundly beaten more than once as a result. He was also far stronger than his original rank implied, and his strength made the Straw Hats wary when they had to face over a hundred of the same rank in the Enies Lobby arc. Smoker also serves to showcase the difference in power between East Blue and the Grand Line; he's technically the same rank as Morgan and Nezumi, but they're branch Captains to his HQ Captain, and accordingly look like ordinary Mooks next to him.
- Weak, but Skilled: By Logia standards. He doesn't have the Person of Mass Destruction abilities of someone like Eneru or Akainu, nor does he have Crocodile's sheer lethality. He makes up for it by using it to augment his already-impressive physical prowess and close combat abilities. He can't reduce a city block to rubble in one shot or teleport up to you and instantly turn you into a mummy, but he can whoop your ass, let your attacks harmlessly phase through him, then smash you upside the head with a Haki-empowered jitte from half a block away when you try to run.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's actually a subversion. While Smoker is an antagonist, he does not have a black heart. See Pet the Dog for more.
- Wild Card: Apparently, over the Time Skip he earned infamy as the Marines' "stray dog". Considering his personality and past actions, it doesn't take an idiot to figure out that his rebellious nature hasn't changed in the least.
- The Worf Effect: Gets this quite a bit.
- After nearly capturing Luffy, he was easily blown away by the powers of the newly introduced Monkey D. Dragon.
- After defeating Luffy again at Marineford, was beaten down by Hancock to demonstrate her usage of Haki.
- Was defeated, and has his heart removed by Law.
- Was beaten to near death by Vergo. To be fair, it's part of a plan to distract Vergo so Law can take his heart back and finish the fight
- Was easily defeated and almost killed by Doflamingo. Then again, this was after he just got beaten by the above and is recovering.
- Worthy Opponent:
- He's actually managed to beat Luffy handedly in each of their fights (if only because of his Logia powers though, Luffy can't exactly fight what he can't hit), but despite that, he has a certain level of respect for Luffy because he's the one pirate who's always managed to escape from him. This is to the point that even when Ace, one of the most infamous pirates and Whitebeard commander is in front of him, he opts to chase Luffy.
- In fact, Smoker's decision to leave his post to chase Luffy was in itself an acknowledgement of Luffy's Worthy Opponent status, as it serves as one of the first real endorsements after Shanks that Luffy has the potential to be the Pirate King.
- Not to mention that Luffy has saved his life before.
- Luffy seems to feel the same. When he met Smoker after the Time Skip, currently stuck in Tashigi's body, he wanted to postpone their fight until Smoker was back in his own body. Smoker was rather annoyed.
- Younger than They Look: Smoker is only in his mid-thirties, but looks like in his fourties. Funnily enough, when Tashigi is in Smoker's body, Smoker's face looks much younger than usual due to the soft facial expression.
Vice-Admiral Tsuru "The Great Tactician"
Voiced by: Minori Matsushima (JP), Juli Erickson, Pam Dougherty (Adventure of Nebulandia) (EN)
Age: 74 (Pre-Timeskip), 76 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Wash-Wash Fruit
Vice-Admiral Tsuru is a Marine known from the era of Gold Roger, that is famed for her brilliant tactical mind. She's rather soft-spoken and doesn't say much these days, but she continues to have a uniquely special importance in the Marines, besides Garp and Sengoku. She's rather considerate to the pain of her colleagues, as shown during Ace's execution; she told Garp that he's not to blame as Sengoku began a speech to reveal that Ace is Gold Roger's son. She has eaten the Wash-Wash Fruit (Woshu Woshu no Mi), which grants her the ability to literally hang people out to dry if they have a certain amount of evil in them.
- Almighty Janitor: Not to Garp's extent, but Vice-Admiral doesn't quite capture her position within the Marines. She's not the fighter some of the others at her rank are (though she's no pushover, and was powerful enough well into middle age for even Doflamingo to flee as soon as he saw her) but she's quite capable of bossing about Admirals and has been noted as being "invaluable" for her tactical skill.
- Amazon Brigade: Leads an all female squad of Marines.
- Cuteness Proximity: In Chapter 796, she goes from chewing out Sengoku for his attitude and Fujitora for not going after the Straw Hats to gushing over how darling Mansherry is when she comes looking for donors for her healing dandelions.
- The Dreaded: Fourteen years ago, just hearing that she was on her way to apprehend him was enough to get the fearless and collected Doflamingo to drop everything and skedaddle with his crew. Even in the present day as a warlord he still refers to her with the "San" honorific.
- I Was Quite a Looker: This◊ is her way back when she was just a Mook.
- Kid with the Leash: She seems the only one who can order Doflamingo around and be obeyed without fault.
- Ki Manipulation: As shown in the Vivre Cards, Tsuru is capable of both Armament and Observation Haki.
- The Mentor: Towards Gion, according One Piece Volume 777.
- Never Mess with Granny: She may look old and frail, but she can turn pirates into what amount to living towels on a clothesline and is still a formidable physical fighter, even if she isn't quite what she used to be. Even Doflamingo respects her, and he's willing to disrespect Admirals if he feels like it.
- Old Soldier: She was already gray-haired back during the age of Gol D. Roger. Time has given her more wrinkles, but not made her any less of a badass.
- The Rival: Was Doflamingo's Marine rival before he became a Shichibukai, chasing him for more than a year from North Blue to the Grand Line. Appropriately, she is the one who listens to him make his last speech after his defeat in Dressrossa.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Garp outright states she is an empathetic woman although she does not show this disposition very often. And indeed, while most of the time we see her Tsuru is strict and has little patience for the quirks of others, in Dresrossa she shows a very notably gentle and even grandmotherly side with not only her own Amazon Brigade but Manshery was well. And before that during the Battle of Marineford, she shows a great deal of compassion and understanding towards Garp's emotional state due to the situation, even offering genuine words of comfort.
- Theme Naming: Like a few other female characters in the series, she's named after a bird. In her case, Tsuru is Japanese for "crane".
- True Companions: There are some implications that she's actually considerably closer to both Garp and Sengoku than being mere acquaintances. Not only is it hinted that all three were actually quite close during their first years as Marines but both men are close enough to her that they are the only people who call her Tsuru-Chan and Tsuru is one of the very few people who can openly show annoyance towards them with impunity. It all hints to a deeper connection that just mere co-workers that joined at the same time.
- Worthy Opponent: While the jury's out on whether he truly respects her (and how she feels about him, but odds are that she has never respected him), Doflamingo certainly fears her. Back during his pirate days, just seeing her ship was enough to get him to abandon whatever he was doing and run like hell, and when he was captured after the events of Dressrosa, he was unfailingly deferential and polite to her, and this is someone who has casually mouthed off to Admirals.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Ota (JP), Francis Henry (EN)
Debut: Chapter 420 (Manga), Episode 302 (Anime)
Momonga: One is not the same as none.
A Marine Vice-Admiral who's the go-to Vice-Admiral of the series. He's been an HQ Marine since the days of Roger. He's also a stand out among the high ranking Marines in that he seems to care about his crew. He can also use Rokushiki.
- Badass Normal: Consistently shown to be one of the most powerful Marine Vice-Admirals in the setting while having no Devil Fruit powers whatsoever. All of his superhuman abilities are based on Rokushiki and Haki, yet every-time he fights he proves himself to be a very skilled combatant, showing his title of Vice-Admiral is well-earned.
- By-the-Book Cop: He's maybe the most professional marine, with none of the quirks, oddities, and eccentrities that most One Piece characters have, he even lets pirates go because he has a more important mission.
- Double Jump: Knows the Rokushiki skills Geppo and Soru, using them to great effect against Luffy.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Momonga can kill a Sea King from the inside.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He uses a katana as his Weapon of Choice.
- Nerves of Steel: When Boa Hancock paralyzes his entire crew by turning them to stone, he manages to avoid it by stabbing his own hand to distract himself without hesitation.
- Not So Stoic: That said, while he does better than most, Hancock still manages to fluster him a few times.
- Old Soldier: Despite really not looking it at all, Momonga is actually one of the older serving Marines seen in the series, having been an adult member during the height of The Roger Pirates's era and having served for more than 20 years when he first appears in the series.
- Only Sane Man: The only one on his entire ship that actually keeps a level head around Hancock.
- The Stoic: In his screentime he is exceedingly composed, calm, and professional.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Momonga is easily annoyed by his crew when they fall prey to Boa Hancock's charms.
Vice-Admiral Maynard "The Pursuer"
Voiced by: Hiraku Hanada (JP), Brian Barber (EN)
Debut: Chapter 705 (Manga), Episode 634 (Anime)
AKA "Capman". He infiltrates Dressrosa as one of the gladiator competitors in the Corrida Colosseum. After identifying many big-names among the New World pirates, he discusses it with his fellow Marines.
- Cool Shades: As "Capman", he wears sunglasses.
- Cowboy Cop: He enters the tournament against orders to find out who is attending the Colosseum. Kinda ironic when he questions Fujitora for not taking action against Doflamingo after he is exposed.
- Meaningful Name: He's named after the real-life Royal Admiral John Maynard, who killed the real Blackbeard.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Does this to Fujitora when he doesn't go after Doflamingo even after he is exposed to Dressrosa, and he releases the "Birdcage" in response. Fujitora simply replies that the WG can't play God with the lives of citizens, then he does it to Fujitora again when he refrains from going after Luffy and Law due to rolling an apparently unfavorable number on his die.
- The Worf Effect: Both on the giving and on the receiving end. First he defeats Gambia, one of Bartolomeo's strongest crewmembers, offscreen. Then Bartolomeo repays the favor by KOing Maynard offscreen, before his match up no less!
Vice-Admiral "Shark Cutter" Bastille
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (JP), Christopher Wehkamp (EN)
Age: 36 (Pre-Timeskip), 38 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 462 (Anime)
A Marine Vice-Admiral. He was sent to Dressrosa in order to ambush and capture the various criminals who were participating in The Corrida Colosseum tournament.
- BFS: His weapon is a huge cleaver-like sword.
- Chained by Fashion: Wears a chain over his Marine coat.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He was first seen during the Marineford War arc, but only got a proper introduction and role later during the Dressrosa arc.
- Cool Mask: Wears an iron, horned mask that covers the top half of his face. Sabo breaks it during their brief clash at Dressrosa
- Mission Control: His role during the end of Dressrosa's arc.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Visually, Bastille is based off the Man in the Iron Mask, as evidenced by his own iron mask and being named after the fortress where the legendary prisoner was being held at one point.
- Verbal Tic: "Dara". Seems to be used more often if he's upset.
- The Worf Effect: Sabo effortlessly KO's him when they go toe-to-toe, breaking both his signature mask and sword. Showing how strong Sabo has become after eating the Flame-Flame Fruit, meaning that no one below the grade of Admiral can face him.
Voiced by: Keiichi Sonobe (JP Episode 305), Takahiro Fujimoto (JP Episode 308+), Lucas Schuneman (EN, Funi)
Debut: Chapter 420 (Manga), Episode 302 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Unnamed Spider Zoan Fruit
A vicious Marine who takes part of the Buster Call against Enies Lobby. He has eaten a Devil Fruit that turns him into a spider, and can use Life Return to animate his hair and wields eight swords.
- Bad Boss: When a Marine questions the validity of the Enies Lobby buster call, Onigumo's answer is to shoot him.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Onigumo is a remorseless Marine Vice-Admiral and has a power that let him turn into a spider.
- Cool Helmet: It's got a plume and everything.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: It's just a cigarette, but he smokes it like Crocodile smokes his cigar, and does it with an evil sneer on his face.
- Hidden Eyes: In almost all of his appearances. Much like Sakazuki, it gives you an idea of the sort of Marine he is.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "demon spider", and his Devil Fruit allows him to turn into a spider.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Onigumo can animate his hair into multiple extra arms, each of which wields a sword.
- Not So Stoic: Onigumo is often serious and composed, never showing any emotion and keeping his devotion to the job, but breaks when the Buster Call fails and Garp loses to Luffy.
- Spider People: His hybrid form.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He uses a Spider Zoan.
- We Have Reserves: Was willing to destroy a Buster Call ship and all one thousand crewmen on-board just to kill Luffy.
Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (JP), Bradley Campbell (EN)
Debut: Chapter 420 (Manga), Episode 302 (Anime)
A grim and bloodthirsty Vice-Admiral who was summoned in for the Buster Call of Enies Lobby, and fought in the Summit War.
- General Ripper: Has no problem leaving injured soldiers behind, and wanted the heads of Ace and Whitebeard displayed in front of the world.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Doberman has numerous x-shaped scars along his face and neck.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Like fellow Buster Call-leading Vice-Admiral Momonga, it's his Weapon of Choice.
Voiced by: Kouji Haramaki (JP), Philip Weber (EN)
Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 462 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Dog-Dog Fruit: Model Dalmatian
A Vice-Admiral with strong hand-to-hand fighting skills, including the ability to use Shigan. He ate a Devil Fruit that allows him to turn into a Dalmatian, and seems to always be in his hybrid form.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Literally, his name is Dalmatian and he can turn into a Dalmatian. It could be just a nickname though.
- Beast Man: Dalmatian ate the Dog-Dog Fruit model Dalmatian and can turn into a giant dog-man hybrid. He's always seen in hybrid form.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Luffy gets his ass handed to him trying to get past Dalmatian and Momonga.
- Finger Gun/Finger Poke of Doom: Seems to be proficient in using Shigan, an ability used by members of CP9.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His Zoan allows him to transform into a Dalmatian. He has so far only ever been seen in hybrid form.
Vice-Admiral Gion "Mamousagi"
Debut: Chapter 907 (Manga), Film: Gold (Anime)
Known by her alias Momousagi, Gion is a Marine Vice-Admiral. She was one of the candidates for the promotion to Admiral during the timeskip, despite ultimately not being selected.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: On top of knowing Haki and wielding a sword, Gion is strong enough to be considered for the promotion to Admiral during the timeskip. Considering that all of the known Admirals (current and former) have been revered in the One Piece world as individuals of mass destruction and immense power, this should say enough about her capabilities.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Although she didn't get promoted to Admiral, she too has the appearance based off a Japanese actor. In her case she's based off Michiyo Gokure.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink Marine shirt, her Marine jacket has sleeves that are pink at the end, and her alias "Momousagi" literally means "pink rabbit". She's one of the few female Vice-Admirals.
Vice-Admiral Tokikake "Chaton"
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), (EN)
Debut: Chapter 907 (Manga), Film: Gold (Anime)
Known by his alias Chaton, Tokikake is a Marine Vice-Admiral. He was one of the candidates for the promotion to Admiral during the timeskip, despite ultimately not being selected. He seems to be friends with Admiral Fujitora.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: On top of knowing Haki, Tokikake is, along with Gion, strong enough to be considered for the promotion to Admiral during the timeskip. Considering that all of the known Admirals (current and former) have been revered in the One Piece world as individuals of mass destruction and immense power, this should say enough about his capabilities.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Although he didn't get promoted to Admiral, his appearance is still based off a Japanese actor. In his case he's based off Kyoshi Atsumi, and his clothing resembles the ones the actor wears in the Tora-san film series.
(Former) Vice-Admiral Jaguar D. Saul
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Mark Stoddard (EN, Movie 8), Cole Brown (EN, TV series)
Debut: Chapter 392 (Manga), Episode 275 (Anime)
A giant who was a former Vice-Admiral Marine who had ties with Robin. It was his unit that captured Olvia (Robin's mother) and her exploration team upon finding out they were studying The Blank Century. When it was ordered they be executed and their home island Ohara destroyed by Buster Call, Saul found the punishment to be way too extreme. He freed Olvia and defected from the Marines, ironically winding up washed ashore on Ohara. There he befriended a young Robin as he built himself a raft to leave the island, but the Buster Call arrived before then. He tried to help Robin escape, but was caught by Aokiji and fell in battle defending Robin. His last words encouraged Robin to find her friends out on the sea. It's noted he had a D in his name, and smiled in death as most D's tend to do.
- Badass Boast: "You wont get off easily, having made me your enemy!"
- Beware the Nice Ones: Saul's a friendly guy that quickly asserts he's not some barbaric meathead from Elbaf like some Giants and quickly befriends Robin. He was also a former Vice-Admiral before deserting, a position not given to weaklings. When the Buster Call on Ohara commenced, Saul single-handedly smashed to pieces five of the ten battleships to protect Robin. It took a fellow Vice-Admiral, Kuzan, to take him out.
- Black Sheep: Despite being a Giant, he despises the warriors of Elbaf and is much more calm and cool-headed. Oda explained that there are many other giant-inhabited islands like Elbaf.
- Defector from Decadence: As the Buster Call ships came to Ohara, he stopped caring about his Marine affiliation and thrashed them to protect Robin.
- Face Death with Dignity: Just like the rest of the D carriers (and other badass characters), he died laughing, with a huge smile on his face.
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair and is a talkative and all-around jolly guy, especially for Robin.
- Gentle Giant: Literally a giant and gentle enough to be a good friend for Robin.
- Human Popsicle: Or Giant Popsicle in any event. How he met his end.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The D in his name comes from "The Will of D", a mysterious legacy that connects Saul and a few other notable individuals (including the main character, Monkey D. Luffy) to the World Government and the Celestial Dragons.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Jaguar. In a twist, however, he's as much compassionate and kind as he's a fearsome giant.
- Oh, Crap!: Reacts with a huge shock to the news that the island he was landed on was indeed Ohara, about to be targeted by a Buster Call.
- Only Friend: Robin is practically friendless without him.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: He does seem slightly smaller than other Giants seen in the series, but he's also not from Elbaf, which could explain it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even as a Marine, he was against gratuitous violence against the enemies, as he scolded one of his men for shooting a cannonball at the archeologists' ship.
- Signature Laugh: "Dereshishishishi!"
- What the Hell, Hero?: He's clearly shocked by the Government's plan to obliterate Ohara, and chews out Aokiji when he witnesses the survivor's ship being blown up by Akainu.
Vice-Admiral John Giant
Voiced by: Masaharu Satō (JP), Eiji Takemoto (JP, episodes 294), Hisao Egawa (JP, episodes 473+) Marc Thompson (EN, 4Kids), Tyson Rinehart (EN, Funi), Jorge Badillo (Netflix)(Latin American Spanish)
Debut: Chapter 96 (Manga), Episode 45 (Anime)
John Giant is a Vice-Admiral in the Marine Headquarters, and the first giant to ever enlist in the Marines.
- Connected All Along: Indirectly, but turns out John Giant was actually sold to the Marines by Mother Carmel in her role as a child trafficker, meaning that he shared the same Bitch in Sheep's Clothing parental figure as Big Mom herself. The fact that John Giant is confirmed to be an Elbaf giant also implies that he knew both iterations of the Giant Warrior Pirates (the original group and the new one lead by Hajrudin).
- A Dog Named "Dog": John Giant is... a Giant.
- Foil: While not pointed out in the series itself, he very neatly falls into this for the only other important Giant Vice-Admiral in the series, Jaguar D. Saul. Not only is John Giant an Elbaf native (whom Saul disliked as a whole for their warrior mindset) and both are physically as different as day and night (with John Giant being utterly clean shaven before the Time Skip and Saul rocking one hell of a leonine beard) but far more importantly is the fact that in terms of philosophy and morals they seem utterly opposed to each other as well considering that John Giant is a proud Knight Templar follower of "Absolute Justice" and follows said dogma without hesitation while Saul is a literal Gentle Giant who was absolutely horrified at the sheer depravity the World Government was willing to sink to keep themselves in power and his last moments were spent being a epic Papa Wolf towards Nico Robin. In fact, the only thing that they share is the fact that they are Giants working for the Marines and they are willing to give all they have for their respective ideals.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appeared just after the Arlong Park arc delivering his very first seen Rousing Speech.
- Large Ham: Absolutely bombastic in his speeches about justice and he wastes no opportunity to loudly proclaim just why the Marines are the pinnacle of justice while anyone who opposes them are villains who must be taken down at all costs.
- Ki Manipulation: A case of Informed Ability because we have yet to see him use it, but as a Vice-Admiral this means that John Giant should be capable of using Haki. This also makes him the very first Giant seen with the ability to do so in the series.
- Knight Templar: While not as sociopathic about it as Akainu or as creepy about it as Onigumo, every speech he gives shows that John Giant is a firm believer of "Absolute Justice" who considers anyone who opposes the Marines to be a force of unredeemable evil to be eliminated at any cost, no matter what and uncaring of the circumstances. Interestingly, he shares the same Hidden Eyes motif his fellow "Absolute Justice" practitioners do most of the time as well.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: A native of Elbaf, he absolutely dwarfs the majority of his fellow Marines and makes Whitebeard (himself a pretty humongous dude as far as humans are concerned) look small in comparison.
- Perpetual Frowner: Every time he appears in the series he seems to wear either a very prominent scowl or a sneer on his face and at his most relaxed he wears a stone cold stoic look on his face. The only moment he loses it is when he has a major Oh, Crap! moment upon realizing that he's nothing but a pebble in Whitebeard's way just before the other man utterly dominates him.
- Recurring Extra: The most active and seen Giant among the Marines, but despite his habit of being a Large Ham fond of uttering speeches and being absolutely wrecked by Whitebeard during the War Of Marineford, he's not an important Marine in the great scheme of things.
- Rousing Speech: He throws these around like candies. They tend to all be based around how the Marines are the ultimate force of good in the world in his mind and because Right Makes Might then, of course, the Marines can never fall against the evils in the world. Despite how impressive he is at giving them, however, in terms of walking the walk he tends to fall flat on his face — as Whitebeard shows him quite readily.
- The Worf Effect: Props to the guy for trying to pull a You Shall Not Pass! against the World's Strongest Man, but for all his attitude and pride as a Marine John Giant is manhandled with hilarious ease by Whitebeard and basically treated like a glorified punching bag by the MUCH more powerful man in a show of force that proves that standing against Whitebeard is an absolutely wasted effort unless you are obscenely powerful yourself and someone like Whitebeard eats Giants for breakfast.
Vice-Admirals are some of the strongest warriors of the Marine army, capable of standing toe to toe against powerful pirates and New World captains with ease. Some of them follow moral Justice, but some of them are for the absolute Justice. Two members of the Giant Squad members are Vice-Admirals. They are all confirmed to be Haki users.
The more noticeable ones besides the ones with their own entry above include Yamakaji, Strawberry, Stainless, Lacroix, John Giant, and Ronse.
- Anime Hair: Strawberry. Actually subverted. His cranium is just that long.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: They're all high-ranked Marine officers and they got the power to show it.
- An Axe to Grind: Ronse. Not that it helps him when he needs it...
- Badass Normal: Yamakaji, Strawberry, and Stainless do not appear to have any apparent Devil Fruits.
- Dual Wielding: Lots of them, especially Strawberry, who uses two giant Dao
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Yamakaji smokes a good old cigar.
- Mask Power: Ronse wore a large mask, but it didn't do him any good.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Their size makes them excellent additions to the Marines.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Strawberry. During the Buster Call on Enies Lobby, he opens the fire only after the Marine troops left the island.
- Recurring Extra: Essentially their role. They all have names and have appeared more than once, usually doing the same sort of things each time (Doberman, Onigumo, Strawberry, Momonga, and Yamakaji fight; Mozambia, Stainless, and Cancer hold meetings with Tsuru; John Giant gives speeches) but rarely impact the plot all that much.
- The Worf Effect: Ronse and Lacroix are nothing more than target practice for Whitebeard.
Other Marine Officers
Rear-Admiral "Black Cage" Hina
Voiced by: Tomoko Naka (JP), Kathleen Delaney (EN, 4Kids), Jennifer Seman, Rachael Messser (Stampede) (EN, Funi); Rebeca Gómez (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 171 (Manga), Episode 127 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Cage-Cage Fruit
Another Marine Captain who is a close friend of Smoker from their training days and is the object of Jango and Fullbody's affections. She is quite competent at restraining criminals due to her Cage-Cage Fruit (Ori Ori no Mi) powers, which allow her to create iron shackles.
Sometime during or after the Time Skip, she's promoted to Rear-Admiral.
- Action Girl: Able to take down Okama Kenpo master Bon Clay with ease.
- The Bus Came Back: She went through almost 300 chapters of absence (last seen in Marineford arc) before reappearing after the Time Skip at the start of Whole Cake Island arc.
- By-the-Book Cop: To Smoker's Cowboy Cop, and noted to be a major reason why Smoker's been able to get away with so much without getting fired.
- Bowdlerise: The 4Kids dub removed her cigarette.
- Cool Shades: Wore a pair at Marineford.
- Cleavage Window: As shown in the page image.
- Dude Magnet: Downplayed; Jango and Fullbody have both been head-over-heels for her from the moment they saw her, much to her disappointment.
- Escort Mission: She's been tasked with escorting Vivi's family to the Reverie safely.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Her Devil Fruit lets her create iron shackles through various ways.
- Lady Drunk: If one of this cover page is to be believed.
- Lady of War: She has a cool demeanor, wears elegant suits, and is a competent fighter.
- Ms. Fanservice: Big breasts, a cleavage window, while making smoking look cool and being hot overall◊.
- Older than They Look: She is 34 post Time Skip, but could easily pass for a woman in her 20's.
- Rank Up: From a Captain pre-timeskip to a Rear Admiral post-timeskip.
- Smoking Is Cool: She's almost always seen with a cig. It helps complement her Lady of War image.
- Third-Person Person: She has a habit of talking like this.
- Tsundere: She criticises Smoker's habits, but it's clear she respects him enough to help him out.
- You No Take Candle: Has a habit of doing this when addressing herself.
Rear-Admiral "Ship Cutter" T-Bone
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Kenny Green (EN)
Debut: Chapter 365 (Manga), Episode 255 (Anime)
A Marine Captain in charge of a squad of Marines escorting CP9 aboard the Puffing Tom as they escorted Nico Robin and Franky to Enies Lobby. T-Bone is a renowned Marine known to cut pirate ships to pieces as easily as cutting steak.
Sometime during or after the Time Skip, he was promoted to Rear-Admiral.
- Badass Cape: T-Bone wears a cape with a high collar with the word "Justice" printed on it, in lieu of a coat. He doesn't hesitate to rip a piece of it to bandage a wound of his men, even if it's a bug bite.
- Clean Cut: T-Bone is famous for delivering clean straight cuts through anything from pirate ships to sea kings. In his own words, he hates "crooked swordsmanship", so all of his cuts are perfectly straight lines. He cuts a hole in the sea train with perfect 90-degree angles.
- Cool Sword: T-Bone fights with a two-handed double-edged straight sword to go with his knight-esque appearance. It gets destroyed in T-Bone's clash with Zoro.
- Face of a Thug: His gaunt features make T-Bone almost look like a zombie, but he's the most honorable Marine: he hates playing dirty, genuinely wants to help the innocent and cares a lot about his men.
- A Father to His Men: T-Bone is very compassionate and cares about his men's safety above all. Parodied in that he tends to fuss over any minor problems they might have in an overly dramatic fashion, making his men feel uncomfortable. With that said, they're also very loyal to him as well despite this tendency.
- From Dress to Dressing: When one of his men is injured, even with something as minor as a bug bite, T-Bone will rip a piece of his cape off to bandage the wound. After Sanji leaves a broken swath through the Marines, T-Bone has bandaged so many men that his cape is reduced to less than half its length.
- Large Ham: T-Bone is well-meaning but overly dramatic in his compassion. He frets over the smallest thing and is a little too willing to sacrifice himself for the cause.
- Sword Beam: T-Bone can launch straight angled sword beams that cut cleanly through almost anything.
- Worthy Opponent: Zoro seems to consider him this, remarking to himself that T-Bone is strong. Even though their fight is very short, Zoro sends him words of respect as opposed to the usual trash talking he gives defeated opponents.
- Wrecked Weapon: In their short clash in front of the Sea Train, Zoro destroys T-Bone's sword.
Voiced by: Shinichi Yamada (JP), John Swasey (EN); Roberto Mendiola (4Kids) , Raymundo Armijo (Netflix)(Latin American Spanish)
Age: 54 (Pre-Timeskip), 56 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 96 (Manga), Episode 45 (Anime)
A Marine based in Marine Headquarters who issues the bounties to criminals and gives briefings to the high-ranking Marines at HQ.
- All There in the Manual: His name was first revealed in a databook.
- As You Know / Mr. Exposition: His job is literally to inform the high-ranking Marines of the current situations and events. And later lampshaded by Sakazuki, who says, "I already know that, Brannew!"
- Cool Shades: He's an high-ranking Marine who's never seen without his shades.
Voiced by: Junko Noda (JP), Chio Su Ping (EN, Odex, episodes 48-77), Emlyn Morinelli(EN, Odex, episodes 78-104) Priscilla Everett (EN, 4Kids), Monica Rial (EN, Funi), Liliana Barba (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 96 (Manga), Episode 48 (Anime)
Tashigi was first introduced when the Straw Hat Pirates docked in Loguetown, where she was stationed. Smoker, her superior officer, seems to regard her as a protege; the two work very well together. While adept at sword fighting, she is unusually clumsy, which tends to get on Smoker's nerves. She is also very well-versed in katana, knowing their names and origins. Zoro often feels highly uncomfortable around her due to her striking resemblence to his late friend Kuina, who she fights like and even shares philosophies with.
Like Smoker, Tashigi has her own view of "Justice" which differs from the Marines' own definition, and will fight for what she sees as the right thing to do. Tashigi's stated goal is to remove all Meido, a class of famous swords, from the hands of those who would use them for their own selfish ends.
During the Time Skip, she Took a Level in Badass and achieved the rank of Captain, which means she received five promotions in the span of two years and now runs G-5 along with Smoker. She's also revealed to be a user of Haki.
- Action Girl: She's definitely worthy of being Smoker's right hand man, and she's a brilliant swordsman to boot. The only problem is that a lot of the people she ends up fighting (or trying to fight) are just outright better than her at it because they've got years of a life at sea, and all of the toughness that forces into them to survive, behind them.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After she gets her original body back in Chapter 677, she begs Law to free her and Smoker. Smoker is disgusted by the very idea of pleading for mercy from a pirate, but Tashigi points out that it's not just their lives on the line, but also those of their subordinates and the children experimented on by Caesar Clown, and they must put aside their pride in such a situation.
- Anti-Villain: Much like Smoker, her villainy mainly relates to her opposition to the Straw Hats. Beyond this, Tashigi is a good and just woman who will, above all else, do the right thing no matter what, even if it costs her pride or status.
- Art Evolution: Like Shanks, her design has changed a lot in the Whitebeard War Saga, to the point that many did not recognize her right away.
- Badass Adorable: Especially post Time Skip. She's a cute and kind young woman with glasses, but also a skilled swordswoman and Marine Captain.
- Battle Trophy: Offscreen Tashigi fought two opponents, Mr. 11 of Baroque Works and pirate captain Billy the Orca Killer, defeating the former and took their famed swords, the "Kashu" and the "Yamaoroshi" respectively.
- Bespectacled Cutie: She's a cute and kind young woman with glasses, which are a source of humor given her clumsiness and Blind Without 'Em tendencies. She's also got a bit of Hot Librarian going on post Time Skip with the way she ties her hair.
- Blind Without 'Em: A running gag is that she's so near-sighted that without her glasses she will often speak to random people, thinking that they're Smoker.
- Blunt "Yes": After accusing Zoro of thinking she's weak because she's a woman.Zoro: What do you think I am, some kind of joke?
- Break the Cutie: She didn't take the things she learned at Alabasta very well, and frowned for a lot of her appearances since then. Fortunately, she's still as cheerful and kind as ever. It's just that the audience doesn't get to see that side of her as often due to the seriousness of the situations she's thrown in.
- Bullying a Dragon: She has a bad habit of picking fights she can't win. This isn't caused by overestimation of her own abilities so much as her Plucky Girl tendencies (see below) and her bad habit of losing her head/ability to assess risk when excited by the prospect of a fight. Additionally, her stated goal is to remove all the Meitou from those who'd misuse them for selfish aims. Considering the theme of "conviction is strength" in One Piece, her doing this is actually very consistent with the show.
- Not so much bullying as trying to provoke, but counts regardless. During the Battle of Marineford she spots Vista of the Flowered Sword, a division commander in the Whitebeard Pirates who can hold his own against Mihawk. She decides to try and fight him. She couldn't beat Zoro when he was holding back, and Vista is a New World pirate. Fortunately, events conspire to keep her from trying.
- Then she went and attacked Trafalgar Law, the guy whose powers pretty much make swordsmen Too Dumb to Live if they dare approach him. She got bisected for her trouble, though Law's powers make that fate nothing more than a temporary annoyance.
- One would also question why she attacked Luffy who is undoubtedly stronger and has probably learned Haki, while she's stuck in a body she barely knows how to use. Tashigi's starting to make a habit out of this.
- She attacks and manages to cut Monet, a Logia user, which almost averts this trope. Unfortunately, that was a lucky shot while Monet was distracted, and in a fair fight Monet has the clear upper hand. She does strike Monet down, but only when Zoro had drawn Monet's attention and seriously damaged her resolve.
- Can't Catch Up: Even though she does Take a Level in Badass after the Time Skip, she's still hopelessly outclassed by Zoro.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Unlike a good percent of women in One Piece she doesn't dress scantly◊ and is more reserved with her body. She's actually buxom as hell◊ but hides it with her clothes.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: When she's not sword fighting, she's pretty absent-minded.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Zoro accuses her of this, but it's clear that he wasn't so rational at the time. Unresolved grief can do that to an otherwise stable guy.
- The Ditz: Seriously, wear your glasses, idiot!
- Dude Magnet: Her subordinates find her attractive and aren't afraid of saying it. Much to her chagrin.
- Enemy Mine:
- With Zoro in the Punk Hazard arc, against Monet.
- This also applies during the climax of the war in Alubarna, wherein she and her troops ally with the Straw Hats because she knows that she and they are working towards the same goal of stopping the war and defeating Crocodile.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Thanks to his refusal to fight her seriously during their battle, Tashigi accused Zoro of being sexist. Zoro actually has no issues fighting women so much as he has issues fighting Tashigi, who shares her face with the girl that inspired his dream. To defeat her would mean tarnishing the memory of his greatest rival. Otherwise, it's fairly obvious Zoro isn't sexist — the only reason Tashigi hasn't realized the truth herself is due to her own insecurities.
- Fanservice Pack: Post-Time Skip, her breasts have grown much larger than previously, and her hips have gotten wider. The Punk Hazard arc just so happened to force a situation to show just how much her...assets have expanded. Granted, she wasn't the one in her body at the time, but still. Especially noticeable with her, as none of her appearances beforehand ever drew attention to her physical attractiveness.
- Flash Step: Post-Time Skip, she's now learned how to use Soru.
- Flower Motifs: She tends to wear different floral designs on her t-shirts.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Smoker in Chapter 663, courtesy of Law's DF powers.
- Friend to All Children: Like her superior officer Smoker, she has a huge soft spot for children. She convinces a reluctant Smoker to cooperate with the Straw Hats and Law on Punk Hazard by pointing out the kidnapped children will remain in danger at Caesar Clown's hands, and is later shown doting on them after Clown has been dealt with.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In Chapter 661, when Trafalgar Law cut her in half with his powers. Since this isn't fatal or permanent, she gets put back together a few chapters later.
- Heroic Ambidexterity: Tashigi is shown to alternate between hitching her sword to her left and right sides, suggesting that she's capable of comfortably drawing it with either hand.
- Honor Before Reason: Tashigi specifically tells her fellow officers to not touch the Straw Hat Pirates, once they collapse from exhaustion after a hard war with Baroque Works. Even after a marine says they are at their most vulnerable stat, Tashigi forbids it, as they are the true saviors of not just their lives, but all of Alabasta.
- How Do I Shot Web?: When she ends up in Smoker's body, she has some difficulty making use of his Devil Fruit powers.
- Identical Stranger: To Kuina, resulting in Zoro preferring to run away from her rather than fight.
- Inspector Javert: Along with Smoker.
- Jerkass to One: Tashigi is very cordial to everyone around her, even pirates. This does not apply to Zoro, who often takes childish jabs from Tashigi due to her insecurity in regards to his strength.
- Ki Manipulation: Confirmed to have Haki after the timeskip.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She really seems to have a bad habit of rushing into fights against stronger opponents. Example being Zoro (who more or less just humored her on the first meeting), Nico Robin (despite Cobra's plea to back down knowing what Robin was capable of and hit Robin's Berserk Button by mentioning her bounty nickname), Luffy during the Marineford War as well as Vista (see Bullying a Dragon above), and most recently Trafalgar Law.
- A Mother to Her Men: In the anime, she tried to run into a hallway full of deadly gas to rescue the Marines trapped inside (and had to be physically restrained to prevent her from doing so). She was also willing throw away her honor as a Marine and beg for her life while at Law's mercy, recognizing it as the only way to ensure her subordinates' safety.
- Navel-Deep Neckline: Normally, she keeps her shirt buttoned. When body-swapped with Smoker, however, he decided to keep his open-shirt look while in her body. She was not amused.
- Nice Girl: She may be an Inspector Javert when it comes to pirates, but she's a very kind young woman; and even then, she's far more merciful towards pirates than other Marines.
- Only Sane Woman: During the Marineford arc, she, Koby, and Smoker are the only Marines who have realized that their comrades have lost their mind and are going on a blood-fueled petty massacre of pirates who no longer want to fight when other Marines are dying and they still have the belligerent Blackbeard Pirates causing chaos all around Marineford.
- Otaku: Tashigi is obsessed with legendary swords, particularly of the Meido set. She has a book detailing all of them on her person at all times and gushes whenever she finds one. Her Goal in Life is to steal every weapon of the series away from wicked people who would abuse such weapons for their own gain.
- Perpetual Frowner: After the Alabasta arc. It might also have something to do with generalized job dissatisfaction. Though despite that, she fortunately hasn't lost any of her kindness, and even smiled during the party held to celebrate Caesar Clown's defeat; she even genuinely laughed when her subordinates said they might grow to like the Straw Hats. She also has a pretty wide smile after learning of Doflamingo's defeat (and the fact that Fujitora prevented it from being covered up) so she may be getting over the events at Alabasta.
- Plucky Girl: It's implied this is one of the reasons Smoker respects her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When she's not fighting, she comes off this way. So much so that the parents of the kids that went missing i.e: kidnapped by Caesar even asked for her by name.
- Subordinate Excuse: As a Captain post-Timeskip, a large number of her subordinates seem to be smitten with her, much to Tashigi's irritation. They are incredibly loyal despite their lecherousness and often outright thuglike behaviour, however. Vergo attacking Tashigi is what gets the G-5 Marines to finally start fighting back against him, although they assume that he's an imposter. And it doesn't change how the fight goes.
- The Bus Came Back: After not making a single appearance since Dressrosa, Tashigi comes back into the picture during the Egghead arc.
- Theme Naming: Like a few other characters in the series, her name comes from a bird, the common snipe. That's another trait she shares with Kuina; both girls are named after ground-living birds that Oda for some reason thought were flightless, as reflections of their characters.
- To Be Lawful or Good: In Alabasta. She chooses good, but having to choose at all puts her in a brief Heroic BSoD.
- Took a Level in Badass: First thing we see her doing post-Time Skip is redirecting a cannon ball with her sword. Later she's shown blocking Zoro. Considering Zoro's own level in badass, and the fact that he was training with Mihawk, that's quite a step up.
- Unkempt Beauty: Short hair, bad clothes, no makeup, wears glasses, and still looks impossibly delicate and beautiful. She grows her hair out during the timeskip, but the rest of this trope still applies.
- Vapor Wear: See her Navel-Deep Neckline entry above. It's actually kinda noticeable that Smoker!Tashigi isn't wearing anything underneath that shirt once it's unbuttoned, but it's actually revealed in a SBS that Smoker tore it off.Smoker: I tore it off. You got a problem with that?
- Weapon of Choice: Her katana, Shigure.
- Worthy Opponent: Tashigi hates Zoro for insulting her pride as a warrior, but in spite of that she certainly has a great deal of respect and admiration for him and his fellow Straw Hats; enough so that she ordered her men to not arrest them after the battle of Alabasta, in honor of their courage in saving the desert kingdom from being torn apart by Crocodile.
Voiced by: Mika Doi (JP), Chio Su-Pang (EN, Odex), Kayzie Rogers (EN, 4Kids), Leah Clark (EN, Funi — younger), Micah Solusod (EN, Funi — older); Adriana Casas (4Kids), Angélica Villa (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 16 (Pre-Timeskip), 18 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 2 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
Koby is first introduced as a cowardly Chore Boy on board Alvida's ship. Through fear of being smashed by her Iron Mace, whenever she asked him who was the loveliest on the sea, he would reply, 'You are, Miss Alvida'. Eventually with the help of Luffy he found the courage to pursue his dream of leaving her and becoming a Marine.
- All-Loving Hero: Koby's aspires to join the Marines to ensure justice for the world. There's also this quote from the Marineford War."That's enough!! Let's stop this!! Stop fighting!! It's a waste of human life!! Each and every soldier... has a family waiting for him at home!! We've achieved our objective!! We've broken the pirates' power!! So why are we chasing them?! It's not necessary!! This is pure bloodlust!! Some of the wounded can be saved if they're treated right away!! But we're consigning them to death and creating more casualties to boot!! The soldiers who die from here on are... they're just... just... they're fools who will die for nothing!!" (Chapter 579)
- Audience Surrogate: Before Usopp is introduced, Koby serves the role of audience representative, being a relatively normal person introduced to the weirdness of Luffy and reacting like most readers would.
- Badass Normal: After training under Garp, Koby begins learning Rokushiki and using Haki to keep up with Devil Fruit users and other dangerous pirates prowling the seas. After the timeskip, he's risen to the rank of Captain, is officially a Rokushiki master, and is powerful enough to be part of the assault force against Amazon Lily after the Seven Warlords of the Sea are stripped of their political immunity.
- Big Damn Heroes: His standing up to Akainu ends up buying Luffy and Law the precious time they needed to get to safety, as well as allowing for Shanks to step in to resolve the conflict. To put it simply, his actions are directly responsible for ending the Summit War in its entirety.
- Bishōnen: Grew up from a half-pint to this under Garp's training.
- Butt-Monkey: Before becoming a Marine, he's a short guy who happens to ends up in many uncomfortable situations for him all these being played for laugh.
- The Cabin Boy: Koby used to be the cabin boy of Alvida's pirate group until he opted out and joined the Marines. There, he starts again as a cabin boy, along with his friend Helmeppo, until some time later (after training with Vice-Admiral Garp) they become proper Marine officers.
- Can't Catch Up: While he has improved himself by a tremendous amount in a very short amount of time, Luffy already had an entire lifetime of fighting experience under his belt when he and Koby first met, and has only grown stronger since then, leading to their clash at Marineford to result in a Curb-Stomp Battle on Koby's end.
- Character Development: Under Garp's instruction, Koby's timidity has been replaced with confidence, although he remains polite, self-effacing, and apologetic if he feels he has done something overly ambitious (such as publicly stating his goal to become a Marine Admiral).
- Commonality Connection: Rebecca is quick to befriend him when she realizes he's also a friend of Luffy's.
- Competence Zone: This guy reached the rank of Marine Captain before he reached twenty! Lampshaded by Kyros, who after hearing about Koby's strength and achievements, expected him to be an older, seasoned veteran instead of a young man.
- Cowardly Lion: Even back when he was an untrained and timid boy, Koby still managed to muster up the guts to stand up to Alvida after some prodding from Luffy. While his cowardice is almost completely gone after he finishes his Training from Hell, he's still shown to be scared out of his wits while giving Akainu his What the Hell, Hero? speech, though not without good reason.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of one against Luffy during the Marineford arc, where he is instantly defeated by a single Gum Gum Bullet before getting a chance to land an attack.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was forced to join a pirate group two years prior to the storyline.
- Determined Defeatist: He's quick to doubt his own abilities, and will sheepishly apologize for being ridiculous after declaring his dream of becoming an Admiral, but is nonetheless more than willing to do whatever it takes to get stronger, including suffering through months of nonstop Training from Hell. This is displayed perfectly after he is completely destroyed by Luffy at Marineford, where he immediately declares himself to be too weak, only to vow to become even stronger just as quickly."It's no good... I need to become much, much stronger."
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Calls Akainu out for the senseless massacre he was causing during the Summit war. His actions are considered to be so incredibly ballsy that it momentarily stops the war due to every single person who witnesses it, up to and including Black Beard, engaging in a mass Oh, Crap!.
- Distressed Dude: Is kidnapped by Blackbeard following the failed attack on Amazon Lily.
- The Empath: Bordering on Telepathy. He is able to sense people dying around him during the Marineford War, thanks to Haki.
- Endearingly Dorky: His shyness often puts him straight into the trope. Just watch his flustered interactions with Kyros and Rebecca when he first met them.
- Foil: Has steadily become Luffy's Marine counterpart. While both are talented young men who aim to become the best of the best in their respective fields, Koby is much more reserved and self-deprecating than Luffy is. This is most apparent when Koby declares that he will become an Admiral, where, in contrast Luffy's constant enthusiasm when declaring himself to be the next Pirate King, he shows embarrassment and immediately apologizes for his behavior afterwards.
- Flash Step: By the time he meets Luffy in Water 7, he's been taught Soru. It's the only Rokushiki form he's been taught, however. In the special Luffy episode, he was shown using what seems to be Rankyaku and Shigan though it could have simply been punching and kicking at a flash-step pace.
- Friendly Enemy: With Luffy. They're good friends, but they just happen to be on the opposing sides of the law. During his interactions with Boa Handock after the Marines arrive at Amazon Lily, he's nothing but polite, kindhearted and keen in finding a less violent resolution between both sides.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has recieved a scar on his forehead during his Training from Hell. After the timeskip, it seems to have gotten bigger.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted. His glasses early on just make him look dorky and adds to his weak looks. After his growth spurt and training, he keeps them on his forehead, where they don't appear to do anything for him. However, in his first appearance after the timeskipe, he's lowers them onto his eyes when reading a newspaper article about Luffy, showing that they are specifically reading glasses.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Koby is Luffy's very first traveling companion, who acts as his Cowardly Sidekick up until Morgan's defeat, after which he leaves to join the Marines.
- Hero Antagonist: He's a completely heroic and kindhearted young man, as well as one of the few Marines who isn't morally gray or outright corrupt in any way, but he will inevitably always be on the side that opposes Luffy due to him being a pirate.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Helmeppo — they became good friends during their early days in the Marines and are almost always seen together.
- History Repeats: Was taken hostage by Alvida near the introduction of the series, and after the ordeal on Amazon Lily is taken hostage by a far more dangerous crew of the Blackbeard Pirates.
- Humble Hero: Befitting of his timid personality. After Koby successfully intercepts a torpedo and deflects it away from the Dressrosa royal family's ship, he tells them that it must've missed. When Kyros expresses his admiration for Koby and calls him a hero, Koby blushes and denies it.
- I Got Bigger: It seemed like intense training with Garp combined with some growth spurt really made him taller, from a little boy whose height is around Luffy's chest to being almost as tall as him. In only a couple of months in universe.
- I Regret Nothing: Something he learned from Luffy, starting with standing up to Alvida despite his terror and being ready to stand by his words even in the face of death. When Akainu tries to kill him in the Paramount War, he believes he has no regrets for giving his speech to the Marines.
- Nice Guy: One of the only Marines who genuinely believes in true justice. During Marineford, he sheds Tender Tears for fallen Marines and pirates alike, and expresses complete horror at the needless destruction Akainu was causing.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Might actually be because of his status as an All-Loving Hero, actually. During his confrontation with Boa Hancock at Amazon Lily, all of his interactions with her has him being legitimately sympathetic, treating her with utmost respect and making it obvious that he has little interest in trully fighting any of the Kuja and despite his normal Endearingly Dorky behaviour not once is he flustered by her in any way. This is further cemented when it shows that he's utterly immune to her Mero-Mero abilities as well.
- Only Sane Man: Is the first one to call out everyone at the Battle of Marineford for their behavior. In front of a raging Knight Templar psychopath who has shown absolutely no reluctance to use extreme force. Talk about badass.
- Older than They Look: Somehow manages to be this and Younger than They Look thanks to his growth spurt. Before it happened, he looked like a short and scrawny child of around 12, but he was actually already a teenager of 16 years, the same age as Vivi.
- Power Incontinence: During the Whitebeard War, he spontaneously develops Haki powers, specifically Observation Haki. The only problem? He can't stop hearing "voices". It severely freaked him out when he continually felt people dying during the War and others thoughts immediately after.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The more restrained and cautious blue oni to Luffy's reckless red oni. Completely reversed in his dynamic with Helmeppo, where he's the reckless red oni.
- Shrinking Violet: A male version. He has become much more confident since training with Garp, though he's still prone to bouts of self-consciousness.
- Spell My Name with an S: Different translations have spelled his name as both "Coby" and "Koby" at various points. In the manga, it was finally romanized on his boat as "Koby" in Chapter 903, almost 21 years after his first appearance.
- Spider-Sense: Awakens Observation Haki in the aftermath of the Marineford Arc.
- Tears of Joy: After seeing Luffy's achievements in the newspaper in Chapter 903, he wept with excitement. Rebecca immediately noticed them and figured out he was a friend of Luffy's too.
- Tender Tears: Sobs uncontrollably when standing up to Akainu during the Summit war. Completely justified in that he's both shedding tears for the fallen soldiers and their families and completely scared out of his wits.
- To Be a Master: Wants to become an Admiral.
- Took a Level in Badass: After some Training from Hell, this former wimp can Flash Step and kick really hard.
- And he takes another one when he stands up to Akainu. Let's think about this for a second: Koby stood up to the guy who killed Ace, melted half of Whitebeard's face, and mortally wounded Jinbe and Luffy for the sake of all the Marines that were getting murdered because he and the other high-ranking officers couldn't stop their petty massacre of pirates that didn't even want to fight anymore. Koby my boy, you have balls.
- And now, as some concept art revealed, he's a freaking Captain. He took even more levels in badass than Tashigi did (She went from Master Chief Petty Officer to being a Captain, while Koby went from not being a Marine at all to being a Captain as well)!
- As revealed by Oda he is now a Rokushiki master with advanced Haki.
- Training from Hell: He and Helmeppo went through some. Under Vice-Admiral Garp, no less.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives an absolutely epic one to the bloodthirsty Marines who are letting the casualties pile up during the war with the Whitebeard pirates, stopping the entire war for the duration. Nearly gets him vaporized by Akainu after the act.
- Worthy Opponent: Now that he's managed to become a Marine, his new goal is to become this to Luffy. He still has quite a ways to go.
- You Don't Look Like You: Besides having pink hair and having his old glasses inconspicuously perched on his forehead, he looks completely different after training with Garp.
- Younger than They Look: Somehow manages to be this and Older than They Look thanks to his growth spurt. After it, he looked his actual age of 16, but after the timeskip, he's come to look even older than that, appearing older than Luffy despite being a year younger than him.
Voiced by: Tamotsu Nishiwaki (JP), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex), Dan Green (EN, 4kids), Vic Mignogna (EN, Funimation, original voice), Derick Snow (EN, Funimation, replacement voice); Ernesto Lezama (4Kids), Fidel Garriga (Netflix)(Latin American Spanish)
Age: 34 (Pre-Timeskip), 36 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
A corrupt Marine Captain of Navy Base 16 in the East Blue. Takes bribes from Arlong.
- Animal Motifs: He has whiskers on his face, little ears on his hood and is even called a mouse by Hachi. He's more like a rat though personality-wise.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: It's only appropriate that a corrupt, slezey Dirty Cop would look like a humanoid rat.
- Dirty Cop: He's only too happy to overlook Arlong's tyranny so long as he gets a cut of the tributes.
- Dirty Coward: He takes bribes from Arlong and after Arlong is defeated, tries to take the reward and all the wealth for himself. Luffy and his crew objected to his attempts to rain on their parade.
- Evil Is Petty: Him issuing the bounty for Luffy counts as this since he's not doing it for any moral reasons but rather to get revenge on Luffy and his crew for humiliating him.
- Fantastic Racism: He internally notes his disdain of Fish-man after leaving Arlong Park as quickly as possible but he's willing to overlook his disgust for money.
- Hate Sink: He provides Nami with quite a bit of In-Universe Catharsis after Arlong is defeated.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: His rather accurate "guess" at how much money Nami has stashed away gives it away to Nami that he's in cahoots with Arlong and the Fish-man is playing dirty.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He willfully ignored the blight of the Conomi Islands, looking the other way as Arlong committed atrocities, and then stole Nami's hard earned money, even shooting Nojiko when she tried to resists. So its rather fitting that soon after Arlong's fall he and his men get stomped by the Straw Hats when they try to claim the valuables in Arlong Park, gets a personal beating by Nami for shooting Nojiko, and is forced to pay reparations for the Conomi Islands and return all of the money he stole back to the villagers.
- Meaningful Name: Shockingly, his name means "Rat".
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He gets along with Arlong extremely well due to their shared views on money.
- Signature Laugh: Hyik hyik hyik...
- Small Role, Big Impact: He hasn't been seen once since the Straw Hats left the East Blue for the Grand Line. But he's the Marine responsible for Luffy's first bounty.
Lieutenant Commander Helmeppo
Voiced by: Kouichi Nagano (JP), Brian Zimmerman (EN, Odex), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Troy Baker (EN, Funi, episode 2-3), Mike McFarland (EN, Funi, episode 68+); Luis Alfonso Padilla (4Kids), Daniel Lacy (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 20 (Pre-Timeskip), 22 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 3 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)
Helmeppo was a coward who hid behind his father's wealth and power. Having a father who was powerful and greatly feared, he came to shun other people and see them as lower than himself. Whenever someone disagreed with him, he'd threaten to tell his father on them and have them killed. He thought his father also cared about him, until his father hit him after he gave him a order to kill Luffy who had punched him.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Koby is kidnapped by Blackbeard, Helmeppo begs Prince Grus to send in a Seraphim to save him.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a Marine officer's coat after the timeskip. Notably, he's one of the onlyMarines who actually wears his coat rather than donning it as a Coat Cape.
- Badass Normal: Not to the extent of Koby, but he has managed to go from a cabin boy to a Lieutenant Commander in a very short amount of time, and has all of the talent being able to do so suggests.
- Berserk Button: Though a minor one, he is pretty upset by the fact that neither Luffy or Zoro, both of whom he put through a lot of trouble, recognize him despite his attempts to remind them.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: It might be hard to call him beautiful, exactly, but after his HeelFace Turn, character development, and growing up in the Marines, Helmeppo has gone from being gonk to having a tall lean form comparable to the attractive male characters in One Piece, a less horrendous looking hairstyle, his face is more chiseled and his clef chin is noticeably de-emphasised, as well as hiding his still squinty, untrustworthy eyes behind sunglasses so nobody can see them.
- Can't Catch Up: Afraid that he's going to lose out to Koby, especially after he learns that Koby has spontaneously developed Haki.
- Character Development: After his father kidnapped and held him hostage, Helmeppo started to lose his Spoiled Brat qualities and becomes nicer, as well as tougher.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Latest chapters revealed that he can use Observation Haki, though not as well as Koby can.
- Cool Shades: After he leveled up, he wears an odd-looking visor, signifying his newfound badassary.
- Dual Wielding: His favored weapons are a pair of large kukri knives.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When he was a Spoiled Brat, Helmeppo genuinely loved his father and thought the feelings were reciprocated.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He bullies people and acts like an ass, but he would never murder a kid (even when he's literally holding a gun to a kid's head, he's shaking and ultimately can't go through with it). Probably why he eventually has a HeelFace Turn.
- Face of a Thug: His small, beady eyes make him look like a haughty thug at all times, even when he's acting genuinely decently. This is likely the reason why he covers them with a visor at almost all times after concretely making his HeelFace Turn.
- HeelFace Turn: Started out a villainous spoiled brat, but after being taken under Garp's wing along with Koby he became a good guy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Koby — they became good friends during their early days in the Marines and are almost always seen together.
- Kick the Dog: In his first appearance, he orders a Marine soldier to throw a little girl over a high wall just because she's trespassing. Turns into a sort of retroactive Pet the Dog when it's revealed that his fathers' orders would have called for the girl's execution, child or not. By getting her out of there as quickly as possible, he may have saved her life.
- Kukris Are Kool: Zoro even remarks on his choice of weapon when they fight.
- Overlord Jr.: Started out as this. He was a sniveling jerk who does whatever he likes as his dad controls the town. He eventually realizes his dad doesn't care about him, and manages to do a HeelFace Turn.
- Princely Young Man: The Spoiled Brat type.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Although he later changed his ways.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Has grown to become the more reserved and sensible part of the duo he forms with Koby.
- Riches to Rags: Lost his luxurious, privileged lifestyle after his father was kicked out of the Marines. This led to Helmeppo maturing.
- Smug Snake: Originally he was a smug jerk, until he...
- Took a Level in Badass: Along with Koby, he becomes a lot tougher thanks to his training under Garp. In recent chapters, he was able to single-handly subdue and apprehend an entire pirate crew aboard a submarine.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Being reduced to a mere cabin boy enabled him to learn some much needed humility.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Got over this issue with his and Koby's cover mini-arc, when his father kidnapped him, and Helmeppo stood up to him and showed him up for the bastard he truly is.
- Would Hurt a Child: Maybe. He did order a soldier to throw a little girl over a wall, but it may have been a Pet the Dog act since his father would've done something way worse.
- You Don't Look Like You: He looks completely different after becoming a Petty Officer, to the point where Luffy and Zoro don't have any idea who he is after meeting him for the first time afterwards. His Cool Shades, which cover up his distinct eyes, are a major contributor to this.
Lieutenant Commander "Double-Crosser" Jango
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex), Pete Zarustica (EN, 4Kids), Kenny Green (EN, Funi); Carlos Íñigo (4Kids), José Arenas (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 25 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
Originally Kuro's first mate for the Black Cat Pirates, becoming their captain for three years while Kuro posed as Kaya's butler Klahadore. He joins the Marines under Captain Hina after Luffy defeated his former Captain.
During his times as a pirate, he used to have a bounty of 9,000,000 Berries.
- Almighty Janitor: Though less than "Almighty", he is far tougher than a typical Seaman recruit, as he's formerly a high-ranking pirate (as far as East Blue pirates go, anyway). He is still quite weak, however, as he's unable to withstand Luffy's outburst of Conqueror's Haki.
- Badass Longcoat: As a member of the Black Cat Pirates, he wears a long trench coat. He loses it after becoming a Marine.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As a Marine, he and Fullbody have mutual fondness for both dancing and Captain Hina that occasionally gets in the way of their missions. Hina just manages to put up with it, though. This man is capable of clear-cutting full grown trees by flinging chakrams, after all.
- Catchphrase: When hypnotizing someone, he triggers the command with "One, Two, Jango!"
- Changed My Mind, Kid: In his cover story, he uses the confusion of a sudden pirate attack to escape capture from Fullbody. However, when the pirates gain the upper hand by taking a hostage, he comes back to help his new friend Fullbody out.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: His love for disco and tendency to hypnotize himself by accident make him a pretty strange character. He's also one of the few villains who immediately swallows Usopp's usual "8,000 men" lie.
- Day in the Limelight: He gets to star in the Mini-Adventure: Jango's Dance Paradise, where he befriends Fullbody and joins the Marines. He's also the focus of one of the anime specials, "Jango's Dance Carnival".
- The Dragon: He is Kuro's right-hand man in the Syrup Village Arc and his most powerful ally thanks to his hypnotic powers.
- Hazy-Feel Turn: He goes from being a pirate to a Marine, meaning he's become a more decent person, but since pirates and Marines have a broad variety of members in terms of morality, his views on justice aren't easy to pin down, only that he's still opposing the Straw Hat pirates.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: After going toe-to-toe with Fullbody in a dance competition, the two bond and become close friends, to the point that Fullbody is willing to get demoted just to save Jango from being imprisoned. After Jango joins the Marines, the two are always together.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He uses hypnosis to power up his crewmen, but Luffy also gets hypnotized, wipes out the charging crew with ease, and later tears apart the figurehead of their ship to use as a club.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Hina, along with Fullbody though he doesn't seem to mind and keeps trying regardless.
- Hypno Fool: Whenever he uses his hypnotic powers, Jango has to drop the brim of his hat in front of his eyes to not hypnotize himself. However, he often forgets and gets himself hypnotized as well.
- Hypocritical Humor: Kicks off his onscreen introduction as a Marine by stating that he hates pirates. Fullbody is quick to point out that he used to be one himself.
- Mass Hypnosis:
- A favorite tactic back as a member of the Black Cats is to hypnotize the entire crew to make every member stronger. He's not really shown using it afterward.
- In the animated short "Jango's Dance Carnival", while trying to escape from the Marines, Luffy causes a giant disco ball on an island to swing like a pendulum. Jango, also being chased by Marines, grabs a microphone and uses the swinging disco ball to hypnotize the entire island to "dance until [they] drop" when the music starts. Everyone on the island is compelled to dance, including the Straw Hat Pirates and Jango himself.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Very obviously based off of the King of Pop. Though his face resembles Steven Tyler.
- Red Baron: "One-Two" Jango as a Pirate. After joining the Marines, it is changed to "Double-Crosser" Jango.
- Rings of Death: Jango uses bladed rings both as a pendulum for hypnosis and to tear into an enemy from afar or up close.
- Silly Walk: Moonwalk à la Michael Jackson.
- Spell My Name with an S: His name is sometimes spelled "Django" in translations.
- Stealth Pun: Jango of the Black Cat Pirates, or in Japanese, Kuroneko no Jango.
- Subordinate Excuse: Doesn't even try to hide that he has become Hina's subordinate out of an infatuation with her.
- Sunglasses at Night: Constantly wears Heart-shaped sunglasses, which hides his heart-shaped eyes.
- Weak, but Skilled: He's hardly very imposing physically, but his hypnotism is highly effective.
- Would Hit a Girl: Cuts Nami In the Back as soon as her guard is down; and of course, he's expected to execute the whole Kaya's will plan.
- Would Hurt a Child: Jango makes no fuss about Kuro's order to murder Carrot, Pepper, and Onion for interfering with his plan.
- Wrong Context Magic: All of the characters' supernatural abilities in the One Piece world come from eating a Devil Fruit, but Jango gained his hypnotic abilities after eating the cap of a mushroom that grew on his chin. (That thing on his chin is the stalk still there.)
Lieutenant Commander "Double Iron-Fist" Fullbody
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Brian Zimmerman (EN, Odex), Tom Wayland (EN, 4Kids), John Burgmeier (EN, Funi); Alejandro Vargas Lugo (4Kids), Eduardo Ramírez (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 26 (Pre-Timeskip), 28 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 43 (Manga), Episode 20 (Anime)
Introduced as Marine Lieutenant "Iron-Fist Fullbody" with a fondness for beautiful women and drinking fine wine, he also serves to show off the abilities of a newly introduced Sanji by provoking him until finally receiving an ass-kicking.
After bonding with Jango, Fullbody is demoted to a Seaman Recruit for defending a pirate, and he, along with Jango, join up with Captain Hina.
- Almighty Janitor: Though "Almighty" is a bit of a strong word for him, he is considerably tougher than his current rank would imply, justified since he's a former Lieutenant who has been demoted. It helps that Hina treats him as if he still has his old rank, giving him duo missions with Jango against entire pirate forces, giving him his own ship to command, and basically treating him and Jango as Co-Dragons. His ability to withstand Luffy's Conqueror's Haki without a problem means that he's close enough to Luffy in power at the time to be able to resist it, which is a highly impressive feat.
- Bishōnen: Fullbody is slim, handsome man who works very hard to cultivate an image for himself as an Officer and a Gentleman. His appearance changes after getting demoted, as he gains a substantial amount of muscle, has a much scruffier appearance and no longer bothers pretending to be refined.
- Break the Haughty: In his first scene, Fullbody is an arrogant marine who abuses of his ranks and pretends to be a wine expert, but Sanji corrects Fullbody and beats him as he tries to punch him.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Fullbody and Jango have mutual fondness for both dancing and Captain Hina that occasionally gets in the way of their missions. Hina just manages to put up with it, though.
- Character Development: Introduced as a haughty and arrogant man who was more obsessed with maintaining his image as a Cultured Badass than actually doing his job. After meeting Jango and getting demoted, he no longer cares what other people think of him, and freely acts like a crass goofball at all times. Shifting his focus away from his image has also allowed him to become both stronger and a more likable guy as a result.
- Closer to Earth: While he enjoys screwing around with Jango, he is consistently shown to be the more rational and restrained half of the duo.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His cover story proves that the Straw Hats aren't the best barometers of determining which Marines are competent (as they are all monstrously strong). He proves himself extremely dedicated to his job when it counts (and actually seems to value civilian lives much more than other Marines), and is more than capable of kicking ass. After joining with Hina, he and Jango take over fully-manned pirate ships completely on their own
- Cultured Badass: Fullbody is stronger than the average human and pretends to be a refined man while on a date. One trick he uses is to give a restaurant instructions to serve a specific wine, so he can pretend to identify it by the taste. However, Sanji sees through this and serves him something else entirely. Fullbody drops this image completely after being demoted.
- Extremity Extremist: As his title would imply, he fights exclusively with punches.
- Foil: To Sanji. Both are introduced at the same time and are portrayed as thinking of themselves as being gentleman despite their crass and rude personalities. The difference is that while Sanji genuinely is suave, cultured and chivalrous in spite of his unruly nature, Fullbody simply rigs situations to make himself appear to be more sophisticated than he actually is. In addition, both are Extremity Extremist, but while Sanji only fights with his feet, Fullbody favors his fists.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Fullbody voluntarily accepts a demotion to Seaman Recruit rather than allow his new friend Jango to be convicted for being a pirate.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: After competing in a dance-off, Fullbody and Jango become best buddies, to the point the former gets demoted to protect his new friend and the two are always seen together.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Hina, though he doesn't seem to mind that his affection isn't reciprocated.
- Jerkass: His first appearance involves him being a rather arrogant individual who's willing to get his waiter in trouble for humiliating him, though to keep appearances he seems to try and keep it mostly hidden.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At times. While he is kind of a dick, he's not corrupt and legitimately cares about protecting civilians.
- Meaningful Name: He's introduced as a self-styled wine connoisseur.
- Nice to the Waiter: He wasn't. Unfortunately for him, the waiter had a Hair-Trigger Temper and was completely capable of giving at least as good as he got. Oh, and he wasn't a waiter.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Attempted to give himself this persona back when he was a Lieutenant, but got called out on faking it by Sanji. After being stripped of his officer position, he stops trying to seem like a gentleman.
- Rank Up: Inverted, he got ranked down after he tried to make the other Marines consider not capturing his new friend Jango. Based on SBS 98 however, he ends up playing this straight as said SBS mentions that he's a Lieutenant Commander post-Time Skip.
- Red Baron: "Iron-Fist" Fullbody. After joining Hina's crew, he upgrades to "Double Iron-Fist" Fullbody.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wore a crisp white suit when he first appeared to go with his phony gentleman persona.
- Smug Snake: In his first appearance, he was rather full of himself, and antagonized Sanji despite Sanji being a much stronger fighter. Completely gone after being demoted.
- Subordinate Excuse: Doesn't even try to hide that he joined Hina out of an infatuation with her.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though he hasn't been shown fighting anyone personally since joining Hina, his tougher-looking appearance and upgraded nickname indicates that he has in fact done this.
- Unlike Jango and pretty much half of the remaining mooks present at Marineford, he actually managed to withstand Luffy's outburst of Conquerors' Haki just fine. A number of the Marines knocked out by the Haki were also wearing uniform coats, which typically indicates an officer; Fullbody was able to resist despite being (technically) only an enlisted man.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After getting the crap kicked out of him by Sanji and abandoning his attempts at appearing refined, he reveals himself to be a legitimately decent guy with an admirable sense of justice.
- Would Hit a Girl: In the anime, he shoves his date to the floor when she protests his attempts to humiliate Sanji. Since he'd already pushed Sanji's buttons by wasting food, he gets beaten up in retaliation.
- You Don't Look Like You: Looks almost completely different after getting demoted to a recruit, with only his pink hair, tan skin and scar identifying him as the same character.
Doflamingo's brother. After Doflamingo killed their father, Rocinante was found by Sengoku who took care of him. Years later, Rocinante joined the Donquixote Pirates as an undercover spy for Sengoku.
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (JP)
A mysterious scientist and a huge figure in the One Piece world. Acclaimed as a genius 500 years ahead of his time, he is the designer of the Pacifista series and various other key inventions. According to Oda, he is also the one person in the series who knows the true nature of Devil Fruits.
- Ambiguous Gender: In flashbacks they are shown in a stereotypical male scientist's labcoat, with a masculine voice, and are described as an old man by other charactersnote but their full form is never shown. When they are finally shown at the beginning of the Egghead Arc, in chapter 1061, Dr. Vegapunk looks like an attractive short-haired woman but it's not clear if they are the real Vegapunk, a relative, a clone, an android, a gender-bent de-aged version of the original, or a woman who inherited the original Dr Vegapunk's will.
- Ambiguously Human: It's unclear whether the young woman introducing herself as Vegapunk is human, a cyborg, an android, or anything in-between. "Punk 02" is written on her chest which indicates that she, or at the very least her body, may be one of Vegapunk's creations as both the cyborg shark and the giant robot have similar labelsnote .
- Awesome McCoolname: "Vegapunk" is a pretty kickass name, especially for a scientist.
- Big Damn Villains: When the Straw Hats arrive at Egghead, in chapter 1061, Vegapunk saves the Thousand-Sunny from a giant Cyborg-Shark with a giant robot. And then they state their name and affiliation with the World Government, mention that they were the one who created the Cyborg-Shark and clarify that they are not here to save the Straw-Hats.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite working for the World Government and having experimented on living people, Vegapunk dismissed Caesar because he was disgusted by Caesars experiments and how dangerous they can be towards innocent civilians.
- Evil Genius: Implied.
- Vegapunk works for the corrupted World Government and is said to have done many questionable things, including to vivisect prisoners and, while it's unknown whether the Seraphim are sentient or simply mindless killing machines like their predecessors, Vegapunk built them in the image of children, something extremely questionable.
- However, he is beloved in his hometown, where he is known for making inventions to help the inhabitants, he kicked Caesar Clown out of the government science squad for unethical behavior and agreed with installing in Kuma the one mission to protect the Thousand Sunny, a pirate ship, and hid first inventions aimed to help his home island,
- Frame-Up: In hs past, he was set up by rival scientist Caesar Clown to take the fall for the Punk Hazard incident. He publicly took responsibility so that the world government could investigate and arrest Caesar.
- The Ghost: He is mentioned several times at major plot points and by numerous characters and his inventions appear throughout the story, but he never appears in person. He appears in Chapter 1061, at the beginning of the Egghead arc, and they have the form of a very attractive short-haired woman.
- Samus Is a Girl: After being mentioned for hundreds of chapters, Vegapunk debuts at the beginning of the Egghead Arc and their form is that of a very shapely short-haired woman.
- Older than They Look: The person who identifies as Dr Vegapunk in the giant mecha, speaks in a Japanese "old man dialect" (localized as Spock Speak in the Viz translation), indicating that they aren't as young as their body implies.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's been stated to study everything, from battleships to human cells. He seems to be especially well versed in technology and Devil Fruits; hell, he knows what Devil Fruits really are, something else no one else in the world can apparently lay claim to.
- One-Man Industrial Revolution: Vegapunk is described as so smart that he's 500 years ahead of the world's current technology.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist:
- Vegapunk is responsible for truly bizarre inventions and discoveries, such as having weapons "eat" Devil Fruits, turning Kuma into a cyborg, then making an army of cyborgs based on Kuma, which use Frickin' Laser Beams based on Kizaru's Glint-Glint Fruit ability, and turning the animals of his island into cyborgs. However, he is the pride and joy of his home island. It is also said when he was young, his heart always longed to make his island better and warm from the freezing cold. So, he started to create a massive device for this very purpose, albeit unfinished. Although given that he managed to turn part of Egghead into a warm paradise, he may have eventually succeeded in creating that device.
- Caesar Clown's flashback shows that, while he covered up most of Caesar's immoral experiments from the World Government, he refused to make a weapon of mass destruction or kidnap children to make them into super soldiers (something Caesar would do later on). Eventually he got fed up with Caesar and fired him from his staff.
- At least according to Yonji in the Totland arc, Vegapunk used to belong to an independent research team along with Vinsmoke Judge and Quee, called "Mads"; they managed to find the nature of human life itself and manipulate it. The World Government thought that No Man Should Have This Power and arrested Vegapunk, leaving the other members of the group (including Judge and Queen) to their own ways. It also raises the question, how voluntary his "cooperation" with the WG is at all.
- Shrouded in Myth: Information about Vegapunk is given through flashbacks or word of mouth a few times over hundreds of chapters, every time telling or showing that he's a legendary genius in every scientific field, but remains a mysterious figure until his debut at the beginning of the Egghead Arc.
- Spock Speak: In the official Viz translation, he speaks using extremely technical words. In the Japanese original they speak like an old-man, indicating that the person identifying as Vegapunk to the Straw-Hats is Older than They Look.
Science Captain Sentomaru
Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 497 (Manga), Episode 401 (Anime)
Captain of the Marines' Science Unit, personal bodyguard of the brilliant Dr. Vegapunk, and now a fully fledged member of the Marines. "Broadaxe" Sentomaru rarely uses his eponymous weapon, though when he does it means he's either fighting seriously or just pissed off. He claims that he has the "strongest defense in the world", and his mastery of Armament Haki serves to back up that claim.
He refers to Kizaru as "uncle" (in this connotation, it's like referring to him as a Mafia boss), as he is the Admiral that he is most affiliated with. He initially had a great deal of respect for Kuma, what with him being the test dummy for building the Pacifista, but after the incident at Sabaody, his trust in him has weakened greatly and he refers to him in a derogatory manner, despite Kuma having lost his free will during his conversion to a Pacifista. He claims that he has nothing against pirates, but will still stop at nothing to crush them if that's what his higher ups command.
- Acrofatic: Despite having the body build of a sumo wrestler, he's quite agile.
- Almighty Janitor: Pre Time Skip, he was able to Curb Stomp Luffy ala the same style Mihawk did to Zoro. And he didn't even have a rank back then to hammer the fact. Recent revelations in the Wano arc show that his Armament Haki is outright superior to the Sweet Commanders Cracker and Katakuri, and on the same level as the Admirals and Rayleigh.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice, though he rarely uses it unless he feels the need to.
- Badass Longcoat: Gets one reserved for high ranked Marines post Time Skip.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": He has the Kanji "Sen" (戦) from Sentomaru (戦桃丸) tattooed on his left shoulder.
- Can't Catch Up: While he hasn't personally clashed with the Straw Hats post-timeskip, he sent two original model Pacifistas after them... which Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji promptly disposed of with one shot each (though Zoro and Sanji both struck one at the same time, either of them would have finished it alone). Given that he's in complete shock by the level of strength that the Straw Hats show and that he doesn't even try to engage them personally makes it pretty clear that while he might also have gotten stronger, he's nowhere near their level anymore. The Wano arc implies that he was more shocked at just how fast they improved rather than knowing he was outmatched by the Monster Trio. Plus, Rayleigh stopped the Marines from chasing them after the Pacifistas were defeated.
- Expy: He heavily resembles the Japanese folk hero, Kintaro.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: A running gag with him. He claims to do it on purpose, too.
- Ki Manipulation: He's a master of Armament Haki, able to use the highest level of it, which allows him to hit enemies without touching them. He uses it effectively against Luffy, hurting him despite the latter being made of rubber.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite having the body build of a sumo wrestler, he's quite fast on his feet, being able to catch up with a running Luffy during their first clash.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to Momotaro, in whose tale the dog, pheasant, and monkey appear (Akainu, Aokiji, and Kizaru).
- Mighty Glacier: What he actually is, despite mostly boasting about his defensive prowess. He can dish it out just as well, as Luffy found out the hard way.
- Nothing Personal: Says to Luffy that he hasn't anything against pirates, but will follow orders as a Marine.
- Odd Name Out: For some weird reason, he's possibly the only character in the whole series whose name is fully written with kanji. Every other character, even those with Japanese names like Sengoku, have their name written in katakana (with the exception of certain characters whose names are written with only hiragana, e.g. Shirahoshi).
- Stone Wall: Subverted. He himself only boasts about his defensive prowess and he certainly looks like he'd be a Stone Wall, but he can actually dish it out just fine, as Luffy discovered.
- Stout Strength: He's quite fat and an incredibly powerful fighter.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Luffy to be this, as seen when he bashes the fake Luffy's skull in for using his name in vain.
Debut: Chapter 505 (Manga), Episode 399 (Anime)
The Pacifista are a series of Human Weapons developed by Marine head scientist Dr. Vegapunk. They are cyborgs built in the mold of the Warlord of the Sea Bartholomew Kuma, who was the prototype for the project. As stated by Sentomaru, the funds required for the construction of just one Pacifista are roughly equal to that of a Marine-issued battleship.
Sentomaru noted that after the timeskip period, PX-5 and PX-7 were outdated models from two years ago, meaning that the Pacifista project has been updated and modified.
- Artificial Human: They're made from corpses and are completely mechanical on the inside.
- Degraded Boss: They're nowhere as strong as PX-0 (Bartholomew Kuma), who had managed to curbstomp the entire Straw Hat crew in the previous arc and whose appearance and cyborg abilities they copy. This is most likely because they lack Kuma's own Devil Fruit ability, which is admittedly overpowered even by the series' standards.
- Energy Weapon: Their signature weapon. They can fire them from either their hands or their mouths. The source of the lasers is from Vegapunk researching Kizaru's Glint-Glint Fruit.
- Expy: They're very similar to the T-800. Luffy even defeats one in a similar vein to T-800.
- Mecha-Mooks: Pre-Time Skip, they were a subversion. Post is a different story.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: They are made of a substance harder than steel and as a result, can take staggering amounts of damage before breaking down.
- The Quiet One: They're capable of speech but seldom do so.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their lenses glow red when they're about to strike.
- Robot Me: All of them are cyborg copies of Bartholomew Kuma minus his Devil Fruit powers.
- Say My Name: What they do when they see a criminal.
- So Last Season: They're defeated very easily after the Time Skip. Luffy destroyed one in a single punch while Zoro and Sanji defeated the other. It should be noted however that those particular models were outdated.
- Spot the Imposter: The Straw Hats mistake one for the real Kuma; after they defeat it, however, they realize it's a fake.
- Stat-O-Vision: Their eyes act as a targeting system that states the name and bounty of the target.
- The Worf Effect: When the Straw Hats were last together before the time skip, they exhausted themselves taking out just one. Post Time Skip, Luffy casually destroys one while Sanji and Zoro quickly destroy another and argue over whose attack was responsible.
- You Are Number 6: Each unit has "PX-" and a number printed on their necks.
Debut: Chapter 1059 (Manga)
The latest model of Pacifista, developed by Doctor Vegapunk as a replacement for the Seven Warlords. Unlike previous models, they are modeled after other former Warlords (albeit as they appear during their childhoods), and have the same features as Lunarians, which includes the ability to emit and control fire, dark skin with white hair, and black wings.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Mihawk Seraphim's sword is sharp enough to cut down a large portion of Amazon Lily's mountain in one slash.
- Child Soldiers: They're powerful soldiers with the appearance of the former Warlords as children.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: They have the physical traits of the Lunarians, being dark skinned and having white hair, but the childish appearance of the former Warlords.
- Doppelgänger: The Seraphim appear to be child versions of the former warlords but with some Lunarian traits. They share some of their fighting abilities; the Mihawk lookalike even comes complete with a replica of Mihawk's sword Yoru.
- Energy Weapon: They retain the laser attack from previous Pacifista models, fired from their palms.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Their pupils are star-shaped.
- Meaningful Name: In the Abrahamaic faiths, the Seraphim are the angels closest to God, which fits in with the "heavenly" naming theme of the World Government. In addition, Seraphim translates to "burning ones", fitting with their control of fire.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Fittingly for who they're based on, the Mihawk Seraphim is able to cut a large portion of Amazon Lily's mountain in just one slash!
- Playing with Fire: One of the traits they share with Lunarians is the ability to create and control fire.
- Superior Successor: They are better at everything the Pacifistas can do with chilling ease. They combine the Lunarian's Superpowerful Genetics, the former Warlords' combat skills and the laser attack from the Pacifista models. Unsurprisingly, the World Goverment and The Marines are very willing to cut their loses with the Warlords when they have these new super weapons up their sleeves.
- Winged Humanoid: Just like Lunarians, they have a pair of black wings; hence, their name of Seraphim Pacifista.