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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) 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 Strongest 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- For Great 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 far down the Moral Event Horizon you have to go. 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 "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Not necessarily villainy, but their announcement of Ace's execution in Marineford, and subsequently the war, resulted in the deaths of Whitebeard and Ace but also caused severe fallout from the decisions the Marines made and are as follows:
- Luffy breaking into Impel Down to rescue Ace resulted in a mass breakout of dangerous criminals, including the extremely dangerous Level Six prisoners that were recruited by Blackbeard.
- Whitebeard's death gave Blackbeard the chance to steal his Devil Fruit power and ultimately become one of the Four Emperors.
- The various decisions made by the higher-ups after the war resulted in the resignation of Garp, Sengoku, and Aokiji, removing a large part of the Marines' overall power.
- The oldest example canonically would be Rogers execution. They had captured the pirate king and had him executed in front of the entire world 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.
- Terrible Trio: The image of "three Admirals" is strongly reinforced in the Marines for the general populace as a symbol of power, alongside the Fleet Admiral. Played with in that, while they are antagonistic to the pirates (and our heroes are pirates), they're law-keepers, trying to preserve order in the world.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Something Completely Different: Oda threw away the "slim and fit" model of most marine soldiers and made each one unique while making them all fleshed out characters.
- Subordinate Excuse: A lot of them seem to have a crush on Tashigi.
- Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: These guys are more than just your average marine soldiers.
- 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 Garp "The Fist"
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (JP), Brian Mathis (EN, Funi)
Age: 76 (Pre-Timeskip), 78 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: May 2nd
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 resigned from his position in active fleet service, but stayed in the Marines as an instructor, training and teaching younger Marines.
- Abusive Parents: Played for Laughs, with respect to the Training from Hell he subjected his grandchildren to.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is white in the manga but grey in the anime.
- Adult Fear: During the Marineford War, his adoptive grandson was awaiting execution while his biological grandson is going through hell to save him. At one point, he breaks down in tears over the former situation, feeling helpless to stop it.
- Almighty Janitor:
- Played with. 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.
- Aww, 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.
- 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 asked for 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 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. He obviously took a dive, though.
- 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.
- 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.
- Epic Flail: It's the size of a Goddamn battleship!
- Generation Xerox: 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. Visually speaking, in his youth he resembled a cross between Ace and Luffy.
- 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.
- 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, in Gear Second, punching him. 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.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He looked remarkably hunky as a young Marine◊, very much resembling a mixture of Ace and Luffy.
- Ki Attacks: 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's as fast as he is strong; i.e. a lot.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Straw Hypocrite: He hates pirates and considers Shanks a bad influence on Luffy, yet he sends his grandchildren away to be raised by mountain bandits.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Tsuru "The Great Tactician"
Voiced by: Minori Matsushima (JP), Juli Erickson (EN)
Age: 74 (Pre-Timeskip), 76 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: March 26th
Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)
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) 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.
- Never Mess with Granny: She may look old and frail, but she can turn pirates into what amount to living towels on a clothesline. 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.
- 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".
Vice Admiral Momonga
Voiced by: Shinichiro Ota (JP), Francis Henry (EN)
Birthday: June 6th
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 Crew: From what we've seen, his own crew isn't this... but when he arrived with four other Vice Admirals the look on everyone's face said it all.
- Badass Mustache: Oh hell yeah. His mohawk helps make it even more badass, too.
- Double Jump / Flash Step: Knows the Rokushiki skills Geppo and Soru, using them to great effect against Luffy.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He killed a Sea King from the inside.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He uses a katana as his Weapon of Choice.
- Only Sane Man: The only one on his entire ship that actually keeps a level head around Hancock. Hell, when she briefly paralyzed his entire crew by turning them to stone, he managed to avoid it by stabbing his own hand to distract himself.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Easily annoyed by his crew when they fall prey to Hancock's charms.
Vice Admiral "Demon Bamboo" Vergo
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP)
Birthday: July 5th
Debut: Chapter 671 (Manga), Episode 597 (Anime)
A marine vice admiral and head of G-5, secretly working for Joker, aka Donquixote Doflamingo. He has the ability to change the density of himself and objects in his possession, using Armament Haki. He's a Rokushiki user as well, being shown so far to be able to use Geppo and Shigan.
- Badass Beard: ... Of Evil.
- Badass Normal: He has no Devil Fruit powers: he got as high-ranking as he did through sheer Charles Atlas Superpower. Downplayed in that he still has Haki — and he's quite proficient with it, too.
- Bait the Dog: In-universe example, to his own men and Tashigi; they saw him as a noble, compassionate man and, during the Punk Hazard, thought he was leading reinforcements against the opposition (Doffy, Caesar Clown)... only to reveal that he is Doffy's agent whose true loyalties lie with the Donquixote Family, and is truly incredibly apathetic to the fates of his own men and had no qualms massacring them. Good thing Sanji came rushing in.
- Berserk Button: Subordinates are supposed to address him with a "-san" honorific or else they're getting a beating.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Caesar Clown are the main antagonists of the Caesar Clown arc.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He was the respected commander of the G-5 Base, to the point that he was the go-to Marine in the island the G-5 base was located, particularly with missing children reports. All the while, he was covering up the kidnappings of the children for Caesar Clown's experiments.
- Broken Pedestal: He is this to G-5 after his status as a mole is revealed, causing his men to lose all respect for him. So does Smoker.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yeah, he's kind of a weird guy and has some bizarre quirks. He's also very, very good at what he does, ESPECIALLY when he's on someone else's payroll.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He has no Devil Fruit powers, his abilities are a result of training.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mild example, but he doesn't realize he has food stuck to his face until it's pointed out to him.
- A better example: He claimed to Caesar Clown that he was enjoying coffee and cookies while waiting for his return, only to be reminded that there had never been cookies to begin with.
- He starts looking for his sword to deal with the intruders in Punk Hazard, only to be reminded that 1) He never brought a sword, and 2) He's not even a swordsman.
- He told Doflamingo that he would kill Law and take pictures of his corpse with the camera he brought. Doflamingo reminds him that he didn't bring a camera. Vergo confirms and says he'll take an ear instead.
- Co-Dragons: He was originally the first "Corazon" essentially having the same rank as Pica, Diamante, and Trebol within the Donquixote Family as one of the 4 seats. Vergo held the post until he was ordered to infiltrate the Marines, and was succeeded by Doflamingo's biological younger brother (and Law's idol) Rocinante. After Rocinante died, the position remained vacant even to the present storyline, as Doflamingo intended for Law to take it up.
- Consummate Liar: His tendency of recalling things wrong (see Cloud Cuckoolander above). A more serious example would be his status as a mole and having to lie to the populace and his men about the kidnapped children in Punk Hazard.
- Cool Shades: He even wore a pair when he was 10.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Thirteen years previous upon discovering Rocinante was a marine spy, he delivered one to both he and Law that Doflamingo believed was so severe it traumatized the young Law. He suffers from Law's payback after the time skip.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: What followed after Law cut him in half. He sliced up the rest of his body parts and left him hanging helplessly on a railing.
- Dirty Cop: He's on Doflamingo's payroll.
- Double Jump: He can use Geppo.
- Enfant Terrible: He was a 10-year-old when he became Doflamingo's subordinate alongside Trebol, Pica and Diamante, and was a full participant in the atrocities they committed back then, like burning down an entire town because Doflamingo tripped on a street in said town and got a minor scrape.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He found out 13 years ago that Rocinante, who succeeded him as Doflamingo's right hand man, is actually a Marine officer in disguise. He then brutally attacks Roci in anger.
- Evil All Along: He was a mole for the Donquixote Family from the start.
- A Father to His Men: His patience with G-5 is the stuff of legends — even they respect him for being so kind to them. Subverted so, so hard; it was just a facade he kept up for years to hide his position as Doffy's agent. His men find out, while they are dying left and right by his own hand.
- Finger Gun: He can use Shigan.
- Towards Doflamingo's younger brother Donquixote Rocinante. Both of them held the title of "Corazon", the position of Doflamingo's most valued crew member. Rocinante is a Marine infiltrating the Donquixote Family. Vergo is a pirate under Doflamingo infiltrating the Marines. Surprisingly they meet, both of them discovering the truth of each other with Vergo reacting with violence and feelings of betrayal.
- With Smoker; Vergo treats his men very kindly, while Smoker acts like the typical drill sergeant. In Punk Hazard, Vergo reveals his true colors and betrays his men in the worst possible way. Smoker, when pushed, will move mountains to protect his own.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Once Law gets his heart back, the second thing he does (after taking his hat back) is to cut Vergo in two. Then he proceeds to cut him into even smaller pieces.
- Implacable Man: Comes after his current target relentlessly and crushes them as efficiently as possible. Nothing much seems to phase him, and he shrugged off every physical attack he suffered throughout Punk Hazard with ease. He was only stopped by Law's physics-breaking swordplay, uninjured but non-fatally cleaved in two and simply unable to move anymore.
- Improbable Weapon User: He can make any object a deadly super-weapon, effective against even Logia Devil Fruit users thanks to his mastery of Busoshoku Haki. He seems to prefer bamboo sticks as a favored tool, to the point of it being an epithet based on his usage.
- Insistent Terminology: Toward Law who wants him to call him Vergo-san (Mr. Vergo in the English translation) and gets more annoyed when he doesn't. Ironically the one time Law does it is shortly before he cuts Vergo in half.
- Jabba Table Manners: Implied. At the very least, whenever he eats, he leaves food on his face. That thing on his cheek? It's a leftover hamburger. Some citizens even remember him having french fries stuck to his cheek instead.
- He can't even drink tea right as he later has a tea bag on his face while having lunch.
- When reporting to Sengoku, he is seen with a sunny-side-up egg on his face. It's also a leftover, considering the bite mark in it.
- Karmic Death: Later revelations specifically playing a role in the second Corazon's death retroactively makes his own death (getting cut up by Law) in Punk Hazard this.
- Ki Attacks: One of the most proficient users of Armanent Haki seen so far. He completely no-sold a kick to the face by Sanji (which to put in perspective, broke the neck of a Pacifista), and broke Sanji's leg the next second by blocking a kick from him. When he gets serious, he can cover his entire body in Armanent Haki.
- Legacy Character: He was the first Corazon in the Doflamingo family.
- Lightning Bruiser: Unbelievably fast, unbelievably hard-hitting, and capable of using Haki to make himself virtually impervious to harm.
- Made of Iron: The guy can take a lot of punishment, especially when he covers his entire body in Haki.
- The Mole: He's a spy working for Doflamingo. The latter even reveals that Vergo isn't technically corrupt, as he was never loyal to the Marines to begin with.
- Mole in Charge: He's the head of G-5, and a corrupt Marine under Doffy's payroll.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Vergo is amazingly ripped underneath that overcoat of his. And he can imbue his ENTIRE BODY with Busoshoku Haki.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Busoshoku Haki is considered the ultimate armor in the One Piece world for a reason. He can coat himself in any part of his body or object he desires so fast that not even Warlords of the Sea can hurt him. Until Law cuts him in half.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: For all his quirks, Vergo doesn't play around when he goes to work, going straight for the kill and even then he never smirks or gloats. It's all business to him.
- Police Brutality: One of the other translations for his title (due to the pun nature of it) is 'The Brute'. Considering how badly he trounces Law, he definitely lives up to that title.
- Punny Name: His nickname, "Kichiku", is written with the kanji for "Demon Bamboo", and is an homophone for "Brute" (written with a slightly different kanji). Those in some cases, it's written as "Onitake" instead.
- Running Gag:
- As mentioned above, his face seems to be a food magnet, always getting pieces stuck to him for some reason even as a young kid. He's also completely unaware of it until it's pointed out to him.
- He also tend to recall things wrong, such as claiming that he has something belonging to him only for others to point out that he doesn't have anything like that.
- Scary Black Man: The end result of coating his entire body with Busoshoku Haki certainly makes him look like one, and he's the full package of strong, fast, and almost invincible in this state.
- Simple Staff: His preferred weapon is a common bamboo staff, albeit one enhanced with haki.
- Spanner in the Works: Villainous example; it turns out that he was responsible for Doflamingo's takeover of Dressrosa succeeding. Rocinante told Law to deliver a letter to the Marines about Doflamingo's plan to take over Dressrosa and Law, who didn't know Vergo at the time, gave the letter to him, which allowed him to tell Doflamingo about Rocinante's betrayal.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Initially mistranslated on some English manga sites as "Welgo".
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers, as evidenced by the giant (almost whole) piece of leftover hamburger on his chin in his first appearance. When someone (inevitably) notices, he admits that they're his favorite. According to an SBS issue, he eats hamburgers every day for breakfast, along with fries and strawberry milkshakes.
- Undying Loyalty: He is absolutely loyal to Doflamingo. Vergo has been at Doflamingo's side longer than anyone else, back when they were both still children. Doflamingo thus considers him and the rest of his executives his family, and he deeply regretted his death, all but calling him his oldest friend.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The citizens on the island G-5 is located all look up to him after he saved the town from pirates. The same citizens that have had their children stolen and are marked as lost in a shipwreck by him. That being said, when his atrocities came to light, everyone all but lost respect for him.
- Villainous Friendship: With Doflamingo. They are both the same age, having met when they were 10. Vergo was named the first "Corazon", the title of Doflamingo's most valuable subordinate. Awaiting death by timed explosion, Vergo is told by Doflamingo he is his oldest friend and thanked for his work for the crew.
- Worf Barrage: When fighting Law, he had the advantage of holding Law's heart. When Law gets it back, Vergo coats his entire body with Haki and charges, intending to crush his opponent. Law cuts him in half with no real effort.
- Would Hurt a Child: He didn't have any qualms over letting G-5's children be kidnapped by Caesar Clown to be experimented on, and covering the whole thing up as a shipwrecking accident.
- On a more personal level, he beat 13-year-old Trafalgar Law into unconsciousness when the kid was too deathly ill to defend himself or flee.
Vice Admiral "White Chase" Smoker
Voiced by: Ginzo Matsuo (JP, episodes 48-79), Mahito Oba (JP, episodes 94+), Scottie Ray (EN, 4Kids), Greg Dulcie (EN, Funi), Juan Carlos Tinoco (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 34 (Pre-Timeskip), 36 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: March 14th
Debut: Chapter 97 (Manga), Episode 48 (Anime)
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.
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Of Duke Nukem, apparently.
- 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 renown 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.
- 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's a good man who happens to be a Marine, making him Luffy's adversary.
- 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.
- 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 Attacks: 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 Fancy Jitte tipped with Seastone to better fight Devil Fruit-powered opponents.
- 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 Invulnerable: 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.
- 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).
- The Rival: You can argue this concerning his relationship with Luffy. However, it isn't so much as competing as it is Luffy running away trying not to get caught by him.
- 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.
- 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 and haki-user that Luffy fights at a time when Luffy didn't know what either Logias or haki 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.
- 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 to full strength. Smoker was rather annoyed.
Vice Admiral Maynard "The Pursuer"
Voiced by: Hiraku Hanada (JP)
Birthday: May 7th
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 K Oing Maynard offscreen, before his match up no less!
Vice Admiral "Shark Cutter" Bastille
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (JP)
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 half of his face.
- Expy: Of 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.
- Informed Attribute/Our Giants Are Bigger: One of the databooks actually refers to him as a giant, even though he's much shorter than the average One Piece giant and is not part of the Marines' very own Giant Squad.
- Mission Control: His role during the end of Dressrosa's arc.
- 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. Though, to be fair to Bastille, Sabo IS the right-hand man of Dragon and had just eaten the Mera Mera no Mi, so presumably almost EVERYONE below Admiral-level is incapable of fighting Sabo and having any chance of winning.
Vice Admiral Onigumo
Voiced by: Keiichi Sonobe (JP Episode 305), Takahiro Fujimoto (JP Episode 308+), Lucas Schuneman (EN, Funi)
Birthday: February 8th
Debut: Chapter 420 (Manga), Episode 302 (Anime)
A vicious Marine who was part of the Buster Call against Enies Lobby.
- Bad Boss: The Buster Call incident mentioned below? Well, a Marine grunt questioned about it, so Onigumo shot him.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Of course, the remorseless Marine Vice Admiral would have 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".
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The primary use of his shapeshifting is to get extra limbs for him to wield swords with.
- Not So Stoic: When the Buster Call failed and Garp lost to Luffy, his calm exterior broke.
- Spider People: His hybrid form.
- The Stoic: Rarely, if ever displays emotion.
- 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.
Vice Admiral Doberman
Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (JP), Bradley Campbell (EN)
Birthday: October 8th
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.
Vice Admiral Dalmatian
Voiced by: Kouji Haramaki (JP), Philip Weber (EN)
Birthday: November 1st
Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 462 (Anime)
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 Is 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"
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.
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.
- A Dog Named "Dog": John Giant is... a Giant.
- 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, expecially Strawberry, who uses two giant Dao
- Early-Bird Cameo: John Giant appeared just after the Arlong Park arc.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Yamakaji smokes a good old cigar.
- Large Ham: John Giant. Double points for being an actual giant.
- Mask Power: Ronse wore a large mask, but it didn't do him any good.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Averted with Bastille: yes, he's canonically confirmed as a giant, and yet he's not as huge as the other giants we've seen so far. Played Straight with Lacroix, Ronse and John Giant.
- 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.
- Rousing Speech: John Giant throws these around like candies.
- The Worf Effect: Ronse and Lacroix are nothing more than target practice for Whitebeard.
- You Shall Not Pass!: John Giant to Whitebeard himself. The old man simply sends a earthquake through his stomach.
Captains and Other High-Ranked Marines
Rear-Admiral "Black Cage" Hina
Voiced by: Tomoko Naka (JP), Kathleen Delaney (EN, 4Kids), Jennifer Seman (EN, Funi)
Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: March 3rd
Debut: Chapter 171 (Manga), Episode 127 (Anime)
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 was 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.
- Cool Shades: Wore a pair at Marineford.
- Cleavage Window: Exhibits A◊ and B◊
- Escort Mission: She's been tasked with escorting Vivi's family to the Reverie safely.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Her DF 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.
Voiced by: Shinichi Yamada (JP), John Swasey (EN)
Age: 54 (Pre-Timeskip), 56 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: September 3rd
Debut: Chapter 96 (Manga), Episode 45 (Anime)
A marine based in Marine Headquarters who issues the bounties to criminals and give 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 to basically do this. Justifies as he's debriefing high-ranking marines of the situation. And later lampshaded by Sakazuki, who says, "I already know that, Brannew!"
- Captain Obvious: Sakazuki seems to think so.
- Cool Shades: Is never seen without his shades.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.
Science Captain Sentomaru
Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: March 10th
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 Armaments 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 to 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 appearing fat, 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 models after them...which Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji promptly disposed of with one shot each (though Zoro and Saji 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 Attacks: Can use Armament Haki to hurt Devil Fruit users, and can do so without actually landing a hit. The latter is something only the highest level users of Armament Haki can do, showing just how skilled he is.
- 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.
- Wolfpack Boss: He never shows up to a fight without a Pacifista or two on hand.
- 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.
Voiced by: Junko Noda (JP), Priscilla Everett (EN, 4Kids), Monica Rial (EN, Funi), Liliana Barba (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: October 6th
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.
- Absolute Cleavage: 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.
- Adorkable: Shows shades of it due to her clumsiness outside of battle and her love of swords. Even when in the middle of being carried by Zoro in the Punk Hazard arc and complning about it, she's distracted by Zoro's Shusui.
- 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 that of their subordinates and the children experimented on by Caesar Clown, and they must put aside their pride in such a situation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass Adorable: Especially post Time Skip.
- 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?Tashigi: Yes.
- 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 reversed with her body, of course 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 Harzard 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, it was a "Freaky Friday" Flip, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ki Attacks: 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.
- Meganekko: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Straw Feminist: She views Zoro's restraint toward female opponents to be treating them as inferior. Zoro insists that he only held back against her for her uncanny resemblance to his dead childhood friend (a reason she can hardly understand), and when she stays behind to fight Monet out of doubt that Zoro can really go through with it, she is quickly overwhelmed before Zoro proves her wrong by actually attacking Monet. To her credit, Zoro admitted that there are "things that he doesn't like to cut", and ultimately refrained from using Haki just to intimidate Monet out of fighting.
- 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.
- 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 Absolute Cleavage 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: ...to clue the viewer in on the Kuina resemblance. This is only in the anime, though.
Voiced by: Mika Doi (JP), Kayzie Rogers (EN, 4Kids), Leah Clark (EN, Funi — younger), Micah Solusod (EN, Funi — older), Adriana Casas (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 16 (Pre-Timeskip), 18 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: May 13
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.
- Adorkable: His shyness often puts him straight into the trope. Just watch his flustered interactions with Kyros and Rebecca when he first met them.
- All-Loving Hero: Cody's aspirations to join the Marines to ensure justice for the world. There's also this quote he states during 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!!"
- 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: Until he became a Marine.
- 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!.
- The Empath: Bordering on Telepathy. He is able to sense people dying around him during the Marineford War, thanks to Haki.
- 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.
- 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 made him look dorky and added to his weak looks. After his growth spurt and training, he keeps them on his forehead, where they still don't appear to do anything for him. A more recent chapter has shown though that he does, in fact, use them. He lowers them down to read a newspaper article concerning Luffy, which confirms that he uses them as reading glasses.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Luffy's very first traveling companion, who acted as his Cowardly Sidekick up until Morgan's defeat, after which he left 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.
- 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: When Akainu tries to kill him, 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.
- 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 severly 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.
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Koby has pink hair.
- 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), Dan Green (EN, 4kids), Vic Mignogna (En, Funi)
Age: 34 (Pre-Timeskip), 36 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: December 12th
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: 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.
- 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 fishman is playing dirty.
- Hate Sink: Provides Nami with quite a bit of catharsis after Arlong is defeated.
- 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.
Captain "Ship Cutter" T-Bone
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Kenny Green (EN)
Birthday: September 10th
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.
- Badass Cape: T-Bone wears a cape with a high collar with the word "Justice" printed on it, in lieu of a coat.
- 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 cut a hole in the sea train with perfect 90-degree angles.
- Cool Sword: T-Bone fights with a two-handed double-edged straight sword.
- Face of a Thug: His gaunt features make T-Bone almost look like a zombie, but he's compassionate to a fault.
- A Father to His Men: T-Tone is very compassionate and cares about his men's safety above all. Deconstructed 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.
- Wrecked Weapon: In their short clash, Zoro destroys T-Bone's sword.
Other Marine Officers
Lieutenant Commander Helmeppo
Voiced by: Kouichi Nagano (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Troy Baker (EN, Funi, episode 2-3), Mike McFarland (EN, Funi, episode 68+), Luis Alfonso Padilla (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 20 (Pre-Timeskip), 22 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: July 16
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.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a marine officer's coat after the timeskip. Notably, he's one of the only marines 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.
- 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 literately 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.
- Nice Hat: Has one after the time skip.
- 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.
- See his entry on the Historical Figures and Flashback Characters page as Corazon.
Seaman Recruit "Double-Crosser" Jango
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), Pete Zarustica (EN, 4Kids), Kenny Green (EN, Funi), Carlos Íñigo (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: December 28th
Debut: Chapter 25 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
Former Bounty: 9,000,000 Berries
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 joined the Marines under Captain Hina after Luffy defeated his former Captain.
- Almighty Janitor: Though less than "Almighty", he is far tougher than a typical Seaman recruit, as he was formerly a high-ranking pirate (as far as East Blue pirates go, anyway). He is still quite weak, however, as he was unable to withstand Luffy's outburst of Conqueror's Haki.
- Badass Longcoat: Back when he was in the Black Cat Pirates, he wore 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.
- 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 "8000 men" lie.
- Day in the Limelight: He gets to star in the third Mini-Adventure: Jango's Dance Paradise, where he befriends Fullbody and joins the marines. He's also the focus of one of the specials.
- The Dragon: He is Kuro's right hand man in the Syrup Village Arc.
- Hazy Feel Turn: 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.
- HeelFace Turn: Somewhat downplayed. Even though he switches sides to the Marines following Kuro's defeat, he's still on a side that opposes the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fullbody, to the point that the latter is willing to get demoted just to save Jango from being imprisoned.
- 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: He accidentally hypnotizes himself repeatedly.
- 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 when he was with the Black Cats. He's not really shown using it afterward due to his decreased page-time, but according to an anime Filler scene at Marineford, the Marines' research wing has been helping him improve it.
- Nice Hat: Wore a pretty sweet fedora when he was a member of the Black Cats. It's not just for show; he can (when he remembers) drop the brim in front of his eyes to prevent the aforementioned Hypno Fool behavior.
- As a marine, he starts wearing a fisherman's cap.
- 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: He uses the same discs the uses to hypnotize people as throwing weapons.
- Silly Walk: Moonwalk à la Michael Jackson.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelled "Django" in translations.
- Subordinate Excuse: Doesn't even try to hide that he joined Hina out of an infatuation with her.
- Sunglasses at Night: Heart-shaped sunglasses, to be exact. He even has 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.
Seaman Recruit "Double Iron-Fist" Fullbody
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Tom Wayland (EN, 4Kids), John Burgmeier (EN, Funi), Alejandro Vargas Lugo (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 26 (Pre-Timeskip), 28 (Post-Timeskip)
Birthday: September 7th
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 served to show off the abilities of a newly introduced Sanji by provoking him until finally receiving an epic ass-kicking.
In events unrelated to his encounter with the Straw Hats, Fullbody is later demoted to a Seaman Recruit, and he, along with his new friend 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. It helps that Hina seems to treat him as if he still had 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 was close enough to Luffy in power at the time to be able to resist it, which is a highly impressive feat.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: A sort of subversion, as he's way tougher than an average Seaman Recruit, but because he used to be a Lieutenant. However, it is also implied that he's much tougher than he was back when he was a Lieutenant.
- Bishōnen: Back when he was a Lieutenant, he was a slim, handsome man who worked very hard to cultivate an image for himself as an Officer and a Gentleman. Completely gone after getting demoted, where he has gained a substantial amount of muscle, has a much scruffier appearance and no longer bothers pretending to be refined.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Post-demotion, he seems to have become this.
- Break the Haughty: His entire first appearance.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He and Jango have mutual fondnesses 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 seems to care 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.
- In the manga, he easily beats down Yosaku and Johnny in his introductory scene, but it was cut from the anime.
- Cultured Badass: At least preferred to give off the image of one in his first appearance. One trick he was shown to use was to give a restaurant instructions to serve a specific wine, so he can pretend to identify it by wine tasting. However, Sanji saw through this and served him something else entirely.
- He drops this image completely after being demoted, though.
- 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. The parallels are lessened considerably after Fullbody gets demoted, as he no longer makes any attempts at looking like a gentleman.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Voluntarily accepts a demotion to Seaman Recruit rather than allow his new friend Jango to be convicted for being a pirate.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jango.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Hina, though he doesn't seem to mind that his affection isn't reciprocated.
- Jerkass: His first appearance, 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 Hat: Wears the standard marines cap after getting demoted.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (JP)
Birthday: August 9th
A mysterious scientist who, despite having yet to make an appearance, is 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.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: "Vegapunk" is a pretty kickass name, especially for a non-combatant.
- Evil Genius: Well, he IS working for the World Government, but we can't be too sure that he's "evil" yet. After all, he agreed with installing in Kuma the one mission to protect the Thousand Sunny, a Pirate Ship, and his first inventions aimed to help his home island, so he might be more neutral than evil.
- This seems to be played with. Not only is he beloved in his home town (and was known for making inventions to help them), but he actually kicked Caesar Clown out of the government science squad for unethical behavior. This would imply that he's probably not evil at all.
- Frame-Up: In his past, he was set up by rival scientist Caesar Clown to take the fall for the Punk Hazard incident. He publically took responsability so that the world government could investigate and arrest Caesar.
- The Ghost: He's mentioned several times at major plot points, but has yet to make an official appearance.
- Mr. Exposition: Being the only man who understands certain aspects of the One Piece world, he's hinted to eventually fill this role.
- 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.
- One-Man Industrial Revolution: The guy is good enough to be considered at least 500 years ahead of current technology.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: 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.
- A flashback of Caesar's showed 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 Totland arc, Vegapunk used to belong to an independent research team along with Yonji's father; they basically 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) to their own ways. It also raises the question, how voluntary his "cooperation" with the WG is at all.
- Schizo Tech: He's the source of quite a bit of it.
- Shrouded in Myth: We know very little about that guy, other than a few details we get via flashbacks and word of mouth.
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.
- Expy: They're very similar to the T-800. Luffy even defeats one in a similar vein to T-800.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: 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.
- Mecha-Mooks: Pre-Time Skip, they were a subversion. Post is a different story.
- Nice Hat: Just like Kuma's.
- 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: Of Bartholomew Kuma.
- 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/Robo Cam: Their eyes act as a targeting sytem 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.