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The New World
Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)
Debut: Chapter 658 (Manga), Episode 581 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Gas-Gas Fruit
A former colleague of doctor Vegapunk, and an expert on mass-murder weapons. He is wanted by the government as he's the suspected culprit behind the explosion at Vegapunk's research facility in Punk Hazard turning it into a toxic wasteland, and has hid himself on Punk Hazard. He has eaten the Gas-Gas Fruit (Gasu Gasu no Mi) allowing him to transform into gas as well as manipulate all different types of gas.
He's somewhat of a major player in the underground market, taking payment for developing weapons and various other products for certain buyers. His latest dealings have put him in the service of not one, but two Emperors, as he was tasked by Kaido with developing artificial Devil Fruits (as a subordinate of Donquixote Doflamingo) and by Big Mom with creating a serum to transform humans into giants.
After causing an explosion that destroyed an entire lab, he has earned a bounty of 300,000,000 Berries.
- All Men Are Perverts: Turns out he didn't even really use Big Mom's funds for other projects — he blew through most of it on alcohol and groupies, which he recalls with a lewd expression on his face.
- Almost Out of Oxygen: His Gas Logia allows him to manipulate ALL types of gasses. So he can invoke this, and he in fact does invoke this. Often.
- Always Second Best:
- Vegapunk was this to him, so much so that he went as far as lying about the accident just to besmirch his name. The Marines didn't believe it, obviously.
- The Straw Hats actively invoke this to reassure the children, stating that as fearsome Caesar appears to be to them, Luffy's much more powerful. And it's true. By New World standards, the man's a weakling, and he knows it, which is why he relies on the reputations of his benefactors when faced with the unintimidated Luffy.
- Anime Hair: While his mane of hair isn't all that unusual normally, it sticks straight up after he becomes one of Capone's subordinates, as if he had touched an electrical wire. It's part of his "disguise".
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Punk Hazard arc. Doflamingo may be the Man Behind the Man, but Caesar is the main threat.
- Arms Dealer: With him being at large, and his love of making Weapons of Mass Destruction, it's only natural he'd become this to a Black Market who has much less compunctions about using them than the Marines.
- Asshole Victim: Spends most of the time after his own arc being kidnapped and bullied by Law, the Straw Hats, and Big Mom. He's still not a sympathetic character in the least.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His specialty is creating deadly weapons. With his Gas-Gas Devil Fruit, he can transform himself into poisonous gas, itself another war weapon.
- Ax-Crazy: According to Smoker. It's not exaggerated, he's as nuts as they say.
- Bad Boss: He's more than willing to sacrifice his underlings if they get in the way. Not to mention use them for his experiments.
- Berserk Button: Saying his experiments failed, Vegapunk in general, and saying that he's dumb.
- BFG: Is seen toying with a very large pistol when Law talks about his weapons.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Sort of. He shares the Big Bad trope with Doflamingo, using the alias of "Joker", was revealed as the one covering Clown's activities from the Marines via Vergo. It seems Doflamingo is very interested in Clown's extremely deadly weapons of mass destruction as he sells them to the highest bidder.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems to be this towards his underlings. He saved them from the brink of death, after causing their near-fatal condition in the first place, using his technology (Law also helped, with his ability), but he's not above performing experiments on them.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Despite having the ability to asphyxiate, poison, or blow up his opponents, Caesar is very insistent on putting the Straw Hats and their allies in a cage so he can broadcast Shinokuni killing them to the underworld. Unsurprisingly, they escape.
- Breaking Speech: He states that no one will come to help on the island, and asks if Luffy had to guts to take on the guys protecting him: Doflamingo and one of the Four Emperors. He clearly has been living under a rock all these years because Luffy has made it clear that he'd be willing to take on the entire WORLD if it came to that. As such, Luffy hits him with a regular Haki-infused punch and claims that he's been taking on guys like that for a while now.
- Breath Weapon: He can shoot a beam of ignited gas from his mouth that looks a lot like Kizaru's lasers.
- Butt-Monkey: Since his capture, both the Straw Hats and their allies frequently treat him like a tool, using his disembodied heart as blackmail for any of their demands. It almost makes you forget that he was an Arc Villain.
- Choke Holds: His Devil Fruit allows him to do a variation of this, by manipulating oxygen around him to deprive everyone around him of them.
- Combat Pragmatist: His Gas-Gas Fruit allows him to control all forms of gas, allowing him to produce many kinds of poisons, flammable gasses, or knockout gas. And if those fail, he can control the air itself to create a localized vacuum around his opponent to asphyxiate them.
- Consummate Liar: While the readers know he's a Bad Liar due to his crocodile tears and hammy acting, he managed to fool a good number of his subordinates as well as the kids he was experimenting on like this. Even when Brownbeard found out the truth and tried to warn his men working under him, Caesar managed to turn this on him in an instant, claiming Brownbeard was responsible for the gas attack that changed the island, despite the fact his men know he was nowhere near the island by that point.
- Cool Sword: He has a Bunsen Burner Sword. Well, okay, it's technically just a bunsen burner built into a sword hilt, but he has a blue flaming sword he can control with his Gas Logia.
- Cowardly Lion: For all his comically cowardly tendencies, Caesar is a reasonably skilled fighter, more than enough to be a fighting asset for his Straw Hat captors when it's needed. For such a supposed coward, he also possesses very impressive strength of will, strong enough to withstand the full might of Big Mom's Conqueror Haki and shrieking without any signs of strain.
- Deadly Gas: The Devil Fruit allows him to produce any type of horrible gas-related poisons to use against his enemies. Too bad for him, Luffy is immune to practically his entire arsenal. But too bad for Luffy, he still needs to breathe.
- Deal with the Devil: Trafalgar Law made one with him: to be sure that they wouldn't stab each other in the back, Law received Monet's heart, while Clown gets to keep Law's heart and share it with Vergo. It now turns out that Law returned Monet's heart back to Caesar Clown, but Clown thought he was getting Smoker's heart. Long story short, it didn't end well for Monet.
- Did Not See That Coming: He was completely blindsided by the fact that Big Mom — or more specifically, her eldest son, Perospero — made an exact replica of his laboratory on Punk Hazard.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He ripped off Big Mom for crying out loud.
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted. Nami (and presumably the other Star Hats) still hold his actions on Punk Hazard against him.
- Enemy Mine: Sort of gets forced into it by Capone Bege, who threatens Caesar with the harm of his disembodied heart to get him to join his alliance with the Straw Hats against Big Mom. Either way though, Caesar happens to have his own grudge with Big Mom anyway.
- Evil Counterpart: Implied to be one for Vegapunk, as he was willing to cross lines in the scientific field that even Vegapunk wouldn't dare cross.
- Evil Genius: Despicable as he is, he is legitimately skilled in weapons development. He mocks Chopper's Rumble Ball as pointless due to its time limit, and offers to help him create a superior version... with possible side effects.
- Evil Gloating: Practically every word coming out of his mouth. He's just that kinda guy.
- Evil Laugh: His Signature Laugh, "Shurororororo!"
- Fantastic Drug: He feeds the children he keeps captive in Punk Hazard an addicting stimulant to ensure that they would never want to leave the island, and knows the drug is deadly at this stage so they will die soon from it. Children.
- Faux Affably Evil: He pretends to be nice every opportunity he gets, especially to his men and to Big Mom, but he's a Jerkass of the highest order who couldn't care less about anyone other than himself.
- Feigning Intelligence: When facing Big Mom herself, he claims the Straw Hats ruined his researching the giant-making drug she wanted (minus the horribly shortened life-span) and he was almost done. He mentally rants afterwards that not even the greatest genius in the whole world could produce what Big Mom wanted. The fact that he played up his capability to do it makes it this trope.
- Flaming Sword: His Blue Sword, which looks kinda like a lightsaber.
- Foil: His depraved and cruel nature provides a remarkable contrast to many of the Straw Hats. He's an amoral doctor who mirrors Chopper's benevolent doctor as well as a seemingly kind caretaker to the children who matches up with Nami. Finally, his cowardly, Bad Boss nature is brought up against Luffy's fearless and reckless but caring nature.
- Gas Leak Cover-Up: His Gas Logia Fruit allows him to use this as a convenient method to keep Marines and Pirates away from the entire island his laboratory is on. It helps that he nuked the island 'accidentally' so to ensure that nobody would bother to look for him there, because who'd live on a lifeless, poisoned island? Bites him in the butt when he releases more gas to keep Smoker away, making the island appear deadly, but Smoker points out how after so many years there should be far less gas in the air.
- Hookers and Blow: It's revealed that he actually didn't spend Big Mom's money on making that giantification formula she wanted. He used it to buy groupies and alcohol so he can get himself wasted.
- Horned Humanoid: Apparently has/wears horns on his head.
- Humiliation Conga: From "Punk Hazard" onward, he's been reduced to a Butt-Monkey and endured countless humiliations and indignities. You can't say he didn't deserve every bit of it though.
- I Meant to Do That: "Failure" is a word he's not familiar with, claiming what he does is according to plan.
- I'm Standing Right Here: In the Totto Land arc, Carrot asks Nami and Chopper if Caesar's really as bad as everyone says he is. They respond that he's "the worst". Caesar, who has been listening to the exchange, can only cry and shake his fist pathetically.
- Incendiary Exponent: Being made of gas, all he needs is a match to set himself ablaze. Unfortunately, for people who try to use that against him as fire still needs oxygen, a gas which he can remove at will.
- Intangibility: Being a Logia Devil Fruit user, he can only be struck if hit with a Haki-imbued attack. While he'd be quite invincible in the first half of the Grand Line or the other four blues, unfortunately for him, Armament Haki is quite common in the New World and he largely requires protection from his stronger connections to survive.
- It's All About Me: Absolutely obsessed with proving he's the better scientist to Vegapunk, stepping into territory no scientist with a rightful mind would go into.
- It's Personal: Luffy fights with him three times throughout his debut arc, but it's the third fight learning just how depraved Caesar was that truly drove Luffy to kick his ass.
- Jerkass: He's a Mad Scientist who especially loves weapons of mass murder, he caused the incident that made Punk Hazard into a wasteland, he kidnapped and performed experiments on children, he drugged those same children to prevent them from wanting to escape, he acts like a nice guy to his underlings only to perform more experiments on them later. What a pleasant guy. He even had all this planned right from the start when he was working under Vegapunk. When he was told that he was kicked off the staff for his actions, his response WAS to blow up the island.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted and played straight. Initially, despite the major ass-kicking he got from Luffy, Admiral Issho's men pointed out that he's Doflamingo's subordinate, pardoning him for all of his crimes. However, after Doflamingo was ousted and defeated by the Straw Hats and then arrested by the Marines, Caesar's immunity went down the crapper, with him becoming a Butt-Monkey ever since he was captured by the Straw Hats. In the Whole Cake Island arc, in particular, he gets imprisoned by Big Mom of all people and forced to create the gigantification drug he kept promising her within two weeks, lest he gets turned into candy and eaten by her eldest son, Perospero. He at least escaped that predicament — into being rallied by Bege into helping him in his Big Mom assassination plan. After he fulfills his end of the deal, Bege returns Caesar his heart and he parts ways with his captors without any further hassle.
- Kick the Dog: Does this so often it's hard to even list how many separate times he's done this. The most prominent example of this is how he kidnapped a bunch of children from their families and deceived them into becoming his test subjects under the pretense they were sick, kept them doped up on drugs disguised as candy, and significantly shortened their lifespan trying to perfect the giantification formula he promised Big Mom.
- Kill 'Em All: Attempted to do this to everyone on the island outside his laboratory for the "grand experiment" of his latest Weapon of Mass Destruction.
- Lack of Empathy: The only thing he feels something for is his personal weapon of mass destruction Smiley, who he treats like a sort of pet. But even then, he doesn't think twice about "killing" Smiley by changing it back into a gas.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After performing horrible experiments under the protection of an Emperor (Kaidou) he ends up being completely screwed over by another (Big Mom) thanks to her anger at him swindling money from her.
- Living Macguffin: After his capture, he becomes little more than a bargaining piece between Law and Joker (aka Doflamingo), because he's the only one to know how to make SMILEs. Nami even lampshades his status as one of the three "cards" in play between the Straw Hats and Doflamingo.
- Made of Iron: Despite not being much of a fighter, he nonetheless surprisingly tanks several Haki-enhanced punches from the new-and-improved Luffy without losing consciousness.
- Mad Scientist: To be precise he's a Mad Scientist whose primary field of expertise is WMDs. Nice combination, isn't it?
- The Man Behind the Man: Exaggerated. He works for multiple pirates: he works for "Joker", alias Donquixote Doflamingo of the Seven Warlords, to produce SMILEs, which Doflamingo sells to Kaido. Caesar Clown is also allied with Vice-Admiral Vergo, co-leader in G5, who covered up the kidnappings of the children and said children are used to experiment a gigantification formula for Charlotte LinLin.
- Monster Clown: His pale skin and purple lips which, unlike with Buggy, that is not make-up, he looks like a devilish clown, befitting for his name. Somewhat downplayed in the manga though, where he actually has a natural skin tone (albeit while still having purple lips).
- Moral Myopia: After experimenting on oblivious children and openly considering his subordinates as guinea pigs, he still has the gall to complain about the Straw Hats using him.
- Never My Fault:
- He places all the blame for his "failure" in making a gigantification serum for Big Mom, from whom he was extorting funds, on the fact that Luffy, Law, and Smoker completely wrecked his operation on Punk Hazard. This ploy might have saved him had he not also claimed that he was close to success.
- In the "Zou Arc", upon learning that Jack used one of his gas weapons to devastate the Minks, Sanji's group get enraged with him, but he defends that he wasn't the one who used it on the Minks. It still didn't change the fact that Caesar made those gas weapons in the first place.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He stabs what he thinks is Smoker's heart. Actually, it's his subordinate, Monet's, who was about to kill everyone on the island. If he hadn't done that, he would be the only survivor, with the Straw Hats, the Marines and Law dead for sure. It would have been beneficial not just for him, but also for his partner Doflamingo, who would later be defeated by said Straw Hats, Marines, and Law in the following Dressrosa arc because Caesar's blunder let them all survive. Whoops.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His second fight with Luffy put him on the receiving end of one of these. Not that he didn't earn it.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Caesar Clown's face bears a slight resemblance to Cesar Romero's portrayal of The Joker.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Compared to the usually wacky designs of One Piece, his concept is absolutely devilish. Some fans even think he looks kind of like a Naruto character.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He may not be a Badass Bookworm material, but underestimating his Gas Gas powers is a quick way to losing against him. It covers all kinds of gas, which includes poison gas and oxygen. He even manages to knock Luffy in their first encounter with it.
- Obviously Evil: Except to his minions.
- One-Winged Angel: After absorbing Shinokuni, becoming a literal gas giant that corrodes and petrifies anything he touches. Of course, Luffy being Luffy, all this ultimately accomplished for Caesar was making himself a bigger target.
- Oh, Crap!: Quite a few moments:
- Not as glaring or epic as Eneru's moment was, but he does seems shocked when Luffy grabs him in Chapter 670. Much more pronounced in 671 after Luffy escapes from his giant explosive trap, and more so during his second battle with Luffy in Chapter 681.
- In Chapter 691, he has this crossed with This Is Gonna Suck as he's about to be hit by two of Luffy's Gigant Pistols, even more so because he's a Logia, who normally isn't affected by this.
- The anime expands on this as he clashes with Luffy in a bit of Test of Strength between his gas powers and Luffy's Haki. He thinks for sure he's going to win when the petrification effects start forming on Luffy's hands. But Luffy powers through it and his attack starts pushing back against Caesar's. When Caesar realizes this he starts panicking and tries to bargain with Luffy to save his skin.
- But words cannot express the fear on his face when he sees the ship of Big Mom. Apparently, some time ago he swindled funds from Big Mom for research, and since he's currently in the custody of the Straw Hats, he's out of Kaido's protection through his relationship with Doflamingo, meaning that he's screwed.
- In Chapter 834, when he is brought before Big Mom, rather than admit that he spent the funds she gave him on booze and girls for himself, he tells her that his Gigantification process was a success, but that the Straw Hats and Law's intervention on Punk Hazard destroyed his progress, and he cannot replicate it without his equipment. Big Mom is not too worried; as her dream is to have her family be able to grow as large as her so she can look at them at eye level, she had a perfect replica of his lab made on Whole Cake Island, so that he can reproduce his work in two weeks. His reaction is priceless.
- He undergoes two more moments in Chapter 858 — when Luffy recognizes him despite his (extremely shoddy) "Gastino" disguise, and in a flashback when Bege approached him in his lab, making him assume Bege was one of Big Mom's lackeys (which technically he was).
- He then gets this again in Chapter 868: He was carrying the big mirror that he would use as our protagonist group's escape plan (with Brulee's "help") after their poisoned rockets failed to harm Big Mom, when her scream causes it to shatter, making quick escape impossible. He, as well as the rest of the group, know that they're now in very deep shit.
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- Is given a really bad disguise during the Dressrosa arc to go unnoticed. He's still wearing his GAS GAS jacket and his disguise is a false mustache, a hat, and some sunglasses. Because he's (mostly) unknown to the general public (save for his "Wanted!" Poster that is only seen once in Punk Hazard), it works flawlessly. Except on Pekoms.
- His attempts to pass himself off as "Gangster Gastino" count, too. While he has a completely different outfit and hairdo, his gloves still say "CC" on them and the others easily recognize his laugh. Lampshaded with his Boss Subtitle reading "Gangster Gastino — Caesar Clown". Luffy at first recognizes him, but when he insists he's "Gangster Gastino", Luffy apologizes; Nami has to remind him.
- Personality Powers: He ate the Gas-Gas Devil Fruit, giving him the ability to turn into many kinds of gases, including poison gas. He's a very immoral scientist who relies on deception (he tricked innocent children into becoming his experiments by convincing them they were sick and giving them doped candy that shortened their lifespans considerably), and is a Dirty Coward who has a Small Name, Big Ego and turns tail the moment things goes sour for him. He's also full of hot air, which the Straw Hats actually exploits once to make him into an air balloon.
- Poisonous Person: His Devil Fruit ability allows him to control poison gas and turn himself into said gas. It goes both ways, because he's a massive Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who manipulated the children's trust so he can perform experiments on them and make them eat what are toxic drugs disguised as candy that shortened their lifespan by a number of years. And the children themselves didn't even know this.
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: In the anime, his voice is briefly distorted upon absorbing Shinokuni.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Brownbeard on his failure on being a captain.
- Restraining Bolt: Following his capture, Law uses his Devil Fruit powers to remove Caesar's heart in order to keep him under control.
- Running Gag: Caesar just cannot seem to get his hands back on his own heart, and pretty much everybody and their mother has been passing it around to each other and forcing him to do their bidding (including the heroes, ladies and gentlemen).
- Self-Immolation: Since he's a Gas Logia, he can actually set himself on fire as a form of self-defense and be perfectly fine. It's how he attempts to avoid being kidnapped by Luffy. Again.
- Shonen Hair: Sports a stupidly spiky hairdo while "disguised" as "Gangster Gastino". Behold!◊
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- He's got a lot of big names backing up his ego. He himself can be considered this in the New World because he relies entirely on his Logia powers, while others (Smoker, Crocodile, Eneru, The Admirals, etc) use other forms of combat (weapons, martial arts, Haki) to fight if the situation calls for it. Though, as Caesar used to be a World Government scientist, he's probably not the guy you'd expect to be good in a fight, Logia Devil Fruit or not. Hence why he relies on the fame of his benefactors to back him up.
- Apparently, he also swindled funds from Big Mom. The fact that he did it at all indicates this, simply because by New World standards, he's a weakling, and he knows it, but he did it anyway.
- Smug Snake: The second Logia after Caribou to be this, and being an aversion to the previous users who have either all been badass or Smug Supers, he relies heavily on his Logia powers and breaks down when they don't work.
- The Sociopath: Everyone is just a means to an end to Clown.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Yeah, he's definitely stronger than Hody Jones and, pre-timeskip, would have either been out of the Straw Hats' league completely or would have been defeated solely via dumb luck or extreme creativity, or by an intervening third party. Post-timeskip, he is still pretty clever and creative with using his Devil Fruit, but he mostly exists to show just how little a Logia alone means in the New World and what happens to complacent Logia users who piss off the wrong people there.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Caesar Clown or Caesar Crown?
- Stupid Evil: He stole funds from Big Mom, of all people. Apparently, since he figured with Doflamingo backing him, he'd have quite some immunity because 1) Doffy himself is backed by Kaido, meaning that if she does something wrong to him, she would have to face Doffy (who is a major Underworld figure and a former World Noble, which means he has some considerable control power) and Kaido, a fellow Emperor, 2) he promised her with a giantification potion for her dreams, and she would pay a lot for it. However when Luffy managed to beat Doflamingo and he was stripped of his title, that immunity went out the window.
- Squishy Wizard: Can cause some pretty big explosions with his Devil Fruit and can also remove the oxygen from the air. However, he's otherwise defenseless in close quarters combat against a proficient Haki user, as shown when Luffy just pummels him brutally throughout the Punk Hazard arc whenever he gets close.
- Starter Villain: Along with Hody Jones and the Pacifista, he rounds out the trio of challenges at the beginning of the Timeskip that show how Luffy has overcome his former limits; he couldn't beat a Pacifista by himself, he probably would have struggled quite a bit against a bruiser like Hody (a la Rob Lucci), and he would've been incapable of beating Caesar Clown, who's a Logia user. After beating all three of them, notice how his next challenge (Donquixote Doflamingo) was significantly more difficult.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His standby solution for problems he can't solve with the "use Gas Logia to removed oxygen from the air so they fall unconscious" method.
- Superpower Lottery: His ability to create and manipulate any types of gas, including gases of his own invention and surrounding air, in addition to the standard Logia defenses, makes him one of the biggest winners in the world. Thankfully, Caesar himself is too weak to make the full use of his amazing powers.
- Super Smoke: Rarely appears in a fully solid form unless being forced to against his will, preferring so far to be at least partly gaseous thanks to his Logia-type Devil Fruit.
- Taking You with Me: After being beaten by Luffy, as he is unable to move, that he decides that he is likely going to die; he at least is going to take down Smoker with him, having his heart in his position, while the latter is completely unaware. ... Or so he thinks, at least. Law had swapped Smoker's heart with Monet's, meaning he actually has her heart. So after he stabs it, it's not Smoker who dies.
- Tears of Fear: At the end of Chapter 691, when Luffy is about to attack him with a Gear Third bazooka attack.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: What got him into trouble with the Marines. He had been hired to make weapons for them to use on pirates, but all of Caesar's weapons would hurt innocent bystanders too much to ever be used. He did mention that Akainu displayed interest; it's too bad he was too much of a dick to make anything out of it though.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: See Running Gag above. After having his heart handed over to different parties to make him comply, he finally got his heart back after he helped Straw Hat and Bege to escape after wrecking Big Mom's tea party.
- Token Evil Teammate: He becomes one for the Straw Hats under Sanji in the Zou arc's flashback. He's pretty much coerced by Sanji threatening his severed heart.
- Too Clever by Half: Caesar is a perfect example of why intelligence does not equate to wisdom. The immunity that being a subordinate of Doflamingo afforded him enabled him to do some very stupid things, such as swindling money out of Big Mom, under the arrogant assumption that he would never suffer any retribution for them. This is because through Doflamingo, he was technically under the protection of Kaido, who is a client of Doflamingo's that buys the SMILE Devil Fruits that are created by Caesar's SAD gas, and is reputed to be unbeatable in combat. However the protection was indirect, as Caesar only produces the SAD gas and has no direct contract with Kaido himself, only with Doflamingo. So, while Kaido was unbeatable, Doflamingo was not — hence, when he was inevitably defeated by the Straw Hats and co., stripped of his Warlord status and arrested by the Marines, all that immunity goes out the window and all the stupid things Caesar did immediately come back to bite him in the ass.
- Villainous Breakdown: He remains pretty confident up until his third re-match with Luffy. Then he goes into a Motive Rant in the hope Luffy would be scared off. Nope, Luffy just decks him harder. After Law slashes the lab building in half. He pretty much starts to lose it, raving at his own men and calling them guinea pigs.
- Visual Pun: A boastful Smug Snake who can turn himself into multiple kinds of gas and believes his connections and power makes him untouchable. He's full of hot air. (And he can be made into an hot air balloon.)
- We Have Reserves: He doesn't give a crap how many of his henchmen die, since he can easily replace them. Hell, he'll even gladly sacrifice them for his experiments. Momonosuke even overheard him gloating about the fact that the children he experimented on will not survive five years. What an asshole.
- Weak, but Skilled: An interesting mixture of the two. His gas manipulation is very dangerous and he uses it very well, to the point where he beats Luffy in their first showdown. Cunning and power aside however, he has no fighting prowess outside of his Devil Fruit and heavily relies on his Logia nature for defense, which amounts to very little in the New World which is quite literally swimming with Haki users.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction:
- This is his field of research expertise, next to Gas-based projects. His rivalry with Vegapunk led him to engineer an 'accident' where one of these blew up 2/3s of the research facility so Vegapunk would publicly take the fall. It sort of turned out badly for Caesar too, because the incident made him a wanted man, due to Gas-based weapons being A: Illegal and B: Caesar's specialty, not Vegapunk's, so the Marines saw through it.
- In Chapter 668 is revealed that said Weapon of Mass Destruction is a gargantuan, poisonous Blob Monster called Smiley.
- But wait! it gets even better! The Slime actually has a name, Smiley, and it has also somehow managed to eat a Devil Fruit (Zoan-Type, Sara-Sara Fruit — Model: Axolotl). And then he gets it to eat a giant candy that kills it, transferring its Devil Fruit to a random fruit nearby and turning it into a deadly gas cloud.
- His magnum opus is his latest creation, the Shinokuni (Land of Death), a purple gas that kills within seconds of contact, turning its victims into calcified statues.
- The Worf Effect: Remember how pre-Time Skip Luffy was screwed against any Logia user without a Weaksauce Weakness? Not anymore.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Uses children to work on a giantification formula (which explains several of the children's huge sizes) knowing the drug will kill them all in five years or so. And when this group of kids dies, he would just go on and kidnap another set to continue his work.
- During the Straw Hats' alliance meeting with the Firetank Pirates, Caesar threatens to hurt Capone Bege's infant son, Pez, if he didn't uphold his end of the bargain of letting him escape in exchange for helping take down Big Mom. It's when Bege, as well as his wife, Chiffon, looked significantly angry.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a very dark shade of purple, almost appearing to be black at times.
- You Have Failed Me: Had this done to Brownbeard after he allowed himself to be captured by the Straw Hats, even though he was incredibly loyal to him. And the elite assassins he sent to kill him? He also showed no remorse after finding out they failed.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He's got two weeks to figure out how to make a gigantification serum for Big Mom that won't have any nasty side effects. Of note, he did manage to make such a serum, but it reduced the lives of the children he experimented on to five years, tops. Those children are now under the care of Vegapunk to try and undo it. What's more, Caesar mentioned to Big Mom that he was nearly close to completing the thing, leading to the two weeks ultimatum and putting himself in very deep shit.
Rock voiced by: Hiroyuki Kinoshita (JP), Lee Steinfeld (EN)
Scotch voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya (JP), Newton Pittman (EN)
Debut: Chapter 665 (Manga), Episode 591 (Anime)
A pair of giant-sized brothers who work as assassins for Caesar Clown.
- Axe-Crazy: They appear to like killing very much.
- BFG: They each carry giant rifles begetting their size.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: They're both gigantic individuals that appear to be fully covered with white fur, making them similar to the classic image of a yeti, which they're named after.
- Cool Hat: They wear frozen bowler hats that leave their eyes hidden in the shadows.
- Elite Mooks: The Yeti Cool Brothers are much stronger than the Centaur Squad and they're unleashed on the Straw Hats almost immediately. They defeat Zoro, Sanji (in Nami's body), and Brook, showing they are very tough, but they win thanks to a cheap tactic and Luffy, Franky, and Law beat them in a direct combat.
- The Faceless: It's actually impossible to see what the Yeti Cool Brothers' faces look like. Judging from their silhouettes, Rock seems pretty much human-like while Scotch wears a gas mask. Their faces are later revealed in a databook; Rock notably looks like a moai.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Scotch is beaten when Law cuts him in half inside his Room.
- Lightning Bruiser: They appear to be faster than Luffy, and defeat most of the crew without effort. Though this is revealed to be using gas that can induced drunkeness and they only won because they caught most of the crew off guard.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: They're about as large as actual giants.
- Poisoned Weapons: You thought that a giant assassin with a giant cannon-like rifle was enough? Well, their bullets are poisoned, too. Talk about overkill...
- Punny Name: Rock and Scotch, probably a pun on "Scotch on the Rocks".
- Shrouded in Myth: Subverted for laughs: Brownbeard claims very little is known about the Yeti Cool Brothers, before revealing a lot about them.
- Verbal Tic: Scotch uses the word "cool" a lot.
- You Have Failed Me: Brownbeard gets shot with a giant explosive gun by the Yeti Cool Brothers after he fails to kill the Straw Hats.
Centaur Patrol Unit
- Elite Mooks: Some of the most infamous named criminals are this, including "Iron Bar" Smoothie, Fen Bock "of the Gourd" and "Rope-Tugging" Chappeh.
- Fauns and Satyrs: The Gas Mask Mooks are revealed to be satyrs.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: The first seen are half leopard and half giraffe respectively. Other hybrids include a crocodile-man, doe-woman and zebra-man.
Voiced by: Yasuhiko Tokuyama (Episode 491), Kazunari Tanaka (Episode 511), Masashi Sugawara (Episode 583+) (JP), Randy Aguebor (EN)
Age: 43 (Pre-Timeskip), 45 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 581 (Manga), Episode 490 (Anime)
A former New World pirate captain. After Whitebeard's death, he made the island of Foodvalten his territory. However, his plans were soon foiled when Basil Hawkins defeated him. During the two-year timeskip, he became a crocodile centaur and is now the leader of the centaurs living on Punk Hazard.
He has a bounty of 80,060,000 Berries.
- All There in the Manual: In the Vivre Card collection Brownbeard's real name is revealed to be Chadros Higelyges.
- Beard of Evil: Three of them, actually.
- BFS: And he's already a giant of a man.
- Captain Colorbeard: Brown, in this case. He pretty much tried to piggyback on Whitebeard's reputation with it.
- Dumb Muscle: Caesar Clown sees him as this.
- A Father to His Men: For all his faults he does care for the health of his men.
- Gonk: He's drawn like a stereotypically ugly pirate captain.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Almost. Seems that his fight with Hawkins ended with his legs being cut off which Law later replaces with a crocodile body.
- HeelFace Turn: After surviving Caesar's assassination attempt and learning the truth he decides to save his men and side with the Straw Hats.
- Large and in Charge: He's much larger than his men, even after he becomes a crocodile centaur.
- Moral Myopia: Hates the "Worst Generation"... except for Law, who he claims "is different". However, even listening to his own speech about it, it sounds like Law had been involved in the same kinds of world-shaking stuff the others were over the past two years (and even now has some rather grandiose plans in mind), the only difference being that Law helped Brownbeard personally. Luffy and Zoro also joined his good side when Luffy and his crew allied with Law, and together they foiled the villainous situation at Punk Hazard where Brownbeard and company were being used, who also teamed up with them.
- Mr. Exposition: He plays this role during the Punk Hazard arc, though his version of the story is tainted.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Brownbeard is now an crocodile centaur, or "croctaur", as Luffy puts it. Somewhat subverted in that he's not much of a threat.
- Not Quite Dead: He survived long enough to save Usopp and Nami-in-Sanji's-body and calls Clown out.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Post-timeskip, he's now a crocodile centaur.
- Underestimating Badassery: Didn't quite know who he was dealing with when he decided to threaten Basil Hawkins.
- Unstoppable Rage: After he learns the truth about Caesar Clown. When he learns from the latter's mouth that the incident that occurred four years ago on Punk Hazard was his doing, and not Vegapunk's, he flat out loses it.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After he fails to kill the Straw Hats, Caesar Clown orders the Yeti Cool Brothers to gun him down along with the crew.
Debut: Chapter 668 (Manga), Episode 594 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Sala-Sala Fruit, Model: Axolotl
Caesar Clown's Blob Monster pet created from the poisonous H2S gas that spread throughout Punk Hazard. It has "eaten" the Sala-Sala Fruit (Sara Sara no Mi), Model: Axolotl.
- Amphibian Assault: A living mass of poisonous gas shaped like an axolotl.
- Amphibian at Large: As an axolotl, it's nearly mountain-sized.
- And I Must Scream: The gas that "Smiley" is turned back into petrifies its victims, causing considerable nerve damage as it slowly kills them. It's fortunately not irreversible, and the victims can be saved if treated quickly enough.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's a mass of poisonous gas comparable to a mountain in sheer size.
- Bewitched Amphibians: It "ate" the Sala-Sala Fruit, Model: Axolotl, turning it from a mass of gas into a sentient axolotl-like being.
- Blessed with Suck: Smiley ate the Sala-Sala Fruit Model: Axolotl. While this isn't so bad, since it gave the Blob Monster sentience, coupled with the ability to shapeshift and its nigh invulnerability; it also prevents it from swimming. The problem with this? Axolotls, and salamanders in general, are amphibious creatures.
- Blob Monster: A living poisonous substance who "ate" a Devil Fruit to give itself a form.
- Made of Explodium: Smiley will violently explode if set on fire as it is made of condensed gas.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Good luck trying to figure out how to kill Smiley.
- Poisoned Weapon: In a sense, Smiley is one. It used to be a Deadly Gas before Caesar condensed it and fed it a Devil Fruit, giving it sentience. Though later, after Caesar fed it a special candy, Smiley returned to being mere gas, "dying" as a result.
- Punny Name: Smiley's name is very similar to how the word "slime" is written.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In Chapter 673, it is revealed that Smiley, is a Zoan Devil Fruit user. Specifically the Sala-Sala Fruit (Sara Sara no Mi), Model: Axolotl. According to Caesar Clown, Smiley is very vulnerable to water. However, unlike many other blobs, trying to burn it will result in a massive explosion, as it's made of condensed gas.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Smiley is "killed" by Caesar so that it can turn back into its original form of a gas.
Guinea Pig Children
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (JP) Jennifer Alyx (EN)
Debut: Chapter 657 (Manga), Episode 582 (Anime)
A sweet and brave young girl who is a 20 foot tall giant because of Caesar's experiments. When she learns the horrifying truth about the experiments, she helps the Straw Hats by taking the medicine candies away from her crazed, drug-addled friends.
- Blood from the Mouth: After eating the drug-filled candies to prevent her friends from eating them. The poor girl ended up writhing on the ground in agony, spitting blood from her mouth.
- Cute Giant: She is absolutely adorable, and Caesar's experiments made her huge.
- Gentle Giant: She is one of the nicest of the giant children.
- Ill Girl: Caesar told her that she needed to stay because she and the other children were ill. It was a lie, and he is poisoning her and the others with the candy. She becomes even more ill after eating all of the remaining "candies" to prevent her friends from eating the damn things.
- Taking the Bullet: She willingly ate all of the remaining "candies," well over twenty if there was enough for each child to have one, to prevent her friends from eating them and becoming even more sick. This finally causes the remaining children to snap out of their Unstoppable Rage.
- Unstoppable Rage: Because of the effects of the candy Caesar Clown fed her and the other children. It's later subverted when she snapped out of it, unlike her friends. This is because she has somehow developed some kind of resistance to the NHC 10 drug, and possibly Chopper's sedative was keeping said drug in check.
"God of Fortune" Du Feld
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama
Debut: Chapter 860 (Manga), Episode 828 (Anime)
One of the Emperors of the Underworld, known also as the "Loan Shark king", and leader of the Du Feld Conglomerate. He's a rude and greedy man, such as when he takes advantage of the chaos during the wedding to steal the Tamatebako.
His attempt to take the Tamatebako causes him to fight with Stussy until the latter knocks him out. His body is last seen on the Tamatebako until the latter explodes, causing the collapse of Whole Cake Chateau. His whereabouts are unknown.
- Cigar Chomper: Like other Mafioso-inspired characters such as Crocodile and Bege, he's constantly seen with one cigar in his mouth.
- Coat Cape: Wears a large and pimped out one on his elegant suit that makes him appear even bigger than he already is.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Well, he's one of the most infamous figures of the Underworld, his businesses cannot be honest.
- Death by Materialism: After the Tamatebako slips from his hands and falls off the Whole Cake Chateau, he launches himself to reach it and open it. He's then knocked uncoscious by Stussy and the Tamatebako explodes right in his face.
- Fat Bastard: He's a rude, corrupted and fat loan shark.
- Gonk: He's not a pleasure to the eyes, with his large lips and ears.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a large scar on his face that gives him a rougher appearance.
- Greed: He's very likely among the richest people of the world, yet he can't help but steal the Tamatebako when he has the chance.
- Jerkass: Aside from some compliments to Perospero's candy stairs, he never says anything nice about anyone, and finds the assassination attempts against the Vinsmoke Family quite amusing.
- Large and in Charge: He towers over the average sized people and is the boss of the Du Feld Conglomerate.
- Loan Shark: His title is literally "The Loan Shark King"! He's basically the One Piece's equivalent of a mafia boss.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is black and yellow stripes.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had he not tried to steal the Tamatebako, the Straw Hats and Fire Tank pirates would've had a much harder time escaping from Whole Cake Chateau.
- Oh, Crap!: His face shows this feeling loud and clear when the Tamatebako is sent flying out of his grasp and off the roof of Big Mom's castle. And this is without knowing the Tamatebako is about to explode.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: One of the most influencial man of the Underworld cannot walk around wearing a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, don't you think?
- Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of round shades that complement his Loan Shark appearance.
- Spanner in the Works: An accidental one: he tries to take Tamatebako but fights Stussy for its possession, until he's shot and loses the Tamatebako (which, unbeknownst to both parties, has long since had its original contents replaced with powerful explosives) causing it to fall off the edge of a cliff and explode, the resulting damage to Whole Cake Chateau and subsequent collapse of the entire building threw Big Mom's plans to execute the entire Straw Hat-Firetank-Germa alliance into disarray.
- Uncertain Doom: Sure, the Tamatebako explodes with him right next to it, but there is no confirmation of his death. He might pull a Pell.
"Big News" Morgans
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (JP), Derick Snow (EN)
Debut: Chapter 860 (Manga), Episode 828 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Bird-Bird Fruit, Model: Albatross
He's the president of the World Economic Journal and one of the Emperors of the Underworld. Fitting for his job as editor, he's constantly in search of a potential scoop, even at the risk his own life. Of course, having full control of the One Piece world's journals, he decides which news spreads and has no problem with writing an outright lie if he wants.
- Acrophobic Bird: Justified. He's eaten a bird Zoan Devil Fruit (in particular an albatross, which are known for their exceptional soaring abilities) but can't fly in his hybrid form because he's too heavy.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: The newspapers are delivered by seagulls and he, fittingly, ate a Fruit that allows him to take the form of a giant seabird.
- Benevolent Boss: His personal ethics aside, he treats his employees respectfully during our brief look at his office, and they adore him in return. When he punches out the Cipher Pol agent, effectively declaring war on the World Government, several of them react with applause.
- Bird People: Due to his Zoan Devil Fruit, he can transform into a human-albatross hybrid, and is always seen in said form.
- Catchphrase: Whenever he witness something newsworthy, he exclaims "big news!". No surprise it's his nickname.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a prominent Underworld figure and also the chairman of the World Economic Journal, a major newspaper company, meaning he can spread the news he wants or even an outright lie if it's profitable for him (in both ways). He also apparently has his own dealings with the Nazi-like Germa 66.
- Da Editor: He's the main editor of the World Economic Journal, so he's always looking for some material to publish in the newspapers, regardless if they're truths or lies.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He publishes an article that completely humiliates the Big Mom Pirates, without caring about Big Mom's subsequent wrath. He also personally kicks the ass of a Cipher Pol agent who threatened him on the World Government's behalf to cover up the final results of the Reverie.
- Distracted by the Sexy: When some journalists ask him if they can release a special edition on the news about Shirahoshi's beauty, he cannot reply as he's completely fallen for her.
- Expy: Being a giant bird dressed in a nice suit, he can be a reference to the dodo in Alice in Wonderland, just to continue Whole Cake Island's Alice Allusion.
- Going for the Big Scoop: He is always excited whenever something major happens around him that will make big news and doesn't miss the chance to turn Luffy's infiltration in Big Mom's territory in a hot scoop, to the point that he even declares Luffy "the Fifth Emperor". He even declines a bribe and beat up the World Government agent sent to intimidate him into covering up the events of the Reverie.
- Intrepid Reporter: Getting some photos for his scoop takes priority over his personal safety.
- Large Ham: Being an influential figure, he steals whatever scene he's in and makes it clear to everyone that he's there. The only times he's quiet is when he's eavesdropping for a big news.
- Mugging the Monster: When a member of Ciper Pol tries giving him a gag-order on behalf of the government (first, using a bribe, then a threat when he refuses), Morgans promptly beats the man into submission. Humble occupation aside, Morgans is still a Devil Fruit eater and is considered an Underworld Emperor, and it is not without good reason.
- Nice Hat: Wears a nice top hat tipped with a bird's feather.
- Properly Paranoid: Due to the nature of the news he delivers on a regular basis, Morgans keeps his office and headquarters ready to lift-off and fly away if he thinks the news they have is drawing too much heat, thereby making it harder to track him down when one or more parties may be looking to silence him.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Zigzagged. He isn't afraid to manipulate the story or falsify details if it benefits him, but when the World Government sends him a large amount hush money to keep him quiet about certain events, he immediately tells the courier to send it back. When the courier reveals himself to be a Cipher Pol agent that isn't afraid to silence him by force, Morgans beats him up before declaring that he is still first and foremost a reporter, and no one else can tell him what he can or cannot publish.
- Secret-Keeper: He knows Stussy is an agent of CP0. They even briefly discuss what the cover story should be for the Big Mom fiasco.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Perhaps not so unwitting, but his overblown reporting on Luffy is what pushes the Gorosei and Imu towards enacting their Final Solution.
- Wild Card: He's not on anyone's side and only ever cares about getting a big scoop, even if by doing so he antagonizes himself with Big Mom and the World Government.
- Wings Do Nothing: Despite his Devil Fruit being modeled after the Albatross, a bird so flighty that they sleep while airborne, Morgans doesn't appear capable of flying, at least in his hybrid form.
"Major Undertaker" Drug Peclo
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani
Birthday: September 29th
Debut: Chapter 860 (Manga), Episode 828 (Anime)
One of the Emperors of the Underworld.
"The Concealer" Giberson
Voiced by: Kohei Fukuhara
Debut: Chapter 860 (Manga), Episode 828 (Anime)
A veteran warehouseman and one of the Emperors of the Underworld. He's constantly drinking, therefore he's always drunk and jovial.
- The Alcoholic: In his introduction he's seen guzzling down booze like his life depends on it.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: While it isn't confirmed that his criminal enterprises have a corporate front similar to Morgans', Du Feld's, and Umit's, as a warehouse owner he's this by default.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He questions why Morgans thinks the wedding is big news when it is already circulating heavily in the underworld. He brings this up while very drunk.
- Gag Nose: Has a long red nose, very likely from all the alcohol he drinks.
- Gonk: Has a funny face and a very disproportioned body, with extremely long limbs.
- Nice Hat: Wears a striped tall hat in pendant with his suit.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice black and blue striped suit, although his behaviour is nothing like what you'd expect from a guy dressed like that.
"Deep Ocean Current" Umit
Voiced by: Takahiro Fujiwara
Debut: Chapter 860 (Manga), Episode 828 (Anime)
A shipping magnate and one of the Emperors of the Underworld. He's always seen with a serious face.
"Holy Mother" Carmel
Voiced by: Fumi Hirano (JP)
Debut: Chapter 861 (Manga), Episode 831 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Soul-Soul Fruit
Big Mom's caretaker from when she was still young. A wandering nun who was once known as just "Sister" Carmel, she earned her title as the "Holy Mother" by saving the remnants of the Giant Warrior Pirates from being executed by the Marines 100 years ago. Shortly thereafter, she opened an orphanage for human children on the Giants' home island of Elbaf with the intentions of giving abandoned kids a home to call their own along with strengthening human-giant relations.
About 63 years ago, she took in the 5-year-old Charlotte Linlin at her orphanage, raising her with love and acceptance despite the young girl's unsettling destructive capabilities. As such, Carmel's sudden disappearance one day under mysterious circumstances had great lasting effects on Linlin, helping shape her into the ruthless monster she would become.
In reality though, her orphanage was just a front for her slave trade business and a means of getting her hands on new kids to sell, including as child soldiers to the World Government. In the Underworld, she was known as the Mountain Witch.
She was also the user of the Soul-Soul Fruit (Soru Soru no Mi) before Big Mom, allowing her to imbue inanimate objects with souls as well as steal the souls of others away from them.
- All-Loving Hero: Subverted. No matter the race, she took care of many children and apparently loved them as her own, but in truth, she couldn't care less about the kids themselves and sold them as spies and soldiers to the highest bidder.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Like Big Mom, she had the power to create these using the Soul-Soul Fruit.
- Asshole Victim: She was likely eaten by Linlin by accident on her sixth birthday, but she definitely had it coming (unlike the orphans).
- Badass Pacifist: She publicly opposed the Marines when they tried to execute some Giant Warrior Pirates, claiming they would suffer Elbaf's retaliation if they didn't release the prisoners. They listened to her. With the reveal of her true nature, however, it's unknown if she was actually against violence. However, judging by her comments, it's likely this was also simply a ruse.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: An odd version in that while she is a bad person and Big Mom's use of the Soul-Soul Fruit gives a good idea of all the horrible things it could be used for, her one onscreen use of the Fruit falls more into Bad Powers, Good People (since she's trying to prop up her 'Holy Mother' identity) — she uses her own soul to turn a raging wildfire into a homie named Pandora, saving an Elbaf village in the process.
- Beauty Is Bad: Mother Carmel was absolutely beautiful as a younger woman at age 43, but she was every bit as evil back then as she was by the time she was old. Using her statements to create a timeline, she began trafficking children at around age 30.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ask anyone and they'll tell you she's the "Holy Mother", the kindest, most compassionate and forgiving person you'll ever meet. In reality, her orphanage was just a front for her slave trade business and a means of getting her hands on new kids to sell. In the Underworld she wa known as the "Mountain Witch".
- Consummate Liar: Like her "surrogate daughter" Linlin would grow up to be, she was a master manipulator and an effective liar, playing the Marines, the giants, the kids under her care, and everyone else at the same time. She does, at least, reveal her lies in the black market business.
- Dramatic Irony: Big Mom grew up to obsess over Carmel and basically dedicate herself to fulfilling her supposed "wish" of racial unity, never finding out that Carmel was a slave trader just trying to sell her off to the highest bidder. Big Mom is also completely unaware that she ate her by accident, believing to the present day that she simply disappeared into thin air.
- Eaten Alive: While it's not shown, Carmel gets accidentally devoured by Linlin in a feeding frenzy along with the semla and the rest of the orphans. Because of this, Linlin gets Carmel's Soul-Soul Fruit without even realizing it.
- Evil All Along: The entire holy mother figure is just a cover for her to adopt children of various races and to sell them to the World Government. Even her rescue of the Giant Pirates from execution was simply a ploy to gain the giants' trust.
- Evil Orphanage Lady: Mother Carmel only pretends to love the children under her care as their Parental Substitute; her real reason for taking them in is so that she can later sell them as slaves or child soldiers to the government. To this day, Big Mom doesn't know about Carmel's true nature or the fact her "foster mother figure" never cared about her as a person at all.
- Familiar: Like Big Mom, she was capable of creating these, such as when she tamed the fires of Elbaf and turned it into a living miniature sun.
- Foil: To the Elite Officers of the Donquixote Family. Both took interest in a young child after they displayed considerable power and enabled their bad behaviours growing up but while they care deeply for Doflamingo and even show Undying Loyalty toward him, she only saw Linlin as a precious cargo and the loving mother figure Linlin remembered her by is but a facade.
- Gonk: She manages to zig-zag this trope. She doesn't look too bad while pretending to be a sweet old lady, appearing to be a genuinely friendly looking grandmotherly figure◊. But, when she's being herself, her cruder expressions definitely highlight her weird, square shaped face and gaunt cheekbones,◊ making her considerably uglier. In fact, she resembles a fairy tale witch in many ways, making her Underworld epithet that much more fitting.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Carmel constantly smokes a neat little cigarette. This appears to put her on the good side of this trope, until it's revealed that she's actually a slave trader who sells the orphans into the Underworld.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Carmel is heavily implied to have been accidentally eaten by a young Linlin along with the other orphans but, since actually showing it would be excessive for a Shonen series, it happens through Linlin's blurred mind, who doesn't realize what she's eating during her craze. The reaction of a couple of passers by confirm it's not a nice scene to look at.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She really, really should have thought twice before enabling the bad (though misguided) habits of a Creepy Child with both insatiable hunger and very dangerous powers.
- Hollywood Nuns: Subverted: she hits all of the major points, being a sweet and nurturing elderly woman wearing the traditional "penguin suit" and vaguely making references to Christianity, and her epithet is even the "Holy Mother". However, this is a facade to hide her true nature as a slave trader.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Was she ever when she was 43. It's implied that she purposefully used her looks (first as a beautiful woman, then later as a grandmotherly figure) to create her trusting image.
- Jerkass: Nothing says "cruel" like taking in lost and homeless children and pretend to be kind to them, only to sell them as slaves.
- Just Desserts: It's implied Big Mom accidentally ate her while gorging on her Croquembouche on her 6th birthday. Guess attempting to sell Linlin to the World Government really came back to bite Carmel, literally.
- Meaningful Name: Both her given name and her Underworld epithet. Carmel is a reference to the religious order, Carmelites, who are known in Japan for selling sweets which matches the Edible Theme Naming of the Big Mom Pirates and Charlotte Family. This also fits with her public image of a nun and her title as "Holy Mother". Her Underworld epithet "the Mountain Witch" (Yamanba) is a reference to the Yama-uba/Yamamba of Japanese folklore, witch-like creatures who were thought to nurse children to a certain age before devouring them. This mirrors how Carmel would raise children just to sell them and creates some twisted irony in the fact that she was eaten by one of the children rather than the other way around.
- Missing Mom: She was Big Mom's sole parental figure after her real parents abandoned her, and she went missing under "mysterious circumstances" as Big Mom believes it. In truth, she was accidentally eaten by Big Mom on her sixth birthday.
- Mundane Utility: She uses a sun-homie she created to merely light her cigarette — but, as we've seen Big Mom in action with Prometheus, we know how dangerous a homie like this actually is.
- Nice Girl: Harshly subverted; she seemed to be an incredibly compassionate and holy woman, taking in unwanted kids and convincing the Marines to free the giants they were set to execute. She even forgave a young Big Mom for all of the wanton destruction she would cause, understanding that she was just a child. Too bad it was all an act, to hide her true nature as a child slaver. She doesn't even like kids.
- Nun Too Holy: Turns out, she's a child slaver and seller in the underground market, purposefully using her image as a nun to create a fake, trusting persona. She also had a connection with the Cipher Pol.
- Older Than They Look: Carmel was remarkably fresh-faced at age 43,◊ appearing to be about half her actual age. Subverted as she got older though, as she certainly looked her age by the time she was 80.
- One Last Job: Big Mom was supposed to be her final product before she retired from being a child slaver, but during Big Mom's sixth birthday she, along with the other children, was accidentally eaten by Big Mom.
- Orphanage of Love: Exploited and somewhat Deconstructed. Her House of Lambs was a front for her child-trafficking operation, but most of the children were castaways and she treated them with love and respect (even if it's all an act). Because of its reputation as a genuine Orphanage of Love, the House of Lambs allowed her to smoothly run her operation for decades.
- Our Souls Are Different: When she pulls out a piece of her soul to create a homie, it manifests as a gooey-looking, otherworldly substance.
- Parental Substitute: She was this to many abandoned kids under her care, including Big Mom. Sadly, she was really a slave trader, with the kids not knowing better.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She didn't like kids and her orphanage was a front, but she acted kind to the kids in her care and gave them a fair standard of living- it really wouldn't do for her to sell a substandard product, and keeping up her reputation as a gentle caregiver allowed her access to more children.
- Psychotic Smirk: Sports one as she talks about finally being able to "retire" after she sells off Linlin.
- Retirony: Linlin and the other orphans would be Carmel's last deal before she finally decides to wash her hands of the slave trade, but she and the other orphans disappear under...mysterious circumstances on Linlin's sixth birthday.
- Soul Power: It's all but outright stated that she was the previous user of the Soul-Soul Fruit when she manifested her own soul into a raging fire and turned it into a docile, sentient creature almost identical to Big Mom's Prometheus. Not long after Linlin (presumably) ate her, the former also gained the ability.
- Spell My Name with an "S": There was originally some confusion over whether it was "Carmel" or "Caramel". Translators eventually confirmed that it's Carmel, but don't be surprised if you see her referred to as "Caramel" here and there.
- Superhuman Trafficking: Her real job. One of her notable scores was Vice Admiral John Giant, the first Giant Marine soldier. Charlotte Linlin was supposed to be her retirement plan.
- Trauma Button: Break or shatter her picture, and Big Mom will Freak Out.
- Uncertain Doom: Her and the orphans' final fates are never explicitly confirmed, only told through the reactions of others. It's implied that Linlin ate them all, judging by the circumstances, bystander reactions, and Big Mom's unexplained inheritance of Carmel's devil fruit powers right after she disappeared. Given the horrific and graphic nature of that implication, it's unlikely that it'll ever be shown in detail. Complicating matters is that Oda stated in volume 16's SBS that eating Luffy would not grant someone his Devil Fruit powers, contradicting the obvious conclusion of how Big Mom gained Carmel's abilities.
- Villainous Legacy: While her true nature was never revealed, Mother Carmel's villainy continues to live on and blight the world through Big Mom. It's also Played With, in that it wasn't her villainy that motivates Big Mom but rather the lies she told a young Linlin — Big Mom's ultimate goal is to create a world where all races can live together peacefully and see each other "eye-to-eye", like Carmel espoused to her in order to continue projecting her image as a kind, holy nun.
- Wise Old Folk Façade: She was a kindly mother figure to all of the children in the orphanage, no matter where they may come from. However, it's revealed to be a facade; she regularly sells the children to the highest bidder so they'll grow up to become assassins or soldiers.
Jorul Voiced by: Ryouichi Tanaka
Jarul Voiced by: Masaharu Satō
Jorul's Age: 344
Jarul's Age: 345 (63 years ago)
Debut: Chapter 866 (Manga), Episode 836 (Anime)
63 years ago, "Beardfall" Jorul and "Beardhill" Jarul were two of the most respected Giant Warriors of Elbaf, former Co-captains of the Giant Warriors Pirates before Brogy and Dorry, and good friends to "Holy Mother" Carmel... until a young Charlotte Linlin killed Jorul in one of her hunger-induced rampages. In his grief, Jarul decided to kill her, but was stopped by Carmel. He instead exiled them all and made sure all of Elbaf learned what Linlin had done.
- Badass Beard: Oh Yes! Both of them had massive beards befitting their monikers. Both were also legendary warriors.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Jorul was on the receiving end of one, courtesy of the future Big Mom.
- Dented Iron: Had Jorul faced Linlin in his prime and incurred the injuries he suffered, he would have been able to recover and live, but at his old age (300 is about as long as giants live) there was nothing that could save him from death short of a miracle.
- One Degree of Separation: They are Brogy and Dorry's predecessors as captains of the Giant Warriors Pirates, and they know the young Hajrudin, thus making them acquataince to 3 of 5 Straw Hat's giant allies.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Jorul and Jarul gave us the first glimpse into a proper Elbaf leader: extremely militaristic yet perfectly willing to listen to a pacifist.
- Retired Badass: Both of them, being the former leaders of the Giant Warrior pirates, and being 344 and 345 years old (which roughly translates to 114 and 115 in human years). Even in giant years, they are exceptionally old.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Jorl/Yorle/Yorl/Yoruru, Jarl/Yarle/Yarl/Yaruru (the last of each is how the katakana is pronounced).
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Having a Badass Beard may look cool and all, but it makes for an easy target for an opponent to grab onto, as Jorul finds out the hard way.
- Uncertain Doom: We don't know if Jarul is still alive, but most giants don't live much longer than 300, and he was actually past that point of life.
- Weapon Tombstone: Jorul was buried with his sword and viking helmet marking his burial mound atop the highest cliff overlooking the valley beyond the village of Elbaf. There are also bandages used to mend the weapons where Linlin broke the points, horns, and spikes off when she attacked him.
- The Worf Effect: Jorul's death was mostly to highlight Charlotte Linlin's extreme strength. However, it was also a case of Worf Had the Flu, because Jorul was well past his prime when Linlin trounced him in a single blow.
Voiced by: Reiko Suzuki
Debut: Chapter 802 (Manga), Episode 752 (Anime)
A former pirate and the mother of Edward Weevil who is after Whitebeard's supposed fortune.
- Ambiguous Situation: In-universe, most people don't believe her claims of association with Whitebeard and his paternity of Weevil and assume that she's a nobody making up ridiculous claims for attention, but Marco notes that she really was in the same crew with Whitebeard some forty years ago. At this point, it's unclear whether she really isn't lying after all, or if she took something with a tiny grain of truth and spun it into a much larger lie.
- Fur and Loathing: She's greedy, manipulative woman who wears a leopard fur Coat Cape.
- Gonk: Even among older characters in the series she stands out due to her very wrinkled, almost skeletal face.
- Greed: Despite claiming to have been Whitebeard's lover she's entirely focused on finding his apparent fortune instead of avenging his death, making her son hunt down Whitebeard's former crew and allies to do so. She chides her son for wanting to get revenge and states that money is what's important.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name "Bakkin" can mean "fine" or "penalty", which fits her greedy nature.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: She's a contemporary of Whitebeard and a very short old woman.
- My Beloved Smother: Extremely controlling of her son, with Weevil following her every order.
- Nice Hat: A green, feathered bowler.
Rocks D. Xebec
Debut: Chapter 957 (Manga)
The mysterious pirate captain who was a prominent figure 40 years ago, long before the rise of Pirate King Gold Roger. He led the Rocks Pirates, and they were the most powerful crew of their era, until Monkey D. Garp and Roger defeated them in a battle that later came to be known as the God Valley Incident, earning Garp the title "Hero of the Marines". However, many of Rocks' crew are still around and became big name pirates in their own right with their own powerful crews, and the Marines fear that the Rocks Pirates' return would be a disaster.
Due to his knowledge of the World Government's taboo subjects, much of the God Valley Incident and his life as a whole were erased from record, and as such, Rocks was never given a bounty — though if he had been, it could be assumed to be on par with or higher than Roger's.
- Ambiguously Evil: His claim to infamy is fighting against the Celestial Dragons, which is justified in most cases. He is also a carrier of the Will of the D, meaning his conflict with the World Nobles was inevitable. On the other hand, his crew comprised the greedy Big Mom, nihilistic Kaido, and morally upstanding Whitebeard, among others like "Golden Lion" Shiki. His explicit goal was to take over the world. So him fighting the World Nobles was mainly to usurp them.
- Anime Hair: His hair looks like a porcupine.
- Arch-Enemy: Described as Gol D. Roger's first and greatest rival, so much so that he teamed up with Garp to defeat Rocks.
- Bad Boss: Rocks controlled a crew of psychopathic monsters itching to kill each other at every moment through threatening to kill any of them himself. As one might expect, any camaraderie was non-existent and avenging Rocks was the furthest thing from the minds of any of his former crew after he died.
- Badass Crew: He was the captain of one, aptly described as "the strongest pirate crew in the world." One look at the crew's roster is enough to say that even 40 years later, that status was not an exaggeration by any stretch. His crew boasted three of the first generation of the Four Emperors, as well as other names like Shiki, Silver Axe, and Captain John.
- Cryptic Background Reference: Even in the world of One Piece, knowledge of him is rather scant, having been out of mind for almost 40 years. Justified, as the World Government tried to scrub him from history, and the few people who do know about him and are untouchable by the WG are people who don't care to talk about him.
- Decapitated Army: Once he died, his crew disbanded and went their separate ways since they all hated each other and no longer had any reason to stick around.
- Godzilla Threshold: His crew was so powerful that Garp and Roger had to team up with each other to take him down.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Before the Pirate King and the Four Emperors, there was simply "Rocks". He gathered a crew full of incredibly powerful members including Kaido, Big Mom, Whitebeard, and Shiki, and then terrorized the world in his quest to become king of everything. In the wake of his death, many of his crew members would go their separate ways to become powerful, big name pirates and continue terrorizing the world, but even still, none of them have yet managed to achieve their captain's level of infamy.
- Hero's Evil Predecessor: One of the former members of the Rocks Pirates, Whitebeard, later formed his own crew and became one of the Four Emperors who rules over the New World.
- Meaningful Name: Xebec is the name of a type of ship, so appropriate for a pirate. Granted, a xebec was a Mediterranean sailing ship used primarily for trading, so not wholly fitting. However, the ship was used by Barbary corsairs in their raids and the word xebec may originate from the Arab word shabbak, which means a small warship.
- Noodle Incident: It's heavily implied he attacked God Valley (which was inhabited by the World Nobles who consider themselves gods) for more reasons than just attacking the World Nobles. The newer Marines wonder what was on that island, only for Sengoku to claim the island mysteriously disappeared after that day and warn them to stop looking further into the matter, since the World Government obviously wants to cover it up.
- Posthumous Character: He died some 38 years ago, but he still holds a tremendous influence over the world's current state through his crew members.
- Predecessor Villain: In two ways. First, to two of his crewmates, Kaido and Big Mom, who became two of the most infamous pirates in the modern day as they are two of the more villainous Four Emperors. The second is to Blackbeard, being an evil D. carrier in conflict with a more moral D. carrier, and who wanted to take over the world. They both gathered a crew full of infamous pirates who all don't get along well, held together only by their captain's strength, and the Rocks Pirates formed on the Pirate Island Fullalead, where the Blackbeard Pirates are currently stationed. Interestingly enough, Blackbeard was born in the same year Rocks started his crew and campaign and his main ship is known as "Sabre of Xebec", further suggesting a connection between the two.
- Punny Name: He's a guy called Rocks D. Xebec. A xebec is a type of ship and he's infamous for rocking the boat on an unprecedented scale.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Rocks" or "Locks" for English fan translation and "Rox" for Viz. However, it was revealed in Chapter 957 that Oda spells it as "ROCKS" in plain English on his flag and sail. VIZ went with the spelling of "Rocks" with its release of that chapter.
- Take Over the World: His greatest ambition was to take over the world.
- Unperson: He studied many taboo subjects in his quest for world domination, leading the World Government to hush up his existence after his defeat. Despite his influence on the current state of the world, very few of the new generations of Marines know of his existence, while the older generation, including Garp, refuse to talk about him, and former crew members downplay their appearance in his crew, because most of them hate each other and they don't like being reminded that they once worked together.
- Villainous Legacy: His defeat rocketed Garp to become the Hero of the Marines, and made Gol D. Roger a threat to reckon with years before he became the Pirate King. His crew boasted three of the original Four Emperors (the sole exception is Shanks), while being indirectly responsible for the status of all the current Emperors. Then there's the fact that he appears to have a successor of his own in Marshall D. Teach...
- Walking Spoiler: His existence is revealed very late into the storyline, but completely changes how the audience views the dynamics between each of the the Four Emperors, Garp, and Roger himself, while hinting at many more mysteries.
- World's Strongest Man: Undoubtedly the strongest man of his time, so much so that he was able to hold together a group of powerful pirates including three of the future Four Emperors who all hated each other with nothing more than his strength alone, and Garp and Roger had to team up with each other just to beat him. Considering that each of the above mentioned individuals is a contender for the title of World's Strongest Man in the present day, it speaks volumes about his strength.