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The mighty pirate crew led by Luffy's childhood hero Shanks, and the first pirates to be seen in the series. Among their ranks are Ben Beckman, Lucky Roux, Usopp's father Yasopp and several (as-yet-unidentified) high-ranking members seen at Dawn Island and again at the finale of Marineford as well as Rockstar, a rookie who just recently joined.
Although they must be exceptionally powerful as an Emperor Crew and do have islands claimed as their territories, the Red Hair Pirates have been mostly seen partying and are exceptionally friendly, even leaving unrelated civilians at peace and being willing to be humiliated by a bunch of no-name mountain bandits to keep the peace going. Despite appearing to be the less dangerous Emperor Crew, they are feared around the world, especially by the World Government. Their antics and talk of freedom on the seas are what inspired Luffy to be a pirate. Other than that, very little is known about them, except they are a powerful crew that is to be respected.
- Badass Cape: The most prominent members of the crew wear capes to show off how badass they are as one of the strongest crew in the world.
- Badass Crew: Despite their party-loving personality, they are one of the strongest crew in the world and when the Marines discuss the Four Emperors, they specifically note the high average bounty of Shanks's crew.
- Badass Normal: While not out-right confirmed, their philosophy that a pirate must be able to swim means that no member has eaten a Devil Fruit, and therefore anyone's strength comes from his own abilities. Despite this, their crew is one of the most feared in a world where nearly everyone important has eaten a Devil Fruit that gives him/her a special ability.
- Beware the Nice Ones: They initially appear as a bunch of party-loving people who don't attack any civilians but, when Luffy is threatened by the Mountain Bandits, Lucky Roux immediately kills one of them while Benn Beckman knocks out everyone else save for Higuma. At the end of the Summit War, all of the Red Hair Pirates is ready to fight and warns the Marines they would join the war if it doesn't stop.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the first chapter, they quickly dispatch the Mountain Bandits to save a kidnapped Luffy. More importantly, they arrive at the end of the Summit War, after the Marines have won and are decimating the pirates, and threaten to join the fight if the war doesn't stop. This is enough to convince Sengoku to declare the war over.
- The Bus Came Back: After the first chapter, in which they inspire Luffy to become a pirate, Shanks and the crew make few sporadic appearances, often commenting on Luffy's new bounties and how his career has proceeded, until they become important to the plot at the end of the Summit War, putting an end to it.
- The Dreaded: Despite being the least malicious of the Four Emperors' crews, the Red Hair Pirates are just as feared by the World Government as the other three. Any unexpected action causes panic among the Marines and any threat of theirs is taken very seriously.
- Mythical Motifs: The crew uses a red dragon as tattoos and the figurehead of their ship.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite being one of the most stereotypically looking pirate crew in the series, it's also one of the nicest ones and none is ever shown doing anything evil typically associated with pirates. Despite this, they are one of the most feared crews in the world.
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe (JP, Episode 4), Aruno Tahara (JP, Episodes 151+), Sean Hennigan (EN, Funi), Rafael Pacheco (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 48 (Pre-Timeskip), 50 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
Shanks' second-in-command and the First Mate of the Red Hair Pirates. His fighting skills were displayed in the very first chapter of the story, wherein he defeats a gang of mountain bandits using only a cigarette and a rifle (used as a club). In his following appearance he looks older and has more scars, but he hasn't lost the edge.
- Alliterative Name: Ben Beckman.
- Brainy Brunette: Beckman used to have black hair (it's now grey) and according to Oda, has the highest IQ of all the characters introduced in the East Blue saga.
- Cool Old Guy: His hair is already gray but he's also the Number Two of one of the Four Emperors and stops Kizaru, who is able to move at lightspeed, by simply threatening him with a gun.
- Genius Bruiser: According to Word of God, he's the smartest guy in the East Blue Saga, even more than Nami and Kuro, and is one of the strongest pirates of the world. In his first chapter, he quickly dispatches a gang of bandits using a rifle as a blunt object.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the ten years between meeting Luffy and his next reappearance, Ben Beckman has obtained a scar
- The Lancer: Among the crewmembers, he's the closest one to Shanks and a direct contrast in personality. While Shanks is normally, fun-loving, cheerful and ditzy, Ben Beckman is calm and collected and his smiles are rare and subtle.
- Number Two: Beckam is the most prominent crewmember after Shanks himself and his high intelligence makes him the most important besides the captain
- One-Man Army: In the very fist chapter, Beckman alone manages to annihilate the mountain bandits by using a cigarette and a rifle, whithout even shooting but by using said rifle as a blunt weapon.
- Only Sane Man: Beckman is much more reserved when compared to his outlandish crewmates, although he likes partying just like them.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Shank's Red. Ben Beckman is very calm and collected, while Shanks is more relaxed and fun-loving.
- Smoking Is Cool: Ben Beckman is often seen with a cigarette in his mouth, to go with his cool and collected look, and in the first chapter he uses it to defeat a bandit.
Voiced by: Jin Domon (JP), John Burgmeier (EN, Funi)
Age: 33 (Pre-Timeskip), 35 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
One of the most prominent members of the Red Hair Pirates. An obese man who is always seen with a carefree grin and eating a piece of meat.
Despite his fat and seemingly harmless appearance, Lucky Roux is a very fast at using his gun.
- Acrofatic: Despite having a round constitution, Lucky Roux is fast enough to sneak behind a bandit and shoot at him in a split second.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Lucky Roux wears a green bandana that gives him a classic pirate look.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He is a fat, jovial guy who's constantly smiling and eating, as well as the first person to score a kill in the entire series.
- Big Eater: Lucky Roux is always seen eating a piece of meat in all of his appearances across the story.
- Big Fun: Lucky Roux has a fat, round, unoffensive appearance and constantly sports a jovial smile, which makes him instandly appealing.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Lucky Roux's main color is green, his shirt and his bandana are both green with white stripes. This, along with his size, makes him easy to spot among the pirate crew.
- Combat Pragmatist: When a bandit pulles a gun on Shanks, Lucky Roux shoots the bandit in the head while he's distracted.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: While his round appearance and green-coded bandada and shirt have remained consistent, at the beginning of the story Lucky Roux is much shorter and doesn't wear a cape.
- Lennon Specs: Everything in Lucky Roux's design is round, and that includes the red-lens glasses he always wears.
- Noiseless Walker: Despite his portly phisique, while a bandit threatens Shanks at gunpoint, Lucky Roux sneaks behind the bandit without anyone noticing him and shoot him.
- Perpetual Smiler: Lucky Roux appears to be the most jovial member of the crew and sports a big smile most of the time.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Spelled as Lucky Roo in fan translations.
Voiced by: Michitaka Kobayashi (JP), Scott Freeman (EN, Funi, 2007-2014), Jeff Johnson (EN, Funi, 2020-)
Age: 45 (Pre-Timeskip), 47 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
Usopp's father and another prominent member of the Red Hair Pirates, being a renowned marksman just like his son would be. He left behind his young son and wife to become a pirate and sail the seas, having been recruited by Shanks. Both of them supported his endeavors.
- Action Dad: Yasopp is a skilled marksman just like his son, Usopp. However, Yasopp has preferred the "action" part, and travels around the world with the Red Hair Pirates after having left his son and his wife behind.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He left his family to go explore the seas as a pirate and never returned in fear they may be endangered, especially since, as a member of an Emperor Crew, the World Government could've easily threatened anyone related to them.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Yasopp is pretty tan just like Usopp and wears his hair in blond dreadlocks, though it's likely just dyed that way since in a flashback he's depicted with black hair.
- Disappeared Dad: Yasopp left his wife and his son, Usopp, to continue his adventures as a pirate.
- Dreadlock Warrior: In the past, Yasopp's hair was curly and loose, not unlike his son's, while in the present his hair is tied into blonde dreadlock like a stereotypical pirate.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: After shooting an apple placed on a table in the distance, Yasopp claims he can shoot the whiskers off an ant. Considering his son's skills and the fact he's a prominent member of an emperor's crew, his claims are very likely true.
- Lamarck Was Right: Yasopp has excellent sharpshooting skills. Naturally, his son, Usopp, inherited them. However, Yasopp uses a rifle while Usopp uses a slingshot.
- Like Father, Like Son: Usopp becomes a pirate and unrivaled sharpshooter, just like his father. Justified since Usopp has always admired his father and wants to become like him.
- Parental Abandonment: Yasopp may have left his family for a really good reason, but despite that, he absoutely does not sugarcoat the fact that he left his wife and son behind to be a pirate and considers himself a deadbeat parent despite Usopp idolizing him and the fact that his wife never stopped loving him, even on her deathbed.
- Parents as People: It is obvious that he does love Usopp with every fiber of his being, but he still chose to follow his dream of being a pirate over raising his son and he feels terrible about it. Although, neither his wife nor his son hold it against him and it is heavily implied that his wife told him to go, part of it probably dealing with the fact that his position could easily put giant crosshairs on their backs.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A lot of Usopp's traits can be traced back to him. However, the famous Gag Nose came from his mother.
- Tattooed Crook: Has his name tattooed on his upper right arm.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (JP, Episode 151), Andrew Chandler (EN, Funi)
Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)
A newcomer to the Red Hair Pirates.
- Chekhov's Gun: Not him personally, but his bounty. He spends much of his screentime grousing about the fact that no one knows who he is and doesn't take him seriously. We later find out that pirates under 100 million are considered pushovers in the New World.
- Elite Mook: A former solitary pirate with a bounty of 94 Million. And still considered a Rookie among the crew.
- Honor Before Reason: Subverted. When Rockstar feels insulted by the Whitebeard Pirates, he's told by Shanks to ignore honor and come back alive instead.
- Small Name, Big Ego: When Rockstar arrives on Whitebeard ship as a messenger, he boasts about his days as a lone wolf. Marco quickly tells him that they never ever heard of him.