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The pirate crew of the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. They were the only known crew to ever successfully circumnavigate the globe and reach Laugh Tale, the end of the New World in the Grand Line. They encountered Vice Admiral Garp on several occasions and were strong rivals to the Whitebeard Pirates.
The crew traveled the Grand Line together and their exploits have become things of legends. They made it as far as Skypiea and the end of the Grand Line, Laugh Tale, on their ship the Oro Jackson. Roger was one of the most famous figures of his day, while the name of his first mate, Silvers Rayleigh, is widely known and famed as well.
However, only the captain and the first mate seem to have been remembered while the rest of the crew have yet to be mentioned, all save those still active like Shanks and Buggy, leaving the rest of the crew mostly Shrouded in Myth.
- All There in the Script: The majority of the Roger Pirates' names and official designs were revealed in an SBS section.
- Badass Crew: The strongest crew in the time following the Rocks Pirates' disbanding, with every member except Buggy being a supreme badass then or becoming one in the future. At one point, they fought off Shiki's entire armada by themselves with nothing but sheer strength and a lucky change in weather.
- Egg MacGuffin: There is a mysterious giant egg aboard the Oro Jackson, but it has never even been talked about so far even at the point the Roger Pirates disband. It is just... there.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: Roger disbanded the crew for good after they reached Laugh Tale and found the One Piece, half because there was nothing left to do, half because he was already doomed to die within a year's time from his illness.
- Friendly Enemy: Their relationship with the Whitebeard Pirates as a whole. Best exemplified during Oden's flashback: They immediately fought for three days and three nights...and then had a party on the fourth.
- Precursor Heroes: They are all but stated to be this to the Strawhat Pirates. Notice the Oddly Small Organization, numerous similarities between Luffy and Roger, the Oro Jackson and Thousand Sunny made from the same material, and crew's composition and attitude. They are a bit darker than the Straw Hat in that they are definitely NOT The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.
- Rogues Gallery: They accumulated quite a few adversaries during their travel: the Rocks Pirates, the Shiki Pirates, the Marines and worthy opponents such as the Whitebeard Pirates and Garp.
Gol D. Roger "The Pirate King"
Young Voice: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Marcus D. Stimac (EN, Funi)
Older Voice: Chikao Ohtsuka (JP, first voice), Masane Tsukayama (JP, second voice), Frederick B. Owens (EN, 4Kids), Sean Hennigan (EN, Funi), Arturo Casanova, Gabriel Pingarrón (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
"Gold" Roger, real name Gol D. Roger, is the captain of the Roger Pirates and the great legendary pirate that started the Great Age of Pirates on his execution scaffold twenty-two years ago. His legendary treasure, One Piece, is sought after by pirates the world over, and the one who reaches the hidden island Laugh Tale at the end of the Grand Line and finds it will inherit his title of Pirate King. He just happens to be Ace's dad.
In life, he had the highest bounty ever earned by any pirate in recorded history, clocking in with a record of 5,564,800,000 Berries.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He prostrates himself with his head on the floor and begged Whitebeard to lend him Oden for a year, because of the man's ability to read Poneglyphs being the key to his end goal. Allies and rivals alike are irritated by this behavior, but the whole thing is Played for Laughs.
- Ambiguously Evil: Several stories around him are about how he was a great man, but just as many claim that he was evil. The legitimacy of both interpretations is tenuous at best. According to Vice Admiral Garp, Roger was a short-tempered, violent, and selfish man when angry. His actions were pure and straight, like a child's, but completely merciless to an enemy.
- Arch-Enemy: While Roger is known to have feuded with many Marines and fellow pirates alike, only one man has ever held the title of his greatest enemy even decades later, and it wasn't Whitebeard or Garp. It was the previous World's Strongest Man and captain of the Rocks Pirates, one Rocks D. Xebec.
- Awesomeness Is a Force: Confirmed to have had Conqueror's Haki, and along with Whitebeard, Big Mom, Kaido, and Luffy, he is one of a tiny handful of people in the series known to be capable of infusing his attacks with it to augment them to devastating levels.
- Badass Mustache: While not as epic as Whitebeard's, Roger has some impressive facial hair.
- Badass Normal: Undeniably, one of the key aspects to his legendary status — this was a man who was just that good. One who led an entire crew who genuinely believed that Devil Fruits' instant Super Drowning Skills tradeoff for ridiculous physics-breaking powers was not worth it. For someone to be Whitebeard's one true rival and be completely unaided says leagues.
- Benevolent Boss: Despite being a pirate, Roger appears to treat his subordinates like true companions, not unlike Luffy. Silvers Rayleigh, his partner, described him as a "magnificent man". Shanks and Buggy also seem saddened when speaking of his death, and both cried a lot at his execution.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Inverted; he decided to be killed rather than die. Roger hated the idea of dying to disease and going out with a whimper, so he decided to turn himself in and face execution and go out with style in a way that nobody would ever forget.
- Blood Knight: While standing among a large group of defeated Marine grunts, he told them to send someone like Garp or Sengoku next time, in order to make the fights more challenging.
- Book Dumb: Double subverted. The Skypiea Arc hinted that Roger had Ohara-level knowledge of ancient inscriptions, until his first mate admitted that the crew lacked the intelligence to fully understand and interpret what the Poneglyph actually meant. Roger could locate them through the ability to hear "the voice of all things", but he required Oden's knowledge to translate the Poneglyphs.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: One of the more notable things about him to people that met him is that he was always smiling, even up to the point of his own death.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Flashbacks show his mastery of Haki, including Conqueror's Haki. Every single über-powerful pirate in the series so far on the latter half of the Grand Line can use Haki and it's all but stated that the only way to survive in the new world as a pirate is to either wield it or a Devil Fruit power (preferably both). Roger is shown dueling a Whitebeard who was in his prime, and thanks to their advanced use of Conqueror's Haki, both were able to clash their weapons inches apart from one another and split the sky.
- Cool Sword: Roger wielded his cutlass Ace, which is one of the twelve Supreme Grade Swords, making it one of the strongest blades in the entire world.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Roger kept away from Rouge in his last days for several reasons. The major one was that he was Gold Roger, and any kid he had would've been killed immediately once the World Government found out about his existence. The other one was that he was dying anyway and chances are he wouldn't have been around for Ace's birth. Once the government found out his location, he wouldn't have been around to protect Rouge and Ace anyway. Ironically, Ace still resents him, but not because he died, it's because of all the grief his heritage caused him in life, to the point that he has questioned the worth of his own existence.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Garp states that he would wipe out the military forces of entire countries because they spoke ill of his crew.
- Do Not Go Gentle: The World Government intended for his execution to be a warning to all pirates. However, Roger turned it into the moment that would start the Golden Age of Piracy. As Rayleigh revealed, that was his intention all along.
- Dramatic Irony: A flashback in the Wano arc reveals that Roger hoped his then-hypothetical son would continue the work Roger couldn't finish and become the Pirate King by claiming the One Piece. The audience is well aware by this point that Ace loathed Roger with every fiber of his being, disavowed their relation, and hoped to claim the One Piece so he could make Roger's rival Whitebeard the Pirate King as thanks for being his beloved replacement father.
- Enemy Mine: His friendship with Garp started when they teamed up together to take down the Rocks Pirates.
- Face Death with Dignity: He went to his death with a smile on his face and words to send one final middle finger to the World Government.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Specifically invokes this with Garp, reasoning that they are as good as friends given how long they've known each other, and on this principle trusts Garp to protect his newborn son from the Marines. Despite Garp's initial disbelief, it works.
- Friendly Enemy:
- With Whitebeard. There's a flashback moment after he became Pirate King, where he and Whitebeard share a drink, and he offers to tell Whitebeard the location of Laugh Tale, and tells him what The Will of D means.
- With Garp. He knew and trusted the man's character enough to trust him with protecting his lover and then-unborn child, despite both of them being sought by the Marines and World Government.
- Generation Xerox:
- An odd example. Shanks and Rayleigh see a lot of Roger in Luffy's personality and ambitions, and flashbacks show that in his younger days, Roger really did look almost exactly like Luffy. Despite that, there are no indications that he and Luffy are blood-related in any way ('D' initial aside, of course).
- Ace, despite all the bitterness and resentment he had for his sire, ironically enough inherited many of his personality traits (and apparently behaves even more like Roger than Luffy does), including his inability to back down from a fight, unfortunately. Also, in his youth, Roger's design is just Ace with a mustache and fancier clothes.
- Genius Bruiser: Subverted. In the Skypeia arc, it's discovered that Gol D. Roger was not only on Skypeia, but capable of reading and writing the language of the Poneglyphs that only those like Clover and the scholars of Ohara could do, making it appear he was this. However, it's later subverted by Rayleigh, who mentions that he couldn't really read or write the language, but still understood it very vaguely via "the voice of all things" (which is implied to have been the same factor that allowed Roger to understand what Sea Kings and the ancient elephant Zunisha, who carries Zou, were saying.) He sought out Oden specifically in order to fully understand the Poneglyphs.
- Go Out with a Smile: As expected of a "D.", he died with a huge grin on his face, not that he isn't usually shown smiling to begin with. When Luffy is almost beheaded by Buggy, he smiles and Smoker notices his similarity to Roger.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Roger was the Pirate King and the man who kickstarted the golden age of pirates with his own death. To achieve the title of Pirate King means to find his treasure and reach his own level of greatness.
- The Greatest Story Never Told:
- He was essential to Garp's victory over Rocks by teaming up with the former during the God Valley Incident. Unsurprisingly, the World Government thinks a Marine teaming up with a pirate looks bad on them and covered up Roger's involvement.
- His overall journey. Roger and his crew figured out every mystery the Goverment has buried and the location of the final island, but Roger was unable to realize whatever it is Joy Boy left behind to be done due to his impending death and all his feats faded into myth. The crew disbanded to parts unknown, Oden only wrote a vague summary of the One Piece's discovery on his log and Luffy refused to let Rayleigh spill the beans to his crew.
- Gun And Sword: Seen wielding both while facing off Shiki in Chapter Zero. Against a young Whitebeard, he only used his sword charged with Haki.
- Hero of Another Story: He conquered the Grand Line.
- Hidden Eyes: It wasn't until Sabaody Archipelago, over five hundred chapters into the story, that his eyes were shown to the reader.
- Informed Flaw: During Luffy's flashback, Garp comments how Ace inherited Roger's bad temper. However, in all his brief appearances, besides some Blood Knight tendencies, Roger is pretty calm and composed and never gets easily angered or provoked.
- Ki Manipulation: Flashbacks show that he knows Conqueror's and Armament Haki. Along with Whitebeard, Kaido, and Luffy, he is also one of a tiny handful of people in the series known to be capable of infusing their attacks with Conqueror's Haki to massively increase their power.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The man was apparently almost suicidally reckless and impulsive, and according to Garp, it's frankly a miracle that he even survived long enough to become Pirate King.
- Like Father, Like Son: According to Garp, anyway, Ace inherited his impulsiveness and short temper from his father.
- Living Legend: To Shrouded in Myth proportions, but considering that he was not only the "Pirate King" but was rivals with Whitebeard, Garp, and Shiki, and every member of the crew seems to be undeniably badass (except Buggy, and even then, he has the potential to become just as Badass) and as the Captain, it's implied that he was the strongest member of his crew... Yeah, badass all the way.
- Long Dead Badass: Gol D. Roger is the legendary pirated who reached Laugh Tale, the final island of the Grand Line, and was executed twenty-two years before the beginning of the story. After all this time, he's still considered a legend among pirates.
- Malicious Misnaming: To most of the world he's known as Gold Roger, and few people alive know his real name is Gol D. Roger because the World Government is attempting to suppress knowledge of the Will of D. At the end of the Drum Arc, Kureha reveals his actual name to Dalton while the Straw Hats are leaving.
- Master Swordsman: Roger is shown fighting solely with his sword, and he sends Oden flying with one strike and clashes with Whitebeard so fiercely that they nearly capsize the Moby Dick.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Roger was aware that, by giving himself to the Marines and revealing the existence of his treasure before his death, he would start a new era of piracy, which is exactly what happened.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The D in his name is attributed to the mysterious "Will of D", which somehow connects Roger and Luffy and a few other notable individuals throughout the story to the World Government and the Celestial Dragons. Notably, Roger and his crew are some of the few people to have actually discovered the meaning of the D.
- Nice Hat: The straw hat that Luffy wears that was given to him by Shanks was originally Roger's. In Rayleigh's flashback to when he first met Roger, the latter is wearing it. More often, he's seen wearing a traditional red pirate hat with his Jolly Roger on it over a yellow spotted bandana. This one he left with Rayleigh.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Roger resembles a number of real-life pirates:
- Olivier Levasseur. Upon his death, had tossed a cryptogram from the scaffolding into the crowd and told them if they could figure out the message, his treasure would be theirs, a treasure that to this day has never been found. Sound familiar?
- Henry Every, the real life Pirate King himself. In 1695, Every led what has been called the most profitable pirate raid of all time, capturing an enormous treasure estimated to be worth up to £600,000 (around $400 million in modern currency), becoming the richest pirate in the world and earning him the epithet "The King of Pirates". Despite being the target of a worldwide manhunt and getting the highest bounty in history placed on his head, Every vanished with his treasure in the Caribbean (then called New World). He is said to have influenced the next generation of pirates, including Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch/Teach, Bartholomew Roberts, Calico Jack, Samuel Bellamy and Edward Low, among others, who were children at the time. The same thing happened in the beginning of One Piece!
- Speaking of Bartholomew Roberts, Roger is partially based off him as well: both are highly successful pirates who were thought to be invincible by the military forces sent to apprehend them.
- Notorious Parent: He was the greatest pirate of his time, most-wanted by the entire World Government and the father of Portgas D. Ace. This trope is played with in that Roger was dead before Ace was born, but this fact still makes the Marines want to hunt and execute him (though it helps that Ace is also a pirate himself).
- Offstage Villainy: Though he is largely a flashback character and thus we haven't seen much of him at all, every flashback always seems to present him positively. By contrast, pretty much every villainous act he's done (slaughtering Squad's crew, for example) is always presented via word of mouth of his victims. Garp painted what appears to be the most objective picture of him available: to his friends, allies, and the adversaries who he respected, he was endlessly loyal and would spare nothing to help them out or protect them, but he was also renowned for his cutthroat ruthlessness and his incredible cruelty and brutality towards anyone who had angered or offended him, or wronged one of his friends or allies, and was inordinately fond of scorched-earth revenge campaigns.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Gol D. Roger, the strongest pirate in the world, someone who would never dream of allying with the Marines nevertheless teamed up with Garp during the God Valley incident. This speaks volumes about how terrifying Rocks must have been for him to side with the Marines over allying with a fellow pirate, though it doesn't help that Rocks' crew included Whitebeard, Kaido and Big Mom amongst its ranks, so the team-up was a good call regardless.
- Papa Wolf:
- Was known to beat up anyone who spoke ill of his crew.
- He asked Garp to take care of Ace, since Roger was aware of how the Government would treat his son.
- The Paragon: When he became the Pirate King, Gold Roger was the supreme name among pirates in the entire world, and still is even in death. Not even the Four Emperors could hold a candle to him.
- Perpetual Smiler: The scenes in which he doesn't have a big toothy grin can be counted on one hand.
- Person of Mass Destruction: His Conqueror's Haki was so strong that a clash with Whitebeard (who was also using his own and was not using his Devil Fruit that time) created a shockwave strong enough to potentially level an island, so it goes without saying that when Roger wanted to keep it real, wide-scale devastation was the usual result.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Before he died, he revealed that he had hidden his treasure, the eponymous One Piece, somewhere on the Grand Line, triggering the new age of piracy from people going to search for it.
- Prophetic Name: With a name like Gol D. Roger, this guy was practically born to be a pirate.
- Pure Is Not Good: According to Garp, he had a childlike purity to him, but more in the sense that his actions and motivations were clear and direct: he supported his friends and allies and respected sufficiently powerful and/or persistent enemies, but he was also renowned for his merciless cruelty and brutality towards anyone who had angered or offended him.
- Real Men Don't Cry: According to Shanks, Roger never showed weakness and was never able to let things go. It's one of the few things he greatly disliked about his otherwise beloved captain. After the death of Ace, Shanks voices his approval of Luffy not being like Roger in this way.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He turns and runs like hell when he sees the shadows cast by the Skypieans, thinking of course that he's looking at mile-high winged giants standing in the sea.
- Secret Keeper: He found out the secrets of the Void Century including the locations of the Ancient Weapons, but refused to tell anyone save Whitebeard anything even under threat of death.
- Secret Legacy: Not only was he part of the mysterious will of D. and he knew the meaning of the mysterious initial, but it's been said many times during the story that Luffy has inherited Gol D. Roger's will.
- Shrouded in Myth: For over 900 chapters, precious little information was given about who Roger was and what his fighting skills were. Then finally, during Oden's backstory, we're shown a summary of Roger's final journey and his final meeting with Whitebeard. However, the flashback also raises more questions about Roger's past and his feud with his mysterious Arch-Enemy Rocks.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He was perfectly aware of how the World Government would react to Ace's existence, and since he was dying, he had no choice but to stay away and ask Garp to care for Ace in his stead. His reasoning even rejects the notion of this, stating that "an unborn child bears no sin."
- Soap Opera Disease: He suffered some sort of illness that would kill him in a few years but also allowed him to fight as if he was healthy.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Before he was executed, he got his lover, Portgas D. Rouge, pregnant with their son, Ace.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His appearance at the end of chapter 964 shows off just how similar he and his son actually looked. Ace's hairstyle, eye shape, browline, and mouth shape are all nearly identical to his father, with the only major differences between the two coming down to Ace's clean shave in contrast to his father's notorious Dastardly Whiplash.
- Super Senses: He's apparently able to sense "the voice of all things". With it, he can understand what nonhuman living beings such as Sea Kings or Zunisha said, and can even understand Poneglyphs to a degree.
- Talk Like a Pirate: The most prominent example in the series. Very fitting given that Eiichiro Oda designed him as a very typical, traditional pirate. The Funimation dub gives a distinct Irish Pirate sounding accent unique to him.
- Thanatos Gambit: His last words about the location of his treasure sparked the Great Age of Pirates.
- To Be a Master: Roger sought to travel the entire world and be acknowledged as the Pirate King just for adventure's sake, and didn't care if he was called childish for it.
- Victory Is Boring: This guy was never caught — he turned himself in. He had more wealth and fame than a hundred men would ever need, and seeing as he was dying of an incurable disease anyway, he figured he'd stick it to the World Government one more time.
- Where It All Began: He was born and executed in his hometown of Roguetown. Fittingly, it's for this very reason that Roguetown is known as "The Town of the Beginning and the End."
- World's Strongest Man: At least shared this title with Whitebeard when he lived after the previous holder Rocks died 14 years before Roger's own death. Whether he was truly a little stronger than Whitebeard is unclear. He was the only one of the two to reach the end of the Grand Line and be called Pirate King, but it's implied Whitebeard could have done the same if he wanted to (and he never wanted to). It should be noted that Roger didn't have a Devil Fruit and was able to match Whitebeard, who possessed amazing power on his own in addition to one of the most powerful Devil Fruits. He also sent Oden — another Master Swordsman that managed to scar Kaido — flying with zero effort.
- Worthy Opponent: His relationship with Whitebeard and Garp can be summed up as this. He was usually prone to scorched-earth revenge campaigns against his enemies (or anyone who had offended him), but he genuinely respected them and was generally rather cordial towards them.
"Dark King" Silvers Rayleigh
Voiced by: Keiichi Sonobe (JP), Bradford Hutson (episode 8), Bruce Carey (Sabaody arc onwards) (EN, Funi), David Wills (EN, 4Kids), José Luis Orozco (Young, Netflix) (Latin Spanish Dub)
Age: 76 (Pre-Timeskip), 78 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 19 (Manga), Episode 8 (Anime)
A ship-coating master in Sabaody Archipelago and former First Mate of Gold Roger. Given the Red Baron "The Dark King" during his days as a pirate. During this time as a pirate, he acted as a supervisor of the crew, having a disciplinary role to Shanks and Buggy, especially when they argued. Having long since retired from piracy after Roger disbanded his crew, he hid in the Sabaody Archipelago and became infamous for coating ships, gambling, drinking, and partying with women. He is married to his business partner of twenty years Shakuyaku, and is good friends with Hatchan, who saved his life when Hatchan was a kid.
- Awesomeness Is a Force: Knocked out an entire crowd of watchers with this when the Straw Hats caused a scene in the Auctioning House. Even a member of the Heart Pirates, which is assuredly a Badass Crew considering their captain is Supernova Trafalgar Law, nearly fainted from his awesomeness.
- Badass Beard: He has a beard that matches his age and legacy.
- Badass Normal: It came as a shock to many fans that he doesn't have a Devil Fruit, despite fighting an Admiral to a standstill after twenty years of inaction. He's just that good.
- Big Damn Heroes: He got an epic one against Kizaru as the latter was about to finish off Zoro.
- Big Good: Took over after Whitebeard's death in the Marineford arc.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Is capable of swimming through the Calm Belt, the most dangerous stretch of water in One Piece. It's so dangerous that only specially-made Marine battleships and the Kuja's ships, which are pulled by sea serpents strong enough to keep the monsters at bay, dare to cross it.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember the ship's first mate who broke up the argument between Buggy the Clown and Shanks, and is not mentioned again? Ladies and gentlemen, you just met Silvers Rayleigh.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He likes going out and looking for beautiful ladies around, but he's otherwise a well-meaning, wise-cracking old man.
- Clark Kent Outfit: He looks like a regular old man with his top on... but is one of the most muscular characters in the series with his top off◊.
- Cool Old Guy: He is around Garp's age, able to still throw down with Admirals, plays mentor to Luffy, and all around badass.
- Dirty Old Man: Shakky suggests that he loves women, and this is implied to be the thing that actually motivates him to do anything to his captors after they force an explosive collar around Camie's neck.
- Death Glare: Did this against some ringers when Camie was in trouble, leaving them knocked out and foaming in the mouth.
- The Dreaded: Enough so that Garp (the man who took on Roger himself) outright told his men to not engage him or tell Sengoku when he found out that he was on Sabaody, as he didn't want to risk the consequences of the Marines having to deal with both him and Whitebeard at the same time. Bear in mind that Whitebeard, in addition to being the World's Strongest Man also had massive Badass Crew supporting him. Rayleigh is alone. Yet Garp's worry is justified in that anybody less powerful than an Admiral would probably just get in the way against Rayleigh and the Marines needed all of their Admirals for the upcoming war against Whitebeard.
- I Owe You My Life: Hatchan saved his life when he was a kid. That might be why he offered to coat the Thousand Sunny for the journey to Fish-Man Island for free, after Luffy saved Hatchan's life at the slave auction.
- Ki Manipulation: He's an Old Master of all forms of Haki, and is also the one who taught Luffy how to use it.
- Living Legend: Called as one by Usopp. He's the First Mate of the legendary crew, he's still alive, and he's still badass enough to take on the likes of Kizaru.
- Manly Tears: He's strong enough to take on an Admiral, feared by the Marines, and the Pirate King's second-in-command. Yet he's still not afraid to show his emotions.
- Meaningful Name: Along with Punny Name and Prophetic Name. Silvers Rayleigh is Gold Roger's First Mate. (And one of his crewmates was called Scopper Gaban.) Also, "Rayleigh" refers to "Rayleigh scattering", an optical phenomenon characterized by the scattering of light. As the first and only character able to break up Kizaru's light beams (albeit done with Haki), it's fitting. Plus, it's a possible historical Shout-Out to British explorer/entrepeneur Sir Walter Raleigh.
- Mr. Exposition: Averted then played straight. Despite him knowing the answers to some of the series driving questions (the location/status of One Piece, what happened during the Void Century), for various reasons the Strawhats insist he not tell them anything.
- Though he IS the one to explain to Luffy what Haki is and what it can do.
- Mentor Archetype: He becomes Luffy's mentor in Haki durimg the timeskip.
- Nice Guy: A friendly and jovial Cool Old Guy.
- Number Two: To Roger.
- Old Master: He is around Garp's age but a master of Haki and other fighting forms.
- Parental Substitute: Essentially took on this role with Buggy and Shanks, who were very young when they became cabin boys on Roger's crew and thus required a lot of supervision.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When the Straw Hats are making it back to the Thousand Sunny post time-skip, he cuts off the Marines who are pursuing them, and then draws a line in the ground:"It's my student's farewell. I want it to be proper. I advise you not to cross that line."Chapter 602
- Red Baron: "The Dark King." The Swedish translation made him "Dödens Konung" — the King of Death.
- Retired Badass: He has since quit piracy, but he's still awesome enough to go toe-to-toe with an Admiral even in his old age and even cut him despite him being a Logia-type. And all this after twenty years of non-action.
- Schmuck Bait: He plays the role of an helpless old man when at auction just to be purchased.
- They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: When Luffy calls him "Old man" at the start of his training under Rayleigh, Rayleigh weakly suggests that Luffy should instead call him "Rayleigh-san," "Rayleigh-sensei" or "Master," but decides to roll with it.
- The Trickster: He gambles his money away, and to pay off old debts, he allows himself to be captured and sold as a slave. Because he looks like an unassuming old man, no-one notices that capturing the Roger Pirates Number Two is playing with fire, so he would usually steal the money of whatever schmuck with more cash than brains once he's bought off, pay off his old debts, and start gambling again. He actually highlights that buying him is bona-fide Schmuck Bait as in his words: "Who'd want to buy me as a slave? I'm an old man!"
A prominent member of the Roger Pirates.
- An Axe to Grind: His main weapon is a pair of small axes.
- Dual Wielding: During Oden flashback, he wieldes two axes to fight the Whitebeard Pirates.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always smiling, just like his captain.
- Theme Naming: Scopper. Continuing the Metal theme of Roger Pirates.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's implied to be the third most powerful member of the Roger Pirates and virtually nothing is known of him in the present.
Voiced by: Gorō Naya (JP, first voice), Masuo Amada (JP, second voice), Jerry Russell (EN, Funi first voice), Burl Procter (EN, Funi second voice)
Age: 71 (Pre-Timeskip), 73 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 102 (Manga), Episode 62 (Anime)
A lighthouse keeper as well as the caretaker of Laboon. He the first person the Straw Hats meet upon entering the Grand Line. After they help Laboon, he tells the crew how the Grand Line works and loans them a Log Pose to navigate the sea. It's later revealed he was on Roger's crew as its doctor. Mostly to help Roger stay alive for one final journey.
- Anime Hair: His hair is Flower-shaped to go with his name.
- Blade on a Stick: During the battle on Edd War, Crocus fights with harpoons.
- Combat Medic: Crocus joined Roger because he was sick and needed a medic to stay alive, but was also a fighter worthy of, at the time, the world's strongest crew. During Oden's flashback, Crocus is shown in combat with the other crewmembers.
- Cool Old Guy: Vivi and Mr. 9 shoots him several times with bazookas, but Crocus comes out okay. And if that isn't badass enough for you, he also used to be a member of Roger's crew.
- Death Glare: Parodied. Crocus tends to give people threatening glares but most of the time he's actually totally harmless.
- Exact Words: While giving the Straw Hats a Log Pose, he tells them that, by proceeding on the Grand Line, they would eventually reach the island where the One Piece is located, but doesn't say that said island is at the end of the Grand Line. It's actually somewhere in the New World, and to find it one needs to collect the four Road Poneglyphs.
- Face of a Thug: Downplayed. Crocus's face is really grumpy and rough, giving the impression that he's threatening someone while, for the most part, he's a nice old man who's been taking care of a whale for almost fifty years. However, Crocus also used to be part of a pirate crew, even if one of the most benevolent ones.
- Implied Death Threat: Don't dare try to shoot him with a cannon. Somebody might end up dead. Especially him. Crocus sounds like he's threatening to kill someone because of his Death Glare but in truth he doesn't mean it, although he did serve in the Oro Jackson so he's bound not to be your average old man.
- Made of Iron: His age doesn't stop him from swimming in a lake of digestive juice or taking several bazooka bullets to the chest.
- Retired Badass: He used to be the doctor of Roger's crew but after the crew disbanded he went back to his job as lighthouse keeper.
- Running Gag: He lampshades his own running gag to stare people threateningly only to claim to be totally harmless in the next panel.
- Younger Than They Look: When he was 21 years old, he already looked middle-aged. Even in the present, at 73, he looks quite a bit more elderly than Sengoku or Rayleigh — both of whom are actually a few years older than him.
Roger sought out Oden to help him translate the Poneglyphs and complete his goal of circumnavigating the world. Oden brought his family (and his retainers Dogstorm and Cat Viper as stowaways) on this journey.
See their entries on the Wano page.
Portgas D. Rouge
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (JP), Taylor Anne Ramsey (EN)
Debut: Chapter 550 (Manga), Episode 0 (Anime)
A mysterious young woman only seen in flashbacks. This is because she was Gold Roger's girlfriend/lover, as well as the mother of his child... Ace. Whom she also died for, holding him in her womb for twenty months to make sure the World Government wouldn't get at him. She ultimately passed away — but not before entrusting Vice-Admiral Garp with the task of taking care of her child, which he did by taking him in as his adoptive grandson. Her full name is Portgas D. Rouge, and she is the first known female carrier of the D initial.
- Death by Childbirth: She died giving birth to Ace. Justified due to the strain of prolonging her pregnancy.
- The Determinator: The only conceivable way she could've deliberately stayed pregnant for 20 months.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies smiling as she gives birth to Ace and entrusts him to Garp.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: She was able to hold Ace in her womb for twenty months.
- Mama Bear: A pacifist example, but still. She held her son in her womb until she found a safe place to give birth to him.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The D in her name is attributed to the mysterious "Will of D", which somehow connects her and Roger and a few other notable individuals throughout the story to the World Government and the Celestial Dragons.
- Plucky Girl: She wouldn't be able to hold Ace in her womb for that long if not for her pluck.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Ace takes a lot from his mom, and not just her name.