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"The Seven Warlords of the Sea inhabit wild regions, and unlicensed pirates are easy targets for their marauding. The government allows the Seven Warlords to raid the seas in return for a cut of their haul. Other pirates call them "government dogs". But they're tough!!!"
Yosaku, chapter 69

The Seven Warlords of the Sea (七武海, Shichibukai, literally translating into the "Seven Military Seas") were a loose group of powerful individual pirates who have allied themselves with the World Government, in exchange for certain benefits. Upon becoming a Warlord, their bounties got frozen, meaning the Marines and World Government stopped actively hunting them. They were permitted to retain their crews, territory, and any operation that they have. In exchange, they were required to hunt other pirates and do the government's bidding when needed, which can include, but is not limited to, helping them fight wars. They were also required to give the World Government a portion of their plunders, though this was rarely followed. Along with the Four Emperors and Marines, the Seven Warlords used to comprise one of the Three Superpowers that define the current era. Although they were referred to as a group, the Warlords never worked together nor do they even like each other; as a result, they mainly served as a supplementary buffer for the World Government against the pirate threat.


While the Marines would rather not work with such characters, they feel as if they have no choice if they want to preserve the "balance" of the world. In light of their abysmal performance, such as the Straw Hat crew regularly managing to defeat one of them, several Warlords being revealed as corrupt or others just plainly betraying the Government, several voices have been raised to scrap the whole system altogether, including a high-ranking World Government figure, Admiral Fujitora.

During the Reverie, Fujitora put his plan to abolish the Warlord system in motion, aided by the kings of the Alabasta and Dressrosa kingdoms, both of which have suffered greatly under the Warlords Crocodile and Doflamingo respectively. The proposal was approved with a majority vote, stripping all Warlords of their titles and privileges, and dismantling the system altogether. The Marines are now moving to arrest the former Warlords, who are now just regular, albeit strong, wanted pirates.


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    In General 
  • 0% Approval Rating: Sort of. While we're seen that individually some of the Warlords aren't so bad and are actually respected by certain parties, the organization as a whole is strongly disliked by civilians, the Marines, and other pirates, primarily because they're pirates allowed to plunder as they please with no consequences. Everybody is pretty happy when the system is abolished and the Warlords are stripped of their immunity, with the only concerns being the possible power vacuum that could result.
  • Animal-Motif Team: The original seven, who also got the corresponding Animal Theme Naming except for Jimbei (who is actually a shark fishman): Dracule Mihawk, Crocodile, Donquixote Doflamingo, Bartolomew Kuma (bear), Gecko Moria, and Boa Hancock. Of the later recruits, Trafalgar Law is nicknamed Tora by Luffy (from the katakana rendering of his name, Torafarugā Rō), which means "tiger", however, Oda states that Law's Animal Motifs is the seal.
  • Artifact Title: They frequently go through periods where they have less than the titular 7 members, due to many of them quitting or being expelled. Even when the Government tries to recruit new privateers over the two-years timeskip, Luffy and his allies reduce their numbers again when they beat Doflamingo, and Trafalgar Law is also kicked out for his alliance with the Straw Hats, leaving the final count at five known members before the system is abolished entirely.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: With the notable exceptions of Dracule Mihawk and Bartholomew Kuma, all the Warlords have large organizations of powerful fighters supporting them, and are usually the biggest and strongest member of the groups they lead, especially with Moria and his zombified crew prior his expulsion from the Warlords.
  • Balance of Power: Collectively, they act as the third great force and the World Government's buffer against the Four Emperors. When the Warlord system is abolished, this balance breaks.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Played with. On paper, they're all allied with the world government and on the same side, but don't get well along and, besides with the summit war, during which they're all called to take part of it, they all do their own business and face the Straw Hats on their own.
  • Boxed Crook: Their bounties are frozen, and they are given certain privileges in exchange for hunting down pirates, and giving a length of their loot to the government.
  • Broken Ace: All of the Seven Warlords of the Sea are supposed to be The Aces who can match the Four Emperors along with the Marines. However, all of the Warlords, save for Blackbeard and Buggy, are people with severe emotional and mental issues. Crocodile had his will broken by the harshness of the Grand Line, and tries to take over a kingdom and turn it into his own military state and utopia. Mihawk is constantly bored since no one can challenge his sword skills. Hancock was enslaved as a child by the World Nobles and has a tattoo permanently embedded on her back. Jimbei lost his captain and friend who was betrayed by humans, his queen was killed by an assassin, and his subordinate Arlong went on to terrorize East Blue after he was freed since Jimbei became a Warlord. Doflamingo is a former World Noble who was exiled, hunted and tormented by people who were wronged by the World Nobles, lost his mom to illness, and was raised by a gang who treated him like a god. Moria had his entire crew wiped out by one of the Four Emperors and tried to create a zombified pirate crew so he never has to experience something like the loss of his friends. Kuma was slowly turned into a mindless cyborg and now has no will of his own. Of the newest members after the two year time-skip, Law had his life ruined because the government covered up how his home got lead poisoning (which caused other kingdoms to wall off his city and kill anyone who tried to escape), he only had a few years to live because of said poisoning, his entire family was murdered by people who thought his illness could be spread, and his mentor figure was murdered saving his life both from Doflamingo and his illness. As for Edward Weevil, he is denied belief that he's Whitebeard's son and is under the thumb of his controlling mother who's more interested in finding Whitebeard's supposed treasure than avenging his death.
  • Bullying a Dragon: On the receiving end of this courtesy of the World Government, which plans simultaneous assaults against all of the Warlords after stripping them of their titles. With the exception of Buggy, none of them are intimidated, and prepare to put up a fight against the Marines.
  • Carnival of Killers: Played With. Not all of of them are directly opposed to Luffy: Mihawk is neutral and interested in Zoro's journey; Hancock pulled a Heel–Face Turn and fell in love with him; Jimbei immediately offered to help Luffy, befriended him, and was even asked to join Luffy's crew (Which he does later on); and Law formally allied with him despite knowing it was against the rules of being a Warlord. Though, the latter two forfeited their positions, with Jimbei promising to come back to Luffy's crew after he took care of some unfinished business.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of them are implied to have a very strong reason for why they're the way they are.
    • Crocodile has a strongly implied one.
    • Moria's entire crew was killed by Kaido, leading to his desire for an indestructible, but expendable army for companionship.
    • Hancock used to be a slave to the Celestial Dragons. This entailed being forced to eat a Devil Fruit for the nobles' amusement, being given a brand marking their slavery, and something that led to her despising all men before she met Luffy.
    • Blackbeard during his short time as a Warlord is also strongly implied to have one by Oda when he drew the Warlords as children — rather than being as carefree as he is now, he is holding both arms around his legs in fetal position while crying
    • Doflamingo's past as a former World Noble. When he was a child his father decided to give up his title as such and leave Mariejois, off to live with his family amongst common people (both heretical ideas amongst World Nobles, who consider themselves above humanity). The people in the place he moved to promptly rose up and tried to kill them all once they learned he was a World Noble. This leads to the family being forced to live in the dumps, and later, his mother dying from illness. He also killed his father out of anger and desire to go back to Mariejois, only to be rejected by the nobles. It's arguable that Doflamingo himself was responsible for some of this, as it was his stereotypical attitude as a World Noble that exposed his family in the first place — although the people's anger towards the World Nobles may have made their suffering inevitable.
    • Law's hometown and everyone in it (including his family) were destroyed, he had a disease that would kill him in three years, and, a few years later, the man who saved his life and served as a father figure to him was murdered... by Doflamingo.
    • Averted with Jimbei, who is the only one so far whose past actually improved his outlook, rather than making him jaded like the others. Though, granted, he did lose his captain in his backstory, and he also had to live with the guilt that comes from knowing that he indirectly helped unleash Arlong on the world.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: The group takes the concept of Recruiting the Criminal and associated tropes and utterly rips it apart.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Defeating one of them is a big deal in the One Piece world, and the World Government's usage of them relies on this never happening to them by anything less than one of the Four Emperors themselves. If it happens to one of them, especially in public, then they risk expulsion. In fact, Moria's Badass Decay is what gets him kicked out, and the only reason he isn't immediately expelled after Luffy beat him is because it's never been made public.
  • The Dreaded:
    • A large part of the reason why the World Government enlists them, and why they allow them to stay. It's later revealed in a conversation with Kuma, that if that reputation is seriously affected (e.g. loss to rookie pirate, poor showing in battle etc.) it could result in their expulsion. Most of them never even personally knew each other before the Paramount War, and have only heard of each other.
    • This principle is demonstrated magnificently by Buggy the Clown's inclusion in the group after Whitebeard's war; being a relatively pathetic fighter, and hilariously weak compared to the other Warlords, is no obstacle if the world and the authorities believe you to be a threat. At the end of the day, the Warlords are a propaganda vehicle used by the World Government to intimidate lesser pirates and those who would dream of joining them as much as dealing with the New World. A criminal that's both cooperative and seen by the joe public as a fearsome big-shot is more than welcome.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite being officially on the side of the World Government, and therefore antagonist to any other pirate crew, they have no problem with secretly allying with another pirate crew for their own gain.
  • Expy: Several theories arrive to the conclusion that the Seven Heroes from Romancing Saga 2 served as templates for the original lineup of the Seven Warlords. Nothing has been confirmed so far, but there are enough coincidences between both groups that can't be simply brushed aside.
    • Boa Hancock = Rocbouquet. Queens of tropical islands inhabited by warrior women that are capable of charming men with temptation-related skills. Also, the only females in their respective groups.
    • Gecko Moria = Kujinshi. Both of them possess the ability to steal souls and can create zombies. They also butt heads regularly with their respective groups albeit for different reasons (Moria is just a Jerkass while Kujinshi is loathed by the rest of the heroes for his ill-mannered behavior and impulsive nature).
    • Bartholomew Kuma = Dantarg. "Tyrants" who modified their bodies to become stronger.
    • Donquixote Doflamingo = Bokuohn. Puppet masters extraordinaire with armies of slaves at their biding.
    • Jinbei = Subier. Mermen who control the flow of the ocean to use as a weapon.
    • Dracule Mihawk = Noel. Powerful swordsmen with strict codes of honor.
    • Sir Crocodile = Wagnas. While Wagnas lacks sand-relates powers, his plot involves a search for an ancient inscription telling the location of a powerful weapon which he plans to use to take over a country, mirroring Crocodile's plot in the Alabasta Arc.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Their experiences on the seas has given all of them a cynical outlook on the world in some form, either about the Golden Age Of Piracy, or concepts such as justice, and belief in morality. However, none of them are nihilistic, and some such as Crocodile, Doflamingo and Teach sought to dominate the world in some form either by imposing their own values or by superior military might. Jimbei is an inversion as his life started out rough, but became gradually optimistic as time went on. Zig-Zagged with Law, who started off as a very kind child, then became a cold, evil, and heartless nihilist after his first tragedy, but softened slightly thanks to the influence of a beloved parental figure; while he's definitely jaded and still rather cold as an adult, he is still capable of compassion and empathy.
  • Mysterious Past: So far, we know very little about their pasts, even the more recent members. We just know that they're very famous. Only Hancock's and Jimbei's backstories were shown in some detail. Later subverted for two of the members when Law's and Doflamingo's pasts were revealed in full.
  • The Notable Numeral: "The Seven Warlords of the Sea", or "Ouka Shichibukai" in Japanese. "Shichibukai" in particular puts an emphasis of the number of people who share the same title.
  • One-Man Army: Just one of them was enough to take over a country for the World Government. Or "liberate it" as they call it. Crocodile was assigned as "Alabasta's guardian."
  • Privateers: Only Kuma seems to actually follow through his job and even he can't be trusted completely.
  • Reality Ensues: With several public betrayals, multiple losses to the Straw Hats (only their fearsome reputations gave the system any merit), and the fact that they generally don't ever listen to legal authorities, even the corrupt World Government has to admit that the Warlords are much more trouble than they are worth. Inevitably, when two kings whose kingdoms were devastated by the treachery of Warlords motioned to have the system abolished, it eventually passes with a majority vote.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: They're called "government dogs" for a reason. As a lot of the tropes on this page shows, there are a lot of problems with this. See Deconstructed Character Archetype above. By the time of the Reverie, things have gotten so bad that Vegapunk is working on a project to render the Seven Warlords unnecessary. Then Kings Riku and Cobra outright abolish the Warlord System altogether.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Subverted, as the earliest members introduced (Mihawk, Crocodile, Doflamingo, Kuma) were also among the strongest that the Warlords had to offer, while later introductions range from powerful but not quite on par with the earlier introductions (Hancock) to surprisingly weak (Moria).
  • The Starscream: Despite allying with the World Government, the Warlords are hardly loyal to them. With the exception of Mihawk, they have all at one point displayed either utter contempt or blatant traitorous actions towards the Government. It's not exactly hard to blame them, either.
  • Superpower Lottery: One thing most of them (both current and former members who ate a Devil Fruit) share in common is that most of them happened to have obtained very powerful and unique Devil Fruit abilities, which they have complete mastery over (except former member Law, who's still young and improving, and Blackbeard, who instead goes on to take other powers). In Gecko Moria's case, his ability was the only thing that kept him up to par with the other Warlords for a while. Even Crocodile's comparatively mundane Logia power is unique among Logia's in a way, since it has a secondary ability to drain all the liquid from a person's body.
  • Super Toughness: All the known members share the trait of being horrendously difficult to put down, with some being more justifiable like the high-tech durable cyborg Kuma and Fishman Jimbei who are naturally more durable than any human and some more bizarre like Doflamingo and Crocodile who are fully human but can tank monstrous amounts of damage even by superhuman standards.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: None of them really care for the World Government, and some have been only to betray them on occasion. Even the supposedly most loyal member have saved the Straw Hat Pirates twice. They're also not the best of buds, the narration noting that the very idea of them working together during the build-up to the Paramount War is unthinkable. However they do manage to work briefly together to bring down Oars Jr.
  • Ultimate Job Security: The crap they're allowed to get away with is staggering. The WG apparently considers the pirate problem so dire that they're willing to overlook one of them switching sides in the battlefield (sorta), another planning a Zombie Apocalypse, and one running a slave ring even after it was abolished two centuries before (though the main reason why that was overlooked was because it catered to the World Nobles and because he had blackmail material on the World Nobles, giving him significantly more leeway than any other Warlord). Though one of the major things that guarantees an expulsion is a very public loss to a relative upstart and/or being exposed as attempting to take over a member state of the Reverie ("liberating countries" is perfectly fine, though). The only other way for them to get kicked out besides the aforementioned Badass Decay is for them to act directly against the World Government very publicly, such as what Crocodile and Jimbei did, as it basically means a resignation from the group.
    • It is because of this benefit that marines Vice-Admiral Smoker and Admiral Fujitora find issue with the entire system as a whole, since smart, ambitious and downright cunning pirates can abuse this privilege and essentially get away with crimes against humanity; Crocodile almost succeeded with taking over Alabasta while Doflamingo DID succeed with Dressrosa, ruling over its people for ten long years. It also doesn't help that when their crimes come to light, the World Government will do everything in its power to make sure that the truth is silenced. The main issue comes down to the basic idea being "Find the most powerful and dangerous pirates you can, then give them a full pardon in exchange for their word that they are totally definitely working on your side", which sums up the competence of the WG as a whole.
    • Doflamingo is an extreme example of this, as even nearly wiping out a country once his tyranny is exposed wouldn't have been enough to warrant an expulsion by itself, and it take an Admiral to publicly apologize before the deposed former ruler and exposing his carnage to the world, as well as the Marines arresting him, acting independent of the WG's orders, for the WG to stop dragging its heels and take action. It is because of his pull with the Celestial Dragons that he's been helding such privileges, which are a wide berth even by Warlord standards. In fact, he was given Warlord status in the first place because he kept raiding ships with tributes to the Celestial Dragons, and the WG figured that putting a massive bounty on his head clearly wasn't doing shit to stop him.
    • Averted by the end of the Reverie Arc. The shit they've pulled throughout the story has led to the abolishment of the Warlord System, with their former 'allies' gladly baying for their blood immediately after.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted; as the story has progressed Luffy has defeated a few and befriended others, but their threat level has only increased, especially after entering the New World, with Doflamingo himself saying he has too gotten stronger during the two years timeskip. Moria gets kicked out because he plays the trope straight and has gotten too weak for the standard of a Warlord.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Following the abolishment of the Warlord system, the Marines launch a simultaneous attack against all former members to capture them.

Members at the Start of the Story

These are the original 7 Warlords as they appear in the story; a few of them get deposed and have others take their place.

    "Hawk-Eyes" Dracule Mihawk 

"Hawk-Eyes" Dracule Mihawk

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP), Hirohiko Kakegawa (JP, Episode 461+), Chris Collet (EN, 4Kids), John Gremillion (EN, Funi), Jorge Badillo (Latin American Spanish)

Age: 41 (Pre-Timeskip), 43 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 49 (Manga), Episode 23 (Anime)
Click here to see his casual attire 

"A sword with power alone is not powerful."

The first of the Seven Warlords to be formally introduced, with his appearance marking their very first mention in the story, Dracule Mihawk currently carries the title of the "Greatest swordsman in the world." Unlike practically every other pirate and even the other Warlords, he is a loner, sailing the seas in a small boat and never interacting with others unless absolutely necessary. He is said to have had a rivalry with Shanks and has dueled with him in the past, with the duel being truly legendary. It is Zoro's ultimate goal to defeat him, and after seeing his warrior spirit, Mihawk urged Zoro to become stronger and surpass him one day. Despite the fact he has unfathomably strong and nearly incontestable skills, he is a reclusive man who prefers solitude, and only comes to meetings at Navy Headquarters when his interest is piqued by something or it is mandatory. He is also the only member of the Warlords who does his job the most honestly and dutifully, attacking nobody but other pirates who antagonize the World Government and rarely, if ever, showing disobedience or engaging in deceitful activities.

As revealed in Vivre Card — One Piece Visual Dictionary (the sixth databook, being released as a set of cards over a period of time), Mihawk was famous even before the Great Pirate Era started, and while he was issued a bounty, it remains unknown. He has enough skill to match Shanks in a sword duel — though this has fallen by the wayside now that Shanks has lost his good arm.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The thing can cut through entire ships and mountains of ice without so much as a scratch.
  • Accent Adaptation: He has a French-Caribbean accent in the 4kids dub.
  • Aloof Ally: To the Marines. Granted, the Warlords aren't exactly known for keeping up their end of the agreement, but it's particularly telling that both the Marines and his fellow Warlords themselves are visibly surprised when Mihawk actually starts to fight for real with them.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He has an interesting take on this trope. In his first appearance he mocked Zoro, for saying his goal was to defeat Mihawk, and Luffy, for wanting to be the Pirate King, saying they were foolish and lofty. However, he seems to greatly admire, or at least approve of, those who have the will to actually try achieving their ambitions no matter how lofty or impossible they are. So it's not so much he has a high opinion of ambition itself, but that he has much greater respect for the will to achieve it.
  • Animal Motifs: The hawk, for having sharp, narrow eyes. He's even nicknamed "Hawk-Eye".
  • Anti-Villain: He works as a Warlord who opposes pirates... and yet he helps the Straw Hats on several occasions. He also isn't as bloodthirsty as his fellow Warlords.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's the best Master Swordsman in the world, and he does not shy from telling his opponents how insignificant they are in his eyes. That being said, he is capable of recognizing Worthy Opponents, and even trained one of them, encouraging him to surpass him.
  • Audible Sharpness: As befitting the most powerful sword in the world.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Platonic version. Mihawk readily agrees to let Perona go to help Moria after ill news regarding him pop up, making him alone for the first time in two years. Also counts as a Pet the Dog moment as he is ensuring her protection, making her leave the island before the full force of the Marines attack them due to the abolishment of the Seven Warlords System.
  • Badass Boast: Two memorable ones so far:
    Mihawk: "I'm not the kind of fool who hunts rabbits with a cannon." (chapter 51)
    Mihawk: "I can't be bothered to remember the name of every bug I step on."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Not as impressive as Crocodile's, but just look at the picture! If the whole Warlord of the Sea thing doesn't work out, he could always go look for work in the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Badass Longcoat: With a lovely paisley pattern too.
  • Badass Normal: He lacks a Devil Fruit and he is a (presumably) normal human being. He's also the greatest swordsman in the world who kicks just as much ass as the other, super powered Warlords.
  • BFS: His famed Black Blade: Night (Kokutou Yoru) is pretty fucking big.
  • Black Swords Are Better: His Black Blade: Night's (Kokutou Yoru) blade is a shiny black; it's considered the greatest sword in the world. Mihawk also taught Zoro the importance of reinforcing a sword with Armament Haki, which in concentrated form becomes visible as a black layer over whatever it's applied to. Which incidentally gives Mihawk the added advantage of it being impossible for opponents to tell if he's using Armament Haki or not, since his blade is already black by default.
  • Blood Knight: Subtly, due to him being The Stoic, but there. Unlike almost every other big name pirate seen in the series, Mihawk has no crew, area of influence, or plans in motion. His only real interest appears to be fighting strong enemies. As mentioned in Broken Ace and Victory Is Boring, this has left him unfulfilled. This is the reason he's willing to train Zoro, whose life goal is to defeat him. Though at first he considered the request for training to mean he was mistaken about Zoro having the potential to be a Worthy Opponent, he changes his mind upon discovering that Zoro didn't want to be trained for his own sake but to aid his captain. Despite having few personal relationships of his own, Mihawk respected Zoro's willingness to place loyalty above pride. His reaction to a Marine battalion converging on his home of Gloom Island is a smirk, stating that he hasn't had a good thrill for a long time.
  • Broken Ace: Seems to be rather disillusioned with the world after becoming the greatest sword-wielder in the world and not having someone at his level.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When two prisoners from Impel Down asked if he remembered them while they started to attack, his response was, "I don't remember the name of every insect I crush."
  • Calling Your Attacks: Averted. Mihawk doesn't so much as grunt when he attacks, regardless of who he's attacking or how.
  • Call to Agriculture: Is depicted as tending to a field with Perona and the humandrills on one cover.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The anime has him jump several hundred feet into the air before trying to impale Luffy. Then there's that whole business with him chopping a mountain of ice in half!
  • Cherry Tapping: Uses a dinner knife to fight Zoro (who's using all three of his swords), and easily overpowers him.
  • The Comically Serious: In the anime, after Luffy defeats Arlong and earns his first bounty, Mihawk visits Shanks to deliver the news. A joyous Shanks decides to start partying (again, despite being hung over from partying the night before) and offers Mihawk a drink. Mihawk keeps that eternally serious look on his face... and chugs the whole thing in one go.
  • Consummate Professional: He is the only member of the original group of Warlords to never actually betray the World Government. The closest he's ever come is taking Zoro on as a student, and it can be argued that by doing so, he has made Zoro his subordinate, thus making him untouchable to the Marinesnote . There's also his friendship with Shanks, but seeing as Jimbei has a similar relationship with Whitebeard (until his death) and the World Government doesn't imprison him for it until it causes him to betray it the upcoming Paramount War, it seems that connection is not a concern to them. Which may or may not be because Shanks himself is on speaking terms with the Five Elder Stars.
  • Cool Sword: The Black Blade: Night (Kokutou Yoru), which is fittingly considered the strongest sword in the world.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: He wears a cross-shaped necklace, and his sword has a very large hilt that resembles one.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He is by far the world's strongest swordsman and wins almost every fight effortlessly. Of special note is his first duel against Zoro, which emphasizes how much the latter has to improve to challenge Mihawk again. The only time on-screen someone is giving him a good fight Mihawk isn't using any of the skills he has displayed earlier.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After Zoro challenges him to a duel, he brings out his cross pendant and reveals a six-inch dagger (that he uses for eating with), explaining that he's not the type to use unnecessary force against weaklings:
    Mihawk: Sorry, but this is the smallest knife I've got.
  • Determinator: Mihawk dogged Luffy during Marineford more than any other character save Akainu. Even when someone showed up to stop Mihawk's pursuit, it never lasted long, and once they were dealt with or distracted by another opponent, Mihawk went right back to pursuing Luffy.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He hunted Don Krieg's fleet across the Grand Line and utterly destroyed it because... they woke him up from his nap. That, and to kill time.
  • The Dreaded: Standard fare of all Warlords, but his Killing Intent during the Marineford War was potent enough to deter even Luffy from attacking him directly.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Even before making a proper appearance, he casually slices in a ship in two with a single swing, immediately showing how strong he is, and then arrives in a small coffin-shaped boat, sitting in a silent and confident pose, which gives him a shroud of mystery.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: When Vista fought Mihawk during Marineford, Mihawk spent the first half not even looking at Vista, deflecting his blows, and doing an internal monologue about Luffy's ability to sway both former enemies and complete strangers to his side. That said, it was obvious that Vista wasn't taking it seriously himself, and Mihawk made it clear that Vista was not someone who he took lightly.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: In his first full appearance, Mihawk's hat is covering his eyes, then he raises his head, revealing his sharp red eyes full of killing intent.
  • Famed in Story: His duel with Shanks was reputed to have shaken the Grand Line. The fact that Whitebeard of all people said that it was still ringing in his ears is the icing on the cake.
  • Final Boss Preview:
    • For Zoro. The Straw Hats' swordsman gets to fight Mihawk very early on but is completely overpowered by the man. Mihawk wasn't even using his main weapon!
    • Also more minor one for the crew as a whole, as he shows them just a taste of what awaits on the Grand Line and beyond.
  • Foil: To Shanks. Both are extremely talented and notorious swordsman who act as the motivating figure in two of the main characters arcs (Shanks for Luffy, Mihawk for Zoro), but contrast in several key ways:
    • Shanks is normally friendly and laid-back, but is implied to have an extremely dangerous and ruthless side should he be pissed off. Mihawk is cold and aloof, but has a Hidden Heart of Gold.
    • Shanks is always accompanied by his True Companions and is often shown having parties with them. Mihawk has always been a loner prior to the Time Skip.
    • Shanks, for the vast majority of the series, is a distant childhood figure who Luffy aims to surpass, with the time when they finally reunite being teased multiple times. Mihawk's relationship with Zoro is considerably more personable, even mentoring him over the Time Skip.
  • Friendly Enemy: To the Straw Hat crew, after a fashion. Specifically, he keeps tabs on Luffy's and Zoro's growth as pirates, boasts that Luffy's goal of becoming Pirate King is more dangerous than surpassing Mihawk himself (which is Zoro's dream), gives a mental apology to Shanks before fighting Luffy at Marineford, and agrees to train Zoro during the Time Skip for the sake of Zoro being better able to protect his True Companions.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He was this during the East Blue Saga. He's not technically the superior of anyone the Straw Hats fought in East Blue, but he's a Grand Line major and thus has larger "scope" of power.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: While he may be an aloof loner, his interactions with Shanks, Zoro and Perona show Mihawk ultimately isn't that bad a guy.
  • High Collar of Doom: Wears one beffiting such a Badass person.
  • Hilarity Ensues:
    • To try to get away from Mihawk, Luffy uses Buggy as a human shield, then throws the top half of the poor guy at Mihawk. What follows is nothing short of pure comedy gold.
    • Mihawk coming back to his creepy castle and finding out that Perona and Zoro had taken up residence while he was away.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Deliberately invoked: He decided it was more beneficial to spend a few years training Zoro, who has stated that his only real goal in life is to defeat Mihawk, rather than wait around for possibly decades before he could get a good match out of him.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Not exactly "die", but he seems slightly bitter about the fact that Shanks lost his dominant arm.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mihawk towers at 6'6. Perona is only 5'2. So far, a non-romantic example.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Mihawk will only exert what he thinks is the minimum required effort to fight his opponent and thus rarely shows the entirety of his abilities. He will even refrain from using his signature weapon and would settle for his small cross dagger if he thinks that's all he would need. He only goes all out on those he deems worthy of fighting.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Effortlessly holds off Zoro's three swords with a knife, deflects bullets with his sword, and slices through a ship the size of an office building with just one swing. Without making physical contact with the ship. Then there's this. There's a reason people (in-universe) call it "the World's Strongest Slash".
  • I Need You Stronger: During the duel between Zoro and Mihawk at the Baratie, Mihawk is far stronger than Zoro and easily defeats him, but is impressed by his will and determination and tells him get stronger so that they can have a rematch in the future. Mihawk actively reinforces this after he accepts to train Zoro over the two years time-skip.
    Mihawk: "My name is Dracule Mihawk!! It's too soon for you to die. Discover yourself. See the world!! And grow strong, Roronoa Zoro!!! However long it may take, I shall await you at the top. Strive with your whole heart and mind to best this blade, fierce one!!! Strive to surpass me, Roronoa Zoro!!!"
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Perona who is in her mid-twenties and himself in his forties.
  • I Shall Taunt You: When Zoro challenges him in East Blue, Mihawk apologizes that he doesn't have anything smaller than his six-inch dagger, enraging Zoro. Still, Zoro can't even land a hit on him
  • It Amused Me:
    • Mihawk's stated reason for hunting the remainder of Krieg's fleet from the Grand Line all the way to East Blue and utterly destroying it?
    Mihawk: "For fun."
    • It's also implied to be the reason why he joined the Warlords in the first place; considering one of this guy's former rivals is currently one of the Four Emperors, it makes you wonder why he even bothers with the Government in the first place.
  • Killing Intent: Meeting his eyes cause people to sense his murderous intent running so deep it causes most of them to reconsider, even Luffy is given pause when their eyes meet in Marineford. Even better, it's never stated that Hawkeye has Conqueror's Haki, meaning he may just be that intimidating.
  • Ki Manipulation: He can use Armament Haki, and he taught Zoro about it.
  • Knife Nut: Though not to the same extent that the trope is typically applied, he only uses it to conserve his power against the obviously outmatched Zoro.
  • Knight of Cerebus: No enemy prior to his introduction and for quite a while afterwards posed as much of a threat to Luffy and the others as Mihawk did during the few brief chapters he appeared in.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Averted. Mihawk is a very solitary man, yet his prowess is such that he's a rather feared and respected presence whenever he appears anywhere. That and the fact that he's not above spending some time with people he finds worthy such as Shanks (whom he's known for a very long time) or Zoro (whom he took as an apprentice). And now, he also has Perona as a sidekick of sorts, and doesn't seem to mind her presence despite her exhuberant personality.
  • Master Swordsman: Mihawk is renowned for being the world's strongest swordsman, and hardly anyone is close to him when it comes to swordsmanship.
  • Meaningful Name: He's called Hawkeye and possesses tremendous eyesight, able to keep track of Flash Stepping targets.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Is remarkably good-looking, and often appears in an opened shirt or shirtless under his trench-coat. Has quite the following among the female fans of the show.
  • Mysterious Past: Despite being the very first Warlord introduced in the story, 800+ chapters later he's still the one we know the least about. In fact, all that's really known about him is that he and Shanks used to be rivals, and that he was famous before Roger's execution. Nothing else about his background, where he's from, whether he had a crew at some point, how he gained the title of Greatest Swordsman in the World, etc. has been revealed at all.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Having the namesake of Dracula and a ferocious animal (hawk) in his name.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a musketeer hat completed by a giant plume, showing his wealth.
  • Noble Demon: He works alongside the government, but so far he has yet to display any outright antagonistic actions in the series save for opposing Luffy during the Marineford Arc and even then, it was just business. Mihawk has been shown to have a cordial relationship with Shanks and even hopes Zoro will surpass him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's visually based on real pirate Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts, who also lived in a hard-to-reach creepy castle.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: He and Shanks, an Emperor of the Sea, had a swordfighting duel in the past . A duel that, according to fellow Emperor Whitebeard, was "enough to shake the Grand Line". When Shanks lost his dominant arm saving Luffy from a Sea King, Mihawk didn't find him as challenging enough to duel anymore so he stopped. This is also one reason why he's so bored of being The World's Greatest Swordsman as being the best in the world meant no challenger can give him a satisfactory match. When he sees a bunch of Marine ships rolling up to his island after the abolition of the Warlord system, he is visibly amused and remarks that it has been a while since he saw some real action.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: While he will use a proportional amount of force to take down the threat, see Strong as They Need to Be, he will still not hold back when fighting at that level. He keeps a cool face and attacks to defeat his enemy swiftly.
  • Nothing Personal: In general, any time he's opposing the Strawhats. He holds no ill will towards them, and is even a bit friendly, and normally only antagonizes them when it's his job to do so.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He wears a dark longcoat and bares his unscathed chest and abs underneath as indicator of self-confidence and showing that he's never gotten a scar in a fight.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • He breaks out into full grins twice, back to back. First when Luffy tells him his goal, and then when Zoro swears he would never lose to anyone again. He also burst out laughing (with the stereotypical Mwahahaha!") when Zoro begs him to become his disciple.
    • Chapter 747's cover story shows him visibly irritated by bear cubs crawling over him.
    • When a Marine battalion rolls up to his island after the abolition of the Warlords, he makes no attempt to hide the fact that he is looking forward to a good fight.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • With Perona, a loud and outspoken Perky Goth girl nearly half his age. Though we've only gotten brief looks at their story during the Timeskip, apparently Perona warmed up to Mihawk enough to go back to his island after dropping off Zoro.
    • A larger example would be with his old rival Shanks. Shanks is comfortable enough with inviting him to party, and he's even more different from Mihawk than Perona, being Fun Personified and all.
  • Older Than He Looks: Would you believe he was 41 when he was first introduced? (And 19 when he attended Roger's execution.)
  • One-Hit Kill: When he's serious or doesn't want to lose time, most of his fights end in a single blow.
  • One-Man Army: The man can cut galleys in half with no effort, and does so for fun. Also he deserves special mention amongst the Warlords as a whole for being the only member who has no crew to speak of, meaning that whatever danger he poses, is his merit alone.
  • Opt Out: The moment Shanks shows up at Marineford, Mihawk puts his sword away, and says fighting Shanks wasn't part of the agreement, and makes his exit.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Well when you can single-handedly sink an entire fleet of ships and slice a frozen tsunami in half...
  • Razor Wind: Bordering on Sword Beam. Bonus points for being the same eerie green as the candles on his boat.
  • Red Baron: He has two. He's called "Hawkeye" Mihawk because of his penetrating and intimidating eyes and is referred as "The World's Greatest Swordsman."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes make his glare more threatening and emphasize his dangerousness.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Shanks' red. The two are rivals, with him being the serious one to Shanks' carefree.
  • The Rival: To Shanks. This changed after Shanks lost his arm, however. He also see Zoro as having the potential to someday become his new rival, even deciding to train him specifically for the job.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: When Mihawks accepts Zoro, which is after having him defeat an army of swordsmen monkeys, Mihawks mentions his training methods will be rather extreme and Zoro might not survive them.
  • Smug Super: Mihawk is always calm and stoic, so while it's not very evident and he doesn't vocally communicates it, his body language suggests an extreme self-confidence. Mihawk often looks down on his opponents and elevates himself above the common people. That said, his fame as "the world's strongest swordsman" is well deserved and no other swordsman in the series has given him a true challenge. At the same time, Mihawk can recognize the value of other fighters like Zoro, despite the latter being far weaker than him, and admits that Whitebeard is much stronger than him.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Averted. Mihawks debut marks the first mention of the Seven Warlords, but he's shown to be stronger than many of the Warlords who have debuted after him. After the time-skip, Zoro claims to still not be on Mihawk's level, despite the Straw Hats having already defeated a couple of Warlords.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There's were some minor contention on whether his first name is "Dracule" or some variation of "Juraquille", though the former is the spelling almost universally accepted by the western world. And it ultimately resolved with the release of the One Piece Databook Green. It's "Dracule".
  • The Stoic: One of the most serious characters in the One Piece world, you'll hardly even see this man smile, let alone raise his voice.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Mihawk's entire philosophy on fighting, and swordsmanship in particular, is using only as much force as you need to get the job done, and not an ounce more. When he fights Zoro in the East Blue, he only uses a six-inch knife and is able to best Zoro's three-sword style effortlessly. He decides to go all on Zoro only after the latter as proven to be a Worthy Opponent.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: In the anime, his eyes are colored yellow to reinforce the Animal Motif Theme Naming. All but the most badass of fighters start quaking in their boots looking directly at them.
  • Super Senses: Mihawk's sharp eyes allow him to see and follow even people going at supersonic speed, like Luffy in Gear Second, there's a reason he's called "Hawk-Eye".
  • Sword Beam: How Mihawk can cut down things many times larger than himself. He also fired one at Whitebeard during the Marineford War, and it was indeed big enough that it would've cleaved Whitebeard's ship in half if it wasn't redirected to the sky by Whitebeard Pirates' 2nd division commander "Diamond" Jozu.
  • Sword Lines: In the anime, his Black Blade Night leaves a green (originally purple) trail behind it when it's swung.
  • Tempting Fate: Literally. The whole reason Mihawk attacked Luffy during Marineford was just to see whether or not Luffy would somehow be able to get away from him alive.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Which, believe it or not, is a Nonstandard Character Design.
  • Underestimating Badassery: On the receiving end. Despite being aware of Mihawk's fame, Zoro challenges him for the title of the world's strongest swordman and Mihawk accepts but decides to use only a small knife. It ends with a complete victory for Mihawk.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His complete thrashing of Don Krieg's fleet has led the latter to return to the East Blue and invade Baratie. Not that he cares the slightest about what would happen to the Baratie.
  • Victory Is Boring: Certainly gives this impression. His constant search for a rival, combined with the fact that he's known to attack entire fleets over something as trivial as disturbing his nap, seems to be his way of alleviating boredom.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Initially with his first voice actor, Mihawk sounds much older than his age suggests, though he often used that vocal tone for doing Big Bad characters like Demon King Piccolo in the 80s. his new voice, Hirohiko Kakegawa does not have this problem, sounding more appropriate for his age.
  • Wine Is Classy: When not out slaughtering pirates, he can be seen relaxing in his mansion with a book and a glass of red wine. His entry in the Vivre Card — One Piece Visual Dictionary reveals red wine is his favorite food.
  • World's Best Warrior: Everyone in the setting recognizes him as the greatest swordsman in the world, and he more than lives up to the honor. It is said that Shanks, an emperor, has clashed equally with him in the past and the only one to not get quickly stomped in a duel against him is Vista, a very high-ranking subordinate of Whitebeard, and neither party takes the fight very seriously. Every other swordsman shown has simply paled in comparison to him, even Zoro, who Mihawks owns using a small knife in their first duel. Actually, even after the time skip and all that training he did, Zoro freely admits he's still not the world's greatest swordsman while talking down on one of Doflamingo's top officer. It's implied he may have been the strongest of the Warlords, considering he's famed for being able to match an Emperor like Shanks in might while being hailed as the strongest Swordsman while the other Warlords are shown to either be terrified of or inferior to the might of the Emperors when faced in combat.
  • The Worf Effect: The first thing he does in his appearance is to humiliate Zoro in a duel, making clear to both him and the audience that Zoro still has a long way before achieving his dream. During the Marineford arc, Mihawk proves just how outclassed Luffy really is compared to what's waiting in the New World. In the anime, Mihawk defeats Jimbei, who had interrupted his schooling of Luffy, in one blow.
  • Worthy Opponent: Originally with Shanks, but after Shanks lost his arm Mihawk no longer considered him as such. Once he met Zoro he started hoping the latter would fill the role, after he does some major level grinding at least. He also clearly saw Vista as one; while it was clear that neither party was taking that fight seriously, Mihawk stated that any swordsman who knew their shit would know and respect Vista's name and power.

    "Desert King" Sir Crocodile 

"Desert King" Sir Crocodile

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), David Brimmer (EN, 4Kids), John Swasey (EN, Funi), Francisco Villasis (Latin American Spanish)

Age: 44 (Pre-Timeskip), 46 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 126 (Manga), Episode 76 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Sand-Sand Fruit

"Justice is only for the people who take it."

Crocodile is the second of the Seven Warlords of the Sea to be formally introduced and serves as the main antagonist of the Alabasta Saga. During his early travels, he eventually became disillusioned and began to view those who sailed for fortune and glory to be two-bit upstarts. He secretly formed a criminal organization called Baroque Works, whose public aim was to take over the prosperous country of Alabasta and create a utopia and lead it as its president. To accomplish this, he worked to undermine the influence of Alabasta's King by publicly defeating criminals before the royal army could, and by exploiting a drought in order to pit the kingdom against an army of rebels. His Devil Fruit, the Sand-Sand Fruit (Suna Suna no Mi), lets him turn into and control sand, a very useful ability in the desert kingdom of Alabasta.

After Luffy defeats him and his plot to take over Alabasta is revealed to the World Government, he loses his status as a Warlord.

His bounty at the time he became a Warlord was 81,000,000 berries. With his removal from the organization and it's eventual dissolution as a whole, it's unknown if his bounty has been raised.

  • Affably Evil: As of the Impel Down arc Crocodile seems to have become this, leaning towards being an Anti-Hero. He seems to have civil, pleasant talks with Jimbei on the way to Marineford. Crocodile even gives information to the rest about things such as Awakened Devil Fruit abilities. Not to mention his heroic actions at Marineford. Even with the idea that maybe he doesn't like the Marines having it their own way, those are incredible risks to take to save Ace, Luffy, and Jimbei. He wasn't too nice to consider killing all of Buggy's followers if they made trouble, however.
  • Almighty Janitor: While he doesn't have a small bounty, it is considerably lower than a lot of his fellow Warlords. It was revealed in the series that his bounty wasn't reflective of everything he was capable of, and had the government been aware of his criminal underworld actions, it would have at least been twice as much.
  • Animal Motifs: The crocodile, keeping monstrous crocodiles as pets and having a scar that resembles a crocodile's smile.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Baroque Works Saga in general and the Alabasta arc in particular.
  • Arch-Enemy: He has more than earned Vivi's hatred, that of the Royal Courts, and possibly that of all of Alabasta when his crimes came to light. In fact, he's probably the only person that Vivi desired and attempted to kill. Also, Luffy's live-and-let-live tendencies after meeting his old enemies in the Impel Down Arc turned off as soon as he saw him again, but it was later subverted as the arc went on, and through battling together in the Paramount War. He himself had one in Whitebeard.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Is every bit as powerful (and then some) as he lets on.
  • Ax-Crazy: Whenever he is particularly angry, he becomes dangerously blood crazed and sadistic to a fault.
  • Badass Boast: Upon seeing Mihawk cut down the only henchman he actually likes, Crocodile takes him on, parrying Mihawk's Black Sword with just his hook, and telling Mihawk to tread carefully, because "[he's] in a very bad mood right now."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Goes to battle while dressed like a blinged-out mafia don, complete with a ring on almost every finger and a pimpin' green fur coat. In fact, after being broken out of prison by Luffy and Ivankov, he actually takes the time to get similar clothing before making their escape in earnest. He now sports an all-black version of his Alabasta outfit, which is universally considered to be much more badass than his old one.
  • Bad Boss: Regardless of how well you've served him, it's very unlikely that you'll survive working for him. If he likes you, you're fine; unfortunately, Daz Bones is literally the only subordinate who qualifies. Anyone else will be kept around only as long as they remain enough of an asset to justify their existence; fuck up even once, and you're probably a dead man unless you're difficult to replace or have otherwise been useful enough to warrant his giving you a second chance, and even then, he may still kill you down the line. There are hints that he used to be a better boss in his previous pirate life before his downfall.
  • Batman Gambit: Turning the people against the king by making them think he's behind the drought.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't make an error when you're reporting the result of a mission to him. Even if you succeed in the long run, he'll have you killed for it.
    • Also he has a very low tolerance for insults and nonsense.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While he's the main and most dangerous antagonist in the Alabasta Arc, in the Summit War, where many of the strongest players of the One Piece world are involved, Crocodile is relatively less of a threat but acts as cocky and full of himself as in Alabast. Crocodile claims that he wants to kill Whitebeard. However, during the war, not only can he not get past the henchman who are protecting Whitebeard, but he also isn't even able to inflict any damage to Whitebeard. At the end of the arc he gets overshadowed by Blackbeard, who manages to kill Whitebeard, and Admiral Akainu, who kills Ace and emotionally breaks down Luffy.
  • Bloody Murder: After two consecutive defeats, in both of which he's nearly killed, Luffy is finally able to beat Crocodile by using his own blood to take advantage of Crocodile's vulnerability to liquid, since blood contains water.
  • Blow You Away/Tornado Move: His Sables, a sandstorm/tornado, and the more compressed version Sables: Pesado
  • Body Horror: Crocodile can use his sand powers to absord the water from the body of whoever he touches, which turns the victim into an emaciated husk.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: His Bananadile Death Trap is right out of a Bond movie, just like its owner, with predictable results for killing anyone when you're not even looking. Also you would think the second time he beat Luffy he'd make sure he had a corpse.
    • Although it's slightly subverted in one regard: the key he tosses into the Bananadile pit for Vivi to recover is a fake, as he has no intention of letting her rescue the Straw Hats. Were it not for the unexpected survival of Mr. 3, they would've stayed trapped indefinitely.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: While he rarely shows it, Crocodile is quite strong as he can easily block a twohanded slash from Mihawk, a man that can cut glaciers with shockwaves. That he does it with one arm only cements it.
  • The Chessmaster: One of the biggest in the series' history. The country of Alabasta sees him as their greatest protector, while he secretly controls the criminal organization Baroque Works, who likewise do not know his real identity. Anything strange that happens in Alabasta can be traced back to Crocodile's plans: from sandstorms to a countrywide drought to the formation of a rebel army. The final plan of Baroque Works boils down to using the peoples' love for their country to destroy it and allow Crocodile to take over a country that loves him. And that's just the beginning. Alabasta was in no way picked at random. The World Government (which Crocodile also nominally serves as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea) takes a dim view of any revolutionary activity, so once his betrayal became known Crocodile would need to control a nation that would give him the power to stand up to them. Like one that hides the secret to finding the ancient superbattleship Pluton. Guess what's encoded onto a tablet in the Alabasta royal tomb.
  • Cigar Chomper: He's always shown smoking a cigar, which gives him a mafia boss-style look.
  • Climax Boss: While the series has continued long since his defeat, the Alabasta arc, and Crocodile's defeat at Luffy's hands, actually kicked off a lot of the major events that are still transpiring in the manga. Not to mention that, according to Oda, One Piece was originally written to last around 5 years and end with the Alabasta Arc. So, it's no surprise that Crocodile's defeat had lingering Final Boss vibes.
  • Combat Breakdown: His inevitable Villainous Breakdown translated into the third round of his fight with Luffy, which, at that point, had degenerated into nothing but a pure brawl. Crocodile was so fully enraged and completely out of it that he disregarded his Story Breaker Devil Fruit Powers in order to try and match Luffy physically. Even at this point in the series, matching Luffy physically was something very few characters could do, and Crocodile, regardless of his status as a Warlord, is not a physical fighter — at least, not one who could match Luffy. This was part of why Luffy even won in the first place.
  • Combat Pragmatist: What makes his Touch of Death so deadly, besides the obvious reasons, is that he also possesses the ability to teleport (by dissolving into sand, then reforming anywhere he wants). This means he can dissolve and reform right in front of his enemy and grab them with his Right Hand of Doom, oftentimes with his right hand already around them before he starts to reform. Unlike most villains who could do something like that, Crocodile actually does, and you're going to need some insane luck to survive it. The only reason he lost to Luffy at all is his rage-induced Idiot Ball.
  • Crazy-Prepared: It is shown very well throughout the Alabasta arc that when the Straw Hats and Vivi had one Hope Spot after another in their attempts to stop the war, that every single time Crocodile already had a counter set in place to crush their attempts. It reached the point where the only way to foil his plans was to defeat the man himself. And even when he forced into fighting with his hook (which is very unusual considering he's Logia-type), he has a poisoned backup hook. And if that's broken, he can eject a knife in its place.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In their first match, Crocodile gives Luffy a few minutes to mess around while he stands still and uses his devil fruit power to turn into sand and avoid every hit. Once the time is over, Crocodile swiftly impales Luffy and buries him alive.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: There are several hints pointing towards Crocodile having lost his idealistic approach of being a pirate, whether it involved his loss to Whitebeard being his ultimate defeat that made him lose faith in his strength and more reliant on obtaining the ancient weapons, and/or another personal event that caused him to consider relying on friendship as worthless.
  • Death Glare: Shoots quite possibly the most horrific death glare ever at Luffy's antics in their first fight.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Being basically a mob boss whose influence spans across islands, not to mention aiming to paint himself as a "hero" of the desert, he has this going.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Teams up with Luffy to get out of Impel Down and have a shot at taking out Whitebeard. Somewhat subverted in that Luffy doesn't trust him (and wasn't going to release him at first), but is talked into it by Ivankov, who knows a secret that keeps him in check. Both he and Jimbei seem to be keeping their eyes on him to make sure that he doesn't stab them in the back.
    • Inverted with Doflamingo, as he refused his assistance to take on Whitebeard.
    • Played straight again when he kills the two Marines that were supposed to execute Ace. When Sengoku calls him out on it, asking why he's siding with Whitebeard, he justifies his action by claiming that Whitebeard can be killed any time, but he won't let the Marines have their way.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: He has a very low tolerance for insults and nonsense, and once he faces Luffy, even when he was controlling the fight, Luffy infuriated him when Luffy tried to capture Crocodile with his mouth. It gets even worse for Crocodile in the second round, who's suave composure slowly degenerates into aggravated disbelief when he sees Luffy over-drink the water. This action pissed him off so much, he screams in rage and recklessly tries to attack Luffy, who catches him off guard with a water blast.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: His crew is about a 50/50 gender ratio and includes a black man, a flamboyant transvestite, and several old folks. For all his faults, bigotry isn't one of them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he considers Akainu to be a real dick.
    Crocodile: Frankly I should be applauding him for making Straw Hat suffer, but I suppose the pirate in me would rather punch him in the face.
  • Evil Counterpart: For Luffy. It is heavily hinted that Crocodile's true dream was to become the Pirate King, but after being defeated and maimed (by Whitebeard, judging by his obvious enmity and confirmed by Oda) he got obsessed with sadistically trampling dreams and hopes of those weaker than him. Unlike Luffy, who followed his dream even after suffering a soul-crushing defeat, Crocodile abandoned his, thinking that dreams, faith in others, etc. are all useless, and that the only thing that matters is sheer power, no matter how it is obtained. As a result, he became the complete opposite of Luffy in every way.
  • Evil Is Petty: He continued sending sandstorms to Yuba only because the mayor of the town refused to give up faith that the town's water supply could be brought back and the place made liveable, no matter how frequently the sand buried the water. It might also be a case of envy; life forced Crocodile to give up his ideals, and yet here is this old man who won't give up his dream no matter what happens. It could even be that Crocodile thinks he is doing the man a favor by killing his romantic notions.
  • Evil Laugh: Most villains in One Piece have distinctive laughs, but Crocodile's creepy monotone staccato is, perhaps, the most memorable one. In the manga, it's a more typical "Kuhahaha".
  • Evil Plan: His plan to take over Alabasta, from beginning to end, as it's what drives the arc.
  • Evil Virtues: Despite all his nasty faults, Crocodile does have positive traits: He’s got brains enough to keep the WG in the dark, the patience for his plan to develop, has a 50/50 gender ratio amongst his top underlings and guts enough to take on Doflamingo or Mihawk and even attack Whitebeard all on his own. To top it off, he has the absolute confidence to do it all! While it’s not emphasized, he’s also willing to moderate his more vicious traits if the situation calls for it or if a person deserves better treatment, such as Daz Bones, or out of pragmatism if someone is difficult to replace and had otherwise been a loyal and useful employee, such as Bentham.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with being voiced by Ryuzaburo Otomo.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath. He is an extremely competent schemer and a deadly fighter who doesn't really underestimate his enemies, but he has an exceptionally low tolerance for failure and silliness. He is very quick to have his henchmen executed for the slightest errors, and gets utterly incensed when Mr. 3 gave him the bad news, and tries to kill him, which backfired and led to the heroes escaping his near flawless deathtrap. He is very easy to provoke as well, which allowed Sanji to outmaneuver him and rescue everyone, and enables Luffy to catch him by surprise with a water attack. When Luffy survives the second time, Crocodile's patience is exhausted, and undergoes a Villainous Breakdown, allowing Luffy to get the drop on him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems like a cool-enough man to have a beer with. 'Tis all an act, though.
  • Fisher King: While he doesn't rule over it, Crocodile is very popular in Alabasta, already a desert kingdom, but with his Devil Fruit power, Crocodile can just as easily make his own desert and cause droughts without end just by being in the area if he wants to — which, considering his Weaksauce Weakness to any liquid, is all the time. To create a drought in the kingdom, however, he doesn't use his Sand-Sand fruit but rain powder, putting the blame on King Cobra so to cause a rebellion.
  • For the Evulz: Even with all his intricate plans and important work to do, he still takes time out of his day to torture a determined old man trying to save his destroyed town by sending him regular destructive sandstorms. And his mind raping of Princess Vivi was largely unnecessary, but he still found it highly entertaining.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In his frustration with having to deal with Luffy a third time, he forgoes his sand powers up until the end of the fight, mostly trying to hit him with a poisoned hook. It's quite clear that Luffy is way better at close combat than he is.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's been heavily implied there's a reason he went from what was described as being very similar to Luffy in outlook to the cynical Jerkass he is now, and, since this is One Piece it's probably a Tear Jerker.
  • Fur and Loathing: And keep in mind that he lives in the desert. Justified because one of his explicit secondary powers is "immunity to heat".
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a terrifying giant of a man with one of the more effective powersets even now (and boy, does he know how to use it to full effect), but he's also the premiere Magnificent Bastard of the series.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Italian, French, Spanish; his attack names run the gamut.
  • Handicapped Badass: Both of his hands are pretty badass, but his Hook Hand is practically a Badass Transplant.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: The destruction of Alabasta was only the surface of his Gambit Roulette. If he couldn't find the Pluton, though, he would still take over the country as its new monarch.
  • Hook Hand: One of Crocodile's main characteristic is the large golden hook in place of his left hand, which with his name form a clear nod to Captain Hook from Peter Pan. The hook is also removable, underneath is a poisonous hook, which almost kills Luffy. And underneath that hook is a dagger.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Though he wasn't actually killed by the attack, Crocodile gets absolutely livid when Whitebeard is stabbed by one of his misguided crew mates.
  • Intangibility: Like the vast majority of those who've eaten a Logia type Devil Fruit, Crocodile has the power to instinctively disperse into elemental matter when struck and then reform, making him difficult to fight with physical force. Because Crocodile's specific element is sand, he can't do this if he's covered in fluid or if he's struck by something that's sufficiently damp.
  • It's All About Me: The only things he cares about are him and himself. If he does show interest in someone, it's either as an enemy or a means to an end. It somewhat changes in the Marineford Arc, however; many of his actions seem rather selfless for a guy like him.
  • Just Between You and Me: Crocodile reveals the bomb that is set to go off in Alubarna when facing Vivi in the palace, as a way of mocking her desire to save everyone. While he does try to finish her off, Luffy and Pell manage to save her, and she uses the knowledge about the bomb to find the cannon, but he left out a little detail about the bomb being on a timer though.
  • Kick the Dog: At one point he reveals that he personally and continuously tortured an old man who still believed there was water in Alabasta and wouldn't give up looking for it, by using his Devil Fruit powers to completely dry up the area, just because.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's the first genuine villain to give Luffy a No Holds Barred Beat Down in their first fight, to the point that Luffy could only make him mad and not even hit him properly. Oh, and he's the only one so far to beat Luffy twice in one arc. It's also worth noting that the East Blue Saga had no central antagonist, just a collection of unrelated villains. Crocodile is the first antagonist whose presence encompasses an entire saga, setting the standard for all future sagas in One Piece going forward.
  • Lack of Empathy: As he put it, "There is nothing more worthless than friendship and trust in this world." It's implied that he said so because of his experiences, and he simply lost his empathy in the past; he does seem to still care about Mr. 1.
  • Large and in Charge: He's more than 2 meters tall and in charge of an entire criminal organization.
  • Left for Dead: This seems to be a poor habit of his when he gets too angry with his foes as he does this, then takes off. This lead to his downfall in Alabasta against a Determinator like Luffy.
  • Logical Weakness: His Devil Fruit powers, and by extension his evasiveness, rely on him being dry. Simply making him wet will render him vulnerable.
  • Made of Iron: Rarely shown as his logia powers prevents him from taking damage, but getting punched by Jozu, who can lift mountains and block one of Mihawks attacks, and not only remaining conscious but only bursting a single blood vessel as a result, proves Crocodile is extremely durable.
  • Make Them Rot: Part of his Sand-Sand Fruit's power set is "desiccation" — the ability to leech away moisture and cause solid matter to crumble into sand with a touch. People he kills with this wind up as shriveled mummy-like corpses, completely bled of water, though if he keeps draining he can reduce them to sand. Through the same power, he can also destroy inanimate material, such as causing stone to crumble into sand.
  • Man Behind the Man: Much of the Baroque Works Saga had his subordinates go after the Straw Hats while he worked in the shadows.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Just look at his outfit. Oh, and he prepares a feast for Vivi when he's holding her captive.
  • Might Makes Right: Years went by during his time in the seas, before Crocodile came to view strength and military might as the only things in the world that are important, not dreams. To this end, he wished to find Pluton to have the greatest military power in the world.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Between the brains, the build, the awesome suits, or the overflowing cool, Croc's got a solid female following.
  • My Greatest Failure: As a rookie, he was utterly defeated by Whitebeard which killed his dream of becoming pirate king and shifted his attention to obtaining the ancient weapon Pluton.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: His motivation to escape Impel Down was to get another chance at Whitebeard in the Marineford War.
  • Mysterious Past: He has one that was alluded to by Ivankov. What it is, its secrets were enough to keep him check during the breakout of Impel Down.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As well, his main man, a previous bounty hunter who is also really tall, super strong, and can turn his body parts into blades, is named Daz Bones.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: His obvious Animal Motifs. He also keep several gargantuan Bananadiles as pets.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His Devil Fruit, being a Logia, makes him immune to everything. Unless it's wet, that is.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a pirate, pimp, sandman, boss, samurai, hero, villain, crime lord, amputee, ex-con, and cowboy, as of the SBS.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: While he may look and act suave, when he goes for the kill he'll do it swiftly and quickly, as seen with his first 2 fights with Luffy. On his third fight, though...
  • Noodle Incident: Sometime in the past, he had a run-in with Ivankov, who learned something about him that Crocodile does not want anyone to know. It hasn't been revealed what this damning and/or embarrassing piece of knowledge is, but it's enough for Ivankov to give him An Offer You Can't Refuse.
  • Nothing Personal: Though he likes to taunt his foes when he has them helpless, Croc is typically an impersonal criminal; he's mostly apathetic towards Luffy even after he destroyed his empire. His one exception to this was Whitebeard, and even then, he lost interest in killing him pretty quickly.
  • Obviously Evil: Oda tends to draw him appearing more treacherous than any other character in the series. Seriously. If there's a close-up on his face, expect it to be at an ominous angle, with plenty of creepy facial shadows. If he gets beat up, his hair will dangle in front of his face, making him look even creepier. If he's in a good mood, he'll give a Slasher Smile that'll put Doflamingo to shame. Hell, in his last appearance before the time skip, he's in a close-up panel giving the most sinister looking Slasher Smile the series has ever seen. Even the anime depicts him as having skin so pale he's two shades of grey away from being a full-blown Vampire.
  • Off with His Head!: Being a Logia, this is a minor annoyance to Crocodile.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can turn entire cities into barren deserts if he wants to, and sometimes he does.
  • Pet the Dog: Somewhat literal example. One of the recent chapter covers depicts Crocodile holding an umbrella over a sad looking dog that was shivering in the rain. Being fan-requested cover art, the scene is not canon, but the thought that one of the most despicable characters in the series has enough of a soft spot for dogs that he couldn't leave out in the rain is an amusing one.
  • Properly Paranoid: His Crazy-Prepared tendencies are understandable. His Weaksauce Weakness to all liquids means that his powers are downright useless whenever it rains or he is immersed in water (such as when he is bathing). When you're vulnerable at very inopportune times, compounded with the fact that you're a pirate in a world that is ninety percent ocean, paranoia is generally an understandable, appropriate response and character trait.
  • Red Baron: Like a lot of characters in the series, Crocodile has an epithet, unlike the vast majority, he’s got two unique titles; “Desert King”, reflecting his mastery of his logia devilfruit, and “Sir”.
  • Sand Blaster: The Sand-Sand fruit allows him to create, control, and even turn into sand. He has such mastery over his powers that he can throw around sandstorms on par with tornadoes and No-Sell any physical attack by turning into sand at the exact moment of impact. His only weakness is that getting wet negates his ability to turn into sand which leaves him vulnerable. He's honed his powers to the point that he can drain water from any source, including straight from people's bodies. When he fights in a desert, like against Luffy in Alabasta, he's almost invincible.
  • Self-Restraint: When Miss Doublefinger and other members of Baroque Works try to rescue him from prison, he and Daz Bones decide to stay and go to Impel Down. He was originally planning on staying in Eternal and Inferno Hell respectively for who knows how long, and left because he had a chance to kill Whitebeard.
  • Sentient Sands: He became living, moving sand in human form after eating the Sand-Sand Fruit.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: "Desert Spada" and "Desert La Spada" are two attacks which consists in Crocodile shaping the sand into blades.
  • Sherlock Scan: He only catches a brief glimpse of the Strawhats, but Crocodile still figures out exactly what they’ve been doing to counter any potential infiltrations by Mr. 2 Bon Clay.
  • Smoking Is Cool: His omnipresent cigar only adds to his villain attire..
  • Spanner in the Works: His actions during the war in Marinford effectively stop the Navy from succeeding to kill Ace right away, not to mention stop anyone who tried to block Luffy from rescuing him such as Doflamingo or Mihawk, as well as prevent Akainu from killing Luffy and Jimbe.
  • Superpower Lottery: Quite possibly one of the most explicit winners: He's not just a Logia user, he's one that had the sense to explore the uses his particular Devil Fruit (Sand-Sand Fruit) gave him, and then some, using it in ways that a lot of people would've thought were outside the scope of 'moves sand'. Yeah, he's a one-man sandstorm, but he can make literally anything, living or nonliving, dry and, with time, even turn a lush green forest into a desert if he wanted to.
  • Technicolor Toxin: His hidden hook has been smeared in purple poison.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During Whitebeard's assault on Marine HQ, Crocodile was forced to work together with Luffy by Ivankov. Doesn't mean either of them was happy about it, although Crocodile's not one to hold a grudge.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Seems to have completely disregarded his defeat in Alabasta. He holds no grudge against Luffy (instead planning on using him as a pawn to help escape Impel Down), and when Luffy confronts him about what he did, he simply states that he just doesn't care about Alabasta anymore. Whitebeard on the other hand...
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: With Whitebeard. He violently turns down Doflamingo's offer to team up against Whitebeard and even saves Ace from his execution so that the World Government wouldn't have the upper hand on Whitebeard. He also becomes absolutely furious when Whitebeard allows himself to be stabbed by Squad.
  • The Social Darwinist: Displays some more benign aspects of this. Crocodile hates weakness, and people who believe in things without the strength to back them up; this is in opposition to Luffy who will fight for anybody's beliefs, no matter how weak they are.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's gotten considerably better as he got angry when Mihawk was attacking Daz Bones and when Akainu's track record was getting too good even for his standards.
  • Touch of Death: His Sand-Sand Fruit powers include being able to lethally desiccate anything he touches, and one of his favored finishing moves is to grab somebody and drain them dry.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Crocodile meat (fittingly) and tomatoes.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The reason why he lost and his plan to take over Alabasta failed. And boy, did it piss him off.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Subverted. It seems that Crocodile stages a massive coup against the throne of Alabasta to seemingly create a utopia for him and Baroque Works; however, the only reason he wants anything to do with the sand kingdom is because of a massive battleship called Pluton with the power to wipe out an island, so he can establish the greatest military force the world has ever known, which could even rival the World Government.
  • Villainous Valor: Crocodile is a guy with no extraordinary physical skills or toughness, and Luffy just managed to pierce his invincible defenses, what does Crocodile do? Stand up, laugh at Luffy and tell him how weak he is before kicking his ass, for the second time. Crocodile has balls.
  • Villainous Breakdown: One of the main reasons why Crocodile lost round three of his fight with Luffy is because he had his during the fight. Luffy's determination broke him, to the point that he started foregoing his Devil Fruit powers in order to match him physically.
  • Villainous Rescue: In the Marineford Arc. First, he takes out two Marines about to execute Ace. Second, he takes on Mihawk to buy Luffy time to reach Ace and save Mr. 1 (his priority is the latter). Third, he takes on Admiral "punched a hole through the guy made of living fire" Akainu to rescue Luffy and Jimbei. Do note Crocodile has made it no secret that his enemy is the Marines, and not Luffy.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His front as Alabasta's guardian made him revered in the country he was secretly trying to take over.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: As mentioned above, he looks down at camaraderie beyond professionalism, and sees believing in your dreams as foolish.
  • Walking Wasteland: His Sand-Sand Fruit gives him two different ways of destroying his surroundings. Firstly, he can produce an endless supply of sand from his body, allowing him to simply bury things in tons of sand. Secondly, by employing his desiccation powers, he can suck the moisture out of a huge area, killing any living creature standing in it and causing all solid matter, including stone statues and even buildings, to dissolve into sand — the latter method is even a named attack for him, which he calls "Ground Death". Fortunately, he can only cause this mass-sand conversion in whatever he touches with his hand or which is connected to what he's draining. Though, theoretically, if Crocodile ever Awakened his Devil Fruit, he might be able to do this from a distance...
  • Weak, but Skilled: By Logia standards. He's capable of large-scale destruction, but compared to someone like Akainu or Eneru, he comes up decidedly short. He makes up for it with his overwhelming willingness to fight dirty and his almost reflexive mastery of his Devil Fruit.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's an amazing strategist and has one of the deadliest powers in the series, but his fruit powers are more susceptible to water and other liquids than other Devil Fruit users because of the element it uses. It's even weak enough to the point a nice drizzle or being hit with any wet object (such as fists covered in blood, or sweat) will nullify his Logia powers temporarily. Good thing he is prepared for such events by being skilled in other combat arts.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When Crocodile traps most of the heroes in a cage, instead of just killing them until he has a chance, Crocodile decides to tell them his Evil Plan for the destruction of Alabasta and then tosses the key from a cage to one of his giant pet crocodiles, and later he just leaves them to die, allowing water slowly fill the room. Do need to say how did it all end?
  • Why Won't You Die?: Shouted this at Luffy when the third round of their fight rolled around, after Luffy had come back from the dead twice by that point. It was one of the first signs of his inevitable Villainous Breakdown.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's just as classy as he is badass, even drinking fine wine and preparing a banquet for Vivi as he's holding her captive right next to the caged Straw Hats and Smoker.
  • Wild Card: Seriously, what is he going to do next?
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to have gained some measure of respect for Luffy, if his saving of Luffy and co. is anything to go by. It's worth noting that when meeting Luffy in Impel Down, after his defeat, he doesn't talk down to him. It seems to Crocodile, Luffy isn't some dime-a-dozen rookie anymore, but someone actually worth acknowledging.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Says this to Jimbei as praise for him saving the Impel Down escapees by calling whale sharks. Merfolk can talk to fish, but most Fishmen are too carnivorous for fish to want anything to do with them.
  • You Have Failed Me: The consequences of failing Crocodile aren't pretty: After he heard a report from "Mr. 3" (actually Sanji impersonating him) that the Straw Hat Pirates were still alive during their conversation, he ordered Mr. 2 Bon Kurei to eliminate him. When Mr. 3 escaped this, he had him fed to his Bananadiles (though, amazingly, he escaped alive from that as well). Hell, the Mr. 7 duo were willing to blow up the town center in Alubarna even risking getting caught in the blast, because they feared that much what Crocodile would do to them if they failed.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Too bad for Ms. All-Sunday, though subverted in that it did work out for her in the end. Justified in that she double-crossed him.
    • This is surprisingly subverted though, in the case of Mr. 1, who went to Impel Down with Crocodile. As soon as the breakout occurred, he immediately went to his cell for him to be his subordinate again. Now that's loyalty.

    "Heavenly Demon" Donquixote Doflamingo 
See his page.

    "Tyrant" Bartholomew Kuma 

"Tyrant" Bartholomew Kuma

Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (JP), Joel McDonald (EN, Funi)

Age: 45 (Pre-Timeskip), 47 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 233 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Paw-Paw Fruit

"We have no obligation to cooperate with the Marines save where the government is directly involved."

The fourth of the Seven Warlords of the Sea to be formally introduced. Kuma is a very large man who is always seen carrying a bible. He has a reputation for being an incredibly ruthless pirate who crushed anyone to stand in his way, yet his quiet, calm demeanor and his (in hindsight) merciful actions fly in the face of that. He also has eaten the Paw-Paw Fruit (Nikyu Nikyu no Mi) and is the prototype for the Pacifista project known as PX-0.

He is also known for following the World Government's orders to the letter, unlike the other Warlords. Yet he also seems to follow the code of Moral Justice, rather than the seemingly more prevalent Absolute Justice, and unlike many other characters, seems to have an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. It also turns out that he is an officer of the Revolutionary Army.

His bounty at the time he became a Warlord was 296,000,000 berries. With the dissolution of the organization and his current status as a slave of the World Nobles, it's unknown if his bounty has been reinstated.

  • Actually a Doombot: The Pacifistas are modeled after his likeness. The only differences between them and him are the Bible he carries around and his Devil Fruit powers.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is brown in the manga, but black in the anime. Also, his jacket was initially orange in the manga before changing to black like in the anime.
  • Animal Motifs: The bear, appearing to be frightening and extremely large, having his name literally mean "bear" in Japanese, and having a Devil Fruit that gives him bear paws; he's also appropriately a dangerous member of the Warlords. He's also nicer than the rest of the them.
  • Arch-Enemy: Subverted with Luffy. The latter should by all means hate Kuma for doing the unthinkable: taking his crew away from him. But by the time Luffy meets him again, well... he's not himself. He later learned the real reason to why he did so, as well as learning he was once a fellow Revolutionary with his dad, Dragon.
  • Attack Reflector: Any attack that hits his paw pads will just bounce right off, regardless of how much power it has.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • Played pretty straight the first time. Subverted in the second time, as he actually saved the Straw Hats' lives on Sabaody, even if they didn't realize it at first.
    • Played straight with his cyborg copies, even if they don't have his Devil Fruit power.
  • Breath Weapon: His cybernetic modifications allow him to fire a laser beam from his mouth.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned in the series in the Reverie arc, where he's revealed to now be a mindless slave for rent, and the former king of the Sorbet Kingdom.
  • But Not Too White: His skin is noticeably darker in the anime than in the manga.
  • Catchphrase: "If you were to go on a trip, where would it be?"
  • The Chessmaster: Tests out the depths of the Straw Hat's camaraderie at Thriller Bark, and after confirming that they're the kind of crew that he and the Revolutionary Army are looking for, whisks all of them off to places that are almost tailor-made for each individual member to improve their arsenals and become tough enough for the New World. And he does all this without ever letting on that he's actually helping them to anyone but Rayleigh.
    • It's a bit unclear, but it's possible that even Perona played neatly into his plan to assist the Straw Hats. He asked Perona where she would like to go before he pushed her to Kuraigana Island during the events at Thriller Bark. He would later send Zoro there when he split the Straw Hats up to help them gain strength, and Perona discovered him and was able to bandage him up and help him recover. It's never stated whether he sent Perona there specifically for that reason, but given he knew the Straw Hat crew well enough to send each individual member to an ideal training location it's quite possible he did it on purpose.
  • Creepy Monotone: His voice is always emotionless, which makes himmuch more menacing, even when he's being affable. It's also a hint that he's a cyborg.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Kuma has offered his body to Vegapunk to experiment on and the scientist has been slowly replacing his body parts with mechanical ones, making him much thougher and giving him the ability to shoot beam from the mouth. By the point he's introduced, his body is almost fully robotical. By the time of Marineford, because of his action against the order of the World Government, he's suffered last operation which removed what his left of his personality. By Doflamingo's own word, "Tyrant Kuma" is dead.
  • Don't Celebrate Just Yet: After Gecko Moria is defeated at Thriller Bark, this guy takes center stage for a while.
  • Enigmatic Minion: He's known for following the World Government's orders more than the other Warlords and never shows any hint of a rebellous personality, but Gekko Moria says he doesn't trust Kuma. At Marineford, it's said Kuma has been punished (by having the last organical parts of his body removed) because he has acted against the World Government's will, until is revealed Kuma works undercover for the Revolutionary army.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He does't do much in his first appearance (during the meeting with Sengoku, along with Doflamingo), but the first thing he does when arriving on Thriller Bark is make Perona disappear in no time flat.
  • Fantastic Nuke: His devastating "Ursus Shock" attack. By condensing air pressure into a tiny sphere, Kuma can release the sphere which will rapidly expand, creating a concussive force as massive as an entire island. Something of note is that in the anime, the sound of a siren is heard when Kuma makes the Ursus Shock akin to warning systems for missile attacks.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Subject to an especially cruel example after the Time Skip. With his free thought removed, the World Nobles use him as a mount, forcing him to crawl on all fours while they do things like stick blades in him for fun.
  • Foil: To Moria. It's especially apparent in their Mirrored Confrontation Shot here. They are equal in height but Kuma is top heavy and has very small legs while Moria is bottom heavy. Moria dressed very flamboyantly while Kuma dressed simple. Moria is a broken Perpetual Smiler while Kuma is The Stoic and the emotionless. At the time of their meeting, the World Government had little faith in Moria while they trusted Kuma almost completely due to his programming. Moria's power seems very flashy and scary but suffers from a major Weaksauce Weakness (salt) and he himself is dependent on his shadow collection and zombie army; Kuma meanwhile is a One-Man Army with his surprisingly broken power to push things and cyborg augmentation. During the fight with the Strawhats, Moria constantly mocked them and was defeated; Kuma meanwhile play the role of No-Nonsense Nemesis and defeated them easily (both times). Later during the battle of Marineford, Moria was The Load on the government's side while Kuma and his Pacifistas effectively turn the tide of the battle against the pirates.
  • Genius Bruiser: One of the largest and strongest men in the One Piece world, yet is very intelligent and perceptive, seemingly having a vast geographic knowledge of the known world judging by the separation of the Straw Hats, and his status as The Chessmaster. Even in his youth, he was known to read books on philosophers while carrying massive burdens on his back.
  • Good All Along: Luffy outright states he's this after he finds out that he's one of the Revolutionaries and he sent the crew away in the Sabaody Archipelago to save their lives.
  • Hand Blast: His Pad Cannon which is a paw-shaped air bullet created by pushing the air at extremely high speeds.
  • Healing Hands: Kind of. He can push the pain and fatigue out of a person's body (which is manifested as a paw-shaped bubble) and put it in someone else, which doesn't heal the person's wounds but does free them of their suffering.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: One of the most powerful characters in the One Piece universe. His power? The ability to push things. As in the ability to push things miles away in an instant, to push himself so fast it looks like he's teleporting, to create sonic booms by pushing the air, and even to push away abstract concepts like pain and exhaustion.
  • Hero Antagonist: Every meeting with the Straw Hats has him in opposition with them in some form, save for his last appearance where Franky met him outside the Thousand Sunny. Despite so, there's more to him than meets the eye; Franky outright called him a valuable ally after what he did to them pre-timeskip. Though Franky says that the crew should not expect this to continue after his full conversion as he will not be the same person should they met again.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: He's a Pacifista prototype human weapon.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: From king to revolutionary, to lackey of the World Government, to finally being a mindless slave, Kuma has fallen low.
  • Implacable Man: He's Nigh Invulnerable after all. The Straw Hat Pirates were unable to touch nor hurt him, let alone stop.
  • Informed Flaw: He is called "The Tyrant" for his limitless cruelty. He's never shown any significant amount of malice, and he certainly won't now that he's been fully mechanized.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Anytime he shows up by himself, the situation becomes far more desperate. See Bears Are Bad News a higher.
  • La Résistance: Kuma was a member of Monkey D. Dragon's army before his piracy days.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's big, but he's also among the fastest and strongest characters in the series likely due to his Devil Fruit power to push himself at high speeds which seems like teleporting.
  • The Mole: He turns out to be a member of the Revolutionary Army. He is no longer The Mole after he consented to his full conversion into a cyborg with no free will of his own. We're still unsure of why he agreed to such a fate.
  • Make an Example of Them: Cited words for words as the reason for his Fate Worse than Death after the timeskip listed above. The World Nobles wanted to show the world that no matter who you are, even if you are the king of an affiliated country with the World Governement; defying the gods mean suffering a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Mood Whiplash: His presence in Thriller Bark causes the situation to go from a silly horror parody to very serious, especially after defeating the already exhausted Straw Hats with no effort.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Probably part of the reason why he's known as "Tyrant" by the public; it's easy to mistake him pushing someone far away with his palms as him straight-up vaporizing the person if you're not in the know about the Palm-Palm Fruit's capabilities, and it doesn't help that Kuma himself doesn't bother explaining it either. The other reason for his epithet is probably the World Government's slander for his betrayal.
  • Mysterious Past: Kuma's past has been shrouded in deep mystery ever since he was introduced. Even his fellow Revolutionaries don't know what the hell caused him to go from hating the World Government to becoming their lackey. The only other snippets of info we know is that he used to be the king of the Sorbet Kingdom, and he and Jewelry Bonney may have some sort of connection.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His given name is Kuma, which is Japanese for Bear. And his epithet is Tyrant.
  • Narm: In-universe. While everyone is initially terrified of his mysterious abilities, when he reveals that the source of his powers are paw prints, they temporarily stop taking him seriously. They regret this when Kuma responds to Franky's mocking by one-shotting him.
  • Nice Hat:
    • A tad understated, but the ears make it.
    • A flashback shows that Kuma once had a Nice Hood with ears on it.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Kuma's cybernetical body is resistant enough to No-Sell Zoro's slashes, despite the latter having mastered the ability to cut steel.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His current status as a heavily-abused slave-for-rent is a result of the World Nobles and Government catching onto his selfless actions in helping the Straw Hat crew like helping facilitate their escapes in Thriller Bark and Sabaody Archipelago as well as guarding their ship for two years straight. As such, they have chosen to make an example of him for his defiance.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Played with. Although the Straw Hats are unable to even touch him, he's able to use his powers to transport them out of harm's way without physically wounding them. It's the whole "getting separated" ordeal that makes it significant — which is what he wanted, as the Straw Hats actually come out of that ordeal stronger than ever before, to the point that Franky calls Kuma a valuable ally.
    • Played straight when he injects Zoro with all of Luffy's pain gained from his fight with Oars and Moria, which is played seriously.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Even before he became a mindless Marine drone, Kuma was completely serious on the job and played no games.
  • One-Man Army: He was able to defeat the entire Straw Hat crew twice without even trying.
  • Outside-Context Problem: He shows up reasonably late in the Thriller Bark arc and seems rather out of place there, being neither one of Gecko's minions nor involved in the current arc's conflict. He only gets involved after Moria is defeated.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He's one of the strongest warlord and, with the power of his devil fruit and his mechanical body, he could easily destroy an entire island if he wanted to.
  • Power Palms: His Devil Fruit gives him powerful paw pad palms.
  • Punched Across the Room: Basically what the powers of the Paw-Paw Fruit boil down to. Range is roughly the other side of the world.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak as often as the other Warlords and is by far the calmest one.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: He was the king of one of the kingdoms that was part of the World Government.
  • Red Baron: "The Tyrant".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If a red light appears in one of his eye pieces, watch out.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Actually Scary Shiny Focusing Lenses, but the effect is the same.
  • Semantic Superpower: His power can be described as "pushing". Doesn't sound very impressive at first, but then you realize the lack of limitations on the "what" and "how" he can push...
  • Stealth Mentor: His first meeting and "fight" with the Straw Hat Pirates was essentially a Secret Test of Character to Luffy's crew to see how loyal they were. Then in their second meeting he scatters them across the world to islands that all turn out to be the exact places they needed to go to each take a Level in Badass.
  • The Stoic: Always composed and calm. Always.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Luffy is goddamn lucky that Kuma was more or less on his side for the first several encounters with him, given that Kuma's physical strength and Devil Fruit make him easily one of the most deadly fighters in the series. Simply put, his Devil Fruit is one of the most broken Paramecias in the entire series simply because of how few limits it has been shown to have. It is almost literally an Imagination-Based Superpower - if he can envision "pushing" something (literally or figuratively), it's probably covered.
  • Superpower Lottery: Much like most of his fellow Warlords. There seems to be no limits on how fast, how far, or even exactly what he can push, judging by the fact that he can push someone across faraway distances, as well as pushing air and pain. He's also a cyborg with a body structure so tough that not even Zoro (pre timeskip at least) can cut through, considering he's able to cut steel before. Oh, and considering he can push himself as well for an instant Flash Step, it also must be mighty hard to be merely faster than him as well. This guy could lay waste to an entire island if he wanted to, by compressing the air around him into a bomb. Just hope he never gets the time to make a bomb out of sheer air pressure...
  • Super Prototype: He's the original Pacifista, later finalised as PX-0, complete with Breath Weapon and a devil fruit power that can slap you halfway across the planet, the latter of which makes him different from his successors.
  • Thanatos Gambit: In exchange for being turned into a robot he made a deal to be able to protect the Thousand Sunny until one of the Straw Hats returned to Sabaody Archipelago.
  • Vocal Dissonance: For someone so large and intimidating, Kuma's actual voice is quite gentle and soft-spoken.
  • Walking Spoiler: Probably not quite as much compared to other examples, but most of the things he's done since his second appearance may come as a surprise to fans.
  • Worthy Opponent: Zoro considers him this, and almost immediately noticed when a Pacifista attacked the Straw Hats earlier that it wasn't the real Kuma. Kuma, for his part, was impressed when he found out that Zoro survived back in Thriller Bark.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Kuma had a mission directive installed to protect the Thousand Sunny until one of the Straw Hats showed up.

    Gecko Moria 

Gecko Moria

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (JP), Chris Guerrero (EN)

Age: 48 (Pre-Timeskip), 50 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 449 (Manga), Episode 343 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Shadow-Shadow Fruit

"Straw Hat, you bastard... just you watch! You think you had it tough so far? You don't even know tough! But don't worry... the real nightmare's waiting for you in the New World!"

The fifth of the Seven Warlords to be formally introduced and the main antagonist of the Thriller Bark Saga. Gecko Moria is the captain of the Thriller Bark Pirates, leader of the "Mysterious Four", and resides on a massive island/ship known as Thriller Bark, where he kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and uses the power of the Shadow-Shadow Fruit (Kage Kage no Mi) to strip them of their shadows and utilizes them to raise an army of zombies. He believes the undead to be superior to the living, as they can just be replaced when destroyed and do not possess souls. This way of thinking is due to his entire previous crew the Gecko Pirates being wiped out by the Emperor Kaido one year after Roger's execution in the land of Wano.

He loses his status as a Warlord after the World Government deem him too weak to continue carrying the title following his defeat against Luffy, though this was held off until the end of the Marineford War as he was needed to fight against Whitebeard's forces. In the aftermath, he is rescued by his subordinate Absalom when Doflamingo attempts to kill him on the World Government's orders.

His bounty at the time he became a Warlord was 320,000,000 berries. With his expulsion and the eventual dissolution of the organization, it's unknown if his bounty has been raised since then.

  • Acrofatic: An extremely fat vampire-like dude who has the ability to outrun Luffy. He also showed no trouble walking on one of the chains holding Oars' corpse like a tightrope to implant Luffy's shadow.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is red in the manga but purple in the anime.
  • Ambiguously Human: He's a giant horned albino with a body shaped like a bowling pin.
  • Animal Motifs: The gecko, his clothing and overall features resembling a gecko, as well as a bat.
  • Arch-Enemy: Kaido is his ultimate nemesis, because Kaido killed off his entire pirate crew and mutilated him in the past. Also, Luffy and Doflamingo may have become additions to his "enemy-for-life" list.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Thriller Bark Arc.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Himself in Shadows Asgard form, after absorbing a thousand shadows.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Subverted as he used others to fight for him, and as soon as he fights, he's a glorified punching bag. It's heavily implied that he used to be far more powerful before Kaido murdered his crew and turned him into the Flunky Boss that Luffy and co. dealt with.
  • Badass Decay: The In-Universe reason for his expulsion from the Warlord; his defeat at Luffy's hands results in him being viewed as having undergone such. And even before that, he went from being a truly major threat befitting his title to a bitter, jaded, impotent washout who relied on his zombies for everything after Kaido slaughtered his entire pirate crew.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: His Devil Fruit works by ripping off people's shadows, also leaving them without a reflection. Oh, and they disintegrate in direct sunlight. He then takes these shadows and either absorbs them to make himself stronger or makes an army of zombie slaves. The zombie doesn't even have the personality and will of the original person it's made from. Honestly, what morally good use could a power like this be put to?
  • Berserk Button: When Kuma visits Moria, he's his usual arrogant self, but when Kuma implies that the World Government thinks Moria could be defeated by the Straw Hats, he flies into a rage at the accusation of his weakness.
  • Body Horror: Those stitches on his neck? Were damage control from Kaido implicitly ripping his chin off. The particulars are never explained, which is probably for the better.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Moria is indeed a badass competitor worthy of his title of Warlord. He's also currently a lazy bum whose motto is "You do it!" which made him extremely rusty.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent ever since Marineford and Doflamingo's attempted assassination, he pops up again with a small zombie army attacking Blackbeard's base for Absalom during Chapter 925.
  • Can't Catch Up: After his defeat at Kaido's hands, he spent years trying to create a superpowered army to overwhelm his hated enemy with sheer force and numbers, managing to accumulate over a thousand troops by the time he ran afoul of Luffy. Simultaneously and unbeknownst to (and uncaring of) Moria, Kaido had been doing the exact same thing, but amassing a much mightier force of artificial Zoan-type Devil Fruit users with the aid of Moria's (at the time) fellow warlord, Donquixote Doflamingo.
  • Casting a Shadow: His Devil Fruit lets him manipulate and even steal someone's shadow.
  • Classy Cravat: He wears a cravat to fit his horror villain theme. After the timeskip, he has switched to a necktie.
  • Creepy Child: An SBS Question Corner page showing the Warlords as kids reveals Moria was a dick even as a kid (and with horns to boot), but he was more optimistic in expression than he is now. He also mentions that he used to be a very sociable person who relied on his own strength to do things and that he had many good friends, likely within his crew as well. Kaido murdering his first crew and severely wounding him turned Moria into the lazy, zombie-mook-reliant asshole he is now.
  • Dark Is Evil: The wielder of darkness powers, he's a pretty unpleasant guy.
  • Dual Wielding: The scissors he uses to cut off peoples' shadows can be split in two to be used as swords. And if he absorbs the shadows of several swordsmen, he can even become a Master Swordsman himself.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: He had normal teeth during his first appearance before he was later given a mouth full of fangs.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Heavily implied to be the case both for his deceased former crew, and the few living members of his current one.
  • Evil Counterpart: While not one himself, he can create them using his Devil Fruit power. By putting a person's shadow in a zombie, the zombie will become the shadow owner's counterpart. He has made one for Brook, and later Sanji, Zoro and Luffy (before they go back to normal that is).
  • Evil Laugh: His Signature Laugh, "Kishishishi!"
  • Evil Redhead: In the manga, where his hair is colored red. The anime changed it to purple.
  • Evil Wears Black: Wears a long, black coat and gloves.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Somewhat reminiscent of a vampire.
  • Fat Bastard: In a somewhat unique example to the rest of the series, his gut isn't an example of Stout Strength. He's genuinely just out of shape.
  • A Father to His Men: Implied. The loss of the Gecko Pirates courtesy of Kaido hit him hard, leading him to believe that zombie army is the way to go to prevent such loss ever again. A more direct example is when he finds out that Blackbeard's crew has killed Absalom and he can be seen holding back his tears in grief and anger.
  • Flunky Boss: A non-video game example, as he prefers to have his underlings do the work for him. His first fight with Luffy has him literally sitting on his ass, laying out, and offering commentary while Luffy tried, and failed, to get past Moria's shadow.
  • Foil: To Luffy, as both were pirate captains who sought to become the Pirate King and dearly treasured their crews, and were devastated when their crews were cruelly torn away from them by an opponent way out of their league (Kuma/Kaido). However, the difference is that what Kuma did isn't lethal and is reversible. It's only this difference that prevented Luffy from becoming the bitter, jaded, zombie-mook-reliant, and lazy washout that Moria became.
  • Formerly Fit: During the time of Gol D. Roger's execution, the younger Moria appeared to be rather muscular (even having a chin), befitting his fearsome visage. In his prime, he could apparently survive a battle with an Emperor, while nowadays, he's little more than a punching bag for a pirate upstart (an admittedly powerful one, but still).
  • Freudian Excuse: After his True Companions were wiped out by Kaido in Wano one year after Roger's execution, he began avoiding new attachments and surrounding himself with completely replaceable — and nigh-indestructible — zombies.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His entire face and neck seem to be sliced vertically in half and stitched back again. Although 20-odd years ago, he had considerably fewer stitches, implying that it's either a fashion choice or Kaido really fucked him up bad during their battle.
  • History Repeats: Despite his best efforts, he loses yet another dear friend to an Emperor. At least this time he still has Dr. Hogback, wherever he is.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His Shadow Asgard move. Yeah, it turns him into a giant and gives him more strength. But it also makes him a bigger target and collected all of the shadows in one place for the heroes. What's more since he was weakened after being pummeled during the fight against Oars, he didn't have the strength to keep them in his body, having to alternate between fighting Luffy and trying to keep the shadows from escaping which eventually leads to his defeat.
  • Horned Humanoid: He's one of the three giant characters to have some.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Not even taking into consideration losing his Warlord status and nearly dying because he'd become too weak, just compare his current self to how he used to be. Having all of his True Companions slaughtered and his chin torn off really fucked him up.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His Lizard Horn Spear impaled even a colossal beast like Oars Jr. with ease.
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: Inverted with his Shadow Revolution, in which he controls the shape of the shadow to change the shape of the body casting it, due to the fundamental law of nature that the object and the shadow must always be of the same shape. He demonstrated this by turning Oars into a Rubber Man and a giant ball.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Downplayed. Being a gigantic, white-skinned, devil-like man with horns and fangs, he was never a looker by any account, but he sure wasn't as ugly in the past as he is nowadays when you look at the extremely fat character image in his folder.
  • Large and in Charge: So very much to the zombies, except for Oars.
  • Last Villain Stand: By the climax of the Thriller Bark Arc, he knows he's done for. Most of his zombie army has been stopped, Oars has been defeated, he himself is injured, and he's surrounded by the wounded but very vengeful pirates he's stolen the shadows from for years. However, the realization that his ship is leaving the fog it once resided in, the fact that the sun is starting to rise in the east, and he himself is right in the middle of his Villainous Breakdown causes him to put it all on the line and unleash his Shadows Asgard, desperately trying to buy a few more minutes for the sun to rise and at least take the ones responsible for destroying his work down with him.
  • Living Shadow: He can animate his shadow, which he calls Doppelman, to fight for him while he lazes around. Doppelman doesn't take damage, its form can be changed at will, it can fly, and it can even swap places with the real Moria.
  • Made of Iron: He may lack strength, but think about it: he got up after being totally pummeled by Nightmare Luffy, alias Luffy with the skills and fighting power of 100 people combined to his own. He got up (though after some time), went One-Winged Angel and then survived two Gum Gum Giant Jet Shell in a row and a falling tower before finally fainting. He may not be good in direct combat, but he surely has one hell of a stamina!
  • Manchild: He spent at least half of his screen time during the Thriller Bark Arc acting like this. Then he got serious.
  • Meaningful Name: "Gekko" is Japanese for "moonlight", and also sounds similar to his Animal Motif, the gecko. Moria is a very creepy and dangerous location in Middle-Earth and, with a different accent stress becomes an old Italian word indicating the deaths of many (usually farm animals) after a plague/drought. Furthermore, from "Gecko Moria" you can get the word "Komori", bat, his second Animal Motif.
  • Monster Clown: The checkered trousers and ridiculous boots he wears don't exactly fit your typical image of a fearsome necromancer. Plus, the whole attitude.
  • Necromancer: Revives the undead by implanting shadows of his victims within them.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: His reason for using zombies instead of living people for his Thriller Bark Pirates is so he will never form attachments and then feel pain when they die off, unlike what happened when Kaido slaughtered the Gecko Pirates. It doesn't quite work, as Blackbeard killing Absalom shows.
  • Nightmare Face: During his Villainous Breakdown, when he reveals his Freudian Excuse, his eyes enlarge to the point of sporting bulging veins, his pupils shrink to an incredibly tiny size, and combined with his Slasher Smile it makes him look completely unhinged.
  • Ninja Log: The main problem with fighting Moria is that he can swap places with Doppelman at any time.
  • Non-Action Guy: As far as a Warlord (who's expected by the government to fight and defeat other pirates regularly) possibly can be. He basically sits on his ass and lets his zombies and shadow clones fight for him, and even his few offensive techniques involve using his powers without himself actually having to move much (such as launching his shadow like a spear from a standing position). When he does finally go One-Winged Angel and fight head on, Luffy beats him relatively easily.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Double subverted. Initially, he tells Luffy that no matter what happens to him, the shadows he stole will never return to their proper owners unless he tells them to. However, once he absorbs all the shadows for his Shadows Asgard technique, the issue is simplified down to beating them out of his bloated mouth.
  • Obviously Evil: Nothing screams "I'm evil!" more than a demonic appearance. He looked even more sinister back in the day when he was thin enough to actually have a jawline, and was also Hell-Bent for Leather, apparently. Though it's implied he wasn't nearly as bad a guy back then.
  • One-Winged Angel: His Shadows Asgard technique where he absorbs a thousand shadows to become monstrous. This also counts as Clipped-Wing Angel since this form can be defeated by beating the shadows out of him, and he moves sluggishly in this form. Also crosses over into The Last Dance territory. Zoro even points out the only reason he took this form was to stall for time in hopes the sun would rise before he was defeated so that all the shadow-less people would be vaporized in its rays, giving him an automatic win.
  • Parental Substitute: To Perona. Oda said that he found Perona when she was still a child and raised her ever since, and she loves him like a parent.
  • People Puppets: His Kage Kakumei (Shadow Revolution) involves his shadow invading Oars', allowing him to contort his body to match the shape of the shadow. Raises unsettling implications on the effect of someone who wasn't a pain-less zombie.
  • Pet the Dog: Makes his first appearance in the time skip starting a fight on one of Blackbeard's favorite islands. Why? To rescue one of his few living minions — Absalom. He's genuinely happy and relieved when he sees Absalom is alive... which makes it heartbreaking later when he learns that "Absalom" is actually Catarina Devone, while the real Absalon is dead.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: He's gotten very lazy and lets his own shadow do both offense and defense for him while fighting Luffy for the first time. Only when things gets serious he fights by himself. It enters Deconstruction territory when this habit of letting his shadow fight in his place causes him to become too weak to keep his Warlord title.
  • Power Levels: He is probably the most notable aversion of the concept of using bounties as this. He has the second-highest bounty of the Warlords prior to his removal yet is among the weakest of their number. He might have been living up to his bounty before, though, before his bad past with Kaido. Gecko himself uses shadows as a power level, guessing correctly that Luffy has used 100 shadows to become Nightmare Luffy. So to try and one up him, Moria absorbs all 1000 shadows of Thriller Bark.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: His rant against Luffy, stating that he's going to lose all his crew in the New World in his current state. He's proven right: none of the Straw Hats before the time-skip are anywhere near as powerful as they need to be to survive even their first battle against New World enemies and not long after this speech, Kuma does annihilate the Straw Hat Pirates scattering them all across the world while during the Summit War Luffy is completely outclassed by the other fighters and goes through a trauma almost as severe as that which broke Moria.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Despite rumors that he's killed by Doflamingo after the Marineford battle, Mihawk and several others attest that he's still alive, and they are proven right when he appears in Blackbeard's territory.
  • Scary Teeth: Has two rows of sharp fangs that he always shows off with his Slasher Smiles which emphasize his vampiric appearance.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He didn't take the announcement that he had outlived his usefulness very well, and skedaddled with help from Absalom.
  • The Shadow Knows: A fundamental rule of his Shadow power is that "the shadow always corresponds with the physical body". This is why those who had their shadows stolen by him disintegrate in the sun - since they cast no shadow, then they cannot exist. Exploiting this principle allows him to invert it with his "Shadow Revolution" technique - by warping the shadow, the physical body must then conform to the new shape.
  • Shadow Walker: His Doppelman can fly far away safely, then he can switch places with his shadow.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Can turn his shadow in a flock of bats, a lizard-like spear and anything else he could imagine probably...
  • Slasher Smile: His sharp teeth make his smug smile all the more creepy.
  • Sole Survivor: Of his first crew, the Gecko Pirates. Over twenty years later, he still greatly mourns their loss.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Databook Green uses Gekko Moriah. Viz and FUNimation, and thus TV Tropes, uses "Gecko Moria".
  • Squishy Wizard: Moria's Shadow-Shadow fruit is very strong as it allows him to revive corpses and create a copy to fight for himself, but he's also out of shape and the physically weakest Warlord.
  • Stealth Pun: He could be considered a shadow of his former self.
  • Superpower Lottery: Like most of his fellow Warlords. In fact, his versatile Devil Fruit was the only thing that kept him in the Seven Warlords since he's otherwise weak without it. He can take anybody's shadow by snipping it right out of the ground as though it were paper, and no matter how strong they are, they will fall unconscious for a while, allowing him to do what he wants with their shadow without getting the tar beat out of him instantly. With the power to put the shadows in any potentially powerful corpse and no limit on how many he can stuff himself with (unlike others, the original user can stuff themselves with however many shadows they want) he could very easily raise an insanely powerful undead army. His fruit also gives him several "passive attacking" techniques (creating shadow clones of himself, creating shadow bats to pester his foes, creating zombies to fight for him, etc.), which help make a weak guy like him instantly formidable.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His SBS appearance, while having a Creepy Child vibe, is clearly the most optimistic looking of the warlords as kids; cue the present where he's an ass to everyone. Having your entire pirate crew wiped out by a Jerkass Emperor can do that to you.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Loses his first crew the Gecko Pirates to Kaido, loses to Luffy, double-crossed by the World Government and left for dead by Doflamingo, and finally loses one of his closest companions to Blackbeard...yeah, Moria fits. You can't help but feel a little bad for the guy, despite what a huge Jerkass he is.
  • True Companions: With his first crew the Gecko Pirates, who were all killed by the Emperor Kaido in Wano one year after Roger's execution. Even after some years after their deaths, he still thinks rather fondly of them and remembering their fates affects him greatly.
    • It's implied that he's this to the other members of the Mysterious Four, even if he doesn't admit it: When Moria fell to Luffy, Hogback and Absalom escaped Thriller Bark with him, even though they could have abandoned him. Perona never doubted Moria's survival in the Battle of Marineford and when she received news confirming he's alive, she prepared to travel to his current whereabouts. Moria, for his part, upon hearing of Absalom's capture, responded by storming an Emperor's favorite island, despite knowing that the Emperor in question was in residence at the time, to try and rescue him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He took it as a personal insult when Kuma arrived to inform him that the WG sent him to help beat Luffy. Moria insisted he'd defeat the "Straw Hat rookies" himself. Turns out Luffy was much tougher than he anticipated, which his Badass Decay didn't help in the slightest.
    • He thinks that his special 900th zombie Oars will be enough to defeat Kaido. Oars was defeated by just one rookie pirate crew, let alone an Emperor and his crew of far stronger pirates.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While he did give off Creepy Child vibes, he did seem to show more optimism than he does now. He also used to do things with his own power and had a lot of friends, in contrast to the present where he would make his zombies do everything for him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While Moria's Shadow-Shadow Fruit grants him many powerful abilities and enables him to make an undead army to fight for him, Moria himself is lethargic, has almost no fighting technique, and has no Haki powers. Possibly a Justified Trope as far as the narrative goes, as considering his Doppelman never takes damage and can swap places with Moria at the drop of a hat, a Moria with even a little Observation Haki would be far, far out of the Straw Hats' league pre-Time Skip.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His theft of Ryuma's corpse and sword Shusui is seen by some residents of Wano as the catalyst for the country's decline, which ultimately ended with Kaidou and Orochi taking it over.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His is one of the most nightmarish in the whole series. After his strongest zombie Oars is defeated by the Straw Hats and the Rolling Pirates, who all demand that he give their shadows back, Moria snaps, ranting about how he lost his old beloved pirate crew to Kaido and how Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates will suffer the same fate due to being too weak for the New World, all while sporting a completely unhinged and terrifying Nightmare Face. Then he absorbs everyone's shadows into his body and uses Shadow's Asgard, which provokes a Mass "Oh, Crap!".
  • Weak, but Skilled: While "weak" is a bit much, he is the least powerful Warlord, as well as the least physically fit, to the point he gets derived of his Warlord title. However, thanks to a great and creative use of his devil fruit, still proves to be a challenge for Luffy and the entire Straw Hat crew.
  • Weakened by the Light: People who have had their shadows stolen by Moria will be vaporized in the sunlight. However, if their shadow returns to them before they're completely vaporized, they'll return to normal (see Impossible Shadow Puppets).
  • With Friends Like These...: Out of all the Seven Warlords (or anyone, really), he's the most cordial towards Kuma, ordering his henchmen to shut up and not bother him when he arrived on Thriller Bark and entered his mansion. Though, he quickly lost his temper with him when he explained why he came, expressed that the latter's loyalty to the WG made him wary of Kuma, and took him using his Catchphrasenote  as a challenge to a fight.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The reason why he's a lazy, ineffectual joke of a villain who relies on his zombies to be a threat can be chalked up to the trauma of watching Kaido slaughter his entire Gecko Pirates and his subsequent vow to never lose another person working under his flag, which is honestly a pretty understandable and compelling motivation (not to mention the fact that one of his few true friends after that incident was murdered by Blackbeard's men). He's still a complete asshole, but at the core, he's also a deeply traumatized and broken man with maladaptive coping mechanisms.
  • The Worf Effect: After losing to Luffy, in the Marineford War, he's one-shotted by Jimbei and finally kicked out of the group after the war.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: As much of an asshole as Moria is, he's also a genuinely broken man who never recovered from having his entire crew slaughtered on his watch, and it's obvious that after this, he still genuinely cared about his inner circle, and even after his humiliation at the hands of the Straw Hats (and later Jimbei) and narrow escape from death at the hands of Doflamingo, he still had them. Then Absalom was murdered by the Blackbeard Pirates and had his Devil Fruit eaten. Talk about ripping open old wounds.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Doflamingo told him that the World Government wants him dead after his bad performance in the Whitebeard War.
  • Zerg Rush: His Brick Bat technique turns his shadow into a flock of bats that he sics towards his opponents to overwhelm them.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: His Devil Fruit powers enable him to revive dead bodies by implanting shadows within them. When the Straw Hats shows up he has already collected roughly a thousand of them, enough to inhabit an entire island.
  • Zombie Mooks: He uses his Devil Fruit power to make them in place of a traditional crew.

    "Pirate Empress" Boa Hancock 

"Pirate Empress" Boa Hancock

Child Voice: Kanae Ito (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)
Adult Voice: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)

Age: 29 (Pre-Timeskip), 31 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 516 (Manga), Episode 409 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Love-Love Fruit

"Whether I kick a kitten... Tear off your ears... Even slaughter innocent people... The world will never cease to forgive my actions! Why, you ask? Why, it is because I am beautiful!"

The sixth of the Seven Warlords of the Sea to be introduced. Hancock is the Empress of the isolated Amazon Lily and captain of the Kuja Pirates. Renowned throughout the world for her beauty, she puts on the appearance of being distant, aloof, and, well, a Jerkass of the highest order, spoiled and selfish, prone to looking down on others. She's not above exploiting her reputation for all it's worth, as she causes most people to completely lose their composure and turn into gooey, love-struck morons. She uses the Love-Love Fruit (Mero Mero no Mi) which allows her to turn people who lust after her into stone.

However, she has a Freudian Excuse as her past was not a pretty one. She was at first a normal young girl who hung out with her sisters Marigold and Sandersonia and the Kuja pirates. At age 12, while sailing with the Kujas, the three sisters were captured by slavers. After that, the three pre-teen girls spent four hellish years under the thumb of the World Nobles, who among other things forced them to eat Devil Fruits and branded them like cattle. Being branded as slaves is a constant shame, and she would rather die than let it become known. When Hancock was sixteen, a man named Fisher Tiger appeared and while his goal was simply the liberation of the fishman slaves, he freed as many as he could without discrimination. The sisters later were taken in by Elder Nyon, Raleigh and Shakuyaku, and returned to the Kuja pirates; to not let the truth become known, they said that they had killed a Gorgon and thus were punished with their brands, gaining fame as the Gorgon Sisters. The psychological damage, however, had already been done.

She has also fallen madly in love with series protagonist Monkey D. Luffy, creating some hilarious scenes together. After all, watching a renowned Ice Queen fawn like a school girl over the completely love blind Luffy whenever he appears is pretty ridiculous.

Her first and only bounty at the time she became a Warlord was 80,000,000 berries. With the dissolution of the organization, it's unknown if her bounty has been raised.

  • Absolute Cleavage: The outfit she wears in the Amazon Lily arc is a red dress that leaves all of her large cleavage exposed. Most of her dress tend to not cover all of her cleavage.
  • Accidental Marriage: She believes that she is married to Luffy after he hugs her. However, she is too shy to ever talk to him about this and her Parental Substitute later clears up her misunderstanding.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Because Luffy is a complete airhead, he always calls her "Hammock". He eventually starts to call her by her correct name, which she, due to being crazily in love with him, interprets as a proposal for marriage.
  • Action Girl: She really lives up to her title thanks to her Kick Chick skills and Taken for Granite powers. She is considered one of the mightiest warriors in all the seas and hands down, the strongest woman alive... with the probable exceptions of Big Mom, and maybe Catarina Devon.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like Robin, her eyes are brown in the manga but blue in the anime.
  • Adorkable: ONLY whenever she interacts with Luffy. But, boy when she does, she acts just like a little girl with a crush. It's both so equal parts adorable and funny that you'd be forgiven if you forget that this is the same woman who in her debut kicked a kitten out of her path.
  • Allergic to Love: A variation. Kuja Empresses are prone to a form of lovesickness; more specifically, Kuja Empresses become sick when they fall in love, but suppress it out of necessity or other reasons. Surprisingly enough, it's quite lethal. Many former Empresses have died from it since their royal position and the island's laws prohibit them from being with the person they love. Gloriosa, the former Empress and mother figure to the Boa sisters, was one of the few survivors since she actually left the island to pursue the man she fell in love. Hancock does the same by pursuing and helping Luffy.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She stands at 191 cm/6'3" according to the official sources, has thigh-long black hair, is extremely aloof to anyone who isn't Luffy and is considered the World's Most Beautiful Woman by both men and women.
  • Amazon Chaser: She is greatly admired by her (female) subjects because Amazon Lily follows the mandate of "strength equals beauty". And she has the worldwide reputation and the skills to back it up, plus she's extremely beautiful.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Uses a very regal and archaic manner of speech. For instance, she ends her sentences with the old-fashioned copula ja (which sounds like one word for "snake") instead of da.
  • Ascended Extra: She's the second character after Luffy from One Piece who is included to the J Stars Victory VS character roster. What makes it really impressive is the fact that not even the other Straw Hats — yes, not even Zoro — are in the game. And not only that, Hancock is the second fighting female character despite not even a main character like Rukia or Kagura or Lala who are just supporting characters in the game.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Kuja are a warrior culture, where the strongest are the rulers. And Hancock is hands down the strongest woman on the island, having taken the position from Nyon at some point.
  • Badass Adorable: The adorable side isn't as prominent as in other characters in the series, but she does have moments where she looks pretty damn cute.
  • Badass Cape: Two of them, each with a slightly different design, and the only items in Hancock's wardrobe that are neither form-fitting nor stripperiffic. But it sure helps her look regally intimidating.
  • Bad Boss: Zigzagged. When she first meets Luffy, she seems willing to sacrifice her own subjects without a thought, petrifying Marguerite, Sweet Pea and Aphelandra with barely a care. (And Marguerite never shows any resentment towards her later.) She also cruelly destroyed a statue that three children made of her to present as a gift (she was too vain to see something made from dirt and mud as a compliment.) She's been nicer to them since she falls in love with Luffy but still lies to them about her past and origins fearing she wouldn't be accepted by them if the truth came out.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfits are usually designed to show off as much skin as possible, to capitalize on her Devil Fruit abilities. Absolute Cleavage is the name of the game.
  • Because You Were Niceto Me: Hancock falls in love with Luffy despite being a man not just because he had the balls to assault a World Noble, but because he's kind to her and does not descriminate her for being a slave, something that helped her melt the ice in her heart.
  • Berserk Button: Seeing either her or her sisters' naked backs thanks to the slave mark they all have on their backs will make them furious. Luffy found this part out the hard way.
  • Big Bad: The Amazon Lily Arc, only the first half.
  • Big Eater: In the Amazon Lily arc, she pretends to have wolfed down several plates of meat in order to hide Luffy (who was stowing away in her room) from the Marines outside. This leads to a hilarious moment where the Marines, who made a bet that they'll sport mohawks if she did indeed eat a lot of food, see her carting out a large pile of plates and are so shocked that all of them instantaneously start sporting mohawks from the sheer incredulity.
  • Bitch Alert: The very first thing she does is to kick a kitten and demand to know who placed the kitten in her path.
  • Boobs of Steel: Failing giant characters like Shirahoshi, she's got some of the biggest breasts in the series, and she's one of the strongest female characters. According to Oda himself, her actual measurements are B111-W61-H91, making her a size J in Japan; she may have the biggest bust size among human females in the series.
  • Breakout Character: Hancock became a major fan favorite despite her time as an antagonist, but because of her lovey-dovey behavior, cutesy looks, and hilarious affections for the protagonist Luffy, and the fact of how insanely strong she is made her extremely popular with the fandom. Even more impressively, is in the 5th and 6th fan poll, despite not having appeared in the series for a long time, Hancock ranked 10th in both fan polls, and outranked half of the straw hats in both polls, and is regarded as the most popular of the Shichibukai at the time and the 2nd most popular female character in the series (right behind Nami). Even more impressively is the fact she outranked Robin, who's been in the series far longer than Hancock.
  • Bring It: What's her reaction to the former Marine allies attacking Amazon Lily to capture/kill her after the abolishment of the Warlord System? Sit proudly on her throne and remind her subjects that she was made a Warlord only because she's strong enough to kick the Marines' asses.
  • Broken Ace: She's beautiful, strong, elegant and wanted by almost every man and woman in the world. She's also completely screwed up because of her horrifying past as a slave.
  • Broken Bird: She was utterly destroyed in her pre-teen years as a child slave tortured into almost insanity alongside her sisters, Marigold and Sandersonia, by the World Nobles.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gender Inverted: she's the troubled Brooding Girl to Luffy's optimistic Gentle Boy
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She's capable of pulverizing multiple petrified enemies, and later a Pacisfista's head, with a single kick from her bare leg, not to mention being insanely fast and she was one of the few (including Mihawk and Doflamingo) to leave unscathed from the War against Whitebeard. This came as a Meaningful Echo since it was constantly stated that strength is beauty for the Amazons and even Sengoku considered her monstrously strong.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She is jealous of the women in Luffy's crew (whom she's never so much as seen, only having heard their names) and fears that Luffy will choose them over her (not that it's likely to happen).
  • Clothing Damage: Used gratuitously in the "3D2Y" special, when she gets into a Cat Fight with a member of Bryndi World's crew who uses a cloth dissolving acid in an attempt to "embarrass" her and throw her off guard. Predictably, she is not amused and proceeds to pummel her. Also note: this is never seen in the actual story since she's never actually been injured on-screen by another person.
  • Combat Stilettos: She sees nothing wrong with kicking people in the face with her high heels in the middle of a warzone.
  • Crush Filter: Hancock fantasizes about Luffy being a total bishonen. In reality, he's... cute, in a way, but not so pretty.
  • Cuteness Equals Forgiveness: She is considered to be so beautiful that she is never blamed or held accountable for anything she does. She even gets away with retaining her status as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea by the World Government despite pretty much fighting for Luffy's cause and slowing the other Warlords down in a major battle.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Completely averted: she seems completely immune to any kind of cuteness whatsoever and kicks baby animals as a matter of habit.
  • Dance Battler: Her fighting style consists mainly of kicks, with lots of spinning
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She at first hates Luffy, seeing him as just another lowly and despicable man and wants him dead since he saw the "Hoof of the Rising Dragon" on her back. Once Luffy shows her repeatedly that he's a good and helpful guy and he doesn't make fun of her because of her past, he gains Hancock's trust and she falls hopelessly in love with him.
  • Devoted to You: Hancock is so desperately in love with Luffy that she accepted to obey the World Government and participate in the war against the Whitebeard Pirates because Luffy asked her to, so he could get a chance to save Ace. This is something that she wouldn't have done even for the sake of her empire.
  • Does Not Like Men: She is a notorious man-hater. She does, however, have a Freudian Excuse: The first men she saw in her life were the World Nobles, who enslaved her and her sisters for four years when she was just twelve. The only exceptions when it comes to her man-hating nature is Luffy, whom she has fallen in love with, and Silvers Rayleigh, who helped her in the past after she escaped from slavery.
  • Dragon Lady: She shares many traits with the archetype, though she's somewhat of a newcomer when it comes to being a vamp.
  • Easily Forgiven: After hearing about her past, Luffy puts aside her attempt at killing him and his new friends, Marguerite, Aphelandra and Sweetpea. She's also somehow managed to maintain her title as a Warlord despite openly attacking Marines and Pacifistas during the Marineford War, possibly justified by her being too useful for the world government.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: The slave mark on her back; she fears that its exposure would reveal her past as a slave and ruin her reputation as Snake Empress. The Kuja tribe is told that she has Gorgon's Eyes that will petrify anyone looking at it (actually her Devil Fruit power) to prevent them from seeing it.
  • Even the Girls Want Her:
    • Cranked Up to Eleven with an entire island of nothing but women fawning over her, though admittedly they are her subjects. Her beauty is just as effective on regular women, too. And thanks to her Love-Love Fruit power, she uses that affection as a weapon, such as on Domino to prevent her from finding out about Luffy.
  • Exact Words: During the Whitebeard War, as a Warlord, Hancock participates on the sides of the Marine but,once Luffy joins the war, Hancock switches to attack some marines to support him. While the Marines are angry at her, Hancock points out she agreed to fight Whitebeard and his allies, but never stated she would call the Marines her allies.
  • Expository Pronoun: She uses "Warawa wa" instead of "Watashi wa", to refer to herself. Both are polite ways of saying "I am", the former is much older.
  • Finger Gun: Her Pistol Kiss technique allows her to blow a kiss from her fingertip like a bullet. She has a large-scale variation of this technique called the Slave Arrow.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Hancock has both the looks and the power to back up her arrogance. She is considered the world's most beautiful woman, and she isn't above of abusing this status , while one of the strongest warriors in the series, enough to be part of the Seven Warlords and leave the Summit War unscathed.
  • Forehead of Doom: Her bangs are parted to expose her very large forehead.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: All of her outfits cling tightly to her curves in almost scandalous ways, and both (yes, even her "conservative" qipao-like dress) have a thigh-high side slit.note 
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason she acts like a Jerkass is her Dark and Troubled Past, in which she was kidnapped and sold into slavery, receiving unspeakable abuse by her masters, gradually eroding her will to live. Until four years later, a Fishman climbed the Red Line with his bare hands, and freed every single slave - even the human ones (which included Hancock and her younger sisters), despite his hatred of humans - before setting fire to the entire city. Even after freedom, her outlook on life was jaded by her terrible experiences, so she made a supreme facade, complete with Kick the Dog (and the kitten and the baby seal) moments after she became Empress.
  • Gainaxing: Despite being perfectly still all the time she was onscreen, her boobs got really jiggly during Marineford arc.
  • Godiva Hair: In the scene in her bath, her hair conveniently covers her breasts when she stands up.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Comes with being the World's Most Beautiful Woman, everyone is in awe upon seeing her. The only one to be truly immune to her charms is Luffy, due to being an Oblivious to Love Chaste Hero. This is weaponized by her devil fruit, which grants her the ability to turn into stone whoever recognizes her beauty. Many have had to resort to stabbing or poisoning themselves to even have a chance at being distracted from her weapon-grade (literally) hawtness.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's not simply because she's fallen in love with Luffy. This (and the falling in love after) happens after Luffy says he's punched out a Celestial Dragon — the World Nobles that, at one time, owned Hancock and her sisters as slaves.
  • Heroic Seductress: Qualifies as this by default after her Heel–Face Turn. She's a powerful ally of the heroes whose fighting style heavily involves using her beauty to turn people to stone. She's pretty low-effort about it, though - when you're the World's Most Beautiful Woman and have severe intimacy issues, you neither want nor need to do much to make people fall in love with you.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Though Gold may be a massive overstatement, her interactions with Luffy still show that she's not as heartless as she lets on, as Nyon had feared for a time.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Any reasonable chance Hancock had to be with Luffy got intentionally trampled pretty fast. Not that it's a surprise since One Piece has always been a strictly No Hugging, No Kissing series. Or that it matters at that since Hancock takes literally everything Luffy says as a declaration of love.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Part of the reason why Hancock falls in love with Luffy is due to the fact that he's the only one who can resist her charms, while everyone else she comes in contact falls head over heels for her. The other (and central) part comes from how she admires his good qualities.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: She had it before it became widespread post-Time Skip.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She sees everyone, except for her sisters and Luffy, like worms for her to step over. Once her past as a slave is revealed, it becomes clear that her haughty behavior comes from trauma and fear of being abused again instead of arrogance.
  • Informed Ability: Her sisters state that she has Conqueror's Haki, but she's yet to be seen using it. Her powers allow her to incapacitate her foes by turning them into stone.
  • Ironic Echo: Nyon exclaimed that "Love is like a hurricane!" when she realized that Hancock fell in love with Luffy and the utterly improbable situation of the Snake Princess answering a call to be summoned to fight for the World Government on a man's behalf presented itself. When Hancock during the Paramount War was questioned by Sentomaru why she is aiding Luffy when she is a Warlord, she replies, "love is like a hurricane!", to his puzzlement.
  • Jerkass: She's extremely selfish, arrogant, immature and even cruel. She has one hell of a Freudian Excuse, though. She just became the way she is due to the sheer force of trauma.
  • Ki Manipulation: She is the master of all forms of Haki and one of the few who can use the Conqueror's Haki. She, like any Kuja warrior, can use Armament Haki, and frequently does so to make her kicks extra deadly.
  • Kick Chick: Whenever she isn't turning people into stone with her powers, she kicks them hard with her shapely legs.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Wears a purple and elegant dress for battle during the Marineford Arc.
  • Kick the Dog: In a very literal version, before we even get a look at her face, the very first thing she does is kick a kitten that simply happened to be in her path. In the very next chapter she destroys a clay statue of her that the tribe's children worked on, claiming that it ruined the aesthetics, before proceeding to toss the tribe's elder through a window (though to be fair, she did know said elder was Made of Iron), and if that wasn't enough, in the next chapter, she petrifies three of Luffy's newfound allies when they try to reason with her. Luckily for the side of good, that just happens to be one of Luffy's Berserk Buttons... After he beat her and made her fall in love with him, she has sort-of done a Heel–Face Turn, but she's still at it - a few chapters later, she kicks a puppy and a baby seal in her path. All the Kuja tribe forgives her for all that, though, because Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!, as she herself says.
  • Lady in Red: When first introduced, she wears a revealing red blouse that shows much of her chest and a loose sarong that exposes her long, slender legs with the green symbol of the Kuja adorned on it. She is also quite beautiful.
  • Lady of War: She puts a whole new meaning to Love Hurts when she turns anyone who pisses her off (but lusts for her) into stone. In close combat, she favors graceful and whirling kicks to the face, which have a certain elegance of their own, and when combined with her stone powers are freaking effective.
  • Logical Weakness: At least in regards to her Devil Fruit powers, they would only work on people who could actually see her beauty. This is seen in her and Luffy's fight against Sebastian, a Wotan (fishman/giant hybrid) member of Byrndi's crew. She is surprised that he shows no attraction to her before he lifts his sunglasses and reveals that he's blind.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: If One Piece had taken place in a high school, she would be one of these. She takes care of her people, is brave and caring when it comes to her sisters and those that earn her favor. But to everyone else, well… quote the Empress herself: "Whether I kick a kitten...tear off your ears...even slaughter innocent people...the world will never cease to forgive my actions! Why, you ask? Why, it is because I am beautiful!" And, even more weirdly, people do forgive her. Kinda justified in that she is genuinely the World's Strongest and Most Beautiful Woman. As for her behavior, it's revealed that it's the result of a seriously messed-up past of child slavery. So much so that she and her sisters still go into panic attacks thinking about it and much of her bratty behavior (along with her preteen girl-styled romance toward Luffy) could be attributed to stagnated development (she was kidnapped as a pre-teen) from sheer force of trauma.
  • Love Hurts: Hancock weaponizes this, being so beautiful nearly everyone is attracted to her, and her devil fruit power allows her to turn into stone whoever thinks she's beautiful. Also, ironically applies to her when she first has feelings for Luffy and risks dying from experiencing love for a man like the previous empresses did.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: She badly misinterprets innocuous actions as signs that Luffy reciprocates her love for him. Her behavior has an uncomfortable resemblance to a certain Real Life psychological disorder known as erotomania.
  • Lust Object: Weaponized. Hancock takes advantage of the overwhelming lust men feel towards her beauty so her Mero Mero Mellow takes effect and turns them to stone.
  • Mad Love: Even after Luffy flat out rejects her marriage proposals, she's still crazy about him and keeps misunderstanding anything he tells her as a proposal.
  • Medusa: Her theme, along with her sisters Sandersonia and Marigold. Hancock has the power to turn people into stone while each of her sisters has eaten a devil fruit that turns her into a snake. They're called the Gorgon Sisters for a reason.
  • Metaphorically True: After seeing her attack everyone indiscriminately, a Marine asks her whose side she's on. Hancock explains that she agreed to fight Whitebeard, not ally herself with the Marines and that any man (except Luffy, but they don't know that) before her is an enemy.
  • Moral Myopia: Does Not Like Men because the first men she met in her life (she lives in a Lady Land) captured her and sold her to the World Nobles as slaves, which has also left her with a fear of being subjugated thereafter. At her debut, Hancock is highly arrogant, shows little concern for the well-being of her subjects, and generally believes that everyone has to capitulate to her (and most people will); this doesn't exactly give her much moral high ground over the World Nobles, let alone the entire male sex. Unlike Gild Tesoro - whose girlfriend suffered a similar fate at the hands of the World Nobles, and who acts pretty much the same as they do - Hancock is portrayed as a sympathetic character, whose aforementioned traits haven't disappeared after the reveal of the Freudian Excuse, albeit toned down and portrayed more comedically. At the same time, it is shown that she does care for her subjects and fears that The Reveal of their secret past would destroy them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Comes with being the World's Most Beautiful Woman. She wears very revealing and formfitting outfits that accentuate her curves.
  • Naked First Impression: Luffy first meets her while she's taking a bath. She's only concerned about the fact that he saw her naked back, though, since it's where her Embarrassing Tattoo is located
  • Never Be Hurt Again: She was so scared of being a slave again that she put on a cold, cruel and strong front, so as to never show weakness again and thus never be kidnapped and sold into slavery again. The front has stuck so deep ever since that it has become her actual personality, and for a time, Nyon feared that Hancock had truly become heartless until she softens up near Luffy.
  • Nominal Hero: Of the "Relationships" type. She has a Love Interest, Luffy, and some Morality Pets (her sisters and to a lesser degree Nyon and Rayleigh) that she cares about, and she has a genuine Freudian Excuse, but otherwise she is quite the ruthless and selfish bitch who literally kicks dogs (and baby seals and baby kittens) and petrifies and then shatters people on a whim.
  • One-Woman Army: Her Devil Fruit power makes her an interesting version of this. Since almost everyone is attracted to her, she can use their lust to turn them to stone and defeated an entire Marine battalion this way within seconds. Even without this power, she's still a formidable match physically, and she has Conqueror's Haki, making her an extremely formidable opponent to the point of her having Story Breaker Powers if she was more than a supporting character.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • For all her flaws, she genuinely loves her younger sisters and has a very close and strong bond with them. During the 3D2Y special shows she didn't even think about going to save them.
    • After the war, her sisters noted she barely at or slept after learning from Law Luffy's chances of survival were very low to the point she couldn't help but worry over him.
  • Proud Beauty: She's extremely proud of being the World's Most Beautiful Woman. She manipulates everyone with her beauty with the exception of Luffy to the point where she provides the page quote for Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Hancock wears a purple dress during the Marinford Arc. Also overlaps with Graceful Ladies Like Purple.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has long black hair down to her thighs.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has long, black hair and fair skin, and is considered to be the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
  • Running Gag:
    • Her habit of looking down on others so much that it gets reversed and she starts looking up, which is frequently lampshaded immediately after.
    • Her habit of kicking away small, cute animals, like puppies, kitten or baby seals, that mysteriously always manage to wind up in her way.
    • Her overactive imagination in regards for her love for Luffy causes her to think of anything he does is romantic to the point she gets mad when anyone tries to keep her from spending time with him.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: She begins to see Luffy differently from other men when he covers the back of her sister Sandersonia while they are fighting so that nobody could see the World Nobles' slave mark on her. Then reinforced when he chooses to save Marguerite, Sweet Pea, and Aphelandra rather than benefit himself, especially since he visibly doesn't even take time to consider.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Her snake Salome can track ships on the ocean floor. Apparently, there's nowhere in the world Luffy can go that she can't or won't be able to find him. She can also move through the deadly Calm Belt, which normally only specially-equipped Marine ships can traverse without angering the massive Sea Kings because the snakes of Kuja that draw her ships terrify even Sea Kings.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: She provides the page quote. She's a walking lampshade of this trope. Except, that is, around Luffy, who is apparently the only person who doesn't buy into her beauty. All the other characters, however, forgive all the nasty things she does to them (if not that they didn't even notice that she was doing nasty things to them). In fact, her catchphrase is "Everyone would forgive me… for I am beautiful!" The thing is, she's absolutely right. This includes literally kicking puppies, kittens, and baby seals. She's also openly helped Luffy several times since they met, including attacking Marines in the open at Marineford. Allying with the Straw Hats would easily get her Warlord status revoked, but as of the start of the Dressrosa Arc, she is confirmed to still be one of the Warlords. Though there were a few other guys who have managed to resist her other than Luffy, including Vice-Admiral Momonga, Smoker, and Trafalgar Law. Momonga mainly resisted her because he distracted himself with pain by stabbing his hand; if he hadn't, he would have been affected as well. However, Smoker and Law are probably straight examples. It should be noted, however, that the Kuja ideal of beauty is based on strength, and as a Warlord with powerful Haki (as well as the very rare Conqueror's Haki), and a fundamentally instant-kill Devil Fruit ability (which her people believe comes from defeating a mythical beast), she more than fits that standard.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She claims to be Luffy's soul mate, despite the fact Luffy has never shown even a passing romantic interest in her. Elder Nyon mentioned that Hancock is under some sort of "love sickness," and whatever it is seems to be affecting her pretty badly. She interprets even the vaguest, most nonchalant show of affection or camaraderie from Luffy as a sign that he's her husband and that they are meant to be together for eternity. It's also a hint of her Dark and Troubled Past, which started breaking Hancock when she was just 12 years old — deep down, the powerful Amazon Queen is still an emotionally stunted young girl... and Luffy was among the first men who was kind to her.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She doesn't appear to have much issues with others seeing her naked; she only avoids it so no one can see the Slave Brand on her back. The second time Luffy crash lands on her bath, Hancock is so excited about seeing him again that covering herself up doesn't even cross her mind.
  • She's Got Legs: Long and sleek, almost always has at least one of them fully bare to mid-thigh at a minimum, and the anime camera seems obsessed with close-up shots of her fine thighs, especially whenever she sits in her usual outfit. It turns out to be (at least partially) a Chekhov's Gun for her Kick Chick skills.
  • Shipping Goggles: In-universe. In regards to Luffy and his crew.
  • Ship Tease: When asked by a fan, Oda made all her personal information that dealt with romance — from her astrological sign to her blood type — sync up with Luffy's to be the perfect match, and she is even named after Thomas Hancock, the English inventor who founded the British rubber industry. She should be the perfect match for Luffy... but alas, he is a Chaste Hero.
  • Show Some Leg: She cranks this Up to Eleven, turning it into killed by the sexy. Her power allows her to turn anyone attracted to her into stone, and she's been objectively described as the World's Most Beautiful Woman. Naturally, Luffy is immune, because he seems to have no concept of "sexy", having taken "Chaste Hero" to the extreme. For those who are attracted to her, the only known defense is to distract themselves with pain; for example, a Marine Vice Admiral stabs himself in the leg to avoid being turned to stone.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is as far as possible from being a Shrinking Violet... until she gets around Monkey D. Luffy, that is, which transforms her into one quite easily, but he's far too dense to even realize the connotations.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She despises all men, however, when it comes to Luffy, she has made it explicitly clear that no matter what the circumstances, even if he was the son of demons, she'd still love him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Luffy Because He Was Nice To Her. Well, that, and he punched out a World Noble, one of only two people in the world with the guts to go through with it. And the World Nobles were those who actually enslaved and tortured Hancock and her sisters nearly into insanity, making her the... really troubled person she is.
  • Slave Brand: The Hoof of the Rising Dragon, branded onto her and her sisters' backs by the World Nobles. Doubles as a Mark of Shame, to the point they've made up a false legend about a Gorgon's curse so that no one would want to look at their backs.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: After befriending him, she falls in love with Monkey D. Luffy. Besides him being a Chaste Hero, she is also a fair bit older than him (he was 17 and her 29 pre-timeskip, and both 2 years older after.) Furthermore, she acts very bashful and gooey around him, much like a smitten teenager despite being an adult. Tragically, this is justified due to her wrecked psychological state. She was kidnapped at no older than 12 and sold into slavery by the World Nobles along with her sisters and suffered for several years until they were let free by Fisher Tiger. The entire ordeal scarred her and her sisters mentally, with remembering the incidents sending them into trauma shock. As such, it's implied the trauma stunted her emotional and mental growth (we see evidence of it beforehand, given her behavior as a Bratty Teenage Daughter to her mother figure, former empress and current advisor). Interestingly enough, despite being a teenager/young adult, Luffy acts very much like a Cheerful Child, giving the pair an odd commonality of acting far younger than their actual age (if for very different reasons.)
  • The Smurfette Principle: Despite all of the changes and replacement, she remains the only female of the Warlords.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: She is very proud of being the World's Most Beautiful Woman and uses it to screw the rules. Her charm pretty much works on everyone, even on her all-female subjects... except when she encounters Luffy, who's such a Chaste Hero that he's completely immune to her charms. This initially leads her to decide that he cannot be allowed to live. Then she falls in love with him.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She's a high-and-mighty empress who treats anyone who isn't one of her sisters or Luffy like scum, but she became like that after going through one hell of a Dark and Troubled Past where she was enslaved and tortured by World Nobles. Behind that cruel exterior, Hancock is still a sad and traumatized young girl.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's very tall, standing at 191 cm/6'3" according to official sources. She is also very obviously beautiful both to readers and in-universe characters; in fact, she is considered the World's Most Beautiful Woman by both men and women. Justified since she's the empress of Amazon Lily.
  • Stripperiffic: Somewhat justified in that, since her primary petrification attack needs her opponents to lust after her, wearing revealing clothing makes a lot of sense.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She pretends she is a cold person and a jerk to her people and acts cruelly to her enemies, but cares about her sisters and becomes as soft as a marshmallow whenever Luffy is around.
  • Superpower Lottery: The Love-Love Fruit granted her the ability to petrify anyone, man or woman, whose heart is even slightly moved by her (read:experiences lust). A basic side-effect is that nearly everyone finds her so unnaturally attractive, their judgement is affected, making them susceptible to petrifaction. While she can directly transform a person into stone by making a heart-shaped gesture with both hands and firing a beam through it, she can also partially petrify her opponents with her physical abilities as well, and petrify entire armies with a blow of a kiss (one that blossoms into a massive heart that fires arrows, but still). She is also one of the very small number of people in the world who can use all three types of Haki.
  • Taken for Granite:
    • Her Devil Fruit power can turn people to stone if their mind is filled with lewd thoughts. As a result of her beauty this includes anyone in her general vicinity other than Luffy, who is immune thanks to the power of sheer weapons-grade obliviousness. She can even petrify inanimate objects in some cases, for some reason.
    • She doesn't need them to lust after her to do this, as her Slave Arrow and Perfume Femur attacks will turn anything they touch into stone.
  • Tattooed Crook: Though she's evidently stopped being a crook, she and her sisters bear the "Hoof of the Rising Dragon" on their backs, burned onto them as marks of their slavery to the World Nobles. As noted above, she murderously defends this secret.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Luffy accidentally does this to Hancock when hiding under her dress from the Marines.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: In the anime, she does this for Luffy at the beginning of every episode while they're on the boat in transit from The Island of Women to Impel Down. Actually a Justified Trope: from age 12 to 16, Hancock (alongside her sisters) was subjected to a horrifying Break the Cutie ordeal that severely stunted her social skills.
  • Tooka Levelin Kindness: It's only thanks to Luffy's influence on her that Hancock's more kinder side begins to shine, to the point she's learned to treat her fellow Kuja's a lot nicer and rule them better than she ever did.
  • Unknown Rival: She views Nami and Robin as rivals for Luffy's heart. Not only are they both unaware that Boa hates them for being the sole women on Luffy's crew and are thus that much closer to him, but they also have yet to even meet her in person. Not to mention that Luffy doesn't have romantic feelings for anyone.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A brief anime scene shows a pre-teen Hancock as a cute, even rather sweet cabin girl from a Kuja ship. Then she and her sisters were kidnapped, branded, force-fed Devil Fruits, and totally traumatized — which is the big reason she's such an asshole.
  • Vapor Wear: Her open top makes it clear she doesn't wear a bra.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Although she's not his girlfriend anywhere but in her own mind (where she believes they are engaged), Boa Hancock gets VERY upset when someone threatens Luffy. When Smoker attacks Luffy, she threatens to rip him to pieces and feed him to wild dogs. This can be handy, considering that she is actually significantly stronger than pre-timeskip Luffy as a Kick Chick Lady of War who also has Taken for Granite powers.
  • When She Smiles: When she is around Luffy, she genuinely smiles in a way that the other Kuja have said is unusual of her.
  • Womanchild: She is one of the strongest females around and one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. However, when around Luffy, she acts much like a preteen girl in love. In fact, even before her crush on Luffy, she still displayed the maturity of a child, thinking the entire world revolved around her due to her attractiveness, and she can act like a sulky teenager when it comes to her mother figure and demanding as a queen. Justified since she was kidnapped, Made a Slave and tortured within an inch of her sanity when she was at most a pre-teen girl. It's a sure thing that such terrible incidents completely stunted her emotional development. On a lighter note though, this also makes her alike to the man she loves, Luffy, who has a childish sense of wonder and attitude.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Her Kuja subjects consider her as the most beautiful woman in the world. The rest of the world consider her similarly, only rivalled by the "Mermaid Princess" Shirahoshi; this is because the Kuja equate beauty with strength, and Hancock has a decent claim on also being the strongest woman in the world.

    "First Son of the Sea" Jimbei 
See his entry on the Straw Hat Pirates page.

New Recruits

These are formerly regular pirates who become Warlords during the course of the story.

    "Blackbeard" Marshall D. Teach 
See his entry on the Four Emperors page.

Earned the Warlord status by defeating Portgas D. Ace and handing him over to the Marines. Later lost his status when he revealed he was only using it in his grand scheme against Whitebeard. Once he got what he wanted, he willingly gave it up and took Whitebeard's place as part of the far more dangerous Four Emperors.

    "Genius Jester" Buggy the Clown 

"Genius Jester" Buggy the Clown

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), David Wills (EN, 4Kids), Mike McFarland (EN, Funi), Gabriel Ortiz (Latin American Spanish)

Age: 37 (Pre-Timeskip), 39 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 9 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Chop-Chop Fruit
Click here to see his Post-Time Skip appearance 

"All of the world's treasure belongs to me!"

Buggy the Clown is the first real pirate that Luffy encounters early on in his travels. Buggy is a rather gaudy individual who used to be on the legendary Roger Pirates crew, along with Luffy's idol Shanks, who Buggy eventually bore a grudge against for unwittingly foiling a scheme to find a legendary treasure. After Gold Roger's death, the two went their separate ways, and while Shanks went on to become one of the Four Emperors, Buggy hung around the relatively tame East Blue. His Devil Fruit is the Chop-Chop Fruit (Bara Bara no Mi), which lets him split his body apart as he pleases.

After his defeat at Luffy's hands, he teams up with Luffy's Stalker with a Crush Alvida, and after a failed attempt at revenge, enters the Grand Line in pursuit of the Straw Hats. He joins the Warlords during and after the two year time-skip. Through Buggy's major luck and charisma in stringing along a bunch of more powerful but completely gullible breakout criminals from Impel Down, as well as his past history of being associated with former Pirate King Gol D. Roger and being "friends" with Emperor Red-Haired Shanks, Buggy somehow managed to gain the World Government's attention so he was made a Warlord and became the leader of the Pirate Dispatch Organization. Whether or not Buggy's skill set has grown to rival the other Warlords and live up to the title remains to be seen.

His bounty at the time he became a Warlord was 15,000,000 Berries, the lowest of the bunch besides Blackbeard's former bounty of 0. However, with the dissolution of the organization and the World Government now holding him in extremely high regard, it's currently unknown (but highly likely) if his bounty has been increased.

  • Affably Evil: While he's definitely a bad guy, he's actually pretty easy going and fun-loving if you aren't in his way. As a former member of the Roger Pirates, his love of partying and generally having a good time is incredibly strong.
  • Arc Villain: To Luffy. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember what happened during this time except Buggy cutting his hat and him kicking the clown's ass.
  • Art Evolution: Buggy's first appearances emphasized the evil aspect of his appearance, invoking a Monster Clown vibe. However, later appearances depict him (as far as how he is drawn) in a much more comedic light, emphasizing the comic aspect of his character.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Buggy tends to wear striped clothes as a visual clue of his ability to split his body parts.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Notable as one of the few aversions to the trope in all of One Piece, especially among the pirates. In Impel Down, he ends up gaining an entire crew's worth of followers consisting of its prisoners, every last one of them far tougher than he is.
    • But played straight among his original crew.
    • Considering that he made his way along the Grand Line just fine prior to Impel Down, this isn't entirely subverted, though this could be because of his experience on Gold Roger's ship.
  • Badass on Paper: His resume is far more impressive than him in action. While Buggy grows in reputation after the reveal that he was part of Gold Roger's crew along with Shanks, both were merely cabin boys; Shanks went on to become one of the Four Emperors, leading the government to believe that Buggy was just pretending to be weak all along.
    • However, as Oda mentioned, Buggy actually has the potential to be quite powerful, so he has the opportunity to subvert this trope.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't mention his nose, or you risk being blown up. It doesn't help that he has a tendency to mishear things...
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his goofy clown-like appearance, his immunity to swords gives him an advantage in battle.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He gets a massive burst of confidence after the escaped Impel Down prisoners rally around him after his history with Gold Roger is revealed and both they and the Marines believe him to be of comparable strength to his old shipmate, Shanks. Thus he sets his eyes on taking Whitebeard's place as an Emperor.
    • Played with in that he is believed to be one of the biggest threats in the One Piece world at the moment. With the emphasis on "believed to be..." enough to get him a place as one of the Warlords.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is a bumbling, incompetent blowhard that doesn't remotely live up to his full potential (which is confirmed by Oda to be able to put him in the upper echelons of power if he applied himself). But he's also a skilled sailor, chemist and leader, able to make his way across dangerous seas, manufacture incredibly powerful bombs (and even smuggle them into Impel Down), lead cutthroats who are way more powerful than him and successfully lie and bluff his way into becoming one of the Seven Warlords of the Seas.
  • Catchphrase: He inserts "flashy" into almost every sentence he speaks.
  • Character Tic: When Buggy gets surprised, his body pops apart, making his reactions more comical.
  • Circus of Fear: His entire crew follows this trope, sans Alvida and his new crew from Impel Down.
  • Cowardly Lion: Especially as he used to be part of Roger's crew, which included a lot of headstrong pirates, and is intimidated easily, which is understandable in this Crazy Awesome setting.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Can beat powerful foes with a bit of teamwork and motivation. Otherwise, he has a very short attention span and doesn't know how to be subtle.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His Devil Fruit power, on top of being very powerful when used right, renders him immune to sword slashes. Too bad for Buggy though, he was an excellent swimmer before he ate the fruit, and planned to swim his way to many underwater treasures before he accidentally swallowed the fruit because of Shanks. He still holds a grudge to this day, even though he's now very proficient at using his fruit's powers.
  • Detachment Combat: His power amounts to this, letting him detach and levitate any part of his body (except his feet; he can't float them, and he can't levitate too far away from them either). It lets him attack from almost any angle, and he's effectively immune to slashing attacks as well.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Buggy has an utter lack of fear towards swordsmen. Luffy uses him as a shield against Mihawk, Mihawk slashes Buggy to bits, but he easily survives and puts himself back together, thanks to his immunity to slashing weapons. All the while, he's just angry and annoyed at Luffy and Mihawk for using him as a cutting board/shield.
    • When he finally reunites with Shanks, his only instinct is to rant at and threaten him for screwing him over all those years ago, even if he didn't mean it, and over a bunch of other stuff. Shanks is one of the Four Emperors and one of the most feared, badass and powerful men on the planet, but Buggy knows him well enough that he doesn't see him that way and acts like they were still cabin boys around him (and, to an extent, so does Shanks). His crew, though, don't know any better and think their captain is awesome for speaking to Shanks like that. This gives Buggy a good reputation that helped him to become a warlord.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: It's said he once destroyed an entire town just because some kids made fun of his nose.
  • The Dreaded: Becomes this when the Marines reveal his past with Shanks on Roger's ship. It eventually evolved to the point where he becomes a member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Subverted in that despite his reputation, Buggy is still one of the weakest characters in the entire cast and those who actually know him are aware of his actual strength.
  • Enemy Mine: Subverted. Buggy teams up with Luffy while in Impel Down in order to help him save Ace but in reality he has every intention of abandoning Luffy, whenever the right occasion pops up. The right occasion never happens and Buggy remains Luffy's ally through the entire escape from Impel Down and during the Summit War.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Buggy first appears sitting in a Slouch of Villainy and then kills a subordinate for having accidentally mentioned his nose.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's shown to have sobbed uncontrollably during Gold Roger's execution. Considering that Buggy spent most of his youth serving as a cabin boy in his crew, Roger may very well have been the closest thing he ever had to a father figure.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Luffy. They even have similar sounding names. Their powers can also be considered opposites — both abilities allow their users to, in a sense, extend their bodies, but while Luffy can resist blunt force, he's still vulnerable to blades, while Buggy can resist blades but is vulnerable to blunt force.
    • Also made apparent by their differing attitudes about the cost of gaining a Devil Fruit Power. Before eating a Devil Fruit, Buggy was an excellent swimmer who planned on using his talent to find a legendary stash of treasure, and he now resents the fact that he can't swim anymore. Luffy, on the other hand, before eating a Devil Fruit was such a poor swimmer that he was nicknamed "Anchor" and as such doesn't seem to mind his inability to swim at all since he was so bad at it anyway.
    • Due to his past as being the left wing man to Shanks and the Only Sane Man as well as a Cowardly Lion, he's this to Usopp. Having a funny nose doesn't hurt either.
  • Evil Laugh: His Signature Laugh, "Gyahahahaha!"
  • Facial Markings: Has standard clown makeup, which changes with each of his major appearances, and a jolly roger on his forehead.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Or rather, Fake Ultimate Villain. When he was young, Buggy served as a cabin boy on the ship of Gold Roger (the former Pirate King) alongside Shanks (who is now one of the Four Emperors). When this fact came to the World Government's attention, they immediately assumed that Buggy was just as strong as Shanks and that he had been practicing Obfuscating Stupidity the whole time.
    • Thanks to his fake bravado, after the Impel Down Arc, he now has an army of dangerous world-class criminals under his command. Buggy now has essentially one of the strongest crews in the series.
    • Add onto that he's been made a Warlord of the Sea because of it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Mr 3 during the Impel Down arc, so much so Mr. 3 joins his crew after the events of Marineford.
  • Foil: To Luffy, in many ways, even down to having similar-sounding names.
    • Both Luffy and Buggy use Devil Fruits, but while Luffy is immune to blunt force (but vulnerable to swords), Buggy is immune to swords (but vulnerable to blunt force).
    • Both Luffy and Buggy inadvertently got their Devil Fruits due to an accident involving Shanks. Buggy holds a grudge against Shanks for this (since he lost his ability to swim), while Luffy idolizes him.
    • Buggy was an excellent swimmer before accidentally eating a Devil Fruit (hence the grudge against Shanks), while Luffy was such an awful swimmer that he was nicknamed "Anchor".
    • Luffy doesn't care that much for material wealth and considers things that have sentimental value to him (most importantly his Straw hat) as his treasure. Buggy rejects this view entirely, even saying he doesn't see the value in Luffy's hat, and is all about traditional pirate treasure (money and gold).
    • Both Luffy and Buggy cause a prison break in Impel Down (leading to an Enemy Mine). Buggy was captured and starts out simply trying to break out, while Luffy starts out trying to break in to save his brother.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. While he's now got a powerful crew of dangerous pirates behind him after Impel Down and a reputation as a legitimate threat in the eyes of the Marines because of his affiliation with the Roger Pirates, he's pretty much the same Buggy Luffy fought early on in the series, at least in terms of power. And during the timeskip, he became a Warlord of the Sea.
  • Fun Size: A variation. After splitting his body into multiple parts, Buggy tries to recompose himself, but Nami has tied his torso and his limbs, leaving Buggy with only with his head, hands and feet in a comically small version of himself. Buggy spends most of his miniadventure in this state, until he finds his crew and his remaining body parts.
  • Gag Nose: His round and red clown nose it's his actual nose. And for your own sake, you better not bring that up.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Buggu gets annoyed very easily, especially when someone brings up his nose, but his reactions are always Played for Laughs and never taken seriously.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Separating one's body? What the hell kind of power is that? Oh wait, did you just take a slash from the world's strongest swordsman and just harmlessly detach and reform part of your body? Yeah, not too shabby.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: His usual knife-fighting style — three or four per hand, wielded like knuckle-dusters, which is really just a quick way to get all your fingers broken. Then again when you have a superpower that splits your body on reflex broken bones may not be much of an issue.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: Along with Shanks, he was a cabin boy on Gol D. Roger's ship.
  • Knife Nut: His Weapon of Choice, though battle-axes, flintlock pistols, and katanas will do in a pinch.
  • Laughably Evil: Hey, what do you expect from someone nicknamed "The Clown"?
  • Leg Cannon: Somehow manages to hide a functioning gun in his foot with the proportional power of a giant cannonball that can be used to level cities. It's not clear whether it's actually in his foot or his shoe, however, but seeing as his super power is the ability to harmlessly separate individual parts of his body, there's a lot of wiggle room.
  • The Load: Some characters have theorized that he was this while on Gold Roger's crew.
  • Magnetic Hero: Or Magnetic Villain in any case. While Luffy has a natural talent to attract people and making them help him out of sheer will, Buggy is good at leading them by his cunning and luck, at least according to Jimbei.
  • Made of Iron: Gets stuck by lightning but claims to have 'laughed it off'.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's definitely become one of those as of the end of the Whitebeard War Saga.
  • Memetic Badass: Buggy is an odd in-universe example of this being done unintentionally. Because he was on Gold Roger's crew, used to be Shanks' partner, and was accused of being one of the masterminds behind the Impel Down prison break, the Marines see him as a very viable threat while the freed Impel Down inmates decide to follow him, both groups thinking he's much stronger than he actually is. Every single thing he does after this is somehow taken by his new crew as further evidence of his greatness.
    • This has gone so far in universe that he's become a Warlord after the time skip.
  • Monster Clown: Despite his appearance and Devil Fruit powers, he's mostly not because he's more funny than scary.
  • Neck Lift: With the Chop-Chop fruit, Buggy can detatch his hand and strangle a person remotelly. He does it in his debut to a subordinate who accidentally mention his nose and then to Boodle after the latter has challenged him.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Buggy is literally the only person alive who doesn't have any reverence or fear of Shanks. That's because despite their huge gap in abilities, their relationship as Vitriolic Best Buds back when they were young transcends that. Buggy doesn't give a damn about Shanks being one of the Four Emperors; all he cares about is the fact that Shanks is (in his eyes) the reason why Buggy has devil fruit powers, and thus can never swim again (and he was an excellent swimmer to boot), and was unable to get the treasure he wanted all those years ago by selling the devil fruit he ate. Shanks in turn outright welcomes this, due to them being old friends in his perspective.
    • Perhaps justified in that because of the fruit he ate, Buggy would be mostly immune to Shanks' swordsmanship. Then again, considering that Mihawk was still able to curb-stomp him despite his swordsmanship being completely ineffective against Buggy, and the fact that Shanks is a master of haki on top of being a master swordsman, it's more likely that Buggy's familiarity with Shanks, and his humorous rage over the aforementioned incident with his Devil Fruit render him completely oblivious to the obvious power difference between them more than anything else.
  • No-Sell: His DF power prevents knives and other bladed weapons from hurting him; as a result, he survived easily in Impel Down, because that's the method prisoners are tortured on the first level. (Apparently, none of the guards ever noticed.)
  • Not So Different: While he hates Shanks, they do share some personality quirks, such as their love for partying.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: After appearing as a comical villain with a circus-themed crew, Buggu and his crew are the first villains to actually defeat Luffy in their second encounter, and would have killed him if not for some Divine Intervention, forcing the Straw Hats into retreat. Despit being one of the weakest characters combat-wise, his Devil Fruit ability has been shown to be one of the best when it comes to swordsmen, as it essentially makes him Nigh Invulnerable when dealing with them. Even Mihawk can't hurt him with his sword. It doesn't stop him from easily curb-stomping Buggy when he tries to fight back, but hey, it's still pretty impressive.
  • Only in It for the Money: Unlike other pirates who aim to attain power of fulfill their dreams, Buggy's primarily a buccaneer due to his love for treasure and has little love for anything else besides partying and (occasionally) his crew.
  • Oh, Crap!: To further show just how out of his league he is in comparison to the other Warlords, Buggy's reaction to the news that The Warlord's system has been disbanded and the Marines are coming to capture him and his crew is sheer and raw panic- which is in stark contrast to Mihawk's Blood Knight delight, Boa's absolutely smug but justified Bring It attitude and Weevil's confusion.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: How could a rather ineffectual, lazy and really goofy number like Buggy get to where he is now, despite being largely outclassed by most of his cohorts and the people he acquaints with? Simple: Buggy is nothing short of excellent at spotting and seizing the right opportunities at the right time and take advantage of any situation and other people's gullibility, as he showed during the Impel Down Arc. And while he never meant to become one of the Warlords, he was quick to adapt to his accidental notoriety and entrench it firmly enough to build a successful business of mercenaries.
  • Oxymoronic Being: He's a man who dresses like a clown and calls himself one, but despises comments made about his clown-like nose. Though he employs blades in combat and his powers revolve around him being immune to them, his true worth lies in his proficiency with explosives. He's a Starter Villain who actually served in one of the most infamous pirate crews in history during his youth and is now the leader of a group of people who are vastly stronger than him.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His main role during Impel Down and Marineford. Oda notes he included him in order to add some levity to what was otherwise an extremely dark part of the story.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Funimation dub, he utters the word "shit" twice — once after being ejected out to sea in his chibi form following his first defeat to Luffy, and again while in disguise at Loguetown when his hand of cards seems to fortell disaster in executing the revenge plot against Luffy — which it does.
  • Red Baron: Following the Time Skip and his entry into the Seven Warlords of the Sea, he's given the nickname "Genius Jester".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Shanks' blue. While Shanks is not a calm person, he's cool compared to the eccentry and easily angered Buggy.
  • Shoot Your Mate: As a proof of her loyalty, Buggy asks Nami, who had claimed to be joining his crew, to kill a caged Luffy with an explosive cannonball at point-blank range.
  • Slouch of Villainy: In his debut, Buggy is sitting lazily on a chair, lying on his side, showing off his mean and lazy personality.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Devil Fruit user, so natch. Ironically, he used to be an exceptional swimmer before he ate his Devil Fruit. In a testament to how much Buggy is crippled by his own cynicism and cowardice, he is pretty much the only Fruit user in the entire series who complains about his weakness and doesn't feel that it's worth the power. Buggy is the sort who, when given lemons, would demand an orange instead of making lemonade.
    • However, his attitude toward his Devil Fruit powers may actually result from his time with the Roger Pirates. Apparently, most if not all were Badass Normal pirates who believed the power was not worth losing the ability to swim. Given how Shanks seems to have followed this philosophy with his own crew, it's little wonder that Buggy complains about his weaknesses.
  • Technology Marches On: Is the first villain of the series to exemplify how science is gradually encroaching upon the domain of once untouchable martial artists and even the supernatural abilities of Devil Fruits.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's certainly grown a level or two since his first appearance. Most noticeably, he's upgraded his "Buggy balls" — cannon balls capable of obliterating a city block — to "Muggy Balls" — mothball-sized grenades with comparative power. The only problem is he's taken maybe a level or two in badass while everyone else has taken twenty.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Well, at least as far as his crew goes. In his first appearance he was a Bad Boss who was not above abusing/killing members of his crew for petty reasons. After losing to Luffy/Nami, he ends up spending a cover arc (expanded on in the anime) trying to recover his body and find his crew (who believed him to be dead). He eventually does reunite with them (saving their lives in the process) and seems to be much less abusive toward them afterwards. He's still a Jerkass to everybody else though.
    • It should be noted that after the Time Skip, most of Buggy's crew is comprised of notorious pirates who are way stronger than he is, but who grew fiercely loyal to him through a combination of his craftyness, charisma, and sheer dumb luck. Buggy literally cannnot aford to be a Bad Boss to them.
  • Twisting the Words: His first action onscreen is to blow up one of his subordinates for bringing up his nose, even though said subordinate wasn't talking about it at all.
  • Unknown Rival: Perceives Shanks as a sort of Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, who he blames for making him eat a devil fruit and losing his ability to swim. Disregarding the huge discrepancy in strength, Shanks is either completely unaware or selectively oblivious to this, thinking that they're still the same Heterosexual Life-Partners/Vitriolic Best Buds they've always been since they were kids. Though in an title image after Marineford, they are showed eating and drinking at a bar together while laughing, so it seems Shank's opinion may be closer to the truth.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Pretty much his entire motif.
  • Villainous Rescue: With Alvida's help, he saves his crew from the Kumate tribe.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shanks, sort of. He really hates that guy's guts, but at this point the difference in power between the two is such that he can't really do anything about it, so they end up looking something like this. However, Shanks' own behavior shows that it was always like this since they were cabin boys and indeed, Shanks views Buggy as a friend. It's implied that Buggy is just in complete denial.
    • The Marines definitely believe they are this, since they are convinced that because he and Shanks shared a history in Gold Roger's crew and Shanks became one of the Four Emperors, that Buggy must be playing Almighty Janitor. Needless to say, this may end up bringing far more attention than he initially wanted...
      • While he initially didn't want to draw attention to himself, after getting a hoard of powerful criminals to follow him he begins to "dream a little higher" and tries to become one of the biggest threats in the manga.
    • He's starting to gravitate towards this with Luffy, starting from their time in Impel Down. He even saved Luffy's life, along with Jimbei's (albeit reluctantly and unintentionally) from Akainu in the Whitebeard War.
  • Voice of the Legion: Whenever he's angry in the 4Kids dub.
  • Waddling Head: Luffy defeats him in the Orange Town Arc thanks to Nami tying down most of Buggy's body parts, leaving him with just his hands and feet attached to his head.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Downplayed example. Buggy is the first villain that manages to injure Luffy and give him trouble thanks to his Devil Fruit powers when compared to Alvida and Morgan. He's also the one who starts the Worf Effect tradition with Zoro and several following Arc Villains that the swordsman faces after him. Luffy is unable to defeat him by himself and needs Nami's help to finish him off. However, Luffy is still giving Buggy a run for his money in the fight. Another instance is that Buggy nearly kills Luffy during an ambush and is only foiled by lightning interfering with the execution.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As stated many times, Buggy isn't the most powerful character in the story by a long shot but his Devil Fruit abilities, his well-concealed shrewdness and his opportunistic behaviour allow him to make it all the way to the New World as a warlord, despite being a Starter Villain and an overall goofball with a clown-like appearance.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally, considering the rest of him, it doesn't really stand out. Oda says that the blue tassels coming out the sides of Buggy's hat are also his hair. In other words, for the entire series prior to Impel Down, he's wearing pigtails.
    • This trope is however averted, as it’s revealed in Stampede that he’s actually blonde, and that his blue hair was just a wig. Though, despite the fact that this movie in particular isn’t meant to be canon, whether this odd revelation will still be carried over to the main series or not is yet to be determined.

    "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar Law 
See his entry.

Joined the Warlords during the timeskip by providing the Marines with the hearts of 100 pirates, but loses the Warlord status when he reveals that Luffy and he are working together willingly in an alliance which is a breach of agreement with the World Government.

    "Whitebeard Jr." Edward Weevil 

"Whitebeard Jr." Edward Weevil

Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya

Age: 35

Debut: Chapter 802 (Manga), Episode 751 (Anime)

"Dey're all dummies! Dey don't understand!! Dey all say da same thing!! Dey say da only sons of Whitebeer was da Whitebeer pirate crew! But, Mama!! But, Mama!! I'm da son of Whitebeer! My hair's white!"

The self-proclaimed son of the deceased Whitebeard. He became one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea during the timeskip. There's a lot of doubt on whether he is truly Whitebeard's son, but his strength is said to be comparable to the man himself in his youth.

His mother and also self-proclaimed lover of Whitebeard, Bucking, accompanies him around, telling him what he should do, with him blindly complying.

His bounty at the time he became a Warlord was 480,000,000 berries. With the dissolution of the organization, he forever holds the record for having had the highest bounty of the group. As a free pirate once again, it's currently unknown if his bounty has been raised.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: His slurred speech pattern, childish personality despite being nearly 40, impulsivity and poor emotional regulation, and complete reliance on his mother suggest that he is genuinely mentally handicapped.
  • Ambiguous Situation: While most people both In-Universe and out instantly assume that his relationship with Whitebeard is a bold-faced lie, Marco notes that Weevil's mother Bucking was together with Whitebeard in a crew about 40 years ago, raising the possibility that Weevil really is Newgate's son.
  • Badass Mustache: Like his supposed father, he has a crescent shaped moustache.
  • Berserk Button: Weevil apparently doesn't take it very well when people insinuate that he doesn't count as one of Whitebeard's sons since he never served under him. According to the Marines, the former captains serving under Whitebeard got into arguments with him that started small but eventually escalated until Weevil beat up them, their crews and destroyed the towns they were staying in.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Unlike the other Warlords shown thus far Weevil is introduced in a much more comical way through his stupidity and bumbling relationship with his mother. He's also badass enough to have defeated 16 former captains serving under Whitebeard and intends to eliminate Marco, Luffy and Blackbeard as well, and even Kizaru treads carefully around him and knows better than to piss him off.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a bisento not unlike his "father".
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As to be expected of the Warlords. He's very immature, stupid, and gets bossed around by his mother all the time. Not to mention, he's destroyed several towns and has caused hundreds of casualties. But the Government continues to employ him because of his frightening strength.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's dumb as bricks, but he has strength comparable to Whitebeard in his youth. Kizaru himself mentions that whether his claim to be Whitebeard's son is true or not, he's still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently, each town that a former ally of Whitebeard resided in is destroyed in the aftermath of the fight between them and Weevil over arguments started about whether or not the latter is one of Whitebeard's sons.
  • The Dreaded: Let's put it this way: even Kizaru is wary of him, and Marco specifically refuses to enter the Wano Country because he does not want to risk Weevil following him there and rampaging through it.
  • Dumb Muscle: Despite his strength, his mother does all the thinking for him.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: His speech is translated like this to emphasize his childish mentality.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A genuine Momma's Boy, despite being a violent, destructive Warlord of the Sea. This also extends to Whitebeard, who he believes to be his father.
  • Fat Bastard: Downplayed. He's certainly fat, but, while a villain, he's ultimately just a pawn of his mother.
  • Gone Horribly Right: As a self-proclaimed heir of Whitebeard who's going after the pirate crews formerly affiliated with him, it's easy to see why the World Government employed him as a Warlord. However, the resulting civilian casualties from his rampages made the Marines question whether it's such a good idea to leave him running around.
    • Its worth mentioning that when the Warlords are disbanded, the Marines have to move to intercept Mihawk, Hancock, and Buggy. For Weevil, they were already in place.
  • Gonk: He looks more like a comical caricature of Whitebeard than he does his son.
  • My Beloved Smother: Bucking is extremely controlling of her son.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Every fight he gets in with allies of the Whitebeard Pirates ends up with a destroyed city. It's noted there's 600 civilian casualties caused by his rampages, and Marco outright refuses to go near the Wano Country because he knows that Weevil is after him and doesn't want to risk him following him onto the island and tearing the place apart.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: He appears to be very innocent and immature, which makes him easily manipulated by his mother. He's also destroyed several towns because people doubt his claim of being Whitebeard's son.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played with. He has some minor similarities with Whitebeard such as similar mustaches, but him and his mother see them as much more than they truly are. Lampshaded when Mrs. Bucking holds a poster of Whitebeard in front of him; Weevil thought he's looking at a mirror.
  • You Killed My Father: He doesn't give much of a crap about Whitebeard's treasure, and is more interested in killing the man that did him in; namely, Blackbeard. His mother on the other hand, cares more about the treasure than going after Whitebeard's killer.

Alternative Title(s): One Piece The Seven Warlords Of The Sea


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