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The Seven Warlords of the Sea (王下七武海, Oka Shichibukai, literally translating into the "Royal 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 Great Powers 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, the decision is made to abolish the Warlord system, aided by the testimonies of the kings of the Alabasta and Dressrosa kingdoms, both of which have suffered greatly under the Warlords Crocodile and Doflamingo respectively. The proposal is approved with a majority vote, stripping all Warlords of their titles and privileges, and dismantling the system altogether. The Marines immediately move to arrest the former Warlords, who are now just regular, albeit extremely strong, wanted pirates.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Several of the Warlords during their early pirate careers eventually ran into the same insurmountable wall all seeking the One Piece must face: the Four Emperors of the Sea. Crocodile and Moria challenged Whitebeard and Kaido respectively and were crushed for it, while Jimbei and Doflamingo opted instead to serve them for different reasons. Blackbeard is the only one who managed to surmount the wall and become an Emperor himself, though it's implied Mihawk (who is a former rival of Shanks) could have done the same had he ever bothered to try and accrue the necessary military and political power needed to become one. Later on, Buggy also becomes an Emperor thanks to sheer coincidence.
- Animal-Motif Team: While not exactly a team, as they never cooperate, each is based off an animal and has the corresponding Animal Theme Naming except for Jimbei (who is actually a shark-whale Fish-man): Dracule Mihawk, Crocodile, Donquixote Doflamingo, Bartolomew Kuma (bear), Gecko Moria, and Boa Hancock. Among the recruits after the Time-skip, Trafalgar Law is nicknamed Torao 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, and there's Edward Weevil. Blackbeard doesn't have a stated associated animal but, through SBS, it's agreed to be the hippo.
- Artifact Name: 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, presumably so that the World Government has less pirates to deal with. When the Warlord system is abolished, this balance is broken and leads to a permanent change of the status quo: the Warlords are replaced by the Seraphims, a cloned version of them with genetic empowerments, while former warlords Crocodile and Mihawk (and Buggy) form a new pirate alliance that threatens the entire World Government.
- Big Bad Ensemble: On paper, they're all allied with the World Government and on the same side. In reality, they tend not to get along with each other or with the World Government. Besides the Paramount War, during which they're all called to take part of on the pain of losing their title otherwise, 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 resorts to create a zombified pirate crew so he never has to experience something like the loss of his friends again.
- Kuma is an exiled king from the South Blue who founded Revolutionary Army alongside Monkey D. Dragon and Emporio Ivankov. Through unknown means, he was forced against his will into serving the World Government as a Warlord. Due to being part of a rare race, he was regularly experimented and slowly had his humanity stolen from him. Even after he's turned into a complete android, he is made into a slave and his body is used as a source of amusement by the World Nobles.
- Law had his life ruined because the government covered up how his homeland got lead poisoning (which caused other kingdoms to wall off his country 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 adoptive father-figure was murdered saving his life both from Doflamingo and his illness.
- Edward Weevil 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: After disbanding the Warlord system, the World Government attempts to capture all of them. Not only do the Marines fail to bring in a single one, but a new Emperor crew is formed under Crocodile, Mihawk, and (seemingly) Buggy.
- Carnival of Killers: Played With. Not all of of them are directly opposed to Luffy: Mihawk is neutral and interested in Zoro's journey, to the point that he trained him during the Time Skip; Hancock pulled a HeelFace Turn and fell in love with Luffy; Kuma is a member of the Revolutionary Army and saves the Straw Hats from Kizaru during the Sabaody Archipelago arc; 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, and ultimately came to befriend Luffy as well (even if he never admits it out loud). Though, the latter two forfeited their positions, with Jimbei coming back to Luffy's crew after he took care of some unfinished business with Big Mom.
- Contempt Crossfire: Civilians and other pirates hate them for being the World Government's "war dogs" and major Karma Houdinis. The Marines view the Warlords as a necessary evil at best, but otherwise have little more than contempt for them. No one feels sorry for them when their immunity is revoked.
- Dark and Troubled Past: All of them are implied to have a very strong reason for why they're the way they are.
- Crocodile is implied to have dreamed of becoming the Pirate King like Luffy until his difficulties on the Grand Line broke him including an ill-fated encounter with Whitebeard, turning him into the cynical person he is today.
- 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 alongside her sisters. This entailed being forced to eat a Devil Fruit for the nobles' amusement, and being given a brand marking her enslavement.
- 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.
- Law's homeland and everyone in it (including his family) were massacred, 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, he lost his old captain, Fisher Tiger, and he also has to live with the guilt that comes from knowing that he indirectly helped unleash Arlong onto the world, making him partially responsible for his future crewmate Nami's suffering.
- Deck of Wild Cards: All seven original members betray or are disloyal to the World Government in some way, and two of the new recruits only join with ulterior motives:
- The actions of the three most antagonistic Warlords — whose messes the Straw Hats have to clean up by defeating them, rather than the government handling it — consist of: one secretly planning a coup to take over a founding member country of the World Government (Crocodile); another having already succeeded in doing the same to another such country and ruling for 10 years as a usurper before being ousted (Doflamingo); and the third secretly building a zombie army, targeting civilians as well as pirates, as part of a plan for a Zombie Apocalypse (Moria).
- The entire reason the Warlords system exists is to be a check against the Four Emperors, with the Warlords recruited on the condition that they will fight against the Emperors if needed. Two of them, Hancock and Jimbei, outright refuse to do this in the Paramount War saga: Hancock only eventually agrees to it as a way to help Luffy, and even then, she's still a Wild Card on the battlefield and attacks members of both sides indiscriminately, while directly helping Luffy (who's working against the Marines and the government) multiple times. Jimbei, meanwhile, ends up fighting against the government on Whitebeard's side.note That's not even accounting for Doflamingo, who (until his defeat in the Dressrosa arc) is revealed post-Time Skip to have been double-dealing the World Government by supplying artificial devil fruits to Kaido, increasing the threat the already-dangerous Emperor poses and threatening the very Balance of Power Doflamingo is supposed to help maintain.
- Even Mihawk and Kuma, who initially seem to be the least disobedient members, both have their own instances of subterfuge by helping and/or sheltering pirates who are direct enemies of the Marines, and thus whom, according to their contracts, they should be taking down instead. When the Marines have the Straw Hats cornered and effectively dead to rights on Sabaody, Kuma intervenes and sends them all flying away to other locations to save their lives and help them get stronger, while Mihawk secretly shelters Zoro and trains him to become much more powerful for two whole years. Hancock similarly helps Luffy avoid Navy capture after Marineford and shelters him — as well as other pirates and wanted fugitives helping him — on her island.
- Two of the four new recruits, Blackbeard and Law, only join in the first place to, via their Warlord privileges, gain access to a certain location that would otherwise be much more difficult (Impel Down and Punk Hazard, respectively). Once they've done so, they each openly defy the World Government by doing something blatantly illegal (in Blackbeard's case, breaking out prisoners and then fighting against the Marines; in Law's case, allying with the non-government-aligned Straw Hat Pirates and then taking out a fellow Warlord), not caring a bit when they lose their Warlord titles because of it since they've already gotten what they wanted all along.
- Weevil isn't outright disloyal, but he also isn't particularly loyal to the World Government either — his only real loyalty lies with his mother. He's also so wildly unstable, destructive, and prone to gigantic rampages that end with countless casualties and massive property damage that it's debatable whether he helps the World Government more than he hurts it. Notably, the Marines already have forces in place to detain him if he goes too far, as seen when the system is dissolved and those forces subsequently try to arrest him.
- 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 (like losing to rookie pirate or having poor showing in battle) it could result in their expulsion. Most of them never even personally know each other before the Paramount War, and have only heard of each other. This principle is demonstrated 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. When the Warlord system is abolished, their updated bounties are in the several billions range, second only to the Emperors themselves (or in the case of Mihawk, outright surpassing two of the Emperors).
- Enemy Mine: Despite being officially on the side of the World Government, and therefore antagonists to any other pirate crew, they have no problem with secretly allying with other pirate crews for their own gain. Doflamingo in particular is a business partner of Kaido, one of the people that he was explicitly recruited to be a check against.
- Hated by All: While 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.
- 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: For a good portion of the story, their pasts are never shown — at best, they're quickly told or implied, even though they are famous and feared across the entire world. Later, however, many members' pasts are revealed: Hancock's is briefly shown in the Amazon Lily arc, Jimbei's in the Fishman Island arc, and Law's and Doflamingo's respective pasts are revealed in two long flashbacks closely tied together to further clarify the source of their mutual enmity.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Downplayed. In the New World, they're powerful veteran pirates but not necessarily the strongest, with many of them clearly being beneath the Emperors and their top executive officers in strength. In Paradise, however, they're beyond any and almost all the combatants there. Even Moria, the physically weakest member (at least until Buggy joined), is more than a match for the pirates that sail that half of the Grand Line. It's for that reason that Paradise pirates are more likely to panic at the appearance of a Warlord than New World pirates.
- 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 with his job and not even he can be trusted completely.
- 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 unnecessarynote . Then Kings Riku and Cobra outright abolish the Warlord System altogether.
- Red Baron: Each has an epithet which plays a big role into the threatening aura that is required to become a Warlord. The only one to lack it is Gecko Moria.
- 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, Jimbei) 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.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: 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.
- 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 Fish-man 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.
- Systematic Villain Takedown: While clearly set up in this manner up until Paradise (with Luffy fighting Crocodile, then Moria, and then Kumanote , as well as Buggy preemptively, as the Climax Boss of each arc; not to mention Mihawk's position as Zoro's Final Boss), this is ultimately subverted by the Paramount War saga because Luffy ends up gradually befriending some of them rather than having to defeat them all, and later the organization is forcibly disbanded anyway.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: None of them really care for the World Government, and some join only to betray them on occasion. Even the supposedly most loyal member has 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 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 World Government as a whole. Doflamingo is an extreme example of exploiting it, 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 World Government's orders, for the World Government to stop dragging its heels and take action. It is because of his pull with the Celestial Dragons that he's been holding 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 World Government figured that putting a massive bounty on his head clearly wasn't doing shit to stop him. However, it is 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 Time Skip. Moria gets kicked out because he plays the trope straight and had gotten too weak for the standard of a Warlord.
- Villain Team-Up: Crocodile and Mihawk team up with Buggy unwittingly roped in for the ride. The resulting organization, Cross Guild, with Buggy as their "leader" is regarded by the World Government to be the birth of a new Emperor and his crew.
- Wild Card: Due to their very nature as pirates, Warlords tend to be driven by their own desires and whims and take advantage of the World Government's lax regulations over their activities to pursue them, even if that means going against the World Government themselves occasionally. The World Government doesn't care as long as their more severe crimes aren't publicized and they don't directly work against the government's agenda — and sometimes not even then. Mihawk, for example, fights in the Whitebeard War, then ditches said war when Shanks shows up, and then takes on Zoro, a member of a crew that declared war on the World Government, as his student for the following two years. And he's the only Warlord that has never actively worked against them.
- 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 StoryThese are the original seven Warlords as they appear in the story; a few of them get deposed and have others take their place.
"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
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.
- 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.
- Connected All Along: It turns out Kuma is the father of Jewelry Bonney of the Worst Generation. Luffy, Jimbei and Chopper (as well as the readers) only learn about this after they and Bonney infiltrate Egghead.
- Creepy Monotone: His voice is always emotionless, which makes him much 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 tougher and giving him the ability to shoot beams from his mouth. By the point he's introduced, his body is almost fully robotic. By the time of Marineford, because of his action against the orders of the World Government, he's suffered one 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, Kuma takes center stage and proves to be an even more dangerous threat, but quietly leaves the island ater fighting Zoro.
- Enigmatic Minion: He's known for following the World Government's orders more than the other Warlords and never shows any hint of a rebellious personality, but Gekko Moria says he doesn't trust Kuma. At Marineford, it's said Kuma has been punished (by having the last organic 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 doesn'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 Straw Hats, 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.
- Full-Conversion Cyborg: At Thriller Bark, Kuma is revealed to be a cyborg and has metallic upgrades to his body, making him even tougher and giving him the ability to fire a laser beam from his mouth. Doflamingo explains he's been slowly modified by Vegapunk and by the time of the Paramount War his brain has been modified; essentially rendering him a soulless machine.
- 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 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.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: In spite of his epithet of "Tyrant," those who actually knew him describe him as a very kindhearted man.
- 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 never shows any malice, and he certainly doesn't after being fully mechanized. It's implied that his bad reputation is part of a smear campaign by the World Government, to justify the lengths they went through in 'punishing' the King of an allied country.
- Knight of Cerebus: Anytime he shows up by himself, the situation becomes far more desperate.
- 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 Government; 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 Paw-Paw 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 is shrouded in deep mystery, not even his fellow Revolutionaries know what caused him to go from hating the World Government to becoming their lackey. The only other snippets of info known are that he used to be the king of the Sorbet Kingdom, and he's Jewelry Bonney's father.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His given name is Kuma, which is Japanese for Bear. 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.
- 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 wants, as the Straw Hats actually come out of that ordeal stronger than ever before, to the point that Franky calls Kuma a valuable ally.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Following his cyborg-like personality, even before he becomes a mindless Marine drone, Kuma is completely serious on the job and plays no games.
- One-Man Army: Kuma is 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 Warlords 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: With the Paw-Paw fruit, Kuma can push anyone he touches everywhere he wishes, even to 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: Kuma is known as "The Tyrant".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If a red light appears in one of his eye pieces, watch out.
- Religious Bruiser: Downplayed. Kuma is one of the most physically imposing and powerful pirates in the world, and he carries a Bible with him wherever he goes, but other than that he makes no mention whatsoever of his religious beliefs.
- 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 it doesn't just refers to physical objects but also abstracts things like "pain". He uses his power to move all of Luffy's pain to Zoro.
- 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: Kuma is always composed and calm, which makes him one of the most well-mannered Warlord. This personality trait is also fitting for being a cyborg.
- Story-Breaker Power: Kuma's devil fruit is extremely powerful and versatile since it can push anything he touches anywhere he wants. This means he can win every fight by simply touching his opponent once.
- Super Toughness: Kuma's cybernetic body is resistant enough to No-Sell Zoro's slashes, despite the latter having mastered the ability to cut steel.
- 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 finalized 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.
- When He Smiles: Kuma never shows any emotions throughout his appearances, even before his mind becomes fully roboticized. The only time he is shown smiling is when his daughter Bonney has a flashback of him happily playing with her in her youth.
- 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.
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
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.
- All for Nothing: Moria plans to take revenge on Kaido, who massacred his former crew, by making an army of undead soldiers. Said soldiers, along with the secret weapon Oars, are beaten by the Straw Hats and, by the end of the Thriller Bark arc, Moria's zombies don't have a shadow anymore and are simply lifeless corpses, meaning Moria's plan to take down one of the Four Emperors, after years of work, got foiled by an upstart crew who accidentally ended up in Thriller Bark. Later events would imply that even if Moria had successfully mounted an army against Kaido, he would have been no match for the Emperor's forces anyway.
- 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.
- Arc Villain: Gecko Moria is the main villain of the Thriller Bark arc, being the captain of the titular ship the Straw Hats ends up into.
- 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 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.
- Break the Badass: Moria's backstory is an all too common tale amongst pirates; a promising rookie who looked to hit it big and become the Pirate King, only to run afoul the insurmountable walls that are the Four (well, three at the time) Emperors of the Sea. In Moria's case, he challenged Kaido in his territory of Wano and came away with nothing but Ryuuma's corpse and a catastrophic defeat that pushed him across the Despair Event Horizon.
- 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 shadows. He can control his own shadow and make it combat in his place, cut a person's shadow to animate a corpse or even manipulate someone else's shadow to bend his body, as he does with Oars to mimic Luffy's stretchy ability.
- Classy Cravat: Moria wears a cravat to fit his horror villain theme and make him more similar to the classic imagery of a vampire. After the time skip, Moria wears a necktie instead.
- Combat Pragmatist: When he actually bothers fighting, Moria prefers the quicker and lazy way to finish off a fight and targets injured opponents to finish them off or distracts his stronger opponents with his devil fruit powers so his minions can finish off the others.
- 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.
- Determinator: For all his shortcomings, Moria is at the least a very tenacious and brave man, never giving up on his ambitions despite all the trauma and failures he suffers in his life. Mihawk himself lampshades twice Moria is a difficult person to put down.
- 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: Moria has normal teeth during his first appearance before he's later given a mouth full of fangs.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he's an evil pirate, Moria deeply cared for his former crew and their slaughter at the hands of Kaido and his crew is Moria's biggest source of trauma. In the present, despite him saying that he's made a crew of zombies so he doesn't have to get attached to anyone, Moria still cares for his fellow human mates, Perona, Absalom and Hogback and he's broken when he learns of Absalom's demise.
- 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.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Subverted. When Luffy confronts him, Moria tries to demoralize him by revealing that defeating him will not free the shadows that have been implanted in his zombies; he has to voluntarily order the souls to go back to their owners. However, he neglects to mention that, after a shadow has been implanted in a body, you can forcibly take it out without Moria's permission. In the case of a zombie, you can use salt or fire to free the shadow; if Moria is the one who has absorbed the shadows, you can just beat them out of him.
- Fangs Are Evil: Somewhat reminiscent of a vampire.
- Fatal Flaw: Moria's main flaw is his laziness. He's pretty capable and intelligent but his own laziness, as a result of losing his former crew to Kaido, leads him to not improving his skills and never fight at his fullest. It leads to his defeat at the hands of the Straw Hats and, eventually, to become too weak for his Warlord status.
- 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, his secret weapon 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 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 Devon, while the real Absalom 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, which is even lampshaded by Jimbei during their fight.
- 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 Paramount 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 someone out of shape like him formidable regardless.
- 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 enrages 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 demonstrates no known Haki abilities. 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!".
- Villain Has a Point: In the climax of his fight with Luffy, Moria mocks him stating at his current level he would only lose everything. The Sabaody arc would prove Moria's statements to be true, as when the Straw Hats are facing the Pacifistas and Admiral Kizaru, the crew would have been killed had Rayleigh and Kuma not showed up to save them.
- 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 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 World Government 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 which shows how weaker he has gotten compared to his fellow Warlords and gets 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 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.
New RecruitsThese are formerly regular pirates who become Warlords during the course of the story.
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.
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
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (JP), Brook Chalmers (EN)
Debut: Chapter 802 (Manga), Episode 751 (Anime)
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 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.
- Ambiguously Related: An out of and in-universe example. Everyone considers his claim that he's Whitebeard's long-lost biological son to be highly suspect, with the only current evidence being the fact his mother did once serve aboard the same ship as Whitebeard 40 years ago. Kizaru notes the legitimacy of Weevil's claim is irrelevant to his status as a Warlord, it's his monstrous strength that matters, which he outright compares to Whitebeard's in his youth. He's certainly taken his strength out on anyone who dares question his self-proclaimed heritage.
- 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 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 would rather have Weevil in active pursuit of him than have him move on to Whitebeard's hometown.
- 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.
- It's 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: Bakkin 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 Wano Country because he knows that Weevil is after him and would rather have that than have him tear apart Whitebeard's hometown instead.
- 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.
- Small Parent, Huge Child: He is is exactly 10 times the size of his mother, Miss Bakkin, who is just over 2 feet tall. He's also about a foot taller than his alleged father Edward Newgate, better known as Whitebeard.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Played with. He has some minor similarities with Whitebeard such as similar mustaches and blonde hair, 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.