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Whitebeard Pirates
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The former pirate crew of Edward Newgate, also known as Whitebeard, one of the Four Emperors, and one of the most powerful pirate crews in the world and once viewed as the Roger Pirates' rivals back when they were around and their captain Gol D. Roger was alive. They consider themselves to be a great family united under Whitebeard as their surrogate father. The crew consists of more than 1,600 strong, and is divided into sixteen divisions, each led by one of Whitebeard's powerful division commanders, and they're allied with many notorious pirates crew, some of which used to be part of the Whitebeard Pirates. Under Whitebeard's benevolent leadership, the Whitebeard Pirates are actually a stabilizing force in the New World as they have many islands under their protection from the World Government and the other Emperors.

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Following the capture of Ace, the second division captain, and the announcement of his execution, the Whitebeard Pirates and their allies engage a war at Marineford against the Marine to rescue Ace, resulting in the Paramount War. By the end of said war, Ace and Newgate are killed and the Whitebeard Pirates have lost and only Shank's timely intervention saves the others from certain death. During the two years time-skip, with crew left without a central leader, the remnants are led by Marco The Phoenix, formerly the captain of the first divsion, but are defeated by the Blackbeard Pirates in a war to avenge Whitebeard. Their former territories have been conquered by the other emperors, most of which from Blackbeard himself, and they are now a shadow of their former glory with the Warlord and Whitebeard's self-proclaimed son Edward Weevil hunting them down.

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    In General 
  • Adaptation Expansion: Many division commanders receive barely any screentime in the manga (to the point that most of their names aren't even revealed) but the anime gives them some attention.
  • All for Nothing: All their efforts and sacrifices spent towards saving Ace go down in flames after he stupidly picks a fight with Akainu over a schoolyard insult, and pays for it with his life.
  • Badass Crew: They are the trope image for a very good reason! They're subordinates of Whitebeard, so you can expect nothing less.
  • Badass Family: Not in the traditional sense of “family”, but it's a given due to not just being an Emperor's crew, but one who's touted as the World's Strongest Man.
  • Big Brother Instinct: According to Buggy and as shown during the Marineford Arc, the Whitebeard Pirates have a reputation of retaliating should one of their own is attacked or threatened to be harmed.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: After their defeat at the hands of the Blackbeard Pirates, the crew dissolves.
  • Broken Tears: At the end of the Summit War, they all mourn for the deaths of their fellow crewmate Ace and their captain, Whitebeard.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Their campaign against the Blackbeard Pirates doesn't end well.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Some of their members used to be antagonistic toward the crew but, after being defeated, they've either joined them or become allies, such as Karma of the Takotopus Pirates and Ace, the latter of which attempts to kill Whitebeard even after joining the crew, and mellows down much later.
  • Family of Choice: They all consider one another “siblings” and Whitebeard as their “father”. It gets to the point where they've gotten a reputation where they will retaliate if one of their own is harmed. In addition, they all disowned Blackbeard for killing Thatch.
  • Foil: To the Big Mom Pirates, mainly on their "family" interpretation, since while none of the Known Whitebeard Pirates are related by blood, they regard each other as family, whereas the Big Mom Pirates see anyone from outside their blood family as pawns at best and trash at worst.
  • Foreshadowing: When Ace joined the crew, it was offhandedly mentioned that the Second Division didn't have a commander for a long time. It's revealed in the Wano arc that it was first occupied by Kozuki Oden who left to join the Roger Pirates with Whitebeard's blessing, and he was holding the seat open since Oden promised that he would return.
  • A Friend in Need: When Ace is about to be executed, they, along with the allied crews, all fight to save him. They don't succeed, due to Ace falling into Sakazuki's provocations.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: In the span of two years after the Summit War, they've gone from the world's mightiest pirate crew to scattered stragglers being hunted down one by one.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: Originally, the Jolly Roger resembles that of a manji behind Newgate's face, and it appears on Ace's back. However, Oda he had to change the design with a cross due to resembling too much a swastika.
  • Revenge: It literally serves as the name of the Payback War, where the crew went to war with Blackbeard and his crew out of getting revenge for his role in the deaths of Thatch, Ace, and Whitebeard.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Aside from Marco and Izo, we don't know what happened to the other commanders after the crew dissolved.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: At the end of the war, they all fight to prevent Akainu from killing Luffy.

    Edward Newgate — "Whitebeard" 
Captain of the Whitebeard Pirates and one of the Four Emperors. See his entry in the Four Emperors page.

Division Commanders

    Marco "The Phoenix" 

Marco "The Phoenix"

Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN, episode 151), Kyle Phillips (EN, episodes 316+)

Age: 43 (Pre-Timeskip), 45 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Bird-Bird Fruit, Model: Phoenix

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"It's Ace's last wish!! We have to protect him for Ace!! If you let him die, you'll bring shame to the Whitebeard Pirates!!"
Chapter 575

The commander of the First Division of the crew and arguably Whitebeard's right-hand man, Marco is first seen when one of Shanks' subordinates delivers a message to Whitebeard, and then later when Shanks himself visits their ship, the Moby Dick. Marco is depicted as a patient, mild-mannered man, but this belies his unfailing devotion to his captain and crew. In the past, he helped Ace get acclimated to the Whitebeard Pirates when he was first brought on board.

Marco has eaten the Bird-Bird Fruit (Tori Tori no Mi), Phoenix Model, a Mythical Zoan-class Fruit that allows him to transform into a phoenix of blue flames, allowing him to regenerate from most injuries, as well granting him the ability of flight. His short skirmishes with the three Marine Admirals during the battle of Marineford indicate his great strength.

He participates in the Paramount War, where he clashes with all of the three Admirals, albeit briefly. After Ace and Whitebeard die, he helps protect Luffy from Marine forces.

After Whitebeard's death, he becomes the new captain, but his campaign against Blackbeard to avenge the former captain ends with a crushing defeat and the dissolution of the Whitebeard Pirates. Since then, he's been working as a doctor in Whitebeard's home village.

He has a bounty of 1,374,000,000 Berries.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Being the commander of the 1st division, it's no surprise that he's Whitebeard's Number Two and that he becomes the new captain after the latter's death. Although he's no match for an emperor, Big Mom herself acknowledges his strength even before he briefly stops her in her tracks. Later on, Marco singlehandedly holds off King and Queen, two of Kaido's Co-Dragons that have over 1.3 billion bounties each, for an extended period of time until he can't fight anymore.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Thirty years before the events of the Wano Arc, when Oden first meets Whitebeard, Marco is the only kid in the Whitebeard Pirates, but he's shown to be already close to the captain.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Marco seems to fill this position towards Ace. Being one of the crew members to reach towards Ace and the one that explains the True Companions family dynamic the Whitebeard Pirates. He also has shades of Big Brother Instinct as when a dismayed Ace screams at his family why they were virtually sacrificing themselves for him, Marco, normally The Stoic, roars back everyone needed to know that nobody messes with a member of their family, and the Marines will learn that lesson the hard way.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After the Admirals have demolished Luffy and Aokiji is about to finish him off, Marco kicks away the Admiral, allowing Luffy to flee.
  • The Bus Came Back: He makes a return during Wano's third act to prevent the Big Mom Pirates from climbing up Wano's waterfall.
  • Call to Agriculture: After failing to defeat Blackbeard and the split of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco has retired from piracy and has become the doctor of a small village. Specifically, in Whitebeard's home island. Catviper, however, convinces him to help the Straw Hats Pirates against Kaido.
  • Combat Medic: In addition to being Whitebeard's right-hand man, until the crew's dissolution, and one of the strongest fighters in the One Piece world, Marco is a doctor. His Devil Fruit powers allow him to heal injuries on other people to an extent.
  • Dynamic Entry: While the Big Mom Pirates' are attempting to ride up the waterfalls to Wano again and join their captain, Marco suddenly arrives and cuts their ship's connection to the giant koi, just like King did before, sending them plummeting with a smile and a declaration that when they get up again big changes will have happened.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: An anime only example, but early on Marco had an entirely different color scheme, having black hair instead of being blond and wearing a regular shirt instead of wearing a jacket. He also didn't have the tattoo the manga version had (not even the manji version that was originally there).
  • Extremity Extremist: Similar to Sanji, every single one of his attacks so far has relied on his legs and kicking techniques. Justified, since he needs to transform his arms into wings in order to fly.
  • Faux Flame: Oda states that his flames don't burn or spread like normal flames. Instead they're what allows him to heal. His flames are even able to harm Big Mom's sun Homie, Prometheus, who is made of fire, further demonstrating Marco's flames are of a supernatural nature.
  • Fiery Stoic: Marco generates supernatural flames as part of his phoenix Devil Fruit and is a generally relaxed, friendly dude (Provided you don't harm someone he cares for).
  • Flight: Thanks to his Devil Fruit, Marco can become a phoenix, making him one of the very few characters in One Piece who can fly.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Due to being one of the strongest characters short of the Four Emperors, Cat Viper asks him to help the Straw Hats in their war against Kaido. He replies that he can't go, at least immediately with Cat Viper, since there is the danger of Edward Weevil attacking Whitebeard's home village.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal!: Taking hits and instantly recovering is a large part of his fighting style. During the Marineford battle, he takes hits from all the Admirals and still manages to get up every time.
  • Hand Blast: Even though they're specifically meant for healing injuries, Marco can shape his flames into a large fireball that blasts away someone as big and powerful as King. He calls it "Bluebird".
  • Healing Factor: Being a phoenix, Marco's flames heal any wound he suffers, which even includes being pierced by lasers, making him very resistant. During the raid at Onigashima, Marco's healing abilities allow him to fight both King and Queen at the same time, while Sanji struggles doing the same after only a few minutes. Even after Marco lays on the ground at his limits, he quickly get back up to protect Chopper and Zoro from King at the very last moment and, although he's still standing, Marco lets Sanji and Zoro fight Queen and King in his place.
  • Healing Hands: His Devil Fruit's healing powers can be used on others as well, though to a lesser extent than on himself.
  • Healing Shiv: His phoenix form's flames may look dangerous, but they can only heal and deal no damage. To attack, Marco uses mainly kicks.
  • Hold the Line: Marco knows that he can't defeat or hold off King and Queen forever, so he keeps at it long enough for Zoro to recover from his injuries. Once that's done, he happily steps aside to let Zoro and Sanji, the "star players," take over.
  • Ki Manipulation: He's a confirmed Haki user and has clashed with Kizaru, who has eaten a light Logia.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast enough to catch Kizaru off-guard and strong enough to kick him square into a wall from a lengthy distance. He also pressures King and Queen repeatedly in Onigashima.
  • Magic Fire: Marco the Phoenix can turn into a phoenix with special blue flames that don't burn but allow him to heal himself and others, albeit in the case of the latter it's to a lesser extent.
  • Meaningful Name: Double as a Punny Name. His birthday is October 5 and his name can be derived from Maru-co (10-5).
  • Mr. Exposition: He explains to Cat Viper the history of Whitebeard's home village.
  • Nice Guy: Very polite and friendly to all of his allies. During the War of the Best, he's even a good enough sport to have some sarcastic banter with Kizaru before the situation gets really serious.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: His power is not a Logia type, but this trait is kind of a given when you're a phoenix... although, unlike a Logia, he doesn't turn intangible but rather immediately regenerates from injuries. However, since he can actually heal from injuries and not just have attacks phase through him, he's considerably more resilient than a mere Logia. Logias cannot actually heal from any real injuries they receive, such as Haki attacks; they're just really good at avoiding hits in a very fancy way. Marco actually tanks any and all hits, and heals up afterwards.
  • Number Two: Being the commander of the first division. He's the closest to Whitebeard, giving and relaying orders to everyone in the Paramount War until Whitebeard himself enters the fight and then assuming leadership of the Whitebeard Pirates after their Captain's death. However, Newgate wants Ace to succeed him, not Marco.
  • Older Than They Look: Marco is 45 years old, although he looks like he'd be in his 20s. Even in Oden's flashback, when Marco is 15-year-old, he can easily pass for an a tween/early teen.
  • Partial Transformation: In addition to the normal 3 Zoan forms, he has also displayed the ability to transform only specific parts of his body. Whether this indicates exceptional control over his transformations or something else entirely has not been elaborated on.
  • The Phoenix: His Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit lets him turn into one, allowing him to fly and heal himself.
  • Red Baron: He's referred as Marco "The Phoenix", referring to his ability to turn into a phoenix.
  • Red Herring Shirt: In his first appearance, he is drawn really blocky, and is colored messily, implying he's but a lowly Mook. Skip to Marineford and well...
  • Revenge: After Whitebeard's death, he commands the crew in a payback war against Blackbeard, but they suffer a crushing defeat.
  • Slasher Smile: He's seen sporting one at the beginning of the Marineford war.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Downplayed. Marco only wears glasses post-Time Skip, but even before this, he's shown to be sharp.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Marco protects Whitebeard and their home from Kizaru's laser attack by spinning his flames into a giant circle to absorb the blasts. He later calls the move "Undying Thistle" in Onigashima.
  • Superpower Lottery: A Mythical Zoan Fruit is even rarer than a Logia type. Marco's Devil Fruit in particular is especially powerful, as it gives him aspects common to all three Devil Fruit types.note 
  • Take Up My Sword: For the Big Good Whitebeard. Unfortunately, his first campaign as de facto Captain doesn't go well, as the remainder of his crew is crushed by Blackbeard and implied to have disbanded shortly thereafter.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has Whitebeard's sign tattooed across his chest. The "crook" part is partially averted, because Marco is a good person, but he is still a major wanted criminal in the eyes of the World Government.
  • Technicolor Fire: His fire in phoenix form is blue (and yellow in the anime), making it looks more supernatural.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese dub, he tends to end his sentences in "-yoi".
  • The Worf Effect: Although he's Whitebeard's most trusted commander and one of the strongest pirates of the One Piece world, Marco is often beaten by other enemies to emphasize their strength and threat-level, like the admirals in Marineford and King at Onigashima. Marco's own healing abilities allow him to get up after being worfed to fight again.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Turning himself into a phoenix-hybrid form, his whole body is surrounded by blue flames. Unlike other examples, these flames do not spread nor burn others, but instead are what he uses to heal.
  • You Killed My Father: He already hates Blackbeard for being a traitor and killing Thatch, but after he kills Whitebeard, the crew's surrogate father, he declares war against him.
  • You Shall Not Pass!:
    • After Ace dies, Marco leads all of the remaining Whitebeard Pirates Commanders and holds off Akainu in order to protect a mentally-shattered Luffy.
    • In the Wano Arc, Marco is aware how much of a game-breaker Big Mom is so he aligns with Perospero to keep her out of the fight on Onigashima. Unfortunately, Perospero's alliance is a fluke and Marco alone can't beat Linlin.

    Portgas D. "Fire Fist" Ace 

Portgas D. "Fire Fist" Ace

Child Voice: Daisuke Sakaguchi (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)
Adult Voice: Toshio Furukawa (JP), Dwayne Tan (EN, Odex), Jesse Hooker (EN, 4Kids), Travis Willingham (EN, Funi); Roberto Mendiola (4Kids), Arturo Cataño (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)

Age: 20

Debut: Chapter 154 (Manga), Episode 91 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Flame-Flame Fruit

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"The name of this era is 'Whitebeard'!"

Portgas D. Ace is Luffy's older brother by way of adoption, and the Second Division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, the strongest pirate crew in the world. Like his younger brother, he is a Big Eater and a Heavy Sleeper, but unlike his brother, he is intelligent, polite, and gracious, much to the surprise of the Straw Hats when they first met him. He is somewhat protective of Luffy, and looks forward to meeting him on the high seas as pirates. However, his different family name hints at something else. As it turns out, Portgas D. Rouge was his mother only, and his father was actually Gold Roger. He has eaten the Flame-Flame Fruit (Mera Mera no Mi), allowing him to create, control and transform into fire.

He has a bounty of 550,000,000 Berries.


  • The Ace: Aside from the obvious, pretty much every character he's been shown interacting with, from the Straw Hats, to Whitebeard, to Jimbei, and even Blackbeard, have mentioned what an exceptional and great guy Ace is.
  • Aloof Big Brother: When they first meet as kids Ace acts quite distant and crude to Luffy, and tries to abandon him every time Luffy follows him. Eventually, Ace ends up mellowing to Luffy.
  • Always Someone Better: Luffy sees Ace as a better version of himself, but never resents Ace for it and even idolizes his big brother, seeing as Ace served as his protector and caretaker soon after they first met until Ace left to become a pirate.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Ace cares for Luffy and states that his brother's recklessness would make him angry and worried. For this reason, upon learning of Luffy's career as a pirate, immediately tries to contact him.
  • Art Evolution: Ace's face in his later appearances is drastically different from his first one. His jaw is less angular, his eyes aren't as slanted, his mouth is smaller and more realistic, his ears are smaller, and most significantly, his bushy eyebrows (which were once a noticeable and defining trait) were entirely trimmed down.
  • Badass in Distress: After getting captured by Blackbeard and handed over the the World Government, he becomes the focal point for a huge battle as the government publicly announces his execution and provokes Whitebeard into attacking them. Luffy and others also get involved, thus invoking an epic Rescue Arc as Luffy journeys to Impel Down to rescue him.
  • Bash Brothers: Literally. During the summit war, after his brother Luffy frees him, both begin to kick ass together. Admit it, you always wanted to see this since he was introduced.
    • One of the fillers in the anime (the episode just after Ace was introduced) has the two briefly busting heads against some of the Billons.
    • Also in Chapter 584, a young Ace and Sabo took on the Bluejam Pirates to rescue a young Luffy.
  • Bastard Angst: Ace is the bastard son of Pirate King Gold Roger, and as such he has a big stigma put on him. All his life he always wonders whether he deserves to be born because of this.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: As children, Ace was quite mean and cruel to Luffy. The turning point that led to the former treating the latter nicer was because Luffy told Ace he was happy that the latter was alive.
  • Big Brother Bully: Even after Ace started treating Luffy a little nicer as children, he was comparatively meaner to him than Sabo.
  • Big Brother Instinct: While he's going to kill Blackbeard anyway for killing Thatch, it's hearing the latter's plan to kill Luffy that really ticks him off. In fact, as Ace tells a couple of different people (namely Luffy's crew, then later Jimbei), a little brother like Luffy makes a big brother worry, implying that this instinct was almost always active in Ace until he saw the reliable crew Luffy had gathered, giving him some reassurance that Luffy would stay safe.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Fills this role exceptionally, as Ace would always offer advice to help Luffy.
  • Blood Brothers: With Luffy and Sabo. None of them were related of course, but they were very close and even made a ceremony of drinking sake and became brothers. Ace made it his mission in life to adhere to Sabo's last wishes and protect their mutual younger brother, eventually to the cost of his own life. Heartbreakingly, he died without ever knowing that his other brother was alive.
  • Born Winner: Ace has incredible potential, even awakening Conqueror's Haki as a child, due to being the son of the Pirate King, Gold Roger. Luffy also has this potential due to his own heritage, but it took longer to show. On the other hand, Luffy was also far more emotionally stable than Ace.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As a child, Ace was an unruly and violent child. In fact, when he first met Luffy, Ace spat on his cheek. For no other reason, except that he wanted to.
  • Breakout Character: The sixth most popular and the most popular deceased character in the roster.
  • Broken Ace: Accidental Pun aside, he isn't the most self-respecting guy. He always wonders whether he has the right to be alive, due to being the son of the Pirate King.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Ace's belt has the letter "A" on the buckle.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: By the present day, Ace's fighting style has devolved into throwing as much fire as he can at the enemy until they're dead. This bites him hard when he faces Blackbeard who can nullify Devil Fruit powers, and Akainu whose Fruit is outright superior to Ace's.
  • Character Development: There's a lot behind that friendly face that you wouldn't expect. Just trace his backstory from him as a child to a rookie on Whitebeard's crew to how he is now.
    • As a child, he was a Bratty Half-Pint who would treat a young Luffy poorly. Through their hardships together, not only did Ace become kinder person, but also a Cool Big Bro to Luffy.
    • As a rookie on Whitebeard's crew, Ace initially tried to murder Whitebeard, but came to not only be extremely loyal to the pirate but also look up to him as a surrogate father figure.
  • Cool Big Bro: He's Luffy's adoptive older brother, and they're very close friends.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Other than the obvious death of Sabo, Ace has a ton of angst over whether or not he should have been born, just because he had the blood of the Pirate King running through his veins. Ultimately, the answer to this question is what he desires in this life.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Downplayed. After the big clash with Blackbeard at Banaro Island, ended with both of them using their strongest attack, the last shot is Ace's hat on the ground, upside-down, signifying his defeat.
  • Death by Irony: His signature move (and the source of his epithet) is a flaming punch, and he's killed by a punch made of magma. He's also rescued from being executed and flees to follow the last order of Newgate, the person he respects the most. Ironically, his last action is to pick up a fight with Akainu, going against Whitebeard's order, and sacrifice himself minutes later to protect Luffy, the person that has rescued him.
  • Determinator: Other than continuing to fight Blackbeard, he tried to kill Whitebeard. And even when most people wouldn't even go after his sons, he made at least a hundred attempts on his life. Granted, he failed every time, but it sure takes balls to do that. He later became one of Whitebeard's most loyal commanders.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After being punched through the chest by Akainu, he falls in Luffy's arms where he says his final words before dying.
  • Driving Question: Not for the plot, but for him. Ace's angst over his bloodline lead him to keep on living in order to find the answer to this one question: "Did I deserve to be born?"
  • Dub Name Change: Known as "Trace" in the 4Kids dub. In the Italian dub, he's called "Ace il portoghese".
  • Elemental Punch: The Fire Fist, his Signature Move, is a giant flame shot by his fist.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Despite the power and versatility of his fire-based Devil Fruit, Ace is killed by Akainu's hotter and denser magma element, which completely smothers and burns through his flames. His powers are also completely cancel out when used against Smoker's smoke power or Aokiji's ice abilities, leading to a stalemate in both instances.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He was strong even as a child, to the point of taking down the infamous criminal Bluejam with only Dadan at his side. The Flame-Flame Fruit only make him stronger.
  • Fatal Flaw: Just like Luffy, it's wrath. Ace couldn't stand Blackbeard getting away with murdering Thatch, so he left to hunt him down against the advice of all of the other crew-mates and his own captain, which results in his capture. Immediately after being rescued, Ace once again ignores everyone else's wishes and disobeys Whitebeard's last order by stopping to fight Akainu, simply because he insulted Whitebeard. At that point, it's a literally fatal flaw as it's the cause of his death.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Even if this wasn't always the case, Ace fits firmly in the latter category, as he is the more level-headed one of the two. Things are switched when Ace falls for Akainu's provocations, while Luffy, of all people, sees through his rouse and tells Ace to just run.
  • Generation Xerox: Funny how even though he has stated to hate his father, he became an infamous and powerful pirate by himself, even turning down the offer of Warlord of the Sea. Subverted that he wasn't continuing Roger's legacy, but rather serving under Roger's rival, Whitebeard as a commander.
    • According to Garp, Ace is more similar to Roger than Luffy, of all people, who's constantly compared to him!
    • Also, the fact that Ace never backs down from a fight was revealed to be a trait that Roger also had, and for the same reasons. Guess it really is In the Blood.
  • Go Out with a Smile: As any true D. would. He died happy knowing that despite the bad blood in his veins, despite being a "good-for-nothing", he was truly loved. Heartwarming, yet utterly tearjerking.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Like Luffy, his hair looked exactly the same his entire life. In Ace's case, it even looked the same when he was a baby.
  • Heroic Bastard: A really sweet guy who's revealed to be the illegitimate son of Gol D. Roger and his lover, Rouge.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Took the lava punch that was meant to Luffy and promptly died afterwards.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: All of the members of Whitebeard's pirates consider themselves brothers and sons of Whitebeard, but Thatch was one of his closest friends before Blackbeard killed him.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: If you cut out all the angst he had about being Roger's son, his childhood was this if Luffy's was anything to go by. Note that Ace is just as scared of Garp as Luffy is, and would only stand up to him when it came to Luffy and his dream of being of a pirate. Not that anyone can blame him.
  • Honor Before Reason: After being freed, Ace can easily escape from Marineford, in special part thanks to Whitebeard blocking the enemies. However, despite his mates' and Luffy's warnings, Ace goes back to fight Akainu after he insults Whitebeard to provoke Ace. Ironically, with this action Ace dishonors Whitebeard's last order to flee by deliberately disobeying it.
  • Hot-Blooded: Zigzagged. On one hand, he's generally pretty lackadaisical and laid-back. On the other hand, when it comes to defending the honor of others, he is every bit as impulsively aggressive and reckless as his father and brother.
  • Hunk: Ace may be on the lean side, but he's definitely a hunk given his muscular build that would make any man jealous. The fact that he is often seen without a shirt highlights his powerful figure. In and out of universe, he is popular with women.
  • Idiot Ball: After Ace is rescued, Whitebeard orders his comrades to run while he keeps the Marines busy. However, Akainu purposefully taunts Ace by insulting Whitebeard's honor and Ace falls for the obvious trap, despite even Luffy telling him to ignore Akainu's taunts. In the end, this mistake costs Ace his life.
  • Ki Manipulation: Ace is capable of using the King's Ambition Haki, just like his father. He's seen using it only once as a kid by pure accident and it's unknown if he learned to use it at will.
  • Killed Off for Real: Breaking the rule of "nobody dies outside of flashbacks", Ace dies in the climax of the war at Marineford at the hands of Akainu. The moment includes the complete destruction of his Vivre Card and a Really Dead Montage, to make clear he's dead. His death has a big impact on the story as it causes Luffy to realize that he's too weak for the New World.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Just like his brother and father, extreme impulsiveness and an utter lack of regard for consequences are defining character traits, and it earned him a serious ass-whooping from Blackbeard and got him killed by Akainu.
  • Like Father, Like Son: As per Garp, his personality is apparently much closer to Roger's than Luffy's is, right down to his impulsive aggression and tendency to start fights in the blink of an eye to defend the honor of his friends and allies.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's this to Luffy and even an amnesiac Sabo, who are crushed by his death. Luffy, however, takes it worse as he temporarily gives up on his dreams after his Angst Coma and needs Jimbei's help to recover, while Sabo is able to pull himself together after entering his own Angst Coma.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: A variation. Ace has always been aware of his heritage, as is Whitebeard (who takes an interest in Ace specifically because of this), but the rest of the world isn't. When Ace is taken to the scaffold for public execution, Sengoku reveals to the entire world that Ace is Gol D. Roger's son.
  • Men Don't Cry: Ace would always try to remind the young Luffy of this trope, but couldn't back his own tears when he read Sabo's last letter to Luffy and himself.
  • A Molten Date with Death: Ironically, despite the Flame-Flame Fruit makes him a literal man of fire, Ace is killed by Akainu's magma punch through his torso, which can bypass his roja immunity because magma is much hotter than fire.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A very genial and handsome young man who's also permanently shirtless. In the anime his fight with Blackbeard includes some pretty gratuitous shots of his toned back and chest.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: The D in his name, inherited from his father, is part of the Will of D, a mysterious legacy that somehow connects Ace and a few other notable people (including Luffy) to the World Government and the Celestial Dragons.
  • Nice Guy: He is more polite and (slightly) more emotionally mature than Luffy. Although he didn't start that way.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a red beaded necklace and an orange hat with two blue smileys, one frowning and one smiling, and a string of red beads sitting above the rim. Two long orange side straps hung down sides of his hat and meet at a large medallion of a bull's skull with orange tassels.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Ate a Logia Devil Fruit, so natch. Too bad he has to face someone who can nullify that, then someone with a superior element.
  • Nom de Mom: He uses his mother's name instead of his father's, feeling he owes her greatly while the fact of who his father is has caused him nothing but grief. It also served the purpose of protecting himself from his father's enemies, especially the World Government and the Marines.
  • Not Quite Saved Enough: Mere moments after he's freed from his restrains in Marineford, he goes on the escape, only to be goaded by Akainu into fighting him despite Luffy, Whitebeard, and the crew's pleas against it. After being beaten by the admiral, Ace gets magma-fisted to shield Luffy from Akainu.
  • One-Man Army: Comes with being one of the strongest member of an emperor crew, Ace is incredibly strong and takes out multiple Marine ships with one attack, with no effort.
  • Ornamental Weapon: He carries dagger on his belt that he's never actually been shown using outside of a flashback, preferring instead using his Devil Fruit.
  • Playing with Fire: Thanks to the Flame-Flame Logia Fruit, he can transform his body into fire and uses it to make very destructive attack, with his strongest one being able to wipe out an entire island with a clash.
  • Power of the Sun: His ultimate attack, Great Flame Commandment: Flame Emperor, looks like he's throwing a miniature (relatively speaking) star he sends at his target
  • Present Absence: Even after his death, Ace continues to influence the plot, both directly and indirectly. It was his death that reignited Sabo's memories, causing him to seek out Ace's Devil Fruit to both carry out his late brother's will, and to reunite with and protect their mutual younger brother, Luffy. Said Devil Fruit was also used as bait by Doflamingo to draw Luffy into a trap, and that led to the formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. Ace's influence even extends as far the Wano arc, as the first person Luffy meets there, a young girl named O-tama, has been waiting for Ace's return to Wano Country for several years — tragically unaware of his untimely passing two years prior. And it is later revealed that it was due to a fight with Ace that Yamato first learned of Luffy.
  • The Promise:
    • He made one with Luffy when they were children to go out to sea and live their lives free of regrets. As Ace laid dying in Luffy's arms, he states the only regret he has is that he wouldn't be able to see Luffy accomplish his dream of becoming the Pirate King.
    • He also made a promise to Luffy that he would never die and leave Luffy alone after Sabo's "death". As the above can tell you, it's a promise not even he could keep. The only saving grace is that (unbeknownst to both of them), he doesn't leave Luffy alone — after his death, Sabo finally regains his memories and swears to take up Ace's mantle as Luffy's protector.
    • About one year before his death, he made one to O-tama that he would come back to Wano and take her out to sea if she had become a “bewitching kunoichi.” Needless to say, he couldn't keep this one either.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Subverted. Ace was taken care of by his and Luffy's grandfather, Monkey D. Garp. However, it's later revealed that Ace and Garp are not related as the latter adopted the former upon the request of Ace's biological father. Garp still considers him his grandson anyway, even if adopted.
  • Raised by Rival: A rare and consensual example. In the past, some time before the execution of Pirate King Gold Roger, he had a talk with his greatest rival, Marine Vice Admiral Garp, that he had a wife and would-be child, and he trusted Garp enough (being the man who had faced him numerous times in battle) to entrust them to him. Garp agreed to it, because he didn't want to disrespect Roger and he had a plan for the child himself, i.e trying to make him a Marine officer instead of a pirate. Garp would then help Roger's wife, Rouge, with hiding from the masses and witness her birthing her son.
  • Red Baron: Ace gained the epithet of "Fire-Fist", due to the infamy of his Signature Move and his considerable destructive capabilities with his powers.
  • The Reveal: Him being Roger's son is a shocker.
  • Revenge: His main motive for pursuing Blackbeard is to avenge his former friend Thatch, who has been killed by Blackbeard.
  • Running Gag: His Sleepyhead trait, plus constantly pulling a dine-and-dash.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Ace is the first major character to die on screen, outside of a flashback, and was conceived in the story with the specific role to die and cause Luffy a trauma. His death proves Luffy he has to get stronger if he wants to become the Pirate King, setting off the two-years of training during the Time-Skip.
  • Sad Clown: Ace is a pretty jovial guy, much like Luffy. And just like Luffy, he's got a lot of hidden insecurities. He spent his entire life thinking that he didn't deserve to be born thanks to the World Government stigmatizing anyone born with the 'D' initials in their name.
  • Sent Into Hiding: His mother held him for twenty months in her womb just to make sure the public won't know he's the son of her lover, Pirate King Gold Roger. Because of the stigma that a pirate's son will Turn Out Like His Father let alone him being the son of Roger and that the Marines, after Roger's death, started a witch-hunt of every woman ever affiliated with him, searching for the possibility of an offspring. This costs her her life.
  • Signature Move: The Flame-Flame Fruit is very versatile, and allows Ace to do many things, but his most iconic attack is the destructive Fire-Fist, which is where his title comes from.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: He is the son of Pirate King Gol D. Roger and has been hunted by the World Government even before he was born in an attempt to rid the world of the 'D' bloodline. To the world, Ace's first and greatest crime is being born. No wonder he has so much angst about it.
  • Sleepyhead: He's got a Running Gag of falling asleep at random intervals and making everyone around him panic. Even if he isn't related by blood, this trait probably runs in the family.
  • The Starscream: Whitebeard recruited Ace by outright kidnapping both him and his crew, and Ace decided to overthrow Whitebeard. Over time, Ace grows fond of Whitebeard until becoming totally loyal to him. Ironically, Whitebeard apparently has been grooming Ace to be his successor.
  • Taking the Bullet: After being defeated by Akainu in a quick clash, the admiral decides to kill a defenseless Luffy with his magma punch and Ace uses his last forces to launch himself between his brother and Akainu's punch.
  • Tattooed Crook:
    • His arm has "ASCE" inked on it, with the S crossed out. Apparently, the tattoo artist couldn't spell. It is later revealed that the crossed-out S in the ASCE tattoo isn't a mistake. An S with an X through it was Sabo's Jolly Roger. Oda later drew a "what if" picture of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo together as adults, and Ace's name was spelled correctly on his tattoo.
    • On a non-embarrassing note, his back proudly displays the Whitebeard Pirate crossbones (formerly a Manji before editors told Oda to change it).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Because responding to an enemy's taunt in the middle of a war despite your comrades telling you to ignore it and keep running is a clever idea indeed. It proves to be fatal.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Played with, as he had a troubled childhood due to being the child of Roger and the world hating his father, with the World Goverment's Absolute Justice doctrine stating that even the child of a world-renowned criminal is a threat. He even took up a life of piracy because of it. However, if you'd met him, he's a well-meaning, easy-going, polite, and friendly guy (if a little mischievous). He's arguably kinder than even Luffy. The world he lives in doesn't give him much of a chance to live.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Before they were even brothers, Ace had a noteworthy Nightmare Face to anyone else except Sabo, and tried to kill Luffy many times (but hilariously failing). It was after interacting with Luffy, and Sabo's 'death' that Ace decides to become a kind older brother to Luffy who was grieving over Sabo, and the man he is today.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: His hotheaded decision to lash out against Akainu for insulting Whitebeard and ignore his crewmates' pleas for him to run makes him lose his only chance of escaping with his life, leaves Luffy vulnerable for a lethal attack, and leads to his own death, as well as the downfall of the Whitebeard Pirates, making all of his companions' efforts going to waste because he picks up a fight with Akainu rather than run.
  • Tragic Hero: Despite all of his achievements, he ultimately gets captured, brought to execution, and right after he's freed, he gets murdered. He's been, at least, happy with everyone he's been close with (especially Luffy) and then goes Out With a Smile.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Son: Gol D. Roger, while not completely ugly, was quite scary-looking and with a messy appearance, while his son Ace is very attractive and hot.
  • Underestimating Badassery: After Teach killed Thatch and left the crew, Ace went on his search to get revenge, against Newgate's wishes. Later, Shanks meets with Newgate to warn him about Blackbeard and claims that he's much stronger than he appears. When Ace meets Blackbeard and fight him, he's defeated and imprisoned.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has an extreme devotion to Whitebeard and would do anything to defend his honor, even if it's against Newgate's orders. This trait ultimately ends up getting Deconstructed. Taking Blackbeard's betrayal of Whitebeard as a personal insult to his honor and falls for the obvious bait when Akainu insults Whitebeard. The former gets Ace captured by the Marines and serves as the catalayst of the Marineford War. Ironically, his death is caused by Ace disobeying Whitebeard's last order to flee.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By departing on a quest to kill Teach for revenge after he killed Thatch and despite Whitebeard's and Shanks' warnings, Ace gets defeated by Teach himself, meaning he's the main cause of both Blackbeard's rise to power and the Summit War, at the end of which Newgate dies and Teach steals the Tremor-Tremor Fruit. Also, by falling to Akainu's provocations, Ace is the reason all of the sacrifices of his companions and Newgate are for nothing.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely, if ever, wears a shirt.
  • Walking Spoiler: If you're new to One Piece and get curious about what's happened as of late and decide to peek ahead a little, it's almost impossible to dig too deep into the Straw Hats separation and the Time Skip without piecing together that Ace dies.
  • When He Smiles: You know that it's a big step forward for him when he cracks that big, adorable grin at Luffy and Sabo when they were kids (keeping in mind that Ace didn't have much reason to do so to anyone else).
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being hailed as one of the greatest warriors in the world (see above) his main role in the series has boiled down to being a stepping stone for Blackbeard and a convenient excuse to demonstrate Blackbeard's power. Then after being set free and kicking ass for about two chapters, he's instantly defeated by Akainu by jumping in front of him to protect Luffy, taking the worst injury ever seen in the series so far.
  • Worth Living For: Ace's angst over his bloodline is so bad that the only reason he keeps on living is to find out whether or not he deserved to be born. He finds his answer when his brothers and eventually, the Whitebeard Pirates come into his life, having finally realized where his place in life is. That just makes his death all the more tragic.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Naturally he can cover himself in fire or become it.
  • You're Not My Father: Ace is born as Gol D. Ace, but he totally disavows his birth father and takes his mother's name instead while claiming Whitebeard is the only father he has. Ironically, Whitebeard is interested in Ace and plans to make him his heir precisely because of his fatherhood.
  • Youthful Freckles: He actually doesn't fall into any of the archetypes though he fit the Bratty Half-Pint type like a glove when he was a kid.

    "Diamond" Jozu 

"Diamond" Jozu

Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako (JP), Matt Thurston (EN)

Age: 40 (Pre-Timeskip), 42 (Pre-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 234 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Twinkle-Twinkle Fruit

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Jozu, the Third Division commander, first makes his appearance when Shanks' subordinate delivers a message to Whitebeard. When Shanks later comes to meet them in person, Jozu comments on his immense Haki, but is shown being unaffected himself. Though he has a stern disposition, he has great devotion towards his crewmates and captain. Jozu has eaten the Twinkle-Twinkle Fruit (Kira Kira no Mi), a Devil Fruit that enables him to turn his entire body into diamond, making him very difficult to hurt. He also possesses immense physical strength, being able to pick up and hurl an entire iceberg towards his adversaries. He's also deceptively fast and agile.


  • An Arm and a Leg: During a brief scuffle, Aokiji freezes Jozu's arm, which then breaks and falls off.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Portrayed as the 3rd in command of the crew after Whitebeard and Marco, and appropriately he is one of 3 people in the series thus far to make an Admiral bleed.
  • The Big Guy: One of the tallest guys in the main Whitebeard Pirate crew (aside from the big man himself), and with the strength to match.
  • Boring, but Practical: His Devil Fruit allows him to turn his body into diamond and he uses it to charge his enemy while transformed. Not the flashiest of attacks, but it's very effective.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: While he does have Devil Fruit powers, they should not affect his physical strength. Despite this, he is shown lifting and tossing a huge iceberg many hundreds of times his size.
  • Faster Than They Look: Don't be fooled by his large Top-Heavy Guy appearance, he can move so fast that he manages to hit Crocodile before he realizes it.
  • Human Popsicle: Aokiji freezes his entire body and he falls. This doesn't end in Literally Shattered Lives but he loses his right arm and is unable to fight for the rest of the war.
  • In the Back: During the Paramount War, Jozu engages a fight with Aokiji and loses because he tries to flee the fight to rescue Newgate, giving Aokiji the chance to freeze him from behind.
  • Ki Manipulation: Jozu is confirmed to use Armament haki.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's 16'6", strong enough to lift icebergs bigger than him, literally tough as diamond and, if these aren't enough, he's incredibly fast.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Not to the same extent as other characters, but he is literally Made of Diamond and is resistant enough to tank a slash from Mihawk, the world's strongest swordsman, is if it was nothing.
  • Red Baron: He's known as "Diamond" Jozu because of his Devil Fruit power that turns his body into diamond.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Jozu? Jose? Joss? Jaws? The One Piece Green: Secret Pieces book finally confirms this with just Jozu.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Jozu is a physical and though fighter and his legs are much shorter and smaller than his upper body, emphasizing a cartoony and muscular body.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite showing himself capable of blocking one of Mihawk's slashes and wounding Crocodile with a punch, he is 'controlled' for a brief period by Doflamingo and then removed from the Marineford War in quick order by Aokiji, as the battle moves to the plaza.

    Thatch 

Thatch

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Parker Fitzgerald (EN)

Debut: Chapter 440 (Manga), Episode 325 (Anime)

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The Fourth Division commander. Killed by Blackbeard before the story started, he was very friendly and sociable, and very close to Ace. As seen during the Summit War, no one took his place as fourth division commander after his death.

He doesn't have any Devil Fruit power and even refuses to eat the Dark-Dark Fruit after he finds it.


  • Anime Hair: Downplayed, but his pompadour is really large.
  • Badass Beard: A division commander of the world's strongest crew and sports a cool goatee.
  • Badass Normal: He used to be a division commander of the world's strongest crew despite not having any Devil Fruit ability and, when he finds the Dark-Dark Fruit, he decides to not eat it. Unfortunately for him, Blackbeard wanted exactly that Fruit.
  • Dual Wielding: In the anime, he fights the Decalvan Brothers using two swords. In the manga, however, he's seen only with one.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar near his left eye. Despite being a pirate, it's of the good kind since's he's a Nice Guy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: He and Ace used to be very close, to the point that the latter is the one who's hurt the most by his death at the hands of Blackbeard.
  • Nice Guy: From the little that's shown of him, he used to be a pretty friendly fellow, as seen how he interacts with newly-arrived Ace.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He's always seen with a 32-teeth smile.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His assassination causes Ace to follow Blackbeard, who manages to capture Ace and sell him to the Marines. Cue a war to rescue Ace from execution which ends with Ace's and Whitebeard's deaths, the latter also causes the end of an era.
  • Posthumous Character: By the beginning of the series, he's already been killed by Blackbeard and we only get to know him through flashbacks.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The circumstances around Thatch's death are going to be felt even to the end of the series.

    "Flower Sword" Vista 

"Flower Sword" Vista

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Hunter Barnett (EN)

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

Debut: Chapter 552 (Manga), Episode 0 (Anime)

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Vista, the Fifth Division Commander, makes his appearance during Ace's flashback, and subsequently during the Marineford arc. Always calm and polite, he doesn't seem to have consumed a Devil Fruit, but is among the most skilled swordsmen in the world, as he was able to engage in a skirmish with Dracule Mihawk during the war and emerge unscathed.


  • Badass Cape: He wears a large blue cape that is part of his shirt. It goes with his badass appearance.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a large twisted moustache and is able to match Mihawk, the world's strongest swordsman.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't appear to have any Devil Fruit abilities, but he's still an extremely powerful swordsman, enough so that he can go toe-to-toe with Mihawk; while it was clear that neither of them is taking the fight seriously, Mihawk states that any swordsman worth their salt would know who Vista is.
  • Berserk Button: He is not happy when Blackbeard comes to Marineford, and has to be pushed back from going after him.
  • Carpet of Virility: Although not too noticeable, his chest is quite hairy.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He's got a large mustache and wears a top hat but, despite fitting the trope appearance-wise, he's actually a good character.
  • Dual Wielding: Vista wields two swords in battle.
  • Ki Manipulation: Vista is confirmed to use Haki as he blocks Akainu's magma attacks.
  • Master Swordsman: You have to be when you can go toe-to-toe with the world's best swordsman and get him to recognize how strong you are, especially since said swordsman is normally so jaded due to the weakness of his enemies.
  • Nice Hat: A rather dapper black top hat.
  • Number Two: Seems to be this to Marco. He's the highest level Division Commander that is still in fighting condition besides Marco by the end of the summit war.
  • Petal Power: Rose petals appear when Vista attacks, following his title of "Flower Sword". Vista unleashes a small barrage of them in an attack known as "Rose Rondo" that temporarily surprises Mihawk and later knocks globs of Akainu's magma body off.
  • Red Baron: Subverted as "Flower Sword" isn't much for intimidation.
  • Something About a Rose: He's named "Flower Sword" for a reason: he produces flower petals during some of his attacks.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His torso is not overly massive compared to his legs, but there's still a noticeable difference.
  • Younger Than They Look: Vista is 17 when the Whitebeard Pirates crash their ship in the Wano Country, but he looks like a full-grown adult man especially when compared to Marco who looks just moderately younger than his 15 years.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Alongside his fellow Commander and Captain allies on making sure Akainu does not kill Luffy.

    Blamenco 

Blamenco

Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (JP), Josh Grelle (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Pocket-Pocket Fruit

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The Sixth Division commander. He has eaten the Pocket-Pocket Fruit, a Devil Fruit who gives him two pockets in his chin where he can store what he wants, like a huge hammer.

He's seen, along with the other commanders of the Whitebeard's pirates, at Marineford to save Ace.


  • All There in the Manual: His name is revealed in an SBS. His Devil Fruit's name was revealed the same way, but much later.
  • Drop the Hammer: He is only seen wielding a massive wooden Hammer than anything else from his pockets.
  • Gonk: His round face and his large lips give him a goofy appearance.
  • Hammerspace: This is literally Blamenco's power, as he has pockets on his chin he can pull stuff out of, like, you guessed it, a hammer.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's shocked when he sees Ace taking Akainu's punch directed at Luffy.
  • Stout Strength: Despite his rotund body, he's able to effortlessly swing a hammer three times his size.
  • Visual Pun: With his Devil Fruit's ability, he can pull a giant hammer from the pockets on his chin. In other words, his ability is having a literal Hammerspace.

    Rakuyo 

Rakuyo

Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (JP), James Chandler (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Seventh Division Commander. He fights using a spiked flail which has a mouth and seems to have a life of its own.

He's seen, along with the other commanders of the Whitebeard's pirates, at Marineford to save Ace.


  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: To go with his pirate appearance, he wears a bandana around his forehead.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a ripped longcoat that makes him one of the few characters to have an actual pirate appearance.
  • Badass Moustache: He's got a pair of long mustaches.
  • Badass Normal: It seems that his weapon has a Devil Fruit but Rakuyo himself seems to not have any special power.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: He's a strong pirate with dreadlocks.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Even if he's fighting in an all-out war, he cries at every slightly emotional moment.
  • Epic Flail: Rakuyou sports a Ball-and-Chain that (seems) to be a Living Weapon like Lassoo & Funkfreed.
  • Expy: Looks a lot like a muscular Jack Sparrow.
  • Guy Liner: He has some make-up around his eyes.

    Namur 

Namur

Voiced by: Daisuke Matsubara (JP)

Debut: Chapter 552 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Eighth Division commander. He's a shark fish-man who doesn't use any weapons. Instead, he fights using hand-to-hand combat and his shark teeth.

Like the other commanders, he participates at the battle of Marineford to rescue Ace.


    Blenheim 

Blenheim

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Mark Rios (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Ninth Division commander.

He's seen participating at the battle of Marineford to save Ace, where he fights with a huge sword. Later, he's seen carrying Jozu's frozen body.


  • Badass Beard: He's got a quite badass grey beard. Twenty years before the events of Marineford, it was black.
  • BFS: He wields a sword that is large even compared to his size.
  • Large and in Charge: He's not much smaller than Whitebeard and has authority over a large chunk of the crew.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He's badass enough to wear a sleeveless vest.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has his crew's Jolly Roger tattooed on his shoulders.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His vest is always open and there's no shirt to cover his large and ripped body.

    Curiel 

Curiel

Voiced by: Kōhei Fukuhara (JP), Ricco Fajardo (EN)

Debut: Chapter 552 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Tenth Division commander. He specializes in firearms and has two guns and two bazookas, probably to go with his military soldier-motif.

He's participates the battle of Marineford to rescue his fellow division commander Ace, where he fights Gecko Moria and Akainu. The latter makes a quick job of him, but Curiel's crewmates rescue him.


  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a green sleeveless longcoat to go with his militaresque appearance.
  • BFS: Carries two bazookas on his back, and can make a good use of them.
  • Challenge Seeker: He challenged Gekko Moria and, later, Admiral Akainu all by himself.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears a nice watermelon-like helmet.
  • Cool Shades: Under his helmet, you can see he's wearing a pair of purple-tinted glasses.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight against Akainu to protect Luffy doesn't last long.
  • Guns Akimbo: Using only one gun or one bazooka isn't badass enough for a commander of the Whitebeard Pirates.
  • The Gunslinger: He specializes in firearms, and, among his weapons, he has two guns.
  • Made of Iron: He takes a point-blank lava attack from Admiral Akainu and lives.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Who needs sleeves when you're a badass who fights wielding two bazookas?
  • Tattooed Crook: Has the crew's Jolly Roger tattooed on his chin.

    Kingdew 

Kingdew

Voiced by: Hiromu Miyazaki (JP), Patric Carroll (EN)

Debut: Chapter 562 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Eleventh Division commander. He wields a large pair of gauntlets, which implies he fights with his fists.

He participates in the Summit War to save Ace, his fellow crewmember.


    Haruta 

Haruta

Voiced by: Junko Noda (JP), Clifford Chapin (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Twelfth Division commander. He wields a saber that goes with his 16th century style outfit.

He's seen at the battle in Marineford along with the other division commanders.


  • Absurd Cutting Power: He can cut through steel with ease, as seen when he slices a Marine's shield in two.
  • All There in the Manual: We know his name only because it was answered in an SBS.
  • Cool Sword: Uses a saber whose handguard resembles the ruffles of his shirt.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Just to add further confusion to his gender, he's voiced by a woman in the original Japanese version. Averted in the English dub where he is voiced by a man.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He can easily pass for a Bifauxnen, to the point many believed he was a girl, until Oda confirmed he's a man.
  • Redhead In Green: A rare male non-fanservice example. He has red hair and his outfit is green.

    "Water Buffalo" Atmos 

"Water Buffalo" Atmos

Voiced by: Kōhei Fukuhara (JP), Kenji Hamada (JP, Episode 485+), Paul Giovanni Ramirez (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Thirteenth Division commander. He fights using two swords.

He and his fellow division commanders participate in the battle at Marineford to save Ace. However, he is controlled by Doflamingo, who forces him to attack his own allies until he's finally freed from the Warlord's power.


  • Animal Motif: Given his Red Baron nickname, the water buffalo. He also wears a horned helmet and his hair resembles the mane of a buffalo.
  • Badass Beard: Has a long beard divided into three locks that helps to give him a badass appearance worthy for a commander of the world's strongest crew.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He has long, messy black hair that covers his back.
  • Cool Helmet: Has a helmet complete with buffalo-like horns.
  • Dual Wielding: His weapons are two swords.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a division commander and is almost as large as Jozu.
  • People Puppets: During the Summit War he's controlled by Doflamingo, who forces him to attack his own allies. He can only beg to be stopped.
  • Red Baron: He's referred as "Water Buffalo", probably because of his buffalo-like appearance.
  • Stout Strength: His bulk doesn't make him less strong.
  • Tattooed Crook: On his arms he has tattooed the crew's symbol.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His legs are much more skinny than what his body would suggest.

    Speed Jiru 

Speed Jiru

Voiced by: Yūsuke Numata (JP), Jeff Johnson (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Fourteenth Division commander. His appearance is knight-like and, fittingly, he wields a jousting lance and a shield.

Like all the division commanders, he takes place at the Summit War, where he easily defeats many Marines.


  • All There in the Manual: His name is revealed in the SBS of volume 58, along with those of the other division commanders.
  • Dash Attack: His main attack is to dash quickly against his enemies.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: With his weapon he blitzes through the plaza, tossing away dozens of Marines.
  • Jousting Lance: His Weapon of Choice is a jousting lance and he can make good use of it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His nickname is well earned, since he's fast enough to dodge Kizaru's attack (mind you that, in comparison, X Drake could only see a glimpse of light), and he's also strong enough to dash through an horde of Marines.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: To fit his knight-like appearance, he wields a shield with his lance to fight.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a fez with the crew's symbol on it.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Speed Jiru or Speed Jil?
  • Your Size May Vary: Speed Jiru is shown tall and slim in one panel and fatter in another one. It's unknown if it's a simple mistake or if he has a Devil Fruit power or uses "life return".

    Fossa 

Fossa

Voiced by: Kōichi Nagano (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Fifteenth Division commander. He wields a katana that can become a flaming weapon.

He's seen at the Summit War along with the other division commanders.


    Izo 

Izo

Voiced by: Yūsei Oda (JP), Colton Jones (EN)

Age: 45

Debut: Chapter 553 (Manga), Episode 461 (Anime)

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The Sixteenth Division commander. He comes from the Wano region, where he used to be one of Oden's retainers, and is Kiku's older brother. He fights using two flintock pistols but, at the end of Marineford's arc, he's seen with a sword, implying he has some degree in swordsmanship.

He participates in the Summit War with the other division commanders.

He has a bounty of 510,000,000 Berries.


  • Ascended Extra: In the Marineford arc he's one of the unnamed Whitebeard Commanders but gains importance in Wano's flashback as one of Oden's followers and joins the Akazaya Nine for the raid at Onigashima, where he fights Kaido alongside them.
  • Agent Peacock: Although Izo is dressed like a geisha, he's a division commander for a good reason. When he comes back to Wano, Izo is a strong help for the Akazaya Nine.
  • All There in the Manual: His name is revealed in the SBS of volume 58.
  • Bishōnen: His appeareance is much more feminine than the average One Piece character.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: When the Akazaya Nine rush to attack Kaido himself, Izo shows off his incredible skill with his guns by disarming King by shooting his katana out of his grasp.
  • The Bus Came Back: Izo disappears from the story after the Paramount War and is missing since the crew disbanded but, along with Marco, comes back during Wano's third act.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When he sees that the Marines are pulling back, he says that is the right time to move.
  • Connected All Along: His distinctive appearance and geisha-like clothes should give his connection to Wano right away. The Wano arc reveals that not only he's from there, he is Kiku's brother, a retainer to Oden (and Momonosuke by extension) and comrade to the other Akazaya Nine.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His feminine appearance, combined with his crossdressing habits, make it easy to mistake him for a woman. This is a trait he shares with his sibling Kikunojo.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Twice! He's introduced first as one of Whitebeard's division commander, and then along with the Akazaya Nine in flashback to their youth stealing for Oden.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a new rather clean scar through his right eyebrow when he makes his return in Wano.
  • Guns Akimbo: He fights with two guns at the same time.
  • The Gunslinger: Despite coming from the Feudal Japan-like country of Wano, Izo uses a pair of flintlock pistols, even in close combat.
  • I Choose to Stay: When Oden is offered a place in the Roger Pirates, Izo chooses to remain with the Whitebeard Pirates instead. While he asks Whitebeard to lead a raid on Wano to liberate it, Whitebeard never agrees to do so, and so Izo stays away from his home country many years later, after Whitebeard died and the crew disbanded, to aid the Kozuki rebellion.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He manages to snap a sword in half while it was about to cut him with a single shotgun.
  • Irony: Izo was born and raised in Wano, where the warriors use swords as their main weapon. Though Izo also holds one, he uses a pair of flintlock pistols during the Paramount War.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Someone tries to attack him with a sword. The results: Izo breaks the sword and defeats the attacker with a single shot.
  • Older Than They Look: Not only his make up makes him look like a woman, it also makes him younger than his 45 years of age.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some translations spell his name "Izou".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He is dressed as a geisha and, despite being a pirate, he's a commander of the benevolent Whitebeard Pirates. He's been dressing like a geisha since he was a child, just like his sibling, Kikunojo.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the anime he guns down one of Kaido's female crewmates without a moment of hesitation alongside the men.

Other Crewmembers

    Kozuki Oden, His Family, and Retainers 
The first Second Division commander, and the former daimyo of Kuri who joined Whitebeard during his stay at Wano. He was accompanied by his retainers Dogstorm and Cat Viper, and met his wife Toki during this time, who bore him his children Momonosuke and Hiyori. Later left with Whitebeard's blessing to join the Roger Pirates and aid them in their journey to Laugh Tale.
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For the rest of the Kozuki Family click here, .
For Dogstorm and Cat Viper, click here.

    The Medical Team 

Whitebeard Pirates Medical Team

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"Captain, please stop drinking so..."
Whitebeard: "Be quiet! I drink if I want to drink, how's that bad for my health?"

The nurses of the crew and the only female members. They take care of Whitebeard's declining health, even if the latter keeps drinking, ignoring their protests.

Due to Whitebeard's own set of morals, despite their protests, they are left in a safe place and not allowed to take part in the Summit War.


  • All There in the Manual: We only see them taking care of Whitebeard in a chapter. What happened to them before the events of Marineford is revealed in an SBS.
  • Hospital Hottie: They're all quite beautiful nurses.
  • The Medic: An entire squad of nurses.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Of course, all members of an all-female medical team wear pink nurse uniforms.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me!: They tried to stop their captain from going to what seemed certain death for him. And indeed it was.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: While they probably aren't able to fight, the reason why they're not allowed to participate in the Summit War is because Whitebeard has never allowed a woman in his crew as a "fighter".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They're not seen during the Summit War. Justified because Whitebeard left them in a safe place.

Allied Pirates

    In General 

    Little Oars Jr. 

Little Oars Jr.

Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (JP), Jeremy Schwartz (EN)

Age: 70 (Pre-Timeskip), 72 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 554 (Manga), Episode 463 (Anime)

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One of Whitebeard's allied captains and a descendant of Oars. In contrast to his ancestor's fame, he's a kind person who even appreciates simple gifts like a hand made hat (though proportionate to his size). He's very loyal and a close friend of Ace, to the point that he's one of the first captains at Marineford to rush forward in an attempt to save him, but is quickly stopped by the attacks of Kuma, Doflamingo and Moria.

After being mauled by the Warlords, he collapses to the ground and his heavy body prevents the Marines from raising the section of the plaza. After a while, he recovers his senses and moves the last of Whitebeard's ship but is later taken down by cannon fire.


  • Ambiguously Human: Or rather, ambiguously giant. He's referred to as a giant, but his demonic appearance says otherwise.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Doflamingo cuts off his right leg. Moria complains about it because it prevents him from using Oars Jr.'s body as a zombie.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Even if smaller than his ancestor, he's still about as big as two giants.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: He has a long red mane that goes down his back. It's so characteristic, his crewmembers wears large wigs that resemble his hair.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When you're up against three of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, there's not much you can do. Kuma, Doflamingo, and Moria have an easy time with him.
  • Dead Guy Junior: He's named "Oars Jr." after his ancestor.
  • Determinator: Despite being brutally mauled by the Warlords, he still keeps on helping the Whitebeard Pirates with all the energy he has left.
  • Face of a Thug: His face is not unlike his ancestor's, but he's actually a nice person.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: During his attempt to reach Ace, he is shot with cannonballs several times in a row, is hit by Kuma's Ursus Shock, has his leg sliced by Doflamingo, and is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Moria's shadow spear. However, he still has enough strength to get back on his foot one last time in order to help Whitebeard.
  • Futile Hand Reach: After enduring multiple attacks, he tries to reach Ace with his hand but collapses before he can do it.
  • Gentle Giant: Almost literally. He's huge, but also a carefree person who likes the little things of life.
  • Horned Humanoid: Just like Oars, he has large horns that give him an oni-like appearance.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Moria pierces through his chest with his shadow spear.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a pirate captain and is about as big as a ship.
  • Made of Iron: Hit by a powerful shockwave? Having his right leg cut off? Being impaled in the chest? No problem, he still has enough energy to push a ship.
  • Mighty Glacier: Oars Jr. is very strong, but his low speed and his size makes him an easy target for the Shichibukai.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a large kasa which is very important to him, since it's a handmade gift from Ace.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Played With. Despite being named Little Oars Jr., he's one of the biggest characters in this series, but he's actually little compared to Oars.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: He's in fact twice as big as the average giant.
  • Rasputinian Death: First Kuma sends him an Ursus Wave, then Doflamingo cuts off his leg and finally Moria impales him. In the end, he still has some energy to try to reach Ace before he collapses. Subverted, as he's still alive, but possibly Double Subverted if the cannon fire ultimately kills him off.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Has a necklace made of giants' skulls but, unlike most examples of this trope, he's a nice guy.
  • Stout Strength: Has Oars's hefty build, but is so strong he can effortlessly lift a ship.
  • Uncertain Doom: While he survives the Warlords' combined attacks, it's not certain if the cannons have finished him off or simply knocked him out.
  • The Worf Effect: He's immediately taken down to show how high the stakes are in the Summit War.

    "Whirlpool Spider" Squard 

"Whirlpool Spider" Squard

Voiced by: Seiji Sasaki (JP), Jason Kane (EN)

Age: 50 (Pre-Timeskip), 52 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 551 (Manga), Episode 460 (Anime)

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One of the pirate captains allied with Whitebeard, he comes to Marineford with his crew to save Ace. However after he finds out that Ace is the son of Gold Roger, the man who massacred his old crew, and after some manipulation from Akainu he turns on Whitebeard and stabs him, calling him out on selling his allies. Whitebeard, however, proves him wrong and forgives him. After the war, his whereabouts are unknown.


  • The Atoner: After Whitebeard forgave him, he becomes this.
  • BFS: One of his weapons is a gargantuan katana, possibly a Zanmato.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Shouts at Whitebeard after Akainu tricked him into believing that the Old Man sold them all.
  • Dual Wielding: A standard katana and a oversized one. The latter is rarely used.
  • Face of a Thug: He looks quite bad, but is more like a Boisterous Bruiser.
  • The Lancer: Whitebeard seems to consider Squard this, since he refers to him to coordinate the movements of the allies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction after realizing he'd been tricked by Akainu.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ace. Ironic, considering that his father slaughtered Squard's old crew.
  • Red Baron: "Whirlpool Spider" (Oouzugumo). The reasons are unclear, except for a tattoo on his forehead.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Squard, Squad, or Squardo?

    "Ice Witch" Whitey Bay 

"Ice Witch" Whitey Bay

Voiced by: Yuka Shioyama (JP), Jennifer Green (EN)

Age: Over 30

Debut: Chapter 556 (Manga), Episode 462 (Anime)

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A former crew member of Whitebeard that left for unknown reasons and started her own pirate crew. She and her crew remain subservient and loyal to Whitebeard. She took part in the battle of Marineford and proved instrumental in pressing the assault forward. Since the war ended she as not been seen and her current whereabouts are unknown. An anime only news report mentions her being defeated by Edward Weevil.


  • Cool Boat: The Icebreaker stands out as this, while most ships in the world are have a wooden hull, hers possesses one made of steel. It helps give the ship more defense and offensive power, and as the name implies it can sail right through ice covered waters.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name is similar to the English town Whitley Bay that is known for its ice skating rink, fitting for her ice motif.
    • Her name also posses the word white and is subordinate captains and former crew member of "White"beard.
  • Pirate Girl: One of the few female captains seen and she certainly looks the part.
  • Ramming Always Works: She rams her ship through the wall at Marineford allowing the subordinate captains and their crews to join the main battle. The break in the wall later provides an escape route when the war is over.
  • The Smurfette Principle: About thirty years before the beginning of the story, she was the only female member of Whitebeard's crew, before Toki joined as well.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Her ship is called the Icebreaker and has a steel plated hull designed for breaking ice covered waters. Because of this it's the only ship that can move forward after Aokiji freezes the water surrounding Marineford.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair to go with her ice motif.
 
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