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The World Government is the prevailing political body in the world. It is an organization comprised of the majority of countries in the world (about 170), and was founded by an alliance of 20 kingdoms going back to 800 years ago after the "Void Century," an era lost to history. This huge group is comprised of several organisations: the Marines, seagoing military/law enforcement, the secret services of Cipher Pol, and a judiciary system, all governed by the Five Elder Stars. Yet even with this clear setup of power, some wonder who is truly in charge of the entire grand scheme. They are one of the main antagonist groups in the Series.
While they mainly appear in the background and let the countries govern themselves as they see fit, it is clear that the World Government is not benevolent and mainly seeks to preserve its supremacy across the planet, ruthlessly hunting down anything or anyone that could pose a threat to their power. Moreover, the Government is tied to many shady affairs, as it serves the downright monstrous World Nobles, the decadent descendants of its twenty founding kingdoms, and maintains an implicit Ancient Conspiracy. They are the ones against whom the Revolutionary Army are fighting.
- Ancient Conspiracy: The World Government was founded at the end of the Void Century. Though they cite the ancient weapons as the reason why researching it is forbidden, which is a genuine concern, it's heavily implied that what the leaders of the World Government fear the most is the existence and ideals of a vast kingdom that the alliance banded together to obliterate and wipe from history. What exactly is it they want to hide so badly is one of the series's biggest mysteries, both in-universe and out.
- Big Fancy Castle: Within Mary Geoise is the enormous Pangaea Castle, named after the supercontinent Pangaea and modeled after the Chateau de Chambord in France. It is the headquarters of the World Government, serving as the workplace of the Five Elders and Commander-in-chief Kong, a meeting point for high ranking Marines and the Seven Warlords, the location of the Reverie world council every four years, and the location of the Empty Throne.
- The Empire: What they actually are, a corrupt and brutal oligarchy determined to exert control over the world and its past.
- Empire with a Dark Secret: Imu's mere existence reveals the sheer extent of the hypocrisy of the World Government — that everything the World Government was founded on, everything it stood for, were nothing more than lies. If this were to ever get out, societal collapse goes from being a genuine possibility to a Foregone Conclusion.
- There is also the giant straw hat within the frozen vault beneath Pangaea Castle, which Donquixote Doflamingo refers to as their national treasure, a key to power, and something that would shake the world if it was unveiled.
- The Federation: What it poses as, a collection of kingdoms who are all equal to one another. To reinforce the image, there is no one king but rather a council of five to oversee them, as well as the Empty Throne that no king may sit in.
- Fictional United Nations: The World Government is made up of 170 countries united to create order.
- Hegemonic Empire: Joining the World Government is generally voluntary, with any country that is unwilling or too poor to pay the Heavenly Tribute tax/membership fee being free to be independent... Which puts them outside of the Marines' jurisdiction. Almost all unaligned countries are unaligned because they are too poor to pay the tribute, and tend to become hotbeds of piracy and human trafficking without the protection membership bestows. Less well off member states fear being unable to pay the tribute and consequently being brought to ruin, and at least one country is known to have suffered a famine to pay it.
- He Knows Too Much: Researching the poneglyphs is a capital crime. Exploration ships seeking them and related knowledge are relentlessly hunted down, and in the most extreme case entire islands may be razed via a Buster Call fleet to ensure that knowledge doesn't spread. Such was the case with the island of archaeology Ohara, and the lone 8 year old survivor had a large bounty placed on her head just for claiming to be able to read the poneglyph runes.
- Holy City: The capital of the World Government is the Holy Land Mary Geoise (often translated as Marijoa or Mariejois). Said to be at the center of all the world's seas, it lies 10 kilometers above the surface atop the Red Line, a massive rock wall of a continent that circles the globe. The only permanent residents are the world nobles, their servants and slaves, and high ranking government employees and leaders. The walled off world noble district, known as the "Domain of the Gods" takes up most city space. Ascending to the city and crossing through it is the only safe way to travel between the Paradise and New World halves of the Grand Line, if not the only safe and two-way route between entire eastern and western hemispheres. The only other conventional routes are going under the Red Line through Fishman Island or over it at Reverse Mountain. The former is extremely perilous, while the latter is dangerous and a one-way trip into Paradise.
- Written by the Winners: They have a habit of rewriting facts and history to make themselves look competent and fair. The most striking example is the erasure of the Void Century. The fact they resorted to this instead of spinning it into propaganda is very damning.
Debut: Chapter 906 (Manga), Episode 885 (Anime)
The mysterious individual that the Five Elder Stars answer to. So far he or she is A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma. Their very existence is a massive spoiler, so all entries for this character are unmarked.
- Ambiguous Gender: While it's also difficult to know if it even matters, the silhouette they presented during their introduction was deliberately hard to read for gender, and knowing the One Piece world it could easily be either.
- Ambiguously Human: A very thin build, unusual ringed eyes, and revered by the Five Elders with an almost god-like reverence casts a most foreboding appearance. Just look at his picture: where does his head begin? Is he incredibly tall with a small head and long arm? Or is that a normal length arm with a big head?
- Ancient Conspiracy: The Reverie ceremony begins with "the Empty Throne" which lies in Pangea Castle in Marijoa. All kings participating in the Reverie are asked to bow before the Empty Throne, which no one may ever sit upon, supposedly as a symbol of the vow that each of them take not to seek dominion over each other when they come together at the Reverie to discuss world affairs in peace. The fact that the Five Elder Stars share authority over the Marines is also meant to show that the World Nobles will not tolerate any king ruling over them. The very next chapter shows Imu seated on the Empty Throne, and the Five Elder Stars, previously believed to be the supreme authority in the World Government, bowing before it.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The Five Elders are shown bowed to them and asked for whose "light" will be extinguished from history.
- Big Bad Ensemble: As the leader of the World Government, Imu is one the top candidates as the primary villain of the series alongside Blackbeard and Sakazuki.
- Cool Chair: The Empty Throne, a seat that symbolizes supremacy over the world that no king can ever sit on, unless you're Imu.
- Cool Crown: While mostly in shadow, it's definitely got its huge size going for it (being longer than Imu's apparent torso), and it also serves to confirm the part about "no kings" being a complete lie; who but a topmost king would wear a crown like that?
- Dartboard of Hate: Out of the four photos they had during their second appearance, Luffy's and Blackbeard's were sliced to pieces, and Shirahoshi's was shown pinned to the ground by a dagger. Only Vivi's was intact.
- God-Emperor: As the one who stands above the World Nobles who regard themselves as gods, this is a given. Even an assassination order is rephrased as some kind of holy judgement.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Contender for the ultimate villain of One Piece.
- Man Behind the Man: As far as the world is concerned, the Five Elders are the highest authority in the World Government. In truth, the Five Elders bow to Imu and act in their stead, essentially making them responsible for everything the Five Elders have done.
- Meaningful Name:
- When written in katakana, Imu's name is composed of the two radicals comprising the character for "Buddha".
- Im is also the name of a jotunn in Norse mythology. While little is known about him specficially, one thing that sticks out is Im's father, Vafthrudnir, a jotunn famed for his wisdom. Certainly makes the katakanta spelling Buddha more meaningful...
- Orcus on His Throne: Imu is content to let the Five Elders rule in their stead. Instead, you can find them ripping up bounty posters, playing with butterflies in the garden, lounging about on the Empty Throne, and maybe order an assassination if it's a busy day.
- Pet the Dog: Despite being the supreme villain of the entire series, and presumably responsible for many of the World Government's atrocities, Imu is shown to have a gentler side when they're shown in a beautiful garden, playing with butterflies.
- Sent Into Hiding: Imu's existence is kept secret to maintain the lie that there is no singular ruler of the world.
- Shadow Dictator: The true ruler of the world, whose mere existence goes against the World Government's tenet that there can never be one ruler above the rest. Also taken rather literally, since their body is cloaked entirely in shadow.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Im" or "Imu"? Under certain interpretations it could even be "Ym". The official English translation of the manga uses Imu.
- Walking Spoiler: Their reveal comes in the middle of a massive Wham Episode, and their first appearance is a Wham Shot. The very existence of a higher power than the Five Elders is a spoiler in itself.
- Wham Shot:
- Imu's first appearance next to the straw hat in the freezer.
- Imu sitting on the Empty Throne for the ruler of the world and the Five Elders bowing to them.
The Five Elders
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani, Kenichi Ogata, Masato Hirano, Keiichi Sonobe, Keiichi Noda (JP), JB Edwards, Doug Burks, Cameron Smith, Randy Pearlman, Kurt Kleinmann (EN)
Debut: Chapter 233 (Manga), Episode 151 (Anime)
The Five Elders (Gorosei in Japanese) are the leaders of the World Government, which means that they essentially rule the world. They are a group of five elderly men who have power over the Marines (through the Fleet Admiral, who is constantly in contact with them) and the Cipher Pol. They're also the ones who make deals with pirates who want to become part of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
So far, none of them have been named, and pretty much any other information about them still remains a mystery despite their significant influence over the story so far.
- Ambiguously Jewish: One of the members looks a bit like a Rabbi.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Their actions in regards to Ohara's scholars definitely show that they have something to hide from the general population. There are several other hints throughout the series that support this being the case as well.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: They're at the top of the World Nobles, but they're closer to Well Intentioned Extremists than outright despicable people.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Implied so far. At least three of them have visible combat scars in their bodies, and they're the guys who rule over the world. One of them also carries a nodachi with him.
- Bald of Evil: At least two of them.
- Beard of Evil: At least two of them. Another one sports a Bald of Evil and a huge mustache.
- Co-Dragons: They are actually servants of the true ruler of the world who sits on the "empty" throne.
- Coat Cape: All five don these garbs when they go off to see Im.
- The Dividual: They're mostly treated as a group instead of separate individuals, to the point that none of them have been named so far despite being introduced all the way back during Jaya.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Downplayed. They showed some remorse about killing Ohara's scholars, but that was it.
- They're willing to ignore and even coverup outright illegal behavior of those in a high enough standing but it's been implied that associating with pirates will not be tolerated. The Germa 66 who maintain membership and influence in the World Government despite not even having a country and violently conquering all of North Blue were ejected after the incident involving Big Mom.
- Also on the recieving end. Even Akainu, for all his faults, finds their constant need to appease the World Nobles and obsession with image both disgusting and detrimental to the Marines' goal of enforcing justice. After Doflamingo's fake resignation from the Warlords, he personally went to Mariejois to chew the Elder Stars out, accusing them of being dogs for the World Nobles. It is implied that Sengoku had a moment like this with them before he retired due to their cover-up of the Impel Down breakout.
- Evil Reactionary: Possibly, given how much they try to suppress knowledge of the "Void Century". This is a time in the world's history that has been deleted from public records; bits and pieces of what happened during this time have popped up as the series has gone on, suggesting that the world (or part of it) used to be an incredibly high-tech society, including hints at the existence of robot armies, space travel, and technological superweapons. Because they try to kill or silence anyone with knowledge of the Void Century (the reason Robin, an Adventurer Archaeologist who can read the Poneglyphs said knowledge is stored upon, had a bounty as early as age eight) it's very possible they or their predecessors were successful evil reactionaries.
- Evil Old Folks: They certainly have an ominous presence, and some of their decisions so far have been very questionable such as the genocide of an island of scholars who knew too much about the world's history.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Two of them have scars on their faces.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Pretty much of the whole series. Being the superiors of the Marines, Cipher Pol, and the Seven Warlords of the Sea, they could be considered this every time the Straw Hats face one of those groups. This is most apparent during the Enies Lobby arc, and later Dressrosa arc. And they are but subordinates to the real ruler of the world.
- Knight Templar: Big time. Pretty much every decision they take is done mostly to keep order in the world.
- The Man: They're collectively this for the world.
- Minor Major Character: They have not yet been shown to do much, and have not been named, yet they rule over the world.
- Mr. Exposition: Their role so far in present time tends to be as this, with them commenting about recent events that might impact the current situation of the world.
- Mysterious Past: Heavily implied to have one tied to the Void Century.
- Necessarily Evil: At least this is how they view their actions (although it's unknown what exactly they were afraid of the scholars finding). While they ultimately give the order to destroy Ohara, they seem very unhappy that the situation came to that.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The one with the sword looks a lot like Gandhi. One sort of looks like Mikhail Gorbachev.
- No Name Given: As stated in The Dividual entry, they're only known by their title of "Five Elder Stars".
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: While on the surface their extreme actions could be seen as them protecting order in the world, numerous instances like Flevance and the cover up of the prison break shows they are willing to put those same citizens they are supposed to protect in harms way out of greed or preventing their reputation and image from being shattered . With the reveal of Imu, it shows them being Co-Dragons to an Ancient Conspiracy that is willing to exact a purge towards anyone who could be perceived as a threat to the world government's power.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: They really come off as this sometimes.
- The Reveal: Sakazuki and the Marines and Kong think they are answering to the true rulers of the world... but the Stars themselves all answer to an even higher authority who is the absolute ruler of everything.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: All of them wear pretty simple and sharp business suits, except for the one in the white robe.
- Slave to PR: In the end, all they really care about is maintaining the image of the World Government as a benevolent force for justice, rather than the corrupt oligarchy that it is. Examples of this include giving Smoker the credit for taking down Crocodile in Alabasta, and pretending that the Level Six convicts from Impel Down didn't escape, which is so bad that it causes Sengoku to resign as Fleet Admiral. Because of this mentality, they're incredibly upset when Fujitora announces that the World Government allowed Doflamingo's reign of terror over Dressrosa.
- Tautological Templar: At least in the anime rendition of the Ohara Buster Call incident, they've convinced themselves that they're "righteous" people, so everything they do, no matter how unpleasant, or the cost, is itself "righteous." The victims of Ohara would like to object. Oh wait, they can't, because a vice admiral killed them all for a minor chance that an archeologist might be on the ship.
- Threat Backfire: They keep raising the bounties on the Straw Hats because of how much they want them dead. The Straw Hats in general, and Luffy in particular, tend to see it as an accomplishment. Some other pirates also see increasing bounties as a symbol of pride.
- Treachery Cover Up: Tends to be their default reaction to something potentially embarrassing happening on the Government's watch:
- Crocodile gets exposed trying to overthrow the King of Alabasta and defeated by the Straw Hats, a group of rookie pirates? Say that the highest ranking Marine present was really responsible to save face. Smoker is still pissed off about that.
- Gekko Moriah gets beaten by the aforementioned rookie pirates? Send Bartholomew Kuma to Leave No Witnesses. Then order Doflamingo to kill Moriah for being weak enough to get his ass kicked, and claim that he was killed in the Whitebeard War to maintain the Seven Warlords reputation.
- Blackbeard, the guy they chose to replace Crocodile in the Warlords, breaking out dozens of Level Six convicts from Impel Down? Pretend the whole thing never happened and not let the Marines issue bounties to track the escapees. Sengoku actually resigned because of that.
- Explicitly defied in the Dressrosa arc. Most fans agree that Doflamingo's ties with the World Nobles would have allowed him to keep his Warlord status and given the chance, the Elders would have gone along with it, but Fujitora publicly announced what happened to other countries before the Elders even learned about it. When that happened, the Elders were put in a lose-lose situation: either let Doflamingo walk free and lose what little reputation they had, or allow Doflamingo to be arrested, let the Straw Hats take the credit, and piss off the World Nobles. The Elders ultimately chose the latter, but that doesn't mean they're happy about it given the bounty increases given to the Straw Hats and most of their allies during the arc.
Also known as the Celestial Dragons (Tenryuubito), they are the residents of the Holy Land of Mariejois and descendants of 19 of the 20 Kings who formed the World Government long ago. They're shown as a group of arrogant aristocratics, abusing their authority and keeping slaves with them. Noticeably, they treat everyone lesser than them with great disdain to extremely inhuman levels. Despite being really weak, no one dares to hit a Noble, as they can summon an admiral to their help. So far all the World Nobles shown have bulbous-like hairstyle, wear bubble helmets in order to not breathe the same air as the "lesser people," and their title is "Saint" (or in case of women, "Princess").
The main Nobles shown so far are Saint Roswald, Saint Shalria, Saint Charlos, Saint Jalmack, Saint Mjosgard and Donquixote Doflamingo (he's a former one, though).
- 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes the World Nobles due to their horrible, despicable actions - such is that when Luffy punches one of them for trying to auction off Camie as a slave and shooting Hatchan, everyone rejoiced. But perhaps the best example of this trope is exemplified by the backstory of Donquixote Doflamingo, whose family abandoned their titles to live among commoners. When the people discovered there were former World Nobles living among them (no thanks to Doffy's bratty behavior), they immediately went on a violent witch hunt to vent their grievances towards the World Nobles on them, not stopping until the entire family was dead. As commented by Eustass Kid, not even the most monstrous pirate could even sink that low. Even Doflamingo hates them, even though his reasons are petty (they refused to let him back in because of his father deciding to become a "commoner", so Doffy vowed to destroy everything they hold dear). However, despite the hate, people normally dare not attack the World Nobles out of fear that they would incite the wrath of an Admiral.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Almost all the World Nobles are sociopathic jackasses who kick and rape puppies as much as they breath For the Evulz.
- Arch-Enemy: According to Rocinante, it's those who carry "The Will of D." He said that the D. are considered "God's Natural Enemy". And by "god", they mean themselves. Children in Mariejois were told horror stories about "D.", claiming they'll swallow them up, and the motto of its elders was that "D. will cause another storm" whenever one of them gets a highlight for doing something.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: They believe themselves to be gods that are free to murder and torture people for no reason, among many other crimes. At least for the males, they have the unusual title of "saint", which is often used more for members of the church - and these nobles are anything but saintly.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted, they're total losers. The only abilities they have on their belt is using a personal pistol they keep on hand, and summoning a far more powerful Admiral to kick ass for them.
- Doflamingo plays this completely straight; he is monstrously strong even by maritime standards, let alone a World Noble. A lot of that might have to do with his life in piracy. While he doesn't quite hold the authority of the World Nobles per se, his blackmailing of them does grant him similar political power.
- Interestingly, all three members who have shown any combat competence are all related and from the Donquixote Family: Doflamingo, his little brother Rosinante, and Mjosgard.
- Blackmail: Doflamingo found out a secret of theirs said to be so horrible that it would completely upend the World Government. He dangles this in front of them to retain his World Noble privileges despite no longer being an official member. Given what the government and the Nobles in particular have been shown to get away with openly, whatever Doflamingo found out must be really, really bad. Post-Reverie arc, there's a non-zero chance it's because Doflamingo somehow managed to learn about Imu, whose existence being revealed would cause an apocalyptic-level rebellion if the "Tenant of the Empty Throne" was proven a lie.
- Create Your Own Villain: "Villain" relative to them, that is. Seem to have a really have habit of this if certain people escape from their cruelty and grow strong enough to be a threat.
- Hancock in a way. She utterly loathes them due to the fact she and her sisters were kidnapped as kids, sold into the slavery of a World Noble and forced them to eat Devil Fruits just for their entertainment. It's obvious if Hancock had the chance, she'd kill one on the spot. Heck the main reason she helped Luffy at all, besides Love Sickness, is because of learning that he punched a World Noble.
- Fisher Tiger was a slave to them for a time but escaped and busted out other slaves in the process. His symbol of his crew, the Sun Pirates, is actually a re-branded version of the World Nobles symbol to represent his freedom from them.
- Sabo likely doesn't have much love for them. Considering he comes from a noble family himself (not World class however), seeing them try to kill homeless innocents (which nearly got Luffy and Ace killed as kids) just to appease a visiting World Noble and was nearly the victim of said World Noble himself just for crossing his ship. It's safe to say he'll be more then glad to help take them down.
- Doflamingo likewise is a result of them if only because he was a World Noble and carried their attitude as a kid. Even when he killed his father and tried to present his head as a peace offering, they refused to take him back due to the choice his father made to leave them. As such Doflamingo vowed to make them suffer and destroy their world that resulted from their forebearers for the slight.
- Movie-exclusive character, Gild Tesoro, suffered from them when they bought a girl he had fallen in love with and found out she had died thanks to them. His ultimate goal was to control the World Nobles through money.
- Culture Blind: They spend their lives doing whatever they want and being pampered and praised by everyone around them. This has resulted in them having a mindset that they are righteous in their haughty beliefs and heinous actions and are completely unaware about how much the rest of the world hates them.
- Doflamingo and Mjosgard do, however, and are seemingly aware the days of the power of the Celestial Dragons are numbered.
- Dark Secret: They have a secret that would be so devastating if released they're willing to kill anyone that might know of it. Doflamingo successfully blackmails them into ignoring his activities with the knowledge of this secret, and they send an assassin to Impel Down to eliminate him as soon as they get this chance. Meanwhile, it's shown they have a cold storage vault containing a large straw hat just like Luffy's. Chapter 908 reveals that the secret may be that the so-called "Empty Throne" is not actually empty.
- Dirty Coward: They're armed mainly with simple pistols and are anything but brave.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- Crossing their path even unknowingly results in getting a bullet to the gut. Or in poor Sabo's case, being blown up by a cannon.
- Perhaps the strongest deterrent, however, is the fact that they can, and if pressed, will, summon an admiral to take care of their aggressor. It's because of this that no one is willing to cross them. Perhaps the only people in the world that can get away with defying, and maybe even killing, a world noble are the Four Emperors, because not even the admirals stand a chance against one of them, and another world noble.
- You know it's bad when victims of their cruelty will go after any of them if they had the chance. The reason Luffy was willing to give one of them the shellacking he deserved was because Luffy already had a high price on his head and knew the Marines were after him anyway. Even if said World Noble has given up his title and probably has done nothing wrong to them as Doflamingo's family found out the hard way.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: About the only good thing that can be said about them is how they genuinely love their family members, like how Mjosgard's relationship with his father was genuine, and how Roswald quickly came to see if Charloss was okay after Mjosgard bashed his brain with a mace.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Word of God says he draws them as Gonk to highlight their horribly ugly personalities. When Mjosgard reappears having had a HeelFace Turn, this comes with better looks.
- Fiction 500: They have a near limitless supply of money due to their Heavenly Tribute, a large monetary tribute that every nation in the World Government is required to contribute to. It's not uncommon for smaller countries to go destitute trying to meet high amounts of cash demanded of them.
- A God Am I: What defines them as a whole. They consider themselves gods by inheriting "the blood of the world's creators", and this trait is shown by living separately from the rest of the world in Mariejois (a place that is literally called "The Holy Land"), covering their heads with either glass helmets or bubbles as to not breathe the air of commoners, and the whole "I can do whatever I want, and pay me proper respect in my presence!"-attitude.
- Gonk: Charlos, Mjosgard and Mjosgard's father. Saint Roswald and Saint Jalmack are more normal-looking, while Saint Shalria is more like Evil Is Sexy. Oda states in the SBS that he tends to draw the World Nobles as ugly to highlight their equally abhorrent personalities. Averted with Doflamingo's father, mother and brother, who all look normal, and with Mjosgard, who makes a return in the Reverie arc, and looks slightly less "ugly", signifying his changed nature.
- Hate Sink: By far, the most hateable characters in One Piece. Every scene they appear in just makes viewers detest them even more. Besides Doflamingo's family, none of them ever showed redeeming qualities. They just keep doing horrible things, confident that their status lets them do whatever they want. They buy and kidnap people to make them slaves, shoot people just for not kneeling before murdering them, make slaves eat Devil Fruits just for their own sick entertainment and much worse. Many characters suffered under them including Fisher Tiger, Hancock and her sisters and Koala, not to mention one of them (nearly) killed Sabo. Eustass Kid, himself a Psychopathic Manchild, claims that even the worst pirates are absolutely nothing compared to the World Nobles. Because of their horrible, horrible actions, it's a moment of celebration when Luffy and later Mjosgard punched Charloss in the face.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: If Roswald and Shalria's words about Devil Dias are typical of the Celestial Dragons, then to them, once someone is enslaved, they become mere animals at best and objects at worst.
- Jerkass: The biggest example so far in the series. Hell, they're less this trope, and more Pure Evil.
- Their Kick the Dog moments are treated with absolute horror, anger and disgust, they have no empathy to anyone other than themselves and enforce the slave trade which Boa Hancock and Fisher Tiger were victims of. Some of them are downright fucked up, enough to feed little girls Devil Fruits for their own twisted pleasure.
- More examples: They shot kids (very young kids, like ages two and five) just for running past them multiple times, drove a girl to such despair that she went mute and committed suicide not long after leaving their service, gouged out a guy's eyes sorely for entertainment, and have driven countries to starvation thanks to extravagant offerings that kingdoms are forced to give to them.
- From what was shown of them, Doflamingo's parents, and Mjosgard after his little trip down Fishman Island seem to avert this.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: With so many big changes happening in the world along with Joker's predictions and Kaido's plan to unleash a war that he hopes will consume the world, it's beginning to look like the World Nobles' days of sitting in their ivory towers with impunity may be numbered (many fans have pointed out how Mjosgard's actions on Fish-Man Island are similar to how slave owners in pre-Civil War America tried to enforce fugitive slave laws, and everyone knows how that turned out...). This seems to be coming to pass, as Dragon's intention is to directly declare war on them at the Reverie. And Doflamingo declares his defeat has begun the last days of the Celestial Dragons.
- Kicked Upstairs: For all their authority, almost none of them are shown making any administrative decisions on the behalf of the World Government, despite being the descendants of the kings who founded it. It appears that while the World Nobles are given free rein to do whatever they want, their extravagance merely to pull the wool over their eyes while the Five Star Elders hold the real power and even they defer to one singular king, Im.
- Kick the Dog: They do this as normally as breathing.
- Mark of Shame: Their crest is the Soaring Dragon Hoof, which is branded on the slaves. That means that, as a slave, you're worth less than trash to them. A large number of Fishmen and the Boa sisters have it. In regards to the Boa sisters, their fear of being discovered as former slaves was so great that they lied about facing a powerful Gorgon who marked them as a curse, and justifying Hancock's Devil Fruit (Mero Mero no Mi) as part of the Gorgon's curse that anyone who looks at the marks on their backs will be turned to stone.
- Muggle: Thus far, none except Donquixote Doflamingo have proven to be physically anything other than a normal human who cannot fight worth squat. Their only real weapons are their money, their affiliation with the World Government (which includes the Marines), and their ability to wield a gun.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The villagers who viciously attacked Child!Doflamingo's family thought they could do this to the World Nobles as a whole since the Donquixote family members are (ex)World Nobles who decided to relinquish their titles and live among commoners. They severely underestimated how bad Doffy wanted to live...
- Pet the Dog: Whether it's out of their own selfish motivation or whatever (since we never get to see what Queen Otohime said to convince them), them pledging their support for Fish-Man Island is this.
- Reality Ensues: A rare positive example. For all their claims of godhood and their dog-kicking antics, the World Nobles are ultimately people stuck in an extremely toxic environment, bred by an insanely corrupt system. They've only ever known lives where their every whim is catered to and have never had any reason to expect anything less, hence their Culture Blind nature. And since they are human, regardless of what they and others believe, they are capable of change. Some, like Homing, never ascribed to the idea of World Nobles being 'gods', while others, like Mjosgard, had their eyes opened thanks to the kindness shown to them by those who had every right to hate them.
- Royal Brat: Despite being descendants of the twenty kings who founded the world of One Piece and sitting at the very top of the legal food chain, all the World Nobles are basically bratty assholes who think they can get whatever they want, or cry/tattle to the Marines when they've been slighted in any way. Doflamingo, as a former World Noble, was raised as one, too.
- Sadist: Their idea of "entertainment" is twisted and horrific. It's common for them to brutally torture and kill their slaves just for a laugh. Anyone who manages to escape Mariejois are often maimed, traumatized, or even suicidal from their time there.
- Saint Charloss is an example that horrifies even them.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!:
- As they are descended from the twenty kings who created the World Government, they are not only above all law, they technically can make them.
- The practice of slavery was made illegal by the World Government 200 years before the story began. The World Nobles, however, proudly parade their thralls through the streets, openly visit slave auctions and even kidnap people off the street to become their property.
- The Sociopath: All of the World Nobles tick every box: No empathy towards others; a need for stimulation; no remorse for their depraved acts; lie, cheat, and manipulate anyone for their own benefit; and the belief that everyone else is far beneath them.
- Terrified of Germs: Assuming they truly believe what they claim. They wear breathing apparatuses that look like space suits, simply to protect themselves from the air civilians breathe, even though there's nothing wrong with it.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: One of the main individual enemies of the Celestial Dragons was Fisher Tiger, who freed many of their slaves in a one-man assault before escaping. It's played interestingly in that these people don't have the stereotypical traits of dragons, like wisdom or even physical power.
- Upper-Class Twit: To the point where they wear glass helmets in order to avoid breathing the same air as the citizens.
- Verbal Tic: Many of them end their sentences with "eh". Even Doflamingo, when he was a kid.
- Would Hurt a Child: They're so arrogant and depraved that not even kids are spared from their cruelty. Sabo was nearly blown up by one just for passing his ship (he claimed it was for raising a pirate flag, but was more miffed at the former reason). Hancock and her sisters were sold to them as slaves and forced to eat Devil Fruits for their sick entertainment, and Koala was so beaten down by them that she developed a defense mechanism of always smiling so that they would get bored and leave her alone. Even when she escaped, she couldn't turn it off quite yet. And in a childhood flashback where a violent mob attacked Doflamingo's biological family, one of the villagers recounted in anguish how his two young sons were shot sixteen times to death just for running in the path of an approaching World Noble.
Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (JP), John Tillman (EN)
Age: 53 (Pre-Timeskip), 55 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 497 (Manga), Episode 391 (Anime)
A noble who is the father of Charlos and Shalria.
- Beard of Evil: Has a large fluffy beard and is no less evil than the rest of his social class.
- Classy Cane: Carries a literal wooden cane to walk on.
- The Collector: Has thing for gathering up slaves that were once Pirate Captains, including Devil Dias and Jean Bart.
- Dastardly Whiplash: His black, curly mustache is reminiscent of one.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Has Usopp fall on his head.
- Pragmatic Evil: Disapproves of his son "wasting" half a billion Berries on Camie.
- Sinister Shades: Sports a pair of sunglasses and isn't exactly friendly to say the least.
Voiced by: Chafurin (JP), Jason Kane (EN)
Age: 22 (Pre-Timeskip), 24 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 499 (Manga), Episode 393 (Anime)
One of the nobles Zoro encountered in the Sabaody Archipelago arc, though Zoro didn't know who he was at the time and mistook him for a lost stranger looking for directions. He is Shalria's older brother and the son of Roswald, though far more spoiled and bratty than his sibling.
- Bullying a Dragon: Thrice.
- The first time, he attempted to shoot Zoro for offering him directions. Zoro would've given him an ass-whooping, but Jewelry Bonney stopped him by pretending Zoro was her "dead brother".
- The second time, he tried to buy Keimi at the slave auction and shot Hatchan for interfering, thinking he would get away with it since he was a World Noble. Luffy didn't care.
- The third time, he actually tried to openly enslave poor Shirahoshi, right in front of her family, all of whom are very powerful fishmen who love her very Much. He pissed off a literal Dragon though, getting clobbered by one.
- The Bus Came Back: After his helping of Laser-Guided Karma, he returns to the story in the Reverie Arc, where he sets his sights on Shirahoshi. For another well-deserved dose of Laser-Guided Karma.
- Butt-Monkey: He's turning into one among the World Nobles. Twice, he's been given a brutal, and well-deserved blow to the face that sent him flying across the room... both times, the perpetrator got away with it (Luffy escaped with help from Kuma, and the second was a fellow World Noble so they wouldn't suffer the same repercussions as other people).
- Disproportionate Retribution: Attempted to shoot Zoro simply for standing in his way and offering him directions (to be fair, Zoro genuinely didn't know who he was).
- Fat Bastard: Is quite chubby.
- Gonk: Has a large head with over-sized lips, and a nose constantly dripping snot.
- Hate Sink: Even by the standards of the World Nobles, this guy is loathsome, and more-or-less has zero purpose in the story beyond being an absolutely disgusting (both physically and in terms of personality) dick to everyone he encounters, so that more likable characters can beat the shit out of him.
- Kick the Dog:
- He literally rides one of slaves as a mount and frequently kicks him for being too slow, eventually pushing him to his limits until the slave collapsed. He then chooses to sell him off to ensure the slave's continuing suffering.
- After spotting doctors and a nurse carrying a badly wounded man he cruelly kicks the injured man to the ground, even saying that he will help him die. He then decides to take the nurse Marie as his thirteenth wife and forces her to come with him, when Marie's fiancé tries to save her he immediatly shoots him and takes her away.
- Upon seeing Keimi at the Auction House he immediatly buys her just to race her inside a piranha tank and to see how long she will last before being eaten by the piranhas. Shortly after he shoots Hacchan just because he's a fishman and expresses his intention of taking him as a slave. This action backfires hard on him.
- Despite her being a princess he tries to abdcuct Shirahoshi and to have her become his slave in front of her family and of all the kings, queens and princesses present at the Levely. He then orders Rob Lucci to kill Neptune when the king tries to save his daughter though thankfully Msogard struck him and ordered Shirahoshi to be freed.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Attempted to buy Keimi, fully intending to drop her in a piranha tank for his own amusement, and shot Hatchan for trying to stop him. Cue an enraged Luffy beating him up.
- Much later, he attempts the same thing with Shirahoshi. Not long after, Mjosgard bashes his brains in with a mace.
- Pay Evil unto Evil:
- Gets slammed by a berserk Luffy.
- Later in the story, he's whacked across the face with a metal mace by a reformed Mjosgard.
- Punched Across the Room:
- One of the most satisfying moments in the story. Luffy one-shots him across the slave auction room after attempting to buy Keimi and shooting Hatchan.
- Happens again when a changed and incensed Mjosgard, a fellow World Noble, bats him across the face with a metal mace for trying to enslave Shirahoshi.
- Sadist: One of the biggest examples. He wanted to buy Keimi just because he wanted to race her inside a piranha tank.
- Younger Than They Look: Hes 24 years old but looks twice his age.
Voiced by: Rumi Kasahara (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)
Age: 15 (Pre-Timeskip), 17 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 497 (Manga), Episode 391 (Anime)
A female noble, who appeared in the Sabaody Archipelago arc. She is the daughter of Roswald, and she shares her people's collective arrogance and depravity.
- Evil Brit: She has a British accent in the FUNimation dub.
- Kick the Dog: Tried to shoot Keimi just to take away the Straw Hats' prize.
- The Smurfette Principle: Is the only shown and named female World Noble so far.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's far prettier than her known relatives, Roswald and Charlos. This contrasts Mjosgard, whose father is even uglier but was born pretty ugly himself.
- Younger Than They Look: Who would've thought a girl with her figure would be the same age as Chopper?
Saint Donquixote Mjosgard
Voiced by: Tetsuo Goto (JP), Dallas Reid (EN)
Debut: Chapter 625 (Manga), Episode 545 (Anime)
A male World Noble. He visited Fish-Man Island eight years before the story started, in a failed attempt to retrieve his escaped Fishmen slaves.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a surprise return in the Reverie arc, where he proves his surprising HeelFace Turn by saving Shirahoshi from Charloss.
- Beauty = Goodness: When he makes his surprise heroic entrance in chapter 907, he reveals to the audience his brand new look. He's now actually kind of handsome, with a Lantern Jaw of Justice and serious, focused eyes. This signifies how he's truly ditched the World Noble lifestyle and become a good person, as Oda has stated that he purposely draws the World Nobles as Gonk as he can to signify their ugly personalities.
- Break the Haughty: Mjosgard's life experiences have disabused him of the World Noble god complex, as shown when he apologizes to the Fish-man royalty for Charloss's attempted kidnapping and tells them Otohime got him to reconsider the way he treats people.
- Fat Bastard: Is rather hefty. His father is even worse. Though it's subverted by the time of his return, where he's no longer fat and has pulled a HeelFace Turn.
- Gonk: Has a rather oddly shaped head, and like Charlos, he has a snot-dripping nose. His father even more so, with an enormous mouth surrounded by neck fat but the top of his head is tiny is comparison. Later becomes subverted when he returns, signifying his changed outlook on life.
- HeelFace Turn: Otohime managed to change his worldview, which shows when he saves her daughter from Charloss enslaving her.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Almost killed by his former slaves on Fish-Man Island.
- Later on, he's on the giving end of this trope to Charloss, who abused his power to kidnap a standing princess for his own petty amusement, and as a fellow World Noble, can get absolutely scot-free.
- The Reveal: Mjosgard's clan is revealed to be Donquixote.
- Sole Survivor: While traveling to Fish-Man Island to collect his escaped slaves, the ship he was on was attacked by Sea Kings. By some sad twist of fate, he was the only one left alive when the wreckage reached the seafloor.
- Token Good Teammate: After making a HeelFace Turn. Fitting, seeing as how he's relative of the Donquixote Family, a family who — save from Doflamingo — has the nicest World Nobles. Roswald even wonders how even this family is not like the rest of their selfish kind.
- Too Dumb to Live: Thought of going to Fish-Man Island alone and recover all his escaped Fishmen slaves. They didn't want to go back.
- Took a Level in Badass/Took a Level in Kindness: After returning in chapter 907, not only has he slimmed down quite a bit, but he skillfully swung a large metal club about the same size as him against Carlos in order to save Shirahosi from becoming a slave. He then vows to use his influence to keep the Fish-man royalty safe during their visit and the other World Nobles complain that he's the only one of them to not own any slaves.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Otohime took a literal bullet to save him from a furious crowd and he tried to kill her. Later, when he was healed and dismissed, he kept insulting them and swore revenge. Chapter 907 reveals that he apparently had a change of heart and felt gratitude towards Otohime, which is why he rescues Shirahoshi from Charlos (even bashing him with a mace in the process) and claims he wants to help the Fishmen.
- Walking Spoiler: His HeelFace Turn, signifying a freaking World Noble becoming more kinder and helpful, makes him this.
- White Sheep: Post HeelFace Turn, such as he is willing to use his influence to protect King Neptune and his family during the Levely arc.
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (JP), Brian Hathaway (EN)
Debut: Chapter 588 (Manga), Episode 502 (Anime)
A noble that visited Goa Kingdom ten years before the start of the series, and was the one responsible for sinking Sabo's ship.
- BFG: Uses a large bazooka to sink Sabo's ship.
- Hero Killer: He shot a bazooka to Sabo's ship and sank it. Fortunately, Dragon saved Sabo from drowning.
- Karma Houdini: Gets away with blasting a pirate ship with Sabo inside of it because his ship crossed his path, but he claims it's because Sabo raised a pirate flag.
- Knight Templar: Saint Jalmack who shot Sabo mainly because he had risen a Pirate flag, though he was more angry at Sabo's boat crossing his path.
Voiced by: Manabu Muraji
Debut: Chapter 760 (Manga), Episode 699 (Anime)
A World Noble who treated commoners much better than the rest of the nobles. He and his family stepped down from their positions before the series began.
- Beauty = Goodness: Not exactly physical beauty, but he and his wife have rather gentle countenances in contrast to the Celestial Dragon's default smug expression. They're also the nicest Celestial Dragons depicted so far, with Homing even proclaiming that he is a mere human and giving up his status to live a humble life. Unfortunately, his humility was marred with naivete and ignorance on how much the common people despise the Celestial Dragons. His wife was poised enough to apologize to her children for not being in good health, despite the horrible conditions they were forced into.
- Decapitation Presentation: Doflamingo shot him the the back of the skull and took what remained of his head to Marijoa in a futile attempt to regain his status among the World Nobles.
- Token Good Teammate: He and his wife believe they are equal as commoners. Their belief bit them in the ass, sadly, when people still target them for the things their peers did.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Although his renouncement from the seat of the World Nobles was meant as atonement for his and his family's former attitudes towards common folk, he Didn't Think This Through. Once they are found out, as they were on a non World Government allied nation, the civilians hunted his family down and burnt their houses, leading to his wife dying in a shabby area to a preventable disease, he and his sons were tortured brutally, leading to his eldest son Doflamingo snapping to madness and declaring vengeance, which soon leads to his death by his eldest son, and Doflamingo's further corruption at the hands of Trebol and the future Enforcers of the Donquixote Pirates. Doflamingo will later murder his other son Rocinante, and then goes on to destroy Dressrosa and the Royal Family, which he turns into his den for the illegal operations for Kaido and rest of the Underworld. Suffice to say, if Homing thought twice about his decision, a lot of tragedy would have been avoided.
- White Sheep: Is the nicest Celestial Dragon depicted so far, even going so far as declaring himself as human and forgoing his status as a World Noble to live the life of a simple commoner with his family. How the hell he spawned Donquixote Doflamingo is beyond comprehension. Even Doflamingo's own brother can't believe that their kind parents spawned someone like him, as Doflamingo is downright despicable, even by World Noble standards.
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), Jim Foronda (EN)
Debut: Chapter 0 (Manga), Episode 0 (Anime)
Twenty years ago, at the dawn of the Golden Age of Piracy, Kong was the Fleet Admiral. He's since been promoted. Now one of the most powerful people in the World Government, Kong's authority extends to not just the Marines but the Warlords, espionage agents, Cipher Pols, and Impel Down and Enies Lobby staff as well.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: While technically speaking we have yet to see him do anything besides sit behind a desk, fans near-unanimously believe he will turn out to be this, based on the fact that he used to be Fleet Admiral, presumably going through Vice Admiral and full Admiral to get there, both of which have asskicking as a job requirement.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First seen in silhouette in "Chapter 0," and his existence was hinted at as early as the "Yellow" databook.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Apparently not exactly a "bad" guy, but whenever the Straw Hats face a member of the Government's military, their orders come from him.
- Heroic Build: One of the bulkier characters seen so far.
- Improbable Hairstyle: A large spike-shaped hairstyle, with a lizard-like spiked beard to go along with it.
- Maniac Monkeys: Well, he's at least named for the most famous ape in all fiction, and it's a popular wild mass guess that his powerset will have something to do with primates.
- Minor Major Character: So far.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seems like a nice enough guy, accepting the wishes of Garp and Sengoku when they resign with only a small amount of protest.
- An Axe to Grind: Kashi wields a gigantic axe the size of a giant.
- Be the Ball: Captain Berry Good, who splits into dozens of rapidly-bouncing balls when struck using his Berry-Berry Fruit.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Watchdog unit members.
- Carry a Big Stick: Oimo. When he's not throwing himself on his opponents to crush them.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Let's just say that anyone above the mook level is nuts. Baskerville, expecially his middle head, takes the cake.
- Cool Mask: The Jurymen all wear unique masks.
- Deal with the Devil: Oimo and Kashi were members of Dorry and Broggy's original crew who where captured by the government. Believing that their captains were imprisoned, they were tricked into working as guardians for 100 years in Enies Lobby.
- The Dragon: Baskerville is apparently Spandam's "public" Dragon, since Lucci doesn't officially exist. He's not nearly as strong but he'll do in a pinch.
- Elite Mooks: The Watchdog unit, but most notably the Eleven Just Jurymen, who take some time to defeat.
- Captains Berry Good, Sharingle, and especially Shu qualify, too, managing to inconvenience the exhausted Straw Hats for a while with their Devil Fruit powers despite being much weaker.
- Epic Flail: The Eleven Jurymen's weapon.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Captain Sharingle ate the Wheel-Wheel Fruit, enabling him to turn various parts of his body into rapidly-spinning wheels for an exceedingly painful-looking attack (unless you happen to be a cyborg, of course).
- Giant Mook: Oimo and Kashi curb-stomp the Franky Family's low members with ease, but as soon as the stronger members and Galley-La appear they're defeated.
- Hanging Judge: Baskerville, mainly his left (who wants the verdict to be punished with an incredible torture) and central head (who always gives death penalty).
- HeelFace Turn: Oimo and Kashi when Usopp tells them about their captain's whereabouts.
- Horse of a Different Color: The Watchdog Unit members rides, well, dogs.
- Kangaroo Court: The jurymen are all condemned criminals sentenced to death, so their only desire is to bring as much people as possible with them in hell.
- Knight of Cerebus: The Eleven Just Jurymen are this when they start to show up. Not to the main characters, of course.
- Knight Templar: The Eleven Just Jurymen and Baskerville are members of the judicial system and they're all vehement on bringing criminals to justice.
- Mooks: The army of 10,000 marines.
- Multiple Head Case: Baskerville, the judge with three heads. Subverted, as they're actually three people sharing one shirt. Why? Cause they're friends!
- Unstoppable Rage: Oimo and Kashi combines this with Foe-Tossing Charge when they find out that they were tricked by the government.
- Verbal Tic: As to highlight their craziness, the Jurymen likes saying "Guilty!" a lot.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know what happened to Baskerville when he's (or they're) trampled by the Sea Train.
The great prison of the World Government, where the worst criminals are imprisoned.
To see Impel Down's staff and its prisoners, look here.