All spoilers regarding the Super Rookies era are unmarked. New World spoilers are unmarked in character descriptions, and examples relating to the New World era can be spoiler-tagged if deemed necessary. Spoilers in Imu's entry are completely unmarked.
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 it is they want to hide so badly is one of the series' 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.
- Child Soldier: As revealed in the backstory for the Cipher Pol 9, the World Government is not above taking or bartering children for service in the Marines or to be trained as assassins in the Cipher Pol organizations. They are also not above bartering with child traffickers for exotic children such as those of Giants and Fishmen to bolster their ranks.
- Cool Chair: The Empty Throne, which sits at the center of the World Government. It is surrounded by the weapons of the twenty kings who founded it, and no one is ever allowed to sit within it, for the world has no one ruler. Except there is a singular ruler, Imu, and when no one but the Five Elders is present, Imu sits in the Empty Throne.
- Create Your Own Hero: In a major case of Irony, they are directly responsible for galvanizing the Revolutionary Army into action and into becoming their biggest problem and threat. Dragon found what they did to Ohara utterly repugnant and unforgivable and that was what drove him to create The Revolutionary Army in the first place, making it clear that said action was the last straw.
- 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 stands for, are nothing more than murderously-enforced lies. If this were to ever get out, societal collapse goes from being a genuine possibility to a Foregone Conclusion.
- There's 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. This is a total lie.
- 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. Of course, the World Government is by no means above subjugating independent countries. As of Chapter 1028, the World Government is preparing to annex Wano in the event its current overlord, Kaido, is defeated.
- 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 the 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.
- Hypocrite: One of the many ways in which the World Government exemplifies the motto "the fish stinks from the head" is that rank hypocrisy is baked into it from the start. They are known for commiting several atrocities that surpass even pirates. Two of the more prominent examples are:
- Slavery is officially illegal throughout the One Piece world, and the Marines are supposed to stamp out any who attempt to practice it. In reality, the World Nobles live in a city surrounded by slaves, and in fact largely keep the practice of slavery alive all by themselves because of how much abuse they foist onto their slaves, resulting in a massive turnover rate.
- Many of the World Government's technological achievements were Tested on Humans, with the WG setting up facilities such as those in Punk Hazard to hold kidnapped prisoners and even children who were brought to the island to be used as guinea pigs by various dangerous Mad Scientist types the WG previously arrested.
- The "Tenant of the Empty Throne" is a central idea in the World Government — that all the kings and queens of the world who partake form a council of equals, with the Five Elder Stars largely being glorified administrators. Except there is a person who commands the Five Elder Stars, and through them the entire World Government, making them the defacto king of the One Piece world: Imu.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: Present themselves as a benevolent alliance between nations, when in fact they are a corrupt oligarchy controlled by a handful of people who also answer to a single individual and brutally suppress any dissent against them.
- 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. 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 present during their introduction is 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 that casts a most foreboding appearance.
- 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 Imu.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The Five Elders are shown bowing to them and asking for whose "light" will be extinguished from history.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The true ruler of the world and capable of obliterating an entire island in one attack.
- 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 is a large seat surrounded by swords that symbolizes supremacy over the world that no king can ever sit on. In truth, Imu sits on the throne and is the actual ruler of the world.
- Cool Crown: While mostly in shadow, their silhouette shows they wear a large crown, which serves to confirm the part about "no kings" being a complete lie.
- Dark Secret: Imu is the biggest secret of the World Government: their mere existence threatens the very foundation upon which the World Government was founded on, and if they were to ever be revealed to the public, risks societal collapse. Imu will go so far as to annihilate an entire kingdom, if needed, to maintain their secrecy.
- Dartboard of Hate: Out of the four photos they have during their second appearance, Luffy's and Blackbeard's are sliced to pieces, and Shirahoshi's is shown pinned to the ground by a dagger. Only Vivi's is intact.
- God-Emperor: As the one who stands above the World Nobles who regard themselves as gods, Imu is treated by them with the same reverence of a deity. Even an assassination order is rephrased as some kind of holy judgement.
- Greater-Scope Villain: As the shadow ruler of the World Government, Imu is the wirepuller behind everything they do and quite possibly the most influential figure in the setting 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".
- Orcus on His Throne: Imu is content to let the Five Elders rule in their stead and never acts directly. Justified in that they can't do much else without risking to blow a civilization-shattering secret wide open. Although their power to obliterate islands makes it so they don't need to leave...
- Person of Mass Destruction: They briefly appear in the Egghead arc and, from their garden in Marijoa, completely annihilate the island Sabo was hiding on.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Im is the name of a jotunn in Norse mythology. While little is known about him specifically, one thing that sticks out is Im's father, Vafthrudnir, a jotunn famed for his wisdom. Certainly makes the katakana spelling Buddha more meaningful.
- Sent Into Hiding: Imu's existence is kept secret to maintain the lie that there is no singular ruler of the world.
- Shadow Dictator: Imu is the true ruler of the world, above the Five Elders themselves, 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: His name can be spelled as "Im" or "Imu". The official English translation of the manga uses Imu.
- Walking Spoiler: Their reveal comes in the middle of the Reverie Arc, which already is filled with big reveleations for the entire story. The very existence of a higher power than the Five Elders is a spoiler in itself.
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.
- 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 Imu.
- 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 receiving 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. They themselves 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.
- 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.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: They order the bowler hat CP-0 member to kill Luffy during his fight with Kaido before he can awaken his devil fruit, even if it means he dies, and they anger Kaido. This act not only pisses Kaido off, but it actually helps Luffy awaken his devil fruit in the process, meaning he not only became stronger than ever, but they just lost one of their best agents for nothing.
- 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".
- Non Action Big Bads: They so far haven't seen much combat in the main story itself, willing to let the Marines do the heavy lifting when dealing with the Straw Hats and other pirates.
- 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, Kong and the Marines 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 resigns because of this.
- 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.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Zigzagged. On the one hand, the Five Elders do try and preemptively eliminate Luffy before he unlocks the Fruit's true powers, even sacrificing one of their CP0 agents, only for Luffy to survive and awaken the fruit anyway. However, despite knowing the danger of it, they apparently make no overt moves to eliminate Luffy when he shows up as the newest wielder of the power, and repeatedly challenges the authority of the World Government.
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.
- 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: Most of them 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.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The World Nobles in general are massive hate sinks, and have an equally repugnant appearance to reflect that.
- 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 generally 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. 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. 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 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: Oda 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 the high amounts of cash demanded of them.
- For the Evulz: They commit heinous crimes day after day solely because they know they will suffer no legal consequences for 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 Beauty Is Bad. 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. Charloss also calls Hatchan "it" and sees him as a caught animal and trophy.
- 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 is 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. Perhaps the most common and casually performed instance of this trope is that they ride on their slaves, and complain about how slowly they go.
- Light Is Not Good: They're mostly dressed in white, believe themselves to be gods, and are quite possibly the biggest monsters in the whole series.
- Loophole Abuse: Anyone who attacks the Celestial Dragons gets Admirals sicced on to them, due to the Dragons being above the law. If a Celestial Dragon is the one doing the attacking, he/she faces no repercussions due to the above point.
- 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.
- Not Always Evil: When the World Nobles first appeared in the Sabaody Archipelago arc, they were shown to be hatable, sociopathic, jackasses who kicked and raped puppies as much as they breath For the Evulz. However, later on we're shown that some of them that some of them are not pure evil, particularly the Donquixote family, barring Doflamingo.
- Saint Mjosgard was shown the error of his ways and reformed thanks to Queen Otohime rescusing him ten years ago, helping her with her petition for equality between fishmen and humans.
- Doflamingo's father, Homing, wanted to renounce their family's title as nobles to live with the commoners, because they see themselves the same as them. Unfortunately, the people below them believe they were all the same regardless, and went to have them tortured and murdered for merely existing.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The villagers who viciously attacked 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.
- 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.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: An extreme example. Due to their extremely spoiled lifestyle and being raised believing that they are gods, totally unaware that the reason why others don't attack them and bow to them due to the protection of the Admirals rather than out of respect and reverence for them, World Nobles are completely clueless about possible threats and out of their depth when they are in situations where their status doesn't matter or when an Admiral won't come to protect or avenge them. When they are faced by real danger or someone brave enough to attack them despite the admirals' protection or who can do it without fearing retaliation for it, such as when Mjosgard found himself alone against his revengeful former slaves in Fishman Island, they'll continue to act like they are gods and order others to obey their whims, only realizing that they are in danger and panicking after being attacked or when being told that it's only because of the admirals that people bow to them.
- The Sociopath: Most 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.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: 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.
- 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. 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.
- Everyone Has Standards: It is telling that even as a world Noble, someone with essentially infinite money and a well-earned reputation for doing terrible things for amusement, that he thinks his son buying a mermaid for half a billion Berries only to feed her to piranhas immediately is a waste of money.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Has Usopp fall on his head.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Disapproves of his son "wasting" half a billion Berries on Camie if he's just going to feed her to piranhas- not because he's morally opposed to such cruelty, but because it's a waste of money.
- 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: At Sabaody, he shoots Zoro for offering him directions. The latter tries to attack him, but Bonney stops him just in time to prevent the calling of an Admiral.
- 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).
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In One Piece Film: Red, he is outright incapable of understanding why Uta wants to transform the world into one where everybody is truly equal. It actually makes him outright angry to consider such a thing.
- Fat Bastard: Is quite chubby and is the poster child of the cruelty of the World Nobles.
- 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.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksman Ship Academy: He fires two shots at Luffy at point-blank range, and still misses somehow.note
- Kick the Dog:
- In his introduction, Charlos is riding a slave as a mount and frequently kicks him for being too slow until he pushes the slave to his limits and he collaps. 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(while casually saying that he's gotten bored of a few of his wives and plans on divorcing them) and forces her to come with him, when Marie's fiancé tries to save her he immediately shoots him and takes her away.
- 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. He gets a mace to the kisser from Mjosgard for his trouble.
- Pay Evil unto Evil:
- After shooting Hacchan, Luffy punches him so hard to throw him to the other side of the auction room.
- Later in the story, he's whacked across the face with a metal mace by a reformed Mjosgard.
- Psychopathic Manchild: When he shoots Hachi, he happily dances on the stairs singing how he caught an octopus slave for free. Earlier, he bought a mermaid for half a billion bellis just so he could watch her try to outrun pirahna. Even his own father thought this was a waste of money.
- 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?
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 Equals 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' attempted kidnapping and tells them Otohime got him to reconsider the way he treats people.
- Combat Pragmatist: When he intercedes and attacks Charloss for trying to kidnap Shirahoshi, he just hits the unsuspecting Noble without any warning.
- 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: After his near death experience at the hands of the citizens of Fish-Man Island. Having learned both what the average person actually thinks of the World Nobles rather than what he was told people thought of them and also learned what mercy was when Queen Otohime put herself in harm's way to protect him he now feels compassion for commoners, refuses to own slaves and refers to himself as a human rather than a God. The other World Nobles view him negatively because of this but haven't stripped him of his power or position in society.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While he is introduced as an unrepentant bastard of a human with the typical Celestial Dragon complex, he receives unconditional kindness and protection from Queen Otohime against the Fish-men who would kill him. He then pays it back many years later when he protects Otohime's daughter from harm by other Celestial Dragons.
- Loophole Abuse: Usually, no one dares to assault a World Noble because an Admiral will be sent to deal with the assailant. However, since Mjosgard is a World Noble himself and thus considered above the law, he can assault other World Nobles with impunity.
- Pay Evil unto Evil:
- He was nearly on the receiving end of this when he was 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 away 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.
- Sukhomlinov Effect: It's probably not a coincidence that when he makes a surprise HeelFace Turn, his outfit has been drastically simplified and made less gaudy-looking. He's lost the elaborate High Collar of Doom and all of the...thingamajigs on the front of his suit, he wears a normal light purple dress suit underneath, and most crucially, he's abandoned the bubble helmet because he no longer sees himself as different from the commoners.
- Token Good Teammate: After making a HeelFace Turn. Fitting, seeing as how he's a relative of the Donquixote Family, a family which — save from Doflamingo — has the nicest World Nobles. Roswald even wonders how even this family is not like the rest of their selfish kind. This is even reflected in his change in design, with the removal of his helmet and much less extravagant, more humble clothing, along with a more serious, focused, and approachable face
- Too Dumb to Live: Thought of going to Fish-Man Island alone and recovering all his escaped Fishmen slaves. They didn't want to go back.
- Took a Level in Badass: After returning during the Reverie, 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 Shirahoshi from becoming a slave.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After returning in the Reverie Arc, he 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, showing that Otohime's kindness indeed affected him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Otohime takes a literal bullet to save him from a furious crowd and he tries to kill her. Later, when he's healed and dismissed, he keeps insulting them and swears revenge. The events of the Reverie reveals that he later had a change of heart and feels 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 kinder and more 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 Reverie 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 (JP) Mike Pollock (EN)
Debut: Chapter 760 (Manga), Episode 699 (Anime)
- "But we [World Nobles] are humans. We always have been."— Chapter 673
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, inadvertently leading to Doflamingo's Start of Darkness.
- Beauty Equals 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 (much like every other Celestial Dragon) 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.
- Boom, Headshot!: Dies when his son Doflamingo shoots him in the head.
- Contempt Crossfire: After he renounces his nobility, his fellow World Nobles turn their backs on him, while the common folk take out their anger on him and his family in revenge for the World Nobles' atrocities.
- 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.
- Face Death with Dignity: He calmly accepts his end when Doflamingo comes to kill him, comforting Rocinante and apologizing to his sons.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: His decision to give up his and his family's nobility in a nutshell. While in theory, refusing to be associated with his fellow nobles was a good thing; in practice, it resulted in his family being targeted by their enemies, his wife dying of a disease and his son shooting him in the head in a futile attempt at regaining his nobility.
- 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, it ended up causing his son Doflamingo to grow into the villain he is. 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 led 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 would later murder his other son Rosinante, and then go on to destroy Dressrosa and the Royal Family, which he turned into his den for the illegal operations for Kaido and rest of the Underworld.
- White Sheep: He, alongside his wife and Doflamingo's younger brother Rosinante are the nicest Celestial Dragons 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.
Also known as the "Underwater Prison" or the "Great Prison", Impel Down is the World Government's prison for all kinds of criminals and pirates. Imagine a fusion between Alcatraz and the "Inferno" of The Divine Comedy and you get the idea.
The prison is divided into six levels, each signified by a number. The higher the number, the deeper the level extends underwater. The bounties of the prisoners scale linearly with the prison level. Each level has its own methods of torture:
- Level 1: Crimson Hell: The prisoners are forced to run from the guards and the blue gorillas through a forest made of trees with leaves as sharp as razors. For this reason, the leaves, stained by the prisoners' blood, appear red. If one wants to avoid the torture, there's a giant hole that leads to Level 2. Buggy used to be in this level, and avoided torture thanks to his Devil Fruit ability.
- Level 2: Beast Hell: The halls are inhabited by dangerous beasts like manticores, giant scorpions, and a basilisk who chase and devour any prisoner they encounter, all while a large sphinx guards the exit. For this reason, the prisoners prefer to stay in the jail cells. Buggy says that all the prisoners on this level have a bounty higher than his (15 million berries). Galdino used to be kept on this level.
- Level 3: Starvation Hell: This level is hot and has a desert-like terrain. The prisoners are kept in a near death state, fed just enough water and food to keep them from starving. All the criminals with a bounty higher than 50 million berries are kept here. Bentham also used to be here, despite having a bounty of 32 million.
- Level 4: Inferno Hell: This level is even hotter than Level 3 (whose heat in fact comes from the level below) due to the presence of a large pool with boiling blood. Here, the prisoners are constantly working supplying wood logs in the pool or under torture. Daz Bones used to be kept in this level.
- Level 5: Frozen Hell: In contrast to the level above, this one is a desolate tundra where prisoners either die because of the freezing cold (which is so intense the prisoners lose pieces of their bodies due to frostbite) or starvation (due to the food becoming frozen and inedible). In this level there is also the wolf unit that hunts down the prisoners. The wolves used to be kept on Level 2 with the other beasts, but they were transferred to Level 5 because the wolves used to hunt down and eat the other beasts! Criminals with a bounty higher than 100 million are kept here, and Magellan sends Luffy here after having captured him.
- Level 5.5: New Kama Land: Not an actual level, but a hidden and secret sublevel carved long ago. It's inhabited by the okamas and ruled by "Queen" Ivankov. After the latter escapes with Luffy, Bentham becomes the new "Queen".
- Level 6: Infinite Hell: The lowest level, reserved exclusively for criminals so strong and/or dangerous that they are basically "erased" from history, to the point that even this level's existence is considered a legend. The prisoners are fed and left alone, letting them die out of boredom, such as Shiki who, after a while, was almost Driven to Suicide. Ace used to be here before being moved for his execution. Jimbei, Crocodile, and some of the new Blackbeard Pirates used to be here too. After his defeat and capture, Doflamingo is being kept here.
- The Alcatraz: It's the One Piece world's best prison. The only ones able to escape are Shiki, who had to sacrifice his own legs, and Luffy, with the help of many strong allies and lots of luck.
- Boring, but Practical: A literal example in Level 6. The prisoners there are so tough that every torture method available is ineffective on them. So how does one punish someone that strong? The answer is: you don't. You just feed them and leave them alone until they want to die out of sheer boredom.
- Circles of Hell: While Impel Down is not exactly hell, it's based off the Inferno from The Divine Comedy, which codifies this trope, and every level has a different torture.
- Hellhole Prison: This prison is one of the worst portrayed in fiction, with only the toughest prisoners able to endure the terrifying tortures without going crazy or wishing to die. Considering how some of the staff members are dressed like devils and the levels are like Circles of Hell, it's the closest it can get to a literal example of the trope.
- Homage: The prison is built like Hell in The Divine Comedy.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: When Impel Down is first introduced to the audience, it's established as an intimidating and impenetrable prison that most characters would be foolish to try and infiltrate. However, this setting is still in the first half of the Grand Line. As such, many of the threats of the New World are so intimidating that they would likely merit an instant placement in Level 5 or higher. Notably, once Blackbeard and his crewmates recover with newer and more powerful crewmates, they easily deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Magellan.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As with every organization in One Piece, the higher the rank of a guard, the stronger they are. The nameless mooks are all beaten easily by Luffy, while the warden, Magellan, proves too strong for Luffy to handle, even with the combined effort with other prisoners. The under-warden, Hannyabal, is also a very competent fighter, despite lacking any Devil Fruit ability. This gets subverted after Magellan gets demoted while Hannyabal becomes the new warden.
- Devil's Pitchfork: The weapon of Impel Down's mooks is a trident, to reflect its Dante's inferno-esque inspiration.
- Gender Bender: One of the staff is a recipient of Ivankov's ability. Surprisingly, they react well to their "true form" and help Ivankov as a result.
- Good Is Not Nice: Despite their affiliation with the World Government, most of the wardens are actually good people who want to protect the citizens from the criminals they imprison. However, they have no qualms with inflicting inhuman and cruel tortures on the prisoners.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: While the torture they inflict on the prisoners is horrifying, said prisoners are all wanted criminals who have probably committed heinous crimes.
- Putting on the Reich: The commanding guards and wardens are typically dressed in this fashion (except for Hannyabal), especially Magellan, right down to the arm band. Despite this, they're, for the most part, good guys and have good intentions.
High Ranking Staff Officers
(Former) Chief Warden / Under Warden Magellan
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Hoshino (JP), Jeremy Inman (EN)
Age: 45 (Pre-Timeskip), 47 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 528 (Manga), Episode 425 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Venom-Venom Fruit
Magellan is the chief warden of Impel Down, the most feared and impenetrable prison/dungeon in the One Piece world. As such, he is a very imposing man with a very stern, business-like manner. Even when things get out of hand, he keeps up his professional manner, inspiring hope and admiration in much of the prison staff. Forms a bit of an Odd Couple with Under-Warden Hannyabal, a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Starscream, who, despite his eccentricities, Magellan endorses as his successor.
Magellan has the power of poison, granted by the Venom-Venom Fruit (Doku Doku no Mi), and is consequently one of the most dangerous fighters in the story. He can cover himself and others with poisonous corrosive slime, and emit poison gas (which he's able to breathe without issue). The effects of his poison can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from blinding tear gas to paralyzing neurotoxins. As a side effect, Magellan has taken a liking to actually ingesting poison, and while it can't kill him, it gives him severe bowel troubles, forcing him to spend much of his time relieving himself. After the Impel Down arc, he gets beaten to an inch of his life and has to be hospitalized and sedated to prevent him from killing himself. He eventually gets over it, but is still demoted to Under Warden during the Time Skip, much to his dismay.
- Acid Attack: His Devil Fruit grants him power over multiple kinds of poison, including a corrosive one, which Magellan drips from his horns to fight.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Parodied. Thanks to his Devil Fruit, he can eat poisonous food. However, they give him diarrhea, so he's busy on the toilet most of the time.
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Once Magellan gets involved, most of the focus is on staying ahead of him because very few people in Impel Down can seriously challenge him. Once he enters his Venom Demon form, though, he becomes this in truth: a rapidly-advancing wall of red sludge so toxic it can even infect stone, much less any hapless prisoner who failed to outrun it.
- Arc Villain: He's the primary antagonist of the Impel Down arc, and never appears following that arc, but he's by no means an actual villain.
- Bad Boss: Subverted with Hannyabal. Despite their bickering, they get along occasionally. Played straight with other subordinates as he usually breathes poison gas on them to keep them in line. Also, he doesn't show any hesitation of using his poison attacks while they are in the vicinity.
- Bad Powers, Good People: You'd think there wouldn't be much "good" to do with a power that revolves entirely around fatally poisoning mass amounts of people. But Magellan put it to good use by becoming the warden of world's toughest prison, where most of the inmates certainly deserve a good poison bath.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His horns are detachable and can be worn on his hands to function as this. He can also infuse them with his poison to make them more lethal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Spends very little time actually doing his job on account of being occupied in the bathroom suffering intense bouts of diarrhea for several hours a day, but God help you if you have to actually face him. A slight subversion in his case though, as when Shiryu was still Head Jailer (replaced by Sadi Chan), Shiryu was actually considered more dangerous because he was actually around more often, and likely too competent for his job for his own good.
- Combat Pragmatist: He has his silly moments, but during fights, he does not screw around. When he runs across Blackbeard's crew, he doesn't even bother asking why they're there without official permission; he just one-shots them all on sight.
- Claustrophobia: Inverted. It was hinted he had the opposite problem agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces making him well-suited to his job as warden of the facility.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Magellan is one of the strongest fighters of the One Piece world and prefers doing a quick job rather than playing with his foes, therefore he tends to use the Doku-Doku fruit powers to immediately poison his enemies and making them unable to fight back. His fight with Luffy doesn't last long and the latter only manages to hit Magellan once before succumbing to the poison and later, during the riot at Impel Down,the Blackbeard Pirates invade the prison and Magellan just bathes the whole crew in poison and leaves them writhing in pain while he continues to pursue the jailbreakers. The second time around, though, he's not so lucky as Blackbeard has gathered stronger allies from the Level 6.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique/Poison Is Corrosive: His ultimate poison Kinjite (literally "Foul Hand"), which he uses in Hell's Judgement technique, which he's forbidden from using because it can potentially melt all of Impel Down.
- Deadly Gas: He can make not only liquid poison, which is his most used type, but also poisonous gas.
- Demoted to Dragon: Almost literally. After failing to prevent the escape of many prisoners, led by Luffy, he gets demoted to Under Warden during the timeskip.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Dresses like an SS officer and uses poison gas, yet, he's an heroic character.
- The Dreaded: Most characters react to the idea of Magellan appearing the same way — with an Oh, Crap!. The only people that ever try to pick a fight with him are usually over confident, unaware of his strength, or Too Dumb to Live.
- Driven to Suicide: He's so distraught about allowing so many prisoners to escape Impel Down that he has to be sedated to keep him from killing himself in shame.
- Everyone Has Standards: Although Magellan is very cruel towards the prisoners, former Chief Jailer Shiryu's rampages across Impel Down killing off prisoners had made Magellan less than pleased, particularly as he had no damn reason for doing so, and Magellan was forced to imprison Shiryu in Level 6 as he was far too dangerous to be ignored.
- Godzilla Threshold: Faced with a prison riot, an escape attempt involving countless Level 6 prisoners, and the sudden appearance of Blackbeard, he authorizes Shiryu's temporary release to deal with the latter. He really, really doesn't want to resort to that, but considering Impel Down is being attacked by no less than three separate groups at once (two of which containing some serious heavy hitters), he's kind of out of options. Too bad for him, Shiryu ends up betraying him to join the Blackbeard Pirates.
- Good Is Not Nice: His methods are rather brutal and can hurt his own subordinates, but his main goal is to keep those dangerous criminals locked up so they don't harm innocent civilians.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: After getting in another fight with the Blackbeard Pirates and their newly acquired members, he gets beaten badly and is left with some scars on his face, which are still present after two years.
- Hero Antagonist: He's brutal, but still fair and reasonable; the only reason that he's even coming into conflict with Luffy is because Luffy's goals (freeing Ace) just so happens to conflict with his own (keeping order and making sure that a bunch of incredibly powerful and dangerous criminals stay locked up). If it wasn't for the conflict of interest, he'd be more than happy to live and let live.
- Horn Attack: Played With. His "horns" are fake and he can detach them to wear them on his hands as weapons.
- Horned Humanoid: Subverted. He has a pair of long horns that help give him a demonic appearance, but they're actually fake.
- Implacable Man: In the second half of the Impel Down arc, he pursues Luffy and the escaped prisoners without leaving them any time to breathe, and becomes an almost-literal Advancing Wall of Doom after activating his deadliest poison. No one wants to fight him, anyone who gets caught in his poison is left for dead so more people don't die, and by the last chapter of the arc, only a very small percentage of the original escapees manage to get out alive. However, later subverted off-screen. Turns out he gets beaten to within an inch of his life after Luffy has left, by the Blackbeard Pirates and their new recruits.
- It's Personal: At first he only tries to stop Luffy from escaping because it's his job. But when he finds Hannyabal beaten badly from his fight with Luffy, that gives him more motivation to stop Luffy.
- The Juggernaut: Let's be clear about something. The entire second half of the Impel Down Arc basically amounts to Luffy and the gang running away from this guy. And that's not even going into when he uses Venom Demon: after that, Mr. 3's wax (Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors which is immune to his normal poison) can barely slow him down for a few moments.
- Large and in Charge: He's both tall and really broad and is the chief warden of the prison. After the time-skip, he's the under warden.
- Made of Iron: And how! Even by the standards of this show, Magellan is ridiculously durable. The man's tanked everything from bullets to cannon fire and it doesn't seem to even faze him. Even Luffy's Gear Second attacks, which could seriously injure a normal opponent and send them flying through a room, can at the most bring him to his knees. The only real wound he suffers is a blow to the forehead from his fight with Ivankov, not that it did much. This record gets broken when he is beaten by the Blackbeard Pirates, who give him some scars on his face.
- Make an Example of Them: If you anger him in front of other prisoners, he will reduce you to sludge on the spot to show them what happens when you piss him off. It's quite good at helping him maintain order because no one wants to be the next "example".
- Mighty Glacier: Never moves at a pace faster than a brisk walk. He moves faster using Venom Road, but he only does so to reach places he can't get to via walking. Still, he's hard to take down and it's better avoid his attacks at all costs.
- My Greatest Failure: He's so broken after having failed to prevent the escape that he has to be sedated to prevent him from committing suicide, and doesn't protest when he's demoted from chief warden.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His fight with Luffy where he nearly killed him resulted in Luffy gaining poison resistance so high he is practically immune to it, allowing him to fight later enemies that also use poisons, like Caeser.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Luffy tried to do what had always worked until then and thought being The Determinator would let him blow right past Magellan. It didn't end well for him.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He does not mess around. If he thinks you're a threat, he doesn't even bother asking any questions and just goes straight for the kill.
- Obviously Evil: Subverted; despite his appearance resembling a demon and having the ability to control poison, a typically villainous power, his goals and motives are only technically evil in the sense that they conflict with Luffy's. If anything, he's more of a Knight Templar, in that anyone who comes to his prison must be a terrible criminal. For the most part, he's correct. However, he does work for the World Government, which means that people they deem as too dangerous, which could be even as simple as political dissidents, could land there.
- One-Man Army: He could kill every single person in Impel Down if he wanted to. He has also one-shotting the Blackbeard Pirates simultaneously.
- The Paralyzer: He can generate all kinds of poisons, including paralytics.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He could potentially destroy all of Impel Down if he decided to.
- Poisonous Person: His Devil Fruit allows him to produce and control different types of poisons, from toxic gas to paralytic neurotoxins and all the way to hyper-corrosive acid.
- Punch-Clock Villain: The most straight up example here. He is merely doing his job and keeping dangerous inmates in prison. He only comes into conflict with Luffy because the latter is attempting to break Ace out of jail, something he cannot allow.
- Purple Is Powerful: His poison is a sickly purple looking colour and is a powerful paralysis-inducing toxin. Said power also makes Magellan one of the most dangerous person of the One Piece world.
- Rank Up: Inverted. Because he couldn't prevent the mass escape, he goes from chief warden to under-warden.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Magellan's eyes becomes red when he summons his Kinjite poison, his most dangerous technique that, if hold up for too long, can destroy Impel Down itself.
- Red Right Hand: Subverted. Despite his demonic appearance and Bulgori-like hands, he is only evil in the fact that he's working for the World Government, and is just trying to keep bloodthirsty criminals behind bars.
- Shaping Your Attacks: Hydra is hydra-shaped while Venom Demon: Judgemant of Hell takes the shape of a huge skull-faced demon.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Subverted. While his overall strength is unclear in comparison to characters such as the shichibukai or the Admirals, he still has one of the best combat performances of any Arc Villain. He's one of the few villains in the series to hand Luffy a complete and utter defeat without any rematch thus far. Later enemies in the New World, especially those that use poison, are less of a threat due to Luffy's own experience with Magellan's poison.
- Story-Breaker Power: Magellan has the Toxin-Toxin Devil Fruit, one of the most effective Devil Fruits in the series. Everything about him, from his sweat, to his skin, to even his breath is all poisonous and he has different varieties from poison that acts like tears gas to poison that can make your skin melt. He can also generate massive waves of poison out of himself, create hydra heads of pure poison to attack people, and any contact with him or his attacks instantly poisons the target. His poison is so powerful that it can kill a person within minutes unless an antidote is administered. However, if you get hit by too many poisons, then you're too far gone to be cured and are sentenced to a slow and painful death. The worst part is even if you have some sort of ability that could block the poison, such as Mr 3's Wax-Wax Fruit, he can just make his poison so strong that it'll melt steel. Plus, he isn't even a Logia type, so he doesn't have any of the usual weaknesses of a Logia Devil Fruit user.
- Super Strength: Even before he powers himself up with poisonous food, he's stronger than most men, given his huge size. Poisoned food, used to fuel his powers, cranks it up to superhuman levels.
- Superpower Lottery: Magellan's ability to manipulate poison makes him a very deadly opponent. His ability to coat himself in a layer of poison makes it nigh impossible for opponents to fight him in close combat without killing themselves. And if you try to run away, he has many ranged options such as Hydra, Venom Blowfish, or Venom Road. When he really means it, he can also use Hell's Judgement above. And even without his poison, Magellan himself is a hulking tank of a man who is ungodly tough to take down. With this kind of powerset, is it any wonder he's the warden of a maximum security prison?
- Technicolor Toxin: Magellan's poison is purple and can kill a person in seconds, if drowned in it. His strongest poisen, so toxic it corrodes Impel Down itself is red, instead.
- Terror Hero: Well, not a hero by any means, but in the grand scheme of things, he's generally a morally good character whose take-no-shit attitude and tendency to go straight for the kill is designed to sow fear among prisoners to help make maintaining order easier. Given the fact that the prison holds some of the world's worst criminals and a breakout would spell disaster, this is not the worst approach to take.
- Touch of Death: Played Straight and Subverted, in a way. If you're a normal person (as in not a Determinator), you'll die if he touches you all right; but it won't be painless and instantaneous. You will suffer.
- Trademark Favorite Food: His favorite food is the poison soup (which he can eat because of his Devil Fruit) and he likes it so much that he eats it despite knowing that it will cause him to spend hours on the toilet.
- Tranquil Fury: Spends the second half of the arc boiling mad from everything that's happening but keeping it all under the surface.
- Tyke Bomb: A SBS reveals that he had his Poison abilities since he was a small child, but fortunately Magellan just didn't have the disposition to effectively use it then. He also didn't have a very happy childhood because of it, either.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He's a large, imposing man but his legs are really tiny.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite his arguments with Hannyabal, Magellan is noticeably upset when he finds him defeated by Luffy and states that he will not accept anyone else as his successor if he dies.
- Walking Wasteland: The Venom Demon technique melts everything around Magellan.
- Wardens Are Evil: Subverted. With his demonic appearance, Nazi-esque uniform, poison powers, and ruthless disposition, many prisoners naturally fear him. But he really means well, and he makes a point that the prisoners have to be confined, lest they would terrorize the populace. He's also disgusted at the murderous antics of his former colleague Shiryu, so much so that he ordered him to be imprisoned.
- Winged Humanoid: Has two large wings on his back to go with his overall devil motif. Subverted as they're actually fake.
- Wings Do Nothing: And apparently they are just a part of his uniform.
- You Shall Not Pass!: He's determined to not let anyone out of Impel Down.
Chief Warden Hannyabal
Voiced by: Tetsuo Goto (JP), Brad Jackson (EN)
Age: 33 (Pre-Timeskip), 35 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 526 (Manga), Episode 422 (Anime)
Hannyabal is the overly ambitious under-warden of Impel Down. He appears to be a tall man with a pot-belly and a massive chin, wearing a pharaoh's headress. His continuous Freudian Slips about his desire to become Warden and silly antics often gain the ire of Magellan, who either Dope Slaps him, or outright poisons him in anger. Despite his finding him irritating and too ambitious, Magellan considers Hannyabal as his only worthy successor to Chief Warden of Impel Down.
As of the timeskip, he achieves his dream as he is now the Warden of Impel Down with former Jail Head, Domino, as his number two.
- Badass Normal: Just because he doesn't have a Devil Fruit power, doesn't mean he can't kick ass. He'd just rather not.
- Black-and-White Insanity: Discussed. While fighting Luffy to stop his escape, Hannyabal says that pirates are nothing but scum who, if they were to leave Impel Down, would terrorize the good citizens. While Hannyabal is not completely wrong, he says it to the good-natured Luffy. Right after his speech, Blackbeard knocks him out and tells him that the world is not just black and white.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite acting like a moron and getting yelled by Magellan most of the time, he's the Under-Warden for a good reason. And during the timeskip he even gets promoted.
- Determinator: Arguably rivaling Luffy himself. Luffy beats him to a bloody pulp and is in every way the better fighter, but Hannyabal refuses to go down. Blackbeard has to do a sneak attack to put an end to it.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Apparently something of a weakness of his. It's not just that he gets tricked by Mr. 2 disguised as Nami, it's that a flashback to his first day on the job has pretty much the exact same thing happening to him at the hands of a Vamp.
- Double Weapon: His naginata Bloodsucker (Kessui), which looks more like two katana merged at the hilts.
- Flaming Sword: His naginata's blade can be set on fire.
- Foreshadowing: Long before he serves any purpose but Butt-Monkey Plucky Comic Relief, some of the guards comments on his ability to walk through the superheated and supercooled floors of Impel Down with no ill effects. Implying he's not just an idiot.
- Formerly Fit: Not that he was the epitome of fitness before but, after the timeskip, he has gotten much fatter.
- Gonk: He has an actual "hannya" face and his body has a beer belly.
- Hero Antagonist: Arguably even moreso than Magellan. While he's an overly ambitious and duplicitous man, he lacks (at least overtly) the sadistic tendencies of his coworkers, and his real motivations are to protect the innocent people on the outside.
- Hidden Depths: Despite outwardly being a goofy Starscream among the Impel Down staff, when the chips are down he reveals himself to be a Determinator on the level of, or perhaps even more than Luffy, all to protect the innocent people of the world from the prisoners of Impel Down.
- Horned Humanoid: Unlike Magellan, whose horns appear to be fake, Hannyabal's horns are real and give him a demonic appearance, in line with the prison's Dante's Inferno theme.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Exaggerated — that long chin of his is a hint of his hidden sense of justice.
- Large and in Charge: He's not as big as Magellan, but is bigger than an average human and he's the second highest authority in the prison. Post Time Skip, he's in charge of Impel Down!
- Laughably Evil: Nearly every time you see this guy, he's acting or saying something that's funny. This abruptly stopped when he faced off against Luffy.
- Large Ham: His loud personality and his starscream attitude has been consistent since he was very young.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Throughout the Impel Down arc, he's basically doing nothing so Magellan would be removed as Warden. When it becomes clear that Luffy might actually succeed, he puts his foot down and holds the line.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Hannyabal and has an actual "hannya" face.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Aside from his Starscream tendencies, he's a man willing to do anything to protect the innocent from the criminals.
- Number Two: To Magellan, he's the under-warden, and Magellan himself considers Hannyabal the only one worthy of succeeding him. He gets promoted after the Time Skip.
- Obviously Evil: Subverted. He certainly looks evil, and is willing to sell out his superior for a promotion, but his motivation is to protect the innocent.
- Punny Name: Hannyabal is a combination of both Hannya, the death mask his face resembles, and Hannibal.
- Passing the Torch: Despite not liking how he wants to take his place, Magellan says that Hannyabal is the only one worthy to succeed him. After the timeskip, he really becomes the new chief warden.
- Rank Up: After the timeskip, he actually does become the new chief warden of Impel Down.
- The Starscream: Openly declares his ambition to become chief, often in earshot of Magellan. Despite this, Magellan considers him to be a worthy successor.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Parodied. When Hannyabal uses his flaming naginata technique, he has guards in the background playing drums and singing a song to cheer him on.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Hannyabal never wears a shirt. This is lampshaded by the guards when Mr. 2 posed as him, that even in the extreme temperatures of Level 4 and 5, Hannyabal would never wear anything but his pants to show how badass he is. Unfortunately, given his potbelly, it also doubles as Fan Disservice. Averted post-timeskip, as he wears a complete uniform after he becomes chief warden.
- You Shall Not Pass!: When push comes to shove, Hannyabal will not let criminals escape from Impel Down, even if he runs out of strength. When Luffy is about to escape, Hannyabal remains still and block his path, explaining he doesn't want violent criminals to run free and attack innocent people. However, Blackbeard puts a stop to Hannyabal's resistance.
Head Jailer Domino
Voiced by: Naomi Shindo; (JP), Haley Esposito (EN)
Debut: Chapter 526 (Manga), Episode 422 (Anime)
One of Impel Down's high officers. She's serious and strict, to the point of scolding Magellan, the chief warden, for spending too much time in the washroom.
She greets Hancock during her visit in the prison (actually a way for Luffy to sneak in) until she's petrified by her Devil Fruit power. After going back to normal, she doesn't remember being turned into stone and accomanies Boa Hancock to Magellan's office.
During the timeskip she's promoted to head jailer, a post left vacant after Shilew's arrest.
- Ambiguously Gay: Domino, like most people, is affected by Boa Hancock's power, implying she does find her attractive. However, Boa's charm is shown multiple times to hit even the women.
- Coat Cape: Wears one to indicate her promotion to head jailer.
- Commissar Cap: Has one to complete her Nazi-esque uniform.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair of red-jaded glasses.
- Failed a Spot Check: If she had done a decent body search, she would've realized Luffy was hiding in Hancock's coat.
- Informed Ability: To be a head jailer, she has to be one of the prison staff's strongest members, but she's never seen in action since Boa Hancock quickly petrifies her and Domino spends most of the arc as a statue.
- Meaningful Name: Domino comes from dominus, which refers to a person who has control over others, a fitting name for a high-ranked individual.
- Ms. Exposition: When Hancock visits Impel Down, Domino explains her (and the audience) many details about the prison, like the "baptism" of boiling water every prisoner has to endure, the denden mushi security and the newest Level 6 prisoners.
- Nice Girl: Domino is remarkably polite to Hancock during her visit to Impel Down, even assuring her that the full body search and Sea-Prism Stone Handcuffs where done simply out of keeping up the prison's reputation and not out of mistrust. Given that most of the Impel Down are Punch-Clock Villains it's likely she like this on her off hours too.
- No Badass to His Valet: It doesn't matter if Magellan is the prison's highest authority and can kill her at any time if he wants to, she still scolds him for wasting too much time in the washroom.
- Non-Action Guy: Domino is the only high-ranked officer who doesn't display any fighting skills. In fairness, she didn't have the time to show them since Boa Hancock petrify her before she could do anything.
- Passionate Sports Girl: In a drawing of her when she was a kid, she's playing football.
- Peek-a-Bangs: On top of wearing shades, her hair covers her right eye. She has had this haircut since she was a kid.
- Taken for Granite: Before she can spot Luffy, Boa Hancock turns her into stone with her Mero-Mero Fruit power. She gets back to normal but doesn't remember it.
- Whip It Good: She's carries a whip, though she's never seen using it.
Security Chief Sadi
Voiced by: Yuka Koyama (JP), Marissa Lenti (EN)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 531 (Manga), Episode 432 (Anime)
The Security Chief of Impel Down and the one in command of the Jailer Beasts. She's a sadistic person who enjoys hearing the screams of her enemies (and even of her allies) and, fittingly for her sadist personality, she has a pitchfork with a concealed whip as a weapon of choice. She has a crush on Magellan.
When Luffy infiltrates Impel Down, she sends Minotaurus to stop him and is later assigned to guard Level 5's entrance. After Luffy, Ivankov, Jimbei, and Crocodile escape from Level 6 and defeat the Jailer Beasts, she angrily attacks them and fights Ivankov, who manages to tie her up using her own whip.
- Affectionate Nickname: Invoked, as she wants to be called Sadi-Chan. In the English dub she demands to be called 'Mistress Sadie', which is fitting given her dominatrix nature.
- Anti-Hero: A rare antagonistic example. While she's guarding a prison full of evil pirates, she enjoys whipping the prisoners a bit too much.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's in command of the Jailer Beasts and is said to be stronger than all four of them combined.
- Bad Boss: She's fond of whipping the Jailer Beasts as a punishment for their failures.
- Badass Cape: She's said to be stronger than the four Jailer Beasts combined and wears a large white cape.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't have any Devil Fruit but is much stronger than the Jailer Beasts, each of whom has an awakened Zoan Devil Fruit power.
- Bare Your Midriff: Hardly any of the midriff is covered.
- Bondage Is Bad: Downplayed. Despite being a sadist who enjoys torturing others for her own amusement, she is an officer working for the World Government.
- Combat Sadomasochist: As if her appearance doesn't make it clear. She also loves hearing the screams of her enemies in combat.
- Designated Girl Fight: Invoked by her opponent who, upon realizing he's facing a woman, uses his powers to switch gender.
- Devil's Pitchfork: Like most of the guards, her weapon is a pitchfork (which conceals a whip) to go with her demonic appearance.
- Dominatrix: She gets so sexually excited from the screams of others that she becomes a parody of it.
- The Dreaded: Not much by the prisoners but by the Jailer Beasts, her subordinates, each of whom is deathly afraid of making her angry. Given her habit of whipping them, it's pretty reasonable.
- Femme Fatalons: Her long nails aptly hint at her twisted sexual sadist self.
- Fragile Speedster: She manages to dodge most of Ivankov's attacks while destroying the walls, but once she loses her weapon, she goes down quickly.
- Hot as Hell: While she's not an actual demon, her stripperific outfit (which includes demon horns), combined with her sadistic and dominatrix-like personality give off this vibe.
- Lady in Red: Sadi is a sadistic woman dressed on a red BDSM-themed suit to go with a more devilish appearance. Downplayed in the anime, as it was changed to hot pink.
- Mama Bear: Despite being abusive towards them, she gets really angry if someone hurts the Jailer Beasts.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is, very fittingly, short for "sadist".
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Her weapon is a pitchfork which conceals a whip, to combine her succubus-appearance and her dominatrix personality.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a dominatrix who wears a very skimpy devil outfit and gets sexually excited when she makes the others scream by whipping them.
- Smug Super: She refuse the marines' help, claiming Impel Down's staff is enough to catch Luffy. She's right, as Magellan captures and sends him to Level 5, but then he escapes along with some really strong prisoners...
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit leaves most of her skin exposed.
- They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: She demands to be addressed as "Mistress" Sadi. If you don't, you shall be introduced to her whip.
- Token Evil Teammate: While most of the staff genuinely believe they're in the right, Sadi-chan just seems to be in it to torture people.
- Underboobs: Her outfit doesn't cover the lower half of her breasts.
- Unwilling Suspension: Ironically enough for a dominatrix, Ivankov defeats her and ties her to the ceiling with her own whip until Magellan rescues her.
- Verbal Tic: She often stops mid-speech to say "... mmmmm..." before continuing it.
- Whip It Good: To go with her demon/dominatrix theme, her main weapon is a pitchfork which can turn into a lash, and is strong enough to smash a large stone bridge.
Captain of the Guard Saldeath
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Orion Pitts (EN)
Age: 16 (Pre-Timeskip), 18 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 530 (Manga), Episode 431 (Anime)
One of the chief guards of Impel Down and the one in command of the Blugori of Level 1. He's a calm and level-headed person and is probably the least brutal of all the high ranked officers. He doesn't fight on his own but controls the Blugori using his flute.
During Luffy's infiltration, he tries to stop him in Level 3, but since the Blugori are easily defeated by him, he's sent to quell the riot in Level 2. After Luffy escapes again, Hannyabal sends him to Level 4 but he and his Blugori are defeated by Ivankov with a single blow.
After the timeskip, he has grown proportionately taller.
- Affably Evil: While he's more of a Hero Antagonist, he's the least brutal of all the staff, to the point that he says Luffy and his allies are lucky to be captured by him.
- Hat of Authority: Wears a white horned hat with a black skull on it. The skull is the same on the Blugoris' faces, as a visual hint that he controls them.
- I Got Bigger: After the timeskip, Saldeath goes from tiny to willowy.
- Improbable Age: He's a high-ranking warden in the worlds most important prison at only 16/18.
- Instrument of Murder: Saldeath's pitchfork is actually a flute, used to control the Blugori.
- Large and in Charge: Inverted. Despite being one of the high ranked officers, he's the shortest person in all the prison. Played straight after his growth spurt over the time-skip.
- Non-Action Guy: He doesn't fight himself, instead controls the Blugori with his flute to attack the enemy.
- Punny Name: In Japanese, his name sounds like Saru Desu, which means "I am a monkey". He doesn't like when someone mishears his name, like Luffy.
- Teens Are Short: Exaggerated. Saldeath is 16 years old and he's downright diminutive. Subverted following the timeskip, where he grows to 7'1" at 18 years old.
- Winged Humanoid: Subverted. He has a pair of black bat-like wings, but they're probably part of his uniform and cannot be used for flight.
Other Guards and Beasts
The Jailer Beasts
Four (five after the timeskip) strong guards under Sadi's authority. They have all eaten an unknown Zoan Devil Fruit and have awakened their power, giving them a strong healing factor that allows them to recover quickly.
Despite their dumb-looking appearance, they're all brutal guards who would gladly smash any rioting prisoners with their weapon, though they also have a big fear of Sadi.
Due to their great stamina and healing factor, they face Luffy and his allies multiple times (especially Minotaurus), but they always get defeated and, once Jimbei, Crocodile and Ivankov join Luffy in the escape, they basically stop being a threat.
After the time-skip, a fifth jailer beast, Minochihuahua, joins them.
Tropes pertaining to all of them:
- Animorphism: Each ate a Zoan Fruit and awoke its power, making them much thougher than usual. It borders with Informed Ability because they're always seen in their hybrid form, and it's confirmed that they've eaten a Devil Fruit because it's explained by Crocodile.
- Bare Your Midriff: A variety. Minotaurus's, Minozebra's and Minokoala's fur only covers part of their abdomens, leaving the middle completely uncovered.
- Beast Man: They are Zoan users and so far they've only been seen in their hybrid form, which makes them look more beast than human.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Don't be fooled by their goofy appearance, they're actual brutal guards and among the strongest in the prison.
- Black Bead Eyes: With the exception of Minozebra, they have little black dots as eyes.
- Blood Knight: Possibly because of their Zoan Devil Fruits, they are all ruthless and like brutalizing their enemies.
- The Dreaded: Because of their blood lust, they're the most feared individuals in the prison, right behind Magellan.
- Gonk: They all have silly body proportions, Black Bead Eyes (save for Minozebra) and snot that drips from their noses. It's not a good reason to underestimate them.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Aside from Minorinocheros, who wears overalls, and, later, Minochihuahua, they only wear a pair of shorts.
- Implacable Man: Thanks to their "Awakened" Devil Fruit powers, they can heal from heavy injuries in a short period of time and it doesn't matter how much Luffy and his allies beat them, after a short while they are back to fight them again.
- Lightning Bruiser: They're all incredibly fast and strong and, if that isn't enough, they recover quickly and after a short while they can fight again.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Their intelligence has apparently been affected by their powers and regressed to a point between animalistic and merely infantile, although they're smart enough to clearly understand Sadi's orders. They're still one of the biggest threats in the entire prison, and even enjoy their job in their own way.
- Theme Naming: Their names are their animal Devil Fruit with the prefix "Mino": Minotaurus, Minokoala, Minorhinoceros, Minozebra, and Minochihuahua.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Save for Minochihuahua, who's fairly proportioned, the others have a large upper body whith short and tiny legs.
- Wardens Are Evil: They are all violent and often torture the prisoners. Of course, said prisoners are mostly people who deserve it.
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Josh Martin (EN)
Debut: Chapter 525 (Manga), Episode 422 (Anime)
- Bullying a Dragon: He beats a chained Jimbei without fear. When the latter is freed, he repays the favour.
- Carry a Big Stick: His weapon is a large club with sharp spikes.
- Our Minotaurs Are Different: He is a bull-man, although he looks more like a spotted cow.
Voiced by: Hiromu Miyazaki (JP)
Debut: Chapter 532 (Manga), Episode 433 (Anime)
- Carry a Big Stick: He punishes the prisoners with two spiked maces.
- Dual Wielding: He fights with two maces.
- Rhino Rampage: As his name attests, his Devil Fruit gives him the ability to become an half-rhino man.
Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (JP)
Debut: Chapter 533 (Manga), Episode 434 (Anime)
- Carrya Big Stick: His weapon is a rod with a mace head at the end.
- Shrinking Violet: He's quite shy, as he's seen hiding behind Minokoala
Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (JP)
Debut: Chapter 531 (Manga), Episode 432 (Anime)
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: His fur is yellow and his nose is red.
- Big Eater: He's almost always seen with some eucalyptus leaves in his mouth.
- Power Fist: His weapon is a pair of spiked brass knuckles.
- Stock Animal Diet: Despite not being an actual koala and simply having the power to turn into one, he likes eucalyptus leaves and carries a bag of them around his waist.
Debut: Chapter 662 (Manga)
- Angry Guard Dog: If he's as bloodthirsty as the other Jailer Beasts, considering he's a literal guard, he's an almost literal example of the trope.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Apparently, his weapon of choice is a hanged skeleton, noose and all.
- Sixth Ranger: He joins the Jailer Beasts during the timeskip.
Debut: Chapter 526 (Manga), Episode 423 (Anime)
The Blue Gorillas, nicknamed Blugori, are animals so strong that they hunt Sea Kings for food. They mainly reside on Level 1, where they chase the prisoners, but can move to the other levels as well, though they aren't much of a threat to higher-ranked prisoners. They are under Saldeath's command, who controls them using a flute.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: They're known as Blue Gorillas exactly because their fur is blue.
- Elite Mook: Downplayed. They are much stronger than the common guards, and are tough enough to take care of the Level 1 prisoners, but when put against Luffy or some stronger prisoner, they're ineffective.
- The Faceless: Their cloaks cover the upper sides of their bodies. How they can see while wearing them is a mistery.
- Informed Species: Their faces are hidden by their cloaks and the rest of their bodies don't exactly resemble a gorilla.
- Killer Gorilla: They're gorillas so strong they hunt Sea Kings and are vicious prison guards.
Level 2 Beasts
Level 2, known as "Wild Beast Hell", is filled with dangerous monsters that will chase and eat every prisoner they encounter. The monsters in question are:
- The Sphinx: A large lion-like creature with a human face and feathers. It's the strongest monster of the level, and is tough enough to destroy the floor under him.
- The Basilisk: A big chicken with a reptilian face and a constantly hungry expression.
- The Manticores: Lions with human faces. Ferocious creatures who devour even the prey's bones. They can even speak human language, but not understand it. They therefore simply repeat random words they hear from the prisoners.
- The Puzzle Scorpions: Giant poisonous scorpions which can combine themselves to become a giant centipede.
- Basilisk and Cockatrice: The second strongest monster is a large basilisk (that, ironically, is a giant chicken monster that looks more like a cockatrice). However, he doesn't have the petrifying gaze.
- Beware the Silly Ones: No one of them looks remotely scary (save the Basilisk, and even then he looks more crazy than intimidating), yet they are all strong monsters.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The puzzle scorpions. While they don't look scary, they're actually quite big and dangerous, and, if combined, they become an even larger centipede.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: There are many manticores and puzzle scorpions, but are all small fries for Luffy. The basilisk and the sphinx, on the other hand, are quite tougher opponents, and there is only one of each of them.
- Gonk: Each manticore has a different human face, but every single one is... goofy.
- King Mook: The Sphinx is the leader of Level 2 monsters and is the strongest among them.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The manticores are basically lions with a human face, the Sphinx is similar to a giant winged manticore and the Basilisk can be described as a chicken with a reptile face.
- Mooks: At least for Luffy, the manticores are easy to deal with. Not so much for Buggy and the Level 1 and 2 prisoners.
- Our Manticores Are Spinier: These are human-headed lions that are led by a sphinx.
- Our Sphinxes Are Different: The Sphinx is the King Mook of the Manticores of the Level 2: Beast Hell of Impel Down. It has a goofy-looking, almost apelike face, a giant lion body (as big as a house), and feathers along its forelimbs and shoulders.
- Running Gag: Involving the Manticores's habit of yelling names of underwears and the Sphinx's habit of shouting casual names of
noodlespasta since they can learn the words they hear from the prisoners but don't understand their meanings.
- Scary Scorpions: The puzzle scorpions. Despite their appearance, they're actually deadly poisonous and can combine themselves together to become a giant centipede.
- Super-Persistent Predator: The basilisk keeps chasing Luffy and Buggy for a long while until he's stopped by Luffy's gear third punch.
The Wolf Unit
Debut: Chapter 536 (Manga), Episode 425 (Anime)
A pack of vicious wolves that reside in Level 5. It used to be in Level 2 but, since the wolves are so voracious that they used to prey on the other beasts too, it has been moved.
- Ax-Crazy: As if their constant maniac expression isn't enough, these are voracious predators that would hunt anything.
- Informed Ability: They are said to be so dangerous that if they were in Level 2, they would promptly eat the other beasts, including the Sphinx. However, both Luffy and Bon-Clay defeat plenty of them with much more ease than the Sphinx. However, they are more clever than any of the beasts in Level 2 like when they dig below Galdino's wax cage after realizing they can't break it.
- Maniac Tongue: Just to show how deranged they are, their tongues are constantly sticking out.
- Savage Wolves: So savages that not even manticores are safe from these guys.
- Asshole Victim: They suffer many kinds of torture in prison, which become progressively worse for every level, and all of them lead to an unpleasant death. However, if they are in prison it means they must have committed serious crimes. However, the World Government has no compunctions about jailing political dissidents of just about every stripe, and most of the Newkama Landers are a genuinely nice bunch of party animals, so not all of the prisoners are inherently bad people.
- Break the Haughty: Many have had their spirits broken by the terrible tortures they've been forced to endure, and used to be criminals in the past.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: It doesn't matter on which level the prisoner goes, they will suffer a terrible death, be it by blood loss, being Eaten Alive by monsters, starved in a desert, boiled alive, frozen or by pure boredom.
- Literally Shattered Lives: The prisoners in Level 5 suffer a slow and painful version of this. The temperature is so low, they suffer from frostbite and their bodies slowly fall apart.
- Stewed Alive: Prisoners in Level 4 are forced to carry giant logs to keep the flames of the boiling blood pool going, but some end up falling in said boiling blood.
The followers of Emporio Ivankov, they were once prisoners of the Great Gaol of Impel Down that were "spirited away", while actually they were just freed by Ivankov or had found a way to reach him. They resides in the hidden Level 5.5, built by a prisoner with tunneling Devil Fruit powers where they constantly party and keep an eye on the situation in the prison. After Luffy's outburst, they evade with their leader. After the Marineford saga, they finally reach Kamabakka Kingdom, where they joined the local Okama subjects.
For Emporio Ivankov himself and Inazuma see their entries on the Revolutionary Army page. For Caroline see his entry on the Anime-Only page.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Apparently, when a male Newkama is turned in a female he instantly becomes a hottie, it's more glaring when nearly all the males are quite gonky.
- Badass Crew: They're all martial arts masters in Okama Kenpo and Newkama Kenpo, you better believe they're badass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Think a bunch of gender-switching, easy-going, partying guys is harmless? Think again. The same goes for the inhabitants of Momoiro.
- Chef of Iron: All the high-level masters of Okama and Newkama Kenpo can use the "Attack Cuisine", which can strengthen the human body from inside. Sanji is the only person who managed to master it without becoming an Okama.
- Distaff Counterpart: The Newkama are a sort of counterpart to the Kuja Pirates.
- Fan Disservice: While at least the Newkama in Impel Down can be quite pleasant, the crossdressers of Kamabakka are straight awful.
- Gender Bender: Basically any single member may have or not change sex at least once, courtesy of Ivankov's Horm-Horm powers. The Newkama philosophy is that a person should be whatever makes them happiest, whether it's a man, woman, or okama.
- Gonk: Many of the male Newkama are plain ugly. Ditto for "Caroline" and all the other Okama on Kamabakka Kingdom.
- Humiliation Conga: One of the members: he was once a prince whose father was turned into a Okama after visiting Ivankov's Kingdom, then he lost everything, became a pirate and was imprisoned. To cup it all, when he tried to take revenge on Iva he had his own bullet reflected back at him and then was turned into a woman.
- I Choose to Stay: A large portion of the Newkama decided to stay in Level 5.5, rather than breaking out. Bon-chan ends up becoming their new "queen".
- Real Men Wear Pink: And dresses, skirts and bloomers too. Momoiro literally means "Pink".
- Refuge in Audacity: Pretty much everything they do are made crazy and over-the-top as much as possible.
- Seashell Bra: One of the male Newkama sports one.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Justified as the poor sop was just turned into a naked chick in front of a whole room of people. Also the Okama tends to have "girlish-sounding" voices.
- Stocking Filler: All the Newkama wear these.
- Training from Hell: The "Bride Training" required for the Attack Cuisine. Sanji managed to skip it in exchange for another, harder training.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Averted by the Impel Down denizens. The people of Kamabakka may look more like Creepy Crossdresser type, but they're actually of a really good nature.
- Zerg Rush: While escaping from Impel Down.
Voiced by: Unshō 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.
- 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 in th series, implying he's a great fighter.
- Improbable Hairstyle: A large spike-shaped hairstyle, with a lizard-like spiked beard to go along with it.
- Minor Major Character: Despite being the supreme commander of the World Government's military and outranking even the Fleet Admiral, Kong makes very little appearances in the story.
- 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.
The hordes of Marines guarding the island of Enies Lobby. Other than 10,000 Mooks, there are the giants Oimo and Kashi, the Watchdog Unit of the Law, the Just Eleven Juryman and the three-headed judge Baskerville.
- 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, especially 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.
- 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.
- Insane Troll Logic: Baskerville's left head almost always declares the accused as guilty. Baskerville's right head almost always declares the accused as innocent. Baskerville's middle head insists on offering a "compromise" between the other two, although that compromise is execution.
- Jury of the Damned: The Eleven Just Jurymen, made up of condemned criminals who vote guilty to take as many others down with them as they can.
- Kangaroo Court: The jurymen are all condemned criminals sentenced to death, so their only desire is to take as many people as possible with them to 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!
- Spectacular 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).
- 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.