The One Piece manga and anime series features an extensive cast of characters created by Eiichiro Oda. The series takes place in a fictional universe where vast numbers of pirates, soldiers, revolutionaries, and other adventurers fight each other, using various superhuman and supernatural abilities. The series' storyline follows the adventures of a group of pirates as they search for the series titular treasure.
The main character of the series is Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate who wishes to succeed Gol D Roger, the deceased King of the Pirates, by finding his treasure, the One Piece. During the course of series, Luffy gathers himself a crew of misfits, named the Straw Hat Pirates, so far including the three-swords-wielding Roronoa Zoro, the master thief and expert navigator Nami, the cowardly marksman and inventor Usopp, the gourmet cook and martial-artist Sanji, the anthropomorphic reindeer and doctor Tony Tony Chopper, the archaeologist Nico Robin, the cyborg shipwright Franky, and the living skeleton musician Brook. Together they sail the seas in pursuit of their dreams, encountering other pirates, bounty hunters, criminal organizations, revolutionaries, secret agents and soldiers of the World Government, and various other friends and foes.
When drawing One Piece, Eiichiro Oda was heavily influenced by the manga Dragon Ball and had the series in mind when designing his characters. Several characters have been stated to be based on actual people, such as Blackbeard (Marshall D. Teach) and Whitebeard (Edward Newgate) being based on the actual pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach).ch.474 Some other notable examples includes Roronoa Zoro (François l'Olonnais), Sanji & Zeff (Red Legs Greaves), Jewelry Bonney (Anne Bonney), Scratchmen Apoo (Chui Apoo), Eustass Kidd (William Kidd and Eustace the Monk), X. Drake (Sir Francis Drake), Lafitte (Jean Lafitte), Bartholomew Kuma (Bartholomew Roberts), Captain Morgan (Henry Morgan), Alvida (Awilda), Basil Hawkins (Basil Ringrose and John Hawkins) and Bellamy (Samuel Bellamy).
The protagonists of the One Piece series are part of the Straw Hat Pirates, or Straw Hats, a crew of pirates founded and captained by Monkey D. Luffy. Starting out with Luffy alone the crew's number grows throughout the series as Luffy keeps recruiting new members.
Monkey D. Luffy (モンキー・D・ルフィ Monkī D. Rufi ), nicknamed Straw Hat Luffy (麦わらのルフィ Mugiwara no Rufi ), is the 17 year-old captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and primary protagonist of the One Piece series. At the beginning of the series, he accidentally eats a devil fruit, causing his body to gain the properties of highly stretchable rubber.ch.1 These properties are a result of Oda's desire for the fighting style to be silly, so that no matter how tense a situation gets, the reader can relax without becoming stressed out. After his life is saved by Shanks when he is seven years old, Luffy decides to achieve the tantamount goals of finding the series' titular treasure and succeeding Gold Roger as King of the Pirates.ch.1 Ten years later, wearing Shanks' straw hat, he sets out to sea to gather a crew and sail the Grand Line, where the One Piece is supposedly hidden.ch.7 Luffy ranked first in all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls. He is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.1 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Bella Hudson for 4Kids Entertainmentep.1 and by Colleen Clinkenbeard for Funimation Entertainment.ep.1
Roronoa Zoro (ロロノア・ゾロ, "Roronoa Zolo" in several versions), named after François l'Olonnais,ch.28 nicknamed Pirate Hunter Zoro (海賊狩りのゾロ Kaizoku-Gari no Zoro ), is a skilled swordsman who uses up to three swords at once, clutching the third in his mouth.ch.5 To fulfill a promise he made to a childhood friend named Kuina,ch.5 he wants to become the world's greatest swordsman by defeating Mihawk.ch.50 Before joining Luffy, he made a living by bounty hunting.ch.2 He joins Luffy's crew in exchange for his aid in escaping execution.ch.5–6 He makes it clear that he would turn on his captain if he ever stepped between him and his dream,ch.6 but unknown to Luffy, Zoro thinks that if he cannot protect Luffy's dream, his own would have no meaning and is even willing to die for it.ch.485 His physical strength is enough to lift a building.ch.194 During a fight with Baroque Works agent Daz Bones(or Mr. 1), he learns how to cut through solid steel.ch.195 He can employ an "Asura" technique which gives him three faces and six arms, thus totaling nine swords.ch.417 In addition, Zoro can expand the muscle mass of his arms.ch.416 He is extremely poor at understanding geographical directions and gets lost very easily. He also sleeps a great deal and loves to drink.
Zoro ranked second in all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls. Furthermore, in a 2007 poll by Oricon, Zoro was voted as the 4th most desired character to receive a spinoff. DVD Talk praises Zoro's "hilarious" three-sword fighting style as a great example of the show's sense of humor. Holly Ellingwood from Activeanime praised Zoro's fight against Luffy as one of the best moments from the 10th DVD from the series released by Viz Media, praising the action scenes. Zoro is voiced by Kazuya Nakai in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.2 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Marc Diraison for 4Kidsep.2 and by Christopher Sabat for Funimation.ep.2 Sabat's work with Zoro has resulted in him being a nominated of the category "Best Voice Actor (English)" in the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) Awards from 2008. Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network commented on Sabat's work with Zoro as a "standout", noting that Zoro and Sabat are "well-matched. Kimlinger also found that his along with Sanji's flashbacks from the anime "really do jerk tears, even if they are less than gracefully executed".
Nami (ナミ), nicknamed "Thief-Cat Nami" (泥棒猫のナミ, Dorobō Neko no Nami; Nami the Navigator in 4kids dub) is the crew's 18-year-oldch.27 navigator and thief. She has the ability to recognize and analyze even the slightest changes in the weather up to the point of sheer intuition.ch.130 She is also an excellent pickpocket.ch.95 Her dream is to draw a complete map of the world.ch.77 Throughout the series, Nami fights using a bō-like staff that is made up of three connectable segments. Usopp later provides her with a version of this weapon capable of controlling weather, called the Clima-Tact (天候棒 Kurima Takuto , renamed as "Climate Baton" in the English manga and as "Weather Forcer" in the 4Kids dub).ch.190 Even later, Usopp augments the Clima-Tact with dials, making it more powerful.ch.368 Nami ranked in the Top 10 of all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls. Her backstory has been found to be a "touching story" as it "unfolds with a lot of emotion" by Mania Entertainment writer, Jarred Pine. Pine also mentioned Nami was his favorite character from the series, and satisfied with how the manga showed her past. While reviewing the 8th DVD from Viz Media, Activeanime mentioned Nami is one of the best characters from the series as "She’s got guts, smarts, and can heft a mean punch when needed". Like Pined, Activeanime liked Nami's background and added that his "itty bitty heart went out to her". Nami is voiced by Akemi Okamura in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.1 In the English dubs, she is voiced by Kerry Williams for 4Kids,ep.1 and by Luci Christian for Funimation.ep.1 In the SPJA 2008, Nami was nominated in the category "Best Female Character".
When a reader asked Oda who Nami is in romantic love with, Oda answered that there will not likely be any romance among the Straw Hat Pirates. Oda explained that he does not portray romance in One Piece as the series is a shōnen comic, and the young boys who read the comic are not interested in romance.
Usopp (ウソップ Usoppu ), nicknamed "Sogeking", "King of Snipers Sogeking" (狙撃の王様, Sogeki no Ou-sama; "Sniperking" (Viz manga) is the 17-year old marksman of the Straw Hat Pirates.ch.42 His name comes from Uso, which means liar in Japanese, and Aesop, the author of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. He is a liar,ch.27 talented inventor,ch.190 as well as a skilled painterch.42 and sculptor.ch.106 His primary weapon is a slingshot, which he uses to fire various kinds of ammunition, ranging from rotten eggs and shuriken to hot sauce, flaming, and exploding projectiles.ch.332 Later, he creates himself a large, dial-powered slingshot he calls Kabuto (カブト),ch.465 with which he is able to out range even guns.ch.419 Usopp's father, Yasopp, left his family to become a pirate when Usopp was still very young.ch.25 Some time after this, Usopp's mother fell ill. Usopp started telling lies, stating that his father had returned and would be taking them with him. His mother eventually died, but Usopp, in his sadness, continued to lie.ch.41 Despite all this, he does not blame his father for leaving him, but takes pride in his heritage.ch.25 He is inspired by Luffy, Zoro, and Nami and decides to go out to sea,ch.40 following his dream of becoming a "brave warrior of the sea".ch.100 His weakness as a fighter weighs heavily upon himch.331 and when after the crew is defeated and almost destroyed by Admiral Aokiji,ch.320,321 Luffy decides to replace the badly damaged Going Merry (ゴーイングメリー号 Gōingu Merī-gō , Merry Go in the English manga and 4Kids dub),ch.331 the Straw Hats' first ship, which is given to them by Usopp's friend Kaya,ch.41 a girl from his village that he used to cheer up with his lies,ch.24 Usopp goes so far as to temporarily leave the crew.ch.331,438
Usopp ranked in the Top 10 of all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls. In a 2007 Oricon poll, Usopp was voted the 10th most wanted character to receive a spin off amongst all respondents, and the 5th most popular amongst males. In a review of Funimation Entertainment's second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter notes that Usopp "brings lots of comic relief to the series", but also comments that he "can be down right annoying at times." Usopp is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.9 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Jason Anthony Griffith for 4Kidsep.9 and by Sonny Strait for Funimation.ep.9
Sanji (サンジ), nicknamed "Black Leg Sanji"(黒脚のサンジ, Kuro Ashi no Sanji),ch.435 is the crew's 19-year-oldch.55 chef. He knows how it feels to starve from first hand experience,ch.58 so he will never refuse someone a meal.ch.48 He has a strong sense of chivalry, because of which, he will never harm a woman, even if he dies.ch.403 Sanji also seems to keep this code regardless of a woman's appearance.ch.453 His dream is to find the All Blue (オールブルー Ōru Burū , "Great Blue" in the 4Kids dub), a legendary sea, containing every kind of fish in the world.ch.57 Sanji is also a very skilled fighter who uses only kicks. He said that this is because a chef's hands are his most prized possessions and should not be risked in battle.ch.370 Sanji ranked in the Top 5 of all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls. He is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.20 In the English dubs, he is voiced by David Moo for 4Kidsep.19 and by Eric Vale for Funimation.ep.20]
Tony Tony Chopper (トニートニー・チョッパー Tonī Tonī Choppā ), nicknamed "Cotton Candy Lover" (わたあめ大好きのチョッパー, Wataame Daisuki no Choppā) is the 15-year-old doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates.ch.154 He is a blue-nosed reindeer who gained human properties by eating the zoan-type devil fruit called Human-Human Fruit (ヒトヒトの実 Hito Hito no Mi ).ch.140 The fruit-granted ability allows him to change between three forms. His first and original form is that of a reindeer. In his second form, he has the proportions of a human child, while retaining his antlers, hooves, and fur. In his third form, he looks like a brawny man with fur. In addition to his normal transformations, Chopper developed a drug he calls Rumble Ball (ランブル・ボール Ranburu Booru ), which allows him to assume four additional forms for the duration of three minutes. These forms focus on certain aspects of his body to improve his physical abilities. These are broken down into "points" in the Japanese version and "boost" in the English versions called: guard, horn, jumping, and arm point with the original three becoming walk, brain, and heavy point.ch.149,186 If Chopper uses a second Rumble Ball within six hours, he cannot control his transformations.ch.406 If he uses a third Rumble Ball within six hours of the first, he transforms into a monstrous version of himself and loses all self-control.ch.407 He also has the ability to understand other animals' speech, because he is an animal himself.ch.154 What he is not capable of, however, is hiding his feelings.ch.140
When creating Chopper, Oda stated that he wanted a mascot who is both cute and fearless. An IGN review of the manga praised Chopper's character as one of the best in the series and said that he was able to be both touching and funny. Chopper ranked in the Top 5 of both Shōnen Jump character popularity polls since the character's introduction. Chopper is voiced by Ikue Ōtani in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.83 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Lisa Ortiz for 4Kidsep.51 and by Brina Palencia for Funimation.
Oda said that the message he wanted to illustrate in regards to Chopper's family situation is that a person who is not blood-related to another person can still be considered as a member of one's family.
Nico Robin (ニコ・ロビン Niko Robin ), nicknamed "Demon Child" (悪魔の子, Akuma no Ko) by the World Government is the 28 years old archeologist of the Straw Hat Pirates.ch.218 Growing up on the island Ohara (オハラ), home of the world's largest and oldest library, she became an archeologist at age eightch.391,392 and learned how to decipher the writings on the ancient stones called Poneglyph (歴史の本文 Pōnegurifu ), which are scattered around the world. After the World Government destroyed Ohara for housing archeologists, researching these stones,ch.395 Robin spent twenty years on the run, cooperating with various pirates and other outlaws and became a member of Baroque Works nicknamed as "Miss All Sunday" (ミス・オールサンデー, Misu Ōrusandē; Ms. Sunday (4Kids dub) at the time, being briefly an antagonist to the Straw Hat Pirates before joining them.ch.398 Like the scholars of Ohara before her, it is her dream to find and decipher the Rio Poneglyph (真の歴史の本文 Rio Pōnegurifu ), which is said to tell the world's lost history.ch.218 Her devotion to history and its preservation goes so far that she will even risk her life to protect ancient artifacts and buildings.ch.264 She ate the Flower-Flower Fruit (ハナハナの実 Hana Hana no Mi ), allowing her to create copies of any of her body parts on any surface that she can see.ch.170 However, if her replicated parts are hurt, she feels the pain on her actual body.ch.265 She is voiced by Yuriko Yamaguchi in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.67 In the English dubs, she is voiced by Veronica Taylor for 4Kidsep.47 and by Stephanie Young for Funimation.ep.144
Franky (フランキー Furankī ), nicknamed "Cyborg" Franky ("サイボーグ"フランキー "Saibōgu" Furankī ),ch.435 is the 34 year old shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates.ch.437 After his pirate parents abandoned him at age ten,ch.427 he became an apprentice of the master shipwright Tom.ch.354 When eventually Tom was taken away as a criminal by the government for building Gold Roger's ship, Franky tried to stop them.ch.357 In the attempt, he was severely injured and, in order to survive, had to exchange parts of his body with replacements made of scrap metal,ch.358 turning himself into a cola-powered cyborg.ch.336,339 Franky,thus, gained an artificial body which grants him super-human strength.ch.418 Its front is heavily armored and insensitive to most attacks, while his back, where he could not reach, remains vulnerable.ch.368 His body is equipped with a wide variety of weapons, including several guns and an extendable right arm.ch.423 His stomach contains a refrigerator compartment that can hold up to three bottles of cola to fuel him and his attacks.ch.368 He can use up large amounts of cola in an instant to launch powerful bursts of air from his arms one move is called the Coo De Vent.ch.338 After word of his death had spread, he cast off his original name, Cutty Flam (カティ・フラム Kati Furamu ), and became the underground boss Franky.ch.352 His dream is to build a ship, to become its shipwright, and sail it to the end of the world. To that end, he builds the Straw Hats' second ship, the brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war Thousand Sunny (サウザンドサニー号 Sauzando Sanī-gō ), and joins the crew.ch.436,437,439 He is voiced by Kazuki Yao in Japanese.ep.233 In English, he is voiced by Patrick Seitz for Funimation.
Brook (ブルック Burukku ), nicknamed "Dead Bones Brook",ch.489 is the 88-year old musician of the Straw Hat Pirates.ch.489 He is a skeleton, resurrected by the Revive-Revive Fruit (ヨミヨミの実 Yomi Yomi no Mi ), a paramecia-type devil fruit, which grants its eater a second life.ch.443 He is an excellent musician, who claims being able to play any instrument,ch.486 and a skilled fencer, who uses a shikomizue, a Japanese cane sword, in battle.ch.454 His lightweight skeleton body allows him to jump extraordinarily highch.493 and to run across water.ch.443 His gentlemanly impression stands in stark contrast to his incredibly bad manners: He bluntly requests to see women's panties, helps himself to people's food, and belches out loud on the dinner table.ch.442,443 When Brook's former crew, the Rumbar Pirates, entered the Grand Line, they left their pet whale Laboon behind at Reverse Mountain, promising to return after sailing around the world.ch.487 Fifty years later, Brook, being the only survivor, considers it his duty to fulfill his former crew's promise.ch.459 The idea of a skeleton musician was first conceived by Oda in the year 2000. Brook is voiced by Chō in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.339 He does not yet have an English voice, as the English dub has yet to reach that far into the series.
The Four Emperors (四皇 Yonkō ) are the most powerful pirates in the second half of Grand Line. They form a precarious balance of power with the Seven Warlords of the Sea and the Marine Headquarters that keeps the world at peace. The group consists of Shanks, Whitebeard,ch.432 a man named Kaidō (カイドー),ch.483 and a fourth, yet unnamed pirate.ch.432
Shanks (シャンクス Shankusu ), also referred to as "Red Hair" (「赤髪」 Akagami ) or "Red-Haired" Shanks (「赤髪のシャンクス」 "Akagami no Shankusu" ), is the captain of the Red-Haired Pirates and one of the Yonkō.ch.432 He is a former member of Gol D Roger's crew,ch.506 where he had a rivalry with Buggy.ch.19 At the beginning of the series, Shanks loses his left arm while saving 7-year-old Luffy's life and afterwards entrusts the boy with his favorite strawhat.ch.1 Shanks is a skilled swordsman. Before he lost his arm, he used to have frequent duels with Mihawk. He also has an exceptionally strong "Haki" (「覇気」?, lit. "Ambition" or "Aspiration"), which allows him to render beings of weak determination in his proximity unconscious.ch.434 Oda states that Shanks is the One Piece character that most resembles himself, because of his fun-loving, partying nature.ch.221 Shanks is voiced by Shūichi Ikeda in Japanese version of the anime.ep.4 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Tom Souhrada for 4Kidsep.4 and by Brandon Potter for Funimation.ep.4
The first mate of Shanks' ever-partying crew is Ben Beckman (ベン・ベックマン Ben Bekkuman ), who always carries a rifle and a cigarette. Other members include Lucky Roux (ラッキー・ルウ Rakkī Ruu ), a fat man who is mostly seen eating,ch.42 and Yasopp (ヤソップ Yasoppu ), a gifted marksman and father of Usopp.ch.25
Edward Newgate (エドワード・二ューゲート Edowādo Nyūgēto ), usually referred to as Whitebeard (白ひげ Shirohige ), is a very large human with an equally large white mustache in the shape of an upward bound crescent moon. He is usually seen attached to medical equipment and surrounded by nurses. He is one of the Yonkōch.432 and regarded as the world's strongest pirate.ch.234 Fighting with a bisento as his weapon,ch.434 he is the only man who was able to match Gold Roger in combat and is the one closest to obtaining his treasure, One Piece.ch.233 He possesses the ability of the devil fruit Gura Gura no Mi (グラグラの実?), which allows him to cause earthquakes and tsunamis.ch.552 He considers all his crewmen as his sons.ch.434 Whitebeard believes it is impossible to live in the world without humanity and justice.ch.434 He is voiced by Kinryu Arimoto in Japanese mediaep.151 and by R. Bruce Elliott in the Funimation English dub.ep.151
The Whitebeard Pirates are divided into sixteen divisions of one hundred men, each led by a high ranking Whitebeard subordinate. The first division is led by a blond man named Marco (マルコ Maruko ),ch.434 who ate a devil fruit and gaining the abilities of a phoenix.ch.554 The second division was lead by Luffy's adopted brother, Portgas D. Ace.ch.157 The third division commander, Jozu (ジョズ), is an overly large human with a gruff appearance.ch.434 Nicknamed "Diamond Jozu" (「ダイヤモンド・ジョズ」 "Daiyamondo Jozu" ), he can turn parts of his body into diamond.ch.553 The fifth division commander, "Floral Blade" Vista, is a tall man, who wears a top hat and a curled mustache, reminiscent of a stereotypical villain, and fights using two swords.ch.561 The 10th division commander is Curiel, a man who uses guns and cannons in combat. The 13th division commander is "Water Buffalo" Atomos, an extremely large man with two swords.ch.556
There are forty-two infamous pirate captains (and so their crews) from the New World who has a friendly relationship with Whitebeard Pirates. The most known and only shown at the moment are "Bohemian Knight" Douma (ドーマ Douma ) (who fought against Ace in the past, and his defeat under him gives Luffy's brother his rank as 2nd Division Commander), "Thunder Lord" McGuy (マクガイ Makugai ) (a powerful man with a lightning bolt shaped black mustache), the Decalvan Brothers (ディカルバン兄弟 Dikaruban Kyōdai ) (a pair of ugly twins), "Great Whirlpool Spider" Squard (スクアード Sukuādo ) (a man who fought in the past against Gol D. Roger whose crew was eliminated by the Pirate King), the "Little" Oars Jr. (オーズJr. Ōzu Jr. ) (descendant from Oars, the most powerful zombie of Gecko Moria's army) and the "Ice Witch" Whitey Bay (ホワイティ・ベイ Howaiti Bei ) (a beautiful woman commanding a ship that is an icebreaker). They were all under command of Whitebeard during his war against the Marines and The Seven Royal Warlords of the Sea. During this war Monkey D. Luffy, Emporio Ivankov, Buggy and Galdino (Mr. 3) became too allies of Whitebeard. The Warlord Jinbei is also an ally of Whitebeard as he refused to battle against him and so lost his title as a Warlord of the Sea because in the past Whitebeard freed his people from the World Government
The Royal Seven Warlords of the Sea (王下七武海 Ouka Shichibukai ) are extremely powerful pirates who have allied themselves with the World Government. They hand over a fraction of their loot to the Government. Other pirates consider the Seven Warlords to be "government dogs".ch.69 For their allegiance, the World Government pardons these pirates for their crimes and removes their bounties.ch.342 The Seven Warlords are loosely based on the privateers of Europe, government endorsed pirates considered heroes in their homeland and pillagers in others.ch.260
Marshall D. Teach (マーシャル・D・ティーチ Māsharu D. Tīchi ), better known as Blackbeard (黒ひげ Kurohige ), is named after the real pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach.ch.474 The Dark-Dark Fruit (ヤミヤミの実 Yami Yami no Mi ) grants him the ability to create and control gravity fields, which are represented as a flowing darkness.ch.441 After killing Whitebeard, he also stole his Gura Gura no Mi (earthquake) power. Currently, it is unknown how he stole the power. As a former member of the Whitebeard Pirates,ch.159 he killed one of his crewmates to get hold of the devil fruit he had sought for several decades.ch.440 For that reason, he is pursued by Ace who eventually confronts him.ch.159 After defeating Ace and turning him in to the World Government, he is appointed the replacement for Sir Crocodile as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.ch.486 His ultimate goal, which he has already schemed, is to become King of the Pirates.ch.440 He is the only Warlord of the Sea without an animal theme. He is voiced by Akio Ohtsuka in the Japanese version of the animeep.146 and by Cole Brown in the Funimation English dub.ep.146
Blackbeard's crew is made up of Jesus Burgess (ジーザス･バージェス Jīzasu Bājesu , G. Zass Burgess in the 4Kids dub), a brawny man who wears a wrestling mask, Van Auger (ヴァン･オーガー Van Ōgā , Van Ogre in the English versions), a sharpshooter nicknamed "The Supersonic", Lafitte (ラフィット Rafitto ), a pale tap dancer, and Doc Q (ドクQ Doku Kyū ), a sickly doctor nicknamed the "God of Death",ch.234 who rides on an equally sickly horse named Stronger (ストロンガー Sutorongā , Strongheart in the English manga).ch.223 Later in the series, the chief jailor of the World Government's prison Impel Down, the swordsman Shiryu (シリュウ Shiryū ), nicknamed "Shiryu of the Rain" (「雨のシリュウ」 "Ame no Shiryū" ), defects and is recruited into the crew.ch.549 Following Blackbeard freed further Level 6 prisoners to join his side : "Corrupt King" Abalo Pizarro , "Mighty Drinker" Vasco Shot ,"New Moon Hunter" Catalina Devon and "Colossal Battleship" San Juan Wolf . ch.576
Bartholomew Kuma (バーソロミュー・くま Bāsoromyū Kuma ) is one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. He is based on the real life pirate Bartholomew Roberts. A self-declared pacifist, Kuma is frequently seen carrying a Bible. He has a reputation to be the only Warlord truly obedient to the World Government,ch.474 although recent events suggest that he is not really obedient to the World Government and may be helping the pirates. He ate the devil fruit called Paw-Paw Fruit (ニキュニキュの実 Nikyu Nikyu no Mi ) and thus gained the ability to repel anything he touches with his palms, including physical objects such as people or air as well as abstract things such as pain and fatigue.ch.484,485 The fruit also gave him the ability to teleport himself and other people, which he usually do after asking them where they would like to go. Kuma is the model for the Pacifista (パシフィスタ Pashifisuta ), a class of experimental cyborgs, created by the Marine scientist, Doctor Vegapunk. Their bodies are made of a substance harder than steel and from their mouths they can shoot blasts so powerful that they melt even metal.ch.485 The other pacifista look just like Kuma, sharing his abnormally large stature, but lack the Warlord's devil fruit ability. Instead, Vegapunk gave them the ability to shoot laser beams, like those created by Admiral Kizaru's devil fruit ability, from the palms of their hands.ch.508,509 His animal theme is the bear, Kuma is Japanese for "bear". Kuma and his copies are voiced by Hideyuki Hori in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.399
Gecko Moria (ゲッコー･モリア Gekkō Moria ) is the captain of the island sized ship Thriller Bark and one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.ch.448 The Shadow-Shadow Fruit (カゲカゲの実 Kage Kage no Mi ) grants him the ability to control his shadow, allowing it to act completely independent from his body,ch.463 and to control the shadows of others.ch.455 Because his last crew was entirely annihilated in the New World,ch.481 he creates a completely obedient, immortal army of zombies by implanting stolen shadows into corpses,ch.457 patched up using the talents of the medical genius Doctor Hogback (ドクトル・ホグバック Dokutoru Hogubakku ).ch.449 His animal theme is the gecko. Moria is voiced by Katsuhisa Hōki in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.343
Hundreds of zombies make up the crew of Thriller Bark, the number of which grows even further as Moria uses Luffy's shadow to revive the body of Oars (オーズ Ōzu ) an extremely large giant who ruled a country of brigands during his lifetime five hundred years before his resurrection.ch.456–457 Moria also has Perona (ペローナ) and Absalom of the Graveyard (墓場のアブサロム Hakaba no Abusaromu ) under his command. Perona is a woman with the power of the Hollow-Hollow Fruit (ホロホロの実 Horo Horo no Mi ), allowing her to create various ghosts that can either explode upon command or cause severe depression in an opponent.ch.461,465 Absalom is a man augmented by Hogback with various animal parts, whose devil fruit ability allows him to turn himself and anything he touches invisible.ch.464 Oda said that, in preparation for drawing the Thriller Bark arc, he watched a lot of zombie movies and that because he dislikes scary things, he tried to create zombies which looked silly and funny in spite of the increased amount of black in his art during the arc.ch.500
The "Pirate Empress" (「海賊女帝」 "Kaizoku Jotei" ) Boa Hancock (ボア・ハンコック Boa Hankokku ) is a woman of extraordinary beauty, the sole female member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, captain of the all-female Kuja Pirates (九蛇海賊団 Kuja Kaizokudan ), and ruler of Amazon Lily (アマゾン・リリー Amazon Rirī ), an island populated solely by women.ch.516 She believes that because she is so beautiful anything bad that she does will be forgiven by everyone, and because of that she is not afraid to hurt pirates, Marines and even her own people. During their childhood, she and her two sisters were sold as slaves to the Celestial Dragons (天竜人 Tenryūbito ), who forced them to eat devil fruits. She and her sisters still bear the brand of the Celestial Dragons on their backs. To conceal their shameful past from their kinswomen the sisters concocted a story about having defeated a Gorgon, claiming that their strange abilities were the result of the Gorgon's curse and that they have cursed eyes on their backs that would turn anyone who sees them into stone.ch.517,521 Hancock consumed the Love-Love Fruit (メロメロの実 Mero Mero no Mi ) which gave her the ability to turn anyone charmed by her into stone.ch.516,521 Eventually, she falls in love with Luffy because of his selflessness and help him infiltrate into the prison Impel Down to rescue his brother Ace.ch.522 Her animal theme is the snake. Hancock is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi in the Japanese version of the anime.
Her younger sisters both ate a model of the Snake-Snake Fruit (ヘビヘビの実 Hebi Hebi no Mi ). The middle sister, Boa Sandersonia (ボア・サンダーソニア Boa Sandāsonia ), ate the anaconda model. The youngest sister, Boa Marigold (ボア・マリーゴールド Boa Marīgōrudo ) ate the king cobra model. These fruits' abilities allow them to turn into large snake-human hybrid creatures or pure snakes of their respective models.ch.519
Dracule Mihawk (ジュラキュール・ミホーク Jurakyūru Mihōku ), better known as "Hawk-Eyes" Mihawk, is a member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea and the strongest swordsman in the world.ch.50,52,69 He is a pale skinned man who travels in a small boat that is shaped like a coffin.ch.50 In battle he either wields a knife that he carries as a pendant around his neck or—if he fights a worthy opponent—a two-handed sword, with a black, single edged, curved blade known as the world's strongest sword.ch.51 Both weapons bear a resemblance to the Christian cross, a resemblance that was removed in the 4Kids dub by shortening their crossguards.ep.23 His animal theme is the hawk. He is voiced by Takeshi Aono in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.24 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Wayne Grayson for 4Kidsep.23 and by John Gremillion for Funimation.ep.24
Don Quixote Doflamingo (ドンキホーテ・ドフラミンゴ Donkihōte Dofuramingo ) is a member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. His names are a reference to the Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote and his animal theme, the flamingo, represented by the large coat of pink feathers that he wears. He has the ability to control others using movements with his fingers similar to that of a puppeteer, although no devil fruit has been linked officially to this ability as of yetch.231. He believes that the Great Age of Piracy is nearing its end and a new age is about to begin.ch.303 He owns a large auction house on the Sabaody Archipelago, where human and people of other species are sold as slaves.ch.504 In the Japanese version of the anime, he is voiced by Hideyuki Tanaka.ep.151 In the Funimation English dub, he is voiced by Robert McCollum.ep.151
His former crew is introduced as the Bellamy Pirates, captained by "The Hyena", Bellamy (ベラミー Beramī ),ch.222,223 named after the real pirate Samuel Bellamy,ch.230 whose Spring-Spring Fruit (バネバネの実 Bane Bane no Mi , Boing-Boing Fruit in the English manga) ability allows him to turn his legs into springs. Using this ability, Bellamy is able to bounce off surfaces to gain velocity for his attacks.ch.231 His first mate, "Big Knife" Sarquiss (サーキース Sākīsu ), is a tall man who fights using an overly large kukri knife.ch.303
Jimbeich.69 (ジンベエ Jinbee ) is a yakuza-esque whale shark fishman and the sole member of his species among the Seven Warlords of the Sea.ch.528 In exchange for the World Government granting him Warlord-status, he disbanded his pirate crew of fishmen, part of which became the crew of Arlong.ch.69 Though the World Government knows him as a pirate-hating pirate, he has a weakness for Whitebeard and his men, due to Whitebeard's declaration that Fishman Island is his territory and thus under his protection, which scares off slave traders and pirates and brought peace to the area.ch.529 For refusing to raise a hand against Whitebeard, Jimbei is thrown into the world's greatest prison, Impel Down, until he agrees to go to war against Whitebeard.ch.523 However, he remains adamant and eventually resigns his position.ch.557 In the Japanese version of the anime, he was voiced by Daisuke Gōri for two episodes until his death in 2010, after which he is replaced by Katsuhisa Hōki.
The Marine (海軍 Kaigun , directly translated as "Navy" in some adaptations) is a military force under the command of the World Government. The uniforms of its soldiers, who are referred to as "marines" in adaptations using "Marine", as well as the Marine's ships and installations prominently display the word "Marine" in all-upper-case roman letters, often alongside a depiction of a sea gull. The words "marine" and "Marine", respectively, are French, Dutch and German for "navy". In the 4Kids dub of the anime series, these were edited out and replaced with the word "Navy." The Marine is commanded by Fleet-Admiral Sengoku (センゴク), who is also called "Sengoku the Buddha"ch.234 and known as a talented strategist,ch.556 and the three admirals, Aokiji, Kizaru, and Akainu (赤犬 lit. "Red Dog" ).
Aokiji (青雉 lit. "Blue Pheasant" ), known as Kuzan (クザン) prior to his promotion,ch.393 is an extremely lazy Marine officer and one of only three with the rank of admiral.ch.319 He possesses the power of the Chilly-Chilly Fruit (ヒエヒエの実 Hie Hie no Mi ), a logia-type devil fruit which allows him to freeze things,ch.319 to create ice, or to transform into it.ch.320 Aside from making him one of the governments strongest fighters,ch.319 this ability allows him to ride a bicycle across the sea.ch.303 He is voiced by Takehito Koyasu in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.226 In English, he is voiced by Bob Carter for Funimation.
Kizaru (黄猿 lit. "Yellow Monkey" ) was known as Borsalino (ボルサリーノ Borusarīno ) prior to his promotion to admiral. Kizaru possesses the power of the Glint-Glint Fruit (ピカピカの実 Pika Pika no Mi ), a logia-type devil fruit, allowing him to turn himself into photons and move at the speed of light (and take advantage of reflecting surfaces), and fire destructive lasers. Kizaru is a middle aged man who wears a yellow striped suit with a Marine coat draped over it like a cape, his arms not in its sleeves. Kizaru also wears pure white shoes and gold-amber tinted sunglasses. He is a very calm and cool-headed man who speaks very slowly and occasionally elongates the last word of his sentences. He is voiced by Unshō Ishizuka in the Japanese version of the anime.
Akainu (赤犬 lit. "Red Dog" ), who was named Sakazuki (サカズキ) prior to his promotion, has the power of an as of yet unnamed logia-type devil fruit that gives him the power to control or create magma and lava. Akainu practices 'Absolute Justice', an extremely ruthless interpretation of the greater good. (Such as destroying an entire ship full of escaping civilians in the off chance that one criminal might be hiding amongst them.) He is also notable for wearing a cap low over his eyes, obscuring his facial features for all of his early appearances. He is voiced by Michio Nakao in the Japanese version of the anime.
Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp (モンキー・D・ガープ Monkī D. Gāpu ), nicknamed "Garp the Fist" (拳骨のガープ Genkotsu no Gāpu ), is the father of Dragon and the grandfather of Luffy.ch.432 He is famous for cornering Gold Rogerch.431 and considered a hero of the Marine.ch.432 After Roger's execution, he took care of Roger's son, Ace, raising him like his own grandson.ch.551 He has superhuman strength, enough to lift and throw cannonballs like baseball pitches.ch.438 He is voiced by Hiroshi Naka in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.68 In English, he is voiced by Brian Mathis for Funimation.ep.68
Garp takes both Coby (コビー Kobī ) and Helmeppo (ヘルメッポ Herumeppo ) under his wing.ch.92 Coby is a young boy, who is originally forced to act as a cabin boy in Alvida's pirate crew, until being saved by Luffy.ch.2 Helmeppo is "Axe-Hand" Morgan's spoiled son, who is able to do whatever he pleased until Morgan is defeated by Luffy and Zoro.ch.3–6
Smoker (スモーカー Sumōkā , "Chaser" in the 4Kids dub) is a Marine officer and a cigar enthusiast, keeping plenty of cigars strapped to the left side of his jacket while smoking two lit ones in his mouth.ch.98 He has the powers of the Plume-Plume Fruit (モクモクの実 Moku Moku no Mi , lit. "Fruit of Billow Billow", "Smoke-Smoke Fruit" in the 4Kids dub), a logia-type devil fruit which gives him the power to manipulate, create, control and transform into smoke.ch.100 In the 4Kids version of the anime, his cigars were edited out, while their smoke was left in, giving the appearance of smoke constantly issuing from his mouth.ep.40 He was initially voiced by Ginzō Matsuo in Japanese version of the anime.ep.48 After Ginzō's death, Mahito Ōba assumed the role.ep.79 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Scottie Ray for 4Kidsep.40 and by Greg Dulcie for Funimation.ep.48
Tashigi (たしぎ Tashigi ), named after the Common Snipe (タシギ Tashigi ),ch.137 is a Marine officer and Smoker's second in command.ch.179 While adept at sword fighting, she is unusually clumsy.ch.96 She is also very well-versed in the famous katana, knowing their names and origins. Her stated goal is to remove all Meitō, named swords with prestigious histories, from the hands of those who would use them for their own ends.ch.97 After meeting Zoro she sets out to sea with Smoker, chasing after him and the rest of the Straw Hat crew. She bears a striking resemblance to Kuina, Zoro's deceased childhood friend and rival, something he is uncomfortable with.ch.100 She is voiced by Junko Noda in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.48 In the English dubs, she is voiced by Priscilla Everett for 4Kidsep.40 and by Monica Rial for Funimation.ep.48
When a reader asked Oda why Tashigi looked similar to Kuina, Oda answered that the similarity is "just a coincidence" and that there is no relation and backstory between the characters.
Cipher Pol No. 9 (サイファーポールナンバーナイン Saifā Pōru Nanbā Nain ), abbreviated as CP9 (シーピーナイン Shī Pī Nain ), is the secret, ninth unit of the World Government's intelligence agency Cipher Pol.ch.346 Specializing in assassination,ch.382 they utilize a weapon-themed martial art called the Rokushiki (六式?, lit. "Six Styles").ch.347 The group is led by Spandam (スパンダム Supandamu ),ch.358 a man lacking the fighting abilities of his subordinates,ch.379 who cares only about himself and is obsessed with rising up through the ranks of the World Government.ch.391 He owns a sword named Funkfreed (ファンクフリード Fankufurīdo ), which has the devil fruit ability to transform into an elephant or into an elephant-sword hybrid.ch.400 The next in command is Rob Lucci (ロブ･ルッチ Robu Rucchi ), a man known for ruthlessly and mercilessly enforcing the justice of the World Government.ch.422 He ate the leopard model of the Cat-Cat Fruit (ネコネコの実 Neko Neko no Mi ), which allows him to transform into a huge leopard-human hybrid or into a pure leopard.ch.349 Always around him is his pigeon, Hattori (ハットリ).ch.327 In the Japanese version of the anime, Spandam is voiced by Masaya Onosakaep.249 and Rob Lucci is voiced by Tomokazu Seki.ep.232
Kaku (カク Kaku ) is a skilled swordsman with a long, square nose. During the course of the story, he eats the Ox-Ox Fruit, Model: Giraffe (ウシウシの実 モデル: ジラフ Ushi Ushi no Mi Moderu: Jirafu , lit. "fruit of cow cow model: giraffe"), which grants him the ability to transform into a giraffe or a giraffe-man hybrid.ch.401 Jabra (ジャブラ Jabura ) is a man who uses deceptive tactics in battle.ch.413,414 A devil fruit gave him the power to change into a full wolf and a human-wolf hybrid.ch.401 Blueno (ブルーノ Burūno ) is a large man with the fruit powers to create doors between any two visible areas and "air doors" that lead to a separate dimension.ch.374 Kumadori (クマドリ Kumadori ) is a man who resembles a kabuki actor and uses an ability called "Life Return" to control every cell in his body.ch.406 Kalifa (カリファ Karifa ) is a calm and collected woman who claims even the slightest comment to be sexual harassment.ch.379 She gains a devil fruit power, which allows her to create cleansing bubbles that are capable of "cleaning off" a person's energy and turning them into slippery mannequins.ch.408 Fukurou (フクロウ Fukurou ) is an oddly-shaped man with a zipper across his mouth, which has to be open in order for him to speak.ch.375
Impel Down (インペル･ダウン Inperu Daun ) is one of three main locations of the World Government (alongside with Marineford and Enies Lobby), and is known as the world's greatest prison. Impel Down possess a system of levels where the prisoners are sent depending on their crimes, the most dangerous wanted and insanely powerful criminals are sent to Level 6 (who surpass by far a 100 million berries bounty, or who for other reasons the World Government wishes to permanently hide from the world) and the less dangerous to Level 1-5.
It's commanded by Chief Warden Magellan (マゼラン Mazeran ), a very large demon-like man who ate the Venom-Venom Fruit (ドクドクの実 Doku Doku no Mi ). This gives him the power to generate and control poison including his signature "Hydra" attack and the "Venom Demon: Hell's Judgment", which produces a poison so corrosive that it eats through the prison's stone walls. The Vice Chief Warden is Hannyabal (ハンニャバル Hannyabaru ), an ambitious man who resembles a mix between a devil and an Egyptian pharaoh. Sadie-chan (サディちゃん Sadi-chan ) a sadistic woman dressed as a dominatrix who has command over the four Torturer Beasts (Minotaurus, Minozebra, Minorhinoceros and Minokoala; powerful awakened Zoan-type Devil Fruit users) is Chief Torturer. Saldeath (サルデス Sarudesu ), a man who resembles an imp in a white suit who controls the Blue Gorillas (sea gorillas with incredible strength armed with axes) is the Chief Guard. And the Vice Chief Jailer is a blonde girl with sunglassess called Domino (ドミノ Domino ). There was a Chief Jailer, called Shiryu (シリュウ Shiryuu ) "of the Rain", an expert swordsman who has been imprisoned for his excessive violence towards the prisoners and sent to level 6. He saved the lives of Blackbeard and his crew after they were all defeated by Magellan, and joined Blackbeard's crew.
Baroque Works (バロック・ワークス Barokku Wākusu ) is Crocodile's undercover, criminal organization. Their goal is to overthrow the government of Alabasta, the homeland of Nefeltari Vivi, by inciting a revolution. The members are promised high positions in the ideal nation Crocodile plans to create on the Alabastan soil.ch.113 However, Crocodile's ultimate goal is to turn that nation into the world's strongest military power by obtaining the ancient weapon Pluton, which is hidden somewhere in the country.ch.193 The organization is led by a thirteen male agents, who use the code names Mr. 0 through Mr. 13, and their female partners, who use code names taken from weekdays or holidays. The agents Mr. 0 through Mr. 5 and their partners are called Officer Agents and command the 200 lower ranking members called Billions. The agents Mr. 6 through Mr. 13 and their partners are called Frontier Agents. They, with the exception of Mr. 13 and his partner, who serve as messengers and punishers, command the 1800 lowest ranking members called Millions.ch.155
Crocodile, as Mr. 0, acts as the presidentch.113 and Nico Robin, as Miss All-Sunday, acts as the vice president.ch.114 Daz Bonez (ダズ・ボーネス Dazu Bōnesu ), also known as Mr. 1, ate the Dice-Dice Fruit (スパスパの実 Supa Supa no Mi ), which gives him the ability to turn any part of his body into a steel blade. He works with Miss Doublefinger (ミス・ダブルフィンガー Misu Daburufingā ), who has the ability to create elongated spikes from her body.ch.190 Mr. 2 Bon Kurei works by himself, assuming both male and female aspects thanks in no small part to his ability to take on the appearance of any other person.ch.155 Gardino (ガルディノ Garudino ), better known as Mr. 3, has the ability to create and manipulate wax.ch.120 His partner, Miss Golden Week (ミス・ゴールデンウィーク Misu Gōruden Wīku ), has the ability to manipulate emotions using "Colors Traps".ch.124 Mr. 4, a man with a large four-ton bat, owns Lassoo, a gun infused with the power of a devil fruit, allowing it to turn into a dog.ch.184 His partner, Miss Merry Christmas (ミス・メリークリスマス Misu Merī Kurisumasu ), has the ability to turn into a mole or a mole-human hybrid.ch.183 Mr. 5 has the ability to cause an explosion with any part of his bodych.111 and his partner, Miss Valentine (ミス・バレンタイン Misu Barentain ), has the ability to change her weight at will.ch.112
Sir Crocodile (サー・クロコダイル Sā Kurokodairu ), initially a member of the Seven Warlords of the Seach.113 and, unbeknown to the World Government,ch.169 the leader of Baroque Worksch.113 under the codename "Mr. 0",ch.127 is stripped of his Warlord statusch.211 and sent to the great government prison Impel Downch.413 after the Straw Hats thwart his plans to overthrow the government of Nefeltari Vivi's homeland, Alabasta.vol.19–23 He ate the Sand-Sand Fruit (スナスナの実 Suna Suna no Mi ), which allows him to manipulate sand,ch.170 absorb moisture with his right hand,ch.201 and as long as he is not wet, he can turn his body into sand.ch.199 He has a large golden alloy hook in place of a left hand,ch.160 that contains a potent poison.ch.204 He is voiced by Ryūzaburō Ōtomo in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.76 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Michael Alston Baley for 4Kidsep.59 and by John Swasey for Funimation.
Mr. 1 (ミスター・ワン Misutā Wan ), real name Daz Bonez (ダズ・ボーネス Dazu Bōnesu ), was an assassin in the west Blue before joining Baroque Works, in which he was the highest ranked male Officer Agent and the strongest under Crocodile himself. He was defeated by Zoro and sent to Impel Down after the Alabastan Revolution. After assisting Crocodile and, unintentionally, Monkey D. Luffy, escape from Impel Down, he is now fighting alongside Crocodile at Marineford. He is also very loyal to Crocodile and is seen helping Luffy after Crocodile asked him to. He is voice by Tetsu Inada in the Japanese version of the anime. In the English dubs, he is voiced by Scottie Ray for 4Kids and by Brett Weaver for FUNimation.
Bentham (ベンサム Bensamu ),ch.532 better known under his codename Mr. 2 Bon Clay (Mr. 2 ボン・クレー Misutā Tsū Bon Kurē ), is a transvestite (お釜 okama) and skilled martial artist who ate the Clone-Clone Fruit (マネマネの実 Mane Mane no Mi , lit. "fruit of copy copy"), which gives him the ability to transform into an exact copy of anyone whose face he once touched with his right hand(he is able to change back with his left hand).ch.156 As a member of Sir Crocodile's organization Baroque Works, Mr. 2 is the only officer agent without a female partner,ch.155 because as a transvestite, he fills both roles by himself. Likewise, his codename is a composite of a male Baroque Works agent's number and a female agent's holiday, "Bon Clay", which is the end of the Bon Festival.ch.161 He is voiced by Kazuki Yao in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.78 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Kevin Kolack for 4Kidsep.60 and by Barry Yandell for Funimation.
Mr. 3 (ミスター・スリー Misutā Surī ), real name Galdino (ギャルディーノ Gyarudīno ), was an officer agent of Baroque Works, alongside his partner Miss Golden Week. After being sent to Impel Down, he escaped with the assistance of Buggy the Clown, whom he shares a kindred bond with, and Monkey D. Luffy, and alliance that, while weak, has proven itself on a number of occasions. He is now taking part in the Battle of Marineford alongside the other Impel Down escapees. Crocodile only allowed Mr. 3 to hold his position in the organization as "Mr. 3" because Mr. 4 was too mentally slow. Otherwise, he would have been much lower ranked. In Impel Down, he proves his overall lack of fighting spirit on a number of occasions. He acted like a coward and backed up Buggy's escape plan rather then Luffy's much more dangerous advancement to the lower levels. After Magellan shows up on the fleeing group during their escape, Mr. 3 shows a moment of bravery, but admitted he could only hold it together for a brief moment. Mr. 3 ate the Wax-Wax Fruit (ドルドルの実 Doru Doru no Mi ), a Devil Fruit which allows him to tap infinite amounts of a special candle wax from his body. He can manipulate this wax to form any shape he desires, control its motion in both liquid and hardened states, and harden it to become as strong as steel. He usually crafts artistic weapons with such wax, which, when used at its maximum peak, was strong enough to take down a pirate with a bounty of 42,000,000. He can also manipulate a small amount of fire. He is shown to be close friends with Mr. 2 Bon Kureich.571 He is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in the Japanese version of the anime. In the English dubs, he is voice by Tom Souhrada for 4Kids and by Duncan Brannan for FUNimation.
Mr. 4 is rather tall and fat, wearing a green shirt that covers most of his body with black pants and gray running shoes. Like all other officer agents, his number is expressed somewhere on his clothing or his person. Mr. 4 has an obscure "4" design on his shirt, as well as a "4" on his baseball bat. Mr. 4 was the slow and dimwitted partner of Miss Merry Christmas . He seems incapable of thinking for himself at all and often just does as his partner tells him to do. He laughs freely, but speaks rarely- in contrast to his partner, he speaks very slowly, usually taking most of a scene to articulate a short sentence.
Buggy the Clown (道化のバギー Dōke no Bagī ) is the ruthless captain of the circus-themed Buggy Pirates, who is known for his love of cannons. He is particularly sensitive when it comes to his big, red, round nose and when insulted will even resort to killing his own men.ch.9 Nevertheless, he is beloved by his crew.ch.55 Years before the series' present, while a junior member on Gold Roger's ship,ch.434 he brought a devil fruit and a treasure map into his possession. He intended to sell the fruit and to search for the treasure, but Shanks accidentally made Buggy swallow the fruit and drop the map into the sea. Buggy holds a grudge against Shanks ever since.ch.19 The fruit he swallowed was the Chop-Chop Fruit (バラバラの実 Bara Bara no Mi ). Having eaten it, allows him to separate his body into parts and to control these parts independently of each other as long as they remain in his proximity and, as long as at least one of his feet is on the ground, he can levitate the other parts.ch.527 This ability also makes him immune to cutting attacks; any such attack will only separate him into parts.ch.526 He is voiced by Shigeru Chiba in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.4 In the English dubs, he is voiced by David Wills for 4Kidsep.4 and by Mike McFarland for Funimation.ep.4 Oda said that Buggy is his favorite antagonist, because of all of the antagonists Buggy is the easiest for him to draw.
Buggy's first mate is Mohji (モージ Mōji ), an animal tamer with a large pet lion called Richie (リチー Richī ).ch.12 His second mate is Cabaji (カバジ Kabaji ), an acrobatics using swordsman.ch.15 Alvida (アルビダ Arubida ) joins Buggy in search of Luffy after they both are defeated by him.ch.54 Though obese at the beginning of the series, she gains the power of the Smooth-Smooth Fruit (スベスベの実 Sube Sube no Mi , "Slip-Slip Fruit" in the English manga and 4Kids dub), which makes her thin and allows attacks to easily slip off of her.ch.98 She is named after the Scandinavian pirate Awilda.ch.50 She is voiced by Yoko Matsuoka in the Japanese version of the anime. In the English dubs, she is voiced by Kayzie Rogers and Caren Manuel for 4Kids and by Laurie Steele for Funimation.
Kuro (クロ Kuro ) is a pirate captain known for his elaborate plans,ch.26 who desires to leave behind his identity and to escape the pirates lifestyle of always being on the run.ch.37 He does this by becoming butler to Kaya, Usopp's childhood friend. He considers his crew as nothing but pawns to carry out his plans and, if he so pleases, to die for them.ch.38 Kuro fights using a pair of gloves, equipped with long uncurved, single edged blades. Wearing these he adopted his signature habit of adjusting his constantly slipping glasses, by using only the palm of his hand to avoid cutting his face.ch.33 Anime News Network praised the character as being "both unspeakably cool and utterly vile". He is voiced by Kōichi Hashimoto in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.9 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Gary Mack for 4Kidsep.9 and by Kent Williams for Funimation.ep.9
His crew, called the Black Cat Pirates, with the exceptions of Kuro and his first mate Django, all wear cat ears on their heads.ch.124 Django is a moonwalking hypnotist with Michael Jackson-esque appearance and mannerism.ch.25 During Kuro's long absence, he assumes the role of captain. He has a striped appendage on his chin that resembles the beard of an Egyptian pharaoh.ch.28 Oda made this design choice because all cats have their origin in Egypt.ch.124 The guardians of the crew's ship are the slender figured Siam and his fat partner Butchie. They fight using cat-like gloves, like their captain, but with claws instead of blades.ch.31,32
Don Krieg (首領・クリーグ Don Kurīgu ) is a pirate, well known for his underhanded tactics.ch.46 He does not care for his crew and bullies them to fear and obey him.ch.49 He punishes those who fail him and those who show weakness.ch.61,62 He wears a gilded suit of steel armor, that is filled with hidden weapons.ch.47 Oda chose the name Krieg, which means "war" in German, because the Krieg arc's main theme was battle, making the name easy to remember.ch.163 He is voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.21 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Marc Thompson for 4Kids,ep.20 and by Andy Mullins for Funimation.ep.21
Arlong (アーロン Āron ) is a sawshark fishman who became captain of part of Jimbei's pirate crew when it disbanded before Jimbei joined the Seven Warlords of the Sea.ch.69 He is a racist, considering humans to be inferior to fishmen. Though there are humans he considers to be exceptions.ch.71 He values money very highlych.69 and prides himself that he would rather die than to break a promise.ch.75 However, he proves willing to subvert the spirit of a promise so long as he follows its letter.ch.80 He is voiced by Jūrōta Kosugi in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.31 In the English dubs, he is voiced by David Wills for 4Kidsep.30 and by Chris Rager for Funimation.ep.31
Wapol (ワポル Waporu ) is the former ruler of Chopper's homeland, the Drum Empire,ch.133 which is later renamed to Sakura Kingdom.ch.440 He ate the Munch-Munch Fruit (バクバクの実 Baku Baku no Mi , lit. "fruit of chomp chomp"),ch.131 which grants him the ability to eat virtually anything and to take on its properties.ch.147 With the help of his underlings, the skilled archer Chess and Kuromarimo, whose fighting style revolves around throwing parts of his afro hair-cut,ch.146 Wapol held a cruel regime over his empire by exiling most of the countries physicians and forcing the citizens to beg for treatment by Wapol's personal group of elite doctors.ch.141 He is voiced by Bin Shimada in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.79 In the 4Kids English dub, he is voiced by Sean Schemmel ep.48 and by Andy Mullins for Funimation.
Eneru (エネル sometimes romanized as "Enel", "Ener" ), referred to as "God Eneru" (「神・エネル」 "Goddo Eneru" ) by his subjects and followers, is the Only God (唯一神 Yuiitsushin ) or God (神 Kami ) of Skypiea (スカイピア Sukaipia ), an island in the clouds above the Grand Line.ch.254 Though "God" is traditionally only the title for the island's ruler, Eneru takes it literally,ch.274 forcing the population to worship and serve him.ch.255 He ate the Rumble-Rumble Fruit (ゴロゴロの実 Goro Goro no Mi ), which gives him the ability to manipulate, generate, and transform into electricity.ch.266 Additionally, he is able to use Mantra (マントラ Mantora ), an ability that somehow allows one to predict a being's movement and to sense any conscious being's position within a certain range.ch.257 Used in conjunction, these abilities extend his hearing over the entire country and allow him to immediately punish those who speak up against him.ch.278 Eneru's overly long earlobes reach down to his chest similar to some depictions of Buddha and like the god of thunder and lightning Raijin, he wears a ring of drums, showing a tomoe on the drumhead, on his back.ch.254 He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.167 In English, he is voiced by Wayne Grayson for 4Kids, J. Michael Tatum for Funimation.ep.167
Eneru is the leader of his own personal army. They consist, aside from Eneru himself and his four "Priests", Satori, Shura, Gedatsu, and Ohm, of the fifty Enforcers (神兵 Shinpei ), led by the Chief Enforcer Yama (ヤマ) and his lieutenants, Hotori (ホトリ) and Kotori (コトリ).ch.257 Yama is an overly large man with a massive body, who fights using ten axe dials sewn onto a sash. Hotori and Kotori, who are twin brothers of the Priest Satori, and the other enforcers wear long, white clothing and, like Eneru, have very long earlobes, but unlike him, they have goat-like horns on their foreheads.ch.261 The unnamed enforcers, additionally, tend to make goat-like noises.ch.257
The Skypiea Priests (スカイピア神官達 Sukaipia Shinkan-tachi , "Vassals" in the 4Kids dub, "Knights" in the Edited FUNimation dub) are part of Eneru's personal army. Like him, they can make use of Mantra.ch.246,248,262,271 Satori (サトリ), called "Satori of the Forest" (「森のサトリ」 "Mori no Satori" ), fights using sphere-shaped clouds which when touched explode, shoot blades, etc. He also uses impact dials tied to his hands, which can absorb the force of an attack and release it back at the attacker at any time, consecutively.ch.246,257 Shura (シュラ), called "Skyrider Shura" (「スカイライダー・シュラ」 "Sukairaidā Shura" ), tangles his enemies in nearly-invisible, but very durable string-shaped cloudsch.256 and attacks with his dial-heated lance. He rides Fuza (フザ), an oversized vulture that, using a flame dial, is able to breath fire.ch.248,257 Gedatsu (ゲダツ romanized as "Gedatz" in the 4Kids dubbed video games, sometimes "Gadus" ), called "Sky Boss Gedatsu" (「空番長ゲダツ」 "Kūbanchō Gedatsu" ), uses milky dials strapped to his palms, allowing him to create dense, swamp-like clouds to throw at his opponents, jet dials attached to his arms, giving him a very fast and powerful punch, and milky dials in the heels of his shoes, allowing him to fly.ch.262 Ohm (オーム Ōmu ), called "Skybreeder Ohm" (「スカイブリーダー・オーム」 "Sukaiburīdā Ōmu" ), constantly laments about the life of his opponents and says that he will save them by killing them.ch.266 He fights with traps, which shoot barbed wire,ch.268 and with a shape-shifting sword.ch.271 His mount is a huge, boxing dog named Holy (ホーリー Hōrī ).ch.268 The Priests' names are religious references. In Japanese, satori (悟り?) means "enlightenment" and shura (修羅?) means "carnage". Gedatsu (解脱?) is the Japanese word for Moksha and Om is named after the syllable Aum.ch.266 They are referred to as Eneru's "Priests" (神官達|Shinkan-tachi) in the Japanese version and uncut FUNimation dub, while being referred to as "Vassals" by Viz and 4Kids, and the "Knights" to "King" Eneru in the edited FUNimation dub.
Foxy the Silver Fox (銀ギツネのフォクシー Gin-gitsune no Fokushī ) is the captain of a pirate crew that specializes in a pirate game called Davy Back Fight, wherein pirate crews can win crewmen from their opponents.ch.306 Foxy is a cheater and trickster.ch.307 Though he acts supremely confident most of the time, he is extremely sensitive to insults or criticism. Whenever someone insults him he will fall to his knees while his closest crewmates, Porche (ポルチェ Poruche ) and Hamburg (ハンバーグ Hanbāgu ), if present, will cheer him up or laugh about him, respectively.ch.306 Foxy ate the Slow-Slow Fruit (ノロノロの実 Noro Noro no Mi ) and gained the ability to emit microscopic particles from his hands which can temporarily slow down any object, reducing the object's velocity, while preserving its kinetic energy.ch.309 He is voiced by Bin Shimada in the Japanese media.ep.207
"Dark King" Silvers Rayleigh (シルバーズ・レイリー Shirubāzu Reirī ) is the former first mate of Gold Roger. He has settled down on the Sabaody Archipelago, where he works as a coating mechanic.ch.500 Like Shanks, Silvers has a strong Haki (覇気?, lit. "ambition"), a so far unexplained ability that can, among other things, make weak people pass out. He can aim it at multiple targets in his vicinity.ch.503 It also allows him to render users of Logia-type devil fruits vulnerable to physical attack. Rayleigh admits that the former Roger Pirates know of what happened during the Blank Century.ch.507 He has been friends with Hachi for twenty years, ever since he was saved by him, when he was cast away at sea.ch.506 He is voiced by Keiichi Sonobe.ep.394
Hatchan (はっちゃん Hacchan ), also known as Hachi（lit. Eight), is an octopus-fishman and first introduced as a member of Arlong's pirate crew.ch.73 Like all fishmen, he has ten times the strength of a human,ch.70 can breath underwater,ch.71 and swim very fast.ch.495 Being half octopus, he can spit large quantities of black inkch.83 or use his suction pads to stick to walls.ch.84 Additionally, he fights using six swords, holding one in each arm-tentacle.ch.84 After Arlong and his crew are defeated and captured by the navy, Hatchan escapesch.182 and opens a floating takoyaki restaurant.ch.228 He becomes close friends with Camie and constantly rescues her from sea monsters and slave traders.ch.491 He later reconciles with the Straw Hats,ch.496 and brings them in contact with Silvers Rayleigh, with whom he became friends after saving him, when he was castaway at sea.ch.506 He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.31 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Sean Schemmel for 4Kidsep.30 and by George Manley for Funimation dub.ep.31
Camie (ケイミー Keimī ) is a kissing gourami mermaid.ch.490 She aspires to become a fashion designer. For that reason, she keeps the talking starfish and professional designer Pappag (パッパグ Pappagu ) as her pet and master.ch.491 Neither of them is able to smell a trap, so they are often swallowed by large sea creatures or captured by slave traders.ch.492 In the Japanese media, Camie is voiced by Haruna Ikezawa and Pappag by Kōzō Shioya.ep.385
Nefertari Vivi (ネフェルタリ・ビビ Neferutari Bibi ), first introduced under the codename Miss Wednesday while infiltrating Sir Crocodile's organization Baroque Works, is the princess of the Kingdom of Alabasta,ch.110 daughter of King Nefertari Cobra (ネフェルタリ・コブラ Neferutari Kobura ). She is a weak fighter but cannot bear to abandon anyone even if it means her own deathch.177 and as long as there is a chance of saving everyone from a dangerous situation, she is willing to risk countless lives to do it.ch.198 During the time she travels with the Straw Hats, she develops a strong bond with the crew and is tempted to follow them on their adventure. However, because of her feelings for her country and its people, she decides against it.ch.216.Vivi's closet friend is her spot-billed duck Carue who she rides through Alabasta. She is voiced by Misa Watanabe in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.62 In the English dubs, she is voiced by Karen Neil for 4Kidsep.47 and by Caitlin Glass for Funimation..Carue is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata in Japanese and in the English dubs he is voiced byMichael Haigney for 4Kids and Monica Rial for FUNimation.
Gol D. Roger (ゴール・D・ロジャー Gōru D. Rojā ), better known as Gold Roger (ゴールド・ロジャー Gōrudo Rojā ), at the time of the Straw Hats' journey,ch.154 is the man referred to as the King of the Pirates.ch.1 Suffering from an incurable disease, he decided to make a complete voyage through the Grand Line with his crew. Afterward, he disbanded the crew and turned himself over to the World Government, who announced that they captured him.ch.506 At his execution, twenty-two years before the beginning of the series,ch.506 he stated that he left all of his treasures in one piece, and that it is up for the taking.ch.1 This spawned the Great Age of Piracy, with various pirates looking to become the King of the Pirates, by finding the treasure referred to as One Piece.ch.506 He is able to listen to "the voice of all things", allowing him to read Poneglyphs.ch.507 He is the father of Ace.ch.550 He is voiced by Chikao Ōtsuka in Japanese media,ep.1 by Greg Carey in the 4Kids English dub,ep.1 and by Sean Hennigan in the Funimation English dub.ep.144
Portgas D. Ace (ポートガス・D・エース Pōtogasu D. Ēsu , renamed to "Portgaz D. Trace" in the 4Kids dub), nicknamed "Fire Fist Ace" (火拳のエース Hiken no Ēsu , "Trace Heat Fist" in the 4Kids dub), is Luffy's adopted older brother and the commander of the second division of Whitebeard's pirates.ch.157,159 Though it is implied at first that his father is Monkey D. Dragon,ch.525 his actual father is Gol D. Roger.ch.550 Rejecting his biological male parent, he only recognizes Whitebeard as his father and took the surname of his mother, because he owes her a great debt.ch.525 To conceal his existence from the World Government, Portgas D. Rouge carried him for twenty months before giving birth. Afterwards, she died from exhaustion.ch.550 He has the powers of the Flame-Flame Fruit (メラメラの実 Mera Mera no Mi , lit. "fruit of crackle crackle", Flare-Flare Fruit in the 4Kids dub) which allows him to manipulate, create, and transform into fire.ch.159 Ace habitually falls asleep in the middle of meals or conversations, a trait also seen with Monkey D. Luffy and Monkey D. Garp.ch.157,233 His back bears the mark of Whitebeard–a skull with a white mustache superimposed over a manji.ch.157 The manji was changed to crossbones in the animated version and in later chapters of the manga.ch.440,ep.94 Ace ranked in the Top 10 of both Shōnen Jump character popularity polls since the character's introduction. He is voiced by Toshio Furukawa in the Japanese version of the anime.ep.91 In the English dubs, he is voiced by Frank Frankson for 4Kidsep.59 and by Travis Willingham for Funimation.ep.145 Ace dies during his attempted rescue from the marines.
The "Revolutionary Army" (革命軍 Kakumeigun ) is an army of globally operating revolutionaries, openly aiming to overthrow the World Government. To that end, they incite revolutions in countries around the world. The army is led by the world's most wanted man, Monkey D. Dragon (モンキー・D・ドラゴン Monkī D. Doragon ), who is known to the public only as Dragon.ch.432 Also unknown to the public are his family ties; he is the son of Garp and father of Luffy.ch.432 Other known revolutionaries are Dragon's comrade Emporio Ivankov (エンポリオ・イワンコフ Enporio Iwankofu ) and Inazuma (イナズマ).ch.539 Ivankov originally was the queen of the drag queen (お釜 okama) kingdom Kamabakka (カマバッカ). The devil fruit named Horn-Horn Fruit (ホルホルの実 Horu Horu no Mi ) grants him the ability to inject hormones into a person's body using his finger nails, creating various effects like increased healing abilities, increased vigour, or changing the person's gender.ch.537–539 Inazuma ate the Snip-Snip Fruit (チョキチョキの実 Choki Choki no Mi ) and thus gained the ability to turn his hands into anything-cutting, giant scissors and to deform things cut with them as if they were paper.ch.540
Several types of merchandise have been produced based on the likeness of the characters in the One Piece series, such as cushions, clothing, towels, key chains, and clocks, as well as several lines of figurines, action figures and plush dolls, including crossovers with other series. Many characters are also featured on trading cards from the One Piece Collectible Card Game and other products ranging from calendars to bath salts.
Anime News Network (ANN) comments that the male character designs of the One Piece manga are "often quite varied and unique", while the female ones become "a bit repetitive". They further note that, as the characters are "defined by what they seek", there is little room "for actual development", but they also point out that the series is driven by its battles in which the main characters each take their "turn in the spotlight". DVD talk simply states that the series' characters have a lot of charm.
In a review of The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, ANN describes the visual style of One Piece as "unconventional" with "grotesquely exaggerated expressions, simple eyes, big mouths and bigger teeth", "supremely ugly supporting characters and skinny, gangly-limbed main cast" and comments that "it's all amazingly distinctive, utterly appropriate, and surprisingly cool—in a goofy kind of way." In the same review, they note that "Funimation's English dub is light-years better than the 4Kids debacle", "unusually accurate, professional, and largely enjoyable, which is far, far more than can be said of the previous dub", but note that Funimation's version of "Crocodile loses his sepulchral charisma" and that "the original's fine dance on the edge of mawkish sentimentality is disrupted often enough by less-than-stellar acting". They also state that "Colleen Clinkenbeard's Luffy is more a generic spunky kid than a personality in his own right, really coming to life only during the action scenes during which she does a fine job of being darned cool."
In another review of The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, Blu-ray.com comments that the Japanese and Funimation voice-acting is "fairly good, but not exceptional" and sometimes "overly zany".
In a review of the second DVD release of 4Kids Entertainment's dub, DVD talk notes "the daunting cast of characters, both good and bad", which "vary from cool and collected to rampaging psychopaths" as "one of the appealing factors" of the anime. In the same review they said that "Some of the voices were pretty irritating ... with a lot of high-pitches and over exaggerated speech."
Splashcomics comments that the "brilliant" (German: "genial") flashbacks into the characters' pasts make them so "likeable and lovable" (German: "sympathisch und liebenswert") and that they are the manga's real strength.
Mania Entertainment writer Jarred Pine comments that Oda's characters are "whacky" and that his "bizarre" character designs create "wonderful characterizations and personalities". He notes the "well illustrated" facial expressions and says that "it's the whacky characterizations and designs that makes One Piece its own".
In a review of Funimation Entertainment's second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that "One Piece's bizarre character designs will keep your attention as they can be very random and often memorable. Not the prettiest, but it will definitely capture your attention."