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 majority of the characters are human, but the cast also includes giants, mermen and mermaids, Fishmen,[a] Sky People, and the Mink Tribe, among others. Many of the characters possess supernatural abilities gained by eating so-called "Devil Fruits". The series' storyline follows the adventures of a group of pirates as they search for the "One Piece" treasure.
Monkey D. Luffy is the series' main protagonist, a young pirate who wishes to succeed Gol D. Roger, the deceased King of the Pirates, by finding his treasure, the "One Piece". Throughout the series, Luffy gathers himself a diverse crew, named the Straw Hat Pirates, including: the three-sword-wielding Roronoa Zoro; the thief and navigator Nami; the cowardly marksman and inventor Usopp; the cook and martial artist Vinsmoke Sanji; the anthropomorphic reindeer and doctor Tony Tony Chopper; the archaeologist Nico Robin; the cyborg shipwright Franky; the living skeleton musician Brook; and the fishman helmsman Jimbei. Together they sail the seas in pursuit of their dreams, encountering other pirates, bounty hunters, criminal organizations, revolutionaries, secret agents and soldiers of the corrupt World Government, and various other friends and foes.
Several characters have been stated to be based on actual people such as: Eustass Kid (Eustace the Monk and William Kidd), X. Drake (Sir Francis Drake), Basil Hawkins (Basil Ringrose and John Hawkins), Capone "Gang" Bege (Al Capone and William Le Sauvage), Jewelry Bonney (Anne Bonny), Urouge (Aruj), and Scratchmen Apoo (Chui A-poo).[ch. 508] The cross dresser Emporio Ivankov is based on Dr. Frank N. Furter and Norio Imamura. Norio had asked Oda to draw more okama (homosexual) characters and became Ivankov's first voice actor.[ch. 570]
Oda had created Helmeppo before he created Captain Morgan, Helmeppo's father. Oda originally named Morgan after "Chop," with the character's full title being "Naval Captain Chop" or "Sailor Chop". "Sailor" in Japanese is suihei (水兵), and "Suihei Chop" is a fighting technique used by Giant Baba, a Japanese wrestler. He created several versions of Morgan before settling on the final design. After an editor told him that Morgan, in Oda's words, "looked lame", he changed the design to its final style.[vol. 1:p. 144 (en)]
The protagonists of the One Piece series are all the members of the Straw Hat Pirates (麦わらの一味 Mugiwara no Ichimi), a crew of ten pirates captained by Monkey D. Luffy. The crew's number increases throughout the series, as Luffy recruits new members. Once Usopp joins the Straw Hat Pirates, they gain their own ship, the Going Merry, which is later destroyed and replaced by a larger and more powerful vessel, the Thousand Sunny created by their shipwright Franky. Two years later, the Straw Hats gain a new fleet, called the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, consisting of 5,640 pirates from seven different crews; Luffy objects to the idea of being a fleet commander, and organizes his new army in a way that they may act independently, but when one crew is in trouble, the others must do what they can to help them.
Monkey D. Luffy (モンキー・D・ルフィ Monkī Dī Rufi) is the primary protagonist of the One Piece series. At age seven, he admires and tries to join the pirates of the "Red Haired" Shanks. Ridiculed and rejected, he inadvertently eats their treasure, the Paramecia-type Gum-Gum Fruit (ゴムゴムの実 Gomu Gomu no Mi), which gives his body the properties of rubber. His reckless efforts ultimately lead him into grave peril causing Shanks to lose an arm while rescuing him. After this, Luffy gives up on joining Shanks, resolving instead to start a crew of his own and become King of the Pirates.[ch. 1] Displeased by Shanks spoiling his grandson, Garp takes Luffy to be raised by Curly Dadan and her mountain bandits, who he strong-arms into taking him in. During Luffy's time there, he becomes a sworn brother with Garp's other ward Ace, and local runaway noble Sabo.[ch. 582–589] Ten years later, and still wearing Shanks' treasured head covering, Luffy forms and captains his own pirate crew called The Straw Hat Pirates and sets sail for the Grand Line, quickly gaining infamy as "Straw Hat" Luffy (麦わらのルフィ Mugiwara no Rufi).[ch. 2, 7, 96, 98] Eventually, after his strength proves insufficient to save Ace from execution, he spends two years on a secluded island, before entering in the New World, learning the use of the three colors of Haki as well as Gear Fourth from Silvers Rayleigh, before heading to the New World.[ch. 590–602] Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka.
Roronoa Zoro (ロロノア・ゾロ, named after François l'Olonnais) is a swordsman who uses up to three swords simultaneously, holding one in each hand and a third in his mouth.[ch. 3, 5, 28] To fulfill a promise to Kuina, his deceased childhood rival, he aims to replace "Hawk Eye" Mihawk as the world's greatest swordsman.[ch. 5, 50] Traveling the seas in search of Mihawk and making a living as a bounty hunter, he becomes infamously known as "Pirate Hunter" Zoro (海賊狩りのゾロ Kaizoku-Gari no Zoro). Eventually, he comes into conflict with Helmeppo. To prevent the harm of innocent civilians, Zoro allows himself to be incarcerated temporarily, while Helmeppo plots to have him killed. Zoro is saved from execution by Luffy in exchange for becoming his first crewman. At that point, Zoro makes it clear that he would turn on his captain if he ever stepped between him and his dream.[ch. 2–6] However, Zoro grows fond of his crew and after several defeats in their defense, his priorities change and he convinces Mihawk to take him on as a student.[ch. 51f., 485, 597]
Zoro is modeled after the samurai of old, following his own version of the bushido code.
In the anime television series, his voice actor is Kazuya Nakai. In the 4Kids English adaptation, his name is spelled Roronoa Zolo, and he is voiced by Marc Diraison. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Christopher Sabat.
Adopted and raised by navy seaman turned tangerine farmer Bellemere, Nami (ナミ) and her older sister Nojiko (ノジコ) witness their mother being murdered by the infamous Arlong, whose pirate gang occupies their island and extracts tribute from the population. Striking a deal with him, Nami, still a child, but already an accomplished cartographer who dreams of drawing a complete map of the world, joins the pirates, hoping to buy freedom for her village eventually. Growing up as a pirate-hating pirate, drawing maps for Arlong, and stealing treasure from other pirates, Nami becomes an excellent burglar, pickpocket, and navigator with an exceptional ability to forecast weather.[ch. 77, 95, 130] After Arlong betrays her, and he and his gang are defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates, Nami joins them in pursuit of her dream and acquires infamy herself as "Cat Burglar" Nami (泥棒猫のナミ Dorobō Neko no Nami).[ch. 94f., 435]
In the anime television series, Nami is voiced by Akemi Okamura, In the 4Kids English adaptation, she is voiced by Kerry Williams. In the Funimation English adaptation, her voice is provided by Luci Christian.
During his early childhood, Usopp (ウソップ Usoppu) is abandoned by his father, Yasopp, who leaves to join the Red-Haired Pirates. Then, as Banchina (バンキーナ Bankīna), his mother falls ill, Usopp starts telling tall tales, expressing his hope that his father will return and take them out to sea. Even after his mother dies, Usopp does not blame his father for leaving. Despite his cowardly disposition, he strives to become a great pirate himself.[ch. 25, 41] He is a gifted inventor, painter, and sculptor.[ch. 42, 106, 190] In combat, he relies primarily on slingshots to fire various kinds of ammunition with great precision in coordination with a set of lies and different other weapons giving him a unique fighting style named "The Usopp Arsenal".[ch. 332]. To help the Straw Hats rescue Nico Robin, he achieves notoriety under his alter-ego "Sniper King, the King of Snipers" (狙撃の王様そげキング Sogeki no Ō-sama Sogekingu), a hero sniper wearing a golden mask and cape. Eventually, after helping the Straw Hats liberate Dressrosa from Don Quixote Doflamingo's rule, he becomes infamous as "God" Usopp [ch. 435]
In a 2007 Oricon poll, Usopp was voted the 10th most wanted character to receive a spin-off among all respondents, and the 5th most popular among 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 downright annoying at times".
A prince of Germa Kingdom, Vinsmoke Sanji (ヴィンスモーク・サンジ Vinsumōku Sanji) is routinely ridiculed by his genetically enhanced siblings and is locked away by his father Judge for being a disgrace. With help from his sister Reiju, he escapes and flees the kingdom after it enters the East Blue and his father permits it.
Sanji's standard appearance is to be wearing a well fitting black suit, with a skinny black tie. His hair always covers one of his eyes and he is generally smoking a cigarette.
While serving as an apprentice cook on a passenger ship, nine-year-old Sanji stands up to a boarding party of pirates led by the infamous "Red Foot" Zeff (赫足のゼフ Aka-Ashi no Zefu). During the encounter, Sanji is swept into the sea by a massive wave. Zeff jumps in after him because of their common dream of finding the All Blue (オールブルー Ōru Burū), a legendary sea, containing every kind of fish in the world. While castaways together, the pirate saves Sanji's life yet again by giving him all of their food. After their eventual rescue, Sanji stays with Zeff for several years and helps him build a floating restaurant, the Baratie (バラティエ). Zeff in turn makes him a first-rate cook and teaches him his kick-based fighting style.[ch. 56–59] Mirroring Zeff, Sanji will never refuse a starving person a meal, and when fighting only uses his legs, to protect the hands he needs to cook.[ch. 48, 370] He also develops an unusual weakness for women, and makes it a principle never to harm one, even if it means his death.[ch. 403] Eventually, he becomes infamous under the name of "Black Leg" Sanji (黒脚のサンジ Kuro Ashi no Sanji),[ch. 435] and, while training for a period of two years in Emporio Ivankov's Kamabakka Queendom (カマバッカ王国 Kamabakka Ōkoku), develops the Sky Walk (
In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by David Moo. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Eric Vale.
Tony Tony Chopper (トニートニー・チョッパー Tonī Tonī Choppā) is a doctor and a blue-nosed reindeer. The power of the Zoan-type Human-Human Fruit (ヒトヒトの実 Hito Hito no Mi) provides him with the ability to transform into a full sized reindeer or a reindeer-human hybrid.[ch. 140] A self-developed drug he calls Rumble Ball (ランブル・ボール Ranburu Bōru) enables him to perform even more transformations.[ch. 149] He was rejected by his herd because of his blue nose, and that abuse when he ate the Devil Fruit. He then tried to fit in with humans, but they thought he was a monster and shot him. He was saved be Doctor Hiluluk, a quack doctor, who took him in and they worked together to create a potion that creates sakura when in contact with snow, but heartbreak again when Hiluluk falls ill with a deadly disease. When Hiluluk died Doctor Kureha took him in and taught him all about medicine. Then when the Straw Hats came to Drum island, and took Chopper with them, Kureha showed off Hiluluk's potion, resulting in Chopper breaking into tears. When complimented, Chopper acts really sad and sometimes yells at the animal who complimented him to stop trying to make him happy.[ch. 140] A running gag within the series is when other characters mistake him as a Tanuki, and he angrily corrects them, pointing out his is a Tonakai (Japanese for 'Reindeer').
His voice actress is Ikue Ōtani. Kazue Ikura voiced Tony Tony Chopper for episodes 254-263. In the 4Kids and Funimation English adaptations, his voice is supplied by Lisa Ortiz and Brina Palencia, respectively.
When creating Chopper, Oda wanted a mascot who is both cute and very weak. 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. With Chopper's back story, Oda wanted to illustrate that one need not be blood-related to be considered family.
Being raised in Ohara (オハラ), home of the world's oldest and largest library, Nico Robin (ニコ・ロビン Niko Robin) becomes an archaeologist at the age of eight.[ch. 218,391f.] At some point she gains the power of the Paramecia-type Flower-Flower Fruit (ハナハナの実 Hana Hana no Mi), which allows her to have temporary copies of parts of her body, including her eyes and ears, which spring up on surfaces near her.[ch. 170] Behind her teachers' backs she acquires from them the outlawed knowledge of how to translate the ancient stones called Ponegliffs (
In the anime television series, Robin's voice actress is Yuriko Yamaguchi. In the 4Kids English adaptation, her Baroque Works codename was changed to Miss Sunday and she is voiced by Veronica Taylor. In the Funimation English adaptation, her voice is supplied by Stephanie Young.
The son of pirate parents who abandon him at age nine, Cutty Flam (カティ・フラム Kati Furamu), nicknamed Franky (フランキー Furankī), is taken in as an apprentice by shipwright Tom, a fish-man who built Pirate King Gol D Roger's ship Oro Jackson and also secretly holds the plans for a devastating ancient weapon.[ch. 344, 354, 427] Franky's recklessness eventually provides an opportunity for World Government agents seeking these plans.[ch. 356] Attempting to rescue his master, Franky suffers severe injuries and only survives by rebuilding parts of his body using pieces of scrap metal, turning himself into a cola-powered cyborg with super-human strength.[ch. 336, 339, 352, 357f.] After gaining notoriety as "Cyborg" Franky (サイボーグ フランキー Saibōgu Furankī), and to fulfill his dream of sailing a ship he built around the world, he constructs the Thousand Sunny, a brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war, for the Straw Hat Pirates and joins the crew.[ch. 435–437]
Already a pirate before the time of Roger, "Humming" Brook (ブルック Burukku) first enters the Grand Line as vice-captain of the music-themed Rumbar Pirates. Leaving their pet, the infant whale Laboon at Reverse Mountain, they promise to return after sailing around the world.[ch. 487] Instead, they are annihilated, with one exception. The power of the Paramecia-type Revive-Revive Fruit (ヨミヨミの実 Yomi Yomi no Mi) allows "Dead Bones" Brook to rise again and live a second life as a skeleton.[ch. 443] Fifty years later, Brook's goal is still to fulfill his late crew's promise, and to that end he joins the Straw Hat Pirates.[ch. 459] He is an excellent musician, who says that he can play any instrument, although he is usually seen playing the violin.[ch. 486] He can even influence people with his music to the point of making them fall asleep.[ch. 454] While separated from the other Straw Hats, and incognito as "Soul King" Brook, he gains world fame, filling concert halls with fans.[ch. 600] He is also a skilled fencer who uses a shikomizue (a Japanese cane sword) in battle. His reduced weight allows him to jump extraordinarily high and to run across water.[ch. 443, 493] Eventually, he learns how to use his devil fruit ability to leave his skeleton body and explore his surroundings as a disembodied soul.
The idea of a skeleton musician was first conceived by Oda in 2000, about the time of Laboon's introduction and more than half a decade before the first appearance of Brook.
Jimbei (ジンベエ Jinbē) is a yakuza-esque whale shark fish-man.[ch. 528] A master of Fish-Man Karate (魚人空手 Gyojin Karate), he is capable of manipulating water as if it were a tangible cloth, an ability more usually associated with merfolk.[ch. 546] Jimbei can communicate with fish and enlist the help of whale sharks.[ch. 547–549] After growing up in a rough part of Fish-Man Island, Jimbei first joins the island's royal army and later the Sun Pirates; he becomes captain following the death of Fisher Tiger.[ch. 624] In exchange for the World Government granting him Warlord-status, Jimbei eventually disbands the crew.[ch. 69] He resigns the position to side against the Government during its war with the Whitebeard Pirates, the protectors of Fish-Man Island.[ch. 557] Two years later, he turns down an invitation to join the Straw Hat Pirates, stating that he needs to take care of unfinished business before joining them.[ch. 649] After cutting ties with Big Mom, he eventually joins the Straw Hat Pirates as the crew's helmsman,[ch. 863][ch. 901] although they are separated when he goes to help his old crew, escape from Big Mom.
The Alabasta Kingdom (アラバスタ王国 Arabasuta Oukoku) is a desert climate island in the Grand Line ruled by Nefeltari Vivi's father, Nefeltari Cobra (ネフェルタリ・コブラ Neferutari Kobura). The nation's army, the Alabasta Royal Guard, is commanded by Igaram (イガラム Igaramu), a man who fights with a saxophone that shoots bullets when played, and guns hidden in his hair that fire when he pulls his neck tie. Next in line after Igaram are Chaka and Pell, dubbed the strongest warriors of Alabasta. Other inhabitants include Vivi's childhood friend, and later rebel leader, Koza and his father Toh-Toh. The Straw Hats are welcomed here thanks to their help saving the kingdom.
The Arlong Pirates (アーロン一味 Āron Ichimi) are a pirate crew consisting mostly of fishmen led by the sawshark fishman Arlong and several officers: Kuroobi,[b] a manta ray fishman who uses "Fishman Karate", Choo,[c] a Japanese whiting fishman who spits water as if firing bullets, as well as Hatchan and Nami, who left the crew following its defeat by the Straw Hat Pirates.[ch. 69, 75, 93f.]
Baroque Works (バロック・ワークス Barokku Wākusu) is a secret organization of more than two thousand members whose aim is to stage a coup d'état in the Alabasta Kingdom. Using code names, Mr. 0 and Ms. All-Sunday serve as the organization's president and vice-president respectively. Taking orders directly from them are thirteen male agents, who use the code names Mr. 1 through Mr. 13, and their female partners, who use code names taken from days of the week or holidays and happy events.[ch. 161f.] Agents Mr. 1 through Mr. 5, and their partners, are called Officer Agents and entrusted with only the most important of missions.[ch. 155] Daz Bones (ダズ・ボーネス Dazu Bōnesu), whose body possesses the qualities of bladed steel, and Pola (ポーラ Pōra), whose body can grow spikes, work together as Mr. 1 and Ms. Doublefinger (ミス・ダブルフィンガー Misu Daburufingā, named after New Year's Day)[d][ch. 190, 533] Mr. 2 Bon Clay, being a drag queen, serves as his own partner.[ch. 155, 161f.] Mr. 3 works with Ms. Golden Week (ミス・ゴールデンウィーク Misu Gōruden Wīku, named after the Japanese Golden Week), an artist who can manipulate emotions using paint.[ch. 124, 161] Mr. 4, who fights using a four-ton baseball bat, works with Ms. Merry Christmas (ミス・メリークリスマス Misu Merī Kurisumasu), who can transform into a mole or mole-human hybrid.[ch. 160, 183] Mr. 5 can cause explosions with any part of his body, including his mucus and breath. His partner, Ms. Valentine (ミス・バレンタイン Misu Barentain), can change her weight at will.[ch. 111f., 124]
The Bellamy Pirates (ベラミー海賊団 Beramī Kaizokudan) is a pirate crew originating from the North Blue, and allies with the Donquixote Pirates. The captain of the crew is Bellamy "the Hyena" (ハイエナのベラミー Haiena no Beramī, named after Samuel Bellamy), a blonde-haired man with the power of the Paramecia-type Boing-Boing Fruit (バネバネの実 Bane Bane no Mi), which allows him to turn his legs into springs to bounce off surfaces and gain momentum for his attacks.[ch. 230f.] After his defeat at the hands of Luffy, Doflamingo dismisses Bellamy, who later becomes a fighter in Dressrosa. The crew's first mate is "Big Knife" Sarquiss (サーキース Sākīsu, alt. "Sarkies"), a blue-haired bespectacled man.[ch. 223] Other crew members include: Lily,[ch. 223] Ross, the navigator Eddy, the chef Hewitt, the sniper Rivers, Mani, and the doctor Muret.
The Blackbeard Pirates (黒ひげ海賊団 Kurohige Kaizokudan) are a group of very powerful pirates led by Blackbeard. Initially, his crew consists of the marksman Van Augur (ヴァン･オーガー Van Ōgā); Jesus Burgess (ジーザス･バージェス Jīzasu Bājesu), the crew's helmsman who possesses immense physical strength; the exiled policeman Lafitte (ラフィット Rafitto, a name shared by well-known early 19th century pirates Pierre and Jean Lafitte); and the sickly physician Doc Q (ドクQ Doku Kyū),[ch. 234] with his equally sickly horse Stronger (ストロンガー Sutorongā).[ch. 223]
Later Blackbeard recruits a number of prisoners from Impel Down: the biggest giant San Juan Wolf (サンファン・ウルフ Sanfan Urufu), the towering Vasco Shot (バスコ・ショット Basuko Shotto), the tall female Catarina Devon (カタリーナ・デボン Katarīna Debon), and former North Blue king Avalo Pizarro (アバロ・ピサロ Abaro Pisaro), as well as the prison's deposed chief jailer Shiliew (シリュウ Shiryū).[ch. 576]
After becoming one of the Four Emperors, Blackbeard allies with Aokiji (クザン Kuzan) and his subordinate Pinkbeard (桃ひげ Momohige).
The Black Cat Pirates are a cat-themed crew of pirates led by Captain Kuro (クロ Kuro, lit. "Black"), nicknamed Kuro the "Thousand Plans" (百計のクロ Hyakkei no Kuro), who is known for his elaborate plans.[ch. 26] Wishing to leave his identity behind, and to escape the pirate lifestyle of always being on the run,[ch. 37] he becomes butler to Kaya, a childhood friend of Usopp. He considers his crew as nothing but pawns to carry out his plans and, if he so pleases, to die for him.[ch. 38] Kuro fights using a pair of gloves equipped with very long, straight, 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] Other members of the crew include Django, and the Meowban Brothers, Siam (シャム Shamu) and Butchie (ブチ Buchi).
Buggy's Band of Pirates (バギー海賊団 Bagī Kaizokudan) is a circus-themed group of pirates led by Buggy the Clown, one of the Seven Warlords after the 2-year timeskip. His second in command is the beast tamer Mohji (モージ Mōji), who is usually accompanied by his pet lion Richie (リッチー Richī).[ch. 12] Third in line is the acrobat Cabaji (カバジ Kabaji).[ch. 15] Following Buggy's escape from Impel Down, the Buggy Pirates are joined by some of his fellow escapees,[ch. 593] and from early on, the group is accompanied by Alvida (アルビダ Arubida, named after the Scandinavian pirate Awilda), a pirate who is out to make Luffy "her man".[ch. 50, 98]
Cipher Pol Number 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 based at Enies Lobby.[ch. 346] Specializing in assassination,[ch. 382] they utilize a weapon-themed martial art called the Six Powers (六式 Rokushiki).[ch. 347] The group is commanded by Spandam (スパンダム Supandamu), the self-centered son of the group's previous leader Spandine (スパンダイン Supandain) who is obsessed over moving up in the World Government.[ch. 358][ch. 391][ch. 392] Though extremely weak compared to his subordinates, Spandam carries the sword Funkfreed (ファンクフリード Fanku Furīdo) which is capable of transforming into an elephant or an elephant-sword hybrid.[ch. 379][ch. 400] Next in command is Rob Lucci (ロブ･ルッチ Robu Rutchi), a man known for ruthlessly and mercilessly enforcing the World Government's "justice".[ch. 422] He can transform into a leopard or leopard-human hybrid and is always accompanied by his pigeon, Hattori (ハットリ).[ch. 327, 349] Despite their failure at Enies Lobby to get Nico Robin to the Gates of Justice, Spandam is hospitalized and Lucci is defeated by Luffy, they are eventually promoted to Cipher Pol Aigis 0 (サイファーポールイージスゼロ Saifā Pōru Ījisu Zero), abbreviated as CP-0 (シーピーゼロ Shī Pī Zero), the World Government's elite enforcement unit.
Other Devil-Fruit using members of CP9 include the skilled giraffe-human Zoan swordsman Kaku (カク Kaku) [ch. 401], the deceptive wolf-human Zoan martial artist Jabra (ジャブラ Jabura)[ch. 413f.], Blueno (ブルーノ Burūno) who travels great distances with manifested "air doors"[ch. 374], and Califa (カリファ Karifa) whose "strength-cleaning" bubbles that turn a person into a slippery mannequin. Its other two members are Kumadori (クマドリ), a man who resembles a kabuki actor and uses an ability called "Life Return" to control every cell in his body[ch. 406], and Fukurō (フクロウ), an owl-shaped man with a zipper across his mouth which has to be open in order for him to speak.[ch. 375] [ch. 408]. CP9 also had a new member in Nero (ネロ), a man with weasel whiskers who had not fully mastered all the Rokushiki skills and was killed by Lucci for his failure.[ch. 257]
Cipher Pol Aigis 0 (サイファーポールイージスゼロ Saifā Pōru Ījisu Zero), abbreviated as CP-0 (シーピーゼロ Shī Pī Zero) is the elite and most powerful secret unit of the World Government. Not much has been revealed about them so far, however they have been shown to be very feared and influential.
Dressrosa (ドレスローザ Doresurōza) is a kingdom within the New World. Initially it is ruled by the Riku Family (リク一族 Riku Ichizoku), led by Riku Dold III (リク・ドルド3世 Riku Dorudo Sansei). He has two daughters: Viola and Scarlett (スカーレット Sukāretto); the latter marries Kyros (キュロス Kyurosu), the best fighter of Dressrosa, and has a daughter, Rebecca (レベッカ Rebekka). Years later Donquixote Doflamingo stages a mutiny and dethrones King Dold.
Other inhabitants include Tank Lepanto (タンク・レパント Tanku Repanto), the former commander of Dressrosa's Self-Defense Army; and Gatz (ギャッツ Gyattsu), the announcer at the Corrida Colosseum.
The Don Quixote Pirates (ドンキホーテ海賊団 Donkihōte Kaizoku-dan), or Don Quixote Family (ドンキホーテファミリー Donkihōte Famirī), are a pirate crew led by Don Quixote Doflamingo.[ch. 762] It is divided into three groups, each led by one of the top three officers.[ch. 732]
Trébol's Army is led by Trébol (トレーボル Torēboru), a man who can turn into an adhesive and highly sticky liquid; Sugar (シュガー Shugā), a girl who can turn people into toys; Jora (ジョーラ Jōra), a woman who transforms things into modern art; and Violet, who possess the ability to see through everything and read other's minds, she is also the princess of Dressrosa Viola.
Diamante's Army is led by Diamante (ディアマンテ Diamante), whose ability allows him to flatten, reform, and fold anything while still retaining its original characteristics. It is made up of Lao G (ラオ・G Rao Jī), an old skilled martial artist; Machvise (マッハバイス Mahhabaisu), a strong man who can change his weight; Senor Pink (セニョール・ピンク Senyōru Pinku), a man who can swim on the ground or through walls; and Dellinger (デリンジャー Derinjā), a boy who possesses both human and Fighter Fish men genes and fights with kicks.
Pica's Army is led by Pica (ピーカ Pīka), who can absorb, manipulate and merge with stone. It is made up of Baby 5 (ベビー5 Bebī Faibu), a girl who can change any part of her body into any kind of weapon; Buffalo (バッファロー Baffarō), whose ability allows him to turn into a rotating man; and Gladius (グラディウス Guradiusu), a man who can make his own body or any inorganic object he touches rupture and explode.
Lying on the ocean floor halfway through the Grand Line, Fishman Island is inhabited primarily by fishmen (魚人 gyojin) and merefolk (人魚 ningyo). The average fishman has ten times the strength of a human, can breathe underwater, and swim very fast.[ch. 70f., 495]
The most powerful pirates in the New World are referred to as the Four Emperors (四皇 Yonkō). Initially the group consists of Shanks, Whitebeard, Kaido (カイドウ Kaidō), and Big Mom (ビッグ・マム Biggu Mamu), forming a precarious balance of power with The Seven Warlords of the Sea and the Navy Headquarters that keeps the world at peace until Blackbeard's capture of Ace. This leads to a war between the Whitebeard Pirates and the World Government, and results in Whitebeard's death.[ch. 432, 483, 576, 581] Two years later, Blackbeard is considered to have assumed Whitebeard's position.[ch. 650]
The Foxy Pirates (フォクシー海賊団 Fokushī Kaizokudan) is a crew specializing in a pirate game known as the "Davy Back Fight" wherein pirate crews can win crewmen from their opponents.[ch. 306] The crew is led by Foxy (フォクシー Fokushī), nicknamed "Silver Fox" (銀ギツネ Gin Gitsune), a cheater and trickster.[ch. 307] Though he acts supremely confident most of the time, he is extremely sensitive to insults or criticism.[ch. 306] Having eaten the Slow-Slow Fruit (ノロノロの実 Noro Noro no Mi), Foxy can emit a beam with microscopic particles from his hands which can temporarily slow down any object, reducing its velocity, while preserving its kinetic energy.[ch. 309] Other members of Foxy's numerous crew include Porche, the crew's idol, and Hamburg, a gorilla-like human who occasionally serves as Foxy's mount.
The Germa Kingdom (ジェルマ王国 Jeruma Oukoku) is Sanji's fatherland. It is ruled by Sanji's father, Vinsmoke Judge (ヴィンスモーク・ジャッジ Vinsumōku Jajji).
God's Army (神の軍団 Kami no Gundan) is the personal army of Eneru, consisting of himself, Kami's Vassals:[e] Satori,[f] Gedatsu,[g] Shura,[h] and Ohm,[i] and the fifty Enforcers,[j] led by Enforcer Commander Yama.[k][ch. 246, 254, 257] In combat, the Vassals and Enforcers rely heavily on various types of dials. The Vassals and Eneru are also skilled users of the Color of Observation Haki, which they refer to as Mantra.[l][ch. 257, 597]
Impel Down (インペルダウン Inperu Daun) is one of three main locations of the World Government and the world's greatest prison.[ch. 525] Chief Warden of Impel Down is Magellan (マゼラン Mazeran), a man with the ability of the Paramecia-type Venom-Venom Fruit (ドクドクの実 Doku Doku no Mi), which allows him to generate and manipulate poison as well as making him immune to any type of poison. However, his ability does not spare him from diarrhea caused by poisoned food. As a result, he spends about ten hours per day in the bathroom relieving himself.[ch. 528] Second in charge of Impel Down is the exceedingly ambitious Vice Chief Warden Hannyabal (ハンニャバル Hannyabaru).[ch. 526] He often shows off how tough he is to the prisoners, which earns him admiration among the guards.[ch. 536] However, he cares more about his own position than the security of the prison.[ch. 535] His weapon of choice is a double bladed naginata.[ch. 543] Below Hannyabal stand the Chief Guards Sadie (サディ Sadi) and Saldeath (サルデス Sarudesu). Sadie is a very sadistic woman who uses a thin, torturing whip in battle.[ch. 543] Saldeath wields a trident, which also functions as a flute to direct his subordinates, the Blugori, blue, legless creatures resembling gorillas.[ch. 528, 543]
The Krieg Pirates are a pirate crew led by Don Krieg (
The Kuja (九蛇) are a tribe of women living on Amazon Lily (アマゾン・リリー Amazon Rirī), a China-inspired island, where men are forbidden.[ch. 514f., 535] It is ruled by Boa Hancock, who also captains a group of pirates made up of the strongest fighters of the Kuja, including her two younger sisters who possess the Zoan-type abilities of the Snake-Snake Fruit (ヘビヘビの実 Hebi Hebi no Mi), allowing the middle sister, Boa Sandersonia (ボア・サンダーソニア Boa Sandāsonia), to transform into an anaconda or anaconda-human hybrid, and the youngest sister, Boa Marigold (ボア・マリーゴールド Boa Marīgōrudo), to turn into a cobra or cobra-human hybrid.[ch. 519]
Mink Tribe (ミンク族 Minku Zoku) is a tribe of various animals living on a gigantic elephant named "Zunisha" as the island is known as "Zou". The Mink Tribe's city is known as Mokomo Dukedom. The Mokomo Dukedom is led by Inuarashi (イヌアラシ) who leads the tribe from dawn to dusk, and Nekomamushi (ネコマムシ) who leads tribe from dusk to dawn. The Mink Tribe is loyal to the Wano Country as they shared unbreakable ancestral bonds. The red colored Poneglyph belongs to the Mink Tribe, which proves to be a very useful information to find Raftel.
The Navy[m] (海軍 Kaigun), translated as the "Marines" in FUNimation's English dub,[n] are a maritime force under the command of the World Government. Currently the position of fleet admiral, who is the leader of the organization, is occupied by Akainu. The greatest forces are the three admirals, who are currently Kizaru, Fujitora, and Ryokugyu. The corrupted Commander Ax-Hand Morgan (father of Helmeppo) was the first high ranking commander of the Navy depicted in the series until stripped of his status when he was defeated by Luffy.
The New Fishman Pirates (新魚人海賊団 Shin-Gyojin Kaizoku-dan) are a pirate group of fishmen-supremacists led by the great white shark-fishman Hordy Jones (ホーディ・ジョーンズ Hōdi Jōnzu).[ch. 631] Hody is responsible for assassinating Otohime, the queen of Fishman Island. The pirates eventually make a pact with Vander Decken IX (バンダー・デッケン九世 Bandā Dekken Kyūsei), (another fishman pirate with the power of the Paramecia-type Target-Target Fruit (マトマトの実 Mato-Mato no Mi) to lock on any target at will, so long as he touches the target first), to plot the complete destruction of Fishman Island by initiating a coup d'etat. Jones broadcasts a message to the island, announcing that he will execute Neptune, its current ruler, to take over the kingdom, and then kill the Straw Hat Pirates. However, Luffy eventually teams up with Jinbe, to launch a combined assault on the pirates – defeating them and saving Fishman Island.
Punk Hazard (パンクハザード島 Panku Hazādo-tō) is an island which is half hot and half cold, because Akainu and Aokiji fought there for the post of fleet admiral. On the island lives Caesar Clown, and his henchmen who have aspects of mythological creatures like centaurs and satyrs, because Trafalgar Law gave them animal parts to replace their wrecked legs. Next in line after Caesar is Monet (モネ Mone), a harpy-like girl with the ability to transform into snow thanks to her Devil Fruit. Brownbeard (茶ひげ Chahige), the leader of the army of centaurs, is pirate who has crocodile legs added by Law.
The island is also inhabited by children, kidnapped by Caesar, who are used for his gigantification experiments.
The Red-Haired Pirates (赤髪海賊団 Akagami Kaizokudan) are led by "Red-Haired" Shanks. Other members include: Ben Beckman (ベン・ベックマン Ben Bekkuman), the first mate; Lucky Roux (ラッキー・ルウ Rakkī Ruu), a large man often seen eating; and Yasopp (ヤソップ Yasoppu), a skilled sniper and father of Usopp.
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 organization is led by the world's most wanted man, Monkey D. Dragon (モンキー・D・ドラゴン Monkī Dī Doragon), who is known to the public only as Dragon.[ch. 432] Also unknown to the public are his family ties until the Battle of Marineford; he is the son of Garp and father of Luffy.[ch. 432] Next in command after Dragon is Sabo (サボ Sabo), Luffy's brother. Koala (コアラ Koara) is the army's Substitute Fishman Karate Instructor.
Other revolutionaries are: Dragon's comrade Emporio Ivankov (エンポリオ・イワンコフ Enporio Iwankofu), nicknamed "Miracle Person" (奇跡の人 Kiseki no Hito), who is the queen of the drag queen (お釜 okama) kingdom Kamabakka (カマバッカ), and can inject hormones into a person's body by making his finger nails into syringes, creating various effects like increased healing abilities, increased vigor, or changing the person's gender[ch. 537–539]; Inazuma (イナズマ),[ch. 539], who can turn his hands into giant scissors capable of cutting and deforming almost anything as if it were paper[ch. 540]; and Bartholomew Kuma.
The Seven Warlords of the Sea (七武海 Shichibukai), the full title being The Royal Seven Warlords of the Sea (王下七武海 Ōka Shichibukai), are a group of up to seven powerful pirates sanctioned by the World Government who hand over a fraction of their loot to the Government. The Government's idea is to use powerful pirates to fight all the lesser ones. Other pirates consider the Warlords to be "government dogs".[ch. 69] For their allegiance, the World Government pardons these pirates for their crimes and removes bounties from their heads.[ch. 342] The Seven Warlords are loosely based on the European privateers, government endorsed pirates considered heroes in their homeland and pillagers in others.[ch. 260] Initially, the group's members are: Dracule Mihawk, Crocodile, Gecko Moria, Jimbei, Boa Hancock, Don Quixote Doflamingo, and Bartholomew Kuma.[ch. 69, 113, 234, 455, 516] Following the exposure of Baroque Works, Crocodile is replaced by Blackbeard, who soon leaves the group again, along with Jimbei, who resigns to side with Whitebeard against the World Government, and Moria, who is discarded by the World Government and narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.[ch. 474, 557, 576, 581, 595] The three open spots are eventually filled by Trafalgar Law, Buggy the Clown,[ch. 700] and Edward Weevil[ch. 802]. After Doflamingo's actions in Dressrosa are exposed, Law and Doflamingo are removed by the World Government. Later during the Reverie, under the direction of Cobra and Riku Dold III, the member nations vote to abolish the Warlords, and the remaining members are stipped of their positions and with the exception of Kuma are being hunted down by the Marines with the intent to capture them.[ch. 956]
Skypiea (スカイピア Sukaipia) is a land located in the sky above the Grand Line, consisting of Angel Island (エンジェル島 Enjeru Tō), one of several solid clouds, and Upper Yard, a lost part of the Grand Line island Jaya, believed by most to have sunk into the ocean. Skypiea is inhabitited by the original inhabitants of Angel Island, including Gan Fall, Pagaya, his daughter Conis (コニス Konisu) and their pet, the "cloud fox" Suu (スー Sū). Also living in Skypiea are the Shandorians, the original inhabitants of Jaya, led by Wyper (ワイパー Waipā), an extremely violent man who is initially distrustful of outsiders. With the exception of Gan Fall, most of the inhabitants of Skypiea are shown to have bird-like wings on their back.
The Sun Pirates are a band of pirates consisting of fishmen and mermen, led by Fisher Tiger (フィッシャー・タイガー Fisshā Taigā), and later by Jimbei. They attack any pirate ship they see, but no matter who is on it, they never kill directly. Their Sun insignia was created to cover up the mark of the Celestial Dragon's slave, "Hoof of the Soaring Dragon", since Tiger Fisher bore the mark from being a slave. But he had escaped the World Nobles and during his escape he freed other mermen/fishmen and Boa Hancock and her two sisters. With the Sun insignia, the World Government was unable to claim the slaves due to mass confusion over whether they were Sun Pirates or not.[ch. 620] Other members include: Arlong, Aladdin, Macro, Choo, Kuroobi and Hatchan. The group eventually disbands when Jinbe joins the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
The crew of the island-sized ship Thriller Bark (スリラーバーク Surirā Bāku), captained by Gecko Moriah, consists mostly of zombies, numbering in the hundreds, created from corpses – patched up by Moriah's subordinate, the medical genius Hogback (ホグバック Hogubakku) – given unlife in the form of shadows stolen using Moriah's devil fruit ability.[ch. 446, 449, 455] Placed in charge of the zombies are Moriah's other subordinates, "Graveyard" Absalom (アブサロム Abusaromu), a man augmented by Hogback with various animal parts and capable of turning himself and anything he touches invisible, and "Ghost Princess" Perona (ペローナ Perōna), a woman who can create ghosts with various abilities.[ch. 449, 461, 464f.]
Among the zombies created by Hogback and Moriah are Victoria Cindry (ビクトリア･シンドリー Bikutoria Shindorī), a former famous stage actress whom Dr. Hogback was in love with; Ryuma (リューマ Ryūma), a samurai from the Wano Country; Lola (ローラ Rōra), a warthog-like zombie in love with Absalom; and Oars (オーズ Ōzu), a giant formerly feared by all.
The Wano Country (ワノ国 Wano Kuni) is a nation in the New World unaffiliated with the World Government. It has its own warriors, the samurai, who are swordsmen so strong that not even the Marines go near them. It was first mentioned by Hogback, as Ryuma was from there. Aside from Ryuma, the only other known residents are Kin'emon of Foxfire (狐火の錦えもん Kitsune-bi no Kin'emon) and his "son" Momonosuke (モモの助 Momonosuke), who met the Straw Hat Pirates in Punk Hazard, and temporarily accompanied them on their journey. The other known samurai is Kanjuro (カン十郎 Kanjūrō), Kin'emon's friend, who was kidnapped by the Donquixote Pirates. It is currently under the control of the Beasts Pirates (百獣海賊団 Hyakujū Kaizokudan), Kaido's pirate crew.
The Wapol Pirates (ワポル海賊団 Waporu Kaizokudan) are led by Wapol, the former King of Drum Island. He ate the Paramecia-type Munch-Munch Fruit (バクバクの実 Baku Baku no Mi) which allows him to eat virtually anything and take on its properties. His crew consists mostly of his former army. His closest underlings are Chess, who is a skilled archer, and Kuromarimo whose fighting style revolves around throwing parts of his Afro hair-cut.
The Whitebeard Pirates (白ひげ海賊団 Shirohige Kaizokudan) are a group led by Whitebeard and sixteen division commanders, each in charge of one hundred men. Members of the Whitebeard Pirates include the first division commander "Phoenix" Marco (不死鳥のマルコ Fushichō no Maruko), who can transform into a phoenix or phoenix-human hybrid and is a skilled user of Haki;[ch. 434, 554] the second division commander "Fire Fist" Ace;[ch. 157] the third division commander "Diamond" Jozu (ダイヤモンド・ジョズ Daiyamondo Jozu), who can turn parts of his body into diamond;[ch. 553] and Blackbeard who leaves and starts his own crew after murdering the fourth division commander Thatch (サッチ Satchi).[ch. 440]
The World Government (世界政府 Sekai Seifu) is a global organization, affiliated with over 170 countries from around the world.[ch. 398] It is administered by a council of five older men known as the Five Elders (五老星 Gorōsei).[ch. 233] Eight centuries after its foundation by a group of twenty kings, their descendants, the World Nobles (世界貴族 Sekai Kizoku), also known as the Celestial Dragons (天竜人 Tenryūbito), live luxurious lives and abuse their power.[ch. 498]
Originally known as the "Eleven Supernovas" (11人の超新星 Jūichinin no Chōshinsei), it's a group of rookie pirates whose bounties exceed over 100,000,000 berries, having reached the Sabaody Archipelago simultaneously. The group's members are: Monkey D. Luffy and his crewmate Roronoa Zoro; Trafalgar Law; Capone Bege (カポネ・ベッジ Kapone Bejji); Jewelry Bonney (ジュエリー・ボニー Juerī Bonī); Basil Hawkins (バジル・ホーキンス Bajiru Hōkinsu); Eustass Kid (ユースタス・キッド Yūsutasu Kiddo) and his the first mate Killer (キラー Kirā); Scratchmen Apoo (スクラッチメン・アプー Sukuratchimen Apū); X. Drake (
Sakazuki (サカズキ), better known as Admiral Akainu (赤犬, lit. "Red Dog"), is a ruthless naval officer with the ability of the Logia-type Mag-Mag Fruit (マグマグの実 Magu Magu no Mi), which allows him to control, create, or transform into magma.[ch. 397, 573, 610] After Sengoku retires, Akainu wins the position of fleet admiral in a duel against Aokiji.[ch. 650] His appearance is modeled after Bunta Sugawara.[ch. 558]
Kuzan (クザン), better known as Admiral Aokiji (青雉, lit. "Blue Pheasant"), is a seemingly lazy but morally upright naval officer with the ability of the Logia-type Chilly-Chilly Fruit (ヒエヒエの実 Hie Hie no Mi), which allows him to freeze objects, to transform into ice, or to create it.[ch. 319f., 393] On his retirement, Sengoku advocates for Aokiji to succeed him as fleet admiral.[ch. 594] Aokiji duels with Akainu for the position, but loses. Not wanting to serve under Akainu, he leaves the Navy thanks to his disillusionment with the World Government's Absolute Justice. Eventually he forms an alliance with the Blackbeard Pirates.[ch. 650] Aokiji's appearance is modeled after Yūsaku Matsuda.[ch. 558]
"Saw-Tooth" Arlong (ノコギリのアーロン Nokogiri no Āron) is a sawshark fishman and fishman-supremacist.[ch. 69, 71] Growing up in a rough part of Fishman Island, he becomes captain of the Arlong Pirates, who temporarily merge with other fishmen to form the Sun Pirates.[ch. 621, 624] Arlong's powerful jaws have rapidly re-growing teeth capable of rending stone.[ch. 90] His favorite weapon is the sword-like Shark Saw (キリバチ Kiribachi) with its six tooth-shaped blades.[ch. 92]
In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Jūrōta Kosugi. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by David Wills. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Chris Rager.
The "Tyrant" (暴君 Bōkun), Bartholomew Kuma (バーソロミュー・くま Bāsoromyū Kuma, kuma (熊) meaning bear), is one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea; the only one with a reputation for complete obedience to the World Government, when in fact he is an officer of the Revolutionary Army.[ch. 234, 473f., 603] The power of the Paramecia-type Paw-Paw Fruit (ニキュニキュの実 Nikyu Nikyu no Mi) allows his palms to repel anything, from physical objects such as people or air to abstracts such as pain and fatigue.[ch. 484f.] He can use this ability to safely transport himself or others over long distances.[ch. 514] Kuma is the model for the Pacifista (パシフィスタ Pashifisuta), a class of experimental cyborgs created by the Government. Their bodies are made of a substance harder than steel, and they can shoot powerful blasts from their mouths that can melt metal.[ch. 485] The other Pacifista look just like Kuma, sharing his towering, bear-like stature, but lack the Paw-Paw Fruit's ability. Instead, they possess the ability to shoot laser beams from their palms.[ch. 508f.] At some point during his gradual conversion into the human weapon "PX-0", Kuma's personality is erased, leaving him a programmable fighting machine under the Government's control until becoming a slave-to-rent for the World Nobles as punishment for aiding Luffy.[ch. 559f.]
Marshall D. Teach (マーシャル・D・ティーチ Māsharu Dī Tīchi), better known as Blackbeard (黒ひげ Kurohige), is the captain of the Blackbeard Pirates. As a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, he killed his crew mate Thatch to get hold of the Devil Fruit he has sought for several decades, the Dark-Dark Fruit (ヤミヤミの実 Yami Yami no Mi). It grants him the ability to create and control black holes, which are represented as flowing darkness, as well as the ability to disable the Devil Fruit powers of others, as long as he is touching the person. For betraying Whitebeard's crew, and the murder of his crewmate, he is pursued by Ace who eventually confronts him.[ch. 159, 440f.] After defeating Ace and turning him in to the World Government, he is appointed Crocodile's replacement as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, a position he promptly abuses to expand his crew with prisoners from Impel Down and resigns once he is finished. After killing Whitebeard with the help of his new crew, Blackbeard somehow adds his former captain's Devil Fruit ability to his own and manages to take Whitebeard's place as one of the Four Emperors.[ch. 486, 576f., 650]
The character is based on and named after the historical pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach.[ch. 474] In the Japanese anime television series, his voice actor is Akio Ōtsuka. In its Funimation English adaptation, his voice was supplied by Cole Brown until his death in November 2016.
Boa Hancock (ボア・ハンコック Boa Hankokku) is a member of the all-female Kuja Tribe from the island of Amazon Lily.[ch. 515f.] Sold to the Celestial Dragons during childhood, she and her sisters are force-fed devil fruits and branded as slaves.[ch. 521] Eventually freed by Fisher Tiger, the three return to their people. Hancock becomes ruler and is referred to by her subjects as "Snake Princess" (蛇姫 Hebihime).[ch. 516, 521] Leading the Kuja Pirates, she quickly gains infamy as the "Pirate Empress" (海賊女帝 Kaizoku Jotei) and is offered membership in the Seven Warlords of the Sea.[ch. 516, 522] Despite resenting the World Government for her past enslavement, which she keeps a secret even from her kinswomen, Hancock accepts the position to protect her people. But when called upon to participate in the Government's war against the Whitebeard Pirates, she initially refuses and only reconsiders after falling in love with Luffy, who enlists her help to infiltrate Impel Down.[ch. 516f., 520–522] Hancock is capable of utilizing Haki, including the Color of the Supreme King.[ch. 519] The ability of the Paramecia-type Love-Love Fruit (メロメロの実 Mero Mero no Mi) allows her to turn anyone charmed by her into stone.[ch. 516, 521]
Bentham (ベンサム Bensamu), better known under his codename "Mr. 2 Bon Clay" (Mr. 2 ボン・クレー Misutā Tsū Bon Kurē), is a drag queen (オカマ okama) and a skilled martial artist with the power of the Paramecia-type Clone-Clone Fruit (マネマネの実 Mane Mane no Mi), which allows him to transform into an exact copy of anyone whose face he once touched with his right hand.[ch. 156, 532] He has a flamboyant attitude which includes singing and performing ballet moves. He is the only Baroque Works Officer Agent without a female partner,[ch. 155] because as a transvestite, he fills both roles himself. Likewise, his code name is a composite of a male Officer Agent's number, "Mr. 2", and a female Official Agent's holiday code name, "Bon Clay", which represents the Bon Festival and year-end festivals.[ch. 161f.]
In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Kazuki Yao. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by Kevin Kolack. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Barry Yandell.
Buggy (バギー Bagī) is a pirate with a preference for fighting with knives, a love of cannons, and a prominent red nose. While a junior member of the Roger Pirates, he gets hold of a devil fruit and a treasure map, intending to sell the fruit and search for the treasure, but Shanks accidentally causes him to swallow the fruit and drop the map into the sea, earning Buggy's resentment.[ch. 19, 434] Having consumed the Paramecia-type Chop-Chop Fruit (バラバラの実 Bara Bara no Mi), Buggy can separate his body into levitating parts and control them independently as long as they remain close, and at least one of his feet is on the ground. This ability also makes him immune to cutting attacks which will only separate him into parts.[ch. 526f.] Following the Roger Pirates' dissolution, Buggy becomes captain of the Buggy Pirates and achieves limited notoriety as "Buggy the Clown" (道化のバギー Dōke no Bagī).[ch. 9] Eventually his involvement in the first mass breakout of Impel Down, and the Paramount War, earns him a sizable following of escapees and worldwide infamy as "The Genius Jester" (千両道化 Senryō Dōke), and a seat among the Seven Warlords of the Sea.[ch. 549, 700]
In the anime series, his voice actor is Shigeru Chiba. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by David Wills. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Mike McFarland.
Buggy has ranked highly in the Weekly Shonen Jump One Piece Popularity Poll. In the 4th Japanese [Popularity Poll, Buggy is ranked the 21st-most popular character in One Piece. His best ranking in a fan poll was 7th place in the first poll. and his worst placement was place 30 in the third poll. Various merchandise based on Buggy’s appearance has been created, including action figures and phone straps. Oda said that Buggy is his favorite antagonist, because of all of them he is the easiest to draw.
Buggy has received much praise and criticism. Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network said that Luffy’s fight with Buggy "sets the series' precedent for battles that are simultaneously tense and hilarious". Jacob Hope Chapman of the same site said that seeing Buggy during the Jaya Arc was "entertaining". Bryce Coulter of Mania Entertainment praised Chibi Buggy’s Adventure as one of the best arcs, and Buggy for his "slap-stick humour" and "Voltron-esque combining sequence". He was "disappointed" that Buggy, Smoker, and the Strawhats did not have a conflict at sea. On Luffy and Buggy’s alliance in Impel Down, Chris Beveridge said, "the two do make an amusing pairing as their flight through the first level goes on". He went on to say, "he never really cared for Buggy", but the Impel Down arc turned him into an "engaging character". He said that he believes that Buggy is being set up as a regular character because he was "afraid he might lose him". Pedro Cortes of Japanator said, "Buggy is always good for a laugh, so his bit was a welcomed respite from the oppressive marines beating down Luffy and the Whitebeard pirates."
Caesar Clown (シーザー・クラウン Shīzā Kuraun) is a psychopathic former navy scientist capable of transforming into gas due to Logia type Gas-Gas Fruit (ガスガスの実 Gasu Gasu no Mi). He is a former colleague of Dr. Vegapunk, and a leading expert on chemical weapons of mass destruction. He works for Donquixote Doflamingo creating artificial Devil Fruits called SMILEs, and using kidnapped children in Punk Hazard for his experiments. He is also a member of the Donquixote Pirates. After his defeat at the hands of Monkey D. Luffy, he is taken to Dressrosa by the Straw Hat Pirates and Trafalgar Law to make a hostage swap with Doflamingo.
Sir Crocodile (サー･クロコダイル Sā Kurokodairu), is a pirate with the ability of the Logia-type Sand-Sand Fruit (スナスナの実 Suna Suna no Mi), allowing him to manipulate sand,[ch. 170] absorb moisture with his right hand,[ch. 201] and, as long as he is not wet, turn his body into sand.[ch. 199] He wears a large golden alloy hook in place of a left hand,[ch. 160] which contains a potent poison and a dagger underneath.[ch. 204] Initially a member of The Seven Warlords of the Sea,[ch. 113] his title is revoked when it is discovered that he, under the code name of "Mr. 0" (ミスター・ゼロ Misutā Zero),[ch. 127, 211] heads the criminal organization known as Baroque Works.[ch. 113]
In the original Japanese series, he is voiced by Ryūzaburō Ōtomo. In the 4Kids adaptation, Crocodile is voiced by David Brimmer. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by John Swasey.
Django (ジャンゴ Jango) is a hypnotist with a habit of moonwalking. Introduced as first mate of the Black Cat Pirates, he eventually befriends the Navy officer Fullbody (フルボディ Furubodi) and joins him in the service. Django's weapons of choice are chakrams which he uses for throwing, slashing and hypnotizing his enemies.
He is voiced by Kazuki Yao in the Japanese version. In the 4Kids English version, he is voiced by Oliver Wyman. In the Funimation English adaptation, his name is spelled "Jango" and his voice is supplied by Kenny Green.
Dracule Mihawk (ジュラキュール・ミホーク Jurakyūru Mihōku), also called "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk (鷹の目のミホーク Taka no Me no Mihōku), is one 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 shaped like a coffin.[ch. 50, ?] His primary weapon is a Grosse Messer, with a black blade. He trains Zoro for two years, knowing he will only forfeit his pride and ask for guidance in the way of the sword if it means helping another.
Takeshi Aono provided his voice in the anime until 2010, after which he was replaced by Hirohiko Kakegawa. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by Wayne Grayson. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by John Gremillion.
Don Quixote Doflamingo (ドンキホーテ・ドフラミンゴ Donkihōte Dofuramingo) is the captain of the Don Quixote Pirates, the usurper king of the island Dressrosa, and formerly one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.[ch. 234, 682, 728] The String-String Fruit (イトイトの実 Ito Ito no Mi) grants him the ability to control others using movements with his fingers similar to that of a puppeteer. It also grants him the ability to control sharp thin strings from his fingertips that can cut people, create clones of himself, and attach to the clouds in the sky to allow him to fly.[ch. 231] He believes that the "Great Pirate Era" is nearing its end and a new age is about to begin.[ch. 303] He is a broker going under the alias of "Joker". He owns a large auction house at the Sabaody Archipelago where humans and other species are sold as slaves.[ch. 504] Eventually, after the Straw Hat Pirates and Dressrosa's citizens reveal his treacherous deeds, Doflamingo is defeated by Luffy and his title is revoked.
Don Quixote Rocinante (ドンキホーテ・ロシナンテ Donkihōte Roshinante) is the younger brother of Don Quixote Doflamingo, a commander of the Don Quixote Pirates occupying the Hearts Seat under the code name "Corazon" (コラソン Korason), and an undercover agent from the Navy with the rank of commander who reports directly to the then Admiral Sengoku. He ate the Calm-Calm Fruit (ナギナギの実 Nagi Nagi no Mi) which grants him the ability to create a wall cancelling all sounds. He also makes use of this ability to make his elder brother believe that he has lost the power of speech after an unknown accident. He is the second person to occupy the Hearts Seat, his predecessor being Vergo. Don Quixote Rocinante is clumsy and is most often seen lighting his feather cloak up while trying to light a cigarette.
In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Koichi Yamadera.
Eneru (エネル) is the "God" of Skypiea. Though "God" is traditionally the title only for the island's ruler, he takes it literally, forcing the population to worship and serve him.[ch. 254f., 274] The Logia-type Rumble-Rumble Fruit (ゴロゴロの実 Goro Goro no Mi) grants him the ability to manipulate, generate, and transform into electricity.[ch. 266] He can also use Color of Observation Haki, called Mantra (マントラ Mantora) on Skypiea.[ch. 257, 597] 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 storms, Raijin, he wears a ring of drums, showing a tomoe on the drumhead, on his back.[ch. 254]
Galdino (ギャルディーノ Gyarudīno), better known under his Baroque Works code name "Mr. 3" (ミスター・スリー Misutā Surī), is a sculptor with the ability of the Paramecia-type Wax-Wax Fruit (ドルドルの実 Doru Doru no Mi), which allows him to produce and to manipulate candle wax.[ch. 120, 532]
He is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in the Japanese version of the franchise. In the English versions of the series, he is voiced by Tom Souhrada in the 4Kids dub, and by Duncan Brannan in the Funimation dub.
Gecko Moria (ゲッコー･モリア Gekkō Moria, a play on kōmori (蝙蝠)) is the captain of the island-sized ship Thriller Bark and a former member 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, and to control the shadows of others.[ch. 455, 463] After his entire crew is annihilated by Kaido, he creates a completely obedient, immortal army of zombies by implanting stolen shadows into corpses.[ch. 457, 481] After the battle in Marineford, his Warlord title was revoked. He was to be eliminated by Donquixote Doflamingo but managed to escape.
Gol D. Roger (ゴール・D・ロジャー Gōru Dī Rojā), after gaining worldwide infamy as captain of the Roger Pirates, becomes better known as Gold Roger (ゴールド・ロジャー Gōrudo Rojā), the King of the Pirates (海賊王 Kaizoku-Ō, lit. "Pirate King").[ch. 1, 154, 506] Suffering from a terminal disease, he takes his crew on a complete voyage through the Grand Line before disbanding it and turning himself in to the World Government, which claims to have captured him.[ch. 506] At his execution, before Rouge gives birth to Roger's son Ace, and 22 years before the formation of the Straw Hat Pirates, Roger spawns the "Great Pirate Era" by announcing that his treasure, the "One Piece", is up for the taking.[ch. 1, 506, 550] It is said after Roger's death that only Whitebeard could match him in a fight, and that he had the ability to hear "the voice of all things", which allowed him and his crew to learn the secret history of the world.[ch. 233, 507] He was also the original owner of Luffy's Straw Hat which fell into the possession of Shanks after his captain's death, with Shanks eventually passing it on to Luffy.
He is initially voiced by Chikao Ōtsuka, later by Masane Tsukayama. In the 4Kids adaptation, Roger is voiced by Frederick B. Owens. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Sean Hennigan.
Hatchan (はっちゃん), often called Hachi (ハチ), is an octopus fishman first introduced as the first mate of the Arlong Pirates.[ch. 73] Being half octopus, he can spit large quantities of black ink and use suction pads to stick to walls.[ch. 83f.] He fights using six swords, holding one in each arm-tentacle.[ch. 84] After his crew is defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates, he escapes from captivity and opens a floating takoyaki restaurant.[ch. 182–228: chapter cover pages] He becomes close friends with Camie (ケイミー Keimī), a kissing gourami mermaid, and Pappag (パッパグ Pappagu), her pet starfish and master.[ch. 490f.] Hachi later attempts to make things right with the Straw Hat Pirates by bringing them in contact with Silvers Rayleigh.[ch. 496, 506]
The son of a corrupt Navy captain, Helmeppo (ヘルメッポ Herumeppo) is introduced as a coward, hiding behind his father's wealth and power. Losing his luxurious life after his father's arrest, he reluctantly joins the Navy, where he and Koby become protégés of Garp.
He is voiced by Koichi Nagano in the Japanese version. In the English versions of the series, he is voiced by Sean Schemmel in the 4Kids dub. In the Funimation dub, he is voiced by Troy Baker in EPs 2-3 and EP280, before the role was recast to Mike McFarland.
Borsalino (ボルサリーノ Borusarīno), better known as Admiral Kizaru (黄猿, lit. "Yellow Monkey"), is an easygoing navy officer with the power of the Logia-type Glint-Glint Fruit (ピカピカの実 Pika Pika no Mi), which allows him to turn himself into light, and fire destructive beams.[ch. 507, 511] The character's appearance is modeled after Kunie Tanaka.[ch. 558]
Koby (コビー Kobī) is the first friend Luffy makes on his journey, finding him forced to work as a chore boy on Alvida's ship. Inspired by Luffy, and with his help, Koby escapes and joins the Navy, where he and Helmeppo pique the interest of Vice Admiral Garp, who takes them under his wing.[ch. 2–7, 112] Eventually, Koby masters the Six Powers skill Shave and begins using Color of Observation Haki. After two years, he became a captain in the Navy [ch. 432, 594] and at some point prior to prior to hunting down Boa Hancock after the Seven Warlords of the Seas is disbanded, he is promoted to Rear Admiral [ch. 956]
In the original Japanese series, his voice is supplied by Mika Doi. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by Kayzie Rogers. In the Funimation English adaptation, his name is spelled Koby, and his voice is supplied by Leah Clark and Micah Solusod as a teenager.
Monkey D. Dragon (モンキー・D・ドラゴン Monkī Dī Doragon), commonly known simply as "Dragon the Revolutionary", is the father of the Straw Hat Pirates Captain Monkey D. Luffy and the son of the Marines hero Monkey D. Garp. He is the infamous leader and founder of the Revolutionary Army who has been attempting to overthrow the World Government. Not much is known about his activities, background, history, or power. He is the World Government's greatest enemy, and is the most dangerous and most wanted man in the world.
Monkey D. Garp (モンキー・D・ガープ Monkī Dī Gāpu), nicknamed Garp the "Fist" (ゲンコツのガープ Genkotsu no Gāpu) and "Hero of the Navy" (海軍の英雄 Kaigun no Eiyū), is a vice admiral, Monkey D. Dragon's father and Luffy's grandfather.[ch. 432] He is famous for cornering Gol D. Roger[ch. 431] and considered a hero of the Navy.[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] Garp takes both Koby and Helmeppo under his wing. At the end of the war with Whitebeard, Garp retires from the front line and decides to train the next generation of navy personnel.
Nefeltari Vivi (ネフェルタリ・ビビ Neferutari Bibi), first introduced as Baroque Works agent Ms. Wednesday (ミス・ウェンズデー Misu Wenzudē), is the princess of the Alabasta Kingdom. She is usually accompanied by her closest friend, Karoo (カルー Karū), an ostrich-sized, duck-like flightless bird.[ch. 109f.]
Her voice actress is Misa Watanabe. In the 4Kids English adaptation, she is voiced by Karen Neil. In the Funimation English adaptation, her name is spelled Vivi Nefertari, and her voice is supplied by Caitlin Glass.
Portgas D. Ace (ポートガス・D・エース Pōtogasu Dī Ēsu), also called "Fire Fist" Ace (火拳のエース Hiken no Ēsu), is the second division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and Luffy's older brother.[ch. 157, 159] Though it is implied at first that he is the son of Monkey D. Dragon, he is actually the son of Gol D. Roger and Portgas D. Rouge (ポートガス・D・ルージュ Pōtogasu Dī Rūju).[ch. 525, 550] Having eaten the Logia-type Flare-Flare Fruit (メラメラの実 Mera Mera no Mi), Ace is capable of manipulating, creating, and transforming into fire.[ch. 159] Ace is also capable of using the Conqueror's Haki.[ch. 587] Eventually, after being saved from execution, he shields Luffy from Akainu's magma attack at the cost of his own life.[ch. 574] He is buried on an unnamed island in the New World alongside his captain, Whitebeard.[ch. 590]
He is voiced by Toshio Furukawa, while he is voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi as a child. In the 4Kids English adaptation, his names are changed to Portgaz D. Trace and "Heat Fist" Trace, and he is voiced by Jesse Hooker. In the Funimation English adaptation, his name is spelled Portgas D. Ace, and his voice is supplied by Travis Willingham, with Chris Burnett voicing him as a child.
Sabo (サボ) is the chief of staff of the Revolutionary Army and sworn brother to Luffy and Ace.[ch. 585, 744] Introduced as a noble from the Goa Kingdom years before the series' present, Sabo leaves his home and family to live in the Gray Terminal. After he and Ace befriend Luffy, the three of them exchange cups of sake and become "brothers" (similar to the initiation ritual in yakuza organizations). Sabo's ship is destroyed by a Celestial Dragon. Though he is thought to have been killed in the attack, Sabo survives and is rescued by Monkey D. Dragon, though he suffers from amnesia. At some point he joins the Revolutionary Army and becomes its chief of staff. After reading of Ace's death in the newspaper, Sabo's memory returns and, like Luffy, is devastated by his death. Sabo becomes determined to obtain Ace's Devil Fruit, the Flame-Flame Fruit, in order to inherit Ace's will. He later finds it as the prize of a tournament on Dressrosa, where he takes Luffy's place by using Luffy's alias "Lucy".[ch. 744] After winning the tournament, Sabo eats the fruit and battles Admiral Fujitora and Jesus Burgess in an effort to protect Luffy.
"Sengoku the Buddha" (仏のセンゴク Hotoke no Sengoku, Sengoku also being the name of a period in Japanese history) is a naval officer and contemporary of Roger who eventually rises to the rank of fleet admiral.[ch. 234, 434] The ability of the Mystical Zoan-type Human-Human Fruit, Model Buddha (ヒトヒトの実 モデル：大仏 Hito Hito no Mi, Moderu: Daibutsu) allows Sengoku to transform into a daibutsu.[ch. 585] Following the Paramount War, he retires from the service and, against his recommendation to promote Aokiji, is succeeded by Akainu.[ch. 650] Although retired from active duty, Sengoku continues to serve in the Marines as an inspector general. Two years after the war, he is shown to have mellowed considerably due to his lack of responsibilities. It is also revealed that in the past, he took care of the young Donquixote Rosinante after his brother Donquixote Doflamingo murdered their father, Donquixote Homing. He came to care for Rosinante like a son and was devastated by his death while he was working undercover as a member of the Donquixote Pirates. After Doflamingo's defeat by Luffy, Sengoku learns the truth about the circumstances of Rosinante's death from Trafalgar Law who Rosinante had given his life to protect. Although Law is a pirate, Sengoku allows him to escape because of his connection to Rosinante.
"Red-Haired" Shanks (赤髪のシャンクス Akagami no Shankusu) is a swordsman and pirate, capable of using the Supreme King color of Haki.[ch. 434] After serving aboard Roger's ship as an apprentice, alongside Buggy, he founds his own crews, the Red-Haired Pirates.[ch. 19, 434, 506] After losing an arm while saving seven-year-old Luffy's life, and lending him his precious straw hat, which was originally owned by his late captain, Gol D. Roger, Shanks goes on to earn himself a place among the Four Emperors.[ch. 1, 432]
In the original Japanese series, his voice actor is Shūichi Ikeda. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by Tom Souhrada. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice actor is Brandon Potter.
The "Dark King" (冥王 Mei-Ō) Silvers Rayleigh (シルバーズ・レイリー Shirubāzu Reirī) is a swordsman who, after serving as first mate of the Roger Pirates, comes to live on the Sabaody Archipelago as a ship coater and gambler.[ch. 500] He is a skilled user of Haki, including the rare Color of the Supreme King and, following the war between the Whitebeard Pirates and the World Government, instructs Luffy in its use.[ch. 503]
"White Chase" Smoker (白猟のスモーカー Hakuryō no Sumōkā) is a naval officer and cigar enthusiast, keeping plenty of cigars strapped to the left side of his jacket while smoking two lit ones.[ch. 98] The power of the Logia-type Smoke-Smoke Fruit (モクモクの実 Moku Moku no Mi) allows him to manipulate, create, control, and transform into smoke.[ch. 100] His weapon is a jutte tipped with sea-prism stone. Two years after the Paramount War, he is promoted to the rank of vice admiral.[ch. 169]
In the Japanese anime series, he is voiced originally by Ginzō Matsuo, later by Mahito Ōba. In the 4Kids English adaptation, referred to as Chaser the "Smoke Hunter", he is voiced by Rusell Velazquez. In the Funimation English adaptation, where he is called Smoker the "White Hunter", his voice is supplied by Greg Dulcie.
Tashigi (たしぎ, named after the common snipe) is a naval officer serving as Smoker's second in command.[ch. 137, 179] While adept at sword fighting, she is unusually clumsy.[ch. 96] She is 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] By coincidence, she bears a striking resemblance to Kuina, Zoro's deceased childhood friend, something he is uncomfortable with.[ch. 100]
The "Surgeon of Death" (死の外科医 Shi no Gekai), Trafalgar D. Water Law (トラファルガー・D・ワーテル・ロー Torafarugā Dī Wāteru Rō, named after Edward Low and a play on Waterloo), Originates from the north blue.[ch. 498, 508, 578, 763] Having eaten the Op-Op Fruit (オペオペの実 Ope Ope no Mi), Law can, within a spherical area around himself, cut and teleport objects as well as perform body swaps.[ch. 661] Originally a member of the Donquixote Family, Law makes a name for himself and, following the Paramount War, joins the Seven Warlords of the Sea.[ch. 659, 673] Though he enters into an alliance with Luffy and the Straw Hats to take down Kaido, one of the Four Emperors, Law is actually hunting down Donquixote Doflamingo.
Viola (ヴィオラ Viora) is the former second princess of Dressrosa. When the Don Quixote Pirates took over Dressrosa, Viola joined them in order to prevent Don Quixote Doflamingo from killing her father, working under the name of "Violet" (ヴァイオレット Vaioretto) as an assassin and officer of the Trebol Army until betraying the crew.[ch. 703, 712] After Doflamingo's defeat, Viola becomes the crown princess of Dressrosa after her niece Rebecca abdicated her position.[ch. 797] The Glare-Glare Fruit (ギロギロの実 Giro Giro no Mi) she ate gives her the ability to see through everything, even other people's minds, allowing her to read thoughts.[ch. 712]
Edward Newgate (エドワード・ニューゲート Edowādo Nyūgēto), better known as Whitebeard (白ひげ Shirohige, named after the historical pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach), is the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates and one of the Four Emperors.[ch. 432, 474] He is a very large and burly old man who fights with a naginata as his weapon and uses the ability of the Paramecia-type Tremor-Tremor Fruit (グラグラの実 Gura Gura no Mi) to create shock waves powerful enough to cause earthquakes and tsunamis.[ch. 434, 552] He is regarded as the world's strongest man and the only one to have matched Gol D. Roger in combat.[ch. 233f.] He considers all of his crewmen as his sons and protects them with all his might.[ch. 434] Eventually, after being badly wounded while fighting to save Ace from execution, he is killed by the Blackbeard Pirates.[ch. 576]
Allen Divers of Anime News Network comments that the male character designs of One Piece are "often quite varied and unique", while the female ones become "a bit repetitive". He also notes that, as the characters are "defined by what they seek", there is little room "for actual development". Todd Douglass, Jr. of DVD Talk simply states that the series' characters have a lot of "charm". His colleague Carl Kimlinger 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". He also notes 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". He laments 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". He also states 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."
Dustin Somner of Blu-ray.com comments that the Japanese and Funimation voice-acting is "fairly good, but not exceptional" and sometimes "overly zany". Todd Douglass Jr. of DVD Talk notes "the daunting cast of characters, both good and bad" as "one of the appealing factors" of the anime, but also comments that "Some of the voices [of the 4Kids dub] were pretty irritating ... with a lot of high-pitches and over exaggerated speech." Brigitte Schönhense of 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". His colleague 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."