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Benn Beckman
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Benn Beckman Anime Infobox

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Japanese Name: ベン・ベックマン
Romanized Name: Ben Bekkuman
English Name: Benn Beckman (Viz);
Ben Beckman (FUNimation)
Debut: Chapter 1; Episode 4 [1]
Affiliations: Red Hair Pirates
Occupations: Pirate; First Mate
Birthday: November 19th[2]
Japanese VA: Kazuyuki Sogabe (Episode 4);
Aruno Tahara (Episode 151+)
Odex English VA: Joseph Murray
4Kids English VA: Andrew Paull
Funi English VA: Sean Hennigan

Benn Beckman is the first mate of the Red Hair Pirates.[3][4]

AppearanceEdit

Benn Beckman at Foosha Village

Beckman as he appeared at Foosha Village twelve years ago.

Beckman is a tall man, standing at least a foot taller than Shanks. His hair was jet black and pulled back in a pony tail 12 years ago in Luffy's hometown; in the current storyline, his hair has turned gray and is cut short. He is never seen without his rifle nearby or a cigarette in his mouth[1]. He also now has a large X-shaped scar on his left temple.[5]

His outfit has changed very little over the years since his first appearance; he now wears a black, v-neck shirt with three quarter sleeves (whereas he is previously seen wearing a short-sleeved shirt of a similar color and design) along with loose pants (originally of a dark green color, but presently gray) with numerous pockets on them, tucked inside his buckled boots. Like most of the other Red Hair Pirates, he wears a sash around his waist, to which he attaches his rifle in a pistol-like fashion. The only thing added to his attire is his spiral-patterned cape.[5]

PersonalityEdit

Beckman appears to be a lot less fun-loving than the other members of the crew and a lot more relaxed, acting as the level-headed member. He, along with Lucky Roo and Yasopp, is one of Shanks's most trusted crew members as he is always seen when the Red Hair Pirates are featured, usually when something crucial happens.[1]

At times, Beckman seems amazed at the actions of his captain, such as panicking when Luffy is taken[1] or getting even more drunk when he has already drunk a lot before and when Mihawk brings the news of Luffy's first bounty.[6] He is the first to speak out amongst the crew whenever they appear. He also seems to be the first to ask questions about the crew's situation, such as whether the World Government would try to stop them from seeing Whitebeard.[5]

Abilities and PowersEdit

According to Eiichiro Oda, Beckman has the highest IQ of all the characters introduced in the East Blue saga.[7] Since he is a first mate to a Yonko, he presumably possesses a great deal of strength. During the Battle of Marineford, Admiral Kizaru chose not to fight him, even though he had just fought the First Commander of Whitebeard's crew and Whitebeard himself.[8] It should be noted that Kizaru did, however, when Beckman came down to join the rest of the crew, continue his attack on Luffy.[9]

Beckman also single-handedly defeated Higuma's crew of mountain bandits, telling Higuma to bring a warship as backup if he wanted to fight them.[1]

WeaponsEdit

Beckman carries a flintlock rifle with him, but he has yet to fire it, instead using it as a club on Higuma's men[1] and as a threat against Kizaru[8].

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

Romance DawnEdit

Red Hair Pirates at Foosha Village

The Red Hair Pirates at Luffy's Hometown.

How Benn Beckman came to be a member of Shanks' crew is unknown.

At Luffy's hometown, Beckman tried to explain his captain's decision on refusing to take Luffy with him to sea. Unfortunately, he finds that his captain leaves him in somewhat of an awkward situation since he seems to enjoy mocking the fact Luffy could not swim, leaving Beckman to explain that Shanks really is not that happy all the time. Later on, after the Higuma incident, Beckman and Lucky Roo took on Higuma's men. He shocked Higuma by taking out every last bandit, leaving only Higuma standing.[1]

Loguetown ArcEdit

When Mihawk informed the crew about the up-and-coming Luffy, his crew and the Shichibukai throw a party, already being worn out from another party the night before.[6]

Jaya ArcEdit

Beckman was seen with Shanks during his call with Rockstar. He later asked Shanks how he thought the government would react to him wanting to meet Whitebeard.[5]

Post-Enies Lobby ArcEdit

Red Hair Pirates Watch Shanks Clash with Whitebeard

Beckman, Roo and Yasopp watch as their captain clashes with Whitebeard.

Beckman was seen with Shanks on their ship visiting Whitebeard. He is shown unfazed during Shanks and Whitebeard's clash.[10]

Summit War SagaEdit

Prelude to the Whitebeard WarEdit

Since Vice Admiral Momonga mentioned that the Red Hair Pirates had intercepted Kaido, it can be assumed that Beckman helped in this interception.[11]

Marineford ArcEdit

Benn Beckman Stops Kizaru

Beckman stopping Kizaru.

During the Battle of Marineford, Beckman prevented Admiral Kizaru from attacking Luffy and Law, telling Kizaru not to move a muscle while aiming his gun at him. Apparently, he was enough of a threat to make even an admiral raise his hands as sign of surrender (albeit in a somewhat sarcastic way). [8] However, Kizaru made one last attempt to kill Luffy by shooting his beams at him.[9] Luffy escaped alive in Law's submarine and the Red-Hair pirates left the battlefield peacefully taking Ace and Whitebeard's bodies with them.[9]

Post-War ArcEdit

Beckman was later seen at Ace and Whitebeard's funeral somewhere in the New World.[12]

Major BattlesEdit

MerchandiseEdit

POPNeoDX-Benn

Beckman DX figure.

Beckman has been featured in One Piece Gashapon sets and Portrait of Pirates.

Translation and Dub IssuesEdit

  • In the 4Kids English dub, Beckman's cigarette is edited out.

TriviaEdit

  • When Oda gave his name, Oda joked on how he is called "Shofukutei Nezumi" because he looks a little like a mouse. However according to Oda, that was Usopp lying.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, Benn Beckman makes his debut.
  2. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 159), Benn Beckman's birthday is given.
  3. 3.0 3.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 5, Benn Beckman's name revealed.
  4. One Piece Red: Grand Characters (p. 153), his name written in English as 'Benn Beckman'.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, Benn Beckman is shown in the current timeline.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 and Episode 45, Mihawk visits the Red Hair Pirates.
  7. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 8, Fan question: Who has the highest IQ?
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 and Episode 488, Borsalino encounters Benn Beckman.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 and Episode 489, Benn Beckman joins up with the rest of his crew.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 and Episode 316, The Red Hair Pirates meet Whitebeard.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 533 and Episode 434, Shanks intercepts Kaido
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 590 and Episode 505, Beckman is seen at Whitebeard and Ace's funeral.

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