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For marine rank, see Captain (Marine Rank).
Monkey D. Luffy Anime Post Timeskip Infobox
Japanese Name: 船長
Romanized Name: Senchō
Official English Name: Captain
First Appearance: Chapter 2; Episode 1[1]

The title of Captain is the title given to an individual in control of a ship at sea, either pirate, marine, or civilian.

The rank of a marine officer who commands a ship would not necessarily be "Captain" (大佐 Taisa?)", it may be higher (up to Fleet Admiral), or, on small ships, lower. Any officer below the rank of Taisa who commands a ship, is addressed as "captain" while aboard that ship, by naval custom. The ship's captain also may be referred to as the Skipper.

Role and DutiesEdit

Pirate Captains are the ones who are at the very head of a pirate crew. Pirating captains also tend to be the mightiest members of their crew, and most of them tend to exploit their strength even over their own subordinates to ensure loyalty; though not necessarily, as anyone can attain the rank of captaincy out of pure leadership, as a founding member or voted by other crew members. All major decisions are made by them, though they may be usually advised and influenced by other members.

If multiple pirate crews were to form an alliance, the captains of the allied crews share equal standings, becoming co-leaders of the alliance. They thus have limited control over their allied crew's men, and when it comes to important decisions, their opinion must be included.

In a fleet, the captain that is in charge of it is referred to as 'admiral' (Teitoku, 提督) (or commodore in English dubs), while the captains of the subservient crews are known as 'division commanders'. When called upon by their admiral, the division commanders must follow their orders. However, when not under direct orders of the admiral, the captain is free to act as they please, provided their actions don't harm or cause trouble for the fleet.

Known Pirate CaptainsEdit

See also the associated category: Pirate Captains.

Active Pirate CaptainsEdit

Inactive Pirate CaptainsEdit



Renounced TitleEdit

Filler Pirate CaptainsEdit






  • Supernova Eustass Kid has a nickname of "Captain".
  • In real life, captains of pirate crews were often elected to their posts by a ship's crew. Even if they owned the ship, if the captain fell out of favor with their crew, another could be elected without notice. Sometimes, inadequate captains were even murdered. Also, cases occur when a first mate would kill the captain to take over.


  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 2 (p. 1) and Episode 1, Luffy is introduced in the present time.

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Pirate Captains
Four Blues
East Blue: Monkey D. Luffy  •  Alvida  •  Buggy  •  Kuro *  •  Krieg  •  Yurikah  •  Bartolomeo
West Blue: Capone Bege
North Blue: Basil Hawkins  •  X Drake  •  Trafalgar D. Water Law
South Blue: Jewelry Bonney  •  Eustass Kid  •  Gyro
Grand Line
Paradise: Macro  •  Masira  •  Shoujou  •  Foxy  •  Goo  •  Urouge  •  Scratchmen Apoo  •  Boa Hancock  •  Caribou  •  Coribou
New World: Lola  •  Jinbe  •  Doma  •  McGuy  •  Decalvan Brothers  •  Squard  •  Little Oars Jr.  •  Whitey Bay  •  Elmy  •  Ramba  •  A.O  •  Delacuaji  •  Epoida  •  Bizarre  •  Islewan  •  Karma  •  Blondie  •  Amadob  •  Palms  •  Andre  •  Zodia  •  Hangan  •  Rush  •  Wallem  •  Brocca  •  Choi  •  Ninth  •  Agsilly  •  Julius  •  Kinga  •  Arthur  •  Pavlik  •  Great Michael  •  Baggaley  •  Brew  •  Zucca  •  Kechatch  •  Cands  •  Vitan  •  Reforte  •  Happygun  •  Sleepy  •  Colscon  •  Forliewbs  •  Nosgarl  •  Shiki  •  Cavendish  •  Sai  •  Jack
Yonko: Shanks  •  Marshall D. Teach  •  Kaido  •  Charlotte Linlin
Retired: Usopp  •  Jango  •  Zeff  •  Dorry  •  Brogy  •  Wapol  •  Bellamy  •  Montblanc Cricket  •  Kibagaeru  •  Brook  •  Gekko Moriah  •  Jean Bart  •  Portgas D. Ace  •  Brownbeard  •  Chinjao
Arrested: Arlong  •  Billy  •  Chesskippa  •  Devil Dias  •  Demaro Black  •  Albion  •  Lip Doughty  •  Hody Jones  •  Vander Decken IX  •  Donquixote Doflamingo
Deceased: Gol D. Roger  •  Edward Newgate  •  John  •  Yorki  •  Fisher Tiger  •  Vander Decken  •  Diez Barrels
Unknown: Kuro  •  Puppu  •  Roshio  •  Mikazuki  •  Seamars  •  Bluejam  •  Diez Barrels
Non-Canon: Galley  •  Ganzack  •  Woonan  •  El Drago  •  Gally  •  Joke  •  Bear King  •  Barbarossa  •  Simon  •  Banzai  •  Zenny  •  Wetton  •  Rapanui Pasqua  •  Gasparde  •  Bigalo  •  Willy  •  Bayan  •  Omatsuri  •  Brief  •  Papa  •  Puzzle  •  Largo  •  Schneider  •  Naguri  •  Breed  •  Byrnndi World

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