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The Five Elders[2] are the heads of the World Government, and as such, they essentially rule the entire world, with the only individual of higher authority they answer to being the mysterious Im who sits upon the Empty Throne. They are the men who command the Marines and Cipher Pol, and the ones who made a pact with the Shichibukai, making them one of the main antagonist groups of the series.

The Five Elders are the highest-ranking Celestial Dragons.[1] So far, none of their names have been revealed.

AppearancesEdit

Five Elders

Appearance

History

Seiyu/Voice actors

Elder 1 Portrait

He has a scar on the left side of his face, wears a hat over gray dreadlocks, and wields a walking cane.

He had the most lines in his part when the Five Elders are introduced. He also spoke of Luffy's relationship with Garp and how Blackbeard is making his move after the Battle of Marineford.

Keiichi Noda (Japanese), Jerry Russell, Kurt Kleinmann (English)

Elder 2 Portrait

He is a tall and thin bearded man with long white hair.

He spoke with Professor Clover during the Ohara Incident, and the youngest looking elder ordered Spandine to shoot the archaeologist for attempting to speak the Ancient Kingdom's lost name.[3] After the war, he also wondered about the connection between Luffy and Silvers Rayleigh and acknowledged Blackbeard's understanding of Whitebeard's territories.

Keiichi Sonobe, Masato Hirano (Japanese), Randy Pearlman (English) [4]

Elder 3 Portrait

He is bald, and has large birthmark spots on his forehead and a large white mustache. He is given a beard in the anime though he loses it after the timeskip.

He along with the the youngest looking elder appears listening with the tall thin elder and to Professor Clover during the Ohara Incident, and the youngest looking elder ordered Spandine to shoot the archaeologist for attempting to speak the Ancient Kingdom's lost name. He picked up Monkey D. Luffy's new wanted poster and commented on Crocodile's treachery and how they cannot allow Luffy to run loose. He also commented that Aokiji would have to watch his post for his carefree antics. When the war against the Whitebeard Pirates was over, he lamented Jinbe's defection from the Shichibukai (which caused the inter-species relationship to breakdown) and indicated how Blackbeard's unique trait of owning two Devil Fruit powers has allowed him to be closer to the empty Yonko position than any other pirate.

Masato Hirano (Japanese), Cameron Smith (English)

Elder 4 Portrait

He is the oldest looking. He is bald, with glasses and a white gi. He also holds a samurai sword with him. He is the only one of the five to not wear a black suit or tie, and the only one without facial hair.

He is the one who gives an answer to the Marine soldier who reports that Shanks and Whitebeard have successfully met each other. After the Battle of Marineford, he was cleaning his sword while commenting on the collapse of the Three Great Powers and how to fill the three vacant Shichibukai spots, as well as how the Will of the D. is a name meaning "danger" to the world.

Kenichi Ogata (Japanese), Kent Williams, Douglass Burks (English)

Elder 5 Portrait

He is the youngest looking of the Five Elders; he sports blond hair, a beard of the same color, and has a scar on his chest. He also wears his suit with the shirt buttons open, and without a tie.

He along with the the large mustache elder appears listening with the tall thin elder to Professor Clover during the Ohara Incident, and he ordered Spandine to shoot the archaeologist for attempting to speak the Ancient Kingdom's lost name. This elder was also the one who said how the balance of the three great powers must not fall. After Whitebeard's death and the rise of the New Age, he spoke up about filling the Shichibukai positions with influential pirates when they make their moves, and pondering whether Marco the Phoenix and the remainder of the Whitebeard Pirates, or one of the three remaining Yonko, would be able to take down Blackbeard.

Yasunori Masutani (Japanese), JB Edwards (English)

PersonalitiesEdit

Their primary concerns are protecting an unstable world from the influence of piracy and maintaining the public image of the World Government. They will go to great lengths to keep the public's view of them in a good light. They have ordered the killing of an entire island of people to hide the discovery of the Void Century; they have hidden the fact that Gekko Moriah was beaten by Luffy and later ordered his silent assassination to make it look like he died in the war for a better image; and they have even kept the escape of Level 6 inmates of Impel Down a secret. Some of these decisions have even angered Sengoku the former fleet admiral of the Marines. They are extremists who will sacrifice a countless number of innocent people for the sake of maintaining the World Government's political power and authority and even turn a blind eye to political corruption such as the atrocities of the Warlords Crocodile and Doflamingo, and when it should ever be exposed, they will simply give the Marines credit through falsified propoganda.

They each personally bears immense hatred towards Monkey D. Luffy not only for his heritage as Dragon's son, but also for all the trouble he and his crew has caused by rebelling against them such as invading Enies Lobby and defeating CP9 to save Robin, causing the first mass breakout of Impel Down and later intruded on the Battle of Marineford to save Ace and most of all defeating Shichibukais such as Crocodile, Gecko Moria and Donquixote Doflamingo.

Though not to the same extent as the other World Nobles, they take great pride in their heritage as at least one of them considered the Nefertari Family to be traitors for not joining their ranks 800 hundreds years ago. Unlike other World Nobles, They are capable of showing respect and reverence to a few people such as Shanks and Im.

Known KnowledgeEdit

The tall thin one with the mustache (second from right) spoke with Professor Clover and ordered Spandine to kill him before the archaeologist could speak the Great Kingdom's name. They have shown to have at least a basic knowledge of the occurrences of the Void Century, according to their shocked reactions to Professor Clover's statements.

They have shown a paranoid fear of someone reviving the ancient weapons, to the point of forbidding its research and ordering the utter destruction of the entire country of Ohara, though given what is known of the Void Century, they may simply be using that as an excuse in order to prevent information they do not want leaked to the public from getting out.[3]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Known as the Highest Authority of the World Government (世界政府最高権力 Sekai Seifu Saikō Kenryoku?), the Five Elders are the rulers of the entire world with tremendous political power superior to their fellow World Nobles, and have complete control over all government affiliated organizations; such as the police, the ten Cipher Pol units, and even the Marines; as they are all completely subservient to their commands. Even the orders of the fleet admiral of the Marines can be vetoed by their decisions. They can declare a Buster Call attack on any island that they deem a threat and can pass that authority onto lower World Government ranking agents. They can revoke a Shichibukai's title, if they decide that he/she is not living up to their duties as a Shichibukai.

Their primary concerns are protecting an unstable world from the influence of piracy and maintaining the public image of the World Government. They will go to great lengths to keep the public's view of them in a good light. They have ordered the killing of an entire island of people to hide the discovery of the Void Century; they have hidden the fact that Gekko Moriah was beaten by Luffy and later ordered his silent assassination to make it look like he died in the war for a better image; and they have even kept the escape of Level 6 inmates of Impel Down a secret. Some of these decisions have even angered Sengoku the former fleet admiral of the Marines.

Political powers aside, it is currently unknown how strong each one of the Five Elders are. However, due to their clear muscles and scars, and that one of them is wielding a sword, it would appear that they have some battle experience and fighting capabilities. Also in Robin's flashback, it appears that their appearances haven't been altered at least, despite it being taking place twenty two years ago.

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

Commencing Buster Call. All ships begin the attack. Target everything on the island of archaeology, Ohara. The research done by Ohara's scholars has exceeded our expectations. That knowledge could be passed on. We must not let the exposure be anywhere else but on this island. Completely obliterate the demons living in Ohara! In the name of justice!

Nothing is known of their early lives, and how they became the leaders of the World Government is also unknown, aside that they are the highest ranked Celestial Dragons.

What is known is that they were around twenty two years ago, when they ordered the Buster Call against Ohara. Their membership (and appearances) have not altered at least in the last twenty two years.[3] Spandam manipulated them to give him the authority to allow him to seek out the blueprints for Pluton.

Sky Island SagaEdit

Jaya ArcEdit

They appeared for the first time when they were discussing the situation around Shanks and Whitebeard.[5] They tried to keep Whitebeard and Shanks apart. They were also distressed with Crocodile due to his actions in Alabasta and his subsequent dismissal from the Shichibukai.

Water 7 SagaEdit

Long Ring Long Land ArcEdit

Later, they heard of Aokiji sneaking out of Marine Headquarters and became disappointed with him. They remarked that he should be careful with his rank.

Post-Enies Lobby ArcEdit

Later, after the Enies Lobby raid, they were shocked to hear that Shanks had successfully met with Whitebeard.

Summit War SagaEdit

Post-War ArcEdit

After the war, they gathered to discuss the state the world was in. They talked about how Luffy has become a huge threat as well as his relations to Garp and Dragon. One of them comments on how their power structure has almost completely collapsed, and asks how they will fill the three vacant Shichibukai positions. They decide to observe world events for now until they can find influential enough people to become new Shichibukai.[6]

They then discuss Blackbeard and his activities in the New World, mentioning that he has defeated one of the Supernovas and that he is in the lead for replacing Whitebeard as one of the Yonko. They believe that the only people who can stop his rise to power are the three remaining Yonko and the Whitebeard Pirates, who are currently under Marco's command. Their last comment is on the Will of the D., saying that "D. always means danger" and that it has reached the public too much as of late.[6]

Dressrosa SagaEdit

Dressrosa ArcEdit

Sakazuki and Gorosei Meeting

The meeting between Sakazuki and the Five Elders.

Following the discovered falsehood behind the story about Donquixote Doflamingo's resignation from the Shichibukai and abdication of his throne, Fleet Admiral Sakazuki confronted the Five Elders about this, where they engaged in a heated argument. Sakazuki angrily asked the elders why the whole world had to be misled for Doflamingo's sake, noting that if an incident like this were to occur again, he as fleet admiral would be disgraced. The elders ignored him, saying that they were not concerned with his reputation as the Marines are only the public face of the World Government, and that the case had been left to the Cipher Pol.[7]

Sakazuki retorted that even the elders had been walked over by the Celestial Dragons and called them their puppets. They responded in anger, blaming Sakazuki for Kuzan joining Blackbeard. Sakazuki replied that Kuzan's actions after he resigned from the Marines were not the concern of the government or the Marines. Suddenly, a Marine interrupted the meeting and reported about what transpired on Dressrosa. Much to their shock and displeasure, they learned of Doflamingo's defeat at Luffy's hands.[8]

Admiral Fujitora publicly announced Donquixote Doflamingo's defeat to the world along the exposure of the crimes he committed by abusing his Shichibukai position. Since the announcement was given before the elders were informed of it, this prevented them from covering up the debacle, allowing the Straw Hat Pirates to take credit for exposing the Heavenly Yaksha's criminal enterprises.[9]

Yonko SagaEdit

Reverie ArcEdit

The Five Elders questioned Shanks on why he felt it was necessary to speak with them despite the Reverie being so important and his criminal status not being appropriate for global diplomacy. They stated the only reason Shanks was granted a private audience with them was because he is one of the Yonko. Shanks expressed his gratitude and the Elders ordered their guards to leave their chambers. Shanks conveyed his desire to discuss a certain pirate with the Five Elders.[10]

Im Sits on the Empty Throne

The Five Elders kneeling before Im, the true owner of the Empty Throne and the ruler of the world.

Sometime after the Reverie had formally begun, the Five Elders headed towards the chamber containing the Empty Throne as they discussed Nefertari Cobra's request to have an audience with them even though they saw the Nefertari Family as nothing more than traitors to the World Nobles for choosing to stay in the "world below". Upon arriving at the chamber of the Empty Throne, the Five Elders quickly knelt down as they were greeted by a mysterious figure who then proceeded to sit upon the Empty Throne itself, a figure whom they addressed as Im, the true ruler of the World Government.

MerchandiseEdit

Video GamesEdit

Non-Playable AppearancesEdit

Translation and Dub IssuesEdit

The Japanese word for the Five Elders, "Gorōsei", translates more closely to "Five Elder Stars". When Oda translated the word in Chapter 907, he left out "star" from the translation.

TriviaEdit

  • The fact that the Elder Stars remain Collective Leadership over a totaltarian authority is a reflection to real-life Politburo.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece MangaChapter 907 (p. 8), The Five Elders are confirmed to be the most prominent Celestial Dragons.
  2. One Piece MangaChapter 907, The Five Elders' name is romanized.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 395 and Episode 277, Clover speaks to the Five Elders.
  4. One Piece AnimeEpisode 277, The tall mustache man is the only member of the Five Elders that spoke.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 and Episode 151, The Five Elders speak of the situation of Shanks and Whitebeard.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 and Episode 511, The Five Elders discuss the results of the war.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 Chapter 793 (p. 4), Sakazuki castigates the Five Elders for letting Doflamingo manipulate them by falsifying media coverage.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 Chapter 793 (p. 5), The Five Elders rebuff Sakazuki's criticism, state they left resolution of the matter to CP0 and mention the former Admiral Aokiji.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 Chapter 793 (p. 5-6), The Five Elders and Fleet Admiral Sakazuki have disconcerted reactions to the Straw Hats-Heart Pirates alliance and Fujitora's decision to expose the Shichibukai's system corruption.
  10. One Piece MangaChapter 907 (p. 16), Shanks requests a private meeting with the Five Elders to discuss an important matter.

Site NavigationEdit

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World Government
Leaders: Im  •  Five Elders  •  Kong
Founders: Donquixote Family  •  Nefeltari Family
World Nobles: Rosward  •  Shalulia  •  Charlos  •  Jalmack  •  Donquixote Mjosgard  •  Donquixote Homing   •  Donquixote Doflamingo   •  Donquixote Rosinante 
Affiliate Nations: Alabasta  •  Goa Kingdom  •  Ryugu Kingdom  •  Dressrosa  •  Ilusia Kingdom  •  Sakura Kingdom  •  Black Drum Kingdom  •  Prodence Kingdom  •  Kano Country  •  Germa Kingdom   •  Lulusia Kingdom
Associated Groups: Marines  •  Shichibukai  •  Cipher Pol (0  •  5  •  6  •  7  •  9)  •  Police  •  Jailer Beasts  •  Nobles
Significant Locations: Gates of Justice  •  Mary Geoise (Pangaea Castle)  •  Enies Lobby   •  Impel Down  •  Marine Headquarters (Marineford   •  New Marineford)  •  Red Port
Government Employees
Cipher Pol Agents: Spandam  •  Funkfreed  •  Rob Lucci  •  Hattori  •  Stussy  •  Kaku  •  Jabra *  •  Blueno *  •  Kumadori *  •  Fukuro *  •  Kalifa *  •  Nero   •  Spandine   •  Laskey   •  Wanze *  •  Jerry *
Enies Lobby Staff: Baskerville  •  Watchdog Unit of the Law  •  Just Eleven Jurymen  •  Oimo   •  Kashi   •  Gatherine  •  Jorge
Impel Down Staff: Hannyabal  •  Magellan  •  Domino  •  Sadi-chan  •  Saldeath  •  Shiliew   •  Bazooka Unit  •  Minotaurus  •  Minorhinoceros  •  Minokoala  •  Minozebra  •  Minochihuahua  •  Blue Gorillas  •  Puzzle Scorpions  •  Manticores  •  Basilisk  •  Sphinx  •  Wolf Unit
Other Agents: Corgi
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Doa Doa no Mi  •  Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard  •  Zou Zou no Mi  •  Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Wolf  •  Ushi Ushi no Mi, Model: Giraffe  •  Awa Awa no Mi  •  Doku Doku no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Rokushiki  •  Ramen Kenpo  •  Life Return  •  Yontoryu  •  Doriki  •  Haki
Weapon Based: Shikomizue  •  Kessui  •  Nodachi
Related Articles
Story Arcs: Loguetown Arc  •  Drum Island Arc  •  Alabasta Arc  •  Jaya Arc  •  Long Ring Long Land Arc  •  Water 7 Arc  •  Enies Lobby Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Thriller Bark Arc  •  Sabaody Archipelago Arc  •  Impel Down Arc  •  Chapter 0  •  Post-War Arc  •  Return to Sabaody Arc  •  Fishman Island Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc  •  Whole Cake Island Arc  •  Reverie Arc
Cover Stories: CP9's Independent Report
Events: Reverie  •  Ohara Incident  •  Duel at Banaro Island  •  Battle of Marineford
Others: Bounties  •  Justice  •  Straw Hat  •  Empty Throne