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Japanese Name: シャンクス
Romanized Name: Shankusu
English Name: Shanks
Debut: Chapter 1; Episode 4[1]
Affiliations: Red Hair Pirates;[2] Yonko;[3] Roger Pirates (former)[4]
Occupations: Pirate; Captain;[5] Cabin Boy (former)[4]
Epithet: "Red-Haired Shanks" (赤髪のシャンクス Akagami no Shankusu?)[5]
Age: 27 (Chapter 1);
37 (Chapter 1 to 597)[6];
39 (Chapter 598 and onwards)[7]
Birthday: March 9[8]
Japanese VA: Shūichi Ikeda
Odex English VA: Christian J. Lee
4Kids English VA: Tom Souhrada
Funi English VA: Brandon Potter

"Red-Haired" Shanks is the captain[5] of the Red Hair Pirates[2] and one of the Yonko.[3]

He is the pirate who inspired Luffy to go on his journey as a pirate.[9] He found the Gomu Gomu no Mi which was accidentally eaten by Luffy.[10]

Appearance

Shanks always wears a long black cape over his shoulders and, until he met Luffy, he wore a straw hat obtained from his captain that he had worn for many years beforehand, and was synonymous with his image. He initially wore slightly loose brown trousers cut below the knee and collected halfway up the shin, with golden buttons down the outer leg. Recently he has been seen wearing a similar pair, but looser and with floral patterns on them. He wears a pair of sandals and is unshaven with a short scruffy beard.

In all his appearances so far as captain of his own crew, Shanks has worn a white shirt which is only buttoned halfway, leaving his chest exposed. Around his waist is a large red sash, which also holds his sabre on the right side. Initially, in Chapter 1, his shirt is tucked under the sash. However, in his appearances that feature him since he left Luffy's hometown, the shirt is untucked, giving him a much scruffier appearance than when he is seen in the past.

The most striking thing about Shanks is the color of his red hair, where his epithet 'Red-Haired Shanks' comes from. He also has three scars across his left eye, which were revealed to have been given to him by Blackbeard,[11] and by saving Luffy from a Sea King he lost his left arm.

At the start of One Piece, Shanks bore a similarity to Luffy. As Oda's style changed, Shanks began to become more distinct. The shape of his eyes are drawn much sharper. His nose has become more defined, similar to how Nico Robin's nose is heavily defined from other characters in the series. His trademark red hair is also slightly longer, with his fringe pushed more toward the sides. It is also wavier and more licked back, as opposed to how it was parted in the middle at the start of the series. The scars seemed to tingle when he confronted Blackbeard.[12]

Gallery

Shanks at Edd War
Shanks at the battle of Edd War.
Shanks at Foosha Village
Shanks at Luffy's hometown.
Shanks' Scars
Shanks' scars.[12]
Shanks High School Omake
Shanks as he appears in High School Omake.

Video games

Personality

Shanks is one of the most laid back characters in the world of One Piece, preferring to take his time as he and his crew travels around the world rather than rushing from one place to another. Shanks is not cruel like many other pirate captains, nor does he rule over his crew with fear to gain respect. His friendly nature means he will not purposely seek to harm others, and he is able to make serious characters like Dracule Mihawk join in with his fun. Yet despite how simple minded he appears at first, Shanks is a complex person with some rather difficult to understand views. For example, he believes if two people share very different views, it is better they go their separate ways.[13]

Shanks does not seem to mind what happens to himself; he will take others throwing food and drink or spitting on him without fighting back and laugh with his crew at his own misfortunes. Even losing an arm did not bother him much. However he would never forgive anyone for attacking his friend. 

Listen up… You can pour drinks on me, you can throw food at me… You can even spit on me. I’ll just laugh that stuff off. But… Good reason or not… Nobody hurts a friend of mine.
— Shanks to Higuma when witnessing him hurting Luffy


Shanks and his crew are almost always seen partying and drinking alcoholic beverages whenever they make an appearance, as the captain's favorite pastimes are attending and hosting parties and banquets. According to Oda, Shanks is the one character that resembles himself the most out of all the One Piece characters, because of his fun-loving partying nature and cheerful personality.[14]

He also is against the idea of needless bloodshed, even if honor is involved and so far seems to only step up for a fight when a friend is in danger. He also seems to admire those who have courage, as seen when a young Luffy stood up against Higuma for insulting Shanks and also when he saw Coby gathering his courage to stop the war as the young marine believed that it was pointless to continue.

Shanks also has skills of diplomacy, as shown when he brokered a ceasefire between the Whitebeard Pirates and the World Government. His skills in diplomacy are so great that he managed to convince Sengoku to agree with his proposition, even though Sengoku has a strong hatred of pirates. He also likes teasing people, as demonstrated by his apparent reactions to Luffy as a child.[15] Oda also stated that if a child asked Shanks for a Devil Fruit he'd tease them about being ten years too young to eat one.[16] Shanks himself was like Luffy (as a child) in his younger years.[17]

Despite being calm and brave most of the time, he has a quirk that means his reactions are not always fitting in what others expect of him, a trait pointed out by Buggy as "always annoyed him". These include panicking when things go wrong[18] or shrugging off Buggy's angry disposition towards him off to greet him in a friendly manner. He also seems to be carry about something personally deep within him, as when he speaks about his 3 scars to Whitebeard, he became serious about the situation surrounding Teach.

Even though he has traveled the world, Shanks believes the best sake can be found in his hometown in the West Blue. He also refers to alcohol when with Whitebeard as "healing water".

Like other characters in One Piece, Shanks has his own unique laugh, starting it with a "Da" (i.e. Dahahahahaha!).

Relationships

Crews

Red Hair Pirates

While only a few of Shanks' crew have been named (Yasopp, Lucky Roo, Benn Beckman, and Rockstar), he seems to generally get along with them all and they look up to him with respect as their captain. Shanks looks out for the well-being of the entire crew, from refusing to take a child (Luffy) on board his ship to denying permission to take on Whitebeard's men who had insulted Rockstar's honor.

Benn Beckman seems amazed at the actions of his captain, such as panicking when Luffy was taken or getting even more drunk when he had already drunk a lot before and when Mihawk brought news of Luffy's new bounty.

Roger Pirates

Of the Roger Pirates, most relationships between Shanks and the other crewmates remain unknown. However, it has been shown through flashbacks that he would fight with Buggy over just about anything. The Marines themselves described their relationship as a 'brotherly bond'[19] and Whitebeard himself had noted the pair was always together. Shanks appears to still consider Buggy as a friend.

Just like Buggy, he had a close bond to Roger as he was seen crying at Roger's execution and had acquired Roger's Straw Hat from him.

Friends

Monkey D. Luffy

Luffy looks up to Shanks as his role model, childhood hero and the man he wants to eventually surpass. At first, Shanks never took Luffy seriously as he was just a boy so mocked his dreams to become a pirate, dubbing him "Anchor".[20]

Later after Luffy stood up for him in front of Higuma and his men, as they were leaving when Luffy declared he would be better than him Shanks begins to treat him seriously. In the manga Benn Beckman tells Shanks that Luffy is going to make something of himself. Shanks confirms this by saying that Luffy reminds him of himself when he was Luffy's age.[17] Just as Luffy is currently looking for Shanks, Shanks eagerly awaits the day he meets up with Luffy. Shanks also sees Luffy as the future for piracy[21] and was so delighted at seeing Luffy's first bounty that he threw a party to celebrate, even though he was already suffering from a hangover over being drunk previously.

Makino

In Foosha Village, Shanks was close friends with Makino, the bartender of the village. Makino was very caring towards Shanks when Higuma assaulted him, and Shanks even offered to help clean up the mess Higuma made and Makino helped clean Shanks from the food spilled on him. She was very grateful for Shanks saving Luffy at the cost of his left arm and holds him in high regard knowing that, despite being a pirate, he is a good person. She even helped Ace learn to thank Shanks for saving Luffy's life.

Portgas D. Ace

Shanks was on relatively good terms with Ace, who seemed to greatly respect him primarily for his role in saving his adoptive younger brother, Luffy, from the Sea King during the incident with Higuma. After setting out to begin his life of piracy, Ace immediately sought out Shanks to meet the man in person and thank him on Luffy's behalf. Shanks initially thought that Ace came to confront him (he was ready to unsheathe his sword at the Logia user on that very encounter), but immediately warmed up to Ace upon learning of his relation with Luffy.[22] Shanks showed some concern for Ace upon learning that he was in pursuit of Blackbeard. He personally sought out Whitebeard to vocally disapprove and attempted to persuade Whitebeard to recall Ace.[23] After the announcement of Ace's execution, it was revealed that Shanks personally intercepted Kaido, another of the Yonko, as the latter attempted to take advantage of the situation and attack Whitebeard.[24]

It is unknown if Shanks ever found out that Ace was the son of his captain, Roger, before Sengoku made this fact public to the world. However, he has been seen making connections to their similar behaviors in retrospect (at the burial site of Whitebeard and Ace); as neither of them would back down when someone they cared for was insulted.[25]

Marco

Marco regarded Shanks as an enemy. After Shanks knocked out some Whitebeard Pirates with his Haki, Marco insulted and scolded him for the damage he had done and even told him to shut up after the Yonko offered him to join his crew.[26] When Shanks arrived at the Marineford to stop the war, he asked Marco to withdraw. After the battle of Marineford, Marco apologized to Shanks for his previous behavior and genuinely thanked him for ensuring the funerals of both Whitebeard and Ace, finally acknowledging him as more of an ally.[25]

Dracule Mihawk

In the past, Mihawk sought out Shanks on many occasions to duel. Their battles were said to echo through the whole Grand Line.[27] However, Mihawk has given up on trying to fight Shanks after he lost an arm. He retains a neutral, though somewhat friendly relationship with Shanks, and is able to track him down if the need arises. He and Shanks do manage to get along, regardless of their opposite personalities. Shanks was able to get Mihawk to join in when he threw a party to celebrate Luffy's first bounty, even when moments beforehand, Mihawk had scorned how laid-back Shanks was.[28] Mihawk even mused out an apology to Shanks during the battle at Marineford where he declares that he will not be holding anything back against Luffy right before launching a full force assault upon him. When Shanks made his entrance during the Whitebeard War, Mihawk left the battlefield stating that he agreed to participate in the war against Whitebeard, but that fighting "Red-Hair" is beyond the scope of the World Government's orders.

Enemies

World Government

The World Government views Shanks as a problem and a trouble maker, but realizes he is a man who will not try to change the world by himself. However, due to the position he holds, they fear he could get out of hand and are prepared to eliminate him if he ever does. The World Government tolerates his actions until that time comes.

Marines

Apparently, Shanks and Fleet Admiral Sengoku respect each other. Even as enemies, both the World Government and Red Hair Pirates see a clash between sides as the final option. Stating because of his words Sengoku would officially consider the war at an end as well as hand over Ace and Whitebeard's bodies to the Red Hair Pirates to be given a proper burial. Sengoku was even willing to take the blame all on himself. Vice Admiral Garp blames Shanks for poisoning Luffy's mind with ideas about being a pirate when he wanted Luffy to become a Marine.[29]

Shanks commends Coby for his brief moment of courage to speak out his thoughts on stopping the needless violence of the war, and defended him from the ruthless Akainu from killing him for it.[30]

Buggy

So far, outside of the World Government, the only one who appears to oppose Shanks is Buggy. Ironically, in their youth Buggy accused Shanks of being too naïve and innocent to ever make it as a pirate, making it ironic that presently Shanks is a great pirate while Buggy and his crew are very weak in comparison.[31] Yet despite what they claimed to each other, Buggy did not pass the opportunity up to exploit Shanks' name and when the two met for the first time in years, Shanks was able to trick Buggy into giving Luffy the Straw Hat back. Buggy then had a go at Shanks for it afterwards while Shanks himself was calm despite Buggy's reaction, indicating that despite their differences the pair's relationship between them is still on a similar ground to what it was in the past, although Shanks has matured. Also, Buggy seems to share Shanks' love of partying.

Yonko

As his rivals, the other Yonko are enemies. Although he and Whitebeard clashed over Ace and Teach, Shanks seemed to be on good terms with his former captain's rival. Furthermore, he was willing to battle Kaido to stop the other Yonko from attacking Whitebeard,[9] and took it upon himself to put an end to the Battle of Marineford, taking the responsibility to give Ace and Whitebeard proper burials.

Edward Newgate

Despite being a Yonko that made Whitebeard an adversary, Shanks prevented another Yonko, Kaido, from reaching Whitebeard which enabled him to reach Marineford without any hindrance. After Whitebeard's death, Shanks saved his (Whitebeard's) crew and the other allies and gave Whitebeard and Ace a proper burial.[25]

Marshall D. Teach

The one Shanks seems to watch out for the most is Blackbeard, who gave him his three scars in a previous encounter.[11] At Marineford, he was exceptionally sharp towards the other pirate.[32] Shanks himself seems to know the potential danger Blackbeard represents is greater than that of anyone else.[33]

Abilities and Powers

Little is known about what Shanks can do, as he has not been seen heavily engaged in battle yet; however, as a member of the Yonko in the New World, his raw physical power is immense. Shanks does not fear Whitebeard, the world's strongest pirate, whereas some pirate captains quiver at the mere mention of his name. Rockstar also used his captain's name to convey to Whitebeard the importance of the letter he delivered to him. With enough strength to clash with Whitebeard, Shanks is feared by almost all pirates. It was also stated by the Gorosei that he is one of the few people capable of stopping Teach. Admiral Akainu fought through many men and a few Shichibukai to get to Luffy but when Shanks appeared, he did not challenge the Yonko.

He appears to be an excellent swimmer as well, having reached the young Luffy out in the middle of the sea before the Sea King could devour him.[34] According to Buggy as a young man, Shanks was a strong fighter and had it not been for his ideals, he (Buggy) would have wanted him on his crew.

As a member of the Yonko, Shanks' name alone commands great power, as Buggy himself proved; his assertion that he previously had a "brotherly bond" with Shanks was one of the many things that earned him respect from the Impel Down inmates.[19] In addition, Buggy did not shy from using Shanks' and his previous Captain's name Gol D. Roger to maintain his respect amongst them. Even the fact Buggy was seen back talking to Shanks was seen as a testament of Buggy's own power to the former prisoners, not aware that the two had always acted like this and mistaking that it was because Buggy was not afraid of a Yonko. Shanks commands enough power to end the war at Marineford with just words; when he stated there was to be no more fighting, no one stepped up to challenge him, even though the Marines were fired up after the death of Ace and Whitebeard.

When he offered to fight the very overconfident and pompous "Blackbeard" Teach, (who moments before boasted about destroying the island and taking down Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Vice Admiral Garp) he declined and decided to leave, as it was too soon for them to take Shanks on. This is quite interesting because Teach had rushed to finish off Whitebeard (although it should be noted that Whitebeard was already heavily wounded), who was considered the most powerful man in the world and a monster like no other, yet declined to fight Shanks.

Furthermore, when he requested that Whitebeard's and Portgas D. Ace's dignity at death not to be violated, Sengoku himself decided to call off the war, and offered to take responsibility, showing that despite being a pirate, he has earned Sengoku’s respect, something that no pirate other than Whitebeard is known to have achieved.

Swordsmanship

Shanks is usually portrayed as a swordsman. Ten years ago Shanks was capable of swimming, meaning that he did not consume any Devil Fruit at the time he was a rival to Mihawk.

While his use of his swordsmanship skills was only briefly shown, the fact that he was able to match a blow from Whitebeard with only one arm is a clear indication of the strength he puts behind his attacks. Shanks is also powerful enough to stop Akainu's magma fist using his sword and Busoshoku Haki.[35] Since Mihawk is classified as the world's greatest swordsman, and Shanks is a former rival of his, it can be assumed that Shanks is an extremely proficient swordsman.

Shanks appears to have favored his left arm before he lost it, as he is always seen holding his sword in his left hand during flashbacks. 

Haki

Further information: Haki

Shanks can utilize at least two of the three types of Haki. Shanks has shown mastery over the two types of Haki he has used. Even Whitebeard revered Shanks for his Haki when he used it on his "visit".

Busoshoku Haki

When Shanks and Whitebeard clashed with their weapons, the "heavens" above them split, hinting the incredible Busōshoku Haki that the Yonko had imbued in them.

During the Battle of Marineford he was able to imbue Busoshoku Haki into his sword.[35]

Haoshoku Haki

Shanks' Haoshoku Haki

Shanks' Haoshoku Haki knocks out the weaker members of Whitebeard's crew.

Shanks is capable of using Haoshoku Haki,[36] an ability that only one in a million people can use.[37]

After saving Luffy from a Sea King, Shanks was able to frighten it off with a single angry glare using this ability. Later, while boarding Whitebeard's ship for their meeting, a large amount of Whitebeard's crew (experienced men who have survived in the New World) lapsed into unconsciousness and the ship itself began to take damage from Shanks' mere presence. Whitebeard's men attributed this to his superior Haki.[38]

Oda mentioned in a SBS that Shanks could have knocked out all 100,000 pirates and fishmen opposing the Straw Hats during the Fishman Island Arc with his Haoushoku Haki (Luffy managed to overwhelm 50,000).

Weapons

Shanks Bringing Out His Sword

Shanks unsheathing his saber.

So far in the series, Shanks has only been seen wielding a sword in combat. His sword is a saber. His saber seems to be larger than a normal one. The sword has a single edge blade with a large hand guard.

Shanks was shown with two different swords during his time as an apprentice pirate aboard Gol D. Roger's ship and another one during his stay in Luffy's hometown.

History

Past

The Apprentice Years

Buggy and Shanks

Shanks and Buggy as apprentice pirates on Gol D. Roger's crew.

Shanks comes from the West Blue and in his past, was a member of Gol D. Roger's crew as a cabin boy and took part in many things such as fighting with Whitebeard.[39] At some point, Shanks acquired Roger's straw hat, although the circumstances behind Shanks acquiring the hat from Roger are unknown at this point in time. His date of joining is unknown, but he spent most of his time together with fellow trainee, Buggy, arguing over meaningless things, such as which pole was colder, the North or the South. Their constant bickering was met with annoyance by the crew's first mate, Silvers Rayleigh.[40]

Buggy is delighted by the thought of getting some treasure from the ship, but Shanks comments there is more to being a pirate then treasure which Buggy claims is not true. During the fight on board the enemy ship, Buggy finds a treasure map to an underwater treasure horde. Buggy hides the map so he can claim the treasure himself. Later that night, Shanks leaves a wild party on board the ship to ask Buggy why he is not joining in since they found something nice while on the ship. Buggy shows signs of guilt accidentally, leaving Shanks wondering what Buggy is on about. Since Buggy is convinced his plan will succeed, he discusses his future with Shanks and figures on the day he might leave the ship. Shanks says he might also leave, find a crew and travel around the world as a pirate. Buggy mocks his ideas since he believes Shanks is too naïve and innocent to ever make it as a pirate and if it was not for his crazy ideas, he would have him on his crew. Shanks declines as their views are too different, but they agree if they ever meet on the sea they will fight to the end.

Shanks then reveals that the crews party was because they had found a Devil Fruit and after telling Buggy its value, Buggy is seen about to eat it the next day. In front of the entire crew, he swallows the Devil Fruit whole. He then tells the others the fruit had no effect on him and they all dismiss the stories they have heard about the Devil Fruits. However unknown to them, Buggy had already switched the fruit with a fake. Later that day, Buggy plans to leave the crew and set off his dream of becoming a pirate in motion. However, Shanks surprises him by popping up behind him, in desperation he hides the real Devil Fruit in his mouth and the map in his jacket. As Shanks walks away, Buggy lets out a sign of relief, however Shanks once again pops up behind him and shocks Buggy, causing him to swallow the Devil Fruit.

Buggy is in complete awe at what he has done, but before he could finish yelling at Shanks, Shanks points out a fluttering piece of paper heading over the side of the ship. Buggy realizes it is his map and leaps after it. As Buggy hits water he discovers the story about the sea turning against Devil Fruit users is true and he cannot swim. Up on the ship, the crew gathers wondering why Buggy has not come up yet since he is a good swimmer. Shanks eventually dives into the water after him. Even though Shanks saved him, Buggy since then blames Shanks for ruining his plot to become rich.[41]

Twenty-six years before the storyline starting date, Roger had contracted a fatal illness and made one last voyage with his crew into the Grand Line to conquer it. A year before he died, he disbanded the Roger Pirates.[42] Shanks and Buggy were last seen together at Loguetown on the day of Roger's death. Shanks immediately began his quest to form his own crew by offering a place to Buggy. Buggy refused and the two separated. Shanks would continue to hear rumors that Buggy was still a pirate somewhere over the course of the following years.[43][44]

The Rise of Captain Red-Haired Shanks

At some point in his life, he met Marshall D. Teach, then a member of Whitebeard's crew. What happened is unknown, however Blackbeard left Red-Haired with the 3 scars across his left eye.[11] The exact date of that event is unknown; however, there are signs indicating that those scars were made near the time of Roger's execution: while images of a younger Shanks depict him with his face unscathed, in two flashbacks (in Chapter 434 and Chapter 0), he has his face hidden by his hair and his hat.

Shanks also fought often with Mihawk and their battles were said to echo through the whole of the Grand Line.[27] As his strength as a pirate captain rose, he and three other pirates were named the Yonko, including Whitebeard, Kaido and Big Mom.[3]

Shanks and the Boy Luffy

Years later, after becoming the captain of his own pirate ship, Shanks arrived on an island where he met a strange young boy named Monkey D. Luffy. Intrigued by the boy and enjoying the atmosphere of Luffy's village, he decided to make the island his crew's base for a short period of time (which turned into a year).[45] Luffy quickly grew attached to the crew, so much so that he wished to join their ranks and become a pirate as well. Shanks refused to allow the boy into his crew on the basis that he was too young.

One day, at Patty's Bar, Shanks stands by his claim that Luffy can not join unless he learns how to swim and that he is also too young to join. When Luffy stands by his claim he is a man, Shanks tricks him into drinking a glass of juice - proving he is still just a kid. After being turned down once again by Shanks to join his crew, Luffy gets depressed. However, Luffy thinks Shanks is not taking him serious - which Shanks proves by mocking the kid again. Finally Makino appears and gives Luffy a meal, as Luffy and Shanks eat their meals Luffy raises the question of how long the crew will be staying. Shanks states he is thinking of two or three more trips and then heading out, which Luffy states is fine as he will have learned to swim by then.

Higuma Mocks Shanks

Higuma insults Shanks.

At that moment, Higuma and his bandits appear and begin to demand Sake. However, Shanks and his crew have already drunk all the alcohol in the bar. Shanks offers Higuma the last bottle, but unsatisfied with just one bottle, Higuma smashes it over Shanks. When Shanks takes no stand to defend himself and instead asks for a cloth to clean up the mess, Higuma smashes his plate of food over him. Once again Shanks does nothing, instead he laughs it off. Higuma leaves convinced Shanks is a coward. After he is gone, Shanks and his crew laugh at their captain’s humiliation, including Shanks himself. Luffy is angered; he claims he is going to find another role model. As Shanks grabs his arm to stop him, it stretches, to everyone’s horror and it is revealed Luffy has eaten the Devil Fruit the Gomu Gomu no Mi which they recently stole from another ship. Luffy then finds out he is now made completely of rubber and is doomed to never be able to swim again.

A few days later, Shanks and his crew go out to sea, leaving Luffy behind once more. Luffy sits in the bar, angry at Shanks for not standing up to Higuma. Just then, Higuma reappears. Makino is seen rushing through the village to find the mayor; Luffy has gotten himself into a hostage situation with Higuma after Higuma said something that angered him. As Makino and the Mayor return to reason with the bandit, the bandit states it is already too late - Luffy is going to die. As Higuma raises his sword to kill Luffy, Shanks and his crew reappear. Higuma and his men tell them it is none of the pirate's business.

As Shanks walks forward, one of the bandits points a gun at Shanks, which ends with him being shot himself. Shanks then tells Higuma he will not allow him to hurt a friend of his and get away with it. Higuma, unhindered by his speech sends the rest of the crew after him, Shanks' first mate decides to step in and single-handedly he takes out the entire gang of bandits, leaving Higuma alone. Realizing he can not win, Higuma drops a smoke bomb and takes Luffy away. As the smoke clears, Shanks' realizes Luffy is gone and panics. Out at sea, Higuma and Luffy stand in a boat. Higuma decides it is time to lose Luffy and kicks him in the water. Luffy is angry that he could do nothing to Higuma and as Luffy struggles in the water, a sea monster appears. Higuma, unable to do anything, is eaten and the creature then turns towards Luffy. Moments before he is eaten, Shanks saves the boy's life. The creature is scared away by one stare from Shanks. When it is gone, Luffy lets out a cry: Shanks has lost an arm in saving his life. [34]

Shanks Saves Luffy

Shanks loses his arm while saving Luffy.

Finally Luffy has realized he is too young to sail out to sea and become a pirate. He however realizes what a great man Shanks is. At the docks later, Luffy has come to say goodbye to Shanks and his crew. He is sad they are leaving, but not worried about going with them as he has decided he will become a pirate on his own. This leads to Shanks stating he did not want him on his crew in the first place and that there is no way Luffy can become a pirate. In anger, Luffy proclaims he will become a pirate, gather a crew strong enough to beat Shanks' and find the worlds greatest treasure and no matter what, become the Pirate King. Shanks, happy at Luffy's claim, gives him his Straw Hat and tells Luffy to give it back; when he has become a great pirate. Honored by Shanks' gesture, Luffy cries. As Shanks boards his ship to leave, his first mate comments on how Luffy will become big, Shanks remarks he knows because he reminds him of himself when he was young.

Shortly after, Shanks returned to the Grand Line, eventually arriving on the Sabaody Archipelago and meeting Rayleigh again. To Rayleigh's surprise, he had lost his trademark Straw Hat along with his left arm. When Rayleigh asked him why, he excitedly started telling him about the young boy he met in East Blue whom had spoken the exact same words as Gol D. Roger.[46]

Meeting with Ace

A short while before the storyline he met Portgas D. Ace, who thanked him for saving his little brother. Shanks responded by throwing a party to celebrate, as he did not know Luffy had a brother.

Loguetown Arc

Then a few years later after relaxing on an island after drinking too much, to the terror of a few of Shanks' weaker crew members, Dracule "Hawkeye" Mihawk pays Shanks a visit. The Shichibukai brought news that delighted the red-haired pirate: Luffy had gained a bounty of Beli30,000,000. Hearing Luffy had finally made his emergence, Shanks threw another party despite being already unwell from his previous drinking session.[47]

Jaya Arc

Shanks later expressed an interest in Portgas D. Ace and Blackbeard, and sent Rockstar to deliver a note to Whitebeard concerning this matter. Whitebeard is angry Shanks sent him a letter and tells Rockstar his captain must come in person and bring plenty of good rum. Elsewhere, Shanks talks on a Den Den Mushi to Rockstar. Shanks laughs about how the old man has not changed a bit. He denies Rockstar the chance to redeem his honor against the Whitebeard crew and is ordered back. Beckman questions his captain over whether he should go to Whitebeard or not. Shanks replies, the crew should prepare for battle.[48]

Post-Enies Lobby Arc

But he is not a man who would try to upset the world himself. We will observe him without taking rash actions!
— A member of the Gorosei on how they should deal with Shanks

At the Marine Headquarters all Marines suddenly become alert as news gets out that Shanks and Whitebeard are about to meet.[49]. As both pirate ships approach each other Whitebeard's men announce Shanks is coming. Marco gives the warning to the younger crew members to step back as they "will not last", causing them to question why. They soon get their answer as one by one the weaker crew members collapse unconsciously onto the floor. Marco is unphased by the situation and ensures the crew not to make a fuss about it, while Jozu notes that Shanks' Haki is as strong as ever. Shanks apologizes for his actions, since Whitebeard is still an enemy ship he was just being cautious. Marco points out what Shanks has done to him, Shanks turns round and in return asks him to join his crew, which Marco angrily turned down his offer.

Shanks vs. Whitebeard

Shanks and Whitebeard clash.

Whitebeard talks about Gol D. Roger and seeing Shanks as a cabin boy during their fights along with the funny big nose that Shanks hung around. Shanks counters the memory with his own of the pair splitting up at Loguetown after Roger's death. Whitebeard notes how the fights between Shanks and Mihawk still ring in his ear. When the subject of his missing left arm is brought up, Shanks replies he bet it on the future recalling the memory of Luffy.

The conversation hits a more serious note as Shanks points to his scarred left eye. One of Whitebeard's crew gave it to him, Marshall D. Teach. Shanks has known what Teach has been up to all these years and tries to warn Whitebeard of what may happen if Ace and Teach meet, he begs Whitebeard to stop the search. When Whitebeard outright refuses and states he will teach Teach about morals, Shanks reacts by drawing his sword, stating the rampaging era will not be stopped. Whitebeard and Shanks clash weapons, splitting the skies to the horror of both captains' crew members.

No one could have stopped this, it's the rampaging point of this age!
— Shanks's statement before clashing with Whitebeard


Summit War Saga

Impel Down Arc

As mentioned by Momonga, Whitebeard begins making his move towards Marineford to save Ace, Kaido attempts to take advantage of the situation to attack the Whitebeard Pirates. To the horror of the Marines, reports come in that Shanks has intercepted Kaido, creating a dispute between two of the four Yonko. While the two captains end their confrontation with a stalemate, the Marines become greatly anxious of the possible problems that could arise from conflict between the two pirates.[24]

Marineford Arc

I'm here to put an end to this war!
— Shanks arrives at Marineford
Shanks Saves Coby From Akainu

Shanks saves Coby from Akainu.

Appearing suddenly, Shanks arrives just in time to save Coby from being killed by Akainu. He commends the young Marine for his determination and tells him that with his brave words, he has secured the "seconds of courage" that would change the fate of the world. The Marines loudly exclaim the presence of the Red Hair Pirates, as they wonder how Shanks was able to arrive at Marineford so quickly, having fought with Kaido the day before.

Shanks then calls out to Buggy to give Luffy his straw hat, and convincing him that he will give a treasure map to his former crewmate in return. This of course being a lie, further enraging Buggy when he shrugs it off commenting on how it has been a while since they last saw one another in a calm familiar tone.

Red-hair at marineford

Shanks with his crew arrive and bring the war to a close.

Lucky Roo then asks Shanks if he is sure he does not want to see Luffy again, since it has been ten years since they last met, while flashbacks of Shanks giving Luffy his straw hat are seen. Shanks answers he would love to see Luffy again, but seeing him now would break their promise. Akainu curses Shanks' name as Aokiji tries to freeze the submarine over with Ice Age and Kizaru decides to attack using Yasakani no Magatama. However, the submarine manages to escape. Buggy yells at Shanks for lying about the treasure map, who replies that it was a spur of the moment. Buggy's followers comically admire his attitude towards Shanks, and swear loyalty to him once more. Buggy then thinks that if he stays with the Red-Haired Pirates, he will be able to get off the island safely.

Shanks orders Marco to withdraw in order to stop encouraging the battle. While this happens, Dracule Mihawk walks away, telling the marines that he did not agree to fight against the Red-Haired Pirates, but only against Whitebeard. Shanks then threatens the marines that if there are any others who wish to fight, then he and his crew will take care of them. Upon asking Blackbeard, the former Shichibukai quickly decides to postpone their battle, satisfied with getting what he wanted already, and shortly leaves.

Shanks tells the remaining Whitebeard Pirates and Marines to save face for him. The Whitebeard Pirates mourn over the loss of Ace and Whitebeard. The Marines, the Pacifistas and the Shichibukai stop in their tracks. Shanks then tells the marines that the Whitebeard pirates and their allies will do the mourning, as he does not want their deaths to be exploited to the world due to the broadcast. Sengoku quietly decides to accept Shanks' determination, taking responsibility for the Marines' actions, which is followed by Shanks' apology. Sengoku orders his subordinates to take care of the wounded and proclaims the end of the "War on the Summit of Marineford", the greatest war since the Great Age of Pirates.

Post-War Arc

Tomb of Ace and Whitebeard

Shanks and Marco pay their last respects to Ace and Whitebeard.

Shanks took Ace and Whitebeard and buried them on an unknown island somewhere in the New World. His crew, along with the Whitebeard Pirates, attended the funeral to pay their respects. Marco thanked Shanks for ensuring that Whitebeard and Ace received proper burials. Shanks quietly thinks about how Luffy is handling Ace's death, stating that to become a real man, one must know both victory and defeat.

Major Battles

Early One Piece

Shanks in Romance Dawn

Shanks in Romance Dawn version 1.

Shanks was first featured in the first pilot of One Piece Romance Dawn V.1 in the Shonen Jump specials showcasing upcoming artists, about a year and a half before One Piece began. Much of his storyline remained the same with the major difference being that Higuma the Bear was absent from the story in this version. Another minor difference was that his arm was bitten off by a shark instead of a Sea King. Shanks himself is described as Peace Maine type of pirate.

In the second pilot Romance Dawn V.2 of One Piece (featured in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine itself), Luffy got both his hat and the Devil fruit he ate from his grandfather, not Shanks. According to Oda the reason for not featuring Shanks was that he wanted Shanks to be kept a secret until One Piece was serialized so he would have a greater impact.[50]

Unlike Luffy, there was no real significant change in appearance from Romance Dawn V.1 to the final version. Even with change of art style, aside from being drawn less realistically, he is the same, the only real exception being the absence of his black cloak, although he did wear a decorative short cape over his left shoulder at the end of the chapter.

Anime and Manga Differences

In the manga, when Shanks is floating in the sea holding Luffy after losing his arm, blood can be seen dripping from his missing arm. In the anime, this blood is missing.[51]

ShanksArm
Shanks losing his arm in the manga.
Shank's Arm Original Anime
Shanks losing his arm in the original anime.
Shanks Saves Luffy EOL
Shanks losing his arm in Episode of Luffy. (Note the complete lack of blood)

The initial scene where Shanks meets Mihawk was very small in the manga. The anime extended this scene greatly. In the manga, Shanks asks Mihawk if he would join them in celebrating while in the anime, Mihawk is seen joining in Shanks' fun.

Shanks' flashbacks of Luffy were extended and some of Buggy's were shown. Also, as the narrator talked about the war, scenes of Shanks inspecting Ace and Whitebeard's corpses were shown.

Translation and Dub Issues

Shanks Convinces Mihawk to Celebrate

A scene cut from the 4Kids anime showing Shanks encouraging Mihawk to drink alcohol.

Shanks is mostly the center of the removal of alcohol related alterations in the English dub by 4Kids. For example, the scene where Mihawk brought news of Luffy's coming suffered heavy cuts. Shanks still asks Mihawk to stay, but much of this scene was removed because of the alcoholic references, including references to him throwing a party to celebrate Luffy's coming. Thus Shanks' fun-loving nature was lost and instead it depicted him with an evil tone, as Mihawk shows him Luffy's wanted poster, Shanks says that he can not let him leave, the ensuing party was cut out due to the use of alcohol, leaving viewers to assume Mihawk's fate. Also, the scene was cut from its original episode and added at the end of a much earlier episode.

In the process many other scenes from the original episode were also cut from the 4Kids version and never shown, such as the scene showing Kaya and Luffy's hometown.

He also speaks with a cockney accent in the English 4Kids dub.

In the book The Anime Encyclopedia - A guide to Japanese animation since 1917 (2001), there was a short article about One Piece. In it there were two mistakes concerning Shanks; his name is written as "Junx" and he was written to have been saved by Luffy instead of the other way round.[52] Of all these errors, the name "Junx" would remain in several revisited editions of the book.

Other Appearances

Cameos and Crossovers

Cultural References

  • Some real-life pirates were caught on video using Shanks' Jolly Roger.
Real pirates with similar flags.
The flag of the real pirates.
Red Hair Pirates' Jolly Roger
Shanks' flag as it appears in the anime.

Merchandise

Shanks Plushie

Shanks DX Plushie.

He was issued alongside Luffy and Lord of the Coast in a One Piece Block Figures set featuring the Straw Hats and their past mentors/loved ones. He has featured in One Piece Gashapon sets. Another Gashapon set he featured in was the One Piece Full Color R Gashapon series. There was also a Plushie released for him. He was also featured in the Portrait of Pirates series.

A note with many of the products produced featuring Shanks is that quite of few of them have a second arm hidden beneath his cloak (sometimes blackened out).

Songs

Trivia

  • In one of the SBS sections of One Piece, in reference to Shanks and Buggy's 'which is colder' question, a fan asked Oda who got it right. He went on to explain that the Arctic was just a mass of ice and the Antarctic was a continent, which was made of land. Since land is colder than the sea (and the Arctic is frozen sea whereas the Antarctic is frozen land), Shanks was correct and the South Pole is colder.[53]
  • Shanks' nickname for Luffy as a child ("anchor") is partly ironic as a "Shank" is part of a ship's anchor.
  • Shanks starred in the Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3 - Sea Time written and drawn by Oda. The strip was done after he claimed first place in a poll for characters fans wanted to see appear in the Mugiwara Theatre series.[54]
  • During the JUMP Festa 2008, Shanks' voice actor was absent for the One Piece stage show where all the One Piece voice actors put on an act together. During this, the Mugiwara High School was acted out. In Shūichi Ikeda's place, Oda himself went on stage with a chalkboard while wearing a hot pink wig and introduced himself as "Shanks".[55]
Shanks with Left Arm

Shanks with both arms.

  • In Episode 461, when Ace meets Shanks, he is seen with both arms. This was an animation error.
  • Shanks shares the same birthday as Franky and Dracule Mihawk (March 9).
  • In the 4th Japanese Fan Poll, Shanks is ranked the 8th most popular character in One Piece making him the most popular of the Red Hair Pirates and the Yonko.
  • When Shanks first lost his arm, part of his arm can still be seen remaining, however later he is seen with everything from the shoulder joint onwards missing completely. However, a doctor may cut off the remaining flesh of a patient who has lost a limb at the nearest joint to create a new cleaner cut. This is done to avoid some serious medical issues that can kill a patient.
  • The only duel actually seen between Shanks and Mihawk is in the game One Piece Unlimited Cruise 2. It was used as an intro for both of them as bosses.

References

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 4) and Episode 4, Shanks debuts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 (p. 17) and Episode 45, Shanks' present face is seen
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 7) and Episode 316, Shanks is seen as one of the Yonko mentioned by Garp.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 9) and Episode 316, Whitebeard reveals Shanks to have been Roger's apprentice.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 6) and Episode 4, Shanks is introduced.
  6. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 4, Fan question: What are the ages of Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Shanks?
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 and Episode 517, two years pass in the storyline.
  8. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 54, Fan question: when is Shanks' birthday?
  9. 9.0 9.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 2) and Episode 489, Shanks is recognized by Garp as the pirate who influenced Luffy to become a pirate and is said by marines to have ended a sirmish with Kaido which occured just yesterday.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 19) and Episode 4, Lucky Roo reveals that the Gomu Gomu no Mi is the fruit that the crew had found and taken from un unspecified enemy before it was unknowingly eaten by young Luffy.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 11-12) and Episode 316, Shanks talks to Whitebeard about .
  12. 12.0 12.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 11) and Episode 488, Shanks' scars tingled when confronting Blackbeard.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 3 Chapter 19 and Episode 8, Buggy and Shanks discuss being a pirate, Buggy admits Shanks is a complex man after hearing what he has to say about being a pirate.
  14. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 24, Fan question: Who is most like you Oda?
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 1 Chapter 1, Shanks states he likes to tease Luffy.
  16. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 7, Fan question: When I was working at a fruit stand a little while ago, there was some little brat who said, "How dumb, this place does not have any Gomu Gomu fruits". If another kid like that comes into the shop, what should I say? Please tell me.
  17. 17.0 17.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 1 Chapter 1, Shanks mentions his likeness in his youth to Luffy.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, Shanks panics when Higuma takes Luffy.
  19. 19.0 19.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 56 Chapter 549, Shanks and Buggy's relationship in question.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 45 Chapter 434, Shanks (remembering his farewell to Luffy when they last met); "I bet it (referring to his left arm) on the next generation!"
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 and Episode 461, Ace meets Shanks.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, Shanks expressed his concern for Ace to Whitebeard
  23. 24.0 24.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 533 and Episode 434, Momonga's men report Shanks' and Kaido's clash.
  24. 25.0 25.1 25.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 590 (p. 8) and Episode 505, Marco apologizes to Shanks for earlier's behavior in retrospect.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 8) and Episode 316, Shanks gets mad at by Marco.
  26. 27.0 27.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 11) and Episode 316, Whitebeard comments to Shanks that his fight against Mihawk still sounds to him recent.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 (p. 16) and Episode 45, Mihawk arrives in the island the Red Hair Pirates stay to show Shanks Luffy's bounty.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 4) and Episode 314, Garp speaks ill of Shanks.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 15) and Episode 489, Shanks defends Coby from Akainu.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 3 Chapter 19 and Episode 8, Buggy insults Shanks on his outlook on piracy.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 and Episode 489, Shanks talks to Blackbeard.
  32. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 12-13) and Episode 316, Shanks reveals Blackbeard's schemes.
  33. 34.0 34.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, Shanks scares Lord of the Coast away with one stare.
  34. 35.0 35.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 and Episode 488, Shanks blocks Akainu's magma fist with his sword.
  35. One Piece Manga — Vol. 58 Chapter 570 (p. 2), Shanks and Whitebeard are confirmed as Haōshoku Haki Users.
  36. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 519 and Episode 413, Daisy comments on Haōshoku Haki.
  37. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 and Episode 316, Whitebeard mentions on Shanks' "spirit".
  38. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 8-10) and Episode 316, Shanks speaks to Whitebeard.
  39. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 3 Chapter 19 and Episode 8, Shanks' and Buggy's history.
  40. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 3 Chapter 19 and Episode 8, Buggy and Shanks' story, as told by Buggy himself.
  41. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 52 Chapter 506 and Episode 400, History of the Roger Pirates.
  42. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 10) and Episode 316, Shanks speaks about the last time he saw Buggy.
  43. Note: Shanks was 15 at the time of Roger's death.
  44. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 4, Shanks' and Luffy's history.
  45. One Piece Μanga and Anime - Vol. 52 Chapter 506 and Episode 400, Rayleigh mentions Shanks meeting up with him again.
  46. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 (p. 15-17) and Episode 45, Shanks is visited by Mihawk.
  47. One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 25 Chapter 233 and Episode 151, The World Government's fear of Shanks.
  48. Oda's notes on Romance Dawn V.1 and V.2.
  49. One Piece Manga — Vol. 1 Chapter 1, In the manga scene, when Shanks looses his arm you can see blood dripping into the sea. In the anime there is none.
  50. The Anime Encyclopedia - A guide to Japanese animation since 1917(2001) - One Piece entry (Page 285).
  51. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 18, Fan question: who got the arguments between the poles correct?
  52. One Piece 10th Treasures collection
  53. Oda plays Shanks.

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