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Japanese Name: 七武海
Romanized Name: Shichibukai
English Name: Seven Warlords of the Sea
First Appearance: Chapter 69, Episode 31[1]
Literal Meaning: Seven Military Seas
Total Former Bounty: At least Beli Small1,171,000,000
Affiliation: World Government[1]

The Shichibukai, the full title being Royal Shichibukai (王下七武海 Ōka Shichibukai?, literally meaning "Royal Seven Warlords of the Sea"), are seven (though this number fluctuates throughout the series) powerful and notorious pirates who have allied themselves with the World Government.[1]

OverviewEdit

Chapter 532

The Shichibukai before the Whitebeard War.

The Shichibukai is an organization of seven pirates turned privateers in the service of the World Government.[1] Although they work for the World Government, the Shichibukai themselves typically do not care about nor respect the Government (excluding Bartholomew Kuma, who was modified into their puppet[2]) or even other Shichibukai, and are often considered by the Marines to be no different from any other pirate. On the other hand, they are known as "government dogs" and are despised by other pirates,[1] but are still feared and respected for their infamous reputation and strength which they gained before, and even after they become Shichibukai.

The Shichibukai seem to be a mixture of the more chaotic Yonko and the more orderly Marines. The majority of the Shichibukai are composed of New World veterans; those who have met the Yonko or even confronted them.

There is an enormous range in the bounties between the members due to differences in circumstances under which they were recruited, with Trafalgar Law, who had a bounty of Beli440,000,000,[3] and Blackbeard, who had no bounty at all.[4] It should be noted that these are their former bounties, and do not represent the current threat they could achieve as active pirates. Jinbe's bounty, for example, jumped from Beli250,000,000 to over Beli400,000,000 after his resignation.[5] Another example is Crocodile, who, with a bounty of Beli81,000,000,[6] was imprisoned in Level 6 of Impel Down, while Luffy with a bounty of Beli300,000,000 at the time was put only at Level 5.

The terms that the Shichibukai are on with each other is best described as very unstable. They have very little (if any) respect for each other and will for the most part not accept help from one another, apparently due to a firm sense of pride. During the meeting of the Shichibukai where only two members are absent (Hancock and Jinbe), it was stated that the very notion of them working together as a team is entirely unthinkable.[7] However, Kuma and Doflamingo do not disregard the notion of allying with another Shichibukai: Kuma offered Moriah assistance in defeating the Straw Hats and Doflamingo offered Crocodile an opportunity for a partnership. Both offers were refused due to pride.[8][9]

During Boa Hancock's visit at Impel Down's Level 6, Jinbe stated that he did not know much about her, possibly suggesting that only some of the Shichibukai are familiar with each other or even have personally met all the other members.[10] Despite this, as of chapter 575, all of the Shichibukai (including former) fought at the war between the Whitebeard Pirates and the Marines.[11]

Most of the Shichibukai have a jaded attitude of the world, as their vast amounts of experience have disillusioned them. Crocodile and Moriah both disregard Luffy's arrogant behavior, saying that he is too inexperienced to know what the world is truly like;[12][13] Mihawk behaved in a similar fashion in his duel with Zoro, though he hopes that he will be successful.[14] Doflamingo believes that there is no true justice in the world, and that both the Marines and Pirates are foolish if they think that they are upholding it.[15] Hancock, through her horrid experience as a slave, considers all men of the world to be scum, outside of Luffy, with whom she is in love (and anyone whom Luffy is on good terms with);[16] Rayleigh, who is her "benefactor"; and Fisher Tiger, who was responsible for liberating her from slavery.[17]

Methodology of the "Government Dogs"Edit

Becoming a ShichibukaiEdit

A pirate may choose to join the Shichibukai if a space becomes vacant (which means that at least one Shichibukai must resign or be expelled from the group, the former being Jinbe's case and the latter being Crocodile's case). However, in order for one to become a Shichibukai once this position opens up, one must be able to exhibit their strength against other pirates [18] while choosing to pledge loyalty to the World Government (this ironically encourages pirates to gain infamy to become a Shichibukai) by making a pact with the Gorosei. If the pirate in question can be used as intimidation, the position may be offered to them, if no other pirate has accepted the position or proven to be more of an asset to the World Government. As expected, most members were already notorious pirates with high bounties, but even relatively unknown pirates can be admitted if they accomplish a feat to prove their strength. Blackbeard's victory over Portgas D. Ace[4] and Trafalgar Law obtaining and sending the hearts of 100 pirates to Marine Headquarters[19] are examples.

Duties of the ShichibukaiEdit

Shichibukai Waiting Room at Marineford

The Shichibukai assembled together.

They do not express open defiance to the authority of the World Government, but are not obligated to follow its orders either. They are only allowed to attack other pirates and must also compensate the Government with a tenth of their plunder though this regulation is not usually followed at the very least. Each member of the Shichibukai must also have strong intimidation skills and a fearsome representation to put off others becoming a pirate and make them fear them.[1][18] In addition, given the discussion between Bartholomew Kuma and the Gorosei, it can be assumed that once someone becomes appointed to the Shichibukai they must be undefeated to maintain their position, or at least are not allowed to have a widely known debacle or scandal that affects their reputation.[20]

Some of the members do various tasks for the government, such as conquering new islands for the World Government (described as "liberating") and protecting nations, but their ultimate purpose is to keep other pirates in check. Most importantly, the Shichibukai provide assistance to maintain the balance of The Three Great Powers.

Theoretically, the Shichibukai are considered allies of the government, and in times of war would collaborate with the Marines. Still, many Marine officers (for example Vice Admiral Smoker, Admiral Kizaru and former Fleet Admiral Sengoku) despise them and consider the Shichibukai to still be pirates. Several high-ranking Marines expressed surprise that even two of the Shichibukai actually bothered to show up when summoned for the meeting about Crocodile's removal, and they were very shocked when a third arrived. Tellingly, of the others besides Kuma that showed up, Doflamingo came out of sheer boredom (passing the time before the meeting by nearly forcing two marines to duel each other), and Mihawk came only to hear about the pirates being discussed in the meeting. When they are not under orders of the World Government, they have no commitment to assist the efforts of the Marines.[21] Most of the Shichibukai appear to show general apathy towards the World Government and in some cases even hostility. During the battle with the Whitebeard Pirates, Moriah stated he does not care who wins [22] and Boa Hancock openly attacked both Marines and pirates.[23]

Benefits and ConcessionsEdit

In exchange for these services, the Shichibukai are pardoned for their former actions and any existing bounties are rescinded.

As the Shichibukai are no longer outlaws, they can make money through legitimate business, as well as bounty hunting. Some, however, are content to simply float around the sea on their ships. The government does not seem to mind, and the Shichibukai are granted a great deal of autonomy in how they operate, at least thus far. Other benefits include access to resources normally out of bounds to normal citizens and pirates, such as the use of Kairoseki equipment.

Boa Hancock, in particular, has a treaty that acts as a restraining order for all ships that come near Amazon Lily. Jinbe and his entire crew were given a pardon for their captain, Fisher Tiger's attack against the World Nobles, and their status as slaves nullified. Donquixote Doflamingo also managed to operate the Human Auctioning House with the government fully ignoring it before passing it to Disco.

Crocodile abused the privilege of being no longer monitored so closely to build himself a large and powerful covert organization,[24] while Blackbeard and Trafalgar Law exploited the benefits their statuses granted them in order to enter facilities that would otherwise have been unreachable to a pirate.

The privilege of protection and pardon extends to any of the Shichibukai's subordinates, as Jinbe was able to have Arlong released from Impel Down and the rest of the Sun Pirates to return to Fishman Island freely, while Caesar Clown, guilty of destroying Punk Hazard via illegal chemical experiments, was given a pardon simply for working directly under Donquixote Doflamingo. Prior to joining the Straw Hat Pirates, Nico Robin sought to be Crocodile's partner mainly for protection. Had Law admitted the Straw Hat Pirates were his subordinates instead of allies, the notorious crew would have been amnestied.[25]

Dismissal or ResignationEdit

Even if they violate the law, the World Government and Marines may choose not to take any notice. Doflamingo used to own the Human Auctioning House before giving it to Disco.[26][27] Crocodile seemed to have gone unsupervised for an extremely long period of time, as he had created a large, malevolent organization that the World Government seemed to be completely unaware of, while Moriah was abducting civilians and Marines alike to create an army of zombies without the Government raising any complaints. Because of the risk involved with maintaining the Three Great Powers, the Government tolerates the illegal activities of any Shichibukai and attempts to protect them if possible (or at least maintain their fame).

That is not to say they would not dismiss a Shichibukai for such actions. There are several Shichibukai who have been dismissed from their positions for several reasons. Crocodile's actions in Alabasta left the World Government with few options other than his dismissal, although in fact Luffy dealt with him (and his bounty was raised for that[28]).[29]

Moriah's defeat was met with horror by the World Government as they had only just replaced Crocodile's loss. Fearing what would happen if another fell, the World Government attempted to cover up his defeat by killing all of the survivors of Thriller Bark before word got out. Even though Kuma (the one sent to deal with the problem) chose to disregard the order of the Gorosei, Moriah was able to retain his status for a time, later answering the call to arms against the Whitebeard Pirates. However, after the war the government finally deemed Moriah to be too weak to continue as a Shichibukai, and decided to annul his pact and eliminate him, under the pretense of Moriah dying in the war to preserve the Shichibukai's reputation of strength.[30]

Jinbe forfeited his position as a Shichibukai for his refusal to assist in the war against the Whitebeard Pirates and was incarcerated in Level 6 of Impel Down. After Monkey D. Luffy helped him escape, he assisted the young pirate in breaking free from Impel Down and traveling to Marineford and cooperated with Whitebeard's faction during the battle choosing to abdicate his position permanently and again became a willing enemy of both the Marines and the World Government.[31]

Blackbeard only wanted to be a Shichibukai so as to be able to reach Impel Down in order to release several Level 6 prisoners and create a stronger crew. As soon as he achieved this goal, he was no longer interested, and resigned from his Shichibukai title.[32]

Dismissal from the Shichibukai holds not only the individual's loss of title, but in cases also the breakdown of possible politics affiliated to the Shichibukai. As Boa Hancock was warned, while she obeyed the World Government, her nation's treaty with the World Government would be respected. However, if she did not heed the call of the World Government, then the treaty with her home island of Amazon Lily would be made void.[33] Smoker has implied that Hancock and her people will suffer repercussions for helping Luffy during the war, however throughout the war events related to her were often analyzed incorrectly by the Marines and others, thus her status as a Shichibukai seems to not have been brought into question.[34]

Doflamingo has committed numerous illegal activities such as the Human Auctioning House for the slave trade, but having disowned it did not seem to affect him. He also stated he would quit the Shichibukai should they bore him with menial assignments. He also placed a deep cover agent in the Marines, Vergo, and has the rogue Marine scientist Caesar Clown to produce weapons for him in the underworld in the New World.[35]

These felonies would easily revoke his status, but he has managed to keep this from being discovered. However, after Law blackmailed Doflamingo into forcing him to renounce his title to retrieve Caesar lest he face Kaido's wrath, Doflamingo was left with no choice but to resign his Shichibukai status. This provoked international uproar (though it was later revealed to be a deception). By designating Caesar as his subordinate instead of associate, Doflamingo was able to maintain his position while releasing Caesar from his status as a wanted criminal.[25] Doflamingo's ability to make the world falsely believe that he resigned is a privilege beyond any Shichibukai, and Law suggested it was something that only a World Noble can accomplish.[36]

When Law's alliance with the Straw Hat Pirates was in the news, his seat as a Shichibukai fell into jeopardy. Fujitora declared his status as a Shichibukai was revoked, though it is unknown if the World Government has received this news.[25]

Shichibukai MembersEdit

See also the associated categories: Shichibukai and Former Shichibukai.
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Shichibukai
Current
Dracule Mihawk Donquixote Doflamingo Bartholomew Kuma Boa Hancock Trafalgar Law 
Buggy
Former
Crocodile  Gekko Moriah  Jinbe  Marshall D. Teach 

Members' ProfileEdit

Name Age[37] Height[37] Birthday Former Bounty Abilities and Powers Epithet Animal Theme Status
Dracule Mihawk[38] 43 198 cm
(6'6")
March 9[39] Unknown
  • "Hawk-Eyes" (鷹の目 Taka no Me?)[41]
Hawk Active[42]
Jinbe[43] 46 295 cm
(9'8")
April 2[39] Beli250,000,000[44]
  • "Knight of the Sea" (海侠 Kaikyō?)[45]
Whale-shark[44] Resigned[31]
Crocodile[46] 46 251 cm
(8'3")
September 5[47] Beli81,000,000[6]
  • "Sir" (サー ?)[6]
Crocodile Revoked[24]
Donquixote Doflamingo[48] 41 305 cm
(10'0")
October 23[39] Beli340,000,000[48]
  • "Heavenly Yaksha" (天夜叉 Ten Yasha?)[42]
Flamingo Active[42][50]
Bartholomew Kuma[48] 47 686 cm
(22'6")
February 9[39] Beli296,000,000[48] Bear Active[42]
Marshall D. Teach[4] 40 340 cm
(11'2")
August 3[53] No bounty[4]
  • "Blackbeard" (黒ひげ Kurohige?)[54][55]
None* Resigned[32]
Gekko Moriah[56] 50 688 cm
(22'7")
September 5[39] Beli320,000,000[57] None Gecko [citation needed] Revoked[30]
Boa Hancock[58] 31 191 cm
(6'3¼")
September 2[59] Beli80,000,000[60]
  • "Pirate Empress" (海賊女帝 Kaizoku Jotei?)[61]
  • "Snake Princess" (蛇姫 Hebihime?)[62]
Snake Active[42]
Trafalgar Law[3] 26 191 cm
(6'3¼")
October 6[63] Beli440,000,000[3]
  • "Surgeon of Death" (死の外科医 Shi no Gekai?)[65]
None* Tentative[66]
Buggy[42] Unknown Unknown August 8[67] Beli15,000,000[68]
  • "The Clown" (道化のバギー Dōke?)[69]
  • "The Star Clown" (千両道化 Senryō Dōke?)[42]
None Active[42]

*Although it's never been stated in the main series, various merchandise have depicted Marshall D. Teach as a hippopotamus and Trafalgar Law as a snow leopard. Trafalgar Law's theme seems to be that of a tiger, given his surname can be romanized as "Torafarugā", with "tora" meaning tiger in Japanese, and Monkey D. Luffy constantly referring to him as "Tora-guy".

Relationships Edit

Most Shichibukai seem to have only limited knowledge of each other, such as Jinbe never meeting Hancock before her visit to Impel Down.[70] However, some others, such as Doflamingo and Crocodile, converse as though they are familiar with each other.[9] In fact, Doflamingo is knowledgeable of Kuma's participation in the Pacifista program, yet does not know of his past relationship with the Revolutionaries.[2] During these interactions, most of them are hostile, such as Jinbe and Crocodile snarling at each other over matters with Whitebeard.[71] At times, however, they might be courteous, such as Kuma offering to help Moriah in fighting against the Straw Hat Pirates, though the latter angrily refused.[8] Law used to be Doflamingo's subordinate,[72] but eventually, after joining, Law openly betrayed and extorted his former superior to resign from the Shichibukai, threatening not just the man but the stability of the seven once again.

Other Relationships Edit

Name Personal affiliation Friction against World Government Yonko
Dracule Mihawk
  • Got acquainted with the Straw Hat Pirates prior to the Marines becoming aware of them.
  • Appears to be a friend of Shanks, one of the Yonko.
  • Provided shelter and training to Roronoa Zoro during the two-year timeskip.
  • Former rival of Shanks, though the two seem to be on good terms.
  • Sparred evenly for some time with Vista of the Whitebeard Pirates, showed him respect as a swordsman.
Jinbe
  • Refused to fight on behalf of the World Government against Whitebeard, was imprisoned in Impel Down, and forfeited his position as a Shichibukai member when he escaped.
  • Escaped from Impel Down and waged war against Marineford in order to prevent Ace's death, which ended in failure.
  • Upon landing in the war, Jinbe told Sengoku that he officially quit the Shichibukai, then participated in the war on behalf of Whitebeard. After Ace's and Whitebeard's deaths, he remained sided with the Whitebeard Pirates and Monkey D. Luffy.
  • He returned to Marineford after the war and helped Luffy to ring the Ox Bell.
Crocodile
  • Abused his title and privileges, was stripped of his status, arrested [24] and then imprisoned in Impel Down.[73]
  • Has invaded Marineford with Monkey D. Luffy and Jinbe.
  • After the war against Whitebeard, he is on the loose once again.
  • In the past was defeated by Whitebeard.[74] As a result he still held a grudge against him.[75]
Donquixote Doflamingo
  • He's a former World Noble, which seems to give him an uncertain amount of political reach.
  • Captured ships holding the "Heavenly Tribute" for the World Nobles and blackmailed the World Government to acquire his Shichibukai position.
  • Former ownership of the Human Auctioning House may have had some impact on the justice system, but apparently not enough to lose his position.
  • Claimed that he has very little interest in the World Government and will leave the Shichibukai if they start giving him work that does not interest him.
  • Has immense control over the criminal underworld, under the alias of "Joker".
  • Uses Vergo as a mole into the Marines, manipulating certain actions and events through him to how he sees fit.
  • Killed many Marines and severely wounded Vice Admiral Smoker.
  • Has formed an alliance with Kaido to create a Zoan-based army.
Bartholomew Kuma
  • Assisted the Straw Hat Pirates by allowing them to escape from death in two almost consecutive situations: during the aftermath of Thriller Bark and during the battle against Admiral Kizaru, Sentomaru, and a Pacifista.
  • Is said to have hated the World Government before conversion into a Pacifista. After the conversion's finalization, he has lost his free will, and becomes a fully obedient puppet.
  • Guarded the Thousand Sunny until the Straw Hats returned.

None known.

Marshall D. Teach
  • Stole a Marine ship with his crew, using it to break into Impel Down , attacking the prison guards in the process and severely injuring its Warden, Magellan.
  • Recruited five Level 6 Impel Down prisoners from into his crew, as well as letting loose others, causing global-scale danger.
  • Upon arriving at Marineford, he forfeited his title and he tried to destroy Marineford.
  • Gave Shanks the three scars on his eye some time in the past.
  • Earned Whitebeard's wrath by betraying his former comrades by killing the fourth division commander, Thatch.
  • Turned in Portgas D. Ace, Whitebeard's second division commander, to the World Government.
  • With the help of his crew, he killed a weakened Whitebeard.
  • Became a Yonko sometime in the two years after the Battle of Marineford, aquiring many of the Whitebeard Pirates' old territories.
Gekko Moriah
  • Former captain of an unknown crew that was massacred by Kaido.[76]
  • Former master of Thriller Bark and Mysterious Four.
  • Abduction of civilians and Marines, plus the inconvenience inflicted by the theft of their shadows, was troublesome.
  • His defeat against Monkey D. Luffy risked causing a global uproar if it had not been covered up.
  • Didn't care whether which side of the war won, but thought that Whitebeard's death would be a treat.
  • After the war, Doflamingo and the Pacifistas attacked him and drove him away, claiming that the World Government decided to disown him due to his weakness.
  • Despises Kaido for the massacre of his old crew, and still bears emotional trauma.[76]
  • Found mirth in the prospect of Whitebeard's death.[22]
Boa Hancock
  • Initially refused to live up to her title as Shichibukai and fight Whitebeard.
  • Accepted to fight Whitebeard only because this allowed Monkey D. Luffy to rescue the important prisoner Portgas D. Ace (unknown to the World Government).
  • Even though she agreed to fight against Whitebeard, she has made it clear that the Marines are not her allies by attacking without any prejudice both pirates and Marines alike during the war.
  • Openly assisted Luffy by striking commodore Smoker and destroying some Pacifistas. She even declared Luffy as her beloved, and then again in Sabaody Archipelago she helped him and his crew escape from the Marines.
  • Official actions have yet to be taken against her position.

None known.

Trafalgar Law

  • Former subordinate of Donquixote Doflamingo.
  • Captain of the Heart Pirates.
  • Temporary ally of Monkey D. Luffy and performed surgery on him to save his life.
  • Temporary collaboration with Caesar Clown.
  • Forms an alliance with Monkey D. Luffy.
  • Intends to depose Kaido.

Buggy

  • Former cabin boy of the Roger Pirates along with Shanks.
  • Fought against the Whitebeard Pirates many times during the past as part of Gol D. Roger's crew, and dreamed of taking the Yonko's position.
  • Helped Whitebeard during the Battle of Marineford.
  • Stated by a marine that he is like a brother to Shanks.

StrengthEdit

The Shichibukai are a group of seven of the strongest pirates in the world and one of the Three Great Powers, the others being the Yonko and the Marines.

In terms of power, the exact relationship between the Shichibukai, Marine Headquarters and the Yonko is unknown. However, considering that these factions are stated to be in balance and the fact that the loss of Crocodile threatened said balance, the most reasonable conclusion is that each organization is approximately equivalent in strength.[77] At least two of the Shichibukai (Gekko Moriah and Dracule Mihawk) are said to have been rivals of Yonko members Kaido and Shanks, respectively. Bartholomew Kuma has also allowed himself to become part of the Pacifista project. The strength of at least one Shichibukai, Boa Hancock, has been acknowledged by former-Fleet Admiral Sengoku himself.[78] This, in addition to the fact that losing a single member of the Shichibukai can disrupt the balance of the world powers and cause distress to the World Government, indicates the extreme power each individual has.[77] The strength of a Shichibukai is so great, that should they be imprisoned for any reason, they would be sentenced to Level 6 of Impel Down, the lowest and most secure level of the prison (as both Crocodile and Jinbe were imprisoned there).

Because of their pact with the World Government, the Shichibukai are considered "Government Dogs" by other pirates.[1] At the same time, they are also feared by them because all of the Shichibukai are insanely strong, each capable of destroying an average pirate crew on their own with no effort as seen with Mihawk and Crocodile. They have such a fierce reputation that even other powerful and famous pirates are unnerved by them as seen with the captain of the Kid Pirates, Eustass Kid, actually seemed heavily disturbed when he witnessed the arrival of a Pacifista cyborg (mistaking it for the real Kuma) on the Sabaody Archipelago, close to where his crew were, despite the fact that his bounty was higher than Kuma's former bounty, demonstrating how their strength is even greater than that implied by their frozen bounties in the eyes of others.

Each member has some ability or power, the majority of which are Devil Fruit. These abilities can oftentimes vary depending on the Shichibukai's theme. Some of their abilities appear to conflict with each other: for example, Blackbeard's power involves drawing people to him, while Kuma's involves rejecting people away from him; and Doflamingo's power allows him to control the motion of other people to his will, while Hancock immobilizes them by turning them into stone; also, Buggy has the ability of splitting his body, while Law can split the bodies of other people. In the case of Crocodile and Jinbe, this opposition also extends to the environment where their abilities reach their full zenith (i.e. being a Fishman, Jinbe's fighting abilities are at their peak in the deep and open sea, while Crocodile, having consumed the Suna Suna no Mi, favors the arid desert).

In relationship to each other, it is not entirely known how they compare in strength. However, during the Battle of Marineford several members and former members battle each other and none manage to defeat or significantly injure each other in any fight. Although while most appeared evenly matched, However, Moriah after his defeat by Luffy, was deemed a liability and it was decided that he could no longer continue as a Shichibukai. As a result, Doflamingo was ordered to exterminate Moriah along with a group of several Pacifista.[30]

Manga InfluencesEdit

They are loosely based on the privateers of old Europe. The privateers were approved pirates, considered heroes in their homeland and pillagers in others. Their main goal was to plunder ships and towns of rival and enemies of their allied nation. Most famous privateer is Sir Francis Drake who fought the Spanish armada and King Philip II placed a bounty of 20,000 ducats about $10,000,000 for his head. Another being U.S. Senator James De Wolf who was a privateer in the War of 1812.[79]

Translation and Dub IssuesEdit

The title of Shichibukai is a Japanese term made by Oda which literally means "Seven Military Seas" when translated directly into English. Due to its meaning being lost when literally translated into English, various translations used slightly modified titles in order to convey the term in English. Early scanlations used "Seven Gods of Pirates" while Viz, 4Kids, and FUNimation adaptations use "Seven Warlords of the Sea".

Meanwhile, the One Piece Green: Secret Pieces databook which was released in Japan in November 2010, includes, in the original Japanese version, several romanizations and English names for just about every character and group in the series. The Shichibukai are listed as "The Seven Worlds of the Sea". The word "Worlds" appearing in there is not a translation at all from the Japanese version, and is unexplained in the book. However, it does appear right in the area of the book where the two page spread was split, splitting it as "Wo" and "rlds". It is possible that either Oda prefers to call the group "The Seven Worlds of the Sea", or that this was a mistake, and the book intended to call them "Warlords".

MerchandiseEdit

Shichibukai DX Figures

The One Piece Shichibukai DX figures.

As popular characters, they have made many appearances in the fan merchandise such as the Portrait of Pirates series. The Shichibukai have been featured in the series of One Piece Shichibukai Cellphone Strap, One Piece Super Deformed Figures, and One Piece World Collectable Figure series.

TriviaEdit

Shadowed Shichibukai
The figures from Yosaku's description.
Shichibukai as Children
The Shichibukai as children.
Trafalgar Law as a Child
Trafalgar Law as a child.
Shichibukai in Gintama
The Shichibukai appearance in Gintama anime.
  • While Yosaku was accurate in describing their immense powers and alliance with the World Government, the shadowy figures he imagined bore no resemblance to the actual members aside from Mihawk.[80]
  • In the SBS of volume 63 Oda drew all the known Shichibukai at the time (formers included) as children. Trafalgar Law was not a Shichibukai then, but he was shown as a child when Oda drew the Eleven Supernovas (which Law is also a member of) as children in the next SBS. Buggy is the only Shichibukai, current and former, to never be shown as a child.
  • Their appearance on the cover of chapter 532 was parodied in episode 39 of Gintama where six of them made a silhouetted cameo with Gintoki replacing Blackbeard eating a cherry pie but holding his sword instead of a gun.
  • The status of Shichibukai was offered to Portgas D. Ace, but was turned down by him. This is currently the only known time an invitation into the organization has been rejected.[81]
  • In the non-canon special, 3D2Y: Overcome Ace's Death! Luffy's Vow to his Friends, it was said that the Shichibukai were only established within the last 30 years prior to the current timeline.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 69 (p. 5-6) and Episode 31, Yosaku explaining to Luffy and Sanji about the Shichibukai.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapters 559560 and Episodes 468469, Doflamingo explains to Ivankov the origins of Kuma's cyborg modifications and that they were completed a few days ago.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 659 (p. 18) and Episode 584, Law is revealed to become a Shichibukai during the timeskip.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 474 (p. 12) and Episode 369, Marshall D. Teach is revealed to be the new Shichibukai in Crocodile's place, as well as is revealed to have no bounty.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 635 (p. 4) and Episode 555, Jinbe's newest bounty is said to be over 400 million by a New Fishman Pirates member after his resignation from the Shichibukai.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 155 (p. 5) and Episode 92, Crocodile is finally seen out of the shadows.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 524 (p. 18) and Episode 421, it's read on a square corner the regard between the Shichibukai members.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 474 (p. 14) and Episode 369, Kuma offers to help Moriah eliminate the Straw Hat Pirates but is denied.
  9. 9.0 9.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapters 560561 and Episodes 469470, Doflamingo offers to form a partnership with Crocodile to take down Jozu but is denied by him.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 531 (p. 6-7) and Episode 432, Jinbe questions who Hancock is, and so is unaware that she is also a Shichibukai.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapters 575579 and Episodes 484488, All of the current and former Shichibukai including Blackbeard participate in the Battle of Marineford.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 208 (p. 8-9) and Episode 126, Crocodile informs Luffy of the sea's harshness and considering the level of the pirates in the sea he will stop dreaming of becoming the Pirate King.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 481 (p. 8) and Episode 373, Moriah claims the Straw Hats aren't strong enough for the New World.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 52 (p. 10-11) and Episode 24, Mihawk inspires Zoro to become stronger and to prepare himself to fight him.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 556 (p. 9-10) and Episode 465, Doflamingo voices his changing view on justice.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 521 (p. 14 & 19) and Episode 415, Hancock recounts her and her sisters' true and horrific past as slaves of the Celestial Dragons and expresses her love for Luffy.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 521 (p. 15) and Episode 415, Hancock mentions Fisher Tiger.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, Sengoku mentions the required qualities to be appointed as a Shichibukai.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 659 (p. 19) and Episode 584, A G-5 Marine reveals that Law has become a Shichibukai.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 483 and Episode 375, one of the Gorosei mentions the requirements for retaining the position of Shichibukai.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 513 and Episode 405, Kuma refuses to talk to Kizaru because he was not under the orders of the World Government.
  22. 22.0 22.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 562 (p. 11) and Episode 471, Gekko finds it hilarious to see Whitebeard die.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 555 (p. 8-11) and Episode 464, Hancock attacks both pirates from Whitebeard's crew and Marine soldiers.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 211 (p. 13) and Episode 127, Tashigi apprehends Crocodile and strips him of his title of Shichibukai.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 713 and Episode 643.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 501 (p. 14) and Episode 395, an employee speaks on the World Government failing to understand the word "Slave trade".
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 504 and Episode 398, the Marines refer to the human auction house as a "Public Employment Security Office".
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 213 (p. 22) and Episode 128, the World Government raises Luffy's and Zoro's bounties.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 212 (p. 18-19) and Episode 127, the World Government covers the entire incident up by saying Smoker and Tashigi defeated Crocodile and Baroque Works and captured them.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 581 (p. 17) and Episode 490, Doflamingo tells Moriah that the World Government considers him too feeble to maintain the position of the Shichibukai.
  31. 31.0 31.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 557 (p. 12) and Episode 466, Jinbe tells Sengoku he is renouncing the status of the Shichibukai.
  32. 32.0 32.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 5) and Episode 485, Blackbeard tells Sengoku he is not interested in retaining the seat of the Shichibukai.
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 516 (p. 8 & 11) and Episode 410, Amazon Lily treaty mentioned and Boa Hancock's warning
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 560 (p. 4) and Episode 469, Smoker insinuates there will be negative consequences for Hancock's defiance and assistance to Luffy.
  35. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 673 (p. 18) and Episode 599, Law tells his fellow captives the truth about Vergo and "Joker".
  36. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 712 and Episode 642.
  37. 37.0 37.1 SBS One Piece MangaVol. 58, fan question: what are the ages and heights of the Shichibukai?
  38. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 69 (p. 6) and Episode 31, Mihawk is actually mentioned as one of the Shichibukai, as well as the first to appear in the series.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World, Mihawk's, Jinbe's, Kuma's and Moriah's birthdays are revealed.
  40. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 50 (p. 11) and Episode 24, Mihawk is recognized by Zeff.
  41. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 48 (p. 19) and Episode 23, Mihawk is first mentioned by his epithet.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 42.6 42.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 700 (p. 16) and Episode 629, six of the current Shichibukai are mentioned by Brannew who also reveals Doflamingo's epithet.
  43. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 69 (p. 7) and Episode 31, Jinbe is mentioned as another Shichibukai, as well as the second in the series.
  44. 44.0 44.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 528 and Episode 430, Jinbe is first introduced.
  45. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 528 (p. 1) and Episode 430, Jinbe's moniker is written in the title of the chapter.
  46. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 113 (p. 9) and Episode 67, Crocodile is mentioned as a Shichibukai.
  47. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 59, fan question: when is Crocodile's birthday?
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 (p. 5) and Episode 151, Doflamingo and Kuma are introduced.
  49. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 724 (p. 16) and Episode 655, Doflamingo's Devil Fruit's name is revealed by Law.
  50. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71–72 Chapters 711712 and Episode 642, the news of Doflamingo having quit the Shichibukai is revealed to be false.
  51. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 474 (p. 10) and Episode 369, Kuma is recognized by Moria by his epithet.
  52. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 560 (p. 5-7) and Episode 469, Doflamingo explains the process Kuma has undergone.
  53. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 59, fan question: when is Blackbeard's birthday?
  54. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 133 (p. 19) and Episode 80, Dalton mentions "Blackbeard".
  55. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 159 (p. 15) and Episode 95, Blackbeard alone is mentioned by his former commander, Ace.
  56. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 449 (p. 3) and Episode 343, Moriah is mentioned as a Shichibukai.
  57. One Piece Manga — Vol. 47 Chapter 455 (p. 13), Moriah's former bounty is revealed in his infobox.
  58. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 516 (p. 12) and Episode 409, Boa Hancock is introduced as both the captain of her crew, the Kuja Pirates and as a Shichibukai.
  59. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 54, fan question: when is Hancock's birthday?
  60. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 522 (p. 16) and Episode 416, Hancock's former bounty is revealed.
  61. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 515 (p. 19) and Episode 409, Hancock is called the Pirate Empress by Marguerite.
  62. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 515 (p. 12) and Episode 409, Hancock is called the Snake Princess by her tribe, Kuja.
  63. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 59, fan question: When is Law's birthday?
  64. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 661 (p. 17) and Episode 586, Law's fruit revealed and explained by Smoker.
  65. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 498 (p. 18) and Episode 392, Law makes his debut.
  66. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 60 (p. 126), Buggy's birthday is revealed.
  67. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 (p. 6) and Episode 45, Buggy's bounty prior to being defeated by Luffy.
  68. 69.0 69.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 8 (p. 13) and Episode 4, Buggy is first mentioned by one of Tightrope Walking Funan Bros (the 2nd one).
  69. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 531 (p. 6-7) and Episode 432, Jinbe questions Hancock about her Shichibukai title.
  70. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 540 (p. 19) and Episode 442, Jinbe quarrels with Crocodile over Whitebeard, as the former wants to prevent the latter from laying a finger on him, while the latter asks the former whether he wants to fight a battle to the death where they are.
  71. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 673 (p. 19) and Episode 599, Law reveals himself to have served under Doflamingo.
  72. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 540 (p. 15) and Episode 442, Crocodile is introduced in his prison cell in Impel Down.
  73. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 563 (p. 10-11) and Episode 472, Crocodile shouts at Whitebeard for having become weaker since they fought in the past.
  74. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 540 (p. 15) and Episode 442, Crocodile is introduced in his prison cell in Impel Down.
  75. 76.0 76.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 481 (p. 8-9) and Episode 373, Moriah explains to Luffy a bit of what happened to him in the past.
  76. 77.0 77.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 (p. 17-18) and Episode 151, The effect of the loss of one member from the Three Great Powers is revealed by one of the Gorosei.
  77. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 523 (p. 11) and Episode 417, Sengoku notes Hancock's strength after hearing she accepts the call to fight Whitebeard.
  78. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 28, fan question: are the Shichibukai based on the privateers of old England and France?
  79. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 69 (p. 5) and Episode 31, the Shichibukai are first seen in the shadows.
  80. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 6) and Episode 461, Ace is revealed by Whitebeard in the newspaper that to have reject the invitation to the Shichibukai.

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