The 10 Strongest One Piece Characters

The Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece

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When you think of anime, it’s hard to look past it One piece. As one of the big three with its iconic charismatic hero Luffy at the helm, there’s a lot to like about this anime.

With a show on the high seas featuring Pirates of All Kings, it should come as no surprise that there are many powerful characters.

Whether they come from the pirates, the navy, or just strong standalone units, there’s a lot of variety when it comes to characters One piece and what they are capable of. Here are our picks for the strongest characters in today’s franchise.

10 – Hawkeye-Mihawk


When it comes to master swordsmanship, there’s no one more skilled than Dracule “Hawkeye” Mihawk. One of the seven warlords of the seas and later mentor to the main character Roronoa Zoro, Mihawk not only demonstrated immeasurable skill with bladed weapons, but the tales of his past tell of even more power. Having dueled Shanks many times in the past, Mihawk only quit after losing an arm to the famous pirate, but the pair are still on good terms. Mihawk boasts of mastery of Busoshuku Haki, a skill he taught Zorro that can be used to protect his swords from damage, but he also has the ability to use Kenbunshoku Haki.

9 – Great Mother


One of the Four Emperors, Charlotte Linlin or Big Mom, is one of the strongest living characters in One piece today. With immense physical strength and a unique Devil Fruit Soru Soru no Mi power that allows her to manifest people’s souls as an eternal substance that can take hold of them. One of her other powerful tools is her Haki abilities, which involve creating a shield of energy around herself.

8—Monkey D. Garp


Monkey D. Garp is an interesting character as he would have ranked much higher on this list if he hadn’t aged past his prime and had other characters put there. Garp possesses incredible strength, allowing him to crush mountains with his bare fists. Garp took on Gold D. Roger and defeated four of the characters above him on this list, but in recent times we haven’t seen him display any strength capable of doing so. Nonetheless, Garp, the grandfather of the series’ main character, Luffy, is still one of the strongest characters in the series.

7 – Whitebeard


Edward Newgate or Whitebeard has long been considered the strongest man in the world One piece. With a title like this, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise why it earns a spot on this list. After consuming the Gura-Gura Devil Fruit, this pirate was given the ability to cause earthquakes and generate powerful shockwaves. Along with this, Whitebeard also wields one of the 12 Supreme Swords, Murakumogiri, which he wields with incredible skill.

6 – Black Beard


Another of the Four Emperors, Marshall D. Teach or better known as Blackbeard is undeniably one of the strongest characters in One piece. Blackbeard is the only person in the franchise who possesses the power of the two devil fruits, Yami Yami no Mi and Gura Gura no Mi. Acquiring the power of the Gura Gura after defeating Whitebeard, he can now combine with his power of darkness to create powerful shockwaves and tremors that can “reduce everything to nothing”. Another thing that makes Blackbeard so strong is his Haki abilities, which allow him to sense power and build spiritual armor around himself.

5 – Kaido


The members of the Four Emperors keep coming back and this time it’s Kaido. While he may not be the strongest man alive, he is their strongest creature, and with good reason. In addition to his physical abilities, Kaido possesses the power of the Uo Uo no Mi devil fruit, which allows him to transform into a serpentine azure dragon and a human-dragon hybrid at will. He also masters several haki skills, including haoshoku and busoshoku, even kenbunshoku.

4 – Luffy

Monkey D Luffy

Luffy might seem like an odd choice to put on this list, but as the show’s vocal character, his power is always increasing, and at this point he’s extraordinarily powerful. Not only does he possess immense physical strength and the stretchy benefits of the Gomu-Gomu no Mi fruit, but Luffy is also adept at three types of haki that give him extremely useful benefits when combined with his Devil Fruit’s gear moves. The reason he’s jumped this high up this list lately is after defeating Kaido in battle and unleashing his new, extraordinarily powerful Sun God transformation. This makes him one of the most powerful characters on the show by far, landing fourth on our list. Despite his strength, the Straw Hat Captain has evaded death many times, and you can read more about it here.



Shanks’ place on this list may be up for debate, but as one of the four Emperors said to be equal or stronger than the rest, he had to have a place on our list. While we haven’t seen the full power of Shanks revealed, not even close. From what we’ve seen, he possesses an extremely strong mastery of haki, excellent swordsmanship, and undeniable physical ability. Given how respected he is by all the characters on the show, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think of him as the strongest character alive today. As Shanks continues to be shrouded in mystery, thanks to him, we learn more about the character One piece movie red.

2 – Gold D Roger


Gold D. Roger is the character on which the story of One piece based on. Heck, he was the introduction in the very first episode. Although this pirate king may be dead, there’s no doubt that he was one of the strongest characters in the franchise. It only took Gold and Garp to take out all of Kaido, Big Mom, and Whitebeard, meaning he must have had incredible power of his own. Although he was plagued by disease in his final years and we don’t know exactly how powerful he was, Gold D. Roger still deserves a top spot on our list.

1 – Rock D. Xebec

Rock D Xebec

There’s no real argument, Rocks D. Xebec is the strongest character in One piece until now. It took Gold D. Roger, the wannabe pirate king and his crew teaming up with Monkey D. Garp and the Marines to finally defeat Rocks. While we don’t know much about this character or his powers, he was definitely one of the most dangerous pirates of all time to command such a powerful crew of his own. The 10 Strongest One Piece Characters

Lindsay Lowe

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