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Stridshav sju
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Japanskt Namn: 七武海
Romerskt Namn: Shichibukai
Svenskt Namn: Stridshav sju
Litterär Betydelse: Havets sju krigsmagnater
Anknytning: Världsregeringen
Debut: Volym 6

Stridshav sju, the full title being Mall:Nihongo, are seven (though this number fluctuates throughout the series) powerful and notorious pirates who have allied themselves with the World Government.Mall:Qref

OverviewRedigera

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The Shichibukai is an organization of seven pirates turned privateers in the service of the World Government. Although they work for the World Government, the Shichibukai do not care about or respect the Government (excluding Bartholomew Kuma, who was modified into their puppet) 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, but are still feared and respected for their infamous reputation and strength 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 Mall:B440,000,000, and Blackbeard, who had no bounty at all. It should be noted that these are their former bounties, and does not represent the current threat they could achieve as active pirates. Jinbe, for example, after his resignation his bounty jumped to over Mall:B400,000,000. Another example is Sir Crocodile, whom with a bounty of Mall:B81,000,000 was imprisoned in Level 6 of Impel Down, while Luffy with a bounty of Mall:B300,000,000 at the time put him 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 from a firm sense of pride. During the battle meeting for the Shichibukai where only two members are absent (Hancock and Jinbe), it is even stated that the very notion of them working together as a team is entirely unthinkable. 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.

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. Despite this, as of chapter 575, all of the Shichibukai (including former) fought at the war between the Whitebeard Pirates and the Marines.

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; Mihawk behaved in a similar fashion in his duel with Zoro, though he hopes that he will be successful. 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. 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 who Luffy is on good terms with); Rayleigh, who is her "benefactor"; and Fisher Tiger, who was responsible for liberating her from slavery.

Methodology of the "Government Dogs"Redigera

Becoming a ShichibukaiRedigera

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 piratesMall:Qref 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 and Trafalgar Law obtaining and sending the hearts of 100 pirates to Marine Headquarters are the examples.

Duties of the ShichibukaiRedigera

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They do not offer open opposition 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.Mall:Qref 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.Mall:QrefMall:Qref In addition, given the discussion between Bartholomew Kuma and the Gorosei, it can be assumed that once someone becomes a member of 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.Mall:Qref

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

Theoretically, the Shichibukai are 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.Mall:Qref 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 and Boa Hancock openly attacked both Marines and pirates.

BenefitsRedigera

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,Mall:Qref 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 full 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 highly wanted crew would have been spared as well.Mall:Qref

Dismissal or ResignationRedigera

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.Mall:QrefMall:Qref 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).

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.Mall:Qref

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.Mall:Qref

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.Mall:Qref

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.Mall:Qref 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.Mall:Qref

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.

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 underling instead of associate, Doflamingo was able to maintain his position while releasing Caesar from his status as a wanted criminal.Mall:Qref

When Law's alliance with the Straw Hat Pirates was in the news, his seat as a Shichibukai fell into jeopardy. Upon Law confirming to Fujitora that it was an alliance and that the crew were not his subordinates, his status as a Shichibukai was revoked.Mall:Qref

Shichibukai MembersRedigera

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Members' ProfileRedigera

Name AgeMall:Qref HeightMall:Qref Birthday Former Bounty Abilities and Powers Epithet Animal Theme Status
Dracule MihawkMall:Qref 43 198 cm (6'6") March 9Mall:Qref Unknown Mall:NihongoMall:Qref Hawk Active
JinbeMall:Qref 46 301 cm (9'8") April 2Mall:Qref Mall:B250,000,000 Mall:NihongoMall:Qref Whale-sharkMall:Qref Resigned
CrocodileMall:Qref 46 253 cm (8'3") Sept 5thMall:Qref Mall:B81,000,000 "Mr. 0"Mall:Qref Crocodile Revoked
Donquixote DoflamingoMall:Qref 41 305 cm (10'0") October 23Mall:Qref Mall:B340,000,000 Flamingo Active
Bartholomew KumaMall:Qref 47 689 cm (22'6") February 9Mall:Qref Mall:B296,000,000 Bear Active
Marshall D. TeachMall:Qref 40 344 cm (11'2") Aug 3rdMall:Qref Unknown Mall:NihongoMall:Qref None Resigned
Gekko MoriahMall:Qref 50 692 cm (22'7") September 5Mall:Qref Mall:B320,000,000 None Gecko Revoked
Boa HancockMall:Qref 31 191 cm (6'3.25") Sept 2ndMall:Qref Mall:B80,000,000 Snake Active
Trafalgar LawMall:Qref 26 191 cm (6'3") October 6Mall:Qref Mall:B440,000,000 Mall:NihongoMall:Qref None Revoked
BuggyMall:Qref Unknown Unknown August 8 Mall:B15,000,000 None Active

Relationships Redigera

Most Shichibukai seem to have only limited knowledge of each other, such as Jinbe never meeting Hancock before her visit to Impel Down. However, some others, such as Doflamingo and Crocodile, converse as though they are familiar with each other. In fact, Doflamingo is knowledgeable of Kuma's participation in the Pacifista program, yet does not know of his past relationship with the Revolutionaries. During these interactions, most of them are hostile, such as Jinbe and Crocodile snarling at each other over matters with Whitebeard. 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. Law used to be Doflamingo's subordinate, 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 Redigera

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 Mall:Qref and then imprisoned in Impel Down.Mall:Qref
  • 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.Mall:Qref As a result he still held a grudge against him.Mall:Qref
Donquixote Doflamingo
  • Former ownership of the Human Auction 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.
  • 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.
  • Found mirth in the prospect of Whitebeard's death.
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.

StrengthRedigera

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. 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.Mall:Qref 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. 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.Mall:Qref 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, Moriah was quickly subdued by Jinbe. Adding to his defeat by Luffy, Moriah 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.

Manga InfluencesRedigera

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 the villages and towns of Spain.Mall:Qref

Translation and Dub IssuesRedigera

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".

MerchandiseRedigera

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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 Collectible Figure series.Mall:-

TriviaRedigera

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  • 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.Mall:Qref
  • 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 aside from actual flashbacks to his childhood.

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