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For marine rank, see Admiral.

The title Admiral, sometimes Don (首領ドン?),[1][2][3] is given to an individual outside of the Marines in control of a fleet at sea.

Roles and Duties

A captain is generally the leader of a single ship. However, when a crew is large enough to have multiple ships—also known as a fleet—each ship may be commanded by a single captain (or division commander), and the entire fleet is controlled by an admiral, whom the captains answer to. The admiral has absolute command over the entire fleet of ships, having only captains to serve as second-in-commands, dividing their numbers into multiple ships and divisions, making it easier to control the organization.


See also the associated category: Admirals.
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Krieg Charlotte Linlin ? Kaidou ? Shiki
Marshall D. Teach Sai Orlumbus Chinjao 
Edward Newgate  Woonan   Bear King  ?
Chichilisia Vinsmoke Judge Mont Blanc Noland   

In One Piece

While there are several pirate crews with large numbers of ships and sailors on board, not all of them necessarily designate their overall captain as an "admiral", instead remaining as "captain" with division leaders known as "commanders." Such crews include the Whitebeard Pirates and Big Mom Pirates.

  • Krieg is the first pirate admiral to be introduced. He was in command of the Krieg Pirates, also known as the Pirate Armada. In command of 50 ships and 5000 pirate soldiers, Krieg was considered the most powerful pirate in East Blue in terms of military power.[1] However, after their miserable defeat at the hands of Dracule Mihawk, their vast fleet was reduced to only its flagship and 100 survivors. Also, contrary to the crew's fearsome reputation, Krieg dominates his subordinates with an iron fist, using fear to keep them under his thumb and thus severely limiting their true strength.[4]
  • Mont Blanc Noland was an admiral of his ship from Lvneel Kingdom. He was an explorer from 400 years ago, having made multiple trips throughout the world and made many discoveries that were doubted by many. He was, in truth, a very caring person who would go to great lengths for the well-being of his crew.[5]
  • Shiki is the admiral of the Golden Lion Pirates,[6] although his crew universally referred to him as oyabun. He commanded a fleet of at least 25 ships when facing the Roger Pirates at Edd War. Much of this crew was decimated from the battle.[7] After escaping from Impel Down, Shiki went to rebuild his fleet in an attempt to conquer the world, gaining many allies from other pirates.[8]
  • Marshall D. Teach was originally a captain of his own crew, the Blackbeard Pirates, which only had a maximum of eleven members in total.[9] After usurping the position of Emperor from the late Edward Newgate, the Blackbeard Pirates grew to a fleet of ten ships, each led by one of the Ten Titanic Captains,[10] and Teach himself became the admiral; first ship captain Jesus Burgess continues to refer him as "Captain Teach", which fifth ship captain Laffitte reprimands him for.[11]
  • Chinjao is the 12th Don of the Happo Navy, a pirate crew which consisted of 1000 men. After losing his "key" to the treasure under the Jewel Ice Sheet to Monkey D. Garp, he retired from the position with a broken heart.[15] His grandson, Sai, succeeded him as the 13th Don of the Happo Navy.[16][3] Under Sai, he integrated the Happo Navy as 3rd division of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.[14]

Translation and Dub Issues

  • A Marine Admiral is referred as a "Taisho" (大将 Taishō?), which differs from a pirate admiral, referred as "Teitoku" (提督 Teitoku?).
  • Teitoku can also translate as "Commodore". Once again, this differs from the Commodore of the marines, which is translated from "Junsho" (准将 Junshō?).
  • Don (首領ドン?) is honorific used for people of long-standing leadership of a community, primarily used in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Latin America, and the Philippines. It can also refer to a crime boss, especially the mafia.
  • Although never stated, it is implied that Z's position is mentioned with the english pronunciation (アドミラル, Adomiraru) because of his direct subordinate, Ain, refering herself as Vice-Admiral in the same way (バイスアドミラル, Baisu Adomiraru).


  • Nelson Royale, an anime-exclusive Marine officer, held the rank of Commodore, yet was referred as "Teitoku" (提督 Teitoku?) instead of "Junsho" (准将 Junshō?), a rank that did not exist in the Marine ranks. This was apparently an oversight of the anime producers at the time, since the author did not design the corresponding arc.[17]
  • With the formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, Luffy can be considered a pirate admiral in a sense; however, Luffy himself did not personally agree to take the representatives on as members of his crew, but rather the representatives swore their loyalty to the Straw Hat flag by their own free will, more similar to an alliance.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 45 (p. 9) and Episode 21, Krieg is mentioned and his strength is recognized by a Baratie chef.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 716 (p. 1) and Episode 646, Chinjao is referred as the Don.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 799 (p. 16), Sai is referred as the Don of the Happo Navy.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 49 (p. 11-12) and Episode 23, Krieg kills a crew member who questions his return to the Grand Line.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 286 (p. 15) and Episode 186, Noland referred as an Admiral for his crew.
  6. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 74), Shiki is listed as admiral of the Golden Lion Pirates.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 (p. 1-3) and Episode 0, Shiki commanding a giant fleet against the Roger Pirates.
  8. One Piece Movie — One Piece Film: Strong World, Shiki rebuilding his fleet, gaining new allies.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 133 (p. 18) and Episode 80, Teach was merely a captain back then.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 704 (p. 17) and Episode 634, Gatz reveals that the Blackbeard Pirates contains 10 divisions.
  11. One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 803 (p. 9), Laffitte reminds Burgess that Teach is now their admiral.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 733 (p. 5) and Episode 665, Orlumbus' status as admiral is revealed.
  13. 13.0 13.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 90 Chapter 904, cover story: The Stories of the Self-Proclaimed Straw Hat Grand Fleet Vol. 34.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 800 (p. 2-17), Orlumbus joins the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 719 (p. 6-12) and Episode 649, Chinjao is introduced as a pirate and head of the Happo Navy and soon attacked by Garp.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 716 (p. 6) and Episode 646, Sai reveals himself as the succeeding leader of the Happo Navy.
  17. One Piece Anime — Episode 54, Nelson Royale is referred as a commodore (teitoku).

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