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Round The Land Antagonists

Some antagonists from the first three sagas of the series.

Antagonists are individuals or groups in the story of the manga and anime One Piece who oppose the Straw Hat Pirates or any parties allied to them. Each story arc in the series typically features a main antagonist, as well as multiple supporting antagonists of varying significance, be it their subordinates, allies, or third parties.

Overview[]

Most antagonists in One Piece fall under two categories: enemy pirates or World Government forces, particularly the Marines. Because the protagonists are pirates themselves, they typically conflict with other pirates, usually malevolent, while the Marines and other World Government forces are naturally antagonistic towards them due to their criminal status. To date, the only canon antagonistic group which does not fall under either category is Enel's forces.

Antagonists are often defeated by the protagonists in battle, but very rarely killed, or at least confirmed deceased. As such, some former antagonists can return in later arcs as allies of the Straw Pirates. By contrast, it is rare for a character to feature as a major antagonist again if they were already defeated in the past. Sometimes antagonists may feature over the course of an entire saga, with subordinate forces acting as main antagonists of lesser arcs.

In order of descending importance, antagonists can be labelled as main, secondary, tertiary, major and minor. A main antagonist is the considered most significant enemy of the Straw Hat Pirates in a given arc. They are usually the leader of an antagonist group and the almost always the most powerful member of the group. Typically, the main antagonist is fought by the main protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy, with few exceptions.

Story Arc Antagonists[]

This section focuses on antagonists from the main storyline of One Piece, consisting of both canon story arcs and anime-only arcs.

Main Antagonists[]


Antagonists by Saga[]

The following is a list of all antagonistic parties appearing in One Piece, sorted by arc and in order of significance.

East Blue Saga[]

See also the associated category: East Blue Saga Antagonists.

The Romance Dawn Arc consists of three subplots, each containing one antagonistic group:

The other five arcs in the East Blue Saga each have at least one antagonistic group, each completely independent from each other.

This saga also contains one non-canon arc:

Arabasta Saga[]

See also the associated category: Arabasta Saga Antagonists.

This saga contains one overarching antagonist group, Baroque Works, and one minor antagonist group.

This saga also contains one non-canon arc:

Sky Island Saga[]

See also the associated category: Sky Island Saga Antagonists.

This saga consists of two canon arcs, each with their own independent antagonistic group.

This saga also contains three non-canon arcs:

Water 7 Saga[]

See also the associated category: Water 7 Saga Antagonists.

This saga, canonically, contains one overarching antagonist group, CP9, and one minor antagonist group.

This saga also contain two non-canon arcs:

Thriller Bark Saga[]

See also the associated category: Thriller Bark Saga Antagonists.This saga consists of only one canon arc, with one main antagonistic group:

This saga also contains two non-canon arcs:

Summit War Saga[]

See also the associated category: Summit War Saga Antagonists.

This saga contains five canon arcs, with the World Government serving as an overarching antagonistic group.

This saga also contains one non-canon arc.

Fish-Man Island Saga[]

See also the associated category: Fish-Man Island Saga Antagonists.

The Fish-Man Island Saga has two canon arcs, each with their own independent antagonistic forces.

Dressrosa Saga[]

See also the associated category: Dressrosa Saga Antagonists.

This saga consists of two canon arcs, with the Donquixote Family serving as the overarching antagonistic group.

This saga also contains two non-canon arcs.

Whole Cake Island Saga[]

See also the associated category: Whole Cake Island Saga Antagonists.

This saga consists of three canon arcs, with the Big Mom Pirates serving as the primary antagonist group.

This saga also contains two non-canon arcs.

Wano Country Saga[]

See also the associated category: Wano Country Saga Antagonists.

This saga contains one arc, with the Beasts Pirates serving as the overarching antagonist.

This saga also contains one non-canon arc.

Final Saga[]

See also the associated category: Final Saga Antagonists.

This saga, still yet to be completely published, currently has only one arc, with World Government forces serving as its main antagonistic group.

Other Antagonists[]

This section goes over antagonists in other material, such as movies, TV specials, video games and one-shots.


Trivia[]

  • In an SBS answer, Eiichiro Oda presented a reasoning as to why Luffy does not kill his enemies, stating that having one's dreams shattered is as painful as death and that victory and defeat matter more to pirates than their lives.[1]

References[]

  1. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 4 (p. 90), Question: How come Luffy never kills his enemies?

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