Baroque Works was a criminal organization created by the former Warlord, Crocodile, to take over the kingdom of Arabasta. The organization accomplished many different tasks over a period of several years for that one purpose.
Baroque Works agents often function as bounty hunters and take down pirates in order to earn more money to aid their operations. These bounty hunters were persuaded under the false goal that Baroque Works' objective was to build an ideal nation and that performing well in the organization meant higher social status in said nation. The more important tasks of the agents were to spread lies and rumors in Arabasta about their king, Nefertari Cobra, in order to launch a rebellion against him. They did this by releasing the illegal substance Dance Powder to cause a drought in the country.
All these missions together led toward the takeover of Arabasta and Crocodile's ultimate goal, acquiring the Ancient Weapon Pluton that is said to be hidden somewhere in the kingdom. This overall plan went under the name "Operation Utopia". Baroque Works' known operation locations outside of Arabasta are Whisky Peak and Little Garden.
Crocodile's ambitions, as well as the entire organization itself, were crushed by the Straw Hat Pirates, who came to Arabasta to help their friend, Princess Nefertari Vivi. After Crocodile was defeated, Arabasta was saved and Vivi, who wanted to join, decided to stay as a princess of Arabasta. Crocodile, Mr. 1, Mr. 2, and Mr. 3, four of the top Baroque Work Members got sent to Impel Down for their crimes. There, they assisted their former enemy, Luffy, in breaking out of Impel Down to rescue Ace.
Due to their actions and role, they are the main antagonists of the Arabasta Saga, appearing its members as such in each arc, with the exception of the Drum Island Arc. The organization's Officer Agents also are the central characters from Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works" Cover Page Serial.
The organization's symbol consists of a typical jolly roger, except with rapiers with the hilts at the bottom instead of crossbones and light-purple wings with deeper wingtips coming from the skull's chin.
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The Baroque Works system of code names is simple. All the main agents are given code names and address each other by said code names. No one knows the other agent's actual names. There are differences between male agents code names and female agents code names; male agents get a number in their name, while female agents are named after weekdays and holidays.
The ranking order among the organization goes by numbers; the smaller the number, the higher the rank an agent has. The main agents are, with the exception of Mr. 2, all made of a male/female pairing that is named after the male agent (e.g., Mr. 1 and Miss Doublefinger are the Mr. 1 pair).
On top of the organization is the boss, Crocodile, who calls himself "Mr. 0". His partner, the Vice President of the organization, is Miss All-Sunday. Below this top pair, there are thirteen pairs of agents who take orders directly from the top, although they did not know Mr. 0´s true identity until he revealed it to them in Rain Base.
There are five elite agents under Mr. 0, known as the Officer Agents (オフィサーエージェント Ofisā Ējento?), consisting of the Mr. 1 pair through the Mr. 5 pair. They are the main agents of Baroque Works and are each paired with a female Officer Agent who best compliments their abilities. The Officer agents are the ones who do the dirty work in order to achieve the organization’s ultimate goal. Almost all of the officer Agents have Devil Fruit powers.
The Mr. 6 pair up to the Mr. 12 pair are low level elites, known as the Frontier Agents (フロンティアエージェント Furontia Ējento?). They are spread out all over the first few islands of the Grand Line and raise funds to sponsor the activities of Baroque Works by attacking pirate ships that just arrived in the Grand Line.
The Mr. 13 pair are the punishment squad, known as the Unluckies, and their job is to punish any agents that fail in their missions.
Below the higher ranking agents, there are 2000 subordinate agents called Millions and Billions. The Millions are the subordinates of the frontier agents while the Billions are the subordinates to the officer agents, who are said to be the next in line to become a number agent should a position be opened. These members also have Mr. and Miss proceeding their code names but, unlike number agents, these names follow no pattern whatsoever.
Billions are also the ones closest to being promoted in the Baroque Works ranking system up to number agents, and are said to be just as powerful as Baroque Works' number agents that have numbers higher than the Mr. 10 pair.
The possibility of becoming a number agent appears to make the Billions rather power hungry, as a majority of the things they do that they are not ordered to do revolve around being promoted and are perfectly willing to kill their own members to become promoted.
Many billions were seemingly killed by Fire Fist Ace, although they were easily replaced later. Later other billions participated as undercover agents in the Royal Guard and Rebels in the Battle of Alubarna and were responsible for spurring on the battle by attacking during certain ceasefires in the battle, like the beginning of the battle and when Koza tried to surrender.
- Mr. 0: Defeated by Monkey D. Luffy and arrested by Smoker, imprisoned in Impel Down, later escaped.
- Miss All Sunday: Joined the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Banchi: Unknown.
- Mr. 1: Defeated by Roronoa Zoro, and imprisoned in Impel Down by Smoker, later escaped and remained with Crocodile.
- Miss Doublefinger: Defeated by Nami and arrested by Hina, later escaped and returned to being the owner of New Spiders Cafe.
- Mr. 2 Bon Kurei: Defeated by Sanji and imprisoned in Impel Down by Hina. Later stayed behind to cover Luffy's escape and ultimately became Queen of Newkama Land at Level 5.5, replacing Emporio Ivankov.
- Mr. 3: Defeated by Monkey D. Luffy and imprisoned in Impel Down by Hina, later escaped and joined the Buggy Pirates. Afterward, became an officer of Buggy's Delivery.
- Miss Goldenweek: Defeated by Karoo, and later rescued her fellow agents from imprisonment. Afterward, became an employee of New Spiders Cafe.
- Mr. 4: Defeated by Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper and then arrested by Hina, later escaped and became an employee of New Spiders Cafe.
- Miss Merry Christmas: Defeated by Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper and then arrested by Hina, later escaped and became an employee of New Spiders Cafe.
- Lassoo: Defeated by Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper and arrested by Hina, later escaped and became the mascot of New Spiders Cafe.
- Mr. 5: Defeated by Roronoa Zoro, and later rescued his fellow agents from imprisonment. Afterward, became an employee of New Spiders Cafe.
- Miss Valentine: Defeated by Nami and Nefertari Vivi, and later rescued her fellow agents from imprisonment. Afterward, became an employee of New Spiders Cafe.
- Mr. 6: Unknown.
- Miss Mother's Day: Unknown.
- Mr. 7 (first): Killed by Roronoa Zoro years ago.
- Mr. 7 (second): Defeated by Nefertari Vivi, proceeding fate unknown.
- Miss Father's Day: Defeated by Nefertari Vivi, proceeding fate unknown.
- Mr. 8: Returned to being Captain of the Arabasta Royal Guard.
- Miss Monday: Married Mr. 9, currently living at Whisky Peak.
- Mr. 9: Married Miss Monday, currently living at Whisky Peak.
- Miss Wednesday: Returned to being the Princess of Arabasta Kingdom.
- Karoo: Returned to being the leader of the Super Spot-Billed Duck Troops.
- Mr. 10: Unknown.
- Miss Tuesday: Unknown.
- Mr. 11: Arrested by Smoker, later killed by Billions Mr. Mellow.
- Miss Thursday: Escaped capture by Smoker; proceeding fate unknown.
- Mr. 12: Unknown.
- Miss Saturday: Unknown.
- Mr. 13: Defeated by Sanji and then captured by the Marines to make drawings of the Baroque Works agents that were not captured in Arabasta.
- Miss Friday: Defeated by Sanji and then captured by the Marines to make drawings of the Baroque Works agents that were not captured in Arabasta.
Baroque Works, as a whole, were one of the biggest threats the Straw Hats had ever faced. With a leader among the Seven Warlords of the Sea, a group of highly trained assassins and bounty hunters, and about 10 Devil Fruit users, they were a dangerous threat.
The Millions were a group of highly trained bounty hunters, with the Billions even being more deadly than them.
The Frontier Agents were a far greater threat. While a hundred Millions were defeated by Zoro with ease, Mr. 9, Mr. 8, Miss Monday, and Miss Wednesday were able to give Zoro more of a challenge. Mr. 7 and Miss Father's Day were also highly skilled snipers.
The Unluckies, while ranked 13, were a great enough threat to scare most agents, and had a job to kill any agent that failed. Mr. 13 was able to even cut iron with his shells.
The Officer Agents were an even greater threat than the Frontier Agents. The 5 pair alone was able to take down Mr. 8, Miss Monday, and Mr. 9 with ease. While the 4 pair was stronger than the 3 pair, they were ranked lower because the 3 pair was smarter. However, Mr. 4 was able to lift a 4-ton bat with ease, Miss Merry Christmas was able to break through stone with no problem, and even Lassoo was a threat with his exploding baseballs. The 3 pair was not weak, as Mr. 3 was able to give Luffy a difficult time, and Miss Goldenweek was able to control him with her Colors Trap. Mr 3 was also smart enough to trap Zoro, Nami, and Vivi, as well as make two giants defeat each other so he could capture both of them. Mr. 2, was an Okama Kenpo user and was able to defeat Usopp and Matsuge in two seconds (1 second each), and was able to nearly defeat Sanji, breaking a few of Sanji's ribs. Miss Doublefinger was a highly skilled assassin who could break stone with her fist and nearly killed Nami before being defeated. Mr. 1 was the deadliest threat after Crocodile. He was a well-known assassin from the West Blue who even Zoro heard of. Daz Bonez was also able to nearly kill Zoro and only lost when Zoro learned to cut steel.
Miss All Sunday, was the second in command and was also highly powerful. She defeated Pell, the strongest warrior in Arabasta, with little effort.
Mr. 0, or Crocodile, was the leader and strongest member. As a Warlord of the Sea, a Logia, and a man with a bounty of 81 million, he was the first villain to defeat Luffy and the only person to do it twice. He was so powerful it was only when Luffy came back a third time that he was finally defeated.
The Baroque Works organization used multiple ships to transport their personal, in case of the officer agents, some of them were seen using personalized ships.
The Baroque Gustave was a ship belonging to Crocodile. Its appearance has yet to be revealed.
The name may come from Gustave, the name of a well-known man-eating crocodile in Burundi Africa, reported to have killed and eaten over 300 people.
The Kill Sassoon was a ship that was used by Mr. 1 and Miss Doublefinger. Its appearance has yet to be revealed.
- Further information: Swanda Express
The Swanda Express was Mr. 2’s personalized ship, which was themed after a swan. Some of the ship’s features included: pink sails, hand operated paddle wheels and a swan figurehead.
Chiryaku Ten'nen Maru
- Further information: Chiryaku Ten'nen Maru
The Chiryaku Ten'nen Maru was a ship used by Mr. 3 and Miss Goldenweek. It is largely personalized after Mr. 3, which he used to travel to Arabasta and escape from Mr. 2 (who was ordered to kill him). The ship had sails with blue and white stripes, a number 3 figurehead and was powered by the Doru Doru no Mi powers.
Holly Home Run
The Holly Home Run was a ship used by Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas. Its appearance has yet to be revealed.
Pop Rock Candy
The Pop Rock Candy was a ship used by Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine. Its appearance has yet to be revealed.
- Further information: Full
The Full was a large purple and yellow ship that used Dance Powder to make artificial rain. It had a crocodile figurehead and a tall smokestack in the forecastle deck (which had the Baroque Works jolly roger in its base).
The Billions traveled in multiple ships with various designs, however, all of them had the Baroque Works name and/or jolly roger in their sails.
In the ending of Movie 2, Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine were seen using a relatively small boat with a white sail and no Baroque Works insignia. It's unknown if the same boat was also used by the pair to travel to Whisky Peak or Little Garden.
- Oda once joked that Baroque Works sends their members on holiday to the winter festivals in Hokkaido. Since none of the members are allowed to meet, they would send them separately.
- Many of the dreams revealed by Miss Goldenweek's Colors Trap were difficult for the Baroque Members to resolve.
- Crocodile's dream (like Luffy's) was to become the Pirate King.
- Mr. 1's dream to be a superhero was a pun with his Devil Fruit, the Supa Supa no Mi, because in Japan super is supa. His nickname as a "Killer" makes it somewhat ironic with heroism.
- Mr. 4's dream to be a pizza boy would have been hindered by the fact he was too slow (hence why his apron has "delivery in 30 hours" written on it).
- Mr. 5's dream to be a fireman was also considered problematic, as his Devil Fruit powers are something a fireman would have considered hazardous. (On the other hand, the fact that he was immune to explosions could be seen as beneficial as he would be unaffected by backdraft explosions).
- Miss Doublefinger's dream to remain as Paula the cafe owner would not have been considered ideal due to the Spiders Cafe's run-down state. (However, her dream was one of the few to be realized: the Baroque Works members who escaped returned to create a new Spiders Cafe from the Cactus Saloon)
- Miss Merry Christmas' dream to be a princess was also considered very farfetched because of her rudeness and Devil Fruit power involving digging around in the dirt.
- Miss Valentine's wished to be a girl who creates chocolate confections, linked to her name "Valentine." It can also be considered ironic, due to her lemon theme and as chocolates are often linked to obesity, though her Devil Fruit allows her to hide her weight.
- Out of all the officer agents only Miss All-Sunday, Mr. 3 and Mr. 2 Bon Kurei did not have their dreams revealed by Miss Goldenweek's technique.
- Robin's own dream was revealed through the Straw Hats' adventures: to discover the True History. Her dream was hindered by her plight against the World Government, something later revoked by the Straw Hats' dedication to their own crewmates.
- Mr. 2 Bon Kurei later revealed he had always dreamed of meeting Emporio Ivankov, a dream he later is able to make happen in Impel Down thanks to Luffy. His dream had been hindered by the fact that Ivankov was held within Impel Down's walls.
- Coincidentally, all three have aided Luffy in some way.
- Members of Baroque Works are placed in levels of Impel Down that are more severe than their assigned bounties (Mr. 2 Bon Kurei was in Level 3 despite having a bounty lower than 50,000,000; Crocodile was in Level 6 despite having a bounty lower than 100,000,000).
- "Baroque" is the name of an artistic style from the 17th century around Europe, including Italy, which might be a reference to how Italian mafia organizations work (like codenames). This particular name may have been chosen because the Baroque art style is associated with the elaborate and dramatic, mirrored by Baroque Works' deeds. In addition, the Italian word for opera signifies "work", both as an action and as a piece of art.
- The idea of a numbering system to designate agents, such as the one Baroque Works uses, is fairly popular in fictional criminal organizations, such as the SPECTRE organization of the James Bond series.
- During Movie 2, a Baroque Works ship (with a slightly different jolly roger), can be seen behind Going Merry when it was being captured.
- All the male members except Crocodile have their numbers somewhere on their bodies.
- The Baroque Works share many similarities with Donquixote Pirates.
- Crocodile shares several similarities with Doflamingo. Members Mr. 5, Miss Valentine, Miss Goldenweek and Mr. 1 have similar abilities to Gladius , Machvise, Giolla and Baby 5 respectively.
- Both crews aimed to conquer a kingdom (Arabasta and Dressrosa) by overthrowing the current king (Nefertari Cobra and Riku Doldo III).
- Both crews were defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies.