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Bounty hunters are people who make a living out of catching criminals for the bounty on their head.


Unlike mercenaries or assassins, who are hired or commissioned by the government to hunt down criminals, bounty hunters and bounty hunter groups operate completely independently, working outside the law to capture criminals. It is typically common practice to capture criminals alive rather than kill them, as Igaram stated that they could lose up to 30% of the bounty if they killed their target.[2] While most bounty hunters operate for money, some seek the fame that results from taking down infamous pirates, such as Jean Ango.[3]

Successful bounty hunters will often inevitably become well-known, especially by wanted criminals, and even normal civilians may become afraid of them.[1][4] Since they operate outside the law, bounty hunters have been known to partake in criminal activity, although being labeled as criminals typically prevents them from bounty hunting again since they can no longer deal with the government.[5] Even though bounty hunters may not be labeled as criminals, they seem to be held in disdain by law enforcement like the Marines, as Tashigi considers them to be no better than pirates.[6]

In rare cases, organizations other than the World Government can place bounties on people's heads. While most simply hire mercenaries, Donquixote Doflamingo used his status as the king of Dressrosa in order to place a star bounty system on the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies when their actions against him were brought to light, enticing the people of Dressrosa to capture them and bring them to Doflamingo for a reward.[7]

Bounty Hunters

See also the associated categories: Bounty Hunters and Former Bounty Hunters.
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Bounty Hunters
Minoruba Kairiken Jean Ango Roronoa Zoro  Johnny 
Yosaku  Daz Bonez  Abdullah  Jeet 
Mr. 9 Mr. Beans ? Miss Catherina ? Mr. Shimizu ? Miss Monday
Nefertari Vivi  Igaram  Hercules 
Franky Zambai Kiwi Mozu Tamagon
Kiev Schollzo Kop Kairiki Destroyers
Daddy Masterson Shuraiya Bascùd Gardoa Scorpion 
Accino Campacino Brindo Arbell Salchow
Hockera Lil
Cidre Ginger Guarana


Abdullah and Jeet were once bounty hunters, but became criminals after bombing a government institution.[5]

Several years ago, the Warlord Sir Crocodile founded the crime syndicate Baroque Works. Putting on an act of hunting pirates himself, Crocodile recruited hundreds of bounty hunters to join the organization and work to build an ideal nation. The bounty hunters worked to capture pirates and criminals to aid Baroque Works' operations, but Crocodile really intended for the organization to take over the kingdom of Arabasta.[8] Daz Bonez, one of the West Blue's most infamous bounty hunters, joined Baroque Works and became the high-ranking Mr. 1.[4]

After getting lost while traveling the East Blue, Roronoa Zoro turned to bounty hunting in order to make a living. His exploits earned him a great reputation and the title "Pirate Hunter",[1] and he worked with fellow bounty hunters Johnny and Yosaku for a time.[9] Zoro was recruited to join Baroque Works, but killed the agent who recruited him after being denied leadership of the organization.[10] Zoro would later join the pirate Monkey D. Luffy after being arrested by the Marines on Shells Town to form the Straw Hat Pirates.[11] Johnny and Yosaku continued bounty hunting for a time, but after a succession of failures, they decided to become fishermen instead.[12]

Baroque Works would meet Zoro again when the Straw Hats came to Whisky Peak. There, the agents knocked the pirates out and planned to turn Luffy in for his bounty. However, they were confronted by Zoro, and despite numbering 100 strong, the agents were all defeated by him.[13] Baroque Works would later be dismantled by the Straw Hats and Marines with the help of Miss Wednesday and Mr. 8, who had gone undercover in the agency to save Arabasta.[14] Some agents were arrested, while others pursued new lives afterwards.[15][16]

The Franky Family operated on Water 7 as both bounty hunters and ship dismantlers.[17] When Franky was captured by the World Government agency CP9, the Family worked with the Straw Hats to invade Enies Lobby and rescue him.[18] After the invasion, Franky joined the Straw Hats,[19] and the Family members found other jobs as they ceased to be outcasts in Water 7.[20]

Many bounty hunters were stationed on Sabaody Archipelago due to the large numbers of pirates there. Several waves of them attempted to capture the Straw Hats, but were unsuccessful.[21] However, two of them, Kairiken and Minoruba, alerted kidnappers to the presence of Camie the mermaid with the Straw Hats, causing them to capture her.[22]

After Luffy freed several Level 6 prisoners during his raid on Impel Down, Jean Ango worked to capture several of the prisoners, and he also set his sights on capturing Luffy and his escape party. He came into contact with Luffy while fighting in the Corrida Colosseum on Dressrosa, and attacked him, but was ultimately defeated.[3] Later, Doflamingo unveiled his "star bounty" system and placed bounties on the heads of the Straw Hats and several of their allies. This enticed several of Dressrosa's gladiators and criminals to go after the bounties,[7] but they later turned against Doflamingo and helped Luffy after Doflamingo moved to kill everyone on Dressrosa.[23]


Daddy Masterson is a bounty hunter based in Loguetown. He challenged Yasopp and later Yasopp's son Usopp to a sharpshooting duel.[24]

Scorpion was a bounty hunter who retired to raise his sons Chip and Dip in the Badland in Arabasta. However, as life grew tough, he decided to hunt down Portgas D. Ace, but was unsuccessful as Ace saved him instead.[25]

Shuraiya Bascùd was a bounty hunter for eight years, whose goal was to kill the pirate Gasparde after he destroyed his hometown. He was unsuccessful, but Gasparde was defeated by the Straw Hats. Shuraiya then learned that his sister Adelle Bascùd was still alive and decided to spend his life with her.[26]

The bounty hunting family the Accino Family trapped the Straw Hats in their territory Hyokaido.[27] Using the terrain to their advantage, they successfully captured most of the Straw Hats for their leader Don Accino's birthday present.[28] However, the Straw Hats managed to fight back, defeat the Accino family, and escape.[29]

Gardoa is a bounty hunter who uses the bounties he earns to buy shiny spears. He entered the Corrida Colosseum competition on Dressrosa and intended to take down Cavendish for his bounty, but Cavendish easily defeated him.[30]

The Cidre Guild was a group of bounty hunters led by Cidre until they were defeated by Luffy and Boa Hancock. They used equipment and weaponry powered by carbonated water.[31]


  • While wanted criminals cannot act as bounty hunters, some exceptions could possibly apply. This was shown when Caribou, a notorious slayer of Marines, desired to kill the Straw Hat Pirates in order to collect their bounties. However, this may have been a delusion that resulted from both his obvious insanity and apparent stupidity.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 3 and Episode 1, "Pirate Hunter" Roronoa Zoro debuts.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 107 and Episode 64, Mr. 8 mentions that up to 30% of a criminal's bounty can be retracted if they are brought in dead, not alive.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 716 and Episode 646, Jean Ango mentions his exploits as he goes after Luffy.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 217 (p. 14) and Episode 130, Daz Bonez is acknowledged by Smoker as "The Killer", his name in West Blue.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 704 and Episode 633, Abdullah and Jeet are introduced as criminals who were formerly bounty hunters.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 97 and Episode 49.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 746 and Episode 681, Doflamingo unveils his star bounty system.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 107 (p. 12) and Episode 64, Zoro reveals Baroque Works for the first time.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 5 Chapter 42 and Episode 19.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 21 Chapter 190 (p. 8) and Episode 116, Mr. 1 and Miss Doublefinger reveal that a previous Mr. 7 asked Zoro to join Baroque Works.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 5 and Episode 3, Zoro joins Luffy's pirate crew.
  12. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 86).
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapters 107108 and Episodes 6465, Zoro battles 100 Baroque Works bounty hunters.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 211 (p. 12-15) and Episode 127, The Baroque Works agents are arrested after their failed plot to take over Arabasta.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 43 Chapter 411, cover story: Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works" Vol. 40, The Baroque Works agents start a new Spiders Cafe.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 64 Chapter 632, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 17, Mr. 9 and Miss Monday start a family.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 34 Chapter 325 and Episode 231, The Franky Family is named and revealed to be bounty hunters.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 38 Chapter 366 and Episode 256, The Franky Family joins the Straw Hats in saving Franky and the others.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 437 and Episode 322.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 Chapters 654656, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 36-38, The Franky Family gets jobs as bartenders and shipwrights on Water 7.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 498 and Episode 392.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 499 and Episode 393.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 79 Chapter 786 and Episode 729, The people hunting for Doflamingo's bounties turn against Doflamingo.
  24. One Piece Anime — Episode 50.
  25. One Piece Anime — Episode 101.
  26. One Piece Movie — Dead End Adventure.
  27. One Piece Anime — Episode 327.
  28. One Piece Anime — Episode 332.
  29. One Piece Anime — Episode 335.
  30. One Piece Anime — Episode 654.
  31. One Piece Anime — Episode 895.

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