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Doc Q,[5] known as "Death God", is the Doctor of the Blackbeard Pirates. Ironically, he has a sick body and needs his horse, Stronger (who is just as sick as he is), to get around.[1]

He is currently one of the Ten Titanic Captains and the captain of the Ninth Ship of the Blackbeard Pirates.[4]


Doc Q, like the rest of his crewmates, is a very large man and is always seen traveling on the back of his horse Stronger, who is, similarly, an unusually large horse. His nose is slightly longer than normal, his face appears always unshaven, and there are straight purple tattoos coming from his hairline to the corners of his eyes. He has long and ash blonde hair, and constantly has a pallid look about him acting as though he is on the verge of death.

He is seen wearing a black fur coat, a wide-brimmed, black beaten hat, and what appears to be a dark white hangman's noose around his neck. He would appear to wear a green turtleneck, and from under his coat sprouts what looks to be a brown robe, under which his hairy legs are visible. He has black, large-buckled shoes. On his back he carries a long, cylindrical bag, in which he keeps his scythe. His overall appearance resembles that of a stereotypical undertaker from Western fictions. Also, his pale skin, rather thin body, dark clothing, and use of a scythe is very similar to the typical Western image of a Grim Reaper; befitting of his epithet.

As he is by his own admission very sick, this trait often shows on his expressions, as he commonly shows some level of pain and exhaustion, and sometimes stops during the middle of his sentences to cough. His chronic sickness is severe enough that he even has a gruesome tendency to bleed from his mouth. Despite these health problems, he also displays occasional smiles on matters he finds impressive.


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Doc Q's full body.
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Doc Q's concept art from the anime.
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Like the rest of his crew, Doc Q believes heavily in fate, although their views seem to center more on the belief of fortune and misfortune. Q seems to note when people are lucky or unlucky, and praises those with luck, while "pitying" the unlucky ones. However, he is not above changing his opinion should the circumstances prove otherwise, as seen when he notes Luffy to be "lucky" despite deeming him out of luck when Teach decided to target the Straw Hats. He is well-aware of his ailing body, but accepts it and even laughs about it.[1]

Abilities and Powers

Despite Doc Q being chronically ill from a terminal disease, he is a very powerful pirate, having earned his place in the Blackbeard Pirates' high standard for powerful individuals. After Blackbeard became one of the Four Emperors, Doc Q was promoted to the captain of the Blackbeard Pirates' ninth ship, granting him authority over all lower-ranking members.[4]

Medical Expertise

Doc Q's basket of apples.

As the doctor of the crew, Doc Q has the medical skills to help them.[2] When Jesus Burgess suffered massive amount of injuries from Sabo's Mera Mera no Mi, he gave specific instructions to Shiryu and Laffitte to bring Doc Q to treat him.[6] Doc Q seems to be a skilled chemist as he developed an explosive solutions he infused inside apples that will explode in one bite. He can trick ignorant bystanders into eating his apples and should they pick one with the explosive, they explode in a gruesome manner.[7]

Physical Abilities

Despite being stricken with a fatal chronic disease since childhood,[8] Doc Q has formidable superhuman physical prowess as seen—along with Burgess—Doc Q could paddle their raft with fairly large paddles and is able to keep up pace with Burgess, a man with titanic strength.[9] At the Summit War of Marineford, Doc Q was able to brutally injure Whitebeard with his scythe, causing him to shed copious amount of blood. He wields his large scythe with only one arm and also attacks consecutively with great speed.[10] In fact, as Blackbeard refuses to accept any weaklings into his crew—going so far as to reject Super Rookie Jewelry Bonney with a bounty of Beli.png140,000,000 is a further testament to Doc Q's fighting prowess.[11]

Despite his chronic illness, he has also shown himself to have extraordinary endurance. He withstood a Gura Gura no Mi shock wave from Whitebeard (albeit not a direct hit),[12] and later took a direct hit from Sengoku's shockwave in Buddha form, then standing up with only a small amount of trouble.[13] In fact, not only did Doc Q manage to survive into adulthood while stricken with the chronic illness that is debilitating enough to cause him to frequently cough blood,[1] he survived being exposed to Magellan's deadly venom long enough for Shiryu to administer the antidote, an incredible feat given his extremely sickly constitution compared to other members of the Blackbeard Pirates.[14]


Doc Q mainly relies on his horse Stronger for transportation due to him being too sickly to walk on his own. At Marineford, Doc Q rode on his horse during the Blackbeard Pirates' simultaneous assault on Whitebeard. In the anime, he moved with incredible speed and maneuverability, being the second to land a hit on Whitebeard after Shiryu.[10]


Doc Q's double-sided scythe.

Doc Q wields a double-bladed scythe, which he used to attack Whitebeard at the Summit War of Marineford.[10]



Not much is known of Doc Q's past, but according to himself, he was born chronically very ill.[1] Some time after joining Blackbeard's crew, Doc Q and the entire crew attacked Drum Island forcing the cowardly King Wapol to flee.[15]

Sky Island Saga

Jaya Arc

He meets Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, and Nami while in Mock Town. After the Straw Hat Pirates help him get back on his horse, he offers Luffy an apple from the basket he is carrying. Unbeknownst to Luffy, Doc Q had been offering explosive apples to other pirates, who would then explode once they ate it. Luckily for Luffy, he picks a dud, and Doc Q tells him he is very lucky before riding off.[1] The Blackbeard Pirates later chased after the Straw Hats so they could claim Luffy's and Zoro's bounties. However, the Knock Up Stream sent the Going Merry up to Skypiea and destroyed the Blackbeard Pirates' raft.[9]

Water 7 Saga

Post-Enies Lobby Arc

While plundering a town on Banaro Island, Van Augur read about the incident with the Straw Hats at Enies Lobby. Laffitte mentioned the Sea Train and the fact that Water 7 was nearby. Doc Q then agreed that the Straw Hat Pirates were an unlucky bunch. This would later be proven false by the sudden arrival of Portgas D. Ace.[16]

Later on, he and the rest of his crew stood on the side lines while watching the fight between Blackbeard and Ace.[17]

Summit War Saga

Impel Down Arc

While Luffy was rioting in Level 4, Doc Q arrived at Impel Down along with his captain and crew. They had shown obvious hostility and had forced their way into the great prison. Their objective in visiting the prison uninvited appeared to have been to get strong crew members from Level 6, which Blackbeard said that it was something that would shake the world to its core. While Blackbeard was talking to Luffy, Doc Q stated that Luffy was a very lucky kid.[18]

After exchanging words with Impel Down's mass breakout army, Doc Q and the rest of the crew were caught and poisoned by Magellan's Hydra technique. Later, the whole crew was saved by an antidote given by former Chief Guard Shiryu, who accepted Blackbeard's offer and joined their crew.[14]

The crew then went to Level 6, where they had the inmates fight to the death to see who was worthy of joining them.[19]

Marineford Arc

Doc Q and Stronger at Marineford.

Doc Q and his horse Stronger were spotted along with the other members of the Blackbeard Pirates on the execution platform where they were watching the events that unfold on the battlefield. Currently he and the others came to Marineford because they wanted to witness Whitebeard's death. He then joined his crew in striking Whitebeard, slashing him with his double-bladed scythe.[20]

After Whitebeard dies, Doc Q assists his fellow crewmates in covering Whitebeard's body in a black cloth and guards Blackbeard as he begins to demonstrate his powers. Doc Q and the other Blackbeard Pirates are then attacked by a shockwave created by Sengoku in his Buddha form. He later leaves with the crew when Shanks arrives at Marineford.[21]

Post War Arc

Weeks later, the crew makes their move in the New World, taking out Jewelry Bonney in the process. While the crew is seen bickering amongst each other, Doc Q speaks of heavenly gods and destiny. The Blackbeard Pirates' raft was brought close to the point of destruction, due to Sanjuan Wolf's size, and they seemingly got in contact with the Marines, to trade Jewelry Bonney for a battle ship. The crew is alerted by Van Augur that the battle ship has arrived, but not for trade because Akainu is on board. Knowing that the deal will not happen, the Blackbeard Pirates flee, leaving Bonney and her crew behind to be arrested.[22]

During the Timeskip

One year after the war at Marineford, the Blackbeard Pirates fought against the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates and ultimately won.[23]

At some point, the Blackbeard Pirates expanded and Doc Q became one of the Ten Titanic Captains, leading the ninth ship of the fleet.[4]

The Blackbeard Pirates used their captain's knowledge of Whitebeard's former territory to conquer it. Now that Blackbeard has become one of the Four Emperors, the Blackbeard Pirates are hunting down powerful Devil Fruit users in order to absorb their abilities.[24]

Four Emperors Saga

Zou Arc

The Blackbeard Pirates later attacked Baltigo, the Revolutionary Army's headquarters. Baltigo was destroyed by the time the Marines and Cipher Pol arrived, but the Revolutionary Army was able to escape. However, the Blackbeard Pirates fled after briefly clashing with Cipher Pol.[25][26]

Levely Arc

After the events at Totto Land, Doc Q listened to his Admiral's comments about Luffy being too soon to be called an Emperor.[27]

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  • Doc Q shares several similarities to the fourth horseman, "Death", of the biblical figures "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" mentioned in Christianity. In many illustrations of what "Death" may look like, he is described as a gaunt figure who rides a sickly and pale (or gray) horse while wielding a scythe much like the grim reaper.
  • Doc Q shares several similarities with Hiriluk.
    • They bear a physical resemblance with their hair color and facial shape.
    • They both show expertise in chemistry, specifically compounds that clash with the human body's workings to make it explode.
    • They both first appeared in flashbacks set in Drum Kingdom.
    • They are both criminals, one a pirate and the other a thief.
  • Out of the original five members of the Blackbeard Pirates, Doc Q had the highest bounty of at least Beli.png72,000,000.
  • Doc Q's favorite food are apples without bombs inside.[4]
  • Curiously, in One Piece Blue: Grand Data File, that covers the East Blue Saga to the middle of the Jaya Arc, Doc Q is referred to as "Man handing out bomb apples" (爆弾リンゴを配る男 Bakudan ringo o kubaru otoko?).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 223 (p. 4-7) and Episode 146, Doc Q makes his debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 (p. 17) and Episode 151, Doc Q's name and occupation are revealed.
  3. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 110), Doc Q's birthday is given.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0275), Information about Doc Q is revealed.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 61 Chapter 595 (p. 7), Doc Q's name is romanized.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 803 and Episode 752.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 223 (p. 6-7) and Episode 146.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 24 Chapter 223 (p. 5) and Episode 146.
  9. 9.0 9.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 236 and Episode 152, Doc Q uses an oar while on Blackbeard's raft.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 10-11) and Episode 485.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 595 and Episode 513, Blackbeard calls Jewelry Bonney too weak to be part of his crew.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 5-7) and Episode 485.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 and Episode 487.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 549 and Episode 452, Doc Q and the rest of the Blackbeard Pirates are given the antidote for Magellan's poison.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 133 (p. 19) and Episode 80.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 18-19) and Episode 325.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 441 and Episode 325, Doc Q watches from a distance the battle between Ace and Blackbeard.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 544 and Episode 446, Doc Q repeats to Luffy that he is very lucky upon their encounter in Impel Down.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 581 (p. 14-16) and Episode 490.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 and Episode 485.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 and Episode 489, Doc Q together with the rest of the Blackbeard Pirates leave Marineford.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 595 (p. 6-10) and Episode 513.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 820 (p. 11-12) and Episode 773.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 803 (p. 8-9) and Episode 752.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 824 (p. 5) and Episode 779.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 904 and Episode 880.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 (p. 15) and Episode 879.

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