Being giants, they are literally giant humans in appearance, although many giants seen have been noted as having more exaggerated proportions and features than most humans. They are so large that when they cry, their tears can cause large areas on the ground to appear flooded.
They are not to be confused with large-sized humans such as the Franky Family's Kairiki Destroyers or Bartholomew Kuma. To a giant, these large humans are no more than "oversized pipsqueaks." Large-sized humans, at their tallest, reach the knee height of a giant; a normal human only reaches as high as the ankle in comparison. Edward Newgate, a large-sized human, has shown that his entire body is barely taller than the giant Lonz's head alone. Normal giants are 12 meters tall at minimum, while the tallest known human, Charlotte Linlin, is only 8.8 meters tall. Overall, normal giants tend to hover around 20 meters in height when fully grown, with Morley currently being the shortest known giant at 12.53 meters tall and Dorry being the tallest known normal giant at 22.6 meters.
Sanjuan Wolf is a notable giant who stands taller than Ancient Giants, as he is nearly three times as tall as Oars and as big as the Marineford headquarters building. He is considered to be one of a kind among giants due to his massive size, though this was attributed to a Devil Fruit power he possesses rather than natural growth.
Ancient Giant Tribe
The Ancient Giant Tribe (古代巨人族 Kodai Kyojin-zoku?) is a unique tribe of giants whose only known members are Oars and his descendant, Little Oars Jr. They are extremely tall even among giants, with Oars and Oars Jr. both reaching 60 meters, or nearly 200 feet, in height, which is three times the height of a typical giant. Other distinct features of Ancient Giants include a pair of horns on their heads and sharp teeth; also, while normal giants have the same skin tone as humans, Ancient Giants have uniquely colored skin, with Oars' being red and Oars Jr.'s being green. Overall, these traits give Ancient Giants a resemblance to ogres or oni. Both Oars and Oars Jr. also wear relatively little clothing, with most of their attire being rather primitive.
Yeti Cool Brothers
The Yeti Cool Brothers are members of a mysterious giant tribe. At 42.5 meters, they stand twice as tall as a typical giant. They resemble real-world depictions of the yeti, being covered in white fur from head to toe save for their fingers. Their faces are typically obscured, with Rock's face resembling a moai.
|Gerd||Jarul ?||Jorul †||Raideen ?||Eiri ?|
|Blyue ≠||Lily Enstomach ≠||Panz Fry ≠|
|Oars †||Little Oars Jr. ?|
|Sanjuan Wolf||Morley||Rock||Scotch||Jaguar D. Saul †|
|Bobby ≠||Pogo ≠||Giant Baseball Team ≠|
|Big Pan||Sebastian ≠|
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- ?: the character's status is unknown.
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Giants have a much greater lifespan than all other races and can live for at least three times longer than human beings. Giants age moderately slower than normal in youth and childhood but seem to slow down after that. Hajrudin resembled an older pre-adolescent child at the age of 18; as a giant in his early 80's in the present day, he has full color in his hair and no observable wrinkling in his skin. Dorry and Brogy, who are almost twice as old as Hajrudin, have greyed but non-white hair and only moderate wrinkles, making them look only slightly older despite the 80-year age gap. Jorul and Jarul are the oldest observed giants, seen at almost three and a half centuries old, and looked like typical old men with heavy wrinkling and white hair. They had also become frail with age, as Jorul died after being thrown to the ground because his body could not sustain such an injury.
- Wotans: Giants are known to interbreed with fish-men - the resulting offspring of such a union is known as a wotan. Though wotans are larger than most fish-men, and huge by human standards, they are still uniformly smaller than actual giants.
- Further information: Gigantification
Due to the unparalleled physical might of giants, numerous people and groups have sought scientific methods to artificially increase one's size to that of a giant. Chief among these seekers is the World Government, which has spent centuries trying to find a successful gigantification method to create an unstoppable army of giant soldiers. However, all of their attempts so far have been considered failures.
Even Vegapunk, the leading scientist of the Marines whose accomplishments include the creation of artificial dragons, did not succeed at this endeavor. His rival Caesar Clown had more success, but only by pursuing unethical procedures that required the recipients to be children. The side effects of continuous accelerated growth placed the young test subjects' lives in mortal peril, and they would have died had they not been rescued.
One notable group of failed subjects from the World Government's experiments are the Numbers, whom the World Government attempted to turn into Ancient Giants. Despite being deemed failures, they appear to possess equivalent size and strength to Ancient Giants and have lived for decades following the experiment. However, they appear to possess limited mental capabilities, and many have unusually animal-like physical features. Following the experiment, they were purchased by the former Emperor Kaidou and are currently part of his crew, the Beasts Pirates.
About a hundred years ago, after the infamous Giant Warrior Pirates lost their captains, some members of the crew were captured by the Marines and were about to be executed before Carmel saved them as a "message from heavens" and opened an orphanage on Elbaf to build a bridge of friendship between humans and giants.
Generally, giants seem to get along fine with other races, though many humans think twice about upsetting them. Normally, they seem very casual, lighthearted, and friendly towards just about everyone despite their size. However, Carmel claimed that they would have formed an army and waged war against the rest of humanity had members of the Giant Warrior Pirates been publicly executed by the Marines, showing that friction between races did exist.
Giants have been known to enter romantic relationships with other species, like fish-men, resulting in the creation of the hybrid Wotans, and at least one known giant has fallen in love with a human female.
The Elbaf giants have developed a tremendous hatred towards the Emperor, Charlotte Linlin, better known as "Big Mom". Big Mom takes pride in her empire, Totto Land, as a multi-species utopia where every manner of sentient race co-exists in fair harmony, yet there is not a single giant living in its territories. This stems from Linlin's actions as a 5-year-old child: she lived among the orphans of the Sheep's House on Elbaf, where she was originally accepted by the native giants, with her unnaturally large size on par with theirs made it her first time of feeling she fit in. However, Linlin failed to control her food cravings during the 12-day fast the giants undertake before the Winter Solstice Festival, devastating the village that half-adopted her and fatally injuring the legendary giant hero Jorul in a manner disgraceful to a warrior. This fateful event would spread far and wide throughout Elbaf and beyond, resulting in every giant in the world, even those not of Elbaf, hating Linlin for her actions. This only worsened when she caused the deaths of Carmel and the orphans of Sheep's House, which led the giants to scorn Linlin so much that speaking her name became a taboo. Many years later, Linlin attempted a reconciliation via a political marriage between her 23rd daughter Lola and the giant Prince Loki. The attempt ended in disaster, as Lola fled the marriage and Linlin tried to pass off her twin sister Chiffon in her place, a failed deception that only deepened the distrust from the giants. Linlin then ultimately gave up on trying to befriend the giants and decided to pursue the artificial manufacture of giants. Despite this, she remains furious over the entire situation to current times and cannot help but express it whenever the topic is broached, as evidenced when Vinsmoke Judge mentioned the giants' apparent absence in Totto Land's racial panoply. Publicly, Linlin seems to be in denial, as she swiftly suppressed her anger and told Judge that he might have just missed them. Also, despite giving up on bridging this gap, Linlin remains attached to the proud nation of giants, going as far as to name one of her attacks Spear of Elbaf: Ikoku, which is similar to the giants Dorry and Brogy's attack Hakoku.
Carmel has managed to earn immense admiration and respect among the giants of the world, since she saved the members of the Giant Warrior Pirates from a public execution, and the citizens of Elbaf welcomed her onto their island with open arms. In fact, their respect for her was great enough for them to spare Charlotte Linlin's life at Carmel's request despite their new found hatred towards Linlin for her atrocious actions of destroying their village and killing Jorul. Although Carmel was simply acting with the Marines to sneak onto Elbaf and sell giant children, the giants never learned of her true nature. In fact, sometime after Carmel and the Sheep's House children moved to another island, one giant was worried about them and went out of his way to check up on them, only to be horrified by the events that caused Carmel and the orphans to disappear. It was Carmel's death that intensified the giants' hatred toward Linlin.
|— The Franky Family facing Oimo and Kashii.|
Giants are an inherently strong and collectively a near-unstoppable race. Average humans cannot stand up to them, making them ideal guards and deadly warriors. Throughout the series, characters regularly state awareness of the power of giants.
Oars' strength was said to be powerful enough to move continents, and his fearsome reputation drew Moria to acquire his corpse for zombification, believing that its power would help him become the Pirate King. Big Mom believed that if she had managed to gain the allegiance of the giant warriors of Elbaf, she would have been able to defeat the other three Emperors and become the Pirate King herself. During the Ohara Incident, Saul lifted up and smashed a number of the colossal Buster Call fleet battleships, which were far larger than him. He had been noted to have more strength than an average giant. In fact, many giants are servants of the World Government and the Marines, enforcing the latter's status as one of the Three Great Powers. Their overall strength is the primary reason that the World Government is conducting research on Gigantification, in the hopes of creating their own giant armies.
At Enies Lobby, the sight of seeing the giants Oimo and Kashii made the Franky Family comment on how using giants was "unfair". The Marines have an entire squad consisting of giants, and these giants were placed in charge of guarding Ace's execution platform. When they were ordered to prepare themselves, the pirates advancing took note of the incoming giants and warned each other that "the big-boys are advancing". They also have many other giants as high-ranking officers.
|— Kashii and Oimo compare their strength to the Franky Family's Kairiki Destroyers.|
They are often shown surviving being hit by cannon blasts and explosions, which usually only knock them down temporarily and they come out with only minor injuries. Even when suffering major injuries, they still have some life left in them to fight again. At Enies Lobby, when the allies of the Straw Hats appeared to have been wiped out by the cannons of Buster Call fleet, whose artillery is capable of devastating whole islands, it was revealed that Oimo and Kashii had taken the brunt of the attack, yet they were largely unaffected, retaining consciousness with no visible injuries. Saul had also taken several hits by cannon fire while on Ohara from Buster Call shots, although the ships used in that incident were not as strong as the Enies Lobby incident. Oars Jr. had taken many hits by cannon fire before he was initially taken out by the Warlords Kuma, Doflamingo, and Moria. Despite his severely injured state, Oars Jr. had just enough strength to take Whitebeard to the plaza, where one final cannon blast finished him off. Although they survive these blasts, they will still feel the pain from the impact even if it does not topple them.
It should be taken into account that when a giant goes on a rampage, there is a general fear from the weakest of men, as very little can stop a giant normally and seemingly even less when one is angry. As equal as they make for dangerous guards and enforcers, they likewise make for dangerous criminals, and such giants end up in the lower levels of Impel Down, even as far down as Level 6.
One should also take into account that the giants seen thus far seem fearless of Sea Kings (even seen hunting them), a remarkable note as fish-men are wary of them and careless mermaids (such as Camie) may fall prey to their jaws.
Relative Size and Strength
Just as large-sized humans have an advantage against "normal" humans, large-sized giants like Oars have a massive advantage against "normal" giants. Large-sized humans, even those with great strength, are usually just too weak to take on a giant, as Oimo and Kashii proved to the Kairiki Destroyers. Most giants thus far have either been taken down by the strongest of the human fighters or by tactics. In all observed cases, combatting giants has been achieved through exploiting their great size, tight teamwork and cooperation, and turning the giants against one another. Oimo and Kashii were taken down by the joint efforts of the Galley-La foremen, Zambai, Sodom, and Gomorrah. While Sodom and Gomorrah had the strength and size almost equal to the giants, the others who aided them used more tactical efforts, such as pinning down Kashii's face when he fell and using Oimo to deal a knock-out blow to his partner. Mr. 3 had to devise a plan to take down Brogy and Dorry. While he took down Dorry by using an explosion in his stomach (Brogy had finished him off), the giant survived. During the Sabaody Archipelago Arc, the kidnapping group known as the Coffee Monkeys reported that they only captured their giant because he was asleep.
Drawbacks and Weaknesses
While all giants are incredibly strong, their sheer size is also their biggest disadvantage. The larger giants such as Oars and Oars Jr. are so big that they make for easy targets during battles. Another disadvantage is space, as giants need room to maneuver themselves without damaging buildings or stepping on allies.
Relation With Other Powers
While no giant has demonstrated Haki, at least four giants (John Giant, Saul, Lonz, and Lacroix) have achieved the rank of vice admiral in the Marines, and some degree of proficiency in Haki is said to be a requirement for that rank. Furthermore, Stansen, who was chained with Silvers Rayleigh during his time as a slave in the Human Auction House, could discern the latter's use of Haki when Rayleigh used it to render Disco unconscious. Therefore, it must be concluded that giants are not only aware but also capable of manifesting Haki.
Although it is rare among their kind, giants are known to consume and pursue Devil Fruits for their power, as Hajrudin once attempted to gain the Mera Mera no Mi, and Jaguar D. Saul expressed slight jealously at the thought of Devil Fruit users; Sanjuan Wolf and Morley are among the known giants to have eaten Devil Fruits. Interestingly, while Wolf's unique size for a giant (at 180 meters) is attributed to his Devil Fruit power, it did not seemingly hinder his ability to swim in water. For non-giant individuals, a Devil Fruit power is a formidable asset that can be used to even the odds against a typical giant who lacks such a power.
The majority of giants seen so far believe that to die in battle is a great honor, and that duels are sacred battles between the strong to determine who wins the favor of the Gods of Elbaf. Upon returning to Elbaf after a victorious battle, the winners are treated as heroes. By contrast, Elbaf giants see any other kind of death as a terrible disgrace and view those who inflict such a death upon a giant as evil and criminal. When the veteran warrior Jorul died after being thrashed by his beard by the young Charlotte Linlin, the entire giant race was filled with disgust and spite towards her.
However, not all giants believe that fighting and dying in battle is a great honor. For example, Jaguar D. Saul considers the Elbaf giants' lust for battle "barbaric" while expressing that gentle giant races exist outside Elbaf and dislikes it when others believe that all giants are warriors like those of Elbaf. Although not all giants are from Elbaf, and some of such reject the battle-oriented beliefs, they nevertheless can sympathize with their brethren from Elbaf, as they too came to hate Charlotte Linlin for the unprecedented destruction she brought unto that proud nation, particularly when she killed the elder giant hero, Jorul, and later causing the deaths of Mother Carmel and Sheep's House's orphans, leading to their absolute absence in her empire Totto Land.
The Elbaf denizens also believe in offering their thanks to the sun by fasting for 12 days before a great feast, a tradition known as the Winter Solstice Festival. Linlin's rampage that ruined the traditional fasting made Jorul declare that she was not fit to pay thanks to the sun.
Due to their exceedingly long lifespan, giants treat time differently to humans. Where spending 50 years on a single mundane task would be a waste of a human lifetime, 50 years is only 1/6 of a giant's typical lifespan. As such, a vow that demands a giant spend decades on a single task can be seen as "nothing" by them.
- The land of Elbaf, and by extension the majority of giants, are strongly themed around Norsemen.
- Giant pirate and mercenary crews sail in Vikings longships scaled to their massive proportions, and wear historic and mythic Viking attire.
- Many artifacts and techniques are named after elements of Norse myth; for instance, Hajrudin's ship is named after Naglfar, and he used a technique called Gungnir during his fight against Machvise.
- Other races can grow to the same scale as giants, as seen in Wadatsumi's and Shirahoshi's cases.
- Charlotte Linlin was born as a regular human, but her size was comparable to an actual giant (with strength surpassing even their standards), putting her in a class above typical "large-sized/oversized humans".
- John Giant is the first giant to be introduced in the series as well as the first giant to be enlisted into the Marines.
- A common trope in One Piece is that giants are often seen in pairs, such as Dorry and Brogy, Oimo and Kashiii, Rock and Scotch, Jorul and Jarul as well as the non-canon Bobby and Pogo.
- Giant — Wikipedia article about fictional giants.
- Giants — Monstrous.com article about fictional giants.
- Giant — Monstropedia article about fictional giants.
- Viking — Wikipedia article about the culture the majority of giants are based on.
- The Viking Network - Site about Vikings.