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For the giant vice admiral of this name, see John Giant.

Giants are a race of beings that vastly overshadow the other known races of the world in size. The most commonly known giants are those from the island of Elbaf.


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.[4] Many giants from Elbaf are based on Vikings in both design and beliefs, though there are also giants from elsewhere that do not share that theme such as Jaguar D. Saul who told Nico Robin not to mistake him for the brutes of Elbaf. Marine Vice Admiral John Giant seems to be another non-Elbaf giant.

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 ants." Large-sized humans at their tallest reach knee-height of a giant, a normal human only reaches as high as the ankle in comparison.

Certain giants, such as Oars and his descendant Oars Jr., are bigger than average giants by roughly four times that of an average giant and grow horns out of their heads, and can have unique skin colors as well (such as pink or yellow). However, Sanjuan Wolf is even larger than them, being as big as the Marineford headquarters building and is considered to be one of a kind among giants due to his massive size.

Giants of considerably short stature can also exist as well, as shown with the existence of the Marine Vice Admiral Bastille whose height is no larger than that of a large-sized human.

Dorry Manga Infobox
Dorry, a normal giant, compared to normal humans.
Giant Size Comparison
A comparison between normal humans, large-sized humans, and normal giants.
Oars Compared to Giants and Humans
A comparison between a normal human, two normal giants, and Oars.
Oars Jr. compared to a Marine battleship and the human soldiers on-board.
Sanjuan Wolf Anime Infobox
Sanjuan Wolf compared to the Marine Headquarters' main building at Marineford.
Bastille Manga Infobox
Bastille, a very small giant compared to an average human.


See also the associated category: Giants.
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All giants can live for up to three times longer than human beings. However, in the case of giant fishmen and merfolk, it is unknown if they can live that long too. Giants can also interbreed with fishmen, which produces a wotan. Though wotans are huge by human standards, they are still not as big as an actual giant.[5]

Despite their size, they are still just another race of "humans" and as noted by the Marines when Oars Jr. attacked, they can feel pain like any other human race.[6][7] However, due to their gigantic sizes, they are still more resilient than an average human. Incidentally, all giants have a strange laugh and they all laugh differently.


Main article: Gigantification
Punk Hazard Giant Skull

The skull of an abnormal sized giant.

During the Straw Hats adventure on the island of Punk Hazard, they encountered the giant bones of a corpse resembling the giants of Oars and Oars Jr. Coincidentally, the front gates housed a logo showing the image of the same giant skull with horns. The island was the home for many experiments in creating artificial giants for the World Government's use; a practice that had been passed down hundreds of years, that had often disastrous results. When Trafalgar Law explains about the experiments, a figure of a giant resembling Oars is shown.

The procedure of gigantification has been unsuccessful for many centuries due to the complexity. Even Vegapunk, the leading scientist of the Marines, have failed in his attempt. His rival Caesar Clown had more success, but his unethical procedures requires the recipients to be at a childhood age, and the side effects of continuous experiments placed their lives in mortal peril, and would have died had they not been rescued.[8]

Inter-species Relationships

Loki Meets Lola

Loki gives Lola a flower.

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 was 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. Though a different race, they are still regarded as "men" by humans, noting there is a respectful acceptance between them and humans.[6][9]

Giants have been known to enter a romantic relationship with other species, as half giant exist such as Wotans, and at least one known giant has fallen in love with a human female.

Although Charlotte Linlin boasted how she dreamed of creating a utopia where species of all kind can live in harmony and free of discrimination, there is not a single giant living in said place, and when Vinsmoke Judge mentioned this apparent absence, Linlin temporarily gave an enraged look.[10] This is because while they are generally amiable with other races, every giant in the world hates Linlin as an individual because her eating disorder led her to devastate Warland village on Elbaf, causing much casualties and collateral damage while breaking their tradition of the Winter Solstice.[11] When her attempt to reconcile with them, through a political marriage of her daughter Lola with Elbaf prince Loki, failed, their relationship further soured, and Linlin ultimately gave up on trying to befriend giants altogether, instead deciding to focus on artificially manufacturing giants.[12]

Carmel has managed to earn the admiration and respect among the giant community, 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. However, their respect for her was not enough for them to forgive Charlotte Linlin's actions, even when Carmel insisted otherwise.[11]

In the slave market, the male giants are worth Beli50,000,000, while the females are worth Beli10,000,000.[3]

Overall Strength

G... Giants for gatekeepers...?? That's not fair!!
— Franky Family facing against Oimo and Kashi

They are a strong and almost unstoppable race, the average human cannot stand up to them making them both ideal guards and deadly warriors. Throughout the storyline, characters regularly are aware of just what the power of a giant is. Oars' strength was said to be enough to move continents, and his fearsome reputation was one of the attractions for Moriah that led his desire to gain the corpse of both him and his descendant Oars Jr. to use their power to become the Pirate King.[13] Big Mom believed that had she managed to gain the army of Elbaf, she would have been able to defeat the three other Yonko and become Pirate King herself.[12] Saul had lifted up and smashed a number of the large Buster Call fleet ships during the destruction of Ohara, he has been noted to have more strength than an average giant.[14] In fact, many giants are servants of the World Government and the Marines, enforcing the latter as one of the Three Great Powers. Their overall strength is primary aspect that the World Government is conducting research on Gigantification, in the hopes of creating their own giants.[15]

At Enies Lobby the sight of seeing the giants Oimo and Kashi made the Franky Family comment on how using giants was "unfair".[16] The Marines have an entire squad consisting of giants, 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".[17] They also have many other giants as high-ranking officers.

Just as large-sized humans have advantage against "normal" humans, large-sized giants like Oars have a huge advantage against "normal" giants.[18] Large-sized humans, even those with great strength are usually just too weak to take on a giant, as Oimo and Kashi proved to the Kairiki Destroyers.[19] Most giants thus far have either been taken down by the strongest of the human fighters, or by tactics; thus far the most common method to take them down is using one giant against another as seen with Oars Jr., Oimo and Brogy. Oimo and Kashi were taken down by joint efforts of Galley-La, Zambai, and Sodom and Gomorrah. While Sodom and Gomorrah had strength and size almost equal to the giants, the others who aided them had used more tactical efforts such as pinning down Kashi's face when he fell, and using Oimo to deal a knock-out blow to his partner.[20][21] Mr. 3 had to devise a plan in order to take down Brogy and Dorry. While he took down Dorry by a explosion in his stomach (Brogy had finished him off), the giant had survived.[22] During the Sabaody Archipelago arc, the kidnapping group, Coffee Monkeys reported that they only captured their giant because he was asleep.[23]

Kashi: We're natural born fighters!!
Oimo: We have a different kind of blood... Than some tiny humans who're bigger than usual!!
— Kashi and Oimo compare their strength to the Franky Family's Kairiki Destroyers

They are often shown surviving being hit by cannon blasts and explosions, usually simply being knocked down temporary or coming out with only minor injuries, and even when suffering major injuries, still having some life left in them to fight again with. Perhaps due to their size, they also have greater resistance to diseases that would kill humans. At Enies Lobby, when the allies of the Straw Hats appeared to have been wiped out by the Buster Call fleet, whose cannons are able to wipe out whole islands with their cannon blasts, it was revealed that Oimo and Kashi had taken the brunt of the attack, yet been largely unaffected, with no visible injuries.[24] Saul had also taken several hits of 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.[14] Oars Jr. had taken many hits by cannon fire before he was initially taken out by the Shichibukai Kuma, Doflamingo, and Moriah; although he gave up the last of his strength taking Whitebeard to the plaza where one final cannon blast finished him off.[25] Despite the fact they survive these blasts, however, they will still feel the pain from the impact even if it does not topple them.[6]

Eternal Hell

Giants at Impel Down Level 6.

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.[26][27][28] As equal as they make for dangerous guards and enforcers, likewise they make for dangerous criminals and such giants end up in the lower levels of Impel Down, even as far down as level 6.[29]

However, while they are incredibly strong their 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.[30] Another disadvantage is space, as giants need room to maneuver themselves without damaging buildings or stepping on allies.[31] Notably, to date no giant in the storyline has been known to have taken a Devil Fruit (with the exceptions of Blyue and Lily Enstomach, who are both non-canon), making them one of the most physically reliant races in the world. This can also put them at disadvantage as they have no alternative ways of fighting. However, they do use weapons of their choice to effectively increase damage. Additionally, while no giant has demonstrated Haki, at least four Giants (John Giant, Saul, Ronse, 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 of that rank. Furthermore, the giant who was chained together with Silvers Rayleigh during his time as a slave in the Human Auction House was able to 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.

One should also take into account that giants seen thus far seem fearless of Sea Kings (even seen hunting them), a remarkable note as fishmen are wary of them and careless mermaids (such as Keimi) may fall prey to their jaws.


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. 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 do indeed exist outside Elbaf, and dislikes it when others believe that all giants are warriors like those of Elbaf. 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".[11]

Another note is that due to their longer lifespan, they tend to treat time differently to humans. Where as 50 years to a human would be a lifetime wasted, to giants 50 years is only 1/6 of their potential lifespan. As such, a vow that results in them losing 50 years of their life can be seen by them as "nothing".



  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 and Episode 45, apparition of John Giant.
  2. One Piece 15th Anniversary: Dive to Grand World (p. 12-13) , a guide to the races of the world of One Piece.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 501 and Episode 395, prices are revealed on the auction house list.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 384 and Episode 270, Sogeking thought the giant's tears was a flood.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 309 and Episode 210, Big Pan, "the Wotan" is introduced as a half Giant, half Fishman.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 555 and Episode 464, a Marine orders his men to keep firing at Oars Jr. as he is still human despite his size and it will hurt him.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 378 and Episode 266, Kashi feels the pain of having his face pinned to the ground.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 684 and Episode 610, Caesar mentions the usage of children in experiments of turning humans into giants.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 57 Chapter 554, the Giant Squad of the Marines are referred to as "men".
  10. One Piece Manga — Vol. 84 Chapter 847 (p. 6-7), Big Mom shows rage when Judge mentions giants.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 866 (p. 16-17), Linlin destroys Warland village.
  12. 12.0 12.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 85 Chapter 858 (p. 9-11), Chiffon explains how Linlin's attempt to ally herself with giants failed.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 554 and Episode 463, Moriah sees Oars Jr.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 396 and Episode 277, Saul and the Buster Call.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 668 (p. 8) and Episode 594, Law talks about gigantification.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 378 and Episode 265, Franky Family comments using Giants is unfair.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 57 Chapter 554, the Giant Squad of the Marines.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 555 and Episode 464, the Giant Squad of the Marines loose several members to the bigger giant Oars Jr.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 378 and Episode 265, the giants take out the large-sized Franky Family members.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 378 and Episode 266, the effort to take Oimo and Kashi down.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 380 and Episode 267, the effort to take Oimo and Kashi down.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 127 and Episode 77, Brogy gets up having simply passed out.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 501 and Episode 395, the Coffee Monkeys mention their giants capture.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 428 and Episode 310, the giants take the buster call and survive.
  25. One Piece Manga — Vol. 58 Chapter 566, Oars Jr. is finally downed by a last cannon blast.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 386 and Episode 272, Spandam receives amongst the other bad news the giants have switched sides.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 388 and Episode 273, the giants exact their revenge on the Enies Lobby workers causing great alarm.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 555 and Episode 464, Oars Jr. attacks.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 529 and Episode 430, two giants seem to be imprisoned at Level 6.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 555 and Episode 464, Oars Jr.'s size turns against him as he becomes the target.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 469 and Episode 364, a desperate Hogback calls to Cindry for help before Oars steps on him.

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