Jean Bart is a pirate who was originally introduced as Saint Rosward's slave, being part of his Pirate Captain Collection. He currently serves under Trafalgar Law as a member of the Heart Pirates after being freed from the World Noble.
Jean Bart is a large man with a fierce looking face comparable to a guard animal. His size surpasses that of Jinbe by roughly two to three times, being able to catch him and carry him easily. He has flame-shaped tattoos on his forehead and a scar running above his right eye. He often bares his teeth. He has large sideburns that line the sides of his face as well as a long mane that runs down his back.
Like all slaves of the World Nobles, Bart has the "Hoof of the Soaring Dragon" mark burnt onto him, which would forever signify him as "less than human".
When he was a slave, he wore rags and was often forced by his owners to walk on all fours like a lumbering beast. After his liberation and joining the Heart Pirates, he started walking normally again and switched to a black A-shirt.
After the timeskip, he now wears a boiler suit with the crew's Jolly Roger imprinted on it, similar to the other members of the Heart Pirates, and has a full beard in addition to his sideburns.
Most of his personality has not been revealed yet, but he seems to be a man of honor and repays his debts as he joined Law's crew, the Heart Pirates, after he was freed from the World Noble. He also seems to be patient and calm as seen at Amazon Lily, the opposite of his usual behavior at the Archipelago or the battlefield of Marineford.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Jean Bart is an immensely strong man capable of breaking a bridge with a single punch. In fact, prior to his enslavement, he was a well known pirate captain. Even suffering abuse from the Rosward family did not deter him, thus demonstrating great resilience and willpower (whereas fellow captain slave Devil Dias fled in cowardice, only to get blown up later).
In the anime, Jean Bart has been shown to be a competent helmsman and demonstrates good navigational skills, steering the crew's submarine to outrun Aokiji's massive ice wave and evading Kizaru's widespread torrent of light, escaping without a single scratch.
Summit War SagaEdit
Sabaody Archipelago ArcEdit
He was first seen as a slave walking on all fours, accompanying Saint Rosward and his daughter, after Devil Dias' collar exploded. After Rosward's daughter cruelly shot Devil Dias several times, Jean Bart left with the World Noble family.
After Luffy's assault on Saint Charlos, Jean Bart was later freed by Trafalgar Law, after everyone was fleeing the Human Auctioning House building as an Admiral would be arriving. Law recognized Jean Bart by name, which Bart replied with "I have not been called by that name in years." Jean Bart then gladly accepted Law's offer to join the Heart Pirates, thanking him in return. Law responded that half of his thanks should go to Mister Straw Hat. He was later seen with Eustass Kid and Law, preparing to fight a Pacifista.
Jean Bart was next seen with the Heart Pirates when they were watching the war at Marineford. When the broadcast was cut off, Law informed Jean Bart that they were setting sail.
He later appeared at the Whitebeard War on the Heart Pirates submarine with Trafalgar Law, Bepo, Shachi, and Penguin. He caught Luffy and Jinbe as Buggy threw them to the ship, and successfully got them inside as the ship dove into the sea.
After the Heart Pirates docked on the shore of Amazon Lily, he was seen with the rest of the crew, watching Bepo's scolding from a distance. Shortly after Silvers Rayleigh swam to the island, Bart left with Law and the rest of the crew. When Law said that he would wait to go to the New World, Jean Bart was seen with the rest of the crew looking pleased.
Four Emperors SagaEdit
Jean Bart first appeared after the timeskip when Luffy unknowingly trespassed at the Whales Forest and got into a fight with Roddy. Bart tried to stop the fight, but he was knocked down by Blackback. After Wanda and Carrot arrived and stopped the fight, the Heart Pirates got reacquainted with Luffy and were excited to hear that Law was on Zou as well.
When Law arrived at their location, the Heart Pirates were overjoyed to be reunited with him. After the Straw Hats returned to the Whale Forest, the Heart Pirates greeted Luffy but were then furious when Luffy and Law went on having a private conversation. The Heart Pirates and Luffy's crew (except Franky, Robin, and Brook) then partied with Nekomamushi and his subjects.
Wano Country ArcEdit
The Heart Pirates later infiltrated Wano Country. After Law was captured to free Bepo, Shachi, and Penguin, the Heart Pirates gathered in Ebisu Town and discussed about their captain's situation.
The crew later reunited with their captain and they entered the battle with the Beasts Pirates on the day of the Fire Festival. After rescuing Kin'emon's group, the crew was shocked to hear that Kaido formed an alliance with Big Mom.
After the guards at the torii gates were defeated by the Straw Hats, the Heart Pirates and the Scabbards (except Kin'emon and Denjiro) traversed to the back of Onigashima in the Polar Tang. When the submarine got close enough, it rose to the surface and Law teleported himself, Bepo, Shachi, Penguin, and the Scabbards with them to Onigashima's back entrance. Once they left, the rest of the crew submerged back underwater.
- Jean Bart, Heart Pirates, Kid Pirates, and Straw Hat Pirates vs. Marines
- Jean Bart and fellow Heart Pirates, and Kid Pirates vs. Pacifista
- Heart Pirates and Mink Tribe vs. Beasts Pirates
- Jean Bart vs. Blackback
- When naming characters after real-life pirates, Oda usually gives them either just the first name or the surname. This one has the full name of French privateer Jean Bart.
- Jean Bart's situation of being captured, enslaved, and then freed by a band of pirates that he joined is similar to the titular character of a poem by Lord Byron, whose name is similar to Jean Bart's crewmate Bepo.
- During the real world Golden Age of Piracy, slavery was a common occurrence. When slave ships were raided by pirates the slaves were often given the chance to join their crew or remain a slave. Considering the conditions on board the slave ships and the cruelty many slaves faced, many accepted because life as a pirate was usually better than life as a slave.
- Jean Bart – Wikipedia article on the real life pirate Jean is named after.