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The Jolly Roger, also known as a Pirate Flag (海賊旗 Kaizoku-ki?) is a flag that bears the symbol of a pirate crew. Flying it signifies that a person, group, or location is affiliated with or controlled by the pirate crew whom the flag belongs to.

Design and Significance[edit | edit source]

The Jolly Roger is often a black flag with a standard skull and crossbones, though the details of the design vary between different crews.

There are many different Jolly Roger flags which are flown by their respective pirate crews. The designs of the Jolly Roger usually reflects the interest or appearance of the pirate crews captain. Examples include the Whitebeard Pirates Jolly Roger having a white mustache like Whitebeard himself, or the Straw Hat Pirates Jolly Roger wearing Luffy's straw hat.[1] In some cases, a Jolly Roger is designed to send a message, such as the Krieg Pirates Jolly Roger displaying a pair of hourglasses so as to let people know that their time has run out.

A Jolly Roger allows one to determine if someone is a pirate and which crew they belong to. Many pirates choose to bear their crew's flag somewhere on their person, such as on their clothing or as a tattoo. Certain individuals, groups, and even nations who understand the ideals of the Jolly Roger, or have turned against ideas of the World Government, also raise the skull and crossbones; an example of this is the former Drum Kingdom, later renamed the Sakura Kingdom, who flew Dr. Hiriluk’s Jolly Roger as their national flag after the fall of Wapol.

Raising a Jolly Roger is considered an heinous crime by the Marines, and anyone seen doing so (for fun or for real) will be considered criminals.

Ideals of the Flag[edit | edit source]

Luffy Protecting someone else’s flag out of respect.

All those that sail under a Jolly Roger are supposed to show respect for their chosen flag and honor it always as it represents the crew itself. Once the flag is gone, the crew can no longer sail under it and therefore everything linked with the flag is gone. Luffy uses this in making his choice in the Davy Back Fight and takes the Jolly Roger belonging to Foxy instead of a member of the crew, thus preventing anyone from ever sailing under it again. He then gives them a new one that he drew (badly) himself.

Different crews react differently to these ideals. For example, Wapol did not see what was so important about the pirate flag in comparison to Luffy. Donquixote Doflamingo does not like the idea of anyone tarnishing his flag's name and punished Bellamy for losing under it.

Aside from the ideals of respect for the flag, some pirates also add details to their Jolly Roger to signify a certain meaning, such as the Krieg Pirates having hourglasses next to the skull to signal to their enemies that their time is up, or the Sun Pirates having a sun symbol to cover up the Hoof of the Flying Dragon that many members once bore.

Smileys[edit | edit source]

Doflamingo's crossed-out smiley.

Following the introduction of Donquixote Doflamingo, a different type of Jolly Roger has appeared. Rather than the traditional skull and crossbones, the flag is a smiley of a grinning person. The significance of this type of Jolly Roger has yet to be revealed. In some cases, such as Doflamingo's flag and the Human Auctioning House, the smiley has a line painted over it.

While some of the smiling Jolly Rogers are connected to Doflamingo, another smiley has been seen on Whitebeard's life support equipment. Ace also wore two smileys on his hat, one sad and the other happy. The Kid Pirates' secondary Jolly Roger is a smiley style with a stitched-up mouth. The Heart Pirates also have a smiley style Jolly Roger, only this one has 6 branches extending outwards in all directions.

Flags[edit | edit source]

Pirate Crews[edit | edit source]

Gally Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
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Roger Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Alvida Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Buggy Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Usopp Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Black Cat Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Krieg Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Cook Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Arlong Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Rumbar Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Giant Warrior Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Bliking Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Roshio Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Bellamy Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Masira Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Shoujou Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Saruyama Alliance's Jolly Roger.png
Blackbeard Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Whitebeard Pirates Portrait.png
Macro Pirates Portrait.png
Fanged Toad Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Foxy Pirates' Former Jolly Roger.png
Foxy Pirates (former symbol)
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Foxy Pirates (current symbol)
Thriller Bark's Jolly Roger.png
Kid Pirates Portrait.png
Hawkins Pirates Portrait.png
Drake Pirates Portrait.png
Heart Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
On Air Pirates Portrait.png
Bonney Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Fire Tank Pirates Portrait.png
Fallen Monk Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Kuja Pirates Portrait.png
Sun Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Spade Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Golden Lion Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Brownbeard Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Caribou Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
New Fish-Man Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Gyro Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Flying Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Big Mom Pirates Portrait.png
Donquixote Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Barto Club Jolly Roger.png
A O Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Little Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Beasts Pirates Portrait.png
Beautiful Pirates Jolly Roger.png
Ideo Pirates Jolly Roger.png
Tontatta Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
New Giant Warrior Pirates Portrait.png
Yonta Maria Grand Fleet Portrait.png
Pinkbeard Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Takotopus Pirates' Jolly Roger.png

Unnamed Crews[edit | edit source]

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Puppu's crew
Chess Pirates' Jolly Roger.png
Cheskippa's crew
Decalvan Brothers' Jolly Roger.png
Bizarre's Jolly Roger.png
Bizarre's crew
Blondie's Jolly Roger.png
Blondie's crew
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Brew's crew
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Epoida's crew
Palm's Jolly Roger.png
Palms's crew
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Whitey Bay's crew

Other Organizations[edit | edit source]

Anime-Only Flags[edit | edit source]

Personal Jolly Rogers[edit | edit source]

A few characters sport their own personal Jolly Roger. The reasons for that differ, as do the sources of the flags. While some are exclusively shown in the SBS (members of the Straw Hat Pirates), others appear in the series without further information (like Perona's) or are part of a "what if" scenario (Igaram's nightmare picturing Nefertari Vivi as a pirate).

Straw Hat Pirates[edit | edit source]

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Zoro's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
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Zoro's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Zoro's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
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Zoro's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Zoro's personal Jolly Roger (Chapter 699).
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Nami's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
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Nami's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Nami's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
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Nami's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Usopp's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
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Usopp's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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An alternate pre-timeskip personal Jolly Roger for Usopp as depicted in Chapter 507's Cover Page.
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Usopp's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
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Usopp's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Sanji's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
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Sanji's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Sanji's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
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Sanji's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Chopper's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) and current flag of Sakura Kingdom.
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Chopper's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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An alternate pre-timeskip personal Jolly Roger for Chopper as depicted in Chapter 507's Cover Page.
Chopper's Post Timeskip Jolly Roger.png
Chopper's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
Chopper PJR (PoT) OPM.png
Chopper's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
Robin's Pre Timeskip Jolly Roger.png
Robin's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
Robin PJR (PT) OPM.png
Robin's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Robin's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
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Robin's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Franky's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
Franky's Pre Timeskip Jolly Roger 2.png
Franky's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
Franky PJR (PT) OPM.png
Franky's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
Franky's Post Timeskip Jolly Roger.png
Franky's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
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Franky's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
Brook's Pre Timeskip Jolly Roger.png
Brook's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip).
Brook PJR (PT) OPM.png
Brook's personal Jolly Roger (pre-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
Brook's Post Timeskip Jolly Roger.png
Brook's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip).
Brook PJR (PoT) OPM.png
Brook's personal Jolly Roger (post-timeskip) as detailed in the One Piece Magazine.
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Brook's jolly roger on his tea cup in the manga.
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Brook's jolly roger on his tea cup in the anime.
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Vivi's personal Jolly Roger.

Other Characters[edit | edit source]

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Richie's personal Jolly Roger.
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Merry's personal Jolly Roger.
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Perona's personal Jolly Roger.
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Emporio Ivankov's personal Jolly Roger and of Kamabakka Kingdom.
Sabo's Jolly Roger.png
Sabo's flag.
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Killer's personal Jolly Roger.
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The Jolly Roger on Ricky's cape.
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Edward Weevil's personal Jolly Roger.
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Vegeta's Jolly Roger in Cross Epoch.
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Mobston's personal Jolly Roger.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. One Piece Manga — Vol. 1, Oda gives examples on Jolly Roger ideas.

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