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Marco the Phoenix is the former 1st division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. Once starting out as an apprentice on the crew, he had come to be Whitebeard's closest confidante and right-hand man. After his captain's death, Marco assumed leadership of the Whitebeard Pirates until the crew's disbandment following the Payback War.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Abilities and Powers
- 5 History
- 5.1 Past
- 5.2 Sky Island Saga
- 5.3 Water 7 Saga
- 5.4 Summit War Saga
- 5.5 During the Timeskip
- 5.6 Four Emperors Saga
- 6 Major Battles
- 7 Manga and Anime Differences
- 8 Merchandise
- 9 Other Appearances
- 10 Trivia
- 11 References
- 12 Site Navigation
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Marco is a tall, lean, muscular, blonde-haired man with a rather sleepy look on his face and some stubble around his chin. He wears an open purple jacket and a light blue sash adorned with an elaborate golden-yellow belt around his waist. He has dark gray knee-long pants and black sandals, and on his left leg he wears what appears to be some sort of straw decoration, in a similar fashion to Arlong. While his chest was bare in his initial appearance, in his subsequent appearances he has the cross and crescent moon mustache symbol that resembles a black silhouette of Whitebeard's Jolly Roger tattooed on it. Robin and Luffy believe that Marco's head looks like a pineapple.
Initially in the anime, Marco was given a generic crew member look of a black haired man with pale skin and different clothes. When he later became more formally recognized in the story, his appearance was changed to what is depicted in the manga, along with his light purple jacket, his black pants and his dark red tattoo. Later, starting with Opening 13 "One Day", he was given another color scheme. Once again his jacket was recolored in a much brighter purple, his pants were made dark blue, his tattoo blue and his skin a little brighter.
Marco was a member of the Whitebeard Pirates twenty two years ago as well. Even at the age of 23, his appearance, for the most part, resembles his present self.
As a kid, Marco's signature tuft of hair was more curly. He sported a vertically striped shirt, with black pants, and no shoes. As a teenager, his appearance was not much different.
After the timeskip, while working as a doctor on Whitebeard's home island, Marco wears a light button-up shirt as well as a pair of eyeglasses. He also has more facial hair. During the raid on Onigashima, Marco wears his initial attire and retains his eyeglasses.
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Personality[edit | edit source]
Marco is generally calm and level-headed in the face of adversity or challenge; the only strong emotional moments he has shown so far were directly related to Whitebeard's health (after he was stabbed in the torso by his own subordinate Squard and after his death). When Ace and Whitebeard were killed, Marco and the rest of the Whitebeard Pirates were in tears.
In fact, seeing his captain, Whitebeard, get stabbed through the chest by a deceived Squard was enough for Marco to lose his usually unshakable cool-headedness that he immediately flew over to where they were to smash Squard's head against the Moby Dick's figurehead.
He also demonstrates himself to be acute at detecting power, able to quickly notice the presence of Red-Haired Shanks' Haōshoku Haki before anyone else aboard the Moby Dick as well as the underlying potential of Monkey D. Luffy. He clearly cares for his crew as he warned them to stay back from Shanks' Haki.
Having been a member of the Whitebeard Pirates for at least thirty years, Marco has an extremely high degree of experience with exposure and combat inside the treacherous New World. After Whitebeard's and Portgas D. Ace's deaths at Marineford, Marco took the position of commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, highlighting his level of intelligence and suitability in taking up a commanding position.
He appears to be somewhat playful, pretending to be hurt from Admiral Kizaru's attack with obvious sarcasm, though he can also quickly become serious.
Marco seems to appreciate raw talent, even if it comes from someone whom he had never met before (i.e. Luffy). Because of this, and based on the fact that Luffy intercepted Crocodile's attack on Whitebeard, Marco immediately took a liking to him.
When he was an apprentice, he appeared to be a cheerful person. He was also encouraging as he cheered on Oden when he came close to passing Whitebeard's test to join the crew. He showed a playful side when he noticed Oden being close to Toki.
Like some other characters, Marco has a very particular speech habit, which is a simple tic without meaning, ending his sentences with "-yoi" (～よい?): e.g. "arigatō-yoi" (ありがとうよい? "thanks-yoi") or "mattero-yoi" (待ってろよい? "wait-yoi").
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Crew[edit | edit source]
Being a division head of Whitebeard's crew, Marco had a very strong bond with Whitebeard. So strong was their bond, it seemed very similar to a captain and first mate relationship, much like the one of Gol D. Roger and Silvers Rayleigh. This can be indicated by Marco's position as 1st division commander. Also, during the Battle of Marineford, Marco stood at Whitebeard's side almost the entire time in the early stages of the battle. Marco was also the first and only crewmate who rushed to Whitebeard's aid, after Whitebeard was stabbed by Squard and during his battle with Akainu. Later, Marco attempted to assist his captain in fighting Blackbeard, but was ultimately ordered to stand down. Marco, along with his crewmates, considered Whitebeard their "father" much in the same way the great pirate considered them his "children".
Marco also had a very strong bond with the other commanders as well as the rest of the crew. He and Ace seemed to have a close friendship, due to him explaining to Ace the bond between Whitebeard and his crew. Marco also trusted Vista enough to protect Luffy from Mihawk. By his own admission, Marco liked Oden and decided to go to Wano in order to avenge his death, despite wanting to protect Sphinx.
Allies[edit | edit source]
Monkey D. Luffy[edit | edit source]
|— Marco, on protecting Luffy from Akainu|
Having heard stories about Luffy from Ace, Marco was among the first people to recognize the Straw Hat captain in the midst of the battle in Marineford, despite not having encountered him prior. While no direct interaction occurred between the two, Marco, took an immediate like to Luffy after the young pirate stopped Crocodile from attacking Whitebeard. Later, under Whitebeard's orders, he was delegated the task of ensuring that Luffy lived through the battle in Marineford. In the anime they had a short conversation after he saved Luffy from Aokiji, during which Luffy thanked him for saving him while Marco told him not to worry about it. Marco was also surprised at seeing Luffy's Haoshoku Haki and when his captain told the rest of the crew to back up Luffy. After Ace's demise, he stopped Akainu from killing Luffy and urged the other Whitebeard Pirates to save Luffy, as Ace sacrificed his life for his.
Two years after the battle at Marineford, Luffy is shown to be thankful to Marco and the Whitebeard Pirates for protecting him from Akainu and wishes to meet them again one day in order to thank them for saving his life. During the raid on Onigashima, he stopped the Big Mom Pirates from entering Wano to prevent them from interfering with the Straw Hats' decisive battle against the Beasts Pirates.
Shanks[edit | edit source]
The two first met over 25 years ago, but they did not show any animosity towards each other back then.
Years later, Marco was hostile towards Shanks as he regarded him as an enemy. After Shanks knocked out some Whitebeard Pirates with his Haki, Marco insulted and scolded him for the damage he had done and even told him to shut up after the Emperor offered him to join his crew.
After the battle of Marineford, Marco apologized to Shanks for his previous behavior and genuinely thanked him for ensuring the funerals of both Whitebeard and Ace, finally acknowledging him as an ally. Marco is also grateful to Shanks for burying Whitebeard near his hometown.
Nekomamushi[edit | edit source]
Marco is well acquainted with the mink as they sailed on Whitebeard's ship together years ago. Nekomamushi knew exactly where to find Marco when he needed help. The pair caught up on recent events and impending threats before Nekomamushi understood why he didn't want to leave the island. Marco was amused that the latter gave up on trying to recruit him so easily and asked to pass on a message to Luffy for him. However, Marco changed his mind and entered Wano at the same time as Nekomamushi, prompting him to throw the message overboard.
Enemies[edit | edit source]
Marshall D. Teach[edit | edit source]
Due to his role in the capture of Ace and the deaths of Thatch and Edward Newgate, Blackbeard is considered both an enemy and a traitor to the Whitebeard Pirates. He was shocked to see the power of his captain in the hands of Teach. During the timeskip, he and the rest of Whitebeard Pirates fought against the Blackbeard Pirates in the "Payback War", but lost and have since disappeared.
Even after the timeskip, Marco still despises Teach calling his actions deplorable and referring to him as ungrateful for taking advantage of the crew, despite everything they did for him.
Blackbeard Pirates[edit | edit source]
Several members of Blackbeard's crew present at Marineford assisted their captain in killing Whitebeard. The crew later managed to takeover most of the Whitebeard Pirates former territory and are currently hunting Devil Fruit users, thus making Marco a potential target due to his rare Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit and status as the current commander of the Whitebeard Pirates in the wake of Whitebeard's death.
Marines[edit | edit source]
As a pirate and a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco was a major enemy of the Marines. Marco fought against them during the Battle of Marineford in order to rescue Ace from execution.
Sakazuki[edit | edit source]
After Akainu killed Ace, Marco fought against him to stop him from killing Ace's brother, Luffy.
Edward Weevil[edit | edit source]
Edward Weevil is the self-proclaimed biological son of Whitebeard and one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea who has been hunting down the Whitebeard Pirates and their subordinate crews, in order to claim Whitebeard's fortune for himself and his mother Bakkin. After defeating the A O Pirates, including their Captain A O, Weevil and his mother went on to search for Marco's whereabouts. Marco is aware of Weevil's hunt for him and a non-existent inheritance but he himself does not know if he is really Whitebeard's son.
Bakkin[edit | edit source]
The mother of Edward Weevil and self-proclaimed lover of Whitebeard himself, who views herself and her son as the rightful heirs to Whitebeard's fortune. After her son defeated the A O Pirates, she told her son they must find Marco in order to acquire Whitebeard's fortune. Marco is aware of Bakkin and Weevil's hunt for him and a non-existent inheritance, as well that Bakkin and Whitebeard were on the same crew while starting out as pirates.
Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]
Overview[edit | edit source]
As 1st division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco held authority over the 1,600 crew members lower-ranked than commander, and as Whitebeard's "right hand" enjoyed particularly deep trust by his captain. A veteran of the crew, Marco had been part of it for over three decades, from the times of Gol D. Roger in his apprentice days. Following Whitebeard's death, Marco assumed total leadership of the Whitebeard Pirates, their retreat from Marineford seemingly made under his command. Later on, it was he who led the crew into the Payback War against the Blackbeard Pirates, until the crew's subsequent dissolution.
In terms of combat, Marco is shown to be extremely formidable. During the Battle of Marineford he, if only briefly, fought and held his own against each of the three Marine admirals, indicating his capabilities. When, after the war, the Five Elders discussed about who could yet defeat Blackbeard, they mentioned Marco (solely him by name) with the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates as one of the few groups left capable of doing so.
The Emperor Big Mom, too, acknowledged Marco's strength, noting that his allegiance to the Straw Hats' alliance against Kaido was unbecoming of a man his caliber. More impressively, Marco managed to have a brief, head-on clash with Big Mom on what seemed even terms (seemingly confident that he could keep her occupied). When abandoning their confrontation, Big Mom stated that she did not have enough souls to spare on Marco.
Physical Abilities[edit | edit source]
Marco has immense physical strength. He could clash with Marine admirals, repelling Kizaru and Aokiji large distances away using simple kicks (overpowering the former's one-armed guard and breaking the latter's Ice Saber in the act). He easily toppled the Queen Mama Chanter, a truly gigantic ship, above the Wano waterfall entry in a single blow and was later seen full-frontally clashing against Big Mom while the woman was wielding Prometheus, seemingly matching up to his foe's strength in the process (despite the woman's own monstrous brawn); ultimately though, Big Mom was able to restrain Marco with a one-handed chokehold. He managed to restrict both King and Queen at the same time. This is noteworthy as Ancient Zoans are stronger than the average version. Queen even commented if Marco was invincible.
Mainly, Marco seems to prefer an off-the-ground, kick-emphasizing style of attack supplemented by his phoenix transformation. Aerially in his hybrid form, he has been shown to deliver strong, hard kicks using his normal human legs or with them transformed into phoenix talons to deal slashing damage.
Marco has demonstrated immense movement speed especially when aflight, springing instantaneously to protect Whitebeard from Kizaru's Yasakani no Magatama, interposing himself between his captain and said incredibly quick-moving attack, and going on to intercept and clash with the fast-as-light admiral.
On top of his self-healing ability, Marco has exhibited great endurance. He was shown relatively fine (and able to run whilst healing) after having two of Kizaru's lasers pierce clean through his torso and was later shot yet another two times while Seastone-shackled (thus with his powers nullified), but was still able to stand and function normally thereafter.
Devil Fruit[edit | edit source]
- Further information: Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Phoenix
Marco ate from the Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Phoenix, a Mythical Zoan-type (thus rarer-than-Logia) Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a large, blue-flamed phoenix, the source of his nickname "Marco the Phoenix".
Apart from enjoying a general heightening of his physical parameters (enough to restrain two Ancient Zoan users at once), as an avian Zoan type Marco can take flight in both his full phoenix and hybrid forms. His control over the latter form is such that he can isolate it to specific body parts, e.g. transforming just his arms into wings to fly, and his feet into bird legs/slashing talons as necessary.
The greatest aspect of Marco's ability is that he can freely conjure forth his "Blue Flames of Resurrection" from any part of his body (even without actually shapeshifting) and, by enveloping himself in those flames, rapidly self-regenerate from almost any physical damage he receives like a phoenix being reborn. It is noted, or at least implied, that no matter what injury Marco is dealt, he can recover by flame (even injuries suffered while his powers are being sealed). Such immense power of recovery, coupled with his seeming increase in durability when transformed, allows Marco to ward off extremely potent attacks with little issue, like Kizaru's barrage of light beams or even Akainu's magma punch, which had taken the life of Ace. In addition, Marco can apply his flames to others in order to mend them like himself (even many individuals at once), though still being more limited in that capacity.
Haki[edit | edit source]
- Further information: Haki
Busoshoku Haki[edit | edit source]
Marco, in being able to physically contact and kick away Logia users such as Kizaru and Aokiji without trouble, displayed his proficiency in Busoshoku Haki. Though in one instance he, alongside Vista, failed to significantly harm or hinder Akainu using his Haki, he did irritate the admiral with it.
Knowledgeability[edit | edit source]
Since childhood Marco has been very learned, supporting his crew with more than just battle power by providing knowledge and insight; he had enough medical knowledge to act, assisted by his powers, as a ship doctor, and while as a child he had a big passion for navigation, it is unknown how deep his knowledge runs in the present.
History[edit | edit source]
Past[edit | edit source]
Adventures With Kozuki Oden[edit | edit source]
Thirty years ago, Marco was among the Whitebeard Pirates when they arrived for the first time at Wano Country. He was 15 years old at that time and an apprentice on the ship. The crew was shipwrecked and, before getting to look for civilization for supplies, they encountered Kozuki Oden, who asked Newgate to let him join their crew after a brief clash.
The Whitebeard Pirates later had a feast with Oden and his retainers. Marco told Inuarashi and Nekomamushi of how vast the world is. Two weeks later, the Whitebeard Pirates tried to leave Wano without Oden. As they were leaving, the crew was surprised when Oden wrapped a chain around the Moby Dick's mast to get dragged with the ship. As Oden held onto the chain, Izo was also holding on to Oden and got dragged with him. Marco prepared to unwrap the chain, but Whitebeard ordered him to leave it be and pull Izo up to the Moby Dick. Oden then accepted Whitebeard's challenge of holding onto the chain for three days before he could be accepted into the crew. For the next three days, the crew watched how Oden withstood his ordeal. When Oden had an hour left to complete the challenge, Marco started cheering for him. After Oden was accepted into the crew, the Whitebeard Pirates had adventures with him as well as Toki, whom Oden helped, and Inuarashi and Nekomamushi, who had stowed away on the Moby Dick.
Sometime later, Marco noticed how close Oden had gotten with Toki. Two years after Oden joined, the crew celebrated the birth of Oden and Toki's son, Kozuki Momonosuke. Around two years later after the birth of Oden and Toki's daughter, Kozuki Hiyori, the Whitebeard Pirates arrived at an island and noticed a commotion that frightened the animals there. The crew then clashed with the Roger Pirates present there for three days and nights before the skirmish ultimately became a gift exchange. Afterwards, the Whitebeard Pirates parted ways with Oden and his family.
The Whitebeard Pirates learned about Oden's death several years after it happened.
Meeting with Shiki[edit | edit source]
Twenty-two years ago, Marco was present on Whitebeard's ship when Shiki visited the great pirate to inform him of his plans. At this point, he had already become one of Whitebeard's commanders. Marco was also present on Fish-Man Island when Whitebeard claimed the island as his territory.
Ace's Arrival[edit | edit source]
|— Marco telling Ace why they call Whitebeard "Pops"
During the first few days that Portgas D. Ace came to spend on Whitebeard's ship, Marco tried to befriend him. Marco explained to Ace the kind of fatherly relationship Whitebeard had with his crew members. In fact, it was Marco who told Ace to leave the ship and start from scratch again or bear Whitebeard's mark as one of his sons.
At some point, Ace talked with Whitebeard about going to war with Kaido to liberate Wano Country, but Whitebeard never agreed to this request. Marco stated that he would join Ace if Whitebeard gave his approval.
Thatch's Murder[edit | edit source]
After the murder of Thatch at the hands of Marshall D. Teach, Ace decided to search for Blackbeard and make him pay for what he did. However, Whitebeard, who was feeling uneasy, told Ace not to go, something that Ace did not want to hear. Marco was one of the crew members who protested to Ace leaving the ship and going after Teach, but this was in vain.
Sky Island Saga[edit | edit source]
Jaya Arc[edit | edit source]
Water 7 Saga[edit | edit source]
Post-Enies Lobby Arc[edit | edit source]
When Shanks came to visit Whitebeard personally, Marco and Jozu warned the younger and weaker crew members to stay back due to Shanks's overwhelming presence. He also told the members still standing afterward not to worry about their fallen comrades as they were just unconscious. Marco scolded Shanks for what he did to his subordinates, and Shanks recognized him as the 1st division commander and asked him if he would like to join the Red Hair Pirates, which Marco refused.
Summit War Saga[edit | edit source]
Marineford Arc[edit | edit source]
Marco showed up at Marineford with the rest of the Whitebeard Pirates and their subordinate crews from the New World. He stated that, including him, all of the Whitebeard Pirates were ready to battle anyone who had dared to lay a single finger on Ace. Later, when Kizaru tried to attack Whitebeard with an array of laser beams, Marco nullified the attack with his powerful Devil Fruit transformation. He then proceeded to assault Kizaru, successfully kicking him a great distance to the ground, though the admiral did not appear seriously injured by the act.
Sometime thereafter, Marco saw Monkey D. Luffy and his Impel Down team falling from the sky and came to the realization that Ace's brother, whom Ace had always talked about, had arrived. When he witnessed Luffy stopping Crocodile's attempt to kill Whitebeard on the grounds of Whitebeard being important to Ace, Marco concluded that, "Ace's little brother is not too shabby after all". Just after Luffy had dashed off after informing Whitebeard that Ace would be executed ahead of schedule, Marco returned to the Moby Dick to report the same news. Whitebeard, after seeing some of Luffy's resolve to save Ace, told Marco that he would not forgive him if he were to let Luffy die, to which Marco (who appeared to have developed a similar opinion and liking towards Luffy) smiled and replied, "Roger."
Later, after Whitebeard manipulated Buggy into joining his cause temporarily, Marco remarked at how simple-minded Buggy was. When he witnessed Luffy being attacked by Dracule Mihawk, he called out to 5th division commander Vista to go and help him out. Afterwards, Marco found it odd when Squard appeared next to Whitebeard, and was shocked when Whitebeard was stabbed by him. He was the first one to reach the Moby Dick and to incapacitate Squard, but he was repelled by Squard's sword when Squard told Marco it was also his fault that he had been forced to attack Whitebeard.
After Crocodile yelled at Whitebeard for being weak, Marco commented on how Whitebeard's health was getting worse, since Whitebeard should have been able to stop any attack aimed at him, even if he was caught off-guard. After the whole ordeal was sorted out, he saw Squard crying and deeply regretting his actions, and suggested to him that he should redeem himself. Thereafter, Marco's expression was solemn when he witnessed the Moby Dick being destroyed by Akainu's meteoric magma attack. Later, as Ace was about to be executed, Marco was prepared to swoop in and save him, but noted that he was not needed after Crocodile saved Ace first. After Luffy was heavily injured by the admirals and was about to be finished off by Aokiji, Marco arrived and kicked Aokiji away a great distance.
Eventually, with (seemingly) only two Marines watching over Ace, Marco flew towards the execution platform telling Ace that he would soon save him. As he got closer, however, Monkey D. Garp intercepted him with a punch that sent him crashing to the ground. Marco, now in human form, looked up, frustrated and with a bruise on the left side of his chin.
In the midst of battling Akainu, Whitebeard suddenly seized his chest and Marco, in horror, realized what was happening just as Whitebeard coughed up a massive amount of blood. Marco thought to himself that this was what he was most afraid might happen and rushed towards his captain. However, he did not get very far before Kizaru shot him from behind with two simultaneous lasers, which clearly caused Marco pain, as he was in his human form. Enduring the pain, Marco activated his regenerative powers and continued to run towards Whitebeard, only to have Onigumo seize him and place Seastone handcuffs on his right arm. Kizaru then took the opportunity to shoot Marco with yet two more laser bursts. Badly injured and unable to regenerate, Marco fell.
Later on, after Luffy unconsciously used his Haoshoku Haki, the bloodied Marco showed surprise. By the time Squard entered the battlefield with the paddle boat Little Oars Jr. brought into the plaza, stating that Whitebeard and his subordinate crews should grab Ace and leave the enemy to him, Marco was back on his feet. He commented angrily on Squard's foolish way of redeeming himself and quickly ordered a nearby crewmate to remove his cuffs.
After Whitebeard declared that he would part ways with his sons and stay behind, Marco hesitated, reluctant, as a nearby crewmate urged him to go. Soon after, Marco was shocked by the sight of Ace taking Akainu's molten rock punch through the chest. Then when Akainu tried to strike Ace a second time and finish him off, he was stopped by Jinbe; Marco saw this and, desperate now, ordered Galdino, who was dragged over to him, to remove his handcuffs immediately.
Akainu turned to launch another attack on Jinbe, and much to his annoyance was repelled by a simultaneous assault from Marco and Vista, who used Haki to drive the admiral away from the injured Jinbe, Ace, and Luffy. Marco, deep in regret, wondered how they could have allowed all this to happen. As Ace spoke his last words to Luffy, Marco joined the battle in order to keep the Marine forces away from Ace and was seen crying after Ace had fallen dead.
Determined to finish off Luffy, who was incapacitated from shock caused by his grief and anguish, Akainu attacked once again; this time he was again intercepted by Marco alone, who shouted that Akainu would not touch Luffy. He ordered Jinbe to take Luffy and go. As Luffy was all that remained of Ace's will, Marco declared that they would protect him without fail, in place of Ace; if he too were to die, the Whitebeard Pirates would be put to shame.
When Whitebeard and Blackbeard confronted one another, Marco tried to fly to the other side of the giant cervice separating them to assist his captain, but was commanded to stay back by his captain, who said that he would kill Blackbeard as revenge for killing Thatch. When, consequently, Whitebeard was brutally killed by the Blackbeard Pirates ganging up on him, Marco mourned Whitebeard's death as Whitebeard left the crew under his care.
Marco then witnessed Blackbeard revealing himself to have stolen, somehow, the power of the Gura Gura no Mi from the dead Whitebeard, much to the commander's shock. Marco explained to a fellow crewmate that Blackbeard was no ordinary person, reasoning that Blackbeard's atypical body may have allowed him the aforementioned feat. Marco then joined his fellow crewmates, with some unlikely help from Crocodile, as they prepared to face off against Akainu to defend Luffy and carry him on to the next era. When Koby yelled for all the combatants to stop, Marco wondered why a Marine was trying to stop the fight.
Right after Shanks arrived at Marineford to stop the war, Marco was told by Shanks to withdraw peacefully from Marineford and avoid prolonging the battle any longer. Marco complied and later grieved with his crewmates over their losses.
Post-War Arc[edit | edit source]
Marсo, along with the rest of the crew, attended Ace and Whitebeard's funeral near Whitebeard's home of Sphinx in the New World. He thanked Shanks for ensuring that Whitebeard and Ace received proper burials.
During the Timeskip[edit | edit source]
One year after the war at Marineford, the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates, under Marco's guidance, fought against the Blackbeard Pirates in the "Payback War" in an attempt to avenge their fallen comrades, but suffered an overwhelming defeat. They went into hiding and have not been seen since such defeat, which was what led Blackbeard to be officially recognized as Whitebeard's replacement among the Four Emperors.
Four Emperors Saga[edit | edit source]
Wano Country Arc[edit | edit source]
After the Payback War, Marco went to Whitebeard's home village on Sphinx and started working there as a doctor. Eventually, Nekomamushi came there to find and try to recruit Marco into the alliance formed to take down Kaido in Wano Country. In conversation with the mink, Marco mentioned Whitebeard's history with said village, as well as how he had heard about Edward Weevil attacking those connected to Whitebeard in search of a "fortune" that Marco noted did not exist. Because of the possibility that, in coming after him, Weevil would attack Sphinx as well, Marco voiced his decision to remain there to protect the village. Nonetheless, he asked Nekomamushi to pass on a message to Luffy: that he would still come to Wano, only late.
Days later in a surprising turn of events, Marco made his way to Wano at the same time as Nekomamushi and Izo (the latter of whom Marco knew the whereabouts of, hence them having made a pitstop to collect the samurai), making Marco's message to Luffy unnecessary. During the Big Mom Pirates' second attempt at entering the country, Marco flew to their ship and, as it finished climbing the waterfall, knocked it back down. After Nekomamushi's ship had succeeded in going up the waterfall, Marco and the Guardians proceeded to Onigashima. Once they reached the rear side of the island, a flying Marco dropped off Nekomamushi and Izo, and they encountered some of the Nine Red Scabbards (including Izo's sister Kikunojo) alongside Trafalgar Law. As they rejoiced in their reunion, Marco said he would investigate a "strange shadow" he had spotted at sea earlier.
He subsequently happened across Charlotte Perospero, who proposed that they work together given their mutual goal of bringing down Kaido, and together they arrived at Onigashima's entrance. Eventually, the two encountered Big Mom, and Perospero bent to her will of upholding her alliance with Kaido, with Marco noting that this spelt the end of their cooperation. When Big Mom asked why someone of Marco's status was helping some "brats", saying that the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates had lost their way, Marco simply asserted that, with Whitebeard's death, they were no longer bound to his will but left free to do as they pleased. Marco then clashed against Big Mom, his phoenix flames proving capable of overpowering those of Prometheus. Big Mom grabbed Marco by the neck and ordered Perospero to kill him. However, before Perospero could fire his candy bow and arrow at him, he was attacked by the Sulong-transformed Wanda and Carrot, who recognized Marco as Nekomamushi's ally. Big Mom abruptly decided to call off her fight with Marco and headed back to Kaido's castle, with Wanda telling Marco to go after her. Marco then noticed a nearby commotion.
Afterwards, Marco reached the Live Floor within the Skull Dome and offered to lend his assistance to the Straw Hats there. Proceeding to envelop the Ice Oni-infected Chopper with his flames to defrost him, Marco then started flying over and spreading his flames to all the infected present in the banquet hall, in order to slow the virus' freezing effects in those afflicted by raising their body heat. Once he had done so, Marco offered Zoro and the other Straw Hats present to fly them to the Skull Dome's roof. As the Beasts Pirates attacked Marco, he told Brook and Robin to run into the castle. He then transformed into a phoenix and began carrying Zoro toward the roof. However, the All-Stars King and Queen made an attempt to stop their advancement upward, with Queen shooting at Marco. Despite the All-Stars' efforts, however, Marco managed to hold them back with his phoenix wings and successfully threw Zoro up to the roof through the hole in it.
Major Battles[edit | edit source]
- Whitebeard Pirates vs. Roger Pirates
- Whitebeard Pirates and their subordinate crews vs. the Marines and Seven Warlords of the Sea
- Whitebeard Pirates (under Marco) vs. Blackbeard Pirates (unseen, during timeskip)
- Marco vs. Big Mom (Onigashima)
- Marco vs. King and Queen
Manga and Anime Differences[edit | edit source]
In the anime when he was first shown, he was replaced with a generic crewmember. This is a common mistake that occurs in transferring a scene from manga to anime and has been witnessed in One Piece before, in particular when characters are first shown without a formal introduction.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Video Games[edit | edit source]
Playable Appearances[edit | edit source]
- One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP
- One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
- One Py Berry Match
- One Piece Treasure Cruise
- One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- One Piece: Burning Blood
- One Piece Thousand Storm
Support Appearances[edit | edit source]
- One Piece: Gigant Battle
- One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (becomes a playable character in the 1.3 update)
- One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum
Other Appearances[edit | edit source]
Other Media[edit | edit source]
- In One Piece Premier Show 2012, Marco travels to Samba Island to pursue the New World pirate Chameleone, who had disaffiliated from the Whitebeard Pirates after killing some of his allies. Marco and Luffy work together to defeat him. Marco also appears in One Piece Premier Show 2017 during the retelling of the Battle of Marineford.
- "MEMORIAL WALL ~Remember Marineford~", one of the Photo Spots in Tokyo One Piece Tower, features a statue of Marco next to an image projection wall.
- Marco appears in Super Kabuki II: One Piece during the retelling of the Marineford Arc.
- Marco appears in Marineford version of the Hungry Days commercial.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Marco is the first person revealed to have eaten a Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit, when its concept is first introduced.
- In the 4th, 5th, and 6th Japanese fan polls of most popular characters, Marco was ranked the 122nd (shared with a variety of characters), 12th, and 20th, respectively. Being in the last two, he was the second most popular member of the Whitebeard Pirates behind Ace.
- Marco's blood type is X.
- Marco's pineapple-like haircut (and gag of being compared to a pineapple by Robin) is likely a reference to an older Japanese name for pineapples (鳳梨) which roughly translates to Phoenix Pear.
- Marco's favorite food is also pineapple, playing on his in-story comparison with the fruit based on his appearance.
- Marco's birthday, October 5, comes from his name since 10-5 can be derived from Maru-co.
- A fan asked Oda if Marco's penis will regenerate if it gets cut off, and Oda responded that it will regenerate.
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