Staff is a term referring to certain members of a pirate crew or organization. They provide a bridge in communication between those in charge, such as the Captain or First Mate, and everyone else. A member of the staff is known as a Staff Officer and also a Chief of Staff.
Role and Duties
A Staff Officer provides bi-directional flow of information between a commanding officer and subordinate military units, and serves the executive function to filter information needed by the commander or shunts unnecessary information. In terms of piracy, the staff officer is the next in line to take over as captain after the first mate.
A Chief of Staff is a coordinator of supporting staff or personal assistant to the leader of an organization. In essence, they serve as the second-in-command, acting as a buffer between the leader and the members of the organization.
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In One Piece
There are various crews that have a Staff Officer (参謀 Sanbō?): Ideaman serves as the Staff Officer of Planning of the Krieg Pirates, Gambia is the Staff Officer of the Barto Club, and Trebol serves as the Staff Officer of the Donquixote Pirates in addition to his position as one of the four Top Executives.
Tsuru is the Great Staff Officer (大参謀 Dai-Sanbō?) of the Marines, and serves as the second-in-command to Fleet Admiral Sengoku at the time, despite her status as a Vice Admiral due to her veteran status.
Sabo is the Chief of Staff (参謀総長 Sanbō Sōchō?) of the Revolutionary Army. In his capacity, he is the second-in-command of the entire army, under Monkey D. Dragon himself, since the group is not pirate crew and therefore, does not have the rank of "first mate".
Translation and Dub Issues
- In the VIZ Media translation of the series, when Cabaji was introduced, he was mislabeled as the second mate instead.
- Sanbō 参謀 is sometimes translated as "Advisor".
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 2 Chapter 9 and Episode 7, Cabaji is revealed to be the chief of staff of the Buggy Pirates.
- One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 51), Ideaman is revealed to be the Staff Officer of the Krieg Pirates.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 705 (p. 5) and Episode 634, Gambia's info-box indicates he is the Staff Officer of the Barto Club.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 768 (p. 9) and Episode 707, Viola reveals that Trebol is the Staff Officer of the Donquixote Pirates.
- One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 68), Chess is revealed to be the Head of Staff.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 (p. 2) and Episode 151, Tsuru's position as Great Staff Officer revealed in her info-box.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 744 (p. 13) and Episode 679, Sabo is revealed to be the Chief of Staff of the Revolutionary Army.