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"Great Staff Officer" Tsuru is an extremely famous and powerful Marine Vice Admiral,[1] as well as the grandmother of Kujaku.[5]

Tsuru is one of the major figures, along with Kong, Sengoku, Shiki, Silvers Rayleigh, Monkey D. Garp and Whitebeard, from the times when Gol D. Roger, the "Pirate King", was still alive.


Tsuru is a tall, thin, and elderly woman with gray hair tied in a bun. Her attire appears to be less formal than the other high-ranking officers', consisting of an untucked shirt, with the sleeves rolled up and a tie around her neck, and calves-long pants, which makes her somewhat resemble the animal of her name, the crane. She sports earrings made of beads, and wears two bracelets on her right wrist. The epaulets on her Marine coat are golden for the outer epaulets and purple with two white dots for the inner epaulets.[1] During the time of the Battle of Edd War, they were the standard blue.

Twenty-seven years ago, at age 49, her skin was already wrinkled despite only being middle-aged.[6]

In her youth, she was quite beautiful and had dark blue hair tied up in a loose ponytail, with side bangs that framed both sides of her face. She wore a standard Marine uniform with a rifle strapped to her back.


Tsuru Portrait
A close-up of Tsuru's face.
Tsuru Manga Color Scheme
Tsuru's color scheme in the manga.
Tsuru Digitally Colored Manga
Tsuru Anime Concept Art
Tsuru's concept art from the anime.
Tsuru as a Young Marine
Tsuru in her youth as a marine rookie, as depicted in the manga.
Tsuru Young Marine Film Z
Tsuru in her youth as a marine, as depicted in One Piece Film: Z.
Tsuru Edd War
Tsuru at age 49.
Tsuru at Age 63
Tsuru at age 63.
Tsuru Gigant Battle
Tsuru's portrait in One Piece: Gigant Battle!.
Tsuru Thousand Storm
Kokoro no Sentaku
Tsuru on the cover of the disc One Piece Nippon Judan! 47 Cruise CD.


She is a veteran Marine who is not without wisdom for her age. She seems extremely knowledgeable; she knew Donquixote Doflamingo set the Marines to fight each other in the Marine and Warlord meeting when all others thought the two were simply messing around, and knew who Laffitte was on sight. She is not above telling off the younger marines that show concern for her well-being when she steps up to fight the incoming pirates at Marine HQ. She then justifies herself being on the front line with the other Vice Admirals by stating there is no longer a safe place left in the world for her to run to anyway. According to Garp, she is an empathetic woman although she does not show this disposition very often.

Tsuru follows "Clean Justice" or "Cleansing Justice". This motto was first seen in the Adventure of Nebulandia special and was confirmed to be canon in Vivre Card databook.[2]




Tsuru and Gion have a close relationship due to Tsuru treating Gion as if she is her little sister.[7]


Sengoku appears to be well-acquainted with Vice Admiral Tsuru as well. 13 years ago, in the North Blue, she worked under Sengoku's orders to stop the Donquixote Pirates. Despite being outranked by him, Tsuru still had no problem calling him a fool for providing her wrong intel.[8]

Nowadays, Tsuru appears to be annoyed with Sengoku's new cheerful disposition and lack of responsibility.

Monkey D. Garp[]

Tsuru is well acquainted with Garp, having known him for a long time. Before the Summit War of Marineford occurred, she told him that he had done nothing wrong about Ace, which Garp replied with laughter, saying that she was supposed to be sympathetic towards him during this situation.

Garp and Sengoku are the only ones that call her Tsuru-chan while the others call her either Vice Admiral Tsuru or Tsuru-san.

Tsuru was shown shocked at the news that Garp was going to Hachinosu with SWORD (including Tsuru's granddaughter, Kujaku) to rescue Koby.


Donquixote Doflamingo[]

Tsuru has a history with the Donquixote Pirates, having pursued them on numerous occasions before the crew's captain, Donquixote Doflamingo, became a Warlord of the Sea. When Doflamingo causes a scene at a meeting of Warlords in Mary Geoise, she calmly tells Doflamingo to "be a good boy" and stand down, maintaining an authoritative tone in his presence.[9] After Doflamingo and his crew had been defeated and arrested, Tsuru looked after Doflamingo until they arrived at Impel Down.[10]

Doflamingo seems to hold some respect for her, as he addresses her as "O-Tsuru-san" (おつるさん?), and Tsuru's retorts have twice caused Doflamingo to admit that he cannot get the best of her.[9][10] Meanwhile, Tsuru sees some value in Doflamingo's insight into the underworld and asked for his opinion on the future of the pirating world after his defeat.[10] However, she denied Doflamingo's request for access to newspapers in Impel Down.[11]

Abilities and Powers[]

As a veteran Vice Admiral from the same generation of Marines as Garp and Sengoku,[2] Tsuru is one of the most prominent Marines in the world. She is well-renowned and recognized as a legendary figure by the likes of Franky and Usopp.[12] Even in her elderly age of 63, Tsuru was strong enough to strike intense fear into Doflamingo, who even before becoming a Warlord of the Sea was an extremely powerful pirate, as he was quick to flee during her many pursuits of the Donquixote Pirates throughout the North Blue,[13] and despite his initial plans to reclaim Law from the Marines's custody to use his powers to immortalized himself, Doflamingo quickly changed this plan upon seeing her battleship off the coast of Minion Island.[14] Several years later, when Doflamingo lost his title as a Warlord, he still showed respect for her, a stark contrast to his usual disrespect to other high-ranking Marines.[10]

Alongside Sengoku and Fujitora, she was part of Doflamingo's Marine escort who fought against Jack, a right-hand man of Emperor Kaidou.[15]

Tactical Skills[]

Tsuru has vast knowledge of criminals from various parts of the world, being able to instantly recognize Laffitte and explain his history to Sengoku. She is present at important meetings concerning the Three Great Powers, such as the meeting to determine Crocodile's successor in the Seven Warlords of the Sea.[9] Tsuru is said to be second to none in experience and knowledge and acted as a renowned staff officer for Fleet Admiral Sengoku before his retirement.[16]

Devil Fruit[]

Further information: Woshu Woshu no Mi
Woshu Woshu no Mi Infobox

Tsuru's laundry power.

Tsuru ate the Woshu Woshu no Mi,[17] a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows her to literally "wash and hang out to dry" people and objects as if they were clothes, turning them into flat and malleable like fabric.[18] This disables the opponents by rendering them unable to move. This power can also "clean" a limited amount of evil off the victims, which is considered a dangerous ability against pirates.[17]


In her youth, she is seen with a flintlock rifle. How proficient she is in using it is unknown.


Main article: Haki

As a Marine Vice Admiral, Tsuru holds proficiency in Haki,[19] specifically both Busoshoku and Kenbunshoku Haki.[2]



Tsuru joined the Marines 56 years ago along with Sengoku and Monkey D. Garp.[2] 27 years ago, Tsuru was walking with fellow vice admirals Garp, Jaguar D. Saul, Kuzan, and Sakazuki. Garp asked her if he could borrow a ship, but she refused because he always broke them.[6] At some point in her life, Tsuru started a family and had a granddaughter named Kujaku, who would go on to follow in her footsteps and become a Marine Rear Admiral.

Tsuru Chases Donquixote Pirates

Tsuru's battleship in pursuit of the Donquixote Pirates.

Thirteen years ago, Tsuru was stationed in the North Blue, where she continuously pursued the Donquixote Pirates at the time.[13] Donquixote Doflamingo noted that her chases stopped after Rosinante had left the crew, which led Doflamingo to suspect that his younger brother was giving away his crew's location to the Marines.[20]

Three days before the scheduled exchange between the Marines and Diez Barrels for the Ope Ope no Mi, she was stationed at Swallow Island following Rosinante's intel that Doflamingo and his crew would be there, unaware that they actually had gone to Minion Island instead. She was then contacted and informed by the Marines scouting Minion Island about the fire at Barrels' hideout and ordered them to investigate the coast while avoiding being spotted.[21] As Doflamingo and his crew were leaving the island, Tsuru's ship fired at them, forcing them to flee.[14]

Sky Island Saga[]

Jaya Arc[]

Tsuru was present for the meeting at Mary Geoise to choose a replacement for Crocodile among the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Before the meeting commenced, Doflamingo forced vice admirals Mozambia and Stainless to fight each other, but Tsuru recognized the use of his ability and told him to stop. When Laffitte intruded into the meeting, Tsuru identified him and explained his background to Sengoku.[9]

Summit War Saga[]

Marineford Arc[]

Garp and Tsuru

Tsuru with Garp at Marineford.

Tsuru was present at Marineford in preparation for war against Whitebeard. Tsuru said some comforting words to Garp concerning the upcoming execution of Portgas D. Ace but he replied with laughter, stating that she should be shown sympathy rather than comforting him. Upon Whitebeard's arrival, she commented on the illogicality of his position[22] and joined the other vice admirals when his division commanders began their attack. Although Vice Admiral Yamakaji expressed concern for her safety, Tsuru stayed on the front lines, stating that there was no safe place to hide.[23]

Tsuru observed that Little Oars Jr. was bigger than any giant.[24] After having dealt with several pirates using her powers, Tsuru received Sengoku's order to prepare for the next part of the Marines' plan,[18] so she returned to the plaza behind the Encircling Wall.[25]

After Shanks' arrival and call for a ceasefire, she stood down along with the other Marines.[26]

Dressrosa Saga[]

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.

One Piece Film: Z[]

After the destruction of Firs Island, Tsuru attended a meeting with other Marine officers to discuss the threat of Z. After Borsalino acquainted Sakazuki of Z's return, Tsuru reiterated the present about Z's former rank and his strength.

Concludes non-canon section.

Dressrosa Arc[]

After the Donquixote Pirates had been defeated, Tsuru sailed along with Sengoku. After a conversation concerning Doflamingo's crew, Sengoku offered Tsuru some okaki.[27]

Three days after Doflamingo's downfall, Tsuru and Sengoku arrived at Dressrosa and met up with Admiral Fujitora. Tsuru asked Fujitora why he did not capture Monkey D. Luffy and Trafalgar Law. The admiral explained that he made his decision based on the roll of a dice and that the pirates had been lucky for two days in a row. Fujitora then gave Tsuru his dice and declared that if it rolled on any number other than one, he would go after the pirates himself.[28]

Doflamingo Being Taken to Impel Down

Tsuru speaks to the imprisoned Doflamingo.

After Luffy and his group had escaped, the Marines left Dressrosa while escorting Doflamingo. While guarding Doflamingo's cell, Tsuru reminded Doflamingo of the reality that he lost and then listened to his comment about how the war for the title of Pirate King will begin.[10] Later, the Marine convoy came under attack by Jack of the Beasts Pirates, who sought to rescue Doflamingo. Two of the Marines' four ships were sunk but they managed to defeat him.[15]

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.

Wano Country Saga[]

One Piece: Stampede[]

Tsuru and her Subordinates in Movie 14

Tsuru and her subordinates at the Marine Headquarters.

Tsuru appears at the Marine Headquarters listening to Brannew's discussion about Douglas Bullet and the current situation on Delta Island.[29]

Concludes non-canon section.

Final Saga[]

Egghead Arc[]

Weeks later at New Marineford, Tsuru and Sengoku were reading up on the news about T Bone having been murdered by an unknown assassin who was motivated by the money rewarded by the Cross Guild for eliminating Marines, thanks to their established bounty system on Marines. Both were concerned with the threat the Marines were now facing from both pirates and common people. Hina then informed them that Garp, Kujaku, and SWORD had headed to Hachinosu to rescue Koby, which shocked both Tsuru and Sengoku.[30] Later during the Egghead Incident, Tsuru and Sengoku listened to Vegapunk's broadcast while onboard her battleship.[31]

Anime and Manga Differences[]

In her first appearance in the anime, Tsuru's dialogue with Donquixote Doflamingo, Laffitte and Sengoku is cut and she does not say anything. Instead, Mozambia, who was controlled by Doflamingo, is the one who tells Doflamingo to stop and the one who identifies Laffitte.[32] Also, while appearing in a flashback thirteen years ago, her main crew was not seen in the manga, but in the anime, it was seen to be comprised entirely of female Marines.[33]

Due to the fact that Tsuru's full body was not visible in her early appearances in the manga, the anime misjudged her height and proportions, initially depicting her with much shorter legs than intended. This was fixed when she appeared in the Dressrosa Arc.

Tsuru Pre-Timeskip Anime Concept Art
Tsuru's initial proportions in the anime.
Tsuru Anime Concept Art
Tsuru's proportions from the Dressrosa Arc.

Major Battles[]


Video Games[]

Playable Appearances[]

Non-Playable Appearances[]


  • Eiichiro Oda has stated that he tends to name female characters after birds. This tradition continues with Tsuru, whose name means "crane". Her name can also be translated as "to hang", depicting her ability.
Bartolomeo's Imagination of Sengoku and Tsuru

Tsuru (on the right) and Sengoku in Bartolomeo's imagination.

  • In the 4Kids dub, Tsuru's rank of vice admiral (中将, Chūjō?) title has been translated as her surname.
  • When Tsuru and Sengoku were mentioned by Bartolomeo, they were shown in the latter's imagination, hardly resembling their real appearance at all.
  • Tsuru's favorite foods are tea and sweets.[2]
  • Tsuru has a trio of female subordinates who have been with her for at least 13 years.[21][28] One of them is Hototogisu, who currently holds the rank of vice admiral like Tsuru, while the other two have yet to be identified.[34]
Tsuru's Subordinates
Tsuru's trio of subordinates in the present day.
Tsuru's Subordinates 13 Years Ago
Tsuru with her subordinates 13 years ago.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, Tsuru makes her debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0262), Information about Tsuru is revealed.
  3. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 (p. 64), Tsuru's age is revealed.
  4. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 106), Tsuru's birthday is revealed.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1080 (p. 11), Kujaku is revealed to be Tsuru's granddaughter.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 0.
  7. Volume 777.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 766 and Episode 705.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 25 Chapter 234, Tsuru attends the meeting in Mary Geoise.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 801 and Episode 746, Tsuru watches over the imprisoned Doflamingo.
  11. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 (p. 152), Tsuru is confirmed to have denied Doflamingo's request.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 796 (p. 14) and Episode 740, The Straw Hats react to Tsuru and Sengoku's arrival.
  13. 13.0 13.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 764 (p. 11-12) and Episode 703, Doflamingo tells Corazon that Tsuru from Headquarters has come after them again, and her battleship is seen.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 77 Chapter 767.
  15. 15.0 15.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 806 and Episode 755.
  16. One Piece Green: Secret Pieces (p. 156).
  17. 17.0 17.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 58 (p. 116), Tsuru's Devil Fruit name is revealed.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 556 and Episode 465, Tsuru is seen with pirates that she washed and hung out to dry.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 (p. 7) and Episode 511, Dr. Fishbonen states Haki is a power all vice admirals use.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 765 (p. 4) and Episode 704, Doflamingo mentions to his executives that even Tsuru stopped chasing the crew.
  21. 21.0 21.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 766 and Episode 705.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 551 and Episode 460, Tsuru comments on Whitebeard's formation inside the bay at Marineford.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 and Episode 462, Tsuru says that there is no safe place to hide.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 554 and Episode 463.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 566 and Episode 475.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 and Episode 489.
  27. One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 Chapter 793.
  28. 28.0 28.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 796 (p. 3-4) and Episode 740, Tsuru and Sengoku arrive at Dressrosa.
  29. One Piece Movie — One Piece: Stampede.
  30. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1082 (p. 2-3).
  31. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1116 (p. 9).
  32. One Piece Anime — Episode 151, Tsuru at Mary Geoise in the anime.
  33. One Piece Anime — Episode 705, Tsuru's main crew is seen.
  34. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 108, Hototogisu is named, and information about her is revealed.

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