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The Worst Generation is a term that refers to twelve individuals consisting of the eleven top rookie pirates that arrived at the Sabaody Archipelago before the Summit War of Marineford and the Emperor, "Blackbeard" Marshall D. Teach. They are famous for the bold actions committed against the World Government and have bounties of over 100,000,000.
As most of the major conflicts that have occurred after the Summit War of Marineford revolve around them, they are regarded as "problem children" who appeared between the end of the Golden Age of Pirates and the beginning of the New Age.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Members
- 3 Profile
- 4 History
- 4.1 Past
- 4.2 Summit War Saga
- 4.3 During the Timeskip
- 4.4 Dressrosa Saga
- 4.5 Four Emperors Saga
- 5 Trivia
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- 8 Site Navigation
Before they became known as the Worst Generation, the eleven Supernovas are the top rookie pirates from nine different crews who all chose one of the seven routes along the Grand Line. They are comprised of the captains of the nine crews as well as two other crewmates who also are above the bounty threshold of 100,000,000. They come from all seas - East Blue, West Blue, South Blue, North Blue, the White Sea, and the Grand Line itself. A common trait they all possess is that they have caught the attention of the World Government and have survived many ordeals that have wiped out other pirate crews during their voyage in the Grand Line. Though they are all on par with each other as far as threat level is concerned, they represent different views on piracy.
With the exception of the Straw Hat Pirates, most Supernovas attempted to avoid the paths of the World Nobles. Coincidentally, all the Supernovas arrived on the Sabaody Archipelago at the same time which caused a series of issues for the Marines. In addition, all of them, except for the Straw Hat Pirates and the Heart Pirates, entered the New World almost simultaneously. Marshall D. Teach and his crew, on the other hand, were already in the New World by the time the rookies were making preparations.
Of the twelve pirates, all but two (Zoro and Killer) are captains of their respective pirate crews and only one (Zoro) is not a Devil Fruit user. According to Shakuyaku, one of the Supernovas could potentially be responsible for inspiring a whole new generation of pirates, a comment that is made true when it was revealed that Luffy inspired Bartolomeo to become a pirate.
|Name||Origin||Affiliation||Bounty||Abilities, Weapons, and Powers||Epithet|
|Marshall D. Teach||Grand Line||
||"Blackbeard" ("黒ひげ" マーシャル・D・ティーチ "Kurohige" Māsharu Dī Tīchi?)|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Dawn Island; East Blue||
||"Straw Hat" (“麦わら” モンキー・D・ルフィ "Mugiwara" Monkī Dī Rufi?)|
"The Fifth Emperor" (５番目の皇帝 Gobanme no Kōtei?)
|Trafalgar D. Water Law||Flevance; North Blue||"Surgeon of Death" (“死の外科医” トラファルガー・ロー "Shi no Gekai" Torafarugā Rō?)|
|Eustass Kid||South Blue||"Captain" (ユースタス・“キャプテン”キッド Yūsutasu "Kyaputen" Kiddo?)|
|Scratchmen Apoo||Grand Line (Longarm Tribe)||"Roar of the Sea" (“海鳴り” スクラッチメン・アプー "Umi Nari" Sukuracchimen Apū?)|
|Capone Bege||West Blue||"Gang" (カポネ・“ギャング”ベッジ Capone "Gyangu" Bejji?)|
|Basil Hawkins||North Blue||"Magician" (“魔術師” バジル・ホーキンス "Majutsushi" Bajiru Hōkinsu?)|
|Roronoa Zoro||Shimotsuki Village; East Blue||"Pirate Hunter" (“海賊狩り” ロロノア・ゾロ "Kaizoku Gari" Roronoa Zoro?)|
|X Drake||North Blue||"Red Flag" (“赤旗” X・ドレーク "Akahata" Diesu Dorēku?)|
|Killer||South Blue||"Massacre Soldier" (“殺戮武人” キラー "Satsuriku Bujin" Kirā?)|
|Jewelry Bonney||South Blue||Captain of the Bonney Pirates||
||"Big Eater" (“大喰らい” ジュエリー・ボニー "Ō Gurai" Juerī Bonī?)|
|Urouge||Sky Island||Captain of the Fallen Monk Pirates||
||"Mad Monk" (“怪僧” ウルージ "Kai Sō" Urūji?)|
Several members of what would become the Worst Generation became famous before entering the Grand Line. The actions of Kid in the South Blue, Law in the North Blue, and Bege in the West Blue were well-known even in the Grand Line around three years before the start of the series. In the case of Bege, he became extremely infamous as a mafia leader who brought down rival gangs by solely killing their leaders, and later moved on to do the same thing as a pirate. Kid and his first mate Killer became extremely infamous for the large numbers of civilian casualties they caused during their expeditions. X Drake publicly defected from the Marines to become a pirate, though in reality was operating undercover as the captain of the Secret Special Force SWORD. All of the Worst Generation's members started their pirating journeys relatively recently save for Teach, who had been a longtime member of the Whitebeard Pirates until he left to form his own crew following his murder of his crewmate Thatch. To build his power even more, Teach defeated and captured the infamous pirate Portgas D. Ace, his former crewmate on the Whitebeard Pirates, which caused the World Government to accept him as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
Summit War Saga
Sabaody Archipelago Arc
All of the Worst Generation's members save for Teach were present on the Sabaody Archipelago at the same time, and were noted by Shakuyaku for their distinction of being the only rookie pirates there with bounties over 100,000,000. However, Luffy proceeded to unleash chaos in Sabaody after punching the World Noble Saint Charlos, causing Marine Admiral Kizaru and a large Marine platoon to be sent to retaliate. Upon arriving, Kizaru encountered and battled Hawkins, Drake, Urouge, and Apoo, all of whom he defeated. Before he could capture or kill them, he was summoned to confront the Straw Hat Pirates. During this confrontation, the Warlord Bartholomew Kuma unexpectedly arrived and transported each of the Straw Hats off the island, including Supernovas Luffy and Zoro. The other Supernovas managed to shake off the Marines and escape from Sabaody.
Impel Down Arc
Luffy broke into the great prison of Impel Down to rescue his brother, Ace, from execution. Luffy's break-in caused great chaos, and this enabled Blackbeard to invade the prison with his crew to recruit prisoners from the most dangerous level, Level 6, as part of his plot.
Luffy was unable to rescue Ace before the latter was taken to Marineford to be executed, but managed to escape from Impel Down with a horde of escaped prisoners and head to Marine Headquarters. There, with the assistance of the Whitebeard Pirates, Luffy succeeded in freeing Ace, though Ace quickly proceeded to be killed by Marine Admiral Akainu, which resulted in Luffy suffering a mental breakdown. Soon after Ace's death, the Blackbeard Pirates arrived with the new members they had recruited from Level 6. Together, they killed Whitebeard and enabled Blackbeard to steal the Emperor's Devil Fruit, the Gura Gura no Mi, through unknown means. As Blackbeard proceeded to unleash chaos on the battlefield, Luffy's allies worked to get him off Marineford. Fortunately for them, Law and his crew, the Heart Pirates, arrived in their submarine to take Luffy away. Once they did so, the Emperor Shanks arrived to put an end to the war, allowing the Marines, Blackbeard Pirates, and Whitebeard Pirates to retreat in peace. All of the Supernovas that were not involved in the conflict, save for Zoro, watched the war either from afar on their ships or from the video broadcast on Sabaody.
Following the great war, most of the Supernovas and their crews headed to the New World. The main exception was Law, who opted to wait a little longer. The Kid and Hawkins Pirates began subjugating islands and other pirates they came across, while Apoo, Bege, and Urouge had encounters with the area's otherworldly forces of nature. Bonney and her crew ended up being captured by the Blackbeard Pirates, but Blackbeard was forced to leave her when a Marine battleship captained by Akainu arrived. Akainu proceeded to capture Bonney. After recovering from his wounds and mental breakdown, Luffy sent a message to his crew by ringing the Ox Bell on Marineford, telling them that they would reunite and head to the New World in two years.
During the Timeskip
Blackbeard was considered the top candidate to replace Whitebeard among the Four Emperors following the latter's death, and he would do so in a year after thoroughly defeating the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates in the Payback War.
After finally entering the New World, Law would make a name for himself primarily through his involvement in instigating the Rocky Port Incident. He would later join the ranks of the Seven Warlords after sending 100 pirate hearts to Marine Headquarters. Bonney managed to escape capture by the Marines, and has appeared to lay low since then.
The other Supernovas became involved with the Four Emperors in various manners. Kid and Killer launched attacks against both the Big Mom Pirates and Red Hair Pirates, with Kid losing one of his arms in a battle with the latter. Bege, Apoo, and Urouge each invaded Big Mom's territory, and Bege joined the Big Mom Pirates while the other two were defeated. Drake joined the Beasts Pirates after invading one of Kaido's favorite islands, and quickly rose up the ranks to become a member of the crew's Tobiroppo; Apoo would also join the Beasts Pirates as an informant. Due to the actions of the Supernovas and Blackbeard in the timespan between the events of Sabaody and now, their group became recognized as the "Worst Generation".
Punk Hazard Arc
With two years having passed since Marineford, the Straw Hat Pirates reunited and voyaged into the New World. Shortly after quelling a rebellion on Fish-Man Island, they ended up on the quarantined island of Punk Hazard. Law was there as well at the time, working with the mad scientist Caesar Clown. Upon encountering the Straw Hats, Law proposed an alliance to Luffy with the intention of defeating Kaido. To do so, he plotted to destroy the production of Artificial Devil Fruits known as SMILE that the Warlord Donquixote Doflamingo was supplying Kaido with. The first step was to stop the production of SAD, the main ingredient in these fruits which Caesar produced on Punk Hazard. Luffy agreed to this proposal, and Law gave him the directive to capture Caesar to use as a pawn against Doflamingo while he destroyed the SAD production. The new allies managed to succeed, despite encountering resistance from Donquixote Pirates officers Vergo and Monet whom had been stationed as operatives in the laboratory by Doflamingo, as well as dealing with the release of a new weapon of mass destruction by Caesar. Once Caesar was captured, Law contacted Doflamingo and gave him the ultimatum to step down from the Warlords if he wished to regain Caesar, his lone resource for producing SAD.
At the same time those events were happening, the Kid Pirates, Hawkins Pirates, and On Air Pirates met to form an alliance for the purpose of defeating Shanks. Although their meeting nearly ended in a quick failure, the trio were able to reach an agreement and their alliance was formed.
With Doflamingo seemingly having obeyed Law's ultimatum by leaving the Warlords, the Straw Hat-Heart alliance headed to Dressrosa, with the intention of covertly infiltrating and destroying the SMILE production factory while Law met with Doflamingo to return Caesar to him. Their alliance and actions on Punk Hazard had attracted the attention of Marine Headquarters, and Fleet Admiral Sakazuki sent Admiral Fujitora to address the situation. However, after reaching Dressrosa and meeting with Doflamingo to fulfill the deal, Law discovered that Doflamingo had never left the Warlords, having used his connections in the World Government to trick him and the entire public. Fujitora arrived to assist Doflamingo, and stripped Law of his Warlord title for allying with the Straw Hats. Law managed to keep Caesar out of Doflamingo's clutches by transporting him into the custody of a faction of the Straw Hats. They took him to Zou, while being pursued by Bege and the Big Mom Pirates, who also came to take custody of Caesar. In his ensuing battle with Doflamingo, Law stated that he had ended his alliance with the Straw Hats, revealing that his intention was not to take down Kaido but rather to ensure the Emperor would kill Doflamingo, in order to take revenge on the Warlord for murdering his mentor Corazon.
Doflamingo proceeded to defeat and capture Law, and Luffy and Zoro led an invasion on Doflamingo's palace to save their ally. Upon rescuing Law and finding out that he had ended their alliance, Luffy refused to accept its dissolution. Doflamingo used his strings to create a "Birdcage" cutting off all escape from Dressrosa, commissioning a reward on Luffy, Law, and their subordinates for anyone around them to capture them. However, Luffy, Law, and Zoro led a charge against the Donquixote Pirates with the aid of pirates and other warriors that Luffy had met in the Corrida Colosseum. After an arduous conflict, this band of allies managed to defeat Doflamingo and his crew, with a portion of them destroying the SMILE Factory in the process. This turn of events netted the Straw Hat-Heart alliance even greater infamy across the world, and Fujitora and the Marines were ordered to arrest them. However, with the help of the allies they had made, the alliance was able to escape from Dressrosa. Most of these allies would then go on to one-sidedly swear themselves to Luffy, thus forming the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
Meanwhile, Apoo had joined the Kid-Hawkins-On Air Alliance as an agent for Kaido, and directed the Emperor to the three crews' meeting place. Upon arriving there from the sky, Kaido pressed Kid and Hawkins' crews into his service. Hawkins willingly agreed, but Kid and Killer put up a fight. They were eventually defeated, with Kid and Killer being imprisoned in Wano Country. Killer was able to ensure his captain and crew's continued survival, by eating a failed SMILE and acting as an assassin for Kaido's ally, Orochi, under the disguise of "Kamazo the Manslayer", while publicly known as a serial killer. Hawkins quickly rose to the position of Shinuchi in the Beasts Pirates.
Four Emperors Saga
Capone Bege and his crew arrived on Zou with a contingent of Big Mom Pirates to capture Caesar and Sanji, who were there with a portion of the Straw Hats, in order to bring the latter to an arranged marriage with Big Mom's daughter Charlotte Pudding.
Two days later, the rest of the Straw Hat-Heart alliance arrived at Zou. There, they formed the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance with the forces of the Mink Tribe that resided there, as well as with a group of samurai serving the Kozuki Family, whom they had worked with from Punk Hazard to Zou, in order to attack and bring down Kaido and the Beasts Pirates, who were occupying the samurai's home of Wano Country.
Whole Cake Island Arc
Luffy took a portion of his crew, as well as a few allies, to Whole Cake Island in order to free Sanji from the Big Mom Pirates. At the same time, Bege was plotting an elaborate attempt to assassinate Big Mom during Sanji and Pudding's wedding ceremony. After Luffy's group reunited with Sanji, they met with the Fire Tank Pirates in the hopes of forming an alliance, as they wished to invade the wedding to rescue Sanji's family members from an assassination plot by Big Mom. The alliance infiltrated the wedding ceremony, and although they successfully freed Sanji's family, the attempt on Big Mom's life was a failure. However, the alliance was able to escape from the wedding venue through a stroke of sheer luck when the castle it was located atop of tipped over after an explosion. Although Bege and Luffy immediately ended their alliance following their escape, their crews proceeded to continue working together when Bege's wife, Chiffon assisted Sanji in making a wedding cake to satisfy Big Mom's murderous craving. As his crew worked to escape from Totto Land, Luffy fought and managed to defeat the powerful Sweet Commander Charlotte Katakuri. Bege became involved in getting the cake to Big Mom, and once the cake was brought to her, both the Straw Hats and Fire Tank Pirates managed to escape from Big Mom's territory.
Luffy received the majority of the coverage on the affairs that occurred in Totto Land, with the news portraying him as effectively going toe-to-toe with Big Mom and handing her a defeat. As a result, his bounty increased by 1,000,000,000 and the media began referring to him as the "Fifth Emperor". Meanwhile, Bege's bounty increased by only 50,000,000.
One Piece: Stampede
Two years ago, when Teach entered Level 6 and initiated his "recruitment", there was actually one more prisoner who passed. But seeing that it was Douglas Bullet, Teach decide to leave him alone while taking the rest with him.
In the present day, the crews of the Worst Generation (except the Blackbeard Pirates) all took part in the Pirates Festival. While the others prepared for the main event, Law infiltrated the Festival Pirates lair after sending his crew away, where he came close to the truth of the Festival, before being beaten by Douglas Bullet. After escaping and getting help from the Straw Hats, they discovered Buena Festa's secret plan.
Back at the Festival the other pirates participated in the treasure race, however, after Buggy discovered the secret of the treasure, the event came to a sudden end, thanks to Bullet. Zoro went with the Straw Hats in order to escape, but ended up facing Issho, who came along with the fleet of Marine ships that was raiding Delta Island. Meanwhile, the remaining members of the Worst Generation fought Bullet, but were defeated after he revealed his Devil Fruit ability.
Luffy later recovered, and stubbornly went after Bullet, teaming up with Law, Smoker, Boa Hancock, Buggy and Sabo, with Rob Lucci and Crocodile supporting them. Together, Luffy managed to defeat Bullet and claimed the treasure in the process, an Eternal Pose to Laugh Tale, which he promptly destroyed, claiming that he doesn't need it. He then joined his crew, where together with the Worst Generation, and with help of Sabo and Ann, escape the Marine's encirclement of the island.
Concludes non-canon section.
"Gang" Bege's Oh My Family
Bege decided to look for Lola, on Chiffon's behest. On reaching Dressrosa, not only did they find her, but also the twins' father, Pound. As they escaped Dressrosa while being pursued by the Marines, Lola was married to Gotti on the Fire Tank Pirates' ship, much to Bege and his family and crew's joy.
Wano Country Arc
Luffy's group headed to Wano, where they reunited with their comrades and went to work preparing for an invasion against the Beasts Pirates on the day of the Fire Festival, when they would be partying and drinking. However, the allies were not able to stay out of sight, and had run-ins and conflicts with Drake and Hawkins multiple times. Luffy clashed with Kaido, after mistakenly thinking that the Emperor killed his crew, but was defeated and imprisoned, where he was put to work alongside Kid. At one point, Zoro dueled against Killer, who was now under the name "Kamazo", when he was sent to kill a little girl on Orochi's order. Following his defeat, Killer was sent to the Udon Prisoner Mine, where Luffy successfully engineered a prisoner's revolt against the wardens. Once the Beasts Pirates had been defeated, Kid and Killer set off on their own, having no desire to ally with pirates ever again. Meanwhile, during a fight that broke out when Shimotsuki Yasuie, a major ally of the alliance, was executed, Law clashed with Hawkins and was captured due to Hawkins holding his crew hostage. However, Drake later freed Law, allowing him to take out Hawkins.
On the day of the Fire Festival, the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance set sail for Onigashima to launch their assault. While battling a small Beasts Pirates fleet sent to stop them, the Kid Pirates joined them; though they had intended to attack the Beasts Pirates on their own, they ultimately ended up moving right alongside the other factions as reluctant allies. After infiltrating Onigashima, the alliance launched their assault, with Apoo joining the Beasts Pirates in their counterattack. During the fighting, Drake's status as an undercover agent was exposed by Queen, Who's Who and Hawkins, who arrived late, forcing him to defect to the alliance's side. Together, he and Zoro teamed up against and eventually defeated Apoo, though the Longarm Tribesman soon rose again and persistently fought back. Luffy, Zoro, Kid, Killer, and Law eventually made it up to the roof of Kaido's fortress, where they confronted Kaido and Big Mom. As the battle commenced, it soon became clear that as long as the two Emperor's fought together, the younger pirates would eventually lose. As such the Worst Generation Pirates successfully pulled of a strategy to separate them, with Kid and Killer volunteering to pursue Linlin, Trafalgar and Zoro retreated downstairs to tend to their wounds, while Luffy stayed behind to fight Kaido alone. As the top two of the Kid Pirates pursued Linlin, Basil Hawkins appeared in their path, with Killer deciding to stay behind in order to face him, while Kid continued to search for Big Mom.
Luffy eventually lost to Kaido and was sent sinking into the sea, though using the Voice of All Things, he had Momonosuke transmit a message to their allies stating he would return, and was fortunately picked up by the Heart Pirates, who were still in their submarine. Kid and Law decided to fight Big Mom together, while Killer and Hawkins faced each other. Zoro, thanks to Sanji, was tended to by Chopper, having received serious injuries from the earlier battle.
During the events in Wano, Gecko Moria attacked the Blackbeard Pirates base, on Hachinosu, with Teach opting merely talk to him, instead of confronting him. When the news of the Warlords abolishment was released, Teach immediately set sail to recruit them.
- Oda drew ten of the Supernovas (excluding Zoro) after the two-year timeskip for a promotional poster.
- Oda has admitted in an interview for Grand Countdown that the Supernovas introduced during the Sabaody Archipelago were a late minute addition to the series, born out of a feeling that the arc lacked interesting characters. This was further confirmed in the 27th Log, with Oda having never expected them to have become so important to the plotline.
- Luffy and Killer are the only members whose names do not come from real life figures.
- Most of the Devil Fruit users have powers of a Paramecia, with X Drake being the only one with a Zoan (Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Allosaurus), and Teach the only one with a Logia (Yami Yami no Mi).
- Scratchmen Apoo and Urouge are the only non-human members.
- Capone Bege is the only known member to have a spouse and child.
- Zoro and Killer are the only members who are not captains of their own crew and the only members who do not have Devil Fruit powers (though Zoro is the only one to have not eaten a fruit at all, with Killer having eaten a defective artificial SMILE).
- In Volume 64's SBS, Oda drew the Eleven Supernovas (except Luffy and Zoro) as children. Blackbeard was drawn as a child in the previous volume's SBS.
- In Volume 72's SBS, Oda drew the Eleven Supernovas (except Luffy and Zoro) as the opposite gender. Luffy and Zoro were drawn in a previous SBS with the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates, and Blackbeard was drawn in 76 Volume SBS along with the rest of the Warlords.
- In Volume 95's SBS, Oda revealed what flowers and animals he thought best represented each member of the Worst Generation.
- Luffy: Sunflower, Monkey
- Kid: Tulip, Fighting Bull
- Law: Queen of the night, Snow Leopard
- Teach: Red spider lily, Hippo
- Zoro: Wisteria, Shark
- Killer: Snowdrop, Weasel
- Hawkins: Black lily, Horse
- Bonney: Freesia, Deer
- Capone: Rose, Koala
- Urouge: Daisy, Elephant
- Apoo: Poppy, Orangutan
- Drake: Gentiana, Allosaurus
- Supernova – Wikipedia article on the special event these pirates are named after.