In the treacherous world of One Piece, where pirates roam the seas in search of fame, fortune, and the legendary treasure known as the One Piece, a unique alliance exists known as the Seven Warlords of the Sea.

This formidable group of pirates, handpicked by the World Government, was a selection of seven incredibly powerful and notorious pirates that played a crucial role in maintaining the delicate balance of power in the turbulent seas.

Some members of the The Seven Warlords of the Sea
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The Seven Warlords of the Sea were one of the Three Great Powers that shaped the geopolitical landscape of the One Piece world. The other two powers were the Marine Headquarters and the Four Emperors, the most powerful and feared pirates. Together, these three forces maintained an uneasy equilibrium, preventing any single entity from dominating the entire world.

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The primary objective of the Seven Warlords was to have these powerful pirates, who were once a menace to society, work for the World Government. In exchange for their allegiance, the government offered the Warlords a unique deal: their bounties were frozen, granting them a certain level of immunity from pursuit by the Marines. This, coupled with the freedom to engage in criminal activities to some extent, provided a tempting proposition for these notorious pirates.

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Who are the members of the Seven Warlords of the Sea?

The Seven Warlords before the Summit War of Marineford.
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Throughout the series, the roster of the Seven Warlords underwent significant changes. Pirates who initially joined for their own reasons, whether it be personal gain or a chance at redemption, found themselves entangled in the complex web of political machinations.

Members before dissolution
Dracule MihawkThe greatest swordsman in the world, Mihawk wielded a black sword and was known for his unparalleled skill in combat.
Bartholomew KumaA former revolutionary turned government tool, Kuma possessed the power to repel anything with his Paw-Paw Fruit abilities.
Boa HancockThe captivating empress of Amazon Lily, Hancock possessed the power of the Love-Love Fruit, allowing her to turn anyone who lusted after her into stone.
BuggyA flamboyant and comedic pirate who possesses the powers of the Chop-Chop fruit, Buggy surprisingly became a Warlord of the Sea.
Edward WeevilA pirate claiming to be the biological son of Whitebeard, he joined the Warlords with his overwhelming strength and a mission to eliminate anyone claiming Whitebeard’s lineage.
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Members that were revoked
CrocodileThe mastermind behind the criminal organization Baroque Works, Crocodile controlled sand and sought the ancient weapon Pluton.
Gecko MoriaThe main antagonist of Thriller Bark Arc, Moria had the power to manipulate shadows using the Shadows-Shadow Fruit.
Trafalgar LawA pirate from the North Blue and the captain and doctor of the Heart Pirates. His position as a Warlord was revoked for allying with the Straw Hat Pirates.
Donquixote DoflamingoAlso known as “Joker,” Doflamingo controlled the underground world and was a manipulative puppet master with his string-based Devil Fruit powers.
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Members that resigned
JinbeA Fish-Man karate master and loyal ally, Jinbe served as a mediator between humans and Fish-Men.
Marshall D. TeachMore commonly known as Blackbeard, he is notorious for his strategic betrayal of the World Government. Blackbeard’s acquisition of multiple Devil Fruit powers and ascent to the status as one of the Four Emperors underscored his thirst for power and determination in the pursuit of his grandiose goals.

The era of the Seven Warlords of the Sea met its end during the Reverie Arc when the government abolished the Warlord system. The dissolution was prompted by the unruly actions of certain Warlords and the changing dynamics of the world. The decision led to a wave of chaos as former Warlords faced repercussions for their past actions, sparking new conflicts and shifting the balance of power once again.

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