One Piece has touched the hearts of millions with its grand adventures, beloved characters, and emotionally charged moments. From intense battles to heartrending farewells, the series skillfully weaves a complex narrative that delves into the themes of friendship, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams.
Throughout the Straw Hat Pirates' journey, several deaths in One Piece have left a profound impact on the storyline, altering the destinies of characters and steering the course of their grand adventure.
10 The Going Merry
The Going Merry's demise ranks as one of the saddest deaths in One Piece, though its fate was inevitable. As the Straw Hat Pirates' first proper ship, it carried them through the Grand Line, the sky island of Skypiea, and even saved them at Enies Lobby. However, the treacherous conditions of the Grand Line and the New World rendered the Going Merry unfit for their continued journey. With its heartbreaking end, the Straw Hat Pirates transitioned to a stronger and more capable ship.
Pedro's courage shone brightest during the crew's perilous escape from Whole Cake Island, a stronghold ruled by the formidable Yonko, Big Mom. Cornered by Big Mom's relentless forces, Pedro bravely created a diversion, allowing his companions to flee to safety. His sacrifice strengthened the resolve of the Straw Hat Pirates and their allies, inspiring them to press forward. Thanks to Pedro's sacrifice, Luffy and his crew managed to escape Whole Cake Island with minimal injuries.
8 Shimotsuki Yasuie
Yasuie, the former daimyo of Hakumai in Wano Country, played a crucial role in the Samurai's uprising against Kaido. As a retainer to the Kozuki Clan, he courageously spread the hidden message among the people. Without Yasuie's noble sacrifice, the Samurai's plan would have faltered before even starting. Through his sacrifice, the Red Scabbards skillfully altered their plan, evading the eyes of the traitor Kanjuro.
Thatch, the fourth division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, met his untimely end after discovering the Dark-Dark Fruit, coveted by Blackbeard. This incident marked the beginning of Ace's relentless pursuit of Blackbeard, as killing a fellow crew member was a grave taboo among the Whitebeard Pirates. Thatch's death set off a chain of events that led to the confrontation between Blackbeard and Ace, ultimately resulting in Ace's capture by the Marines.
6 Kozuki Oden
Oden's tragic execution at the hands of Kaido and Orochi devastated his loyal retainers, the Nine Red Scabbards, and the people of Wano. His selfless sacrifice for those he loved showcased his unwavering commitment to their welfare. Beyond his death, Oden's legacy continued to shape the future of Wano. His dream and indomitable spirit ignited the flame of rebellion and hope among his followers and allies, driving them to carry on the fight for Wano's liberation decades later.
Corazon's selfless decision to shield Trafalgar Law from Doflamingo's wrath cost him his life. His silent sacrifice displayed the depth of his love for Law and the lengths he was willing to go to protect him. Corazon's death had a profound impact on Trafalgar Law, leaving an enduring mark on his character and motivations. It compelled Law to carry on Corazon's will and seek revenge against Doflamingo, leading to the events of the Dressrosa Saga.
4 Rocks D. Xebec
Rocks D. Xebec, the fearsome captain of the Rocks Pirates, harbored ambitions of becoming the King of the World, showcasing his ruthless and unyielding nature. His quest for world domination led him to attack the Celestial Dragons. However, his plans were thwarted by the unexpected alliance of Gol D. Roger and Monkey D. Garp, supposedly resulting in Rocks' demise. This marked the disbandment of the notorious Rocks Pirates, with its members forming their own pirate crews, including Big Mom, Whitebeard, and Kaido.
3 Fisher Tiger & Otohime
Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime were at the forefront of advocating for equality between Fish-Men and humans. Tragically, both of their deaths only fueled further hatred among the Fish-Men towards humans. Fisher Tiger died after refusing to accept blood from a human, though it later became known that his death resulted from humans' refusal to provide him with blood.
Whitebeard's death in the Battle of Marineford, where he confronted the Marines to save Portgas D. Ace, was a tragic turning point. Beyond losing a powerful and influential pirate, Whitebeard's demise marked the end of an era, leaving a significant void in the pirate world. As the leading contender for the title of Pirate King, Whitebeard's final words confirmed the existence of the legendary treasure, sparking a new wave of pirates in pursuit of One Piece.
1 Gol D. Roger
Gol D. Roger, revered as the Pirate King, was a legendary figure who conquered the Grand Line and discovered the location of the One Piece, the ultimate treasure. His exploits and reputation made him a symbol of freedom and adventure. Roger's surrender to the Marines and his announcement of the existence of One Piece sent shockwaves through the world, kickstarting the Great Pirate Era in One Piece. His farewell message encouraged others to seek the treasure, inspiring countless pirates to embark on their own extraordinary journeys.