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Who is Whitebeard - Shirohige ?

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Shirohige - Whitebeard

Edward Newgate also known as "Whitebeard" was the captain of one of the most famous dangerous pirates fleet. "The Strongest Man in the World", "The Man closest to One Piece" and one of "The Yonko" (the four emperors of New World), so many nickname for one man. It shows his importance in the pirate universe. He was killed during the Battle of Marineford trying to save his second division captain Portgas D. Ace from his execution.

Whitebeard was giant, three times the size of a normal human, but well proportioned. Like a lot of his men he possessed a tattoo representing his Jolly Roger (flag), a cross with his head on it. We could recognized his particular beard. He wore a black bandanna, a white captain's coat and always fought with a gigantic Bisento (a giant version of japanese naginata).

He possessed a devil fruit: The Gura Gura no Mi (Tremor-Tremor Fruit in english). It means "Sound of earthquake rumbling" and allowed him to create shockwaves, resulting earthquakes and tsunamis. His mother ship looks like a gigantic wale called "Moby Dick".

Childhood

There is not a lot of information about Shirohige during his childhood. The few that we know is that he was a member of an other pirate crew and he was known as his real name: Edward Newgate. Moreover, this man was not interested by treasures. The biggest treasure for him was to have a family.

Young adult life

When he was young, Newgate wore an open dark vest and a badana. His famous mustache was nonexistent.

When he created his own crew, he was already a strong and fearless man. It was at this time that he decided to have a beard and took the surname of "Whitebeard". We didn't know how it happened but it was at the same period that the rivalry between him and Gol D. Roger started. After many fights, he finally knew some of Roger's best men like Shanks and Buggy.

Adult life

When he turned as an adult, he grew his mustache and took the nickname of "Whitebeard". Before the execution of Roger, he wore a blue and yellow pirate hat with his jolly roger on it.

After the execution of Gol D. Roger, Whitebeard became officially the power of the sea for being the only one on equal terms with the former Pirate King. That is in the same time that the World Government put him with three other pirates in a new category. The four strongest pirates in the new World represented the Yonk (or the four emperors).

He went to the Fishman Island after the beginning of the Great Age of Pirates and freed the inhabitants by declaiming the island as his territory because of his good friend King Neptune.

Three years before Luffy's adventures, Whitebeard met Ace, captain of the Spade Pirates at this time. The young pirate tried many times to defeat him and claim his throne, but Whitebeard has always been the strongest. When he defeated Ace, aware of Ace's power, he offered him a chance to join his crew as his son. 

During the Battle of Marineford, he tried to save his "son" Ace from the execution but after many injuries due to the Amirals Akainu, Kizaru and Blackbeard's men, he died and his last words were that the One Piece exists.

 

Shirohige crew

The Whitebeard's crew counted more than 1600 men. 16 division commanders with 100 men for each of them. It was one of the four strongest pirate crews in the Grand Line (with the three other Emperors fleets). But we can also count at least 43 crews if we take in consideration all the subordinate crews in the New World. Whitebeard treated all of his long-time subordinate crews just like his own crew.

Whitebeard considered all the member of his crew has his sons and all of the considered him as their father. Their faith in him was unbelievable and they were ready to sacrifice themselves for him.

There are a few exceptions of course but the majority of Whitebeard's men are so loyal to him that they are ready to risk their own life to save Ace at Marineford.

His division commanders.

As the division commander of Whitebeard Pirates, all of them are proficient combatants and possessed extra abilities (devil fruits, strengths, etc.). 

 

Marco the Phoenix: 1st division commander of his fleet. He owes his nickname to his devil fruit ability to transform into a phoenix. He was a member of the crew since 22 years at list. Such a long time permitted him to have a high degree of experience with exposure and combat inside the New World. He took the position of first commander of the Whitebeard Pirates after Edward Newgate death.

 

 

Portas D. Ace: 2nd division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. "Fire Fist" Ace tried to defeat many times Whitebeard before to join him as his son. Ace held a great respect for his captain and was a loyal crewman and commander. He sacrificed himself to save Luffy and died during the Battle of Marineford after Whitebeard's crew tried to save him from the execution.

 

 

Jozu: 3rd division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. He is one of the strongest members of the fleet. He ate a devil fruit that allows him to transform parts of his body into diamond.

 

 

Thatch: 4th division commander. Jovial and affable, he was one of the friendlier and more sociable commanders of the fleet. He was killed by Marshall "Blackbeard" D. Teach, one of his men for the possession of the Yami Yami no Mi, the devil fruit that allows the man who eat it to create and control the darkness.

 

 

Vista: 5th division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. This tall, broad-chested and tanned man is known as the strongest swordsman of the fleet.

 

 

Blamenco: 6th division commander. Short man with a grey skin, Blamenco wears purple overalls and a grey pirate tricorn with the Whitebeard's symbol. Funny fact, he possesses two pockets on his skin near of his chin. He fights with a huge hammer (twice the size of him).

 

 

Rakuyo: 7th division commander. Dark blond dreadlocks and a two straight points mustache are his most important characteristics. He fights with a spiked flail with a canine-like face on it.

 

 

Namur: 8th division commander. Namur is a shark fishman. He possesses a "8" tattooed on his neck to represent his division. Because his race, a possesses all the characteristics due to it: ten times stronger than an average human on land and twice in the ocean.

 

 

Blenheim: 9th division commander. Blenheim is almost as huge as Whitebeard. He has a dark ponytail and a grey beard. We don't know a lot about him except he was already a member of the crew 20 years ago. 

 

 

Curiel: 10th division commander. Curiel is a gun fighter (bazookas, guns, etc). He has a watermelon-patterned bucket hat and a pair of ear protectors

 

 

Kingdew: 11th division commander. A short blonde hair man with a pair of long armored blue gauntlets. He is a powerful hand-to-hand combat fighter.

 

 

Haruta: 12th division commander. The swordsman Haruto wears 16th century style clothes and fights with a decorated saber in a style based on speed.

 

 

Atmos: 13th division commander. "Water Buffalo" Atmos has a sleeveless grey and golden armor, a helmet with horns and fights with two large swords.

 

 

Speed Jiru: 14th division commander. A captain possessing a fez, a jousting lance and a shield. He seems to be very fast and can avoid many attacks.

 

 

Fossa: 15th division commander. Fossa is an old man with a bold head, a black mustache and a scar on his face. But even if he is not a young man anymore, he possesses a muscular body and is a great swordman. He fights with a flaming katana.

 

 

Izo: 16th division commander. Izo is the last commander of the fleet. He wears a pink and purple kimono and uses a pair of flintlock pistols during battles.

 

The first subordinate captains.

 

Doma: "Bohemian Knight" Doma is a New World Pirate. He is always with a monkey who is perched on his shoulder. It is Doma's third hand and is able to shoot the enemies with a gun.

 

 

McGuy: "Thunder Lord" McGuy has a long face and a big nose. He is able to channel electricity through his swords.

 

 

The Decalvan Brothers: The twins are easily recognized they each close one eye during battle and each eye they open and close are opposite to one another.

 

 

Squard: "Maelstrom Siper" Squard is a pale and slim man who fights with two swords, a normal sized and an oversize one. More than 24 years ago, Gol D. Roger killed all his crew, provoking a visceral hate against all Roger's family. That is why, even if he is loyal to Whitebeard, he stabbed him to the chest when he discovered that Ace was Roger's son. He felt completely betrayed by Whitebeard who never told him the truth and asked him to save Ace from the execution. Whitebeard forgave him for this action and told him that Ace was not his enemy: the children must not being take responsible of there parent's sins.

 

 

Little Oars Jr.: It appears that he was a very good friend of Ace. This captain was a descendant of the four giants tall. Smaller than them, this is why people call him Little but don't misunderstood, Little Oars is far more taller than classical giants.

 

Former crew members.

 

Marshall D. Teach: Blackbeard started his pirate career as a member of the 2nd division. He murdered the 4th division commander Thatch for the Yami Yami no Mi and went away.

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