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One of the best pirate animes of all time, One Piece boasts a great set of characters. The vast diversity of the people involved in the series and their uniqueness make it unique.
In One Piece, we follow the journey of Monkey D. Luffy, who is set out on his journey to becoming the Pirate King and discover the greatest treasure, “One Piece.”
As we have followed Luffy in his adventures, we have encountered various characters, including friends and foes. They had unique fighting styles and powers, and it is needless to say that Luffy gained essential lessons from every fight, which proved handy in the long run.
Today, we are going to rank the top 30 strongest living characters in One Piece. However, we are only going to rank the living characters, which is why we need to exclude the likes of Whitebeard, Ace, Oden, and others.
30) Rob Lucci
It’s better not to underestimate Rob Lucci, who is now a member of CP0. During the Wano arc, the head and the other high members of CP0 were eliminated in the battle. Therefore, there is a high possibility that Rob Lucci will become the next head of CP0.
Lucci knows all the basic fighting techniques of CP members. Along with it, he ate Zoan devil fruit, Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard, which allows him to transform into Leopard. In his Zoan form, his physical strength, speed, and reflexes enhanced exponentially.
The strongest character of the Impel Down Arc, Magellan, comes in the 29th position in the rankings. As the Chief Warden of Impel Down, he was the most challenging enemy that Luffy had to pass through to rescue Ace; this task proved quite difficult as Magellan was able to overwhelm Luffy with the power of his Doku Doku no Mi.
It allowed Magellan to create and manipulate poison at his will, which could paralyze his opponents or even wreck them with its highly corrosive toxin.
A former Warlord of the Sea, Crocodile, is one of the most formidable villains Luffy has faced to date. During the Arabasta Arc, he showed the readers how adept he was as a criminal mastermind as Luffy and his crewmates were pushed into a corner.
His Devil Fruit, Suna Suna no Mi, which turned him into the sand, was a problematic power to deal with as almost all attacks passed through him. Crocodile later became an ally of Luffy during the Impel Down Arc and showed his battle prowess in the Summit War of Marineford.
He took on Donquixote Doflamingo and Dracule Mihawk simultaneously without suffering any injuries and even held his own against Admiral Akainu.
Another former Warlord of the Sea makes his appearance in the list of Top 30 strongest living characters in One Piece. Jinbei is one of the strongest fish-man in the series and terrorizes his enemies with his skillful Fish-Man Karate.
He was also the captain of the Sun Pirates but later joined Luffy’s crew during the Wano Country Arc. He is extremely powerful, which he demonstrated by taking on Ace and holding his own despite his opponent having Logia powers. In addition, in the Wano fight, he effortlessly defeated Who’s Who, the strongest member of the Flying Six.
Vinsmoke Sanji is also one of the strongest living characters in One Piece. During the Wano arc, he used his raid suit multiple times, which led to his body modifications.
His body awakened genetic enhancements, resulting in an exponential increase in physical strength, speed, and durability. Even Queen’s sword was broken into pieces when he attacked Sanji’s neck. Now, he has extreme physical strength and speed that he sent Queen in hybrid form, flying only with his kick.
Sanji may be stronger than the characters mentioned above in the list, but we haven’t seen his full potential yet; that’s why we have ranked him in 26th position.
Being the first member to be recruited by Luffy, Zoro boasts insane strength and sword skills. To become the master swordsman, we have seen many incredible feats from this forgetful character.
Although he doesn’t possess any devil fruit power, it has never held him back as he has managed to slay his enemies countless times with his sheer skills and swordsmanship.
Moreover, he also possesses Busoshoku Haki, Kenbunshoku Haki, and maybe Busoshoku Haki, making him even more formidable combined with his swordplay. After gaining control over Enma, he has become powerful enough to defeat King in a one-on-one fight.
Usopp’s father, Yasopp, stars as the first member of Shank’s crew to be featured in this list. He is a highly skilled sniper with the nickname “Chaser.”
Being an officer of Shank’s crew verifies his strength as he is also a top target in the books of the World Government and the Marines. He was recruited by Shanks in Syrup Village due to his sniping skills.
We also got an example of his capabilities when he managed to defeat Daddy Masterson, a highly skilled sniper of the Marines, in a one-on-one duel.
23) Donquixote Doflamingo
The Warlords of the Sea are dominating this list as Doflamingo secures the 23rd position in the rankings. Being one of the terrifying villains in the series, Doflamingo wreaked havoc with his Devil Fruit, Ito Ito no Mi, which allowed him to create and manipulate strings.
With its razor-like sharpness and incredible durability, his strings provided a range of attacks when using them against his opponents.
Moreover, he is one of the few people in the series who can use all three types of Haki, thus establishing his power even more. During his fight against Luffy, Doflamingo pushed him to the extreme as Luffy had to surpass all his limits to win that fight.
The former Chief Warden of Impel Down, Shiryu of the Rain, follows Magellan in the 22nd place in the list of Top 30 Strongest Living Characters in One Piece. He later joined Blackbeard and is currently one of the Ten Titanic Captains of the Blackbeard Pirates.
His sadistic treatment of the prisoners led to him being imprisoned in level 6 of Impel Down. In addition to this, his Devil Fruit Suke Suke no Mi granted him the power of invisibility and also allowed him to turn anything he touched invisibly.
This power is great for stealth tactics and has a wide range of applications making him one of the formidable foes in One Piece.
21) Silvers Rayleigh (Current)
On the contrary to Luffy, it is no surprise to see the former Right-Hand Man of the Pirate King occupy 21st place on the list. Although he doesn’t possess any Devil Fruit powers, he can dominate his opponents with the sheer force of his Haki. This establishes his insane strength and why Gol D. Roger chose him as his Right-Hand man.
Even in his old form, he was able to fight Kizaru toe to toe. Some fans contradict it by saying that he could have defeated him, but that’s not true.
20) Sengoku (Current)
Sengoku the Buddha is a former fleet admiral of the marines. His name carries a certain weight due to all of the incredible achievements he accomplished before his retirement.
He was active during Gol.D.Roger’s time and was on par with some of the strongest characters. Moreover, with his Devil Fruit Hito Hito no Mi, he struck fear in the heart of all the pirates.
His Mythical Zoan-type fruit allowed him to transform into a giant golden Buddha, which earned him his signature nickname.
19) Garp (Current)
It is fair to say Monkey D.Garp deserves the 19th spot on this list. We know that during his prime time, he was one of the strongest characters, but now, due to his old age, it’s better to put him at a low ranking.
As Luffy’s grandfather and his mentor Garp possessed immense strength and fighting spirit. He was a Vice-Admiral in the navy who also trained Koby and Helmeppo into fine marines. Apart from being a great teacher, he was famous for pushing Roger into a corner several times while fighting.
He was also offered the position of Admiral several times, which further speaks of his dominance. We placed him in 19th position because even in his old age, he is powerful enough to knock down Marco with his one punch.
Many anime fans think Enel was defeated in the Skypiea, and he was never seen after that. But manga fans know that after the defeat, he went on a journey to the moon, where he gained the knowledge of devil fruits.
The “God of Thunder” was a formidable threat to Luffy and his crew during their adventures in Skypiea. Although Luffy had the type resistance in terms of Devil Fruit powers, Enel’s insane electric output was too much for Luffy to handle.
He demonstrated his threat when he was able to trounce Kamakiri and Raki. Moreover, with the lightning-based power of his Goro Goro no Mi and his Kenbunshoku Haki, he terrorized the residents of Skypiea as none of them matched up to him.
Maybe Enel is far more powerful than the characters mentioned above in the list. Also, his Observation Haki is also unbelievable. He can listen to the thoughts and actions of Skypieans. In addition, he also possesses a vast knowledge of mechanics and technology. Enel is one of the most underrated characters in One Piece.
Kizaru is the third Marine Admiral, along with Aramaki and Fujitora. He was the only one who retained his position after the Summit War of Marineford.
Although he has a laid-back personality, his combat skills are far greater than most of the characters in the series. Along with this, his Devil Fruit Pika Pika no Mi allows him to transform his body into light and use it in a variety of ways. In terms of ability, Kizaru has plenty of advantages. Undoubtedly, he is also one of the strongest living characters in One Piece.
The current Admiral of the Marines takes the 16th position in the rankings. Although we have not yet seen much of Aramaki, it goes without saying that someone who has filled the vacancy left by Akainu and Aokiji possesses tremendous power.
Presently, he arrived in Wano. He used a glimpse of forest power where he formed numerous plants that can suck the nutrients out of living beings. He eliminated both King and Queen by drawing out all the nutrients from them. Even Doflamingo categorized both Fujitora and Aramaki as monsters.
The former Marine admirals are dominating the upper half of this list. After losing the Fleet Admiral position to Sakazuki, he resigned from the Marines and joined Blackbeard. During his time as a Marine Admiral, everyone feared him all around due to his ice-cold personality and powers.
He has complete control over his Hie Hie no Mi devil fruit, which grants him the power to transform his body into ice and manipulate it at will. We have placed him in the 15th position because of his ability to freeze anything over a vast range.
Fujitora was the other Admiral to be appointed alongside Green Bull to fill the two vacancies. He is a man with a heightened sense of moral justice who wishes to wipe out all the evil from the world.
He was one of the primary antagonists in the Dressrosa Arc, where he proved to be quite a handful with his Zushi Zushi no Mi devil fruit.
His paramecia-type fruit grants him the power to manipulate gravity which is quite a rare type of power with a wide range of applications. This power is extremely hard for his opponents to overcome, giving him the edge in most battles.
At the end of the Dressrosa arc, he unveiled the true limits of his ability which was quite terrifying. If he wanted, he could badly crush all the pirates at that time.
The sworn brother of Luffy and Ace manages to secure 13th place in the rankings. Being the No. 2 of the Revolutionary Army speaks volumes about his strength and why he is so high up on this list. Sabo ate Ace’s Devil Fruit Mera Mera no Mi and gained his Logia Fire powers.
Thus, he continued Ace’s legacy as a fearsome fighter. Sabo’s signature fighting style was Ryusoken which involved the use of grips. Also, his Armament Haki is ver powerful like Garp. In Dressrosa, he fought Fujitora one on one and drew the fight. It showed how powerful he has become after eating Mera Mera no Mi.
Charlotte Katakuri serves as one of the Three Sweet Commanders of the Big Mom Pirates. His actions as an antagonist in the Cake Island Arc have earned him a high ranking on this list.
He is an extremely skilled wielder of his spear, Mogura, and it is his primary weapon in battles. In addition to this, he has the power of the Devil Fruit Mochi Mochi no Mi, which allows him to transform his whole body into Mochi and manipulate it at will.
Yamato is one of the most powerful characters in One Piece. She is the newest character that appeared in the Wano Arc and has joined the Straw Hat Pirates. She is Kaido’s biological daughter.
Like his father, she can use all three types of Haki, and she is one of the few characters who can use advanced Conqueror Haki. In addition, she ate the mythical Zoan devil fruit Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami, which allows her to transform into a wolf deity.
In her Zoan form, her strength rises exponentially, and she can use multiple abilities. Yamato may be more powerful than Marco, but no one can beat Marco in terms of healing. That’s why we have placed Marco above her.
The character who has recently taken the latest chapters of One Piece by storm places in the 10th position in this ranking. Marco needs no introduction as he is one of the most trusted and skillful fighters in Whitebeard’s crew.
Moreover, his Tori Tori no Mi Devil Fruit is one of the rarest types of Mythical Zoan fruit. It can not only turn Marco into a phoenix, but it also has healing properties, which are essential in long-drawn-out battles. In the Wano Arc, he single-handily fought both King and Queen.
9) Ben Beckman
Ben Beckman is also one of the strongest living characters in One Piece. He boasts of great experience in previous battles and has a wide range of tactics.
Although we are not aware of his complete abilities, we got an example of the threat he possessed when Kizaru refused to fight him despite holding him at gunpoint.
In addition to this, he had also defeated Higuma’s crew of Mountain Bandits single-handedly. Ben Beckman is the most experienced member of the Red Hair Pirates.
8) Eustass Kid
Eustass Kid is the captain of the Kid Pirates, hailing from the South Blue and becoming an ally of Luffy during the Wano Country Arc.
Like Law, he has also awakened his Paramecia type Devil Fruit Jiki Jiki no Mi, which grants him the ability to manipulate magnetic forces and attract or repel metal objects at his will.
His abilities are now even more powerful to crush a Yonko. He, along with Law, defeated Big Mom, and he was the one who landed the final beam attack on her.
In addition, he is one of the few characters in One Piece who can use Conqueror Haki.
7) Trafalgar D. Water Law
Trafalgar D. Water Law, the nickname Surgeon of Death, is the captain of the Heart Pirates. His Devil Fruit Ope Ope no Mi grants him the ability to create a blue sphere inside which he can manipulate space. It is known as the “operating room,” in which he has complete control of things and is quite a versatile power.
In the final battle of the Wano arc, he awakened his devil fruit abilities that grant him abilities to crush even a Yonko. He, with the help of Kid, defeated Big Mom. Along with great physical strength, he is also a medicine expert and a tactician master.
The last of the Marine Admiral trio places much higher than his compatriots since he was promoted to the position of Fleet Admiral after the Summit War of Marineford.
He left Kizaru and Aokiji behind in terms of skills and earned himself the highest position in the Marines with his power. Other than commanding his menacing presence with his tremendous strength, he utilizes his volcanic powers from his Magu Magu no Mi Devil Fruit to the fullest extent. Akainu is undoubtedly one of the strongest living characters in One Piece.
Mihawk, aka Hawkeye, is the World’s Greatest Swordsman who is said to be on Yonko’s level. In the past, he was Shanks’ rival in the race of the World’s Greatest Swordsman. But after the incident, Mihawk declared himself stronger than Red Hair Shanks.
He is still a mysterious character who has unveiled only a glimpse of his power. However, his abilities are rivaled by the Whitebeard commanders.
4) Monkey D. Dragon
Undoubtedly, Monkey D. Dragon is one of the strongest living characters in One Piece. It comes as no surprise that the leader of the revolutionary army arrives in the top 5 of this list. As a person who wishes to declare war against the World Government, he needs to be someone who can defeat the Marine Admirals easily.
This is why he even ranks higher than Akainu. Although his abilities have not yet been revealed, his stature as the “World’s Most Wanted Man” speaks for itself.
Shanks takes 3rd place in this list. He is the first of the Four Emperors to be featured here as we move into the top half of the list. Even without possessing any devil fruit powers, the fact that he has managed to make it so high up in the rankings tells all about his power.
He was also an apprentice in Roger’s crew, where he had managed to gain valuable experience. Along with being a master swordsman, he is also proficient in using all three types of Haki. Presently the series hasn’t displayed the true extent of his power. That’s why we have placed at 3rd place in the list of Top 30 Strongest Living Characters in One Piece.
2) Marshall D. Teach
Marshall D. Teach, aka Blackbeard, is also one of the strongest characters in the One Piece series. He has been one of the most powerful antagonists for a long time and has caused rampages wherever he went.
During the time skip, he further increased his power level and went on to become one of the Four Emperors. His specialty is that he has the power of two devil fruits, namely Yami Yami no Mi and Gura Gura no Mi, which is an incredible feat in itself. Currently, he is collecting incredible devil fruits for his crewmates.
1) Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Luffy is currently the strongest character in One Piece. Recently, he has awakened his mythical Zoan devil fruit, Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, that allows him to transform into the Sun God Nika. In his Nika form, he defeated the strongest creature of the series, Kaido, in one on one fight.
In addition, he has mastered all three forms of Haki during his fight with Katakuri and Kaido. Luffy has now become so powerful that the World Government has made him an official Emperor of the sea. Presently, his bounty is 3 billion berries. Luffy is also one of the few characters who can do Conqueror Clash, as we witnessed during the fights between previous Yonkos.
1) Five Elders
There was no way we could exclude the five elders from this list. Since we are not completely aware of their powers yet, we had to put them in the honorable mentions.
We can assume that the highest-ranking Celestial Dragons and the people holding authority over the entire world are insanely strong and probably greater in power than the Marine Admirals.
Imu Sama is even above the five elders. The five elders are answerable to him, and he rules over the entire world from his Empty Throne.
It is the highest position of authority in the world. Similar to the five elders, his abilities haven’t been revealed yet, but we can easily speculate that someone of his stature boasts of insane strength and is possibly the strongest devil fruit user.
This concludes our ranking of the top 30 strongest living characters in One Piece. There have been very few surprises other than Luffy, who has missed out on the top 10.
He has to train and level himself up to be in contention for the top spot. The Four Emperors safely occupy the top half of the list, followed by the Marine Admirals.
Here, we conclude our article on the Top 30 Strongest Living Characters in One Piece. Fans can officially read One Piece from Mangaplus Shueihsa or watch it from Toei Animation. We will be back with another top 30 articles. Stay tuned with us till then.
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