If you have a bit of an eye, it is easy to see which characters from ‘One Piece’ They are inspired by real people. because often Eiichiro Oda it sneaks in some references and throughout the anime we’ve come across everything from Valentino Rossi to Hulk Hogan to Enimem.
Although Oda has not only used well-known actors and characters, because some of the most important pirates in all of ‘One Piece’ are based on royal pirates who left their mark on history.
One of the Four Emperors and a terrifying pirate. charlotte linlin is one of the most powerful antagonists of all ‘One Piece’and was even once part of the infamous crew of the Rocks Pirates.
Big Mom takes its name from two famous pirates: Charlotte Badger and Charlotte deBerry. Badger was a thief who ended up taking part in a mutiny and becoming Australia’s first female pirate, while de Berry supposedly went to sea for love, although there isn’t much evidence that she actually existed.
Luffy’s fan avatar and his #1 fan in the series: Bartholomew. It is very possible that the inspiration for the pirate is a mixture of two historical figures with whom he shares his name.
The first is Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts, a Welsh pirate which came to capture 400 ships and pose a real threat to the English crown. The second would be Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer who became the first European to circumvent Africa to reach the Indian Ocean. Considering Bartolomeo doesn’t have a clue about sailing but makes his way in the New World, at least he has a tremendous filly as an explorer.
Was one of Luffy’s very first antagonists and the first female pirate in the series, although she has since fallen more and more into oblivion. Alvida is inspired by the legend of the pirate woman Alwidaa Scandinavian princess who rose to become Queen of Denmark after spending time as a captain.
Another of the pirates that we meet in Dressrosa and that despite the fact that at first he can’t even see Luffy for stealing the limelight, he soon ends up changing his mind. calling each other cavendishvery possibly it is inspired by Sir Thomas Cavendishan English explorer with a great talent for navigation who managed to circumnavigate the world at the end of the 16th century.
Obviously, the other big inspiration is ‘dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson because he shares a body with his demonic alter ego, Hakuba. Here we already enter fiction, but since Stevenson wrote ‘Treasure Island’, we also have another small pirate reference.
We still don’t know much about Jewelry Bonney, of the Worst Generationbut as it appears for the first time it is easy to see that it is inspired by Anne Bonnypossibly the most famous female pirate in history.
Bonny was very active in the 18th century together with Mary Read and Jack “Calico” Rackham and caused chaos of beauty in the Caribbean. There are many legends about his death: from when he died in prison until he managed to escape and retired to live a peaceful life… Or even that he continued to engage in piracy until he endured the body.
Marshall D. Teach is better known in the ‘One Piece’ world as “Blackbeard”, and he’s obviously based on the real Blackbeard: Edward Teach.
Oda shook things up a bit by changing his name Blackbeard, although he ended up christening him “Teaching” (or “Teech”, depending on the translation). Also, both start as part of the crew of a legendary pirate: Oda’s Blackbeard in Whitebeard’s crew and the real one in Benjamin Hornigold’s… and to finish to make the reference clear, both are famous for carrying three pistols.
The real Blackbeard is a legendary figure in the world of pirates, and in ‘One Piece’ he has given two characters. Because to Whitebeard he lent part of the name: Edward Newgate.
The other inspiration for Whitebeard’s name was Newgate Prison, a famous London jail where the worst pirates served time during the Golden Age of Piracy.
Roronoa Zoro he is practically the first to join Luffy’s crew and dreams of becoming the greatest swordsman in the world. Although becoming a pirate and launching into One Piece was almost an accident for Zoro, he is indeed inspired by a real pirate.
His name is based on François l’Olonais, by how this last name is pronounced in Japanese. This French buccaneer lived in the Caribbean in the 17th century and was quite skilled with the sword, although he was also much more ruthless than Zoro.
Another character who, despite the fact that he has rarely appeared in the series, but every time he appears silvers rayleigh rises the bread and has left a very big impact as Luffy’s teacher during the two-year timeskip. The second in command of Roger’s crew is based on Sir Walter Rayleigha famous privateer for the English crown who founded the colony of Virginia.
Also, his last name is very possibly a reference to Long John Silverfrom ‘Treasure Island’.
The King of Pirates himself and the promoter of the Great Pirate Age is inspired by a real pirate: Olivier Levasseur. The French pirate lived during the Golden Age of Piracy and was also executed by the authorities… and just before he was hanged he threw a cryptogram at the crowd challenging them to find his treasure with the cry of “He who can understand it, let him find my treasure!”
Throughout the centuries, many have tried to solve the cryptogram and search for Levasseur’s lost treasure without much luck. Today, the pirate treasure has not yet been found and in 2005 it was estimated at about 100 million pounds.
The other great inspiration for Roger was Henry Every, who earned the title of ‘King of the Pirates’ in the 17th century and served as an inspiration to subsequent generations of buccaneers.
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