|“||Listen up ... you can pour drinks on me, you can throw food at me, you can even spit on me. I’ll just laugh that stuff off. But good reason or not, nobody hurts a friend of mine!!!!||„|
|~ Shanks speech to Higuma|
Shanks is Monkey D. Luffy's idol, inspiring him to take up a pirate life, and one of the Four Emperors that rule over the New World. Unlike Whitebeard (or presumably Kaido) he doesn't lord this status over everyone else, preferring to travel to different stops and party, with a special fondness for drinking. Despite being the youngest of the previous set of Yonko, it is implied that he is on equal level with the experienced Kaido, Charlotte Linlin, and even Whitebeard, who was feared as the strongest man in the world. When Shanks was younger, he and Buggy were both apprentice pirates in the Jolly Roger Pirate Crew, the crew of the late Pirate King, Gold Roger, and clashed with Whitebeard's crew several times. They were subordinate to Silvers Rayleigh, the first-mate of the crew, and spent their time fighting each other. Both of them attended their captain's public execution, where they parted ways to form their own crews. Sometime afterward he became the rival of Dracule Mihawk. The duels between these two are remembered even by Whitebeard.
The one Shanks seems to watch out for the most is Marshall D. Teach, who gave him his three scars in a previous encounter. Shanks himself seems to know the potential danger Blackbeard represents is greater than that of anyone else, even going as far as to personally seek out Whitebeard to vocally warn him of this and attempt to persuade the older Yonko to recall Portgas D. Ace from hunting down Blackbeard.
Admiral Akainu fought through many men, a couple of Whitebeard’s division commanders, and a few former Shichibukai to get to Luffy, yet did not attempt to challenge Shanks when the Yonko appeared near the end of the Marineford War. Despite his notoriety as a Yonko, it did not stop members of the Worst Generation like Eustass Kid, Scratchmen Apoo, and Basil Hawkins to form an alliance with each other intending to overthrow Shanks.
During Luffy's youth, the Red-Haired Crew stopped at his town, and usually went to the town bar. Luffy always used to plead with him to join the crew. Shanks not only refused, but teased Luffy about not being able to swim, and that he's just a kid. Shanks saved his life when a bandit tried to drown him, which cost him his dominant arm, but Shanks said that it didn't matter as long as Luffy was safe. Shanks then gave Luffy his favorite hat, telling him to return it once he surpasses him, and set sail.
His current bounty is 4,048,900,000.
Powers and Stats
Name: Shanks, epithet "Red Hair"
Origin: One Piece
Age: 37 (Pre-Timeskip), 39 (Post-Timeskip)
Classification: Human, Yonkou, Captain of the Red Hair Pirates, Former Member of the Roger Pirates
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Superb Swordsmanship, Haki (At least Proficient Kenbunshoku, Advanced Busōshoku and Haōshoku Haki), Minor Adaptation (Adapted to the oxygen shortage in Skypiea), Resistance to Heat (Was not bothered by the ambient heat of Akainu's Magma Punch)
Attack Potency: Country level (As an Emperor he should be comparable to Kaido. Neutralized a punch from Akainu, and his duels with his rival Mihawk in the past were also said by Whitebeard himself to have "shaken the Grand Line" and he also clashed equally with Whitebeard, which split the sky as a side effect)
Lifting Strength: Class T
Stamina: Very high via powerscaling, characters weaker than him have fought for several days straight. As a child he fought intermittently for 3 days straight in the battle between the Roger Pirates and Whitebeard Pirates.
Range: Extended melee range with his saber
Intelligence: Highly accomplished fighter with over two decades of battle experience (sailed and fought with the Roger Pirates as a young boy, and after they were disbanded he formed his own crew), an august battle leader, with an authoritative presence that commands battle fields, should possess advanced strategic intelligence and tactical ability given his status as a Yonkou.
Weaknesses: He's missing his left arm (though he has adapted perfectly to it, so it's not really a handicap for him at this point).
Haki: There are normally two types of Haki regular people can tap into: the Kenbunshoku Haki which allows individuals to sense the presence of others, and Busōshoku Haki which allows individuals to create an invisible armor around them. There is however a third type of Haki, Haōshoku Haki, that only a few individuals can use. Shanks is one of these people.
- Haōshoku Haki (Color of the Conquering King): Shanks was the first character in the series to display Haoshoku Haki. While his limits are never displayed. He is capable of utilizing Haoshoku Haki effectively on a whim, and is even able to damage Whitebeard's ship while using it passively.
- Busōshoku Haki (Color of Armaments): Shanks has displayed the ability to utilize Haki by at least a basic level of application. He should be comparable to Whitebeard in this field, seeing as how he was able to clash with him equally and is a notable threat to him.
- Kenbunshoku Haki (Color of Observation or Mantra): Shanks' proficiency with this type of Haki is unknown. However, he can battle with the likes of Whitebeard and should be comparable to his fellow Yonkou such as Big Mom.