The Roger Pirates (ロジャー海賊団, Rojā Kaizokudan) were the crew of the late King of the Pirates Roger D. Gol and was supposedly the only crew to ever reach Raftel, the end of the mysterious region called the New World in the Grand Line Region. They encountered Garp on several occasions and were strong rivals to the Whitebeard Pirates.
This was the crew that traveled around the Grand Line together and the things they did were part of legends. They made it as far as Skypiea and the end of the Grand Line Region, Raftel, on their ship the Oro Jackson. Roger was one of the most famous figures of his day, while the name of their first mate, Rayleigh Silvers, is widely known and famed as well.
Ironically, only the captain and the first mate seem to have been remembered while the rest of the crew have apparently faded out of memory, all save those still active like Shanks. The first introduction to their crew comes from Buggy, who recalls his days with Shanks, Tiger (Luffy's father), and Blackbeard as a cabin boy in their crew. Their captain Roger is the first character introduced in the series.
One Final AdventureEdit
Four years prior to his death, Roger was diagnosed with an unkown sickness (which was later on revealed to be a inevitable slow-acting poison). Rather than fading out and dying, Roger decided to lead his crew on one last journey into the Grand Line. After they reached the lighthouse at Reverse Mountain, they recruited Crocus into their crew who traveled with them to keep their captain alive on the condition they helped him find another crew he was looking for information on. The crew eventually made it to Skypiea where their captain was able to befriend Gunfall, the Sky Lord of Skypiea. After leaving Skypiea they traveled to Water 7, where Tom made a ship for them, the Oro Jackson. At some point they passed the Red Line, into the New World and eventually made it to Raftel. They had also found the information lost to the void century, but had the possibility of not fully understanding it, as they were not scholars like Oharans.
After the Roger Pirates conquered the Grand Line by reaching Raftel, Roger started to be referred to as "The King of the Pirates". Being a man that loved big flashy things, he rejoiced upon his new title. Finally, upon Roger's orders, the crew disbanded and the members disappeared and went their own way. One year later, Roger gave himself up to the Navy and was sentenced to public execution in his town of birth: Roguetown.
When Roger was executed, many famous and prominent figures in the pirate world were present to witness the execution of the King of the Pirates. Tiger, Shanks, Buggy, and Teech D. Marshall later on as alias "Blackbeard" were present, as well as many other pirates like Doflamingo Don Quixote, Crocodile, Mihawk Dracule, Moria Gecko, the soon to be a Navy Chaser Smoker, the revolutionary Dragon D. Monkey. Teech, who remained bitter of Tiger's death, despite of having a large amount of hatred for his captain through unknown cases, Teech got in a fight with Tiger and Shanks, which ended Shanks and tiger having scars on their bodies, and Teech bruised and injured then to form the Blackbeard Pirates.
- Roger D. Gol - Captain; Disband, arrested by the Navy for public execution
- Rayleigh Silvers - Vice Captain; Disbanded
- Crocus - Doctor; Disbanded
- Tiger D. Monkey- Cabin Boy; Disbanded, became captain of the Spade Pirates
- Teech D. Marshall - Unknown; Defected, became captain of the Blackbeard Pirates
- Shanks - Cabin Boy; Disbanded, became captain of the Red-Haired Pirates
- Buggy - Cabin Boy; Disbanded, became captain of the Buggy Pirates
- Gaban Scopper - Unknown; Disbanded, became member of the Spade Pirates
- Seagull - Unknown; Disbanded, became member of the Spade Pirates
- Main article: Oro Jackson
The Roger Pirates had their own pirate ship when they fought against Shiki that had a large cannon in the front, surrounded by a pair of mermaids, and was powerful enough to take out an entire ship. It is called the Oro Jackson, the ship that was designed and built by the most skilled shipwright during this era, the merman Tom. Franky later revealed it was built from one of the few Adam trees, the same type of tree that the Thousand Sunny is built from.
The crew has been referred to as the strongest crew ever to sail the Grand Line Region and the New World. The few members that have been seen are amongst the most powerful pirates in the current storyline, with Rayleigh being referred to as being 100 times stronger than the 11 Supernovas and able to fight Admiral Kizaru to a standstill, despite being an old man. Shanks and Tiger D. Monkey over the years has built up a reputation and power, becoming one of the powerful pirates known as the Four Emperors. They and Rayleigh display powerful Haki abilities. Crocus did not display this, though it is not known whether or not he possesses the ability. However, he was not a member of the original crew; he was taken in to keep Roger alive on their final journey. Despite not being an original member of the crew, however, he did display some strength as an old man, stopping bazooka blasts with his own body. Buggy appears to lack this ability, indicating that even on their crew there was a strength divide. However, even Buggy has attained the status of the Seven Warlords of the Sea after the timeskip, albeit by exploiting his former crewmates' reputations. Their captain, Roger D. Gol, the King of the Pirates, was one of the strongest pirate ever to live. While originally a member of the Roger pirates, Teech and gone through quite a history with both Tiger and his former captain. Turning his back on his former crewmates, Teech D. Marshall sought to steal One Piece for himself, becoming King of the Pirates, and rule the world for decades, and forming the Blackbeard Pirates and be the crew's captain.
- Even though the crew disbanded, the Navy would never allow the crew to be forgotten. If a crew member is encountered, the Navy cannot simply let them go. Similarly, Ace D. Portgaz, being the son of Roger, is not spared from this prejudiced hunt.