Comparing Shanks and Doflamingo in One Piece: 5 Intriguing Similarities

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Why are we comparing the two characters, Shanks and Doflamingo, in the world of One Piece? This comparison is drawn because Doflamingo is a descendant of the Tenryuubito (Celestial Dragons), while Shanks is believed to be the heir of Figarland Garling, a former ruler of the Holy Land. In chapter 1095, a flashback reveals that Garling bore a striking resemblance to Shanks in his youth, though it’s yet to be confirmed if Shanks has any actual connection with Garling.

Here are the striking similarities between Shanks and Doflamingo in One Piece:

Comparing Shanks and Doflamingo in One Piece: 5 Intriguing Similarities
Comparing Shanks and Doflamingo in One Piece: 5 Intriguing Similarities

Both Possess Haoshoku Haki (Conqueror’s Haki)

Haoshoku Haki is relatively rare in the world of One Piece, with only one in a million individuals possessing it. Donquixote Doflamingo and Shanks are two characters who possess Conqueror’s Haki, with Shanks notably surpassing Doflamingo in terms of its mastery.

Shanks and Doflamingo are Prominent Figures in the New World

Shanks and Doflamingo are renowned pirates in the New World. During the Marineford and Dressrosa arcs, Doflamingo demonstrated his formidable strength, eventually being defeated by Luffy in his Gear Fourth form. Shanks, although not a Devil Fruit user, is one of the Four Emperors, surpassing Doflamingo in power and even capable of defeating a Supernova like Kid with a single strike.

Both Have Ties to Mary Geoise

Doflamingo once resided in Mary Geoise but later left along with his family. Despite his attempts to return, he was rejected.

Shanks, rumored to be the heir of Figarland Garling, did not grow up in Mary Geoise due to his early life circumstances. The Roger Pirates found Shanks, still an infant, inside a treasure chest they plundered after the God Valley incident when Shanks was just one year old.

Both are Pirates

Shanks was found by the Roger Pirates at a young age and grew up as one of their crew members. Following the dissolution of the Roger Pirates, Shanks established his own crew, the Red-Haired Pirates, eventually attaining the title of Emperor.

Doflamingo also became a pirate captain, leading the Donquixote Pirates. This crew controlled the kingdom of Dressrosa and engaged in numerous underground activities.

Both Defeated One of the Worst Generation

In Dressrosa, Doflamingo defeated Law, only to be later defeated by Luffy. In Elbaf, Shanks effortlessly defeated Eustass Kid, a member of the Worst Generation. It can be argued that both Shanks and Doflamingo have triumphed over members of the Worst Generation, showcasing their exceptional prowess.

Details about Shanks

Shanks, one of the most iconic figures to appear early on in the One Piece series, continues to be shrouded in mystery despite the passage of time. One undeniable fact that all One Piece enthusiasts can attest to is his formidable strength as one of the Four Emperors, striking fear into pirates across all four seas. Without further ado, let’s delve into some intriguing details about Red-Haired Shanks and his notorious pirate crew.

General Information about Red-Haired Shanks:

  • Alias: Red-Haired Four Emperor, Captain of the Red-Haired Pirates
  • Age: 27 (back in Foosha Village), 39 (present)
  • Date of Birth: March 9th
  • Height: 199cm
  • Blood Type: XF (corresponding to real-world blood type AB)
  • Bounty: 1,000,400,000 Belly (in his Foosha Village days), 4,048,900,000 Belly (current)
  • Place of Birth: West Blue Sea

The Enigmatic Tale of Red-Haired Shanks in One Piece: Unveiling the Legend

Thirty-eight years ago, after the epic God Valley battle that unfolded in a cataclysmic clash between Vice-Admiral Garp and Gol D. Roger against the legendary Rocks Pirates, Shanks was discovered by Roger and Rayleigh inside a treasure chest they had plundered. At that time, Shanks was just one year old, and the reason for his presence remains a mystery. He was taken in by the Roger Pirates and raised as part of their crew.

By the age of nine, Shanks and Buggy had embarked on an apprenticeship aboard Roger’s ship. The two formed a close friendship, with Shanks receiving Roger’s iconic straw hat during this time. However, Shanks did not accompany the crew to Laugh Tale due to Buggy falling ill after leaving Zou, requiring Shanks to stay behind to care for him.

Approximately twenty-four years ago, following Roger’s execution in Logue Town, Shanks set out on his own to seek his destiny, establishing the Red-Haired Pirates. This renowned crew consists of individuals with extraordinary strength but without Devil Fruit abilities. Their power derives from sheer physical prowess and mastery of Haki. Shanks is among the few who comprehend the true nature of the Gomu Gomu Fruit, as evidenced by his crew’s audacious attack on a government-escorted ship led by CP9’s Who’s Who, all to seize this seemingly ordinary rubber fruit.

Regarding strength, Shanks is widely recognized as the “top 1 server” of Haki in the One Piece world. He possesses all three types of Haki, with his Conqueror’s Haki standing out for its overwhelming dominance. In a recent chapter (1055), the Red-Haired Pirates’ arrival near Wano caused Admiral Ryokugyu to break into a sweat from the sheer force of Shanks’ Conqueror’s Haki, even from a considerable distance.

Shanks’ Conqueror’s Haki is so potent that it can incapacitate a staggering 100,000 Fish-men simultaneously, twice the number Luffy “knocked out” at Fish-Man Island. According to a source revealed during the viewing of One Piece Film Red in Japan, Shanks is regarded as the “bane” of Observation Haki, rendering opponents unable to foresee the future. Additionally, Shanks possesses exceptional stealth abilities, enabling him to infiltrate Mary Geoise and negotiate with the Five Elders without detection.

Shanks maintains a close relationship with Dracule Mihawk, the world’s greatest swordsman. In their youth, they engaged in fierce battles that resonated throughout the Grand Line. Shanks’ swordsmanship is formidable, on par with Mihawk, the world’s best swordsman.

However, since losing an arm to save Luffy, Mihawk lost interest in dueling with Shanks. Nevertheless, they occasionally meet to “party” exuberantly. Shanks also holds a high regard for the Blackbeard Pirates’ captain, Marshall D. Teach, as he is the one who inflicted three scars on Shanks’ left eye.

In terms of personality, Shanks is easygoing and values freedom. He cares deeply for his crew members, often avoiding conflicts with other factions unless they harm his allies. Shanks is known for his jovial nature, love for partying, and light-hearted demeanor. His fashion sense is simple and somewhat rugged.

With his gentle nature, Shanks highly regards individuals of integrity and ambition. Notably, he rescued Koby from Admiral Akainu during the Summit War when Koby courageously spoke up to protect the lives of wounded Marines.

Shanks’ words hold immense weight, influencing both the Navy and pirate factions. Admiral Sengoku agreed to cease the battle at Marineford upon Shanks’ proposal. Strangely, in the past, Shanks abandoned his daughter, Uta, on an island to set sail, causing her never to acknowledge him as her father.

Fun Facts:

The numbers 4-8-9 in Shanks’ bounty (4,048,900,000 Belly) phonetically resemble “shi-ya-ku,” which is similar to the Japanese pronunciation of “Shankusu,” his name in Japanese.

Shanks’ favorite foods include Chahan Kimchi and lobster.

After the demise of Whitebeard and the defeats of Kaido and Big Mom, Shanks became the sole remaining “first-generation” Four Emperor.

Unveiling the Enigma of Red-Haired Shanks’ Family in One Piece

Shanks, one of the earliest characters to grace the pages of the One Piece series, remains one of its most enigmatic figures. Until recently, his family and lineage have been shrouded in mystery for many. With the release of One Piece: Red, some secrets about Shanks’ origins have gradually come to light.

Chapter 1086 has provided the first hints regarding Shanks’ heritage, concluding with an introduction to a man who could execute even the Celestial Dragons, the Holy Figarland Garling.

Shanks’ Connection to Uta, Believed to Be Tied to the Celestial Dragons

Although one of the earliest characters in One Piece, Shanks’ true origins were only revealed with the release of One Piece: Red. While the movie is unrelated to the main storyline and won’t impact the central plot, it is expected to draw heavily from the original series.

One Piece Red introduces the possibility that Shanks is, in fact, a Celestial Dragon. In this movie, the Five Elders suggest that Uta is Shanks’ biological daughter, a link forged by her close association with the Figarland lineage.

Even though Shanks is not Uta’s biological father, this clue subtly hints at Shanks’ connection to the Holy Figarland Garling.

The Hypothesis: Shanks as a Descendant of the Celestial Dragons

One Piece Red reveals that, as a child, Shanks was discovered by Gol D. Roger in a treasure chest during the God Valley incident. The prevailing theory is that Shanks was at God Valley, the very place where a group of Celestial Dragons was attacked by the infamous Rocks Pirates—because he is a descendant of that noble lineage.

Subsequently, the Rocks Pirates were defeated by Luffy’s grandfather, Garp, and Roger. However, following the battle’s conclusion, the island of God Valley mysteriously disappeared along with any records of its existence. Chapter #1086 reveals that the King of God Valley, St. Figarland Garling, is still alive and wields formidable power within the World Government.

Much remains to be uncovered about the Supreme Commander of the Holy Knights, but it’s clear that Garling’s ideology contrasts with that of Shanks. Upon his introduction, St. Figarland Garling displayed a defiant stance, opposing the execution of Mjosgard and stating, “Those who protect the garbage are even lower than the garbage.”

The lineage and origins of Shanks are poised to become increasingly crucial as One Piece approaches its conclusion. Let’s eagerly await the latest developments in the series!

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