One Piece: Every Major Villain, Ranked By Strength

Luffy has faced many powerful foes during his adventures, but which One Piece villains rank as the strongest?


  • Luffy has faced numerous villains throughout One Piece, and while some were not very formidable, others are among the strongest in the story.
  • Characters like Don Krieg and Arlong posed a significant challenge to Luffy through their dirty tactics and immense strength.
  • As the story progresses into the Final Saga, new villains like Jaygarcia Saturn and Imu are introduced, hinting at even greater threats for Luffy to face.



Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece begins with the execution of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, following which the Great Pirate Era kicks off. During this age, Luffy, One Piece‘s protagonist, sets out to sea to become the Pirate King.

Over the years, Luffy has become an extremely powerful pirate who ranks among this world’s strongest fighters, however, he’s had to face countless villains to grow to this level. While a lot of the villains weren’t all that capable, some of them are worthy of being called the strongest in the story.

Updated by Rei Penber on August 19, 2023: One Piece is an incredibly long-running story with tremendously well-written plotlines and extraordinary main characters. At the same time, the series is also blessed with a set of mind-blowing villains who are written with a great story attached to them and are used in fascinating ways to move the story forward. Oda has done a tremendous job writing these amazing villains and with the story now in the Final Saga, a lot of these villains and the newly introduced villains will be elevated to great heights. While this list already goes over the greatest and the strongest One Piece villains so far, the ongoing events mean that a bunch needs to be added to the mix. With that in mind, this list has now been updated.

19 Don Krieg

Don Krieg One Piece

Don Krieg was one of the strongest characters that Luffy faced in the East Blue arc. He proclaimed himself to be the strongest on the sea and actually managed to give Luffy quite a challenge. Krieg had powerful weapons all over his body which he used in a failed attempt to take Luffy down.

As with most early villains, he wasn’t as strong as the ones who came after him. Krieg’s usage of dirty tactics in battle gave him quite an edge, however, and he didn’t shy away from using any tactics for victory, showing that he’s a pirate through and through.

18 Arlong

Arlong Smiling At Nami

Arlong was the main antagonist of One Piece’s Arlong Park arc. Being a Fishman, he was born ten times as strong as a human. Arlong’s power was great enough to destroy an entire town with ease, as seen when he ruled over Cocoyashi village.

Arlong proved to be quite a challenge for Luffy. However, his control over the Fishman Karate was very poor. Nonetheless, Arlong was strong enough to crush strong pirates such as Zoro and Sanji without much trouble.

17 Orochi

Orochi's devil fruit Yamata no Orochi

Orochi is a major villain in One Piece’s ongoing Wano Country arc. First mentioned during the Zou arc, Orochi was introduced to the fans in Wano where his goal to drive the country into the dirt was revealed.

While he is certainly one of the vilest villains One Piece has produced, he isn’t all that powerful. Orochi has a Mythical Zoan Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi which allows him to transform into an eight-headed serpent. He does have eight lives, but other than that he’s quite weak.

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16 Gecko Moria

Gecko Moria One Piece laughing and bearing sharp fang-like teeth

Gecko Moria was the main antagonist of One Piece’s Thriller Bark arc. Being one of the Shichibukai, Moria was quite powerful. His strength earned him a bounty of 320 million before it was finally frozen. Moria is a user of the Kage Kage no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows him to manipulate shadows at will.

During the Thriller Bark arc, Moria showed enough power to control Oars. What’s more, Luffy had to use Gear Second and Gear Third together to take him down.

15 Crocodile

Crocodile Using His Logia Powers

Just like Moria, Crocodile was one of the Shichibukai. He was the main antagonist of the Alabasta arc, where he defeated Luffy twice in combat. To overcome Crocodile, Luffy had to rely on a lot of luck and surpass his limits. Crocodile’s usage of the Suna Suna no Mi made him incredibly powerful.

Being a Logia-type user, few could match up to him in combat. After his escape from Impel Down, Crocodile appears to have gotten much stronger than he was during the Alabasta arc.

14 Hody Jones

Hody Jones The Captain oF The New Fish-Man Pirates

Hody Jones served as the main villain of the Fishman Island arc. As an accumulation of hatred, Hody was quite a great villain that Oda expanded upon in terrific fashion, however, he wasn’t all that strong.

As a Fishman, Hody’s skill wasn’t all that great either. He had to rely on steroids to make himself strong and, even then, he wasn’t able to match Luffy in combat. Eventually, Hody was beaten rather easily by the Straw Hat captain. Despite his weakness, however, he left quite a mark on the overall story and established himself as a great villain.

13 Rob Lucci

Luffy attacks Lucci with Jet Gatling

The strongest of the CP9, Rob Lucci was the main antagonist of the Enies Lobby arc. As expected, he was Luffy’s opponent during the storyline. With a Doriki of over 4000, Lucci was much stronger than Luffy.

Lucci’s usage of the Rokushiki was incredible, which was evident from the fact that he could use the Rokuogan. Despite having learned Gear Second and Gear Third, Luffy struggled to defeat Lucci. Had Usopp not helped him, Luffy would certainly have lost the fight against him.

12 Caesar Clown

One Piece Caesar Clown In His Half Gaseous Form

Caesar Clown was the main antagonist of the Punk Hazard arc. Punk Hazard was the first island Luffy and his crew set foot on in the New World. There, Caesar was revealed to be carrying out experiments of gigantification on children. At the same time, it was also revealed that he was manufacturing SAD and Smile Devil Fruits for Doflamingo, who was supplying them to Kaido, one of the Four Emperors of the Sea.

Caesar was a small villain in the grand scheme of things, however, during the arc, he was certainly a major villain. He stood in Luffy’s path and ended up getting absolutely crushed by him. He also posed quite a challenge and tested Luffy’s skills in the New World. Fans got to see his growth in quite some fashion and, for that reason, Caesar certainly served the role of a great villain.

11 Enel

One Piece Goro Goro no Mi Enel Logia Devil Fruit Thunder Lightning

Enel appeared during One Piece’s Skypiea arc as the main antagonist. With the power of the Logia-type Goro Goro no Mi, Enel became incredibly powerful. He completely destroyed Birka with its power and six years later, planned to do the same to Skypiea.

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Enel’s strength was enough to completely defeat several powerful fighters at once such as Zoro, Wyper, Robin, and Gan Fall. It took Luffy all he had to defeat Enel in combat.

10 Bartholomew Kuma

Zoro begs Kuma

Bartholomew Kuma appeared as an antagonist during the Thriller Bark arc. While Gecko Moria was the main villain of the arc, Kuma showed up towards the end and it was quite clear that he was an even bigger threat than Moria ever was. Kuma ended up fighting against Roronoa Zoro and he managed to defeat not just him but the entirety of the Straw Hat Pirates and the other pirates on Thriller Bark.

Kuma would have taken Luffy’s head had it not been for the Straw Hat Pirates, specifically Zoro. Later on, he also was responsible for separating the crew on Sabaody Archipelago, however, in reality, he was saving them. Kuma’s roles as a villain and a savior are mixed, however, he does both jobs phenomenally.

9 Magellan

Magellan Doku Doku no Mi

Magellan was the main antagonist of One Piece’s Impel Down arc. Being the warden of the world’s greatest prison, he was quite powerful and put Luffy in a near-death state when the two fought. Magellan has the powers of the Doku Doku no Mi and with this fruit, he can produce poisons of many kinds and manipulate them accordingly to his will.

He even took out all of the Blackbeard Pirates on his own during the Impel Down arc, which just goes to show how skilled he truly was. Despite all the prisoners joining forces to take him down, they had no option but to run from him and make an escape from Impel Down.

8 Doflamingo

Doflamingo at Greenbit

Doflamingo was the King of Dressrosa and the main villain of the island’s arc in One Piece. After the timeskip, Doflamingo was the first pirate to give Luffy a run for his money. With the power of the Ito Ito no Mi, Doflamingo could control strings at will. Doflamingo could also use all three Haki types, making him quite a unique pirate.

To defeat him, Luffy had to tap into the power of Gear Fourth twice, highlighting just how powerful of an opponent Doflamingo was.

7 Kizaru

Kizaru Creating A Sword Of light

Kizaru made his introduction in the story during the Sabaody Archipelago arc. There, it was revealed to the fans that he possesses the power of the Pika Pika no Mi, which is an incredibly powerful Logia Devil Fruit that allows him to manipulate light and transform into it at will. He absolutely demolished the Supernova on Sabaody.

What’s more, he is also a recurring villain in the later story arcs. Specifically, he’s already returned in the Egghead arc and is currently leading a fleet of 100 ships towards Egghead, where Luffy is. All his actions make him a major antagonist for the Egghead arc, as well as the Sabaody arc.

6 Akainu

One Piece Magu Magu no Mi Akainu Logia Devil Fruit Magma

Akainu is one of the biggest villains in One Piece, and he stood in Luffy’s path for the first time during the Marineford arc. He used the power of the Magu Magu no Mi to try and kill Luffy twice but failed. Akainu has since then become the Fleet Admiral of the Marines, meaning he’s much stronger than before.

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Akainu is one of the very few people capable of fighting the Yonko, which goes to show that he is one of the strongest villains in One Piece.

5 Blackbeard

One Piece - Blackbeard Showing Off Both Devil Fruit Powers After Stealing It From Whitebeard

One of the Yonko, Blackbeard is an extremely powerful pirate who wields two Devil Fruits, the Gura Gura no Mi and the Yami Yami no Mi. Over the years, he’s become extremely powerful and his influence continues to grow in One Piece‘s world.

Blackbeard was responsible for Ace’s death and even killed Whitebeard. He is one of the few people who rival Luffy to become the Pirate King and would use any method necessary to get his hands on the One Piece.

4 Big Mom

Big Mom scaring the Beasts Pirates

Charlotte Linlin, also known by the name of Big Mom, is one of the Yonko of the One Piece world. She appeared as the main antagonist of the Whole Cake Island arc and has continued to be a thorn in Luffy’s path ever since. Big Mom possesses the power of the Soru Soru no Mi and the skill to use all three Haki types.

Over the years, Big Mom has acquired a bounty of 4,388,000,000 berries, which goes to show how powerful she truly is. Without a doubt, Big Mom is one of the most powerful villains in One Piece.

3 Kaido

One Piece Kaido Busoshoku Haki

One of the Yonko just like Big Mom, Kaido is the captain of the Beasts Pirates. He possesses the highest known active bounty in the story, at 4,611,100,000 berries. Kaido is known as the strongest creature alive and he has currently taken over Wano Country.

Kaido also possesses the power of the Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu, which has turned him into an eastern dragon. Furthermore, he can also use all three Haki types. Kaido has already defeated Luffy twice and proven himself to be the strongest in the world.

2 Jaygarcia Saturn


Jaygarcia Saturn is one of the Gorosei and among the most influential and powerful characters in One Piece. While his combat abilities remain untested to this day, the influence he holds is unmatched. He’s the highest of the Celestial Dragons and the only person within the hierarchy of the World Government is Imu.

Saturn has finally entered the fray now that the events of Final Saga are underway. He is currently en route to Egghead Island, where he will confront the Straw Hat Pirates and Vegapunk. Saturn is surely going to be an incredibly important villain in the Final Saga. In fact, Oda has already mentioned that the Gorosei will play an immense role and fans should certainly be expecting that to happen any moment now.

1 Imu

imu one piece chapter 1084

One Piece’s most important villain is none other than Imu. Imu is the sovereign of the world whose existence was first revealed to the fans during the Reverie arc. They were revealed to be the actual ruler of the entire world, even though the world is not aware of their existence. Recently, their powers were also revealed to the fans when they wiped out the Kingdom of Lulusia completely from the map with unknown powers.

Imu is going to be the ultimate villain in One Piece and, with the story already in the Final Saga, fans will surely find out more about them and their abilities in the upcoming chapters.

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