A threat...a demand...when issued by one with absolute, overwhelming power becomes simply inevitable fate...after all, who could possibly oppose it? That is the existence known as the Yonko! And this is what it means to be driven to your very wit's end...!
~ Pekoms on the scope of the Yonko's power.

The Yonko, also known as Four Emperors in the English version, are the four most notorious and most powerful pirate captains in the world (by the World Government). They are neither allies nor enemies of one another, preferring to remain autonomous under most circumstances. These four individually reside within the second half of the Grand Line (also known as the "New World"), exerting impressive influence/control over dozens of other pirate crews and self-governing islands. With the exception of Shanks and Edward Newgate and their crews, Red Hair Pirates and Whitebeard Pirates respectively, they and their crews serve as one of the villainous main antagonist groups in One Piece.

As one of the three great powers in the world alongside the Marines and the Shichibukai, the Yonko have significant authority over the New World. They have control over multiples islands and nations in the New World and have political powers in each of these locations. With their position in the world, the Yonko helps to maintain power in the world.

After the events of Totto Land, the World Economic News considered Monkey D. Luffy to be the "Fifth Emperor of the sea" among the Yonko.


Current Members

  • Kaido "of the Beasts" (Captain of the Beasts Pirates)
  • "Big Mom" Charlotte Linlin (Captain of the Big Mom Pirates, the matriarch of the Charlotte Family and queen of Totto Land)
  • "Blackbeard" Marshall D. Teach (Captain, later admiral, of the Blackbeard Pirates, member of the Worst Generation, and former member of the Whitebeard Pirates' second division and the Shichibukai)
  • "Red Hair" Shanks (Captain of the Red Hair Pirates and former member of the Roger Pirates)

Former Members

  • "Whitebeard" Edward Newgate (Captain of the Whitebeard Pirates; deceased)

Unofficial Members

  • Monkey D. Luffy (Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and a member of the Worst Generation)

Pirate Crews

Current Pirate Crews

Former Pirate Crews

  • Whitebeard Pirates

Unofficial Pirate Crews

  • Straw Hat Pirates

Power and Authority

In the world, the Yonko are apart of the three great powers which consist of the Marines, the Shichibukai, and the Yonko themselves.

Physical Power

The Yonko as individuals is known to be very powerful pirates. Their powers are feared greatly in the world to the degree that if one of them decides to rage a war against the World Government such as Whitebeard, it would be considered a very dire threat to them. In the Marineford War, for example, the World Government needed thousands of Marines, the three admirals, the vice admirals, and the Shichibukai to assist in their battle against Whitebeard, his crew, and allies.

The Yonko are renowned as being one of the strongest pirates in the New World that are formidable. For example, Kaido is known as the "Strongest Creature" in the world and is described to be very powerful and dangerous. Charlotte Linlin is also known for her immense power and strength along with her crew that has a powerful intelligence network.

Political Power

In the New World, the Yonko are shown to have political power over the islands that are allied with them. Unlike Whitebeard, who is protective of these allies, another Yonko like Charlotte Linlin is strict on their allegiance with them. For example, if they do not pay her tons of candy monthly then she will have her crew-mates destroy the islands that were allies. In Big Mom's case, she has dominance over her own territory, Totto Land that has 33 islands that form an archipelago. She is known as the queen of Totto Land.

In other cases, Kaido formed an alliance with the Shogun of Wano Country, Kurozumi Orochi, and holds significant political power over the country. His pirate crew, the Beast Pirates have a level of authority over the citizens in the country.


World Government

As pirates, the Yonko may get into conflict with the World Government and are seen as enemies to them as well.


With the shichibukai, the yonko have connections to some of them such as Kaido forming an alliance with former shichibukai Donquixote Doflamingo to help him produce SMILEs so that it can help him expand his army. Charlotte Linlin also used to have a relationship with former shichibukai, Jinbe, until he lost his privileges as a shichibukai for not participating the war and later leaving her crew.



  • The Yonko are one of the three great powers in the One Piece world along with the Shichibukai and the Marines.
  • Even though he is not a villain, Edward Newgate (or Whitebeard) is the only Yonko who actually died in the series so far.
    • Whitebeard and Shanks are the only non-villainous Yonko.
  • The current Yonko in One Piece are Marshall D. Teach, Kaido, Charlotte Linlin, and Shanks.
  • Before the Marineford War, Whitebeard got into a conflict with Kaido but the issue was resolved by Shanks.
  • Kaido is the last Yonko to make an appearance in the series.
  • After the events of the Whole Cake Island arc, Luffy is now considered, at least by the World Economic Journal, to be a fifth emperor among the Yonko after being recognized for his actions.


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World Government

Im | Gorosei

Celestial Dragons
Saint Charloss | Saint Rosward | Saint Shalulia | Saint Jalmack | Donquixote Doflamingo

Cipher Pol


Spandam | Rob Lucci | Kaku | Kalifa | Blueno | Jabra | Kumadori | Fukuro | Nero


Rob Lucci | Spandam | Stussy | Kaku

Akainu | Aokiji‡ | Kizaru | Sengoku | Zephyr† | Vergo† | Captain Morgan

Sir Crocodile ‡| Donquixote Doflamingo ‡| Gekko Moriah ‡| Bartholomew Kuma | Buggy the Clown | Edward Weevil | Marshall D. Teach

Impel Down Staff
Magellan | Shiliew‡| Blue Gorilla | Minotaurus | Minokoala | Minorhinoceros | Minozebra | Minochihuahua


Charlotte Linlin | Kaido | Marshall D. Teach

East Blue Antagonists

Buggy the Clown | Captain Kuro | Don Krieg | Arlong

Paradise Pirate Crews

Foxy Pirates

Thriller Bark (Mysterious Four)
Gekko Moriah | Hogback | Absalom† | Perona

New Fishman Pirates
Hody Jones | Dosun | Zeo | Daruma | Ikaros Much | Hyouzou | Hammond

Flying Pirates
Vander Decken IX | Wadatsumi

New World Pirate Crews

Donquixote Pirates
Donquixote Doflamingo | Trebol | Diamante | Pica | Vergo† | Sugar | Jora | Lao G | Senor Pink | Machvise | Dellinger | Gladius | Buffalo | Baby 5‡ | Monet

Yonko's Crews

Blackbeard Pirates
Marshall D. Teach | Jesus Burgess | Shiliew | Laffitte | Van Augur | Doc Q | Avalo Pizarro | Vasco Shot | Catarina Devon | Sanjuan Wolf

Big Mom Pirates
Charlotte Linlin | Charlotte Cracker | Charlotte Smoothie | Charlotte Katakuri | Charlotte Perospero | Charlotte Compote | Charlotte Daifuku | Charlotte Oven | Charlotte Galette | Charlotte Brûlée | Charlotte Amande | Charlotte Mont-d'Or | Charlotte Opera | Charlotte Pudding

Beast Pirates
Kaido | King | Queen | Jack | Holdem | Sheepshead | Ginrummy

Other Pirate Crews

Golden Lion Pirates
Shiki the Golden Lion | Dr. Indigo

Kid Pirates
Eustass Kid | Killer

Other Pirates

Alvida | Bellamy‡ | Demaro Black | Drip | Higuma† | Mounblutain | Caribou | Capone Bege

Other Groups

Baroque Works
Sir Crocodile | Daz Bonez | Paula | Galdino | Miss Merry Christmas | Mr. 5 | Miss Valentine | Mr. 9 | Mr. 7 | Miss Father's Day | The Unluckies

God's Army
Enel | Gedatsu

Franky Family
Franky | Square Sisters

Sea Kings
Lord of the Coast | Master of the Waters

Germa 66 Vinsmoke Family
Vinsmoke Judge | Vinsmoke Ichiji | Vinsmoke Niji | Vinsmoke Yonji


Wapol | Duval‡ | Caesar Clown | Smiley† | Hakuba | Kurozumi Orochi


El Drago | Bear King | Hyena Three | Honey Queen | Gasparde | Needless | Noko | Tatsu | Baron Omatsuri | Lilly Carnation | Don Accino | Byrnndi World | Bill† | Mad Treasure | Gild Tesoro

Zephyr† | Ain | Binz

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