Gorousei

15 11 2010

The Gorōsei (五老星 lit. Five Elder Stars, Five Elders in the Viz Manga) are the heads of the World Government, and as such, they essentially rule the entire world. They are the five men who rule above the Marines, the Cipher Pol and made a pact with the Shichibukai. The elderly group made their debut in Chapter 233 and Episode 151.

Gorosei Appearance Role in story Seiyū/Voice actors
This elder has a scar on the left side of his face, wears a hat over gray dreadlocks, and wields a walking cane. He has the most sentences in his part when the Gorousei are introduced. He also spoke of Luffy’s relationship with Garp and how Blackbeard is making his move after the Battle of Marineford. N/A
This elder is a tall and thin mustached man. He spoke with Professor Clover during the Ohara Incident, and ordered Spandine to shoot the archaeologist for attempting to speak the Ancient Kingdom‘s lost name.[1] After the war, he also wondered the connection between Luffy and Silvers Rayleigh and acknowledged Blackbeard’s understandings of Whitebeard’s territories. Masato Hirano[2]
This elder is bald, and has large birthmark spots on his forehead, much like former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev. He picked up Monkey D. Luffy‘s new wanted poster and commented on Crocodile‘s treachery and how they cannot allow Luffy to run loose. He also commented that Aokiji would have to watch his post, for his carefree antics. When the war against the Whitebeard Pirates was over, he lamented Jinbe’s defection from the Shichibukai (which led to inter-race relationship to breakdown) and indicated on how Blackbeard’s unique trait of owning two Devil Fruit powers has allowed him to be closer to the empty Yonkou than any other pirates. N/A
This elder is the eldest looking, he is bald, wears glasses and a white gi. He also holds a samurai sword with him. He is the only one of the five to not wear a black suit, and the only one without facial hair. He is the one who gives an answer to the Marine soldier who reports that Shanks and Whitebeard have successfully met each other. After the Marineford’s battle, he was cleaning his sword while commenting on the collapse of the Three Great Powers and how to refill the three missing Shichibukai, as well as how the “D.” is a name meaning “danger” to the world. N/A
The youngest looking of the five elders, he sports blond hair and a beard of the same color, and has a scar on his chest. He also wears his suit with the shirt buttons open, and without a tie. This elder was the one who said how the balance of the three great powers must not fall. After Whitebeard’s death and the rise of the New Age, he spoke up about filling the Shichibukai positions with influential pirates when they make their moves, and pondering whether Marco the Phoenix and remainder of the Whitebeard Pirates, or one of the three remaining Yonkou, would be able to take down Blackbeard. N/A

The tall thin one with the mustache (second from right) spoke with Professor Clover and ordered Spandine to kill him before the archaeologist could speak the Ancient Kingdom‘s name. They have shown to have at least a basic knowledge of the occurrences of the Void Century, according to their shocked reactions to Professor Clover’s statements. They have shown a paranoid fear of someone reviving the ancient weapons, to the point of forbidding its research and ordering the utter destruction of an entire country, though given what’s know of the void century, they may simply be using that as an excuse in order to prevent information they don’t want leaked to the public from getting out.[1] Despite this they are not completely heartless, as they showed remorse after ordering the destruction of Ohara

Being the top of the World Government, they are the rulers of the entire world, and have complete control over all Government-affiliated organizations, such as the police, the nine Cipher Pol units, and even the Marines. Even Fleet Admiral Sengoku‘s orders can be squashed by their decisions. However, they only seem to care about the public image of the World Government: they will go to great lengths to keep the public’s view of them in a good light. They have ordered the killing an entire island of people to hide the discovery of the Void Century; they have hidden the fact that Gekko Moriah was building an army of zombies; they have even kept the escape of Level 6 inmates of Impel Down a secret. Some of these decisions have even angered Sengoku, a true follower of Absolute Justice and the Marines. However, it is unknown how much influence and command the elders have over the World Nobles, or vice versa, as the World Nobles were described to possess power to do anything they desire.

Political powers aside, it is currently unknown how strong each one of the elders are. However, due to their clear muscles and scars, and that one of them is wielding a sword, it would appear that they have some battle experience and capabilities.

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