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Morgan in One Piece

Morgan in One Piece
Morgan in One Piece


Morgan is a fictional character in the popular manga and its anime adaptation, the One Piece series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.


Disclaimer: This article will contain details revolving around Charlotte Daifuku and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


Morgan is also known as “Axe-hand” and is a former Marine Captain. He is the father of Helmeppo and the first Marine Captain who appeared in One Piece.


All About Morgan


Name

Morgan

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 2: The Great Swordsman Appears! Pirate Hunter Roronoa Zoro

Japanese Voice Actor

Banjo Ginga

English Voice Actor

Jamie Meldrum

Birthday

13 April (44)

Gender

Male

Status

Alive

Affiliations

Marines (153rd Branch) (former, defected)

Occupation

Captain (former) Lieutenant Commander (former), Chief Petty Officer (former)

Origin

Shells Town (former)


Morgan’s History


Morgan's life in the Marines took a dramatic turn when his crew, led by the notorious Captain Kuro, attacked the Black Cat Pirates. Unfortunately, Kuro's superhuman speed and deadly claws led to the massacre of Morgan's crew. Despite suffering severe injuries, Morgan defiantly refused to beg for his life. Surprisingly, Kuro spared him and, with the help of hypnotist Jango, manipulated Morgan into believing he had captured Kuro.


In an elaborate scheme, a pirate lookalike, also hypnotized, was executed in place of Kuro. Morgan, a chief petty officer at the time, was credited for the capture and rapidly promoted to lieutenant commander. Over the next three years, Morgan's ambition for rank and power drove him higher, eventually making him the captain of the 153rd Branch with complete authority over Shells Town and the surrounding community.


East Blue Saga

Romance Dawn Arc


When Roronoa Zoro arrived in Shells Town, Morgan was already a harsh ruler. He forced high taxes on the townspeople, who lived in fear of him and built monuments glorifying himself. Morgan was ruthless, willing to kill anyone he deemed a "traitor," including his men. His son, Helmeppo, took advantage of this, mistreating the townsfolk. When Zoro refused to comply and even stood up against Helmeppo, Morgan allowed his son to have Zoro arrested and starved.


Despite nine days of starvation, Zoro remained resilient. In response, Morgan and Helmeppo decided to execute him as a warning. This attracted the attention of Monkey D. Luffy and Koby, who arrived in Shells Town. They condemned Morgan's tyranny and vowed to free Zoro. Luffy even attacked Helmeppo upon learning about the execution plans.



Initially unconcerned about the newcomers, Morgan focused his anger on Rika, a girl caught smuggling food to Zoro. In a shocking move, Morgan ordered her execution and harmed his lieutenant for protesting. Meanwhile, Luffy and Zoro, unbeknownst to Morgan, were taking action within the base.


As Luffy searched for Zoro's confiscated swords, Morgan remained oblivious until Luffy unintentionally damaged a statue of him. Discovering Koby trying to free Zoro, Morgan ordered his troops to kill them. However, Luffy and Zoro easily defeated the entire troop, showcasing their strength.



Without any mercy, Morgan commanded those he considered "defeatists" to take their own lives. He attempted to face Luffy in a one-on-one fight but discovered that his strength was no match for the faster and younger pirate. Before the battle could conclude, Helmeppo intervened, holding Koby hostage with a pistol. However, Zoro stepped in and defeated Morgan before he could gain an advantage.



Seeing their captain defeated, Morgan's men were thrilled to be liberated from his oppressive rule. Following his defeat, Morgan was confined in the same base he once controlled, and one of his former lieutenants took charge of the 153rd Branch.


Loguetown Arc


One of Morgan's prison guards personally told him about Luffy's bounty of Beli 30,000,000, making Morgan extremely angry.


Diary of Koby-Meppo


Morgan faced formal charges for his crimes by Marine Headquarters, leading to a court-martial. The upcoming trial sparked discussions among the members of the 153rd Branch, especially Koby, and Helmeppo, who now felt a mix of fear and regret towards Morgan.



On the day of the trial, Morgan was transferred to a ship under the command of Vice-Admiral Garp. However, Garp fell asleep unexpectedly during the transfer, allowing Morgan to attack. Morgan took Helmeppo hostage, enabling his escape in a lifeboat. This action, however, severed the last ties between him and his son, as Helmeppo disowned him and returned to Garp's ship. Morgan chose not to pursue his son and continued his journey alone on the open sea.


Arabasta Saga

Jango's Dance Paradise


After Jango fled Syrup Village, Morgan was still on the loose. Interestingly, both Morgan and Jango crossed paths without realizing it, as they were both taking naps at the time.

As for what happened to Morgan afterwards and whether the Marines are still actively trying to capture him, that information is unknown.


Morgan’s Personality


Morgan was a cruel and power-hungry person. He ruled with fear, mistreating others and even ordering executions. His obsession with authority and his actions made him disliked by many. Despite his strength, he was defeated, leading to his downfall.


Morgan’s Appearance


Morgan is a tall, muscular man with tan skin, blonde hair, and a distinct face. His right hand has been replaced with a big steel axe bolted through the bones of his forearm. The axe handle sticks out where his elbow should be, and his jaw has the word "Möwe," which means "seagull" in German, etched on it.


He wears a large, fancy overcoat without the usual Marine "Justice" symbol, and it's sleeveless, worn conventionally rather than draped like a cape. His trousers have a striped pattern like those seen on Marine Bases and battleships. In times of peace, he's often seen smoking a cigar.



Before his notoriety, Morgan had a cleft chin like his son, but his arms were whole and slightly less muscular. During an attack by Captain Kuro, his arm was maimed, and his chin shattered, leading to the need for his prosthetic limbs. He used to wear a standard Marine uniform, slashed by Kuro's Cat Claws.


After being defeated and arrested, Morgan wore a typical striped prisoner's uniform shackled around his arms and legs. Although he later removed the shackles, the prisoner's uniform was his last known outfit.


Morgan’s Abilities

Strength and Endurance



Even as a recruit, Morgan demonstrated exceptional toughness, surviving an attack from Captain Kuro that instantly killed many other Marines. His durability was notable, although Kuro chose not to finish him deliberately. As the Captain of the 153rd, Morgan gained even more muscle and strength.


He could effortlessly lift an average-sized man by the neck and had complete control over a Marine base full of swordsmen and riflemen. Even after his arrest, he retained enough strength to break metal shackles from the inside out.


Knowledge of Devil Fruits


Despite their rarity in the East Blue, Morgan showed some knowledge of Devil Fruits. He quickly identified Monkey D. Luffy's rubber body as the result of a Devil Fruit.


Weapon Proficiency


Morgan's axe hand served as a fully functional and formidable weapon. Despite its bulky appearance, it was sharp and sturdy enough to bisect an entire chain-link fence and create small fissures in the ground. Morgan could easily handle it, showcasing his skill in maneuvering the unconventional weapon.


Morgan’s Relationships

Family

Helmeppo



Morgan's main family is with his son, Helmeppo. When Morgan was powerful, he let Helmeppo act like his assistant, using Morgan's power to mistreat people. Even though Helmeppo thought his dad cared for him, Morgan never did. Morgan brushed off Helmeppo's complaints and harm, saying his son wasn't "worth" hitting.


This and Morgan being willing to hurt even kids upset Helmeppo. After Morgan got defeated and caught, their relationship fell apart. Not caring about Helmeppo, Morgan took him hostage to escape which saw Helmeppo disown him and run away.


Crew

Morgan's initial relationship with fellow Marines remains shrouded in mystery. Upon assuming command of the 153rd Branch, he oppressed his subordinates as harshly as civilians, forcing them to collect heavy taxes and arrest or kill anyone who displeased him. Those who disobeyed were executed as "traitors" by Morgan himself. The 153rd despised Morgan, celebrating his defeat and promptly imprisoning him afterward.


Enemies

In his youth, Morgan survived an attack by Captain Kuro of the Black Cat Pirates, hypnotized into believing he had captured the infamous pirate. Neither has given thought to the other since Morgan uses the incident to justify his Captain rank. Morgan's primary adversaries are the Straw Hat Pirates, particularly Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro.


Despite condemning them, Morgan did not perceive them as significant threats. He claimed Zoro's strength was insignificant compared to his own and stubbornly refused to acknowledge defeat even after Luffy outmatched him.


It remains unknown if he ever altered these judgments after his defeat. Besides the Straw Hats, Morgan presented a formidable challenge for Koby, shaping his perception of the Marines as potentially corruptible and fallible.


Morgan in Other Media


Morgan has made playable appearances in various One Piece video games, including:


  1. One Piece: Become the Pirate King!

  2. Grand Line Dream Adventure Log

  3. One Piece: Going Baseball

  4. One Py Berry Match

  5. One Piece Treasure Cruise

  6. One Piece Bounty Rush

  7. One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!


These games allow players to interact with and control Morgan as a character, providing diverse gaming experiences within the One Piece universe.


Did You Know?

  • Nickname Pioneer: Morgan is the first character in the One Piece series to call Luffy by the epithet "Straw Hat."


  • Culinary Tastes: His favorite food is Haute cuisine, which refers to high-quality, elaborate dishes.


  • Hidden Safe: In the anime, Morgan is depicted as having a safe in his office containing a box and a map of the Grand Line. Nami was pursued for this map. However, when she reached the safe, she found a note stating Buggy had already taken the map.


  • Past Revealed: Morgan's past as a young man is explored in the Chinese mobile game One Piece King Battle. The game reveals that he grew up with Fullbody and Marine X, and they joined the Marines together. Morgan's in-game stats were enhanced when fighting alongside Marine X. It's important to note that this information is from a region-exclusive video game, making it non-canon in the official One Piece storyline.


FAQs

Q: Who is Morgan in One Piece?

A: Morgan is a character in One Piece, known for being a former Marine captain with a tough and unkind leadership style.

Q: Why is Morgan notable in the series?

A: Morgan is the first character to call Luffy by the nickname "Straw Hat," marking a notable moment in the One Piece series.

Q: What's Morgan's favorite food?

A: Morgan's favorite food is Haute cuisine, which refers to fancy, high-quality dishes.
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